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Wake Up Call: ‘Russia Law Firm of the Year’ at Trump Presser

Wake Up Call: ‘Russia Law Firm of the Year’ at Trump Presser

• In his first press conference since July, President-elect Donald J. Trump introduced Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner Sheri Dillon as the lawyer tasked with ironing out any conflicts created by his myriad business interests before he takes office. It’s not often that a Big Law partner is thrust into the international spotlight like that. (BLB) But is

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Wake Up Call: FanDuel, DraftKings Agree to Cease Operations in New York

• Debevoise & Plimpton has launched an office in Tokyo with three lawyers who are relocating from New York, to be run as a local joint venture that will allow it to hire Japanese lawyers and offer Japanese law advice. (The Lawyer) • A California federal judge has issued a preliminary ruling disqualifying the year-old litigation boutique Hueston Hennigan from a

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12 Big Trends Facing the Legal Media, PR and the Business of Law

Last Thursday I spoke on a panel in San Francisco with Jenna Greene, editor of the AmLaw Litigation Daily, and David Houston, editor of the Daily Journal — who is also my former boss. The event, titled “What’s Now & What’s Next for the Legal Press,” touched on trends in the legal media and, of course,

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At Harvard Law School, Battle for Inclusion Continues

The successful fight to retire Harvard Law School’s controversial shield emblem, which has ties to a slaveholding benefactor, has ignited a new battle over equality and racism on the Cambridge campus. Earlier this week, the Harvard Corporation voted unanimously to retire the image and trademark of the 80-year-old shield, which displays the coat of arms from the family of Isaac Royall,

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Wake Up Call: A Full Run-Down On Reactions to Obama SCOTUS Nominee Garland

• Meet Merrick Garland: he joined Arnold & Porter in 1981 as an associate litigator, made partner by 1985 but in 1989 left to serve as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia. He went on to rise to the top of the U.S. Justice Department before landing on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. in 1997, where

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Perspective: What Kirkland Departures Signal About Law Firm Branding

Editor’s Note: The author of this post is the founder and CEO of Legal Mosaic, a strategic consulting firm. By Mark Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, Legalmosaic It’s hardly news when law firms merge, dissolve, or announce office openings or closings. So too has it become routine when big-name partners lateral from one large firm to

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Wake Up Call: Boies Schiller Posts Profits Per Partner In Excess of $3 Million

• Profits per partner topped $3 million for the second straight year in 2015 at litigation specialist Boies, Schiller & Flexner, which saw gross revenue grow 10.1 percent from 2014. (American Lawyer) • Paul Hastings is creating a lower-cost due diligence unit in Atlanta “to handle work for private equity and other clients.” (The Recorder) • In

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Wake Up Call: Appeals Court Finds Law Firms Protected From Liability in Stanford Fraud Scheme

• Reversing a lower court, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Proskauer Rose and Chadbourne & Parke are protected  from liability for the actions of a former partner who investors allege helped R. Allen Stanford hide his $7 billion fraud scheme. (National Law Journal) • With a record $504 million in gross revenues, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

Perspective: The Opposition to ABA Law Connect Was About Lawyer Protectionism, Not Public Good

Editor’s Note: The author of this post is the founder and CEO of Legal Mosaic, a strategic consulting firm and a regular contributor to Big Law Business. By Mark Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, Legalmosaic Monica Bay’s recent article “Rocket Lawyer CEO on the Quick Demise of ABA Pilot Program” in this publication warrants another take.

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This GC’s Biggest Irritation: When Lawyers Charge Time for Reviewing Their Bill

In 2010, Stephan Tanda, a member of the Managing Board at Royal DSM, flew in from the company’s headquarters in The Netherlands with an important question for Hugh Welsh, General Counsel of DSM’s North America division. The two went out to dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Parsippany, New Jersey. Welsh said he remembers the moment like it