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Breaking News!? Lawyers Promoted to Partner

Breaking News!? Lawyers Promoted to Partner

  When a lawyer makes partner at a large law firm, is it news? During Big Law partner promotion season we noticed what seemed like a new trend among law firm communications departments. Have you noticed this too? In a popular video essay format, as seen on YouTube channels like Nerdwriter1 and Every Frame a Painting,


Wake Up Call: Davis Polk Partners Earn $3.75M on Average

•  After a somewhat flat 2015, Davis Polk & Wardwell has rebounded, according to its managing partner, Thomas Reid. Pushing through headwinds in capital markets and jittery European and Asian markets, the firm posted about 10.3 percent growth in revenue, to $1.18 billion in, 2016, with profits per partner surging about 12.5 percent to $3.75 million. (Am Law Daily)

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Wake Up Call: HP to Dock Fees on Firms Lagging on Diversity

• HP Inc.’s chief legal officer and general counsel, Kim Rivera, warned law firm partners in a recent letter that U.S. firms could see 10 percent of their fees withheld if they fall short of the company’s diversity requirements. In an interview, Rivera said law firms have “embraced” the policy. (Corporate Counsel) • The recently reported layoffs at K&L


Mother of Two Goes From Big Law Partner to Legal Tech Founder

As readers of Big Law Business know, women remain underrepresented in the partnership ranks of Big Law, and many women lawyers pursue alternative career tracks within the legal industry because they feel frustrated by a lack of growth opportunities or equal pay. But that’s not always the case. At this year’s Legalweek conference in New

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Wake Up Call: Law Firm Sues Departing Partners

• London-based Herbert Smith Freehills is suing eight Australian partners who left the firm en masse for White & Case last year. A possible point of contention in the Australian court case is said to concern non-solicitation and non-compete clauses in the partners’ contracts. (Financial Review) • A San Francisco federal appeals court unanimously refused to reinstate President Donald

Georgetown University Law Center professor Neal Katyal testifies during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee  April 26, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee was hearing testimony on legal issues related to individuals detained by the U.S. as unlawful enemy combatants.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Top Attorneys Take to Twitter to Oppose Trump’s Immigration Ban

Top appellate attorney Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. first spoke out against a ban on Muslim immigrants more than a year ago, when then-candidate Donald J. Trump proposed the idea on the campaign trail. “It’s an absurd proposal that would plainly and blatantly violate First Amendment, due process and equal protection rights,” Boutrous, a Los Angeles-based

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Big Law Responds to Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

By Casey Sullivan and Stephanie Russell-Kraft, Big Law Business It’s a busy time to be a pro bono lawyer. After President Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday to severely limit immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, lawyers across Big Law jumped in to help travelers, visa and green card holders, who faced uncertainty and deportation in

Demonstrators hold signs outside Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) while protesting against U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order blocking visitors from seven predominantly Muslim nations in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Photographer: Dania Maxwell/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Big Law Enters Fray Over Trump Order

• Lawyers set up impromptu legal aid stands in airports during the weekend as Big Law firms mobilized in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. (National Law Journal) • Did Trump’s executive order ban Muslims from the country on the basis of

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Wake Up Call: D.C. Firms to Close for Inauguration

• Most law firm offices in downtown Washington, D.C., will close for inauguration of President-elect Trump Friday, in anticipation of road closures and other access restrictions. Greenberg Traurig, Dentons and Crowell & Moring are among the exceptions and are planning parties. (National Law Journal) • Wall Street’s expectations that Trump will quickly free banks from the grip


Wake Up Call: Dentons Lawyer to Join White House Counsel’s Office

• The head of Dentons’ political law practice, Stefan Passantino, is said to be leaving his Republican Party posts in Georgia to take a job in the Office of White House Counsel in the Trump administration. (Daily Report via America Lawyer) • James Quinn is leaving Weil Gotshal & Manges after more than 40 years that saw