Business of Law

  • September 30, 2016

    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.

  • September 30, 2016

    Fisher & Phillips Partner Accidentally Shot And Killed Wife

    A partner with Atlanta-based employment firm Fisher & Phillips LLP is responsible for the recent shooting death of his wife, who was riding in a car when he retrieved a gun, allegedly for fear of protesters in the area, and shot it accidentally.

  • September 30, 2016

    Sedgwick Says Partner Must Arbitrate Discrimination Claim

    Sedgwick LLP bolstered its contention that a partner’s proposed class action alleging gender discrimination belongs in arbitration, telling a California federal court in a heavily redacted filing this week that the “tough litigator” couldn’t now claim she was forced to sign the arbitration agreement.

  • September 30, 2016

    The Top In-House Hires of September

    Two general counsel have received the ultimate promotion, getting tapped to take the helm of their companies as CEO, while a trio of familiar consumer-facing brands appoint fresh legal leadership. They top the list of the in-house hires you should know about.

  • September 30, 2016

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The DOJ warns of the consequences of failing to cooperate in investigations, a judge says banks are held to higher standards than consumers in a data breach case, and Facebook brings its A-team to court after a judge slammed it for sending an associate to a premotion conference. Those stories top the corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • September 30, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Littler Mendelson's Robert Millman

    You have to be "professionally relentless" about developing clients. You will not be successful if you work on client development "once in a while." It must be a regular part of what you do, says Robert Millman, shareholder at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • September 30, 2016

    Pro Bono Firms Of 2016: Kaye Scholer

    New York City homeless shelters now include interpreters for deaf residents and transgender people can more easily change their birth certificates thanks to Kaye Scholer LLP’s representation, earning it a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 30, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Kluger Kaplan's Abbey Kaplan

    Attorneys, regardless of age and experience, must work every day to cultivate their reputation both with their clients and in the community. A well-earned reputation puts lawyers in a position to earn new business through referrals rather than having to seek it out, says Abbey Kaplan, a founding member of Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine PL.

  • September 29, 2016

    Faegre Picks Corporate Law Veteran As New Chair

    Faegre Baker Daniels has tapped chief executive partner Tom Froehle, whose practice focuses on corporate and public finance law, to be the firm's new chair and managing partner beginning in March, according to an announcement Wednesday.

  • September 29, 2016

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP flipped the script for client AmEx with a successful appeal of an U.S. Department of Justice-led antitrust case in the Second Circuit, leading this week’s legal lions. Our legals lambs include Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, which is turning out the lights in two Asia outposts, and lawyers for a 1960s rock group who were denied a cut of a nine-figure recording settlement.

  • September 29, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Hanson Bridgett's Dorothy Liu

    Always follow up and follow through with potential clients. Sometimes, it’s simply about timing — reaching out to someone at the right time. But it may take many, many tries before you connect with someone at exactly the right moment, says Dorothy Liu, a labor and employment partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • September 29, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Jenner & Block

    With influential wins at the U.S. Supreme Court, lifesaving work for clients on death row and a firmwide commitment to pro bono work at every level, Jenner & Block has earned a place on Law 360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 29, 2016

    Cadwalader Closing 2 Offices In Asia, Laying Off 27 Attys

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP will be closing its offices in Hong Kong and Beijing and laying off the 27 attorneys they maintain as part of firm efforts to focus more on “core clients” in the wake of partner exits.

  • September 29, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Farella Braun's Mary McCutcheon

    The most challenging part of being a rainmaker is that you can’t rest on your laurels. You have to continuously demonstrate your value to clients and referral sources, and keep developing new ones, says Mary McCutcheon, chairwoman of Farella Braun & Martel's construction and insurance department.

  • September 28, 2016

    3 Cases That Clarify When To Call Your Malpractice Insurer

    Every legal malpractice policy outlines the duty to alert a carrier of an expected claim, and while most triggers aren’t hard to identify, there are situations in which a lawyer might miscalculate and fail to give the carrier a heads-up, putting coverage at risk. Here are three cases that shed light on the lawyer’s duty to notify.

  • September 28, 2016

    Munger Tolles Scores Ex-SG Verrilli To Launch DC Office

    Former Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., known for his successful U.S. Supreme Court defenses of the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality, is heading back to private practice at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP to open up its new Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced on Wednesday.

