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  • April 17, 2014

    Jacoby & Meyers Urges Judge To Toss Involuntary Bankruptcy

    Bankruptcy law firm Jacoby & Meyers Bankruptcy LLP is resisting creditors efforts to force it into its own bankruptcy, arguing that they improperly launched proceedings in New York when its principal business has historically taken place in Chicago.

  • April 17, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Dorsey's Annette Jarvis

    A woman associate asked how I was able to get the men in my firm to listen to me and to be deferential. I laughed and informed her that I had mentored and trained them all, says Annette Jarvis, head of Dorsey & Whitney LLP's Salt Lake City office and a member of the firm's management committee.

  • April 17, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Jenner's Barbara Steiner

    Figure out what you want to be “famous” for and figure out a game plan to get yourself there. Don’t assume the assignments you want will fall into your lap, and don’t assume that when you do good work or achieve some success, people will know about it, says Barbara Steiner, co-chairwoman of Jenner & Block LLP's complex commercial litigation practice.

  • April 17, 2014

    5 Tips For The Recently De-Equitized Partner

    With BigLaw getting more cutthroat than ever, many attorneys who rose through their firm's ranks expecting to settle in to a partner position are suddenly seeing years of hard work get tossed when they are asked to de-equitize for failing to support their firm's profit pool or strategy. Here, legal experts offer five tips for moving out and moving on after a de-equitization.

  • April 16, 2014

    Girardi Keese Shakes Malpractice Appeal From Dropped Client

    A California appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a trial court's decision that Girardi Keese hadn't committed malpractice when it dropped a client weeks before his personal injury suit.

  • April 16, 2014

    E-Discovery Tool Relieves But Doesn't End Doc Review Burden

    The cutting-edge e-discovery tool known as predictive coding delivers on its promise of accurate results from complex document searches, but it's not the money saver some hoped.

  • April 16, 2014

    3 Tips For A Smoother Road To Payday

    It can be a tough topic to broach, but experts say when it comes to getting paid on time and in full, the best approach is to be organized, candid and specific about what clients are paying for, while some suggest adding personalized notes and offering some services for free. Here are three tips for attorneys to ensure they get paid for the work they do while keeping their clients happy.

  • April 16, 2014

    4 Reasons Law Firms Should Promote More Partners

    While law firms have become much tougher on who they elevate to their partner ranks in recent years, experts say that firms seeking to grow their presence in a certain geographic region or fortunate enough to find themselves with associates ready to be self-sufficient business generators should start offering promotions, lest they lose valuable talent to competitors.

  • April 16, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Williams & Connolly's Hubbard

    One time, opposing counsel suggested we “go away together to a romantic B&B to negotiate the settlement.” I was not sure whether/when/how to break it to him that his suggestion was unlikely to increase his settlement value, says Heidi Hubbard, chairwoman of Williams & Connolly LLP's product liability practice group.

  • April 16, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Holland & Knight's Laurie Daniel

    Fifteen years ago, I was the first equity partner at my firm to take maternity leave. Our managing partner wanted to accommodate, but I soon realized that I had to continue speaking out to make sure that my future compensation would not be pegged to productivity levels during the year of my daughter's birth, says Laurie Daniel, chairwoman of Holland & Knight LLP's appellate team.

  • April 15, 2014

    Brown Rudnick's Revoked Offers Likely To Catch On

    Law firms struggling with dwindling profits may follow Brown Rudnick LLP's lead and return to the recession-era cost-cutting play of rescinding associate job offers, experts say.

  • April 15, 2014

    Cos. With 1 Class Action Manager Save Big, Report Says

    More companies are tasking a single in-house lawyer to handle class actions, and that move has resulted in big cost savings, according to a survey released Tuesday by Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA.

  • April 15, 2014

    5 Surefire Ways To Get On A Judge's Bad Side

    If you prick a judge, does he not bleed? If you tickle him, does he not laugh? Judges are real people who feel real emotions. One of those emotions is anger. Here, Law360 looks at five surefire ways to make a judge feel it.

  • April 15, 2014

    5 NY Trial Judges Moving Up To Appellate Courts

    Five New York trial court judges, including veteran Dreyer Boyajian LLP, Girvin & Ferlazzo PC, Lynch & Lynch lawyers and veteran prosecutors, are on their way to the state's appellate division after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced their appointments on Tuesday.

  • April 15, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: BakerHostetler's Pennington

    When I was being considered for managing partner in my office — at a time no other law firm in all of Texas had a sole female managing partner — one female partner told me she didn’t want me to be selected because if I failed, it would reflect poorly on all the other women partners, says Lisa Pennington, managing partner of BakerHostetler's Houston office.

  • April 15, 2014

    Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Veenker Law's Vicki Veenker

    Not having female peers is a challenge — my summer associate class was 10 men and me, I was the only woman partner on the West Coast at Fish & Neave, I was the only woman present at my first Shearman & Sterling worldwide litigation partners meeting, and in my IP practice, I am often the only woman in client meetings, says Vicki Veenker, founder of Veenker Law Offices.

  • April 14, 2014

    Cos. Rely On Larger Litigation Teams Amid Big-Money Suits

    More corporations are employing large litigation teams in response to increasingly high-stakes lawsuits, according to a survey released Tuesday.

  • April 14, 2014

    Social Media A Big Headache For More GCs

    Social media has become a headache for more general counsel, with one in five companies saying they had to preserve data from an employee's social media account in 2013.  

  • April 14, 2014

    You Should Fear The Regulator, GCs Say

    Corporations devoted more time and money to fighting regulatory challenges in 2013, a trend that general counsel say shows no sign of slowing.

  • April 14, 2014

    Firms Cash In On Internal Investigations

    In the face of increased government scrutiny and regulatory crackdowns, more and more U.S. companies are launching internal investigations that rely on the help of outside counsel, according to a litigation trends survey released Tuesday.