Business of Law

  • December 03, 2021

    In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

    For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

  • December 03, 2021

    Legal Sector Adds 2,700 Jobs In November

    The U.S. legal sector added 2,700 jobs in November, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday, continuing a steady increase in employment this year despite questions raised late in the month about the rise of the omicron variant.

  • December 03, 2021

    Pro Say: How King & Spalding Beat Wrongful Firing Claims

    The closely watched legal fight between King & Spalding LLP and one of its former associates wound to a close this week as a New York federal jury rejected the attorney's claims that he was fired for flagging ethical transgressions by firm leaders.

  • December 03, 2021

    Feds, Trump Tell 2nd Circ. Defamation Case Belongs With DOJ

    Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice and Donald Trump on Friday urged the Second Circuit to find that the former president was acting within the scope of his office when he made allegedly defamatory remarks about a writer who accused him of rape.

  • December 03, 2021

    Up Next At High Court: Funding Religion, ERISA's Big Day

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear its final cases of 2021 this week before the winter recess, including a potential landmark case on whether states can deny taxpayer funds to religious schools and another that has the world of ERISA lawyers on the edge of its seat. Here, Law360 breaks down the cases to watch this week.

  • December 03, 2021

    Ala. Mill To Pay Plaintiff Attys In 'Poisoned' Employment Case

    Following a default judgment triggered by repeated defense-side misconduct, an Alabama steel mill agreed Thursday to pay plaintiffs more than $108,000 in attorney fee reimbursements in a federal wage-and-hour case.

  • December 03, 2021

    Powell, Other Attys Ordered To Pay $175K Over Election Suit

    A Michigan federal judge has ordered Sidney Powell, L. Lin Wood and several other sanctioned attorneys to pay roughly $175,000 in fees to the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit for bringing a 2020 election challenge that the judge previously called a "profound abuse of the judicial process."

  • December 03, 2021

    Legalist Accused Of Stealing Legal Database's Trade Secrets

    Leopard Solutions is claiming litigation finance company Legalist Inc. stole "enormous swaths" of the legal database's proprietary content through a free trial subscription period to make its own set of data.

  • December 03, 2021

    Trail Blazers Fire GM After O'Melveny Toxic Workplace Probe

    The NBA's Portland Trail Blazers said Friday they have fired General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey after an O'Melveny & Myers LLP workplace misconduct investigation found that he violated the team's code of conduct.

  • December 03, 2021

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Two new reports hold good news and bad news for general counsel: most will have larger budgets in 2022 for both in-house and outside counsel, but most general counsel also don't feel prepared to handle the growing data security risks. 

  • December 03, 2021

    Texas Law Firm Asks 5th Circ. To Revive Virus Coverage Suit

    A Texas law firm asked the Fifth Circuit to resurrect its coronavirus coverage suit against Cincinnati Insurance Co., arguing that the physical nature of the virus, its spread and the preventative measures taken qualifies it for coverage.

  • December 03, 2021

    Trade Leaders See Proof Of Concept In WTO Services Pact

    World Trade Organization leaders are pointing to a recent deal to soften the regulation of service providers in foreign countries as evidence that the WTO's lagging negotiating can still deliver results.

  • December 03, 2021

    Hogan Lovells Matches Cravath Associate Bonus Scale

    Hogan Lovells on Thursday bumped up its year-end bonus structure for associates, matching the senior-level highs set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in November, the firm confirmed to Law360 on Friday.

  • December 03, 2021

    Associate Pay In Atlanta Hits NYC Levels As Demand Heats Up

    Fierce competition for experienced associates is helping to drive salary increases at law firms in Georgia, with some matching the leading national BigLaw pay scale, as a glut of transactional work follows pandemic-based hiring freezes.

  • December 03, 2021

    Kossoff Accused By DA Of $14M Escrow Theft, To Plead Guilty

    New York City real estate attorney Mitchell Kossoff, of the defunct Manhattan law firm Kossoff PLLC, surrendered to authorities Friday on accusations that he stole $14 million of clients' escrow money. His attorney said Kossoff would plead guilty.

  • December 02, 2021

    Wash. Judge Shortage May Sway T-Mobile Breach Row Venue

    T-Mobile and counsel for consumers suing the telecom giant over its massive data breach squared off Thursday over where to consolidate dozens of lawsuits pending across the country, with plaintiffs proposing five different locations and T-Mobile arguing that judicial shortages in its home state of Washington meant the disputes shouldn't land there. 

  • December 02, 2021

    How The Pandemic Made This Judge A Zoom Trial 'MacGyver'

    State and federal courts in the Seattle area were pioneers in transitioning to remote proceedings when the COVID-19 pandemic began, and King County Superior Court Judge Matt Williams says there's no turning back now.

  • December 02, 2021

    Senate Panel Approves Privacy Bill To Protect Judges' Info

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced legislation aimed at providing security for federal judges and their families by shielding their personal information online, moving the bill closer to full Senate consideration.

  • December 02, 2021

    Two More Firms Matching Cravath Associate Bonus Scale

    Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP and recently launched litigation boutique Glenn Agre Bergman & Fuentes LLP are the latest firms to announce that they are matching Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP's year-end associate bonus structure, Law360 Pulse learned Thursday.

  • December 02, 2021

    Hausfeld Welcomes A New Global Leadership Team

    Litigation firm Hausfeld LLP's founder is stepping down as chair and handing over leadership of the global firm to three partners, aligning with a leadership transition plan the firm rolled out in 2019.

  • December 02, 2021

    DC Circ. Doubts Atty Can Appeal Disciplinary Panel Referral

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Thursday seemed ready to toss a Mohrman Kaardal & Erickson PA partner's challenge to a federal court order referring him to a disciplinary panel over his role in a pro-Trump election lawsuit, saying the ruling is not a final decision that can be appealed.

