White & Case ranked No. 1 for M&A globally in league table rankings for legal advisers in 2016, according to data analyzed by Bloomberg and Mergermarket. The latter listed the Am Law 100 firm as working on 319 announced deals last year valued in excess of $665 billion.
A few days after Willkie Farr hired two energy partners from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Allen & Overy and Haynes and Boone have picked up three more partners from the firm. The moves come as Cadwalader seeks to refocus itself on financial services work, a process that will see the Wall Street firm close its Houston office.
Zachary Warren, a young lawyer who faced criminal charges alongside three executives at Dewey & LeBoeuf, has formally put the case behind him and has relaunched his legal career at one of the country's top law firms.
A crowdfunded legal action to determine whether Brexit can be reversed will begin in Ireland later this month. The suit seeks a referral to the European Court of Justice to rule on whether the U.K. can unilaterally revoke Article 50, which starts a two-year deadline for an EU member to complete its withdrawal from the political bloc.
The firm has recruited Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partners Paul Pantano Jr. and Athena Yvonne Eastwood in Washington, D.C., six years after the two FERC experts joined the latter in a high-profile lateral move from McDermott Will & Emery. Cadwalader said the moves are part of a plan to re-focus itself on financial services.
A five-lawyer team from Harness, Dickey & Pierce is leaving the IP-focused firm for Husch Blackwell. The group includes Rudolph Telscher, who once won a critical appellate ruling preserving the sanctity of fantasy baseball and argued the winning side in a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court case on patent fee-shifting.
Law firms are feeling increased pricing pressure from their clients, according to a report released Thursday but the Georgetown University Law Center and Thomson Reuters' Peer Monitor. How law firm leaders address it will separate the top firms from all the rest.
Jeffrey Randall, the co-head of the IP litigation group at K&L Gates, has left the firm a little over a year after joining its Silicon Valley office from Paul Hastings. His departure marks the latest in a series of notable partner-level defections from the firm in recent months.
London expects to lose its legal battle over whether it can start the Brexit process without wider parliamentary approval. The British government appealed a High Court ruling that parliament must be allowed to vote on triggering Article 50, which starts a two-year deadline for an EU member to withdraw from the political bloc.
The names of corporate law firms are not usually mentioned in major political news conferences. Lawyers are, or course. Nearly all of America has been introduced to David Boies, David Kendall, and Ted Olson. But most large law firm names are unrecognizable to the general public. Until Wednesday.
A year after absorbing Minneapolis-based Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, Fox Rothschild is raiding Twin Cities shop Lommen Abdo for a six-lawyer entertainment team led by Kenneth Abdo, a son of the firm's founding partner. Lommen Abdo is one of the largest firms in Minnesota.
A Morrison & Foerster associate who recently completed a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship will argue Wednesday against former solicitor general Seth Waxman in a major race discrimination case that involves the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Goodwin Procter will take on a 26-lawyer team from King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) in London, with the group hire granted as part of a deal that also saw KWM drop litigation against the Boston-based Am Law 100 firm and corporate partner Richard Lever.
During a raucous political news conference that was unusually heavy with tax law theory, Donald Trump and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner Sheri Dillon outlined Wednesday how the president-elect would distance himself from his companies.
Dentons, which has made a big push into the Latin American and Caribbean markets in the past year, has expanded its web of verein-style partnerships to Monterrey, Mexico, by combining with local firm Canales Zambrano y Asociados and forming an affiliate on the island of Barbados after taking on three lawyers from Canada's BCF.
As Chadbourne & Parke and two female partners battle in court over discrimination claims, the firm continues to see head count changes, including the departure of a female project finance partner and the arrival of a bankruptcy attorney.
One way to solidify your relationship with clients is to hire lawyers from their legal departments. Another is to plant your partners in their positions. On both fronts, Jenner & Block recently scored twice.
John Carlin, who stepped down in October as the top official for national security at the U.S. Department of Justice, is joining Morrison & Foerster's New York office, where he will start a new global risk and crisis management practice at the firm.
King & Wood Mallesons' struggling European arm (KWME) has told all staff that they will not receive any salary payments ahead of the firm's imminent administration as its main lender, Barclays plc, will no longer authorize the payments. Quantuma has replaced AlixPartners as KUME's proposed administrator.
As King & Wood Mallesons' European arm continues to crumble, big firms around the world pick up some partner-level pieces; Baker McKenzie ditches its ampersand; DLA Piper heads to Chile; a former K&L Gates litigation leader starts his own firm; and other notable moves from throughout The Global 100.
Law firm leaders showed tepid confidence that important metrics like demand and revenue would grow in 2017, according to a survey conducted by Citi Private Bank's law firm group. But there are some positive indicators.
John Walsh, a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, is joining Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as a partner in the Mile-High City, where the Am Law 100 firm has built up a small but impressive office over the past three years.
Six months after opening an office in Minneapolis, Jones Day has hired cybersecurity, privacy and data protection partner Richard 'Rick' Martinez in the Twin Cities from Robins Kaplan, where he chaired the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity litigation group.
As large U.S. firms jockey to stake out a global presence, Smith Gambrell & Russell is expanding its reach with new international offices in the United Kingdom and Germany. The Atlanta-based Am Law 200 firm is also adding seven lawyers to its New York office with the impending acquisition of New York boutique Balber Pickard Maldonado & Van Der Tuin.
Backed by a legal team from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, U.S. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson laid out his answer this week to critics who claimed his financial ties to Exxon Mobil Corp. would create untenable conflicts of interest if he's confirmed.
Two former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives facing retrial are urging a Manhattan judge for permission to cross-examine the lead witness for the prosecution about a new cooperation agreement, calling the deal "extraordinary circumstances" that directly bear on the defendants' rights.
Legal consulting firms Altman Weil Inc. and Fairfax Associates have issued reports on the state of the law firm merger market in 2016. Last year may have missed out on setting a record for combinations, but it did confirm a trend: In the post-recession legal market, managing partners are more acquisitive than ever.
Fenwick & West, which recently opened an office in New York, has hired a tech and life sciences dealmaker away from Lowenstein Sandler, which in turn added a Morgan Lewis transactional partner to its tech group.
In the latest development in Uber Technologies' long-running workers' rights battle in Europe, a Swiss insurance agency has ruled that its drivers are employees for whom the company must pay social security contributions.
Jay Clayton, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, is hardly a high-profile figure outside the Wall Street deal-making circles in which he's made his career. Unlike outgoing SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, Clayton, a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, is not a litigator or a member of the white-collar defense bar.
