Legal Industry

  • January 28, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: McAndrews' Alejandro Menchaca

    If your partners see that you are involved in areas of the profession that they can’t access, but your involvement brings good exposure for your firm, they will appreciate your efforts. Mostly, I am referring to bar associations for diverse attorneys, says Alejandro Menchaca, a shareholder with McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd. and former assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Illinois.

  • January 27, 2015

    Vinson & Elkins Bests Davis Polk Bonuses For Top Associates

    Texas-based Vinson & Elkins LLP associates received a welcome bit of mid-winter news Tuesday with the firm’s announcement that it would match or exceed the year-end bonus scale set by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP for high-performers.

  • January 27, 2015

    5 Tips To Help You Win A Client Back

    You've been dumped by your client, and the rejection surely stings, but now is not the time for wallowing. While there could be any number of reasons you've been ditched, it's important to act professionally and use the disappointment to better yourself and your firm. Here, Law360 details five tips that might just help you win back a lost client.


  • January 27, 2015

    Merger Madness The New Normal For Top UK Firms: Survey

    Increased competition is poised to trigger a mass consolidation among the U.K.’s top 200 law firms during the next two years, but pressure to grow may be spurring some unwary firm leaders to marry in haste and repent in leisure, according to a survey released Tuesday.

  • January 27, 2015

    Faruqi Avoids Sanctions For Replacing Stained Carpet

    A Manhattan federal judge refused Monday to sanction Faruqi & Faruqi LLP for replacing a carpet that an ex-Faruqi associate said was left stained with her blood after a partner sexually assaulted her, finding the plaintiff took part in the spoliation of the possible evidence.

  • January 27, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Jones Walker's Kim Robinson

    No firm wants to invest resources in training new lawyers just to have them walk out the door. If diverse lawyers are leaving the firm, make sure there is an exit interview process to understand why, says Kimberly Lewis Robinson, a partner with Jones Walker LLP and former special counsel to the governor of Louisiana.

  • January 27, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: DLA Piper's Raymond Williams

    A big challenge is to educate my white partners about the trappings of unconscious bias without alienating them from working with associates of color — and in the same way, reminding associates of color that not all criticism from white male partners stems from the color of their skin, says Raymond Williams, national chairman of DLA Piper's product liability and mass tort group.

  • January 26, 2015

    Judge Fines Himself $25 For Tardiness In Clothing TM Row

    A California federal judge who ran 10 minutes late to a meeting in a trademark infringement suit over cheerleading clothes refused to let himself off the hook on Monday, dressing himself down with a $25 fine for tardiness.

  • January 26, 2015

    Chinese Regulators Approve Dentons Merger With Dacheng

    Chinese regulators have approved Dentons LLP’s merger with the biggest law firm in China, Dacheng, and the firms commemorated the deal — which will create the largest global law firm by head count — in a signing ceremony in Beijing on Tuesday morning.

  • January 26, 2015

    Faruqi Accuser Helped Destroy Bloodstain, Firm Says

    An ex-Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate who alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a Faruqi partner encouraged that partner to “disappear” what she said was a bloodstain on his office carpet that would have been important evidence, the firm told a New York federal judge Monday.

  • January 26, 2015

    Clifford Chance Eyes Changes To Lockstep System

    The lockstep compensation regime at Magic Circle top dog Clifford Chance LLP is on the verge of a shakeup as the U.K. firm begins an internal review that could make room for more merit-based compensation following the firm's recent record-breaking financial year.

  • January 26, 2015

    Faruqi Atty Tells Jury He Was Too Drunk To Perform

    Embattled Faruqi & Faruqi LLP partner Juan Monteverde took the witness stand in New York federal court Monday to deny allegations that he sexually assaulted an associate after a holiday party in 2011, telling jurors he was too drunk at the time to "consummate the act."

  • January 26, 2015

    Nixon Peabody Joins Chicago Big Leagues With Ungaretti Deal

    Nixon Peabody LLP expanded its Chicago operations Monday by about 100 attorneys through a strategic acquisition of Ungaretti & Harris, transforming the New England firm's small, IP-heavy outpost into a major Midwestern presence overnight.

  • January 26, 2015

    Snowpocalypse No Match For BigLaw

    As heavy snow and high winds slam the East Coast, many federal courthouses closed early Monday and plan to stay shuttered Tuesday, but BigLaw attorneys reveal they plan to use technology to work around Mother Nature and remain on the clock in spite of blizzard conditions.

  • January 26, 2015

    The Question You Should Ask All Lateral Hires

    The lateral market is hot, and law firms are nervous about missing out on top talent. But that doesn't mean firms should be jumping at everyone looking to make a move. So, what should law firms be asking to hire the best fits? Here, lawyers tell Law360 the one question every firm should ask prospective lateral hires.

  • January 26, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Thompson & Knight's Liggins

    I would imagine that when articles about diversity are no longer needed, then the glass ceiling may be broken, says Demetra Liggins, a partner in Thompson & Knight LLP's Houston office specializing in business finance and restructurings.

  • January 26, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Ballard Spahr's Peter Haviland

    The question of how one individual achieves some measure of personal success is far less interesting than the question of why so many others — whose stories and achievements are no less compelling — remain excluded from rewarding careers in large law firms, says Peter Haviland, a partner and civil trial lawyer with Ballard Spahr LLP.

  • January 23, 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 23, 2015

    Quinn Lull Comes Amid Grim 2015 Litigation Outlook

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP founder John Quinn says a recent memo urging attorneys not to fret over a lull in hours does not mean the firm is in trouble, but experts say a less-than-robust 2015 litigation outlook could hurt midmarket players and signal hard times are ahead for top-tier firms.

  • January 23, 2015

    Faruqi Accuser Wants Sanction For Bloodstained Carpet

    A former Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate on Thursday asked the Manhattan federal judge hearing her sexual assault case against partner Juan Monteverde to instruct the jury to conclude that bloodstains on a carpet in Monteverde's office were hers and were "willfully destroyed."