William Alsup

In Oracle v. Google, we learned this judge can write code. But the Federal Circuit found some bugs.

The Judicial Council

Its draft open-meeting rules came with 17 drive-a-truck-through-them exemptions. So much for transparency.

Vijaya Gadde

Twitter’s new GC broke through the glass ceiling at Twitter to execute its successful IPO.

The Family Business

After a bruising confirmation battle, William Orrick III took the same seat on the Northern District bench once held by his father.

Goodwin Procter

The firm’s California dream sputtered with a spate of defections and the closure of its San Diego office.

Goodwin Liu

The court’s newest member has been a voice of moderation on hot-button issues such as employment discrimination and compulsory arbitration—maybe too moderate for some old-time liberals.


After Edward Snowden’s revelations, the group’s work on surveillance issues feels more mainstream than “frontier.”

Mitchell Zuklie

Orrick’s new boss didn’t wait long before proposing a merger with Pillsbury Winthrop that didn’t seem to make much sense—and didn’t end up happening.

Pillsbury Winthrop

So … what’s Plan B?

Richard Dickson

Fenwick’s new leader hasn’t made a lot of noise yet. Maybe that’s a good thing. (See above.)

State Judges

California’s judges and justices will get their first pay raise in more than six years.

John Quinn

Defending the mishandling of discovery in Samsung’s losing battle against Apple has cost his firm $11 million—and that’s before any sanctions are added in.

Nicole Wong, Colleen Chien and Michelle Lee

Silicon Valley has a growing sorority manning tech policy in D.C.

Munger, Tolles & Olson

With an alum already on the court and two partners nominated for Ninth Circuit seats, this little litigation shop has a lot of judicial clout.

Food Court

Be it the fate of an oyster farm or the endless suits over nutritional labels, the Northern District’s stuffed with food-related litigation.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

The firm climbed two slots on The Am Law 100, reported a hefty rise in partner profits and made splashy lateral hires in the Bay Area. And Ted Olson’s Prop 8 work paid off nicely too.

Stephen Glass

The disgraced former journalist’s dream of practicing law was shattered at a hearing before the state Supreme Court.

Tesla Motors

CEO Elon Musk put his divorce lawyer behind the wheel of his company’s legal department. Let’s hope they don’t hit the skids.