Coping with a Blue Christmas

The song tells us this is the most wonderful time of the year, and for many it is.  Unfortunately, it is also the peak season for those who suffer with depression, anxiety and substance abuse; lawyers being a group that is particularly hard hit at a higher rate than the general population and other professions.

Earlier this year, the ABA announced their partnering with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Legal Professionals Program to conduct a research project on the increasing depression and substance abuse rates among U.S. attorneys.  This, coupled with the lessening of shame surrounding mental illness and emotional struggles, will hopefully be the beginning of the end of this prevalent problem in the legal community.

Lonely Santa girlIn the meantime, if you find yourself feeling lower this time of year, the Mayo Clinic has these tips to minimize stress and alleviate depression:

Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.

Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.

Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.

Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.

Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.

Try these alternatives:

  • Donate to a charity in someone’s name.
  • Give homemade gifts.
  • Start a family gift exchange.

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Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That’ll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.

Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. If it’s not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.

Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.

Try these suggestions:

  • Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.

Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

Some options may include:father-reading-kids

  • Taking a walk at night and stargazing.
  • Listening to soothing music.
  • Getting a massage.
  • Reading a book.

Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.

Additionally, http://www.lawyerswithdepression.com/ is an excellent resource and community of those who can understand your particular stresses.  With guest articles, book recommendations and an in-house depression coach, you will find evidence that you are not alone.

Here’s to a healthy holiday season and a fresh new year.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Attorney in Your Life

Around this time of year, everyone struggles to determine what the perfect gift would be for their relatives, friends, and spouses.  Typically, you can decide upon a gift based on that special someone’s interests.  But if that person is interested in the law, and you are not a lawyer yourself, it can be difficult to determine what is truly a good gift that will interest and flatter them.  Recently, Above The Law posted a list of holiday gift ideas for the attorney in your life.  You can see the entire list here.  Below are some of our favorites:

Lawsuit Board Game

The LAWSUIT!™ board game makes a fantastic holiday gift for clients, lawyers, friends, and family. LAWSUIT!™ is an award-winning, family, fun game. The game’s setting is the day-to-day operation of a law firm. Players bring fictitious lawsuits with whimsical premises, and can elect to settle or appeal cases. Become a partner and the stakes are higher. LAWSUIT!™ demystifies the legal process, and makes it fun for everyone!

Licensed to Lie

With the foreword written by Alex Kozinski, Licensed to Lie reads like a legal thriller, but it’s the true story of the strong-arm, illegal, and unethical tactics used by headline-grabbing federal prosecutors in their narcissistic pursuit of power, and it names names. Look inside much of the high profile litigation of the last decade.  Brendan Sullivan, Williams & Connolly: “It would be malpractice to litigate against the Department of Justice without reading this book.”

Caskers

Whiskey is great. Having it delivered to your door is even better. Caskers curates all varieties of craft spirits from around the world and delivers them to your door. If it’s new, impossible to find, or just plain awesome, then chances are that they have it. They’ll even tell you why it’s awesome. Joining is free, and members save up to 40% off retail prices. Use coupon code “ATL10” save $10 off your first order.

Approach the Bench

Elegant and unique, Approach the Bench makes great gifts for attorneys, law students, or anyone in the legal profession. We offer personalized courtroom-themed chess sets, Judge, Blind Justice, and Attorney bottle stoppers and lawyer, Judge, and Blind Justice chocolate bars! All our products are made in the USA.

What’s Trending for The Holidays?

Are you entertaining this holiday season?

Let Food Network make your holiday more festive with fun holiday baking recipes from their expert chefs.   http://www.foodnetwork.com/holidays-and-parties/packages/holidays/holiday-central-baking/best-holiday-baking-recipes.html

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Better Homes and Gardens provides you with clever Christmas Hackshttp://www.bhg.com/christmas/planning/christmas-hacks/

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Try adding a personal touch by making homemade Christmas gifts! http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/homemade-christmas-gift-ideas.html

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Or purchase hand-made presents from Etsy! https://www.etsy.com/ 

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GLI/Global Legal Recruiting Network wishes to spread the holiday cheer and make your holiday season relaxing, special and fun!  We hope you find these links helpful in that endeavor!

