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    Associate Bonus Watch 2012, Biglaw, Bonuses, Money

    Associate Bonus Watch: Skadden Matches Cravath

    This isn’t shaping up to be a very interesting bonus season….

    9 Comments / / Nov 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM
  • 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
  • Jury Box

    Biglaw, Crime, In-House Counsel, Jury Duty, Trials, Violence

    The Exonerated: A Lawyer Takes the Stand in His Own Defense — and Prevails

    Can you imagine what it might be like to have your life and liberty in the hands of twelve men and women? We interview a lawyer who was criminally charged, took the witness stand in his own defense, and was acquitted by the jury on all counts.

    / Oct 25, 2012 at 1:06 PM
  • The 'very, very pretty' Cristina Fierro.

    Biglaw, Department of Justice, Federal Judges, Football, Insider Trading, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Patents, Politics, Sentencing Law, Sex, Sports

    Morning Docket: 10.25.12

    * Covington, Skadden, and Proskauer really like representing professional sports leagues: from 2010 to 2011, the NHL paid a combined total of $8.8M to all three, and Covington received $16.3M from the NFL over the last three years. [Am Law Daily]

    * The Department of Justice sued Bank of America yesterday for doing the “hustle.” No, not the popular disco disco dance, but rather, a supposed elaborate scheme to defraud the government out of billions of dollars. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Rajat Gupta was sentenced to a whole two years behind bars for insider trading, but my colleague Elie Mystal thinks that the more appropriate punishment would’ve been to force him to reenact the seminal 80s film, Trading Places. [HuffPost Live]

    * Unfortunately, Siri wasn’t able to be helpful with this one. A federal judge had to recuse himself in a patent case involving the Siri voice assistant app because of his “interest” in Apple (likely stock ownership). [CNET]

    * Was Wednesday the day of departing deans? NYU’s Richard Revesz said farewell, and so did Sydney Beckman of Duncan Law, but the latter flat out quit amid accreditation uncertainty. [Knoxville News Sentinel]

    * “We’ll fight another day. This is not over.” While a jury declared that Teresa Wagner wasn’t a victim of Iowa Law’s political bias, a mistrial was called as to her equal protection claim against the school. [Press Citizen]

    * Somebody really should’ve told Lawrence Taylor that when testifying in an underage sex trafficking case, it’s probably not a good idea to mention that your accuser was “very, very pretty” and “very sexy.” [Associated Press]

    2 Comments / / Oct 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM
  • Patrick Fitzgerald

    Biglaw, Department of Justice, Federal Government, Job Searches, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues, Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Musical Chairs: Patrick Fitzgerald’s New Home

    When Patrick Fitzgerald stepped down as U.S. Attorney in Chicago, he seemed to pooh-pooh the prospect of his becoming a defense lawyer. But now he has joined a Biglaw firm — where he will presumably do some defense work. Where is he headed?

    7 Comments / / Oct 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM
  • globe world medium

    Biglaw, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Rankings

    All Hail the Global 100, the Highest-Grossing Law Firms in the World

    We know how you love rankings. Here are the top ten law firms in the world by revenue, the top ten firms by profits per partner, and the top ten firms in attorney headcount.

    17 Comments / / Oct 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM
  • champagne flute

    Biglaw, Crime, In-House Counsel, Violence

    This Former Skadden Associate’s Alleged Weapon of Choice? A Broken Champagne Flute

    Does this former Skaddenite deserve a 25-year sentence for his alleged crimes?

    47 Comments / / Sep 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM
  • 'I never look at those rankings.'

    Biglaw, Clarence Thomas, Department of Justice, Federal Government, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Patents, Pro Bono, Public Interest, Rankings, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Clerks, Technology

    Morning Docket: 09.24.12

    * Hey, “regular students” with “regular backgrounds,” you may be able to get a job as a SCOTUS clerk, because Justice Clarence Thomas is the Supreme Court’s honey badger in that he doesn’t give a sh*t about rankings. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

    * Because $1.05 bill wasn’t quite enough, Apple is asking for additional damages in its patent war lawsuit against Samsung. Ohh, come on, Judge Koh, it’s just an extra $535 million. Everyone else is doing it, come on. Just give us the money. [Bloomberg]

    * The D.C. Circuit suit about White House visitor logs is kind of like a recurring issue we see with law schools, in that transparency here means “[w]e will disclose what records we want you to see.” [National Law Journal]

    * Skadden is teaming up with local legal aid groups to start a pro bono initiative in D.C. We hear they’ll be handing out gift cards as a show of appreciation to those who sign up. [Capital Business / Washington Post]

    * Sumner Redstone recently donated $18M to BU Law. Will his successor be as charitable? From Columbia Law to Shearman & Sterling to media mogul: meet Philippe Dauman, CEO of Viacom. [New York Times]

    * “The employment statistics really are the collective impact of individual choices.” And one of them was attending law school anyway, despite all of the negative media attention they’ve received. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

    * Remember the Harvard Law student who ran for Student Government President and pledged to resign after rewriting the organization’s constitution? Well, he graduated, but at least he got a draft in. [Harvard Crimson]

    2 Comments / / Sep 24, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • courtroom

    Biglaw, Litigators, Rankings

    Which Biglaw Firms Are The Most Feared In Litigation?

