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10 Accounts of Women Who Left Big Law to Run Their Own Firms

10 Accounts of Women Who Left Big Law to Run Their Own Firms

Nancy Mertzel started her own firm in New York in 2017 “I found that in large law firms it wasn’t helpful for me to have any initiative or investigate things. I kind of squelched that aspect of who I am.” “Once I decided to explore hanging out a shingle, I started getting in touch with

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Hogan Lovells Restructures U.K. Office, Cuts Support Staff

Hogan Lovells announced on Monday that it will transfer or remove 90 of its legal support and business administration jobs out of its office in London to branches of the firm in Johannesburg, South Africa and Birmingham, England. Hogan Lovells is moving 78 business services jobs and 12 legal support roles from London to Johannesburg and

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Management Lawyer Joins DOL as First Wage-Hour Political Hire

By Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg News, and Ben Penn, Bloomberg BNA Management-side attorney Keith Sonderling has joined the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division as a senior policy adviser, according to an e-mail sent to Department of Labor staff obtained by Bloomberg News. Sonderling is the first political appointee for the agency, which regulates and enforces minimum wage

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Duane Morris Announces Leadership Change at Helm

After ten years as Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris LLP, John J. Soroko is stepping down. Matthew A. Taylor, 53, currently vice chairman and head of the firm’s trial practice group, will take over in January as Duane Morris’ ninth Chairman and CEO, the Philadelphia firm announced today. Soroko, 66, will become Chairman Emeritus and return full-time to his litigation,

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World’s Largest Law Firm to Grow Business Through Referrals

With an estimated 8,600 lawyers, Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew likes to say he presides over the largest law firm in the world, and that it’s still not big enough. “Our clients come to us with problems,” Andrew said. “Those problems do not have a neat bow around them that says, ‘This is a legal problem,

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The Ranks of Non-Equity Law Partners Have Proliferated

 By Elizabeth Olson, Big Law Business In recent years, the number of non-equity Big Law partners has grown at a dizzying rate. Some firms used the category as a convenient niche to tuck lateral hires or under performing partners, and other firms viewed such salaried positions as an added step on the tall ladder to full partnership.

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Southern California Law Firm Announces New Managing Partner

San Diego-based Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP announced today that John D. Alessio, who focuses on complex class actions and business and employment litigation, will serve as the firm’s managing partner beginning Jan. 1. Alessio, 48, will replace Tom W. Turner Jr., 63, who will return to full-time legal work as a partner and team

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Ropes & Gray Leaders on ‘Unusual’ Turnover

This year, Ropes & Gray has seen some “unusual” turnover — as its managing partner recently put it in an interview — especially for a firm that operates in the upper echelon of corporate legal services. But firm leaders say the number of exits don’t tell the whole story. “Many who have left — we haven’t necessarily prevented them

A logo sits illuminated outside the Qualcomm Inc. pavilion at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, March 2, 2015. The event, which generates several hundred million euros in revenue for the city of Barcelona each year, also means the world for a week turns its attention back to Europe for the latest in technology, despite a lagging ecosystem. Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

Qualcomm Hires Antitrust Legal Scholar

Mired in antitrust litigation, the San Diego chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. has hired an outspoken legal scholar to help shape its policy in this area and handle some cases. Koren Wong-Ervin is departing as director of the Global Antitrust Institute at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and will join Qualcomm’s legal department on Sept. 25.

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Irell Elects First African American Managing Partner

By Elizabeth Olson, Big Law Business Irell & Manella LLP has elected Ellisen S. Turner as the firm’s managing partner. Turner, a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office who is the hiring chair and an executive committee member, is Irell’s first African-American managing partner. He will succeed Andrei Iancu who is completing his second three-year term,

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