The firms on this year's list landed groundbreaking verdicts, negotiated big settlements and, in many cases, paved the way for the resolution of other disputes.
Our annual report on the law schools that supply the largest numbers of new associates to NLJ 250 law firms.
For the first time, The National Law Journal recognizes leading in-house legal departments of companies based in the twin-city region of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
We range widely in this look at the state of intellectual property law, beginning with the legal complications attorneys need to consider when negotiating endorsement deals with the stars. We also investigate the renewed respect being paid to the "indefiniteness" defense against business-method patents. Finally, "inter partes" review — an attempt to streamline patent disputes — may in some cases make the process more difficult.
At the 10 law firms spotlighted here, it's all about skill, not size. The lawyers at these litigation shops, all of which have fewer than 51 attorneys, are as clever at practicing on paper as they are at wooing a jury. Many of these lawyers have honed their craft at the biggest and best firms in the nation and have opted, once they've gained crucial work experience, for a small-firm career. We've highlighted the special strategies and creative approaches they used in 2013 to help set precedent, right wrongs and save the day for the client.
The past few years have been momentous for law firms and their use of technology. In the electronic discovery area alone, innovations including predictive coding have found acceptance by the courts.
Behind some of the biggest news stories of 2013 — same-sex marriage, the Boston Marathon bombing and New York's stop-and-frisk policy — you'll find top attorneys who donated hundreds of hours to people in need of legal services. In this year's pro bono report, you'll also see a continuing trend: corporate lawyers volunteering their time to nonprofit causes, a new array of practitioners ready to help those in need.
2013 was the year that made the legal, judicial and political scenarios in "The Good Wife," "Homeland" or "House of Cards" look, well, plausible.
Evolving privacy and confidentiality laws — here and abroad — are making the e-discovery process more delicate than ever. Caught unaware, businesses and the lawyers who serve them can run afoul of the rules and land on the losing side of the law.
Late last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reinstated provisions in the Texas law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges in nearby hospitals. An appeal to the lower court’s ruling is pending. These two opinion pieces were written before the appeals court made its ruling.
Invigorated exploration for more resources is delivering plenty of work to the legal industry. Our report highlights changes in the law of importance to the attorneys who handle the matters.
For the first time since 1996, the U.S. government has ground to a halt. The House of Representatives and the Senate are at odds over funding and all signs point to a continuing bitter fight. The National Law Journal and its sister publications at ALM will provide coverage throughout the shutdown.
Our annual survey of the law firms that work for the nation's largest companies takes a global focus.
These 19 firms are at the cutting edge of plaintiffs' work — and are giving defense players a run for their money.
Our annual report on law firms and lobbying shops in the nation's capital.
From budget battles and antitrust to privacy and immigration, lawyers on Capitol Hill play critical roles in research, oversight and shaping legislation. Meet a dozen congressional legal stars.
Finance and accounting, management, leadership and entrepreneurship — all components of a business education, not a legal one, right? Not anymore. A growing number of law schools are borrowing a page from the MBA playbook and adding courses intended to give students a foundation in business, in addition to the law.
In this report, The National Law Journal recognizes top legal departments and their general counsel at companies in the Southern California region.
From key practice areas and diversity in the bar, to growth strategy and billing arrangements, Washington managing partners give their observations—from the top.
Boston's biotech industry is steadily gaining strength, and Portland's alternative energy and tourism sectors are serving that city well. But in areas outside the cities, places where small firms and solo lawyers practice, potential clients are cash-strapped. The upshot for region: movement, ever so slowly, in the right direction.
We recognize the Boston area's top corporate legal departments — the ones setting the standard in pro bono service, use of technology, management of outside counsel and more.
Some of the nation's best litigators tell how they prevailed in big cases against the odds.
Washington lawyers tackled some of the most notable transactions in the country last year in an array of industries, navigating complex mergers and acquisitions, real estate deals and project financing.
This week, we train our sights on litigation shops in Chicago—the city that brought us the skyscraper, Muddy Waters, Playboy and Ebony, and McDonald’s. Oh, and a heck of a lot of legal talent.
Across the nation's midsection, the terrain is distinctly uneven. Detroit's recent bankruptcy underscores the legal industry's difficulties there, especially since local law firms expect big outside firms to grab most of the legal work. Chicago, on the other hand, demonstrates strong signs of an improving economy. We've tracked those markets and others in this analysis of the successes and struggles throughout the Midwest.
We went looking for excellence among the litigation bar in Washington — and found plenty. Here's our take on the best all-around litigation shop in D.C. and an array of top-flight firms in six subspecialities.
The number of lawyers increased just slightly in 2012. Most of the gains were among partners, and associate results were flat.
This year's U.S. Supreme Court term lacks the high-stakes drama of last year's row over the Affordable Care Act, which seemed to attract briefs from every appellate shop around. There's still plenty to get excited about, however, as demonstrated by the cases we highlight in our annual Appellate Hot List.
On our second annual Intellectual Property Hot List, you’ll find 20 law firms that have demonstrated creative, formidable talent in litigation, patent prosecution and deal-making.
We look at the legal business climate in a dynamic, growing region.
The federal government spent more than $4 billion to resolve lawsuits last year, a $1.3 billion increase from spending in 2011, an analysis of government records shows.
We showcase 20 of the nation's top midsize law firms based on business strategies that have delivered noteworthy cases and prominent deals to their doors. Winning a spot on the list are law firms that, for their clients' purposes, are not too big, not too small, but just right.
The Supreme Court took up California's ban of same-sex marriage on Tuesday, a case in which opponents to the ban seek full participation by gay couples in the fundamental right to marry.
Fifty years after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision Gideon v. Wainwright, the guarantee of right to counsel remains unrealized.