• Chicago-founded Kirkland & Ellis, with $3.757 billion in 2018 revenues, is again the biggest U.S. law firm by gross revenue in new Am Law 100 2019 rankings released yesterday. The rest of the top eight U.S. firms also stayed the same: Latham & Watkins; Baker McKenzie; DLA Piper; Skadden; Sidley Austin; Hogan Lovells; Morgan Lewis; and Jones Day. White & Case took No. 10, pushing Norton Rose Fulbright down to No. 11. (American Lawyer)

  • In Big Law’s best year since the Great Recession, 88 firms reported gains in gross revenue in 2018 and 37 firms posted gross revenue of $1 billion or more, six more than in 2017. But a handful of firms drove most of the growth. And the $4.4 billion in client discounts that the Am Law 100 gave during the year reflected pressure from alternative service providers, Big Four accounting firms, and clients. Video. (American Lawyer)

  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz topped the list for profits per equity partner, at $6.5 million. For the Am Law 100 overall, average PEP was up by 6.5 percent in 2018, up from 6.3 percent the previous year. (American Lawyer) Are Big Law firms focusing too much on international growth, to the detriment of profitability? (American Lawyer)

  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School said James McGrath, a Texas A&M University School of Law professor and associate dean, will be its new president and dean. WMU Cooley Law has struggled with dismal bar passage rates and a recently settled accreditation dispute with the ABA. A board member said the new hire will help boost its standing in legal education. (Cooley.edu)

  • U.K. elite firm Clifford Chance expanded its U.S. presence by hiring General Electric’s vice president for global competition law and policy, Sharis Pozen, in Washington. Pozen, who has held top positions at the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission and is a former Skadden partner, becomes Clifford Chance’s global antitrust co-chair. (CliffordChance.com)

  • Key U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed inclined to let the Trump administration add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census in a clash that will shape the allocation of congressional seats and federal dollars. (BN via BLAW) Civil rights and immigrant justice groups, and law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., filed an amicus brief urging the court to keep the question off the census. (LawyersforCivilRights.org)

  • Amazon.com Inc. drivers will get to argue their claims the internet giant misclassified them as independent contractors in court, a federal judge ruled. Lichten & Liss-Riordan and Frank Freed Subit & Thomas represent the drivers. Morgan Lewis & Bockius and K&L Gates represent Amazon. (BLAW)

  • Special counsel Robert Mueller noted that subjects of his Russia probe, including some tied to President Donald Trump’s campaign, communicated through apps that encrypt data or don’t store it long term, limiting his ability to investigate. (BLAW via BLB)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Private equity firm Seaport Capital, advised by Willkie Farr & Gallagher, invested an unspecified sum in All Traffic Data, which provides traffic data collection and reporting, consulting services, and transportation asset management for U.S. civil engineering firms, state and local transportation authorities, municipalities, and commercial establishments. (TheMiddleMarket.com)

  • Robins Kaplan said partner and national trial chair Roman M. Silberfeld was voted president-elect of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. (RobinsKaplan.com)

  • The American Bar Association’s litigation section is holding its second LGBT+ Forum April 30-May 1 in New York City, this year marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. (AmericanBar.org)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Schiff Hardin said top insurance industry in-house lawyer and arbitrator Thomas M. Zurek joined the firm’s insurance and reinsurance and litigation and dispute resolution practice groups in Chicago. He arrives most recently from OneAmerica, where he was senior chief legal counsel, executive VP and secretary. (SchiffHardin.com)

  • Jones Day added three lawyers in Washington: Energy partner David Applebaum joins from Akin Gump; intellectual property partner Michael Oblon joins from Perkins Coie; and tax of counsel Amie Breslow joins from PwC. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Morrison & Foerster said 25-year veteran M&A and private equity lawyer Peter Rooney joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in its mergers & acquisitions group. According to his LinkedIn, Rooney arrives from Orrick. (MoFo.com)

  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer lost its head of marketing communications, Nicole Rodgers Houston, who left to become Washington managing director for corporate communications agency Baretz+Brunelle. (Businesswire)

  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough added a two-lawyer litigation team in New York, getting Alan F. Kaufman as a partner from Hinshaw & Culbertson, while Lisa A. Herbert joined from a local firm as of counsel. (NelsonMullins.com)

  • McGuireWoods said veteran energy litigator Gregory J. Krock joined the firm as a partner in Pittsburgh. He was previously at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, where he was chair of the oil & gas litigation practice group. (McGuireWoods.com)

Legal Actions

  • An Illinois lawyer wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether as an unsuccessful job candidate (at age 58) he could sue for hiring discrimination, in a case that could test the federal law that protects against age bias. (BLAW)

Technology

  • In a White House meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, President Trump complained about losing Twitter followers. (WaPo)

  • On an HBO report on the future of work, legal tech company LawGeex’s AI contract review app, for the second time, handily beat a human lawyer for accuracy and speed in reviewing two documents. (Lawgeex.com)

Legal Education

  • Ohio-based Case Western Reserve University School of Law announced it received a $10 million donation, its biggest ever, while Malibu-based Pepperdine University School of Law said it got a $2 million donation. Both schools said they’ll use the gifts to expand their programs. (Law.com)