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Curtis Partners Help Secure Release of Israeli Spy

By Nell Gluckman |

For 15 years Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle litigation partners Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman sought the release of Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst who served 29 years in prison after he admitted to slipping secrets to Israeli officials. On Tuesday, the Curtis litigators learned Pollard would be freed on parole before the end of the year.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.'s headquarters in Jerusalem.

Two Suits Entwine Teva-Allergan-Mylan Pharma M&A Nexus

By Scott Flaherty |

Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical announced its $40.5 billion buy of Allergan’s generics business this week, a move that saw the acquirer drop its hostile bid for Mylan NV, which it had pursued since April. While that cooled off a heated takeover battle, Mylan remains embroiled in a pair of suits, including a putative shareholder class action and another case against Teva’s ex-corporate lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis.

Chicago’s Freeborn & Peters Snags Fast-Moving Lateral

By Jennifer Henderson |

Darren VanPuymbrouck spent nearly 26 years at Schiff Hardin before joining Barnes & Thornburg a year ago this week. Since then, the Chicago litigator has been on the move two more times, most recently joining Freeborn & Peters this month to head its fire and explosion response and litigation task force.

ABA Task Force Report Dodges Student Debt Reform

By Matt Leichter |

The ABA's task force on law school financing was convened to push much-needed student loan reforms. Instead it concluded that everything is fine.

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K&L Gates Adds Two Amid Departure Wave, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

K&L Gates, which has watched more than 90 partners depart this year, saw another handful leave within the past week; Morrison & Foerster picks up an Asian litigation leader; O'Melveny & Myers adds one in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Davies Ward Wins Big for Female Sprinter Banned for High Testosterone

By Jennifer Henderson |

Canada’s Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg scored a victory this week for pro bono client Dutee Chand, a female sprinter from India and Olympic hopeful previously banned from competition because of high levels of naturally occurring testosterone.

Litigation Funder Burford Capital Eyes Lending to Firms

By Julie Triedman |

Burford Capital, the world’s largest litigation funder, is getting into the business of lending to law firms, the firm’s CEO announced during an earnings call Tuesday. Burford announced record income and record amounts of new investments during the first half of 2015.

‘Best Firms’ Report Shows Top 50 Shops for Women

By MP McQueen |

A select group of Am Law 200 firms are among those touted by Working Mother magazine and consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers for their annual look at the 50 best firms for women, based on metrics like family-friendly policies and percentage of female partners.

Katten Partner Takes Stand at Dewey & LeBoeuf Criminal Trial

By Christine Simmons |

Howard Schickler, a former structured finance partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf, said he left the firm in late 2010 for Katten Muchin Rosenman with 12 other lawyers because he did not receive the compensation he was promised.

Michael Hausfeld

Hausfeld Spars With Former Partners in Forex Litigation

By Scott Flaherty |

Michael Hausfeld and his former partners from big plaintiffs firm Cohen Milstein vie for lead roles in antitrust litigation filed against a bevy of big banks for manipulating foreign exchange rates.

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Ex-Manager Details Dewey & LeBoeuf’s False Accounting Entries

By Julie Triedman |

Jyhjing Harrington testified Monday that she and others in the now-defunct firm's finance department falsified financial statements by making illegitimate entries at the end of each fiscal year between 2008 and 2011.

Dealmakers of the Week: Wm. Randolph Smith of Crowell & Moring and Richard Rosen of Arnold & Porter

By Jennifer Henderson |

Following the completion Friday of AT&T’s $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, The Am Law Daily caught up with AT&T’s go-to antitrust lawyers.

Morgan Lewis Partner Leaves Litigation for Life of the Oenophile

By Zoe Ferguson |

After almost 16 years at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, former litigation partner Victoria Miller has taken her talents elsewhere, having left the firm earlier this year to focus on operating her own wine tasting company.

