Legal Industry

  • January 30, 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.

  • January 30, 2015

    Faruqi Wants To Cut Punitive Damages In Sex Assault Trial

    Faruqi & Faruqi LLP sought to avoid punitive damages on Friday in a former associate's suit accusing the firm of having a hostile work environment after partner Juan Monteverde allegedly sexually assaulted her, arguing the ex-associate never reported the claims before she left.

  • January 30, 2015

    BigLaw 'Returnship' Program Gears Up For Expansion

    A year after its launch, law firms are lining up to join BigLaw’s first fellowship program to help women who took breaks from legal careers transition back to law firms, the program's founder said Thursday.

  • January 30, 2015

    5 Skills All Partners Need To Work On

    Making partner or moving up the ranks to a leadership position in your firm reflects dedication and hard work, but those aren't the only skills you need to thrive. Here, BigLaw attorneys tell Law360 what five skills all partners should work on as they navigate their career.

  • January 30, 2015

    Dewey Trustee Seeks Legal Fees From NY Asset Manager

    Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's secured-lender bankruptcy trustee sued an asset management company in New York on Thursday over legal fees allegedly still owed to the now-defunct firm, the latest in a string of clawback suits seeking outstanding fees.

  • January 30, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Lewis Brisbois' Jonathan Goins

    Your value proposition means nothing if you never share it. Teach someone else what you know, says Jonathan Goins, a partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP specializing in intellectual property, new media, sports and entertainment law.

  • January 30, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Ogletree's Danielle Ochs

    My opponents do everything from attempt to physically or verbally intimidate me to ostensibly complement me with condescending statements such as, “You’re very articulate.” Of course I am, I’m a lawyer. Consistent with my overall philosophy, I let them carry their own baggage, says Danielle Ochs, a shareholder with Ogletree Deakins and member of the firm’s diversity steering committee.

  • January 29, 2015

    Faruqi Accuser Tries To Revive Claims Against Co-Founders

    An ex-Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate accusing partner Juan Monteverde of sexual assault urged a New York federal judge on Thursday to revive her claims against the firm's co-founders, arguing they can be held liable as employers despite a judge’s Wednesday ruling to the contrary.

  • January 29, 2015

    Wilson Sonsini Bonuses, For Some, Lag Behind Davis Polk

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC associates hoping the firm would match the new standards set by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP will be going home disappointed, with bonuses for even some top billers falling $10,000 behind, according to a Thursday report.

  • January 29, 2015

    Simpson Thacher May Be Haunted By $1.5B Loan Gaffe

    While Mayer Brown LLP originated the paperwork error that doomed JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s secured interest in a $1.5 billion loan tied up in the General Motors Corp. bankruptcy, experts say the Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP team that missed the gaffe is a far more likely target for any resulting legal malpractice litigation.

  • January 29, 2015

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    The year is off to a good start for Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, which got a jury win for a tobacco client and took the lead of this week's legal lions. Our flock of legal lambs include a New York politician-lawyer who lost two jobs this week: one as state Assembly speaker and another with a personal injury firm at the center of a federal corruption case focused on referral fees.

  • January 29, 2015

    GCs Grow In-House Depts. Amid BigLaw Spending Crackdown

    BigLaw and its smaller counterparts need to keep watching their backs, as corporate counsel plan to continue moving work in-house in the coming year, according to the Association of Corporate Counsel’s 2015 survey of chief legal officers.

  • January 29, 2015

    Wanted: Compliance Officers To Staff In-House Legal Depts.

    General counsel continue to staff up on compliance lawyers out of a growing fear that they will run afoul of expanding regulations and ethical rules, according to the Association of Corporate Counsel’s 2015 survey of chief legal officers.

  • January 29, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: SMGQ Law's Emilia Quesada

    The numbers are even more disturbing for minority women, who hold only 1.5 percent of partner positions. Law firms have a long way to go before equality is achieved in the workplace, says Emilia Quesada, a founding partner of Sanchez-Medina Gonzalez Quesada Lage Crespo Gomez Machado & Preira LLP.

  • January 29, 2015

    4 Ways To Make More Money For Your Firm

    With the legal market becoming increasingly competitive, firms everywhere are looking for ways to maximize profits as varied as cutting costs, figuring out how best to attract new clients, and enlisting young associates to bring in extra business. Here, experts share tips on how attorneys can make more money for the firm.

  • January 29, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Nossaman's Alfred Smith

    Gaining the trust of leadership in the legal industry, and any industry for that matter, takes four elements — commitment, persistence, hard work and a strategic plan. The strategic plan may be the most important, says Alfred Smith II, chairman of Nossaman LLP’s water practice group.

  • January 28, 2015

    Meet Dentons' Chinese Merger Partner

    Dentons merged Tuesday with Chinese megafirm Dacheng to become the largest law firm in the world, with more than 6,500 attorneys. But what is Dacheng and why was Dentons so eager to make a deal? Here, Law360 introduces you to the firm everyone is talking about.

  • January 28, 2015

    Salacious Faruqi Trial Showcases No-Frills NY Judge

    U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein is playing a central role in the sexual assault trial against Faruqi & Faruqi LLP, controlling the flow of evidence to jurors, upbraiding attorneys when they push witnesses too far and using his signature wit to lighten the mood in an otherwise ugly case.

  • January 28, 2015

    Latham & Watkins Matches Davis Polk Bonus Scale

    Latham & Watkins LLP attorneys need no longer worry about missing the boat on this year’s bonus bounty, following the firm’s announcement that it will match the scale set by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP for all associates while offering higher payouts to top performers.

  • January 28, 2015

    Faruqi Co-Founders Off Hook In Sex Assault Trial

    A New York federal judge narrowed a lawsuit Wednesday brought by an ex-Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate allegedly sexually assaulted by partner Juan Monteverde, letting the firm's co-founders off the hook but allowing hostile work environment allegations against Monteverde and the firm to move forward.