Business of Law

  • September 29, 2016

    Faegre Picks Corporate Law Veteran As New Chair

    Faegre Baker Daniels has tapped chief executive partner Tom Froehle, whose practice focuses on corporate and public finance law, to be the firm's new chair and managing partner beginning in March, according to an announcement Wednesday.

  • September 29, 2016

    Verein Structure Causes Naming Problems For Texas Firms

    The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas has released an opinion holding that under state rules, if a Texas lawyer is a member of a firm that also belongs to a multifirm organization — like a verein — the lawyer cannot use the organization's name as the firm's name.

  • September 29, 2016

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP flipped the script for client AmEx with a successful appeal of an U.S. Department of Justice-led antitrust case in the Second Circuit, leading this week’s legal lions. Our legals lambs include Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, which is turning out the lights in two Asia outposts, and lawyers for a 1960s rock group who were denied a cut of a nine-figure recording settlement.

  • September 29, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Hanson Bridgett's Dorothy Liu

    Always follow up and follow through with potential clients. Sometimes, it’s simply about timing — reaching out to someone at the right time. But it may take many, many tries before you connect with someone at exactly the right moment, says Dorothy Liu, a labor and employment partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • September 29, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Jenner & Block

    With influential wins at the U.S. Supreme Court, lifesaving work for clients on death row and a firmwide commitment to pro bono work at every level, Jenner & Block has earned a place on Law 360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 29, 2016

    Cadwalader Closing 2 Offices In Asia, Laying Off 27 Attys

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP will be closing its offices in Hong Kong and Beijing and laying off the 27 attorneys they maintain as part of firm efforts to focus more on “core clients” in the wake of partner exits.

  • September 29, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Farella Braun's Mary McCutcheon

    The most challenging part of being a rainmaker is that you can’t rest on your laurels. You have to continuously demonstrate your value to clients and referral sources, and keep developing new ones, says Mary McCutcheon, chairwoman of Farella Braun & Martel's construction and insurance department.

  • September 28, 2016

    3 Cases That Clarify When To Call Your Malpractice Insurer

    Every legal malpractice policy outlines the duty to alert a carrier of an expected claim, and while most triggers aren’t hard to identify, there are situations in which a lawyer might miscalculate and fail to give the carrier a heads-up, putting coverage at risk. Here are three cases that shed light on the lawyer’s duty to notify.

  • September 28, 2016

    Munger Tolles Scores Ex-SG Verrilli To Launch DC Office

    Former Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., known for his successful U.S. Supreme Court defenses of the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality, is heading back to private practice at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP to open up its new Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced on Wednesday.

  • September 28, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Jackson Lewis' John Bennett

    Not all calls to a client have to be about a particular matter. Rather, some calls are just to stay in touch and find out what is going on with them in their business and family lives, says John Bennet, a principal at Jackson Lewis PC.

  • September 28, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Sills Cummis' Andrew Sherman

    Find a mentor and do your best to hitch your wagon to that person. I learned to develop business by modeling other successful lawyers, but having a mentor to teach you the ropes is a much cleaner and easier path, says Andrew Sherman, co-chairman of the creditors’ rights/bankruptcy reorganization practice group at Sills Cummis & Gross PC.

  • September 28, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Irell & Manella

    Thanks to the work of Irell & Manella LLP, a Los Angeles-area school district will recognize the impact of trauma on students' learning experiences and a former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs worker is getting nearly 10 times what the agency had previously offered to end his discrimination suit, putting the firm squarely among Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 27, 2016

    Kirkland, Facebook Send Top Guns To Appease Judge

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Facebook Inc. on Tuesday sent a delegation of partners, associates and former U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal to make nice with the Brooklyn federal judge who scolded the firm late last week for sending a young lawyer to speak in a pre-motion conference.

  • September 27, 2016

    Senate Dems Demand Garland Vote Before Fall Recess

    Democratic senators on Tuesday again called on their Republican counterparts to hold a confirmation hearing and vote on President Barack Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick B. Garland, demanding the vote take place before a pre-election recess.

  • September 27, 2016

    9th Circ.'s O'Scannlain To Take Senior Status, Opening Seat

    U.S. Ninth Circuit Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, considered a leading conservative voice on the federal appellate bench, will be assuming senior status effective Dec. 31, leaving an additional vacancy for an active judgeship on the court for the next president to fill.

