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.
On Tuesday three former top executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP will finally stand trial on criminal charges they committed fraud before the once-storied law firm’s downfall, a grind of a proceeding that will test the mettle of both sides and likely shape the legacy of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance.
Days after its abrupt closing, national foreclosure leader Butler & Hosch PA was hit with a putative class action claiming the Florida-based firm's firing of 700 employees without advance notice violated the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
Since its inception in 1962 as a California-centric three-attorney boutique, Farella Braun & Martel LLP has grown into a Bay Area institution, helping steer big-name clients from across the country in transactions and litigation revolving around the state’s ever-growing technology, renewable energy, winemaking and intellectual property sectors.
When the economic downturn wiped out property deal activity, it also prompted many law firms to chop their real estate associate ranks. But with business booming again, competition for senior associates is hot and heavy, making firms that held their practices together during the tough times both stronger market competitors and targets for associate poaching, experts say.
A New York taxpayer who provides legal services online does not have to collect sales and compensating use taxes because such services are not subject to sales tax in the state, according to an advisory opinion released Thursday.
Partners in the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP diaspora were hit with financial burdens from the breakdown but largely avoided reputational damage as they relaunched their careers, firm alumni said on the eve of an unprecedented BigLaw criminal trial.
While law firm pockets might not go as deep for bonuses and salary these days, experts say successful firms are learning to dangle a new carrot to attract top talent: family-friendly policies
Gibson Dunn's Dallas office is run like an elite boutique, with its partners and “gilt-edged” associates handling the biggest-ticket litigation and corporate work for clients that have come to rely on the firm for billion-dollar disputes and billion-dollar mergers and acquisitions.
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Commencement season is in full swing, and featured law school speakers this year are standing with tradition. Working a few laughs into the required gravitas for their newly hooded audiences, legal orators hit both the lofty ideals of justice and the "soul crushing" overwork many new juris doctors will face.
While the criminal trial of the former leadership of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP is almost at hand, the case against former Dewey client relations manager Zachary Warren remains on hold, and the once-promising future for the young attorney is on the line.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed a pair of judicial nominees to the Utah and Texas federal benches, including both a Texas state court judge and a Utah Supreme Court justice.
With its deep California roots and penchant for tackling high-stakes matters, Gibson Dunn has helped shape the Golden State economy and legal landscape by notching landmark trial victories, blazing a trail in appellate work and steering multibillion-dollar transactions.
The legal lions at Hogan Lovells and Perkins Coie LLP scored a win for both Google Inc. and the First Amendment this week when the full Ninth Circuit ruled their client needn’t censor an anti-Islam video, while the U.S. Supreme Court’s revival of claims against Edison International over allegedly bad 401(k) investments made lambs of O’Melveny & Myers LLP.
Young, disruptive industries and an ever-changing legal and regulatory landscape offer opportunities for law firms to meet the needs of current and prospective clients by growing new practice areas. But poor planning and stumbles out of the gate can derail a promising new practice group soon after its launch. Here, attorneys who have recently launched new groups share tips for making sure a new practice achieves liftoff.
Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP was launched in Los Angeles in the late 1960s by three young attorneys whose small firm wasn’t supporting their real estate practice, and in the decades since, it has built from the ground up with developers, builders and investors in California while staying true to its foundation, becoming one of the state’s preeminent real estate-focused firms.
A group of 25 U.S. law firms including several leading intellectual property boutiques outperform the industry when it comes to employing high numbers of Asian-American attorneys, particularly at the partner level, according to Law360 data.
Armed with the prestige and paychecks to draw top candidates of color, the resources to help them succeed and the formal initiatives to keep inclusion front and center, BigLaw is leveraging its many advantages to land ahead of smaller firms on diversity.
Because intellectual property law blossomed at a time when Asian-Americans were increasingly choosing to become attorneys, the practice has a higher number of Asian-American attorneys, with more of those lawyers picking IP boutiques over other firms, experts say.