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February 28, 2009 11:00 AM

THE CHURN: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200

Steven Tonsfeldt has had quite the topsy-turvy career in Silicon Valley. The M&A lawyer has done stints at Brobeck, Venture Law Group, and, most recently, Heller Ehrman--three firms that are no more. So we imagine he's hoping for some calm, and longevity, at the firm he will soon call home--O'Melveny. Plus more moves in our twice weekly column.

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02/28/09 Posted by Ed Shanahan

February 27, 2009 6:01 PM

THE AM LAW 100: Hogan & Hartson's Profits Flat in 2008

Sibling publication Legal Times reports that the firm's revenue and profits were flat last year after a record year in 2007.

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02/27/09 Posted by Brian Baxter

Laid Off Recently? Send Us Your Story

How are firms handling the cuts? And is anyone hiring?

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02/27/09 Posted by Nate Raymond

Weekend at Bernie's: Scandal Creates 'Cottage Industry'

The Global Alliance goes to Washington, a conference gathers in Manhattan, a New Jersey senator's foundation files suit, and a receiver for Madoff's U.K. trading arm says the unit transferred $164 million to the disgraced financier's broker-dealer in November. All that and more in our weekly look at the mad, mad world of Bernie Madoff.

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02/27/09 Posted by Brian Baxter

Goodbye, Fortunoff

The once-iconic department store has been reduced to a companywide going-out-of-business sale overseen by several liquidation firms and Wachtell.

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02/27/09 Posted by Zach Lowe

Pro Bono Help Wanted

The demand for public interest legal services is growing even as funding has declined, says Michael Rothenberg, the executive director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Who's going to pick up the slack?

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02/27/09 Posted by Francesca Heintz

Laid Off? Now Might Be a Time to Fly Solo

So you've been laid off by your formerly munificent Am Law 200 employer. Fear not. You have options. The National Law Journal reports that small firms and solo practices are springing up everywhere.

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02/27/09 Posted by Brian Baxter

LETTER FROM LONDON: Quinn Emanuel Hits the London Streets

Quinn Emanuel certainly is doing its best to join the fabric of London legal society. Since the California-based firm formally launched a London office in October, a three-partner team has been busy building referral relationships with the city’s leading English and American firms, and adopting the firm's successful U.S. strategy.

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02/27/09 Posted by Richard Lloyd

Sonnenschein to Shutter Charlotte Office

Less than two years after Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal announced the opening of its Charlotte office, partners voted this afternoon to close up shop in the battered banking center. The decision affects 11 lawyers and eight staff members.

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02/27/09 Posted by Ross Todd

Davis Polk, Cleary, Sidley, Hogan, Gibson Dunn All on Citi Deal

It may not amount to a nationalization, but the government's decision to take up to a 36 percent stake in Citigroup today provided a ton of legal work for Am Law firms advising Citi and private investors who are converting preferred stock to common shares along with the Treasury Department.

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02/27/09 Posted by Zach Lowe

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