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State of the AmLaw 200 Blogosphere, August 2007

LexBlog is pleased to provide you findings on who from the AMLaw 200 has entered the blogosphere. Below we have presented some useful statistics that shed greater light on who’s blogging, how much of it they’re doing and other trends of law blogs today. After the jump, you will find a detailed list with descriptions of each blog.

What we found:

  • Of the firms on the 2006 AMLaw list (the number was a few below 200, as mergers have consolidated firms since the list first published), 39 firms were blogging.
  • From those 39 firms, we found a total of 74 blogs
  • 56 of these blogs were firm branded (meaning they had the firm’s logo prominently displayed on the page). 18 were not branded, indicating that the lawyer was operating their blog independently of or at a distance from their firm.
  • Of the 74 blogs, 33 belonged to LexBlog clients. The other 41 belonged to firms or attorneys that were not LexBlog clients, using either free blogging services or personal/firm domains
    • 13 law firms were LexBlog clients using LexBlog’s platform and accompanying turnkey solution
    • Of the non-LexBlog client blogging firms, there were a range of other platforms used: 8 were using Blogger; 3 were using Typepad; 1 was using Justia; 1 was using WordPress; and 13 had their blogs published and hosted through other services or personal domains

  • Practice areas represented ranged across the gamut:
    • advertising law
    • antitrust law
    • bankruptcy law
    • broadcast/FCC law
    • construction law
    • corporate/commercial law
    • e-discovery law
    • education law
    • employment/labor law
    • energy law
    • environmental law
    • ESOP law
    • fair use law
    • false advertising/consumer protection law
    • family law
    • fashion/apparel law
    • financial institution law
    • heath care law
    • hotel law
    • insurance law
    • intellectual property law
    • Internet law
    • land use/real estate law
    • LNG law
    • media law
    • pharmaceutical/medical device law
    • physician law
    • privacy law
    • securities/class action law
    • securities defense/compliance law
    • sports law
    • telecom law
    • tax law
    • utility regulation law

Law firms with blogs or lawyers blogging (Click link to go to list of blogs by that firm)

AdvertisingLaw.com

The Arent Fox Advertising Law Blog – though not updated for some time – focuses on advertising law issues.

Fair Use Blog

Blackwell Sanders LLP has four lawyers – Gary Pierson, Pete Salsich III, Geoffrey Gerber and Michael Kahn – operating the Fair Use Blog. In their posts, the attorneys deal with laws pertaining to first amendment and intellectual property issues.

Energy Legal Blog

The Energy Legal Blog is the work of six attorneys from Bracewell & Giuliani’s Energy Practice Group, providing analysis of energy news.

CLASSIFIED: The Class Action Blog

The Class Action Blog is a project from the lawyers and attorneys at Carlton Fields law firm. Content revolves around class action litigation in the Southeastern United States.

In the (Red) Business Bankruptcy Blog

In The (Red) is a blog that covers business bankruptcy issues. It is operated by Robert Eisenbach, an attorney with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP.

Broadcast Law Blog

David Oxenford, David Silverman and Brendan Holland, three broadcast attorneys with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, operate the Broadcast Law Blog. The blog provides information on legal developments in the broadcast world.

Privacy and Security Law Blog

The Privacy & Security Law Blog, another Davis Wright Tremaine project, is updated by a range of lawyers with the firm’s privacy & security practice group. The blog deals with digital privacy issues.

Telecom Law Blog

Davis Wright Tremaine have also developed the Telecom Law Blog. Updated by eight of the firm’s telecommunications attorneys, it provides news on developments in telecommunications law.

Corporate Finance Law Blog

The most recent DWT launch, the Corporate FInance Law Blog – written by attorney Joseph M. Wallin – focuses on various tax and finance issues.

Washington Construction Law Blog

The Washington Construction Law Blog is the final Davis Wright Tremaine blog on this list. Written by John Parnass and four other DWT lawyers, the blog provides news and commentary on construction developments.

Employer’s Law Blog

Day Pitney LLP have entered the blogosphere with their Employer’s Law Blog. Maintained by three editors – Wendy Johnson Lario, Glenn E. Butash and – the blog focuses on New York/New Jersey labor law.

Drug and Device Law

The Drug and Device Law blog is a joint project between two lawyers: Jim Beck and Mark Herrmann. It provides commentary from the two attorneys about medical device product liability litigation. Beck is an attorney with Dechert LLP, while Herrmann works as a partner for Jones Day.

