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  • Biglaw, Incisive Media, Munger Tolles & Olson, Rankings

    The 2011 Am Law A-List

    It’s that time of the year again: American Lawyer magazine has just released its A-List for 2011. The Am Law rankings attempt to evaluate which law firms have got the right stuff to become elite: The A-List was created in 2003 in an effort to assess (and rank) the nation’s largest and most prominent law […]

    18 Comments / / Jun 30, 2011 at 1:23 PM
  • Incisive Media, No Offers, Summer Associates

    Summer Associate Report: ‘The economic times suck.’

    American Lawyer has released its annual summer associate survey. Not surprisingly, summer associates were generally terrified: “The economic times suck,” one clerk at New York’s Skadden, Arps, Meagher, Slate & Flom wrote bluntly in response to our most recent summer associates survey. “The firm can’t change that. But the times have made for a difficult […]

    146 Comments / / Sep 29, 2009 at 1:14 PM
  • Incisive Media, Media and Journalism, Money, Private Equity

    In(de)cisive Media? ALM Reclaims Its Name
    (Or: Which industry is more troubled, law or media?)

    Yesterday, American Lawyer released the results of its annual survey of midlevel associates. Morale is about what you would expect from postal workers applying for a gun permit, not upwardly mobile white collar workers. But the results should surprise no one: Associate morale plummeted to the lowest level in five years (since we started asking […]

    74 Comments / / Jul 31, 2009 at 9:40 AM
  • Biglaw, Incisive Media, Munger Tolles & Olson, Rankings

    The Am Law A-List Isn’t Kind to Laid Off Associates

    American Lawyer has released its A-List for 2009. The rankings try to measure the qualities that make an elite law firm: This list, which we launched in 2003, aims to measure and quantify the qualities that define an elite law firm, making an effort to look beyond profits. We examine four factors: revenue per lawyer, […]

    100 Comments / / Jun 30, 2009 at 11:06 AM
  • Gender, Incisive Media, Women's Issues

    Women in Law: Crunching the Numbers

    American Lawyer has released another report that shows that while women make up a significant percentage of Biglaw associates, they are under-represented in law firm partnership ranks: And while the ranks of female partners have grown steadily, women still account, on average, for fewer than one in five big-firm partners. The greatest numbers of female […]

    80 Comments / / Jun 1, 2009 at 12:14 PM
  • Biglaw, Incisive Media, Partner Profits

    Am Law 200 Pwns Am Law 100

    Congratulations Am Law 200 firms. You have weathered all the disparaging comments about your cities, your practice, the quality of lawyers that work at your firms. And now, as we stare into the sewage drain of the American legal economy, the Am Law 200 firms are coming out smelling like roses: Reports of their demise, […]

    94 Comments / / May 28, 2009 at 12:40 PM
  • Incisive Media, Minority Issues

    New Diversity Rankings

    Today, the Minority Law Journal published its new Diversity Rankings. There was a big change in the publication’s methodology, and that resulted in significant upheaval in the rankings: All this churn comes courtesy of a new ranking formula adopted after we found ourselves wondering whether our traditional approach to measuring diversity–calculating the overall percentage of […]

    226 Comments / / May 6, 2009 at 10:25 AM
  • Biglaw, Incisive Media, Partner Profits, Rankings

    The AmLaw 100

    It’s time for another list! The AmLaw 100 is out and we finally get to see some financial numbers from the nation’s top law firms. The 2007 numbers have been totally obsolete since Lehman collapsed, so we’ve been waiting a long time for these numbers. In terms of gross revenue, there is not much of […]

    156 Comments / / Apr 29, 2009 at 12:58 PM
  • Incisive Media, Texas

    What is Texas Afraid Of?

    I wanted to circle back to a very interesting piece on AmLaw Daily yesterday. Their article on what Texas law firms are doing during this economic downturn confirms suspicions I’ve had for a little while: At a time when law firms are more openly announcing and discussing layoff decisions, one group of firms is being […]

    236 Comments / / Mar 24, 2009 at 2:14 PM
  • Biglaw, Incisive Media

    Nationwide Therapy Session

    Today’s National Law Journal takes an interesting look a the mental and emotional health of recently laid off attorneys. Quite obviously, people lose a lot more than a paycheck when they lose their job: For the first time in their lives, many of these lawyers are struggling with a profound feeling of failure. And while […]

    89 Comments / / Mar 6, 2009 at 3:15 PM
  • Incisive Media, Layoffs

    Nationwide Layoff Watch: A Top Ten List, Some Things We Missed, Other Sundries

    AmLaw is out today with a carnage top ten. They list the firms that have conducted the deepest layoffs by percentage of total associates. Orrick leads the way, its two rounds of layoffs (in November and on Tuesday) nailed nearly 20% of the firm’s associates. But is Orrick’s position in the top spot a little […]

    51 Comments / / Mar 5, 2009 at 11:03 AM
  • Incisive Media, Layoffs, Media and Journalism

    Lawyers Aren’t The Only Ones Getting Laid Off

    We’ve been reporting extensively on lawyer layoffs, but it’s important to remember that a downturn in the legal profession ripples through many other fields and careers. Today’s sad news comes from our friends at Incisive Media, publisher of well-known brands like American Lawyer magazine and the National Law Journal. Incisive media released this statement about […]

    32 Comments / / Feb 2, 2009 at 3:02 PM