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From Bowie to Boies: Milbank Looks to Hudson Yards as New Home

By Jennifer Henderson |

It's the end of an era. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy is poised to leave New York City's financial district for midtown Manhattan, a departure that moves the Wall Street firm from the historic home of a banking icon to a new development on the West Side.

Husch Blackwell's Gregory Smith and Whyte Hirschboeck's Paul Eberle (HANDOUT)

Husch Blackwell Tacks On 150-Lawyer Wisconsin Firm

By Nell Gluckman |

Husch Blackwell stands to grow more than 25 percent larger with the addition of 150 lawyers from Wisconsin’s Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek.

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Nice Bosses Do No Better (or Worse) Than Nasty Ones

By Vivia Chen |

Employees will leave anyway, so why bother being a good boss?

Law Schools Need More Than 'Warm Bodies'

By Steven J. Harper |

What should a law school’s mission be? Most deans would rather not ask that question.

Author and Morrison & Foerster partner James Huston died this month after a battle with multiple myeloma.

MoFo Partner, Novelist James Huston Dead After Battle With Cancer

By MP McQueen |

A leader of Morrison & Foerster’s national trial practice, Huston was also a fighter pilot, a former Navy officer and a best-selling author.

Abbott Laboratories Global headquarters in Abbott Park, Illinois (HANDOUT)

Deal Watch: A Pharmaceutical Frenzy for a Half-Dozen Firms

By Jennifer Henderson |

Abbott Labs seeks to buy St. Jude Medical for $25 billion; Sanofi makes a $9.3 billion bid for Medivation; AbbVie offers $5.8 billion for Stemcentrx; and a look at the big firms behind those proposed megadeals.

Rene Kathawala of Orrick and Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access (HANDOUT)

Orrick Partners With Pro-Pot Nonprofit Group

By Nell Gluckman |

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has launched a project with the Americans for Safe Access Foundation—a national cannabis advocacy group—to provide pro bono support to medical marijuana patients.

Curtis Expands to Switzerland With New Geneva Office

By Chris Johnson |

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle will become one of the small number of international firms with offices in Switzerland when it opens in Geneva next month.

Kirsten Jarvis Johnson with her son.

How a 'Burned-Out' International Lawyer Ditched Squire Patton Boggs

By Julie Triedman |

When Kristen Jarvis Johnson left her senior associate position to focus on her startup toy company, she invited the Internet along for the ride.

In Presidential Legal Fee Race, Trump Beats Hillary

By Brian Baxter |

The five remaining U.S. presidential candidates all have a need for outside counsel on the campaign trail, and not surprisingly it’s the two frontrunners that have accrued the most in legal expenses.

Douglas Knott, Sean Gaynor and Samuel Leib of Leib Knott Gaynor in Milwaukee (HANDOUT)

Half of Wilson Elser's Milwaukee Bolt-On Breaks Away

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three years after Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker expanded into Milwaukee after a merger, three litigation partners have left the Am Law 100 firm's office in the city to start their own shop.

In this Sunday, Oct. 23, 1983, file photo, service members search through rubble after a suicide truck bomb attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The blast _ the single deadliest attack on U.S. forces abroad since World War II _ claimed the lives of 241 American service members. - AP Photo/Jim Bourdier

Lawyers for Beirut Bombing Victims Finally Close In on Recovery

By Julie Triedman |

Many of the original plaintiffs didn’t live to see their attorneys prevail at the U.S. Supreme Court, but hundreds of terror victims and their family members are finally close to collecting from Iran.

The Churn

Fox Rothschild Bets on Big Wealth, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The Philadelphia-based firm bolts on smaller wealth management shops in California and Florida; Jenner & Block rebuilds its government contracts group; Sidley Austin hires MoFo's ERISA head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

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News & Gossip: Slaughter & May, DLA, S&C + More

By Vivia Chen |

A quick and dirty take on the news.

More Law Firms Take Aim at Associate Student Loan Debt

By Nell Gluckman |

At least three law firms are now working with First Republic Bank to help their associates pay down hundreds of thousands in law school debt at reduced rates. Dozens of others are working with nontraditional lenders such as SoFi to implement similar programs.

Joseph Sigelman, indicted former chief executive of PetroTiger Ltd.

Ex-Quinn Emanuel Client Can’t Dodge Arbitration Clause

By Nell Gluckman |

A case filed by a former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan client who sued the firm over what he claimed were “excessive" legal fees was sent to arbitration by a Florida state court judge in Miami.

Billionaire activist-investor Carl Icahn gives an interview on FOX Business Network's Neil Cavuto show in New York (Brenden McDermid/Reuters/Newscom)

Icahn's CVR Energy Seeks to Reboot Wachtell Malpractice Case

By Susan Beck |

Carl Icahn isn’t ready to walk away from his malpractice battle with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

ABA Says Money, Not Politics, Doomed Book By Chinese Rights Lawyer

By Susan Beck |

The American Bar Association defended its decision to walk away from a book deal with Chinese lawyer Teng Biao, telling skeptical U.S. lawmakers that the move was strictly business.

Mariah Klinefelter, 35, a former associate at McGuireWoods who most recent working at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in Pittsburgh, was killed Friday after being struck by an SUV while on vacation in Florida. (GoFundMe)

Steptoe Associate Killed in Freak Florida Traffic Accident

By Brian Baxter |

Mariah Klinefelter, 35, a former associate at McGuireWoods most recently employed at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in suburban Pittsburgh, was killed Friday after being struck by an SUV while on vacation in Florida. Her infant son is in stable condition.

The American Lawyer May 2016 cover

Law Firm Leaders React to a Year of Slow Growth

By Susan Beck and MP McQueen |

Firm leaders and industry consultants said that The American Lawyer’s Am Law 100 survey mostly confirmed their expectations, and most said that they expected more of the same in 2016.

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Read All About It: Skadden, Kirkland Advise on Tribune Bid

By Jennifer Henderson |

Kirkland & Ellis goes back a long way with the beleaguered Tribune Publishing Co., which is now eyeing an $815 million offer from Gannett Co.

Jones Day's Jorge Hladjk and K&L Gates' Steven Caponi (HANDOUTS)

Jones Day, K&L Gates Bulk Up Cybersecurity Practices

By Nell Gluckman |

The two Am Law 100 firms brought on new partners in the cybersecurity and data privacy space by making hires from Blank Rome and Hunton & Williams.

Mauricio Macri

Cleary Takes Lead on Argentina’s $16.5B Market Re-Entry

By Scott Flaherty |

Cravath may have stepped in to help Argentina end its legal battle with bondholders, but the country turned to its longtime counsel at Cleary Gottlieb to guide its re-entry into global capital markets.

The Churn

Davis Polk Hires Ex-Cravath Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Ronald Cami heads to Davis Polk & Wardwell in Silicon Valley; Davis Wright Tremaine adds a former top federal prosecutor; another Bracewell partner departs; a new IP boutique forms inside the Beltway; and other key additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Harry S. Truman, president-elect, holds up edition of Chicago Daily Tribune with headline 'Dewey Defeats Truman'. The Republican newspaper followed the public polls predictions that Truman would be defeated by Dewey. Instead, Truman won with electoral votes to spare and a 49.6 % of the popular vote to Dewey's 45.1 %. Nov. 3, 1948. Everett Collection/Newscom

The Real Story of the New York Primary: Beware of Big Data

By Steven J. Harper |

The unheralded lesson of the recent presidential primaries may be as important as the outcome.

Continental Breakfast: Linda Yang, Yingke

By Chris Johnson |

On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Yingke executive chair Linda Yang on the spectacular growth of the 4,000-lawyer Chinese giant.

Prince (Frank Griffin/LFI/Photoshot/Newscom)

Litigators Recall Representing Prince, a Client Like No Other

By Brian Baxter |

Prince, the legendary singer, songwriter, producer and man of myriad other talents, died Thursday at 57. The eclectic pop icon kept a bevy of high-profile lawyers busy during the past three decades.

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Law Schools that Feed Big Law Partnerships

By Vivia Chen |

Grads of lower rank schools often beat top schools in the partnership race.

AM Law 100, May 2016

Coming Monday: The 2016 Am Law 100

Who’s on? Who’s off? How does your firm compare? Find out Monday when The American Lawyer releases its full Am Law 100 report, including rankings, features, firm profiles and more.

Ex-Partner Appeals Ruling Sending Bias Suit to Arbitration

By Nell Gluckman |

Four months after suing LeClairRyan for gender discrimination, former partner Michele Craddock is appealing a recent ruling sending her bias complaint against the firm to arbitration.

Skadden Shines on SunEdison’s Bankruptcy Outage

By Julie Triedman |

The firm is advising solar energy giant SunEdison Inc. on its Chapter 11 filing in New York, the largest by any U.S. company so far this year.

Lexmark

Deal Watch: Lexmark Inks Sale With Four Big Firms in the Queue

By Jennifer Henderson |

Wachtell, Skadden, Cleary Gottlieb and King & Wood Mallesons are advising on a $3.6 billion acquisition of U.S. printer maker Lexmark International Inc. by a Chinese-led consortium.

The Global Lawyer: Russia Plugs $50 Billion Yukos Gusher

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Russia won a crucial reprieve from a Dutch court, but the country and its lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb aren’t out of the woods yet.

Jars of marijuana buds sit on the counter at the Denver Kush Club early Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in north Denver. More than two dozen customers took advantage of a new Colorado holiday tradition of marijuana shops drawing customers with discounted weed and holiday gift sets. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Blazing Billables: State Laws Expand Pro-Pot Legal Work

By Nell Gluckman |

To mark 420, the unofficial holiday for marijuana enthusiasts worldwide, The Am Law Daily spoke with some of the go-to Am Law 200 lawyers in the legal weed field.

London Antitrust Litigator Does About-Face to Hausfeld

By Scott Flaherty |

A year after Edward Coulson joined leading U.S. plaintiffs firm Hausfeld in London, the antitrust litigator has returned to Berwin Leighton Paisner, a British firm where he spent more than a decade.

Chinese human rights lawyer, Teng Biao (Shizhao/Wikimedia)

Lawmakers Pounce After ABA Scraps Book by China Rights Lawyer

By Susan Beck |

A congressional committee that monitors human rights in China wants the ABA's president to explain why the group reversed plans to publish a book by Chinese human rights lawyer Teng Biao.

The Churn

The Door Spins at Jenner & Block, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A shift change at Jenner & Block; Duane Morris takes on 13 lawyers from two firms; DLA Piper partners form their own boutique; a Proskauer Rose litigator becomes CEO of a litigation financier; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

Senator Bernie Sanders at a town hall event in New York City, Jan. 5, 2016

Bernie Sanders' Lawyer Stays Busy as Clinton's Lead Widens

By Jennifer Henderson |

Who fights Sanders' legal battles while his supporters are feeling the Bern? Brad Deutsch, who mixes political and communications law with advocacy on behalf of the legal cannabis industry.

Am Law Echoes: A Look at Rankings Past and Present

By Nell Gluckman |

Ahead of the publication next week of the annual Am Law 100 list, The Am Law Daily looked back at what has changed since The American Lawyer first published its rankings in 1985. The biggest difference between that year and 2016 is the size of the firms.

A businessman holding his son after a long day at work (laflor/iStockphoto)

What a Man! He's Taking Paternity Leave!

By Vivia Chen |

Studies find that women's pay gap narrows when men take paternity leaves.

Litigation Funding Race Escalates as Burford Hits $1B

By Julie Triedman |

Size may matter in litigation finance, but which funder will get the better returns?

White House

Microsoft to Fund New Pilot Project to Improve Legal Aid

By Susan Beck |

The Legal Services Corp. is expected to announce a $1 million gift from the technology giant at the White House on Tuesday. The group will also name a new leadership council whose members range from Eric Holder to University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh.

Eric Blinderman

U.K. Litigation Funder Taps Proskauer Lawyer for U.S. Debut

By Scott Flaherty |

Therium is hoping a trio of former Am Law 100 lawyers can stake its claim to the U.S. litigation finance market.

Rodney Villazor, left, and Patrick Smith of Smith Villazor.

DLA Piper Practice Leader Starts Commercial Litigation Shop

By Scott Flaherty |

Patrick Smith, co-chair of DLA Piper's white-collar and investigations group, has formed a new firm in New York called Smith Villazor with Rodney Villazor, a fellow former federal prosecutor who joined the global legal giant's litigation group last year.

Phillips Exeter Academy (Transmarinus/Wikimedia)

Holland & Knight, Choate Hall Latest Firms Tapped for Sex Abuse Work

By Jennifer Henderson |

The two Am Law 200 firms have been hired by Phillips Exeter Academy to probe sexual abuse allegations roiling the elite New Hampshire-based boarding school.

Ex-Locke Lord Staffer Sentenced for Hacking Firm Computers

By Nell Gluckman |

A former IT engineer at the firm got nine years for a cyberattack in 2011. Plus: A plaintiffs lawyer files the first of several promised law firm cybersecurity class actions.

Jordan Harbinger (The Art of Charm/Flickr)

A Big Law Alum's Charm Offensive Pays Off

By Jennifer Henderson |

In 2008, Thacher Proffitt & Wood was almost finished, and so was Jordan Harbinger’s Big Law career. Luckily for Harbinger, he'd already started planning his second act.

The Churn

Dykema Defectors Form New Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A four-lawyer team leaves Dykema Gossett to start their own shop; Norton Rose Fulbright nabs a dealmaker who nearly died in an African plane crash; a Seyfarth Shaw practice leader joins a high-profile boutique; and other notable additions from The Am Law 200.

Daniel Shapiro, a founding partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, died Friday in London.

Founding Partner of Schulte Roth & Zabel Dies at 77

By MP McQueen |

Daniel Shapiro helped to found Schulte Roth in 1969, opened its London office in 2002 and remained an active partner at the firm.

Milbank, Latham, Davis Polk Advise on BATS, Big Casino IPOs

By Brian Baxter |

After a slow start to 2016, capital markets in the U.S. are finally warming up with a bevy of high-profile public listings for a pair of big casino companies, as well as an electronic exchange operator, all of whom are sending millions in legal fees to Am Law 100 coffers.

After Founder's Death, Pro Bono Institute Names New Leader

By Susan Beck |

Onetime Skadden associate Eve Runyon will serve as the group's president and CEO, following the death of founder and longtime leader Esther Lardent on April 4.

Citigroup headquarters in New York.

Life Goes On for Lawyers After Bank Regulators Reject 'Living Wills'

By Julie Triedman |

Seven major banks flunked a regulatory test this week. Luckily for the law firms involved, there’s still time for a do-over.

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DLA Piper Shutters Whitehorse Office, Retreats Farther North

By Brian Baxter |

A year after combining with Canadian firm Davis, DLA Piper has closed its small office in Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon. But the global legal giant isn’t completely bailing out on the Klondike. The firm still has a Northwest Territories outpost in Yellowknife.

A free range, cockerel walking in grass. (George Clerk/iStockphoto)

What's Everyone Hiding in the Dershowitz Case?

By Vivia Chen |

Behind all the post-settlement posturing, neither side in the Alan Dershowitz sex case really wants their secrets out.

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Deal Watch: White & Case Stays on Deal Streak With Rosneft Work

By Jennifer Henderson |

A week after snagging a top spot in quarterly league transactional tables, White & Case has been tapped for some big oil work in Mother Russia.

In Exxon Suit, Paul Weiss Targets Cohen Milstein's Ties to Climate Probe

By Susan Beck |

Ted Wells launched the first volley this week in a brewing battle involving climate change, free speech and prosecutors’ ability to partner with the plaintiffs bar.

Allen Schwartz, the the executive director of CARPLS, in his Chicago office.

Could This Simple Idea Solve the Justice Gap?

By Susan Beck |

It’s not impossible to address legal problems cheaply and efficiently for low-income clients. Just ask Allen Schwartz, whose Chicago hotline has been doing it for 23 years.

Demonstration outside the U.S. Supreme Court to bring attention to reconsideration of the Citizens United v. FEC decision. February 23, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

The Global Lawyer: A Modest Proposal to Roll Back Citizens United

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A proposal to limit foreign influence in U.S. politics is unlikely to survive a vote by the Federal Election Commission. But the idea may find a way forward in the courts.

Peabody Energy's Wyoming mine is the largest coal mine in the United States.

Jones Day, Armstrong Teasdale Advise on Big Coal Bankruptcy

By Brian Baxter |

Peabody Energy Corp., the world's largest privately owned coal miner, filed for bankruptcy in St. Louis on Monday. The two Am Law 200 firms have landed lead debtor's counsel roles in the Chapter 11 case, the latest by a major energy company this year.

Chicago Courthouse Place (chicagocrimescenes/Flickr)

Boutique Bags Seyfarth Practice Leader for Senior Admin Role

By Jennifer Henderson |

Meagan Newman, co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw's environmental, safety and toxic tort practice in Chicago, has joined high-powered litigation boutique Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott as chief administrative officer in the Windy City.

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Your Law Firm Partner Is a Jerk. Now What?

By MP McQueen |

Big Law tends to attract and reward aggressive personalities. What happens when the aggression is turned against a partner’s own firm?

The Churn

Big Firm Vets Start New Careers, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Two longtime Am Law 100 partners start post-legal careers; Kirkland & Ellis hires in Germany; Orrick grows in Europe; Reed Smith makes moves amid merger talks; White & Case goes to Boston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Manhattan's Flatiron district.

Startups Take Root in New York, and Law Firms Take Notice

By Nell Gluckman |

As New York's so-called Silicon Alley asserts itself, big firms are responding by hiring lawyers who work with emerging companies based on the East Coast.

Mitchell Zuklie

Q&A: Orrick Chair Takes Stock After Strategic Shifts

By Julie Triedman |

After three years on the job, Mitchell Zuklie talks about what’s changed since he took over the reins of the firm from longtime leader Ralph Baxter.