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Baker Bags Two Amid Belfast Opening, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Baker & McKenzie opens a back-office outpost in Northern Ireland while making a high-profile addition in London; a bevy of moves at Buchanan Ingersoll; Stroock raids Squire Patton Boggs; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Sabahat Chaudhary

Ex-Perkins Coie Counsel Cooks Up a New Career

By Madeline Farber |

Sabahat Chaudhary, a commercial litigation and international trade counsel at Perkins Coie in Washington, D.C., left the firm earlier this year to focus on her own cooking products business, something she hopes will be the start of a new career.

ABA Should Just Say No to Student Debt Report

By Steven J. Harper |

A plea to the organization that considers itself the nation's foremost organization for attorneys.

Clients are Asking About Iran, But Lawyers Remain Cautious

By Nell Gluckman |

Am Law 100 firms are receiving inquiries from clients about whether they can do business in Iran. Though the nuclear accord announced this month signals that some companies may soon have access to a new market, most lawyers are reserved in their expectations.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Circle Pair of $48 Billion Deals

By Jennifer Henderson |

Anthem’s $48 billion takeover bid for Cigna and AT&T’s successful $48 billion acquisition of DirecTV provided work for dozens of lawyers at Am Law 100 firms.

Elkan Abramowitz, attorney for Steven Davis, enters court on the first day of the Dewey trial in May.

Defense Lawyer Nixes Insurance Testimony on Dewey’s Health

By Nell Gluckman |

An insurance executive testified Thursday that Dewey & LeBoeuf’s management assured him of the firm's fiscal health ahead of a $40 million loan in 2010. But a defense lawyer for Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leader successfully dismissed that evidence.

The American Lawyer Names 2015 Global Legal Award Winners

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The contest attracted 225 strong entries across 30 categories, and honors firms and legal departments involved in the globe's most distinguished deals, disputes and social initiatives.

Nelson Mullins Suspends Partner Over In-Flight Incident

By Brian Baxter |

Three glasses of wine and some sleeping pills did not make for a restful flight from Charlotte to London for Sarah Buffett, a corporate and immigration partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

Is Law School Back in Vogue?

By Vivia Chen |

Here's a roundup of news from the law school scene.

China Denies Role in Hack Attack on Hague Peace Palace

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A cybersecurity breach at the Permanent Court of Arbitration places at risk any law firm that tracks arbitration in The Hague.

Citi Report: Law Firm Leaders' Confidence Dipped in 2nd Quarter

By MP McQueen |

Law firm leaders were a less hopeful bunch in the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest quarterly index of managing partner confidence released by the Citi Private Bank Law Group.

McDermott Partners With Spanish Firm for Foray Into Cuba

By Nell Gluckman |

McDermott Will & Emery has become the latest Am Law 100 firm to target opportunities stemming from the renewal of U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba, forging an alliance with Spanish firm Olleros Abogados to advise clients on Cuba-related matters from Madrid.

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Dust-Up Over Ex-Willkie Partner Roils Megabucks Credit Card Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Merchants in a multibillion-dollar antitrust case against MasterCard say a plaintiffs lawyer should lose $32 million in fees for purportedly sharing confidential documents with former Willkie partner Keila Ravelo.

After Davis Acquisition, DLA Piper Expands Again in Toronto

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three months after finalizing its combination with Canada's Davis, DLA Piper is once again expanding north of the border, picking up four corporate partners from a Toronto firm.

Dewey Prosecution Speeds Ahead After Key Witness Testifies

By Julie Triedman |

With the prosecution's case moving faster than expected, counsel for defendants in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial used the last day of testimony by Dewey's former finance director to cast doubt on the witness.

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Schiff Hardin and Steptoe Make Squire Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Squire Patton Boggs sees more partners depart; two more lawyers peel away from O’Melveny & Myers; another IP litigator leaves Kenyon & Kenyon; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Gibson Dunn's Randy Mastro

Gibson Dunn's Mastro to Fight Wage Hike for NY Food Workers

By Scott Flaherty |

Former deputy New York mayor Randy Mastro, who's already battling the city over the de Blasio administration's foam packaging ban, is picking a new fight over a proposed increase to the state's minimum wage.

