Legal Industry

  • August 28, 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.

  • August 28, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2015: Covington & Burling

    For fighting racial profiling on an airline and in an Arizona sheriff’s department, freeing families seeking asylum from imprisonment, reversing a wrongful conviction and other work to help those in need, Covington & Burling LLP has earned a spot as one of Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • August 28, 2015

    Trial Aces: Kirkland's Jim Hurst

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner James Hurst has built an imposing record as a trial lawyer but still recalls his first major cross-examination, when he was so nervous he considered running away, a nervousness he's more than conquered since, repeatedly winning major pharmaceutical patent trials by going “for the jugular” in court.

  • August 28, 2015

    BigLaw Facing Talent Drain As Men Flee For Flexibility

    The stigma felt by male lawyers in BigLaw who want to dedicate more time to families is inspiring an increasing number of experienced partners with high-end practices to take a risk on a nontraditional firm, experts said.

  • August 28, 2015

    The Dewey Trial Report: Bad Press And 'Awesome' Bosses

    After more than three months of trial, prosecutors on Thursday rested their case against the former executive leadership of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, but not before jurors heard of a public relations meltdown, a Dewey staffer’s fondness for the firm’s executive director and the hard numbers of the alleged scheme.

  • August 28, 2015

    As Dewey Trial Nears End, Defense Has Reason To Hope

    The Manhattan District Attorney's Office presented an exhaustive case against Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's former leaders over the course of three months, but a handful of possible missteps and oversights along the way has given the defendants a fighting chance, experts said.

  • August 28, 2015

    Slater & Gordon Posts Revenue Spike Despite Investigation

    The world’s first publicly traded law firm, Slater & Gordon Ltd., posted big revenue gains on Friday, and also announced changes to its accounting practices after financial regulators raised concerns about Quindell PLC, the technology company whose professional services division was recently acquired by the firm.

  • August 28, 2015

    Broward County Bar Fights Fla. Bar Reciprocity Proposal

    The Broward County Bar Association's board of directors has voiced strong opposition to The Florida Bar's allowing out-of-state attorneys to gain admission without taking the state bar exam — an idea recently backed by a committee — saying it poses risks to the public and existing Florida lawyers.

  • August 28, 2015

    3 Ways Law Firm Leaders Are Falling Short

    In an industry with a hardwired deference to precedent and tradition, it can prove difficult for managing partners to break from both the past and their peers and distinguish themselves as leaders in their firms. Here are common missteps and shortcomings too often seen in law firm chiefs.

  • August 28, 2015

    3 Ideas That Could Change Your In-House Practice

    Far from remaining in their ivory towers, many legal scholars take hard looks at the legal industry to understand its realities and deliver truths and insights about the in-house bar. Here, Law360 has rounded up three recent law review articles that might change the way you practice in-house.

  • August 27, 2015

    Trial Aces: Kirkland's Robert C. 'Mike' Brock

    From an Alabama state court trial the day he passed his bar exam to massively complex civil litigation for the likes of BP PLC and Merck & Co. Inc., Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Robert C. “Mike” Brock has cultivated a deceptively simple philosophy summed up in a Southernism: “Let the rough end bump.”

  • August 27, 2015

    AmLaw Revises Dentons' Partner Profits After Spat

    Following a monthslong feud between Dentons and The American Lawyer, the publication issued a correction to its April estimate of the global legal behemoth's 2014 profit-per-partner metric, increasing the number by a hefty $185,000.

  • August 27, 2015

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Teams from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Williams & Connolly LLP ripped up several suits involving high-frequency trading, a practice spotlighted in Michael Lewis' “Flash Boys,” leading this week’s pride of legal lions. Our lambs include a lawyer who came empty-handed to oral arguments and Dole Food Co. executives who got some bad news from a Delaware judge.

  • August 27, 2015

    Ex-Dewey Chair, CFO Move To Toss Fraud Charges

    Two of the three former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP leaders on trial for allegedly defrauding the firm’s lenders and investors asked a New York State court judge on Thursday to dismiss them from the marathon case, just hours after prosecutors rested.

  • August 27, 2015

    Why You're Losing Business To Other Firms

    If the phone suddenly stops ringing and that longtime client of yours starts ducking out with other lawyers, chances are you've been dumped. Here, Law360 looks at why clients call it quits with their law firms and what experts say firms can do about it.

  • August 27, 2015

    Pro Bono Firm Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    From vacating a questionable death penalty conviction, to overturning a decades-old criminal law precedent in New York, to an all-out trial effort that landed a gay "conversion therapy" group in hot water over consumer fraud claims, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has earned a spot as one of Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2015.

  • August 27, 2015

    New Firm Models Keep BigLaw Troubles At Bay, Study Finds

    Law firms with built-in alternative work schedules for lawyers and fee models are successfully curing many of BigLaw’s illnesses, according to a recent report examining “new model” legal businesses.

  • August 27, 2015

    Dewey Prosecution Rests, DiCarmine Is 'Awesome,' Jury Hears

    The Manhattan District Attorney’s office on Thursday rested its case in the trial of the former executive leadership of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP accused of defrauding lenders and investors before the firm collapsed, and jurors heard some oddly gushing testimony about the firm’s former executive director.

  • August 27, 2015

    8th Circ. Nixes Jones Day's Training Video Sanction

    The Eighth Circuit on Thursday reversed a lower court's decision to force a Jones Day attorney to make a training video about discovery procedure after allegedly obstructing depositions while representing Abbott Laboratories in a personal injury row, saying the trial judge didn't give appropriate notice before issuing the unusual punishment.

  • August 26, 2015

    Trial Aces: King & Spalding's Chilton Davis Varner

    When companies including Merck & Co. Inc., GlaxoSmithKline PLC and General Motors Co. want to win product liability cases, they could call in an attack dog of an attorney to pull apart their legal foes in front of juries. Instead, they hire King & Spalding LLP's Chilton Davis Varner, described by her colleagues as a "velvet hammer."