Two Big Firms Reap Benefits From Cybersecurity IPO

By Brian Baxter and Rose Walker |

Five years after paying $612 million for cybersecurity company SecureWorks Corp., tech giant Dell Inc. is poised to pull off an IPO valuing the former at $1.4 billion. Hogan Lovells and Davis Polk & Wardwell also stand to benefit from 2016’s first big tech listing.

The Am Law 100: Proskauer Rose’s World Mostly Flat in 2015

By Jennifer Henderson |

Proskauer Rose stayed in growth mode last year, posting slight gains in gross revenue, profits per partner and revenue per lawyer.

Kellogg Huber's David Frederick outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Oct. 1, 2012.

Goldman Sachs Deal May Spell Big Payday for Kellogg Huber, Korein Tillery

By Scott Flaherty |

Under a contingency fee deal with the National Credit Union Administration, the firms may enjoy a hefty cut of a $5.1 billion settlement with Goldman that was announced on Monday.

Alan Dershowitz (Rick Kopstein), Paul Cassell (U of Utah Law School) and Bradley Edwards HANDOUT

Did Dershowitz Pay Big Bucks to Settle Sex Case?

By Vivia Chen |

Dershowitz's opponents say they're willing to waive confidentiality. Is he?

Boston

White & Case Snags McDermott Partners to Open Boston Office

By Nell Gluckman |

Four McDermott Will & Emery partners are leaving for White & Case, including the leader of McDermott’s white-collar practice.

By the Numbers: Is Your Firm Older or Younger than Peer Firms?

By Nicholas Bruch, ALM Legal Intelligence |

Is your firm stacked with baby boomers? Crawling with Gen-Xers? See how each of the firms in the Am Law 200 compares.

The Churn

Holland & Knight Adds Partner Quartet, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Holland & Knight keeps hiring; Kirkland picks up one from Paul Weiss; Proskauer Rose reels in some heavy-hitters; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dershowitz Settles Sex Case, But Is He Vindicated?

By Vivia Chen |

Alan Dershowitz's accusers admit "tactical" mistakes, so what does that really mean?

Who Will Represent the Firm Behind the 'Panama Papers'?

By Nell Gluckman |

Mossack Fonseca says it hasn’t yet hired outside counsel. What kind of lawyers will it need?

A typical lawyer profile photo from the website of Carroll McNulty & Kull.

The Humble Law Firm Website Is Going Way, Way Upscale

By MP McQueen |

Vanity Fair-like portraits. Profiles that convey spark and personality. Throughout The Am Law 200, firms are remaking their sites—to the tune of $200,000 to more than $1 million.

Sidley London Partner Leaves Firm Amid Legal Woes

By Brian Baxter |

Structured finance and capital markets partner Matthew Cahill became the latest partner at the firm to run afoul of the law, withdrawing from the partnership in London after being accused of tax fraud in a film investment scheme.

UK Regulator Probes Law Firms' Links to Panama Papers

By Anna Ward |

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has asked several firms to clarify whether they are connected to the Panamanian law firm at the center of a huge leak of confidential financial data.

Keith Allen Harward (Virginia Department of Corrections) HANDOUT

Skadden Helps Win Freedom for Wrongfully Convicted Navy Sailor

By Jennifer Henderson |

Some wrongful conviction cases end with lingering questions about the guilt of the accused. Not so with the case of Keith Allen Harward, a 60-year-old former U.S. Navy sailor who walked out of prison on Friday after more than three decades behind bars.

The End of the Cravath Lockstep Model? Not So Fast

By Steven J. Harper |

Self-styled experts concerned about the fate of the Cravath model have been wrong before; they’re wrong this time, too.

Charles Mostoller/REUTERS/Newscom

Bad News for Female Lawyers with Republican Bosses

By Vivia Chen |

A new study finds a correlation between women's careers and their bosses' ideology.

Skadden Names 11 New Partners

By Staff |

Deal Watch: White & Case, Simpson Thacher Take League Table Top Spots

By Jennifer Henderson |

Amid a downturn in deal volume on the heels of a record-breaking 2015, White & Case and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett found themselves front and center for M&A league tables for the first quarter of 2016.

Rio De Janeiro.

Amid Corruption Scandals, Hughes Hubbard Inks Alliance with Brazilian Compliance Firm

By Nell Gluckman |

With dozens of high-level executives and politicians under investigation as part of a broad corruption probe, Hughes Hubbard has joined forces with a local anti-corruption lawyer.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announcing a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America in August 2014.

New Prosecutor Brings Quinn Emanuel Mojo to NY AG's Office

By David Bario |

After helping win $20 billion in settlements from banks that contributed to the financial crisis, Manisha Sheth will use her skills on behalf of New York state.

Bracewell Sees Departures in New York, Houston

By Jennifer Henderson |

More moves from the firm formerly known as Bracewell & Giuliani.

Still a U.S. company, for now.

Lawyering Helped Ease Pain of Pfizer's $160B Breakup

By Nell Gluckman |

The demise of a controversial tax inversion deal with Allergan may have frustrated Pfizer, but it doesn’t leave the U.S. drug giant that much poorer.

The Am Law 100: Barnes & Thornburg Stays in Growth Mode

By MP McQueen |

The firm boosted its revenue and profits in 2015 as it expanded in Dallas, Atlanta and elsewhere.

The Churn

Ropes and Sidley Snag Weil Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Jennifer Henderson |

A pair of PE partners leave Weil; a rare hire by Wachtell; big firms raid Cadwalader and Reed Smith; Jenner & Block, Jones Day and Schiff Hardin rotate practice leaders; Goodwin Procter goes to Paris; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Firms Cope with Deal Doldrums Amid First-Quarter Slowdown

By Julie Triedman |

The silver lining? There are still nine months to go.

Latest Lateral Mystery Stars Bracewell Partner, White & Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Lateral partner moves in Big Law tend to be highly scripted affairs, but sometimes the players go off script.

Report: Merger-Minded Law Firms Running Out of Low-Hanging Fruit

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firm mergers have continued at a high pace in 2016, but the legal consultancy Altman Weil says it’s getting harder for large firms to find a good boutique to bolt on.

Play Ball! Baseball Season Brings More Big Fees for Big-League Firms

By Brian Baxter |

Sidley Austin, McCarter & English and Winston & Strawn are among a dozen legal advisers providing outside counsel and arbitration services to the Major League Baseball Players Association, according to a recent Labor Department filing.

Women Leaders Are: 1) Awesome 2) Overrated 3) Irrelevant

By Vivia Chen |

Is having a female leader what it's cracked up to be? Maybe.

Bart Williams

Munger Tolles Litigation Duo Departs for Proskauer Rose

By Scott Flaherty |

Bolstering its litigation ranks in Los Angeles, Proskauer announced Tuesday that it hired Bart Williams and Manuel Cachán from Munger, Tolles & Olson for its white-collar defense and sports law practices.

Law Firms on Notice After 'Panama Papers' Leak, Hacking Threats

By ALM Staff |

The international legal community had its Edward Snowden moment this weekend, when newspapers around the world began publishing excerpts from an unprecedented document leak tied to the law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Cravath's offices at 825 8th Avenue in New York. March 31, 2016.

Rainmaker's Defection Could Test Cravath Lockstep Model

By Julie Triedman |

Despite the loss of a leading M&A rainmaker, the firm says the 'Cravath System' is safe.

The Global Lawyer: The Money Laundering Mills of Panama and You

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

What does the 'Panama Papers' scandal mean for the republic of American lawyers?

Garry Shandling.  Jan 25, 2016.

Garry Shandling, Boies Schiller's Bill Isaacson and a Rare Friendship

By Jennifer Henderson |

Their 18-year friendship was as unlikely as it was strong. Then again, the trust between lawyers and clients can foster deep friendships, Isaacson said.

Daniel LeBey

Vinson & Elkins Raids Hunton & Williams REIT Practice in Three Cities

By Scott Flaherty |

The moves continue a trickle of recent departures from Hunton & Williams across several practices.

Fountain at Paris' Place de la Concorde.

Goodwin Procter Launches in Paris With Six-Partner Group

By Chris Johnson |

Goodwin Procter is to open in Paris with the hire of a corporate team from King & Wood Mallesons, including its office managing partner, the firm announced Monday.

'Panama Papers' Put Spotlight on Law Firm Data Security

By Frances Ivens |

Partners and security experts reacted with alarm to news of the massive document leak from Panama offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

The Churn

McGuireWoods' Hiring Spree Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Nell Gluckman |

McGuireWoods adds 13 partners in 13 days; Paul Weiss poaches a high-powered Cravath M&A partner; Kenyon & Kenyon loses two patent prosecution pros to Norton Rose Fulbright; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Scott Barshay

Top Cravath Deal Lawyer Scott Barshay Jumps to Paul Weiss

By Julie Triedman |

The move by Barshay, who advised on nearly $300 billion in M&A transactions last year, could have a big impact for both firms.

Yahoo! Inc. headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

Baker & McKenzie, Yahoo Dodge Suit Alleging $2.7 Billion Bribery Scheme

By Scott Flaherty |

Ideas Interactivas, a Mexican phone book publisher, had accused Yahoo and its lawyers of bribing a judge to escape a massive court judgment.

Students at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. march across the campus demanding the school deal more harshly with students who commit sexual offenses, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.  Students staged a sit-in at the school as part of a protest in support of more transparent policies on sexual violence.

Law Firms See Opportunity in Wave of Campus Sex Claims

By Nell Gluckman |

Day Pitney and Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman hope to capitalize on what they see as a huge demand from colleges and universities facing sexual misconduct investigations.

Legal Industry Shares in Latest U.S. Jobs Growth

By MP McQueen |

The legal services sector added 1,200 jobs last month, according to the Department of Labor, which also revised earlier figures to reflect continual gains for the industry this year.

Law Firm Leaders' Moneyball Mistake

By Steven J. Harper |

Some law firm leaders would rather perfect an error than learn from it.

Deal Watch: Hogan Lovells Lands Roles in Dell, Therapy Co. Sales

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm advised on two deals announced this week worth a combined $5 billion.

Jeffrey Kessler of Winston & Strawn. 2015. HANDOUT.

Women's Soccer Suit Keeps Jeffrey Kessler in the Spotlight

By Scott Flaherty |

In his latest headline-grabbing sports industry assignment, the Winston & Strawn antitrust pro is trying his hand at employment litigation for a group of top U.S. women’s soccer players.

Local Counsel May Be Weak Point in Big Law's Cyberdefense

By Nell Gluckman |

Big law firms make for high-profile hacking targets, but client data may be especially vulnerable when it's shared with local counsel without strong security in place.

The Am Law 100: Patterson Belknap Holds Profits Steady

By MP McQueen |

The New York firm saw light declines in revenue and lawyer head count in 2015.

The Churn

London Calling for Two Big Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Boies Schiller and Cooley bulk up their nascent outposts in London; Gordon Rees and Shipman & Goodwin grow in New York; Hogan Lovells hires four in Australia and an ex-New York prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Cravath Admits Breach as Law Firm Hacks Go Public

By Nell Gluckman and Christine Simmons |

Law firms usually manage to keep the public in the dark when it comes to data breaches and hacking attacks. But not this week.

Alex White Plume sits on the back steps of his house near Manderson, S.D., on Tuesday, June 26, 2007, near some hemp plants that grew from seeds knocked off plants confiscated by federal drug agents. White Plume sought to grow hemp, a cousin of marijuana with only a trace of marijuana's drug, on his ranch on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Robins Kaplan Snuffs Out Injunction in Hemp Farming Battle

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm scored a partial victory for pro bono client Alexander White Plume this week, defeating a permanent injunction that barred the Oglala Sioux elder from farming industrial hemp on tribal lands.

Wachtell's home at the CBS Building in Manhattan.

Wachtell Beats Malpractice Case Over Icahn's CVR Takeover

By Susan Beck |

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s nasty battle with Carl Icahn could finally be over.

Slater & Gordon General Counsel Quits After Just Two Months

By Frances Ivens |

The problems for Australia's Slater & Gordon, the world's first publicly traded law firm, keep mounting. As its stock price sunk to a new low, Moana Weir, hired as Slater & Gordon's in-house legal chief in January, resigned this week.

Tortured Tale of Ex-Dorsey Partner Takes Turn in Maryland

By Scott Flaherty |

Kristan Peters-Hamlin, a former Dorsey & Whitney partner who has dealt with a recurring disciplinary issue over the past decade, has been disbarred in Maryland.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda speaks during a news conference at St. Paul Cathedral after being appointed as Archbishop of the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday, March 24, 2016 in St. Paul, Minn. Hebda has been interim leader of the archdiocese since Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned nine months ago, and he had been slated to become Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, this summer. But the Vatican informed him Tuesday that he'll be staying in St. Paul.

Twin Cities’ New Archbishop Has a Big Law Past

By Nell Gluckman |

Archbishop Bernard Hebda, who was appointed last week to lead the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, was once an associate at Reed Smith.

Dozens of Big Firms Targeted by Hacker Seeking M&A Info

By Nell Gluckman |

A Russian hacker living in Ukraine reportedly tried to gain access to the computer systems of 48 law firms involved in M&A deals, according to a story by Crain’s Chicago Business, citing data by intelligence firm Flashpoint.

Law Firm Mergers Don't Benefit Clients, Report Finds

By Chris Johnson |

Amid a spate of unconsummated law firm courtships, a new report claims that the majority of mergers fail to deliver benefits to clients and risk damaging partnership value.

Feds Charge Harvard Law Grad With $95 Million Scheme

By Brian Baxter |

Andrew Caspersen, a Harvard Law School graduate turned private equity executive, was charged by the SEC and federal prosecutors with securities and wire fraud. Caspersen is related to several notable Big Law and Ivy League alums.

K&L Gates Advises Bill Gates on Florida Mansion Deal

By Nell Gluckman |

Bill Gates turned to the firm that bears his father's name to buy a multimillion-dollar property in a Florida equestrian's paradise.

The Am Law 100: Katten Moves Upmarket

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

A firm with Chicago roots breaks the $1.5 million profit barrier.

The Churn

Wiley Rein's FDA Head Joins DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Wiley Rein's food and drug leader decamps for DLA Piper; Mayer Brown recruits a key Verizon in-house lawyer; Skadden hires from a high-profile boutique; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dealmakers and Deals of the Year

It was a cherry of a year for corporate transactions. Meet the lawyers behind the best work.

Man Enters Guilty Plea in Vedder Price Scam

By Scott Flaherty |

A Chicago man pleaded guilty to a long-running office supply scam that bilked Vedder Price out of roughly $7 million.

The Am Law 100: Shook Hardy's Revenue Rises Amid Profit Dip

By MP McQueen |

Shook, Hardy & Bacon saw its head count grow in 2015, but the Kansas City, Missouri-based firm's profits per partner slipped for the fourth year in a row.

Beautifying Big Law: Ex-Makeup Artist Shines at DLA Piper

By Nell Gluckman |

A young attorney recently hired by DLA Piper in Los Angeles also runs her own cosmetics company that uses nontoxic chemicals for people's skin.

Wachtell Names Three New Partners

By Staff |

Coming Monday: Dealmakers and Deals of the Year

Meet the lawyers behind some of the best, most complicated and most creative transactional work of the year. The American Lawyer's annual Dealmakers issue goes online March 28.

Deal Watch: Jones Day, Weil and Wachtell Paint the Town

By Jennifer Henderson |

A bucket of Am Law 100 firms have soaked up work on a big-time paint industry purchase.

The Am Law 100: Kirkland & Ellis Keeps Revenue Rising

By Susan Beck |

The firm posted a whopping $2.305 billion in revenue last year, according to The American Lawyer’s early reporting.

Big Firms Flock to Windy City’s Multiple Police Probes

By Julie Triedman |

Chicago has paid $760,000 to Wilmer, Taft Stettinius and an ex-Fried Frank partner to advise it on a U.S. Department of Justice probe into its troubled police department. McGuireWoods has also been retained by Chicago’s police oversight agency to conduct an internal audit.

Curtis Names Nine New Partners

By Staff |

Sutherland Names Seven New Partners

By Staff |
The Churn

McGuireWoods Bags Big BofA Book, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

McGuireWoods heads to San Francisco after a Reed Smith raid; Kirkland launches a Houston tax practice; Sidley Austin snags a high-powered IP team from Ropes & Gray; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Malik Isaac Taylor aka Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest, poses for a portrait at Sirius XM studios in New York, on Nov. 12, 2015.

Beats, Rhymes and Law for Nixon Peabody's Julian Petty

By Brian Baxter |

Julian Petty, head of Nixon Peabody's entertainment practice, reminisces about Phife Dawg, the late rapper and member of A Tribe Called Quest who was one of his first clients in building a practice with a hip-hop base.

Portrait of multi-ethnic businesswomen

Perkins Coie Offers Discount to Female-Run Startups

By Nell Gluckman |

At Perkins Coie, every night is ladies’ night. The firm is offering a 15 percent discount to startups with a female founder or top executive in an effort to give women a boost in the male-dominated startup world.

Burford Boasts Big Year, Invests $100M in Law Firm Portfolio

By Julie Triedman |

Burford Capital LLC announced Wednesday that its earnings topped $100 million in 2015, with commitments of $206 million, both new records for the publicly listed litigation financier, which has invested another $100 million in a law firm's litigation portfolio.

The Am Law 100: Gross Revenue, Profits Surge at Nixon Peabody

By Jennifer Henderson |

Nixon Peabody, which last year bolted on Chicago-based Ungaretti & Harris and consolidated its Hong Kong operations with local shop CWL Partners, saw gains across all financial metrics in 2015.

The Am Law 100: Revenue Rises at Perkins Coie

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm saw an uptick in revenue and kept profits steady as it grew its partnership ranks through lateral hires and internal promotions.

Judge Rejects Baker Botts Fee Proposal in New Gulf Bankruptcy

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm had hoped to balance its litigation risks with the U.S. Supreme Court’s holdings last year in Baker Botts v. Asarco.