  • December 02, 2021

    Biden DHS Intel Pick Reports $13.3M Davis Polk Partner Share

    A Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP partner tapped by President Joe Biden to serve as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's undersecretary for intelligence and analysis has reported earning more than $13.3 million from his partner share with the firm since 2020.

  • December 02, 2021

    7th Circ. Judge Hamilton Taking Senior Status

    U.S. Circuit Judge David F. Hamilton of the Seventh Circuit plans to take senior status, opening up a second vacancy on the Chicago-based appeals court for President Joe Biden to fill.

  • December 02, 2021

    Law360 Explores: A Low Bar In California

    Tom Girardi allegedly grifted clients for years and got away with it. But how? In Episode 2 of our podcast exploring the downfall of Girardi, we dig into the conditions at the State Bar of California that allowed wrongdoing to go unchecked.

  • December 02, 2021

    Girardi Clients Have A Bumpy Road To Recover Missing Cash

    The myriad former clients of Thomas Girardi who claim the celebrity lawyer and his eponymous firm stole settlement funds they were due have several avenues for trying to recover the money, but nearly all those paths will be difficult to navigate, attorneys say.

Expert Analysis

  • The Implications Of COP26 For Legal Practitioners

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    Developments at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference will create both opportunities and risks for lawyers — with many new laws, regulations and industry best practices to track, and a growing pipeline of new energy and infrastructure projects to facilitate, say Caroline May and Charles Winch at Norton Rose.

  • Without Leadership Buy-In, Law Firm DEI Efforts Stand To Fail

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    A law firm's diversity, equity and inclusion strategies need the full attention and support of its top leadership to succeed, and requiring the firm's key decision makers to join the DEI committee can make the difference, says Noble Allen at Hinckley Allen.

  • Series

    Confronting Origination Credit: Self-Advocacy Tips For Attys

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    Female lawyers and lawyers of color have historically not been privy to the rules of the origination credit game, but they can employ various strategies to increase the chances of receiving the credit they are due, such as enlisting allies for support and tracking inequity patterns, says Marianne Trost at The Women Lawyers Coach.

  • A Real-World Guide To Staying Discovery In Federal Court

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    Pleas for stay of discovery under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are often rejected when motions to dismiss are pending due to a tenacious tangle of case law, imposing financial and administrative burdens on parties, but some unambiguous rules of thumb can be gleaned to maximize the chances of a discovery stay, says Amir Shachmurove at Reed Smith.

  • Mitigating Inflation's Impact On Commercial Contracts

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    As accelerating inflation threatens to turn many commercial contracts unprofitable for sellers, lessors and lenders, prospects of court relief are slim, but certain contract clauses and revisions can help, says Jonathan Hugg at Schnader Harrison.

  • Roundup

    Confronting Origination Credit

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    This Expert Analysis series looks at how law firms' long-standing practice of awarding origination credit to attorneys who bring in new business can be a barrier to diversity, and offers possible paths toward more equitable compensation systems.

  • Heed These Rules, Or Risk Your Argument On Appeal

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    Failing to meet the scattered requirements for appellate preservation can have dire consequences, so litigants must understand the relevant briefing rules, the differences between waiver and forfeiture, and the four components of a pressed argument in order to get their case fully considered on appeal and avoid sanctions or dismissal, says Michael Soyfer at Quinn Emanuel.

  • What To Include In Orders Governing Remote Arbitration

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    When conducting remote arbitration, attorneys should negotiate written orders that spell out clear rules on technology accommodations, document handling, witness readiness and other key considerations to ensure parties' rights are protected and the neutral's time is not wasted, say Matthew Williams and Christina Sarchio at Dechert.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: CBRE GC Talks Effective Compliance Emails

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    Good corporate governance requires communicating expectations for ethical conduct, but compliance emails need not be overly technical — a relatable story told in simple language with humility and respect can create internal communications that drive home the message, says Laurence Midler at CBRE.

  • The Hazards Of Female Lawyers Being 'Office Moms'

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    Female attorneys are frequently credited with being the "office moms" who do critical but undervalued work — from bringing birthday cakes to serving on diversity committees — but as lawyers return to offices, now is a good time for employers to rectify the gender imbalance that disadvantages women, say Ninth Circuit Judge Margaret McKeown and Fine Kaplan partner Roberta Liebenberg.

  • Discovery Immunity For Draft Expert Reports Lacks Clarity

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    Court rulings on whether — and when — drafts of expert reports are immune from discovery have been inconsistent, so the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure should be amended to better distinguish between draft and final expert reports, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • A Phased Approach To In-House Legal Tech Adoption

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    In-house legal departments that adopt new technologies too quickly often face frustration or failure, so to help ensure a smooth transition, companies should consider a multistep approach, depending on where they stand with respect to modernizing legal processes, says Tariq Hafeez at LegalEase Solutions.

  • Series

    Confronting Origination Credit: How Firms Can Redo Policies

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    To promote a more diverse and equitable workforce — not to mention better teamwork and higher profits — law firms must tackle common misconceptions about origination credit and design compensation systems that reflect four critical concepts about client relationships, says Blane Prescott at MesaFive.

  • How To Comply With ABA's New Language Access Guidance

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    Considering the American Bar Association's recent language access guidance for lawyers working with clients with whom communication is impeded, attorneys should carefully navigate social and cultural differences and take steps to maintain professional obligations, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Deepika Ravi at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Best Practices For Hiring And Integrating Freelance Lawyers

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    Law firms and legal departments that hire temporary attorneys for certain projects can make the most of their contract talent by ensuring the right fit at the time of recruitment, setting expectations among in-house team members, and being strategic about work distribution, says Leslie Firtell at Tower Legal Solutions.

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