UK & Ireland
After being a partner at Ropes & Gray for two years, Annie Herdman is set to join Paul Weiss’ antitrust practice.
Leading international law firm Proskauer is delighted to welcome James Oussedik to their Private Investment Funds Group in London, James will be arriving as a partner.
David Edwards is set to co-lead the firm’s European disputes practice alongside Tyler Robinson.
The former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of England and Wales, Sir Max Hill KC, has joined top 20 US law firm King & Spalding’s London office as a counsel.
Gibson Dunn is expecting the arrival of Benjamin Rapp in the next few months; however the precise date of arrival is yet to be confirmed.
Jens Steger joined the firm’s Frankfurt office at the start of February as a partner, making the transition from K&L Gates, where he served as a partner since 2021.
Gaëlle Thuault has worked worked in-house at energy giant Total and at the European Union Court of Justice. He has also worked at Cleary Gottlieb and Skadden Arps.
The appointment of a veteran Düsseldorf-based partner from Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch has helped White & Case to expand its antitrust practice in Germany.
Global law firm, Dentons has expanded its corporate practice in Abu Dhabi by welcoming two new partners, Stephen McKenna and Ross Barfoot formerly of Clyde & Co. Both partners officially joined the firm on February 5th. This deliberate move reinforces Dentons’ commitment to meeting the diverse corporate legal needs of the Middle East region.
With the hiring of Merrick White, a new partner at Watson Farley & Williams, McDermott Will & Emery’s Singapore office now has just one partner remaining in its city-state outfit.
Mariana Campos carries with her a wealth of experience in private banking, capital markets and other financial matters, having also worked at the Mexican stock exchange BIVA and JPMorgan.
Amy Yu, a mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets lawyer, has spent almost nine years practicing at Eversheds Sutherland, where she made partner in 2018.
Jean-Denis Marx, who is a Baker McKenzie veteran partner, has joined the boutique Japanese firm Tokyo International Law Office.
Willig, Williams & Davidson a known Labor, employment, workers’ compensation and family law firm has announced that attorney Samuel H. Datlof has joined the firm’s labor law practice group.
Alejandra Garcia Earley, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig with expertise in project finance and energy tax equity financings, has become a partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Chicago energy and infrastructure group.
Ty’Meka M. Reeves-Sobers and Marcia Hook, partners from Kirkland & Ellis, have joined Clifford Chance as the company continues to grow its energy and infrastructure expertise in the United States. They will be based in the firm’s Houston and Washington, D.C., offices, respectively.
Gil Perez, who will work with clients as well as internally throughout the company, will bring more than 25 years of innovative expertise to the position.
Kenneth Frazier, a former general counsel at Merck and CEO from 2011 to 2021, will take over a board position while the company works to repair its damaged reputation.
After working for Dechert for over four years, partner Kimberly Branscome joined Paul Weiss’s Los Angeles office on Saturday, leading the latter company to name new practice heads.
After more than 12 years of service, Jennifer “Jenna” Solari has joined the Southern District of Georgia U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, who left the court at the end of January, became a partner in the government enforcement and investigations practice of Am Law 200 firm Bracewell in New York.
Amy Mushahwar has worked at Holland & Knight, Reed Smith, Ballard Spahr and Davis Wright Tremaine.
Claudia Wilson Frost, Who was a litigation partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, said she joined Steptoe’s new Houston office partly because of the large group of trial lawyers there.
Alexei Cowett had worked at Venable since 2015 and during this time has advised on more than $60 billion in closed transactions across various media.
Laura DelFratte has become a special counsel in the tax, estates, and employee benefits practice of the national legal firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, based in Pittsburgh.
Paul Hastings, which has been hiring laterals until 2024, has added finance partner Stephen Gruendel from Shearman & Sterling in New York.
Shariane Taylor has joined the business and finance department of Tucker Arensberg as a shareholder attorney.
Carl von Merz, who became a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth on Tuesday, will lead the company’s oil and gas practice in the United States.
Robert Benson and Jeffrey Johnson, patent litigators at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe with a concentration on Taiwan and China, have joined Baker Botts as partners in the intellectual property department.
Johanna Schmitt, a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, specializes in intellectual property. She joins from Kirkland & Ellis.