Whether your Thanksgiving includes a beautiful family meal…

Thanksgiving

watching your favorite holiday special…

Charlie Brown

 or your favorite team in a high-stakes football game…

Turkey Football

or doing something else…

 Black Friday

The GLI team wishes you a very happy holiday,

doing whichever of these means the most to you. 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

 

Merger

Bingham To Go Bust In Wake Of Morgan Lewis Raid

By: David Lat

226 out of the roughly 300 partners at embattled Bingham McCutchen will be joining Morgan Lewis by the end of this month. The Bingham partners will be followed to Morgan Lewis by an undetermined number of other lawyers and staff. After the dust settles, Morgan Lewis expects to be a 2,000-lawyer firm with offices in 28 cities and $2 billion in annual revenue.

So yay for Morgan Lewis, which has a history of raiding flailing firms for talent (most notably Brobeck, from which it acquired about 150 lawyers, including 50 partners). But what is the fate of Bingham? To that sad subject we now turn….

The key point to understand about what’s taking place between Bingham and Morgan Lewis is that it is not a merger. The firms had been in merger talks for months, Bingham prepared itself for a union by squaring away a messy malpractice claim, and the Bingham partnership not surprisingly voted in favor of being rescued. But in the end, Morgan Lewis opted for cherry picking over eating the whole burrito (to mix culinary metaphors). Several astute ATL readers predicted this turn of events.

Yes, MLB is picking a lot of cherries — about three-quarters of the Bingham partners — but it’s still leaving a fair amount on the tree. The passed-over Bingham partners must be feeling pretty sad, like rotten (or at least bruised) fruit. And the likely fate of Bingham won’t lift their spirits. Casey Sullivan of Reuters has this report (sub. req.):

“By the end of the month, Bingham McCutchen, a 123-year-old law firm once thriving off work like the litigation stemming from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will be no more….

When the [Morgan Lewis] deal closes, which is expected to happen in the next couple of weeks, the Bingham partnership will be dismantled, according to two sources, putting an end to Bingham’s two-decade push to transform itself from a regional Boston firm into a global one.”

Consider this an object lesson in the dangers of ambition. If Bingham hadn’t binged by gobbling up other firms, maybe it wouldn’t find itself about to enter dissolution. (On the other hand, hindsight is 20/20; defenders of Bingham’s expansionist strategy would probably argue that the firm wouldn’t have fared well by merely standing in place.)

What will happen to the Bingham partners who don’t migrate to Morgan Lewis? They will (hopefully) find homes at other firms. For example, according to Reuters, Seyfarth Shaw is hiring four litigation partners in Boston, including William Berkowitz, former co-chair of Bingham’s antitrust and trade regulation practice.

What will Morgan Lewis be picking up besides the 226 partners? The precise contours of the deal aren’t clear, but reports suggest that Morgan Lewis will assume some of Bingham’s liabilities, including certain leases for office space. Am Law reports that Morgan Lewis also might use some of Bingham’s accounts receivable and work-in-progress to pay down Bingham liabilities — but if this is really not a merger, that would have to be handled very, very carefully.

If many of the Bingham lawyers and staff find new professional homes, at Morgan Lewis or elsewhere, who is the real loser here? Perhaps Citibank, which held some of Bingham’s reported $100 million in debt, if that debt ends up not being repaid in full over the course of Bingham’s dissolution (which could take years). But according to Reuters, many Bingham partners joining Morgan Lewis will be borrowing from Citi for their capital contributions — recall that Bingham didn’t require its partners to put in capital — and some of those contributions will be used to pay down some of Bingham’s debt with Citi. Presumably bankruptcy lawyers are quite involved in this process; if Bingham ends up being insolvent, other creditors of Bingham will surely complain if Citi gets preferential treatment, especially because of a banking relationship with Morgan Lewis as a firm or individual Bingham-turned-Morgan-Lewis partners.

