For Steptoe & Johnson LLP, 2013 was a mixed bag. Revenue was flat at $365 million, profits per partner fell by $75,000 to $905,000, but revenue per lawyer climbed slightly to $900,000.
For Steptoe & Johnson LLP, 2013 was a mixed bag. Revenue was flat at $365 million, profits per partner fell by $75,000 to $905,000, but revenue per lawyer climbed slightly to $900,000.
With federal officials eying regulations for electronic cigarettes, a major trade group for the e-cigarette industry has registered its first lobbyists in Washington, D.C.
Former White House advisor Ed Pagano has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he said he will lobby Congress on issues such as immigration and patent reform.
Senior Judge Paul Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will not reconsider the denial of hundreds of claims for a share of the $1.25 billion settlement fund in the black farmers discrimination case.
The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced the nomination of veteran white-collar defender Leslie Caldwell to lead the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.
A round-up of legal news from ALM and other publications.
Most independent regulatory agencies would receive modest increases in funding and staffing under President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal year 2015 budget.
The debate over patent lawsuit reform reached a fever pitch in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, with Kayak Software Corp. deputy general counsel Benjamin Berman singling out patent-holding company Intellectual Ventures Management LLC as a problem that Congress needs to fix.
The Senate today blocked Debo Adegbile's bid to lead the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice amid questions about how he would work with the major law enforcement groups that vigorously opposed his nomination.
A former Internal Revenue Service official once again refused to answer questions during a congressional hearing today, and now may face contempt of Congress charges.
President Barack Obama told Democratic donors Wednesday that U.S. Supreme Court nominations hang in the balance of this year's midterm elections. Speaking at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser, Obama linked the party's goal—keeping control of the Senate—to a number of policy issues and to who might eventually sit on the nation's highest court.
Modest growth lifted Crowell & Moring's net profit and its profits per partner in 2013 compared with 2012. The firm focused on investing in certain areas by adding lawyers rather than pushing up profits, Crowell chairman Kent Gardiner said.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: M&A activity on the rise; federal judge bars judgment against Chevron; new insight on Madoff and JPMorgan.
The White House's proposed $27.4 billion budget for the U.S. Department of Justice would boost spending on the administration's criminal justice reform efforts, the agency said today. President Barack Obama called for $173 million for initiatives that include more state and local prisoner reentry programs. If enacted, the department would get a $122 million increase over the 2014 fiscal year enacted level.
The Internet industry has put new pressure on the Senate to pass patent lawsuit reform legislation, with Internet Association President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Beckerman telling senators Monday that the "time to act is now."
The new White House budget calls for closing a long-controversial tax loophole that gives some high-income professionals like lawyers and lobbyists a way to avoid income and payroll taxes.
For the first time since 1994, Arnold & Porter saw a decline in gross revenue last year, according to our reporting.
In a rare win for whistleblowers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled the protection against retaliation provided by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 extends to employees of private companies that work for publicly held corporations.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: A redesigned law.com, the Justice Department sues Sprint Corp. over bills for eavesdropping, and Patton Boggs seeks outside help for the firm's finances.
A recent U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform study on the "real costs" of securities class action lawsuits was met with skepticism by plaintiffs' advocates, who questioned the report's objectivity.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday acknowledged that a spectator's outburst during an oral argument Feb. 26 was "redacted" from the audio posted on the court's website late last week.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld saw a bonanza in profits last year, according to our reporting. Profits per partner increased almost 20 percent, by about $300,000 per partner, to $1.835 million in 2013 compared with 2012.
The District of Columbia will pay $80,000 to resolve a suit by a lawyer who challenged the District's "post and forfeit" process after he was arrested.
Covington & Burling's annual financial numbers for 2013 show a mix of growth—in both revenue and number of lawyers—and a decline in profits. Gross revenue for the firm grew by 1 percent, or $7 million to $657 million.
The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a federal judge in Washington to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Florida woman caught up in the 2012 scandal surrounding former Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus.
While a snowstorm Monday morning sent most of Washington into hibernation—the city's federal trial and appellate courts are closed—the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments as scheduled.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Global 100 operations in Ukraine, legal tidbits from the Clinton White House, the BP oil spill and the lawyer short listed for "The Bachelorette."
Two members of the U.S. Supreme Court were on hand this afternoon to formally bid farewell to Patricia Millett, a longtime high court advocate who was recently confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
A group of previously secret documents from the Clinton White House—released today by The National Archives—contain the names of some Washington lawyers and some interesting legal tidbits. Here are some of the high points from the correspondence between Bill and Hillary Clinton and their aides.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled a pair of same-sex harassment lawsuits—hard-fought battles that illustrate the challenges of litigating such cases.
