Law firm marketing and business development professionals have been politely getting after Kevin McKeown, our VP of Client Development, for an updated report on large law’s use of blogs. Innovators, such as Gloria Fox at Blank Rome, are looking for hard data for their law firm’s management that their competition has effectively addressed any liability and ROI concerns, and made the move to blogging for reputation enhancement and client development.
The last eight months shows no slow down in the growth of blogging among large law. Among the 85 new blogs, we’ve got new firm entries on the blogosphere, including Foley Hoag (3 blogs) and Epstein Becker Green (3 blogs), as well as innovative law firms such as Fox Rothschild, Sheppard Mullin, and Womble Carlyle who continue to add their stable of law blogs by different practice area.
71, or 35%, of the 2008 AmLaw 200 law firms are now blogging compared with 39 in August 2007, when LexBlog issued its first State of the AmLaw Blogosphere. The number of Amlaw 200 law firm blogs being published by these firms has more than doubled growing from 74 to 159.
In just the last 8 months since LexBlog issued its second State of the AmLaw Blogosphere in March of this year, the number of AmLaw law firms blogging has jumped 33%.
For large law firms looking to brand their law firm blogs, LexBlog remains the blog publishing platform of choice. 79% of the AmLaw law firm branded blogs are running on the the LexBlog publishing platform.
- Over 35% of AmLaw 200 law firms have blogs.
- 12% of AmLaw 200 law firms have more than one blog.
- 32% growth in last 8 months in the number of AmLaw 200 law firms publishing blogs.
- 39% growth in last 8 months in total number of blogs being published by AmLaw 200 law firms (some firms have more than one blog).
And in the numbers:
- 72 of the 2008 AmLaw 200 firms were blogging.
- Those 72 firms were responsible for a total of 159 blogs.
- 122 of the 159 blogs were firm branded; the remaining 37 blogs were not branded. ‘Firm branded’ blogs are those where the firm’s name and/or logo are prominently displayed, indicating that the blog is more a product of the firm than of the individual author writing it.
- Of the 119 firm branded blogs, 29 firms used one of the major publishing platforms: 23 firms were using LexBlog; 2 firms were using Typepad; 2 firms were using Blogger; 1 firm was using Movable Type; and 1 firm was using Justia.
See a list of all the blogging AmLaw200 firms, with links to their individual blogs, after the jump.
Note: a icon next to a blog’s name means that blog is produced by a LexBlog client; the icon means that the blog is "new" to the list since our last post.
Law firms with blogs or lawyers blogging (Click link to go to list of blogs by that firm):
- Akerman Senterfitt
- Akin Gump
- Alston & Bird
- Arent Fox
- Baker & Daniels
- Baker & Hostetler
- Blackwell Sanders
- Blank Rome
- Bracewell & Giuliani
- Bradley Arant Rose & White
- Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
- Carlton Fields
- Cooley Godward Kronish
- Davis Wright Tremaine
- Day Pitney
- Dewey & LeBoeuf
- Dorsey & Whitney
- Dykema Gossett
- Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge
- Epstein Becker Greene
- Foley Hoag
- Fox Rothschild
- Frost Brown Todd
- Gardere Wynne Sewell
- Goodwin Procter
- Gordon & Rees
- Hinshaw & Culbertson
- Holland & Hart
- Holland & Knight
- Hughes Hubbard & Reed
- Hunton & Williams
- Ice Miller
- Jackson Walker
- Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro
- Jones Day
- K & L Gates
- Kelley Drye & Warren
- Kilpatrick Stockton
- Kirkland & Ellis
- Lathrop & Gage
- Littler Mendelson
- Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps
- McCarter & English
- McGlinchey Stafford
- McKenna Long & Aldridge
- Michael Best & Friedrich
- Morris Manning & Martin
- Nixon Peabody
- Pepper Hamilton
- Perkins Coie
- Porter Wright Morris & Arthur
- Powell Goldstein
- Proskauer Rose
- Quarles & Brady
- Reed Smith
- Saul Ewing
- Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold
- Sheppard Mullin
- Shook, Hardy & Bacon
- Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
- Sills Cummis & Gross
- Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
- Stinson Morrison Hecker
- Stoel Rives
- Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
- Thelen Reid
- Thompson & Knight
- Wilmer Hale
- Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
- Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Written by Ralph Losey, a Florida-based attorney with Akerman Senterfitt, e-Discovery Team covers the unique problems of e-discovery, and the latest trends, case law, and events in the field.
