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Trump and His Lawyers: Threats vs. Reality

By Steven J. Harper |

Is Donald Trump holding his attorneys back, or is it the other way around?

Norton Rose Fulbright Chief Targets Strategy Shift

By Anna Ward |

Peter Martyr, CEO of the London-based legal giant, said he's on a mission to transform how staff and lawyers work, putting flexibility at the heart of a plan to drive global efficiency and transform the business.

Lisa Ferri.

Panel Urges Big Reforms to Boost Law Firm Diversity

By Nell Gluckman |

Speakers at an event hosted by Mayer Brown in New York said that structural changes are needed to bring more women and minorities into positions of power.

David Frederick, left, and Stephen Tillery, right.

US Agency Paid Two Firms Over $1 Billion in Battle With Banks

By Scott Flaherty |

Kellogg Huber and Korein Tillery earned more than $1 billion in contingency fees for leadling the National Credit Union Administration's legal fight with big banks.

George Town, Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands

Holland & Knight Takes Lead in Cayman Fund’s Bankruptcy

By Meghan Tribe |

Two Cayman Islands-based funds controlled by Platinum Partners, a hedge fund caught up in a federal fraud probe, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday in Manhattan.

Cooley Comes Up Empty in Two Bankruptcy Cases

By Brian Baxter |

The Am Law 100 firm is owed a collective $1.57 million in fees from Implant Sciences Corp. and Sotera Wireless Inc., two companies that recently filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware and San Diego, respectively. A handful of other firms are also owed money by the debtors.

Jaroslawa Z. Johnson.

Ex-Chadbourne Partner Discusses Decision to Join Gender Bias Suit

By Brian Baxter |

Jaroslawa Zelinsky Johnson, a former managing partner of Chadbourne & Parke’s defunct Kiev office, is the second named plaintiff to come forward in a $100 million gender bias suit against the firm.

Zurich Switzerland.

Baker & McKenzie Bags 10-Lawyer Swiss Team

By Meghan Tribe |

Baker & McKenzie, which has had a presence in Switzerland for more than 50 years, has hired a 10-lawyer team from local firm Froriep to bolster its presence in the country's financial services center of Zurich.

As Rates Soar, Some Firms Profit by Coming Down to Earth

By Nell Gluckman |

A new report suggests that clients rewarded firms that took a less aggressive approach to billing rate hikes.

Eric A. Seeger. Handout photo. 2/2012

Could Fourth Quarter Usher in a Spate of Big Firm Combinations?

By Nell Gluckman |

Within the past week, at least four large firm mergers were announced, suggesting that the fourth quarter could see an uptick in activity after a slow third quarter.

Donald Mrozek

New Hinshaw Practice Aimed at Advising Other Law Firm Leaders

By Roy Strom |

The former leader of Hinshaw & Culbertson has taken his years in management coupled with the firm's legal work on behalf of law firms to form a law firm consulting practice. Dewey & LeBoeuf's former general counsel, who joined Hinshaw last year, is part of the group.

Paris, France.

Littler Doubles Down on Europe With 170-Lawyer French Merger

By Chris Johnson |

Almost exactly a year after establishing its first presence outside the Americas with a German merger, Littler has expanded its European footprint by combining with 170-lawyer French firm Fromont Briens.

Deal Watch: All About Energy and a Sanction-Free Sale

By Meghan Tribe |

Energy company acquisitions dominated the billion-dollar transactional tables last week and a big deal announced over the weekend—one specifically structured to avoid Western sanctions—has yielded roles for a half-dozen firms from the U.K. and India.

Canadian Lawyer, Ex-Alberta Premier Killed in Plane Crash

By Brian Baxter |

Jim Prentice, a well-respected lawyer who worked at Canada's Fraser Milner Casgrain and once served as Alberta's premier, died at 60 on Oct. 13 with three other people in a plane crash in British Columbia. Prentice was once called "the chief operating officer" of Canada by the country's former prime minister.

As Trump's Troubles Pile Up, Lawyers Line Up

By Brian Baxter |

Marvin Putnam and Marshall Grossman, two lateral hires by Latham & Watkins and Orrick, respectively, are the latest lawyers to represent clients caught up in the traveling circus that has become Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Gibson Dunn's Ted Boutrous Jr. and Beverly Hills litigator Charles Harder have also entered the mix.

Creighton Condon.

Shearman Gambles on Wall Street Rarity: Nonequity Partners

By Susan Beck |

Shearman & Sterling's move to expand its nonequity tier will likely increase the firm's profitability, at the least in the short term. But it also carries risks.

New York Skyline

Sheppard Mullin Snags Sichenzia Ross Founding Partner

By Brian Baxter |

Richard Friedman, the former head of New York's Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference, has left the firm he co-founded in 1988 to join Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Three other partners are also making the move.

Ex-Chadbourne Partner Seeks to Join Campbell's Gender Bias Suit

By Brian Baxter |

Jaroslawa Zelinsky Johnson, a former managing partner of Chadbourne & Parke's now-defunct Kiev office, has filed papers with a federal court in New York seeking to join a putative class action against her former firm filed in late August by current litigation partner Kerrie Campbell.

Leslie Richards-Yellen, left, and Kathy Bowman-Williams, right.

Three Big Firms Hire New Diversity Officers

By Nell Gluckman |

Reed Smith, Hogan Lovells and Day Pitney each announced this week hires into positions designed to promote diversity within their firms.

Akerman Adds Ex-ACLU Lawyer, OnRamp Fellowship Recruit

By Meghan Tribe |

Sara Mandelbaum, a former staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union and Paul Weiss, has joined Akerman’s litigation group in New York. She is the Am Law 200 firm’s first hire from the OnRamp Fellowship, a program started in 2014 that seeks to bring women back into the workforce.

Brussels Antitrust Pro Leaves Shearman to Start Boutique

By Nell Gluckman |

Trevor Soames, a former global antitrust co-chair at Howrey who joined Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels office with four other partners in 2011, has left the firm to start his own boutique. His departure marks the latest European exit from the storied New York firm, although two other Brussels-based partners will remain at Shearman.


Magic Circle Lawyering Comes to Naught as UK IPO Pulled Due to Post-Brexit Volatility

By Chris Johnson |

Lawyering by magic circle firms came to naught as the U.K.'s largest private gym chain canceled its planned IPO due to concerns over market volatility.

The Churn

Ashurst Partners Do About-Face, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Paul Hastings and Gibson Dunn see two purported recruits remain at a London-based legal giant; a bevy of moves at Chadbourne & Parke, Jones Day and Quinn Emanuel; Munger Tolles makes two high-profile hires; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Where Are the Women and Minorities in Global Dispute Resolution?

By Christine Simmons |

Serving on international ADR panels is nice work if you can get it. But those selected as judges are almost always men, predominantly white and disproportionately from wealthy nations.

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Deal Watch: White & Case Tops Tables as M&A Volume Plunges

By Brian Baxter |

League table rankings for the third quarter of 2016 show global transactional volume reaching its lowest levels in three years in Brexit's aftermath.

In Changing Legal Market, Big Firm Model Faces Questions

By Meghan Tribe |

Panelists at a law firm leadership forum debated the structural merits of today’s global legal giants.

John Gleeson

Wachtell Turns to Former Judge to Fend Off Icahn Malpractice Suit

By Susan Beck |

John Gleeson, who left the Eastern District of New York to join Debevoise & Plimpton earlier this year, appeared before a New York appellate court this week to defend Wachtell against an Icahn-controlled company's malpractice claims.

Jobs Report Shows Small Gains for Legal Sector

By David Bario |

Legal sector jobs ticked up ever-so-slightly in September, regaining lost ground from the prior month but still lagging behind a five-year high water mark set in 2013

Jami WIntz McKeon

Looking for the Perfect Law Firm Business Model? Good Luck

By Nell Gluckman |

Panelists at a law firm leadership forum offered conflicting visions of how to conquer current market challenges.

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Squire Patton Boggs Public Interest Fellowship Goes Abroad

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm's program, which funds internships at government agencies and nonprofits, is now open to students at law schools outside the U.S.

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ROSS Intelligence Lands Another Law Firm Client

By Brian Baxter |

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice has become the latest large law firm to ink an agreement to use artificial intelligence platform ROSS Intelligence, which earlier this year signed on its first law firm clients.

<b>COURTSIDE:</b> Michele Roberts this year left behind Big Law—she was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington—to lead the National Basketball Players Association.

Winston, Orrick Reprise Roles as Top Firms for NBA Players

By Brian Baxter |

The National Basketball Players Association, now under the leadership of former Skadden litigation partner Michele Roberts, recently filed its annual report with the U.S. Department of Labor. The union spent more than $1.8 million on legal fees to 14 firms in 2015-16.

The Churn

Southern Firms Seek New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Baker Donelson and Maynard, Cooper & Gale set up shop in new cities; Crowell & Moring sees two practice leaders depart; more exits at Cadwalader; McGuireWoods expands in San Francisco; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

White House

Op-Ed: It's Time for Candidates to Address the Justice Gap

By Martha Bergmark |

They debate everything—except for the crisis in legal aid.

Robert McDonnell. July 9, 2013.

Florida Biopharma's Bankruptcy Leaves Big Firms Holding Bag

By Brian Baxter |

Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals filed for bankruptcy in Delaware last week, owing nearly $3.7 million to lawyers from more than 20 firms, including at least eight from the Am Law 200. The Sarasota, Florida-based company, formerly known as Star Scientific, once made headlines over a criminal complaint filed against a former Virginia governor.

Donald Trump

Trump's Returns: A Tax Lawyer's Rebuttal

By Robert Weston Nuzum |

I submit that Donald Trump has extremely legitimate reasons for not releasing copies of his federal or state income tax returns that are under audit, or those for which the statute of limitations has not already prescribed.

An advertisement for Trump University.

Trump University Taps Kasowitz to Advise on Appellate Fight

By Nell Gluckman |

Marc Kasowitz, advising Donald Trump in his spat with The New York Times over its decision to publish his 1995 tax returns, has been retained to assist in the defense of Trump University in a case before a New York appellate court. Meanwhile, a Morgan Lewis partner received a letter from the New York AG's office over the Trump Foundation.

Asher Waite-Jones

Op-Ed: Homelessness Isn't a Crime

By Asher Waite-Jones |

Yet homeless youth are often treated like criminals. I want to help end that.


Cravath Helps IBM Pick Up Promontory, Bolster Watson’s Brainpower

By Brian Baxter |

International Business Machines Corp. turned to its longtime lawyers from Cravath, Swaine & Moore to handle it recent purchase of Promontory Financial Group. The deal will expand the expertise of Watson Financial Services, an artificial intelligence and cognitive computing platform of increased interest to law firms.

Donald Trump

Trump Taps Kasowitz Amid Times Tax Drama

By Nell Gluckman |

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, which has previously represented the current Republican presidential nominee on numerous engagements, is now advising the real estate mogul as he responds to a New York Times report that disclosed details from his 1995 tax returns.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse as McLovin in the film Superbad.

Deal Watch: Two Big Firms Find McLovin in Ad-Tech Transaction

By Meghan Tribe |

Fenwick & West and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati are advising on the $1.4 billion sale of Silicon Valley-based mobile marketing platform AppLovin Corp. to a private equity firm. AppLovin gets its name from its founders’ love of the McLovin character in the 2007 film “Superbad.”

Cosi restaurant.

Cosi's Bankruptcy Takes Bite Out of Cadwalader

By Meghan Tribe |

Cosi Inc. filed for bankruptcy this week in its hometown of Boston. The fast-casual restaurant chain has hired a 100-year-old firm to represent it in its Chapter 11 case, one in which it owes nearly $147,000 to New York’s oldest firm.

Cadwalader Latest Big Firm to Close Offices in China

By Julie Triedman |

In what Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft has called an attempt to refocus on its core clients, the Wall Street firm confirmed Thursday its withdrawal from bases in Beijing and Hong Kong. Fried Frank and Chadbourne & Parke have made similar moves within the past 15 months.

Andrew Humphrey, Faegre Baker Daniels’ managing partner.

Faegre Unveils New Leadership Structure

By Rebecca Cohen |

Faberge Baker Daniels, formed through a late 2011 merger, has named Thomas Froehle Jr. as its next chair and managing partner, replacing Andrew Humphrey in the role. The leadership change is effective March 1, 2017.

Growing Data Threats Keep Deal Lawyers on Their Toes

By Meghan Tribe |

When it comes to deal lawyers and cybersecurity, the discussion is often over whether law firms are a weak link in their clients' data defenses. But what about lawyers' obligations to probe for cyber weaknesses within the companies doing the deals?


After Hush-Hush Opening, Manatt Mulls Broader Chicago Offering

By Roy Strom |

Big law firms often trumpet a new office in a new city as a sign of increased demand for the firm and an investment in the future. That's not the case with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips' new base in the Windy City.

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Caesars Deal Means End of Fee Frenzy for Bankruptcy Lawyers

By Julie Triedman |

A $5 billion agreement resolves billions of dollars in potential damage claims by disgruntled creditors, and brings the bankruptcy, which has spun off as much as $200 million in legal fees to a group of firms, a giant step closer to an end.


Honigman Partner Who Saved Detroit’s Art Joins Jones Day

By Roy Strom |

A year after Jones Day opened an office in Detroit following its representation of the Motor City in its landmark Chapter 9 case, the firm has hired litigation partner Arthur O'Reilly, a former vice chairman of Honigan Miller Schwartz and Cohn.

As Cybersecurity Hurdles Loom, Smaller Firms Face Big Challenges

By Meghan Tribe |

State regulators in New York this month proposed new rules that would subject law firms to annual cybersecurity assessments. Is your firm ready?

Three Big Firms Advise on CBOE's Bats Exchange Buy

By Meghan Tribe |

Sidley Austin, Fried Frank and Davis Polk are advising on a $3.2 billion cash-and-stock deal that will see CBOE Holdings Inc., owner of the largest U.S. options exchange, acquire Bats Global Markets Inc., the nation's second-largest stock exchange operator.