The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on Debo Adegbile's nomination to run the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Investors each year have lost an average of $39 billion from securities class action lawsuits to collect only about $5 billion in settlements per year since the enactment of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act in 1995, according to a U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) study released Friday.
Arent Fox grew its gross revenue for the fourth consecutive year in 2013, increasing 8.7 percent to a firm record of $263.5 million, according to our reporting.
For the second year in a row, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr generated gross revenue of more than $1 billion in 2013, as profits per partner increased by 2.7 percent to $1.5 million, according to our reporting.
Legal Counsel for the Elderly is the recipient of this year's Justice Potter Stewart Award for work on behalf of the administration of justice in the District of Columbia.
The surreptitious videos taken inside the U.S. Supreme Court that popped up on YouTube in recent days were an embarrassment to the court—but not a violation of any law.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: the U.S. Supreme Court caught on camera, Proskauer sues an ex-client and new judicial nominations drama.
A Washington judge has denied former top Obama administration official Peter Orszag's bid to keep information about his private sector earnings secret in a child support case.
Venable, bolstered by the strength of the firm’s litigation and regulatory groups, in 2013 set new firm records for revenue and profits per partner.
The tax reform plan unveiled Feb. 26 on Capitol Hill includes provisions that would affect certain awards and damages for antitrust violations and patent and trademark infringement, according to a congressional analysis of the 979-page draft bill.
Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. was taken to a hospital Thursday morning after experiencing "faintness and shortness of breath," according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
A much-anticipated tax reform plan from Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) on Wednesday received a frosty reception from the financial services sector, with industry members calling a proposed tax on major banks "arbitrary."
Last year marked Hogan Lovells' strongest financial showing since the firm's inception in 2010, according to our reporting.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: federal judge strikes Texas same-sex marriage ban, new nutrition label regulations and exploring the mess that is the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today brought its first lawsuit against a for-profit college, charging ITT Educational Services Inc. with predatory lending.
The recent massive data breach at Target Corp. so far has saddled the retail giant with a $61 million tab—one that could rise in the future, the company said Wednesday.
Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders today announced the firms are in preliminary merger talks.
Mythili Raman, the acting head of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, will step down in March, the department announced today.
When former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko left prison on Saturday, former Rep. Jim Slattery (D-Kan.) had reason to celebrate.
In a dispute over when the District of Columbia should hold its first election for an attorney general, the city's highest court is staying out of the fray, at least for now.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Credit Suisse's chief executive hits back; regulators eye Bitcoin; Pfizer legal department shake-up continues.
Senate Democrats jumped over Republican hurdles this week to confirm four district court nominees, including Shearman & Sterling litigation partner James Donato and county judge Beth Freeman for the Northern District of California.
For the first time in nearly three decades, the National Association of Realtors has a new top lawyer, the Chicago-based trade group that represents 1 million real estate agents announced Monday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee today had no tough questions for Boies, Schiller & Flexner partner Tanya Chutkan during her confirmation hearing for a spot on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Justice Clarence Thomas laughs, a federal judge "explodes" and Jones Day's biggest practice area gets a new leader.
Patton Boggs will close its Newark office after the firm lost almost $12 million there last year after insurance work arising from the Sept. 11 attacks dried up, according to Edward Newberry, Patton Boggs' managing partner.
Seven of the country's largest online hotel booking websites have agreed to pay the District of Columbia more than $60 million in disputed sales tax and interest-if the companies lose their appeal of a trial judge's decision finding them liable.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has turned up the heat on Congress to pass legislation to create a national standard for notifying customers of data breaches, saying: "It is time."
A high-stakes dispute over the Environmental Protection Agency's power to regulate greenhouse gases from stationary sources divided the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday along classic liberal-conservative lines.
The U.S. government is opposing efforts to enforce more than $14 million in sanctions against the Russian government in a dispute over the return of Jewish religious texts seized in the early 20th century.
Virginia Seitz, who served as assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, has left the U.S. Department of Justice after more than two years at the post.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: POGO break-in, questions about the law office of Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), a Netflix and Comcast deal and a look at the newest member of the Orrick family in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Julie Brill, a Democratic commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission, on Thursday called on companies to deploy "more aggressive" actions to safeguard consumer privacy, urging businesses to install mechanisms to ensure they are handling data appropriately and protecting the anonymity of individuals.
The American Bar Association on Thursday pressed the National Security Agency for information about its policy concerning the protection of attorney-client communication amid surveillance efforts.
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers today sued the U.S. Department of Justice over public access to a criminal discovery "blue book" that was written after the collapse of the case against Ted Stevens.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has tapped Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Stephen Luparello to serve as director of its Division of Trading and Markets.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Comcast's lobby blitz for merger approval; groups ask SEC to end "maker-taker" rebates; Fannie Mae in the black.
