Legal Industry

  • October 24, 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.

  • October 24, 2014

    Edwards IP Team May Join Mintz Levin Due To Merger

    A group of about 20 intellectual property attorneys at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP in Boston is reportedly planning to join Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC due to client conflicts related to Edwards' planned merger with Locke Lord LLP.

  • October 24, 2014

    Quinn Urges Temp Atty Ruling Before Skadden Decision

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP on Friday said a New York federal judge need not wait on a Second Circuit ruling in a similar case to decide the firm’s bid to toss a suit alleging it failed to pay temporary attorneys overtime, calling a delay costly and unnecessary.

  • October 24, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Dechert's Hector Gonzalez

    One of the most significant challenges a lawyer of color confronts is not being given the benefit of the doubt. The initial impression is often not that the lawyer got to this level solely on the basis of merit and hard work, but rather because of some unfair advantage as a result of race or ethnicity, says Hector Gonzalez, a partner with Dechert LLP and former chief of the narcotics unit in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

  • October 24, 2014

    Shaky Growth, RE Costs Force Law Firms To Rethink Offices

    Law office downsizing became the norm in the recession's wake. But with stagnating revenues and high real estate prices still squeezing firms' bottom lines, experts say law offices will need to continue cinching in their property waistlines and must start embracing new workplace design ideas.

  • October 24, 2014

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Wayne Outten

    As leader of a firm full of top litigators and someone who has practiced employment law since the early days of the field, Outten & Golden LLP's Wayne Outten has plenty of knowledge and backing to pursue an employee's rights in court. But he has often opted for a different approach to solving his clients' problems, one steeped in counseling and advice.

  • October 24, 2014

    5 Key Tools To Make E-Discovery E-asy

    Electronic discovery is now a litigation fact of life, but the sheer volume of available electronic information can easily turn it into an unwieldy and wallet-draining process. Here, attorneys share with Law360 five tools to make your e-discovery as effective — and cost-effective — as possible.

  • October 24, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Steptoe & Johnson

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s work this past year freed a man wrongfully imprisoned for murder for nearly 20 years and helped score a U.S. Supreme Court victory for opponents of Arizona’s strict voter ID laws, earning the firm a spot on Law360’s list of top pro bono firms of 2014.

  • October 24, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Paul Hastings' Sherrese Smith

    I have heard many young minority lawyers say they feel lost and don’t feel like there is someone at the firm or company looking out for them. In the fourth to sixth years, if they don’t feel there is a path for them, you will lose them, says Sherrese Smith, a partner with Paul Hastings LLP and former chief counsel at the Federal Communications Commission.

  • October 23, 2014

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Lions & Lambs

    Teams from WilmerHale and Fish & Richardson PC took down prey for Apple Inc. in a big-dollar patent dispute trial this week, leading a pack of lions that also includes an attorney who saw sanctions related to "manic" courtroom behavior overturned in the Second Circuit. Our legal lambs are led by a former sporting goods chain attorney who couldn't stop what he called an "excessive" $1.3 million restitution order from being reinstated.

  • October 23, 2014

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Stephen Neuwirth

    It seems almost quaint now — the idea that Microsoft Corp. had enough market share to be the target of an antitrust investigation — but in 1998 Stephen R. Neuwirth was working with the U.S. Department of Justice to bring such a case against the Redmond, Washington-based software giant.

  • October 23, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP’s devotion to securing justice for the wrongly convicted, advocacy on behalf of immigrants facing life-threatening political persecution and dedication to improving the lives of the world’s poorest farmers lands it a spot among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2014.

  • October 23, 2014

    Wait For 2nd Circ. Skadden Ruling, Quinn Temp Atty Says

    A lawyer suing Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP for failing to pay temporary attorneys overtime said on Thursday that Quinn's pending bid to escape his lawsuit shouldn't be considered until the Second Circuit rules on a similar case against Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • October 23, 2014

    How Not To Botch Your Lateral Hiring

    Lateral hires often mean instant business for BigLaw firms, but managers can make some costly mistakes when chasing the ultimate rainmaker. Here, experts explain how firms can avoid the common pitfalls of recruiting newcomers.

  • October 22, 2014

    Reed Smith Hatches Global Ebola Task Force

    Reed Smith LLP said Tueday it has formed a “global Ebola task force” to address a wave of client concerns about the spread of the disease in West Africa and beyond, while Tennessee's Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP launched an online resource center for employers.

  • October 22, 2014

    Pandora Streams Ex-EA General Counsel Into Legal Lineup

    California-based Pandora Media Inc. has hired the former general counsel of Electronic Arts Inc. to serve as head of the legal department for the music streaming service.

  • October 22, 2014

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Roberta D. Liebenberg

    A tireless champion of women in law and advocate for her clients, Roberta D. Liebenberg of Fine Kaplan & Black RPC has helped secure multimillion-dollar settlements for plaintiffs in antitrust cases covering products such as automotive filters and chemicals used in mattress foam, all while giving unflagging support to her fellow female attorneys.

  • October 22, 2014

    4 Reasons Associates Hate Their Jobs

    The junior ranks at major law firms have always been hotbeds of discontent, with long hours and overbearing partners leaving associates wondering why they ever complained about the rigors of law school. Here, Law360 looks at four occupational hazards that are driving associates nuts and what they — and their firms — can do about them.

  • October 22, 2014

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2014: Ropes & Gray

    Between fighting for low-income HIV patients’ right to receive due funding for health care and helping ensure troubled youths are given a fair shake, Ropes & Gray LLP attorneys devoted over 115,000 hours to free advocacy this past year, earning the firm a spot on Law360's list of top pro bono firms of 2014.

  • October 21, 2014

    Facebook Faces Tough Road In DLA Piper Sham Suit Fight

    The brevity of DLA Piper's involvement in a case over the ownership of Facebook Inc. will likely help it shake a suit from the social media giant alleging the firm defrauded the company in representing a man later criminally charged with filing sham litigation, experts say.