Business of Law

  • September 21, 2017

    Chadbourne & Parke, Female Partners Fight Over Discovery

    Chadbourne & Parke LLP and the female attorneys accusing the firm of gender discrimination clashed in New York federal court Wednesday over whether Chadbourne should turn over more documents about partner complaints, compensation and the firm's management.

  • September 21, 2017

    Preet Bharara Joins CNN, Dishes On Firing In New Podcast

    Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is joining CNN as a contributor, the cable news network said Thursday, one day after the former prosecutor for the first time described in detail his March firing by President Donald Trump.

  • September 21, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Anderson Kill PC tops this week's legal lions list with an appeals court win for TransCanada Energy finding its insurers owe the company nearly $58 million in coverage, while Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP ended up on the legal lambs list after the Second Circuit axed a win it secured for Johnson & Johnson in an advertising feud with Pfizer.

  • September 21, 2017

    My Mentor And I: Homer Deakins Recalls Frank Ogletree

    When we started our firm 40 years ago, Frank Ogletree was "the only adult in the room." He was the only one in our group of 16 lawyers who had the maturity and business acumen to start and run a law firm. We described him as a benevolent dictator, which is what we needed at the start, says Homer Deakins of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC

  • September 21, 2017

    PricewaterhouseCoopers Opens DC Legal Services Office

    PricewaterhouseCoopers will open a new legal services office in Washington, D.C., this month, marking the accounting giant's latest expansion into the legal market, the firm announced Thursday.

  • September 21, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Atrium And An Equifax-Suing Chatbot

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products aimed at aiding lawyers coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at six recent major developments in legal tech.

  • September 21, 2017

    Global 20: Dechert

    In the past year, Dechert has provided Brexit-related advice across a spectrum of practice areas, guided WhiteWave Foods through competition issues pertaining to its acquisition by Danone and defended Ecuador against arbitration brought by a ConocoPhillips subsidiary, again earning it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • September 20, 2017

    Justice Ginsburg Traces Road To ‘Flaming Feminist Litigator’

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told first-year law students in an address Wednesday that she rode the wave of the women’s movement, which in the 1970s was “coming alive all over the world,” as she solidified her reputation as a successful litigator fighting for women’s rights.

  • September 20, 2017

    Trump Fed. Judge Pick Says Trans Kid Part Of ‘Satan’s Plan’

    A Texas federal judicial nominee referred to a transgender child as evidence of “Satan’s plan,” defended conversion therapy and compared same-sex marriage to marrying a pet or a tree in a 2015 lecture to a group of pastors, a video unearthed Wednesday shows.

  • September 20, 2017

    Squire Patton Boggs The Latest To Bump UK First-Year Pay

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP confirmed on Wednesday that it was joining a flurry of firms raising salaries for their United Kingdom attorneys, boosting salaries for those in London and its regional offices alike.

  • September 20, 2017

    Trump's 10th Circ. Pick Grilled Over Colo. High Court Dissents

    President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Tenth Circuit faced down questions from a Senate panel on Wednesday ranging from her stance on state power to employment law.

  • September 20, 2017

    Worker, Voting Rights Dominate Panel On Trump Judge Picks

    Questions on criminal representation, employment issues and voting maps dominated a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for four of President Donald Trump's picks for federal judicial vacancies Wednesday, including a pair of BigLaw partners.

  • September 20, 2017

    Global 20: Squire Patton Boggs

    Squire Patton Boggs continued to demonstrate the dominance of its global platform in recent months, handling cross-border matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars and nabbing high-profile hires such as former Speaker of the House John Boehner to once again land among Law360’s Global 20.

  • September 19, 2017

    Hogan Lovells Shrinks In UK, Offers US Staff Early Retirement

    Hogan Lovells invited 400 of its U.S. business services staff to opt for early retirement Monday and eliminated 90 staff positions from the global law firm’s London office, moving many to low-cost hubs outside the city.

  • September 19, 2017

    Gibson Dunn Trims Ex-Billing Workers’ Discrimination Suit

    A California judge on Tuesday tentatively trimmed three Fair Employment and Housing Act claims from a lawsuit alleging Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP maintains a hostile work environment for older workers in its billing department, but refused to throw out an intentional infliction of emotional distress claim.

  • September 19, 2017

    White Men Get Biggest Pay Bump From Law Degrees

    A law degree offers a springboard to a higher salary for all graduates, but research out Tuesday reveals that springboard is more powerful for white graduates than minorities and launches men farther than women.

  • September 19, 2017

    Why Firms Are Throwing Money At Associate Retention

    Quinn Emanuel’s recent decision to pass out bonuses to high-billing associates who remain loyal to the law firm reflects and exemplifies a changing legal marketplace where mid-level attorneys are increasingly difficult to retain and the goals of young lawyers are in flux.

  • September 19, 2017

    Senate Approves Trump's Solicitor General Pick

    The Senate approved President Donald Trump’s pick for his top U.S. Supreme Court advocate Tuesday, confirming onetime Jones Day partner Noel Francisco as solicitor general.

  • September 19, 2017

    Global 20: Norton Rose Fulbright

    Norton Rose Fulbright continued to expand its global presence in the past year while playing a key role in groundbreaking mining projects in Guinea, helping land the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • September 18, 2017

    Ex-Dewey CFO Says It's Only Fair He Doesn't Serve Time

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders urged a New York judge on Monday to impose a no-jail sentence, arguing the prosecution's request for a four-year sentence is turning "a blind eye to reality" in comparing Sanders with major Ponzi schemers.

Expert Analysis

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Opinion

    We Must Protect Consumers From Illegal Debt Collectors

    Maura Healey

    Companies are allowed to collect the money they are owed, but they cannot break the law or cheat people in the process. Some of the biggest players in the debt collection industry are not focused on getting it right, says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: A 1st Time For Everything

    Lindsay Harrison

    My first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court was unusual in that it was also my first argument in any court of any kind, says Lindsay Harrison of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Never Give Up

    Alan Hoffman

    In my first week of practice, I was assigned to litigation that had been pending for 17 years. No discovery had been done, and the case was set for trial or dismissal in less than 60 days. From what followed, I learned some of the most important lessons of my career, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: A Lot Of Questions, A Little Luck

    John Bursch

    On the day of my first argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, after I survived the security screening process, I found myself in the lower-level hall where the statue of Chief Justice John Marshall is located. On the advice of a colleague, I rubbed Marshall’s shoe for good luck, says John Bursch, former solicitor general of Michigan.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.

  • Opinion

    Dealing With Difficult Lawyers

    Alan Hoffman

    Some lawyers tend to be overly aggressive, regarding law practice as a zero-sum game in which there are only winners and losers. The best response is to act professionally — separating the matter at hand from the personalities. But it is also important to show resolve and not be vulnerable to intimidation, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Inspiration From Eminem

    Erin Murphy

    One particularly memorable moment of my first U.S. Supreme Court argument was when the courtroom erupted in laughter. Until then, I had honestly forgotten there was a courtroom full of people behind me. So if nothing else, at least I had taken the advice from my go-to inspirational song — Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” — to heart, says Erin Murphy of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.