Are Your Associates Too Entitled?

By Vivia Chen |

Maybe you're better off hiring less-credentialed associates who really want the job.

Law Firm Combinations Will Continue, But There’s a Ceiling, Consultants Say

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms are merging at the highest rate since the Great Recession, but consultants say there are checks within the legal industry that will prevent consolidation on the scale of other professional service industries.

Dewey Witness Chokes Up as Prosecutors Double Down

By Christine Simmons |

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf finance director Frank Canellas told prosecutors Tuesday that telling the truth about Dewey’s demise would let him "look myself in the mirror every day for the rest of my life."

Weil, Not Kirkland, Checks In for A&P’s Chapter 22

By Brian Baxter |

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has tapped Weil, Gotshal & Manges restructuring partner Ray Schrock—one of The American Lawyer’s Star Lateral hires of 2014—to handle its second bankruptcy case in five years.

Cadwalader Parts Ways With Troubled Partner

By Jennifer Henderson |

Robert Ughetta, a capital markets partner with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in Charlotte, has left the firm two months after being charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. It was the third time in three years the lawyer found himself in legal trouble.

Attorney Elkan Abramowitz questions Frank Canellas on the stand, July 20, 2015, as former Dewey chair Steven Davis, far right, looks on.

Defense: Dewey Chair Was Unaware of False Accounting

By Nell Gluckman |

A defense lawyer for former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis spent Monday challenging the statements of former Dewey finance director Francis Canellas, whose testimony last week suggested that Davis knew about allegedly improper accounting adjustments at the firm.

The Churn

Liner Lands Dickstein Defectors, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The head of Dickstein Shapiro’s insurance coverage practice leads nine other lawyers to Los Angeles-based Liner; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius hires two more partners in London; and other notable new roles from throughout The Am Law 200.

Clouds at sunset on the South China Sea

The Global Lawyer: Not the South China Sea, Not in Court

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Last week arbitrators in The Hague heard from Foley Hoag's Paul Reichler in the first phase of the world's most misunderstood maritime battle, over the status of a few rocks that form the most controversial dots on the world map.

Sidley Partner Rattles Psychology Field With Torture Report

By Nell Gluckman |

In probing the American Psychological Association's complicity in post-9/11 interrogation methods, Sidley's David Hoffman found plenty to criticize—but also respect for the profession.

As Brown Rudnick Twists, Irish Eyes Shine on Mayer Brown

By Brian Baxter |

The story of Brown Rudnick’s role in an Irish bailout deal gone bad took a new turn this week, while Mayer Brown landed a role in the U.S. bankruptcy of a disgraced Irish property baron whose wife was allegedly ripped off by a New York lawyer.

Venable, Wachtell Make Match With Dating Site Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

The two Am Law 100 firms and a pair of Canadian shops have picked up work on a pickup site deal that will see Barry Diller-backed The Match Group buy PlentyofFish Media for $575 million in cash.

Cooley Makes Bicoastal Raid on Reed Smith

By Brian Baxter |

Four prominent corporate partners from Reed Smith—including Yvan-Claude Pierre, head of the firm’s corporate and securities group and chair of its U.S. capital markets practice—are peeling off for Cooley’s offices in New York and San Francisco.

Defense Gets Turn to Grill Dewey Finance Director

By Julie Triedman |

Defense lawyers in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial worked to undermine three days of witness testimony that appeared to link the firm’s executives to the alleged accounting fraud at the heart of the case.

Swiss Miss: Winston & Strawn to Close Geneva Office

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm has decided to consolidate its European arbitration practice and relocate its two Geneva partners by Sept. 30, 2015.