Global Legal Award Winners Announced. And the Winners Are...

The American Lawyer honors the most important and creative cross-border work of the year in citizenship/pro bono, disputes, finance and mergers and acquisitions.

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Quinn Hires Macfarlanes Financial Services Chief in London

By Anna Ward |

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired Macfarlanes financial services head David Berman in London, in a rare exit for the U.K. firm.

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Three Bankruptcies and More Big Firm Creditors, Even Bingham

By Brian Baxter |

Bingham McCutchen may have dissolved two years ago into Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, but the Boston-based firm is still listed as an unsecured creditor in the bankruptcy this month of defense contractor Fansteel Inc. Outstanding legal bills also resulted in eight other firms being listed as creditors in two more bankruptcy cases.

The Global 100: Rankings and Analysis of the World’s Biggest Firms

Top-grossing law firms saw slow and steady growth over the past year, with revenues and profits increasing. But challenges abound.

Infoblox Santa Clara, CA.

Deal Watch: Tech Transactions Keep Corporate Practices Humming

By Meghan Tribe |

There have been $100 billion in IT and software deals in 2016 and last week another $4.2 billion got tacked on to that sum with the sales of Infoblox Inc. and Avnet Inc.'s technology solutions business. A bevy of big firms grabbed roles on those two deals.

Full Pay for Less Work Greets Proskauer Parents Returning From Leave

By Nell Gluckman |

A new program allows primary caregivers to work a 75 percent schedule while receiving 100 percent of their preparental leave pay.


Another Day, Another Big Firm Merger in Canada

By Meghan Tribe |

Combination, eh? After global legal giants DLA Piper and Norton Rose Fulbright sought to expand their presence up north within the past week, two of Canada's largest provincial law firms have announced their intention to merge.

Dacheng founder Peng Xuefeng and Dentons global chair Joseph Andrew at a signing ceremony in Beijing in 2015.

Amid Global Growth, Firms Weigh Risks and Rewards

By Katelyn Polantz |

In a world of global giants, lawyers at the International Bar Association pondered the pros and cons of cross-border expansion.

Legal Networks Hit Back at Dentons' Nextlaw Claims

By Julie Triedman |

Already the world's largest firm by lawyer head count, Dentons is set to roll out its giant referral network, one that includes 250 firms and 18,000 lawyers globally. But the traditional legal networks are fighting back.

Russian Legal Market Shows Signs of Life as Two US Firms Tout Hires

By Chris Johnson |

After being somewhat of a Big Law wasteland in recent years, Moscow has regained some lost luster, as Baker Botts and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan both announced senior hires in the city this week.

The Churn

McDermott Keeps Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The Chicago-based firm hires a handful of new partners ahead of new leadership; Kirkland & Ellis adds Paul Clement and others; Goodwin Procter hires from GE; comings-and-goings at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; O’Melveny & Myers recruits an Israeli practice head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.


Legal Woes Behind Bankruptcy of Another For-Profit Educator

By Meghan Tribe |

ITT Educational Services Inc., owner of Indiana’s ITT Technical Institute and New Hampshire’s Daniel Webster College, filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 16 in Indianapolis. Faegre Baker Daniels has taken the lead for the company in its Chapter 7 liquidation

In Vaping Bankruptcy, No Smoke, But Plenty of Unpaid Legal Bills

By Meghan Tribe |

NJOY Inc., one of the nation's largest electronic cigarette makers, has filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. The company owes millions in outstanding legal fees to lawyers from several firms, including DLA Piper and Goodwin Procter.

Shearman & Sterling Partners Face Possible Demotions

By Julie Triedman and Anna Ward |

The Am Law 100 firm, despite repeated denials, is considering a plan to remove some partners from the equity ranks in order to boost profits. Shearman & Sterling has watched its finances slip in recent years.


DLA Piper's Canadian Arm Bolts on Toronto Firm

By Julie Triedman |

A week after Norton Rose Fulbright absorbed a Vancouver firm and Dentons affiliated with a high-profile Canadian consultancy, rival global legal giant DLA Piper has picked up Toronto-based IP shop Dimock Stratton.

Longtime GE In-House Legal Chief Returns to Goodwin Procter

By Meghan Tribe |

Goodwin Procter announced Monday its hire of Brackett Denniston III as senior counsel in Boston. Denniston, who retired last year as general counsel at General Electric Co., has previously been a partner at the firm.

UK's First Publicly Listed Law Firm Makes Another Acquisition

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K.'s first publicly listed law firm has continued its post-IPO expansion, acquiring property consultancy Hamer Associates for $2.68 million.

Deal Watch: Agro Acquisitions a Boon to Big Firms

By Meghan Tribe |

The proposed $66 billion merger between Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. and $36 billion tie-up between Agrium Inc. and the Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan are providing high-profile transactional and regulatory work for at least 16 firms.

Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Germany

Deutsche Bank Taps Two Big Firms to Resolve $14B DOJ Claim

By Julie Triedman |

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Latham & Watkins are said to be advising the German financial services giant as it copes with a reported $14 billion demand by U.S. regulators to pay for its role in the 2008 financial crisis.

Thomas C. Baxter, executive vice president and general counsel, of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, testifies at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the 2008 government bailout of insurer American International Group Inc. in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 27, 2010.

Sullivan & Cromwell Hires Top NY Fed Lawyer

By Nell Gluckman |

Thomas Baxter Jr., who recently retired after two decades as general counsel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, announced the move to friends and colleagues this week.

Stanford, Trump and a Culture That Marginalizes Rape

By Steven J. Harper |

Troubling cultural dots connect the Stanford rape case to Donald Trump's tweet about men and women in the military.

Ira Coleman.

Miami Partner Elected Next Leader of McDermott

By Susan Beck |

Ira Coleman, head of McDermott Will & Emery's corporate and transactional practice, beat bids by four other partners to become chair of the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm. Coleman is also head of McDermott's Miami office.

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Three—Not Fore—Firms Bag Roles on Golfsmith’s Bankruptcy

By Meghan Tribe |

Golfsmith International Holdings Inc., one of the nation’s largest specialty golf retailers, has filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Canada’s Goodmans and Delaware’s Richards, Layton & Finger have stepped onto the Chapter 11 green for the company.

Detroit Federation of Teachers Interim President Ivy Bailey addresses the media in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit.

Sidley Signs on for Long Haul in Landmark Detroit Literacy Fight

By Roy Strom |

The Sidley Austin lawyers who this week helped file a suit claiming that Michigan is failing to provide literacy for students in Detroit schools believe the case will give the U.S. Supreme Court the chance to decide there is a constitutional right to literacy.

Monsanto world headquarters complex in St. Louis, Mo.

Big Firms Round Up Roles on Bayer's Monsanto Megadeal

By Nell Gluckman |

About a half-dozen firms—including a new antitrust team at Paul Weiss—are advising on Bayer AG's proposed $66 billion acquisition of agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. The deal, if approved by regulators, would be the largest all-cash transaction in history.

Perkins Coie Lands Kramer Levin Investment Management Group

By Nell Gluckman |

Carl Frischling, chair of the financial services group at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, is leaving the firm with three other lawyers to join Perkins Coie's five-year-old New York office, which has rapidly expanded in recent months.

Courting Women, Davis Polk Launches Alumni Rehiring Program

By Nell Gluckman |

The program, which offers training and mentorship to women and others who have left the firm, often to raise children, may help to promote gender diversity.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Latest Locale for Norton Rose Fulbright's Expansion Plans

By Julie Triedman |

Norton Rose Fulbright, continuing its five-year expansion across Canada, will combine with Vancouver-based Bull, Housser & Tupper, both firms announced Monday.

Viet Dinh of Bancroft. June 28, 2011. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

How Bancroft Found a New Home at Kirkland

By Katelyn Polantz |

Viet Dinh and Paul Clement, a pair of prominent litigators affiliated with Washington, D.C.-based boutique Bancroft, cited their friendship with Kirkland & Ellis partner Mark Filip as one reason for their decision to link up with the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm, where Clement was once an associate.

Former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper.

Dentons Inks Affiliation With Ex-Canada PM Stephen Harper

By Julie Triedman |

The former Prime Minister of Canada, who lost his Conservative Party majority to Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party last year, has a new gig with Dentons.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's managing partner Michael Gerstenzang.

Cleary Gottlieb Elects New Managing Partner

By Nell Gluckman |

Michael Gerstenzang will succeed Mark Leddy at the start of 2017.

Jeffrey Stone, left, and Peter Sacripanti, right.

Five Partners Compete for Leadership Post at McDermott

By Susan Beck |

A crowded field is vying for the top management spot at McDermott, Will & Emery, which is voting to elect a new chair this week.

Formula One 2010 Rd.3 Malaysian GP: opening lap. Wikimedia

Deal Watch: Freshfields Fuels Up With Racing, Software Sales

By Jennifer Henderson |

The London-based legal giant is advising Hewlett-Packard on the sale of its software business and CVC Capital Partners on the sale of Formula One racing.

US Airways Flight 1549

In Flight Flick 'Sully,' Venable Partner Sees Another Hanks on Screen

By Brian Baxter |

Venable partner James Hanks Jr. was a passenger on US Airway Flight 1549, which crash-landed in New York's Hudson River almost seven years ago. The incident is the subject of a new movie out Friday called "Sully," starring Tom Hanks as pilot Chesley Sullenberger. The two Hanks' are not related, but do share some things in common.

European Commission in Brussels

Shearman & Sterling Brussels Partners Eye Move to Quinn Emanuel

By Rose Walker, Anna Ward and Julie Triedman |

The moves, if they take place, would leave just two partners in Shearman's Brussels office.

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China 25: Most Revenue

Litigation Funder Wins Stake in $213M Renco Judgment

By Julie Triedman |

In what may be the first public sale of a litigation claim to a third-party funder, Gerchen Keller Capital paid $26.2 million to the estate of a bankrupt Utah magnesium company in exchange for stake in a judgment the bankruptcy trustee won at trial last year.

Robins Kaplan Bags Dewey Alum to Join Antitrust Hiring Spree

By Nell Gluckman |

Eamon O'Kelly, a former head of the antitrust practice at Arent Fox and now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf, has joined Robins Kaplan as of counsel in New York. His hire is the latest in a frenzy of antitrust additions by several big firms.

Melany Lopez-Lucas in a screenshot from video shot by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.

Testing New Legal Aid Model, Big Law Associates Name First Grantees

By Susan Beck |

Using a fresh fundraising approach to support legal services for the poor, a group of big firm associates announced grants to four legal services groups.

Pay Equity Suits Could Impact Recruitment of Female Partners

By Nell Gluckman |

A handful of gender bias suits against law firms this year could make it all the more difficult for firms without women in leadership positions to attract female lateral partners, consultants say.

Hausfeld Extends Growth Spurt With New Boston Base

By Roy Strom |

High-profile plaintiffs boutique Hausfeld, which has expanded to Germany and New York over the past year, announced Tuesday two new mass torts hires for the opening of an office in Boston.

Dentons Taps Local Association for New Iran Launch

By Rose Walker |

Growing global legal giant Dentons is poised to set up shop in Tehran after forging a local legal alliance with the Arman Pirouzan Parvine Legal Institute.

Steven Eckhaus

Top Executive Pay Lawyer Leaving Cadwalader for McDermott

By Christine Simmons |

Steven Eckhaus, known for representing executives in large compensation deals, is moving his practice later this week from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft to McDermott Will & Emery.

After Review, British Firm Slashes its New York Partnership

By Rose Walker |

London-based Mischon de Reya, which opened a New York office in 2010, is poised to halve the size of its partnership in the Big Apple. The decision comes after a review of the firm’s business.

Legal Industry Job Growth Remains Flat

By Nell Gluckman |

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday that the legal industry in the U.S. neither added nor lost jobs in August, though the number employed this summer is the highest it has been all year.

Deal Watch: Big Firms Bag Beer Deal Fees Ahead of Holiday Weekend

By Jennifer Henderson |

A bevy of large firms—including Cleary Gottlieb, Cravath, Hogan Lovells and Sullivan & Cromwell—stand to reap some of the $261 million in legal fees incurred by Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller as a result of their $106 billion beer industry megamerger.

What Happens to Claims Against a Dissolving Firm? A Kenyon Client Will Find Out

By Nell Gluckman |

The storied New York-based IP boutique is being sued for malpractice, though the lawyers who worked for the former client are no longer with Kenyon & Kenyon, as most of the firm's current lawyers prepare to join Andrews Kurth.

Outfield Rooftop seats located across N. Sheffield Avenue from the right outfield allow patrons to view the games at Wrigley Field Stadium in Chicago.

Kirkland Raises Another 'W' Flag for Cubs in Rooftop Owners' Row

By Roy Strom |

Whether it's on the baseball diamond or in the courtroom, Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs are on a roll. The team and its lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis won another fight in the long-running battle with the rooftop owners across the street from Wrigley Field.

Dentons' European Partners Asked to Cough Up More Capital

By Rose Walker |

Partners in continental Europe affiliated with Dentons are being asked to pay up to $7.8 million in extra capital to the global legal giant.

U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

Bring in the Closers—Firms Clinch Four Stadium Naming Rights Deals

By Roy Strom |

Katten Muchin Rosenman; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Eisner Jaffe; and Arent Fox are helping four major sports stadiums switch their nameplates.

Daniel Kaplan, 87, was at four Am Law 100 firms and is still practicing at a smaller firm.

For M&A Vet Dan Kaplan, Age is Just a Number

By Julie Triedman |

At 87, the former Akin Gump, Bryan Cave, Goodwin Procter and Proskauer Rose lawyer is still doing big, cross-border deals, just from a smaller platform.

Stade Velodrome in Marseille, home of soccer club Olympique Marseille.

After Dodgers Deal, McCourt Taps S&C for French Football Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

Four years after helping Frank McCourt Jr. sell Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers for a record-setting sum, Sullivan & Cromwell has been hired by the real estate developer to advise on his roughly $45 million buy of historic French soccer team Olympique de Marseille.

