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Business of Law

  • November 16, 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.

  • November 16, 2018

    Acting AG Challenged At High Court By Felon Seeking Firearm

    An ex-convict who is challenging a federal ban on gun ownership by felons asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to determine the legitimacy of acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, claiming that the controversial appointment was unconstitutional and that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, not Whitaker, should be the named defendant in his case.

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. High Court Gets 'Like' From Attys On Facebook Decision

    The Florida Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that the mere existence of a Facebook friendship between a judge and litigator is not grounds for disqualification drew a “like" from attorneys who applauded the court for a narrow ruling that acknowledges the realities of social media relationships.

  • November 16, 2018

    Facebook GC Staying For Now Despite Announced Departure

    Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch, who in July announced he would step down from the position at the end of the year, will stay on as the social media giant's top lawyer into 2019, the company said, as it continues to be involved in a slew of scandals that include investigations into its data privacy practices.

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. High Court Nominee Process Can Continue, Justices Say

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state's Judicial Nominating Commission, which is screening candidates for three soon-to-open seats on the high court, can continue with the process and does not have to wait until January to send names to the incoming governor.

  • November 16, 2018

    Meet The Judge Who Controls Fate Of ACA, Trump's AG

    The Maryland federal judge in the extraordinary position to decide the future of both the Affordable Care Act and President Donald Trump’s acting U.S. attorney general is an evenhanded and genial jurist known for exhaustively analyzing legal issues, lawyers say.

  • November 16, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: CNN v. Trump

    On this week's episode of Pro Say, we take a closer look at CNN's win in a legal battle with President Trump over the White House's ban on reporter Jim Acosta.

  • November 16, 2018

    Senate Shake-Up Could Put Graham Atop Judiciary Panel

    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced Friday he will take over the Senate Finance Committee next Congress, setting the stage for Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to take over the judiciary panel.

  • November 16, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A new survey of general counsel found that law department leaders are using more of their budget on internal legal services than on outside counsel, and Facebook Inc. announced it will no longer make its workers who claim they have been sexually harassed arbitrate their claims. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • November 16, 2018

    Stevens & Lee Defends Staffer's Firing In Sex Bias Suit

    Stevens & Lee PC says it had legitimate reasons to terminate a legal assistant who claims in a federal lawsuit that she was fired for trying to take advantage of family leaves to deal with medical complications she and her daughter faced as she returned to work after giving birth.

  • November 16, 2018

    How Law Firms Are Preparing For The Next Recession

    The last major U.S. recession struck the legal industry a decade ago, obliterating some law firms and putting a large number of lawyers out of work. Here are a few ways law firms are positioning themselves to not only survive, but thrive when the next big economic downturn hits.

  • November 15, 2018

    McConnell, McGahn Tout Their Success Reshaping Judiciary

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former White House Counsel Don McGahn received a hero’s welcome at the Federalist Society’s annual dinner Thursday night as they discussed how the two turned the Trump presidency into the most effective conservative judge-making machine in history.

  • November 15, 2018

    Growing Privacy Laws Raise GCs' Fears Of Legal Exposure

    As the global patchwork of data protection and cybersecurity laws continues to expand, companies are feeling more exposed than ever to legal disputes over these issues and are spending more time thinking about how to balance their discovery obligations with these new privacy rules, a recent survey of corporate counsel released Thursday by Norton Rose Fulbright has found. 

  • November 15, 2018

    Dewey Drama Takes Unexpected Twist With Ex-CFO's Jailing

    The long saga of failed BigLaw firm Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP took another dramatic twist Thursday when a New York judge threw the firm's former chief financial officer in jail briefly for not paying his $1 million criminal fine, leaving some lawyers shocked.

  • November 15, 2018

    Deja Vu: Recount Veterans Back At It In Florida

    The recount gang is back together, as attorneys who cut their teeth on the 2000 Bush v. Gore recount in Florida are now at it again in the three statewide recounts currently underway that attorneys hope will proceed more smoothly than the last time, thanks to legislative reforms enacted as a response to the 2000 election. Here’s a look at the key players and their legal teams in the Florida recount battle of 2018.

  • November 15, 2018

    Senate Dems Push AG Whitaker Oversight, Mueller Protection

    President Donald Trump's appointment of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker faced increasing bipartisan headwinds Thursday, as Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats sought to haul him in for a hearing and a bipartisan group of senators threatened to choke off judicial confirmations over a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

  • November 15, 2018

    Fish & Richardson Selects China For 2nd Global Office

    Fish & Richardson PC will make its first foray into China with an outpost in the technology hub of Shenzen, its second international office after Munich, after securing approval from China's Ministry of Justice to open a representative office, the intellectual property powerhouse announced Thursday.

  • November 15, 2018

    Sen. Lee Slams Dems On Kavanaugh At Federalist Gathering

    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, kicked off the Federalist Society’s annual lawyers convention Thursday by lambasting Democrats’ opposition to Justice Brett Kavanaugh as retribution “for Merrick Garland’s nomination,” while also characterizing the dysfunction in Washington as an opportunity for local and state governments to pick up the slack.

  • November 15, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP is this week’s top legal lion after securing major wins for Johnson & Johnson and Ranbaxy, while Dallas-based Allen Law Group ended up as a legal lamb after a jury ordered its trucking company client to pay $260 million in a wrongful death suit.

  • November 15, 2018

    Ex-Dewey CFO Jailed For Failing To Pay $1M Fraud Fine

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders on Thursday was taken into custody and led away from a Manhattan courtroom in handcuffs after failing to make good on the $1 million fine he was sentenced to pay following his fraud conviction last year.

Expert Analysis

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    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 Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Guest Feature

    The Many Lives Of Michael Chertoff

    Randy Maniloff

    Randy Maniloff begins his interview with the nation’s second secretary of homeland security by saying he wants to go over his resume. The look on Michael Chertoff's face: “Bring it on.”

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.