Deal Watch: Big Firms Feast on Billionaire’s Deal Double

By Jennifer Henderson |

Several Global 100 firms picked up work this week on a pair of acquisitions by companies backed by billionaire Martin Franklin.

Too Macho for Women?

By Vivia Chen |

A new ABA study finds that women are seen, but seldom heard, in court.

After 20 Years In-House, Willkie Scion Joins Steptoe

By Brian Baxter |

Steptoe & Johnson has snagged two new hires for its New York office, including a veteran in-house lawyer and grandson of a former Republican presidential candidate.

McDermott White-Collar Ace Wins Pro Bono Victory in 1982 Murder Case

By Jennifer Henderson |

McDermott Will & Emery partner Michael Kendall led the effort to overturn Raymond Tempest’s conviction in the grisly 1982 murder of Doreen Picard.

Three ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf executives and one former firm employee are escorted into criminal court in Manhattan for arraignment in March 2014. From left, with hands folded: Stephen DiCarmine, Zachary Warren, Joel Sanders and Steven Davis.

Witness, Emails Suggest Dewey Execs Knew of Bogus Accounting

By Julie Triedman |

Prosecutors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial continued to try to link the firm's former executives to allegedly illegal accounting tricks.

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Hausfeld Rides Big Fees Into New York, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

High-powered plaintiffs shop Hausfeld hires two antitrust litigators from Greenberg Traurig to open in the Big Apple; Greenberg Traurig opens its first office in Germany; Pillsbury picks up two; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Get Rich and Get Bill Brewer; Fiddy Taps Texas Litigator

By Zoe Ferguson |

Curtis Jackson III, a rapper known as 50 Cent, has assembled a high-powered legal team as he files for personal bankruptcy protection in Connecticut following an adverse $5 million judgment against him in sex tape litigation.

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf finance director Francis Canellas outside the firm's Manhattan offices in May 2012.

Jury Sees "Fake Income" Email in Trial of Dewey Execs

By Nell Gluckman |

Jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial heard more evidence Tuesday that the defunct firm's former leaders used allegedly illegal accounting tricks to mask financial shortfalls, including an internal email that described $25 million as "fake income."

Greenberg Snags 50-Lawyer Olswang Team For Germany Launch

By Chris Johnson |

Greenberg Traurig is to launch in Germany later this year, picking up the Berlin office of U.K.-based Olswang, the U.S. firm announced Tuesday.

Is Atticus 2.0 Breaking Your Heart?

By Vivia Chen |

Why are we still so invested in Atticus Finch?

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Napkin Nibbler Settles SEC Case Involving Ex-Simpson Thacher Clerk

By Brian Baxter |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced a settlement Monday with mortgage banker Frank Tamayo, a cooperator in its insider trading case against former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett managing clerk and attorney Steven Metro.

O’Melveny Welcomes New European Corporate Head From White & Case

By Jennifer Henderson |

Andrew Weiler, a corporate partner at White & Case in London, has joined O'Melveny & Myers to lead the firm's European M&A and corporate finance.

Star Witness Takes Stand in Dewey & LeBoeuf Criminal Trial

By Nell Gluckman |

Frank Canellas, Dewey’s onetime finance director, said he met with the firm’s former CFO in 2008 to come up with accounting adjustments that could mask a looming shortfall with lenders.

The Churn

Kirkland Pro Joins Sports Analytics Shop, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A Kirkland & Ellis corporate partner heads to a Silicon Valley sports analytics startup; Epstein Becker & Green snags some epic eyebrows; Morgan Lewis lands a structured transactions trio in London; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Sued by Landlord, Court Docs Trace Demise of Storied Sin City Firm

By Nell Gluckman |

Las Vegas-based Gordon Silver is now facing litigation from The Blackstone Group, where an affiliate of the buyout giant claims that the dissolving firm defaulted on lease payments.

