The European Commission on Wednesday gave a thumbs-up to the “Privacy Shield” agreement that allows U.S. companies to transfer EU personal data outside of the bloc, following the first annual review of the pact. But the commission also urged U.S. authorities to more proactively monitor companies’ compliance with the terms of the deal.
Joseph Mohorovic, an Obama-appointed Republican on the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is leaving the agency to join Dentons, where he will split his time between the Chicago and Washington offices as a principal working on regulatory and compliance matters.
Steven Gans, a partner at Boston-based Prince Lobel Tye, wants to become the next president of the U.S. Soccer Federation. And he has some ideas for how to revive this country's player development program.
Few observers expect law firm mergers to stop dominating legal industry headlines anytime soon. The volume of announced deals is poised to break records this year, and legal consultants say the number of firms engaged in undisclosed negotiations is also on the rise—making early intelligence about potential mergers an especially hot commodity.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld tapped former Prudential Financial Inc. vice president and chief diversity officer Michele Meyer-Shipp, a recognized corporate diversity advocate, to serve as the global law firm's first chief for diversity and inclusion.
Leading in-house counsel, speaking at the Association of Corporate Counsel annual meeting in Washington, open up about their experiences and observations in pushing for outside counsel programs that encourage law firms to embrace diversity. The latest diversity scorecard from The American Lawyer showed diversity numbers at the country's largest firms remained nearly flat between 2015 and 2016.
With the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation set to go into effect in less than a year, companies and in-house counsel have been considering the implications—and the massive potential fines—for some time now. The May 2018 date is looming, so what are legal departments doing to prepare?
A federal judge said he would bring in the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI to interview witnesses after plaintiffs attorney Mark Lanier raised concerns Monday about possible witness tampering in a hip implant bellwether trial in Dallas.
Legal ethicists are expected to take the stand at a trial starting this week against for Evan Greebel, a former Kaye Scholer and Katten Muchin Rosenman partner facing federal conspiracy charges for his role advising disgraced hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli.
The sewer district in New York's Rockland County is looking for more than $8.8 million in a malpractice lawsuit alleging its former law firm, Nixon Peabody, botched a long-running eminent domain dispute.
A dozen barristers and judges, including Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher London partner Charlie Falconer, QC, penned an open letter on Sunday criticizing a Hong Kong court’s decision to send three student activists to prison for unlawful assembly.
Jones Day partner Dana Baiocco, a co-founder of the firm's Boston office whom the Trump administration picked to flip the Consumer Product Safety Commission to a Republican majority, on Monday reported earning $1.2 million in partner compensation and disclosed a client list that included Lyft Inc., Volkswagen AG and Major League Baseball.
Two years after Crowell & Moring named government contracts partner Angela Styles its new leader, the firm is poised to pass that role to Philip Inglima, a member of Crowell & Moring's white-collar and regulatory enforcement group.
Lawyers at a cybersecurity conference in Washington look for lessons in Equifax's response to the company's data breach. "The right actions were taken and the right evaluations were made. But in today's world—too slow," one lawyer says.
Denying allegations that he stole a lucrative whistleblower client on his way out of Grant & Eisenhofer, former director Reuben Guttman on Tuesday accused the plaintiffs firm of rehashing old claims and using a recent breach-of-contract lawsuit to sully his reputation.
Peter Gray, a former partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Dubai who was suspended from the firm in 2015 for his role in a dispute with a Djibouti businessman, is merging his small firm with an outfit from the United Arab Emirates.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been granted partial summary judgment in its case against former Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett employee Steven Metro, who faces a $2 million penalty for sharing information about pending mergers and acquisitions involving clients of his firm.
As Harvey Weinstein became engulfed in scandal over allegations of sexual harassment, Washington-based whistleblower lawyer Debra Katz found herself representing a longtime executive who reportedly had confronted the influential Hollywood producer about his alleged misconduct.
By David Altuna and Gretta Rusanow, Citi Private Bank
Comparing the first-half Law Firm Leaders Confidence report to the Citi Law Watch Quarterly Flash report for the first half, released in August, we found some accurate or near accurate predictions and some notable differences, particularly as to how well law firm leaders expected their firms to perform.
Chris Seeger, one of the lawyers leading class counsel in the settlement has made a $70 million fee request on behalf of his firm, Seeger Weiss, which he outlined Tuesday in a 22-page declaration to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Eric Hargan will serve as HHS’ acting secretary, less than a week after the U.S. Senate confirmed him as deputy secretary, the agency’s No. 2 spot. His financial disclosure forms revealed his former clients and his income at the firm.
J. Randolph Evans' financial disclosure form also reveals his ties to businesses run by Newt Gingrich and his daughter, as well as clients such as U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa and former Fox News co-president Bill Shine.
London-based legal giant Linklaters is awaiting regulatory approval for a joint operation with Chinese “best friend” firm Zhao Sheng, which is now led by former Linklaters counsel and consultant Eric Liu.
Lathrop Gage is gearing up to rebuild its Los Angeles office with the hire this week of Nancy Sher Cohen, a former partner at Proskauer Rose who co-led that firm’s insurance recovery and counseling group.
After being fired for a controversial Facebook post in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, former CBS lawyer Hayley Geftman-Gold is the subject of a petition calling for the New York State Bar Association to consider whether she is capable of remaining professional in response to a tragedy.
Alabama’s Lightfoot, Franklin & White, a regional litigation firm with a national practice advising universities and other higher educational institutions, has appointed Melody Hurdle Eagan as its first female managing partner.
Apple Inc. general counsel Bruce Sewell announced he is retiring from the company at the end of this year. Fulfilling his role will be Katherine Adams, who joins the Cupertino, California-based company from Honeywell International Inc. where she acted as GC and SVP.
Hogan Lovells, which earlier this week changed the way it reports some of its financial results, is set to trim its U.S. business services ranks by more than 40 staffers as part of a voluntary retirement program.
Senior-level attorneys continue to leave Sedwick, with the latest departures coming in Chicago, where office managing partner Eric Scheiner has joined the local office of U.K. insurance specialist Kennedys along with partners Dick Geddes and Jennifer Quinn Broda.
Australian-based IMF Bentham Ltd. said this week that it had raised up to AUD$150 million, or more than $115 million, from two institutional investors to finance the litigation funder’s future cases in Asia, Australia, Canada and Europe.
As Equifax navigates the halls of Congress to contain the fallout over one of the largest breaches in U.S. history, its go-to firm, King & Spalding, has not been the only one by the company's side. Lawyers from DLA Piper, itself the victim of a hack this year, are also helping to guide Equifax through the data breach scandal.
The first two law firm tie-ups of the fourth quarter was announced Tuesday, the same day that legal consultancy Altman Weil Inc. said there were 24 combinations in the third quarter, bringing the yearly total to 76 deals. That puts the legal industry on pace to break the previous record of 91 mergers set in 2015.
In his role, Thompson will oversee a set of reforms suggested in a DOJ consent decree calling for a series of reforms in the city’s stop, search and arrest practices. The federal government and city of Baltimore agreed to the reforms in January.
In a market where clients are struggling to deliver more legal services for less cost (the challenge), Richard Susskind said a law firm may be tempted to undercut its competition on price in hopes of winning more work.
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, which by the end of October will become Womble Bond Dickinson following a cross-border union with former alliance partner Bond Dickinson, has brought on a trio of intellectual property partners from McCarter & English for its new Boston office.
Zach Fardon launched King & Spalding's Chicago office in August, and the former top federal prosecutor in the Windy City is already proving that the reputation he built in that office will translate to growing his new one. Patrick Collins, who spent the past dozen years at Perkins Coie, and Jade Lambert are now joining Fardon's team.
Robert Capers, the former Eastern District of New York U.S. attorney who prosecuted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, FIFA soccer officials and major financial institutions, has joined his first law firm, Arent Fox, the firm announced on Monday.
Ideally, the objective of defining the role and responsibilities of Practice Group Leaders should be to establish just enough structure and accountability within their respective practice group to maximize the economic potential of the firm, while institutionalizing the principles of leadership and teamwork.
The two firms, which have partnered up on Chapter 11 cases for Gymboree and Gordmans, have now submitted court papers showing how much they intend to charge—and have already been paid—for their roles representing another ailing retailer. Another bankrupt Kirkland client paid $47.5 million to the firm within the past year.
The Am Law 100 firm, which is poised to give up its longtime digs in New York’s Financial District for a new headquarters in midtown Manhattan, is reportedly offering buyouts to secretaries and other staffers.
It's not unusual for law firms to issue a formal response after they've been confronted with criticism, hit with litigation or stung by bad publicity. But that approach wasn't enough for a Philadelphia workers' compensation firm after its business practices came under scrutiny this month.
When it comes to budgeting for a fresh crop of first-year associates, it's not all about paying for rising salaries and expanding benefits. Law firms are dedicating big money and devoting ongoing resources to training and development for their young lawyers, even when the lawyers are less likely to stick around than they used to be.
A Kirkland & Ellis employment litigation partner in Washington and daughter of a federal appeals court judge is on tap to be the U.S. Labor Department's chief in-house lawyer, extending the Trump administration's ties to the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm.
Steven McKinney, a former chair of the ABA's section on environmental energy and resources, has been indicted with fellow Balch & Bingham partner Joel Gilbert and a coal mining company executive over an alleged scheme to bribe former Alabama state representative and ex-National Basketball Association player Oliver Robinson Jr.
In a $30 million suit over an alleged conflict of interest, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius says that its ex-client, Towers Watson Delaware, knew about and consented to the firm's representation of Towers' adversary, Meriter Health Services.
Allen & Overy partner Heath Tarbert, who led the firm's U.S. bank regulatory team in Washington, was confirmed Wednesday to a top post at the U.S. Treasury Department. Tarbert is leaving the Magic Circle the firm, one of the largest from the U.K., at a time when it's posting record numbers in several key metrics, including partner profits.
When news broke this week that former Winston & Strawn intellectual property partner Constance Ramos has sued her old firm, she publicly landed among a group of female lawyers who claim in court that they faced sex discrimination in Big Law.
Kasowitz Benson Torres, the New York firm whose work for President Donald Trump has kept it in the national spotlight this year, is vowing to appeal after a Florida judge ruled that a billing fraud complaint against the firm can move forward.
The Ontario Securities Commission, a Canadian regulator, has charged former Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg legal assistant Donna Hutchinson in Toronto with insider trading. Davies Ward is one of the largest law firms in Canada.
The record for mergers set in a year, 91 in 2015, will fall this year if there are 16 combinations in the fourth quarter. The last time there were fewer than 16 mergers in a fourth quarter was 2010, according to data compiled by legal consultancy Altman Weil. Last year there were 25 tie-ups toward years’ end.
The Am Law 100 firm has become the latest in Big Law to unveil a parental leave policy designed to provide additional time off for working parents after a birth, foster or adoption. The new policy increases primary care giver leave for all U.S. lawyers to 20 weeks. Business services staffers will also get an increase, to 14 weeks.
In its quest for global dominance, Dentons has announced a combination with Kampala Associated Advocates, the largest law firm in Uganda. The move follows nearly a dozen other combinations unveiled by the global legal giant in recent months.
Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr apologized Wednesday after one of its lawyers accidentally sent a Wall Street Journal reporter privileged documents detailing a history of whistleblower claims at PepsiCo.
Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico with a force unseen locally since 1928. The Category 4 storm made landfall with winds around 155 miles per hour, leaving the island without power and many residents scrambling for access to cash, gasoline or water. Among those trying to get back to work are lawyers at large law firms in San Juan.
Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg owes $36,000 in unpaid wages to two of its former partners, a Delaware Superior Court judge ruled Monday, scolding the defunct intellectual property boutique for creating a "labyrinth" to avoid paying its debts.
Liisa Thomas, the former chair of Winston & Strawn's global privacy and data security practice, has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton's Chicago office, treading a path familiar to four of her colleagues that have made a similar move in the Windy City.
As the massive Equifax hack continues to reverberate around the country—including with the ouster of its CEO this week—companies everywhere are feeling vulnerable to data breach risks. That's no surprise to Akerman partner Jeffrey Sharer, whose Miami-based firm launched a web-accessible portal 18 months ago that capitalizes on expanding data breach fears.
Constance Ramos, who left Winston & Strawn’s partnership in August to start her own Oakland, California-based intellectual property boutique, has accused the firm of sexual discrimination and retaliation in a suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court.
Douglas Emhoff, who led Venable's expansion efforts and its West Coast operations until last week, is swapping firms for bicoastal offices at DLA Piper in Century City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
PricewaterhouseCoopers' decision to open an office in Washington D.C., has attracted significant attention. Some, in the legal press, have called it a “wake-up call” for law firms. Others have said the move is a “game changer” for the U.S. legal market. Make no mistake, PwC's recent move is a big deal—just not for the reasons many think it is.
Results of our Global 100 survey and analyses show growth is slowing and profits are dipping. Firms are adjusting to rapid-fire market changes as the world adjusts to the multitude of geopolitical forces at play. Figuring out the proper global complement is increasingly challenging, but there are opportunities to be had with new markets emerging as key players on the world stage.
Profits per equity Partner among Global 100 firms averaged $1.6 million in 2016, an increase of less than one percent, and less than 2015’s nearly five percent gain. Seventy-five firms topped $1 million in PPP, compared with 76 firms the previous year. U.S. firms make up the top 10, with Slaughter and May the highest-ranking non-U.S. firm, ranking twelfth. This chart ranks the most profitable firms on our Most Revenue and Most Lawyers charts, which, combined, include 157 firms. To be eligible for this list, a firm had to appear on one of those two charts. Figures for U.S. firms came from The Am Law 100. All other firms were surveyed directly. PPP is rounded to the nearest $5,000, and gross revenue is rounded to the nearest $500,000.