Police and rescue teams are pictured outside the metro station Maelbeek in Brussels, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Explosions, at least one likely caused by a suicide bomber, rocked the Brussels airport and its subway system Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the Belgian capital and heightened security across Europe.

Brussels Blasts Disrupt Big Law Business

By Chris Johnson, Julie Triedman and Nell Gluckman |

Brussels, the seat of the European Union and a hub for U.S. and international firms, was in lockdown Tuesday after a series of explosions rocked the city’s airport and a central subway station. At least 34 have been killed in the terrorist attacks.

(l-r) Barry Damon, Shawn McIntire, and Stephen Donelson.

Ballard Spahr Seeks Rocky Mountain High With Boutique Bolt-On

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm swallowed up the co-founders of Denver-based boutique Donelson Barry.

Workers use cranes to paint the Estadio Latinoamericano baseball arena in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. On the same week as the visits by Obama and The Rolling Stones, the Tampa Bay Rays are expected to play the first Major League Baseball exhibition game in Cuba since 1999.

Obama Not the Only American Lawyer Looking at Cuban Opportunities

By Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter |

Akerman, Akin Gump, Gibson Dunn and Jones Day are busy advising clients on potential initiatives in Cuba, as President Obama makes a historic visit to the Caribbean island nation ahead of a goodwill-inducing baseball game Tuesday.

The Am Law 100: Winston & Strawn Grows Profits, Revenue

By Susan Beck |

Revenue per lawyer at the Chicago-based firm topped $1 million for the first time in 2015, and profits per partner were up 7.1 percent from the previous year.

Amid Hacking Threats, Law Firms Turn to Cyber Insurance

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms are finding that their professional liability insurance doesn't cover many of the costs associated with cyberattacks.

What Killed Greenberg Traurig's U.K. Merger?

By Chris Johnson |

Behind the failed merger talks between Greenberg Traurig and London-based Berwin Leighton Paisner.

The Churn

Katten Litigation Co-Leader Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The U.S. Department of Commerce adds a high-profile partner from Katten Muchin Rosenman; Greenberg Traurig and Holland & Knight trade hires; Winston & Strawn's arbitration co-chair departs; and other notable additions from around The Am Law 200.

Special Report: A Return to Earth for Elite New York Firms?

By Julie Triedman |

A barrage of big deals in 2015 didn’t translate into explosive growth for many of the country’s most profitable firms.

Deal Watch: Seven Firms Gorge on $13 Billion Pipeline Union

By Jennifer Henderson |

Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, Mayer Brown, Crowell & Moring and a trio of leading Canadian firms are advising on TransCanada Corp.'s proposed $13 billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.

Man Who Shot Ex-Ropes & Gray Partner Given Life Sentence

By Brian Baxter |

More than three years after former Ropes & Gray partner and Jones Walker special counsel Sanford “Sandy” Kaynor Jr. was shot twice and left for dead, his assailant was given a 362-year prison sentence in a New Orleans criminal court.

Donald Trump, 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Nascar CEO Brian France, Nascar drivers Ryan Newman, Bill Elliot, and son Chase Elliott endorsing Trump, in Valdosta, GA, on February 29, 2016.

A Fact-Free Diet for the Election Season

By Steven J. Harper |

When facts get in the way, sometimes it's easiest to ignore them.

The Am Law 100: A Record Year for Mintz Levin

By Nell Gluckman |

Early estimates show dramatic revenue increases at the firm, which usually sits right at the juncture of The Am Law 100 and The Am Law 200.

Louis Solomon of Cadwalader. February 24, 2012. HANDOUT.

Cadwalader Litigation Team Jumps to Greenberg Traurig

By Jennifer Henderson |

Greenberg Traurig, after ending merger talks with Berwin Leighton Paisner, resumed its lateral hiring spree by snagging four partners from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, including the firm's litigation co-chair.

SeaWorld's Decision on Whale Shows Followed Legal Feeding Frenzy

By Julie Triedman |

Thanks to regulatory challenges and lawsuits tied to SeaWorld Entertainment’s famous orca shows, the company has had to rely heavily on professionals who can’t be paid in sardines: lawyers.

Robert Riley.

Schiff Hardin Defectors’ New Firm Eyes New York Opening

By Jennifer Henderson |

Less than two months after 22 partners broke away from Schiff Hardin to form Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, the new firm has grown to 41 lawyers in three cities, thanks to a few hires from their former home.

Best Law Schools for Jobs and Prestige

By Vivia Chen |

Big Law feeder schools are not always the most highly ranked.

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Report: Paul Weiss Likely Not Liable for Caesars Conflicts

By Julie Triedman |

For the second time in six months, a law firm representing a Caesars Entertainment entity has narrowly avoided trouble in bankruptcy court.

Stewart Baker.

Steptoe Partner Makes Waves at SXSW Apple Debate

By Scott Flaherty |

Former NSA general counsel Stewart Baker bashed Apple’s position in the ongoing fight over encrypted communications.

Jeffrey Bleich, incoming State Bar president. Munger Tolles & Olson...photo by Jason Doiy.9-21-07.043-2007

Dentons Bags Ex-U.S. Aussie Ambassador From Munger Tolles

By MP McQueen |

Jeffrey Bleich, a former U.S. ambassador to Australia and longtime litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, left the firm earlier this month ahead of a planned move to growing global legal giant Dentons.

The Am Law 100: Munger Tolles' Metrics Take a Tumble

By MP McQueen |

Munger, Tolles & Olson, riding high after several years of strong financial performances, saw its numbers slip across the board in 2015. The firm also saw a prominent partner decamp this week for Dentons.

Greenberg Traurig Ends Merger Talks With UK's Berwin Leighton Paisner

By Julie Kay and Rose Walker |

Both firms confirmed Wednesday that the major trans-Atlantic merger was no longer in the cards.

James Bowers.

Q&A: Why a Day Pitney Lawyer Voted to Retire Harvard Law School's Shield

By Nell Gluckman |

James Bowers discusses the power of symbols, the lack of diversity in Big Law, and why he changed his mind about Harvard's need to ditch its controversial shield.

Minority Female Lawyers Make Gains (But Not the Men)

By Vivia Chen |

The latest report on diversity from MCCA and Vault.

Michael Jackson performing during his 13-city U.S. tour in Kansas City, Mo. on Feb. 24, 1988.

Hee-Hee! Big Firms and Boutiques Moonwalk to Michael Jackson Sale

By Jennifer Henderson |

Greenberg Traurig, Venable, White & Case and two top Los Angeles-based boutiques are advising on a $750 million thriller—the sale by Michael Jackson’s estate of a 50 percent stake in a joint venture with music giant Sony Corp. of America.

The Churn

NY Boutique Bags Big Law Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Comings-and-goings at McCarter & English; Pillsbury Winthrop heads to Hong Kong; Proskauer Rose picks up a new life sciences vice chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Am Law 100: Profits, Revenue Slip at Kaye Scholer

By MP McQueen |

Revenue and profits fell slightly last year because of a slowdown in transactional work in the last quarter, the firm’s managing partner said.

125 Broad Street in lower Manhattan.

Sullivan & Cromwell Inks Deal to Buy Rest of NYC Skyscraper

By Julie Triedman |

Sullivan & Cromwell, one of the few Am Law 100 firms to own its own office building, has agreed to buy the remaining floors of the tower it calls home in New York City’s financial district for $202 million.

Jennifer Massey poses for photographers at the party after the season finale of NBC's

Trump 'Apprentice' Who Co-Founded Cooley's L.A. Office Starts Boutique

By Nell Gluckman |

Former Cooley partner Jennifer Massey was fired by Donald Trump after making it to the Season 2 finale of NBC's "The Apprentice."

Nelson Mullins' Robert Crowe.

Nelson Mullins Partner Fires Back at SEC in Pay-to-Play Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

Former DNC finance co-chair Robert Crowe is still a partner at Nelson Mullins as he battles the SEC, but the firm no longer identifies him as a leader of its government relations practice.

Santiago, Chile.

Spanish Firm Stays on Latin America Foray

By Jennifer Henderson |

Iberian legal giant Garrigues has finalized a deal to integrate Chilean firm Avendaño Merino into its global network. Amid a shrinking market for high-end legal services in Spain, many of the country's top firms are looking to opportunities in Latin America.

The Am Law 100: Partner Profits Hold Steady at Kramer Levin

By MP McQueen |

The firm posted a 3.6 percent increase in revenue last year, while partner profits barely budged from 2014.

The Churn

Akin Gump Health Leader Heads In-House, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center adds a high-ranking Akin Gump partner to serve as its new legal chief; a troubled Kaye Scholer partner departs; Kirkland makes another high-profile hire; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Am Law 100: Boies Schiller Rides High on Litigation Waves

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm reported profits per partner above $3 million for the second straight year in 2015, while its steady mix of plaintiffs and defense-side work drove double-digit revenue growth.

The General Motors Headquarters, located in Detroit, Michigan.

Deal Watch: Fenwick, Orrick Steer GM Toward Driverless Future

By Jennifer Henderson |

The two Am Law 100 firms grabbed roles on General Motors Co.'s $1 billion buy of autonomous vehicle startup Cruise Automation Inc. The transaction marked the latest in a string of deals for Fenwick & West.

The Am Law 100: Schulte Roth Holds Steady in Revenue, Profits

By MP McQueen |

Schulte Roth & Zabel saw little growth in revenue and profits in 2015, but executive committee chairman Alan Waldenberg said the firm has boosted its appeal on the lateral market.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) speaks at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Nov. 17, 2015.

'Let the People Speak'? A Response to Ted Cruz

By Steven J. Harper |

The senator's position on the Supreme Court's vacancy shows the perils of rewriting the Constitution to suit a political agenda.

Proskauer Beats Megabucks Class Action Over Work for Ponzi Schemer

By Amanda Bronstad and Julie Triedman |

Proskauer Rose and Chadbourne & Parke are immune from liability for the conduct of a former partner at the firms who was accused of helping R. Allen Stanford orchestrate a $7 billion fraud, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews, center, stands with attorney Scott Carr, second from left, as the jury arrives in the courtroom after reaching a verdict Monday, March 7, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.

For Bingham, Erin Andrews Verdict Is One That Got Away

By Brian Baxter |

The $55 million judgment awarded to TV personality Erin Andrews this week was a missed opportunity for Bingham McCutchen. The now-defunct firm took the lead for Andrews in 2009 after illicit videos of her surfaced online. But a conflict intervened.

The Am Law 100: Revenue, Partner Profits Dip at Cahill Gordon

By Jennifer Henderson |

Cahill Gordon & Reindel, whose finances float with the capital markets, felt a slight pinch to its bottom line in 2015.

Joseph Sigelman, indicted former chief executive of PetroTiger Ltd.

Quinn Emanuel Sued Over Legal Fees in Major Foreign Bribery Case

By Nell Gluckman |

Last year the firm touted its success for oil company CEO Joseph Sigelman, but now the former client is saying he’s been overcharged.

The Am Law 100: Seyfarth Passes $1 Million Mark in Profits Per Partner

By Susan Beck |

The firm’s PPP reached $1.02 million last year for the first time. Revenue and lawyer head count also increased.

Global Legal Awards Deadline Is May 1.

By Staff |

We're honoring the best lawyering the world over in cross-border deals, disputes, finance and citizenship.

The Am Law 100: A Big Year for Fried Frank as New Strategy Pays Off

By Chris Johnson |

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson achieved significant increases in revenue and profit in 2015, driven at least partly by strategic and operational changes made by chair David Greenwald.

The Am Law 100: Milbank Posts Modest Financial Gains

By MP McQueen |

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy saw gross revenue and partner profits rise slightly in 2015.

By the Numbers: Which Law Firms Get the Most Work from Federal Agencies?

By Steve Kovalan, ALM Legal Intelligence |

The National Institutes of Health is the biggest client for outside legal services by law firms among U.S. agencies, according to government data.

Now in U.S., Freed Lawyer Seeks to Reform Chinese Judicial System

By Nell Gluckman |

Chen Taihe, a law school professor in China, was one of the 200 human rights lawyers detained in China last summer.

The Am Law 100: Willkie Grows Revenue, Profits

By MP McQueen |

The gains in 2015 were driven by strong activity in Willkie Farr & Gallagher's international private equity, M&A, compliance and insurance transactions practices. The firm's revenue and profit growth slowed from 2014, however.

The Am Law 200: After Series of Mergers, Dinsmore's Revenue Soars

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three mergers in one year proved to be a mixed bag for regional Am Law 200 firm Dinsmore & Shohl, which saw its gross revenue grow in 2015, while partner profits and revenue per lawyer slipped.

Why the ABA's Bar-Passage Rule Isn't as Tough as It Looks

By Matt Leichter |

Many law schools could pass the ABA's proposed bar exam standard, even if they enroll students with long odds of passing the test.

K&L Gates offices in Washington, D.C. January 8, 2016.

K&L Gates Partners Made for Exits Despite $210M Windfall

By Julie Triedman |

The firm's losses have mounted even with a mammoth contingency fee promising to boost partner profits.

Peter Martelli.

Kirkland Raids Simpson for Another M&A Partner

By Brian Baxter |

Peter Martelli, a corporate partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, recently resigned from the firm. After serving a 90-day gardening leave, Martelli will join Kirkland & Ellis, which has frequently raided Simpson Thacher in recent years.

The Am Law 100: Kasowitz Benson's Rebound Falls Short

By Scott Flaherty |

After a rebound year in 2014, New York-based Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman saw some key financial metrics slip last year, and that was before a key insurance recovery group left the firm in January.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

You're Hired! Kenyon & Kenyon Tapped For Drumpf Trademark

By Nell Gluckman |

John Oliver, a comedian and host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” has sought to trademark the word “Drumpf” in an effort to dismantle Donald Trump’s quest for the Republican presidential nomination. Kenyon & Kenyon is advising.

The Am Law 100: Husch Blackwell Revenue, Head Count Decline

By Susan Beck |

Husch Blackwell had a mixed year in 2015, with revenue declining for the second straight year amid a double-digit increase in partner profits.

Marcia Clark in 1995, left, and in a current portrait.

Dishing with Marcia Clark (Yes, that Marcia)

By Vivia Chen |

O.J. Simpson's prosecutor talks about race, sexism and parenting.

A protest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Politics Delay Wilmer Fees in Police Probe

By Julie Triedman |

As part of a compromise related to a $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, the firm will have to wait a bit longer to be fully paid for its work for the city of Baltimore.

The Am Law 100: Schiff Hardin Posts Double-Digit Growth

By Jennifer Henderson |

Fueled by a big contingency fee, the firm saw big gains in revenue and partner profits.

Anadarko Tank facility, Uinta Basin, Utah.

Kirkland on Contingency: Behind a $93 Million Fee Deal

By Susan Beck |

The firm earned $93 million—including a $70 million contingency fee—under an unusual fee arrangement approved by the Department of Justice.

The Am Law 100: McGuireWoods Partners Join the $1 Million Club

By Susan Beck |

For the first time at McGuire Woods, profits per equity partner topped $1 million in 2015.

The Churn

Windy City Welcomes Two Midsize Firms, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

K&L Gates and Sidley Austin disgorge partners to new Chicago offices for other firms; a bevy of moves at legal giants Baker & McKenzie and Norton Rose Fulbright; Schulte Roth bolts on a broker-dealer group; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Head Office of Sharp Corporation in Osaka.

Deal Watch: Foxconn Taps Baker & McKenzie for Sharp Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

Sharp Corp., the struggling Japanese electronics manufacturer, is on the verge of being bought by Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Co. Ltd. in a nearly $6 billion deal.

Steven Kaplan, left, and Laurence Platt, right.

K&L Gates Losses Continue as 10 More Partners Join Mayer Brown

By Julie Triedman |

The lawyers from K&L Gates’ consumer credit compliance and enforcement practice join a five-partner group that jumped to Mayer Brown earlier this month.

Jobs Report Shows Continued Legal Industry Declines

By MP McQueen |

Legal employment has struggled so far in 2016, despite overall gains in the U.S. economy.

World's First Publicly Listed Law Firm to Restructure After Mammoth Loss

By Chris Johnson |

Australia's Slater & Gordon, which went public in 2007, is planning to restructure its debt and U.K. operations after posting a net loss of almost a billion Australian dollars in the second half of 2015.

Lori Alvino McGill.

New Trial Boutique Lures Another Big Law Partner

By Nell Gluckman |

Lori Alvino McGill, an appellate specialist who joined Quinn Emanuel from Latham Watkins two years ago, is now headed to Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, a firm started in January by former Paul Weiss star litigator Beth Wilkinson.

Alan Waldenberg.

Bracewell's Broker-Dealer Group Bolts for Schulte Roth

By Jennifer Henderson |

Julian Rainero, a barbecue aficionado and head of the broker-dealer and market regulation group at the newly renamed Bracewell, is leading a 10-lawyer team to Schulte Roth & Zabel in New York.

The Am Law 100: Revenues Edge Up at Mayer Brown

By Susan Beck |

Partner profits in 2015 grew more robustly, rising nearly 8 percent from the prior year.

The Am Law 100: Profits Rise at Baker & Hostetler

By Susan Beck |

Still buoyed by its work for Bernie Madoff victims, the firm posted strong financial gains across the board in 2015, with profits rising nearly 15 percent.

Gregory Morin.

Latham Mourns Boston Associate Killed in Restaurant Crash

By Nell Gluckman |

Gregory Morin, a 32-year-old associate at Latham & Watkins, was killed this week in a car accident that also claimed the life of an office manager at a small firm in the Boston suburbs.

Credit: Lars Lindblad/iStockphoto.com.

Bankruptcy Baron Spreads Wings With Own Shop in Airline Case

By Brian Baxter |

Bruce Zirinsky, the ex-head of the restructuring groups at Greenberg Traurig and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has started his own firm in New York. Zirinsky just snagged a lead role advising Republic Airways Holdings Inc. in its bankruptcy case, one that has already pumped more than $1.1 million into his new firm’s coffers.

