Legal Industry

  • December 19, 2014

    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.

  • December 19, 2014

    Quinn Emanuel Sets High Bonuses For Top-Billing Associates

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP on Friday announced its annual year-end associate bonuses, with associates billing 2,100 hours potentially getting payouts matching Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP's standards and more senior associates receiving up to $120,000, according to a report.

  • December 19, 2014

    Holland & Knight Speeds Up Veteran Travel To Memorials

    President Barack Obama recently signed legislation granting expedited security screenings at airports to World War II veterans traveling to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials honoring their service, thanks to the pro bono lobbying work of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • December 19, 2014

    The Hiring Coups That Reshaped BigLaw In 2014

    BigLaw’s biggest hirings this year included a Winston & Strawn mainstay skipping out to a bitter rival, a legendary general counsel latching onto Ballard Spahr LLP, and the judge who oversaw an era-defining bankruptcy battle returning to the private sector. Here, Law360 looks at the firm pickups that mattered most in 2014.

  • December 19, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Dechert's Laura Ciabarra

    It is much harder to discriminate against a positive, confident person than against someone who projects insecurity or discomfort, says Laura Ciabarra, managing partner of Dechert LLP’s Hartford office and a member of the firm’s executive committee.

  • December 19, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Greenberg Traurig's Ernest Greer

    People will treat you how you allow them to treat you. If challenges are tougher because of your skin color, you have to just be tougher, says Ernest Greer, vice president of Greenberg Traurig LLP and managing shareholder of the firm’s Atlanta office.

  • December 18, 2014

    Calif. Bar Committee Backs No-Asset Pro Bono Bankruptcy

    California lawyers can represent pro bono clients in no-asset bankruptcy cases while also representing their creditors in unrelated matters without creating a conflict, a state bar committee said on Thursday.

  • December 18, 2014

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Apple Inc. counsel decked the legal halls this week after a federal trial victory in a $351 million class action monopoly claim, leading this week's pack of legal lions. The holiday season got less cheerful for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. lawyers who saw a state high court affirm a $187 million award for workers who were denied rest breaks.

  • December 18, 2014

    Raytheon On The Hunt For New Top Atty After GC Retirement

    Defense giant Raytheon Co. is on the lookout for a new general counsel after current GC Jay B. Stephens declared his intention to retire from the company early in 2015, it announced Wednesday.

  • December 18, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Curtis's William Candelaria

    Assumptions about English fluency affect a young lawyer of color's ability to advance upwardly in law firms and in client relationships. To help counter this pernicious issue, I focused on credentials that would implicitly rebut fluency concerns, such as serving as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and speaking at national conferences, says William Candelaria, partner with Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP specializing in Latin America investment.

  • December 18, 2014

    Extended Stay America Adds Ex-Hilton Exec As GC

    Extended Stay America Inc. said on Wednesday that it will bring in a former Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. executive to serve as the company’s general counsel.

  • December 18, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Blank Rome's Shawn Wright

    Early in my career, a fellow associate felt it necessary to tell me he felt I would be elevated solely because I was an African-American female — a “check off the box” on a company’s diversity profile. Attitudes like that only push me harder to be the best at what I do, says Shawn Wright, vice chairwoman of Blank Rome LLP’s white collar defense and investigations practice group, and chairwoman of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights.

  • December 18, 2014

    Howrey Trustee Settles With 7 Former Partners

    The bankruptcy trustee for failed law firm Howrey LLP has reached deals to claw back money from seven former partners of the firm who founded Belgian IP boutique Hoyng Monegier LLP.

  • December 17, 2014

    Weil Gotshal, Fried Frank Revise Bonuses To Match Davis Polk

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP on Wednesday joined the host of firms boosting their midlevel associate bonuses to match the new standards set by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, while Kaye Scholer LLP announced a two-tiered system that could trump its peers. 

  • December 17, 2014

    BigLaw Stands To Gain From New US Policy In Cuba

    President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba for the first time since 1961 positions Miami as a departure point for future investments and means major opportunities for lawyers in the hospitality, travel, telecommunications and construction sectors, experts say.

  • December 17, 2014

    4 Quirky Sanctions You Should Be Glad Hit Someone Else

    From requiring a heart-to-heart between opposing counsel to forcing lawyers to attend rudimentary legal classes, judges occasionally turn to offbeat sanctions to make a point. While rare, nonmonetary sanctions are within the bounds of judicial power, and attorneys should try to avoid being slapped with them at all costs. Here, we look at four instances where a judge turned to an unusual tactic to teach a lawyer a lesson.

  • December 17, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Carlton Fields' Ann Black

    Firms that have a lot of different diversity programs may actually dilute their diversity efforts. Diversity should be more than just a policy — it should be part of the fabric of the organization, says Ann Young Black, co-chairwoman of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA's financial services regulatory practice group.

  • December 17, 2014

    US Olympic Committee Nabs Visa Exec As General Counsel

    A high-level Visa Inc. executive will serve as the next general counsel for the U.S. Olympic Committee beginning Jan. 5, according to an announcement made by the organization shortly before it revealed plans, on Tuesday, to make a bid to host the 2024 Summer Games.

  • December 17, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Bilzin's Albert Dotson

    Diversity is not just an altruistic value — it is a business value that leads to better decision-making and better outcomes, says Albert Dotson Jr., a partner with Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP and recent appointee by President Obama to the Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans.

  • December 17, 2014

    Senate Votes To Confirm 12 Federal Judges

    In its last vote of the year, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved 12 federal judicial nominees, including a controversial pick from Missouri, a Covington & Burling white collar defense pro in California and a Zuckerman Spaeder LLP partner who will be the first Asian-Pacific American to serve as a federal judge in Washington, D.C.