Legal Industry

  • 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.

  • March 27, 2015

    NY Judge Dismisses 'Star Associate' Firing Suit

    A New York federal judge on Thursday dismissed a suit accusing Schoeman Updike Kaufman Stern & Asher LLP of firing an attorney after she complained of bad air at the firm’s Fifth Avenue offices, saying her claims “range from the meritless to the frivolous.”

  • March 27, 2015

    5 Tips For Keeping Your Troops Happy

    Law firms are usually quick to trumpet their shops' exceptional cultures and working environments, but attorneys in leadership positions must take crucial steps to ensure that the reality doesn't outstrip the rhetoric. Here are five ways to keep morale on the upswing among the lower ranks.

  • March 27, 2015

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2015, our list of 145 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.

  • March 27, 2015

    Calif. Firms Pick Up Speed From Startup, Tech Boom

    Nearly three dozen law firms with California headquarters landed on the Law360 400, with San Francisco’s Littler Mendelson PC once again topping the list, and experts say the intellectual property, employment and transactional needs of booming startups and technology businesses like Snapchat Inc. and Hulu LLC are creating opportunities for firms to reach new heights.

  • March 27, 2015

    Why A Tech GC Is Choosing Data Tools Over BigLaw

    General counsel are increasingly keeping work in-house and out of the hands of BigLaw, often with the help of data tools. Here, we talk to the head of patent litigation at Logitech International SA about how data has given her budget predictability in defending infringement suits — and a powerful new tool in the fight against nonpracticing entities.

  • March 27, 2015

    Wiley Rein Lays Off Partners But Spares Associates

    Adding to a spate of recent BigLaw layoffs, Wiley Rein LLP let go in recent days dozens of lawyers and staffers, but spared associates, the firm confirmed Friday, as the Washington, D.C.-centric firm continues a strategic plan that prompted the spin-off of its bankruptcy practice last year.

  • March 26, 2015

    Texas Firms Branch Out While Doubling Down At Home

    Bolstered by a strong statewide economy and a thriving legal market, Texas is home to nearly two dozen firms on the Law360 400, and even as those firms expand nationally and internationally, they continue to find great value in their Texas roots.

  • March 26, 2015

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Spring arrived this week and love was in the air for legal lions Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and others who helped arrange a blockbuster marriage between two food superpowers, while the U.S. Supreme Court's revival of a UPS pregnancy bias case made legal lambs of Gibson Dunn and Jackson Lewis PC.

  • March 26, 2015

    4 Ways To Botch Your Firm's Expansion Into Africa

    With growing deal opportunities and bustling capital markets, Africa is the next frontier for many global law firms to conquer as clients' needs increasingly land within the borders of the world's second-largest continent, but failure to understand the broad range of growing industries, the different regions or the need for the right local partners could thwart even the best firms' expansion there, experts say.

  • March 26, 2015

    Judge Reams Out BigLaw Firms For Lengthy Filings

    A New York federal judge this week unleashed a tirade against Reed Smith LLP, Morrison & Foerster LLP and two smaller firms, threatening sanctions over what he called oversized filings “brimming” with “irrelevant and redundant” allegations in a trademark suit brought by UPS Store Inc. against a franchisee.

  • March 26, 2015

    UK Firm Taylor Wessing Moving To Full Equity Partnership

    London-based Taylor Wessing LLP will undergo what it calls a “significant cultural shift” when it switches to a single equity partnership model next month, the firm confirmed on Thursday.

  • March 26, 2015

    Firms Take Harder Line On Guaranteed Deals For Laterals

    The hypercompetitive nature of the modern legal marketplace means guaranteed contracts for laterals will never be consigned to the historical dustbin, but the sight of firms like Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP collapsing beneath the weight of hefty pay packages has made others put stricter limits on the financial promises they make to lateral hires.

  • March 25, 2015

    NY Loses Ground To DC In Flagship Office Count

    New York still reigns supreme as the city with the most flagship law firm offices in the Law360 400, but the Big Apple's total shrank by 14 percent as several firms grew their offices in other U.S. cities.

  • March 25, 2015

    Deep-Pocketed Outsiders Challenge Wall Street Firms In NY

    The hegemony of so-called Wall Street firms in New York is under threat from firms founded elsewhere in the U.S. that are using record-high compensation packages as a cudgel to steal elite lateral talent, clients and market share, according to Law360 data and industry insiders.

  • March 25, 2015

    5 Lessons For BigLaw From The Kleiner Perkins Case

    The high-profile sex discrimination trial against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC gives a glimpse into the inner workings of the male-dominated venture capital space, but it also offers a learning opportunity for all workplaces where women are struggling to reach the top. Here, experts share five BigLaw takeaways from the Kleiner Perkins case.

  • March 25, 2015

    The FCPA Predictions GCs Can't Afford To Ignore

    Corporate counsel dedicate plenty of attention and resources to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance. But as companies keep pushing out new efforts to ward off public bribery within their operations, the government continues to refine the way it brandishes a statute that contains a fair amount of ambiguity. Here, experts read the tea leaves to forecast five FCPA enforcement trends advancing on general counsel.