DLA Piper continues to profit from its role advising the administrators on the collapse of British high street retailer BHS, with a leaked document revealing that professional advisors racked up another million pounds in fees in less than six weeks.
Two former real estate associates at Sidley Austin in New York appeared Tuesday night on CNBC's "Billion Dollar Buyer," a reality TV show that sees billionaire Tilman Fertitta evaluate business proposals from small business owners. Unfortunately, the two ex-Sidley entrepreneurs behind Kelvin Natural Slush Co. didn't get a deal.
Lawyers from four top Am Law 100 firms are nearing the end of the marathon—and highly lucrative—bankruptcy involving the operating arm of Caesars Entertainment Corp. After a tumultuous hearing in Chicago that briefly threatened to prolong the case, a judge set the stage for a confirmation hearing later this month.
Herrick, Feinstein hospitality chair Paul Shapses is leaving the firm amid its merger talks with Crowell & Moring for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. The latter recently saw the co-head of its financial services regulation practice leave to start his own firm in four different cities.
Paul Smith, who argued and won the historic U.S. Supreme Court gay rights case Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, is leaving his partnership at Jenner & Block to teach at Georgetown University Law Center and to litigate for voting rights and campaign reform at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit.
Amy Heller, a trusts and estates partner who joined McDermott Will & Emery in a high-profile lateral move in 2011, has left the firm for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. McDermott watched another private client partner leave its London office for Bryan Cave.
A litigation dispute in California against Bikram Choudhury, the founder of so-called hot yoga, has ended with his former British lawyer being awarded control of his business empire. In New York, a startup yoga clothing company, recently filed for bankruptcy, owing thousands of dollars in legal fees to two law firms.
A top Australian intellectual property lawyer who is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills' Australian IP relationship firm has been charged with indecent assault, according to Australian and international media reports.
Former Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Asia managing partner Rocky Lee and Hong Kong capital markets partner Stephen Chan have located new homes in King & Wood Mallesons and Dechert, respectively, following the closing at the end of December of the New York firm's Beijing and Hong Kong offices.
She plans to return to teaching and advocacy, and will complete a book, upon leaving Harvard Law School at the end of the academic year. Minow has led the law school since 2009, when her predecessor Elena Kagan left to become solicitor general and later an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz litigation partner George T. Conway III is being considered to serve as U.S. solicitor general in President-elect Donald Trump's administration, according to media reports. Conway's represented major corporate clients at Wachtell, where he's been a partner since 1994, and argued one case in the Supreme Court. On his thinking about presidential power: "In a case involving his private conduct, a president should be treated like any private citizen," Conway wrote in a 1994 op-ed challenging Bill Clinton's push to evade litigation of sexual misconduct claims. "The rule of law requires no more—and no less." Conway is married to Kellyanne Conway, who's set to become counselor to Donald Trump.
Amid a flurry of lawsuits and government probes spinning out from Wells Fargo & Co.'s fake-accounts scandal, a group of California plaintiffs lawyers teamed up this week to bring a new employment suit, looking to test out an expanded set of legal theories.
Famed civil rights activists. Notorious gangsters and the Kennedy assassins. A former football star whose murder trial continues to transfix the country. An ex-Stanford swimmer whose six-month sentence for sexual assault drew nationwide attention.
Barton Winokur, the former head of Dechert and a longtime member of the board of directors at Philadelphia-based CDI Corp., is facing a public call for his resignation from the company's board by two shareholders.
Richard Nichols, a Dallas-based lawyer who once worked at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and K&L Gates predecessor Hughes & Luce, has been let go from his role as executive director of the U.S. women's national soccer team. The move comes as the team seeks a new collective bargaining agreement.
You know the government lawyers who joined the top firms in the nation’s capital last year. And you’ve probably heard about the mergers to come for some in the city. But for reflection’s sake as a hectic 2016 comes to a close, let’s revisit the lateral group moves, from one Big Law shop to another, that redesigned Washington, D.C.’s legal landscape over the past 12 months.
Global legal giant Norton Rose Fulbright looks to new horizons; Akin Gump and Fox Rothschild reel in some new recruits; Cooley and Goodwin Procter keep growing; Weil make a high-profile antitrust hire; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Kirkland & Ellis has hired an antitrust clearance expert by bringing on of counsel Donna Peel. The firm’s new recruit spent the past six years as executive director of the Chicago-based Pro Bono Network.
Our annual publication of the U.S. Supreme Court's eggnog recipe comes with the usual admonition: It is potent stuff, not to be drunk before driving. But if you like classic eggnog, not the chemical brew that grocery stores offer, it is hard to beat.
The plaintiffs bar bids farewell to 2016 boasting some impressive achievements, including blockbuster settlements in auto emissions litigation and other cases. But there were also notable setbacks—sometimes delivered by opposing counsel, and sometimes involving lawyers on the plaintiffs' own side.
Laura Foggan, a longtime litigator at Wiley Rein and leader of the firm’s insurance appellate group, has joined Crowell & Moring as a partner in Washington, D.C. Foggan’s hire comes a few weeks after Crowell & Moring confirmed its discussions with New York’s Herrick, Feinstein about a potential merger.
Dickinson Wright recently welcomed back government contracts partner Scott MacGriff in Washington, D.C., from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he spent the past eight years as a lawyer in its national courts section. The post saw MacGriff spend more than three years as a Justice Department attaché in Afghanistan.
Having just turned 90, Weil, Gotshal & Manges senior partner Ira Millstein discusses his decades-long fight to reform corporate boards and his new book on the topic, published this month. Millstein believes directors of companies have a responsibility to improve Americans' view of the corporations they depend upon.
Two months after the SEC cracked down on the founders of Dakota Plains Holdings Inc., the midstream energy company filed for bankruptcy in Minneapolis shortly before Christmas. Dakota Plains, which is seeking a sale as part of its Chapter 11 proceedings, owes thousands of dollars to three law firms.
Undefeated in college football this year, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide are the heavy favorites to repeat as national champions in January. If they succeed, Dean Altobelli, whose official title is “analyst” on head coach Nick Saban's staff, will take home his fourth championship ring since arriving in Tuscaloosa.
Large firms frequently file suit—or get sued—in all sorts of litigation, such as legal malpractice claims, bill arguments with ex-clients, partnership disputes and claims by ex-employees. While the suits make headlines at the time they are filed, often they are quietly settled or dismissed.
But in the spirit of the holidays, we're giving that a rest and highlighting the good work law firms are undertaking, especially this season. Whether it's through community service or pro bono projects, the legal profession each year gives back—in a big way.