Chicago IP Litigation Blog

Written by DLA Piper attorney R. David Donoghue, this blog provides coverage of intellectual property cases taking place in the Northern District of Illinois.

The Insurance & Reinsurance Blog

Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP operates InsureReinsure.com, The Insurance & Reinsurance Blog. It provides updates on insurance-related litigation.

Emerging Enterprise Center

The lawyers and attorneys at Foley Hoag LLP maintain the firm’s Emerging Enterprise Center blog. Content includes a range of information on business innovation issues.

Education Law

The Education Law blog is a new blog by Fox Rothschild LLP, focusing on changes within the educational profession. Attorney Karl Romberger, Jr. writes the blog entries.

Pennsylvania Family Law  

The Pennsylvania Family Law blog is written by Charles Meyer of Fox Rothschild. It provides updates and tips on family law issues in Pennsylvania.

Physician Law

Fox Rothschild has also developed the Physician Law blog. Written by attorney Todd Rodriguez, it deals with legal developments that impact physicians.

Tax Litigation

The Tax Litigation blog is another Fox Rothschild project. It is written by lawyer James Dawson, who highlights important tax cases.

Wage & Hour – Development & Highlights

Written by attorney Mark E. Tabakman, this Fox Rothschild blog updates readers with developments on wage & hour laws impacting small and large businesses alike.

HIPPA Health Law

This Fox Rothschild blog focuses on all-things related to health information, and is published by attorney Helen Oscislawski.

Pennsylvania Brownfields & Environmental Law

Writing about environmental developments in the Keystone State is attorney Joel Bolstein, who maintains this Fox Rothschild blog.

Delaware Corporate and Commercial Litigation Blog

The Delaware Corporate and Commercial Litigation Blog is written and published by Francis G.X. Pileggi. An attorney with Fox Rothschild, Francis provides summaries of court cases from throughout Delaware.

Patent Baristas

Patent Baristas is a blog related specifically to patent issues impacting the biotechnology/pharmaceutical worlds. It is written and published by “Editor-in-Chief Barista” Stephen Albainy-Jenei, a patent attorney at Frost Brown Todd LLC.

KM Space

Doug Cornelius writes his blog, KM Space, which provides commentary on legal technology. Doug is an associate with Goodwin Procter.

Real Estate Space

Another project by Doug Cornelius of Goodwin Procter, Real Estate Space updates readers with news on real estate law.

Internet Cases

Evan Brown writes the content for Internet Cases, a blog highlighting internet/technology-related legal news. Evan is an attorney at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Chicago.

Health Care Law Blog

Holland & Hart LLP operates the Health Care Law Blog, one of the firm’s three weblogs. Written by attorney Greg Piche, the blog deals with health care issues in the western U.S.

NASD, SEC and Regulatory Defense Blog

Holland & Hart attorney Michael MacPhail writes the content in the NASD, SEC and Regulatory Defense Blog. The blog deals with securities and regulatory defense issues.

Climate Change Law Blog

The third Holland & Hart blog, the Climate Change Law Blog is written by Jim Holtkamp, manager of the firm’s Environmental Compliance Group. Blog content deals with the challenges of climate change.

Reasonable Basis

Reasonable Basis, a Typepad-produced blog highlighting developments in false advertising and consumer protection law, is written by Thomas M. Hughes. Tom is a partner with Hunton & Williams LLP.

Daily Dose of IP

Patent attorney Mark Reichel operates his own Blogspot blog, called the Daily Dose of IP. In his blog, Reichel – an attorney with Ice Miller LLP – provides constant updates on intellectual property law.

Concho Labor Law

Concho Labor Law is a Blogspot blog written by Jon Mark Hogg. The blog deals with labor law developments. Jon is a partner with Jackson Walker LLP.

Class Action Defense Blog

Michael Hassen of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmano LLP writes the Class Action Defense Blog. In it, he posts updates on class action lawsuits.

Hotel Law Blog

The second Jeffer Mangels law blog, the Hotel Law Blog – written by Jim Butler – provides hotel law updates from an experienced hotel lawyer.

Sports Law Blog

The Sports Law Blog is a blog published at Blogspot written by Rick Karcher, Michael McCann, Geoffrey Rapp, Greg Skidmore and Howard Wasserman. The blog’s founder, Greg Skidmore, is an attorney with Kirkland & Ellis.