Dealmakers of the Week: Lowell Yoder and Timothy Shuman of McDermott Will & Emery

By Jennifer Henderson |

Yoder and Shuman handled the complex tax component of a megamakeup deal announced between Procter & Gamble and New York-based beauty products giant and firm client Coty Inc.

Dewey & LeBoeuf, before the fall.

The Dewey Trial: Four Examples of Not-So-Funny Comic Relief

By Steven J. Harper |

Every trial has entertaining moments. You just have to recognize humor when you see it.

Steven Davis, Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine during a break May 26, the first day of the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial.

For Dewey Prosecutors, A Long Road Ahead

By Julie Triedman |

As the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial enters its seventh week, it's far too early to say who has the upper hand. But the contours of the case are coming into sharper focus—as are the challenges that prosecutors must overcome if they hope to win over the jury.

Greenberg Traurig Partner Throws a Fit

By Vivia Chen |

News and gossip about the private lives of Am Law partners.

Hinshaw Elects First New Chairman in 26 Years

By Nell Gluckman |

After a quarter century, Hinshaw & Culbertson chairman Donald Mrozek is ceding his role as leader of the Chicago-based national firm to litigation partner and vice chair Kevin Burke.

Deal Watch: Skadden Snags Big Beauty Deal as Conflict Claims Resurface Against Retired Partner

By Jennifer Henderson |

It was another big deal week for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which took the lead on a $12.5 billion buy for beauty products behemoth Coty, as an insider trading case involving a 6-year-old transaction by the firm forced a partner to take early retirement.

George Whipple—And His Eyebrows—Head to Epstein Becker

By Madeline Farber |

Epstein Becker & Green’s latest lateral hire has long had a double life. George Whipple III, who joins the firm from Credit Suisse, also has television journalist, photographer and philanthropist on his resume.

With No End in Sight, Dewey Jury Soldiers On

By Nell Gluckman |

Six weeks into the criminal trial over Dewey & LeBoeuf's allegedly fraud-fueled demise, the jury's ordeal is just beginning.

Seventh Circuit Revives Katten's $3.6B Ponzi Headache

By Scott Flaherty |

Winston & Strawn may have escaped malpractice claims related to Thomas Petters' $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme, but Katten Muchin Rosenman hasn't been so lucky.

Cerberus, Amid Irish Imbroglio, Taps Schulte Roth for Grocery IPO

By Jennifer Henderson |

Cerberus Capital Management has called upon longtime outside counsel Schulte Roth & Zabel to advise on an initial public offering for grocery giant Albertsons, as Brown Rudnick, another adviser to the buyout behemoth, feels the heat over an alleged political payout tied to an Irish bailout deal.

New Gowling WLG Leader Says No US Union on Horizon

By Brian Baxter |

Ottawa-based Gowling Lafleur Henderson and British firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. have announced plans to merge into a 1,400-lawyer firm called Gowling WLG. But the combined Anglo-Canadian giant is uninterested in a tie-up with a U.S. partner.

The Churn

Akin Gump Adds High-Powered Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The Beltway base of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld absorbs two veteran litigators; Hogan Lovells hires three Baker Botts litigators in Texas; McDermott and Pillsbury poach new partners; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Gross Revenues Mostly Flat at Clifford Chance, Freshfields

By Brian Baxter |

Magic Circle firms Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have unveiled their financial performance for 2014-2015, as France’s Fidal bypasses Spain’s Garrigues as the largest continental European law firm by gross revenue.

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Littler Lands in Nicaragua

By Jennifer Henderson |

Littler Mendelson has expanded to Nicaragua, with the July 1 launch of an office in the Central American nation's capital of Managua by Littler Global member BDS Asesores.

Report: Law Firms Consolidating at Record Setting Pace

By Nell Gluckman |

In the first half of 2015, 48 law firms announced mergers, the highest half-year total in nine years, according to the legal consultancy Altman Weil.

