Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.
While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.
U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.
A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.
In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.
Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.
As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.
Medidata Solutions Inc. is entitled to coverage from a Chubb Ltd. unit for a $4.8 million loss it suffered when it was tricked into wiring the money overseas, a New York federal judge ruled on Friday, holding that the incident constituted covered computer fraud under Medidata's crime policy.
The Fifth Circuit on Thursday shot down a Florida warehouse owner’s claim that Alterra American Insurance Co. owed it $10 million for underinsuring its warehouse, saying the owner's legal claims did not pass muster in multiple states.
Couples suing a Kentucky county clerk for refusing to give them marriage licenses as part of her protest against same-sex marriage are entitled to attorneys’ fees even though their case ended up getting dismissed, a Kentucky federal judge said Friday in shooting down a magistrate judge’s recommendation to deny fees.
Important parts of Affordable Care Act repeal legislation cannot be approved in the U.S. Senate with a simple majority, dealing a fresh setback to the Republican repeal effort, according to procedural rulings Friday.
RJ Health Systems International LLC on Thursday urged a Connecticut state judge to rule that a unit of The Hartford must fully fund its defense of Bayer's suit alleging that the drug information company falsely listed the price of the intrauterine device Mirena at nearly $200 less than it actually costs, causing the drugmaker to lose income.
A bid to have the U.S. Supreme Court review a Florida statute giving patients access to hospital incident reports and a looming California ruling affecting doctors on workers' compensation panels are among the medical malpractice cases attorneys will be following in the second half of 2017. Here, Law360 takes a look at four pending cases.
Travelers Indemnity Co., formerly bankrupt Alpha Natural Resources LLC and others asked a West Virginia federal court on Friday to remand a wage suit by former coal miners, saying they've reached a settlement that belongs in state court.
The Federal Circuit on Thursday, in a matter of first impression, backed a district judge’s order requiring a UnitedHealth Group Inc. unit to turn over documents related to its patent for software that processes medical claims, finding that the company is bound by its predecessor's attorney-client privilege waiver.
The last week has seen an arbitration dispute between ICBC Standard Bank and a Russo-Mongolian mining venture, Barents Re's suit against PDV Insurance, and a financial services spat between Walker Crips brokerage and ADM's U.K. investment services unit. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.
The Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America hit the Security Insurance Co. of Hartford with a suit in Minnesota federal court on Thursday, saying the insurer's new owner has refused to cover a spate of sex abuse suits, despite previous ownership readily covering such claims.
A Florida federal jury on Wednesday found that Geico didn't act in bad faith by failing to settle with the family of a woman killed amid a road rage incident involving a policyholder who was ordered to pay the family $4 million in an underlying case, five months after the insurer won its bid for a retrial.
Months after scolding AIG for its "totally without merit" challenge to an arbitral award canceling the insurer's rights to a $475 million deposit on an aircraft leasing unit following a botched sales agreement, a Hong Kong appeals court has once again rebuffed AIG.
Geico urged the Florida Supreme Court to uphold a finding that the insurer did not act in bad faith by not settling claims against a policyholder later hit with an $8.7 million fatal-crash judgment, asserting Thursday that an appellate decision for Geico was consistent with established bad faith law.
Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.
It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.
The emergence of connected and autonomous vehicles will lead to industry participants collecting and analyzing immense amounts of data from those vehicles for many purposes. But first, key legal issues must be addressed. European data protection laws present particular challenges, say Oliver Yaros and Ryota Nishikawa of Mayer Brown LLP.
Health Republic's liquidator has stated that claimants will not be paid until Health Republic's disputed claims against and from the federal government are resolved. Policyholders and other creditors should not be told to wait through a claims adjudication process only to find that potentially barely any money may remain to pay even a small portion of approved claims, says James Veach of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP.
Due diligence is a critical part of the M&A process, and with so many risks to assess, accounts receivable often does not get the attention it deserves. Future accounts receivable performance is one area in which buyers have limited control, say Jeff Anderson and Kent Paisley of Allied World Insurance Co.
An Illinois state appeals court's recent decision in Bankers Life & Casualty v. American Senior Benefits serves as another reminder to employers that the type of activity in question is crucial in determining whether an individual violates his or her nonsolicitation agreement on social media, say James Patton Jr. and Tae Phillips of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program will expire if not reauthorized before Sept. 30, 2017, which would have immediate and long-term repercussions for property owners. There is a need to reauthorize the NFIP and improve it in order to align values of a national safety net and self-reliance on both a personal and local community level, says Michelle Rudd of Stoel Rives LLP.
In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?
As shareholders increasingly demand to inspect companies' books and records, the corresponding increase in costs of responding to those demands has raised concerns among directors and officers. Fortunately, there are now a number of different options for insuring such costs, say Sarah Katz Downey of Marsh USA Inc. and Anthony Paccione and Jason Vigna of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.