It's a sight that has become more frequent in courthouses around the country: newly exonerated defendants, now free after years or even decades behind bars for crimes they didn't commit, joyously hugging relatives and attorneys and posing for news cameras. And it has also become more common to see those same parties back in court—this time as plaintiffs—seeking compensation for the years they've lost from the state and local governments that imprisoned them.
Few think the A in ABA stands for admirable. But the I in IBA could plausibly stand for inspiring. Imagine a bar association that acts more as a progressive voice for the profession than a self-serving lobby. As the presidency of Debevoise's David Rivkin draws to a close, the IBA is speaking out on everything from global warming to judicial corruption.
In what at first may appear to be an oversight, there isn't a single mention of intellectual property law on the website bio of Stephanie Parker, the lawyer who led the team that achieved last week's record-breaking $2.54 billion patent infringement settlement for client Idenix Pharmaceuticals.
The president of the American Bar Association says that members don't sit on the sidelines, but rather are "working collaboratively every day with our diverse membership to make the ABA the world’s leading authoritative voice for liberty and justice."
Welcome to The National Law Journal's third annual Elite Trial Lawyers report, in which we highlight 35 law firms that did some of the most creative and significant work on the plaintiffs side over the past three to five years.
Boeing used its in-house lawyers to clinch a $16.6 billion deal with Iran Air, as Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox seeks to consolidate its control over European broadcaster Sky, while Anheuser-Busch InBev unloads five beer brands in an effort to close on its acquisition of SABMiller.
John Steele of Florida and Paul Hansmeier of Minnesota filmed pornographic movies and enticed people to download them illegally, according to a federal indictment, then used phony copyright infringement allegations to "extort" millions of dollars in settlements.
V. Gerard “Jerry” Comizio, chair of the global banking practice at Paul Hastings, has joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson as a corporate partner in Washington, D.C. Comizio, who will head Fried Frank’s banking group, previously worked at now-defunct Thacher Proffitt & Wood.
The firm is advising Stone Energy Corp. and Illinois Power Generating Co. on their recent Chapter 11 filings in Houston. Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Porter Hedges are working with Latham on both new cases, the latest so far this year as the U.S. energy industry copes with sagging oil and gas prices.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy on Thursday became the latest law firm to snag a departing federal prosecutor in New York, hiring Katherine Goldstein, who’s stepping down next month as head of the securities fraud unit in the Southern District U.S. attorney’s office.
Tucked into the Dodd-Frank Act was a transparency revolution. What will Trump's rollback mean for American policy on "conflict minerals" and "Publish What You Pay"? This is the first in a series of three Global Lawyer columns on anticorruption under Trump.
Marie-Joe Abi-Nassif, a trained opera singer and first-year associate at Latham & Watkins, will be performing Friday at New York's Carnegie Hall. She spoke with The American Lawyer about balancing her musical ambitions with her fulltime job as an M&A lawyer.
J. Warren Gorrell Jr., a longtime leader at Hogan Lovells until stepping aside two years ago, is preparing to retire at 62. He will remain chairman emeritus at the Global 100 firm he helped form through a transatlantic merger in 2010.
Dentons is no longer talking to King & Wood Mallesons' European management about a potential deal to take over its distressed European and Middle East business. Dentons was revealed as being interested in KWM Europe a fortnight ago.
A suit by data privacy lawyer Jay Edelson seeks to hold Chicago's Johnson & Bell liable for lax security measures even though the firm never suffered a data breach. Lawyers are skeptical the case has a leg to stand on—but fearful if it does.
Washington, D.C.-based Crowell & Moring and New York-based Herrick Feinstein have signed a term sheet as part of advanced merger talks, sources said Tuesday. The proposed union would create a 570-lawyer firm with $478 million in gross revenue, while significantly boosting Crowell & Moring's position in the New York market.
The legal industry can expect to see low single-digit growth in revenue and profitability next year, just as it did in 2016, according to a report by Citi Private Bank’s law firm group and Hildebrandt Consulting. Volatility in the market and stagnant demand for law firm services will help top firms continue to pull away from the rest of the pack.
After a tumultuous 2016, New York-based Scout Media Inc. filed for bankruptcy in the Big Apple last week, owing $356,800 to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and $150,000 to Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman. The debtor has hired Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice to advise it in Chapter 11 proceedings.
The family members of a Malaysian financier at the center a $3.5 billion money laundering case involving the film "The Wolf of Wall Street" have asked to intervene in hopes of asserting a claim over several high-priced hotels and condos in New York and California, a Bombardier jet and music royalties.
Lateral hiring is said to be critical to many firms' strategies, but 30 percent of laterals deliver less than half their expected book of business in their first year at the new firm, with another 21 percent delivering three-quarters or less, an ALM Intelligence report found.
A look at the Global 100 firms behind the latest batch of billion-dollar deals, including the Kremlin's $11.3 billion sale of a 19.5 percent stake in Russian oil giant Rosneft to global commodities giant Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund. Cleary Gottlieb, Linklaters and White & Case have landed roles on that sanctions-busting transaction.
The struggling European arm of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is weighing "a number" of offers for parts of the business. The move comes amid talk of a pre-packaged administration for the branch of the firm, formerly known as SJ Berwin.
In the first public data security class action complaint against a U.S. law firm, Chicago-based Johnson & Bell was named in a lawsuit that says the firm failed to protect confidential client information.
Jonathan Judge, a litigation partner at Schiff Hardin in Chicago, carved out an interesting side career as a baseball statistician, with some calling him to the next Nate Silver. Now, like Silver’s switch from baseball to politics, he’s setting his sights on a new industry.
A leaked document produced by Magic Circle law firms Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters has revealed that the U.K. finance industry wants the British government to allow it to remain subject to European Union laws for up to five years after Brexit.
One of the lead lawyers in the historic legal challenge over whether the U.K. prime minister has the power to start Brexit has told The American Lawyer that he is “confident” an earlier ruling demanding the process be subject to a parliamentary vote will be upheld.
Jason Brezler tried to do the right thing. The U.S. Marine Corps major warned his comrades in Afghanistan of a possible attack, but in his haste to do so, he sent a classified document from his personal email account. That got Brezler booted from the Marines.
The situation at King & Wood Mallesons is coming to a head. Sources at the firm say that its beleaguered European arm is heading for a pre-packaged administration, the U.K. equivalent of bankruptcy, with negotiations already at an advanced stage. An announcement should occur in the second half of next week.
La Paloma Generating Co. LLC, a natural gas-fired power plant in Southern California struggling with increased competition from the renewable energy sector, filed for bankruptcy this week in Delaware. The company owes nearly $200,000 to three Am Law 100 firms.
