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Business of Law

  • May 22, 2019

    Dems Object To 9th Circ. Pick Who Doesn't Live In Calif.

    Senate Democrats fumed in a hearing Wednesday over President Donald Trump naming a Washington, D.C., attorney who has California ties but hasn't lived in the state for years to the Ninth Circuit, saying the move underscores the abandonment of courtesy to home state senators in judicial nominations.

  • May 22, 2019

    9th Circ. Nominee Breaks With Pack, Endorses Brown Ruling

    A White House pick for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday broke from the script repeatedly used by many of President Donald Trump's court nominees and endorsed the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, telling the Senate Judiciary Committee he can discuss the ruling because it doesn't face judicial review.

  • May 22, 2019

    Avenatti Charged With Stealing Stormy Daniels' Book Money

    Michael Avenatti's legal problems continued to pile up Wednesday, with new federal charges in New York alleging he stole money from a book deal signed by his most famous ex-client, porn actress Stormy Daniels.

  • May 22, 2019

    Does 3rd-Party Funding Belong In Investment Arbitration?

    Nations and other stakeholders have been struggling to strike a balance in regulating the widespread use of third-party funding in investment arbitration amid criticism that it encourages frivolous claims and causes disproportionate funding within the investor-state dispute settlement regime.

  • May 22, 2019

    Walmart Hires International Compliance Chief From Oil Sector

    Walmart is continuing its legal hiring spree with the announcement Wednesday that a former federal prosecutor who spent the last seven years leading ethics and compliance programs at oil service providers will manage compliance at Walmart's 6,000 locations outside the United States.

  • May 22, 2019

    Senate Confirms Cooper Partner Who Disparaged Gay Judge

    The Senate confirmed four more of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees Wednesday, including a Cooper & Kirk partner who previously defended California's same-sex marriage ban by making disparaging comments about the sexuality of the judge who presided over the case.

  • May 22, 2019

    Large Firms Drive Spike In Associate Starting Salaries

    The median starting salary in the legal industry shot up nearly 15% between 2017 and 2019, with some of the most significant pay hikes happening at the largest firms, according to a report released on Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2019

    Sex Bias Accuser Says MoFo Sabotaged Her Job Hunt

    One of seven lawyers behind a proposed class action accusing Morrison & Foerster LLP of sex discrimination says the firm sabotaged her job prospects at three BigLaw firms after firing her for getting pregnant.

  • May 22, 2019

    Craig Can Get More Info In Already 'Extremely Detailed' Case

    Gregory Craig, the ex-Skadden partner accused of lying to U.S. Department of Justice officials about his alleged role in Paul Manafort's overseas lobbying, should get a few additional details about the government's false statement charges against him, a D.C. federal judge has said.

  • May 22, 2019

    Latest White House Counsel Touted As 'Savvy' Problem Solver

    President Donald Trump's new White House counsel has built a solid reputation as a commercial litigator in D.C. who has stayed — until now — largely outside of politics. But while he may be venturing into new territory, those who know Pat Cipollone say he's the kind of guy who "just gets it" and may even be able to bring a measure of calm to the notoriously chaotic Trump White House.

  • May 22, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Desmarais LLP's John Desmarais

    Desmarais LLP founder John M. Desmarais speaks to Law360 about the benefits of being a boutique, the drawbacks of the billable hour and the limitations of BigLaw.

  • May 21, 2019

    Second Atty Sanctioned For Monsanto MDL Opening Remark

    A California federal judge sanctioned a second attorney who represented the victorious plaintiff in a high-profile jury trial over claims that Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, ruling Tuesday that she had joined her already-sanctioned colleague in violating pretrial orders.

  • May 21, 2019

    Former ABA, Florida State President D'Alemberte Dies At 85

    Former American Bar Association and Florida State University President Talbot “Sandy” D'Alemberte was remembered Tuesday for tirelessly advocating for transparency and access in Florida's justice system while helping advance the rule of law and fundamental liberties around the globe.

  • May 21, 2019

    Law Group Won't Approve Controversial Report This Year

    The American Law Institute pushed back its approval of a controversial report on consumer contracts law Tuesday after its membership of judges, law professors and practitioners spent hours debating its impact on internet users.

  • May 21, 2019

    Munger Atty Confirmed To 9th Circ. Over Calif. Sens.' Criticism

    In keeping with a recent trend, the Senate confirmed one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP partner Daniel P. Collins, to the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday without support from either home state senator.

  • May 21, 2019

    DC Circ. Vacates $7M Atty Fee Award In Civil Rights Row

    A split D.C. Circuit panel on Tuesday tossed a nearly $7 million fee award in a long-running civil rights class action in Washington, D.C., finding a lower court used a matrix for calculating fees that improperly included attorneys based outside of the district and specialized in irrelevant legal areas.

  • May 21, 2019

    Firm Diversity Push Steams Ahead With Action Plan For GCs

    The Diversity Lab and chief legal officer at car-sharing company Turo have compiled and released a set of strategies and actions general counsel can adopt to help improve diversity at law firms, complementing the demands of more than 200 top corporate lawyers set forth in an open letter to their attorneys at those firms.

  • May 21, 2019

    Ex-Willkie Co-Chair Pleads Guilty In 'Varsity Blues'

    Gordon Caplan, the former co-chair of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, pled guilty Tuesday in Boston federal court to paying $75,000 to the mastermind of the "Varsity Blues" nationwide college admissions scheme to have a proctor alter his daughter’s ACT exam answers.

  • May 21, 2019

    Johnny Depp Owes $350K In Legal Fees, Buckley Says

    Johnny Depp's former law firm Buckley LLP accused the actor in Los Angeles state court on Monday of failing to pay nearly $350,000 in fees for successfully counseling him in a closely watched dispute over the viability of Hollywood handshake agreements.

  • May 21, 2019

    House Dems Threaten Court Row After McGahn Skips Hearing

    House Democrats threatened to go to federal court to force the testimony of former White House counsel and Jones Day partner Don McGahn after he failed to show up for a congressional hearing Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    How Lawyers Can Help Save The Planet

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    Over a dozen major law firms have joined our effort to overcome the legal obstacles that states, cities and businesses face in fighting climate change. But more lawyers are needed, say Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School and John Dernbach of Widener University Commonwealth Law School.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

  • 6 Ways To Keep Your Jury From Zoning Out

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    Science suggests that at least some jurors pay attention to less than 65% of the evidence during a trial due to "task-unrelated thoughts," but there are steps attorneys can take to present information in a more engaging, cognition-friendly fashion, say Dennis Stolle and Dennis Devine of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • 5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

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    Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Overview Of The Debate Over Litigation Finance Disclosure

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    In light of a New York federal court's recent decision in Benitez v. Lopez, which joins a growing body of case law denying forced disclosure of commercial litigation finance, Stephanie Spangler of Norris McLaughlin and Dai Wai Chin Feman of Parabellum Capital break down the arguments commonly raised for and against disclosure.

  • How To Identify And Deal With Narcissists In Law

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    Given that a large swath of the legal profession may display some narcissistic tendencies, it is important for lawyers to know how to address the narcissist in the room — and it may be you, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Cleary Chief Talent Officer Hy Pomerance

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Amanda Brady and Dustin Laws talk with Hy Pomerance, chief talent officer of Cleary.