A new chair for white collar criminal defense is named by Lowenstein Sandler, Stevens & Lee welcomes a litigation and finance specialist, and there are other changes.
Three former SDNY prosecutors created the company that is now known as Krieger Lewin in 2017, and former AUSA Dan Noble is now joining its ranks.
According to news reported on Wednesday, E. Miller Williams Jr. has moved to Taylor English Duma LLP as a partner in the corporate department in Atlanta.
Phil Buffington has joined Balch & Bingham as a partner in the banking and financial services group. Meanwhile, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete has announced the addition of Thomas Song as a partner in the firm’s Orange County, California, office.
Kathryn Krecke is being succeeded by Kahlil Williams as legal chief of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which has assets of $8.8 billion and focuses on improving the health and well-being of children.
Valerie Ho helped Mold the fast-fashion giant’s global legal and compliance structure and was aiding if their efforts to fend off questions about its IP and labour practices as it preps for an IPO.
One of North America’s largest coal producers, Ramaco Resources, has hired West Virginian Evan Jenkins. Evan is a Republican who served in the U.S. House from 2015 to 2018, as general counsel.
Interim CEO Michael Hance has been reported as saying. “Forward has been my professional home for the last 18 years, and I am honoured to serve in this important role,”.
Laura Franco has been appointed general counsel for both US entertainment and venue firms Madison Square Garden Entertainment (MSGE) and Sphere Entertainment. Jamal Haughton departed the position in November, and Franco takes over as general counsel for both organizations.
Lathrop GPM expanded its intellectual property team in Dallas with the hiring of four Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta lawyers, filling a strategic priority in the important Texas market.
Michelle Tong, Christian Iwasko and Priya Rupal have all joined the firm’s private equity practice.
Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli is developing its cybersecurity and data privacy team with the hire of a nine-lawyer group, including four former practice leaders, from Maynard Nexsen.
The multi-practice team is led by partners Donal O’Brien, Eric Prezant, and Randy Miller. Prezant and O’Brien will join the 1,000-lawyer firm in Chicago alongside partners Karl Marschel and Brandon Neuschafer and counsel Monica Carroll, while Miller joins in Denver and the final partner, James Attonito, joins in New York.
Promotions & Appointments:
Sonal Parekh, Lamb McErlane attorney, has been appointed the vice president of law student outreach for the South Asian Bar Association—Philadelphia Chapter (SABA-Philly) for the 2024 term.
Morris James announced that Eric Monzo has been appointed to the local rules committee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, this appointment will be effective from Feb. 1.
Moritt Hock & Hamroff’s managing partner Marc Hamroff is handing off the reins to Michael Cardello III and assuming a newly established role of chairmanship as the firm gets ready to make place for a new generation of lawyers in leadership roles.
Post & Schell recently announced that the firm’s principals have elected Mason Avrigian Jr as a member of the firm’s board of directors. Mason has been principal and co-chair of the firm’s construction practice group.
Perenami Momodu, who was previously a partner at a leading West African law firm, joins Gateley to lead our African practice and support the continued expansion of our multi-jurisdictional strategic international disputes services, particularly across oil and gas, infrastructure, technology, fintech, construction, investments, and renewable energy.
Mergers & Alliances:
New England-brd Hinckley, Allen & Snyder is absorbing Fort Lauderdale-anchored, construction-focused law firm Ferencik Libanoff Brandt Bustamante & Goldstein, this will provide the Am Law 200 firm with its first office south of New York.
Following the announcement of A&O Shearman’s approaching merger, internal discussions have started occurring to addressing concerns about the operational logistics in the US. This major alliance has led to discussions among insiders about potential initial obstacles that the firm may confront.
Office Openings & Closing:
With the opening of a new office in Coral Gables, Florida, Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby has increased its geographic reach to eleven locations as rate pressures lead to consolidation in the insurance defense market.
Vartabedian Hester & Haynes, launched on Jan. 29 with 10 former Alston & Bird lawyers, opened an office in Dallas with two Holland & Knight litigators.
About a quarter of the attorneys of Willkie Farr & Gallagher will be moving from Frankfurt to Munich to open the office.
International law firms have long regarded Dubai as their de facto Middle East headquarters, however two of the region’s four largest law firms are now headquartered in Riyadh.
