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Business of Law

  • August 29, 2011

    Dinsmore Taps Education Atty To Head W.Va. Office

    Ohio-based Dinsmore & Shohl LLP announced Friday it had opened its fourth office in West Virginia, tapping a partner and head of its education law group to manage the new location.

  • August 26, 2011

    Commission Raises NY Judges' Salaries 27% Over 3 Years

    After more than a decade of stagnant salary for New York judges, a special state commission on Friday voted to increase their pay by 27 percent over three years, a decision that lawyer groups and judges felt was too small.

  • August 26, 2011

    Firms Send Newbies Back To (Business) School

    In times of belt-tightening, corporate clients are often leery of spending large sums on inexperienced attorneys, prompting some law firms to shorten their associates' learning curves the old-fashioned way — by sending them back to school.

  • August 26, 2011

    Fowler White Boggs To Pick Up 12-Lawyer Firm

    The Florida firm Fowler White Boggs PA said Wednesday that it would add a dozen attorneys and continue its statewide expansion by merging with Fort Lauderdale firm Atkinson Diner Stone Mankuta & Ploucha PA.

  • August 25, 2011

    Obama Can Still Count On Lawyers For Campaign Cash

    Of the $39 million the Obama Victory Fund has raised this year for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, the legal industry has provided more than a tenth of it, and lawyers at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and O'Melveny & Myers LLP are among the top 20 contributors.

  • August 24, 2011

    BigLaw Future Looks Brighter For Some 2012 Law Grads

    BigLaw recruitment is bouncing back from its leaner years and giving some soon-to-be law school graduates a reason to be hopeful, but 2012 graduates looking for work outside the BigLaw bubble are still likely to face a difficult job market, experts say.

  • August 24, 2011

    Lathrop Atty Becomes New GC Of Molson Coors Unit

    Molson Coors Brewing Co. said Wednesday it had tapped Lathrop & Gage LLP commercial partner Lee Reichert as general counsel of its international unit, about a year after Reichert jumped to Lathrop along with 21 other lawyers at Kamlet Reichert LLP.

  • August 23, 2011

    Accuracy Of AmLaw Partner Profit Data Long In Doubt

    A report that many of the country's top law firms may have overstated their average partner profits in The American Lawyer's annual rankings came as no surprise to legal industry experts, who have long viewed the published numbers with skepticism.

  • August 22, 2011

    Cleary Opens 2nd Latin America Office In Sao Paulo

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP announced Monday it had officially opened its office in Sao Paulo, the firm's 14th office worldwide and its second in Latin America.

  • August 22, 2011

    Walgreen Nabs Ex-United Air Top Atty

    Walgreen Co. announced Monday that it had added former United Air Lines Inc. top lawyer Thomas J. Sabatino as its general counsel.

  • August 19, 2011

    Ruden McClosky In Merger Talks With Benesch

    Florida law firm Ruden McClosky, which recently shut three offices and made other cutbacks, is reportedly in advanced merger discussions with Ohio-based Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP.

  • August 19, 2011

    Ice Miller, Schottenstein Zox To Join Forces

    Ice Miller LLP and Schottenstein Zox & Dunn Co. LPA announced a merger Friday that will create a Midwestern regional law firm with six offices and more than 300 attorneys.

  • August 19, 2011

    Cozen Same-Sex Benefits Feud A Cautionary Tale For Firms

    The feud between the parents of a deceased Cozen O'Connor attorney and her lesbian partner over the insurance lawyer's death benefits should serve as a lesson for law firms to be clear about how they provide coverage for same-sex spouses of employees or risk winding up in court, attorneys say.

  • August 16, 2011

    Boastful Ex-Kasowitz Lawyer Sues Firm For $78M

    A first-year associate at Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP who was fired after sending an email to partners boasting of his “superior legal mind” sued the firm and two of its attorneys for nearly $78 million in New York on Monday.

  • August 16, 2011

    ABA Sanctions Villanova Over Inflated LSATs, GPAs

    The American Bar Association said Monday it had sanctioned Villanova University School of Law for inflating reported LSAT scores and GPAs of several entering classes.

  • August 15, 2011

    Edwards Angell To Merge With Wildman Harrold

    Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP will merge with Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon LLP in October, creating a new firm with 13 offices and 650 lawyers, the firms said Monday.

  • August 12, 2011

    Sheppard Mullin Opens In Beijing With Squire Atty

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP announced Friday that it was opening a second Chinese outpost in Beijing, with a former Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP corporate attorney in charge of the office.

  • August 12, 2011

    Baker & Daniels, Faegre & Benson Discussing Merger

    Indianapolis-based Baker & Daniels LLP and Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson LLP are discussing a possible merger, both firms announced Thursday.

  • August 10, 2011

    Law Schools Sued Over Inflated Employment Data

    New York Law School and Michigan-based Thomas M. Cooley Law School were hit with putative class actions Wednesday by former pupils accusing the academies of fraudulently inflating employment and salary statistics in order to recruit students.

  • August 9, 2011

    Injunction Winner Can Be Prevailing Party: 10th Circ.

    The Tenth Circuit ruled Tuesday that two Kansas judges who had won a preliminary injunction against the Kansas Commission on Judicial Qualifications were due attorneys' fees as the prevailing party even though the case was dismissed as moot.