Legal Industry

  • November 21, 2014

    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.

  • November 21, 2014

    Senate Votes To Confirm Five Federal Judges

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed five judges to the federal bench in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, including a Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller litigator.

  • November 21, 2014

    Simpson Thacher Sets High BigLaw Bar In Early Bonus News

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP threw down the bonus gauntlet Friday with significantly bigger payouts than prior years, but don’t expect everyone in BigLaw to rush to match the firm and hand their associates checks up to $100,000, experts said.

  • November 21, 2014

    Kirkland Shields NJ Youth From Gay Conversion Therapy

    A team of Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorneys working pro bono guided a civil rights organization through its successful quest to uphold a New Jersey law prohibiting therapists in the state from attempting to change the sexual orientation of minors through “reparative” or “gay conversion” therapy.

  • November 21, 2014

    9th Circ. Wary Of Perkins Coie Atty Wage Class Action

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday appeared leery of a putative class action accusing Perkins Coie LLP of violating California labor law by making unauthorized deductions from paychecks of some of the firm’s attorney shareholders, saying it looks like the proposed class isn't big enough for federal jurisdiction.

  • November 21, 2014

    Dewey Insurer Balks At Execs' Fees As Firm Tab Tops $35M

    Attorneys for the former leadership of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on Friday said the insurer behind a $15 million defense policy is refusing to pay their legal bills, and that top lawyers from the defunct firm have to date burned through $35 million in defense costs.

  • November 21, 2014

    7 Habits Of Highly Effective Managing Partners

    Whether they’re overseeing a 20-lawyer boutique or a global, 1,500-lawyer behemoth, the most effective managing partners share traits that make them great at their jobs. Here, Law360 looks at seven traits that legal industry experts believe make a managing partner an ideal fit.

  • November 21, 2014

    Senate Confirms DOJ's Ashford, 2 Others To Tax Court

    The Senate on Thursday confirmed Tamara W. Ashford, acting assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, and two others to the U.S. Tax Court.

  • November 21, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Shackelford's Rakhee Patel

    In a professional context, calling someone to the carpet on a discriminatory attitude only results in an escalation of conflict. Leading by example or having a well-reasoned, non-emotional discussion is the harbinger of change, says Rakhee Patel, a partner with Shackelford Melton McKinley & Norton LLP and a member of the steering committee of the Texas Minority Counsel Program for the State Bar of Texas.

  • November 21, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Mayer Brown's Marcus Christian

    I am the grandson of a fruit picker, a maid, a tomato packer, and a man who died in prison. When I was born, few imagined that I would attend college, let alone become an attorney, says Marcus Christian, a partner with Mayer Brown LLP and former executive assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida.

  • November 20, 2014

    Heller Goes After Attys' Unfinished Biz Profits At 9th Circ.

    Heller Ehrman LLP's bankruptcy administrators on Wednesday launched opening appellate arguments in an effort to claw back unfinished business profits from the firm's ex-partners, saying the firm has an interest in fee matters pending when it collapsed.

  • November 20, 2014

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Lawyers who helped a former AutoZone Stores manager nab a $185 million punitive damages jury verdict in a pregnancy discrimination suit lead this week's pack of legal lions, while the lambs are headed by attorneys for both sides of a supplement labeling dispute who were chastised for a "selfish" settlement.

  • November 20, 2014

    Bingham's Hartford RE Attys Head To Carlton Fields

    All four of Bingham McCutchen’s Hartford, Connecticut-based real estate attorneys, who were blocked out of the Morgan Lewis  & Bockius LLP lateral deal by client conflicts, have found a new home with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, attorneys from both firms told Law360 on Thursday.

  • November 20, 2014

    How To Make Clients Smile When They Get The Bill

    Most clients dread getting a bill from their attorneys, but smart firms can use the opportunity to strengthen their relationships with clients and show the value of their work. Here are four pro tips for better billing practices that might actually leave clients smiling when the next invoice arrives.

  • November 20, 2014

    Florida State University Shooter Was A Former BigLaw Atty

    The alleged gunman who shot three students inside of a Florida State University library before being taken down by police early Thursday morning was a former Texas attorney who worked for at least one Houston law firm.

  • November 20, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Sutherland's Vanessa Scott

    I stopped logging incidents of perceived discrimination long ago. It just wasn’t helpful, and I’ve learned that the type of discrimination that really kills a career is the kind you never really know about, says Vanessa Scott, a partner with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and adjunct professor on ERISA and employee benefits at Howard University Law School.

  • November 20, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Thompson & Knight's Raven

    Getting younger lawyers to understand that their career trajectory in many instances runs parallel to their economic relevance within the firm and convincing them of the importance of relationship development are not easy tasks, says Ricky Raven, a partner with Thompson & Knight LLP and commissioner with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for the State of Texas.

  • November 19, 2014

    Ousted Calif. Bar Exec Denies Misleading Board

    The State Bar of California’s fired director denied wrongdoing Wednesday after allegations surfaced that a Munger Tolles & Olson LLP investigation had found he’d misled trustees on several issues, including hiding concerns about a proposal to sell the group’s San Francisco office.

  • November 19, 2014

    Morgan Lewis Makes Good On Bingham Associate Offers

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has chosen to take up Bingham McCutchen LLP's outstanding offers to incoming associates and summer associates, Morgan Lewis told Law360 on Wednesday.

  • November 19, 2014

    8 Tips On Managing Client Expectations

    A tricky case or a doomed deal doesn’t have to end with a disappointed client. Lawyers say that establishing a game plan that looks at all possible outcomes and communicating consistently will mean that your client has realistic expectations. Here, attorneys share how to best manage client expectations.