Dispute Involving Dentons' Mexican Affiliate Continues

By Julie Triedman |

Since June, Dentons' Mexico City unit has been embroiled in a bitter "business divorce" dispute between the predecessor firm's co-founders over allegedly stolen client information and false marketing. The suit, filed in Mexico City, isn't starting out so well for Dentons.

Final Defendant Charged in Vedder Price Scam Pleads Guilty

By Roy Strom |

Five months after a Chicago man pleaded guilty to scamming Am Law 200 firm Vedder Price out of $7 million, an alleged co-conspirator, Deborah Acuna, has done the same in return for a 10-month jail sentence and pledge to pay $175,000 in restitution.

Publicly Traded British Law Firm Sees Gross Revenue Growth

By James Booth |

Gateley, a British firm that last year raised $45 million in a landmark initial public offering, saw its gross revenue rise 11 percent in 2015-16, according to financial figures released by the firm.

Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Seeks to Grow Economy—With Help From Baker & McKenzie

By Nell Gluckman |

The global legal giant is advising the island nation on tax and financial laws in other jurisdictions.

The Churn

HayBoo Bags Bankruptcy Veteran, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Amid a surge of oil and gas bankruptcies, Haynes and Boone hires a top restructuring partner; Clark Hill bolts on a small shop; Fox Rothschild’s expansion spree continues; King & Spalding lands a serial lateral; a Shearman & Sterling M&A partner joins a client in-house; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Illustration by Michael Witte

Baby Boomers Are Retiring and Law Firms Aren't Ready

Retiring boomer lawyers are on to new adventures. But their exit from the Am Law 200 poses serious risks for firms that haven't planned ahead.

Illustration by John Corbitt

Ranking: Top Firms for Midlevel Associate Satisfaction

To find out how third-, fourth- and fifth-year asso
ciates rate their firms as workplaces, our survey examined several aspects of job satisfaction.

Big Law Resists the Assault on Democracy

By Steven J. Harper |

When large firms get it right, give them their due.

Anthony Romano.

Littler Picks Up Polsinelli Vice Chair in Kansas City

By Jennifer Henderson |

Anthony Romano, a longtime partner at Polsinelli and vice chair of the firm’s labor and employment group, has left its office in Kansas City, Missouri, for Littler Mendelson. The latter publicly incurred Polsinelli's wrath last year after opening an office in the city.

Struggling Australian Firm Expects More Financial Losses

By Alex Berry |

Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm, has announced that it expects losses of more than $760 million (A$1 billion) for its 2015-16 fiscal year.

Softer Demand, Rising Salaries May Lead to Layoffs, Analyst Warns

By Julie Triedman |

A Wells Fargo Private Bank survey on the first half of 2016 reveals softening demand and increasing costs, which one analyst said is causing law firm leaders to contemplate layoffs.

Scott Kadish.

Feel the Berne: Century-Old Ulmer Ushers in Fourth Leader

By Jennifer Henderson |

Cleveland-based Ulmer & Berne, founded in 1908, has announced that Scott Kadish will become its new managing partner on Oct. 1. Kadish takes the reins from Harold "Kip" Reader, who led the firm for the past 21 years.

Sidley Austin offices in Washington, D.C. June 25, 2014.

Scammers Choose Sidley in Latest Law Firm Phishing Scheme

By Nell Gluckman |

Sidley Austin is the latest big legal name to be invoked by scammers posing as a major law firm.

Britain and EU flags

Political Uncertainty Stalls Hunton & Williams' UK Tie-Up Talks

By James Booth |

Merger talks between Hunton & Williams and British firm Addleshaw Goddard have slowed following the U.K.'s June vote to leave the European Union.

Travel Survival Tips From Global Law Firm Leaders

By Julie Triedman |

When you spend half your time in the air, the planning you do on the ground makes all the difference.

Tucker Ellis Takes St. Louis With Wilson Elser Crew

By Jennifer Henderson |

Cleveland-based Tucker Ellis, a firm formed from the ashes of a busted Am Law 200 shop, has announced the opening of its second new Midwestern outpost this year.

Pfizer World Headquarters in New York City.

Four Firms Guide Pfizer's Latest Big Drug Buy

By Jennifer Henderson |

Wachtell, Ropes & Gray, Davis Polk and Cooley are advising on a $14 billion deal that will see pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. acquire cancer drug maker Medivation Inc.

Jennifer Chen, left, and John Fuisz, right, of Vinson & Elkins in Washington, D.C.

Ex-McDermott Lawyer Who Tangled With Theranos Joins Vinson

By Katelyn Polantz |

IP lawyer John Fuisz, who went head-to-head with Theranos Inc. over trade secrets while at McDermott Will & Emery, has returned to Big Law after Vinson & Elkins absorbed his two-lawyer boutique.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Baker & McKenzie Posts Big Gains in Revenue, Profits

By Anna Ward, Legal Week |

Despite uncertainty in key international markets, the firm saw an 8 percent revenue rise in 2015-16, as profits per equity partner surged 13 percent.

Eduardo Leite

After Banner Year, Outgoing Baker & McKenzie Chair Reflects on Tenure

By Julie Triedman |

In his six years at the helm, Eduardo Leite has presided over the firm’s fastest growth in its 67-year history

Donald Trump

Trump and the Rule of Law: US Military Edition

By Steven J. Harper |

Resist 'Trump fatigue' and consider the comments that over time reveal Trump's philosophy.

Lewis Rice Takes Rare Step in Forming Second Firm

By Jennifer Henderson |

St. Louis-based Lewis Rice has formed a second law firm that will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary handling only estates work.

Signage and a satellite dish grace the Univision Communications, Inc., facility in Los Angeles (AP Photo/Reed Saxon).

Deal Watch: Univision Wins Gawker Auction Amid M&A Moves

By Jennifer Henderson |

It wasn't the biggest deal of the week, but Univision's winning bid for Gawker is the only one that started with a sex tape.

DLA Piper

Zero Hours Billed? No Problem for These First-Year Associates

By Roy Strom |

Some of the country's largest law firms allow associates to focus exclusively on pro bono work for more than a year, but there is a debate as to whether those lawyers come out behind their counterparts when they begin billing for work again.

Playboy Mansion. Google Image

Pair of LA Firms Close $100M Playboy Mansion Sale

By Jennifer Henderson |

Cox, Castle & Nicholson and Eisner Jaffe, two leading firms in Los Angeles, scored lead roles on the proposed sale of the iconic Playboy Mansion in the city’s Holmby Hills neighborhood to billionaire and former Pabst Blue Ribbon owner Daren Metropoulos.

Demand Is Down. Why Are Billing Rates On the Rise?

By Julie Triedman |

Contradicting the ordinary rules of supply and demand, law firms have continued to jack up hourly fees faster than demand and a projected 1.7 percent annual inflation rate would suggest.

John Squires, Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn Grabs Ex-Goldman Sachs IP Chief

By Jennifer Henderson |

John Squires, a former chief IP counsel at Goldman Sachs who went on to top roles at Chadbourne & Parke and Perkins Coie, decamped this week for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in the Big Apple.

Rio De Janeiro.

DLA Piper's Energy Group Gets Jolt in Rio, DC

By Nell Gluckman |

The global legal giant and its Brazilian affiliate announced Tuesday the addition of five partners—and seven other lawyers—on two continents.

Illustration by Alison Seiffer

It's August. Time to Escape the Big Law Grind!

Admit it. Sometimes you’ve wondered what it would be like to say goodbye to the practice of law. These are the stories of six lawyers who did just that.

Citi Report: Growth Slowed in the Second Quarter

By Dan DiPietro and Lauren Harsha |

Firms are still on pace to show modest gains for full-year 2016, the bank says.

The Churn

Ropes Welcomes Wachtell Funds Head, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The head of the private funds practice at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz joins Ropes & Gray; Clifford Chance grows in New York; Mayer Brown and Orrick hire in Hong Kong; Reed Smith snags an entertainment and media pro; Sheppard Mullin recruits in Florida; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

After 15 Years on the Bench, a Judge Returns to McDermott

By Nell Gluckman |

Robert Cordy, an associate justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court who announced his retirement earlier this year, is poised to return to McDermott Will & Emery's Boston office, where he once served as managing partner.

Surf's Up: Two Big Firms Ride Sport to 2020 Olympics

By Nell Gluckman |

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton and Herrick, Feinstein played a behind-the-scenes role in advising surfing-related organizations, which successfully got the sport accepted into the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

The ABA's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

By Steven J. Harper |

The ABA thought getting a renewal of its accreditation power would be a cakewalk—until its barefoot journey over hot coals began.

Big Firms on Opposite Sides of Restaurant Bankruptcies

By Brian Baxter |

The owners of casual dining chains Logan's Roadhouse and Fox & Hound found themselves in bankruptcy court this week in Delaware. Some large law firms grabbed Chapter 11 work related to those cases, while others are owed payments for past expenses.

Whistler Blackcomb Resort (Andrew Doran Photography)

Deal Watch: Seven Sisters Fly High on Olympic Site Sale

By Jennifer Henderson |

With the 2016 Summer Olympic Games underway in Rio de Janeiro, this week brought news of a sizeable M&A deal with ties to the 2010 Winter Games held in Vancouver.

King & Wood Mallesons Holds Off on Profit Distributions After Recapitalization Vote

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

King & Wood Mallesons has held off on paying out profit distributions to its partners once again, following a recent vote to recapitalize the firm, which has its operations predominantly in Asia and Europe.

Bob Iger, left, and Rob Manfred, right.

Three Am Law 100 Firms Score on Big Video Streaming Play

By Brian Baxter and Jennifer Henderson |

Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden and Paul Weiss are advising on the $1 billion sale by Major League Baseball of a 33 percent stake in its video streaming unit to The Walt Disney Co.

Case Against Arent Fox Partner Highlights Big Law Hiring Risks

By Nell Gluckman |

A lawyer who was charged with securities fraud for allegedly tipping of the president of an investment firm about a big pharmaceuticals merger was hired by Arent Fox even after he was named, but not charged, in an earlier SEC suit.

Hogan Lovells associate Caetano Altafin ran with the Olympic torch in Rio de Janeiro.

After Crossing Atlantic, Hogan Lovells Associate Carries Olympic Torch

By Jennifer Henderson |

Caetano "Cae" Altafin, an associate at Hogan Lovells in Rio de Janeiro, didn't spend the day of the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics in his office. Thanks to a transatlantic journey a year ago, he was busy running outside the stadium.

Amid Increased Enforcement, Antitrust Practices Bulk Up

By Nell Gluckman |

Four Am Law 100 firms have made notable additions to their antitrust groups within the past week. Large firm leaders say this in response to enhanced scrutiny of large companies by government agencies.


Where the Lawyers Are: Top US Legal Markets by Head Count

By Katelyn Polantz |

Using exclusive survey data, we rank 11 American cities by their populations of big-firm lawyers. Plus, check out our list of firms that dominate those markets.

Deal Watch: Two Firms Behind Bedding Industry Megamerger

By Brian Baxter and Jennifer Henderson |

A look at the large law firms behind the week's most notable deals, such as the mattress maker behind Sleepy's on its sale to a South African firm; two Elon Musk-backed companies combining forces; and Uber's China exit.

FILE - In this Monday, May 2, 2016, file photo, CEO Marc Lore speaks during an interview in Hoboken, N.J. Wal-Mart announced Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, that the company has agreed to buy fast-growing online retail newcomer, which had launched with a splash in 2015 when it announced its intention to challenge online leader Amazon. The deal underscores how serious Wal-Mart is about igniting its online business, which has been slowing even as it has been making big investments in new distribution centers and expanding services. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Gibson, Fenwick Land Roles as Wal-Mart Inks $3.3B Deal

By Brian Baxter |

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on the sale of online retailer Inc. to Wal-Mart Stores Inc., as Wal-Mart aims to take on market leader in the e-commerce space.

United States' gold medal winner Katie Ledecky celebrates during the medal ceremony after setting a new world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Ledecky, Shattering Records and Winning Gold, Has Big Law Ties

By Jennifer Henderson |

Katie Ledecky, the 19-year-old U.S. swim star who just broke her own world record at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, can thank her father—former Kirkland & Ellis lawyer David Ledecky—for taking a break from his career to further her success in the aquatic sport.

Donald Trump, left, and Richard Nixon, right.

Trump and the Rule of Law: Echoes of Nixon

By Steven J. Harper |

A columnist sees shades of Richard Nixon in Donald Trump's candidacy that go beyond Trump's "rule of law" sloganeering.

The Churn

Ex-K&L Gates Litigator Resurfaces, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

After leaving a leadership role at K&L Gates, John Pierce finds a new home; Gibson Dunn grabs one from JPMorgan; Latham's London hiring spree continues; two firms raid Covington; Paul Weiss adds another rainmaker; and other key additions from The Am Law 200.

Large group of people waiting in line

As Demand Slumps, Legal Industry Registers Modest Jobs Decline

By Nell Gluckman |

The number of people employed in the legal industry declined slightly in July, according to preliminary Labor Department statistics. The first half of 2016 has seen modest growth in legal employment overall.

A police officer patrols near the headquarters of oil giant OAO Yukos in Moscow, on Tuesday March 27, 2007.

Yukos and Russia: A Response to 'The Global Lawyer'

By Tim Osborne |

A Letter to the Editor in response to The Global Lawyer column, "To Dodge $50 Billion Bill, Russia Comes Clean on Sale of the Century"

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons Moves to Rebuild in Paris With White & Case Hire

By Chris Johnson |

King & Wood Mallesons is taking steps to rebuild its Paris corporate practice, having hired senior associate Guilain Hippolyte from White & Case, The Am Law Daily has learned.

Former Heller Ehrman Energy Founder Joins Davis Wright

By Jennifer Henderson |

Davis Wright Tremaine has hired Eric "Ric" Redman, a consultant and founder of the energy practice at Heller Ehrman, to serve as a senior energy and climate policy adviser working out of the firm's headquarters in Seattle.