The national labor and employment giant has expanded again by bolting on Cincinnati's Denlinger, Rosenthal & Greenberg. Jackson Lewis' addition of the smaller firm marks the latest merger move in what has been a particularly busy close to the year.
Hit with accusations that it cheated U.S. emission rules, the company has turned to a lawyer familiar with the issue—Volkswagen's lead attorney, Robert Giuffra Jr., a leader of Sullivan & Cromwell's litigation group.
Former Shearman & Sterling private equity partner partner Mark Soundy and tax partner Sarah Priestley have resurfaced at Goodwin Procter. Soundy is joining the Boston-based firm next week, with Priestley poised to join him at Goodwin Procter in January.
The U.K.'s first publicly listed law firm continues to power ahead, with Gateley announcing that its revenue increased 19 percent and its pre-tax profit soared 44 percent in the first half of the current fiscal year.
The rapper, actor and businessman known as 50 Cent claimed that his former lawyers from Garvey Schubert Barer had failed to adequately represent him in an arbitration with a company that was set to market a line of headphones.
Former senator and Alston & Bird special counsel Bob Dole told The Wall Street Journal that he and his firm helped to arrange the president-elect's taboo-breaking telephone call on Friday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. "It's fair to say that we may have had some influence," Dole told the paper.
Kevin Arquit, head of the antitrust group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, is poised to leave the firm for Weil, Gotshal & Manges on Jan. 1, 2017. Arquit, a former general counsel of the Federal Trade Commission and director of its Bureau of Competition, joined Simpson Thacher in 2002 from Clifford Chance.
James Quinn, a veteran litigator at Weil and longtime legal advocate for professional athletes, is representing a group of Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters that have formed a trade association to negotiate better terms with management of the mixed martial arts promotion company, which was sold for $4 billion in July.
Fisher & Phillips, an Atlanta-based labor and employment firm, announced Monday the formation of a pay equity group that seeks to assist clients in what some experts predict could be an active area of litigation in 2017.
More large law firms are spreading the word about their medical cannabis practice capabilities as ethics rule changes and state legislation whittle down the amount of risk involved in providing that guidance. And they are hoping for a big payday.
In an era when demand for legal services is softening, the country's largest firms are increasingly going to courts and arbitration against their former clients to collect fees in what consultants say is the "new normal."
More than 30 law firms have asked a federal judge to award them legal fees and costs associated with a $14.7 billion class action settlement with Volkswagen, most filing after an order last week that barred attorneys from submitting liens against their clients' awards.
Among all the excitement of transatlantic law firm mergers and the ongoing saga at King & Wood Mallesons, news that Allen & Overy’s revenue increased by an impressive 13 percent in the first six months of the fiscal year got somewhat lost in the mix.
Davis Polk & Wardwell, which represents Baker Hughes Inc. in its pending combination with General Electric's oil and gas business, is also advising the Houston oil field services company in forming a new pressure pumping venture with CSL Capital Management and West Street Energy Partners.
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer and Eversheds Sutherland get a head start on the hiring front; Willkie, Proskauer and Goodwin Procter recruit from King & Wood Mallesons; Simpson Thacher and Sullivan & Cromwell dip into the lateral market; White & Case expands in Oz; and other notable additions from throughout The Global 100.
Mayer Brown has bolstered its corporate and securities presence in Chicago with the hire of Marjorie Loeb from her former role as a senior vice president and general counsel of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.
As law firms race to collect from their clients and make their budgets this year, some may be considering another option: finding investors willing to buy their uncollected billings for cold, hard cash.
Lawyers for Russia’s state-controlled oil giant Rosneft manipulated court rulings in order to help it seize hundreds of millions of dollars in assets belonging to the now-defunct private oil major Yukos, the Financial Times reports.
Once again, Cravath, Swaine & Moore kicked off associate bonus season with a memo announcing its bonus scale, which was promptly posted to the legal blog Above the Law on Monday. Other firms quickly matched.
Uber Technologies Inc. said Monday that Cuatrecasas attorney Cani Fernandez will represent the company before the European Court of Justice in a landmark case determining how the ride-hailing service will be regulated in the EU.
The head of the U.K.’s central bank is working on a secret deal that would see British businesses retain access to the European single market for at least two years after the country leaves the EU, according to The Sunday Times.
Sidley Austin senior counsel and former Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton Minow received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama on Nov. 22.
Civil libertarians have sounded alarms over President-elect Donald Trump's calls for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and restrictions on Muslims entering the country. But as some Big Law partners have found in some recent racist encounters, a vocal segment of America is willing to go further.
The family of Christopher Zinski, a former Schiff Hardin corporate partner felled by a stroke four years ago, has secured a $20 million settlement in a medical malpractice suit filed against Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Chicago.
The Cleveland-based Am Law 100 firm is advising Ohio native Dave Chappelle on his comeback tour, one that after a Saturday Night Live appearance this month has snagged the comedian a $60 million deal with Netflix Inc. for three standup specials.
In his acceptance speech at The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Awards in New York City, the star litigator says he was wise to listen to legal secretaries, who often knew more about the nuts and bolt of lawyering than lawyers did.
A leading expert in partnership law has dismissed the possibility of partners at King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm having to repay two years’ worth of profits if they refuse the offer of a financial bailout from the firm’s Chinese partnership.
After nearly four decades in operation, The Big Apple Circus Ltd. filed for bankruptcy Sunday, with Debevoise & Plimpton serving as lead counsel to the Brooklyn, New York-based nonprofit on its Chapter 11 case.
In receiving The American Lawyer's Law Firm Distinguished Leader Award, Francis Milone says he got a hand up in life from strong community institutions that today don't work together well for immigrants and the poor.
With President-elect Donald Trump promising to "rip up" free trade agreements, the U.K.'s Brexit vote and nationalist movements gaining ground in other European countries, Baker & McKenzie's new chair is leading a firm known for cross-border dealmaking as protectionist rhetoric threatens to scuttle international cooperation and trade.
The U.K.’s Brexit future has become even less clear after the Supreme Court ruled that the Scottish and Welsh governments can join a historic legal battle over the country’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Cooley, Davis Polk, Orrick, Ropes & Gray, Wilson Sonsini and ZwillGen are advising on a long-awaited combination between leading daily fantasy sports providers DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. A dozen big firms have also grabbed roles on notable deals in the cosmetics, energy and health care space.
After nearly six months on the campaign trail, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld has resumed working at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo in Boston. Weld took a leave of absence this summer after being tapped by former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson to join him on the Libertarian Party ticket for president.