  • September 27, 2016

    Clyde & Co.'s Senior Partner Moves To US Leadership Role

    Clyde & Co. senior partner James Burns is stepping down after three years to become the international law firm’s first head of the Americas, overseeing its continued growth in the United States, Canada and Latin America, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • September 27, 2016

    O’Melveny IP Litigator Tapped For San Jose Magistrate

    Silicon Valley litigator Susan van Keulen of O’Melveny & Myers has been selected to fill a magistrate judge position in San Jose for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the court announced on Monday.

  • September 27, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Bird Marella's Benjamin Gluck

    A well-read local blogger who was no fan of mine at all once referred to me as an “evil genius” who was “a fraudster’s dream lawyer.” That posting brought me more business than any other marketing efforts I’ve ever done, says Benjamin Gluck, principal at Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Row PC.

  • September 27, 2016

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2016: Hughes Hubbard & Reed

    From securing exonerations for clients convicted of crimes on flimsy or nonexistent evidence to helping a young immigrant wade through what can be an overwhelming process for U.S. citizenship, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s extensive pro bono work makes it an undeniable member of Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2016.

  • September 27, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Briggs And Morgan's Michael McEllistrem

    Sometimes you make a real connection with a client, but other times you realize a pitch is not going according to plan. No need to bore a future prospect with the balance of your presentation and brochures — just make a solid connection, thank them for the opportunity and gracefully withdraw, says Michael McEllistrem, a shareholder at Briggs and Morgan PA.

Expert Analysis

  • Oral Advocacy And 'Vocal Fry'

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    In a sneak preview of the fall edition of Legal Communication & Rhetoric, Professor Michael Higdon of the University of Tennessee College of Law explores the negative reactions to "vocal fry," the accusations of sexism those reactions have engendered, and what all this means for female attorneys.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 2, The Woman In 8D

    Roy Futterman

    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 ...

  • The Courtroom Where It Happened: Hamilton As A Lawyer

    Randy Maniloff

    Often lost in discussions about Alexander Hamilton is that he was an extremely important New York lawyer. He had an extensive law practice until his death in 1804 and he wrote what is considered to be the first treatise in the field of private law. Ultimately, Hamilton certainly did get "a lot farther by working a lot harder, by being a lot smarter, by being a self-starter," says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Why Have Lawyers Forgotten About The Middle Class?

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    Sorry, fellow lawyers, judges and legislators, but the jig is up. It’s time to show the public the cards up our sleeves and give them a chance to weigh in on the fairness of a system that touches so many aspects of their everyday lives, says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel of LegalZoom.

  • Overhauling Law Firm Records Departments For A New Reality

    Raymond Fashola

    As automation increases, so do business challenges that impact overall law firm operations. Records departments are facing roadblocks associated with antiquated processes, ever-changing regulatory requirements, and emerging technologies. As a result, firms are reassessing the needs of their records department staffing models, says Raymond Fashola of HBR Consulting.

  • Guarding Against Privilege Waiver In Federal Investigations

    Elizabeth McGinn

    It's been well over a year since Judge Andrew Peck gently excoriated the legal community for underusing the not-so-new privilege waiver protections of Rule 502(d). While his remarks may have raised awareness, Rule 502 as a whole, together with any potential federal agency regulations concerning privilege waiver, offers little peace of mind to parties subject to government investigations, say attorneys with BuckleySandler LLP.

  • 3 Steps To Successful Judgment Enforcement

    Craig Weiner

    Judgment enforcement is typically governed by the law of the state where collection is sought, which frequently means collection efforts are controlled by an arcane body of law replete with debtor-friendly roadblocks. Fortunately, there are a number of actions a judgment creditor can take to secure satisfaction of a claim, say Craig Weiner and Michael Kolcun of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • 3 Reflections From Summer Associates

    Jacob Jaffe

    Three summer associates of Carroll McNulty & Kull LLC share takeaways and advice from their summer 2016 experiences.

  • Should Your Law Firm Move To The Cloud?

    Paul R. Kiesel

    Don't kid yourself into believing, currently, that cloud options are cheaper. Cost is not the justification for moving your law firm to the cloud, says Paul R. Kiesel, founder of Kiesel Law LLP and immediate past president of the Los Angeles Bar Association.

  • From The Partner’s Desk: Paving Your Path To Partnership

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most oft-cited complaints from associates is the lack of clarity around what it takes to make partner. While this can certainly be laid at the feet of law firms large and small alike, an ever-changing business environment is at least partly to blame. Today, law firms are not making partnership decisions based on the same criteria they used 20, 15 or even 10 years ago, says Gary Gansle of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.