The 10b-5 Daily

Lyle Roberts is the blogger behind The 10b-5 Daily, a blog highlighting issues of securities class action litigation. Roberts is a partner with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP.

OverReg’d

OverReg’d is a blog that highlights corporate securities regulation and litigation. The content is produced by 10 lawyers at Lindquist & Vennum PLLP.

Workplace Privacy Counsel

One of LexBlog’s most recent launches, Workplace Privacy Counsel features attorneys from Littler Mendelson’s Privacy & Data Protection Practice Group blogging on employment related privacy issues.

Suits in the Workplace

Suits in the Workplace is a blog about employment law. It is written by Lou Michels and Rod Satterwhite, partners in the Labor & Employment group at McGuireWoods LLP.

RFID Law Blog

The RFID Law Blog is a blog started by McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. Written mostly by Douglas Farry, chair of the firm’s RFID practice, the blog deals with the growing use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

Pepper Podcasts

The lawyers at Pepper Hamilton LLP have their unique Pod Center (complete with “Pepper Podcasts”), providing both traditional written blog entries and audio podcasts that give commentary on a range of court rulings.

Digestible Law

Digestible Law is a blog produced by the lawyers and attorneys at Perkins Coie Law Firm. The blog deals with Internet law issues.

Nanotechnology Law Report

The Nanotechnology Law Report is a project of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP. John Monica, Jr. and Michael Heintz write the entries, which focus on nanotechnology news and legal developments.

Electronic Discovery Law

K&L Gates operates the Electronic Discovery Law blog. Updated by the firm’s , the blog provides updates on news and legal developments related to e-discovery issues.

Privacy Law Blog

The eight attorneys from Proskauer Rose LLP’s Privacy and Data Security Practice maintain the Privacy Law Blog. It highlights a range of issues related to privacy law.

New Jersey Zoning Watch

New Jersey Zoning Watch is one of two blogs operated by Saul Ewing LLP. It deals with various zoning and land use legal developments in the Garden State, and is written by Matthew Schiller, Henry Kent-Smith, Philip Morin III and Jennifer Forrest.

Utility News

The second of two Saul Ewing blogs, Utility News – edited by Saul Ewing associate Edward Lanza – focuses on various issues pertaining to public utility regulation.

Legal Technology Blog

The Xerdict Group LLC, a subsidiary company of Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP, operates the Legal Technology Blog. Written by Kenneth Jones, the Blogspot blog focuses on legal technology trends.

Antitrust Law Blog

Gary Halling and Carlton Varner, lawyers with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP’s Antitrust & Trade Regulation Practice Group operate the Antitrust Law Blog. The blog provides updates on antitrust developments.

Bankruptcy & Restructuring Blog

The 12 attorneys from Sheppard Mullin’s Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice Group maintain the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Blog. The blog deals with legal updates on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues.

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Sheppard Mullin also maintains the Corporate & Securities Law Blog, operated by various attorneys specializing in Securities & Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions.

ESOP Law Blog

The ESOP Law Blog, with a focus on laws related to Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), is maintained by Laurence Goldberg and Lynn DuBois of Sheppard Mullin.

Fashion Apparel Law Blog

Robert Darwell of Sheppard Mullin maintains the Fashion & Apparel Law Blog, tackling legal developments in the fashion, apparel and textile industry.

FCC Law Blog

Sheppard Mullin also maintains the FCC Law Blog. The blog, updated by W. Kenneth Ferree and Erin Dozier of the firm’s FCC & Communications team, deals with issues related to FCC laws.

Financial Institution Law Blog

The Financial Institution Law Blog, operated by Sheppard Mullin, is maintained by six of the firm’s financial lawyers.

Intellectual Property Law Blog

The Intellectual Property Law Blog is another Sheppard Mullin project. Focusing on recent developments in IP law, it is updated by seven of the firm’s IP lawyers.

Labor and Employment Law Blog

The Labor & Employment Law Blog, also run by Sheppard Mullin, is updated by the firm’s labor and employment lawyers. The blog highlights various labor and employment developments.

Real Estate and Construction Law Blog

In Sheppard Mullin’s Real Estate and Construction Law Blog, four of the firm’s real estate specialists blog about developments in the realm of real estate law.

LNG Law Blog

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP operate their own blog, the LNG Law Blog. It gives updates on liquefied natural gas (LNG) news.

