Law firms in which partners have big corner offices, where heavy wooden doors isolate lawyers and staff and where fluorescent lighting floods the space with a yellow hue are becoming obsolete as firms create updated workplaces that reflect a new philosophy — one that values egalitarianism, community and wellness.
Medium-sized corporations spend more of their legal budget on outside counsel than large or small companies, and the bite alternative legal service providers take out of legal spend is still comparatively tiny, according to a new report out Wednesday.
For the first time in a decade, more legal departments said they plan to increase rather than decrease their outside counsel spending next year, according to an annual report released Tuesday that provides insights into the state of in-house law departments from the perspective of their chief lawyers.
Building a highly recognizable and respected brand as a law firm leader is difficult in today's legal industry, but doing so is likely worth the effort. Here, Law360 looks at the benefits of embracing the limelight and shaping a strong public image.
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 eight major recent developments in legal tech.
Sedgwick LLP told employees Monday morning that the firm would close at the end of December, a current firm employee confirmed to Law360 on Tuesday, capping off a year of defections and office closures that rocked the San Francisco-based firm.
The legal profession remains a high risk for money laundering, with phony investment schemes one of the biggest dangers, the regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales warned on Tuesday.
Ropes & Gray LLP will have a woman at the helm of the law firm for the first time in its 152-year history, the firm said Monday, announcing the appointment of private equity partner Julie Jones to become the law firm’s next chair.
U.S. District Judge William M. Hoeveler, who spent nearly 40 years on the bench in the Southern District of Florida and was one of the most popular judges there, died on Saturday at his home in Coral Gables. He was 95.
Even as more women enter the legal profession, the number who make it to the highest levels of law firm management is still small. Here, five female law firm leaders share their tips on smashing the glass ceiling.
Husch Blackwell LLP confirmed Monday that approximately 40 attorneys, all of whom are partners or counsel, are expected to leave the Kansas City, Missouri-based firm, due to what the firm called "year-end transitions."
Susannah Wright was tapped in June to act as the first general counsel of the personal finance startup Credit Karma. Wright spoke to Law360 to discuss the challenge and opportunity of being the general counsel of a young, disruptive company.
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.
On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses the escalating war of words between Republicans and the American Bar Association over how judicial nominees are vetted. We also tackle a BigLaw attorney in hot water after her comments about sexual harassment on Fox News, the Menendez corruption trial ending in a hung jury, and some unusual facts about one of President Donald Trump's judicial picks.
The commission tasked with screening candidates for federal judgeships in Florida sent four names — two trial court judges and two appellate judges — to the state's U.S. senators for a vacancy in the Northern District of Florida.
President Donald J. Trump announced on Friday the addition of five new names to the list of judges that he will draw upon to fill a potential vacancy in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Defying the tight-lipped tradition of lawyers who have represented reviled clients, two of Harvey Weinstein’s former attorneys have issued public explanations of their work and spoken extensively to the press about their “mistakes,” a phenomenon some experts say undermines public confidence that lawyers, regardless of their own reputations, will keep client matters close.
The former controller at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP saw the end to what his attorney called a “long and arduous siege” on Friday when he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service after cooperating in the prosecution of his ex-colleagues for more than three years.
The U.S. Supreme Court turned away four notable employment cases, a study found more legal departments are looking to grow their outside counsel spending next year, and Kraft Heinz Co.'s GC told Law360 about the changing food industry. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.
The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is looking to advance two of President Donald Trump's choices for appellate courts, he said Thursday, bucking a century-old tradition allowing home-state senators to have a say in judicial nominations.
The Senate voted Thursday to approve Donald C. Coggins Jr. to fill a vacant district judgeship in South Carolina, sending a nominee previously put up by former President Barack Obama to the federal bench.
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday discussed changing an informal policy on federal judicial nominees who used marijuana, potentially approving of candidates who had one or two “incidental” uses after passing the bar.
Weil Gotshal heads up the legal lions list this week, snagging a precedential win at the Federal Circuit finding the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision was a change in law, while Skadden and King & Spalding ended up on the lambs list after their client, Johnson & Johnson, was slammed with a $247 million verdict in a hip implant bellwether trial.
Some attorneys are reeling from a provision inserted in the House and Senate’s tax plans that would effectively erase a Ninth Circuit decision allowing attorneys to deduct expenses advanced to clients in contingent-fee cases, potentially placing a burden on practitioners and affecting the availability of legal services.
The law firms on Law360’s 2017 Regional Powerhouse list are handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles across seven states, offering clients regional expertise and making a lasting impact on the law at the state and local level.
The law firms on Law360’s Global 20 list have expertise that spans practice areas and continents, and they’ve handled some of the biggest cross-border matters of the year. With thousands of attorneys in dozens of countries around the world, these firms have figured out the key to delivering for clients on multiple fronts.
The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.
Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.
Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.
Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Appellate lawyers are usually silent observers at trial who collaborate on legal strategy, conduct research during court breaks, and craft jury instructions, verdict forms and major motions. But as I discovered in one trial, this is not always the case, says M.C. Sungaila of Haynes and Boone LLP.
Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.
While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.
There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
It would be disingenuous to suggest that my heart did not skip a beat when I walked into the U.S. Supreme Court knowing I would be arguing there for the first time an hour later. However, my experience demonstrates that a first-time advocate can approach the lectern calmly and confidently through thorough preparation, says Jean-Claude André of Sidley Austin LLP.
Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.