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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
I’m not sure I have broken any ceiling. It is true that I manage our Los Angeles office and sit on the firm’s management and executive committees. But my achievements were preceded by legal giants such as Thurgood Marshall and Charles Hamilton Houston, who fought for the right for people like me to get a good education and a job wherever we had the ability to do the work, says Paul Sweeney Jr., a partner with K&L Gates LLP and former White House Fellow.