Many questions remain about the fate of Bingham. Will the firm wind up in bankruptcy as the dissolution process unfolds? What will happen to Bingham’s costly back-office operation in Lexington, Kentucky? What about benefits for retired Bingham employees? As one of them recently told Above the Law:

“Above the Law has been told by Bingham benefits that if the [transaction] with Morgan Lewis goes through, Bingham retirees will no longer be able to get health insurance coverage through the firm for both future retirees and current retirees. Right now open enrollment for everyone is on hold pending the merger/non-merger. This is in spite that a letter was sent to select Bingham employees a few years ago who met certain qualifications (years of service, age at that time) stating that the recipients would be able to get health insurance coverage through the firm in their retirement.”

Lat, David. “Bingham To Go Bust In Wake Of Morgan Lewis Raid.” Above the Law. Above the Law, 17 Nov. 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2014.

How to Build Your Book of Business From the Inside

Top Legal Recruiter, Nancy Grimes agrees with Above the Law author, Kevin McKeown, that the best way to increase your business is to focus on your existing clientele.  Like Gina Rubel states: these clients already trust you with their business.  As mentioned below, it is 50% easier to sell to existing clients than to new clients.  Nancy believes your best bet is to network with other attorneys within your firm in order to locate new opportunities and provide additional services to existing clients.  If your clients trust you, and you vouch for the attorneys who would be taking over their other business needs, it will build their credibility and bring more business under your origination belt into the firm.  You should also consider networking with other attorneys within your firm to determine if their clients have needs with which you may assist. Below is Kevin McKeown’s article:

This mash-up is inspired by a lawyer I know who thinks that signing new clients solves all his problems. He’s certainly not listening to Gina Rubel:

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“As a legal marketer, I am constantly reading articles for lawyers about business development. Common titles are “Biz Dev for Lawyers,” “How to Be a Law Firm Rainmaker,” “How to Bring Business to Your Law Firm,” “Using Social Media to Grow Your Book of Business,” and so on. While everyone is pushing the acquisition of new business, how about focusing on the low-hanging fruit — the clients who already trust you with their business.”

Smart businesses don’t chase new clients at the expense of keeping and growing existing clients. And, law firms shouldn’t either. Consider:

  • 80% of future revenue will come from just 20% of your existing clients–Gartner Group
  • It’s 50% easier to sell to existing clients than to new clients–Marketing Metrics
  • Existing clients convert at 60-70% compared to new prospects at 5-20%–Marketing Metrics
  • Repeat clients spend 33% more compared to new clients–CMO.com
  • Boosting client retention by 5% can raise profits by 75%–Bain and Company

A 10% rise in customer retention yields a 30% increase in the value of the company–Bain and Company

Look to the business world for how they view the significance of an existing client relationship. Here’s a sampling of the research I complied:

From It’s Cheaper to Keep ‘Em by Karl Stark and Bill Stewart:

“Growing businesses tend to spend so much of their time and money acquiring new customers that they often overlook their best source of growth: retaining and growing their existing customer base. It’s cheaper, easier, and more effective to retain current customers than it is to acquire new ones.”

existingclientsFrom To Sell More, Focus on Existing Customers by Rick Reynolds:

“Seeking new sales without strong account management and operating teams is like pouring water into a bucket with a hole in it. Identifying and fixing the holes — the gaps in customer satisfaction — can help your company retain existing accounts and increase new sales. When attempting to generate a sustained increase in sales, the first place to start is with existing customers. Your selling investment is lower, you have an existing relationship…”

From Five Customer Retention Tips for Entrepreneurs by Alex Lawrence:

“   …[M]any entrepreneurs are so focused on gaining new clients and customers that they fail to effectively address the need to retain those they already have. This is counterproductive… …[B]eing passive about customer retention only leads to greater attrition.”

