Law Firms

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Woman Learns to Swear in Order to Make Partner

On October 12th the legal newspaper The Recorder ran a story on Judy O'Brien, who is now general counsel at a Bay Area startup called Obopay, and was formerly a partner in the Silicon Valley law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich &…


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Big Firm Rocked by Tab-Divider Scam

In what is believed to be the largest tab-divider scam yet perpetrated on a large American law firm, three men are accused of defrauding Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati out of $1 million by charging it for tab dividers that were never delivered. …


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Firm’s Valiant Layoff-Spin Attempt Fails

From the ABA Journal: "No Layoffs" at WilmerHale, But Firm Asks Some Lawyers to Find New Jobs Based on comments posted on the Journal's website, this seems to have fallen a little short of the mark in terms of reassurance. …


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Law Firms: Last Vestige of the Medieval Guild System?

“In the current economic crisis, we see the final demise of the medieval guild in the American legal profession,” said Joel Henning, a law firm consultant at Hildebrandt International Inc. Carlyn Kolker, 'Medieval' U.S. Law Firm Pay Structure Buckles, Bloomberg.com…


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Single-Equity-Partner Structure Poses Risk, Says Magazine

"Dreier Troubles Show Danger of Single-Equity-Partner Structure," says a headline on the ABA Journal's site today. One such danger: the single equity partner gets locked up for fraud. This was in connection with the arrest of Marc Dreier, of the…


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Firm Fires Managing Partner Via Note on Chair

Ah, there's nothing like the close-knit camaraderie of a law-firm partnership.  We few, we happy few, we band of brothers (please consider said term to include sisters); for he that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; and if voted out, he…


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Minneapolis Firm Offers “Lawyer Job Interview Translator”

Nicole Black of Legal Antics reports that Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson, a Minneapolis law firm, has produced a new recruiting tool that is worth checking out.  The "Lawyer Job Interview Translator" features a senior-partner type answering standard recruiting questions…


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The Law Accordion to Hanson Bridgett

Would your managing partner wear lederhosen for a marketing video?  If not, maybe you work at the wrong firm. To celebrate a name change and its 50th birthday, the firm now known as HansonBridgett has put together the video below,…


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Indiana Attorneys Work in Firm With Barred Windows

For you associates who sometimes feel like you are stuck in a (high-paying) prison — attorneys at Woods and Woods in Evansville, Indiana, actually work in jail. In 2004, the firm moved its office to the former Vanderburgh County Jail,…


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L.A. Firm Now Employs Attorney Concierge

A concierge for its attorneys, that is, not an attorney who used to be a concierge. Most of us will be familiar with the role of a concierge because of that Michael J. Fox movie where he plays one, which…