London, UK

Quinn Emanuel Raids Covington to Launch New London Practice

By Rose Walker |

The U.S. litigation boutique has hired Robert Amaee from Covington & Burling to launch a new practice next month.

Ankara, Turkey.

DLA Piper's Former Turkish Partner Raided by Police in Aftermath of Coup

By James Booth |

DLA Piper's former Turkish arm, Yuksel Karkın Kucuk (YKK), was raided by the police, and lawyers were taken into custody in the aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey, according to local press reports.


Lawyers for Prince Estate Poised to Collect $2 Million as Fees Mount

By Jennifer Henderson |

Stinson Leonard Street, based in Prince's hometown of Minneapolis, is set to receive the bulk of the fees so far.

Leonardo DiCaprio in

Boies Schiller Steps in for Film Company Named in Money Laundering Case

By Susan Beck |

The firm is the first to make an appearance in the case, which alleges that billions were illegally diverted from a Malaysian government-owned company to fund luxury purchases and investments, including a stake in the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Gawker founder Nick Denton walks out of the courthouse on March 18, 2016, in St. Petersburg, FL (Eve Edelheit/ZUMA Press/Newscom).

More Lawyers Join Gawker Fray as CEO Files for Personal Bankruptcy

By Julie Triedman |

Attorneys for Nick Denton and his creditors join an army of others who have been clocking time in the Gawker Chapter 11 since June.

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) shoots during the third period of the Stanley Cup Finals - Game 6 between the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins at SAP Center in San Jose CA, on June 12, 2016.

Senior Litigator Leaves Weil for NHL Players Union Job

By Brian Baxter |

Bruce Meyer, a veteran litigation partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, is leaving after 30 years at the firm to take a newly created in-house legal role at the National Hockey League Players' Association.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

Money Laundering Case Highlights ABA Stance on Lawyers' Obligations

By Susan Beck |

After money launderers were accused recently of using major U.S. law firms to move hundreds of millions of dollars, is it time to take another look at requiring lawyers to report suspicious transfers?

Warning Signs for Big Firms as Report Sees Demand Drop-Off

By Julie Triedman |

The first report to be issued on the legal market's second quarter said law firms were 'blindsided' by an unexpected decline in demand.

(From left) Siobhan Sweeney, Gary Lieberman and Todd Reed.

Littler Mendelson Hires 11-Lawyer Employment Group From Locke Lord

By Nell Gluckman |

The group includes partners Todd Reed, Gary Lieberman and Siobhan Sweeney.

Women in Law: Where are They?

Women remain scarce in law firm partnership ranks.

The A-List: Our Exclusive Rankings of the Best-of-the-Best 20 Law Firms

Welcome to the A-List, our 14th annual ranking of Big Law's elite.

Still from the film

I Was Juror No. 4

By Vivia Chen |

Like everyone, I dreaded jury duty. But it proved to be a powerful experience.

container ship

Akin Gump Helms International Shipholding Bankruptcy

By Jennifer Henderson |

International Shipholding Corp., a major operator in the global shipping industry, filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday in New York in an effort to sell off certain assets.

ADVANCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF JAN. 9 - This Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 photo shows an oil rig in Big Lake, Texas. Residents of the West Texas town say it is time for the city to diversify its economy and wean off oil. (Joyce Marshall/Star-Telegram via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Overall Bankruptcy Filings Fall, But Energy Cases Continue

By Brian Baxter |

U.S. bankruptcy filings fell 6.9 percent over the past year, according to new government data, but three more big energy companies found themselves in Chapter 11 proceedings this week in a boon to some big firm restructuring lawyers.

Allen & Overy Adds Five Partners in New York With Team of Finance Hires

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

Magic circle firm hires lawyers from White & Case, Proskauer Rose and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

St. Louis Blues' Carl Gunnarsson, left, fights with San Jose Sharks' Brenden Dillon (4) during the third period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Saturday, May 21, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. St. Louis won 6-3. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The NHL, Brains and Lawyerly Denial

By Steven J. Harper |

If you thought the NFL was slow to acknowledge links between player concussions and brain damage, keep a close eye on professional hockey.

Littler Mendelson associate Shella Neba.

Littler Program Promoting Diverse Associates Sees Some Success

By Nell Gluckman |

A mentorship program at Littler Mendelson meant to help minority associates become partners at the global labor and employment giant has some unique components that could be contributing to its success.

8/15- Epiq Systems headquarters located at 501 Kansas Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66105

Deal Watch: Four Firms Land Legal Software Sale Roles

By Jennifer Henderson |

Epiq Systems Inc., a company specializing in electronic discovery and bankruptcy administration services, has agreed to be taken private with the help of four members of its target audience.

4/22/16--   Mintz Levin partner John Bauer in his Porsche 996 Cup race car.

Mintz Levin Patent Litigator Revs Up for Racecars

By Nell Gluckman |

A patent litigator at Mintz, Levin, Cohen, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo speaks about his passion for racecar driving, and how it's just like a taking a deposition.

King & Wood Mallesons

KWM Parters Agree to Plough Over $18 Million into the Firm

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

King & Wood Mallesons' European and Middle East arm will recieve a major boost in capital as partners commit over $18 million to the firm.

Photo by by Alexandru Csete

On Heels of ARM Acquisition, Three More Firms Go Big on Chip Work

By Jennifer Henderson |

Wachtell, Wilmer and Jones Day are advising on Analog Devices Inc.'s $14.8 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of fellow chipmaker Linear Technology Inc.

Christopher Bogart.

Burford Capital Again Announces Big Litigation Earnings

By Julie Triedman |

Four months after reporting record annual earnings, litigation funder Burford Capital LLC once again announced that it has topped last year's first-half earnings and new investments by wide margins in early 2016. Simpson Thacher is one firm benefiting from Burford's largesse.

Protesters carry a photo of Tamir Rice as they march during a rally at Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio (David Maxwell/EPA/Newscom).

In Police Department Monitorships, Firms Seek Contentious Work

By Nell Gluckman |

Squire Patton Boggs won a contract to monitor police reforms in Ferguson, Missouri, a job that promises to be both controversial and not exactly lucrative.

The Churn

Weil Loses Another PE Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Nell Gluckman |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges saw another private equity partner depart; McDermott snagged a labor and employment group from Kaye Scholer; Paul Hastings brought on another IP partner; and other moves throughout The Am Law 200.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., speaks during a Florida delegation breakfast, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the DNC. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Perkins Coie Lawyer's Advice Helped Spark Democratic Divisions

By Susan Beck |

Perkins Coie's Marc Elias, who has juggled legal roles for both the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, saw the intersecting interests of both clients unexpectedly become public on Friday.

Protesters march through Ferguson streets on August 20, 2014.

Squire Patton Team Hired to Monitor Ferguson Police Reforms

By Nell Gluckman |

Nearly two years after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white officer, a team led by Squire Patton Boggs' Clark Ervin was named to ensure that the city's police department follows through with federally mandated reforms.

Police pray after the burial services for Sergeant Michael J. Smith at Restland Public Safety Memorial Gardens in Dallas, Texas, USA, 14 July 2016 (Larry W. Smith/EPA/Newscom).

Donald Trump, Guns and Leadership

By Steven J. Harper |

Branding with catch-phrases is easy; reconciling their contradictory messages is impossible.

Jeffery Malonson with King & Spalding

Lateral Misfire Leads to King & Spalding for Vinson Partner

By MP McQueen |

Houston capital markets and M&A lawyer Jeff Malonson was left in limbo early this year, when a planned move from Vinson & Elkins to Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett fizzled after another partner backed out.

Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing titled

Deal Watch: Big Beer Merger Cleared as Health Insurers Face Off with DOJ

By Jennifer Henderson |

It was a good news/bad news week for companies on the antitrust front.

Greg Duff of Garvey Schubert Barer.

Practice Mix at Seattle Firm Straddles Bernie Sanders, 50 Cent and Pot Law

By Nell Gluckman |

Seattle's Garvey Schubert Barer announced a new chair this week. The firm's unusual mix of clients, which include marijuana companies, celebrities and Bernie Sanders, has boosted its exposure recently.

Arthur Culvahouse, Jr.

O'Melveny's Culvahouse Plans to Stay With Trump Campaign After VP Vetting

By Susan Beck |

Arthur Culvahouse Jr., a longtime Washington Republican insider who initially backed Jeb Bush, said that he plans to stick with the Donald Trump campaign after helping to vet the candidate's picks for vice president.

Susan Estrich, of Quinn Emanuel, and Fox News chief Roger Ailes (Wikimedia).

Lawyer for Roger Ailes Was Leading Voice for Rape Law Reform

By Nell Gluckman |

Long before she was defending Roger Ailes against sexual harassment claims, Quinn Emanuel's Susan Estrich offered a feminist legal critique of the country's rape laws.

Steven Speiss, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Former Cravath Exec Goes West, Joining Denver Firm as COO

By Jennifer Henderson |

After nearly 25 years at the elite New York firm, former executive director Steven Spiess will serve as chief operating officer of Denver's Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Dan Katz, associate professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, speaks at the Janders Dean & Chicago-Kent College of Law Legal Horizons conference on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Law Schools' Tech-Training Conundrum: If We Teach Them, Will They Get Jobs?

By Roy Strom |

The number of law schools offering tech-related training is growing, but are their enough employers looking for the skill set?

Cupcakes at a Dentons reception at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. July 19, 2016.

At RNC, Dentons Fetes Clients and Gingrich Talks Up Trump

By Susan Beck |

A party hosted by Dentons at the Republican National Convention offered a glimpse of how law firms blend marketing and networking amid the politicking in Cleveland.

Lawyer Bar Exam Prep Tips: "I've Got the Nuns Praying for Me."

By Roy Strom |

From prayer to marathon training, the Am Law Daily heard from prominent Chicago lawyers about how they survived preparing for the bar exam.

Sean Pavone/iStockphoto

Amid Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, DLA Piper Sees Opportunity in San Juan

By Jennifer Henderson |

DLA Piper may be the first full-service Am Law 100 firm to open an office in Puerto Rico.

Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square, early Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Global Law Firms in Turkey Cope with Coup Aftermath

By Jennifer Henderson |

Five years ago Turkey's economy was booming, enticing a handful of international law firms to open offices in the country. But after a failed military coup and with growth at a relative crawl, their future is unclear.

cybersecurity, digital

Covington Bulks Up Cybersecurity Practice With Ex-Mandiant Consultant

By Nell Gluckman |

Stephen Surdu, a cybersecurity consultant, is a nontraditional hire for the firm, which has been building out its cybersecurity practice in recent months.

Cognitive Dissonance and Law Firm Associate Pay

By Steven J. Harper |

As associate salaries increase, reluctant clients are complaining about the wrong problem.

People gather at a makeshift memorial of flowers and candles on the 'Promenade des Anglais' in Nice, France.

Terror Fears Made Real for Risk Management GC in Nice Attack

By Nell Gluckman |

Eric Dratell, general counsel and head of legal and corporate affairs of Risk Management Solutions, was having dinner with his wife at the end of a vacation in Nice, France when the attacker struck.

The Churn

A Rare Cravath Hire Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter and Nell Gluckman |

A former partner at a pair of Am Law 100 firms leaves Cravath, Swaine & Moore a year after coming aboard; Jackson Lewis lands a high-powered lobbying group; Greenspoon Marder keeps growing; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Indian M&A Leaders Revealed

By Brian Baxter |

With India's legal market inching closer to liberalization, the subcontinent could provide a shot of cross-border transactional work to global firms reeling from Brexit and an economic slowdown in China.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

With Pence Pick, Trump Expands His Circle of Lawyers

By Susan Beck |

In addition to choosing one-time corporate lawyer Mike Pence as his running mate, Trump invited Rudy Giuliani and Michael Mukasey to address the RNC.

Denver, Colorado downtown at dusk.

Firms Elbow Each Other for Growth as Denver Market Stays Hot

By Julie Triedman |

As national and regional law firms continue to expand in the Mile-High City, the growth is creating winners and losers.

Workers prepare for a Big Apple Circus show in Sterling, Virginia.  October 9, 2008.

Big Firms Provide Crucial Revenue for Struggling Circus

By Nell Gluckman |

Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Paul Weiss are helping bolster the dwindling revenues of the ailing Big Apple Circus. This month, the nonprofit is in a desperate attempt to raise $2 million, should some other prominent Wall Street firms also be willing to pony up.

Lewis Kaden, Davis Polk

Former Citi Vice Chair Returns to Davis Polk

By Nell Gluckman |

After a long career as a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell, followed by several years as a top banker at Citigroup Inc., Lewis Kaden has returned to the Wall Street firm as senior counsel.

Maura Grossman of Wachtell Lipton (Annie Tritt).

Lawyer Who Brought Artificial Intelligence to Wachtell Leaves Big Law

By Susan Beck |

Maura Grossman, who helped pioneer the use of artificial intelligence techniques for legal work at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, has left the storied Am Law 100 firm.

L-R Wm. David Cornwell Sr. and Lee Hutton III

Barnes & Thornburg Bags One Sports Lawyer, Loses Another

By Brian Baxter |

The firm has hired Lee Hutton III, a former college football player and chair of the entertainment, media and sports practice at Zelle LLP in Minneapolis. Hutton’s hire comes a few weeks after Barnes & Thornburg saw another high-profile sports lawyer depart.

Odeon cinema multiplex at West Ham Leisure Park, Basingstoke.

Weil, Gibson Dunn Land Lead Roles in $1.2B AMC Theaters Deal

By MP McQueen |

The firms advised AMC and private equity giant Terra Firma, respectively, in a deal to create world’s largest movie chain with 7,600 screens in the U.S. and Europe.

Marie Colvin, veteran correspondent for London's The Sunday Times

Shearman & Sterling's Family Ties Behind Syrian Government Suit

By Roy Strom |

For the lawyers who filed suit Saturday seeking to hold Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government responsible for the death of veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin, the work was intensely personal.

Nicolas Morgan, left, and Thomas Zaccaro, right.

