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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith, based in New York, covers the business of law, including the ways law firms compete for clients and talent, M&A and corporate work, leadership and marketing innovation. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @nycpatrickd

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June 27, 2024 | The American Lawyer

Sullivan & Cromwell Resists 'Radical' Partnership, Compensation Changes

Leaders of the Wall Street giant detail how they believe their approach to running a law firm—one that is increasingly unique among Big Law elite—is the best path forward for generational success.

By Patrick Smith

8 minute read

June 24, 2024 | The American Lawyer

Big Law and Big Sports: More Money, Law Firms and Work

"The issues have become far more complex, the stakes far more significant, and the players far more global and institutional," noted Paul Weiss chair Brad Karp.

By Patrick Smith

9 minute read

June 21, 2024 | Law.com

Holland & Knight Partners Discuss Their Ascent to Leadership Roles and What It Took to Get There

Tiffani Lee and Kwamina Williford, both of whom hold positions of leadership at Holland & Knight, on the unique challenges they overcame and the guidance necessary to get there.

By Patrick Smith

1 minute read

June 18, 2024 | The American Lawyer

Deal Watch: Antitrust Enforcement Docket Looms Over M&A and Dealmakers

Having the right antitrust attorneys in place for merger clearance is increasingly important for law firms and clients.

By Patrick Smith

8 minute read

June 17, 2024 | The American Lawyer

Milbank Lands Chief Trial Counsel at FTC, Amid Growth in Antitrust and Regulatory Practices

"Over the past few years, we have really had incredible growth in the [antitrust and regulatory] practice. Strategically, James [Weingarten] fits in as a first chair. And we do a lot of deal work and M&A, and James helps in those areas as well," noted Milbank's Fiona Schaeffer.

By Patrick Smith

4 minute read

June 14, 2024 | Law.com

Finding Your Voice: Two Prominent Litigators Discuss the Importance of Vocal Power and How It Isn't All in the Genes

Morrison & Forester's James Brosnahan and Latham & Watkins' Sean Berkowitz discuss how they use their voices as effective professional tools and how, yes, you likely can too.

By Patrick Smith | Cedra Mayfield | Ross Todd

2 minute read

June 13, 2024 | The American Lawyer

Law Firms Swap CMOs, as Davis Polk, McGuireWoods and Holland & Hart Ink New Marketing Leaders

Established business professionals are in demand in Big Law, as two of the three recent chief marketing officer hires held the same job at other shops.

By Patrick Smith

3 minute read

June 12, 2024 | The American Lawyer

Skadden Hires First Chief People Officer as More Law Firms Take Holistic Approach to Talent

Annemarie Crouch "will lead all aspects of the firm's people strategy for lawyers and business professionals," Skadden said.

By Patrick Smith

3 minute read

June 10, 2024 | The American Lawyer

Deal Watch: As PE Deal Activity Ramps Up, Skadden, Paul Weiss, Latham Lead $11B Chip Deal

The relative success of the overall M&A markets can't reasonably be separated from the private equity industry.

By Patrick Smith

9 minute read

June 10, 2024 | The American Lawyer

Freshfields Recruits Davis Polk, Kirkland Lawyers, Building for 'Next Generation'

"What we are trying to build here is something that will sustain generationally," said Damien Zoubek, Freshfields co-head of U.S. corporate and mergers and acquisitions.

By Patrick Smith

3 minute read