Like other firms, Boies Schiller is working to transition to the next generation, but that process has come with a wave of attorney defections. It speaks to the kind of growing pains that, according to experts, make succession planning easier said than done.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced BigLaw firms to abandon their most opulent offices and transform their lawyers into remote workers, revealing to many firm leaders that their enormous real estate costs might not be as justifiable as they had been in decades past.
The prospect of leaving the safety of BigLaw to form a boutique in the midst of a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic may sound treacherous, but attorneys who did it a decade ago during the Great Recession say there may be big opportunities for a small startup in this environment.
The attorney who's been haunting Florida beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper is no stranger to controversy, but his newest protest is stirring up debate not just about the coronavirus, but the proper conduct for a lawyer.
Blank Rome LLP and Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC confirmed Tuesday that they have shortened their summer associate programs and plan for some or all of the programs to happen virtually.
A virtual reception service told an Oregon federal court that a law firm suing it over its billing practices is improperly trying to block the service from communicating with its clients while the class action continues.
Katie Sinderson knew from childhood that she wanted to be a lawyer, but playing a witness in her mother's moot court competitions as a middle schooler really made the law come alive. Watching her mom, a former schoolteacher, pursue her dream of becoming an attorney further propelled Sinderson toward what has become a lifelong passion, she says.
As the showdown between Michael Flynn and a D.C. federal judge heats up, the president's former national security adviser has invoked the words of an unlikely source — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — to support the retired general's bid to escape prosecution.
One of the top federal prosecutors in the Lone Star State, who was tapped for the post by President Donald Trump, is stepping down after little more than two years on the job, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas said Tuesday.
A D.C. federal judge on Saturday allowed a law firm representing a group of former Novak Druce partners without "any promise" of being paid to leave the defense table.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday delayed all state court jury trials until at least Sept. 8 and kept the courts closed to the public through June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made two long-awaited appointments to the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday, tapping a Miami-based partner at Kobre & Kim LLP and a state judge from Palm Beach County despite the latter's ineligibility to be sworn in until September.
Pay cuts have swept through major law firms in recent months, with many attorneys seeing double-digit percentage drops in their compensation. Financial experts say those who have been impacted must tread carefully to avoid exacerbating the situation.
The COVID-19 pandemic found states monitoring scaled back Memorial Day weekend festivities that went off without a hitch in some places and resulted in crowd-limit violations in others, signaling challenges ahead as the beach season vies with continuing public health safety mandates.
The Washington Nationals team has elevated an in-house attorney to its general counsel spot, the franchise confirmed Tuesday, as Major League Baseball considers how to start its 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jenner & Block LLP is in a fight with its Chicago landlord over how much in rent the firm must pay while its office space goes largely unused because of the coronavirus pandemic, with the landlord asking for more than $3.7 million.
They've represented consumers, companies, and government entities, taken on Goliaths in industries ranging from aerospace to health care to finance to technology to sports, and won landmark victories on behalf of clients across the country.
A D.C. federal judge overseeing Michael Flynn's prosecution has hired a high-powered trial attorney to defend his decision to examine the government's request to toss the case, a person familiar with the hiring told Law360 Sunday.
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.
Law firms should tell clients if their sensitive data has been exposed even if it's unclear whether the law requires them to do so, a new report from a coalition of legal industry stakeholders says.
Prominent #MeToo litigator Douglas H. Wigdor said Friday his firm has stopped working with Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer accusing former Vice President Joe Biden of sexual assault.
COVID-19 has forced BigLaw firms to abandon their opulent offices and transform their lawyers into remote workers, pushing many firm leaders to question the enormous price they pay for high-end real estate.
From creating online professional and legal education for clients who can no longer attend conferences to developing new methods of communication with state tax agencies, the global pandemic has changed state tax practices in significant ways. Here Law360 presents four of them.
Sixteen prosecutors who served on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force slammed former national security adviser Michael Flynn's request that the D.C. Circuit immediately decide whether the government can drop charges against him, saying it's "difficult to imagine a case more ill-suited than this for the 'drastic and extraordinary' remedy."
Boeing Co. has named deputy general counsel Grant Dixton as its new general counsel, senior vice president and head of the aerospace giant's law department after the prior general counsel was named head of its newly combined law and global compliance departments.
The American Bar Association's call to extend limited practice privileges to law school graduates facing a delayed bar exam due to COVID-19 has prompted concerns that social distancing will sabotage the very initiative it prompted, given the intense supervision required as part of the plan.
Ahead of its planned merger with Pepper Hamilton LLP in July, Troutman Sanders announced Friday that it will implement compensation reductions for attorneys and staff beginning June 1 that will continue for an unspecified period of time.
DLA Piper partner Jamila Justine Willis knows well the knot of worry that has become a permanent fixture over the last few months for law students in the Class of 2020.
A Georgia bankruptcy law firm is suing Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., alleging that it wrongfully denied coverage for business income losses resulting from state-mandated shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2019 Practice Groups of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.
The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360's 2019 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.
U.S. law firms have long touted their commitment to diversity and inclusion. But those goals still seem far from being realized. Law360’s annual Diversity Snapshot indicates only marginal progress on racial and ethnic diversity in the attorney workforce from year to year, even as demands grow from clients expecting more diverse legal teams.
Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.
As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Pasadena-based Mark E. Beck, founder of Beck Law PC specializing in white collar criminal defense and investigations.
Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.
Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.
Eliminating New York's notarized affidavit requirement for court submissions, or at least allowing remote notarization, would reduce the time and expense associated with securing a notary and minimize stress for lawyers and their clients, say Russell Yankwitt and Dina Hamerman at Yankwitt.
In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.
As an appellate attorney who has authored numerous amicus briefs, I am deeply concerned about some fast-moving developments in the case of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, where a D.C. federal judge is transforming amici curiae into 11th-hour prosecutorial intermeddlers, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate.
When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.
For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.
There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.
As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Amanda Halter, managing partner of Pillsbury's Houston office and a member of the firm's environmental and natural resources practice.
To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
A D.C. federal judge's recent appointment of amicus curiae to address whether the Michael Flynn case can proceed is reminiscent of the judicial overreach that the U.S. Supreme Court criticized and reversed this month in U.S. v. Sineneng-Smith, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate Advocacy.
General counsel may be tempted to resort to matter-level requests for proposals in the wake of the COVID-19 economic crisis, but alternatively, a singular, global RFP process — to select a panel of law firms for all legal needs — can reduce legal spend while fostering long-term relationships, say Vivek Hatti, formerly at Avis Budget Group, and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.
To ensure smooth operations during these uncertain times, all members of the law firm team — leaders and partners, diversity and talent professionals, associates and other staff members — need to commit to their unique roles and intensify support for colleagues, says Manar Morales, president and CEO at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.