BigLaw Risks Revolt By Banning Personal Email

Law360, New York (June 10, 2015, 8:05 PM EDT) -- Recent decisions by leading firms to restrict employee access to personal email appear to be the beginning of a BigLaw trend that experts say may placate the high-dollar clients pushing for change but risks stirring resentment among firm attorneys.

From Mayer Brown LLP to Latham & Watkins LLP, some of the legal industry's most prominent firms have rolled out policies limiting the ability of employees to check third-party webmail services like Google Inc.'s Gmail and Microsoft Corp.'s Hotmail through firm networks, citing concerns over exposure to malware and the potential for prying eyes to get a hold of sensitive client data....

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