Legal Industry

  • October 31, 2014

    7 Habits Of Highly Effective Partners

    Partners at the world's top law firms have worked hard for years to climb to the top of their profession. But the most effective partners still lean on the habits they've honed over the years. Here, partners share seven such habits that keep clients happy and help their firms grow.

  • October 31, 2014

    Wilson Elser, Bingham Win Voting Help For Native Alaskans

    Native Alaskans will be able to obtain voting materials and assistance in their native dialects Tuesday after winning a federal court order with the pro bono backing of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP and Bingham McCutchen LLP.

  • October 31, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Sidley Austin's George Madison

    Often I met clients initially over the telephone and it was not until the first all-hands meeting that all parties discovered my ethnicity. That led to shock and surprise and queries as to the whereabouts of the lawyer in charge of the matter — and then consternation when it was discovered that it was me, says George Madison, a partner with Sidley Austin LLP and former general counsel of TIAA-CREF, Comerica Inc. and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

  • October 31, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Winston & Strawn’s Liisa Thomas

    When I was in law school I was lucky enough to have Barack Obama for a teacher. In one class we talked about how to improve the number of minorities in the business world. He stressed the importance of minorities being willing to take on leadership roles. I still believe that the more minorities there are at a senior level, the easier it will be to increase diversity at all levels, says Liisa Thomas, chairwoman of Winston & Strawn LLP's privacy and data security practice group.

  • October 30, 2014

    5 Steps To Build Your Law Firm Brand

    With the competition to attract and retain clients as stiff as ever, it's important for law firms and individual attorneys to figure out ways to effectively market their services and distinguish themselves from competitors. Here are five tips to develop and grow a law firm's brand.

  • October 30, 2014

    GCs Can Smell BigLaw's Desperation

    Companies have the upper hand on legal bills because their law firms are "desperate for business," encouraging some general counsels to push back on even small things like expert witness costs, a group of in-house counsels said at a Thursday panel discussion.

  • October 30, 2014

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Lawyers representing Eli Lilly & Co. and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. lead this week’s pride of legal lions after they managed to slash a $9 billion damages award against the drugmakers down to $37 million. Meanwhile, our legal lambs are led by an ex-Mayer Brown LLP executive sentenced to prison for a kickback scheme and a top bank ordered to repay $203 million in overdraft fees.

  • October 30, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Jeffer Mangels' Anthony Pacheco

    Issues of race, poverty, excessive police force, gang violence, and the abandonment of certain communities of color were common themes when I oversaw the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. I increasingly grew intolerant of organizations that do not represent the color of the communities where they reside, including law firms, says Anthony Pacheco, chairman of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP's corporate defense and investigations group.

  • October 30, 2014

    Court Pumps Brakes On Quinn Emanuel Temp Atty OT Case

    A New York federal court said Wednesday it would hold off on considering Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's bid to knock out a suit accusing the firm of unlawfully denying temporary attorneys overtime until the Second Circuit rules in a similar case against Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • October 30, 2014

    McGrane To Appeal Order To Repay Howrey Fee

    McGrane LLP will appeal a bankruptcy judge’s order that they pay back nearly $31,000 in fees collected while representing the creditors committee of defunct Howrey LLP, the latest step in a contentious fight over McGrane’s work, according to a Wednesday filing.

  • October 30, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Alston & Bird's Cari Dawson

    Support can’t end when the minority associates cross the line to partner. It’s at the partnership level where minorities are most vulnerable because of the requirement to bring in business, says Cari Dawson, chairwoman of Alston & Bird LLP's class action practice team.

  • October 30, 2014

    Quinn Emanuel Bails On House GOP's Obama Lawsuit

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has dropped its representation of House Republicans in a planned lawsuit against President Barack Obama over delay of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, the second firm to abandon the controversial case, a source familiar with the matter said Thursday.

  • October 30, 2014

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Joseph Saveri

    While the news that the federal government had found evidence that Apple Inc. and other tech giants had agreed not to cold call each other's developers grabbed headlines, it took an out-of-the-box thinker like Joseph Saveri to see the potential for a class action case to recoup damages for the workers.

  • October 29, 2014

    Law360 Names Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms Of 2014

    They have given the U.S. Department of Justice a run for its money in extracting billion-dollar accords from big banks. They have won jaw-dropping settlements and jury verdicts against drugmakers over the hidden harms of pharmaceuticals. And they have put the clamps on monopolistic practices that hurt small businesses everywhere. They are Law360’s Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms of 2014.

  • October 29, 2014

    GCs Outsource Little Stuff, But Leave Big Rewards For Firms

    Corporations' push of mundane legal work toward cheaper outsourcing options may cut into firms' billable hours but will ultimately benefit them by freeing up more money for higher-rate matters, the legal head at Caterpillar Inc. said Wednesday at an in-house conference.

  • October 29, 2014

    GCs Look In Mirror To Save Cash And Keep Firms On Point

    Corporate law department heads should do internal reviews to unearth small problems that can have big impacts on budgets and help their law firms prioritize the client's big-picture business goals, a panel of general counsels said Wednesday.

  • October 29, 2014

    3 Keys To Winning The Hearts Of GCs

    When it comes to turning the heads of corporate clients, law firms are facing increasingly stiff competition as companies work to trim their legal budgets and reduce their reliance on outside counsel. Here, in-house attorneys at three companies share insight on how to stand out from the crowd.

  • October 30, 2014

    CORRECTED: Ex-Dewey Attys Can't Shake $16M Clawback Claims

    A New York bankruptcy judge issued an opinion Wednesday that let the Dewey & Leboeuf LLP trustee proceed with $16 million clawback litigation connected to payments a group of former partners received when the doomed firm was allegedly insolvent. (An earlier story misstated the amount of the trustee's claims. The error has been corrected.)

  • October 29, 2014

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: David Sanford

    A New York Times obituary deserves part of the credit for spurring David Sanford of Sanford Heisler LLP to leave behind his years as a philosophy professor and set off on a different path marked by the pursuit of social justice in the courts as a self-described private attorney general.

  • October 29, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Marshall Gerstein's Rin-Laures

    I have been mistaken for a secretary or junior associate many times in my career. It is generally a temporary disadvantage, however. Being the only “different” person in a room full of white men can be an advantage too, because people remember you easily, says Dr. Li-Hsien Rin-Laures, a partner with Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP and former general counsel of Hyseq Pharmaceuticals Inc.