  • September 28, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Jackson Lewis' John Bennett

    Not all calls to a client have to be about a particular matter. Rather, some calls are just to stay in touch and find out what is going on with them in their business and family lives, says John Bennet, a principal at Jackson Lewis PC.

  • September 28, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Sills Cummis' Andrew Sherman

    Find a mentor and do your best to hitch your wagon to that person. I learned to develop business by modeling other successful lawyers, but having a mentor to teach you the ropes is a much cleaner and easier path, says Andrew Sherman, co-chairman of the creditors’ rights/bankruptcy reorganization practice group at Sills Cummis & Gross PC.

  • September 28, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Irell & Manella

    Thanks to the work of Irell & Manella LLP, a Los Angeles-area school district will recognize the impact of trauma on students' learning experiences and a former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs worker is getting nearly 10 times what the agency had previously offered to end his discrimination suit, putting the firm squarely among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 27, 2016

    Kirkland, Facebook Send Top Guns To Appease Judge

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Facebook Inc. on Tuesday sent a delegation of partners, associates and former U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal to make nice with the Brooklyn federal judge who scolded the firm late last week for sending a young lawyer to speak in a pre-motion conference.

Expert Analysis

  • Oral Advocacy And 'Vocal Fry'

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    In a sneak preview of the fall edition of Legal Communication & Rhetoric, Professor Michael Higdon of the University of Tennessee College of Law explores the negative reactions to "vocal fry," the accusations of sexism those reactions have engendered, and what all this means for female attorneys.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 2, The Woman In 8D

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • The Courtroom Where It Happened: Hamilton As A Lawyer

    Randy Maniloff

    Often lost in discussions about Alexander Hamilton is that he was an extremely important New York lawyer. He had an extensive law practice until his death in 1804 and he wrote what is considered to be the first treatise in the field of private law. Ultimately, Hamilton certainly did get "a lot farther by working a lot harder, by being a lot smarter, by being a self-starter," says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Why Have Lawyers Forgotten About The Middle Class?

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    Sorry, fellow lawyers, judges and legislators, but the jig is up. It’s time to show the public the cards up our sleeves and give them a chance to weigh in on the fairness of a system that touches so many aspects of their everyday lives, says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel of LegalZoom.

  • Overhauling Law Firm Records Departments For A New Reality

    Raymond Fashola

    As automation increases, so do business challenges that impact overall law firm operations. Records departments are facing roadblocks associated with antiquated processes, ever-changing regulatory requirements, and emerging technologies. As a result, firms are reassessing the needs of their records department staffing models, says Raymond Fashola of HBR Consulting.

  • Guarding Against Privilege Waiver In Federal Investigations

    Elizabeth McGinn

    It's been well over a year since Judge Andrew Peck gently excoriated the legal community for underusing the not-so-new privilege waiver protections of Rule 502(d). While his remarks may have raised awareness, Rule 502 as a whole, together with any potential federal agency regulations concerning privilege waiver, offers little peace of mind to parties subject to government investigations, say attorneys with BuckleySandler LLP.

  • 3 Steps To Successful Judgment Enforcement

    Craig Weiner

    Judgment enforcement is typically governed by the law of the state where collection is sought, which frequently means collection efforts are controlled by an arcane body of law replete with debtor-friendly roadblocks. Fortunately, there are a number of actions a judgment creditor can take to secure satisfaction of a claim, say Craig Weiner and Michael Kolcun of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • 3 Reflections From Summer Associates

    Jacob Jaffe

    Three summer associates of Carroll McNulty & Kull LLC share takeaways and advice from their summer 2016 experiences.

  • Should Your Law Firm Move To The Cloud?

    Paul R. Kiesel

    Don't kid yourself into believing, currently, that cloud options are cheaper. Cost is not the justification for moving your law firm to the cloud, says Paul R. Kiesel, founder of Kiesel Law LLP and immediate past president of the Los Angeles Bar Association.

  • From The Partner’s Desk: Paving Your Path To Partnership

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most oft-cited complaints from associates is the lack of clarity around what it takes to make partner. While this can certainly be laid at the feet of law firms large and small alike, an ever-changing business environment is at least partly to blame. Today, law firms are not making partnership decisions based on the same criteria they used 20, 15 or even 10 years ago, says Gary Gansle of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.