The Global Lawyer: How The Am Law 100 Screws Contract Lawyers

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Law firms that set best practices abet worst practices for contract attorneys.

Ted Cruz, left, and Marco Rubio, right.

Should You Hire Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio?

By Vivia Chen |

Ted Cruz has the perfect resume, but are you better off with the social butterfly?

The Am Law 100: Another Record Year for Gibson Dunn

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm's financial performance edged up on all fronts in 2015, and revenue increased for the 20th straight year.

The Am Law 100: Profits Dip at Shearman & Sterling

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Senior partner Creighton Condon blamed collections delays and volatile markets for modest 2015 revenue growth and a slight slide in profits per partner.

The Churn

Big Law Partners Snag GC Roles, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Davis Polk, Paul Hastings, Simpson Thacher and Stoel Rives partners head in-house; K&L Gates and Kirkland & Ellis see a spate of exits; Orrick adds another energy partner; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Simratpal Singh

McDermott Sues Defense Department on Behalf of Sikh Captain

By Nell Gluckman |

Partner Amandeep Sidhu filed the suit for his pro bono client, a Sikh U.S. Army captain who is trying to serve while maintaining his beard and turban.

Donald Trump

Christie's Big Law Backers Mostly Mum on Trump Endorsement

By Scott Flaherty |

So far, none of them is heeding Meg Whitman's call to "reject the governor and Donald Trump outright."

Todd Aidman, left, and Michael Rose, right.

National Labor Firm, in Growth Bid, Bags Popeyes Chicken Lawyers

By Jennifer Henderson |

Ford & Harrison, a national labor and employment firm that bolted on a boutique in January, remained acquisitive by expanding Tuesday into Connecticut after absorbing Hartford-based Rose Kallor.

Gregory Novak, left, and Tracy Druce, right, of Novak Druce. April 17, 2012.

Polsinelli Guts IP Boutique Novak Druce With Mass Hire

By Susan Beck |

Polsinelli confirmed Tuesday that it will be taking 44 IP lawyers from Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg., stripping the boutique of most of its attorneys and all but one of its remaining name partners.

Amid Defections, Kirkland Extends Notice Period for Departing Partners

By Susan Beck and Anna Ward |

In a move that appears aimed at deterring partner departures, Kirkland & Ellis is doubling the notice period that partners must give before they leave, from 60 to 120 days, according to former Kirkland partners.

Abu Dhabi

Amid Houston Unrest, Vinson to Close Abu Dhabi Office

By Jennifer Henderson |

Almost a year after Latham & Watkins announced plans to consolidate its Middle East operations, Vinson & Elkins has confirmed plans to do the same, closing its outpost in Abu Dhabi to refocus its regional operations on Dubai and Riyadh. The move comes amid a recent reshuffling in Vinson’s Houston headquarters.

The Am Law 100: Paul Hastings Sees Growth Across the Board

By Nell Gluckman |

The high-flying firm posted gains in both revenue and profits in 2015.

Robert Ruyak.

RuyakCherian Reels In HayBoo, Wilmer Partners

By Julie Triedman |

Robert Ruyak, the former Howrey chairman who recently started his own firm, has brought on a pair of new partners from Haynes and Boone and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

The Churn

Hogan Lovells on a Hiring Spree, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Hogan Lovells goes global for new recruits; a rough week for K&L Gates; Crowell & Moring brings back a top prosecutor; Debevoise bags a federal judge; DLA Piper plucks a longtime ESPN lawyer; and other notable additions from around The Am Law 200.

Special Report: Millennials in Big Law

They outnumber boomers, they’re different from Gen Xers and they’re starting to become Big Law partners. Here’s what to expect.

Millennial Hype

By Vivia Chen |

Who says this generation will rock Big Law? A contrarian's view.

Mauricio Macri points as he rides in an open top car towards the presidential palace after he was sworn in as Argentina's new president in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.

Deal Watch: Cravath on the Warpath for Argentina and Yahoo

By Jennifer Henderson |

The vaunted Wall Street firm picked up two key roles for the South American nation and multinational technology giant, ahead of what could be major deals for both clients.

Indicted financier R. Allen Stanford.

Chadbourne & Parke Agrees to Settle Stanford Ponzi Claims

By Julie Triedman |

Ending more than six years of litigation related to a former partner’s role advising disgraced financier R. Allen Stanford, Chadbourne & Parke has agreed to a confidential settlement with aggrieved investors in Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme.

LSAT v. GRE: Rhetoric v. Reality

By Steven J. Harper |

Something touted as “fundamental change” moves the profession backward.

The Am Law 200: Lewis Roca’s Profits Rose Ahead of Merger

By Nell Gluckman |

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, an Am Law 200 firm that has pulled off a series of mergers in recent years, posted mostly flat financial results in 2015. But the firm, which has strong ties to the gaming industry, is gambling on future growth as it seeks to become a national name in the legal industry.

The Am Law 200: Revenue, Net Income Down at Foley Hoag

By Chris Johnson |

Foley Hoag saw slight declines in both revenue and net in 2015, according to reporting by The American Lawyer.

Stephen DiCarmine, left, and Joel Sanders outside the courtroom during their 2015 trial.

New Blow to Prosecutors as Dewey Execs Dodge Top Charge

By Nell Gluckman |

The incredibly shrinking Dewey & LeBoeuf prosecution shrank again on Friday, to the relief of former Dewey execs Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders.

Pitney Farm.

Day Pitney Co-Founder's Historic Home Gutted in Blaze

By Brian Baxter |

A New Jersey mansion at the heart of a preservation battle mysteriously burned to the ground Wednesday morning. The family of Day Pitney’s co-founder owned the historic property.

Morgan Lewis chair Jami Wintz McKeon

Morgan Lewis Snags K&L Gates' IP Practice Leader in Chicago Raid

By Julie Triedman |

In a coup for its national IP practice, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has landed the global co-leader of K&L Gates’ IP group and three members of his team in Chicago.

The Am Law 100: O'Melveny & Myers Makes a Rebound

By Jennifer Henderson |

After posting less than stellar financial results in 2014, O’Melveny & Myers was back in growth mode in 2015.

Lateral Link Sues Former Recruiters Over Client Data

By Nell Gluckman |

The recruiting firm accuses two former directors in Chicago of taking confidential client information with them when they left to start their own agency in January.

Roberta Kaplan with her client Edith Windsor, right, addressing the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the second day of arguments over the fate of same-sex marriage. March 27, 2013.

Roberta Kaplan Gets Personal

By Vivia Chen |

A Q&A with the Paul Weiss partner about sexuality, stereotypes and her work in the case that legalized gay marriage.

The Am Law 100: DLA Revenue Tops $2.5 Billion, But Profits Fall

By Chris Johnson |

DLA Piper saw its revenue surpass $2.5 billion for the first time in 2015, but those gains were offset by a sharp decline in profits.

The Am Law 100: Growth Slows at Latham & Watkins

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Was 2015 the year Latham & Watkins finally fell back to Earth? A superficial look at the numbers might suggest so. But a deeper dive yields no schadenfreude for Latham's rivals.

Harvard Law School Library in Langdell Hall at night.

Milbank Denies Claims It Sought to Censor Free Speech at Harvard

By Nell Gluckman |

Milbank's decision to reallocate a $1 million gift to Harvard Law School has sparked an unusual public clash between the firm and a group of prominent law professors.

NFL Tax Filings Reveal Glimpse at Last Legal Bills

By Brian Baxter |

The National Football League disclosed the second of its two annual federal tax filings this week, marking the last time the league will do so after renouncing its nonprofit status last year. The dual filings reveal big fees for Akin Gump, Covington & Burling and Paul Weiss.

John Sheridan, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cooper Health System addresses a gathering in Camden, N.J., on July, 24, 2012.  Sheridan and his wife, Joyce were killed when a fire broke out in their home early Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Montgomery Township.

Squire Patton Boggs Partner Seeks to Restore Father’s Reputation

By Scott Flaherty |

A group of 200 prominent New Jersey citizens, including three ex-governors and partners from Drinker Biddle, Duane Morris and Patterson Belknap, have signed a letter seeking to reopen a murder-suicide investigation involving a prominent Garden State lawyer.

The Am Law 100: Engines Cool at Davis Polk

By Julie Triedman |

Ending five years of continually strong profitability and revenue growth, Davis Polk & Wardwell posted anemic results in 2015.

Firms, Who Are Your New Partners for 2016?

By Am Law Daily Staff |

Making partner is a big deal. We want to recognize the accomplishment.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue Edges Up at Weil Amid Solid Profits

By Julie Triedman |

The firm is still lagging behind its performance five years ago, but its leader says the trend lines are good.

The Churn

A Vinson Partner's Quick Turnaround, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A week after leaving Vinson & Elkins for Simpson Thacher, Douglas McWilliams did an about-face; Hughes Hubbard hires a new securities enforcement chair; Latham and Paul Weiss grow in Hong Kong; and other key additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Havana, Cuba.

Akin Gump Hires Cargill Exec to Lobby on Cuba Relations

By Nell Gluckman |

As firms position themselves to take advantage of improving U.S.-Cuba relations, Akin Gump has hired former Cargill executive Devry Boughner Vorwerk to help speed the thaw.

Cate Blanchett in the film Carol.

Why Lesbians Make More Money

By Vivia Chen |

Lesbians make 9 percent more than their straight sisters.

Health Care Stays Hot as Paul Hastings Practice Head Jumps to McDermott

By Susan Beck |

The move marks the second departure from Paul Hastings’ health care group this month as McDermott looks to beef up its offerings.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Debevoise Sees Double-Digit Profit Growth

By Julie Triedman |

Profits per partner were up nearly 11 percent at the firm, which also saw a healthy increase in revenue.

Baker & Hostetler Bags Bracewell's Seattle Litigation Head

By Jennifer Henderson |

After a spate of lateral departures and lackluster financial results for 2015, the newly renamed Bracewell lost its head of litigation in Seattle. The move came after Bracewell hired a New York tax partner, but saw Morgan Lewis land an oil and gas pro in Houston and D.C.

Dentons Starts Up Partnership With WeWork

By Jennifer Henderson |

Dentons has found a new way to service startups. A little more than a year after acquiring a small New York shop that advises new companies, the legal giant announced Monday a partnership with international co-working giant WeWork Companies Inc.

Associates Find Opportunities in Uneven Market

By MP McQueen |

Recruiters say there’s no market slump for young lawyers with the right set of skills.

Squire Patton Boggs offices in Washington, D.C.

Squire Patton Boggs Inks Merger With California's Carroll Burdick

By Susan Beck |

The deal with Carroll Burdick & McDonough gives Squire Patton a 55-lawyer boost in California, Germany and Asia.

New Global Firm Makes a Debut, Shunning US

By Nell Gluckman |

Gowlings and Wragge Lawrence Graham made their merger official on Monday, creating one of the largest international firms without an office in the United States.

The Churn

Mayer Brown Launches German PE Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

King & Wood Mallesons’ private equity leader in Germany joins Mayer Brown; two more Edwards Wildman Palmer alums leave Locke Lord; Polsinelli keeps growing; Wachtell adds an e-discovery expert; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Another Strong Year for Jenner & Block

By Susan Beck |

The firm saw its second straight year of double-digit revenue growth and a healthy rise in partner profits.

Antonin Scalia.

The Global Lawyer: The Vanished Robe That Saved the Globe?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

What Justice Scalia's death means for global warming.

Polsinelli's Russell Welsh.

Polsinelli To Absorb Large IP Group From Novak Druce

By Susan Beck |

Continuing its systematic expansion, Polsinelli agreed to take in "the vast majority of lawyers and staff" from Houston-based IP boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg.

Deal Watch: A Chinese Buyer's Big U.S. Tech Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Am Law 100 firms Davis Polk and Weil have lead roles as China’s Tianjin Tianhai Investment Co. Ltd. pays $6 billion in cash for Irvine, California-based Ingram Micro Inc.

Charley Moore founded Rocket Lawyer in San Francisco in 2008.

ABA Abandons Rocket Lawyer Venture Amid Attorney Backlash

By Susan Beck |

Facing strong opposition from state and local bar groups, the American Bar Association has quickly backed away from a pilot project aimed at helping small business owners find lawyers for a reasonable price.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Scalia's Vacancy: News vs. Opinion

By Steven J. Harper |

As the country’s political divide widens, clarity is becoming a casualty.

Sir Nigel Knowles.

Nigel Knowles, Who Helped Create Global Giant, To End Tenure at DLA Piper

By James Booth |

Knowles, who oversaw his firm's expansion into a global legal giant over the past two decades, will step down from his management post in April before retiring from the partnership.

Are Older and Younger Women Headed for a Clash?

By Vivia Chen |

Are they feminists or ingrates?

Milbank Changes Course on $1M Harvard Law School Gift after Pro-Palestine Event

By Nell Gluckman |

A student group at Harvard Law School claims that its stance on free speech and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict drove Milbank to withdraw hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual funding for student-run activities at the school.

James Cotterman

Q&A: Law Firms to Need More Capital as Boomers Retire

By Julie Triedman |

Will higher capital contributions become the norm in Big Law? Altman Weil consultant James Cotterman discusses how lower demand for legal services and a coming wave of partner retirements will affect law firm finances.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Sidley Partners Pass $2 Million Mark

By Susan Beck |

The firm, which celebrates its sesquicentennial this year, posted across-the-board gains in revenue and profit.

Former Dewey junior manager Zachary Warren in September 2014.

Junior Dewey Defendant Avoids Trial, Lands Big Law Job

By Christine Simmons |

Instead of facing trial for alleged fraud and conspiracy related to Dewey & LeBoeuf’s demise, former Dewey junior manager Zachary Warren is bound for Williams & Connolly this fall as an associate.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: White & Case Shifts Into Growth Mode

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Profits and revenue were mostly flat in 2015, but the firm pivoted toward growth for the first time since the Great Recession, boosting its partnership ranks by 6 percent.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Dorsey Sees Slight Declines in Revenue, Profits

By Nell Gluckman |

After a record-breaking 2014, Dorsey & Whitney’s gross revenue, revenue per lawyer and partner profits each took a modest hit in 2015.

Taurie Zeitzer

Zeitzer Keeps Apollo Work Coming at Paul Weiss with $7B ADT Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

With client Apollo Global Management in tow, Taurie Zeitzer has kept on making rain since joining Paul Weiss from Kirkland last January.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Profits Leap at Fish & Richardson

By Chris Johnson |

The firm more than weathered a downturn in IP litigation last year, posting double-digit gains in revenue and partner profits.

Citi Private Bank: Firms Can Expect More of the Same in 2016

By Gretta Rusanow and Andrew Godwin, Citi Private Bank |

Profit growth in 2015 averaged roughly 4.5 percent, according to an analysis by Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group, and firms are likely to see similar results in 2016. Will partners view their bank accounts as half full or half empty?

New Barbies, from left to right: Curvy, Petite, and Tall.

The New Barbie Must Die

By Vivia Chen |

The "realistic" Barbie is a downer. And unfeminist.

Antonin Scalia.

After Scalia: A Justice's Legacy and an Uncertain Future

By David Bario |

The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has sparked turmoil in American law and politics, with the battle over his successor already raging and the specter of an evenly divided high court hanging over key cases.

The Churn

K&L Gates Adds Down Under After Moscow Closure, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

After closing its Moscow office, K&L Gates doubles down in Australia; Greenberg Traurig grabs a Goodwin Procter securities litigator; high-powered lawyers leave Vinson & Elkins and Morgan Lewis in Houston; and other key additions from around The Am Law 200.

The American International Building, located in New York, NY.

Weil Helps AIG Make Peace With Icahn, Paulson

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm helped longtime client American International Group Inc. reach an agreement with activist investors Carl Icahn and John Paulson, who have been pushing for a three-way split of the storied insurance giant.

The Dirty Little Secret of Law Firm Billing

By Steven J. Harper |

As the media reports soaring hourly billing rates, they’re missing the real story.

Firms Get Mostly High Marks as Social Mobility Project Enters Fifth Year

By Chris Johnson |

A groundbreaking initiative by a group of leading U.K., U.S. and international law firms is teaching disadvantaged students about the profession but failing to follow through, according to a new report.

The Mylan Laboratories Inc. headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Deal Watch: Mylan Moves on to Meda With Cravath in Tow

By Jennifer Henderson |

A new year brings another new deal for the pharmaceutical giant and its outside lawyers from three firms.

Charlotte, NC.

Holland & Knight Grows Again With New Charlotte Office

By Nell Gluckman |

A month after it lured away a group from Dickstein Shapiro in Connecticut, Holland & Knight is opening in North Carolina’s commercial hub with three banking and finance partners from Bryan Cave and Winstead.

Partner Threat Nets Guilty Plea From Ex-Bryan Cave Associate

By Brian Baxter |

Ryan Walsh, a former litigation associate at Bryan Cave, pleaded guilty this week to threatening to kill a partner at the firm in 2013.

Skadden to Close Sydney Office Amid Australia Jitters

By Julie Triedman |

U.S.-based firms may be in for some turbulence, but many say that there’s still good money to be made Down Under.

After Near-Tragedy, Firm Takes Cardiac Safety to Heart

By Jennifer Henderson |

A barely averted disaster for the wife of a Fisher & Phillips partner led to big changes in how the 330-lawyer labor firm prepares for office health emergencies.

Sanctioned Big Law Associate Sues NY Post, Daily News for Defamation

By Scott Flaherty |

Former Latham, Quinn Emanuel and Mintz Levin lawyer Anthony Zappin made headlines for his pro se antics in a New York divorce case. Now he wants the tabloids to pay.

Customers Reap Benefits From Hughes Hubbard's MF Global Role

By Julie Triedman |

Hughes Hubbard & Reed received $87 million for its work handling the liquidation of MF Global’s broker-deal unit, and customers and creditors of the defunct commodities trader also fared well after four years of bankruptcy proceedings finally came to an end this week.

