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With the recent opening of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, law firms are seeing opportunities in the island nation that lies just 90 miles south of Florida. The American Lawyer recently reported on Akerman's four-person Cuba practice based in Miami. The group is led...

Excerpt from the article in LawCrossing: Professional Overview William A. Sugarman, Esq., is the Founder and President of Astor Professional Search (APS), an attorney placement firm based in Chicago, IL. For almost fifteen years, Mr. Sugarman has been engaged in the successful placement of partners, associates, in-house counsel, practice...

2013 witnessed a record 88 law firm mergers, and the market shows no signs of slowing with law firms announcing 22 more mergers during the first three months of 2014.  While some mergers are certainly driven by strategic factors, as The Washington Post notes HERE, "Law...

Chicago scored another big win for its growing startup/technology sector with the announcement of the city's selection for a $320 Million Digital Manufacturing Institute. This latest development has many of our corporate attorney candidates buzzing with excitement. For more information, see here....

Many observers believe Chicago's startup and technology scene has reached a critical mass, enjoying a timely alignment of talent, capital and political will alongside an emerging infrastructure of incubators and accelerators. Moreover, its not just insiders - Silicon Valley is starting to recognize that something important...

Astor Professional Search President Bill Sugarman was recently quoted in Crain's Chicago Business regarding one of the most vital decisions an attorney can make: Where are the best dining venues in Chicago? Where legal recruiter Bill Sugarman dines for business ...

Robin Sparkman has an interesting take on the state of affairs for the Am Law 200. In particular, she underscores the impressive run over the past 5 years as an indication that things are more optimistic than previously thought. Accordingly, as client needs accelerate, we...

While many commentators believe that the current slowdown in legal hiring represents a potential 'new normal,' at least one observer argues that we're on the precipice of boom times, driven in part by the rise of third-party litigation financing. As Bradley Borden of Brooklyn Law...

Mitchell Roth, Chair of the Management Committee of Chicago-based Much Shelist, recently wrote an insightful article for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin regarding midsized firms' competitive advantage in the current legal market.  Click here to view the article....