Quinn Slashes Summer Program. Should Your Firm?

By Vivia Chen |

Is your firm better off without a summer associate program?

Bomb Injures Canadian Lawyer; Client’s Ex-Husband Charged

By Jennifer Henderson |

A bomb blast shook the office of a Winnipeg boutique Friday, severely injuring an associate romantically linked to a recently disbarred Canadian lawyer. Police have arrested a client's former husband in connection with the attack.

The Churn

MoFo Hires Latham's M&A Co-Chair, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Latham & Watkins corporate partner Graeme Sloan in London joined Morrison & Foerster as co-chair of its M&A group; Covington & Burling brings back a high-profile former U.S. attorney general; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. at the downtown Washington office of Covington & Burling on June 30, 2015.

Q&A: Eric Holder Jr. Returns to Private Practice

By Tony Mauro and Katelyn Polantz |

Eric Holder Jr. has returned home to Covington & Burling after more than six years as U.S. attorney general, and he said it is the "last stop" in his legal career—and even ruled out a U.S. Supreme Court appointment, if he is asked. Holder spoke also about the opportunities he will have at Covington, in addition to his practice, to advocate for his long-running causes—including improving race relations and access to justice.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. at the downtown Washington office of Covington & Burling on June 30, 2015.

Holder's Return to Covington Was Six Years in the Making

By Katelyn Polantz |

Covington & Burling celebrates a homecoming this week as Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black attorney general, rejoins the firm as a white-collar partner. Covington's latest high-profile hire will officially start at the firm in September.

Deal Watch: Skadden Celebrates Holiday Weekend Atop M&A League Tables

By Jennifer Henderson |

M&A league tables for the first half of 2015 compiled by Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters show Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom leading the pack among legal advisers, while several other Am Law 100 firms prepare to fete the Fourth of July with some insurance-related transactional work.

Partner Pay Spreads: Minding the Gap

Wondering how many multiples of your pay your fellow partners may be earning? Indulge your insecurities with this handy interactive chart.

Pillsbury chair Jim Rishwain

Pillsbury Chair Takes Stock After Departures

By Julie Triedman |

Pillsbury chair Jim Rishwain answered our questions about a spate of recent partner defections, the firm’s merger outlook, and the search for his eventual replacement.

Lawyers in Dewey Trial Spar Over What Constitutes Proper Accounting

By Nell Gluckman |

Defense counsel in the trial of three ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf executives pressed their argument Thursday that many of the accounting adjustments made by former firm employees were appropriate. The prosecution has sought to portray those adjustments as acts of fraud.

Jobs Report: Legal Services Industry Takes a Hit

By MP McQueen |

The Labor Department’s June jobs report showed that the legal services industry lost 800 jobs, more than erasing the meager gains that the industry enjoyed in May.

Goodwin Procter Leader Says Firm Committed to Diversity, Growth

By Julie Triedman |

Three months after Goodwin Procter said it would slash 2 percent of its workforce, the Boston-based Am Law 100 announced three private equity hires Wednesday in its hometown and London. The Am Law Daily caught up with chairman David Hashmall to discuss his plans for Goodwin Procter as he approaches the end of his first year as leader.

Dewey Defense Argues Accounting Adjustments Were Proper

By Nell Gluckman |

A former Dewey & LeBoeuf budget director cooperating with the New York County District Attorney’s Office in its prosecution of three former firm leaders conceded during cross-examination Wednesday that some accounting adjustments are legitimate.

Words That Scare Women

By Vivia Chen |

Are words like "ambitious" and "competitive salary" turning women off?

Syngenta AG Golden Harvest brand hybrid seed corn seedlings grow in a field in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, May 8, 2015. Syngenta AG, the world's largest maker of agricultural chemicals, rejected a 41.7 billion Swiss-franc ($45 billion) takeover offer from U.S. rival Monsanto Co., saying it undervalued the company and a merger would have significant execution risks.