Overall lawyer head count for global 100 firms was 122,157 in 2016, up 2.7 percent from 2015. Forty-seven of the 100 largest firms by head count have more than 1,000 lawyers. Fifty-eight firms have the largest proportion of their lawyers in the United States, 17 have the largest proportion of their lawyers in the United Kingdom and 12 have most of their lawyers in China. The number of lawyers listed here is the average full-time-equivalent for the 2016 fiscal year. (For U.K.-based firms, the number of lawyers is the average full-time-equivalent for the fiscal year ending April 30).
Gross revenue for The Global 100 grew by 2.8 percent in 2016, to $99.3 billion, just shy of 2015’s increase of 3.1 percent. This year 81 of the world’s top-grossing firms have more lawyers in the United States than elsewhere, while 12 have the greatest proportion of their lawyers in the United Kingdom. Eight firms are structured as vereins or European Economic Interest Groups (EEIGs). Thirty-four firms had more than $1 billion in revenues, compared with 35 last year. In most cases, gross revenues for U.S. firms are derived from The Am Law 100. Other firms were surveyed directly for The Global 100, the Asia 100/China 50, or Legal Week’s UK Top 50. Currency conversion rates to U.S. dollars are annual averages for 2016. Lawyer numbers are average full-time-equivalent numbers for 2016. Gross revenue figures are rounded to the nearest $500,000, while revenue per lawyer figures are rounded to the nearest $5,000.
Jeffrey Kessler, a veteran antitrust litigator in the sports arena, is taking aim at the governing body for soccer in the U.S. The 71-page complaint recently filed by a team of Winston & Strawn litigators led by Kessler against the U.S. Soccer Federation—advised by Latham & Watkins—had been at least two years in the making.
After an appeals court last year revived a malpractice claim against Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, it's back to dual lawsuits in the firm's long-running litigation against Carl Icahn-controlled CVR Energy Inc.
Former Hogan Lovells partner Ty Cobb said in a draft disclosure form that his dividends from the firm were between $5 million and $25 million. But the form left out specifics about his relationship with the firm and individual legal clients.
Trenton Ward became an administrative judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board just as it was emerging as a venue for patent validity challenges. Five years later, he's returning to private practice as a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.
Michael Best Strategies, a lobbying company partly owned by law firm Michael Best & Friedrich, added a long-time tax policy specialist this week in an effective acquisition of Washington’s Canfield & Associates.
The outgoing general counsel of an international shipping conglomerate is launching a six-attorney New York firm, enlisting the help of a New York University professor and four women seeking to re-enter the law or expand their legal practices after working part-time.
Hogan Lovells isn’t the only global legal giant looking to trim the ranks of its support staff. Dentons confirmed Thursday that it could cut up to 32 business services roles across three of its offices in Scotland. Dentons is poised to absorb leading Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens.
By DANIELLA ISAACSON, ESQ., SENIOR ANALYST, ALM INTELLIGENCE
Firm-wide metrics make great headlines. Latham & Watkins is number one by gross revenue, Fragomen tops the rankings for diversity, and so on. When considering the career satisfaction of individual attorneys, however, it matters less what firm you are at, and more at what practice area within the firm you reside.
Jay Edelson and Steve Berman have been quarreling over strategy in a concussion class action case against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Now the two litigators are also fighting to reduce each other’s attorney fees, worth a total of up to $21 million.
Kasowitz Benson Torres has restructured its management with new positions, appointing Cindy Caranella Kelly, who focuses on civil litigation, and Wallace Schwartz, head of the firm's real estate transactional group, as the firm's co-managing partners of administration who will share duties with founding partner Marc Kasowitz.
Aliza Herzberg, head of the employment practice at Olshan Frome Wolosky, has launched her own women-led boutique in New York called the Herzberg Law Group. But don't look for her to start shouldering a heavy litigation load.
Hogan Lovells has boosted its German finance practice with the hire of a two-partner derivatives team from Mayer Brown, led by European capital markets head and global partnership board member Jochen Seitz.
Steven Merkel has been COO at Barnes & Thornburg for 42 days. It is the first Big Law job for the retired U.S. Army colonel, who most recently served as chief of operations for the U.S. Military Academy. Merkel hasn’t lost his military-like loyalty to mission; it has just shifted focus.
The global legal giant has offered hundreds of its support staffers in the U.S. the option of early retirement in a bid to trim its ranks of senior business services workers. Hogan Lovells has confirmed that about 400 of those who have been with the firm for at least five years will be invited to take voluntary retirement.
From bikes to trains to video games, a quartet of large law firms led by Kirkland & Ellis is advising on the Chapter 11 case of toy retail giant Toys “R” Us Inc., which became the latest in a string of struggling brick-and-mortar retailers to file for bankruptcy this year.
Women now represent 19 percent of equity partners—a record high, though still a sad showing. For those of us who've been covering women in the legal profession for over a decade, "depressing" is the usual standard. And while 19 percent remains woefully low, women seem to be on a forward march.
In the seemingly never-ending quest by in-house legal departments to trim their expenditures on outside lawyers, legal recruiting giant Major, Lindsey & Africa has released its Make-Buy Analysis tool to help GCs decide between hiring a new attorney for their in-house staff or rely on external counsel.
With a trial on felony charges just weeks away, federal prosecutors and lawyers for former law firm partner Evan Greebel are ratcheting up their rhetoric over some unusual issues, including the defense lawyers' own résumés.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has closed the book on a lawsuit alleging the firm didn't do enough to scrutinize a $19 million investment that a Tampa, Florida-area surgeon agreed to put into a local Arena Football League team.
Longford Capital Management LP on Monday announced the latest headline figure in the litigation finance industry. Longford said it raised $500 million for a second fund that will dwarf the initial $56.5 million fund that the Chicago-based firm raised three years ago.
Jason Mark Sims, a 35-year-old lawyer who has worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in Washington, D.C., has pleaded guilty to distributing videos of child sex abuse. Federal prosecutors disclosed the charges against Sims late Friday.
San Francisco-based Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani’s march across the U.S. continued as the Am Law 200 firm announced plans to absorb five-lawyer Bogue Moylan + Marino in Providence, Rhode Island. The new office will be Gordon Rees’ 46th nationwide and its eighth new opening of 2017.
Crystal Nix-Hines, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has returned to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as a partner in Los Angeles. The former reporter for The New York Times has also moonlighted as a television show script writer.
Gary Stern is going to prison. But that’s not the end of the story for the disgraced lawyer’s former law firm, Chuhak & Tecson. The 70-lawyer Chicago shop is now facing a formidable opponent: A group of nearly 20 former NFL players who claim the firm helped Stern bilk them out of millions.
David King, a former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett associate who spent nearly the past seven years at buyout giant The Carlyle Group LP, has joined Kirkland & Ellis as an investment funds partner in the Bay Area.
Equifax Inc. has turned to Phyllis Sumner at King & Spalding to serve as lead defense counsel in more than 70 class actions brought over its massive data breach, according to sources familiar with the litigation.
The Twin Cities, home of the Mall of America, might now also be Law Firm Mergertown, USA. Gray Plant Mooty, the oldest continuing law practice in Minneapolis, has agreed to acquire St. Cloud, Minnesota-based Hughes Mathews Greer. The union is the latest legal services combination in the land of a thousand lakes.
Miami-based Akerman reportedly participated in a lobbying dinner that caught federal investigators' attention, and fueled speculation of alleged unethical behavior by President Donald Trump's nominee for a top job at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.
Sean Marotta, a senior appellate associate at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., had coffee with 15 summer associates this year who found him over Twitter. The National Law Journal caught up with Marotta to review some of what he learned from them.
No more than a day since President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Akerman partner James “Trey” Trainor III as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, and the former election lawyer for the Trump presidential campaign is already under fire on multiple fronts.
Jenny Durkan, a former federal prosecutor who joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in early 2015 to open the firm’s Seattle office, has taken a leave of absence from the firm as she mounts a mayoral bid in her hometown. Ed Murray, Seattle’s soon-to-be-former-mayor, is set to resign amid a sex abuse scandal.
A Manhattan federal judge has refused to dismiss a $10 million legal malpractice suit against Seward & Kissel, finding that under the firm's broad terms in an engagement letter, its lawyers might have been expected to conduct due diligence on a party in a deal.
In its bid to expand its corporate practice in Europe, White & Case has hired a pair of private equity partners from a leading Scandinavian firm in Stockholm, as well as picking up an antitrust expert in Milan and two specialists in New York and Tokyo.
International disputes law firm Kobre & Kim has continued its string of recent hires with the addition of Daniel Saval, a cross-border insolvency partner who joins the firm's New York office from Brown Rudnick.
Stephen Vaden, a former Jones Day associate in Washington who was on the Trump administration's landing team at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is now in line to lead the agency's legal team. Vaden, a Yale Law School graduate, has regularly spoken on administrative law and regulatory issues, and he formerly was an associate for several years at Squire Patton Boggs.
Wendy Bernero, a veteran marketing executive who has worked at a handful of Am Law 100 firms, is heading back into the Big Law fray as she prepares to become head of client development for North America at Baker McKenzie, the global legal giant confirmed Tuesday.
The Manhattan district attorney is recommending the maximum sentence for former Dewey & LeBoeuf chief financial officer Joel Sanders, urging a New York judge that a prison sentence is "absolutely warranted."
Christina “Tina” Tchen, a former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom partner who served as chief of staff to former First Lady Michelle Obama, has joined Buckley Sandler as head of the Washington, D.C.-based firm’s Chicago office.
Forcing Cravath, Swaine & Moore to hand over documents related to litigation against Royal Dutch Shell to a plaintiff seeking redress in Dutch courts would give rise to "discovery litigation tourism," an attorney for the firm said Tuesday in arguments before a federal appeals court.
Davis Polk & Wardwell partner Jennifer Newstead, a veteran of the George W. Bush administration whom President Donald Trump nominated for U.S. State Department legal adviser, reported earning a $1.5 million partnership share between January 2016 and May of this year, according to documents the U.S. Office of Government Ethics posted Tuesday.
Ralph Baxter Jr., a former CEO of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe who retired to West Virginia four years ago, will announce Tuesday that he is going to run for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. He spoke with The American Lawyer about the path that led him to pursue a new career in public service.
The offshore Magic Circle—a group of leading law firms predominantly based in offshore jurisdictions—scrambled Monday to locate lawyers and employees affected by the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma, which tore through their operations in the British Virgin Islands.
The Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm continued its hiring tear in 2017 by adding Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft structured finance partner Bruce Bloomingdale and White & Case M&A partner Nazim Zilkha in New York. Both lawyers previously worked with one another at Mayer Brown.
After nearly a decade working for the U.S. Department of Justice, Laura Perkins is getting off the federal government’s payroll for a life in private practice. The veteran Foreign Corrupt Practices Act lawyer received some guidance from a legal recruiter with ties to the nation’s top court to find her new perch in Big Law.
An estate planning attorney hired by Atlanta lawyer Claud "Tex" McIver and his wife, Diane, has testified he drafted codicils for the couple's wills before McIver shot and killed his wife that, if executed, would alter Diane McIver's will that is now in probate.
It’s been nearly a decade since Irving Picard was appointed trustee of the funds recovered for victims of Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme. The matter is still generating payouts for victims and Baker & Hostetler, where Picard is a partner in New York.
Three out-of-town law firms—Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, Spilman Thomas & Battle and Cozen O'Connor—entered or expanded in the Pittsburgh market as the summer came to a close, keeping up the city's momentum as a hub for lateral hiring and law firm growth.
Plaintiffs firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro has bolstered its environmental practice and added an office just outside Boston, absorbing the three-lawyer Pawa Law Group in an effort to pursue climate change litigation against companies.
King & Spalding partner Bobby Burchfield, the Trump Organization's top ethics counsel, and ex-Hogan Lovells partner Ty Cobb, who joined the White House this summer as a member of the president's legal defense team in special counsel Robert Mueller III's Russia investigation, saw their names emerge in two eyebrow-raising reports.
The first week of September saw Latham & Watkins pick up Wilson Sonsini’s privacy and data protection co-chair Michael Rubin, while three other Wilson Sonsini partners are poised to join Cooley. Matthew Sonsini, the son of Wilson Sonsini's septuagenarian chairman Larry Sonsini, has also left the firm for another family business.
The Milwaukee-based Am Law 200 firm has taken on six lawyers in Salt Lake City from Kruse Landa Maycock & Ricks, including three of the local firm’s name partners. The move is the latest expansion bid by Michael Best, the former home of Reince Priebus, as it seeks to outgrow its peers in a tepid market for demand.
Ellisen Turner has been named the next managing partner of Irell & Manella as the Los Angeles-based firm’s current leader, Andrei Iancu, was recently nominated to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
When Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr and Saul Ewing (now Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr) both announced significant mergers Tuesday with Midwestern firms of about 150 lawyers, the deals had more in common than timing and geography. Both highlight themes that have been propelling widespread consolidation in the industry, observers said.
The former director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, Michael Leiter, has joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's Washington office as a partner in the firm's national security practice.
Bart Daniel, a former top federal prosecutor in South Carolina, has closed up his own solo shop in Charleston to join Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a litigation partner and co-head of the firm’s white-collar crime and government investigations group.
Baker Botts, DLA Piper and White & Case are advising on the record-setting $2.2 billion sale of the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets from former lawyer Leslie Alexander to casino and hospitality billionaire Tilman Fertitta.
Norman Bay, the former U.S. attorney for New Mexico and most recently chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Priya Aiyar, previously the Treasury Department's acting general counsel, joined Willkie as partners Tuesday.