On Friday the English Court of Appeal issued a landmark ruling affecting litigation funders who financed an unsuccessful $1.6 billion case against two U.S. oil companies. The court ruled that the funders, under the U.K.’s “loser pays” rule, could be forced to pay more than $24.7 million in legal costs for defendants in the case.
With the Trump transition team's selection of Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general, several Washington law firms—especially those with conservative leaning white-collar lawyers and lobbyists—could benefit from ties to the Alabama Republican.
At a time of political upheaval and uncertainty over the future of civil rights in this country, William Lee, a longtime partner and former co-leader at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, has a chilling story to tell.
The legal services industry isn’t exactly known for innovation. Lawyers are inherently conservative and change averse animals, and law firms have as a result tended to be years behind other professional services businesses when it comes to areas such as technology, working practices, business development and marketing.
Laurence Solov, a former partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Los Angeles, serves as president and CEO of the Breitbart News Network. Solov's friendship with the politically conservative site's late founder, Andrew Breitbart, enticed him to leave Big Law in 2008. But his former firm has continued to handle legal work for Breitbart.
Barnes & Thornburg managing partner Robert Grand, known for his ties to Republican causes, has been named to President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural committee. Barnes & Thornburg, which is close to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, is one of many firms providing lawyers and potential appointees to the new administration.
Lewis Baach name partner Eric Lewis got a phone call from an old friend’s sister shortly after he wrote an op-ed in The New York Times in 2013 detailing his time playing under a high school football coach who was also a serial sexual predator. It would mark the beginning of a journey into his past.
Walter “Hawk” Newsome Jr., a former project manager at Wilson Elser, went on to get his law degree and now serves as head of the New York branch of activist group Black Lives Matter. After the recent election of Donald Trump to president, Newsome is now vowing to turn his organization into a Black Tea Party.
Top telecommunications litigator Andrew McBride's departure from Wiley Rein for Perkins Coie this week was not the standard lateral move within Big Law. Instead, it came after a period of solitary soul-searching following a medical emergency this spring.
Nine-month quarterly flash survey results from Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group show further evidence of the continued challenges facing the legal industry. Associate salary increases have taken a toll on margins, according to Citi.
The U.K. might have to pay the European Union as much as 60 billion euros ($65 billion) in order to leave the political bloc in a process that could take longer than five years to complete, the Financial Times reports.
On Monday, Chadbourne & Parke filed papers asking a federal district court in Manhattan to dismiss a high-profile gender bias suit filed against the firm two months ago by litigation partner Kerrie Campbell in Washington, D.C.
A report by Ernst & Young states that London could lose 18,000 legal and accounting services jobs if the U.K. no longer has access to the single market once the country leaves the European Union. The accounting giant estimates that a loss of passporting rights for euro-denominated clearing could cost London a total of 83,000 jobs.
President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday chose Reinhold "Reince" Priebus, a partner on leave from Milwaukee-based Michael Best & Friedrich while he chairs the Republican National Committee, to serve as his chief of staff.
Whether or not President-elect Donald Trump will become a dealmaker or a divider in the White House remains to be seen, but the man who once wrote a book called "The Art of the Deal" could emerge as a so-called deal slayer for some huge transactions.
Arnold & Porter's merger with fellow Am Law 100 firm Kaye Scholer, announced Thursday, cuts into the traditions of Washington, D.C., as a separated legal outpost, one where the firm has been among the most prestigious for 70 years.
Leaders of Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer, which announced plans Thursday to combine on Jan. 1, 2017, talk about what bought them together. The deal is the only union between Am Law 100 firms so far in 2016.
Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer's ongoing tie-up talks have finally been consummated, as the two firms announced Thursday morning their plans to unify on Jan. 1, 2017, into Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer.
A shock result following a highly divisive campaign with worrying racial undertones, stock markets crashing, currency tumbling, social media in uproar . . . anyone else getting a strong sense of deja-vu? The Dawn of Trump: It's like Brexit all over again.
A judge will decide whether former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli can force his former lawyers at Katten Muchin Rosenman to hand over records that he claims will help show his innocence in a securities fraud case.
By Scott Flaherty, Christine Simmons, Meredith Hobbs and Roy Strom
As Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, law firms across the country are banding together in election protection efforts, readying to staff voter hotlines during what many expect could be a more contentious Election Day than any cycle in recent memory.
U.K. law firms continue to position themselves in an attempt to tap into the fast-growing financial technology market, with Addleshaw Goddard the latest to announce that it will offer free legal advice to startup companies.
Which large law firms are behind the biggest super political action committees during this election cycle? Perhaps not surprisingly, Perkins Coie, a longtime legal advocate for Democratic Party causes, and Jones Day, campaign counsel for Donald Trump, are just two Am law 100 firms racking up legal bills on behalf of super PACs.
A spate of partner defections from its European arm has global legal giant King & Wood Mallesons discussing the possibility of a deal with a U.S. firm, with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius emerging as a potential suitor.
Two years ago The American Lawyer tried and failed to persuade the Clinton Foundation to disclose how much it had paid its lawyers at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett to conduct a review of the charity's governance and operations. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we now have some answers.
Two months after the Am Law 100 firm was hit with a high-profile $100 million gender discrimination case, Chadbourne & Parke submitted its response Thursday evening to an amended complaint filed by two former female partners.
Linklaters partners voted Thursday to approve a package of reforms to the firm's lockstep system at a partners' conference in London. The long-awaited vote will saw partners consider a range of measures intended to increase lockstep flexibility, without going as far as introducing "superpoints" to reward star performers.
Global legal giant White & Case has confirmed plans to set up shop in Melbourne on Dec. 1 and in Sydney by early 2017 after adding three more lawyers from Herbert Smith Freehills. In September, White & Case hired 10 partners from the same firm.
Robert McDowell, a former commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission who joined Wiley Rein in 2014, has left the firm to co-lead the global communications practice at Cooley in Washington, D.C., McDowell is the latest top telecom industry partner to depart Wiley Rein in recent months.
Performance Sports Group Ltd., maker of Bauer ice hockey gear and Easton baseball equipment, filed for bankruptcy Monday as part of a plan to sell itself for $575 million to stalking horse bidders Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. and Sagard Capital Partners LP.
Willkie Farr, Wachtell, Paul Weiss, Jones Walker, Latham and Cleary Gottlieb are advising on CenturyLink’s $34 billion cash-and-stock buy of Level 3 Communications. The deal will create a combined business communications provider designed to better compete with market leaders AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, a full-service Am Law 200 firm headquartered in Memphis, has agreed to merge with Baltimore-based Ober Kaler on Jan. 1, 2017. The two firms, which will form an 800-lawyer shop under the Baker Donelson banner, announced their combination Monday.