Teamwork Sucks for Women

By Vivia Chen |

Study by Harvard economist finds that collaborating with men hurts women's careers.

Laura Ricciardi at Netflix 2016 Winter TCA on Sunday, January 17, 2016, in Pasadena, CA.

'Making a Murderer' Creator Had Past Life at Quinn Emanuel

By Nell Gluckman |

One of the producers of the popular Netflix series worked as a contract attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan while making the documentary.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Polsinelli Posts Across-the-Board Gains

By Susan Beck |

The growing firm saw healthy increases last year in profits and revenue.

The Churn

Bingham Refugees Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A year after Morgan Lewis absorbed Bingham McCutchen, several lawyers from the latter find new homes; Fried Frank welcomes back an ex-partner; Jenner & Block brings on an M&A leader; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dickstein Shapiro, Greenspoon Marder See Head Counts Dip and Drive

By Brian Baxter |

The firms led the way in negative and positive head count growth for the Am Law 200 over the past 14 months.

By the Numbers: What's a Partnership Anyway?

By Nicholas Bruch, ALM Legal Intelligence |

Fifteen years of data shows that the partnership model for The Am Law 200 isn't what it used to be.

Litigation Finance Arms Race Continues with New Hires at Burford, Bentham

By Julie Triedman |

Two leading litigation funders announced that they are hiring Big Law veterans and expanding their operations in North America.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue, Profits Down at Bryan Cave

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three years after one merger and with another combination scuttled at the end of the year, the firm's gross revenue slipped again in 2015.

American Bar Association office in Washington, D.C. June 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Divided ABA Adopts Resolution on Nonlawyer Legal Services

By Susan Beck |

Following a contentious debate, the American Bar Association's House of Delegates voted Monday to adopt a resolution that gives states a framework to consider the regulation of "nontraditional legal service providers."

Is Hillary Too Loud for You?

By Vivia Chen |

Hillary gets criticized for raising her voice. Are you talking too loudly too?

Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Gross Revenue Jumps at Akin Gump

By Nell Gluckman |

Akin Gump saw gross revenue rise 7.1 percent in a year that the firm worked to integrate a large new group of laterals in Europe and Hong Kong.

Referee Clete Blakeman (34) makes a call as he wears a ball cap with a pink accented attire in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness during an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Arlington, Texas.

Already a Litigator, Super Bowl’s Top Ref Now a Hottie Too

By Brian Baxter |

Cletus "Clete" Blakeman, a partner at Omaha’s Carlson & Burnett, went viral on social media Sunday night thanks to his role as the Super Bowl 50's lead referee.

Tony Williams.

Under Client Pressure, Law Firms Focus on Cost-Cutting

By Julie Triedman |

More law firms are adopting management techniques that their clients embraced long ago. But change has been slowed by partners' resistance, according to a new report.

Time to Rethink Partner Capital Contributions?

By Nell Gluckman |

Amid a boom in lateral hiring, consultants are seeing changes in how firms collect capital contributions from new partners—and how they return capital to those who leave.

The Churn

Greenberg Traurig Keeps Growing, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Greenberg Traurig shuffles its litigation ranks amid plans for global growth; another Kenyon & Kenyon partner departs; Bass Berry and Lewis Brisbois absorb small firms; Holland & Knight hires an ex-governor; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Profits Continue to Slide at Cadwalader

By Nell Gluckman |

Gross revenue and partner profits both took a hit in 2015.

Chasing Lateral Growth, Big Law Leaders Lose Their Way

By Steven J. Harper |

The evidence suggests that most managing partners are unable or unwilling to learn from their errors. Their firms pay the price.

Jobs Report: Legal Sector Has Rocky Start in 2016

By Nell Gluckman |

The legal industry lost 1,400 jobs in January, the U.S. Labor Department estimates.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: McDermott Sees Modest Revenue Decline

By Susan Beck |

After four years of rising revenue, McDermott Will & Emery saw its gross revenue slip in 2015, while profits rose 3.3 percent for the firm’s somewhat diminished equity partnership.

Deborah Rhode.

At ABA Meeting, Bar Groups See Threat from Nonlawyers

By Susan Beck |

A modest proposal that hints at opening the door to nonlawyers providing simple legal services faces a tough fight at the American Bar Association’s midyear meetings.

Syngenta headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

Deal Watch: ChemChina's Syngenta Merger Sets Record

By Brian Baxter |

Simpson Thacher, Davis Polk Clifford Chance and two leading Swiss firms take the lead on the largest outbound M&A deal ever by a Chinese company; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest slate of billion-dollar transactions.

Todd Rolapp, left, and Mark Manner, right.

Bass Berry Bags 10 Partners From Disbanding Tennessee Firm

By Brian Baxter |

Nashville-based regional firm Bass, Berry & Sims has taken on 10 partners from Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, a fellow Tennessee shop with the unique acronym h3gm that will now disband.

The Legal Profession's Drinking Problem Is Worse Than We Thought

By MP McQueen |

Law firm associates are especially prone to problem drinking, according to a major study released this week.

Mauricio Macri points as he rides in an open top car towards the presidential palace after he was sworn in as Argentina's new president in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.

The Global Lawyer: The First Shoe Drops in Argentina

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The beginning of the end of Argentina’s international bondholder battle means that important legal questions raised by the dispute will have to wait for answers.

Houston A La Carte: Behind Orrick's Texas Expansion

By Jennifer Henderson |

Orrick chose a logistically complex mix-and-match approach to populate its new Texas outpost.

(l-r) Stephen Meredith, Christopher Nelson, and Sarah Camougis.

Choate Hall Hires Three Locke Lord PE Partners in Boston

By Nell Gluckman |

A group of former Locke Lord partners, all of whom joined the firm from a year ago after it absorbed Edwards Wildman Palmer, have decamped for another Boston-based firm in Choate, Hall & Stewart. Locke Lord, however, responded by hiring Boston-based Foley Hoag’s former co-managing partner.

Tara Lee.

Quinn Emanuel Touts D.C. Hire as Another Practice Chief Leaves DLA Piper

By Scott Flaherty |

Washington litigator Tara Lee is the fourth DLA Piper practice leader to decamp for another firm in less than a week.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Paul Weiss Partner Profits Top $4 Million

By Julie Triedman |

For the 20th year straight, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison posted higher profits amid an abundance of billion-dollar lawsuits and multibillion-dollar deals.

Greenberg Traurig In Tie-Up Talks With Major British Firm

By Brian Baxter and Chris Johnson |

Greenberg Traurig, an Am Law 100 firm with Miami roots known for its spectacular growth, confirmed Wednesday that it is in preliminary discussions about a potential union with U.K. firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.

The Churn

Three Practice Leaders Leave DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

DLA Piper loses three practice leaders but merges in Europe; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; Jones Day opens in Brisbane; Orrick unveils its Houston hires; Quinn Emanuel adds an Israel expert; and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

McKool Smith Snags Kasowitz Benson Insurance Team

By Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons |

Robin Cohen, head of the insurance recovery group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, is leading a team of lawyers leaving the firm for 175-lawyer McKool Smith.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: A Strong Year for Goodwin Procter

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm reported across-the-board growth in 2015, including a 14 percent uptick in partner profits.

Demme Doufekias.

Q&A: Morrison & Foerster Takes On Abortion Foes

By Scott Flaherty |

Partner Demme Doufekias discusses her victory in a Louisiana abortion rights challenge, the upcoming Supreme Court showdown in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, and her firm’s pro bono advocacy for women’s reproductive rights.

DLA Piper's Washington, D.C. offices.

DLA Piper Shakes Up Non-U.S. Compensation

By James Booth |

The firm's international LLP is introducing a new points-based system, bringing in a larger bonus pool and creating a separate lockstep for new partners.

U.S. Supreme Court

The Global Lawyer: Will Daimler Blow Up Terror Litigation?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler v. Bauman is undermining anti-terror law on jurisdictional grounds.

Is It Time To Set an LSAT Minimum for Law School Admission?

By Vivia Chen |

The number admitted law students with LSAT scores below 145 has increased 60 percent since 2010.

The Lawyer Who Said, 'This Ain't for Me'

By Nell Gluckman |

Of 16 high-powered New York real estate lawyers videotaped in an undercover sting by Global Witness, just one outright refused to help a purported foreign official funnel illicit funds into the U.S.

Sullivan & Cromwell Takes Rare Debtor Assignment for Primorsk

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm made an exception to its practice of shunning debtor’s-side Chapter 11 work—and to billing by the hour.

DLA Creates Nordic Verein Following Finland Merger

By Chris Johnson |

DLA Piper has created a new verein for its Nordic offices following a merger with Finnish firm Peltonen LMR.

The Churn

Holland & Knight Hires in Connecticut, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons |

The latest Dickstein Shapiro defectors are hired by Holland & Knight; Jones Day adds an IP trio; Kirkland & Ellis recruits a senior SEC official; Latham & Watkins lands a high-profile lateral in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

The Lateral Report: Moves Hit a Post-Recession High

It's been a boom year for hiring, our Lateral Survey shows. But can these new recruits really deliver?

Survey: Skadden Is Best-Known U.S. Legal Brand Among GCs

By MP McQueen |

Jones Day remains a stable second and DLA Piper and Morgan Lewis are moving up, according to a survey of general counsel by Acritas Research.

The Most Prized Lateral of 2015 Wasn't a Partner

By William Henderson and Christopher Zorn |

It was instead a four-person project management team. When the U.K.'s Herbert Smith Freehills hired those professional staffers amid lots of fanfare, it was a lesson to all firms about lateral hiring. Are you listening?

Schiff Hardin Sees 22 Partners Leave to Open New Firm

By Jennifer Henderson |

Led by Schiff Hardin's former chairman Robert Riley and its former managing partner Ronald Safer, the departing group will open Riley, Safer, Holmes & Cancila in Chicago, San Francisco and New York.

Another Chance to Tackle Student Loan Debt

By Steven J. Harper |

An old program offering student debt relief has sprung to new life—for now.

Cravath, Paul Weiss Advise on Icahn-Backed Deal to Breakup Xerox

By Brian Baxter |

The two Am Law 100 firms have landed lead roles on a deal with activist investor Carl Icahn to split Xerox Corp. into two separate companies, one of which will house Xerox Legal Services.

Report: 2015 a Volatile Year for Law Firms

By Nell Gluckman |

A year-end report issued by Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Legal Specialty Group states that 2015 was a difficult one to characterize. Firms that are typically considered peers showed a great deal of disparity in their financial performance.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Calls for Round Three in DLA Piper Fraud Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Facebook Inc. still isn’t ready to abandon its quest to hold DLA Piper and other law firms liable for representing accused fraudster Paul Ceglia.

The 10 Best and Worst Cities for Young Lawyers

By Vivia Chen |

Choose wisely. Otherwise, it can be a cold and lonely existence.

Robert Ruyak.

Ex-Howrey Chair Discusses His New Shop, Old Firm’s Demise

By Julie Triedman |

Former Winston & Strawn litigation partner Robert Ruyak spoke with The Am Law Daily about his recent decision to start his own boutique, the current litigation landscape and the fall of Howrey, a now-defunct firm he once chaired.

Tyco Fire & Security headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100, Irish Firms Team for Industrial Inversion

By Jennifer Henderson |

Wachtell, Simpson Thacher, Shearman & Sterling and Cleary Gottlieb are advising on a $20 billion corporate tax inversion deal between Johnson Controls and Tyco International; and a look at the other big firms behind the latest round of billion-dollar deals.

By the Numbers: Are the Biggest Firms the Most Profitable?

By Nicholas Bruch, ALI Legal Intelligence |

The short answer: no. Data on Global 100 firms from our researchers and analysts at ALM Legal Intelligence shows that firms with fewer offices and fewer foreign offices tend to have higher profit margins and profits per partner than bigger, more global firms.

Spotlight on Strategy: Middle-Market and Mergers for Fox Rothschild

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm has swore off international expansion to stick to its roots serving middle-market clients across a range of industries in the U.S.

Barnes & Thornburg Bags Four From Top Chicago IP Shop

By Nell Gluckman |

Having already hired a handful of litigators this week, Barnes & Thornburg dipped back into the lateral market Wednesday to snag four more partners for its IP practice from prominent Chicago-based boutique Brinks, Gilson & Lione.

The Government's Dismal Job Outlook for Lawyers

By Matt Leichter |

Law school enrollment is declining, but so are prospects for future legal employment.

German Shakeup Continues as Latham Boosts Buyouts With Senior Linklaters Hire

By Chris Johnson |

The shakeup of the German legal market shows no signs of abating in 2016, as Latham & Watkins has sought to rebuild its private equity offering in the country by hiring partner and practice head Rainer Traugott in Munich from Magic Circle firm Linklaters.

The Churn

Houston Hiring Market Stays Hot, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Paul Hastings and Kirkland & Ellis and several other big firms make key additions in Texas; Greenberg Traurig, Orrick and Sidley Austin keep hiring; Wilson Sonsini welcomes back a favorite son; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Patterson Belknap Loses Products Pro to Barnes & Thornburg

By Nell Gluckman |

After adding four litigators in Atlanta and Minneapolis, Barnes & Thornburg hired product liability expert James Murdica in Chicago from New York's Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.

Luanda, Angola.

DLA Piper Expands Africa Network With Angolan Firm

By Jennifer Henderson |

The megafirm has set its sights on oil and mining-rich Angola through a new local alliance.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin waves as she arrives on stage to endorse Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Iowa State University, Tuesday, January 19, 2016, in Ames, Iowa.

Fashion, Sarah Palin and Power

By Vivia Chen |

Palin has redefined what ambitious women should wear.

At Latham, Associates Refinance Student Loans at Reduced Rates

By Nell Gluckman |

A relatively new program at Latham & Watkins allows associates to refinance their student loans at very low interest rates. The program attempts to address the increasingly high cost of a law school degree.

Rudolph William Louis

Former Partners: Giuliani's Political Comments Caused Tension

By Susan Beck |

Rudolph Giuliani's comments last February that President Barack Obama doesn't love America prompted some Bracewell clients to complain to the firm, partners said.

A Firm To Watch: King & Wood Mallesons

By Steven J. Harper |

Someday we’ll all know exactly what is happening there.

Brown Rudnick's Irish Practice Head Departs

By Jennifer Henderson |

Several months after Brown Rudnick was dragged into a political corruption scandal in Ireland, the former head of the firm's Irish practice has left the firm to reconstitute his own shop in Dublin.

The Churn

K&L Gates Going Gangbusters, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

After a series of lateral losses, K&L Gates hits the ground running with some new hires to start 2016; Dickstein Shapiro’s departures mount; Fried Frank launches a London restructuring practice and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Carrie Cohen, left, and Sheldon Silver, right.

Top Prosecutor Says U.S. Attorney's Office Is Family Friendly

By Vivia Chen |

Meet the mother of four who prosecuted one of the most powerful politicians in New York.

Defunct School Operator Sues Two Big Firms Over Big Legal Bills

By Nell Gluckman |

The trustee of a company that ran for-profit schools and filed for bankruptcy in 2014 has sued Williams & Connolly and Duane Morris, alleging that the billing practices of the two Am Law 100 firms were unfair.

After Beverage Bolt-On, Greenspoon Marder Gets Entertained

By Jennifer Henderson |

Florida's Greenspoon Marder, the newest entrant to The Am Law 200 and home to former Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO Joel Sanders, is adding an entertainment practice by snapping up Ziglaw, a small Miami music shop headed by ex-Greenberg Traurig partner Leslie Zigel.

Aerial view of the Suncor oil sands extraction facility on the banks of the Athabasca River and near the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta Province, Canada on October 23, 2009. Greenpeace is calling for an end to oil sands mining in the region due to their greenhouse gas emissions and have recently staged sit-ins which briefly halted production at several mines. At an estimated 175 billion barrels, Alberta's oil sands are the second largest oil reserve in the world behind Saudi Arabia, but they were neglected for years, except by local companies, because of high extraction costs. Since 2000, skyrocketing crude oil prices and improved extraction methods have made exploitation more economical, and have lured several multinational oil companies to mine the sands. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Deal Watch: Rough Times in the Oil Patch

By Brian Baxter |

Unrest in the oil and gas industry and more microchip merger madness have yielded roles for several Am Law 100 firms in The Am Law Daily's look at the latest round of billion-dollar transactions.

St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Foley Hoag Joins Sex Abuse Row at Elite New England School

By Jennifer Henderson |

St. George's School has retained Foley Hoag to replace a former Proskauer Rose lawyer in conducting an internal investigation at the embattled private boarding school, which is grappling with a decades-old sex abuse scandal.

Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz partners.  Top row from left to right: Brant Bishop, Sean Eskovitz, Eric Liebeler, and Brian Stekloff.  Bottom row from left to right: Alexandra Walsh, and Beth Wilkinson.

Wilkinson’s New Firm Aims to Train Younger Trial Lawyers

By Nell Gluckman |

All six partners at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz—the trial boutique formed this week by star Paul Weiss litigator Beth Wilkinson—are under age 54. The goal, she said, is to give younger lawyers the kind of trial experience that can be hard to come by at a larger firm.

Citi Report: Managing Partners Losing Confidence in Economy

By MP McQueen |

For the first time in three years, firm leaders' confidence in the U.S. economy slumped into negative territory during the last quarter of 2015, according to a report by Citi Private Bank's law firm group.

The Churn

Greenberg Traurig Goes Beyond Rudy, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Besides allying with Rudy Giuliani in an election year, Greenberg Traurig has hired several other notable partners this month; Orrick opens in Houston; Paul Weiss litigators start their own boutique; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Want to Hire Smarter? Try Tougher Interviews

By Vivia Chen |

New study finds that difficult interviews yield higher employee satisfaction.

Paul Weiss' Wilkinson Launches New Firm With Kirkland, Covington Litigators

By Nell Gluckman |

Star Paul Weiss litigator Beth Wilkinson has left the firm to launch a new litigation boutique along with high-profile hires from Kirkland & Ellis and Covington & Burling.

