DLA Piper

  • revenge is sweet

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Lawyer of the Day, Legal Ethics, Litigators, Small Law Firms

    DLA Piper’s Revenge

    A thorn in the side of DLA Piper now finds himself in a prickly situation.

    5 Comments / / Aug 28, 2013 at 4:02 PM
  • RANKINGS IMAGE

    Biglaw, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Rankings

    What Is The World’s New Top-Grossing Law Firm?

    There’s a new firm at the top of the charts, for the first time in three years.

    32 Comments / / Aug 28, 2013 at 10:16 AM
  • girls gone wild

    Biglaw, Cars, Cellphones, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Crime, Drugs, Husch Blackwell, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Racism, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns

    Morning Docket: 08.28.13

    * After three years on top, Baker & McKenzie has lost its place as the top grossing firm in the Global 100. But which firm dethroned the once king? None other than… [Am Law Daily]

    * Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, and yet some of the things he sought to change still remain the same in 2013. [Washington Post]

    * The house always wins: Navin Kumar Aggarwal, the ex-K&L Gates partner who stole client funds to pay gambling debts, was jailed after receiving a 12-year sentence. [Am Law Daily]

    * “This is like a triple-overtime win.” Merrill Lynch is making a huge $160 million payout in a racial bias case that’s been stuck in the courts for nearly a decade. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * As eager young law students return to school, maybe it’s time for you to consider brushing up on the basics. Now is an excellent time to take care of those pesky CLE requirements. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Husch Blackwell is teaming up with WUSTL Law to launch a training program for… partners. Take this for what is is, law students: a great opportunity to résumé bomb the hell out of them. [National Law Journal]

    * Career alternatives for attorneys: judicial drug mule. Following an investigation by the DEA, a former Utah judge pleaded guilty to the possession of enough Oxycodone to kill a small horse. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * Don’t even think about texting anyone, ever again, in the state of New Jersey, especially if they might be driving, because the appeals court says you could be held liable for negligence. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild has been sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years’ probation after being convicted of assault and false imprisonment by a jury of “stupid, stupid idiots.” [Los Angeles Times]

    19 Comments / / Aug 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM
  • carousel merry go round

    Advertising, Biglaw, Lateral Moves, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad

    The Of-Counsel Carousel

    Some thoughts on the lateral market for “counsel,” from Michael Allen of Lateral Link (sponsored post).

    / Aug 8, 2013 at 11:12 AM
  • Welcome, summer associates!

    Biglaw, Cold Offers, Job Searches, No Offers, Sheppard Mullin, Summer Associates

    Summer Associate Offer Rates (2013): A Round-Up

    Which major law firms issued offers to all of their associates? Here are more names.

    15 Comments / / Aug 7, 2013 at 5:38 PM
  • goodbye farewell Ill miss you

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Legal Ethics, Money, Partner Issues, Weirdness

    Sidley Austin Turned DLA Piper Partner Responds To Ethics Charges

    So what does this prominent real estate lawyer have to say for himself? Do you find his defenses persuasive?

    15 Comments / / Jul 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM
  • 220px-Jennifer_Lopez_2,_2012

    American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Clerkships, Gay, Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.1.13

    * J. Lo has apologized for singing Happy Birthday to a repressive dictator. Many are questioning the decision to serenade an alleged violator of international human rights law, but I’m just confused why J. Lo didn’t opt for the new, copyright-free birthday song? But people are being way too tough on the President of Turkmenistan. Don’t be fooled by the rocks that he got, he’s still Gurbanguly from the block. [Breaking Energy]

    * NYU Law Professor Barry Friedman and Dahlia Lithwick wonder if the progressives have another liberal agenda item to push after marriage equality. The authors cite issues like voting rights and opposition to the death penalty as traditionally liberal causes marginalized by progressives. It strikes me this article makes a lot more sense if you replace the word “progressive” with “Justice Kennedy.” [Slate]

    * DLA Piper’s decision to hire Lee Smolen has raised more than a few eyebrows given the firm’s commitment to ethical billing policies. [Hellerman Baretz]

    * Did the ABA just recommend an ethical violation? [New York Personal Injury Attorney Blog]

    * After a week of landmark rulings and Biglaw layoffs, the importance of clerking cannot be understated. [Judicial Clerk Review]

    * The Supreme Court Term feels like a distant memory, but now’s a good time to look back on it with added perspective. Courtesy of MoloLamken, here’s a great guide to the big business cases of the Supreme Court Term just ended. Download or print it, then read it at your leisure. [MoloLamken]

    * An attorney left the rat race to open a pea company. But these don’t look like the peas you tried to hide under your mashed potatoes, they look like serious snack food. [Kickstarter]

    6 Comments / / Jul 1, 2013 at 5:51 PM
  • goodbye farewell Ill miss you

  • Across-the-Desk-RF

    Ask the Experts, Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms

    From Across the Desk: Capital-Markets Centric Firms

    Bruce MacEwen of Adam Smith Esq. continues his taxonomy of law firms with the capital-markets centric firms.