From Customer Retention Should Outweigh Customer Acquisition by Jerry Jao:

“Customer retention and customer acquisition don’t have to be two parallel lines that never meet. In fact, when done right, customer retention campaigns can actually bring in new business. How? Through word-of-mouth and referrals, of course. By implementing smart retention strategies and treating your customers well, you are increasing the likelihood of getting referrals. Referrals are priceless to just about any type of business…”

From Customer Retention: The First Pillar of Social Media by Debra Ellis:

“When people have good relationships with individuals within an organization, they are more loyal. The only way to guarantee a loyal customer base is to create unbreakable bonds. This is done one person at a time. Social media changes the playing field because it provides a venue for the one-to-one connections that create unbreakable bonds.”

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Here are some practical strategies from client-retention expert Ross Beard that will help you improve client retention and raise your bottom line:

  • Set client expectations: set expectations early and deliver faithfully on those expectations to build retention.
  • Be the expert: trusted advisors proactively communicates with clients about issues in their industry that will affect them.
  • Build trust through relationships: client relationships must be based on trust and shared values; blog about issues that help your clients and signal your interest in their business.
  • Implement anticipatory service: avoid negative client experiences by being proactive: stop problems from happening by checking in with your clients each quarter.
  • Make use of automation: standardize your processes and set expectations for service levels to increase client loyalty.
  • Build KPIs around client service: measure and incentivize your firm based on levels of service/performance tied to the client’s goals.
  • Build relationships online: your clients are online so build relationships with them while they are fixed to their computer screens via Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, blogging, etc.
  • Go above and beyond what’s expected: look for opportunities to woo your clients to build long term loyalty.
  • Listen to your clients: implement client surveys, etc.

Read Beard’s 9 Customer Retention Strategies For Companies for more insights, strategies and examples.

How are you building enduring client relationships? How do you retain your clients for the long haul? How are you managing your client accounts? How do you deal with that buffoon lawyer who chases clients away?

McKeown, Kevin. “Focus On Keeping And Growing Your Existing Clients.” Above the Law. Above the Law, 12 Nov. 2014. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.

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Chart Goals to Create a Road Map to Your Success

Many people suffer from being rational dreamers. They want to achieve a big dream but hold themselves back by being risk averse. They don’t want to disrupt the status quo and play things safe.

To coax themselves out of their comfort zones, people learn to set goals. I consider the process of goal setting to be like arranging checkpoints along the way to a desired end. Setting and meeting small goals can serve as a thermometer check on progress, measuring advancement and indicating an overall plan’s viability.

Approach goal setting like creating a customized road map to chart your success. Think about when you take a really long road trip with your friends. Most often, you start off knowing the destination, but since road trips can be fairly long, making pit stops along the way is necessary.

Before venturing out, you might decide to stop a quarter of the way along for food, then at the halfway point for gas, at the two-thirds mark to stretch and perhaps 100 miles beyond that for more gas.

You’re meeting smaller, more immediate goals that build on your efforts to reach the final destination.

Create a personalized road map for arriving at your desired destination by setting the following types of goals: immediate, intermediate and stretch goals.

1. Set a stretch goal.

Start by developing a stretch goals, a long-term objective that will take years to accomplish. Determine your stretch goal first because this choice will influence the selection of intermediate and immediate goals.

A stretch goal should be big. Some stretch goals are more specific than others. One person’s specific goal might be “to become the CEO of Google.” Another individual’s vaguer stretch goal would be “to produce a national television show.” An extremely vague goal would be “to work in the fashion industry.”

It’s OK, though, to leave room for interpretation.

Be as specific as possible and allow yourself to adjust a goal. Once you establish a stretch goal, you can sketch out checkpoints along the way.

2. Set immediate goals.

I like to create immediate goals that are small and assign a deadline that’s very soon. I suggest setting up these goals as activities that can be accomplished in a week.

Ask yourself, What do I need to get done this week that will contribute to and move me along my desired trajectory? What small thing can I do this week that will move me an inch closer to my goal?

For writers, an immediate goal might to write six pages of a script or participate in a weekly writing class. It could also be to start reading a book about a field you’d like to enter. Be realistic. Accomplishing immediate goals should be like taking small baby steps: They contribute to your overall development and growth and set you up to complete intermediate goals.

3. Pick intermediate goals.

Intermediate goals are broader than immediate goals and can have monthly or yearly time frames for their accomplishment.

Perhaps an intermediate goal might be to apply to an apprenticeship or training program. If a desired outcome requires your relocation, more schooling or quitting a job, set a timeline for taking one of these intermediate steps.

Meeting intermediate goals can help propel you forward along your trajectory. Achieving them might push you outside your comfort zone more than completing immediate goals and that’s great. It’s through discomfort that people grow and become who they want to be.

Bounassar, Natalie. “Chart Goals to Create a Road Map to Your Success.” Entrepreneur. Entrepreneur, 8 Oct. 2014. Web. 07 Nov. 2014.

15 Phrases Successful People Do Not Say

If you want to become more successful as an entrepreneur or in your career, you can start by making a habit of talking and thinking more like the people you know or read about who are already successful.

Here are some phrases you’ll never hear a successful person say:

1. “We can’t do that.”

One thing that makes people and companies successful is the ability to make solving their customers’ problems and demands their main priority. If a need arises repeatedly, the most successful people learn how to solve it as quickly as they can.

2. “I don’t know how.”

Instead of automatically shutting down solution-finding, successful people learn what they can in order to succeed in a project or in their career. For example, you would never see a truly successful international business consultant who travels to Italy multiple times per year refusing to learn Italian.

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3. “I don’t know what that is.”

Pleading ignorance doesn’t make the problem go away. It just makes the asker find someone who is able to work with them to solve the problem. While’s it’s always good to be honest with those you interact with, finishing this phrase with “but I’ll find out” is a surefire way to become more successful.

4. “I did everything on my own.”

The best people know to surround themselves with others who are smart, savvy and as dedicated as they are. What makes this work is always giving credit where it’s due, as due credit to you will always come back in hand. Recognize those that have helped you or made an impact and you’ll continue to earn success and recognition yourself.

5. “That’s too early.”

You would never hear Benjamin Franklin or someone such as Steve Jobs say, “that is too early for me to be there.” If there is a networking meeting, project launch or interview opportunity at the very beginning of the day, the most successful people do what it takes to be there. Part of being successful is being at the right place at the right time, no matter if you’re a morning bird or night owl.

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6. “That’s too late.”

Along the same lines, if you’re asked to a 9 p.m. dinner by a potential business partner, and you can make it, definitely go. You may be tired the next day, but the connections you will make during a small dinner or after-hours meeting can make all the difference when it comes to your career or next project.

7. “It’s too bad we couldn’t work together.”

Truly hitting it off with someone can be a rare occurrence, but if you truly connect with someone and want to work with them, find a way to make it work. Finding people that you really enjoy communicating with don’t come along too often, so whether it’s a case study or a new business, successful people know that working with those who truly align with your personality and interests are the path to true success.

8. “Let’s catch up sometime.”

Many times, this phrase is said as filler, without any true follow up. Successful people know that if they really want to catch up with someone, they follow up to make it happen. This also builds on the idea that the most successful people have worked hard to build genuine connections and relationships within their network, without any hidden agenda. Nurturing your network means being thoughtful of others, while keeping your relationships with them on top of your mind.

9. “I’m sorry, I’m too busy.”

If an opportunity comes their way, successful people do what it takes to make it happen. Sure, this might mean longer hours occasionally, but if you want something to work, that is what it takes. After all, according to Lao-Tzu: “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’”

10. “That was all my idea.”

Again, as mentioned in number four, the most successful people spread the wealth when it comes to doling out praise from a successful project. No idea is truly one’s own — it’s a sum of their experiences from interacting and building off of collaborative ideas with a team. Doling out praise and encouragement is a crucial part of building a successful company and culture.

11. “I never read books.”

Tom Corley of Rich Habits found that rich people read (and listen to) books at a much higher rate than poor people: “63 percent of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3 percent of poor.” Also, “63 percent of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5 percent of poor people.” Reading non-fiction (as well as fiction) can help reduce stress, enhance creativity and boost your memory.

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12. “I’m not good enough.”

Part of being successful is having a high sense of self-worth. Being yourself is one trait that promises success in business and your personal life. Follow your true interests. What you would do in your life if you didn’t need money?

13. “It’s OK.” (over and over)

Successful people know when to walk away and stop taking excuses from others. If there is a bottleneck and something (or someone) is preventing you from completing a project on time, build up your business, or move you forward in your goals, then it’s time to set boundaries and decide to limit your involvement.

14. “If our competitors don’t have it, then we don’t need it.”

Copying competitors is one of the many possible deaths for most companies. True innovation comes from the flip side: figuring out what competitors aren’t doing and fill that niche to answer a need in the industry.

15. “Time off is for suckers.”

True success should be seen as a well-rounded approach, one with vacations, weekends with friends and family and hours of downtime on the weekdays. While workload varies for everyone at times, taking vacation can make you better at your job.

Sometimes to get to where you want to be, the best and easiest thing to do is to simply follow the examples that others set for you.

What phrases are you going to eliminate from your day-to-day conversations and thinking?

Patel, Sujan. “You’ll Never Hear Successful People Say These 15 Phrases.” Entrepreneur. Spark Business, 27 Oct. 2014. Web. 30 Oct. 2014.

global expansion

Two Am Law 100 Firms with California Roots Expand Abroad

Nathalie Pierrepont, The Am Law Daily

Article originally appeared on The American Lawyer

Two longtime Am Law 100 firms with home bases in the Bay Area announced additions to their global platform Monday.

Littler Mendelson’s growing Latin American presence is poised to get a boost with a new office in Peru on Nov. 1, while Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is planting its first flag in Africa with an affiliated office in Abidjan, the capital of Cote d’Ivoire, also known as the Ivory Coast.

Orrick’s new office, which will operate under the name Orrick RCI, comes despite an Ebola virus pandemic that has claimed almost 4,500 lives in the region. The Am Law Daily reported last week that Orrick was one of several Am Law 100 firms seeking to cope with the outbreak’s effect on their work in Central and West Africa.

With a client roster that includes Actis Capital, the African Development Bank, Enel Green Power, General Electric, OPIC, Millicom and the Republic of Guinea, as well as several leading Chinese investors in the region, Orrick has been planning to set up shop in Western Africa for a few years, says Pascal Agboyibor, a native of Togo and the Paris-based head of the firm’s Africa practice.

“It was a strategy decision to support the business we already have,” he adds. “[Firm chair Mitchell Zuklie] was clear in his mind, before he proposed anything to the partnership.”

Orrick also considered planting its flag in the continent in Togo and Ghana, but the San Francisco-based firm sharpened its focus on the Ivory Coast last year after the Africa Development Bank announced its decision to relocate to the country from Tunisia. “It was a signal that the situation had improved there,” says Agboyibor of the Ivory Coast, which is recovering from almost a decade of civil war.

Counsel Karamoko Fadiga, who prior to joining Orrick RCI was the director of West African regional financial regulatory agency Conseil Régional de l’Epargne Publique et des Marchés Financiers, and Sydney Domoraud-Operi, of counsel in Orrick’s energy and infrastructure group in Paris for the past five years, will helm the firm’s new office in Abidjan.

Senior associate Doux Didier C Boua, who joined Orrick from Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer earlier this year, will transfer to Abidjan in mid-November. Orrick RCI will largely concentrate on capital markets work, infrastructure and natural resources in the region.

Orrick RCI will work closely with members of the firm’s 50-lawyer Africa team, including recent additions Jean-Jacques Essombè, a Cameroon native who came aboard earlier this month from the former Parisian affiliate of defunct Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie, and Colin Graham, a Hogan Lovells energy and infrastructure partner who joined Orrick’s London office in September.

The American Lawyer and Am Law Daily have previously reported on Africa’s allure as one of the world’s final frontiers for high-end legal services. A recent survey conducted by Freshfields found that the number of African private equity deals are on the rise, with transactions nearly doubling in value during the first six months of this year.

Orrick itself wasn’t the only global firm ramping up its Africa operations Monday.