The announcement of the GC Thought Leaders Experiment, along with the release of an open letter from a group of 25 general counsel at major companies who are among those participating in the project, generated a great deal of buzz. Now, those interested in hearing more from participating legal department leaders and getting a look at some of the project's early results, can tune in for a new webinar from AdvanceLaw.
Ballard Spahr is combining with Minneapolis-based Lindquist & Vennum, the two firms announced Tuesday. The combined firm will operate under the name Ballard Spahr, and will have more than 650 lawyers across 15 offices.
Philadelphia-based Saul Ewing and Chicago-based Arnstein & Lehr have merged, the firms announced Tuesday, creating a firm of more than 400 lawyers with 15 offices across the Northeast, Midwest and Florida. The combined firm will be called Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr.
A federal judge has sanctioned two California lawyers for civil contempt rooted in their roles in posting secretly recorded videos of abortion providers that had been barred from public release by an injunction. Judge William Orrick, however, in his sanctions order, slashed the fees requested by the Morrison & Foerster team that represented the plaintiff, the National Abortion Federation, in the suit.
In a unique and somewhat unusual arrangement, 16 colleges across the U.S. have all agreed that just one law firm—West Virginia-based Steptoe & Johnson PLLC—will provide legal services to their institutions. Just don’t confuse the firm with its Washington, D.C.-based doppelgänger.
Employment in the U.S. legal sector remained largely unchanged in August, adding 100 jobs alongside modest employment gains posted by the U.S. economy overall, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The troubled U.K. business of Australia-based Slater & Gordon, which became the world’s first publicly traded law firm a decade ago, will be divided from its parent into a holding company owned by the indebted firm’s senior lenders.
Law firms are finally catching on to the social media craze after years of reluctance that saw companies in other industries strengthen their brands online. A My Case study found that 57 percent of law firms now maintain a LinkedIn presence, 35 percent are on Facebook and 21 percent are using Twitter.
Trusts and estates litigator Rodney Lee joined Loeb & Loeb’s Los Angeles office last month from a mid-size firm in Beverly Hills. But Lee’s new partners may remember him for making one of the greatest catches in UCLA football history in a game that helped the Bruins defeat archrival USC in 1996.
Maria Sharapova is set to take the court Friday night at the U.S. Open in New York, the latest step in a return to the court for the five-time Grand Slam champion following a 15-month ban for taking the banned substance meldonium. Cheering her on will be Fox Rothschild’s litigation co-chair John Haggerty.
A California jury ordered Manatt, Phelps & Phillips to fork over $335,000 to a legal recruiter who sued the firm alleging it breached an oral contract related to its hires of financial services partners Donna Wilson and John McGuinness in 2013.
Jeremy Gilman retired from Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff earlier this month on his 62nd birthday. He’s already put out an album, is working on a second and has plans to write a blog and launch “new media” startups. Oh, and he’s hanging his own shingle.
Wilson Sonsini has welcomed aboard of counsel Elizabeth George, a former associate White House counsel in the Obama administration who most recently served as deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C., for its privacy and data protection practice in San Francisco.
Gowling WLG, a roughly 1,400-lawyer firm formed last year following a cross-border combination between British firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co and Canadian firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson, earned enough during fiscal 2016-17 to make The Am Law 100 list if it was eligible. The firm does not have an office in the U.S.
Second- through sixth-year associates at bonus-happy Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan will receive supplemental rewards based on the firm’s performance, chairman John Quinn announced in a memo Tuesday. But there’s a catch.
The writer Seelie Kay—that’s a pseudonym—used to work at large law firms in Milwaukee. But over the past year, she has spun the fairly mundane into erotic fantasy by writing dozens of short stories about lawyers, judges and others in the legal profession in various states of undress and ecstasy.
With Hurricane Harvey rains continuing to drench Houston, bar associations and legal aid organizations are gearing up to provide legal help to hurricane victims, and firms have pledged money to support aid even as their Houston offices remain closed.
John Terzaken, co-head of the global antitrust practice at Allen & Overy and head of the Magic Circle firm’s investigations and litigation practice in Washington, D.C., is poised to join Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as a partner in the nation’s capital.
The torrential rain in Houston from Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in South Texas on Aug. 25, is disrupting the nation's fourth-largest city, has led to eight reported deaths and is prompting Houston lawyers to work from home, if they are lucky enough to have power.
A group of 12 lawyers, including four partners, have joined Am Law 200 firm Robinson & Cole in New York and Miami in the latest round of defections from the reeling Sedgwick, which has lost more than 30 partners so far this year.
A day after the MTV Video Music Awards honored Heather Heyer, a legal assistant killed earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, a high-powered entertainment industry law firm announced Monday that it would be among the first to support her former employer in its effort to start a nonprofit organization in her memory.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf and Jones Day associate Frank Salzano is trying to help his star client—Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott—get back on the field for the start of the National Football League season, now less than two weeks away.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ consulting arm is no more. Monarch Global Strategies LLC opened on Aug. 1 with offices in four cities after Manatt Global Strategies closed its doors. The new venture is comprised of several Manatt Global executives, including the latter’s former president Michael Camuñez and ex-chairman James Jones.
Kevin Downing, a tax partner at Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C., left the firm Thursday. He will continue to advise President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who reportedly received subpoenas Friday from a federal grand jury probing a public relations firm that did work for Ukraine.
During the day, Brian Potts is an energy and environment partner at Perkins Coie. On the side, he is the founder and creator of LegalBoard, a keyboard for lawyers, as well as a co-founder of Goods Unite Us, an online marketplace that tracks companies based on campaign contributions to Republican candidates.
Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals stepped into a minefield in a viral custody battle over the so-called Rally Cat. How could the team know that the lawyer on the other side of its feline fight would have a history garnering outsize media attention for trivial cases?
The global legal giant is set to lose its U.S. aviation practice to LeClairRyan, according to two people who follow the practice area. The group, which includes partner Mark Dombroff in Tysons, Virginia, is known for its representation of aviation industry clients after plane crashes.
A patent case filed against Amazon in Texas and transferred to California raised an interesting choice-of-law question for U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, who ruled it's too late to disqualify Latham from the case.
A former Faegre Baker Daniels associate's law license was suspended for nine months after she inflated or fabricated time entries worth nearly $40,000 to meet a billable hour expectation. Inexcusable, sure. But an expert said it is symptomatic of the pressure Big Law lawyers face to meet hourly requirements.
As the NFL enters a new season less than two weeks from now, it's never spun more cash nor spun off more controversy. And legendary litigator and antitrust specialist James Quinn, one of the country's most experienced sports lawyers, has no shortage of observations to make, and work to do, in football-related matters.
Maria Scungio, co-chair of the trademark, copyright and advertising practice at Locke Lord, has left the firm to join Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks in New York. Scungio is the latest former partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer—absorbed by Locke Lord in early 2015—to leave the combined firm.
The National Football League season is approaching in the U.S., but across the pond, lawyers are reaping the benefits from a record-setting summer for soccer players in the U.K. Several firms have scored big on deals in the English Premier League, where clubs are setting new spending records in the search for talent.
King & Spalding has hired white-collar litigation partner Brian Michael in Los Angeles, where he was deputy general counsel at 21st Century Fox and group chief compliance officer at the Fox Networks Group. Michael comes to King & Spalding a week after the firm opened an office in Chicago by adding another ex-federal prosecutor.
Australia's Henry Davis York and British firm Olswang both saw large groups of partners leave their ranks prior to combinations. Filings in the U.K. reveal that Olswang shed almost one-third of its partnership prior to combining with CMS Cameron McKenna and Nabarro earlier this year.
A former Steptoe & Johnson associate urged a Los Angeles federal court not to send a proposed class action into private arbitration, arguing that case law should prevent the firm from burying her gender bias allegations in a secret proceeding.
Dentons has recruited a quartet of lawyers from Baker McKenzie to head up the launch of a tax practice in the Netherlands. The hires, which include two partners, are the first by the global legal giant since its Netherlands launch in May through a combination with local firm Boekel.
Philadelphia-based Abelson Legal Search claims that Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz owes it $350,000 as a result of its combination last year with Baltimore's Ober Kaler. The suit filed in a federal court in Memphis also seeks $1 million in punitive damages.
A recent report has raised questions about a Blank Rome lawyer's work as deputy special master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, through which she appears to have approved millions of dollars' worth of contracts between her own law firm and the fund.
Steven Wernikoff, a 17-year veteran of the Federal Trade Commission, will co-lead Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn’s practice advising on issues related to the fast-growing field of autonomous vehicles.
A Manhattan judge has gutted the potential damages a former hedge fund manager can claim against Greenberg Traurig and a former partner in a case involving relevant documents allegedly being burnt while making tea.
The Magic Circle firm appears to have refused to advise the Persian Gulf state in connection with a controversial $3 billion loan at the height of the 2008 financial crisis amid concerns over its legality, according to papers filed with a court in London.
By Teresa J. Walker, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report
The law firm business model of the past is under attack. Slowly, private legal is responding with things like developing knowledge management systems, establishing jobs for data analysts who can establish pricing of services and beginning to look at ways to outline workflows and processes. Unfortunately, corporate clients are impatient and are beginning to push harder for improved efficiency and increased speed of service delivery.
The two Am Law 100 firms are advising the National Basketball Association and Los Angeles Lakers, respectively, in an investigation into whether the latter tampered with former Indianapolis Pacers star forward Paul George.
Joining a crowd of positive reports on law firms’ first half financial performance, Wells Fargo Private Bank said Tuesday that the first half of 2017 was a surprising financial success for law firms, largely thanks to the performance of the largest and most profitable among them.
Indicted corporate lawyer Evan Greebel said it "shocks the conscience" that prosecutors haven't dropped a wire fraud conspiracy charge against him in light of the acquittal of his co-defendant, Martin Shkreli, on the same count. Greebel once worked at Katten Muchin Rosenman and Kaye Scholer.
An investor group's federal lawsuit against Blank Rome, Cozen O'Connor and Cushman & Wakefield won't be stopped by Pennsylvania's statute of limitations, but claims brought by three of the plaintiffs, including British real estate tycoon Berish Berger, have been thrown out.
After nearly 16 years at King & Spalding in New York and Dubai, corporate partner Benjamin Newland recently left the firm to start his own company called Clear Corporate Services LLC. Newland, a founder and president of CCS, has also just moved his family to Spain. It's all part of his big departure from Big Law.
Recent events in Charlottesville and the White House response have put the nation on edge and compelled leaders of U.S. businesses and law firms to speak out. The New York Times wrote last week that we’re witnessing a “broad recasting of the voice of business in the nation’s political and social dialogue.”
It's always interesting when Big Law firms take opposing views on a matter of strategy, whether it's their approach to equity and compensation, or the merits of a particular practice area or geography.
Terrell “Terry” Iandiorio, a 46-year-old litigation and government enforcement counsel at Ropes & Gray in Boston, drowned in a rip current last week in Nantucket, a popular island getaway off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Bill Cosby has a new lawyer, and he’s no rookie to the world of high-profile celebrity criminal trials. Cosby’s new lawyers are Tom Mesereau, Kathleen Bliss, and local counsel Sam Silver, spokesman Andrew Wyatt announced Monday. Mesereau, of Los Angeles, is best known for representing Michael Jackson in a 2005 trial over alleged child molestation. Jackson was acquitted of the charges.
Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber Technologies Inc., pushed back late Thursday against an investor’s attempt to force him off the ride-hailing company’s board, saying that a dispute over his control of three board seats must be settled in arbitration.
Forgive the tabloid headline. Venable partner J. Douglas Baldridge is actually quite discreet when discussing his famous client. But he spent last week litigating under a blinding media spotlight, with everyone from People Magazine and Inside Edition to The New York Times covering Taylor Swift’s six-day federal trial in Denver.
President Donald Trump's rhetoric and actions continue to test the American Bar Association as it pursues its core goals, which include upholding the rule of law, enhancing diversity and eliminating bias.
Following insider trading charges brought in May, former Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and Foley & Lardner partner Walter "Chet" Little formally denied the allegations in court on Thursday, entering a not-guilty plea alongside a co-defendant in the criminal case.
As Baltimore nears a recommendation for a police monitor under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, Venable remains as the only law firm in a select group of finalists vying for the role. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, meanwhile, has signed on for an additional three years—and fees of up to $6.4 million—in a similar role in New Orleans after its selection in 2013.
Charles Yang’s three-lawyer, cloud-based Ntellect Law found a fitting home this month when it merged with FisherBroyles, a pioneering firm that claims to be the largest in a growing crowd of virtual or cloud-based law firms.
Baker McKenzie's North America tax practice head Tom Linguanti has left the global legal giant to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. By linking up with John Magee, a high-profile tax controversy partner at his new firm, Linguanti finds himself on a team that over the years he often competed against for work.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, known for its work in the pro bono arena, has named Lauren Connell as its new pro bono counsel. Connell succeeds Fiona Brett, a well-regarded pro bono lawyer who suffered a personal tragedy last year, as she prepares to leave the firm.
Four decades after taking the court at what would eventually become the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, a longtime in-house lawyer at American International Group Inc. is headed to DLA Piper in New York, although he won’t be in attendance for the first serve festivities that start in the city later this month.
Do the prominent lawyers representing President Donald Trump, his family and his administration—many of them Jewish—have a duty to object publicly to his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia?
After President Donald Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, one of his top lawyers circulated an email equating Confederate general Robert E. Lee with George Washington and saying Black Lives Matter had been “totally infiltrated” by terrorists, The New York Times reported.
Before he became U.S. ambassador to Israel, former Kasowitz Benson Torres bankruptcy partner David Friedman represented real estate heir Robert Durst, who is listed in Friedman's U.S. government ethics disclosure. The disclosure form also shows Friedman made about $2.7 million from his partnership share in 2016.