Originally started by Tom Goldstein – now a partner with Akin Gump – SCOTUSblog is the leading resource on the web for breaking news on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The second of two Akin Gump blogs, ClimateIntel provides updates on issues impacting the global climate. It is authored by attorneys from the firm’s climate change practice group.
Written by Alston & Bird’s Climate Change and Carbon Management team, this blog covers rapidly emerging issues associated with greenhouse gas emissions.
This blog is authored by Alston & Bird’s Financial Markets Crisis Task Force and focuses on the rapidly changing business and legal issues raised by the current financial markets crisis.
The Arent Fox Advertising Law Blog, though not updated for some time, focuses on advertising law issues.
Authored by Baker & Daniels’ benefits & executive compensation team, the Benefits Biz Blog covers financial matters.
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.
Authored by Blank Rome attorney Brian Wm. Higgins, this blog offers IP news and case analysis.
A LexBlog product, authored by the attorneys from Bradley Arant and focusing on various legal issues impacting the Magnolia State.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Corporate Finance Law Blog – written by DWT attorney Joseph M. Wallin – focuses on various tax and finance issues.
The Washington Construction Law Blog is the fifth 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.
Not an official DWT but featuring the writings of one of their attorneys, this blog is a forum for members of the ACOEL (a professional association of environmental lawyers) interested in writing on environmental 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.
A law blog focusing on a range of legal issues, authored by Columbia professor – and special counsel to Dewey & LeBouef – Michael Dorf.
An employment law blog authored by Dorsey & Whitney attorney Roy Ginsburg, answering questions that real-world executives & HR professionals encounter on a daily basis.
Stephen Tupper, a private pilot and aviation attorney with Dykema Gossett, writes this blog, where he details both legal and personal elements of aviation.
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP operates InsureReinsure.com, The Insurance & Reinsurance Blog. It provides updates on insurance-related litigation.
Published by Frances Greene of Epstein Becker Greene, this blog offers women’s opinions on business development, networking, mentoring and the life/work balance.
The Toxic Tort Litigation Blog covers topics that include class action lawsuits, e-discovery, CERCLA, environmental litigation and product liability. It is written by William Ruskin and Daniella Landers of Epstein Becker Greene.
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.
The second of three Foley Hoag blogs, this publication is "intended to inform, update, comment and discuss legal issues regarding environmental law."
The third Foley Hoag offering discusses covenants not to compete, non-solicitation, breach of fiduciary duty and trade secrets.
The Pennsylvania Family Law blog is written by Charles Meyer of Fox Rothschild. It provides updates and tips on family law issues in Pennsylvania.
Fox Rothschild has also developed the Physician Law blog. Written by attorney Todd Rodriguez, it deals with legal developments that impact physicians.
The Tax Litigation blog is another Fox Rothschild project. It is written by lawyer James Dawson, who highlights important tax cases.
Written by attorney Mark E. Tabakman, this Fox Rothschild blog updates readers with developments on wage & hour laws impacting small and large businesses alike.
This Fox Rothschild blog focuses on all-things related to health information, and is published by attorney Helen Oscislawski.
Writing about environmental developments in the Keystone State is attorney Joel Bolstein, who maintains this Fox Rothschild blog.
New Jersey attorney Brian Caufield of Fox Rothschild writes this blog, dealing with labor & employment issues related to the EFCA.
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.
Authored by Robert Goldman, Samantha Evans and Daniel Schnapp of Fox Rothschild write on art litigation, art finance and recent trends in the art market.
New Jersey lawyer Alain Leibman provides insight on criminal law, federal case law statutory developments.
The New Jersey Family Legal Blog is authored by attorneys at Fox Rothschild’s Roseland, Princeton and Atlantic City: Robert A. Epstein, Sandra C. Fava, Jennifer Weisberg Millner, Eric S. Solotoff and Apple Sulit-Peralejo.
New York lawyer Keith McMurdy of Fox Rothschid writes on employment law cases, retirement plans, plan administration and welfare plans.
Fox Rothschild’s Delaware Bankruptcy Litigation is published by Jason Cornell, an attorney based in Wilmington, Delaware.