Leading French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel and Iberian legal giant Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira announced the combination of their operations in Morocco. The expanded team, led by Gide partners Julien David and Jean-Francois Levraud, will have 17 lawyers and legal consultants focused on M&A, banking and finance, real estate, tax and commercial and public law in one of the continent’s most stable countries.

Africa isn’t the only emerging market to have cornered the interest of global and Am Law 100global-dev firms. The Am Law Daily reported in September on Cuatrecasas rival Uria Menendez’s acquisition of a 30 percent stake in Philippi, Prietocarrizosa & Uria, the product of the first cross-border law firm merger in Latin America, as well as Dentons’ interest in evaluating merger opportunities in the region.

On Monday, San Francisco’s labor and employment legal giant Littler announced plans halfway across the globe to combine with Lima-based specialty boutique Estudio Gonzalez & Asociados (EGA), which was founded in 1991.

Littler’s Peruvian expansion comes a year after the firm announced its absorption of firms in Colombia and Costa Rica. Littler’s international offices, including its locations in those two countries and the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, operate under a Swiss verein structure known as Littler Global.

Jeremy Roth, the firm’s comanaging director, says Littler would still like to be in Chile, Argentina and Guatemala. By expanding throughout South America, the firm is hoping to better serve Fortune 500 companies that “operate in every country on the planet,” Roth says. “All of those companies—to the extent they’re not franchises—want to reduce the number of law firms they use.”

Littler aims to position itself as a “single-source solution that offers one bill, one quality control … the first-stop shop,” Roth adds.

The six-lawyer Estudio Gonzalez team, which includes two partners, is led by César Gonzáles Hunt, who has represented several entities of the Peruvian government on employment issues, including the National Pension Office, the Congress of the Republic and the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Experienced Legal Recruiter, Nancy Grimes says that global expansion is not just for law firms – but is also for YOU!  GLI continues to help shape the future of our law firm clients and candidates by keeping them informed about what other law firms and attorneys are doing.  We have waded into the midst of placing world-class partners and other attorneys globally.  We work in areas such as Australia, UK, Europe, Asia, South America, Spain and so many more!  Our mission is to work closely with clients in their global expansion, adding depth and dimension to global practices.  If you are an attorney, who wishes to be placed abroad, please submit your request here.  Likewise, if you are looking to expand your firm abroad, please submit your request here.

Renowned Labor and Employment Partner Joins Litchfield Cavo

GLI is a global legal recruiting network which prides itself in efficiency.  When we were approached by a stellar candidate such as James “Jimmie” F. Hendricks, top legal recruiter, Nancy Grimes knew he would be a fast placement due to his tremendous skill set and experience.  A very short time following contacting Nancy Grimes, Jimmie, who was previously a partner with Lewis Brisbois, joined forces with Litchfield Cavo in Chicago.   His practice includes providing advice and counsel to operations and human resource executives regarding: developing and implementing employment policies and procedures; labor and employment issues involved in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; personnel transactions; preventive labor and employment strategies and training; wage and hour assessments; and employment litigation analysis and defense.  In the course of practicing in labor relations and as a labor and employment lawyer, he has handled hundreds of union organizing campaigns across the country. 

James HendricksLitchfield Cavo LLP is a litigation defense law firm founded in 1998 on one principle — client service comes first.  The firm prides itself on being relatable and developing personal relationships with their clients.   They blend the vast resources of a nationwide law firm with the responsive service and reasonable billing practices typically found only at small firms.

Their attorneys and staff value client relationships. They encourage communication that is open and honest.  Most importantly, integrity and professionalism are visible in every action.

GLI is a Global Recruiting Network dedicated exclusively to the recruitment of attorneys for law firms and companies.  GLI recruits and places world-class talent for outstanding law firms of any size, location – partners, practice heads, practice groups, mergers – for over 25 years.  At GLI, we conduct an array of searches ranging from top tier Am Law 100 firms, Fortune 500 companies, to companies and firms emerging onto the scene and everything in between.  With coast-to-coast contacts and a network of highly skilled recruiters, we use our unmatched experience to exceed your expectations every time.  Jimmie put our years of experience and expertise to work for him, it may be time you did too.