The latest annual numbers from Wells Fargo’s Legal Specialty Group, a survey drawing on financial data from more than 130 law firms, reported that revenues grew year-over-year by 6%, with some momentum coming into 2024 thanks to strength in countercycle practices and rate increases.
If midsize firms can’t match the top of the market in associate compensation, they should touch other perks to potential recruits, said recruiter Steve Stone. For some, non-financial benefits include work-life balance and earlier access to client contact.
With regard to their financial performance last year Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer hit a new firm record, growing gross revenue by 9.7% to $1.139 billion in 2023, while its profits per equity partner rose nearly 15% to $1.610 million after falling to $1.403 million in 2022.
“D.C. was our best-performing region,” stated Owen Burman, of Wells Fargo Legal Specialty Group. “The regulatory side was on fire for so many firms.”
Atlanta-brd firms grew revenue on average by 4.4% last year, this is according to data from Wells Fargo Private Bank Legal Specialty Group,
The Atlanta firm decreased its equity partner tier by 7.6% to 106 partners, meanwhile its nonequity partner ranks expanded by 6% to 146.
Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Allen & Overy, MoFo and Dechert lead on the market’s deals.
Turnover at Mason Hayes & Curran (MHC) has surpassed €100m for the second consecutive year after the Dublin firm grew revenue 7% in 2023 to reach €114m.
Technology & Innovation:
Ten firms with roots in the commonwealth that discussed their AI use with Law.com. Most of them indicated that most of their use cases for the new technology were internal rather than client-facing.
Darrow’s AI-powered PlaintiffLink aims to connect law firms with high-qualified plaintiffs for their cases. Though it has been offered in beta to a select group of firms in the past, the offering is now available to all customers.
The South African Legal Technology network has launched its SALTed division to improve legal education to make it more inclusive and representative of the diverse African demographic.
The article is an assurance to the client that attorneys have regulation when it comes to their use of technology, in general and AI in particular.
Legal departments of major corporations along with the industry’s most elite firms are actively using generative AI, and the belief that any organization would wait on identifying and testing use cases is seen as a significant competitive risk.
Large cloud and AI providers including Amazon, Google and Microsoft, among others, say they’ll take on the legal risk of a copyright claim arising from the use of their offered LLMs. But there are significant limitations to these protections.
Diversity & Inclusion:
Two Holland & Knight attorneys and a Hialeah assistant city attorney emphasise the relationships that have assisted them in thriving in a profession in which women continue to be underrepresented.
idsized firms are in the headlines for a variety of reasons, including the dominance of women CEOs in Northeastern legal firms, an insurance defense firm that bases its business model on nuclear verdicts, and an Am legal Second Hundred firm that pays bonuses that are higher than those offered by top firms.
According to Dubin, a leader in a discovery practice will have particular difficulties this year, such as developing AI strategy and managing the plethora of new data kinds that developing technologies like generative AI are increasingly producing.
One associate has been reported as saying that ‘There is a growing cultural divide with boomer partners failing to… meaningfully advance DEI issues beyond empty statements on the website,’.
This article discusses about how one of the most difficult aspects of working in-house as litigation counsel is demonstrating value to the company. That means establishing that you are more than a “cost center”.
The decades-old IOLA fund pays for low-income state residents’ civil legal services, and the coalition said the account is a critical source of infrastructure that will be used to increase salaries. But Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposal could curtail that plan, they said.
Using debt to fund expansion and investments seems sensible, but it also points to a possible lack of financial planning, writes the Global Lawyer.
Money continues to be the primary motivation for law firm associates, this is followed closely by work-life balance, career opportunities and office attendance policies.
Questions are being asked internally about how the imminent tie-up will work in the US, the timing of merger architect Wim Dejonghe’s departure, and the integration of certain offices.
According to a new survey by the EY Center for Board Matters, as business leaders zero in on the risks and opportunities of artificial intelligence, investors remain focused on conventional priorities, such as climate change. And they want the companies they invest in on the same page.
A remuneration scheme that makes partner expectations explicit and gives partners a way to confirm the results by reporting them back to them fosters collegiality more than an opaque scheme that, by its very nature, encourages mistrust and animosity amongst partners.