Business of Law

  • July 26, 2016

    Ex-Gov.'s Atty Blasts 7th Circ. Judge For 'Abusive Demeanor'

    Well-respected U.S. Circuit Judge Frank Easterbrook of the Seventh Circuit is the subject of scathing criticism from a retired attorney who handled part of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s appeal of a corruption conviction, according to a law review article published Thursday.

  • July 26, 2016

    4 Traits Of The Top Litigation Firms

    All litigation powerhouses boast talented trial lawyers, but the 20 firms at the top of their game don't just rely on their litigators. Here, we talk about the four traits that led the elite of the Litigation Powerhouses to become the go-to firms for bet-the-company cases.

  • July 26, 2016

    5 Small(er) But Mighty Litigation Shops

    Five relatively small but fearsome law firms landed a spot on Law360's 2016 list of 50 Litigation Powerhouses after they laced up their gloves and brought the pain in their fights for clients, winning some of the biggest cases over the past year.

  • July 26, 2016

    3 Reasons Why Being A Good Lawyer Just Isn't Enough

    A good lawyer is often viewed as someone with a record of understanding and using the law to his or her client’s advantage, but in today’s industry, an exceptional knowledge of the law alone just doesn’t cut it, experts say.

  • July 26, 2016

    Firms Toughen Conflict Checks As Routine Becomes Knotty

    BigLaw is strengthening conflict checks when issuing subpoenas in sprawling intellectual property disputes, lawyers said, as what was once a routine discovery matter increasingly draws client ire and conflict headaches.

  • July 26, 2016

    Husch Blackwell Attys To Get Raises, But Not Cravath Matches

    Missouri-based Husch Blackwell LLP has decided to up the salaries of its first-year associates in the seemingly never ending wake of Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP’s setting of a new $180,000 starting salary benchmark, but new associates of the Midwest firm won’t be seeing that much green.

  • July 26, 2016

    The 8 Big Firms That Haven't Matched Cravath

    Nearly two months since the race to raise associate salaries started, a small percentage of the nation's largest law firms have shunned the lockstep pay hikes ushered in by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and instead have chosen to abstain. Here, find out who the mavericks are.

  • July 25, 2016

    Tips For Using A ‘Career Witness’ To Win A Trial

    Using a veteran expert witness who is comfortable on the stand and resonates with jurors can be a key factor in winning a trial. But there’s a catch: Juries can perceive these “career” expert witnesses as biased and view their testimony with a skeptical eye. Here, litigators share tips on how to present your experienced expert witness to a jury.

  • July 25, 2016

    Mass Tort Atty Says Firm CEO Bought Plane, Skipped Bonuses

    A former Bailey & Galyen attorney sued the firm in Houston state court Friday alleging he was shorted on agreed-upon bonuses for bringing in mass tort cases while the firm’s CEO lived large by buying vacation homes and a plane with proceeds from their cases.

  • July 25, 2016

    Clear Writing Can Make Or Break A Case, Study Says

    Clear writing in legal briefs wins cases, according to the results of a new study, which found that there is a clear statistical correlation between the clarity of a brief requesting summary judgment and the likelihood that a judge will grant the request.

  • July 25, 2016

    The Top 5 Law Blogs All Lawyers Should Be Reading

    Attorneys everywhere are reading blogs for meaningful discussion on major events in their profession, and while exact interests vary by practice area, a number of blogs top the list of favorites for those looking to follow major happenings in the legal community.

  • July 25, 2016

    New York Lawyers Need To Learn About Diversity, Bars Say

    More than a dozen New York bar associations in a letter on Friday pushed authorities in the state to require lawyers to earn separate continuing education credits that focus exclusively on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and the elimination of bias.

  • July 22, 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.

  • July 22, 2016

    Shearman & Sterling Account Held Stolen Funds, Feds Say

    The U.S. Department of Justice claims that more than $1 billion in assets were acquired with money stolen by corrupt Malaysian officials from a state-owned investment fund and that illicit funds were moved through a Shearman & Sterling LLP trust account.

  • July 22, 2016

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The government says overworked patent examiners are leading to poor patents, Wal-Mart prevails at the Eighth Circuit in a bribery-related shareholder suit, and the U.S. Small Business Administration expands a program aimed at helping smaller companies learn from its more sizable counterparts. Those stories top the corporate legal news you may have missed this past week.

