Legal Industry

  • July 23, 2014

    5 Tips To Help Lawyers Make The Most Of Twitter

    The wild world of Twitter still has relatively few users among lawyers, but those who are plugged into the Twitterverse say it’s a mistake to miss out on the commentary, breaking news and networking that it can provide. Whether you’re a novice tweeter or an expert, here are five tips for lawyers to make the most of this social media platform.

  • July 23, 2014

    Project Management Changing How BigLaw Does Business

    Looking to improve client communications and keep legal costs in check, Paul Hastings LLP and other large firms are breaking legal work down into smaller parts and providing more real-time information to clients through an initiative called “legal project management," which experts say could become the standard way to practice law in coming years.

  • July 23, 2014

    California Powerhouse: Nossaman LLP

    Longtime employees of Nossaman LLP's San Francisco office can remember when former state lawmaker John T. Knox — a prolific author of California legislation — first began roaming the halls of the firm that would, for a time, carry his name. Although the firm has since rebranded, Knox's passion for lawmaking helped anchor a public service mentality at the firm that echoes today in much of its work, its attorneys say.

  • July 23, 2014

    Nixon Peabody, Mintz Levin Blamed For Biotech's Downfall

    A lawsuit filed in New York federal court Tuesday by Neogenix Oncology Inc. against its former executives also targets Nixon Peabody LLP and Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC, alleging breach of fiduciary duty and malpractice and implicating them in the downfall of the now-bankrupt biotech company.

  • July 22, 2014

    Attys Get Cover To Collaborate Under NJ Privilege Ruling

    A New Jersey Supreme Court decision that broadly protects the confidentiality of information shared between lawyers for clients with common interests should help attorneys develop joint litigation strategies and may leave plaintiffs facing a more unified defense, experts told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • July 22, 2014

    Associates May File OT Suits If Temp Lawyers' Cases Prevail

    Contract lawyers pursuing wage-and-hour suits claiming the temporary document review work they did for white-shoe firms was too "routine" to qualify as overtime-exempt face an uphill battle, but experts say their bellwether cases could open up law firms to overtime claims from a wider pool of attorneys, such as associates.

  • July 22, 2014

    Akin Gump Tops Squire Patton Boggs In Lobbying Revenue

    Midyear federal lobbying figures unveiled Monday reveal a potential changing of the guard for law firm lobbyists, with long-term leader Squire Patton Boggs LLP overtaken by perennial runner-up Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in the latest quarterly revenues.

  • July 22, 2014

    Ex-Yahoo Legal Chief Named LinkedIn General Counsel

    Former Yahoo Inc. general counsel Michael Callahan will join LinkedIn later this month to serve as its new vice president, general counsel and secretary, replacing LinkedIn counsel Erika Rottenberg, the professional network announced Monday.

  • July 22, 2014

    BigLaw's China Needs Lead To Lateral Hiring Surge

    The growth of the Chinese economy and the continuing ban on foreign firms practicing local law in China has led to a spate of lateral partner hires in the last few weeks as U.S. firms to look grow in Beijing and Shanghai, according to industry experts.

  • July 22, 2014

    The Scion Of San Francisco: Judge William H. Orrick III

    California Northern District Judge William H. Orrick III talks to Law360 about his freshman year as a judge, his family's legal legacy and how he ended up following in his father's footsteps when trying to find his own path.

  • July 22, 2014

    Senate Confirms Calif., Fla., La. Federal Judge Nominees

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday easily confirmed a trio of nominees for the California, Florida and Louisiana federal benches, voting unanimously in favor of each of the judicial candidates.

  • July 22, 2014

    5 Steps To Take When Your Firm Is Hacked

    While no industry is immune to the growing threat from hackers, law firms make an especially enticing target because of the juicy personal and corporate data they hold. Here are five steps that firms should take post-breach to minimize risk and protect the unique ethical responsibilities they have to their clients.

  • July 22, 2014

    Judge Lucy Koh's Husband Tapped For Calif. High Court

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday nominated Stanford Law School professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, the husband of California federal judge Lucy H. Koh, to the California Supreme Court to replace Justice Marvin Baxter, who is retiring from the bench after 24 years.

  • July 22, 2014

    California Powerhouse: Munger Tolles & Olson

    In 1962, a group of seven attorneys led by Charlie Munger formed Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, a firm intended to be a democratic organization. Fifty-two years later, the firm — still exclusively located in California — maintains a nontraditional decision-making structure, all the while delivering high-stakes trial and litigation victories to clients in industries including entertainment, technology, energy and health care.

  • July 22, 2014

    Ex-Dewey Brass Settle Trustee's Clawback Suit

    Dewey & Leboeuf LLP’s former executive director and chief financial officer have settled the liquidating trustee’s suit demanding the return of $22 million in compensation they allegedly took while masking the firm’s precarious finances, according to court records filed Tuesday.

  • July 21, 2014

    Fla. Bar Can't Nix Firm's Suit Over Advertising Rules

    A Florida federal judge on Monday dismissed a law firm's claim that the Florida Bar's rules regarding attorney advertising are unconstitutionally vague, but allowed claims that the rules violate the firm's First Amendment rights to proceed.

  • July 21, 2014

    6 Ways To Stay Busy During Lazy Days Of Summer

    It's summertime, and while the livin' isn't as easy as it perhaps once was, lawyers were never the lot to rest easy in an era of fierce competition for clients anyway. Here are six ways attorneys can make use of downtime and power through the doldrums during the lazy days of summer.

  • July 21, 2014

    Senate Unanimously Confirms Ga. Federal Judge To 11th Circ.

    The U.S. Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Georgia U.S. District Judge Julie E. Carnes to the Eleventh Circuit, the second appointment lawmakers have made to the busy appeals court this year.

  • July 21, 2014

    ABA Retirement Plan Co. Not Tax Exempt, 7th Circ. Says

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday upheld a ruling that ABA Retirement Funds, a for-profit company that provides retirement plans for American Bar Association members, does not qualify as a tax-exempt “business league.”

  • July 21, 2014

    NJ High Court Embraces Broad 'Common Interest' Privilege

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday expressly adopted broad confidentiality protections for attorney-client communications and attorney work-product when they are shared with another lawyer to further a common interest, which doesn't have to be identical and may or may not involve the same case.