Legal Industry

  • April 17, 2015

    In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

    For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

  • April 17, 2015

    Covington Guts McKenna's Premier Gov't Contracts Group

    McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, fresh off a do-over merger deal with Dentons, is losing its white collar practice head and the leader of its vaunted government contracts group to Covington & Burling LLP, according to sources familiar with the moves.

  • April 17, 2015

    DLA Piper Finalizes Merger With Canada's Davis LLP

    DLA Piper finally entered the Canadian legal marketplace Friday with the completion of its merger with Vancouver-based Davis LLP, only one year after a failed merger attempt with now-defunct Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie LLP.

  • April 17, 2015

    4 Ways To Blow It When Picking A Practice Group Head

    Whether they’re confusing popularity for leadership or appeasing a partner who's clueless about reeling in new business, law firms often choose their practice group leaders for all the wrong reasons, with potentially disastrous results. Here, successful law firm leaders outline the four biggest mistakes managing committees make in selecting practice group heads.

  • April 16, 2015

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    The big cats at Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP staged a legal comeback in the Federal Circuit this week and won a reversal of a decision that had denied them attorneys' fees in a "vexatious" patent litigation. The legal lambs are led by Big Tobacco counsel from Jones Day and BakerHostetler that couldn't dodge a multimillion-dollar settlement payment.

  • April 16, 2015

    The Attorneys Who Should Be Worrying About Pink Slips

    As firms get fiercer and leaner, and as corporations become even more cautious, attorneys can find themselves on the chopping block. And experts warn that BigLaw associates, bankruptcy attorneys and litigation specialists are some of the attorneys most at risk. Here, Law360 takes a look at some of those possible targets.

  • April 16, 2015

    Dentons-McKenna Gov't Contracts Group In Flux Post-Merger

    With the ink on its merger deal with Dentons still wet, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP on Wednesday named a new head of its lauded government contracts group.

  • April 16, 2015

    Robins Kaplan To Leave Atlanta Amid Calif. Expansion

    Just days after Robins Kaplan LLP announced the opening of its new office in the Silicon Valley region, which will bolster its technology and intellectual property practices, the firm revealed that it would be closing the doors of its Atlanta outpost.

  • April 16, 2015

    BigLaw Holds Steady On $160K Salary For 1st-Years

    The $160,000 benchmark for first-year associates remains the most commonly reported salary at large firms this year, though the changing shape of BigLaw continues to make baseline salaries difficult to compare as the top players become increasingly heterogeneous, according to the latest report from the National Association for Law Placement.

  • April 15, 2015

    What Associates Need To Be Doing To Make Partner

    You're working harder than you even thought possible. You're learning everything you can about your field. You're networking with the right people. What else do you need to do to get tapped to join the partnership ranks? Here, more than 25 attorneys advise on how you can make partner.

  • April 15, 2015

    Dentons Nabs 50 From White & Case In Budapest

    The world’s largest global law firm will be getting even bigger next month when Dentons continues its recent expansion blitz by hiring approximately 50 partners, associates and staff away from White & Case LLP’s Budapest office.

  • April 15, 2015

    Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q1

    A promotion to partner or election to practice group chair means a slew of new responsibilities and lots of well-deserved recognition. Law360 reveals the list of attorneys whose commitment to legal excellence earned them highly coveted spots in the law firm leadership ranks. Find out if a law school buddy — or rival — moved up in the first quarter of the year, and let the office chatter begin.

  • April 15, 2015

    Baker & McKenzie, China Firm Ink 1st Joint Operation Deal

    Baker & McKenzie LLP said Wednesday it has become the first international firm to sign a joint operation agreement with a Chinese firm in a newly established free trade zone in Shanghai.

  • April 14, 2015

    Jones Day Urges 8th Circ. To Nix Training-Video Sanction

    An attorney for Jones Day told the Eighth Circuit at oral arguments Tuesday that an Iowa federal court had created an "untenable" situation when it ordered one of its partners to produce a training video on proper discovery procedure as a sanction for allegedly obstructing depositions while representing Abbott Laboratories in a personal injury suit.

  • April 14, 2015

    Panasonic's GC Calls Compliance Everyone's Responsibility

    Damien Atkins took over this week as general counsel of Panasonic Corp. of North America. Here, Law360 talks to him about his tenure in the legal department of AOL Inc., how adapting and surviving is the key to getting ahead in the tech world, and how compliance is in the hands of every staff member.

  • April 14, 2015

    Hiring Stays Strong As Firms See Continued Growth In Profits

    Despite lowered expectations for growth in the legal industry and the overall economy, managing partners remain confident that law firm profits will continue to rebound and intend to keep increasing associate headcount in the coming months, according to a survey released Tuesday by Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group.

  • April 14, 2015

    NY Biz Court Considers Barring Low-Dollar Arbitration Cases

    Manhattan's commercial court is considering making arbitration cases subject to its $500,000 monetary threshold under a rule proposed Tuesday, in the busy, complex court's latest bid to streamline its cases and reduce its caseload.

  • April 14, 2015

    The 3 Worries That Keep Managing Partners Up At Night

    Running a law firm has always been a colossal task, but the rapidly changing legal market has heaped a substantial helping of stress onto the plates of managing partners, with clients demanding more for less and young talent increasingly harder to retain. Here, managing partners at major U.S. firms dish on what it is that keeps them up at night.

  • April 13, 2015

    Senate Confirms 1st Federal Judge Since GOP Takeover

    The U.S. Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed a Texas state court judge to serve in the Southern District of Texas, marking the first federal judge to be confirmed since the Republicans assumed control of the legislative chamber earlier this year.

  • April 13, 2015

    Why Your Firm Should Do Psych Profiles On New Hires

    Fewer than an estimated 5 percent of law firms use the sort of psychological and personality testing relied on by their corporate clients in the hiring process, but experts say BigLaw should rethink the benefits of pre-employment screening given how much risk firms take on when bringing in talent.