• Lawyer Advertising, Litigators, Litigatrix, Small Law Firms, Trials

    Size Matters: Fancy Nancy Has A Message For You

    Are you thinking about taking some branding advice from Fancy Nancy? Maybe you shouldn’t. Small firm columnist Valerie Katz advises that you go call yourself a ‘trial lawyer’ as opposed to a ‘litigator’….

    29 Comments / / Aug 4, 2011 at 2:53 PM
  • Barack Obama, Department of Justice, Fabulosity, Fashion, Hotties, Litigatrix, Musical Chairs, Shoes, White House Counsel

    Musical Chairs: Bob Bauer Out and Kathy Ruemmler In as White House Counsel

    Big news out of Washington today: Bob Bauer is stepping down as White House counsel. He’s returning to his former firm, Perkins Coie, where he will represent Barack Obama as his personal lawyer and serve as general counsel to President Obama’s re-election campaign. Bauer is being replaced by his top deputy, leading litigatrix Kathryn Ruemmler. […]

    10 Comments / / Jun 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Prisons, Rachel Brand, Twittering

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.31.11

    * High-powered litigatrices on the move: Rachel Brand and Kate Comerford Todd, two fabulous members of The Elect, are joining the National Chamber Litigation Center — where they will contribute to the Chamber’s impressive track record of litigating against excessive regulation. [The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times] * Was it Anthony Weiner’s wiener that […]

    10 Comments / / May 31, 2011 at 5:35 PM
  • Antitrust, Biglaw, Department of Justice, Fabulosity, Federal Judges, Judicial Nominations, Lawyerly Lairs, Litigatrix, Money, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Real Estate, S.D.N.Y., Senate Judiciary Committee

    Ex-Cravath Partner Nominated to S.D.N.Y. Is Pretty Stinking Rich

    I recently wrote about Katherine B. Forrest, the celebrated litigatrix nominated to a federal judgeship on the breathtakingly prestigious Southern District of New York. Forrest currently serves as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, but before joining the DOJ she was a longtime partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore […]

    42 Comments / / May 26, 2011 at 6:25 PM
  • Antitrust, Biglaw, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Federal Judges, Judicial Nominations, Litigatrix, Money, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, S.D.N.Y., Senate Judiciary Committee

    Ex-Cravath Partner Turned Judicial Nominee Has Underwhelming Net Worth

    As I’ve previously mentioned, one of my favorite parts of the judicial nomination process is the attendant financial voyeurism. Judicial nominees are required to make detailed disclosures about their finances, allowing us to learn about their income and net worth. For example, thanks to her nomination to the Supreme Court last year, we got to […]

    79 Comments / / May 23, 2011 at 7:14 PM
  • Affirmative Action, Department of Justice, Federal Government, Judicial Nominations, Shanetta Cutlar, Ty Clevenger, Violence

    Shanetta Cutlar, Back in the News

    Longtime readers of Above the Law will recall the colorful figure of Shanetta Cutlar. She was a high-powered Department of Justice lawyer who was known for her high-handed treatment of DOJ subordinates and colleagues. (Read the blockquote in this post to get a sense of her antics, or read this juicy letter to former Deputy […]

    56 Comments / / Apr 1, 2011 at 2:57 PM
  • Biglaw, ERISA, Gender, Intellectual Property, Labor / Employment, Litigators, Litigatrix, Old People, Partner Issues, Patents, Women's Issues

    Ropes & Gray Sued for Age and Sex Discrimination By Former Partner

    On Tuesday, Ropes & Gray was sued in Manhattan federal court by a former partner, Patricia A. Martone. Martone’s lawsuit claims age discrimination, sex discrimination, retaliation, and interference with protected retirement benefits in violation of ERISA (the basis for federal jurisdiction in the S.D.N.Y.). As you might expect from an ex-Ropes partner, Martone has some […]

    44 Comments / / Mar 25, 2011 at 2:24 AM
  • Akin Gump, Biglaw, Litigators, Litigatrix, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues

    Musical Chairs: Leading Litigatrix Leaves Akin for Skadden

    Although I now live in New York, I lived in D.C. for several years before moving back to NYC. And while I was in Washington, few trial lawyers were more renowned around town than Michele Roberts. A legendary litigatrix celebrated for her skill in the courtroom, Roberts was at Akin Gump — home to other […]

    44 Comments / / Mar 23, 2011 at 11:27 AM
  • Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Lawsuit of the Day, Litigators, Litigatrix, Loyola Law School, Romance and Dating, Small Law Firms, Weddings

    Lawsuit of the Day: Jilted Lawyer Bride Sues Sidley Associate for Wedding Expenses

    Associates in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin seem to be doing a lot of walking these days. Last week, for example, bankruptcy associate Tyler Coulson announced that he was leaving the firm in order to walk across the country with his dog. Today we bring you the tale of Sidley IP associate Robert Leighton, […]

    224 Comments / / Mar 7, 2011 at 10:24 AM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.04.11

    * Could stuttering actually help a trial attorney? Somebody should make a movie about this guy, only with fewer British people than The King’s Speech and more things Americans enjoy: like the stutterer/hero saying “My f-f-finger doesn’t stammer,” before he blows some fool away. [From the Sidebar] * Ernst & Young accountants engaging in funny […]

    15 Comments / / Mar 4, 2011 at 5:35 PM
  • Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dissolution, Howrey LLP, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues

    Howrey Kemosabe: Rivals Claim More Scalps, As Dissolution Vote Looms (Plus the Howrey haiku contest winners.)

    Testimony is now over in the trial of Gerald Ung, the Temple Law student facing charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault stemming from a shooting in January 2010. Ung shot Eddie DiDonato, a former Villanova lacrosse captain and the son of a politically connected partner at the Fox Rothschild law firm. Throughout the trial, […]

    146 Comments / / Feb 14, 2011 at 8:49 PM
  • Alston & Bird, Biglaw, Book Deals, Books, Federal Government, Litigatrix, Romance and Dating, Technology, U.S. Attorneys Offices, UNC Law

    Save as Draft: Meet Natalie Lee, Novelist and Federal Prosecutor

    Might we be seeing a new trend, namely, federal prosecutors moonlighting as novelists? Last year, as part of Above the Law’s Career Alternatives series, we profiled Allison Leotta, an assistant U.S. attorney in D.C. who wrote a well-received thriller, Law of Attraction. Today we introduce you to Natalie Lee — an assistant U.S. attorney in […]

    32 Comments / / Feb 8, 2011 at 4:48 PM
  • Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Litigators, Litigatrix, Partner Issues

    Call of the Wild

    Ed. note: This post is by Will Meyerhofer, a former Sullivan & Cromwell attorney turned psychotherapist. He holds degrees from Harvard, NYU Law, and The Hunter College School of Social Work, and he blogs at The People’s Therapist. His new book, Life is a Brief Opportunity for Joy, is available on Amazon. I’ll never forget […]

    56 Comments / / Jan 26, 2011 at 10:18 AM
  • Biglaw, Citigroup, David Boies, Jed Rakoff, Layoffs, Litigators, Litigatrix, Pregnancy / Paternity, Trials

    The Boies Schiller Three: An Update

    It’s time for a brief postscript on one of this month’s juicier (and well-trafficked) stories: the dismissal of three women associates from litigation powerhouse Boies Schiller. We have a few additional tidbits that we can share with you. But this is probably the last story we’ll be doing on this drama, since we don’t expect […]

    17 Comments / / Nov 29, 2010 at 11:14 AM
  • Biglaw, Clarence Thomas, Federal Government, Litigators, Litigatrix, Musical Chairs, Office of Legal Counsel, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks

    Musical Chairs: From Supreme Court Clerk to Winston & Strawn Partner

    A Supreme Court clerkship is, in the words of Adam Liptak of the New York Times, “the most coveted credential in American law.” When SCOTUS clerks leave their posts at the Court to join private law firms, they get signing bonuses of as much as $250,000 (on top of normal associate salaries and bonuses). But […]

    / Sep 21, 2010 at 10:11 AM