Arnold & Porter
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|No. of offices||14|
|No. of attorneys||1000+|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Date founded||1946 (Arnold & Fortas) & 1917 (Kaye Scholer)|
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, operating as Arnold & Porter, is a white-shoe international law firm. It is among the most prestigious and largest law firms in the world, by both revenue and by its number of lawyers.
Arnold & Porter was founded in 1946 by New Deal veterans Thurman Arnold, a former Yale Law School professor and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge on the D.C. Circuit, and Abe Fortas, another former Yale Law School professor who later became a Supreme Court Justice. In 1947, Paul A. Porter, a former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission joined the firm and it was renamed Arnold, Fortas & Porter. In 1965, Abe Fortas' name was dropped from the firm's moniker after his ascension to the Supreme Court.
In November 2016, Arnold & Porter announced that it would be merging with New York-based firm Kaye Scholer to form Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, with approximately 1000 attorneys across ten domestic and four international offices. The merger took effect on January 1, 2017. In February 2018, The National Law Journal reported that the newly combined "firm has quietly reversed its post-merger branding efforts" and "scrubbed nearly all mention of 'Kaye Scholer' from its public image, changing its brand name, email addresses and web domain", while retaining the legal entity name in full.
Arnold & Porter served as counsel to Clarence Earl Gideon in the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright, subject of the Edgar Award-winning book Gideon's Trumpet by Anthony Lewis. The firm also represented the survivors of the Buffalo Creek Flood, which was the subject of the book Buffalo Creek Disaster, by Gerald M. Stern (required reading in many law schools). Arnold & Porter was the only BigLaw firm to represent the victims of Joseph McCarthy, and the "loyalty review boards". All three founders of the firm were so disturbed by the use of secret evidence that, at one point, the firm's lawyers were spending half of their time fighting these cases.
Arnold & Porter successfully defended Random House from a claim of copyright infringement against The Da Vinci Code, written by Dan Brown. The firm also served as outside counsel to the Independent Review Committee during its examination of Smithsonian Institution Secretary Lawrence Small's management. The firm was also counsel to Philip Morris for its mass tort litigation of the 1990s; WorldCom executive Scott Sullivan; Martha Stewart; and CBS, in its litigation against Howard Stern.
The firm is also noted for its pro bono work, including assisting the family of Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper in obtaining the first posthumous Presidential pardon in U.S. history, and representation of Ukrainian mail order bride Nataliya Fox against international marriage broker Encounters International in a landmark case that helped to establish the rights of such women. The firm is co-counsel with the DC Prisoners' Project of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, which represents prisoners at ADX Florence who allege deficiencies in psychiatric evaluation and care in Cunningham v. Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Attorneys from Arnold & Porter were admitted pro hac vice to the Tennessee Circuit Court for Sullivan County in the case of Staubus et al. v. Purdue Pharma LLP et al., representing defendants Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Endo Health Solutions, Inc. In an extremely unusual sanction order issued on April 5, 2021, the Court noted that it had found Endo and its lawyers "in contempt of court for failing to conduct a reasonable search and for failing to produce responsive documents in responsive [sic] to Plaintiffs' discovery requests. The Court is especially concerned about the many false statements to Plaintiff's counsel and to the Court in the course of the discovery process." The Court granted a default judgment regarding liability to the plaintiffs, and reserved final judgment pending a trial on damages in this case. Under the applicable Tennessee Drug Dealer Liability Act, plaintiffs are seeking upwards of $2.4 billion. As part of the sanctions order, the Court ruled that "Within 30 days of this Order, each of the Arnold and Porter attorneys who are partners or shareholders and who have been admitted pro hac vice in this case shall Show Cause why their pro hac vice admissions should not be revoked."
- Brussels, Belgium
- Chicago, Illinois
- Denver, Colorado
- Frankfurt, Germany
- London, United Kingdom
- Los Angeles, California
- Houston, Texas
- Newark, New Jersey
- New York, New York
- Palo Alto, California
- San Francisco, California
- Seoul, South Korea
- Shanghai, China
- Washington, D.C.
- Thurman Arnold, founder — U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the D.C. Circuit, Yale Law School Professor
- William Baer, United States Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division
- Chris Dodd - former Democratic Senator, Connecticut
- Brooksley Born - Chairwoman, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
- Joseph A. Califano - U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Chairman of the National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse
- Pamela Ki Mai Chen, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
- Mary DeRosa, former Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs in the Obama Administration
- Allison H. Eid, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- Abe Fortas, founder — Supreme Court Justice, Yale Law School professor
- Merrick Garland - Attorney General of the United States, former U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the D.C. Circuit, 2016 nominee to the Supreme Court to replace Antonin Scalia
- Charles Halpern - Founder of the Center for Law and Social Policy, first Dean of City University of New York School of Law, Berkeley School of Law professor
- Irvin B. Nathan - Attorney General of the District of Columbia, General Counsel of the United States House of Representatives
- Matthew G. Olsen - Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and former General Counsel of the National Security Agency
- Paul A. Porter, founder — Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
- Margaret M. Morrow, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
- Sarah Bloom Raskin, member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
- Charles A. Reich, American legal and social scholar
- William D. Rogers - President, American Society of International Law, Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs, Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs
- Eli Whitney Debevoise II - U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank
- Kenneth I. Juster - Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration
- Jack Quinn (lawyer), former Clinton White House counsel and founder of Quinn Gillespie & Associates
- John Hart Ely, influential legal scholar and former dean of Stanford Law School
- Arnold & Porter website
- Chambers Student Guide 2011, Chambers and Partners.
- "Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer Announce Combination | News | Arnold & Porter". Arnold & Porter. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
- "Arnold & Porter Scrubs Kaye Scholer From Masthead, Website", by Ryan Lovelace, The National Law Journal, Law.com, February 02, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-06-14. Retrieved 2006-05-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Mark Binelli (March 26, 2015). "Inside America's Toughest Federal Prison For years, conditions inside the United States' only federal supermax facility were largely a mystery. But a landmark lawsuit is finally revealing the harsh world within". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
- Staubus v. Purdue Pharm. Case No. C-41916, Tenn. Cir. Ct. 2020) , April 5, 2021, Moody, E.G., Chancellor