Tuesday, March 15, 2011 -- Updated: 3:00 PM ET
James Bond, Esq.: License to Lose?
Remember those old spy movies where the hero whips out this little camera and photographs the secret documents? Or the surprise on the villain's face when he has the hero covered with his gat and then finds out that the cops are in the next room, recording his hare-brained confession? Well, every associate's smartphone gives him more tricks today than 20th Century spies had up their sleeves. And that's where you can get into really, really big trouble . . .
Rankings Ruckus: US News Changes Format of Law School Lists
BigLaw Firm Shakes Up Manhattan Management
29 Defect to Launch New Firm
Longtime Cohort of Rudy Giuliani Lands New BigLaw Gig
9/11 Plaintiffs Firm Is Ordered to Work With Conflicts Counsel
Will Political Power Shift Redistribute Wealth Among BigLaw Rivals?
Irish Eyes Are Smiling on BigLaw Partner
Real Estate Partner Changes Address to New Firm
Departed Founder and Firm Move Dispute Over Unpaid Partner Stake to ADR
BigLaw Firm Sued Over Decade-Old Tax Advice
Charges Against Allegedly Blabbermouthed Prosecutor Dropped Over Fear of More Leaks
Local Attorney, Already Suspended for Trading Sex for Lawyering, Gets More Time in Penalty Box
Close Calls: Attorney,Two Firms Have Brushes With Scammers
NY Pol Avoids Prison Time on Tax Charges
Lawyer Loses License for Advising Clients to Break Into Their Foreclosed Homes
Want to Go to Jail? There's an App for That
Advice for the Lawlorn
Every Monday, Ann Israel, president of Ann Israel & Associates, Inc. and a past president of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants, answers your questions about how to find a new law firm job, interviews, resumes and much more. Today's topic:
I recently began working with a recruiter who told me about some opportunities. When I researched those opportunities on the firms' websites, some of the firms wrote that they will take applications for the positions directly. When firms say this, is it advisable to apply directly?
Plus: Ask Ann a question
Signs of a Rebound
Law firm profits and lawyer productivity rebounded in 2010 - good signs that the market has turned a corner. However, demand was flat and revenues were up modestly compared to a weak 2009. Translation: The increase in profitability was largely driven by expense cuts.
Howrey partners voted yesterday to dissolve the firm, effective March 15, the firm announced in a press release issued late Wednesday.
The partners at Howrey have voted to dissolve the firm effective March 15. What happens to the firm's more than 100 associates now? Battle-tested veterans of firm collapse have this advice to offer: Do what's best for yourself. After all, "there isn't much benefit in going down with the ship," says Scott Andrews, who was one of the castaway after the wreck of Heller Ehrman.
An ambitious lawyer should seek out lawyer friends. Attorneys often move back and forth between firms or go in-house, sometimes several times in a career. So that lawyer you were hired at the same time as? She can be more than a pleasant lunch companion who encourages you to have a salad once in a while. She could wind up as a client. And that is the kind of lawyer friend lawyers like most.
Why Are There So Few Women Commercial Litigators?
Spurred by a group of female appellate judges, a panel recently considered several explanations for the low representation of women, including a lack of commitment by law firms to developing female talent, the pull of motherhood and family, and a lack of aggressiveness among women.
Elite NY Firms See Profits Surge as Wall Street Bounces Back
Troubled Firm Gives Up, Shutting Down at Month's End
NY Partners Switching Firms
After Howrey's Collapse, Office Leader Talks About Leap to New Firm
Ex-Congressman Lands BigLaw Partnership
Nine Partners Quit Ahead of MegaFirm Merger
On Second Thought, Corporate Parter Defects After All
Drugs-Stripper-Guns Judge Gets 30 Days in Prison
Former Client Blames NY Firm for $30,000 Advance That's Now $800,000 Obligation
Firm Is Now Self-Insured for Employees' Health Benefits
Pelosi Wants Cost Estimate of DOMA Litigation
Oscar Winner Cleared in Batman Cameraman's Death Friday
Another Bonus Bonus Is Upon Us - Is Onus on the Scrooges?
