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  1. New Shearman & Sterling Initiative Banks on Clients' Fintech NeedsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 20 | American Lawyer

    As leaders at Shearman & Sterling began to recognize the growing significance of financial technology-both for the Wall Street firm's traditional banking clients and the startups it's increasingly targeting-partner Donna Parisi organized a dinner where associates helped explain concepts like blockchain to senior lawyers. New York-based Parisi, who heads the firm's derivatives group and is also responsible for its financial institutions' client base, recognized the value in merging the veterans' legal expertise with the perspectives of the young attorneys.


  2. Blank Rome Adds Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice in HoustonRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 20 | American Lawyer

    James Grogan has left Paul Hastings for Blank Rome in Houston, where he plans to build up a bankruptcy and restructuring practice. "I am looking to add people and hope to grow the group," said Grogan, who spent more than nine years with Paul Hastings in Houston and New York.


  3. City to Roll Back Civil Forfeiture and Compensate Philadelphians Affected by ItRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 18 |

    The city of Philadelphia has agreed to stop allowing law enforcement to profit from civil forfeiture, a controversial practice involving the seizure and sale of private property from a criminal suspect. The city has also agreed to set up a $3 million fund to compensate those affected by it.


  4. Twin Cities Market Grows Again With New Quarles & Brady OutpostRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 6 | American Lawyer

    "Minneapolis had been on the firm's radar for some time, and basically over the last couple of years just grew into that strategic fit," said partner Daniel Young, who will be one of the four attorneys outfitting the new office. Young, who has been working remotely in Minnesota and in the Phoenix office since joining the firm in 2016 as a part of its business law practice group, will be joined by real estate partner Isaac Roang, who will relocate from the firm's Milwaukee office.


  5. Dentons Launches New Threat Protection Practice, Citing Global RisksRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 5 | American Lawyer

    Dentons is making the bet that scary headlines across the globe equate to growing demand for protection from threats of all sorts, announcing a new intelligence and strategic services practice. The international firm has turned to its chief global security officer, veteran energy lawyer Karl Hopkins, to lead the new group, which includes over 50 lawyers and other intelligence and security professionals in the firm.


  6. Why the GC of Molson Coors Is Moving Major Work From Prestigious New York FirmsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 24, 2018 | American Lawyer

    Last year, we found ourselves in a significant arbitration. It was the largest adversarial dispute we have faced in my eight-year tenure with Molson Coors.


  7. Dechert Picks Up 18 Products Liability Lawyers From Quinn Emanuel Dan ...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 20, 2018 | American Lawyer

    Two months after Sheila Birnbaum and Mark Cheffo, former co-chairs of the products liability practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan , left to join Dechert in New York with one other partner, the other shoe has dropped. Dechert announced Friday that it had added an 18-attorney products liability team from Quinn Emanuel, composed of three partners, nine counsel and six associates.


  8. Dechert Targets Middle East Real Estate With Dubai HiresRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 19, 2018 | American Lawyer

    Dechert has added its first real estate attorneys to its Dubai office, bringing on a pair from King & Spalding to fill a hole in its Middle East practice. With the acquisition of former King & Spalding partner Stephen Kelly and of counsel Sarah-Jane Mahood, now a national partner, the firm brings its Dubai head count up to 12 attorneys.


  9. Fox Rothschild Explores Potential Merger With NC-Based Midsize Firm...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 18, 2018 | American Lawyer

    Philadelphia-based Fox Rothschild has been in merger talks with midsize firm Smith Moore Leatherwood, sources have told The Legal Intelligencer. Smith Moore has four offices in North Carolina, with its largest in Greensboro, as well as an office in Greenville, South Carolina, and one in Atlanta.


  10. M&A Leaders Not Sweating Fears of Rising ProtectionismRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 5, 2018 | American Lawyer

    Leaders of a number of top mergers and acquisitions practices in the United States remain sanguine about the global environment for deals, in spite of a recent report suggesting that a rise in protectionism is pushing dealmakers to look within national boundaries for opportunities. While highlighting a busy first half of 2018, Mergermarket earlier this week concluded that an overall buoyant market was driven by domestic tie-ups, rather than cross-border transactions.