Wilmer’s Lobbyists Seek to Keep Monsanto Out of Regulatory Weeds

By Jennifer Henderson |

After building out its lobbying group with a pair of seasoned hires over the past two years, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has dug into advising agribusiness behemoth Monsanto on its effort to acquire Swiss seed technology rival Syngenta.

Dentons' Eye Still Wandering as McKenna Long Ties the Knot

By Julie Triedman |

With Dentons' merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge becoming official on Wednesday, we asked the firm's leaders about the impending combination with China's Dacheng—and what other global tie-ups may be in store.

Herbert Smith Freehills Grows Profits, Shrinks Debt Amid Flat Revenues

By Chris Johnson |

Herbert Smith Freehills achieved strong profit growth in the last financial year despite largely flat revenues, the firm announced Wednesday.

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Paul Hastings Poaches Foursome, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A leading structured finance team leaves Ashurst for Paul Hastings; a Quinn Emanuel associate development director moves on; Dentons closes on a combination; DLA Piper bolts on a boutique Down Under; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cadwalader Partner, Federal Judge Broaden Scope of Re-Enactments

By Nell Gluckman |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partner Kathy Chin and her husband, Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, have been presenting re-enactments of cases important to Asian-American legal history for nearly a decade. Now, they will broaden the scope of their work to commemorate cases involving other minority groups.

(From left) Stephen DiCarmine, Zachary Warren, Joel Sanders, and Steven Davis are led into court on Thursday March 6, 2014.

Former Dewey Financial Controller Testifies to Falsifying Records

By Nell Gluckman |

Ilya Alter, a former director of budgeting and planning at Dewey & LeBoeuf, admitted in testimony Tuesday in the criminal trial of three former firm executives that he helped falsify accounting records at the now-defunct firm. Alter is one of seven former Dewey & LeBoeuf employees who have agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for a lighter sentence.

John M. Dowd

‘Mad Dog’ of Sports Radio Meets Match in Ex-Akin Gump Partner

By Brian Baxter |

John Dowd, a former Marine and veteran Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld litigator who retired from the firm earlier this year, appeared on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio with Christopher Russo to discuss his investigation 26 years ago that led to a lifetime ban of Major League Baseball icon Pete Rose. It did not go well.

Former Law School Roommates Take Charge in Chicago

By Madeline Farber |

Rebecca Eisner and Lydia Kelley used to share mac and cheese dinners and cram for exams together. Now they oversee nearly 600 lawyers as managing partners of the Chicago offices of Mayer Brown and McDermott Will & Emery, respectively.

Dewey & LeBoeuf NYC

Ex-Dewey Senior Partner Says Probe News Scuttled Merger Deal

By Julie Triedman |

Defense lawyers for three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives had some tough questions during their cross-examination of a former executive committee member from the now-defunct firm.

The Churn

Musical Chairs at Kirkland & Ellis; Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Kirkland snags a top London tax partner but loses three others; McKenna Long & Aldridge sees more lateral movement ahead of its deal with Dentons; Shearman & Sterling opens in Saudi Arabia; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmaker of the Week: Richard Hall of Cravath, Swaine & Moore

By Jennifer Henderson |

Hall advised Delhaize Group in its merger with Koninklijke Ahold NV, which will create a combined company valued at $29 billion.

Cleary Bankruptcy Pro Takes On Gay 'Conversion Therapy'

By Madeline Farber |

After Friday's victory for same-sex marriage, the notion that gays and lesbians need to be "cured" might seem almost quaint. Not so for Jim Bromley's pro bono clients, who won a resounding jury verdict this week against a group that promised to purge their homosexuality.

Ex-Dewey Finance Partner Recalls Fateful 2010 Bond Offering

By Julie Triedman |

Richard Shutran, the former co-head of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s corporate department who took the lead on a $150 million private placement by the firm, testified Thursday that he was never in the loop about its shaky financial situation.