Paul Hastings Bolts On SEC Enforcement Boutique

By Nell Gluckman |

The Am Law 100 firm is poised to pick up six lawyers, including the two founding partners, from Los Angeles-based Zaccaro Morgan. Thomas Zaccaro is a former Paul Hastings partner who started the boutique just over a year ago, only to return to his former home.

Daniel Radler of Quarles & Brady.  Courtesy photo.

Quarles & Brady Ushers in First Leadership Handoff

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Milwaukee-based Am Law 200 firm is poised to unveil a new managing partner—only the second in Quarles & Brady's history—on Dec. 1. Daniel Radler, an engineer-turned-IP lawyer, will succeed corporate partner Fredrick Lautz in the firm’s top leadership role.

The Churn

Two Partners Join Jones Day, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Jones Day recruits two new partners on opposite coasts after a top restructuring duo departs; Milbank makes a rare lateral hire; Paul Hastings makes some high-profile additions; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Newt Gingrich greets U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, July 6, 2016 (Aaron P. Bernstein/Rueters/Newscom).

What Would a Trump-Gingrich Ticket Mean for Dentons?

By Katelyn Polantz |

Donald Trump has pledged to negotiate tough new U.S.-Chinese trade terms if he is elected president. So why not pick a running mate from the only law firm rooted in both countries?

Cops-Turned-Lawyers Speak Out About Shootings, Use of Force

By Roy Strom |

The murder of five Dallas police officers by a sniper Thursday night sparked widespread condemnation, dismay and sadness in the aftermath of the tragic shooting of two black men this week in Louisiana and Minnesota. And lawyers were among the first to weigh in.

Clifford Chance, Freshfields Take Top UK Financial Spots

By Brian Baxter |

The two London-based legal giants reigned supreme in the gross revenue and profits per equity partner metrics, respectively, as most large U.K. firms unveiled financial figures this week for their 2015-16 fiscal years.

Small Bump for Legal Jobs as U.S. Employment Shows Surprise Uptick

By Scott Flaherty |

The U.S. legal industry's employment outlook remained mostly flat amid better-than-expected job growth in the overall American economy, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's latest jobs report.

People on a tour of Plum Island, N.Y., off the coast of Long Island, watch seals relaxing on the rocky shore, on Oct. 6, 2010.

MoFo Suit Would Block Sale of Storied Plum Island

By Scott Flaherty |

Federal property off Long Island coast houses an animal disease research lab long shrouded in mystery.

At Blaqwell, Watching the Ink on Big Firms’ Bottom Lines

By Julie Triedman |

The Am Law Daily caught up with the two lead principals at secretive legal consultancy Blaqwell Inc. for a rare on-the-record chat about trends affecting their clients, which have included some 40 Am Law 100 firms.

Deal Watch: White & Case Tops First-Half Transactional Rankings

By Jennifer Henderson |

Those controversial deal tables are out again, with White & Case, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Sullivan & Cromwell and Davis Polk & Wardwell all jockeying for position as the quarterly so-called King of M&A.

Firm Leaders Predict Modest Growth in Second Half of 2016

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firm leaders surveyed by Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group mostly reported that they expect a slight growth in demand in the second half of 2016, while realization rates are expected to remain stagnant.

Hassen Sayeed, left, and Hiroyuki Hagiwara, right, of Paul Hastings.

Continuing Hiring Spree, Paul Hastings Adds Two New IP Partners

By Nell Gluckman |

Ropes & Gray patent litigation partners Hiroyuki Hagiwara and Hassen Sayeed have joined Paul Hastings in Tokyo and New York, respectively.

L. Howard Belknap, COO of Butler Snow.

Baker & McKenzie's New York COO Departs for Down South

By Jennifer Henderson |

L. Howard Belknap will become firmwide COO at Jackson, Mississippi-based Butler Snow.

John Quinn, Quinn Emanuel

After Nixing Summer Program, Quinn Emanuel Lures 3Ls with $35K Bonus

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm has gone mostly without summer associates, but has found another way to try to recruit soon-to-be law school graduates.

A Changing Role for the Law Librarian

By MP McQueen |

As facilities evolve, what becomes of the staff?

The Churn

Orrick Makes Key Additions, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Three new laterals at Orrick; a pair of Honigman practice leaders land at Foley & Lardner; Gibson Dunn recruits from the Justice Department; Latham & Watkins welcomes a top SEC official; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Kate Vernon, left, and Boris Bronfentrinker, right.

Quinn Emanuel, Litigation Funder Team Up for Landmark $25B MasterCard Fight

By Julie Triedman |

The case, which promises to be the largest yet under the U.K.'s retooled competition law, marks the largest non-U.S. investment by Chicago-based litigation funder Gerchen Keller Capital LLC.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher offices in D.C.

Gibson Dunn Lands Top DOJ Lawyer in D.C.

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm bulked up its litigation and white-collar defense group in the nation's capital with the hire of Patrick Stokes, a longtime federal prosecutor and high-ranking official in the Justice Department's fraud division.

Litigation Slump, Leadership Shifts Take Toll at Cadwalader

By Julie Triedman |

Could a merger be next for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft?

Jeremy Cross

Cadwalader Adds King & Wood Mallesons' European Finance Head

By James Booth, Legal Week |

King & Wood Mallesons has continued to lose partners in London, with former European finance chief Jeremy Cross the latest to emerge at another firm.

Jahna Lindemuth.

Alaska Taps Dorsey Partner as New AG

By Nell Gluckman |

Anchorage office head Jahna Lindemuth was profiled in The Am Law Daily last year when she helped secure the release of one of the Fairbanks Four.

To Breed Leaders and Keep Clients Happy, Firms Go Back to School

By Susan Beck |

Some law firms are finding that their younger partners can benefit from management training even more than their top brass.


King & Spalding Fields Chapter 11 for AstroTurf

By Scott Flaherty |

After suffering a $30 million patent verdict last year, the synthetic grass maker skidded into bankruptcy court on Tuesday.


DLA Piper Strikes Alliance in Afghanistan

By Jennifer Henderson |

A deal between DLA Piper and Kabul's Kakar Advocates is said to be a first for the region.

Deal Watch: Four Firms Punch Ticket on $4.4 Billion Film Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

A look at the Am Law 100 firms behind Lions Gate's bid to buy Starz; Apollo’s latest acquisition effort; and a pair of big health care transactions.

Stockholm, Sweden

DLA Piper Adds 21 Lawyers in Sweden With Stockholm Merger

By James Booth |

Five months after bolting on Finnish firm Peltonen LMR, global legal giant DLA Piper has expanded again in Scandinavia, as it prepares to absorb Swedish shop Grönberg.

Gibson Dunn Grabs Latham Duo for New Frankfurt Office

By Rose Walker |

On the heels of the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union, two corporate partners are leaving Latham & Watkins, including the latter’s Frankfurt office leader, to open a new outpost for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Raymond Niro of Niro Law Ltd. (HANDOUT).

Niro Firm Lashes Back at Litigation Funder's Lawsuit

By Scott Flaherty |

Niro Law Ltd. faces claims that it owes a U.K. litigation financier more than $3.5 million for fueling part of the firm's IP docket.


Irish Eyes Smiling at Legal Opportunities From UK’s Brexit Vote

By Jennifer Henderson |

Irish law firms could be poised to pick up additional work after last week’s surprising vote by U.K. voters to leave the European Union. That leaves Ireland as the only remaining English-speaking country with a common law tradition in the Eurozone.

Paul Clement of Bancroft following a funeral mass for late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Feb. 20, 2016.

Want To Do Conservative Pro Bono? Good Luck.

By Vivia Chen |

Most projects skew left. But some lawyers and firms have bucked the trend.

Recruiter's Wage Case Against Lateral Link Dismissed

By Nell Gluckman |

A lawsuit claiming that the company underpaid its workers was withdrawn, but a lawyer for a former recruiter said that the dispute will continue in arbitration.

Goodwin office in Boston's Seaport district (HANDOUT).

'Goodwin,' 'Nutter' Join Rebranding Bandwagon

By Scott Flaherty |

Goodwin Procter rolled out a new, shortened brand name on Tuesday, along with a fresh logo, an overhauled website and new digs on Boston’s waterfront.

Donald Landwehrle/iStockphoto

Where in the World Is Your Fenwick & West Lawyer?

By Nell Gluckman |

Fenwick & West announced the launch of its fifth office in New York this month to a bit of fanfare. But thanks to a firm policy, there are actually Fenwick lawyers working in offices all over the country, from Vermont to Idaho.

Return of the Jedi.

Chicago Lawyer Wins Battle Over George Lucas Museum

By Roy Strom |

After the the efforts of attorney Thomas Geoghegan, Chicago sci-fi fans hoping to pore over "Star Wars" memorabilia may have to travel to a city far, far away.

The Churn

Reed Smith Rebuilds Partner Ranks, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Several new recruits join Reed Smith; Latham & Watkins welcomes a former Sullivan & Cromwell partner in New York; Gibson Dunn grabs one and loses another; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: London Falls, But M&A Must Carry On

By Jennifer Henderson |

While Friday’s Brexit vote has likely cast a potential shadow over cross-border M&A activity, a number of timely billion-dollar tie-ups were announced amid the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.

Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey (Pool/Reuters/Newscom).

Legendary Trial Lawyer F. Lee Bailey Files for Bankruptcy

By Nell Gluckman |

F. Lee Bailey, a criminal defense lawyer famous for his roles representing high-profile clients such as Sam Sheppard and being part of O.J. Simpson’s legal defense “Dream Team,” sought Chapter 7 protection Friday in Maine.

ROSS Intelligence CEO Andrew Arruda.

Q&A: Legal AI Pioneer ROSS Takes Stock After First Year

By Susan Beck |

Andrew Arruda, the 27-year-old founder of ROSS Intelligence, says his company's technology is already serving hundreds of lawyers.

BuckleySandler's Andrew Sandler.

DC Firm Pushes Back On Associate Raises

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington, D.C.-based BuckleySander told its associates that the firm's salary scale won't change, but midyear bonuses will boost most first-years' pay above $180,000.

Haynes and Boone Tie-Up Breaks Trans-Atlantic Merger Drought

By Julie Triedman |

New data on law firm mergers this year shows fewer international deals and a slowdown in major combinations.

Brexit fall

Brexit Vote Clouds Big-Firm Lawyers' M&A Crystal Balls

By Julie Triedman |

As top transactional lawyers sought to calm nervous clients Friday after Britain's vote to leave the EU, several said that they were bracing for the possibility of a two-year drought in their most highly leveraged, profitable business: advising on cross-border M&A deals.

Foley & Lardner Lands Leading Kaye Scholer Chicago Litigator

By Roy Strom |

Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott, a well-connected co-chair of Kaye Scholer’s Chicago white-collar litigation and internal investigations practice, is headed to Foley & Lardner in the Windy City.

Dentons' Africa Head Leaves Global Giant for Boutique

By Julie Triedman |

Thomas Laryea, co-chair of Dentons' global government sector and former head of the firm's Africa initiative, has joined a new shop specializing in the diverse legal needs of African governments and diaspora from the continent.

Sanjay Valvani departs federal court after a hearing following his arrest on June 15. Valvani killed himself one week later.

When a Client Commits Suicide

By Scott Flaherty |

For defendants suddenly facing white-collar prosecution, suicide can be a real temptation. What can their lawyers do to stop it, and what happens if it’s too late?

Legal Recruiting Giant Buys Rights to Legal Department Reports

By Nell Gluckman |

Major, Lindsey & Africa has acquired three analytical reports on in-house law departments that were previously owned by General Counsel Metrics LLC, a consulting firm owned by Altman Weil principal Rees Morrison.

Proskauer, Loeb & Loeb, Cooley Bring NHL to Las Vegas

By Brian Baxter |

Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but three Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City.

Longtime Staffer Lobs Bias Lawsuit at Jones Day

By Nell Gluckman |

A former Jones Day business development and communications manager filed a complaint against the firm for gender, age and pregnancy discrimination.

Ralph Sutton of Bentham IMF.

A Litigation Funding Pitch for Law Firms: You'll Get Paid

By Roy Strom |

As it continues to market litigation funding to law firms, Bentham IMF launched a new tool on Wednesday that it promises will show managing partners how outside financing can help boost realization rates.

Gawker founder Nick Denton walks out of the courthouse on March 18, 2016, in St. Petersburg, FL (Eve Edelheit/ZUMA Press/Newscom).

Ropes & Gray Seeks Fees for Gawker Bankruptcy Work

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm has filed its formal application for employment to advise Gawker Media Group as the company seeks to navigate Chapter 11 proceedings in New York.

Christo's 'The Floating Piers,' Lake Iseo, Italy (Photos by Wolfgang Volz).

Bryan Cave Helps Artist Christo Walk on Water

By Nell Gluckman |

Christo’s longtime lawyer at Bryan Cave advised the artist on his latest project: a shimmering yellow walkway that allows visitors to stroll across an Italian lake.

Latham & Watkins offices in Washington, D.C. April 1, 2015.

Flush With Cash, Latham & Watkins Extends Lateral Spree

By Julie Triedman |

Prime partners at lockstep firms are favored targets as the firm surfs the lateral market.

Donald Trump

Trump and the Rule of Law, Continued

By Steven J. Harper |

Donald Trump’s actions have a troubling precedent. But there’s method to his madness.

The Toronto skyline.

EY Hires Norton Rose Fulbright Partner As Big Four Continue Push Into Law

By Chris Johnson |

The Big Four accounting firms are continuing to invest heavily in their legal services arms, expanding their presence in the Americas even as their footprint grows in the United Kingdom.

People line up expecting to buy food outside a supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela (Ivan Alvarado/REUTERS/Newscom).

Foreign Law Firms on Edge as Venezuela Teeters

By Julie Triedman |

Amid food shortages and rising political unrest, major firms in Caracas are doing what they can to weather the storm.

Sham Aldhaher, a Syrian child born last year without an eye who has received approval to receive emergency surgery in Spain.

In 'Baby Sham' Case, Reed Smith Weighs Risks for a Refugee Family

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm has secured temporary visas for a Syrian baby and her mother to go to Barcelona for surgery, but the trip from Jordan could threaten the family's resettlement to the U.S.