Tokyo Lawyers Stranded at Offices in Aftermath of 8.9 Magnitude Quake
Jawdropper: After Being Jilted by NY Leader, Firm Hires MegaRival's Ex-Boss
NY Partners Switching Jobs
Manhattan Lawyer Moves One Step Closer to Plum Job on Federal Bench
Howrey Practice Leaders, Partners Land at New Firm
SEC Chief Says Agency GC's Investing With, Prosecuting Madoff Hurt Credibility
In Challenging Lifetime SEC Ban, NY Lawyer Gets Lost on Shortcut
Yes, Yes It Is Still a Problem If You Make Your Paralegal Chase an Ambulance
The Check Ain't in the Mail: DC Budget Brawl Hits Lawyers in the Wallet
Charlie Sheen: The Very Model of a Modern Lawyer General?
Law Prof Who Used Hypotheticals Involving Dean's Murder Still Has a Job Thursday
Much-Traveled NY BigLaw Partner Tapped for Federal Bench
NY Partners Switching Firms
NY In-Houser Fined for Taking Yankees Tickets From Law Firm Staffer
No Fooling: Firm to Pull Plug on 20-Lawyer Office April 1
Ex-BigLaw Partner Admits Forging IRS Document to Get Cash From Firm
NY Judge Uses Ruling to Preach the Gospel of Diversity to Plaintiffs Firms
NY Firm Loses Four in Tokyo Raid
BigLaw Firm Claim Jumps Rival's Land-Use team
NY Lawyers Closing Billion Dollar Deals
Ethics Experts Split Over NY Judge's Sealed Record on Why He Won't Recuse
NY Lawyer's Talks With Terror Suspect Client Played in Court
Phony Mouthpieces Would Be Felons If NY Bill Passes
Proposed Budget Cuts Would Make Law School a "Mediocre Institution"
Lindsay Lohan Rejects Deal With Mandatory Jail Time in Affair of the Necklace Wednesday
BigLaw Partners Voting on Dissolving Firm
Davis Polk's First Summer Associate, 100, Dies
Fired NY BigLaw Lawyer Charged With Insider Trading
Five More Quit Howrey
Breaking Away From Firm Racked by Defections, Cash Woes, National Firm Is Born
Firm Prospects for California Gold
Snatch a Partner, Launch a Practice
Practice Leader Trades One BigLaw Firm for Another
Courts Overstepped in Requiring NY Attorneys to Sign Affirmations in Foreclosures
NYS Pulls the Plug on Grants to Aid State's Lowest Courts
NY Judge Urged to Bow Out in Prosecution of Disgraced Political Bigwig
NY Judge Promoted
Charlie Sheen Calls His Firing "Illegal," "Unconscionable"
Report: Mel Gibson Cutting Plea Deal for Battering Ex-Girlfriend
Bigfoot Sues, Says Cops Stomp on Phony Monsters' Civil Rights Tuesday
Ex-NY Associate's Claim of Promise of Partnership Knocked Down to Small Potatoes
Ex-NY BigLaw Partner to Plead Guilty to Being Conman's Flunky
NY Partners Switching Firms
NY Lawyers On the Move
NY Firm Wins $1.7 Million Arbitration Award Against Former Client
Lawyer Who Helped Draft Dodd-Frank Lands BigLaw Partnership
US Attorney Gets Greenlight for Eight Hires, Including a BigLaw Partner
Former FEC Chief Elects to Rejoin His Old Firm
Left-Coast Lawyers On the Move
NY Judge Blocks Collection of $9.5 Billion Award Against Chevron for Now
Prosecutors Want Prison Time for Judge Who Scored Stripper-Guns-Drugs Trifecta
BigLaw Defense Team Faces Daunting Task in Defending Ex-Billionaire
In Defending Terror Suspect, NY Lawyer Shines Spotlight on Taping Attorney-Client Calls
NY Judge Honored for Efforts to Assure Immigrants Have Lawyers