The ink has barely dried on the three-way merger agreement between British firms CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang, but rumors are already circulating that an American firm may be joining the party.
A look at the big firms behind the latest billion-dollars deals announced within the past week, including AT&T's proposed $108.7 billion buy of Time Warner Inc. The mega-deal, which will likely receive a robust regulatory review, should be a boon to lobbyists for both companies.
Plaintiffs led by Chadbourne & Parke litigation partner Kerrie Campbell and former Kiev office managing partner Jaroslawa Johnson have filed an amended complaint in their $100 million gender bias suit against the firm. Proskauer is representing Chadbourne in the case, which now includes several individual partners as defendants.
Damon Vocke, a former president and general counsel at Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reinsurance subsidiary General Re Corp., said Wednesday that he would form his own boutique. Four other lawyers are joining Vocke as partners at his new firm, which will have offices in three cities.
Toby Myerson is leaving after 33 years at the firm, where he helped build a corporate department that has attracted high-profile lateral partners this year from Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.
The ongoing energy bust has claimed two more victims in Houston-based Key Energy Services Inc. and Fort Worth-based Basic Energy Services Inc., both of which filed for Chapter 11 protection this week in Delaware.
Wachtell, Sullivan & Cromwell, Simpson Thacher and Fried Frank are advising on a $4 billion cash-and-stock merger that will see Scottrade be acquired by TD Ameritrade and Toronto-Dominion Bank, better known as TD Bank. The deal unites two of the largest discount brokerages in the U.S.
Christmas has come early to Cravath, Swaine & Moore. The firm is advising British American Tobacco on a $47 billion cash-and-stock bid for the remaining stake in cigarette giant Reynolds American it doesn’t already own. Meanwhile, another longtime Cravath client, Time Warner Inc., has agreed on a $108.7 billion sale to AT&T.
Donald Trump's presidential campaign saw its monthly legal bills hit $500,000 in September, a sum that's almost half of what former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney accrued in all of 2012. And come November, any unspent funds in Trump's campaign coffers could be sent to his personal foundation, or used for litigation battles.
Peter Martyr, CEO of the London-based legal giant, said he's on a mission to transform how staff and lawyers work, putting flexibility at the heart of a plan to drive global efficiency and transform the business.
The Am Law 100 firm is owed a collective $1.57 million in fees from Implant Sciences Corp. and Sotera Wireless Inc., two companies that recently filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware and San Diego, respectively. A handful of other firms are also owed money by the debtors.
Baker & McKenzie, which has had a presence in Switzerland for more than 50 years, has hired a 10-lawyer team from local firm Froriep to bolster its presence in the country's financial services center of Zurich.
The former leader of Hinshaw & Culbertson has taken his years in management coupled with the firm's legal work on behalf of law firms to form a law firm consulting practice. Dewey & LeBoeuf's former general counsel, who joined Hinshaw last year, is part of the group.
Almost exactly a year after establishing its first presence outside the Americas with a German merger, Littler has expanded its European footprint by combining with 170-lawyer French firm Fromont Briens.
Energy company acquisitions dominated the billion-dollar transactional tables last week and a big deal announced over the weekend—one specifically structured to avoid Western sanctions—has yielded roles for a half-dozen firms from the U.K. and India.
Jim Prentice, a well-respected lawyer who worked at Canada's Fraser Milner Casgrain and once served as Alberta's premier, died at 60 on Oct. 13 with three other people in a plane crash in British Columbia. Prentice was once called "the chief operating officer" of Canada by the country's former prime minister.
Marvin Putnam and Marshall Grossman, two lateral hires by Latham & Watkins and Orrick, respectively, are the latest lawyers to represent clients caught up in the traveling circus that has become Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Gibson Dunn's Ted Boutrous Jr. and Beverly Hills litigator Charles Harder have also entered the mix.
Richard Friedman, the former head of New York's Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference, has left the firm he co-founded in 1988 to join Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Three other partners are also making the move.
Jaroslawa Zelinsky Johnson, a former managing partner of Chadbourne & Parke's now-defunct Kiev office, has filed papers with a federal court in New York seeking to join a putative class action against her former firm filed in late August by current litigation partner Kerrie Campbell.
Sara Mandelbaum, a former staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union and Paul Weiss, has joined Akerman’s litigation group in New York. She is the Am Law 200 firm’s first hire from the OnRamp Fellowship, a program started in 2014 that seeks to bring women back into the workforce.
Trevor Soames, a former global antitrust co-chair at Howrey who joined Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels office with four other partners in 2011, has left the firm to start his own boutique. His departure marks the latest European exit from the storied New York firm, although two other Brussels-based partners will remain at Shearman.
Paul Hastings and Gibson Dunn see two purported recruits remain at a London-based legal giant; a bevy of moves at Chadbourne & Parke, Jones Day and Quinn Emanuel; Munger Tolles makes two high-profile hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
John Gleeson, who left the Eastern District of New York to join Debevoise & Plimpton earlier this year, appeared before a New York appellate court this week to defend Wachtell against an Icahn-controlled company's malpractice claims.
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice has become the latest large law firm to ink an agreement to use artificial intelligence platform ROSS Intelligence, which earlier this year signed on its first law firm clients.
The National Basketball Players Association, now under the leadership of former Skadden litigation partner Michele Roberts, recently filed its annual report with the U.S. Department of Labor. The union spent more than $1.8 million on legal fees to 14 firms in 2015-16.
Baker Donelson and Maynard, Cooper & Gale set up shop in new cities; Crowell & Moring sees two practice leaders depart; more exits at Cadwalader; McGuireWoods expands in San Francisco; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals filed for bankruptcy in Delaware last week, owing nearly $3.7 million to lawyers from more than 20 firms, including at least eight from the Am Law 200. The Sarasota, Florida-based company, formerly known as Star Scientific, once made headlines over a criminal complaint filed against a former Virginia governor.
I submit that Donald Trump has extremely legitimate reasons for not releasing copies of his federal or state income tax returns that are under audit, or those for which the statute of limitations has not already prescribed.
Marc Kasowitz, advising Donald Trump in his spat with The New York Times over its decision to publish his 1995 tax returns, has been retained to assist in the defense of Trump University in a case before a New York appellate court. Meanwhile, a Morgan Lewis partner received a letter from the New York AG's office over the Trump Foundation.
International Business Machines Corp. turned to its longtime lawyers from Cravath, Swaine & Moore to handle it recent purchase of Promontory Financial Group. The deal will expand the expertise of Watson Financial Services, an artificial intelligence and cognitive computing platform of increased interest to law firms.
Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, which has previously represented the current Republican presidential nominee on numerous engagements, is now advising the real estate mogul as he responds to a New York Times report that disclosed details from his 1995 tax returns.
Fenwick & West and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati are advising on the $1.4 billion sale of Silicon Valley-based mobile marketing platform AppLovin Corp. to a private equity firm. AppLovin gets its name from its founders’ love of the McLovin character in the 2007 film “Superbad.”
Cosi Inc. filed for bankruptcy this week in its hometown of Boston. The fast-casual restaurant chain has hired a 100-year-old firm to represent it in its Chapter 11 case, one in which it owes nearly $147,000 to New York’s oldest firm.
In what Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has called an attempt to refocus on its core clients, the Wall Street firm confirmed Thursday its withdrawal from bases in Beijing and Hong Kong. Fried Frank and Chadbourne & Parke have made similar moves within the past 15 months.
Faberge Baker Daniels, formed through a late 2011 merger, has named Thomas Froehle Jr. as its next chair and managing partner, replacing Andrew Humphrey in the role. The leadership change is effective March 1, 2017.
When it comes to deal lawyers and cybersecurity, the discussion is often over whether law firms are a weak link in their clients' data defenses. But what about lawyers' obligations to probe for cyber weaknesses within the companies doing the deals?
Big law firms often trumpet a new office in a new city as a sign of increased demand for the firm and an investment in the future. That's not the case with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips' new base in the Windy City.
A $5 billion agreement resolves billions of dollars in potential damage claims by disgruntled creditors, and brings the bankruptcy, which has spun off as much as $200 million in legal fees to a group of firms, a giant step closer to an end.
A year after Jones Day opened an office in Detroit following its representation of the Motor City in its landmark Chapter 9 case, the firm has hired litigation partner Arthur O'Reilly, a former vice chairman of Honigan Miller Schwartz and Cohn.
Sidley Austin, Fried Frank and Davis Polk are advising on a $3.2 billion cash-and-stock deal that will see CBOE Holdings Inc., owner of the largest U.S. options exchange, acquire Bats Global Markets Inc., the nation's second-largest stock exchange operator.
Bingham McCutchen may have dissolved two years ago into Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, but the Boston-based firm is still listed as an unsecured creditor in the bankruptcy this month of defense contractor Fansteel Inc. Outstanding legal bills also resulted in eight other firms being listed as creditors in two more bankruptcy cases.
There have been $100 billion in IT and software deals in 2016 and last week another $4.2 billion got tacked on to that sum with the sales of Infoblox Inc. and Avnet Inc.'s technology solutions business. A bevy of big firms grabbed roles on those two deals.
Combination, eh? After global legal giants DLA Piper and Norton Rose Fulbright sought to expand their presence up north within the past week, two of Canada's largest provincial law firms have announced their intention to merge.
Already the world's largest firm by lawyer head count, Dentons is set to roll out its giant referral network, one that includes 250 firms and 18,000 lawyers globally. But the traditional legal networks are fighting back.
After being somewhat of a Big Law wasteland in recent years, Moscow has regained some lost luster, as Baker Botts and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan both announced senior hires in the city this week.
The Chicago-based firm hires a handful of new partners ahead of new leadership; Kirkland & Ellis adds Paul Clement and others; Goodwin Procter hires from GE; comings-and-goings at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; O’Melveny & Myers recruits an Israeli practice head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
ITT Educational Services Inc., owner of Indiana’s ITT Technical Institute and New Hampshire’s Daniel Webster College, filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 16 in Indianapolis. Faegre Baker Daniels has taken the lead for the company in its Chapter 7 liquidation
NJOY Inc., one of the nation's largest electronic cigarette makers, has filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. The company owes millions in outstanding legal fees to lawyers from several firms, including DLA Piper and Goodwin Procter.
The Am Law 100 firm, despite repeated denials, is considering a plan to remove some partners from the equity ranks in order to boost profits. Shearman & Sterling has watched its finances slip in recent years.
A week after Norton Rose Fulbright absorbed a Vancouver firm and Dentons affiliated with a high-profile Canadian consultancy, rival global legal giant DLA Piper has picked up Toronto-based IP shop Dimock Stratton.
Goodwin Procter announced Monday its hire of Brackett Denniston III as senior counsel in Boston. Denniston, who retired last year as general counsel at General Electric Co., has previously been a partner at the firm.
The proposed $66 billion merger between Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. and $36 billion tie-up between Agrium Inc. and the Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan are providing high-profile transactional and regulatory work for at least 16 firms.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Latham & Watkins are said to be advising the German financial services giant as it copes with a reported $14 billion demand by U.S. regulators to pay for its role in the 2008 financial crisis.
Ira Coleman, head of McDermott Will & Emery's corporate and transactional practice, beat bids by four other partners to become chair of the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm. Coleman is also head of McDermott's Miami office.
Golfsmith International Holdings Inc., one of the nation’s largest specialty golf retailers, has filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Canada’s Goodmans and Delaware’s Richards, Layton & Finger have stepped onto the Chapter 11 green for the company.
The Sidley Austin lawyers who this week helped file a suit claiming that Michigan is failing to provide literacy for students in Detroit schools believe the case will give the U.S. Supreme Court the chance to decide there is a constitutional right to literacy.
About a half-dozen firms—including a new antitrust team at Paul Weiss—are advising on Bayer AG's proposed $66 billion acquisition of agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. The deal, if approved by regulators, would be the largest all-cash transaction in history.
Carl Frischling, chair of the financial services group at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, is leaving the firm with three other lawyers to join Perkins Coie's five-year-old New York office, which has rapidly expanded in recent months.
Viet Dinh and Paul Clement, a pair of prominent litigators affiliated with Washington, D.C.-based boutique Bancroft, cited their friendship with Kirkland & Ellis partner Mark Filip as one reason for their decision to link up with the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm, where Clement was once an associate.
Venable partner James Hanks Jr. was a passenger on US Airway Flight 1549, which crash-landed in New York's Hudson River almost seven years ago. The incident is the subject of a new movie out Friday called "Sully," starring Tom Hanks as pilot Chesley Sullenberger. The two Hanks' are not related, but do share some things in common.
In what may be the first public sale of a litigation claim to a third-party funder, Gerchen Keller Capital paid $26.2 million to the estate of a bankrupt Utah magnesium company in exchange for stake in a judgment the bankruptcy trustee won at trial last year.
Eamon O'Kelly, a former head of the antitrust practice at Arent Fox and now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf, has joined Robins Kaplan as of counsel in New York. His hire is the latest in a frenzy of antitrust additions by several big firms.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday that the legal industry in the U.S. neither added nor lost jobs in August, though the number employed this summer is the highest it has been all year.
