Legal Industry

  • September 2, 2014

    Hinshaw Beefs Up Insurance Group With Barger Tie-Up

    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP will dramatically expand its insurance practice with the absorption of California boutique Barger & Wolen LLP, the firms said Tuesday.

  • September 2, 2014

    How To Make Sure Your Class Gets Certified

    Building a certification-worthy class is tougher than ever following several recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings. To earn a judge's approval, attorneys need to start considering certification issues from a suit's inception, especially when they're crafting claims and selecting a class representative, experts say. Here, Law360 looks at five strategies for building a successful class that will survive certification.

  • August 29, 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.

  • August 29, 2014

    Calif. High Court Nominee Could Raise Profile Of Bench

    California Supreme Court nominee and Stanford Law School professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, who was confirmed by a state commission Thursday, exemplifies Gov. Jerry Brown’s interest in selecting candidates who are thought leaders with backgrounds that extend beyond the court system and who may further efforts by the bench to become a dominant voice in courtrooms across the nation, attorneys say.

  • August 29, 2014

    Global 20: Reed Smith

    In recent months, Reed Smith LLP's attorneys have handled deals totaling more than a third of a trillion dollars — including several cross-border transactions and 17 deals valued over $1 billion — while also helming several blockbuster court wins for its international clients, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20.

  • August 29, 2014

    Mayer Brown Looks For Same-Sex Marriage Win At 7th Circ.

    Given Mayer Brown LLP’s long history of pro bono support for same-sex marriage advocates, a call to help challenge Wisconsin’s constitutional ban on gay marriage was naturally met with enthusiasm.

  • August 29, 2014

    Dewey Brass Say DA Can't Show Intent To Rip Off Lenders

    The former leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on Friday took aim at prosecutors’ accusations that the failed BigLaw shop heads stole from insurers and lenders in the run-up to the firm’s collapse, saying there’s no evidence of any criminal intent.

  • August 29, 2014

    Four Said To Be Vying For Seat On Delaware High Court

    Four candidates — two sitting judges, a former judge and a corporate attorney — have put their names into the hat to vie for the Delaware Supreme Court seat to be vacated when Justice Carolyn Berger retires next week, sources familiar with the nominating process said on Friday.

  • August 29, 2014

    4 Ways GCs Can Spot Bill Padding

    Looking for a quick way to upset a general counsel? Try a legal bill that raises suspicions of bill padding. Despite BigLaw investments in training and expensive billing software, experts say many partners still fail to ensure their bills are airtight. Here are four common red flags for general counsels looking for bill padding.

  • August 28, 2014

    Robbins Geller Rebuke Shows When To Bail Out Of Litigation

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP landed in hot water recently for pursuing a securities class action against Boeing Co. based on evidence the firm allegedly learned was unreliable, highlighting the danger of charging ahead with litigation that takes a wrong turn, experts say.

  • August 28, 2014

    Irell 'Train Wreck' Exposes Risks Of Deposition Tactics

    A judge's decision declaring a deposition a "train wreck" because an Irell & Manella LLP attorney repeatedly objected that the opposing counsel's questions were too vague can serve as a lesson about the dangers of helping witnesses avoid answering questions, attorneys say.

  • August 28, 2014

    Asking Clients For Money Makes Attys 'Uncomfortable': Survey

    Lawyers at small firms are strikingly uncomfortable talking to clients about past-due accounts, allowing many invoices to go unpaid rather than pressing for payment, a survey and report released Thursday said.

  • August 28, 2014

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    A pair of lawyers who took down an age and race discrimination lawsuit from a former employment partner of their client, Foley & Lardner LLP, led this week’s pride of legal lions. Our legal lambs are crowded with lawyers who hit career low points, most notably a Bracewell & Giuliani LLP attorney who “irrevocably poisoned” a patent case with a lie about evidence that could have been damning to his client. 

  • August 28, 2014

    Global 20: Shearman & Sterling LLP

    Winning an eye-popping $50 billion arbitration award against the Russian government probably would have been enough to land Shearman & Sterling LLP a spot on Law360's Global 20, but the firm also racked up a slew of other cross-border accomplishments over the past year that helped in the effort.

  • August 28, 2014

    Judge Lucy Koh's Husband Confirmed To Calif. High Court

    Stanford Law School Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, the husband of California federal Judge Lucy H. Koh, was unanimously confirmed as an associate justice for the California Supreme Court on Thursday in a hearing before the state’s judicial appointments commission.

  • August 28, 2014

    The New Practice Groups Your Rivals Are Forming

    From counseling companies on cyber-currency to representing craft beer and food makers, law firms are jumping at new legal opportunities. Here, Law360 takes a look at some of the new practice groups popping up in the legal industry.

  • August 27, 2014

    Bracewell Penalty Proves Lying To Win Isn't Worth It

    A Bracewell & Giuliani LLP attorney found to have misled a court about evidence damaging to his client in a suit over a drilling patent not only lost the case but also put his reputation and his firm at risk, proving that ethical compromises made to score a courtroom win are often more costly than a loss, experts say.

  • August 27, 2014

    Calif. Judges Warned About Accepting Small-Value Gifts

    California judges may not accept gifts of little or nominal value when they come from parties who may appear before them or if the token is intended to create some advantage or influence, the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions said Tuesday.

  • August 27, 2014

    US Court System Fights For Dismissal Of PACER Fees Suit

    The Administrative Office of the United States Courts on Wednesday once again urged dismissal of a lawsuit claiming that it discriminates against small businesses and pro se litigants by requiring excessive PACER fees and prohibiting corporate self-representation, saying the corporate-representation principle is supported by nearly two centuries of precedent.

  • August 27, 2014

    Law Firm’s Stolen Hard Drive Results In Data Breach

    The theft of a hard drive from an employee of the criminal defense firm Imhoff & Associates PC could have potentially exposed a number of individuals’ personal information to third parties, according to the firm's data breach notice released on Tuesday by the California attorney general.