Why Law Firm Rankings Don’t Matter

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It’s that time of year again—the legal community is abuzz with news that the Vault 2009 law firm rankings are out. In a testament to the thriving, ever-evolving nature of Big Firm life, the list of the top five “most prestigious” firms hasn’t changed one hair over last year’s rankings: 1. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 2. Cravath, Swaine & …

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I’m Debating Litigation Vs. Transactional

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I know the initial answer will be “whatever you want” or “whatever you’re good at” or “whatever your personality traits fit, etc.” But overall, what’s better for a person’s career/career options, big firm transactional or big firm litigation?  And what type of transactional, etc. is better to go into?  Thank you. Great question.  And my answer is definitely not “whatever …

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Earthquakes Are for Pussies

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Submitted by “anon_in_LA”: A little context: I work in a huge firm in downtown LA but am from the Northeast. We have blizzards, maybe the occasional hurricane, but that’s about it. No brush fires. No mudslides. No earthquakes. From 8.30 a.m. on this morning, I was the designated first-year note-taking bitch on a horrible, long-ass page-through of the latest rounds …

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The Cravath System at Work

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Former Cravath superlawyer and convicted sex perv James Colliton is now suing American Express for millions of dollars for revealing his location to authorities in 2006 while he was hiding and on the run from charges that he paid a woman to have sex with her 13- and 15-year-old daughters. In his suit, the so-called “Lolita Lawyer” claims that Canadian …

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