The Churn

K&L Gates’ Partner Churn Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Amid more departures, K&L Gates seeks to grow; Akin Gump and Reed Smith hire from Winston & Strawn; Fox Rothschild reels in a leading Twin Cities litigator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dentons offices in Washington, D.C. November 12, 2014.

Dentons, Referral Industry Square Off Ahead of New Network Launch

By Julie Triedman |

A month after Dentons suggested law firms and their clients should abandon “pay-to-play” networks for international legal referrals and announced its own new network, the referral industry is fighting back.

Jose Hernandez (in gray) holds hands with friend Victor Bayez as they grieve the loss of close friends Amanda Alvear and Mercedez Flores at a vigil in downtown Orlando, Fla., Monday, June 13, 2016.

After Orlando, Firms Offer Pro Bono Help On Gun Control

By Nell Gluckman |

Since 49 people were gunned down at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub last weekend, law firms have offered to ramp up their support for gun control efforts.

Deal Watch: Morgan Lewis Makes Work for BASF

By Jennifer Henderson |

From industrial chemicals to traffic cones, one of the last weeks of spring provided a plethora of transactional opportunities for dozens of Am Law 100 firms.

McDermott Will & Emery's Washington, D.C. offices. November 3, 2014.

Who Will Take the Reins At McDermott?

By Susan Beck |

The co-chairs of McDermott, Will & Emery surprised their partnership when they announced Monday that they’ll step down at the end of this year. Insiders pointed to several potential candidates to replace them.

Bastiaan Slabbers/iStockphoto

For Disney's Lawyers, a Florida Nightmare and a Chinese Debut

By Julie Triedman |

Between celebrating the opening of a $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai and girding for the legal aftermath of a gruesome alligator attack in Orlando, Disney has had quite a week.

The Churn

McDermott Adds Amid Leadership Change, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A year after WilmerHale consolidated its London operations, one longtime partner has left for McDermott Will & Emery; Jones Day hires a trio; Shearman & Sterling snags one from Boies Schiller; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

A rendering of Cornell Tech's planned campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

Big Law Alums Join Cornell Tech LLM Inaugural Class

By MP McQueen |

Law firms and their former associates are taking notice as an incubator for budding tech lawyers takes shape in New York City.

Sullivan & Cromwell Faces Fee Challenge in Primorsk Bankruptcy

By Scott Flaherty |

As S&C dips its toes into debtor's side Chapter 11 work for Arctic tanker company Primorsk, a creditor says that the firm might have squandered $2 million in hourly billings.

Flint, Michigan (DenisTangneyJr/iStockphoto).

Flint Taps Foley & Lardner Following City Attorney Allegations

By Jennifer Henderson |

The troubled city of Flint, Michigan, has hired Foley & Lardner to represent its interests in unidentified allegations levied by a former city attorney, as the municipality grapples with an ongoing water crisis.

Members of a Chinese delegation of lawyers speaking at an event at Hogan Lovells in Washington D.C. in June. The organizer of the visit, Chu Wang, is second from right.

On U.S. Tour, Chinese Lawyers Soak Up Big Law Lessons

By Julie Triedman |

Tips ranged from better transparency to stronger management as lawyers from several Chinese firms visited with law firm leaders in New York and D.C.

A Closer Look at Law Firm Diversity

By MP McQueen |

More charts from The American Lawyer's annual Diversity Scorecard reveal the racial and ethnic demographics of individual law firms.

Hey, Associates: 7 Ways to Spend Your Pay Raise

Need ideas on how to splurge a little with your well deserved pay hike? Take a look.

Robert Cook of Cleary Gottlieb (HANDOUT).

FINRA Taps Cleary Gottlieb Partner Robert Cook as CEO

By Scott Flaherty |

Cook’s soon-to-be-former firm also welcomed a government lawyer through the revolving door on Monday, saying it had hired antitrust lawyer David Gelfand from the U.S. Justice Department.

Five Firms Grab Roles on Latest Cybersecurity Transaction

By Nell Gluckman |

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Fenwick & West, Ropes & Gray, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati are advising on Symantec Corp.’s $4.65 billion buy of Blue Coat Systems Inc. from buyout giant Bain Capital LP.


White Female Privilege

By Vivia Chen |

Economic status, not necessity, is what allows women to stick it out in jobs.

Big Firms Slow to Answer Legal Services Funding Plea

By Susan Beck |

It’s been nearly two years since the Legal Services Corporation first turned to the nation’s largest law firms for financial support. So far just 19 firms have pledged to help.

The Churn

Cooley Hires Back Ex-Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Former eBay general counsel Michael Jacobson returns to Cooley in Silicon Valley; a Kirkland & Ellis seeks a shave; Greenberg Traurig grows in Israel; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon, John Murphy and Madeleine McDonough (HANDOUT).

Shook Hardy Elects First Woman as Firm Leader

By MP McQueen |

Madeleine McDonough will succeed outgoing chairman John Murphy, who served 15 years as head of the products liability litigation defense giant.

Amanda Marshall (Wikimedia).

Justice Department Finds Ex-U.S. Attorney Lied About Affair

By Scott Flaherty |

An internal U.S. Department of Justice review has found that the former top federal prosecutor in Oregon, Amanda Marshall, violated sexual harassment laws and lied to investigators about an “intimate and personal” relationship with a deputy that lasted more than a year.

Two Paul Hastings Finance Partners Move to Schulte Roth

By Nell Gluckman |

A Paul Hastings structured finance partner who disappeared from the firm's website in March has joined Schulte Roth & Zabel. Michael Michetti has a practice noted in a recent New York Times business column as presenting a potential conflict of interest.

Donald Trump

One Lawyer's Dilemma

By Steven J. Harper |

Donald Trump’s collateral damage includes his chief strategist: Georgetown University Law Center graduate Paul Manafort Jr.

1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY (Flickr).

Deal Watch: Paul Weiss Ponies Up in Skyscraper Sale

By Jennifer Henderson |

The $1.65 billion sale of New York's 1285 Sixth Avenue saw more than 50 partners from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison—a key tenant in the office tower—invest roughly $10 million in the transaction.


Tips on Overcoming That Dirty Feeling About Networking

By Vivia Chen |

Business school profs tell you how to enjoy networking.

Williams & Connolly partners James Bruton III and James Fuller III (HANDOUT).

Two Am Law 100 Partners Sought as Witnesses in Tax Case

By Scott Flaherty |

A pair of Williams & Connolly partners could be called to testify against their client Morris Zukerman, an energy investor and former Morgan Stanley banker accused of tax evasion by federal prosecutors.

More Firms Jump on Cravath Pay Scale, as S&C Beats Top End

By Brian Baxter |

A bevy of big firms continue this week to match the new base pay scale for associates set Monday by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Sullivan & Cromwell sought to up the ante for its most senior associates, as other firms like Latham & Watkins joined the pay raise party.

Robert Ingelhart/iStockphoto

Baker Botts Bags Role on Another Big Energy Bankruptcy

By Scott Flaherty |

Less than a week after Baker Botts saw a former energy industry restructuring client retain a rival for its second bankruptcy filing in six months, the firm picked up a lead Chapter 11 role for Seventy Seven Energy Inc. on its bankruptcy case.

Isle of Man (Wikimedia).

Dentons, KPMG Linked to Offshore Tax Scheme Up North

By Jennifer Henderson |

A tax partner at Dentons in Vancouver formerly affiliated with predecessor firm Frasner Milner Casgrain has been caught up in an offshore tax scandal involving global accounting giant KPMG and the Isle of Man.

Fire escape, NYC. Photo by: Vivia Chen

John Quinn Feels Your Pain

By Vivia Chen |

The super litigator pays tribute to the broken-hearted.

John Beulick of St. Louis-based Am Law 200 firm Armstrong Teasdale (HANDOUT).

Meet Me in St. Louis: Armstrong Teasdale Elects New Managing Partner

By Jennifer Henderson |

John Beulick, an IP partner at St. Louis-based Armstrong Teasdale, has taken over as the firm’s first new managing partner in nearly a decade.

Daniel Glazer (HANDOUT).

Wilson Sonsini Adds to Tech Transactions Group With Fried Frank Hire

By Nell Gluckman |

Daniel Glazer is the latest lawyer in the technology startup world to switch firms in New York.

Big Firms Move to Match Cravath Associate Pay Boost

By MP McQueen and Susan Beck |

At least four large New York firms have moved quickly to match the new base pay scale for associates set Monday by Cravath, Swaine & Moore. And some consultants say more big firms will follow suit.

LA Firm Launches in Windy City as Part of Three-Stage Growth Spurt

By Roy Strom |

A week after expanding in New York, Los Angeles-based Michelman & Robinson is poised to set up shop in Chicago.

Akin Gump Bests Baker Botts for Hercules ‘Chapter 22’ Role

By Scott Flaherty |

Roughly seven months after Baker Botts helped client Hercules Offshore Inc. emerge from Chapter 11, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is advising the Houston-based offshore oilfield services company on its "Chapter 22" bankruptcy filing.

Jones Day Bags Barnes & Thornburg Trio for Twin Cities Opening

By Jennifer Henderson |

The firm has opened a Minneapolis office after relocating two of its own partners from Chicago and Dallas and snagging three laterals from Barnes & Thornburg.

Ali’s Lawyers, Counsel to The Champ, Recall Representing The Greatest

By Brian Baxter |

Billions around the world have felt the death of Muhammad Ali, a legendary boxer who turned himself into a global icon. Not surprisingly, a man who made a living with his fists—but became known for his words—employed more than a few lawyers in his lifetime.

Donald Trump

Trump and the Rule of Law

By Steven J. Harper |

Someone should remind the likely Republican nominee for President that the laws of the land apply to him, too.

William Weld, Former Massachusetts Governor (Bryan Smith/ZUMA Press/Newscom).

Mintz Levin's Weld Joins the Presidential Election Circus

By Scott Flaherty |

Not feeling Clinton or Trump? Big Law voters may want to consider former governor Bill Weld. Now at Mintz Levin’s ML Strategies, the Harvard Law School graduate recently got the call to become a vice presidential nominee on the Libertarian Party ticket.

It’s Five O'Clock Somewhere: Big Law Brew Pros Form Guild

By Jennifer Henderson |

With Anheuser-Busch/InBev and SABMiller poised to create a beer industry giant, lawyers from several Am Law 200 firms have become founding members of a new nonprofit trade group for the craft beer industry.

Jobs Report: Legal Industry Sees Slight Gain in Employment

By Nell Gluckman |

The U.S Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the legal industry gained 100 jobs in May. But layoffs continue to loom, with at least one Am Law 200 firm confirming Friday that it planned to cut less than 10 support staff roles.

Kirkland Partner Leaving for Latham Asked to Pay Back Bonus

By Frances Ivens |

Frank Sun, a private equity and M&A partner in Hong Kong who rejoined Kirkland & Ellis from Paul Weiss in 2013, left the firm again in May for Latham & Watkins. But he had to pay up on his way out.

Headquarters of Westar Energy company that was sold to Great Plains Energy (Mark Reinstein/ZUMA Press/Newscom)

Deal Watch: Baker Botts, Bracewell Get Jolt From Utility Union

By Jennifer Henderson |

The Lone Star State firms are working with two other Am Law 100 firms in advising on Great Plains Energy Inc.’s $12.2 billion buy of Westar Energy Inc., the latest sign of consolidation in the utilities sector.

Jimmie McMillian at the Indy 500 (Chris Owens/IMS Photo 2016).

Jimmie Goes to Indy: Barnes & Thornburg Partner Heads In-House

By Jennifer Henderson |

Jimmie “Tic Tac” McMillian Jr., a litigation partner at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis featured in a New York Times story last year about African American law partners, recently left the firm for a role with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

scaled gender inequality

Top Court Orders Mintz Levin to Face Gender Bias Claim

By Julie Triedman |

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo must face a discrimination suit filed by a former female associate following a ruling this week by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges team (HANDOUT).

Weil Prevails in Five-Year Hamptons Pro Bono Battle

By Nell Gluckman |

The Am Law 100 firm has finally put to rest a dispute over whether a community of Orthodox Jews on Long Island’s affluent East End can put up a nearly invisible boundary that allows them to perform certain work tasks on the Sabbath.

Amid Battles With League, NFL Players Incur Big Legal Fees

By Brian Baxter |

In an annual filing, The National Football League Players Association recently detailed expenditures to 16 law firms within the past year, including payments to Gibson Dunn, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose Fulbright and Winston & Strawn.

Andrew Frisch

Dewey Case Memo Calls Birth of DA’s Case “Troubling”

By Christine Simmons and Nell Gluckman |

A defense attorney representing former Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO Joel Sanders suggested in a court filing that the criminal investigation of the now-defunct firm's former chairman "was pressed by" an ex-partner and a former top prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s Office.

Preston Burton of BuckleySandler (HANDOUT).

BuckleySandler Bags High-Profile DC Litigator

By Scott Flaherty |

The fast-growing Am Law 200 firm—started in 2009 by a Skadden alum—hired Preston Burton, a former litigation chief at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Washington, D.C., whose past clients include Monica Lewinsky and two federal agents accused of spying.

The Churn

Kenyon & Kenyon Practice Leader Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Fox Rothschild snags three from Kenyon & Kenyon; Hogan Lovells goes on a hiring spree; Latham lands an arbitration head; Sheppard Mullin raids Steptoe; Wilmer welcomes a top federal prosecutor; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during 2016 elections. (iStockphoto)

Legal Community Shuns Trump in Campaign Contributions

By Nell Gluckman |

While Democratic presidential candidates usually outpace Republicans when it comes to raising funds from lawyers, so far this year the divide between the frontrunners is particularly steep.


Am Law 100 Duo Advise on First Argentine IPO in Six Years

By Jennifer Henderson |

A month after a settlement smoothed the way for Argentina's return to the global capital markets, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Davis Polk & Wardwell led the way on a $280.5 million initial public offering by a Buenos Aires-based bank.