Rather than return to Latham & Watkins, Zachary Fardon chose to build a King & Spalding office from the ground up in Chicago. He said he will build his new firm’s Windy City outpost with a focus on “caring, kindness and civility,” noting that those “those couplings are maybe too rare in the Big Law business.”
London-based Woodsford Litigation Funding Ltd. on Wednesday announced a $20 million investment deal with litigation boutique Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss—a move that comes less than a month after Woodsford opened its first U.S. outpost in Philadelphia.
When Rajesh De was first approached about joining the National Security Agency as its general counsel, advisers warned him he might be the last person standing between a free democracy and an Orwellian surveillance program. The reality wasn’t quite so dramatic, says De, who also served in the Obama White House and is now a partner at Mayer Brown. But during his tenure, what was long known as “No Such Agency” was forced to confront just how secret it really needed to be after the leaks by Edward Snowden.
In the days following the violent clashes between rival groups of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, that killed a 32-year-old legal assistant, some corporate executives have openly criticized President Donald Trump for his delay in condemning white supremacists. Some Big Law leaders have reacted to the president’s response.
In the midst of what some see as an uptick in libel cases, five attorneys involved in major defamation and First Amendment matters moved their practice this month from Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz to Davis Wright Tremaine, including New York partners Katherine Bolger and Rachel Strom and Washington, D.C., partner Nathan Siegel.
Can we cut through the bull about why law schools are now accepting GREs for admission? The fact is that applications are falling, and law schools are desperate for hot bodies to fill their empty seats.
In recent years, Keurig single-serve beverage brewing machines have become ubiquitous in homes and offices, along with the small pods that go inside. But there's a lot of legal work behind bringing the K-Cup pods and Keurig Green Mountain Inc.'s other products to the thirsty masses. At the center of it all is Mike Degnan, the company's chief legal officer and group general counsel.
Wachtell, Skadden, Proskauer Rose, Foley & Lardner and Akerman are among a handful of large law firms advising on the proposed $1.2 billion sale of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins to an ownership group led by former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and venture capitalist Bruce Sherman.
Los Angeles-based Munger, Tolles & Olson has been hired to represent the Hollywood studios and film companies behind a handful of box office blockbusters in several copyright infringement suits brought over their use of the MOVA Contour special effects system.
A report released Monday by the American Bar Association hopes to help the legal profession address addiction and depression by detailing sweeping changes that bar regulators, judges, law firms, law schools and others can make to address what the report says amounts to a crisis in lawyers’ well-being.
An Austin federal judge has ordered Baylor University to turn over to 10 female plaintiffs suing the school materials related to a Pepper Hamilton investigation that concluded that its administrators failed to protect women from sexual assault.
Heather Heyer, killed Saturday while protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., was an “empathetic” worker with a dry sense of humor, according to an attorney for whom she worked.
Grant & Eisenhofer has sued a former whistleblower client and two other law firms, alleging the whistleblower and her current lawyers conspired to strip Grant & Eisenhofer of its fee on a $280 million settlement.
Kenneth Frazier, the chairman and CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. and a member of President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council, abruptly quit the administration's advisory committee following Trump's response to right-wing violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Heather Heyer, killed Saturday while protesting against a white nationalists rally in Charlottesville, Va., was an “empathetic” worker with a dry sense of humor, according to an attorney for whom she worked.
Plaintiffs in a 2-year-old lawsuit against Philadelphia’s Duane Morris filed an amended petition that ups their damage calculations to over three-quarters of a billion dollars, according to Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee, who represents the investor group behind the suit.
Firing back at gender bias allegations filed by a former associate, Steptoe & Johnson forcefully denied Thursday that it has a pay disparity between women and men and urged a Los Angeles federal judge to send a suit against the firm to arbitration.
Japanese auto parts giant Takata Corp., which followed its U.S. unit into a Delaware bankruptcy court this week, revealed in court documents that it is paying nearly $1 million per month in legal fees to an Am Law 100 firm advising it in product liability litigation over faulty air bags.
General counsel can try and reduce costs by demanding discounts or alternative fees from their outside counsel—but at the risk of pitting their own interests against those of the firm. An alternative could be collaborating with outside counsel to streamline processes so legal projects get done more efficiently and at a lower cost.
The lateral market for trusts and estates lawyers has been brisk in 2017. Baker McKenzie became the latest big firm to get into the recruitment game this year by bringing on private client partners Deb Doyle and Jack Newlin in Chicago from Greenberg Traurig, where they joined the latter in 2013.
William Glasgow helped intellectual property boutique Fish & Neave merge with Ropes & Gray a dozen years ago. Now, as the Am Law 100 firm unwinds part of that union, the semi-retired Glasgow reflects on the current state of Big Law. Oh, and he once tried to do business with President Donald Trump.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired intellectual property litigator L. Scott Oliver as a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Oliver, who represented a music publisher in the 2000 suit that led to Napster's collapse, was most recently a partner at K&L Gates.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has brought back former litigation partner Andrew Schapiro in New York and Chicago. Schapiro, a former Harvard Law School classmate of President Barack Obama, spent the past three years in Prague as the U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic.
As part of a small minority of partners of Southeast Asian descent and as Muslims in Big Law, Muhammad Faridi and Adeel Mangi feel a special sense of accomplishment from a victory that allowed the construction of a mosque.
With football season less than a month away, one former Big Law partner who represented the National Football League’s New York Giants and New York Jets on the construction of MetLife Stadium is getting ready for a new season of her own.
A few months after Cozen O'Connor and Reed Smith put their stamp on pro golf, London-based Ashurst has sponsored former England cricket captain Alastair Cook in a deal that will see the Anglo-Australian legal giant's logo featured on his bat for the next 12 months.
Jackson Walker has launched a miniraid on Andrews Kurth Kenyon in Texas, hiring a quartet of partners that includes a onetime federal prosecutor who will launch a white-collar criminal defense practice for the firm.
Six months after watching its Minneapolis managing partner Alan Kildow decamp for local firm Briggs and Morgan, DLA Piper has hired partner Michael Fisco from Faegre Baker Daniels, where he chaired his now former firm’s finance and restructuring practice. As for Kildow, he’s still the lucky father of an Olympic gold medalist skier.
More than a dozen attorneys and staff at Greenspoon Marder and some former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners are urging a Manhattan judge to show leniency at the sentencing of ex-Dewey CFO Joel Sanders, who was convicted in May of defrauding the firm's creditors before its collapse.
Citibank is attempting to recoup more than $3.2 million from the defunct intellectual property boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday against a pair of its former partners.
As former Napoli Bern lawyers continue to grapple with fallout from the plaintiffs firm's messy breakup, a federal judge in Rhode Island has dismissed defamation claims brought against successor firm Napoli Shkolnik by a rival asbestos attorney.
Curtis J. Mahoney, a Williams & Connolly partner who is the Trump administration's pick for a deputy U.S. trade representative post, reported $833,000 in partnership income from the Washington firm, according to documents the U.S. Office of Government Ethics publicly released Tuesday. The disclosure offers a rare look inside the storied Washington partnership.
Stephen Wigginton, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois who joined Armstrong Teasdale two years ago, has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol earlier this year. Wigginton was charged in May with fleeing the scene of an accident near the St. Louis suburb of Troy, Illinois.
Donald Dowling Jr., who joined K&L Gates two years ago from White & Case, is on the move again. Littler Mendelson, a labor and employment giant keen on expanding its global presence, recruited Dowling to the firm last week.
The leading lawyers on Chicago's new challenge to the Trump administration’s immigration policies are names that you've heard before. A half-dozen lawyers from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr are representing the Windy City.
Geoffrey Berman, who co-leads the New Jersey office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, is in consideration to lead the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, BuzzFeed reported Monday afternoon.
The market for large law firms continued to face demand headwinds in the second quarter of 2017, according to a new report Monday by Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor, but the largest firms continue to separate themselves from their smaller peers.
The firm has brought on Allen O’Neil, Christine Ryan and Emily Streett as partners in Washington, D.C., from Holland & Knight, where the trio joined the latter three years ago in a mass lateral move from now-defunct boutique Brickfield, Burchette, Ritts & Stone.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has hired partner Bret Cohen in Boston to co-chair its employment litigation group. Cohen joins the firm from Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, which six months ago settled a gender discrimination suit filed by a former female associate who filed a complaint about Cohen.
A Texas appellate court has thrown out a legal malpractice case against Fried Frank and one of its New York-based tax partners after finding a former client could not establish jurisdiction in the Lone Star State.
There has been a steady decline in contract and business tort cases since the economic crisis in 2009. But there's still plenty of litigation and some firms have kept busy by representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
Norton Rose Fulbright, now a defendant in a $100 million gender discrimination lawsuit that was originally filed against merger partner Chadbourne & Parke, is facing new claims that it aided and abetted Chadbourne's conduct by encouraging the firm to fire named plaintiff Kerrie Campbell before the merger deal closed.
Everyone has had a boss they wanted to pie in the face. But why get fired when you can do it for charity? Buckley Sandler helped raise $21,000 towards a record-breaking $1.79 million collected this year by the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' association with Luk & Partners has received official approval from The Law Society of Hong Kong, establishing the combined entity as a registered foreign law firm in Hong Kong.
International trade partner Gil Kaplan appeared for his Senate confirmation hearing as under secretary of international trade at the Department of Commerce on Thursday morning. If confirmed, he'll be the sixth lawyer to join the Trump administration from the Atlanta-based firm.
New associate hiring at the nation's largest law firms offered a rare bright spot in an otherwise ho-hum 2016 entry level legal job market, according to the latest analysis by the National Association for Law Placement.
Greg Andres, a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice, has left Davis Polk & Wardwell's New York office to become the 16th lawyer on a team led by special counsel Robert Mueller III—formerly of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr—probing potential Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Eleven years is a long time to wait for anything, but the legal team behind Los Angeles' bid for the 2028 Summer Games, which was blessed by the International Olympic Committee this week, has given every indication that it can go the distance.
The latest Big Law financial disclosure comes from Jeffrey Gerrish, the president's nominee to serve as deputy U.S. trade representative for Asia, Europe, the Middle East and industrial competitiveness.
While the ten-lawyer group respected both Chadbourne and Norton Rose Fulbright, Winston chairman Thomas Fitzgerald said, the combined firm was "inconsistent with how they had ran their practice," and the attorneys were "concerned about a number of conflicts."
A partner at Proskauer Rose told a Washington, D.C., federal court Monday that "rank-and-file" partners at her firm function as employees, not business owners, and the court should therefore reject Proskauer's bid to dismiss her $50 million gender bias lawsuit.
Two plaintiffs firms are urging New York judges to deny Reed Smith's claim to $6.75 million in attorney fees for its work as co-counsel in a securities class action, claiming the traditionally defense-side firm misled them in stating it was free from conflicts.
The Delaware Court of Chancery on Friday ruled that a top lawyer for William I. Koch will be allowed to testify on behalf of the billionaire in a bitter fight over investor rights that could determine the future of Koch's Oxbow Carbon firm.
Despite perennial complaints among associates about life in Big Law, rising paychecks, greater attention to associate satisfaction and a more cautious lateral market may be keeping young lawyers at their firms longer.
Benjamin Crump, a civil rights and personal injury lawyer known for representing the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown after their shooting deaths, has started his own nationwide law firm with offices in Washington, Los Angeles and Tallahassee, Florida.
July was a busy month for billion-dollar M&A deals, as the European market began to show signs of recovery from a Brexit-induced shock, although the ensuing transactional trauma did not prove to be as devastating as initially feared. The sales of several payment systems companies this month generated key roles for nearly a dozen large firms.
Paul Chandler's father, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor, would never have reconnected with other survivors from Nasielsk, a small town in Poland, if not for a three-minute video shot in 1938 that resurfaced in 2009. Now his son, a counsel at Mayer Brown in Chicago, is helping Nasielsk remember its history as a Jewish community.
For the first year, we have included a score for the percentage of female equity partners in the firms' overall A-List calculation. Below is a ranking of the Am Law 200 when it comes to what percentage of their equity partnership is comprised of women.
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, a firm formed in 2016 by a large group of ex-Schiff Hardin partners, has hired nearly a dozen lawyers led by Bryan Cave's Chicago managing partner Joseph McCoy and Schiff Hardin's antitrust leader and noted sports industry litigator Gregory Curtner. All but two of the firm's new hires are African American.
Pointing to the significant amount of time and money spent on the appeals process, the Pennsylvania Superior Court denied Pepper Hamilton's request to end its appeal in the defamation case that was brought, but recently discontinued, by the estate of Joe Paterno.
Baker McKenzie announced Wednesday the appointment of parental leave policy advocate Regine Corrado, a partner in its corporate and securities group, as managing partner of its office in Chicago, where the global legal giant has its roots.
Jones Day has continued building out labor and employment bench, bringing on Winston & Strawn partner Amanda Sommerfeld in Los Angeles and Dorsey & Whitney partner Joseph Hammell in Minneapolis, where Jones Day opened an office last year. The duo are the latest laterals lured to the growing legal giant’s ranks so far this year.
A massive Wells Fargo customer data breach was not the work of a hacker, but of the bank's own lawyer who failed to review an entire set of discovery documents, including information about the bank's wealthy customers, before it was shipped to a litigation adversary.
A former client of two Cozen O'Connor partners has lost his bid to disqualify the firm from representing his adversary in a construction payment dispute, based on his allegations that the firm mishandled conflicts in a lateral hire from Pepper Hamilton.
Baker Botts has recruited environmental partner Christopher Carr in San Francisco from Morrison & Foerster, where he was chair of the latter's environment and energy group and co-chair of the firm's unmanned aerial systems and drone group.