  11. How Blank Rome Went From Representing Insurers to Suing ThemRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 4, 2018 | American Lawyer

    When the remains of Dickstein Shapiro went shopping for a new home in early 2016, most potential suitors saw the firm's insurance recovery practice as a conflict-ridden complication-a deal breaker. For Blank Rome, it was an opportunity, albeit one that forced some tough decisions.


  12. Dechert Matches Cravath Pay Scale, Starting at $190KRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 21, 2018 | American Lawyer

    The first day of summer brought good news for young lawyers at Dechert, which has now matched the associate salary pay scale The firm confirmed Thursday that it had adopted new salaries starting at $190,000 for associates in the class of 2017, as well as special bonuses to be paid in July. The Philadelphia-born firm now counts New York as its largest office.


  13. Baker Botts Eyes NYC, London Expansion as Corporate Chair Heads NorthRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 15, 2018 | American Lawyer

    Bengtson, a leader in the Texas-based firm's corporate group since early 2017 and chair of the department since February, is aiming for growth not just in his new base, but also in London and the Bay Area. "Energy and technology are the two things we do really well," he said.


  14. Akerman's Midmarket PE Growth Continues With Vedder Price HireRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 13, 2018 | American Lawyer

    Akerman is continuing to grow its middle-market M&A and private equity practice with the hire of former Vedder Price shareholder Michael O'Brien. O'Brien is the third New York partner to join Florida-based Akerman's M&A and PE practice in the last four months.


  15. Sidley Private Equity Practice Head Jumps to WillkieRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 12, 2018 | American Lawyer

    A pair of recent hires by Willkie Farr & Gallagher is the latest sign of a hot market for private equity lawyers. Matthew Rizzo, based in New York, practiced at Sidley for almost seven years and led the firm's private equity practice.


  16. Paul Weiss Finds 76ers' Colangelo Was 'Reckless' in Twitter ScandalRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 7, 2018 | American Lawyer

    A weeklong investigation into a collection of anonymous Twitter accounts that captivated Philadelphia and the NBA for more than a week has determined that Bryan Colangelo, the Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations, was "careless and in some instances reckless" in safeguarding sensitive team information, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison said in a statement Thursday. Colangelo resigned Thursday, according to a statement from the team.


  17. Pa. Justice Discloses Contributions From Firm Representing Meek MillRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 6, 2018 | American Lawyer

    Meek Mill's legal team is no stranger to digging into the background of jurists and raising issues they think may create a conflict, but as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court begins considering the rapper's latest appeal, Justice Debra Todd is getting out ahead of any possible claims that campaign contributions might influence her handling of the case. On Tuesday, Todd issued a disclosure letter outlining the money that Reed Smith attorneys contributed to her 2017 retention campaign.


  18. Dechert Lands UK-Based Former US Prosecutor From Kobre & KimRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 5, 2018 | American Lawyer

    Former U.S. federal prosecutor Roger Burlingame is joining Dechert in London, leaving behind the fast-growing boutique that first lured him across the Atlantic. Burlingame moved from New York more than five years ago to join Kobre & Kim, which has built a booming cross-border disputes practice in part by placing veterans of the U.S. Justice Department in jurisdictions overseas.


  19. Old Meets New in Patterson Belknap Lawyers' Time-Traveling PodcastRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 1, 2018 | American Lawyer

    Self-proclaimed amateur historians Hatch and Sandick developed the idea for the podcast after stumbling on a coincidence that had nothing to do with the Constitution. "I heard that on the calendar this year, the days of the week match up with the calendar in 1787," said Sandick, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York.


  20. 'Queen of Toxic Torts' Sheila Birnbaum Leaves Quinn Emanuel for Dechert With 2 PartnersRead the original story w/Photo

    May 22, 2018 | American Lawyer

    Sheila Birnbaum and Mark Cheffo, co-chairs of the products liability practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan , are leaving the firm with a third products liability partner to join Dechert in New York. *May exclude premium content Already have an account? Sign In Now Interested in customizing your subscription with All Access? Contact our Sales Professionals at 1-855-808-4530 or send an email to to learn more.


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