David Snyder, an attorney based in Fox Rothschild’s Philadelphia office covers topics including appraisers, redevelopment, PennDOT, elections and road projects.
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.
Frost Brown Todd’s global business blog, dealing with global business matters and maintained by the firm’s International Services practice group.
A resource for employment law news and opinions, written by Frost Brown Todd’s labor & employment lawyers.
The fourth Frost Brown Todd blog, authored by the firm’s banking litigation attorneys. This project serves the financial services industry with news and commentary.
The fifth Frost Brown Todd provides news and analysis on construction law cases and developments across the country.
Gardere Wynne Sewell‘s first blogger is Dallas attorney Peter Vogel. Vogel, who’s chair of the firm’s Electronic Discovery Team and co-Chair of the Technology Industry Team, comments on the social changes brought about by the internet and developments in information technology.
Another project by Goodwin Procter’s Doug Cornelius, Real Estate Space updates readers with news on real estate law.
Goodwin Procter’s David Hobbie uses this blog to update readers on litigation knowledge management issues.
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.
Holland & Hart’s immigration law practice writes this blog, meant to inform employers of the ever-changing legal realm surrounding immigration law.
Written by Holland & Knight attorney
, this blog provides coverage of intellectual property cases taking place in the Northern District of Illinois.
Attorneys at Hughes Hubbard & Reed cover a wide range of topics related to white collar crime, including courts, appeals, discovery, investigations, prosecutors and procedural matters.
Hunton & Williams’ first project with LexBlog keeps readers up-to-date on the constantly evolving financial crisis with analysis on the latest news and trends.
Ice Miller partner Melissa Proffitt Reese detailed her experiences on a late 2007 trade mission to Japan at this blog.
Detailing the 2008 Indiana agricultural trade mission to Mexico, this blog is updated by Beth Bechdol, Director of Agribusiness Strategies at Ice Miller.
The second Jeffer Mangels law blog, the Hotel Law Blog – written by Jim Butler – provides hotel law updates from an experienced hotel lawyer.
Jeffer Mangels’ newest blog, written by attorney Melvin N.A. Avanzado and dealing with the legal issues that have bearing on the entertainment world.
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.
Lathrop & Gage‘s first step into the blogosphere provides opinion and insight on health law along with resource library of articles on the topic.
A blog regarding the Employee Free Choice Act, maintained by four authors from Kilpatrick Stockton’s various offices.
K&L Gates operates the Electronic Discovery Law blog. Updated by the firm, the blog provides updates on news and legal developments related to e-discovery issues.
Published by the firm’s Construction & Engineering Practice Group, the Construction Law Blog provides analysis on important cases, news and regulations in the construction industry.
In Their Opinion is authored by Chicago attorney Michael Rigney of Kelley Drye & Warren. He provides commentery on decisions from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Workplace Privacy Counsel features attorneys from Littler Mendelson’s Privacy & Data Protection Practice Group blogging on employment related privacy issues.
Authored by the lawyers & attorneys at McGlinchey Stafford, the CAFA Law Blog deals with issues related to the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005.
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.
Michael Best & Friedrich attorney James Troupis documents his time spent in Russia teaching the rule of law and litigation in the American legal system to law students at Baikal State University of Economics & Law in Irkutsk, Russia.
This blog by attorneys at Nixon Peabody focuses on providing information on intellectual property law, internet law and regulation and compliance in a digital world.
The second of Nixon Peabody’s two blogs covers the ongoing credit crisis, auction rate securites, litigation, subprime mortgate rates and other relevant topics.
Digestible Law is a blog produced by the lawyers and attorneys at Perkins Coie Law Firm. The blog deals with Internet law issues.
A campaign finance law blog authored by Perkins Coie attorney Bob Bauer.
A blog from Porter Wright providing information on federal securities laws and updates, authored by the firm’s corporate finance & securities practice group.
Highlighting the legal issues impacting employers nationwide, the Employer Law Report is maintained by Porter Wright’s labor & employment practice area.
This is one of two blogs by the lawyers and attorneys at Reed Smith. This blog, authored primarily by Senior Health Policy Analyst Debra McCurdy, focuses on legislative and regulatory developments in the health care industry sector.
The second of two new Reed Smith Blogs provides insight on trends and developments in life sciences and health care law.
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.
The second of Saul Ewing’s blogs, Utility News – edited by Saul Ewing associate Edward Lanza – focuses on various issues pertaining to public utility regulation.
Saul Ewing follows the trend practiced by many firms across the country by starting a blog devoted to climate change and the environment.
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.
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.
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.
Updated by Sheppard Mullin attorneys based in China, this blog provides insight on the latest developments in Chinese law. The blog also has a Chinese-language version.
Robert Darwell of Sheppard Mullin maintains the Fashion & Apparel Law Blog, tackling legal developments in the fashion, apparel and textile industry.
The Financial Institution Law Blog, operated by Sheppard Mullin, is maintained by six of the firm’s financial lawyers.
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.
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.
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.
A blog providing readers with updates on developments impacting government contracts, written by Sheppard Mullin’s government contracts practice.
Maintained by attorneys from Sheppard Mullin’s advertising practice group, Covering Your Ads is a resource for laws surrounding the sports and entertainment world.
A gossip blog from two anonymous lawyers employed by Skadden Arps (who occupy the top spot on the AmLaw 200), this site offers news and gossip regarding goings-on at the firm.
Ted Zangari, Kevin Moore and Thomas Jay Hall of Sills Cummis & Gross author the firm’s only blog. They focus on redevelopment and land use issues in New Jersey.
Authored by attorneys with the Stoel Rives Renewable Energy Initiative, Renewable + Law provides insight on climate policy, renewable energy and sustainability.
Stoel Rives’ third blog is written by Dennis Westlind, an attorney based in the firm’s Portland office. He provides analysis on labor and employment law.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP operate their own blog, the LNG Law Blog. It gives updates on liquefied natural gas (LNG) news.
This blog by multiple professionals at Thelen covers current events and other developments surrounding climate change and sustainable energy.
This private, password-protected blog keeps Thelen Reid professionals up-to-date on current events and developments at the firm.
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 is the second Typepad blog of Scott Deatherage, focusing on carbon trading laws and policies.
A general firm blog from Wilmer Hale, geared at "saluting the worldwide humanitarian pro bono efforts" of the firm.
The second of two blogs from Wilson Sonsini attorneys, this project – authored by Palo Alto lawyer Yokum Taku – answers legal and financial questions start up companies may be asking.
This blog by Marius Keeley Domokos of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati attempts to merge the realm of intellectual property law with the semiconductor industry.
Winstead‘s first blog covers the "intersection of law and business in troubled commercial lending markets."
The first of 12 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.
The South Carolina Appellate Law Blog is written by Womble Carlyle attorney Bill Watkins. It focuses on rulings from various courts in South Carolina.
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.
Maintained by the lawyers and attorneys from Womble Carlyle’s Telecommunications, Cable & Broadcast Group, the Commlaw-Mass Media blog focuses on the broadcast industry.
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.
Another Womble Carlyle blog, the Antitrust and Distribution Law Blog deals with antitrust legal activity. Content is written by Jason Hicks.
Focusing on impacts of and developments surrounding the Fair Labor Standards Act in the American Southeast, authored by Womble Carlyle’s FLSA team (Charlie Edwards, Kimberly Licata, John Pueschel, Richard Rainey and Sheri Robertson).
Written by W. Mike Holm and Jim B. Kinsel of Womble Carlyle, this blog deals with business conspiracy and other unfair business practices in cases from Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia courts.
The Multifamily and Mixed Use Development blog, following the multi-family housing industry and related legal issues, is written by two of Womble Carlyle’s real estate attorneys: Pam Rothenberg and John Hagner.
This blog by the firm’s Employee Defection and Recruitment Team covers developments in non-compete and restrictive covenant law.
Focusing on impacts of and developments surrounding the Fair Labor Standards Act in the American Southeast, authored by Womble Carlyle’s FLSA team (Charlie Edwards, Kimberly Licata, John Pueschel and Richard Rainey).
Written by numerous attorneys at Womble Carlyle, this blog covers legal developments in supply chain management.
Written by W. Mike Holm and Jim B. Kinsel of Womble Carlyle, this blog deals with business conspiracy and other unfair business practices in cases from Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia courts.
According to their own tagline, this blog provides “dispatches from the court of public opinion by our strategic communications group.”