    Which Biglaw litigation departments strike fear into the hearts of their opponents? Let’s find out!

    54 Comments / / Sep 11, 2012 at 1:45 PM
  • Godzilla

    Biglaw, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Rankings

    Who Is the Biggest Biglaw Behemoth?

    Who is the world’s largest law firm, ranked by revenue? And what locations is it thinking of expanding to?

    25 Comments / / Aug 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM
  • Killer cups?

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Blank Rome, Breasts, Deaths, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Howrey LLP, Litigators, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Rape

    Morning Docket: 08.22.12

    * Dewey know how much it costs to keep this failed firm on life support while its remaining partners try to collect D&L’s unpaid bills? A little more than $2M a month, according to the latest reports. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Former Missouri senators — including two Am Law 200 partners — are asking begging Rep. Todd Akin to step aside so the Republicans chances of securing the Senate seat aren’t legitimately raped. [Am Law Daily]

    * Howrey going to explain this one to the judge? The defunct firm is blaming a deadly forklift accident at a document-storage warehouse for hindering its wind-down process. [Bankruptcy Beat / Wall Street Journal]

    * “No matter what they said, it’s not material? Is that what you’re alleging?” It figures that a Skadden partner argued that employment statistics were irrelevant in the fraud class action suit against Brooklyn Law School, but at least the judge attempted to set him straight. [National Law Journal]

    * Alaska is suing to overturn federal oversight of its elections, because the portions of the VRA aimed at protecting African Americans aren’t applicable if you can see Russia from your house. [Chicago Tribune]

    * An official at ICE is suing because his boss, a woman, allegedly “created a frat house-type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees.” Pledging totally sucks, bro. [New York Times]

    * Psst, we think we know what Victoria’s secret is, and she’s no angel. According to police, she’s got a very bad temper, and if you deny her money for booze, she may strangle you to death with her bra. [Daily Mail]

    * Jerome Richter, former Blank Rome litigation department chairman, RIP. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    15 Comments / / Aug 22, 2012 at 9:10 AM
  • 180 East 79th Street New York 2

    Books, Fabulosity, Lawyerly Lairs, Money, Old People, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Real Estate

    Lawyerly Lairs: Retired Skadden Partner ‘Downsizes’ to $3 Million Penthouse

    A retired Skadden partner “downsized” to a $3 million penthouse. It’s a tough life, but somebody’s got to live it.

    29 Comments / / Jun 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM
  • Am Law 100 for 2012

    Arnold & Porter, Biglaw, Fabulosity, Money, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Rankings

    The 2012 Am Law 100: Revenue and Profits Continue To Climb

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

    51 Comments / / May 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM
  • Biglaw, Boalt Hall, Fabulosity, Law Schools, Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Congratulations to the 2012 Skadden Fellows

    It’s time for celebration of a different sort — time to celebrate, and congratulate, the latest class of Skadden Fellows. The winners of these prestigious public interest fellowships were just announced, as they are every December. Who are the Skadden fellows for 2012? Which law schools produced the most fellows? And what’s different about this year’s program compared to past years?

    14 Comments / / Dec 15, 2011 at 3:39 PM
  • Biglaw, Ho-Love, Hogan & Hartson, Lovells, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Rankings

    The Biggest Law Firms in the World: Meet the Global 100

    Say hello to the Global 100 for 2011. This is the American Lawyer’s list of the world’s 100 largest law firms, ranked by total revenue. Lawyers are a competitive lot. So you’re probably less interested in the overall figures than in how different firms fared in the rankings….

    50 Comments / / Sep 29, 2011 at 1:27 PM
  • Biglaw, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Williams & Connolly

    A Look at New Partner Classes at Ten Top Firms (and an Open Thread)

    ‘Tis the season — for new partner elections at large law firms. Although there are some exceptions, most firms pick and announce their new partner classes around November and December, with partnership effective on January 1 of the following year. These partnership announcements sometimes contain interesting information, if you read between the lines. As we’ve […]

    55 Comments / / Dec 15, 2010 at 10:21 AM
  • Biglaw, Fabulosity, Law Schools, Pro Bono, Public Interest

    Congratulations to the 2011 Skadden Fellows

    Biglaw isn’t all about high-stakes mergers and bet-the-company litigation. Many Biglaw firms take their commitment to pro bono very seriously. Obviously, these firms need to pay the bills, first and foremost. But when they can, many firms do try to give back. As many of you already know, Skadden takes that commitment quite a bit […]

    26 Comments / / Dec 8, 2010 at 3:12 PM
  • Biglaw, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Rankings, Williams & Connolly

    The Am Law 100 for 2010: ‘It Could Have Been Worse’

    Today is an exciting day. As we noted earlier, the Am Law 100 rankings for 2010 have been announced. This is a big deal — the Biglaw version of the U.S. News law school rankings. You can access the various charts via this portal page. Aric Press and Greg Mulligan summarize the results: It could […]

    78 Comments / / Apr 29, 2010 at 10:14 AM