D.C. Legal Business

Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins, during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 14, 2014.

How Arnold & Porter Walled Off a New Hire From the Redskins Case

By Zoe Tillman |

Court papers filed this week by Arnold & Porter offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the firm screened off a recent hire from the Washington Redskins trademark dispute. The new attorney clerked for the federal trial judge who oversaw the case and whose ruling is now on appeal.

$40.5M Fee to Plaintiffs Firms Upheld Against Western Union

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal appeals court has upheld $40.5 million in attorney fees in a settlement with The Western Union Co. over unclaimed money transfers.

Cristina Carvalho.

Arent Fox Taps Cristina Carvalho as Firm's Next Leader

By Katelyn Polantz |

Cristina Carvalho, a Brazilian-born copyright and intellectual property lawyer, will become Arent Fox's next managing partner, the firm plans to announce this week. Although she's based in Washington, and the firm has no foreign offices, the promotion of Carvalho, educated in Rio de Janeiro, reflects Arent Fox's focus on international law and clients. "I think there are a lot of opportunities for people like me at Arent Fox. I'm one of many," Carvalho, 52, told The National Law Journal in an interview Monday.

Amit Mehta.

Tobacco Companies Want Judge to Recuse Over Law Firm Ties

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta's law firm ties have prompted calls for him to recuse in a court fight in Washington between tobacco companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Their concern: Mehta's former law firm, Zuckerman Spaeder, worked for anti-tobacco groups while the judge was a partner.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's Washington, D.C. offices at 1200 17th St. NW.

Pillsbury's David Dekker: No Merger Before Spring, Not Even With Chadbourne

By Katelyn Polantz |

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's chairman-elect until 2017, the Washington-based litigator David Dekker, said the firm isn't merging with Chadbourne & Parke any time in the near future, despite recent reports in the press. In fact, rumors about some of Pillsbury's possible merger partners have been wrong, he said.

Washington, D.C. offices of Freshfields at 700 13th Street, N.W.  November 4, 2015.

Freshfields Mourns Death of Washington Partner

By Katelyn Polantz |

Timothy Coleman, a Washington white-collar partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, died yesterday morning, from a fall from the top of the law firm's office building onto 13th Street in downtown D.C. The Metropolitan Police Department were still investigating the circumstances of Coleman's death. "Tim's enthusiasm for his family and friends touched everyone around him," Freshfields said in a statement.

Sharp Drop in Dickstein Net Income

By Katelyn Polantz |

Dickstein Shapiro faced its worst year in more than a decade after contingency cases didn't pull in income and the firm restructured, chairman James Kelly said in an interview. He called 2013 an "investment year."

Akin Gump Moves On After Millett

By Todd Ruger |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld spent months preparing for the departure of one of the firm's star appellate lawyers, Patricia Millett, who last week was confirmed for a slot on a key federal appeals court in Washington.

Patton Boggs Issues Flurry of Fee Suits

By Zoe Tillman |

Patton Boggs is not only putting a tighter squeeze on clients to pay their bills on time, but is also suing to collect unpaid bills as the firm continues cost-­cutting measures and entertains a potential merger.

Michael Dowd of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd.

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd

By Sherry Karbin |

In the 10 years that Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd has been in operation, it's scored a string of impressive knockouts in complex securities litigation cases.