Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.
We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.
The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.
The Federal Circuit in a decision made public Monday upheld a ruling that one of the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ships had infringed on a company’s fast ship patents and that another vessel had not, while slightly upping the damages award to $7.1 million.
Former State University of New York President Alain Kaloyeros denied scheming with developers in a fraudulent end-run around the contracting process in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" revitalization effort, telling a Manhattan federal jury Monday his goal was to move nimbly on three projects worth $600 million.
The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded 14 companies slots on a $7.5 billion, decade-long systems engineering and technology deal meant to help the U.S. Department of Defense improve its information technology capabilities, the agency announced.
Some Amazon Inc. investors joined privacy advocates Monday in pressing the tech giant to stop selling its real-time facial recognition tools to law enforcement, citing human rights concerns that could hurt the company's stock price and spawn lawsuits.
The U.S. Senate passed the sweeping National Defense Authorization Act on Monday, kickstarting a process with the House to iron out differences over project priorities, force numbers, international trade and other policies in the $715 billion authorization and reform bill.
Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the ladder has stagnated for minority lawyers. Here, five industry success stories tell Law360 about the paths they took and what needs to change in BigLaw.
Industrial transportation company Mammoet USA North Inc. is seeking $2.8 million in damages from a construction joint venture that allegedly stiffed it on subcontracting agreements related to two power plants in New Jersey and Connecticut, according to a filing Friday in New York state court.
Federal prosecutors said Monday they'd inked a deal with Philadelphia-based Rosenbaum & Associates to resolve claims that the personal injury firm failed to reimburse the government for Medicare payments made to health care providers on behalf of clients.
Despite the proliferation of diversity committees and inclusion initiatives, corporate law firms remain overwhelmingly white and male, especially at leadership levels. Here, minority attorneys discuss their reasons for leaving a large firm.
The often-informal processes for deciding matters like compensation at law firms can create, as one expert put it, a “petri dish” for the effects of unconscious bias. Here’s how some firms are looking to shake up the system.
While U.S. law firms have long vowed to make their ranks more diverse and inclusive, the industry has long failed to deliver on those promises. Here are the firms making some headway, according to this year’s Diversity Snapshot.
Efforts to increase diversity have again yielded few meaningful changes in law firm demographics, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, even as law schools continue to enroll students of color in increasing numbers.
For years law firms have had programs aimed at increasing attorney diversity, but nothing is working. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we take a look at our latest survey of diversity at law firms, and unpack what experts say are the things that could actually move the needle on this issue.
Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar ruling shook up the legal landscape for False Claims Act cases, Law360’s ninth post-Escobar roundup explores how courts are continuing to address key parts of the decision.
A public reprimand has been recommended for a Florida state judge who wrote a character reference letter on behalf of a man awaiting federal court sentencing for his role in a $63 million Medicare kickback scheme, according to a formal complaint Friday by the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission.
Mining companies associated with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz that are accusing George Soros of inducing Guinea to ax their iron mining rights asked a New York federal court on Thursday to allow them to depose the business magnate and start collecting evidence even as a related arbitration remains pending.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has sustained a protest from a food services company alleging the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency lacked transparency in awarding a $69.8 million contract that covers military food services in allied Asian countries, according to a June 4 opinion unsealed Friday.
Federal courts across the country are handing down important rulings interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on False Claims Act liability in Universal Health Services v. Escobar. As the rulings keep pouring in, stay up to speed on Law360’s latest coverage and analysis of Escobar’s impact.
In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.
For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.
A contract dispute between the Army Corps of Engineers and Merrick Construction illustrates the importance of proper record-keeping and documentation throughout the life of a construction project. Otherwise, potential claims may fall through the cracks, especially when a critical employee leaves the project and responsibility must be transferred to someone else, says Justin Scott of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.
The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office's Oracle decision acts as a shot across the bow to agencies exploring Other Transaction Authority agreements as alternatives to traditional contracting, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.
The House recently passed — and now the Senate is considering — the most important piece of energy and environmental legislation it will consider all year. It isn’t a revision to the Endangered Species Act or the Clean Water Act. It's the National Defense Authorization Act, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.
The Ninth Circuit recently revived an insurance coverage dispute between Office Depot and AIG, holding that coverage for alleged violations of the California False Claims Act is not categorically precluded by California law. Similarities between the CFCA and the federal False Claims Act raise potential for broad application of this decision, say Jan Larson and Sebastian Brady of Jenner & Block LLP.
Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.