A bevy of large firms—including Cleary Gottlieb, Cravath, Hogan Lovells and Sullivan & Cromwell—stand to reap some of the $261 million in legal fees incurred by Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller as a result of their $106 billion beer industry megamerger.
The storied New York-based IP boutique is being sued for malpractice, though the lawyers who worked for the former client are no longer with Kenyon & Kenyon, as most of the firm's current lawyers prepare to join Andrews Kurth.
Whether it's on the baseball diamond or in the courtroom, Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs are on a roll. The team and its lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis won another fight in the long-running battle with the rooftop owners across the street from Wrigley Field.
Four years after helping Frank McCourt Jr. sell Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers for a record-setting sum, Sullivan & Cromwell has been hired by the real estate developer to advise on his roughly $45 million buy of historic French soccer team Olympique de Marseille.
Since June, Dentons' Mexico City unit has been embroiled in a bitter "business divorce" dispute between the predecessor firm's co-founders over allegedly stolen client information and false marketing. The suit, filed in Mexico City, isn't starting out so well for Dentons.
Five months after a Chicago man pleaded guilty to scamming Am Law 200 firm Vedder Price out of $7 million, an alleged co-conspirator, Deborah Acuna, has done the same in return for a 10-month jail sentence and pledge to pay $175,000 in restitution.
Amid a surge of oil and gas bankruptcies, Haynes and Boone hires a top restructuring partner; Clark Hill bolts on a small shop; Fox Rothschild’s expansion spree continues; King & Spalding lands a serial lateral; a Shearman & Sterling M&A partner joins a client in-house; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Anthony Romano, a longtime partner at Polsinelli and vice chair of the firm’s labor and employment group, has left its office in Kansas City, Missouri, for Littler Mendelson. The latter publicly incurred Polsinelli's wrath last year after opening an office in the city.
Cleveland-based Ulmer & Berne, founded in 1908, has announced that Scott Kadish will become its new managing partner on Oct. 1. Kadish takes the reins from Harold "Kip" Reader, who led the firm for the past 21 years.
Some of the country's largest law firms allow associates to focus exclusively on pro bono work for more than a year, but there is a debate as to whether those lawyers come out behind their counterparts when they begin billing for work again.
Cox, Castle & Nicholson and Eisner Jaffe, two leading firms in Los Angeles, scored lead roles on the proposed sale of the iconic Playboy Mansion in the city’s Holmby Hills neighborhood to billionaire and former Pabst Blue Ribbon owner Daren Metropoulos.
The head of the private funds practice at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz joins Ropes & Gray; Clifford Chance grows in New York; Mayer Brown and Orrick hire in Hong Kong; Reed Smith snags an entertainment and media pro; Sheppard Mullin recruits in Florida; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.
Robert Cordy, an associate justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court who announced his retirement earlier this year, is poised to return to McDermott Will & Emery's Boston office, where he once served as managing partner.
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton and Herrick, Feinstein played a behind-the-scenes role in advising surfing-related organizations, which successfully got the sport accepted into the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.
The owners of casual dining chains Logan's Roadhouse and Fox & Hound found themselves in bankruptcy court this week in Delaware. Some large law firms grabbed Chapter 11 work related to those cases, while others are owed payments for past expenses.
King & Wood Mallesons has held off on paying out profit distributions to its partners once again, following a recent vote to recapitalize the firm, which has its operations predominantly in Asia and Europe.
A lawyer who was charged with securities fraud for allegedly tipping of the president of an investment firm about a big pharmaceuticals merger was hired by Arent Fox even after he was named, but not charged, in an earlier SEC suit.
Caetano "Cae" Altafin, an associate at Hogan Lovells in Rio de Janeiro, didn't spend the day of the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics in his office. Thanks to a transatlantic journey a year ago, he was busy running outside the stadium.
Four Am Law 100 firms have made notable additions to their antitrust groups within the past week. Large firm leaders say this in response to enhanced scrutiny of large companies by government agencies.
A look at the large law firms behind the week's most notable deals, such as the mattress maker behind Sleepy's on its sale to a South African firm; two Elon Musk-backed companies combining forces; and Uber's China exit.
Katie Ledecky, the 19-year-old U.S. swim star who just broke her own world record at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, can thank her father—former Kirkland & Ellis lawyer David Ledecky—for taking a break from his career to further her success in the aquatic sport.
After leaving a leadership role at K&L Gates, John Pierce finds a new home; Gibson Dunn grabs one from JPMorgan; Latham's London hiring spree continues; two firms raid Covington; Paul Weiss adds another rainmaker; and other key additions from The Am Law 200.
The number of people employed in the legal industry declined slightly in July, according to preliminary Labor Department statistics. The first half of 2016 has seen modest growth in legal employment overall.
Davis Wright Tremaine has hired Eric "Ric" Redman, a consultant and founder of the energy practice at Heller Ehrman, to serve as a senior energy and climate policy adviser working out of the firm's headquarters in Seattle.
DLA Piper's former Turkish arm, Yuksel Karkın Kucuk (YKK), was raided by the police, and lawyers were taken into custody in the aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey, according to local press reports.
The firm is the first to make an appearance in the case, which alleges that billions were illegally diverted from a Malaysian government-owned company to fund luxury purchases and investments, including a stake in the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Bruce Meyer, a veteran litigation partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, is leaving after 30 years at the firm to take a newly created in-house legal role at the National Hockey League Players' Association.
U.S. bankruptcy filings fell 6.9 percent over the past year, according to new government data, but three more big energy companies found themselves in Chapter 11 proceedings this week in a boon to some big firm restructuring lawyers.
A mentorship program at Littler Mendelson meant to help minority associates become partners at the global labor and employment giant has some unique components that could be contributing to its success.
Four months after reporting record annual earnings, litigation funder Burford Capital LLC once again announced that it has topped last year's first-half earnings and new investments by wide margins in early 2016. Simpson Thacher is one firm benefiting from Burford's largesse.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges saw another private equity partner depart; McDermott snagged a labor and employment group from Kaye Scholer; Paul Hastings brought on another IP partner; and other moves throughout The Am Law 200.
Perkins Coie's Marc Elias, who has juggled legal roles for both the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, saw the intersecting interests of both clients unexpectedly become public on Friday.
Nearly two years after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white officer, a team led by Squire Patton Boggs' Clark Ervin was named to ensure that the city's police department follows through with federally mandated reforms.
Houston capital markets and M&A lawyer Jeff Malonson was left in limbo early this year, when a planned move from Vinson & Elkins to Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett fizzled after another partner backed out.