Business of Law

  • May 26, 2020

    Baker Donelson, Blank Rome Adjust Summer Programs

    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.

  • May 26, 2020

    Digital Receptionists Say Firm Can't Cut Access To Customers

    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.

  • May 26, 2020

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Bernstein's Katie Sinderson

    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.

  • May 26, 2020

    Michael Flynn Sees An Unlikely Ally In Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    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.

  • May 26, 2020

    Trump Appointee Steps Down From East Texas US Atty Post

    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.

  • May 26, 2020

    Judge Lets Defense Firm Exit Fee Spat With Ex-Novak Attys

    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.

  • May 26, 2020

    Mass. Jury Trials To Remain Delayed Until September

    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.

  • May 26, 2020

    Fla. Gov. Taps State Judge, Kobre & Kim Atty For High Court

    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.

  • May 26, 2020

    How To Avoid Making The Blow Of A Pay Cut Even Worse

    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.

  • May 26, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    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.

  • May 26, 2020

    Washington Nats Tap In-House Attorney For GC Role

    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.

  • May 26, 2020

    Landlord Says Jenner & Block Owes $3.7M In Unpaid Rent

    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.

  • May 22, 2020

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    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.

  • May 24, 2020

    Judge Taps Kavanaugh's Atty To Fight Flynn's Dismissal Bid

    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. 

  • May 22, 2020

    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.

  • May 22, 2020

    Law Firms Urged To Move Past Standard Data Breach Scripts

    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.

  • May 22, 2020

    Wigdor Drops Biden Sex Assault Accuser Reade As Client

    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.

  • May 22, 2020

    Pro Say: Will COVID-19 Shrink The Lavish BigLaw Office?

    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.

  • May 22, 2020

    4 Ways Tax Pros Say Pandemic Has Changed Their Practice

    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.

  • May 22, 2020

    Watergate Prosecutors Rip Flynn's Bid To Nix Case At DC Circ.

    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."

  • May 22, 2020

    Boeing Names New General Counsel Amid Reorganization

    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.

  • May 22, 2020

    Attys Worry Social Distancing Will Hinder Law Grad Mentoring

    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.

  • May 22, 2020

    Troutman To Cut Pay Ahead Of Pepper Hamilton Tie-Up

    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.

  • May 22, 2020

    '09 Law Grads Offer Advice To Survive 2020 Job Search Chaos

    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.

  • May 22, 2020

    Georgia Bankruptcy Firm Sues Hartford To Cover Virus Losses

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    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.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Trial Lawyer Mark Beck

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    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.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    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.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    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.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Fix New York's Notary Problem

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    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.

  • Contingent Fees A Great Option For Cos. During Downturn

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    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.

  • Opinion

    Flynn Judge Should Not Change Role Of Amicus Curiae

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    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.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    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.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

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    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.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

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    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.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Pillsbury's Amanda Halter

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    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.

  • A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

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    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.

  • With Friends Like These: The Amicus Questions In Flynn Case

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    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.

  • Making Law Firm Panels Work For The Cost-Conscious GC

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    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.

  • Pandemic Presents Teamwork Test For Law Firms

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    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.

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