A promotion to partner or election to practice group chair means lots of well-deserved recognition within a firm and in the larger legal community. Law360 reveals the list of attorneys whose commitment to excellence earned them highly coveted spots in the law firm leadership ranks. Find out if your old legal friends — or rivals — moved up in the third quarter of the year, and let the office chatter begin.
Female law students appear to be more ethical than their male counterparts, are less likely to display a sense of entitlement and, on average, show a greater sense of commitment to the legal profession, according to a new study.
The American Bar Association pressured members of its communications law forum to change a scholarly article calling presidential candidate Donald Trump a “libel bully” and advocating for more anti-SLAPP laws, saying publishing the piece without revisions would “increase the risk” of a Trump lawsuit against the organization, according to emails obtained by Law360.
BigLaw is undeniably a competitive field that often rewards a certain amount of ego and bravado on the part of lawyers, but allowing that type of behavior to grow beyond what’s necessary to get the job done is leaving firms rife with bullies, according to a survey released Friday.
One practice area has seen 58 percent more lateral partner movement so far in 2016 than it did all of last year. Here, we look at how political uncertainty, market volatility and increasingly complex capital structures have helped spur this wave.
You want to be perceived by potential clients as someone with excellent legal abilities who can truly solve problems, as opposed to someone that may simply be fun to be with, but that they would never hire to take care of a serious matter. People like to hire friends, but they will only hire friends who are trusted problem solvers, says Bruce Bowman Jr., managing shareholder of Godwin Bowman & Martinez.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas lamented both the state of political partisanship gripping the nation's capital and the spillover effects it has had on the integrity of the high court, broadly proclaiming to a D.C. audience Wednesday evening that "we're destroying our institutions."
In-house lawyers too often let pride soften their take on the risk of new lawsuits and need more truth-telling from their firm lawyers, a panel of general counsels said Wednesday at a symposium in Manhattan.
The former general counsel of a commodity trading company accused it in a Connecticut federal court suit on Tuesday of age and sex discrimination, contending she was underpaid and that the company's all-male board fired her because she was an older woman in a "male-dominated industry."
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday expressed a deep measure of nostalgia for her previous job as a Second Circuit judge, describing a freewheeling and collegial environment in which the views of junior jurists were as welcome as those of long-timers.
For one of my clients it took me 10 years to get my first matter from them. You have to remember that there are lots of lawyers out there, and lots of relationships already in place. Persistence and resilience are key, says Christina Guerola Sarchio, chairwoman of the class action strike team at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
It’s opportunities where perhaps you don’t actually land an engagement that can turn out to be great substantive learning experiences for young lawyers in developing their nonlegal skills. They can serve as a catalyst to conduct some personal introspection, says Shigenobu Itoh, partner at Rutan & Tucker LLP.
California’s judicial disciplinary commission has asked a San Francisco state judge to curtail a pending audit into the agency’s disciplinary process, arguing the review seeks confidential documents and violates the separation of powers doctrine by attempting to intrude on the commission's “core constitutional functions.”
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP dodged a $35 million malpractice suit brought by creditors of bankrupt aviation company Evergreen International Aviation when a New York state judge agreed with the firm that the action is time-barred.
Once, I moved into a client's house for about 10 days and we prepped for a deposition at all hours of the day and night. It wasn’t really necessary, except that it made him feel better and put him in a much more positive frame of mind, says Richard Edlin, vice chairman at Greenberg Traurig LLP.
BuckleySandler LLP has picked up Heather Russell to lead the firm’s growing financial institutions regulation, supervision and technology practice, about three months after the attorney was fired as general counsel at Fifth Third Bank over a romantic relationship with Fannie Mae’s CEO.
After it was dealt a setback last month, India’s government is continuing to push forward with its efforts to open up the nation to foreign law firms.
In one instance with a potential client I found myself saying very directly “You need to do this, and we are the right firm to do it. What are you waiting for?” While not the way I would seek to close on most requests for business, it worked in this context, says Elizabeth Mitchell, partner at WilmerHale.
The First Circuit on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a defamation suit brought by a Harvard Law School graduate who lost a lucrative job offer due to a notation of plagiarism on her transcript, saying that no reasonable student would have believed the school’s plagiarism policy didn’t apply to her submission to a student-run journal.
Law schools with lousy bar passage rates could lose their accreditation under a proposal favored Friday by a section of the American Bar Association.
Private equity-backed e-discovery company LDiscovery LLC on Friday said that it will buy competitor Kroll Ontrack, which also specializes in data recovery and destruction, for $410 million in cash, expanding its presence around the world.
Whether jurists will be replaced by robots and how artificial intelligence will alter the legal industry in the long run is yet to be seen, but a study released Monday indicates that machines may be able to predict the outcome of court proceedings with more accuracy than pure chance.
Associates often begin their careers brimming with hope, dreaming of making partner and then, a few years later, they're hit with the hard reality that their vision of a corner office isn’t going to materialize. Here are four alternative career paths for associates for whom BigLaw partnership isn't in the cards.
I’m not a huge fan of the term “rainmaker,” as I think it connotes someone doing something on his or her own. In reality, the opposite is true — no one who generates any meaningful amount of business can do so on their own, says Christian Atwood, partner at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.
Every day, it seemed that virtually the entire day was spent trying to shape the news. Balancing the media day-to-day with the need for strategic planning requires staff to stay in their positions rather than congregate around the ball. Yet the impulse to run to the action is as tempting in the White House as on the soccer field, says C. Boyden Gray, who served as White House counsel for President George H.W. Bush.
I was given immediate responsibility for responding to the Iran-Contra crisis. My problem as a lawyer was what to do about all the requests for files, documents and other information that were coming in from investigators. Ultimately, it came down to this: What do I believe about my client? says Peter Wallison, who served as White House counsel for President Ronald Reagan.
In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist.
The experience of preparing for the 1981 air traffic controller strike brought home to me the responsibility a lawyer owes to his or her client — be it an average citizen, a corporation or a president, says Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Fred Fielding, who served as White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
Results from a recent International Association of Defense Counsel survey reveal a significant disconnect between inside and outside lawyers when it comes to perceptions of their own effectiveness versus the perceptions of their counterparts on the other side of the fence, say Andrew Chamberlin, a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP, and Orlyn Lockard, associate general counsel at Siemens Corp.
My experience with the Nixon pardon, the Nixon tapes, the construction of the White House swimming pool, and other matters well out of the ordinary for a president’s lawyer taught me that in the practice of law one should learn to expect and cope with the unexpected, says William Casselman, who served as White House counsel for President Gerald Ford.
Not all aspects of the partnership process are within an attorney’s power. However, there are some factors that an associate can control on the path to partnership, the most important of which are the relationships cultivated along the way, says Rebecca Glatzer of Major Lindsey & Africa.
I went to the law books, where I discovered the crime of “obstruction of justice,” and realized I was right in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. I didn't fully understand my conduct during Watergate until — decades later — I learned about the psychology of cover-up at work, says John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.
Somewhat surprisingly, very few of the dozens of "trial pros" who have been interviewed by Law360 have revealed the secret to effective trial preparation that is vital to their success. But ultimately, the “secret” to effective trial preparation is not actually a secret, says Jamin Soderstrom of Soderstrom Law PC.
In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...