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Wake Up Call: Dissecting the Performance of the AmLaw 200

Wake Up Call: Dissecting the Performance of the AmLaw 200

• The American Lawyer released its full list of 200 law firms ranked by revenue. In 2016, the second hundred law firms (i.e., firms ranked 101-200), collectively posted $19 billion in gross revenue up from $18.78 billion in 2015 — for 1.17 percent growth. (BLB) Revenue per lawyer grew at about 1.5 percent, but firms in

The Istanbul skyline. Photographer: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Dentons Adds Four-Star General As Senior Advisor

One night in late April, Dentons partner Karl Hopkins was hobnobbing at the Swiss Hotel in Istanbul with Jim Jones, a retired four-star U.S. Marine Corps General and former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama. The pair recently banded together and have announced that Jones will join Dentons as a senior advisor, a role in

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Pai, a Republican lawyer who was nominated yesterday by U.S. President Donald Trump to serve a second term at the agency, has been on the commission since 2012 and the agencys chairman since being designated by Trump in January. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Jenner Recruits Three FCC Lawyers, Readies for Transactions

Jenner & Block announced Thursday it has recruited three lawyers from the Federal Communications Commission, including Howard Symons, who departed as the agency’s general counsel in January. Symons, who also served as Vice Chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force, started at Jenner on May 1st as a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and

Erwin Chemerinsky on September 21, 2016.

Berkeley Law Names Constitutional Scholar as Next Dean

The University of California’s Berkeley School of Law on Wednesday named Constitutional Law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky as its next dean, opening a new chapter after its last permanent dean exited in March 2016 amid sexual harassment allegations. Since 2009, Chemerinsky has served as the founding dean of U.C. Irvine School of Law, which has earned national

William "Bill" Baer, principal deputy associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, smiles for a photograph after an interview at the Palacio San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Baer is visiting Argentina to participate in the Second International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems. Photographer: Sarah Pabst/Bloomberg

Exit Interview: Questions for Departing Top DOJ Lawyer on Antitrust

Arnold & Porter announced Wednesday that Bill Baer will return as a Washington, D.C.-based partner after a four-year hiatus during which time he rose to become the nation’s Acting Associate Attorney General, the number three position in the Department of Justice, in addition to serving as the department’s antitrust chief. Baer declined to comment on any of

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NY Recruiter Launches Consultancy with Top Fortune 500 Lawyers

BarkerGilmore, best known as a Rochester, New York-based recruiting firm that specializes in placing in-house attorneys, announced on Monday a dozen former general counsel and chief compliance officers, mostly from Fortune 500 companies, will help launch a new consultancy arm for the firm. Among those joining the group is Michelle Banks, former general counsel and chief

Inside the Plantronics, Inc. plant in Tijuana, Mexico on October 14, 2010. Photographer: David Maung/Bloomberg

Sanctioned For Deleting Emails, Plantronics Could Lose Fed Contracts Too

Plantronics, a California company that manufactures telephone headsets, may soon be barred from doing business with the federal government — less than one year after a judge imposed $3 million in “punitive” sanctions on the company for discovery violations. Earlier this week, the U.S. General Services Administration, which helps manages federal government agencies, proposed “debarment” for Plantronics and its senior vice

Copies of President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Saving Legal Services Corp’s Funding: Inside The Battle

For Jim Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corp., the narrowly averted government shutdown last week was both a relief and a call to action. Congress passed a resolution that maintained funding for most federal agencies and recipients including his organization, which is the primary funder for Legal Aid and civil legal assistance organizations around the country.