Business of Law

  • April 27, 2017

    BigLaw’s 10 Biggest Revenue Winners And Losers Of 2016

    Some law firms posted huge revenue increases in 2016 when compared to their peers, eclipsing the average uptick of 4.3 percent, while others’ incomes dropped precipitously. Here, see which law firms’ revenue moved the most in this year’s Am Law 100.

  • April 27, 2017

    Dewey Defense Says Execs Were Trying To Save Failing Firm

    Two former executives at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP had no intent to defraud the doomed firm's banks and lenders, but were merely working as hard as they could to save a sinking ship, a jury heard on Thursday as the defense finished its role in the retrial.

  • April 27, 2017

    Suspected Gunman Charged In Killing Of Chicago Judge

    Chicago police have arrested and charged a second man in the killing of Judge Raymond Myles, saying in a news conference Thursday the shooting highlights the need for tougher gun restrictions in the city.

  • April 27, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    A Perkins Coie LLP team won a decision in a sovereign immunity case at the U.S. Supreme Court expected to recast the legal liabilities shouldered by tribal employees, leading this week’s legal lions. Our lambs are led by a New York federal judge who talked himself off an employment case against JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • April 27, 2017

    Millennial Jurors Could Change Your Trial Strategy, Panel Says

    Economic and cultural changes over the past decade have created a “profound shift” in the way that some Millennial jurors view trial evidence compared with their older peers, but it’s important not to judge a book by its cover, a panel of litigation experts sitting in Chicago said Thursday.

  • April 27, 2017

    Ex-Fisher Phillips Partner Charged With Malice Murder

    A Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury has upgraded an involuntary manslaughter charge pending against a former Fisher Phillips employment partner to a charge of malice murder for shooting his wife to death, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced Thursday.

  • April 27, 2017

    High Court Watchdog Wants Revival Of Recusal Explanations

    U.S. Supreme Court watchdog Fix the Court wants to re-adopt a practice of justices providing explanations for recusals in certain cases, saying this method, last used more than 100 years ago, would make it less likely for a conflict to be missed.

  • April 26, 2017

    Trump Faces These 4 Disputes As 100-Day Mark Nears

    Despite a whirlwind start, President Donald Trump hasn't let his official responsibilities keep him out of the courts, where the commander-in-chief is butting heads with Washington businesses, a former “The Apprentice” contestant and more as he approaches his first 100 days mark.

  • April 26, 2017

    Law Firm’s Docs Are Private, NYC Bar Association Says

    The New York City Bar Association on Tuesday told the Second Circuit that it supported Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in its bid to block the disclosure of Royal Dutch Shell PLC documents for a planned environmental and human rights suit abroad, saying that handing them over could hurt attorney-client relationships.

  • April 26, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Hall Lamb's Matthew Leto

    As a plaintiffs lawyer, you have to be tenacious and capable of adapting quickly. Not every hearing will go your way and not every witness will provide favorable testimony, says Matthew Leto, partner at Hall Lamb Hall & Leto PA.

  • April 25, 2017

    DA Failed To Pin Fraud On Dewey's DiCarmine, Jury Hears

    An attorney for the former executive director of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on Tuesday made her final remarks to the jury in the retrial over a purported scheme to fraudulently prop up the now defunct law firm, telling a Manhattan jury no witness testimony or evidence implicates Stephen DiCarmine in a crime.

  • April 25, 2017

    7 Firms Stand Out As Best At Cybersecurity, GCs Say

    Corporate counsel facing complex and rapidly evolving cybersecurity issues are consistently calling on seven law firms as their go-to's due to their unique ability to help businesses understand a web of legal risks and develop tailored plans to curb their exposure.

  • April 25, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Dawn Raid App, Online Legal Portals

    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 seven major recent developments in legal tech.

  • April 24, 2017

    Arsonist Behind Lewis Brisbois LA Office Fire Gets 15 Years

    The man charged with setting one of the largest structure fires in Los Angeles history, torching an apartment complex and damaging the nearby offices of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, pled guilty Monday to arson and was sentenced to 15 years in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

  • April 24, 2017

    Dewey Execs Pin Hopes On Undermining State's Case

    Defense attorneys for two former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives told a New York judge on Monday that they will not present full-blown defense cases, meaning a jury will likely start weighing the financial-crisis-era fraud case next week.

  • April 24, 2017

    ABA Urges Congress To Preserve Cash Accounting Method

    The American Bar Association asked Congress to reject proposals in the latest tax overhaul that would force law firms and others to use an accrual accounting method instead of the standard, simple cash approach, saying this change could cause a “substantial financial hardship” for many.

  • April 24, 2017

    Kirkland & Ellis Gets Back Ex-Obama White House Counsel

    The former top attorney for President Barack Obama’s administration is heading back to Kirkland & Ellis where he will serve as a partner in its government, regulatory and internal investigations practice group, the firm announced Monday.

  • April 24, 2017

    Akin Gump Gets $9M In First Lobbying Numbers Under Trump

    In the first three months of the new year, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP held on to its top spot among BigLaw lobbying firms, with $9.13 million, followed by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP and Squire Patton Boggs LLP, according to numbers disclosed by the firms Monday and Friday.

  • April 24, 2017

    Linklaters Venture Aims For Shanghai Free Trade Zone Entry

    In a move to bolster its legal capacities in Asia, Linklaters LLP confirmed Monday that it has linked up with a firm in the People’s Republic of China to incorporate PRC law capabilities within its own international focus in the hope of establishing an operation in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

  • April 24, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Grant & Eisenhofer’s Beth Graham

    For plaintiffs attorneys, sticking to offense rather than going on defense in response to something the other side puts up is not always easy, says Beth Graham, director of Grant & Eisenhofer's complex pharmaceutical and medical device litigation practice.

Expert Analysis

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • 10 Tips For Creating Winning Trial Visuals

    Kerri Ruttenberg

    Effective visuals require effective design. In her new book, "Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals," published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and Jones Day partner Kerri Ruttenberg discusses how to design and use visuals to help viewers understand, believe and remember the messages being conveyed.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.

  • Weekly Column

    'Talking Bull': Episode 19, Bring It On

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: A Law Firm GC's Data Protection Duties

    Thomas W. White

    Increasingly, we see companies in all industries seeking to perform various levels of due diligence on our information security defenses. We received three times as many diligence requests from clients and prospective clients in 2016 as we did in 2015. Some clients even conduct their own penetration tests, says Thomas White, general counsel of WilmerHale.