The primary challenge for women at a senior level in law firms today is that, given the still relative scarcity of senior women, we are asked to take on multiple management roles in addition to maintaining — and growing — our practices, says Sara Brody, co-chairwoman of Sidley Austin LLP's securities litigation practice group and head of the firm's Northern California litigation practice.
The business development techniques necessary to sell to women are different than those needed to sell to men. With more women in senior leadership roles in legal departments, firms need to make it an aspect of their business development coaching for partners, says Grace Speights, managing partner of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's Washington, D.C., office and leader of the firm's employment practice.
Myron T. Steele, the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, will go into private practice when he leaves the bench at the end of this month — three years ahead of the end of his term, according to a report Tuesday.
The hot law firm merger market hit a second roadblock this week with the failed nuptials of expanding international verein Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP on Tuesday.
Latham & Watkins LLP has reached an agreement to resolve remaining claims in a former secretary's pregnancy bias suit against the firm and will not file a response to the plaintiff’s amended complaint, according to court documents filed in Washington, D.C., federal court on Monday.
A California appeals court on Tuesday carved out a narrow exception to a rule blocking the transfer of legal malpractice claims, finding that White Mountains Reinsurance Co. of America could pursue its lawsuit against Borton Petrini LLP.
White & Case LLP has renewed its lease in downtown Miami's Southeast Financial Center for three full floors of office space, the fourth-largest lease signed so far this year in Miami's central business district, according to a statement issued Monday.
The United Kingdom’s top-tier firms are breaking hourly rate records despite lingering recession conditions across much of the industry, according to a report released Tuesday.
A state lawmaker from Brooklyn, N.Y., introduced legislation Friday that would provide litigants with counsel in civil matters related to bank foreclosures and health care and employment disputes, among other matters, backing a push by the state's chief judge for a “Civil Gideon” law.
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A senior woman partner once confessed to me that she felt that men were allowed to interrupt but women were not. More than 25 years later, I continue to be frustrated by this dynamic in M&A negotiations but suspect that very few men perceive it, says Elizabeth Raymond, leader of Mayer Brown LLP's corporate and securities practice.
As the only woman on the firm’s seven-person senior management team, I am sometimes concerned that opinions I express are perceived to be gender-based. In a perfect world, issues raised at a senior management level would be seen as gender-neutral, but it’s a challenge to move in that direction, says Colleen Davies, global head of legal personnel at Reed Smith LLP.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP said Monday they have pulled the plug on merger talks to create one of the largest law firms in the U.S., saying they were unable to work out a conflict involving Orrick’s public finance group and Pillsbury’s environmental, tax and real estate teams.
The United Kingdom’s legal industry is showing some strength in a recent round of firm financial reports, experts told Law360, as rebounds in litigation revenue and corporate transactional work gives a lift to firms still struggling in a recession-subdued market.
I established a policy that the American Bar Association's Antitrust Section simply could not present programs in which the only speakers were white men because it sent the wrong message to women and minority lawyers. Ironically, when someone proposed a program composed exclusively of women, I had to tell them they needed to include a man for diversity, says Janet McDavid, co-head of Hogan Lovells LLP's antitrust practice.
Young women coming into the field should determine which firms offer options for attorneys who want to work part-time or opt out of the partner track, even if they don't choose those options. It says a lot about a firm’s attitude toward diversity and flexibility, says Lisa Haile, co-chairwoman of DLA Piper LLP's life sciences group and a member of the firm's executive committee.
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With Friday's news that BakerHostetler is set to absorb intellectual property boutique Woodcock Washburn LLP, experts said other IP shops will also continue to be hunted, as firms see scooping up high-stakes IP litigation specialists as a way to quickly add to their bottom line.
Greenberg Traurig LLP must face allegations it screwed up an arbitration over the value of an Epstein Becker Green attorney's former law firm, a New York state judge ruled Tuesday, finding that it wasn't yet clear what caused the attorney's arbitration loss.
The pace of BigLaw mergers quickened Friday with the announcement that Ohio-based BakerHostetler will absorb intellectual property stalwart Woodcock Washburn on the first of the new year.