Legal Industry

  • March 31, 2015

    Fla. Firms See Sunny Future As Cuba Relations Thaw

    With steady growth in the Florida real estate sector expected to continue and the prospect of increased business with Cuba, the 17 Florida-based firms that made the Law360 400 list are bullish on their prospects for the coming years.

  • March 31, 2015

    No Joke: 5 Strange But True Cases For April Fool’s

    Joke email forwards circulated within a retirement community, durable Nike sneakers and pit-intact cherries have seldom inflamed major controversy. But in honor of April Fools' Day, Law360 identified a handful of matters in which such items led to cases with unusual theories — and occasionally even tested the reaches of the law. Here, we look at five strange but true cases.

  • March 31, 2015

    The March GC Hires You Need To Know

    Spring is the time of plans and projects, and last month, a number of companies bolstered their legal and compliance operations with fresh talent, new growth and, in a few cases, recovery from past missteps. Here, we look at the biggest in-house hires for March.

  • March 31, 2015

    The 6 Firms That Shed Partners In 2014

    At least six firms experienced partner losses of at least 10 percent in 2014 with experts citing concerns over potential mergers or firms' decisions to cut practice areas among key reasons for the exits. Here, we talk about which firms lost partners and why.

  • March 31, 2015

    US Legal Industry Sets Merger Record For First Quarter

    The U.S. law firm merger market has been on a tear this year, breaking the industry record for first quarter tie-ups.

  • March 31, 2015

    NY High Court Puts Nonresident Atty Office Rule In Peril

    New York’s highest court told the Second Circuit on Tuesday that New York law clearly requires nonresident attorneys to keep a physical office in the state as a prerequisite to practice, potentially dooming the state’s appeal of a federal court ruling that found the demand unconstitutional.

  • March 31, 2015

    Women Attys Reveal How To Rebound From A BigLaw Break

    Relaunching a full-time legal career can be tough for women who have taken time off for family or personal reasons, but fellows in a program that has placed these "returners" at a number of BigLaw firms recommend steps they can take to come out swinging after a hiatus — and some things firms can do to help them.

  • March 31, 2015

    Law Firms Find Strong Footing In Minneapolis Market

    With an unusually high concentration of Fortune 500 companies, a relatively low cost of doing business and a wealth of cultural and educational opportunities, it's no surprise that Minneapolis is among the top 10 cities that law firms in the Law360 400 have chosen to call home and, in many instances, have been able to thrive in for more than a century.

  • March 31, 2015

    Dewey Execs Can Tell Jury They Expected Firm To Recover

    A New York judge on Tuesday said the former leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP can tell a jury that they expected the firm would be able to pay its debts and that the firm collapsed because of the mass exodus of partners and the harsh publicity brought on by the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation.

  • March 30, 2015

    Texas Firms Find Midwest Culture Makes Tie-Ups Natural Fit

    As law firms across the U.S. look to Texas for expansion, local firms are finding they feel at home with Midwest firms that share a friendly culture and focus on client service, a dynamic that played a key role in the merger announced Monday between San Antonio-based Cox Smith Matthews Inc. and Dykema Gossett PLLC, a Detroit and Chicago powerhouse.

  • March 30, 2015

    How The Dewey Execs Found Themselves Facing Prison

    As the criminal trial approaches for the former leadership of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on charges that they deceived lenders and investors about Dewey's anemic financial state before its collapse, Law360 takes a look at the events that led to the firm's failure and the criminal case that may land its top executives in prison.

  • March 30, 2015

    McCarter & English Tops List Of Firms That Call NJ Home

    Recent combinations with energy and technology-centric law firms have helped McCarter & English LLP to keep the number one spot on the list of the biggest firms based in New Jersey, according to the Law360 400.

  • March 30, 2015

    Pa. Firms Safe At Home And Gunning For National Growth

    With strong foundations built on a stable legal market in the state, many of the more than two dozen Pennsylvania-based firms in the Law360 400 have turned their eyes in the past year toward expanding their footprint in other cities across the United States.

  • March 30, 2015

    4 BigLaw Firms Join Female Attorney 'Returnship' Program

    BigLaw’s first program for women returning to legal careers after an extended hiatus got even bigger on Monday, as Covington & Burling LLP, Goodwin Procter LLP, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Fox Rothschild LLP announced they will begin offering fellowships.

  • March 30, 2015

    Duane Morris Malpractice Suit Shows Risk of Atty Moonlighting

    Lawyers moonlighting outside the scope of traditional legal work raise malpractice risks for their partners, professional liability experts said, an issue highlighted by two Duane Morris LLP partners who resigned in recent days in the face of a malpractice suit claiming they set up a business for the purpose of diverting client fees.

  • March 30, 2015

    Dykema Plans Merger With Texas-Based Cox Smith Matthews

    Dykema Gossett PLLC and Cox Smith Matthews Inc. will join forces May 1, creating a more than 450-lawyer firm with 15 offices concentrated in Michigan, Illinois and Texas, the firms announced Monday.

  • March 27, 2015

    NY Bar Sets Confidentiality Policy For Laterals, Mergers

    New York lawyers got their first explicit guidance Saturday on protecting confidential client information while job hunting and in the course of merging firms, with the approval of new bar rule comments. 

  • March 27, 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.

  • March 27, 2015

    DC Legal Boom Set To Continue Amid Regulatory Demand

    An increasing number of Law360 400 firms are placing their flagship offices in Washington, D.C., but this is only the tip of the iceberg for the vibrant legal market in the capital, industry experts say, as firms seek to meet growing demand for regulatory guidance.

  • March 27, 2015

    BigLaw On Notice After Judge Scolds Firms For Bad Writing

    A New York federal judge’s recent rebuke of two BigLaw firms over pleadings he found overly long and redundant was no doubt embarrassing, but experts say lawyers are risking more than just a judicial tongue-lashing when they fail to keep their filings short and sweet.