Kerrie Campbell, who was ousted from Chadbourne & Parke's partnership amid a lawsuit alleging the firm discriminated against female partners, has opened her own legal outfit, according to Washington, D.C., bar records.
Marcos Jimenez, the well-known litigator and former South Florida U.S. attorney who is representing ex-Panamanian President Ricardo Montinelli, has left McDermott Will & Emery to strike out on his own.
Former Long Island investment adviser Tibor Klein, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, was accused of using information obtained from his client and friend, former Arent Fox partner Robert Schulman, about the $3.6 billion merger of Pfizer Inc. and King Pharmaceuticals.
Barbara Klementz, managing partner of Baker McKenzie’s offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco and a regional leader of the global legal giant’s global equity services group and compensation and employment law practice, has been named its new California managing partner.
Juan Arteaga, a former associate and counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett who most recently served as a deputy assistant attorney general for civil enforcement at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., has joined Crowell & Moring as an antitrust partner in New York.
A Massachusetts appellate court ruled Friday that Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr must face allegations that it improperly helped the majority owners of a biotechnology company client freeze out the company's minority shareholders.
Krevans, the former head of Morrison & Foerster’s intellectual property practice who helped lead Apple’s ferocious legal battle with Samsung over smartphone technology, died Wednesday of cancer at age 60.
Brad Scheller usually gets to work around 7 a.m. In his New York office, the patent litigator at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo keeps a spare, stand up string bass. It's not performance-ready, but his wife wanted it out of the house.
The rhythms of university life beckoned to a pair of Big Law veterans on either coast this summer, with partners departing Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for academic positions.
The Florida-based Am Law 100 firm has welcomed aboard Mark Kalpin, co-chair of the energy and cleantech group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, as well as education and employment partner Janet Judge, who joins from her own solo shop.
The SEC wrote to Southern District Judge Valerie Caproni on Tuesday, indicating a possible deal with Dewey & LeBoeuf executive Joel Sanders, who was convicted in May of scheming to defraud investors in his former firm.
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, a plaintiffs firm that has a track record of partnering with public sector clients, earned $5.4 million for its work on behalf of Chicago in a suit looking to collect higher taxes from Expedia Inc.
Charles Miller, who practiced for 11 years at Kasowitz Benson Torres, has moved to Tarter Krinsky & Drogin, where he will lead the midsize firm's new securities and financial services litigation group.
White & Case has been fined a record £250,000 ($325,700) by the U.K.'s Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for failing to identify a conflict of interest and protect confidential financial information in a $2.6 billion dispute involving Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk.
On the heels of a bombshell report by BuzzFeed that he runs a “sex cult,” R&B icon R. Kelly has retained a longtime lawyer to deny the shocking allegations. That attorney, Chicago's Linda Mensch, joined her current firm last year after leaving Bryan Cave in the aftermath of a suit filed against her, the firm and her star client.
Kim Severson, a trusts and estates partner at Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis and head of the firm's nonprofit foundation, has been tapped to serve as chair of its policy committee. Severson is the first woman to hold the firm in the firm’s 105-year history.
Fish & Richardson and client Gilead Sciences Inc. are slated to receive nearly $14 million in legal fees after exposing patent misconduct by Merck & Co. Inc. that helped Gilead shake off a $200 million infringement verdict.
Rimon has reeled in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe commercial and intellectual property litigation partner Matthew Poppe in Palo Alto, California, and San Francisco. Poppe, who spent nearly 22 years at Orrick, is now a partner at Rimon, a small firm using part of the virtual model.
Struggling retail chains shopping for law lawyers in what might well become the year of the retail bankruptcy saw several of their ailing brethren dip into the Big Law ranks this month for a trio Chapter 11 cases. And Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, a firm not down for advising debtors, appears to have a role in one case.
The Vocke Law Group, a small financial services and insurance firm founded late last year by former General Re Corp. general counsel Damon Vocke, has made its first new additions by bringing on two lawyers for its office in Stamford, Connecticut.
The Wilmer bigwig no longer represents Jared Kushner related to ongoing Russia investigations, but she continues to advise him on ethics issues and regarding his security and financial disclosures. That too will end but it's “hard to know” when, she said.
In a significant acquisition of corporate tech attorneys, Cooley has hired four partners in New York and Washington, D.C., from rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Cooley also has plans to hire up to 20 more lawyers to support their business, which could generate millions for the firm.
The firm revealed in a filing Wednesday that it accidentally kept copies of some documents from Anthony Levandowski, who is accused of stealing over 14,000 files from Google's self-driving car division.
After nearly four years as the Federal Trade Commission's top antitrust enforcer, Debbie Feinstein is returning in September to Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, where she will lead the global antitrust group, the firm said Wednesday.
Pittsburgh's growing startup and technology scene is hardly a secret. And now it's drawing the eyes of large law firms across the United States, as they begin to notice what local firms have been tapping into for years.
Sidley Austin is stuck facing a proposed class action accusing it, along with fellow law firm Tonkon Torp and a set of accounting firms and banks, of contributing to an alleged securities fraud by now-defunct investment fund Aequitas Management LLC.
Littler Mendelson's William Emanuel, one of President Donald Trump's nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, identified 49 former clients in a financial disclosure and said he would recuse himself, for up to a year, if any of the companies appear before the agency. Emanuel and fellow NLRB nominee Marvin Kaplan are set for confirmation hearings Thursday.
Christopher Wray, the King & Spalding white-collar partner who was nominated to replace fired FBI director James Comey, reported earning $9.2 million in his partnership share from 2016 and so far this year, according to financial documents made available Monday. Wray, a King & Spalding partner for nearly 12 years in the firm's Washington and Atlanta offices, also revealed numerous big-name clients in the required disclosure, released by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. Wray is set to appear Wednesday for his confirmation hearing.
Despite early uncertainty about market volatility, global M&A activity is up 2 percent compared to last year, totaling $1.6 trillion for the first half of 2017, according to league tables released by Bloomberg LP and Thomson Reuters Corp. Skadden topped league tables when measured by number of deals by value during the first half.
Jaikaran "Jai" Singh, a former partner at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps and McKenna Long & Aldridge in San Diego, has become the latest alum of both firms to leave successor entity Dentons. Singh is now a member of the consumer law, finance and class action litigation group at Foley & Lardner.
Donald Vieira, a former chief of staff in the U.S. Department of Justice's national security division and leader of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's CFIUS and national security practice, has left the firm's office in the nation's capital for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
David Rogers, the leader of McDermott Will & Emery's employee benefits practice and a recent nominee to take over as chair of the firm, is leaving with a group of nine other lawyers to join Winston & Strawn.
The San Francisco-based Am Law 200 firm, which has been dealing with a series of lateral defections in 2017, has quietly closed an office in Austin, Texas. The move by Sedgwick comes on the heels of other office closures in South Florida and Texas.
Cross-border combinations continued to propel law firm merger activity through the second quarter of 2017 as U.S. firms continue to look outside the domestic marketplace for growth opportunities, according to reports released Wednesday by legal consultancies Altman Weil Inc. and Fairfax Associates.
Salil Gandhi, of counsel at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, is poised to join Goodwin Procter's technology companies group as a partner in New York as the latter looks to capitalize on a growing market for tech clients in the Big Apple.
A jury has awarded $180,000, including punitive damages, to a former associate of Ronald A. Blumfield P.C., who claimed the firm failed to pay him origination fees promised in his employment agreement.
The firm's proposed union with Morris Polich & Purdy will create a combined shop of nearly 450 lawyers in 16 offices stretching coast to coast. Clark Hill, which ranked No. 167 on The Am Law Second Hundred list, brought in $150.5 million in gross revenue last year.
Cozen O'Connor is accusing a partner's ex-client of using a complaint against the firm to delay a multimillion-dollar construction law arbitration, after the former client alleged that a group of lawyers handled conflicts improperly when they joined the firm from Pepper Hamilton.
The growing global legal giant has opened an office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, after absorbing a 10-lawyer local firm. Dentons also released financial results showing an increase in gross revenue for its U.K. arm in 2016-17, although partner profits fell 9 percent.
When downsizing becomes necessary, it can be an extremely difficult and emotional process. However, a messy breakup benefits no one. Law firms can instead invest the time and resources to help ensure a smooth transition for the departing attorneys and staff.
A breach of contract or dog racism? It depends on who you ask. Michelle Kelban-Carteron, co-chair of the real estate practice at Latham & Watkins, has retained a high-powered New York real estate lawyer to press the cause of her five-year-old pit bull, Luna.
The Wall Street firm has joined the growing ranks of elite law firms turning to artificial intelligence in an attempt to cut costs and improve efficiency by signing a deal with British software company Luminance, which is part-owned by Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May.
Don’t micromanage. Be accessible. Mentor your employees. After leading the Justice Department’s criminal division, Leslie Caldwell and Alice Fisher have a few words of wisdom for corporate counsel and law firm managers. Fisher is now a partner at Latham & Watkins, where Caldwell, just five months out of the Department, will join her in September. In this podcast, the National Law Journal sat down with Caldwell and Fisher to talk about management, leadership, and what to watch at DOJ under President Donald Trump.
France has long been a challenging place in which to do business. The historically left-leaning country's high taxes and tough labor laws often have made it a frustrating market for international investors—and their lawyers.
By Tina Cohen and Jennifer Henderson, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report
When a seemingly happy and successful associate announces the decision to move on, his or her firm can be left feeling shocked and confused. This article provides insight behind these moves, and what law firms can do to make their top associates want to stay.
E-discovery professionals and litigators need to think differently about digital evidence, says Scott Reents. "The bigger story is that there is all this information out there, and we're drowning in it."
A federal appeals court has cleared Mayer Brown of a proposed class action accusing the firm of negligence and malpractice over a mistake made in 2008 in connection with a $1.5 billion loan extended by JPMorgan & Co. to General Motors Corp.
Thanks to its latest combination, serial acquirer Norton Rose now has around 4,000 attorneys, a quarter of which are in the United States, as well as a network of 58 offices in 32 countries, and annual revenues of about $2 billion.
Don't want to get sued for legal malpractice? Here's one over-lawyerly solution: Don't hire laterals. A survey of malpractice insurers states that conflicts of interest, often arising from lateral recruits, is the most common reason for malpractice suits.
Labaton Sucharow has hired four new lawyers in its securities litigation practice, adding one in its New York office and three others who will beef up the firm's recently launched Washington, D.C., outpost.
Sexual assault allegations against Larry Nassar, a former team physician with the USA women's gymnastics national team and an ex-employee at Michigan State University, has created key litigation and investigatory roles for a handful of large law firms. And the billable hours are increasing.
Takata was among the clients Dechert partner Steven Bradbury, President Trump's nominee for Transportation Department general counsel, identified on his financial disclosure form. "I recognize that I am recused for my entire time as general counsel, if I am confirmed, from all aspects of Takata recalls," Bradbury said. He reported earning nearly $1.15 million from Dechert between January 2016 and May 2017.
Big employers may be feeling some relief now that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scrapped a July 1 deadline for them to submit employee illness and injury reports to an online public database that was mandated under the Obama administration.
Janet Dhillon, a veteran corporate in-house lawyer who led the legal departments at US Airways and JCPenney and now oversees Burlington Stores Inc.'s team, was picked Wednesday for a seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In a recent talk, Dhillon, who got her start at Skadden Arps, gave advice to law firms that want to do business with her company. Here are the highlights.
Tanenbaum Keale, formed five months ago when a group of Newark-based Sedgwick lawyers spun off into their own litigation firm, has done some growing since then, with four single laterals from various firms—including, of course, Sedgwick.
Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio. Believe it or not, those are some of the hottest states for law firm mergers this year. And the trend continued this week when two firms expanded in the Hoosier State.
If President Donald Trump gets to fill another U.S. Supreme Court seat, he will have an experienced hand in Kirkland & Ellis partner Beth Williams guiding any nominee through confirmation. Williams is Trump's pick to head the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy. Here are six things to know about Williams, whose nomination was considered Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
No doubt many summer associates are thoroughly enjoying their jobs this season, but for those who feel anxious about their performance or worried about the impression they've made on hiring partners, here's some help.
Tanenbaum Keale, formed five months ago when a group of Newark-based Sedgwick lawyers spun off into their own litigation firm, has done some growing since then, with four single laterals from various firms—including, of course, Sedgwick.
Kirkland & Ellis, moving quickly to build up a private equity team in its new Boston office, has hired two partners from Proskauer Rose, including a leader of Proskauer's private investment funds group.
One of the most active firms in the legal marijuana space has been Greenspoon Marder, a Florida-based shop that has opened new offices across the country within the past year to cultivate clients in a growing field. Heather Burke, a California lawyer who has written for High Times, has become the latest to join the firm.
Haley Guiliano, a boutique firm specializing in patent prosecution and other intellectual property work, will officially separate from Ropes & Gray on Aug. 1. The new firm will combine operations with Shvarts & Leiz, a small shop comprised of fellow Ropes & Gray alums, and have offices in London, New York and San Jose, California.
In an effort to reduce its real estate overhead costs and promote flexible work arrangements, Faegre Baker Daniels is downsizing in South Bend, Indiana. The firm is moving from 40,000 sq. ft. of space at a 14-story office building to a mere 551 sq. ft. at an innovation complex across the street from the University of Notre Dame.
Jared Kushner's new lawyer in Washington, D.C., Abbe Lowell, already has connections to President Donald Trump—and Russia—through his New York law firm, Chadbourne & Parke, and its international merger partner, Norton Rose Fulbright.
The firm refuted claims that it breached a lawyer's employment contract, and instead accused the lawyer of misleading the firm about his ability to find plaintiffs for a potential class action over the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan.
