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  • Britain United Kingdom British flag Union Jack

    Biglaw, Law Firm Mergers, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Law Firm Merger Mania: Greenberg Traurig Flirts With A British Suitor

    Greenberg Traurig’s CEO has criticized mergers with overseas law firms in the past, but could this particular deal make strategic sense?

    4 Comments / / Feb 3, 2016 at 5:29 PM
  • Ted Cruz (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)


    Non-Sequiturs: 01.26.16

    * Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig is now depending on a future President Trump to enact the campaign finance reforms he built his failed presidential bid upon. He’ll be waiting for a while. [The Crimson]

    * Ted Cruz has pretty much always been a douche. [Funny or Die]

    * The People v. O.J. Simpson explores racism, sexism, and more — all through costume. [Fashionista]

    * U.S. Senators: They’re just like us! Claire McCaskill live-tweets her jury duty experience. [The Slot]

    * How can you avoid burnout as a lawyer? [Associate’s Mind]

    * Why are embattled public defender offices actually excited about the lawsuits against them? [Christian Science Monitor]

    * Practical advice for taking advantage of the opportunities that are staring you right in the face. [Guile is Good]

    * Get the inside scoop on why Rudy Giuliani jumped ship to Greenberg Traurig. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    5 Comments / / Jan 26, 2016 at 5:26 PM
  • Judge Judy

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 01.20.16

    * Justice Judy? According to a poll conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, about 10 percent of college graduates think that Judith Sheindlin, aka Judge Judy, serves on the bench of the Supreme Court. [CNN]

    * If you haven’t heard, Houston-based firm Bracewell & Giuliani lost one of its famous name partners this week. Former New York Mayor and founding New York partner Rudy Giuliani is taking his nouns and verbs about 9/11 and heading to presumably greener pastures at Greenberg Traurig. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Yeehaw! Ride ’em, partners! Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is the latest Biglaw firm to open an outpost in Houston, Texas, and there’s no better way to staff an office in the Wild Wild West than to poach 20 partners from your competitor firms. [Texas Lawyer]

    * Texas Wesleyan Law graduates have officially lost the diploma war they’ve been waging against Texas A&M Law. A judge recently dismissed their case for want of any evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever. [National Law Journal via Courthouse News Service]

    * Martin Shkreli is sick and tired of being depicted as nothing more than a “pharma bro” in the press, so he’s decided to get new legal representation in his securities fraud case, as if that’ll somehow solve all of his problems. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    23 Comments / / Jan 20, 2016 at 8:54 AM
  • kitty-genovese

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.18.15

    * Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the lateral raids of lawyers from competing law firms. Wilson Elser just poached 11 litigators from Lewis Brisbois, including the firm’s regional managing partner, who now holds the same title at his new firm. Ride ’em, cowboy! [Houston Business Journal]

    * “I think almost 50 years of paying for those crimes is enough.” Winston Moseley, the man convicted of killing Kitty Genovese in an infamous case that came to define the meaning of bystander apathy, was recently denied parole for the eighteenth time. [AP]

    * We love an underdog story: On the topic of lateral moves, it seems like Greenberg Traurig has a habit of “cherry picking” top talent from higher-ranked law firms like Davis Polk, White & Case, and McDermott Will & Emery. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * When it comes to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s in-house judges, Chairman Mary Jo White says that while its court system could be “modernize[d],” it’s still a fair process — for the SEC. The house usually wins in these proceedings. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * How old is too old to be a judge? Pennsylvania voters are going to be asked this question next year when a referendum on a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution to raise the judicial retirement age from 70 to 75 hits the ballot box. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    48 Comments / / Nov 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Kim Davis


    Non-Sequiturs: 11.12.15

    * Take a look at this glorious send-up of the hypocrisy behind Mat Staver, Kim Davis’s attorney, who now has his panties in a twist because he doesn’t think a public servant is doing their job. Oh, the delicious delicious irony. Maybe Alanis can stick it in her next song. [Wonkette]

    * Well, isn’t this f**king stupid. A Utah judge orders a same-sex couple to give up their foster child because the child would be better off with heterosexual parents. This is just infuriating. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * Just when you finally had all the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure memorized, they’re about to change. [Associate’s Mind]

    * How lawyers can draw the line when asked to support judicial candidates? [Katz on Justice]

    * Greenberg Traurig’s CEO, Richard Rosenbaum, predicts some Biglaw firms will die. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    18 Comments / / Nov 12, 2015 at 5:34 PM
  • kardashian_sisters

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.15.15

    * Daaaammmmn. Some serious shade as Greenberg Traurig CEO Richard Rosenbaum takes a swipe at Dentons. Video below the jump.

    * Lamar Odom is still technically married to Khloe Kardashian, thereby giving his estranged wife authority when it comes to medical decisions. Good, because I think we were all hoping a man’s tragic health crisis could be fodder for May Sweeps. [Eonline]

    * Linklaters is “internally crowdsourcing” to find a solution to provide a better work-life balance. Jesus. Bring on the necessary resources to cap any individual’s work week at 60 billable hours and move on. Anything less is just an invitation to rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic. [Law360]

    * Looks like NPR’s hit podcast Serial is ready for a second season. [The Onion]

    * Dewey think these deliberations will ever end? [The Am Law Daily]

    * Ah, the life of in-house counsel: writing bitchy emails to customers telling them how stupid they are. [L.A. Times]

    * Rand Paul explains how “liberty” works for gay people. [Gawker]

    * Before joining a class action, make sure aren’t advertising your own criminal behavior to authorities. [Times-Picayune]

    * And here’s that Greenberg Traurig-Dentons swipe. This strikes me as an ill-considered decision given that Dentons is known as a firm that doesn’t start fights, but sure as f**k ends them. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    41 Comments / / Oct 15, 2015 at 9:03 AM
  • Victoria Davis Lockhard LF

    Biglaw, Crime

    You Won’t Believe Why This Biglaw Partner Was Arrested

    Sometimes the passion and energy that make a great lawyer can bite you in the ass — sometimes it can get you arrested.

    49 Comments / / Jul 10, 2015 at 4:46 PM
  • Email in Inbox

    Biglaw, Technology

    Biglaw Trend Alert: Say Goodbye To Gmail

    The list of firms banning personal email at work is growing… when will your firm be on the list?

    31 Comments / / Jun 30, 2015 at 12:29 PM
  • Left Shark


    Non-Sequiturs: 02.11.15

    * Katy Perry’s lawyers from Greenberg Traurig lob another volley at the sculptor of Left Shark. Amazingly, they’re trying to use his sculpture in their trademark application. Can’t make this up. [Political Sculptor] * Former ATL Lawyer of the Year, Paul Weiss’s Roberta Kaplan, has an interesting new project. She’s asking Americans to co-sign an […]

    17 Comments / / Feb 11, 2015 at 5:06 PM
  • Katy Perry

    Celebrities, Copyright, Intellectual Property

    Katy Perry’s Biglaw Firm Sends Out ‘Left Shark’ Cease & Desist Letter

    You don’t want to make Katy Perry your enemy, because her lawyers will come at you like a dark horse. Check out the UPDATE: we’ve got the response to the C&D letter.

    67 Comments / / Feb 6, 2015 at 11:55 AM