Left to right: Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl; Jason Rezaian; Washington Post editor Marty Baron; and Wilmer senior counsel Robert Kimmitt at the U.S. Army's regional medical center in Landstuhl, Germany, on Rezaian's first full day of freedom since July 22, 2014.

Lawyers for U.S., Iranian Captives Celebrate Prisoner Swap

By Nell Gluckman |

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, which represented reporter Jason Rezaian before his release from an Iranian prison, was just one of the American firms praising the latest diplomatic breakthrough in U.S.-Iran relations.

James Pagliaro, left, and R. Bruce McLean, right.

Having Led One Firm, Two Partners Now Seek to Advise Many

By Brian Baxter |

A pair of longtime Am Law 100 firm leaders, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' James Pagliaro and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's R. Bruce McLean, recently retired from their respective firms to make the transition to the world of legal consulting.

Ted Cruz in Texas in 2009.

Which Big Firms Are Supporting Ted Cruz?

By Vivia Chen |

The Tea Party darling has friends in Big Law—even in New York City.

Lazard Snags Another Skadden Restructuring Leader

By Jennifer Henderson |

Kenneth Ziman, deputy practice leader of corporate restructuring at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York, is leaving the firm for Lazard. Ziman joins two former Skadden restructuring partners in making the move to the storied boutique investment bank.

Rudy Giuliani Jumps to Greenberg Traurig

By Susan Beck |

Greenberg Traurig gets a high-profile boost with the addition of Rudolph Giuliani and former federal prosecutor Marc Mukasey from Bracewell & Giuliani, which will change its name to Bracewell.

The Churn

Milbank, Katten Lose Practice Leaders, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Holland & Knight and Sidley Austin hire from Katten Muchin Rosenman and Milbank; a Skadden lawyer returns to public service; Allen & Overy hires in New York; King & Spalding takes two from Jones Day; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Corey Laplante.

New Associate Group Supports Legal Nonprofits

By Susan Beck |

A third-year associate at Skadden is taking an ambitious and novel approach to get associates to support legal aid groups and nonprofits that bring impact litigation.

Stephen DiCarmine leaving the courtroom after a mistrial was declared in the Dewey & Leboeuf trial, Oct. 19, 2015.

Facing Retrial, Dewey Defendants Urge Judge to Toss Charges

By Nell Gluckman |

Lawyers representing Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders filed fresh briefs Friday asking a Manhattan state court judge to drop criminal charges against the defendants.

After Electrolux Deal Dies, Four Big Firms Help GE Unload Appliances Unit

By Jennifer Henderson |

Sidley Austin and Arnold & Porter have taken the lead for General Electric Co. as the industrial conglomerate continues to reinvent itself through the $5.4 billion sale of its appliance business to China’s Haier Group Corp.

Reed Smith Layoffs: A Sign of Things to Come?

By Gina Passarella and Christine Simmons |

More layoffs may be coming to Big Law as firms again hit the reset button.

The Crisis in Legal Education Is Over!

By Steven J. Harper |

Wishful thinking is never a sound strategy for success.

A Lawyer's Plan to Save Philadelphia's Newspapers

By Julie Triedman |

The new quasi-nonprofit ownership structure for the Philadelphia Inquirer is the brainchild of Richard Fox, who leads the philanthropic practice at 100-lawyer Dilworth Paxson.

Foley & Lardner Inks Lobbying Alliances in Two States

By Brian Baxter |

Two months after its trans-Atlantic merger talks with British firm Eversheds fell through, Foley & Lardner has struck alliances with government affairs shops in California and Michigan.

Nelson Mullins' Robert Crowe.

SEC Targets Nelson Mullins Partner in Alleged Pay-to-Play Scheme

By Scott Flaherty |

Top Nelson Mullins government relations partner Robert Crowe quickly denied being part of an illegal scheme by State Street Corp. to win pension-servicing contracts in Ohio.

Lewis Brisbois Continues Growth Spurt in East, Midwest

By Nell Gluckman |

The Am Law 100 firm announced that it has merged with the injury and insurance defense firm Mannion Gray, picking up new offices in five states.

Deal Watch: Entertainment Mergers Emerge Amid Oscar Season

By Jennifer Henderson |

With the Academy Awards just around the corner, a pair of billion-dollar entertainment industry deals awarded work to a handful of Am Law 200 firms and some big names in Canada.

Nortel Fee Bonanza Continues as Creditors Square Off in NY

By Julie Triedman |

As creditors fight over Nortel Networks’ $7.3 billion carcass, bankruptcy lawyers are feasting on the fees.

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Five Am Law 100 Firms Handling NFL’s LA Relocation Drama

By Brian Baxter |

Arnold & Porter, Covington & Burling, Dentons, Latham & Watkins and Munger, Tolles & Olson have landed roles on a deal that will return the National Football League to Los Angeles after a 21-year hiatus.

Hugh Christie, left, and Kim Ebert, right.

U.S. Employment Firms Continue Canadian Expansion

By Jennifer Henderson |

Following in the footsteps of a competitor, the labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins opened its first Canadian office this week in Toronto.

Boston.

Wilson Sonsini to Open Boston Office in February

By Nell Gluckman |

Seeking to better serve clients in the life sciences sector, the Silicon Valley stalwart is headed to Boston, where conglomerate General Electric Co. announced it would move its headquarters Wednesday. Wilson Sonsini's new outpost will open with three partners.

GlaxoSmithKline headquaters.

GSK To Face Trial Over Reed Smith Partner's Suicide

By Scott Flaherty |

Five years after Reed Smith's Stewart Dolin stepped in front of an oncoming train, his widow moved closer to trial in a case accusing GlaxoSmithKline of hiding the suicide risks of its antidepressant Paxil.

The Churn

A Dentons Lawyer Gets Religion, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Dentons keeps expanding, but one lawyer in Chicago seeks a higher power; Clark Hill merges in the Windy City; Wilson Elser expands in two states; Orrick makes a handful of key hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Adam Chinn.

In Art Industry Deal, Ex-Wachtell Partner Chinn Lands at Sotheby's

By Nell Gluckman |

In acquiring Art Agency, Partners, Sotheby’s has also gained a new executive in former investment banker and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz partner Adam Chinn.

Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Jennifer Lawrence's 'Joy' Is Personal for Ex-Cravath Lawyer

By Jennifer Henderson |

What’s it like to see your mom portrayed on the big screen by a Hollywood megastar?

Philippe Selendy.

Selendy Hire Unites Litigation Power Couple at Quinn Emanuel

By Scott Flaherty |

Formidable litigator Jennifer Selendy left Kirkland & Ellis for Quinn Emanuel, where she joins her husband Philippe.

ALM Buys UK's Legal Week From Incisive Media

By Nell Gluckman |

The parent company of The American Lawyer said that the acquisition, the fourth in recent years, better positions the company in key international markets.

Joel Rubinstein, left, and William Brady, right.

Winston & Strawn, Paul Hastings Make Key New York Hires

By Brian Baxter |

The two Am Law 100 firms, whose headquarters are outside New York, made moves Monday to bolster their corporate and finance practices in the Big Apple by raiding McDermott Will & Emery and Proskauer Rose.

Shire logos sit on the boxes of Elvanse tablets and Mezavant XL tablets, produced by Shire Plc, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Six Firms Advise on First Pharmaceutical Megadeal of 2016

By Jennifer Henderson |

Cravath, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Ropes & Gray, Slaughter and May and Skadden have grabbed roles on the proposed $32 billion merger between rare disease drug makers Shire plc and Baxalta Inc.

Dan Webb

Amid Crisis, Chicago Turns to Winston's Dan Webb

By Scott Flaherty |

After enduring the scolding of a federal judge last week, the city of Chicago’s law department has tapped Winston & Strawn co-chairman Dan Webb to review the city's response to federal civil rights claims alleging police misconduct.

Arch Coal Taps Davis Polk in Latest Mining Bankruptcy

By David Bario |

The filing comes just weeks after senior lenders successfully blocked a debt swap deal that might have averted Chapter 11 for the mining juggernaut.

As President Obama struggles to close the detention facility, attorneys for detainees are continuing their efforts to secure the release of their clients.

'Guantánamo Bar' Keeps Up Pressure Amid New Detainee Transfers

By Julie Triedman |

The Obama administration has launched a renewed effort to winnow the remaining detainee population at Guantánamo Naval Base, according to lawyers who have long represented them.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivering his annual State of the State address in January 2015.

'Bridgegate' Takes a Strange Turn

By Steven J. Harper |

Just when you think a story is dead, it springs to life.

The Churn

Dickstein’s LA Leader Leaves Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

An L.A. boutique adds four from Dickstein Shapiro; Barclays bags a Jenner & Block partner; Latham & Watkins lands a chief judge; Locke Lord hires from Volkswagen; Louis Freeh leaves Pepper Hamilton; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

St. George's School in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Ex-Greenberg Traurig Litigator Seeks Redemption for Sex Abuse Victims

By Jennifer Henderson |

Roderick “Eric” MacLeish Jr., an ex-Greenberg Traurig partner whose prior representation of sex abuse victims prompted a personal crisis and career retreat, is once again practicing law and advising clients pressing abuse claims against an elite Rhode Island boarding school.

Positive U.S. Jobs Report Extends to Legal Industry

By Scott Flaherty |

The legal services sector added 1,200 jobs last month, signaling steady growth since a dip in legal employment last summer.

Steven Davis entering criminal court in Manhattan in October.

Dewey’s Steven Davis Takes Deal Ahead of New Trial

By Nell Gluckman and Christine Simmons |

The retrial in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal case will go ahead later this year without the defunct firm’s top partner, Steven Davis, who formally accepted a deferred prosecution agreement Friday in Manhattan state court.

Complaint Alleges Gender Discrimination at LeClairRyan

By Nell Gluckman |

Michele Craddock, a former LeClairRyan partner, has accused the firm of widespread gender discrimination when it comes to compensation and promotions.

Stock board.

Deal Watch: Record M&A Year Gives Way to More 2016 Transactions

By Jennifer Henderson |

With record-breaking M&A volume pushing past the $5 trillion mark in 2015, it's no surprise that deal-hungry Am Law 100 firms wasted little time scooping up market share to start 2016.

Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio De Janeiro. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Baker Botts Bags Rio Office Amid Bay Area Opening

By Brian Baxter |

Baker Botts, which officially announced Thursday its entry into San Francisco, also said it would close up shop in Rio de Janeiro. The firm opened its Brazilian outpost two years ago.

Coming soon to a location near you.

Dentons’ Growth Surge Continues With Mass UK Hire

By Julie Triedman |

Another year, another international move for Dentons. The global legal giant brought on a 45-lawyer banking and finance team from regional British firm Matthew Arnold & Baldwin. The new additions had been expected for several months.

Oil Price Plunge Puts Firms on Both Sides of Bankruptcy Ledger

By Brian Baxter |

Falling oil and gas prices continue to bedevil Am Law 200 firms. When Magnum Hunter Resources filed for bankruptcy last month, the company owed millions in fees to several firms, including Andrews Kurth, Bracewell & Giuliani and Norton Rose Fulbright.

Joe Sims

Antitrust Pioneer Joe Sims Retires From Jones Day Partnership

By Julie Triedman |

After 45 years on the front lines of U.S. antitrust practice, Jones Day’s Joe Sims stepped down from the partnership on Jan. 1.

John Hamill, left, and Patti Kantor, right.

Covington, DLA Piper, Mintz Levin Land Practice Leaders

By Brian Baxter |

Three Am Law 100 firms each poached practice heads from rivals this week. Covington & Burling brought on Wilmer's CFPB co-chair, DLA Piper picked up Jenner & Block’s antitrust chair and Mintz Levin landed Locke Lord's retail industry and consumer products chair.

Report Touts Record-Breaking Year for Law Firm Mergers

By Nell Gluckman |

A look back, and ahead, from legal consultancy Altman Weil.

The Churn

Dickstein Litigators Decamp, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Two litigation partners depart Dickstein Shapiro’s shrinking New York office; Cooley lands a high-profile M&A partner from O’Melveny & Myers; Pillsbury plucks an insurance team from Orrick; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Travis Lenkner of Gerchen Keller Capital.

Topping $1 Billion Mark, Big Litigation Funder Gets Bigger

By Julie Triedman |

Chicago-based litigation funder Gerchen Keller Capital announced a major expansion Wednesday, boosting both its capital and its executive team.

John J. O'Brien leaves federal court in Manhattan on August 4, 2011.

Court Approves Disciplinary Sanction for Ex-Sullivan & Cromwell Tax Cheat

By Nell Gluckman |

A New York court approved a three-year law license suspension for former Sullivan & Cromwell partner John O’Brien, but it disagreed with a recommendation that he not be forced to reapply for admission to the bar.

UNC, MIT Study Probes AI Threats to Big Law

By Julie Triedman |

Researchers at UNC School of Law and MIT found that most legal work is too complex—and too important—for even the most advanced machines.

Harvard Law School Through the Back Door?

By Vivia Chen |

One way to upgrade your law school: Transfer.

Ex-Wilmer Associate Seeks to Save the Browns

By Brian Baxter |

The Cleveland Browns have long been an NFL laughingstock. But after another losing season, the embattled franchise has named a former Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr associate to head its football operations. Another ex-Wilmer lawyer serves as the team's president.

Ford & Harrison Gobbles Up Global Employment Law Boutique

By Jennifer Henderson |

Ford & Harrison, an Atlanta-based labor and employment firm that has periodically pierced the Am Law 200 ranks, has absorbed Waldman Law in the second notable combination so far this year.

Barclays Dodges Fraud Claims Over Dewey & LeBoeuf Loans

By Scott Flaherty |

Another former Dewey partner has stumbled in a lawsuit against Barclays related to capital contribution loans provided to partners at the now-defunct firm.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator takes photos at the scene of an aircraft crash, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Anchorage, Ak.

Dorsey Partner Says Fatal Alaska Crash Was Suicide

By Nell Gluckman |

Doug Demarest died last week after his plane crashed in Anchorage, damaging the building where his wife, Dorsey & Whitney partner Katherine Demarest, practices law.

Steven Vaccaro

Ex-Debevoise Litigator Takes On NYC's Mean Streets

By Julie Triedman |

Five years after leaving his big law career behind, 51-year-old Steve Vaccaro is leading the legal charge for bicyclist and pedestrian rights in New York.

Steven Tonsfeldt

O’Melveny & Myers Loses M&A Head to Cooley

By Nell Gluckman |

Cooley kicks off 2016 with a big lateral addition in Silicon Valley.

Kenneth Van Winkle Jr., left, and Gregory Lambert, right.

New Year, New Name: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Merges in SoCal

By Brian Baxter |

Lewis Roca Rothgerber, an Am Law 200 firm formed via a merger two years ago, has pulled off the first big-firm combination of 2016 by absorbing Southern California-based IP boutique Christie, Parker & Hale.

Big Law Partners' Medical Marijuana Startup Buds in NY

By Nell Gluckman |

Three former Polsinelli partners are expanding their medical pot company PharmaCann to New York in 2016.

Baker Botts Angles to Shield Future Fees After Asarco Ruling

By Scott Flaherty |

The Supreme Court’s decision in Baker Botts v. Asarco hasn’t stopped the firm from landing new bankruptcy work, but it inspired a bid to change the way the firm earns its fees.

Kirkland Partner Quits to Launch Family-Focused Tech Startup

By Nell Gluckman |

Michel Debolt’s new company is inspired by his own efforts to maintain family ties between his children in Hong Kong and relatives halfway around the world.

Martin Shkreli, after being taken into custody on Dec. 17 on securities fraud charges.

In Bankruptcy, Martin Shkreli's Former Company Turns to Hogan Lovells

By Nell Gluckman |

Biotech company KaloBios filed for bankruptcy protection late Tuesday, weeks after its CEO Martin Shkreli and outside counsel Evan Greebel were indicted on securities fraud charges.

Tell Her She's a Star

By Eve Birnbaum |

Law firms shouldn't be afraid to identify and cultivate high-potential female associates.

The Churn

Show Me State Firms Land New Recruits, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Armstrong Teasdale, Bryan Cave, Husch Blackwell, Lathrop & Gage, Polsinelli and Stinson Leonard Street—a half-dozen Am Law 200 firms with Missouri roots—are hiring for the holidays.

Michael Punke, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio, right.

Ex-Mayer Brown Partner's Novel 'The Revenant' Hits the Big Screen

By Jennifer Henderson |

Michael Punke, a former Mayer Brown partner currently working in Switzerland for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, wrote "The Revenant," a 2002 book that has been adapted into a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

New York Court Nixes Facebook Suit Against DLA Piper, Milberg

By Scott Flaherty |

A New York appellate court has dismissed a malicious prosecution suit filed by social networking giant Facebook Inc. against DLA Piper, Milberg and a Buffalo, New York-based firm over their representation of alleged fraudster Paul Ceglia.

Fewer (and Dumber) Law Students in 2015

By Vivia Chen |

A year-end roundup of the latest news about law students, bar passage, Texas and more.

Big Litigation Guns Hired in Wake of Controversial Al Jazeera Report

By Jennifer Henderson |

Davis Wright Tremaine, Gibson Dunn and Quinn Emanuel have been retained in the aftermath of a controversial investigative report by Al Jazeera America accusing several high-profile U.S. athletes of using performance-enhancing substances.

At Dorsey & Whitney, Pro Bono Cases Up North Meet Different Ends

By Nell Gluckman |

A case being handled by the nonprofit Innocence Project and Dorsey & Whitney in Alaska saw a client get freed after 18 years in prison, although a similar matter in Minnesota drew ended this month after another pro bono client died while incarcerated.

The Churn

K&L Gates Adds Two Before Year's End, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

More partner movement at K&L Gates before year’s end; DLA Piper closes its Tampa office; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton brings back a former partner from IMG College; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Simpson Thacher Follows the Bouncing Ball

By Jennifer Henderson and Brian Baxter |

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett snagged roles on three year-end deals of note for private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Apax Partners, as well as Bruce Ratner’s Forest City Enterprises, which agreed to give up its remaining stake in the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.