The fire that killed 79 people in London's Grenfell Tower was a U.K. tragedy, but it's also getting the attention of the securities plaintiffs bar in the United States. That could spell legal trouble for Arconic, the New York-based company that made the exterior paneling being blamed for the fire's ferocity—and potentially for its directors and officers.
Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata Corp. has turned to Weil, Gotshal & Manges and two other firms as it pursues a $1.6 billion sale to Key Safety Systems Inc. The proposed acquirer, advised by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is owned by China's Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp. Big legal fees loom on the horizon.
As prosecutors prepare to try former Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner Keila Ravelo for fraud this fall, they are urging a federal judge in New Jersey to bar Ravelo from attacking a potential witness, attorney Gary Friedman, and to exclude arguments that could prompt sympathy with jurors.
Barry Mandel, a retired partner at Foley & Lardner and former head of the firm’s securities enforcement and litigation practice, and Denis Salmon, a former co-chair of the intellectual property group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, are making the move to a California-based litigation financier.
As many young lawyers settled in for a summer or their first year at a large law firm, global legal giant Dentons recently cut ties with one of its Los Angeles-based associates under unusual circumstances.
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan is bringing on a four-person restructuring team. Brian Kelly, who was special counsel at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, is joining Stroock as a partner Monday, while Samantha Martin, who was an associate at Morrison & Foerster, has come aboard as special counsel.
Welcome to the 2017 NLJ 500, an annual survey that debuted nearly 40 years ago with 200 firms. In this year’s report, the number of lawyers working at the nation’s 500 largest U.S.-centric law firms in 2016 grew by about 2 percent from the previous year, to 163,700. The average lawyer count per firm bumped up slightly, to 327.
Los Angeles-based Tropio & Morlan has disbanded, with the bulk of its lawyers joining Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, while Beverly Hills-based entertainment law firm Freund & Brackey has broken up, with several of its lawyers landing at different locales.
The annual Battle of the Law Firm Bands took place in Washington, D.C., on June 22, featuring acts like the “Estoppelgangers,” “Nuclear Covfefe,” “Sutherland Comfort,” “The Perks” and “The Precedents.” Washington Wrap is a weekly roundup of Big Law and federal government hires and other Washington, D.C., legal news.
On Sunday, June 25th, Pride Month celebrations will culminate with parades across the country, from New York to San Francisco. Lawyers and staffers from many law firms will be participating in the festivities.
A Midwest experiment to provide trusts and estates legal services at a lower cost is showing signs of success. TuckerAllen, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Louis Rice, has served 1,000 families in its 10 months of existence. This week it expanded by acquiring a small, local law practice.
British comedian John Oliver has a good defense in a defamation suit filed against him and HBO, the cable network that produces “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” said Floyd Abrams, a First Amendment litigation veteran and senior partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.
Larry Waks is representing an investment group that includes George Clooney on the roughly $1 billion sale of the premier Casamigos Tequila brand to global spirits giant Diageo plc, which is being advised by Sullivan & Cromwell.
A U.S. bankruptcy judge in Chicago recently approved payments to Kirkland, Jones Day and Proskauer Rose in the Chapter 11 case of casino and hotel giant Caesars Entertainment. The bankruptcy, winding down after nearly two years of proceedings, has brought more than $125 million collectively into those three firms' coffers.
By Bruce Lithgow, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report
How Lawyers Can Maximize Job Satisfaction Multiple studies suggest that lawyers are among the least satisfied of all professionals. What many lawyers fail to realize, however, is that satisfaction is not as elusive as it seems. If you are among the majority of attorneys who fall somewhere below 85% on the satisfaction scale, you can do something about it.
After David Higbee unexpectedly resigned to join Shearman & Sterling—taking four other antitrust partners with him—Hunton & Williams named Wendell Taylor to replace him as head of its Washington office.
Abdi Shayesteh, a former King & Spalding associate who held several Big Law and in-house roles, has created an online platform called AltaClaro that links lawyers to top legal professionals that provide mentorship and counseling necessary to advance their legal careers.
Joshua Sussberg, a business finance and restructuring partner at Kirkland & Ellis in New York, is no stranger to distress. But when he was diagnosed last year with a rare form of cancer, Sussberg had a new fight on his hands, and not one easily dispatched in bankruptcy court.
Even though it could idle some lawyers, partners from Baker Botts, Jackson Walker and Haynes and Boone voiced tentative support this week for legislation that would tax carbon emissions while gutting environmental regulation.
Leslie Caldwell has become the latest former head of the U.S. Department of Justice's criminal division to join Latham & Watkins. The firm announced Wednesday that Caldwell will join its white-collar defense and investigations practice in September. The former partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius will work out of San Francisco.
Andrea Jeffries, a high-profile intellectual property and technology litigation partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Los Angeles, is headed to Jones Day. Jeffries, who spent more than six years at Wilmer, is the latest lateral recruit by Jones Day this year.
After watching a large group of lawyers decamp earlier this year, San Francisco-based Sedgwick has seen a spate of partner departures within the past month. Mintz Levin has landed two partners in Los Angeles, while Crowell & Moring and Troutman Sanders have made hires in other cities. As a result, Sedgwick has shed some staffers.
Ropes & Gray saw a pair of partners leave its headquarters in Boston this week for Am Law 100 rivals. Goodwin Procter has added real estate investments and transactions group co-head Marc Lazar, while private equity partner Jason Serlenga has joined Kirkland & Ellis’ new Boston office.
Lior Ohayon, who was co-leader of Stroock's corporate practice and chair of its private funds group, plans to join Willkie Farr & Gallagher as a partner in its asset management practice this week. The move continues a string of fund attorney exits from Stroock amid a recent leadership change.
Attorneys for Atlanta attorney Claud "Tex" McIver have accused Fulton County prosecutors of intentionally withholding exculpatory evidence generated by Atlanta police that would belie the murder charges currently pending against McIver in an emergency motion filed in Fulton County Superior Court on Monday.
A Manhattan judge has dismissed claims against Stroock & Stroock & Lavan brought by Brown Rudnick related to a legal malpractice dispute, trimming a defendant from a 5-year-old case that entangled three law firms and investment firm Stonebridge Capital.
Andrew Miller, a law student at George Washington University, defended Baker McKenzie partner John Rowley when he was assaulted last month in Washington, D.C. That heroic act helped Miller land a summer associate job at the firm this summer.
Wachtell, Weil, Sullivan & Cromwell, Paul Hastings and Latham & Watkins are advising various parties on e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc.'s $13.4 billion offer to acquire organic upscale grocery Whole Foods Markets Inc.
Two years ago, the 520-lawyer firm set out to develop a legal project management strategy. The BT ValueWorks program now includes 125 lawyers and is budgeting matters that make up 10 percent of Barnes & Thornburg's revenue. Change management is an issue all law firms face.
Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, a five-year-old boutique that continues to be flush with litigation work from the financial crisis, will double its office space when it moves into three subleased floors from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in midtown Manhattan by the end of the year.
Soupman Inc., a company that licenses the name made famous by the sitcom "Seinfeld," filed for bankruptcy on June 13 in Delaware, just weeks after its CFO was arrested for tax evasion. Polsinelli is seeking to save the debtor as it pursues a sale in Chapter 11. But some other large law firms face big writeoffs on their legal bills.
The vice president has turned to veteran litigator and McGuireWoods chairman Richard Cullen, who was once partners with James Comey, amid the special counsel investigation into President Donald Trump campaign ties to Russia.
Donald Clark Jr. led Butler Snow from the three-office, 140-lawyer regional firm it was in 2006, to a 330-lawyer international firm with offices in 24 locations. The 68-year-old has now been asked to continue his leadership of the firm until January 2020.
Diversity in the law is critical but the binding force of commonality will always be the greater strength, former Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told nearly 100 current and former Milbank summer law fellows on Wednesday.
“It’s tangible, it’s real, it’s sensitive, it’s serious and it doesn’t look like it’s going to go away any time soon,” says one law firm partner of the diplomatic crisis currently roiling the Middle East.
After 41 years at Kirkland & Ellis, James Schink left the firm's Chicago headquarters in December for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Just six months later, however, Schink has quietly returned to his longtime home, which this week saw two other litigators decamp for Latham & Watkins in New York.
Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith snagged a five-lawyer team from Locke Lord in Sacramento led by corporate partner Scott Bartel. The group helped open Locke Lord’s office in the Golden State capital in 2011.
A pair of recent lateral hires by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer have helped the Magic Circle firm swoop in for a lead role on the bankruptcy of Alitalia SpA. The ailing Italian airline sought Chapter 15 protection Monday in the Southern District of New York.
Nearly two months after voting to expel a former partner who is leading a $100 million gender bias suit against Chadbourne & Parke, the firm failed on Wednesday to escape a proposed class action alleging it's run by an " all-male dictatorship." Proskauer Rose, on the other hand, sought to dismiss a separate $50 million damages claim.
A proposed combination between Chadbourne & Parke and Norton Rose Fulbright scheduled to close sometime in the second quarter of this year is facing delays due to client conflicts. Norton Rose Fulbright, meanwhile, announced another deal this week with Australia's Henry Davis York.
Company policies such as mandatory retirement—a common practice adopted in partnership deals at major law and accounting firms—should be scrutinized as a possible violation of age discrimination laws, an AARP in-house lawyer told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday.
Addleshaw Goddard's tie-up talks with Hunton & Williams have fizzled out nearly two years after they began, with the news coming as the British firm's discussions with Germany's Luther have also come to an end.
A relative of litigation funding, litigation insurance for plaintiffs can defray the cost of an unsuccessful case. TheJudge is a British outfit launching in New York as part of its plan to bring the product across the pond to U.S. companies and law firms.
Steptoe & Johnson government contacts partner Sharon Larkin in Washington, D.C., has teamed up with Bradley Arant partner Elizabeth Ferrell to form the women-owned government contracts boutique inside the Beltway called Larkin Ferrell.
Like many big firm lawyers, Locke Lord's Martin Jaszczuk built a practice representing clients hit by a wave of telemarketing suits. Now that he’s on his own, what happens if that torrent turns back to a trickle?
More than two months after adding a high-profile technology transactions team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Silicon Valley, Hogan Lovells has recruited Weil associate Christopher Moore as a partner in the Bay Area.
Norton Rose Fulbright and Australia's Henry Davis York will combine later this year after partners at both firms voted in favor of a union. The moves comes on the heels of Norton Rose Fulbright's agreement to combine with Chadbourne & Parke and absorption of a Vancouver-based firm on Jan. 1.
Kirkland & Ellis added another key bankruptcy case to its restructuring portfolio this week as San Francisco-based children's clothing retailer The Gymboree Corp. filed for Chapter 11 protection Sunday in Richmond, Virginia. Gymboree, the latest retailer to go bust this year, has also retained Munger, Tolles & Olson and Kutak Rock.
Barclay Damon, a growing Northeast regional firm, has rolled out new initiatives for associates that range from changes to compensation and bonuses to policies geared toward child care and working from home. "It's a hit to profitability in the short term," managing partner John Langan conceded. But, he added, "It's an investment in our future."
The Am Law 200 firm has hired commercial litigation partner Adam Grant in New York, where he spent the past two years at Polsinelli, having joined that firm in May 2015 from what is now Kasowitz Benson Torres.
Chicago-based litigation financier Longford Capital Management LP has hired director Marc Carmel to bolster its restructuring operations. Carmel comes from Paul Hastings, where he was of counsel after joining that firm from Kirkland & Ellis’ partnership in 2011.
A little more than a month after touting its hire of a four-partner project finance team from Chadbourne & Parke to open new offices in Dubai and Johannesburg, Covington & Burling has completed its acquisition of a team of associates and of counsel from the firm has Chadbourne prepares to combine with Norton Rose Fulbright.
The choppy seas of the restaurant industry have swamped another eatery in Joe’s Crab Shack, whose Houston-based parent company owes nearly $220,000 to a pair of high-powered, Atlanta-based labor and employment firms. Ignite Restaurant Group Inc., owner of the popular seafood establishment and casual dining chain Brick House Tavern + Tap, filed for bankruptcy in Houston on June 6.
Susman Godfrey has a policy when it comes to contract lawyers: The high-flying litigation firm discloses to clients exactly how much the temporary attorneys cost, and that's exactly what the client pays. In other words: No surcharge.
Sullivan & Cromwell saw another of its own chosen this week to serve in the Trump administration, as partner Steven Peikin was named a co-director of enforcement for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alongside former Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Stephanie Avakian, now the division's acting director.
Fenwick & West has hired James Koenig as a partner and co-leader of its privacy and cybersecurity practice in New York. Koenig said the practice is also hiring non-lawyer privacy and security advisers, making Fenwick the latest firm to say it can offer clients much more than traditional legal advice by having a multidisciplined team.
Partners may not have wanted a Labour Government, according to our survey published yesterday, but they feared the prospect of a hung parliament even more, with more than 60% of respondents believing activity levels would fall over the next 12 months in the event of no party winning an outright majority.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges, a firm familiar with high-profile bankruptcy engagements, took on a Chapter 7 case this week for The Pearl Theatre Co., a longtime off Broadway acting troupe in New York City. But Weil also scored a more lucrative assignment for an oil services company.
Among the throngs of suits gathered to watch James Comey Jr. testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, there was a notable absence: A personal lawyer at the former FBI director's back. But partners from a pair of Am Law 100 firms are said to be counseling Comey.
Cecily Sturge, the former wife of ex-Hunton & Williams partner Scott Wolas, has been accused of lying to federal agents about his whereabouts and trying to access his law firm retirement benefits. Wolas was arrested in April and charged with perpetrating a $1.5 million real estate fraud after being a fugitive for 20 years.