Law and Insurance

David S. White maintains and operates his own Typepad blog, called Law and Insurance. The blog gives updates on insurance law developments. David is a senior counsel with Thompson & Knight LLP.

Law and the Environment

Law and the Environment is a Typepad blog produced by Scott Deatherage. The blog, which deals with the various facets of environmental law, is one of two produced by Deatherage, who is a partner at Thompson & Knight LLP. 

The New Carbon Cycle

The New Carbon Cycle is the second Typepad blog of Scott Deatherage, focusing on carbon trading laws and policies.

Silicon Valley Media Law Blog 

Cathy Kirkman, an attorney with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, operates the Silicon Valley Media Law Blog. In her blog, Cathy provides updates on various technology and media-related legal issues.

China Mission Blog

The first of 10 blogs by lawyers and attorneys at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice law firm, China Mission provides insights into the company’s goal at improving Chinese/American business relationships. It is written by Guanming Fang.

Trade Secrets Blog

The Trade Secrets Blog, by Womble Carlyle’s Press Millen & Todd Sullivan, deals with trade secrets litigation in the southeastern United States.

South Carolina Appellate Law Blog

The South Carolina Appellate Law Blog is written by Womble Carlyle attorney Bill Watkins. It focuses on rulings from various courts in South Carolina.

North Carolina Appellate Law Blog

The North Carolina Appellate Blog is another Womble Carlyle project. Maintained by three bloggers from the firm’s Raleigh Appellate Group – Burley Mitchell, Sean Andrussier and Sarah Buthe – the blog focuses on court decisions in North Carolina.

Commlaw – Mass Media

Maintained by the lawyers and attorneys from Womble Carlyle’s Telecommunications, Cable & Broadcast Group, the Commlaw-Mass Media blog focuses on the broadcast industry.

Commlaw Source

The Commlaw Source blog highlights legal developments related to the telecommunication industry. Content for the blog is written by Womble Carlyle’s Ross Buntrock and Michael Hazzard.

Construction Industry Blog

The Womble Carlyle Construction Industry Blog provides readers with updates on legal developments impacting the construction industry in America. It is written by the firm’s construction lawyers.

Antitrust and Distribution Law Blog

Another Womble Carlyle blog, the Antitrust and Distribution Law Blog deals with antitrust legal activity. Content is written by Jason Hicks.

Mixed Use Development

The Mixed use Development blog, dealing with mixed use real estate development law, is written by three of Womble Carlyle’s real estate attorneys: Pam Rothenberg, John Hagner and Lisa Ruddy.

Community Development and Affordable Housing Blog

The last of Womble Carlyle’s blogs, the Community Development and Affordable Housing Blog is written by Peter Duffley and Tyler Mulligan.

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  • marc

    Thanks for this valuable research. Question: Who, at these firms, usually handles the writing for the blogs? Associates? Partners? Outside writers?

  • http://www.saul.com Fran Sheldon

    Thanks for this review confirming that blogging has gained acceptance among the AmLaw 200. I think we will continue to see growith in the blogosphere. In fact, since your review, Saul Ewing launched its third blog (Personal Wealth Law News — http://personalwealth.saulnews.com/ ), We create the blogs in house using WordPress, and then turn over all writing and editorial functions to the attorneys. To respond to Marc’s question, our most dedicated/prolific writers are a senior partner, an associate and a special counsel, although other attorneys do contribute regularly.

  • http://kevin.lexblog.com Kevin

    Thanks for the comments Marc and Fran.
    You’ll find that in vast, vast majority of these blogs, the lawyers themselves do the blogging. I know that’s the case with our clients.
    If a partner has the domain expertise, the partner is going to do the posts – not assign the work to an associate. At the sane time, you’ll see associates blogging on their own as well as along side partners.
    Good blogs provide a value add from the lawyer – just like you would get from a lawyer sitting on a panel at a conference. That’s not something you can get a pinch hitter to do for you.
    What differentiates blogs from articles is the brevity of the posts, often commenting on some legal development or news. A good blog post may take 20 minutes to an hour, with an hour being the high side.
    You’ll also find these lawyers in the large firms describing blogging as a lot of fun. When you’re having fun enhancing your reputation and doing client development, blogging hardly seems like a chore.

  • http://www.filewrapper.com Sarah Hankel

    Hey, You missed a really good IP blog created by the attorneys at McKee, Voorhees & Sease.

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