Protestors gather as they voice their concerns over House Bill 2, also known as the Bathroom Bill, which requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate.

Transgender Bathroom Imbroglio Enlists Two More Big Firms

By Scott Flaherty |

An Am Law 100 quartet—Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Jones Day, Jenner & Block and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher—have landed key roles advising on the fallout from HB2, North Carolina's controversial new transgender bathroom law.

Donald Trump

The Trump Tax Three-Step

By Steven J. Harper |

Donald Trump doesn’t want to release his tax returns. Why?

Daniel Mears/Detroit News/PSG/Newscom

Wilmer, Miller Canfield Sink Demo Probe Work in Detroit

By Jennifer Henderson |

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr and Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone have been retained by the Detroit Land Bank Authority to advise on an investigation of a program designed to demolish vast tracts of abandoned homes in the Motor City.

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

Dewey Exec DiCarmine Picks New Lawyer, Delaying Retrial

By Nell Gluckman and Christine Simmons |

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine, who continues to battle multiple criminal charges related to his firm’s 2012 collapse, chose a new top white-collar defense lawyer to represent him on Friday.

The Churn

Hunton Makes Two Big Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Amid merger talks with a U.K. firm, Hunton & Williams added two practice leaders from Katten Muchin Rosenman; Bo Dietl's GC finds a new home; Jenner & Block launches a private wealth practice; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Jacob Wackerhausen/iStockphoto

Best and Worst Law Schools for Jobs

By Vivia Chen |

This year's list of go-to schools—and ones that should be avoided.


Deal Watch: Four Firms Keen to Create Mega REIT

By Jennifer Henderson |

Just in time for Memorial Day, four Am Law 100 firms sought to stoke and celebrate their transactional expertise by advising on an $8.4 billion combination of two leading real estate investment trusts.

Hulk Hogan.

Hulk Hogan Case Rattles Litigation Funding Firms

By Julie Triedman |

“It’s really nothing like what we do,” one litigation finance exec said of the revelation that billionaire Peter Thiel has backed Hulk Hogan’s $140 million lawsuit against Gawker.

Lori Lightfoot, Mayer Brown partner (HANDOUT).

Q&A: A Mayer Brown Lawyer Takes On the Chicago Police Department

By Susan Beck |

In the wake of Laquan McDonald’s killing, Lori Lightfoot waded into one of Chicago’s biggest controversies when she agreed to head the city’s task force on police misconduct.

UK Legal Recruiter Sets Sights on US Shores

By Julie Triedman |

London-based RedLaw launched a New York office this week, becoming perhaps only the second large U.K. legal recruitment firm to make the jump to the cutthroat U.S. lateral market.


Brinks Bulks Up, Adding Offices in China and Tampa

By Nell Gluckman |

As other IP shops contract or are absorbed into big firms, Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione is bucking the trend with lateral hires and brand-new offices in Tampa, Florida and Shenzhen, China.

June 30 Is Deadline for Lifetime Achiever Nominations

By Staff |

We're seeking nominations for The American Lawyer's Lifetime Achievement Awards. The deadline is June 30.


Quinn Emanuel Continues European Push With Zurich Launch

By Chris Johnson |

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is expanding its European presence with the launch of a new office in Switzerland under partner Thomas Werlen. Zurich-based FIFA, soccer's global governing body, is a major client of the firm.

The Churn

Fenwick & West Heads to NYC, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Silicon Valley stalwart Fenwick & West is poised to set up shop in the Big Apple; Boies Schiller brings on two more litigators; Ropes & Gray grabs another private equity pro in London; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Twenty Feet From Stardom: Celebrity Ties of the Am Law 100

By Vivia Chen |

A pictorial roundup of celebrity-Big Law family connections.

Hillary Clinton with husband, former US President Bill Clinton (Mike Nelson/EPA/Newscom).

Big Firms Have Paid Big Bucks for Clinton Speeches

By Jennifer Henderson |

According to a new database based on financial disclosures by Bill and Hillary Clinton, a handful of large law firms have paid nearly $2 million to the political power couple to make speeches. One talk came at a global partners' meeting for an Am Law 100 firm.


Too Sexy for the Boss

By Vivia Chen |

I know being a yoga instructor is not the same as being a lawyer. But hear me out anyway.

Report Sees Top Deal Lawyers Pull Ahead as Billing Rates Soar

By Julie Triedman |

The high and low ends of the M&A legal services market are becoming ever more stratified as billing rates for deal work dwarf other practices, according to a new survey by LexisNexis CounselLink.


The Diversity Ghetto

By Vivia Chen |

Women and minorities who promote diversity get penalized, a study says.


Firms Offer More Parental Leave, But Will Associates Take It?

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms are in an arms race over who can offer the best paternal leave policies, but at some firms, fathers aren’t taking all the time offered.

Dan Gill/Polaris/Newscom

Five Firms Plant Themselves on Bayer’s Mega Monsanto Bid

By Jennifer Henderson |

Eight months after Monsanto Co. abandoned its $45 billion saga to acquire Switzerland's Syngenta AG, the agribusiness giant is the recipient of a $62 billion takeover bid by Germany’s Bayer AG.

Sean O'Shea

Boies Schiller Bolts On New York Litigation Boutique

By Scott Flaherty |

White-collar pro Sean O’Shea is joining Boies Schiller along with the rest of his small firm, O’Shea Partners.

The Churn

Sheppard Mullin’s Growth Surge Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Steptoe & Johnson's Korea practice co-head finds a new home; a Bryan Cave practice leader joins the Kentucky Derby; a longtime Paul Weiss litigator becomes a regulator; Perkins Coie hires from Microsoft; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Roger Furey, an IP partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Washington, D.C. (HANDOUT)

Katten Starts Leadership Transition as New Chair Takes Helm

By MP McQueen |

Roger Furey, an IP litigation partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Washington, D.C., is poised to become the new chairman of the Chicago-based firm.

2016 Diversity Scorecard: The Rankings

For the third time in row, White & Case leads the pack in The American Lawyer's annual Diversity Scorecard

Latham, Wisconsin Firm Reach ROSS Intelligence Partnerships

By Jennifer Henderson |

A few weeks after Baker & Hostetler confirmed its intention to try out artificial legal intelligence, Latham & Watkins and Milwaukee-based von Briesen & Roper have reached licensing agreements with ROSS Intelligence, an AI system powered by IBM's Watson.

Edgard Rodriguez/iStockphoto

Bankrupt Steel Foundry Operator Leaves Big Firms Holding Bag

By Brian Baxter |

Constellation Enterprises LLC, owner of the nation’s largest single site steel foundry, owes nearly $2 million in legal bills to some of its outside lawyers, according to its Chapter 11 filing in Delaware.


DLA Piper Eyes Potential Domestic Singapore Venture

By Frances Ivens |

A week after announcing massive layoffs in the U.K., DLA Piper is considering inking a formal law alliance with a Singapore firm in order to practice local law in the city-state.


Winston & Strawn Gives Dads 20 Weeks of Paid Leave

By Vivia Chen |

Will other big firms follow?

Rift Among Rainmakers Complicates Dentons' Mexico Deal

By Julie Triedman |

The legal giant's latest expansion effort south of the border involves a dispute between two former colleagues and offers clues about Dentons' other global affiliations.

Laurence Leech/ScottishViewpoint/REX

Deal Watch: Amid Oil Price Plunge, Two Big Energy Deals

By Jennifer Henderson |

A half-dozen big firms are advising on two key transactions in the embattled energy space, as a pair of oil field services companies and natural gas producers agree to combine.

A large blaze at an apartment building under construction lights the sky near LA City Hall in downtown Los Angeles December 8, 2014. (Eric Politzer/Reuters/Newscom)

Lewis Brisbois Sues Developer for Damages Over LA Inferno

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm, which was forced to relocate its Los Angeles office in late 2014 because of a massive fire caused by arson, is suing a local real estate developer in an effort to recoup damages from the hasty move.

Norton Rose Fulbright's offices in Washington, D.C. February 20, 2016.

Norton Rose Fulbright to Shift 170 Support Jobs to SE Asia

By James Booth |

The firm plans to move nearly 5 percent of its global support roles to a new back-office center in the Philippines. The U.S. and Canada will bear the brunt of local job cuts.

Studio Grand Ouest/iStockphoto

Can We Stop the Mommy Anxiety Nonsense?

By Vivia Chen |

Moms with middle schoolers feel super stressed, but so what?

Polsinelli Rolls Up Currency Head From Bryan Cave

By Jennifer Henderson |

A little more than a year after Richard Levin joined Bryan Cave, where he served as a partner and co-chair of the firm's digital currency team, the corporate lawyer has lateraled to another leadership post at fast-growing Polsinelli.

Too Many Lawyers? Report Faults Firms for Resisting Layoffs

By Nell Gluckman |

"Widespread overcapacity" is hindering profitability at more than two-thirds of large firms, according to new survey by Altman Weil that cites underworked nonequity partners as a big part of the problem.

In Bid to Become a ‘Category Killer,’ Hinshaw Makes Changes

By Roy Strom |

One year into his role as chairman of Hinshaw & Culbertson, Kevin Burke has shaken up the Chicago-based firm's top management in pursuit of a new branding initiative that seeks to make it a market leader in advising other law firms facing legal issues.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO

Facebook Strikes Out in Attorney Deceit Case Against DLA Piper, Milberg

By Scott Flaherty |

The company will now have to convince New York’s top court if it wants a chance to revive its lawsuit against former lawyers for accused fraudster Paul Ceglia.

The Churn

Practice Leaders Pick Up Stakes, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A half-dozen big firms shuffled practice leaders within the past week; Skadden snags a high-profile arbitration expert in Hong Kong; the founding partner of Weil’s Rhode Island office departs; and other notable laterals from throughout The Am Law 200.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

The Global Lawyer: Terror Plaintiffs Still Have Friends in Washington

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

After taking the Saudis' best punch, the 9/11 bill passes the Senate unanimously.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

Deadline Passes for Proposal to Change Law Firm Ownership Rules

By Nell Gluckman |

With the passage of a key deadline, any plans for nonlawyer investment in law firms will have to wait.

President Barack Obama (EdStock/iStock) and Dubai-based law firm of Emirati lawyer Isa Bin Haider (HANDOUT).

Obama Gets a Law Firm Offer

By Jennifer Henderson |

Barack Obama, poised to cede his POTUS role next year, has received an offer for where to take his post-White House career. And it's from a law firm, although not one in The Am Law 100. Instead the president's legal suitor is slightly smaller and hails from Dubai.

Seth Waxman of Dickinson Wright (HANDOUT) and Seth Waxman of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (Diego M. Radzinschi / The National Law Journal)

A Tale of Two Waxmans at Wilmer and Dickinson Wright

By Scott Flaherty |

Seth Waxman, meet your new neighbor, Seth Waxman.

Simon Harper, Lawyers On Demand Co-Founder & BLP Consultant (HANDOUT)

Lawyers on Demand Ramps Up Growth

By Chris Johnson |

On the menu this week in The American Lawyer's Continental Breakfast series: Lawyers on Demand co-founder Simon Harper digests the spectacular growth of the alternative legal services pioneer.

Hell Yeah, You Can Bitch on the Job!

By Vivia Chen |

Good news for grumpy workers.

Kirkland, Weil Divvy Up Latest Batch of Energy Bankruptcies

By Brian Baxter |

The restructuring practices at the two top Am Law 100 firms are advising on two more Chapter 11 cases filed Monday by Breitburn Energy Partners LP and SandRidge Energy Inc.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during 2016 elections. (iStockphoto)

Morgan Lewis Straddles the Trump-Hillary Divide

By Nell Gluckman |

The billionaire reality television star and the former secretary of state don’t agree on much, but they’ve both found reasons to turn to ex-candidate Ted Cruz’s former law firm.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

SEC Suit Targets 'Patent Troll' Owner, Big Law Alum

By Scott Flaherty |

The agency took aim at a pair of Texas lawyers—one with ties to a notorious patent holder and another with Am Law 200 credentials—over an alleged scheme to cheat small business owners out of millions of dollars.

As Supply of Law Grads Drops, More Struggle to Find Work

By Matt Leichter |

With fewer people finishing law school each year, a greater proportion of them should be finding work. Instead, even nonlaw jobs are declining for recent grads.

The Mylan Laboratories Inc. headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Deal Watch: Mylan Taps Cravath Again for Dermatology Deal

By Jennifer Henderson |

Three months after Mylan NV once again turned to Cravath, Swaine & Moore to handle another multibillion-dollar deal, the firm is at it again for the acquisitive generic drug giant.

Lateral Hiring By US Firms in London Reaches New High

By Frances Ivens |

Research into recent recruitment trends by international firms in London has found that they brought in over 20 percent more partners in 2015 than the year before, with total partner numbers climbing by 6 percent across the group year-on-year.

Feds Seek Up to Five Years for Ex-Skadden Ponzi Lawyer

By Scott Flaherty |

Charles Bennett, a former corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom accused of perpetrating a $5 million Ponzi scheme, saw federal prosecutors push for him to receive more than four years in prison for his actions. Bennett has had his own shop since 2001.

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

A Fool For a Client

By Steven J. Harper |

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine wants to represent himself in his upcoming retrial. He thinks it’s a good idea; no one else does.

Jake Freed, of Davis Wright Tremaine, at Shiba Ramen.

Davis Wright Litigator Feeds His Ramen Craving

By Jennifer Henderson |

Most big firm lawyers are known for taking clients to lunch, not making it. But for Jake Freed, a San Francisco-based litigation associate at Davis Wright Tremaine, starting a ramen noodle shop named after his prized pooches was a no-brainer.

John Altorelli.

DLA Piper's John Altorelli Has Left the Building

By Nell Gluckman |

The former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner, who spoke out about the firm's downfall prior to its subsequent demise, is leaving DLA Piper to help form a business.

Citi Report: Law Firm Revenues Surged in First Quarter

By David Altuna and John Wilmouth, Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group |

The latest quarterly study by Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group found that most firms more than weathered the tough market conditions that have dominated early 2016.

Kirkland's Quest for All the Energy Bankruptcies Continues

By Brian Baxter |

The Chapter 11 filings of Linn Energy LLC and Penn Virginia Corp. brought two more big energy-related bankruptcies into a stable of cases collected by Kirkland & Ellis. The Linn case alone is the third-largest bankruptcy filed so far this year.

Billing $2K an Hour? Study Says Clients Will Pay If Lawyers Deliver

By Julie Triedman |

A survey by BTI Consulting found a big jump in the the top rates paid to the priciest partners.

A screenshot shows the website of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca on April 4, 2016.

Law Firms Look for Lessons—and Clients—in Panama Papers Leak

By Nell Gluckman |

As lawyers position themselves to represent clients embroiled in the Panama Papers scandal, a legal ethics attorney says now is a good time for firms to re-examine their intake policies, especially in foreign offices.

The Global Lawyer: The 'Zombie' Alien Tort, Three Years After Kiobel

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

In 2016, the corporate alien tort is more alive than dead.

GCs Spend More on Diverse Legal Teams, Survey Finds

By MP McQueen |

Acritas Research found that clients paid more to outside counsel teams that they rated as diverse, and general counsel were more likely to recommend diverse teams to other potential clients.

Amid Broken Deals, Antitrust Pros Chart Rough Road Ahead

By Julie Triedman |

Besides leading to big breakup fees, lawyers say foiled mergers involving giants like Staples and Halliburton may be deterring other megadeals from being proposed.

Janie Schulman of Morrison & Foerester, Janice MacAvoy of Fried Frank and Alicia Handy of Latham Watkins.

Big Law Women Talk About Abortion (Their Own)

By Vivia Chen |

A gutsy admission? Or career suicide?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a primary night rally, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.  Don McGahn of Jones Day is at left.

Jones Day to Close Cleveland Office for Republican Convention

By Susan Beck |

The firm, which is representing presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, cited “expected congestion” for its decision.

Ex-Bryan Cave Associate Gets Probation After Death Threat

By Brian Baxter |

Ryan Walsh, a former Bryan Cave litigation associate who pleaded guilty in February to charges of threatening to kill a partner back in 2013, was sentenced to three years' probation Tuesday by a federal judge in St. Louis.

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

DLA Piper Says UK Layoffs Won't Spread to US

By James Booth |

After a review of its business services functions, the global legal giant plans to cut up to 200 support jobs in the U.K., with the bulk of those roles being moved to a new operations center in Warsaw.

The Churn

Cybersecurity Hiring Stays Hot, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

A quartet of cybersecurity pros plies their wares at new firms; Blank Rome hires a former U.S. senator; Cooley adds a high-powered private equity team; Orrick adds again in Paris; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Sweet Deals: Firms Binge on Friendly's, Krispy Kreme Sales

By Jennifer Henderson |

Move over, kale and quinoa. This week it’s doughnuts and ice cream keeping deal lawyers happy.

Latham Lands Latest Energy Bankruptcy as Fees Draw Scrutiny

By Scott Flaherty |

Oklahoma City’s Chaparral Energy tapped Latham & Watkins to guide it through Chapter 11, while Skadden and Kirkland both faced questions over their fees in other recent energy industry bankruptcies.

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Growth Game: Dentons Launches Referral Network, Munich Office

By Rose Walker |

Dentons, in its latest growth bid, announced this week the formation of a global referral network in an effort to establish itself as a brand able to connect clients with lawyers around the world. The firm is also poised to open an office in Munich.

Not Just Rich, White Ladies Anymore

By Vivia Chen |

Even the Careerist needs some fun and frivolity once in a while.

Second Tranche of Offshore Docs Reveals More Big Firms

By Brian Baxter |

A nonprofit published a database of offshore entities culled from leaked documents at Panama's Mossack Fonseca. But while the names of dozens of law firms emerged in the disclosures, internal emails and other source materials remained out of public view.

David Boies will be on The Good Wife (CBS)

David Boies Has a Thing for The Good Wife

By Vivia Chen |

What was Boies doing on the hit TV show?

The American Bar Association's offices in Washington, D.C.

Big Law Stays Silent as ABA Weighs Law Firm Ownership Rules

By Susan Beck |

The debate could have major implications for access to legal services in the U.S. and for the future of firms that compete globally. So why are the country’s most powerful firms sitting it out?

(From left): Stephen Rosen, Eric Schwartzman and Ronald Hopkinson.

Cooley Banks on Private Equity Trio to Win More Tech Deals

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm announced the addition of seasoned transactional lawyers in New York, Silicon Valley and London, including former Cadwalader private equity chief Ronald Hopkinson.

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

Managing Partner Splits With Newly Formed Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz

By Julie Triedman |

Just months after co-founding the elite new litigation boutique with Paul Weiss’s Beth Wilkinson and other high-profile Big Law alums, partner Eric Liebeler has left the firm.

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C.

Firms Cash In on Anti-Bribery Expertise Amid Litigation Slowdown

By Julie Triedman |

Big-ticket litigations involving scores of lawyers may be thinner on the ground these days, but a surge in global anti-corruption probes appears to be making up for it at a number of firms.

The Churn

Chadbourne's TMT Chair Goes Solo, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

The former Beltway-based leader of Chadbourne & Parke starts his own shop; Bracewell and Sidley make some big New York hires; a boutique investment bank recruits from Sullivan & Cromwell; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dozens of Big Firms to Appear in New 'Panama Papers' Database

By Brian Baxter |

Plenty of familiar names from The Am Law 200 and Global 100 appeared in an early version of a searchable online database drawn from the leaked files of offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

Aeropostale store and a CHC helicopter.

Lucky 33: Weil Scores a Bankruptcy Hat Trick

By Brian Baxter |

Kirkland & Ellis may have cornered the market on debtor-side cases for troubled energy clients, but Weil, Gotshal & Manges snagged roles this week on three other recent Chapter 11 cases of note for Aéropostale, CHC Group and Fairway.

AI Pioneer ROSS Intelligence Lands Its First Big Law Clients

By Susan Beck |

Baker & Hostetler is the first law firm to make public that it has licensed the artificial intelligence product using IBM’s Watson technology for bankruptcy matters.

Jobs Report Shows Fresh Dip in Legal Employment

By Scott Flaherty |

The industry lost 1,500 jobs in April after gaining jobs in March, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Lawyer Shortage? In Your (Law School's) Dreams

By Steven J. Harper |

It will always be a great time to go to some law schools. It will never be a great time to go to others.

Steven Davis, left, and Stephen DiCarmine, right, leave court after a mistrial was declared in the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial. Oct. 19, 2015. Attorney Austin Campriello is in the center.

Dewey's DiCarmine Looks to Fire Lawyer as Retrial Looms

By Nell Gluckman |

A judge urged former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director Stephen DiCarmine not to split with Bryan Cave’s Austin Campriello, saying that the risks of representing himself were too great.

Lanny Davis Launches New Firm With Orrick, Patton Boggs Alums

By Susan Beck |

The lawyer, spinmaster and longtime Clinton ally has a new law firm, Davis Goldberg & Galper, and a new public relations shop to go with it.

Deal Watch: Five Firms on Call for $9 Billion Health Services Merger

By Jennifer Henderson |

The first week of May was kind to several Am Law 100 firms, as a handful of health care, real estate and technology deals provided a boon to corporate transactional coffers.

After Sydney Closure, Skadden Team Sails to Allen & Overy

By Chris Johnson |

Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy has bolstered its Australia practice with the hire of a three-lawyer securities team from the soon-to-be-shuttered Sydney office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

The Churn

New Recruits at Kirkland, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

More comings-and-goings at Kirkland & Ellis; cybersecurity hiring stays hot at Cooley and Covington; Latham & Watkins snags another lateral in Germany; Paul Weiss restocks its litigation group; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Two More Energy Companies Tap Kirkland for Bankruptcy Work

By Scott Flaherty |

Having already grabbed a handful of key debtor’s-side roles for struggling energy companies, Kirkland & Ellis added two more Chapter 11 cases to its docket this week, snagging assignments for Houston's Ultra Petroleum Corp. and Midstates Petroleum Inc.

Cooley's Andy Roth

Dentons Cyber Group Chair Jumps to Cooley

By Nell Gluckman |

Cooley is poised to hire Andy Roth, head of the global privacy and cybersecurity group at Dentons, as a partner for its privacy and data protection practice in New York.

Elizabeth O. 'Betty' Temple

How Womble Carlyle's First Female Chair Took the Reins

By Julie Triedman |

Elizabeth “Betty” Temple, the new leader of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, talks about building the “superregional” firm of the future, and how she landed a job she hadn't even considered seeking.

New York Skyline

Big Law Alums Seek to Grow Tech Startup Scene in New York

By Nell Gluckman |

New York City's efforts to grow as an East Coast technology hub are being helped by Tech:NYC, a new nonprofit headed by a former Loeb & Loeb and Dentons lawyer that has two Am Law 100 alums on its board. Gunderson Dettmer is also involved with the organization.

Meredith Martin Addy, partner at Tabet DiVito & Rothstein. (HANDOUT)

Chicago Boutique Lures Katten Patent Litigation Chair

By Jennifer Henderson |

Meredith "Mimi" Addy is on the move again. Less than two years after joining Katten Muchin Rosenman as national chair of its patent litigation practice, Addy has linked up with Windy City-based litigation boutique Tabet DiVito & Rothstein.

World's First Publicly Traded Law Firm Won't Go Bankrupt

By James Booth |

Slater & Gordon, an Australian plaintiffs shop that became the world's first publicly traded law firm in 2007, has reached a $630 million debt refinancing deal with lenders to avert a potential bankruptcy filing Down Under.

Paul Weiss' David Bernick HANDOUT

Paul Weiss Hires High-Profile Product Liability Litigator

By Scott Flaherty |

David Bernick, a former general counsel of tobacco giant Philip Morris International Inc., has left Dechert for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which restocked its litigation group after a notable departure in January.

Big Law Warms Up to Litigation Funding, Burford Survey Finds

By Julie Triedman |

A growing percentage of large law firms say that they have turned to an outside funder to underwrite cases, according to a poll by litigation finance company Burford Capital Ltd.

Chadbourne's Warsaw Office Sets Off on Separate Path

By Jennifer Henderson |

Chadbourne & Parke's outpost in the Polish capital, which it opened in 2004, has been spun off into its own local firm.

Ex-Recruiter Says Lateral Link Stiffs Employees on Wages

By Nell Gluckman |

A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by a former Lateral Link recruiter alleges that the firm underpaid California workers.

Football star Tom Brady (lft) and his father Tom Brady, Sr.

Tom Brady Bunch: Morgan Lewis Lands Lawyer With QB Ties

By Brian Baxter |

Tom Brady may have added Gibson Dunn's Ted Olson to his Deflategate appellate litigation team, but his own NFL franchise, the New England Patriots, saw its outside firm Morgan Lewis recently land an in-house lawyer who had worked for its star quarterback's father.

How Law Schools Game the Rankings

By Vivia Chen |

Study finds that law school rankings encourage cheating, lying.

Financier R. Allen Stanford gives a thumbs up as he arrives to the federal courthouse in shackles for a hearing in Houston, Texas, April 6, 2010.

Chadbourne Pays $35M in Stanford Ponzi Suit; Proskauer Faces New Class Action

By Julie Triedman |

After striking a deal with Chadbourne & Parke, investors are hoping for another chance to pursue claims that Proskauer Rose helped R. Allen Stanford conceal his Ponzi scheme from regulators.

Nicholas Gravante Jr.

Boies Schiller Partner's New Courtroom Foe: His Mom

By Scott Flaherty |

A family feud involving top New York litigator Nicholas Gravante Jr. got worse when his 81-year-old mother allegedly called his firm and his friends to call him a lying cheat.

The Churn

DLA Piper Adds High-Powered Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

DLA Piper bags new recruits from Skadden and Willkie Farr; Chadbourne & Parke picks up a partner with World Cup ties; Cleary Gottlieb adds an Allen & Overy practice leader; Stroock nabs a former federal judge; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Hudson Yards Project (Courtesy Related-Oxford)

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

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

Husch Blackwell Tacks On 150-Lawyer Wisconsin Firm

By Nell Gluckman |

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


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

By Vivia Chen |

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

Law Schools Need More Than 'Warm Bodies'

By Steven J. Harper |

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

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

MoFo Partner, Novelist James Huston Dead After Battle With Cancer

By MP McQueen |

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

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

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

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

Orrick Partners With Pro-Pot Nonprofit Group

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Curtis Expands to Switzerland With New Geneva Office

By Chris Johnson |

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

Kirsten Jarvis Johnson with her son.

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

By Julie Triedman |

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

In Presidential Legal Fee Race, Trump Beats Hillary

By Brian Baxter |

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

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

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

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

Lawyers for Beirut Bombing Victims Finally Close In on Recovery

By Julie Triedman |

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

The Churn

Fox Rothschild Bets on Big Wealth, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

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


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

By Vivia Chen |

A quick and dirty take on the news.

More Law Firms Take Aim at Associate Student Loan Debt

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Joseph Sigelman, indicted former chief executive of PetroTiger Ltd.

Ex-Quinn Emanuel Client Can’t Dodge Arbitration Clause

By Nell Gluckman |

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

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

Icahn's CVR Energy Seeks to Reboot Wachtell Malpractice Case

By Susan Beck |

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

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

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

By Susan Beck |

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

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

Steptoe Associate Killed in Freak Florida Traffic Accident

By Brian Baxter |

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

The American Lawyer May 2016 cover

Law Firm Leaders React to a Year of Slow Growth

By Susan Beck and MP McQueen |

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

Newspapers (perspective/Flickr)

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

By Jennifer Henderson |

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

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

Jones Day, K&L Gates Bulk Up Cybersecurity Practices

By Nell Gluckman |

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

Mauricio Macri

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

By Scott Flaherty |

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

The Churn

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

By Brian Baxter |

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