Tag Archives: AmLaw 100

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Big Law Clings to ‘Guild-Like Veneer’ As ‘Super Rich’ Firms Pull Away

Big Law Clings to ‘Guild-Like Veneer’ As ‘Super Rich’ Firms Pull Away

By J. Stephen Poor, Chair Emeritus, Seyfarth Shaw LLP This year’s AmLaw 100 results have been published and the story told is much the same as in the past few years. Overall, the industry continues to grow — albeit at a slower pace. As in prior years, growth is not uniform.  Rather, the results are

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Bigly Expansion & Decline: Big Law Market Share By The Numbers

By the numbers, which big law firm has gained the most revenue since the recession? We decided to take a look at the largest 100 U.S. law firms and compile a data set from archived records of financial rankings in The American Lawyer. It was a fairly simple, but time-intensive process, which entailed taking the 2007 list

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TFW Dewey Execs ‘Lied’ and 16 More Quotes From Our Aric Press Podcast

The former editor of The American Lawyer, Aric Press sat down with Big Law Business for an interview for our podcast earlier this month. We talked  with Press about his career, the business of law and law firm rankings, and what he’s learned about the legal industry since becoming a consultant. Below are some highlights from the podcast.

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Was Scalia Too Good for Big Law? (Podcast)

Casey and Josh discuss deferred prosecution agreements in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal case, the end of Dickstein Shapiro, Justice Scalia’s Big Law associate days, Richard Susskind’s new book and video for Big Law Business, and the one year anniversary of the launch of the Big Law Business website. Subscribe to the Big Law Business podcast

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When 22 Big Law Partners Head for the Exit Together (Podcast)

Josh Block and Casey Sullivan discuss the impending departure of 22 partners from Schiff Hardin, Rudy Giuliani’s move to Greenberg Traurig and the confirmation that the firm is in preliminary merger talks with a large British firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner. Will Dickstein Shapiro have a new merger partner? And what do the layoffs at Reed Smith

Video interview with Gary Wingens

Do Law Firm Rankings Drive Bad Behavior?

“Inevitably pressure to measure this year against last year… isn’t the healthiest thing for our profession,” said Lowenstein Sandler’s Gary Wingens. In the final video in our interview series with the chairman and managing partner, Wingens tells us how rankings are affecting law firms.

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In Defense of Law Firm Rankings

“We’re talking about a listing of the nation’s top grossing law firms…there are no value judgments,” says Kimberly Kleman, Editor-in-Chief of The American Lawyer. Kleman spoke to Big Law Business to respond to a video op-ed by law firm consultant Bruce MacEwen that was critical of the Am Law 200 rankings. 

Bruce MacEwen talks De-Listing with Big Law Business

What is the Value of Law Firm Rankings?

Law firm consultant Bruce MacEwen of Adam Smith, Esq. says that in his opinion, the annual Am Law 200 rankings invites “scrutiny that… it can’t actually stand up to.” MacEwen walks Big Law Business through his thinking about the list, exploring ideas from his recent essay, “De-Listing.” UPDATE: On July 29 Big Law Business posted


Steven Brill: Don’t Hate On Law Firm PR

Photo by theilr (Flickr/ Creative Commons) Steven Brill, the lawyer-journalist who founded The American Lawyer and Court TV, spoke to Big Law Business about the story behind creating the AmLaw 100, and what he feels law firm PR professionals get wrong when approaching journalists. In the first of a two-part series, Brill lays out some background