In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.
On the heels of the latest recent failed attempt to make changes to the EB-5 visa program that allows foreigners to invest in a U.S. project, the development community is somewhat bifurcated in how it may respond to yet another short-term period of uncertainty, according to experts. Here, Law360 looks at three ways the next period in the EB-5 saga may unfold.
The Fourth Circuit's invalidation Tuesday of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit allowing developers of the $5 billion Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline to injure certain endangered and threatened species during construction highlights the growing, multifront legal battle against pipeline projects, where virtually any federal or state approval is ripe for a court challenge.
A Texas federal court on Wednesday unsealed an indictment against the former mayor of Richardson, Texas, and a land developer alleging the two devised and executed a scheme where the elected official was compensated for voting in favor of controversial zoning changes.
Prosecutors on Wednesday arrested the principal of alternative investment firm the Borland Capital Group and construction financier Belize Infrastructure Fund I LLC on fraud and conspiracy charges, saying he fraudulently induced investors to sink $22 million into a purported private airport in Belize, but spent nearly a third of the funds on himself.
Real estate investment in the Bronx surpassed $2 billion for the second year in a row in 2017, racking up 16.2 million square feet in space across residential, commercial and institutional building projects, according to a report by the Office of the Bronx Borough President released Tuesday.
Despite state-backed mega-projects such as Amazon’s second headquarters making headway and getting stronger than ever, such taxpayer-funded development deals are facing rising scrutiny by urban planners and concerned citizens.
The construction industry has yet to join the ranks of sectors that have been smacked by massive data breaches in recent years, but hackers are no doubt eyeing the sensitive employee data and business plans that builders hold, both to launch isolated attacks and to use as gateways to bigger hauls, attorneys say.
Motorists Mutual Insurance Co. asked a Pennsylvania federal court on Tuesday to end residential builder NVR Inc.'s lawsuit seeking coverage for litigation tied to a propane heater explosion that injured a construction worker, saying it should not be obligated to provide coverage for a settlement it did not negotiate.
Google objected Tuesday to an architect’s sixth attempt at alleging the tech giant stole his building design technology trade secrets, saying the amended suit filed in California federal court with bolstered Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims was improperly filed without the court’s permission.
The state of California and several environmental organizations have urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn a lower court’s nixing of their challenge to the Trump administration's planned border wall in the state, saying the projects must first undergo environmental impact assessments.
The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday said a construction equipment provider cannot sue the insurer of a company that leased several pieces of equipment before filing for bankruptcy, saying the company does not have standing because it was not a party to the insurance contract.
The U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday ordered a review of a U.S. Department of Commerce decision imposing tariffs on cast-iron electrical conduit fittings imported by a U.S. company, finding that the department failed to analyze whether the imports were physically different from those subject to an anti-dumping duty order on Chinese iron pipe fittings.
An Eleventh Circuit panel refused Tuesday to reconsider its ruling that a roofing company sales representative who allegedly did not properly inspect a roof before a contractor fell through it and became paralyzed was an employee and is therefore covered by a Houston Specialty Insurance policy.
A New York federal judge on Monday threw out four remaining claims against the Related Cos. in a dispute over the real estate developer’s alleged poaching of a building company’s president and its trade secrets, but said a recent New York state court ruling left the door open for two previously dismissed claims to be revived.
A coalition of environmental and civil rights groups on Tuesday urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to nix permits from North Carolina environmental regulators for the $5 billion Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline, claiming the state ignored the project's disproportionate effects against African-American and Native American communities along its path.
French investment firm Ardian has raised more than $800 million for an infrastructure fund that will focus on investments in the transportation and energy sectors in the Americas, the firm said Tuesday.
The Trump administration’s push to have local governments shoulder a bigger share of their infrastructure project costs will likely inspire more states and municipalities to tap private investors to get their most crucial projects financed, built and delivered.
The general contractor for the stadium where the NFL's San Francisco 49ers play urged a California federal judge on Friday not to grant class certification in a suit over accessibility for disabled patrons, saying California law requires a person-by-person legal analysis.
LeBron James is reportedly part of a celebrity group that's invested in a New York office building, Blackhawk Properties & Investments is said to have landed a $32.5 million construction loan for a Florida office and retail project and FoxRock Properties has reportedly dropped $22.75 million on a Florida office building.
The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.
In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.
A California appellate court's recent decision in Aptos v. Santa Cruz clarifies that "small cell" telecommunications networks in public streets and highways are exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review. This case comes at a time when the telecom industry and local governments both need certainty on the applicability of CEQA exemptions, says Michael Shonafelt of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.
I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.
Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.
There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.
The New York Buy American Act, which went into effect on Sunday, is slated for a relatively short life and is fairly focused. But it is a noteworthy development because it further reinforces the general rallying cry behind “buy American," say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.
Since jurisdictions vary, a company’s standard form lien waiver could miss opportunities to protect, or under certain circumstances completely fail to protect, against claims from parties involved with a construction project. These missed opportunities should be considered and weighed when deciding whether to use a standard form lien waiver on every project, says Brent Meyer of Husch Blackwell LLP.
In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled this month that a complainant alleging price-fixing as an unfair act under Section 337 must also allege an antitrust injury, as would be required in federal district court. But the decision is unlikely to apply beyond the narrow area of standing in antitrust cases, says David Hickerson of Foley & Lardner LLP.
Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.