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Legal Ethics

  • January 11, 2019

    Appellate Judge Resigns After Emails To Lover Reveal Ruling

    A Colorado appellate judge is resigning after a state disciplinary commission found she called another judge a racist epithet and revealed a planned ruling in a contentious case to a man she was having an affair with, a court spokesman said Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Judge Sours In Yogurt Co. Fight, Calls Attys 'Children'

    The back-and-forth between Chobani and Dannon in a dispute over the sugar content of the companies' yogurt drinks left a bad taste in the mouth of a New York federal judge, who chided the attorneys for "behaving like small children" Friday in a terse response to a motion.

  • January 11, 2019

    Avenatti Seeks DQ Of Ex-Partner's Counsel In $10M Fee Fight

    Attorney and Trump antagonist Michael Avenatti told a California federal judge on Thursday that counsel for a former law partner trying to enforce a $10 million judgment against him from a fee dispute are hopelessly conflicted and must be disqualified.

  • January 11, 2019

    Most LegalForce Claims Against Rival UpCounsel OK'd

    A California federal judge has allowed most claims of false advertising and unfair competition brought by an intellectual property firm against online legal company UpCounsel Inc. to continue.

  • January 11, 2019

    DLA Piper Decries DQ From $45M Blue Cross Payment Fight

    DLA Piper is bitterly contesting its disqualification as counsel in a $45 million case involving Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, arguing that a Florida magistrate judge erred egregiously by treating its role as a go-between for two opposing clients as unethical.

  • January 11, 2019

    Manafort Forfeits Law License Ahead Of Disbarment Hearing

    President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort has submitted his resignation from practicing law in Connecticut, the week before a scheduled state disbarment hearing.

  • January 11, 2019

    LED Maker Wins Sanctions For Lighting Co.'s Service Evasion

    A Wisconsin federal judge slapped a Mexican lighting distributor with more than $106,000 in sanctions Thursday for actively avoiding being served a petition to arbitrate a contract dispute with Cree Inc., sending the LED lighting manufacturer on a lengthy and expensive wild-goose chase.

  • January 11, 2019

    Alphabet Board Hid Execs' Misconduct, 2nd Investor Suit Says

    Several executives from Google Inc. parent Alphabet Inc., including its chief legal officer, were hit with another lawsuit from a shareholder in California state court Thursday, claiming that covered-up sexual misconduct has hurt the company’s value.

  • January 11, 2019

    Pa. Atty Arrested Again On Suspicion Of Stealing From Clients

    A suburban Philadelphia attorney has been arrested a third time in connection with accusations that he pilfered money, some $8,000 from clients he represented in the latest set of charges, prosecutors announced on Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Workers Fight NYU Reply On Recusal In Retirement Fund Row

    New York University is seeking the wrong avenue for challenging two retired judges’ testimony that former U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest should have recused herself from a trial over the school’s retirement plan, university workers said, urging a federal judge not to let NYU file another response.

  • January 11, 2019

    Reed Smith Tells 2nd Circ. Tort Claim Outside Of Fee Fight

    Reed Smith LLP invited the Second Circuit on Friday to allow it to pursue a $6.75 million tort claim in state court against Wohl & Fruchter over a $27 million securities fraud class action fee award, despite a Manhattan federal judge's order exercising "exclusive jurisdiction" over the matter.

  • January 11, 2019

    Boies Schiller Wins $650K In Fee Spat With Chinese Billionaire

    A New York state court judge has approved an arbitration settlement in a fee fight between Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and former client Guo Wengui, ordering the Chinese billionaire to pay over $600,000 in outstanding legal bills.

  • January 11, 2019

    AG Nominee Promises Recusal In Time-AT&T Merger Case

    President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee he would recuse himself from the U.S. Department of Justice’s review of the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger if he were confirmed, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Friday.

  • January 10, 2019

    'Making A Murderer' Atty Says Ex-Client Sunk His Own Case

    The Illinois attorney featured in the documentary “Making a Murderer” has fired back at a former client who accused her of botching his false imprisonment case, saying his lack of candor with her was what torpedoed his civil suit. 

  • January 10, 2019

    Entwistle & Cappucci Malpractice Suit Moved To Federal Level

    A legal malpractice case in which Rochdale Securities LLC is suing Entwistle & Cappucci LLP for allegedly taking civil action against Morgan Stanley after the statute of limitations in a multimillion-dollar fraud case was removed to Connecticut federal court Thursday.

  • January 10, 2019

    What All Attorneys Need To Know About The Shutdown

    As the government shutdown drags on, Law360 is compiling answers to some of the most pressing questions on attorneys' minds.

  • January 10, 2019

    Law360's The Week In Discipline

    A California lawyer accused of producing a forged retainer agreement and a lawyer for a Florida gun maker cited for dodging arbitration lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.

  • January 10, 2019

    Law Firm Can't Get Cut Of Rothstein Litigation Fees

    Segall Gordich PA lost its bid Wednesday to get a cut of legal fees in an investor suit against Bank of America NA over its role in jailed former attorney Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme when a Florida judge ruled that a retainer agreement with Conrad & Scherer LLP did not cover that litigation.

  • January 10, 2019

    NJ Atty At Helm Of GOP Group Charged With Tax Evasion

    A New Jersey lawyer and prominent Republican official was indicted Thursday on charges that he avoided paying about $1 million in income tax obligations while spending millions on a lavish lifestyle, federal prosecutors announced.

  • January 10, 2019

    NLRB Had Right To Fire Atty Who Lost Affidavits, Judge Says

    An Alabama federal judge on Thursday upheld an administrative ruling that the National Labor Relations Board acted within bounds when it fired a field attorney for losing confidential witness statements and misleading an agency official who investigated the incident, saying the board’s action was reasonable.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game, and journalism trends.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.