  • July 22, 2016

    3 Tips For Becoming A Family-Friendly Law Firm

    When law firms ignore lawyers' personal needs and their lives outside work, experts say they lose out on valuable opportunities to attract and retain talent. Here, legal industry gurus offer tips on how firms can become family-friendly and retain talented lawyers.

  • July 22, 2016

    Ernst & Young Hires Belfast Axiom Exec For UK Legal Team

    Ernst & Young has hired an executive from legal process outsourcing firm Axiom Law to its United Kingdom law team, the firm said this week, as it becomes the latest company to set up shop in Belfast to offer companies ways to cut costs on high volumes of less complex legal work.

  • July 22, 2016

    6 Ways Firms Can Increase Lawyer Productivity

    With associate pay on the rise and competition for legal work as fierce as ever, getting solid billable hours from attorneys is crucial to your firm's success. Experts say increasing productivity requires out-of-the-box thinking along with a willingness to change firmwide practices and build better internal relationships.

  • July 22, 2016

    Ex-Fox Rothschild Atty Gets 6 Months For Insider Trading

    A former Fox Rothschild LLP attorney was slapped with a six-month prison sentence on Friday following his conviction on charges that he used insider information to trade ahead of a $760 million insurance industry merger his firm was helping to handle.

  • July 22, 2016

    Calif. Bar In Need Of ‘Significant Changes,’ Task Force Says

    A task force appointed by the State Bar of California on Thursday told the administrative body that it has identified several problems in need of fixing, including with the bar’s system of attorney discipline and overall mission of public protection.

Expert Analysis

  • Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech

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    Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.

  • Testing The UBE: Portable But Inaccurate Bar Exam Scores

    Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

    While there is not much that is new about the uniform bar exam’s components, what is new is that where you take the bar exam may make the difference between passing and failing. Half of the score depends on the strength of the applicant pool in the jurisdiction where the candidate wrote the exam, which may lead to “UBE shopping,” says Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, director of bar programs at Touro Law Center.

  • Testing The UBE: Missouri Benefits From Uniform Bar Exam

    Jim Nowogrocki

    We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.

  • How Law Firms Can Create Next-Generation Office Spaces

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    Law firms today are recognizing that the process of creating a next-generation workplace is far more complex than relocating to a more modern space in a trendier part of town. The challenge is more significant for larger firms with multiple generations represented within their executive teams, says Tere Blanca, founder of Miami-based Blanca Commercial Real Estate Inc.

  • An Update On Spoliation Sanctions Under Rule 37(e)

    Manuel J. Velez

    Manuel Velez and Colleen Tracy James of Mayer Brown LLP explore how federal district courts have dealt with sanctions for failure to preserve electronically stored information in the six months since changes to Rule 37(e) went into effect.

  • How To Close A Law Firm — Practically And Ethically

    Janis M. Meyer

    Winding down a law firm is at best stressful, at worst excruciatingly painful, and often carried out as if it were an emergency, rendering the process even more difficult. There are certain common steps that should be on the firm's radar from the moment the decision to dissolve is made, says Janis Meyer, a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP who helped oversee Dewey & LeBoeuf's 2012 bankruptcy filing and the subsequent wind-down of the firm.

  • The Smart Money Is Not Following Traditional Law Firms

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    A recent survey by Deloitte shines a light on where legal delivery is headed. Demand for services is robust, but satisfaction with the incumbent delivery model is low. This disconnect underscores the opportunity for disruption, says Mark A. Cohen, founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • RFP Lessons: 5 Ways Law Firms Can Beat Frustration

    Richard A. Rosenbaum

    Requests for proposal now look more like information technology inquiries and may include a completely separate appendix directed at case management technology, billing and cybersecurity. We have a chance to thrive in this environment, but it takes collaboration and a reward system that reinforces the right behaviors, says Richard Rosenbaum, executive chairman of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • RFP Lessons: 7 Tips To Improve Your Responses

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    Now that legal departments have gotten the hang of managing requests for proposal, they are honing their legal services procurement processes and refining the RFP questions, says Joi Scardo, marketing and business development senior strategist at Jaffe.

  • RFP Lessons: A General Counsel's List Of Law Firm Mistakes

    Dave Sampsell

    All too often, law firm financial proposals are too complicated, making them contingent on a host of different assumptions. This makes determining the value of the proposal extremely difficult, and the odds increase dramatically that the proposal will be disregarded, says Dave Sampsell, general counsel of Digi International Inc.