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Business of Law

  • September 25, 2018

    BigLaw Atty Sues To Get $100K Ring Back From Ex-Fiancee

    A BigLaw associate filed suit in D.C. federal court Monday against his former fiancee, saying that she has refused to return a $100,000 engagement ring even after the engagement was called off.

  • September 24, 2018

    2,000 Female Attys Sign Letter Backing Kavanaugh Accuser

    More than 2,000 female attorneys — many from top firms, including Kirkland & Ellis LLP, McGuireWoods LLP and BakerHostetler LLP — signed a letter of “support and admiration” for the university professor who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

  • September 24, 2018

    Kavanaugh Denies Assault Allegations In TV Interview

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh pushed back on several allegations against him Monday, saying in a television interview, “I have never sexually assaulted anyone” — an extraordinary move for a pending U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

  • September 24, 2018

    Avvo Will Change Ratings System To Settle NY AG Probe

    Avvo, the website directory of lawyer reviews, has agreed to reform its rating system and improve how it discloses information to consumers after an investigation revealed that it boosted attorneys who voluntarily filled out their profiles, New York's attorney general said Monday. 

  • September 24, 2018

    Morgan Lewis Chair Jami McKeon Re-Elected For 2nd Term

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's partnership on Monday unanimously re-elected firm chair Jami McKeon, who in 2014 became the first female leader in the firm's 141-year history, for a second term.

  • September 24, 2018

    PwC, Fragomen Ink Global Immigration Partnership

    Global immigration firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP will enter into a strategic partnership with the U.K. arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers to integrate and cross-market their tax, mobility and immigration services, the firms announced Monday, in a move that furthers the Big Four accounting firms' push into the domain of traditional law firms.

  • September 24, 2018

    Why A Firm Would Shrink From Facing Off Against Kavanaugh

    Former federal prosecutor Michael Bromwich simultaneously announced his representation of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, and his resignation from litigation boutique Robbins Russell over the weekend, in a parting of ways some say was likely an act of self-preservation by the law firm.

  • September 24, 2018

    Deputy AG Rosenstein To Meet Trump Amid Firing Rumors

    A flurry of press reports early Monday predicted that the firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was imminent, but by the end of the day, the overseer of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation still had his job.

  • September 24, 2018

    15 Minutes With Pure Storage's General Counsel

    Joe FitzGerald's experiences working at several different Silicon Valley companies have taught him the value of humor and humility. Here, he discusses the similarities he sees between the General Data Protection Regulation and Y2K, how he continuously adapts to changing privacy regulations and how his data security plans have evolved over time.

  • September 21, 2018

    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.

  • September 21, 2018

    Ginsburg Warns Court Nominees Against Spelling Out Views

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday appeared to defend the reticent answers of recent high court nominees to lawmaker questions on hot-button legal issues, telling a Columbia Law School audience that during her own confirmation hearings, it would have been "improper" for her to comment on topics that might come before the bench.

  • September 21, 2018

    New Kavanaugh Allegations Raise Pressure On GOP

    New claims of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were published over the weekend in a story by The New Yorker, threatening to derail plans for a hearing Thursday on allegations made by his initial accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

  • September 21, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Manafort Plea Spells Trouble For Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has long denied any wrongdoing in its involvement in Paul Manafort's shady lobbying for pro-Russian figures, but the plea deal Manafort struck with prosecutors last week seems to contradict some of the elite BigLaw firm's claims. Law360 senior reporter Andrew Strickler joins the Pro Say podcast this week to break it all down.  

  • September 21, 2018

    Golden State Warriors Name David Kelly Chief Legal Officer

    The Golden State Warriors have announced that David Kelly, in his eighth season with the organization, has been promoted from general counsel to chief legal officer for business and basketball.

  • September 21, 2018

    Goodwin's PropTech Group Eyes A Burgeoning Sector

    Goodwin Procter LLP says it's the first major law firm in the U.S. to set up a practice group devoted to the intersection of real estate and technology, and co-leaders of Goodwin's so-called PropTech group recently told Law360 their firm is ideally suited to tackle the complex multibillion-dollar intersection of the two practice areas.

  • September 21, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    New survey results showed that the hurdles faced by legal operations professionals are changing as the role increases in popularity, a top Mitsubishi attorney claimed the company illegally refused to promote her to general counsel because of her gender, and six companies set price ranges on initial public offerings estimated to raise $465 million combined. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • September 20, 2018

    Having Proved Their Worth, Legal Ops Pros Face New Hurdles

    While the responsibilities for legal operations professionals haven’t significantly changed in the past decade, the challenges they face have substantially shifted because of the entity’s increasing popularity, according to a survey published Thursday.

  • September 20, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    IP law firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP climbed to the top of this week’s legal lions list after the Federal Circuit reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board loss for client DuPont, while a lawyer for the NRA ended up on the lambs list after he was booted from a case for failing to disclose a sanction against him in another state.

  • September 20, 2018

    Kavanaugh Accuser Negotiating Testimony Before Senate

    Amid the furor sparked by sexual misconduct allegations against D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his accuser entered into negotiations Thursday over appearing before the Senate for a hearing that could determine whether the judge makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • September 20, 2018

    Court Master, Corporate Atty Picked For New Chancery Seats

    Delaware Gov. John Carney announced his nomination of two candidates for the expanded bench of the Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday, choosing Chancery Master Morgan T. Zurn and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP litigator Kathaleen S. McCormick to fill the newly created seats.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Tom Mesereau Talks MJ, Cosby, Unconventional Choices

    Randy Maniloff

    Tom Mesereau may be recently recognizable as one of the attorneys who defended Bill Cosby, but his biggest claim to fame is successfully defending Michael Jackson in 2005. On the eve of what would have been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday, Randy Maniloff, of White and Williams LLP, spoke to Mesereau about his unconventional path to a remarkable career.