• Police line

    Deaths, Suicide

    Apparent Suicide In Front Of D.C. Law Office Building

    People heading to work in Washington, D.C. around 13th St. NW and G might have seen a gruesome sight. A man plunged from a building and died in the street. The incident happened at 8:15 in the morning, and police quickly blocked off the area. Authorities suspect suicide. Commenters on Reddit and the Washington Post […]

    / Nov 3, 2015 at 8:46 PM
  • voyeur eye

    Biglaw, Crime

    Biglaw Voyeur Attorney Faces The Music

    Biglaw attorney tries to take videos in a gym bathroom — this isn’t going to end well at all.

    36 Comments / / Jun 2, 2015 at 1:01 PM
  • money bonus 100 dollar bill benjamin gift present

    Biglaw, Bonuses, Money, Willkie Farr

    Associate Bonus Watch: 4 Firms Follow Davis Polk

    Congrats to associates at these fine firms!

    6 Comments / / Dec 16, 2014 at 3:17 PM
  • A possible lateral contemplating greener pastures.

    Biglaw, Lateral Moves, Partner Issues, Partner Profits

    Musical Chairs: Fried Frank Loses A Former Leader To Freshfields

    What’s going on at Fried Frank, which has seen significant lateral losses lately?

    0 Comments / / Sep 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM
  • NYCvsLondon

    Biglaw, Magic Circle, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    The Magic Circle vs. New York’s Elite

    A comparison of the recent financial performance of the top U.K. and New York law firms.

    2 Comments / / Sep 16, 2014 at 4:35 PM
  • Richard Posner LF2

    3rd Circuit, 7th Circuit, Biglaw, Books, Deaths, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Partner Issues

    Morning Docket: 09.05.14

    * A unanimous Seventh Circuit panel, in an opinion by Judge Posner, just struck down Wisconsin and Indiana’s bans on same-sex marriage. The result isn’t surprising in light of the blistering benchslaps delivered by Judge Posner at oral argument, but the timing is faster than usual (for a federal appellate opinion in a high-profile case, not for the prolific Posner). [BuzzFeed]

    * Bad news for Cahill Gordon: the Third Circuit just revived a fraud case against the high-powered firm and one of its clients, a unit of BASF. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * And badder news for BP: a federal judge just concluded that the oil giant was grossly negligent in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. [New York Times]

    * Freshfields gets fresh talent, adding former Wachtell partner Mitchell Presser and former Skadden partner James Douglas to its ranks. [American Lawyer]

    * The dean of Seton Hall Law, Patrick Hobbs, will step down from the deanship at the end of the current academic year. Congratulations to Dean Hobbs on a long and successful tenure. [South Orange Juice]

    * And congratulations to John Grisham and Jason Bailey, winners of, respectively, the 2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and the 2014 ABA Journal/Ross Short Fiction Contest. [ABA Journal]

    * Brittany McGrath, Brooklyn Law class of 2014, RIP. [TaxProf Blog]

    0 Comments / / Sep 5, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • quality

    Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues

    Quality Versus The Perception Of Quality

    Would you rather be a great lawyer or be perceived as being a great lawyer?

    2 Comments / / Nov 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM
  • elmo

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Contracts, Courthouses, Divorce Train Wrecks, Dorsey & Whitney, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Gambling, Gambling / Gaming, Hotties, In-House Counsel, Kids, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Musical Chairs, Patents, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sexual Harassment

    Morning Docket: 11.21.12

    * “[L]awyers aren’t trained as accountants,” but Gibson Dunn, Freshfields, Drinker Biddle, and Skadden may have some splainin’ to do when it comes to Hewlett-Packard’s M&A blowout with Autonomy. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Looks like it’s time for some holiday musical chairs: Dorsey & Whitney’s managing partner Marianne Short will be leaving the firm at year’s end to join UnitedHealth as its chief legal officer. [Twin Cities Business]