'Tis the Season for a Law Firm Scamming

By Nell Gluckman |

A Minnesota firm known for its work fighting the Catholic Church on behalf of sex abuse victims is the latest to be targeted by hackers in a phishing scam.

Lincoln Houses in East Harlem.  Bathroom with black mold on pipe.

Hogan Lovells Seeks to Scrub Mold From Housing Projects

By Nell Gluckman |

A team of lawyers from Hogan Lovells has been trying for a year to force the New York City Housing Authority to fix a widespread mold problem in its public housing units. Last week, they finally made some headway.

John Hinderaker.

Retiring Faegre Partner to Head Conservative Think Tank

By Jennifer Henderson |

John Hinderaker, a longtime litigation partner at Faegre Baker Daniels in Minneapolis and co-founder of popular conservative political blog Power Line, will retire at year's end and become president of the Center of the American Experiment.

Aerial view of the debris after a dam burst at the small town of Bento Rodrigues in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Allen & Overy, Cleary Gottlieb Caught Up in Brazil’s Bad Times

By Scott Flaherty |

A former co-head of Allen & Overy's global corporate group has been charged in a corruption probe at Brazilian oil colossus Petrobras, while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has been hired by Brazilian mining giant Vale to help with a tragic dam collapse.

The Churn

Thompson & Knight Expands in Mexico, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Jennifer Henderson |

Thompson & Knight welcomes back a father and son attorney team in Mexico; King & Spalding grabs a Skadden counsel in D.C.; Latham & Watkins takes on a Goldman Sachs executive; and other key hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Wanted: Women in Court

By Vivia Chen |

You can name top male criminal defense lawyers. Women? Not so much.

Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang speaks during an interview at his office in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

The Seven Tweets that Ended a Chinese Lawyer's Career

By Nell Gluckman |

Seven Weibo posts landed prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang in jail, got him convicted and ended his legal career.

The 2016 Litigation Power Rankings

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

See the firms that have dominated The American Lawyer's Litigation Department of the Year contest over the past decade and a half.

Martin Shkreli, chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, center, and attorney Evan Greebel, left, exit federal court in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Shkreli was arrested on alleged securities fraud related to Retrophin Inc., a biotech firm he founded in 2011. Greebel is accused of conspiring with Shkreli in part of the scheme.

Katten, Kaye Scholer Both Probing Partner Over Shkreli Charges

By Brian Baxter |

Evan Greebel, facing wire fraud charges for his ties to an accused Ponzi schemer, remains at Kaye Scholer as the firm commences an internal investigation into his alleged misconduct. His former firm, Katten Muchin Rosenman, has also launched a probe.

To Keep Its Lawyers Close, Kirkland Helps Them Leave

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm’s new career counseling program embraces the fact that most of the lawyers it trains will take their skills elsewhere—and it’s in the firm’s best interest to keep them on good terms.

The Year's 7 Most Intriguing Quotes

By Vivia Chen |

The Careerist's annual pick of funny, sad, weird quotes by the famous, infamous and the not-so-famous.

Legal Jobs Survey Finds Litigators in Demand

By MP McQueen |

Nearly a quarter of lawyers interviewed by staffing firm Robert Half Legal said their law firms or corporate legal departments would be filling vacancies or adding new positions next year.

The Churn

Am Law Partner Takes Flight at Airbus, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Five months after joining Greenberg Traurig, a new hire heads in-house; Baker & Hostetler bags two from Kenyon & Kenyon; Sidley Austin adds a new diversity manager; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Law's Short-Termism Problem

By Steven J. Harper |

When it comes to client advice, the best lawyers see around the next corner and act accordingly. When it comes to running their law firms—not so much.

Report: Four Big Firms Earned Millions From Suspect States

By Nell Gluckman |

The Center for Public Integrity published a list of lobbying firms that advise countries with the worst human rights records, according to an index compiled by the Fund for Peace. Four Am Law 100 firms made the list for work they handled on behalf of Cameroon, China, Saudi Arabia and others.

Deal Watch: Big Firms Grab Seat for Alibaba's Movie, Media Moves

By Jennifer Henderson |

Amid megadeals poised to create DowDuPont and Newell Brands, several firms grabbed roles on a pair of transactions announced by Chinese Internet titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Dentons’ Michael Jordan Ties a Win for Charity

By Julie Triedman |

In the season of giving, it pays to have celebrities as friends. Dentons announced this week that Michael Jordan was giving part of a recent settlement to a charity founded by its CEO Elliott Portnoy, whose wife is the basketball legend’s longtime business manager.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17:  Martin Shkreli (C), CEO of Turing Pharmaceutical, is brought out of 26 Federal Plaza by law enforcement officials after being arrested for securities fraud on December 17, 2015 in New York City. Shkreli gained notoriety earlier this year for raising the price of Daraprim, a medicine used to treat the parasitic condition of toxoplasmosis, from $13.50 to $750 though the arrest that happened early this morning does not involve that price hike.

Kaye Scholer Partner, Pharma Exec Plead Not Guilty to Fraud Charges

By Nell Gluckman, Christine Simmons and Brian Baxter |

Evan Greebel, a Kaye Scholer corporate partner who joined the firm’s New York office this summer, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of participating in a securities fraud scheme with former hedge fund manager-turned-pharmaceutical- executive Martin Shkreli.

Magic Circle Firms, Litigation Leaders Spread Bonus Cheer

By Nell Gluckman |

Associate bonus announcements continue to roll in, with Freshfields and Clifford Chance announcing that their U.S. associates won't trail American peers. As in past years, Boies, Schiller & Flexner and Susman Godfrey marched to their own rhythms.

Film still from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

When it Comes to Star Wars, Disney’s Lawyers Play Sith Lords

By Julie Triedman |

The Walt Disney Co. has enlisted legions of lawyers to advise on anti-piracy measures related to the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Contract Attorneys Settle Overtime Lawsuit Against Skadden

By Scott Flaherty |

The deal leaves it up to a separate case involving Quinn Emanuel to decide whether some legal work is so mundane that it should trigger wage requirements for nonprofessionals.

2016 Citi Client Report Sees Slow, Uneven Law Firm Growth Ahead

By MP McQueen |

Big law firms can expect modest growth in profits and demand in 2016, while the gaps between firms are widening, according to a report released Wednesday by Citi Private Bank and Hildebrandt Consulting.

The Churn

Orrick and Kirkland Make Weil Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Several Am Law 100 firms welcome new recruits from Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Debevoise hires from Sullivan & Cromwell on Hong Kong; Fox Rothschild expands in Minneapolis; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Gender Reversals Gain Acceptance

By Vivia Chen |

House hubbies and breadwinner moms are no longer scorned.

Debevoise Partner, Ex-NY Regulator, Saves Man From Subway Tracks

By Nell Gluckman |

Eric Dinallo, who joined Debevoise & Plimpton in 2010 after serving as New York's top insurance regulator, says he pulled a man from the tracks just seconds before he was crushed by an oncoming train.

Lawyers, Tech Pros Say Cybersecurity Threat Isn’t Waning

By Nell Gluckman |

A Latham & Watkins litigation partner and the CEO of a cybersecurity information-sharing platform told attendees at an ALM-sponsored cybersecurity conference in New York that big challenges remain in protecting client data.

Big Firms Alight Behind Yankee Candle Maker’s Holiday Megadeal

By Brian Baxter |

Just in time for the holiday season, five firms led by Jones Day are handling the sale of Yankee Candle maker Jarden Corp. to Newell Rubbermaid Inc., a $15.4 billion deal creating a consumer products giant with enough brands to fill several Christmas catalogs.

McDermott Helps Sikh Army Captain Keep the Faith

By Nell Gluckman |

On Monday, U.S. Army Captain Simratpal Singh reported for duty after being granted an accommodation that allows him to wear his beard and turban while serving his country.

After Paul Hastings Raid, Allen & Overy Grabs New U.S. Partner

By Jennifer Henderson |

Allen & Overy lost two New York corporate partners in March to Paul Hastings, which used the lateral hires to set up shop this month in Brazil. Now the London-based legal giant is seeking to rebuild its stateside securities group by recruiting from Cleary Gottlieb.

Shepherd & Wedderburn's Stephen Gibb in Edinburgh.

Continental Breakfast: Stephen Gibb, Shepherd and Wedderburn

By Chris Johnson |

On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Shepherd and Wedderburn chair Stephen Gibb on whether independent Scottish firms are a dying breed.

The Churn

Boutiques Bolt on Am Law Alums, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Two boutiques recruit from their larger brethren; Baker & McKenzie and Mayer Brown make notable additions in Europe; in-house opportunities lure two Skadden lawyers; the door spins at Haynes and Boone; and other key hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

With DuPont Deal, Skadden Breaks $1 Trillion M&A Barrier for 2015

By Jennifer Henderson |

Thanks to its role in DuPont's planned merger with Dow, the firm has gained membership in the most exclusive kind of club—the kind with just one member.

Sidley Partner Who Left Firm Amid Sex Assault Charges Found Not Guilty

By Nell Gluckman |

A judge found longtime Sidley Austin partner Stanley Stallworth and his nephew not guilty of sexually assaulting a teenager in Stallworth’s home. Sidley and Stallworth parted ways soon after the charges were filed.

No Bonus Bump From Davis Polk as Firm Follows Bellwethers

By Nell Gluckman |

Davis Polk made waves last year by awarding higher bonuses to some midlevel and senior associates than other firms had announced just days before, but this year it’s sticking with the crowd.

Deal Watch: DuPont/Dow Union Looms as GE Continues to Unload

By Jennifer Henderson |

Am Law 100 transactional lawyers are wringing their hands over a potential $120 billion chemical industry tie-up for the holidays, as General Electric continues keeping its outside counsel busy on a spate of divestitures by the conglomerate.

Mayer Brown Picks Off More Magic Circle Talent in Germany

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm hired a three-lawyer team in Frankfurt led by Clifford Chance partner André Schwanna.

Dewey, the DA and Secrets

By Steven J. Harper |

The Manhattan district attorney's office continues its streak of bizarre decisions in the Dewey & LeBoeuf case.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12:  Alleged Bonanno crime family captain Vincent Asaro walks with his lawyers outside of a Brooklyn court house  after a jury found him not guilty of one count of racketeering conspiracy and two extortion-related counts on November 12, 2015 in New York City. Asaro, 80, was charged in connection with the 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK International Airport. The famed crime inspired part of the plot in the 1990 mob film

The Women Who Won Over Jurors in 'Goodfellas' Mobster's Trial

By Vivia Chen |

Mobster Vince Asaro owes his freedom to two female lawyers.

Is Andrew Sommer the Big Law Partner Behind Bitcoin’s Creator?

By Brian Baxter |

A prominent tax partner at leading Australian firm Clayton Utz is named in records obtained by Wired and Gizmodo that purportedly identify the creator of leading digital currency bitcoin, which has been a boon to many Am Law 100 firms in recent years.

Clifford Chance Settles With Funder of Failed Excalibur Case

By Susan Beck |

In the latest twist in a bizarre saga of litigation funding gone awry, Clifford Chance has agreed to pay a confidential amount to settle a negligence suit threatened by a litigation funder that bankrolled a disastrous case handled by the U.K. law firm.

Dewey & LeBoeuf NYC

Barclays Hires Boies Schiller (Again) in Fight Over Dewey & LeBoeuf Loans

By Nell Gluckman |

Jonathan Shaw, a litigation partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Washington, D.C., is representing Barclays as it squares off against former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners who were loaned money so they could pay their capital contributions.

DLA Continues European Finance Push With London Partner Hires

By Chris Johnson |

DLA Piper has continued to build its European finance practice with the hire of two senior partners in London, the firm announced Wednesday.

The Churn

Magic Circle Firms Make Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer add from Shearman & Sterling and Skadden; K&L Gates grabs three Down Under; Willkie welcomes back an alum from the FCC; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Bonuses and the Reality of Big Law Associate Compensation

By Nell Gluckman |

Associates make gobs of money compared with the rest of the population, though the numbers don’t look as good when law school debt is factored in.

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 30: A Baltimore City Sheriff's Office officer asks protesters to move in front of the courthouse where jury selection began in the trial of William Porter, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray on November 30, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Porter is the first to go to trial in the death of Gray who died from an injury incured in the back of a police transport van on April 19.

Amid Chicago Police Drama, Wilmer Gets Call in Baltimore

By Jennifer Henderson |

As the Windy City prepares for a federal probe into its embattled police department, the city of Baltimore will pay some $2 million to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr to advise its own police force in another inquiry by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Weil, Sidley Stir Up Lead Roles in $13.9B Keurig Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

The year’s highly caffeinated deal market keeps brewing up work for Am Law firms.

Cravath Kicks Off Associate Bonus Season With Familiar Scale

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm’s 2015 bonuses will match the scale ultimately adopted by top firms last year, according to an internal memo distributed by the firm on Monday.

Ex-Plaintiffs Lawyer Chesley, Ohio Federal Judge Robbed at Gunpoint

By Scott Flaherty |

The knotty tale of famed plaintiffs lawyer Stanley Chesley’s fall from grace got even knottier over the weekend.

Former Dewey chairman Steven Davis, former executive director Stephen DiCarmine and ex-chief financial officer Joel Sanders after their trial ended in a mistrial in October.

Dewey Defendants Offered Plea Deals as DA Trims Charges

By Nell Gluckman |

After abandoning a new trial against Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former chair, prosecutors offered plea deals to the remaining three defendants and dismissed falsifying business records from the case.

Top 10 Predictions for Big Law in 2016

By Vivia Chen |

The Careerist's December forecast for law schools, associates, equity partners, nonequity partners, women in Big Law, boomers—and Alan Dershowitz.

The Churn

Reed Smith Bolsters Corporate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Five months after a high-profile raid by Cooley, Reed Smith rebuilds its capital markets practice; Burleson refugees find new homes; Dentons keeps hiring; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Steven Davis, right, with his attorney Elkan Abramowitz leaving Manhattan criminal court in October.

Prosecutors Won't Seek Retrial Against Ex-Dewey Chair Davis

By Christine Simmons |

The former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman won't face a retrial over claims that he and other firm leaders misled lenders and investors in the run-up to Dewey's demise.

How Will History Judge You?

By Steven J. Harper |

Woodrow Wilson is in trouble. Who’s next?

Jobs Report Shows Continued Growth in U.S. Legal Sector

By MP McQueen |

The trend lines are positive, but legal employment is still below what it was a decade ago.

Baker & McKenzie Hires Have Mayer Brown Headed to Dubai

By Nell Gluckman |

With plans to open its first Middle East office in 2016, Mayer Brown added corporate and securities partners Charles Hallab and Tahan Thraya, both former practice group leaders at Baker & McKenzie.

Ex-Troutman Sanders Antitrust Head Sues Celeb Chef's Eatery

By Jennifer Henderson |

Barry Brett, a former Troutman Sanders antitrust leader who has retired to Florida, is caught up in a federal court fight with New York power lunch spot DB Bistro Moderne over a piece of metal wire he had to have surgically removed after consuming a chicken dish at the Daniel Boulud-owned establishment, which is represented by Wilson Elser.

Making a Lateral Move? Here's How to Get a Signing Bonus

By Dan Binstock |

More than ever, firms are offering laterals signing bonuses.

Seeking Support, Pro Bono Group Publishes Inaugural Annual Report

By Nell Gluckman |

Nearly 10 years after the formation of the only association for full-time pro bono lawyers at large law firms, the Association of Pro Bono Counsel released its first annual report documenting its progress to date.

Danielle Carbone

Reed Smith Snags New Capital Markets Head From Shearman

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm lured away longtime Shearman & Sterling partner Danielle Carbone to lead its U.S. capital markets practice.

Milbank Grooms Midlevel Associates for Success at Harvard

By MP McQueen |

Having to return to law school might sound like a nightmare to some associates, but for many at Milbank, it’s a prized rite of passage.

Is Your Jewelry Hurting Your Career?

By Vivia Chen |

Maybe women should follow Amal Clooney's lead and ditch the bling.

Five Tips To Beat the Year-End Collections Crunch

By Nell Gluckman |

Psst, clients: Time to pay your lawyers.

The Churn

A New Brazil Base for Paul Hastings, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Paul Hastings adds an energy and project finance partner to open in São Paulo; Hogan Lovells makes three new hires; Northwestern nabs a Jenner & Block practice leader; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fertile Startup Ground for Skadden’s New York Leader

By Scott Flaherty |

Marjorie Jaffe Goldner founded PregPrep, which this year received approval to sell a new female fertility pill. Helping Goldner on the legal side is her husband, Bruce Goldner, head of Skadden’s New York office and co-head of the firm’s IP and technology group.

Spotlight on Strategy: White & Case's New Five-Year Plan

By Jennifer Henderson |

After taking a conservative approach in the wake of the recession, White & Case is ready for a growth spurt.

Harvard Law School Langdell Library in Cambridge, Mass.

Harvard Law School To Review Use of Controversial Seal

By Nell Gluckman |

As college students nationwide press their institutions to confront the experiences of campus minorities, law schools and their students and alumni are increasingly being drawn into the debates.

Shanghai's Bund and Oriental Pearl Tower viewed from Shanghai Pudong, China.

Seeking China Beachhead, McGuireWoods Inks Shanghai Deal

By Scott Flaherty |

McGuireWoods has forged an affiliation agreement with Shanghai-based FuJae Partners, a firm formed by three partners leaving Chinese firm Jun He Law Offices.

View of Bogota center with the Santamaria bullring and the Andes mountains in the background.

More Dentons Combo Deals Help Firm Enter Latin America

By Julie Triedman |

Dentons’ drive to become the preeminent global legal giant continued after Thanksgiving as the 7,300-lawyer firm announced agreements to absorb full-service shops in Colombia and Mexico into its growing Swiss verein network.

U.K. Mergers Forge Two New Quarter-Billion Pound Law Firms

By Chris Johnson |

Personal injury giant Irwin Mitchell and West Sussex-based private client firm Thomas Eggar have already exchanged contracts on a merger, while regional U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard is in advanced talks with leading Scottish practice Maclay Murray & Spens.

The Churn

JPMorgan Snags Skadden Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A year after rejoining Skadden, Cyrus Amir-Mokri heads to JPMorgan Chase; a top Squire Patton Boggs public policy partner departs; four Perkins Coie lawyers head in-house; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Skadden's Tax Schemes and a Petco Purchase

By Brian Baxter |

Having recently taken on tax-related engagements for Yahoo and Darden Restaurants, lawyers from Skadden handle Pfizer’s controversial $152 billion union with Allergan, while four other firms land a role on the $4.6 billion sale of Petco Holdings.

Am Law All-Stars Seek to Avert Daily Fantasy Sports Shutdown

By Scott Flaherty |

Boies Schiller, Debevoise and Gibson Dunn took the lead for the two leading daily fantasy sports companies—DraftKings and FanDuel—in their bid to beat back New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s bid to ban them from operating in the Empire State.

Dentons Celebrates Thanksgiving By Digesting Another Combination

By Nell Gluckman |

The global legal giant inked its fifth major tie-up of 2015 by agreeing to absorb 34-lawyer Luxembourg firm OPF Partners into its Swiss verein on Jan. 1, 2016.

The Churn

Brownstein Hyatt Bags Phoenix Office, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

After a series of departures and an inability to find traction in the desert, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has shuttered its Phoenix office; Gibson Dunn grabs two new hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Lunching with the Right Wing

By Vivia Chen |

Does a Christian anti-abortion, anti-gay group stand a chance of enlisting New York lawyers to its cause?

Morgan Lewis Boasts Steady Profits, No Debt on Anniversary of Bingham Deal

By Julie Triedman |

One year after Morgan, Lewis & Bockius took in 750 lawyers from failing Bingham McCutchen, the firm’s finances are stable and it is once again debt-free, according to chair Jami Wintz McKeon.

Are Women Allergic to Power?

By Vivia Chen |

Women partners push back against a new study's findings.

Am Law Firms Go Big on $160 Billion Pfizer-Allergan Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

If 2015 is the year of the deal, Pfizer’s $160 billion merger with Allergan looks like it’ll be the deal of the year for a small army of M&A lawyers.

Growth Won't Solve Your Firm's Problems: Harvard Business Prof

By MP McQueen |

Law Firms must focus on profitability, not market share, says Harvard Business School’s Felix Oberholzer-Gee.

Malian troops patrol outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 21, 2015. Investigators in Mali are hunting at least three people suspected of links to the jihadist siege at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in the capital that left at least 19 people dead.

Big Law Partner Returns Home After Surviving Mali Terror Attack

By Nell Gluckman |

Pierre Boivin of Canadian mega-firm McCarthy Tétrault was in Bamako on business when terrorists stormed his hotel on Friday.

From left to right: Pillsbury's Patrick Potter, Sheila Harvey and Andrew Troop with mine executive Ken McCoy before descending below the surface at a former Patriot Coal mining site.

Pillsbury Mines Fees from Enviro Group's Novel Coal Plan

By Jennifer Henderson |

In a first-of-its-kind deal, a team of Pillsbury lawyers helped a Virginia conservation group get into the coal mining business.

The Churn

Maneuverings at Mayer Brown, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Mayer Brown adds a cybersecurity expert in Washington, D.C., while watching its Brazilian affiliate ramp up in São Paulo; Baker Botts makes some anniversary additions; a lobbying shakeup at Wilson Elser; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Frank Wu, dean of Hastings College of the Law

Hastings' Dean Is Out + More News

By Vivia Chen |

News and gossip about Hastings Law School, Debevoise's foodie; MCCA's Joe West and more.

Holland & Knight's New Pro Bono Clients? Other Lawyers

By Nell Gluckman |

Holland & Knight is dedicating pro bono resources to defending Chicago lawyers who face disciplinary action—the first program of its kind for a big law firm.

Prominent NY Real Estate Lawyer John Zuccotti Dies at 78

By Nell Gluckman |

Zuccotti, whose name graces the lower Manhattan park that played host to protesters during the Occupy Wall Street movement, helped to revitalize lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Lawyers Blast Parole Terms in Pollard Spying Case

By Scott Flaherty |

A pair of lawyers at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle labored for a decade and a half to win freedom for Jonathan Pollard, who admitted nearly 30 years ago to illegally passing classified U.S. documents to Israel.

Deal Watch: Cleary Gottlieb, Wachtell Light Up on Big Gas Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Five years after a nasty takeover battle, industrial gas distribution giant Airgas and its lawyers from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz present another acquisition to shareholders.

Report: Female and African-American Associates Losing Ground

By Nell Gluckman |

The National Association for Law Placement found a decline in the percentage of women and African-American associates at U.S. law firms.

Wachtell Leads Lineup Reaping Fees in Match, Square IPOs

By Brian Baxter |

Four Am Law 100 firms led by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz have snagged a share of $9 million in legal fees and costs emanating from initial public offerings for online dating giant Match Group and startup mobile payments company Square.

Litigation Funder Juridica Pulls Back After Bad Bets

By Julie Triedman |

As litigation finance continues to gain ground, funding pioneer Juridica Investments said it will halt investments in new cases and cut costs in the wake of courtroom setbacks.

Women Rising at Arent Fox, Ropes Gray, Simpson Thacher

By Vivia Chen |

Good news about women (for a change).

MoFo Urges Judge to Toss Malpractice Case Over Puda Coal Offering

By Scott Flaherty |

Macquarie Capital wants Morrison & Foerster to share the blame for the investment bank’s ill-fated entanglement with defunct Chinese company Puda Coal. But first it’ll have to convince a skeptical New York judge.

From Poison Pill Megabattle to $10.3B Megadeal for Airgas and Wachtell

By Susan Beck |

Four years after fending off Air Products' hostile takeover bid, Wachtell helped Airgas tie the knot with Air Liquide.

More Firms Earn Top Marks in Annual LGBT Equality Rankings

By Nell Gluckman |

Nearly 100 law firms received top ratings from the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. The annual survey is meant to promote inclusive policies and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

The Churn

K&L Gates Expands Abroad and Shutters in Spokane, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

New partners join K&L Gates in Sydney and Warsaw as the firm closes a U.S. office; Norton Rose Fulbright loses two practice leaders; Sutherland snags a Kaye Scholer project finance head; and other notable address changes from throughout The Am Law 200.

After Dacheng Deal, Dentons Finalizes Three-Way Combination

By Julie Triedman |

Partners at Dentons, Australia’s Gadens and Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson have approved a combination, the second three-way deal by the growing global legal gaint in three years.

Gordon Rees Ends Fee Fight With Alex Rodriguez

By Scott Flaherty |

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has settled a dispute over $380,000 in attorney fees incurred by Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani related to the firm’s representation of him in a performance-enhancing drug scandal.

LeClairRyan Co-Founder Stepping Down After 28 Years as Chair

By Jennifer Henderson |

After 28 years as chairman of LeClairRyan, Gary LeClair is stepping down as leader of his namesake firm. The Am Law Daily caught up with LeClair to discuss his tenure and LeClairRyan's future.

Ivan Fong, general counsel of 3M, in St. Paul, MN.

The Go-To Headhunter for Asian American Lawyers

By Vivia Chen |

An influential Asian American lawyer group honors—gasp—a recruiter!

Legal Recruiters Offer Advice to Year-End Laterals

By Nell Gluckman |

The Am Law Daily caught up with some legal recruiters to discuss what partners thinking of joining a new firm should consider before making the jump.

Young plaintiffs suing the Obama administration celebrate outside a Eugene, Oregon courthouse after filing their case on Aug. 12, 2015.

Sidley Squares Off Against Youth Activists in Climate Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

The environmental plaintiffs may be as young as 8 years old, but the case is more than child’s play to Sidley's energy industry clients.

Cravath, Gibson Dunn Reserve Roles on Hotel Industry Megamerger

By Jennifer Henderson |

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on Marriott International's $12.2 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, a deal that if completed will create the world’s largest hotel company.

White & Case Retrenches in Germany With Munich Closure

By Chris Johnson |

The shakeup of the German legal market continues, with White & Case set to close its Munich office in early 2016.

It's Time to Fill Out Our Annual Am Law Survey

If your firm is one of The Am Law 100 or The Am Law 200, it's time to complete our signature survey of firm financials before the deadline of January 29.

Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley, Myerson & Casey, New York City, USA, 7th June 1983.

A Quiet Death for a Legendary Lawyer Who Fell From Grace

By Brian Baxter |

Before the demise of Dewey & LeBoeuf, there was the fall of Finley Kumble. The firm’s high-profile former managing partner, Harvey Myerson, was sentenced on fraud charges 23 years ago this week. He died quietly in South Florida earlier this year.

The Churn

Pillsbury Lawyer Heads West, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter |

An environmental law expert heads to Oregon; Greenberg Traurig grabs two from McDermott in New York; Hogan Lovells hires a Latham & Watkins trio in Dubai; Ice Miller brings back a mayor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hogan Lovells Associate Killed in Paris Terror Attacks

By Brian Baxter |

Valentin Ribet, a white-collar litigation associate in the firm’s Paris office, was the first victim to be identified in the terrorist attacks that killed at least 129 people in the city on Nov. 13. He died at the Bataclan concert hall.

Jessup competitor Areej Alragabi.

The Global Lawyer: White & Case Goes Hollywood with 'ALL RISE'

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Hugh Verrier just made a film on the Jessup moot court. And that isn't even his most out-of-the-box idea.

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 9: Tents remain on the Mel Carnahan quad on the campus of University of Missouri - Columbia on November 9, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned today amid protests over racial tensions at the university.

Law Firm Lessons From Mizzou

By Steven J. Harper |

What can the legal profession learn from the ouster of Tim Wolfe as president of the University of Missouri system? A lot.

Deal Watch: Amid Sidecar Sale, Dozen Firms Toast Beer Megamerger

By Brian Baxter |

Lawyers from a dozen Global 100 firms are advising on a $106 billion megamerger between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, one that moved forward this week as SABMiller agreed to the $12 billion sale of its 58 percent stake in joint venture MillerCoors.

Law Firms May Face Worse Collections Crunch This Year

By Nell Gluckman |

As firms prepare for their annual end-of-year collections push, there are signs that some may struggle more than usual with collections.

Is Washington Finally Tired of Welfare for Law Schools?

By Matt Leichter |

It took nearly a decade, but lawmakers are finally realizing that unrestrained lending to law students enriches law schools while harming many students.

All Lawyered Up, Fantasy Sports Companies Take On NY AG

By David Bario |

With help from Boies Schiller's David Boies, Gibson Dunn’s Randy Mastro and others, DraftKings and FanDuel are girding for battle with New York’s attorney general and a growing roster of opponents.

The Churn

Wilson Elser Expands in Texas, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker is the latest big firm to bet on the Lone Star State with an 11-lawyer team from Lewis Brisbois; Shearman & Sterling snags an IP trio from Kenyon & Kenyon; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

DLA Piper Launches Venture With U.K. Contract Lawyer Firm

By Susan Beck |

DLA Piper has scrapped plans to create its own contract attorney unit in the United Kingdom, and instead has entered into a formal venture with the U.K. firm Lawyers on Demand.

What, Me Worry? Why Negative Thinking Can Be Positive

By Vivia Chen |

A new study finds that negative thinkers are more resilient than those with positive outlooks.

For Cost-Conscious Clients, Less Is More

By Nell Gluckman |

More than anything else, clients want their outside counsel to slash fees, according to a report released Tuesday by the legal consultancy Altman Weil.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing, Jan. 27, 2015.

It's Official: Dentons Merger With Dacheng Creates Global Giant

By Susan Beck |

Ten months after Dentons reached an agreement to combine with Chinese legal juggernaut Dacheng, the firm announced Tuesday that the landmark deal is now final.

At Some Firms More Than Others, Women Lag Among New Partners

By Julie Triedman |

Just over a third of the U.S. lawyers promoted to partner by the country's largest firms last year were female, according to a new study, while several Am Law firms invited only men to the partner ranks.

Daniel Lewis of Ravel Law

Q&A: Legal Research Upstart Ravel Law Takes On Westlaw

By Nell Gluckman |

Ravel Law co-founder Daniel Lewis talks about his company’s partnership with Harvard Law School—and why the world need better tools for legal research.

Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club

Growing U.S. Firm Fires London Partner After Soccer Rant

By Brian Baxter |

Goldberg Segalla, a 240-lawyer U.S. firm that has made some high-profile lateral additions this year, chose to terminate the founding partner of its London office after he was caught disparaging Liverpool soccer fans as “scouse scum.”

Citi Report: Law Firms Face Slowdown in Demand

By Gretta Rusanow and Andrew Godwin |

Demand growth cooled off in the third quarter, suggesting an overall decline from 2014, according to the latest data from Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group.

Foley & Lardner, Eversheds Won't Pursue Combination

By Brian Baxter |

A little more than a week after news of tie-up talks between Foley & Lardner and London-based Eversheds made headlines on both sides of the Atlantic, the two firms have called off discussions about a merger.

The Global Lawyer: A Tale of Two Terror Strategies

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The outcomes have been far different for terror victims and their families suing Saudi Arabia than for those suing Iran.

The Churn

Dickinson Wright Debuts Health Care Venture, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright launches a health care affiliate; Duane Morris hires a diversity leader; Quinn Emanuel starts a class action practice in Australia; Sidley expands in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dewey & LeBoeuf NYC

Barclays Sued Again Over Dewey & LeBoeuf Capital Loan

By Nell Gluckman |

Kenneth Freeling, a former Dewey & LeBoeuf litigation partner now of counsel at Covington & Burling, is suing Barclays, the British banking giant that financed capital contributions for partners at the now-defunct firm.

Wage Gap Is Worse for Women at the Top

By Vivia Chen |

New study finds that executive and high achieving women suffer greater compensation gaps.

Freshfields Faces Regulatory Sting on Two Fronts

By Scott Flaherty |

The Magic Circle firm’s work in forming an Indonesia coal group and advising on a sale of a stake in high-speed railway service Eurostar have come under scrutiny from a pair of British regulatory bodies.

Legal Sector Adds 700 Jobs in October, Most Employed in Two Years

By Nell Gluckman |

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics unveiled its latest jobs report Friday morning. Employment in legal services is up along with the rest of the economy.

Legal Education's Strange Bedfellows

By Steven J. Harper |

Some law professors and deans are rising to the defense of the wrong cause.

With Frankfurt Launch, Goodwin Procter Enters Crowded German Market

By Susan Beck |

Goodwin Procter on Thursday became the latest major law firm to bet on Germany, which remains a top destination for both established and aspiring global firms.

Drug War Led Hogan Lovells Partner to Adopt Pro-Pot Stance

By Brian Baxter |

A ruling this week by Mexico’s Supreme Court could eventually legalize marijuana in the country. Hogan Lovells partner Juan Francisco Torres Landa is one of four plaintiffs who brought the landmark case in an effort to end decades of drug violence.

Lawyers Look to Cuba as Trade Embargo Loosens

By Nell Gluckman |

As Cuba’s borders slowly open up to American investment, a cadre of U.S. lawyers is hoping to make new inroads related to pastimes beloved by both countries: booze and baseball.

Deal Watch: Wachtell, Linklaters Charge Up on Big Visa Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Global 100 duo grabbed roles on a $23.3 billion deal by payment processing giant Visa.

Cooley Wins DOJ Settlement Over Judge's Iranian-American Ties

By Julie Triedman |

With help from a group of Cooley lawyers, Iranian-American immigration judge Ashley Tabaddor successfully challenged an order that she recuse herself from cases involving Iranian nationals.

Linklaters Snags Willkie Partner to Lead New York Restructuring Group

By Nell Gluckman |

The move marked the second New York lateral hire for Linklaters in the past week.

I Heart Lawyers

By Vivia Chen |

Lawyers are so easily bruised. Thank goodness we have Love Your Lawyer Day.

Fee Tracker: As NHL Season Begins, Skadden Leads Among Legal Billers

By Brian Baxter |

The National Hockey League’s 2015-2016 season is underway, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has checked some of its competitors vying for the league’s legal work over the board; plus other notable bills from big law.

Munger Tolles Battles L.A. in Rare Pro Bono Conflicts Spat

By Scott Flaherty |

The occasional disqualification fight is part of doing business for big law firms in high-stakes business litigation. For Munger, Tolles & Olson, the threat of disqualification is looming over a very different kind of case.

The Churn

K&L Gates Continues Growth Spurt, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

After several months of partner losses, K&L Gates continues a recent hiring spree by adding four partners on two continents; another bolt-on by Dinsmore & Shohl; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

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Dentons Ups the Ante in Global Growth Gamble

By Julie Triedman |

With its announcement of new planned megamergers in Australia and Singapore, Dentons sent a clear message: Bigger is better. But the latest deals also highlight the uncertainties of Dentons’ aggressive growth strategy.

Seeking to Salvage Trademark, Redskins’ Lawyers Get Dirty

By Scott Flaherty |

The term “donkey balls” isn’t one that most lawyers would dare put into a federal appeals court brief. But Arnold & Porter and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan recently got borderline scatological in their representation of the Washington Redskins in a trademark battle.

Herbert Smith Freehills Is Latest to Grow in Germany with Düsseldorf Launch

By Chris Johnson |

The city in Germany's industrial heartland is proving increasingly attractive to the world’s top law firms.

Law Firms, Banks Face Fallout From Stanford Ponzi Investors

By Julie Triedman |

Things are looking up for Stanford’s 21,000 global investors, not to mention a group of lawyers representing them on a contingency basis.