    3 Comments / / Jun 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM
  • Russia LF

    Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dewey Ballantine

    A Biglaw Lawyer Who Was Asked to Spy for Russia

    When you think about it, attorneys and spies have very similar jobs…

    7 Comments / / May 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM
  • minnow-RF

    Biglaw, Partner Issues, Ridiculousness, Travel / Vacation

    Law Firm Rents Entire Cruise Liner For Partner Meeting While the Rest of You Look for Work

    Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale / A tale of an expensive trip / That started from the Mediterranean / Aboard this gigantic ship.

    16 Comments / / May 2, 2013 at 6:22 PM
  • Am Law 100 2013 RF

    Biglaw, Bracewell & Giuliani, Chadbourne & Parke, Cozen O'Connor, Fabulosity, Faegre & Benson, Money, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Rankings

    The 2013 Am Law 100: A Year of ‘Slow Growth’

    Which firms had the biggest revenue and the highest profits per partner last year, according to the latest Am Law 100 rankings?

    16 Comments / / Apr 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM
  • billing-overbilling-legal-bills

    Akin Gump, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Canada, Environment / Environmental Law, Federal Government, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Patton Boggs, Texas

    Morning Docket: 04.18.13

    * “[T]hese senators decided to do nothing. Shame on them” Yesterday, the Senate blocked gun-control legislation that could have saved lives, and Gabrielle Giffords, a victim of gun violence, wrote a powerful op-ed in reaction. [New York Times]

    * DLA Piper won’t be churning that bill anymore because the firm managed to settle its fee dispute with Adam Victor, but it’s certain that the firm’s embarrassment over the overbilling incident will know no limits. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Ahh, best-laid plans: Kim Koopersmith, the first woman to serve as Akin Gump’s chair, never thought that she’d be working in a law firm. In law school, she wanted to work in public interest. [Bloomberg]

    * You’ll never guess which firm has the best brand in Canada according to the latest Acritas survey, but that’s probably because you don’t care. Come on, it’s Canada. Fine, it’s Norton Rose. [Am Law Daily]

    * Oopsie! Burford Capital claims that it would never have funded plaintiffs’ representation by Patton Boggs in the Chevron case if it weren’t for a partner’s “false and misleading” statements. [CNN Money]

    * The wife of a former justice of the peace has been charged with capital murder after she confessed to her involvement in the slayings of Texas prosecutors Mike McLelland and Mark Hasse. [Reuters]

    * Baltimore Law has a beautiful new building that cost $112 million. Just a thought: perhaps more of that money should’ve been spent putting the class of 2012 to work as lawyers. [National Law Journal]

    13 Comments / / Apr 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • lilo

    Biglaw, Book Club, Books, D.C. Circuit, Guns / Firearms, Intellectual Property, Jed Rakoff, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Patents, Politics, Senate Judiciary Committee, Wall Street Journal, Weddings

    Morning Docket: 04.11.13

    * “I don’t believe judges should be filibustered.” Tell that to the rest of your Republican pals, Senator Hatch. D.C. Circuit nom Sri Srinivasan faced little drama at the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. [Bloomberg]

    * A bipartisan gun regulation deal has been reached in the Senate, and of course the NRA is opposing it — well, except for the parts that expand gun rights. The group really likes those parts. [Washington Post]

    * Trolling for patent partners? Bingham recently snagged five IP partners from DLA Piper’s Los Angeles office, including the former co-chair of DLA patent litigation department. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Time well spent: while Detroit hangs on the precipice of bankruptcy, local politicians are worrying about whether retaining Jones Day poses a conflict of interest for their emergency manager (formerly of Jones Day). [Am Law Daily]

    * NYLS — or should we say “New York’s law school” — is revamping its clinical program to kill two birds with one stone (e.g., fulfilling pro bono hours and boosting job prospects). [National Law Journal]

    * For all the talk of his being a hard ass, Judge Rakoff is a nice guy after all! The judge gave an ex-SAC trader permission to go on a honeymoon after his release from prison. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * If you’ve ever wondered how Lat spends his free time, sometimes he’s off writing book reviews for distinguished publications. Check out his review of Mistrial (affiliate link) here. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “Lindsay Lohan is the victim.” What the Heller you talking about? LiLo’s lawyer thinks there’s a conspiracy among the prosecutors on her case that’s resulted in leaks of information to TMZ. [CNN]

    5 Comments / / Apr 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • sleeping-beauty

    Adam Liptak, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Books, California, Crime, Deaths, Disability Law, Gay, Gay Marriage, In-House Counsel, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Morning Docket: 04.01.13

    * Can you DIG it?! Well, SCOTUS can’t, at least when it comes to the Prop 8 case, but perhaps that’s what the conservative justices planned all along. You can probably expect a judicial punt on this one. [New York Times]

    * The case for cameras at the high court became even more compelling last week, because people just now realized that having to “spend money to see a public institution do public business is offensive.” Damn straight. [National Law Journal]

    * Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s new book, Out of Order (affiliate link), didn’t exactly get a glowing review from the NYT’s Supreme Court correspondent, Adam Liptak. It’s a “gift shop bauble”? Ouch. [New York Times]

    * Oh, Lanny Breuer, you tried to be all coy by saying you were interviewing elsewhere, but we knew you’d return to Covington. That “vice-chairman” title is a pretty sweet new perk, too. [Legal Times]

    * DLA Piper’s bills may “know no limits,” but in-house counsel claim that while the firm’s emails were “flippant,” they won’t have an impact their already meticulous billing review. [New York Law Journal]

    * The true love’s kiss of litigation: Bingham McCutchen’s Sleeping Beauty may have found her prince in Judge Vincent O’Neill Jr., because he ruled that the firm won’t be able to compel arbitration. [Recorder]

    * It’s really not a good time to be a prosecutor in Texas. Two months after the murder of ADA Mark Hasse, DA Mike McLelland and his wife were gunned down in their home. RIP. [Dallas Morning News]

    * Good news, everyone! The class of 2012 — the largest on record, according to the ABA — was only slightly more unemployed than its predecessors. Cherish the little things, people. [National Law Journal]

    8 Comments / / Apr 1, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • House-Rules-small-In-House-Counsel RF

    Abortion, Billable Hours, Gay Marriage, In-House Counsel, Politics, Practice Pointers, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    House Rules The Rates Are Too Damned High! (Part Two)

    David Mowry examines the ACC’s new initiative to protect companies from excessive billing.

    16 Comments / / Mar 27, 2013 at 3:16 PM
  • 'Churn that bill, baby? Dear Lord...'

    Biglaw, Billable Hours, David Boies, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Email Scandals, Facebook, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Patton Boggs, SCOTUS, Student Loans, Supreme Court, Ted Olson

    Morning Docket: 03.27.13

    * With SCOTUS justices questioning standing in the Prop 8 case, and one even stating that gay marriage is newer than cell phones and the internet, you can guess where the decision is headed. [New York Times]

    * “This badge of inequality must be extinguished.” With men like Ted Olson and David Boies representing the plaintiffs in Prop 8, at least we can say that they fought the good fight. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * OMG, remember when DLA Piper allegedly overbilled a client and got dragged through the mud over scandalous emails? Now the firm says they were totally joking. So cray. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Less than a month after handing out pink slips across multiple offices, Patton Boggs named a new managing partner in New York who just so happens to be a Dewey defector. Ominous. [Am Law Daily]

    * These are great tips on negotiating financial aid, but try this: tell admissions you’ll happily enroll elsewhere, and watch them throw cash at you. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * It looks like Paul Ceglia’s zany misadventures in being fired as a client by Biglaw firms and suing Facebook may finally be at an end thanks this scathing 155-page recommendation of dismissal. [CNET]

    2 Comments / / Mar 27, 2013 at 9:08 AM
  • Opening a legal bill from DLA Piper.

    Billable Hours, Email Scandals, Ho-Love, Hogan & Hartson, Lateral Moves, Legal Ethics, Money, Partner Issues

    Overbilling Gone Wild: Paying the (DLA) Piper

    Can you believe the emails that went around internally at DLA Piper about this client’s legal bill? Check them out — along with news of lateral partner moves.

    25 Comments / / Mar 26, 2013 at 2:40 PM