    * The court-ordered mediation between Hostess and the bakers’ union broke down last night. If Judge Drain approves the company’s liquidation plan, the Twinkie may disappear from whence it came. [Reuters]

    * Remember the students from Texas Southern who sued because their contracts prof allegedly “curve[d] them out of the class”? Yeah, that got dismissed faster than you can say R2K §90. [National Law Journal]

    * You shall not pass — or use Lord of the Rings characters in online gambling games! J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate is suing Warner Brothers for $80M over improper licensing of the late author’s characters. [Bloomberg]

    * Please don’t tickle me, Elmo. One week after an accuser recanted his allegations against puppeteer Kevin Clash, another one filed suit over an underage sexual relationship. [Media Decoder / New York Times]

    * There’s nothing like some man-on-man sexual harassment to get you going in the morning. Sparks Steak House paid $600K to settle charges lodged by 22 male servers over an eight year period. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Seems like this pulchritudinous plaintiff’s contract case is still kicking, and Emel Dilek testified that sleeping with the boss was “absolutely not” one of her roles during her time at Mercedes-Benz. [New York Post]

    * Lululemon and Calvin Klein have settled their patent spat over elastic waistbands on yoga pants. Here’s hoping the Canadian yoga-wear company turned this lemon of a lawsuit into lemonade. [Businessweek]

    * What do divorcées do in their spare time? They go to Florida’s $350M courthouse to spray paint it with broken hearts and notes for the judge who presided over their proceedings. [Riptide 2.0 / Miami New Times]

    4 Comments / / Nov 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • No, different Magic Circle.

    Allen & Overy, Biglaw, Lateral Moves, Magic Circle, Partner Issues

    Musical Chairs: From One Magic Circle Firm to Another

    More lateral movement, this time from the New York office of one Magic Circle firm to another. Who’s moving, from where to where?

    15 Comments / / Sep 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM
  • indicating shirt

    Bail, Biglaw, Bonuses, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Education / Schools, Job Searches, John Osborn, John Roberts, Law Schools, Magic Circle, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Scott Rothstein, SCOTUS, Sun Microsystems, Supreme Court, Texas, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 07.06.12

    * Chief Justice John Roberts might “enjoy that he’s being criticized,” but that’s probably because he’ll get the chance to show his true conservative colors this fall when issues like affirmative action and same-sex marriage are before SCOTUS. [Reuters]

    * Dewey know why this failed firm thinks a bankruptcy judge is going to allow it to hand out $700K in “morale” bonuses? You better believe that Judge Martin Glenn is going to tell D&L where it can (indicate). [Bankruptcy Beat / Wall Street Journal]

    * It seems like attorneys at Freshfields may actually need to get some sleep, because it was the sole Magic Circle firm to report a decline in in revenue and profitability in its latest financial disclosure statements. [Financial Times (reg. req.)]

    * Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. didn’t do George Zimmerman any favors when he set his bond at $1M. Watch how quickly the defense fund Zimmerman concealed from the court disappears as he struggles to post bail. [CNN]

    * Whatever it takes (to count you as employed): 76% of law schools report that they’ve now changed their curriculum to include more practical skills courses in light of the dismal job market. [National Law Journal]

    * Texas Christian University is expanding its graduate programs, but a law school isn’t necessarily in the works, because TCU is only interested in “programs that promote employability.” Well, sh*t, y’all. [TCU 360]

    11 Comments / / Jul 6, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • Work and Life Balance

    Magic Circle, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Former Freshfields Barrister Wonders If Your Biglaw Job Is Making You Sick

    The question isn’t “is your job making you sick,” the question is, “do you care?”

    14 Comments / / Jul 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM
  • Letter from London small

    Antitrust, Letter from London, Litigators, Magic Circle, Money, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Letter from London: The Queen’s Lawyers

    What does it mean when a British lawyer has the letters “QC” after his name? What are the advantages to being designated a “Queen’s Counsel”? And what are the disadvantages of the QC system?

    6 Comments / / Mar 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM