Business of Law

  • November 25, 2015

    4 Times Drama Rocked Jury Deliberations

    A juror in the trial of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver raised eyebrows when she asked to be excused just two hours into deliberations, citing discomfort and stress. But it certainly wasn't the first time that discussions in the jury room became dramatic. Here, Law360 looks at four times the actions of jurors threatened to overshadow trials.

  • November 25, 2015

    NY Bar Says Attys Must Weigh Ethics In Foreign Partnerships

    The New York Bar Association has determined that a lawyer must conduct an independent inquiry before entering into a partnership with a foreign lawyer to ensure the partnership wouldn’t compromise New York’s ethical standards, including those for attorney-client confidentiality.

  • November 25, 2015

    The Dangerous Secrets Your Client Is Keeping From You

    Any secret a client keeps from outside counsel can be a liability, but certain types are especially harmful, lurking in the shadows like a grenade with the pin pulled. Here, experts discuss the most menacing secrets clients hide.

  • November 25, 2015

    Decision On Dewey Retrial Coming Soon, SEC Says

    The Manhattan District Attorney’s office will soon decide whether or not to retry the former top executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on charges of conning lenders and investors into backing the troubled law firm, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    An In-House Cheat Sheet On Tax Inversion Deals

    Following years of increasing popularity among companies seeking to escape the long arm of U.S. taxes, inversion deals are in the hot seat after Pfizer Inc. announced a blockbuster merger with Irish drugmaker Allergan PLC on the tail of the IRS' new attempts to halt the practice. So how did we get here? Here’s what you need to know.

  • November 25, 2015

    Dentons Continues Expansion With Merger In Luxembourg

    On the heels of expansions in China and Italy, Dentons on Wednesday announced that Luxembourg’s OPF Partners will be bringing 34 lawyers to Dentons Europe LLP in what the firm described as its 10th transformative initiative of the year.

  • November 25, 2015

    Big Four To BigLaw: 4 Tips For Successfully Making The Leap

    In today's post-Enron legal landscape, businesses are increasingly clamoring for trusted tax advisers, presenting more opportunities for attorneys looking to jump from the Big Four to BigLaw. In the first of a two-part series, experts share four tips for successfully landing on the other side.

  • November 24, 2015

    Most Attys Back Fla. Bar Challenge To Expert Witness Rules

    A proposal to overturn a 2013 change in the standards for the admissibility of expert testimony in Florida state courts drew the support of more than two-thirds of respondents during a recent comment period, the Florida Bar revealed Tuesday, but several influential groups voiced their opposition.

  • November 24, 2015

    Burleson Closure Reveals Downside To Boom-Fueled Growth

    Monday’s sudden announcement that Burleson LLP would be closing its doors at the end of 2015 highlights the wide-reaching impact of the ongoing downturn in energy prices and should serve as a warning to firms considering rapid growth.

  • November 24, 2015

    Law360 Closed For Thanksgiving

    The offices of Law360 will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Newsletter service will resume Monday, Nov. 30.

  • November 24, 2015

    Exec's Son Takes Stand In Ex-Bryan Cave Atty's Fraud Trial

    Convicted fraudster Calvin R. Darden Jr. told jurors Tuesday in the fraud trial of former Bryan Cave LLP attorney Harvey Newkirk that he and Newkirk created a litany of fake documents that associated them with Darden's wealthy father in a failed effort to buy Maxim magazine with millions of dollars in borrowed money.

  • November 24, 2015

    Jacoby & Meyers Wants 2nd Circ. To Revive Investment Suit

    Jacoby & Meyers LLP has urged the Second Circuit to revive its suit challenging the constitutionality of New York regulations prohibiting law firms from selling stakes to nonlawyers, arguing that the district court was mistaken when it dismissed the suit.

  • November 24, 2015

    3 Ways To Find Downtime During The Holidays

    The holidays are a constant struggle for BigLaw attorneys who can’t seem to swap their smartphones for turkey drumsticks or client negotiations for heated conversations with relatives. Here are three tips to help you disconnect and find time to relax during the holidays.

  • November 23, 2015

    Burleson To Close Entire Firm At The End Of The Year

    Citing a downturn in revenues due to decreasing oil prices, Houston-based energy firm Burleson LLP will close all five of its offices by the end of the year, managing partner Richard Burleson confirmed Monday, saying that nearly 60 attorneys remain as the firm begins winding down.

  • November 23, 2015

    4 Tips For Landing New Bankruptcy Work

    With the market for bankruptcy work as competitive as ever, lawyers need to think strategically about their practice in order to land new business. Here, experts share steps lawyers should take to get new clients and maintain their practice during upturns in the economy.

  • November 23, 2015

    NY Lawyer Zuccotti Of Weil And Brookfield Dies At 78

    John E. Zuccotti, a New York lawyer at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and executive at Brookfield Property Partners LP who was a key figure in the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks, has died at 78.

  • November 23, 2015

    The Do's And Don'ts For Your Law Firm App

    People are turning to apps for everything from banking to grocery shopping, and some law firms have gotten in on the trend with branded apps available to clients or the general public. But producing apps could lead to risks, like creating unintended attorney-client relationships or simply wasting resources on useless products. Here, Law360 offers advice on how to get it right if your firm wants to offer an app.

  • November 23, 2015

    Ex-Bryan Cave Atty To Take Stand In Maxim Fraud Trial

    Former Bryan Cave LLP transactional attorney Harvey Newkirk plans to take the witness stand in the government's fraud and identity theft case against him stemming from a failed Maxim magazine acquisition, his lawyer said Monday in New York federal court.

  • November 20, 2015

    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.

  • November 20, 2015

    Heller Ehrman Slips $100M IP Malpractice Suit In 9th Circ.

    The now-defunct Heller Ehrman LLP escaped a former client’s $100 million malpractice suit alleging the firm neglected to tell it a patent application had expired when the Ninth Circuit on Friday found the client waited too long to file suit.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: In Search Of Our Best Law Firm Selves

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    Several developments over the past few months caught the eye of Jim Maiwurm, chairman emeritus of Squire Patton Boggs. Try as he might, he could not resist the temptation to comment on a few — such as the expansion of the Dentons “polycentric” empire, a confused verein controversy, and provocative suggestions that the law firm partnership model is a dinosaur.

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • 3 Ways Technology Is Changing Law Office Designs


    A growing number of attorneys and firms are eschewing tradition by embracing technology to change not only the way we work, but also the way we organize our offices, says Anthony Johnson, founder and CEO of American Injury Attorney Group.

  • 13 Key Business Objectives For Corporate Legal Departments

    Joe Kanka

    Over the past 35 years, Joe Kanka has experienced the corporate legal department from many angles, including management positions at a major law firm litigation support center, two legal staffing companies, and inside AT&T and Bell Atlantic. Here, he shares his 13 key business objectives that corporate legal departments must strive for in today’s business environment.

  • Exhibit A — Winky Face: Emoticon Evidence Enters Courts

    Karen A. Henry

    With so many emojis and emoticons being transmitted online and in text messages, it was inevitable that they would end up in communications used as evidence in court cases. But what do they mean? And when their meaning is in dispute, who should resolve the conflict — the court or the jury? These questions recently have arisen in a variety of civil and criminal cases, say Karen Henry and Jason Harrow of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Should In-House Counsel Use US Contract Terms In Europe?

    Mark Webber

    Nearly every U.S. in-house counsel has faced the task of tackling an impending overseas deal when only U.S. state law governed terms are at hand. While "localizing" a contract is one way to ensure that provisions comply with the relevant local law and local market practices, there are 10 key issues to consider, says Mark Webber at Fieldfisher.

  • Take Your Marks: An Associate’s Guide To Your 1st Big Trial

    Caryn Clark

    As an associate in a large law firm, you may go years without seeing the inside of a courtroom in a major matter. Put simply, it’s hard to get trial experience. So what do you do if you are the lead associate on a big case that is actually going to trial? Caryn Clark and Brian Wright of Hunton & Williams LLP offer some tips they picked up as they raced through their first trials.

  • OPINION: Via Duke, Companies Are Shaping Discovery

    Suja A. Thomas

    Led by Duke Law Center’s Advisory Council, which is comprised of several major corporations, an "invitation only" conference was held under rules of secrecy protecting the identity and affiliation of the speakers. Many companies on the council, such as GE, Pfizer and ExxonMobil, sponsor the center and testified in favor of the new federal rule, says Suja Thomas, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Law.

  • Strategies For Law Firms Leaping Into Latin America

    Bruce Lubin

    Law firms that are optimistic about pockets of growth and emerging energy markets appear less resistant to entering Mexico than other Latin American countries, but Colombia is probably a safer environment. Holland & Knight, DLA Piper, Baker & McKenzie and Norton Rose all currently have offices in Bogota, says Bruce Lubin, senior managing director of Lippman Jungers LLC.

  • Wealth Management For Attorneys

    Stuart Riemer

    As the curtain begins to fall on 2015, it’s especially important for attorneys at firms operating on a Dec. 31 year-end to finalize their tax planning strategies. One of the biggest challenges is identifying a financial adviser who understands the unique demands facing attorneys, especially those pursing an equity partnership or who have already attained that status, says Stuart Riemer of Treasury Partners.