A California federal judge on Thursday ordered a light bulb maker to pay $21 million for exaggerating the performance of its LED bulbs, handing the Federal Trade Commission a significant victory in its quest to crack down on deceptive advertising claims.
A federal judge in Washington today chastised a senior U.S. Department of Justice lawyer for filing a 21-page document earlier today in a high-profile defamation case without first seeking approval.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today filed an amicus brief stressing that whistleblowers are entitled to the Dodd-Frank Act’s full protection against retaliation whether they report their employers’ wrongdoing internally or go straight to the agency.
The Association of Corporate Counsel has waded into the debate over reforming the federal civil discovery process, saying the system's costs "have swallowed most of its benefits."
The U.S. Department of Justice racked up another guilty plea in its massive auto parts price-fixing investigation, announcing today that a former Japanese auto parts executive is headed to prison for one year and a day for obstruction of justice.
The lawyers tied up in the defamation suit that a former U.S. Department of Agriculture official brought against the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart are on a “fishing expedition” in their demand from information from the federal government, the U.S. Justice Department says in new court documents.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: no stay for $8.5 billion settlement, Bridgegate committee files suit, and U.S. drone strikes under scrutiny.
Robin Conrad, former executive vice president of the National Chamber Litigation Center, has joined the Washington office of McKenna Long & Aldridge as a litigation partner.
The federal government's new cybersecurity framework is "a good start," but lawyers say the real test will be whether companies voluntarily adopt it, especially without compelling incentives like liability protection.
Banks and credit unions racked up more than $200 million in expenses from the massive Target Corp. data breach in the last quarter of 2013, trade groups for the financial institutions announced Tuesday.
Top Democratic and Republican lawmakers have jumped into a legal fight over the Internal Revenue Service's enforcement of a section of the Obama administration's health care law.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Juror in Dunn trial explains verdict; the Department of Homeland Security wants to track license plates; fears of a civil war in the Ukraine.
The revelation that an ally of the National Security Agency spied on an American law firm's communication with a foreign government will further expand the debate on Capitol Hill about the propriety of government surveillance.
The National Security Agency has backed away from its claim that a designer's parody T-shirts and mugs violated the federal law that restricts the use of the agency's name and seal. The lawyers in the case announced a settlement on Tuesday.
A coalition of media, public interest and open-government organizations on Tuesday launched an unprecedented advertising and petition campaign to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to open its doors to cameras.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Sen. Schumer recuses himself from consideration of Comcast deal after The American Lawyer report; a Bernie Madoff associate plans to testify today; and a Guantanamo Bay Naval Base trial is halted.
Revelations on Saturday that an American law firm's communications with a foreign government client were monitored a National Security Agency ally may provide new impetus for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit a 2013 decision involving the nation's electronic surveillance law.
Todd Kim, the solicitor general for the District of Columbia, was nominated today to serve on the D.C. Court of Appeals.
Karen Dunn, a former associate White House counsel, joins Boies, Schiller & Flexner as a partner in the firm's newly established crisis management and government response team.
The U.S. Department of Justice issued long-awaited guidance Friday to clarify the hazy legal landscape over when financial institutions risk prosecution for providing services to marijuana-related businesses.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), Capitol Hill's top antitrust watchdogs, have vowed to hold hearings on the $45 billion agreement Comcast Corp. reached to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., saying the deal needs congressional scrutiny.
More than a half-dozen television networks, newspaper industry associations and advocacy groups have asked a federal judge in Washington to expand the media outlets on which tobacco companies are required to publish antismoking messages.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced three senior appointments to key legal jobs, including the first head of the agency’s new Office of the Investor Advocate.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Law banning same-sex marriage struck down in Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rules on the Second Amendment, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. announces plan to buy Eddie Bauer and Washington-area florists have Valentine's Day woes.
A federal district judge in Virginia on Thursday declared unconstitutional the state ban on same-sex marriage. The judge stayed her ruling, however, to allow review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Eight insurance lawyers joined the Washington office of Shipman & Goodwin this month from Drinker Biddle & Reath.
The Federal Trade Commission faces a "mortal threat" from the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, former FTC chairman Timothy Muris said during a panel discussion today.
Major trade groups for the retail and financial services industries have joined forces to fight hackers, announcing on Thursday a cybersecurity partnership intended to better protect consumers after the massive data breaches at Target Corp. and Neiman Marcus Group Ltd.
Lawyers appointed by judges to represent indigent criminal defendants in the federal court system got good news today: The judiciary is restoring their hourly pay rates following cuts last year.
Senate Democrats have started a push to get confirmation votes for stalled judicial nominees this year, but Republicans made it clear they won't make it easy for President Barack Obama's picks for the bench.
Federal agencies and courts in Washington are closed today after heavy snow blanketed the region last night.
A round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Comast to buy Time Warner, possible stay in a patent dispute involving Apple and escaped inmates and Iraq.