After nominating real estate practice head F. Chase Simmons to succeed W. Russell Welsh as head of Polsinelli late last month, the Am Law 100 firm confirmed his ascension to its top leadership role after a partnership vote Thursday.
Facing trials in Missouri and Los Angeles, Johnson & Johnson has called on lawyers from Sidley Austin and Dechert to fight claims that prolonged use of its baby powder caused women to get ovarian cancer.
After Arabella Mansfield took and passed the Iowa bar exam in 1869, she challenged the state law excluding her, in the process becoming the first female lawyer in the U.S. Nearly 150 years later, Mansfield is lending her name to a new rule aimed at closing the gaps between women and minorities in leadership roles in Big Law.
White & Case is bulking up its restructuring practice, adding partners Philip Abelson from Proskauer Rose and David Turetsky from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, amid increasing work in cross-border restructuring and junior creditor representation.
On the same day that King & Spalding partner Christopher Wray was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the next FBI director, the firm recruited a pair of Ropes & Gray finance partners for its London office.
Two months after longtime Fish & Richardson litigator Kathi Vidal took off to lead Winston & Strawn's Silicon Valley office, patent litigation partner Michael Rueckheim has followed her to the firm, along with two associates.
Kirtee Kapoor, head of the India practice at Davis Polk & Wardwell and a partner at the firm in Menlo Park, California, died Monday morning after being struck by a train at a crossing in nearby Atherton.
A Fulton County assistant district attorney argued Tuesday that the former Fisher & Phillips law partner facing murder charges in the shooting death of his wife should not be released on bond because he was attempting to influence witnesses and prominent public officials—foremost among them a Fulton County judge.
Sideman & Bancroft partner David Fermino has joined Kasowitz Benson Torres' white-collar defense and investigations practice in the Bay Area. The move comes two weeks after the New York-based firm's founding partner, Marc Kasowitz, was hired to lead President Donald Trump's personal legal team.
The firm has brought on Venable's Don Andrews as a partner in New York and leader of its new global risk and compliance practice, while also recruiting Morrison & Foerster partners William Veatch and Catherine Hagerty in San Francisco.
While one current partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz made headlines Monday over his dismay at President Donald Trump, another lawyer who made partner at the firm nearly a decade ago has quietly left Wachtell's exclusive ranks.
Soon after President Donald Trump appeared to undercut the legal defense of his own immigration orders on Monday, he earned a rare Tweet from none other than George Conway III of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
Tina Tchen, a former partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher Flom, talks about firms losing talented women, how hard it was keeping her nose out of White House litigation, and if she'd ever go back to billable-hour life.
You are a partner in a law firm and you have decided to make a lateral move. You want it to be the right move to a better platform. Where do you start and how do you maximize the likelihood of a successful outcome? The more you are prepared to answer and ask questions, the greater the likelihood this next move will be an optimal one for you and the firm you are joining.
Kirkland & Ellis, which has been busy this year on the transactional and bankruptcy fronts, has picked up M&A roles for one of the world’s largest farm equipment manufacturers and one of its many private equity clients.
The firm's high-powered bankruptcy practice has picked up two more notable Chapter 11 cases. Kirkland & Ellis is serving as lead counsel to teen fashion retailer Rue21 Inc. and 21st Century Oncology Inc., as well as energy industry manufacturer AFGlobal Corp., in their recent bankruptcy filings.
DLA Piper has hired Michael Silva, a former in-house lawyer at GE Capital Corp. and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, as a government affairs partner and chair of its financial services regulatory subgroup in New York.
Cozen O’Connor is facing allegations that it failed to properly handle conflicts in a multimillion-dollar construction law arbitration after hiring a group of construction lawyers from Pepper Hamilton.
Netflix's rise as a major buyer and distributor of content is changing the way films are financed in Hollywood, resulting in some high-dollar work for Tinseltown's deal lawyers—but less of it to go around.
Qualmet is banking on the idea that clients will pay to compare notes on working with different law firms, and that the law firms will pay to learn from those ratings. But firms may need a harder sell.
The global labor and employment giant, which became a Swiss verein in 2013 after expanding into Central America, has hired partner Yeris Nielsen to helm its office in Panama City. Three partners at Littler Mendelson recently left its base in the city to join a leading Panamanian firm.
President Donald Trump's Illinois finance chairman and his family owe $5.7 million in unpaid legal fees to Nixon Peabody related to a 95-day trial in 2014, a Cook County Circuit Court judge ruled Wednesday.
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and British firm Bond Dickinson will join forces without combining their finances, adopting a model similar to what Eversheds and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan just formalized.
Ex-Jones Day lawyers in the Trump White House received a blanket waiver clearing them of ethical conflicts, according to new disclosures. At least 11 other individuals in the White House, plus nearly all employees on the president's executive staff, are now allowed to take up some matters they may have worked on in prior jobs.
Tony Nasharr was a Big Law novice when his six-lawyer boutique was absorbed into Polsinelli in 2006. But he proved a quick study as Chicago managing partner, growing the firm's office into nearly 100 lawyers. As Nasharr prepares to step down, The American Lawyer caught up with him to discuss what he's learned in the Big Law trenches.
Kirkland & Ellis has brought back former senior litigation partner Stephen Patton as of counsel in Chicago, where since 2011 he has served in the $174,000-per-year role of corporation counsel for the Windy City.
Reed Smith has brought on two lawyers from Dentons to lead a new practice area in aviation and aerospace finance and commercial space business, extending a string of recent lateral moves in aviation law.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, which acquired a Southern California-based IP boutique last year, has recruited IP litigation partners Terry Ahearn and Stuart Bartow from McDermott Will & Emery and Paul Hastings, respectively, to serve as co-managing partners of its office in Menlo Park, California.
The National Football League Players Association's annual LM-2 filing shows that the labor union representing NFL players paid out sizeable sums within the past year to lawyers from Baker & Hostetler; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Winston & Strawn. Another legal battle with the league potentially looms on the horizon.
Jenner & Block, having just recruited Akin Gump's energy regulatory co-chair Suedeen Kelly, is building out a new practice group after adding two more lawyers with experience at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The move marks Jenner & Block's third new practice area in almost as many months.
Some dads say they're getting more support from their colleagues to take time off. They're also benefiting from an increasing base of other dads at their firms who have forged a path to make paternity leave more mainstream.
Clients are clamoring for legal solutions that are better, faster and less expensive. And in many corners of the profession, we already have the personnel, technology and know-how to make this happen. Missing, however, are business models that will reliably reward lawyers and their organizations for quantum leaps in legal productivity.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Kirkland & Ellis and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison grabbed key roles on the $14 billion merger between chemical giants Huntsman Corp. and Clariant AG, as well as another $2.36 billion deal that will create the nation's sixth-largest Internet and cable operator.
Four years after considering a potential U.S. Senate bid, former longtime Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe leader Ralph Baxter Jr. is pondering running on the Democratic ticket for a West Virginia seat in Congress, according to a newspaper report from his home state.
Matthew Parrott, head of the New York real estate and distressed debt litigation group at Katten Muchin Rosenman, has joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson as a partner in Manhattan. Fried Frank, riding high from a successful financial year in 2016, has been busy on the lateral recruitment front in 2017.
No cause of death has been determined for Beranton Whisenant Jr., a major crimes prosecutor with the U.S. attorney's office in Miami. The body of Whisenant, who left Foley & Mansfield for public service in January, was found this week on a beach in Hollywood, Florida.
It looks like Marc Kasowitz will go down in history as President Donald Trump's lawyer. But while America is just getting to know him, the same can't be said for his fellow elite litigators, especially in New York.
McCarthy Tétrault has opened an office in New York after recruiting corporate partner Mark Adkins from Canadian rival Blake, Cassels & Graydon. Adkins will serve as his new firm's New York managing partner.
Dentons is set to launch in Peru through a proposed combination with 20-lawyer local firm Gallo Barrios Pickmann. The move comes as the global legal giant slashed five lawyers from its office in Watford, England, one that Dentons picked up last year after absorbing the bulk of Matthew Arnold & Baldwin.
In a characteristically unorthodox move, the president is reportedly poised to tap commercial litigator Marc Kasowitz to lead his personal legal team amid probes into his campaign's alleged contacts with Russia.
Morrison & Foerster has hired a six-lawyer IP litigation team in Silicon Valley from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati led by partners Stefani Schanberg and Jennifer Schmidt, of counsel Robin Brewer and three associates.
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said in court papers filed Monday that he had no hand in crafting controversial executive orders from the Trump administration banning travel from Muslim-majority countries and that he has not served on a commission related to such orders.
Companies in the U.S. spend 166 percent more on legal services per dollar of revenue compared to companies in other parts of the world, findings from U.K.-based market research company Acritas Research Ltd. show.
Mlegal Consulting Inc., a legal search firm founded in San Francisco, has bolted on Innocenti Partners LLC, a solo shop created last year by former Major, Lindsey & Africa practice leader Natasha Innocenti, and picked up three more employees in the Bay Area.
Justin Theroux, the star of HBO's "The Leftovers" and son of a longtime Baker McKenzie lawyer, has accused his downstairs neighbor of waging a scorched-earth campaign to bully and intimidate him after Theroux began renovating the New York apartment where he sometimes lives with wife Jennifer Aniston.
Todd Jacobs, a former managing partner and member of the executive committee at Grippo & Elden, a Chicago-based complex commercial litigation boutique that merged with Shook, Hardy & Bacon in early 2015, is opening a Windy City office for Iowa-based Bradley & Riley.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has hired David Blass, a former associate general counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission who spent nearly the past three years as general counsel for the Investment Company Institute, as an investment funds partner in Washington, D.C.
Regardless of their political leanings, many law firm leaders were cautiously optimistic after Donald Trump's election. They hoped he might boost business—and demand for legal services—with his agenda of tax reform, looser bank regulations and infrastructure investment. But with the fledgling administration already mired in investigations, the enthusiasm is waning amid some firm leaders.
The global legal giant is advising St. Louis-based manufacturer Katy Industries Inc. on its Chapter 11 filing this week, as well as the California-based subsidiary of a German search optimization company in its bankruptcy case, one that has DLA Piper owed more than $1 million in fees.
The rapid recruitment effort embarked on by Jenner & Block this year continued Friday as the firm added Suedeen Kelly, co-chair of the energy regulatory, markets and enforcement practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, as a partner in Washington, D.C.
Shearman & Sterling antitrust partners Stephen Mavroghenis and Miguel Rato, courted last year by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, have joined the firm’s Brussels office. Both lawyers re-unite with former colleague Trevor Soames, who Quinn Emanuel hired in December.
Meredith Jones-McKeown, co-managing partner of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton's San Francisco office and co-chair of the firm’s construction practice, has joined Perkins Coie’s commercial litigation and construction practices as a partner. Both firms have been active in the lateral market so far this year.
Florida-based Am Law 200 firm Shutts & Bowen and Miami partner Kevin Cowan settled an antitrust lawsuit in a case that also raised allegations of wrongdoing against Hinshaw & Culbertson Coral Gables partner Steven Carlyle Cronig.
The market for large firm lateral partners moves quickly these days. For three new hires announced this week by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, it was yet another business card change in an effort to find the right fit.
Big Law has a major gender equality problem, according to David Sanford, the chairman of Sanford Heisler Sharp, who is the lead lawyer in a trio of high-profile gender discrimination cases brought by female partners at Am Law 200 firms.
Wilson Elsker Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker has welcomed alternative investments and EB-5 expert Robert Cornish Jr. as of counsel in Washington, D.C. The Big Law lateral brings some serious barbecue bonafides to his new firm.
Robert Mueller III, a former FBI director who joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in 2014, is leaving his perch in private practice and stepping back into law enforcement. Mueller will take on the weighty and politically precarious role of special counsel investigating Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
A pair of recent filings in U.S. litigation over alleged foreign exchange rate manipulation has revealed a dispute that pits Quinn Emanuel against Hausfeld and Scott + Scott. The dispute, which revolves around foreign exchange rate antitrust litigation, takes on added import because all three firms are eyeing key roles in similar litigation overseas.
Did the president expose himself to obstruction of justice charges in the unfolding scandal involving James Comey? If anyone has an opinion on that burning question, it's the country's pool of former federal prosecutors. But not all of them are willing to share it.
John Mowbray, a well-connected, second-generation Nevada lawyer, is opening an office in Las Vegas for a Midwestern firm on a growth kick. A longtime lawyer to Liberace, Mowbray is also responsible for state bar rules that once barred out-of-state firm from setting up shop in Nevada.
Richard Hsu, global head of IP transactions at Shearman & Sterling and co-chair of the firm's privacy and data protection team, has joined Major, Lindsey & Africa as a managing director in San Francisco. The Silicon Valley-based lawyer is also a popular podcaster.
There's a certain schadenfreude in seeing a global law firm with more than $1 billion in annual revenue taken down a peg by a judge in Des Moines. But the episode also raises concerns for lawyers who say it demonstrates a risk high-priced coastal law firms face when they go to court in smaller markets and could make Big Law practitioners wary of practicing in smaller cities.
Convicted felon Tarra Simmons, who was recently awarded a fellowship from a nonprofit foundation affiliated with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, saw her quest to practice law recently hit a hurdle when the Washington State Bar Association’s character and fitness board recommended against admitting her to the bar.
Court of Appeals Judge Michael Garcia, a former federal prosecutor who spent years in private practice at large firms, was among several candidates interviewed over the weekend by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to replace James Comey, whom President Donald Trump fired on May 9.
Amid a massive, worldwide ransomware attack, a leading firm in Rhode Island has sued its insurer over a similar cyber assault that it claims cost it $700,000 in lost billings. Providence-based Moses Afonso Ryan is representing itself in a suit filed last week against Sentinel Insurance Co.
