Legal Industry

  • July 28, 2014

    Senate Narrowly Confirms Controversial 4th Circ. Nominee

    Controversial Fourth Circuit nominee Pamela Harris was narrowly confirmed to the federal appeals court by the U.S. Senate on Monday, winning broad support from Democrat lawmakers but failing to win the backing of Senate Republicans.

  • July 28, 2014

    Heller Ehrman Objections To Costs In Clawback Suits Tossed

    A California federal judge on Friday ordered the defunct Heller Ehrman LLP to pay more than $147,000 in costs to four firms for Heller’s unsuccessful attempts to claw back unfinished business profits that former partners earned at the new firms.

  • July 28, 2014

    5 Surefire Ways To Lose The Beauty Contest

    In today's tight legal market, making an in-person pitch for a prospective client's business — the so-called beauty contest — remains a critical opportunity for lawyers to flaunt their legal talents and outshine rivals, but focusing too much on the firm and not enough on the client is a surefire way to get eliminated. Here, experts share big mistakes that can botch the beauty contest.

  • July 28, 2014

    California Powerhouse: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, founded by four lawyers in Los Angeles in the 1980s, has grown into the world’s largest law firm dedicated solely to business litigation, racking up a number of important wins on behalf of large corporations and small startups alike.

  • July 25, 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.

  • July 25, 2014

    BigLaw Finds New Roles For Older Attys Amid Age-Bias Woes

    In the face of age discrimination suits and calls from the American Bar Association to stop forcing older partners to retire, BigLaw has worked to find new roles for some aging partners that emphasize mentoring younger attorneys and big-picture business development while scaling back client work.

  • July 25, 2014

    Three High Court Justices Trusted Most With Divided Opinions

    Three U.S. Supreme Court justices have established themselves as go-to opinion writers in the court's most controversial cases for their ability to keep fragile coalitions intact, while two others are rarely trusted to craft anything other than unanimous opinions because of their polarizing views.

  • July 25, 2014

    California Powerhouse: Pillsbury

    Since opening its doors in San Francisco in the 1870s, the firm now known as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has spread throughout California, using its expansive roster of litigators and corporate transaction attorneys to retain century-old clients including AT&T Inc. and Chevron Corp.

  • July 25, 2014

    5 RFP Secrets Your Firm Needs To Know

    Competition among law firms is getting sharper in a tepid market, and firms who respond to client solicitations — known as requests for proposals — using dated strategies will quickly find themselves out of the running. Here, experts share five recent trends in RFPs that firms need to know.

  • July 24, 2014

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Legal lions at Jones Day and the U.S. federal government won divergent victories in federal appeals court this week over the same tax provision of the Affordable Care Act, setting the stage for a U.S. Supreme Court battle. And cigarette maker R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. leads our legal lambs after it was burned by a historic $23.6 billion jury verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit.

  • July 24, 2014

    Dewey Trustee Sues LCN Capital For Back Fees

    The secured lender trustee for defunct Dewey & Leboeuf LLP sued real estate-centered private equity house LCN Capital Partners LLC on Wednesday seeking to recover $770,000 in allegedly unpaid fees on legal work done for the firm and a founding principal before Dewey's 2012 collapse.

  • July 24, 2014

    Senate Advances Controversial 4th Circ. Nominee

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday advanced the controversial nomination of Georgetown University Law Center visiting professor Pamela Harris for a spot on the Fourth Circuit bench.

  • July 24, 2014

    California Powerhouse: Meyers Nave

    In less than three decades, Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson has grown from a small municipal law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area into one of the leading firms for local governments and public agencies throughout the state as well as private clients focused on complex, public-facing transportation and development projects.

  • July 24, 2014

    5 Dos And Don'ts For Cutting Ties With A Problem Client

    Attorneys struggling with clients who constantly disagree with the litigation strategy — or worse yet, won’t pay the legal bills — may be tempted to cut them loose in a hurry, but ending a relationship without first laying the groundwork can subject lawyers to malpractice claims and a public relations nightmare. Here, experts offer tips for making a clean break from a problem client.

  • July 24, 2014

    Clifford Chance Shakes Up Leadership Structure

    Clifford Chance said on Thursday it is establishing a new executive leadership group and appointing a number of top management posts in an effort to simplify its leadership structure and streamline operations, marking the firm’s first significant shakeup in more than a decade.

  • July 23, 2014

    5 Tips To Help Lawyers Make The Most Of Twitter

    The wild world of Twitter still has relatively few users among lawyers, but those who are plugged into the Twitterverse say it’s a mistake to miss out on the commentary, breaking news and networking that it can provide. Whether you’re a novice tweeter or an expert, here are five tips for lawyers to make the most of this social media platform.

  • July 23, 2014

    Project Management Changing How BigLaw Does Business

    Looking to improve client communications and keep legal costs in check, Paul Hastings LLP and other large firms are breaking legal work down into smaller parts and providing more real-time information to clients through an initiative called “legal project management," which experts say could become the standard way to practice law in coming years.

  • July 23, 2014

    California Powerhouse: Nossaman LLP

    Longtime employees of Nossaman LLP's San Francisco office can remember when former state lawmaker John T. Knox — a prolific author of California legislation — first began roaming the halls of the firm that would, for a time, carry his name. Although the firm has since rebranded, Knox's passion for lawmaking helped anchor a public service mentality at the firm that echoes today in much of its work, its attorneys say.

  • July 23, 2014

    Nixon Peabody, Mintz Levin Blamed For Biotech's Downfall

    A lawsuit filed in New York federal court Tuesday by Neogenix Oncology Inc. against its former executives also targets Nixon Peabody LLP and Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC, alleging breach of fiduciary duty and malpractice and implicating them in the downfall of the now-bankrupt biotech company.

  • July 22, 2014

    Attys Get Cover To Collaborate Under NJ Privilege Ruling

    A New Jersey Supreme Court decision that broadly protects the confidentiality of information shared between lawyers for clients with common interests should help attorneys develop joint litigation strategies and may leave plaintiffs facing a more unified defense, experts told Law360 on Tuesday.