Having recently closed three small offices, global legal giant DLA Piper is widening its network in Africa by inking an alliance deal with Lagos, Nigeria-based Olajide Oyewole, which was founded in 1965 and focuses on corporate and commercial law. The Nigerian firm has eight partners.
The Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm has hired two federal prosecutors in as many months as the firm drops the "white-collar defense" tag for its well-known investigations practice. The most recent is Brandon Fox, chief of the public corruption and civil rights section at the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.
The firm has hired Andrew Richards, a fishery industry veteran and former deckhand on commercial salmon trollers. Richards recently shuttered his own Seattle-based shop, Sullivan & Richards, which represented a wide variety of clients in the commercial fishing space.
Washington corporate defense lawyer Alice Fisher interviewed on Saturday to be the next FBI Director, after the agency was shocked by the firing of James Comey last week. Fisher's among the reported top contenders. The National Law Journal has done comprehensive coverage of Fisher, the former Bush-era Criminal Division chief-turned law firm leader, over the years, since she's been a major name in public service at the U.S. Justice Department and private practice at Latham & Watkins. Here are some highlights of Fisher's career.
In the largest U.S. bank failure since 2010, New Orleans-based First NBC Bank Holding Co. filed for Chapter 11 protection in its home city Thursday. The bank, which went public in 2013, saw two top Am Law 100 firms listed among its 20 largest unsecured creditors.
Larry Popofsky, a former head of Heller Ehrman who argued a 1977 U.S. Supreme Court case that shifted the course of antitrust law, died on May 9. Popofsky, senior counsel at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco, leaves behind an antitrust legacy that includes his son, Mark Popofsky, chair of Ropes & Gray’s antitrust group.
According to new jobs data released Thursday by the American Bar Association, 78.6 percent of 2016 law graduates had secured jobs that either require a law degree or for which a law degree is an advantage within 10 months of leaving campus. That’s up more than 2 percent from the previous year.
Monday marked Kristina Maynard's first day back at the office in six years. Her children—ages 9, 12 and 13—wanted to commemorate the moment as she had done for them every first day of school. The American Lawyer caught up with Maynard to discuss her decision to come back to Big Law.
Walter "Chet" Little, who left Foley & Lardner last summer to join the Tampa office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, has been hit with criminal insider trading charges by federal prosecutors in New York. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has also filed a parallel civil case against Little and a co-defendant.
O’Malley Miller, a senior partner and former head of real estate at Munger, Tolles & Olson, has joined the real estate development group of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, as a partner in Los Angeles. The move is a reunion for Miller, who previously worked at Allen Matkins two decades ago.
A former client has sued Greenberg Traurig alleging the firm switched sides and used its knowledge of privileged intellectual property information from previous patent work to attempt to invalidate a patent for a new client's benefit.
Nearly two months after German law enforcement authorities raided Jones Day's Munich office as part of an investigation into Volkswagen AG, a local court has tossed a complaint by the firm about government efforts to obtain materials on its embattled client.
Fox Rothschild has hired entertainment lawyer Marc Simon from New York’s Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard. Simon once produced a documentary called "Unraveled" about Marc Dreier, the disgraced litigator currently serving a 20-year federal prison sentence for fraud.
The hire of Christopher Johnson and Zachary Mazin continues McKool Smith's expansion in New York, currently its largest office, and will bolster McKool Smith's financial litigation group, the firm said.
For those who appreciate verisimilitude in their cable TV dramas, a highlight of this week's "Billions" season finale on Showtime came when a young prosecutor told her boss, a fictional U.S. attorney, that she was leaving for a real-life law firm. The show smartly name-dropped Sullivan & Cromwell—the place to be for upwardly mobile securities fraud experts looking to trade a government paycheck for something much, much more lucrative.
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Sean Lacey, co-leader of the alternative capital group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, has become the latest partner to leave the lockstep Magic Circle firm for potential riches at Kirkland & Ellis.
King & Wood Mallesons has appointed Sue Kench, chief executive partner of its Australian arm, as its new global managing partner. Kench succeeds Stuart Fuller, who relinquished the role at the height of problems with the firm's embattled European affiliate late last year.
The global legal giant, having recently announced agreements with firms in Costa Rica, Hawaii and the Netherlands, now plans to form an alliance with the Brazilian firm Vella Pugliese Buosi Guidoni in São Paulo.
Citing his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey. His actions may weigh heavy on his future employment prospects, as big law firms may be wary of questions that would accompany his hiring. Still, as a prominent attorney with high-level experience in government and business, he may find a home at a law firm, as some other former FBI directors have.
Looking back on the twisting path that led to Tuesday's verdict, some white-collar lawyers said the New York County District Attorney's Office played it much smarter in the case's second act,
DA's office played it much smarter in the case's second act, while others continued to question the prosecutors' approach.
Irell & Manella has brought back former associate Jason Linder, most recently a senior trial attorney with the criminal division of the Justice Department’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit in Washington, D.C., as a partner and head of its global investigations and anticorruption practice.
A New York jury on Monday delivered a mixed verdict in the criminal case against two former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives, finding former CFO Joel Sanders guilty of scheme to defraud, securities fraud and conspiracy, while clearing former executive director Stephen DiCarmine on the same charges.
California’s Legislature has extended by four weeks its contract with Covington & Burling for guidance on challenging Trump administration policies. A spokesman for Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, confirmed on Monday that the $25,000-a-month contract, initially signed in January, will now run through the end of May.
Peter Fusco, a partner at Lowenstein Sandler and co-chair of the firm’s Brooklyn Entrepreneurship Center, is poised to join Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as a leader of its technology companies practice in New York. Orrick is the latest Am Law 100 firm to ramp up its tech industry expertise in the city.
"You get to a point where you start to appreciate another side to life," said Jeffrey Pagano, until recently a partner at Crowell & Moring. "I'd always considered myself a 2,500- to 3,000-hour [a year] type guy. I wanted to continue on—but at what price?"
CIO Ralph Sutton, who has led the company's U.S. operations since 2011, said in an interview Friday that he plans to start a new litigation finance venture. "It is with mixed feelings that I leave that team," he said.
Catharina Min, vice chair of Reed Smith's business and finance department and a former managing partner of the firm’s office in Palo Alto, California, has joined Covington & Burling as a technology M&A partner in nearby Redwood Shores.
New Jersey-based Carroll, McNulty & Kull is merging with international insurance law firm Kennedys, leaders of both firms announced Thursday. The combination will form a nearly 1,000-lawyer firm that specializes in advising the insurance industry.
Neil Sacker, a former in-house lawyer at Miramax Films and Warner Brothers Studios who joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan's Los Angeles office last year, has decamped for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
In a move that could dwarf the massive municipal bankruptcy of Detroit, Puerto Rico indicated Wednesday that it would begin a bankruptcy-type process to restructure $70 billion in debt. Proskauer Rose, Quinn Emanuel, Kirkland & Ellis, Dentons and Cleary Gottlieb have been involved in the island's mounting debt crisis in recent years.
That's according to an ethics disclosure form Steven Engel filed in March, which, along with an ethics pledge, outlines Engel's possible conflicts of interest if confirmed as assistant attorney general at the Office of Legal Counsel.
Partner Robert Crowe agreed to pay a little less then $95,000 to resolve allegations that he played a role in a political corruption scheme aimed at helping State Street Bank and Trust Co. secure public pension contracts in Ohio.
In what may be the first public announcement of a litigation funder investing in a law firm’s portfolio of contingent fee cases, Los Angeles-based litigation upstart Pierce Sergenian has unveiled a tie-up with Arizona’s Pravati Capital.
Finn Zeidler, a dispute resolution and white-collar defense expert at Latham & Watkins in Frankfurt, has left the firm to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new office in the German financial services center.
Brent McIntosh, the Sullivan & Cromwell partner nominated to be general counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department, reported earning nearly $2.9 million in income from the firm last year, according to his financial disclosure on file at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.
Eric Cowan, a former managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs' New York office who has been a partner at several other large firms, including the now-defunct Thelen and Dewey & LeBoeuf, is headed to McGuireWoods to head the firm's global media and entertainment practice. He has some thoughts about his former firm's demise.
Therese Doherty, head of the securities, futures and derivatives litigation practice at Herrick, Feinstein in New York, is headed to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. The move to Mintz Levin, where Doherty will re-join a former senior Herrick colleague, comes a month after the firm ended merger talks with Crowell & Moring.
John Dedyo, a longtime partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, has joined Hunton & Williams as a partner in the firm's finance and securitization practice. Dedyo is the latest lateral recruit by Hunton & Williams so far this year.
Noel Francisco, still awaiting a hearing on his nomination as U.S. solicitor general, has promised to divest his interests in technology, financial and pharmaceutical companies—including Apple Inc., Vanguard Financials and Merck & Co.—if he wins Senate confirmation. In his financial disclosure form, the former Jones Day partner reported $4.6M in his partnership share plus earnings supplement.
Even if you follow the law and all the internal protocols your firm has in place, you may still find that clients and the public view your actions negatively. In situations where you believe you are in the right, the instinct is not to apologize. Here is how to correctly handle a high-profile PR crisis.
An Australian court has approved a settlement in a dispute between Herbert Smith Freehills and eight of its former partners who sought to leave the firm last year to launch an Australia practice for White & Case.
Chad Young, a promising young member of the Axeon Hagens Berman professional cycling team, died Friday in Tucson, Arizona, after a crash in the Tour of the Gila. Young, 21, was the first American cyclist to die in an event in nearly two decades.
James Woolery, a former investment banker, hedge fund executive and M&A partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore who for a brief time worked at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has joined King & Spalding in New York. While it's the fourth job for Woolery in six years, the Kentucky native claims he's finally found a long-term home.
Kara Brockmeyer, former chief of the SEC Enforcement Division's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit, is joining Debevoise & Plimpton's Washington, D.C., office as a partner and member of the white-collar and regulatory defense and the strategic crisis response and solutions groups, the firm announced Monday.
High-speed electronic trader Virtu Financial Inc. turned to Paul Weiss to handle its $1.4 billion acquisition of rival KCG Holdings. The transaction has yielded roles for a half-dozen other Am Law 100 firms, including one firm firm trying to help retired New York Yankees star and ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush buy the Miami Marlins.
A prosecutor in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal case spent his second day of closing arguments walking jurors through a series of allegedly improper accounting adjustments that he said the now-defunct firm's finance department made between 2008 and 2012.
Former commissioner for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Julie Brill will be deputy general counsel and report directly to Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith. Brill joins the company after roughly a year with Hogan Lovells.
Sidley Austin real estate partner M. Scott Cooper and counsel Daniel Liffmann in Los Angeles became the latest lawyers to leave the firm this year in Los Angeles—Sidley has two offices in the city—as they both joined Mayer Brown as partners.
Rod Rosenstein has his work cut out for him now that he’s officially U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ right-hand man. Attorneys are looking to Rosenstein, a lifelong public servant, to bring a dose of stability to the U.S. Department of Justice after the U.S. Senate confirmed him as the deputy attorney general.
Familiar with crises involving President Donald Trump, former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Jo White is being tapped by Debevoise & Plimpton to be the first person to ring when a Tweet or viral video causes corporate chaos.
McDermott Will & Emery has hired corporate partners Ivan Presant and Jeffrey Meyers in New York from Greenberg Traurig and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, respectively. Meyers chaired Stroock’s energy and project finance practice after joining the firm in 2009 from Dewey & LeBoeuf, a firm that Presant fled in early 2012.
This chart maps year-over-year changes in revenue per lawyer and profits per partner for every firm in The Am Law 100. Baker Botts, Crowell & Moring, and Nelson Mullins saw the biggest increases in both RPL and PPP last year.
London-based legal giant Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired three restructuring partners in New York from newly-merged Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. The Magic Circle firm began ramping up its operations in Manhattan two years ago.
A four-partner team from Chadbourne & Parke is leaving the firm's offices in three cities—Dubai, Johannesburg and London—for Covington & Burling. The move comes ahead of Chadbourne's planned combination with Norton Rose Fulbright.
Terrence Allen, who joined Pepper Hamilton’s Los Angeles office a year ago, is on the move again to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in nearby Orange County. Allen is the latest Pepper Hamilton partner to leave the firm so far this year.
This metric, introduced in 1985, seeks to demonstrate which firms best balance leverage and profit margin for the highest possible profits per partner. We calculate the profitability index by dividing profits per partner by revenue per lawyer.
Average Compensation-All Partners rose by 1.6 percent in 2016, compared with an increase of 3.7 percent in 2015. Seventy-one firms posted increases, compared with 70 the previous year. Fifteen firms posted double-digit gains, while six posted double-digit losses.
Our value per lawyer metric demonstrates how much, on average, each of a firm’s lawyers contributes to total partner compensation. On average, value per lawyer for the Am Law 100 increased 2.4 percent, down from 3.3 percent in 2015. A firm’s VPL is its compensation-all partners divided by its lawyer count. We express it two ways: as a dollar amount and as the number of lawyers needed to generate $10 million in partner compensation.
The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on a potential $1.3 billion sale of Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins to an ownership group fronted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and ex-New York Yankees star Derek Jeter.
A lawyer for former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine on Tuesday sought to inject doubt in the minds of jurors nearing a potential verdict in the long-running criminal case over the firm's demise.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are advising on a proposed $24 billion deal that will see Becton, Dickinson & Co. acquire medical device manufacturing rival C.R. Bard Inc. Skadden and Wachtell also advised on another $6.1 billion deal involving Cardinal Health Inc.
Sullivan & Cromwell snags Adam Szubin, a former acting under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department, as of counsel for its financial services group in Washington, D.C. Szubin was a key architect of the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran.