Business of Law

  • February 21, 2017

    BigLaw Cost Pressures Fueling Middle East Exits

    At least eight BigLaw outposts in the Middle East have been shuttered since 2015, a trend experts say is simply one symptom of the global push by law firms to make ends meet as demand falters and the costs of doing business continue to rise.

  • February 21, 2017

    Norton Rose Fulbright Inks Deal With Chadbourne

    Norton Rose Fulbright and New York-based Chadbourne & Parke LLP will merge in the second quarter of this year, the firms announced Tuesday.

  • February 17, 2017

    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.

  • February 17, 2017

    Auditor Reviewed Dewey's London Tax Docs, Jury Hears

    A defense attorney for ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders on Friday questioned the firm's former overseas finance director’s assertion that certain accounting maneuvers Sanders had pursued were improper, showing a New York jury evidence that outside auditors had reviewed the transactions.

  • February 17, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Facebook's general counsel dodges a defamation claim over a press statement, Anthem and Cigna face off over the future of their merger, and the D.C. Circuit revives a suit challenging the SEC's controversial in-house court. Those stories top the corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • February 17, 2017

    Justice Thomas Unlikely To Recuse Despite Wife's Politics

    While the desire expressed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife to organize pro-President Donald J. Trump activists may raise shouts for the conservative judge's disqualification in the event of a high court review of a Trump executive order, ethics experts said: Don't waste your breath.

  • February 17, 2017

    Judge Gorsuch ‘Hopefully’ Confirmed In April, McConnell Says

    The Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell, said Friday he wants to have President Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed in the next two months, putting a ticking clock on the nomination of Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trump Slams 9th Circ. As Court In ‘Chaos,’ ‘Turmoil’

    President Donald Trump slammed the Ninth Circuit on Thursday as a court in “chaos” and “turmoil,” claiming at a news conference that the court has been overturned by the Supreme Court “at a record number,” a record that’s actually held by the Sixth Circuit, according to a recent Politifact study.

  • February 16, 2017

    Dewey Ex-Finance Head Says Accounting Fix Was Wrong

    The former international finance director at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP testified in Manhattan criminal court on Thursday that one of two ex-Dewey executives facing a fraud retrial asked her to make accounting entries she thought were improper.

  • February 16, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Jones Day snagged this week’s top legal lion spot after the law firm one-upped long-time winner Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP on a list of the most recognized U.S. law firm brands while O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s week wasn’t as sweet after client Google was hit with a $20 million verdict in a suit over malware protection patents.

  • February 16, 2017

    NY Needs Fresh Look At Judiciary System, State Bar Says

    The New York State Bar Association believes that heavy caseloads and an excessive number of trial courts create a complex and inefficient judicial system in the state, saying in a report Thursday that these issues should be addressed if voters decide this November to hold a constitutional convention in 2019.

  • February 16, 2017

    Fla. Supreme Court Declines To Adopt Daubert Standard

    The Florida Supreme Court declined Thursday to adopt a measure to bring state court standards for the admissibility of expert witnesses in line with federal courts, over concerns that doing so would undermine the right to a jury trial and inhibit access to the courts.

  • February 16, 2017

    Gorsuch Nomination Hearings To Kick Off In March

    Opening statements in a hearing on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court will begin on March 20, with questioning of the associate justice-designate commencing the following day, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2017

    How To Stand Out In A Large Law Department

    In large law departments, in-house counsel who don't distinguish themselves are doomed to languish unnoticed among the masses. Here's how to make an impression with general counsel and other company leaders to move up the ranks.

  • February 15, 2017

    Sen. McConnell Leaves 'Nuclear Option' Open On Gorsuch

    The Senate Majority Leader on Wednesday kept the line open for using the so-called nuclear option — changing Senate rules — and also backed President Donald Trump Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch’s earlier comments on the independent judiciary.

  • February 15, 2017

    House Resolution Slams Judge Who Blocked Travel Ban

    Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has introduced a resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives criticizing the actions of a federal judge and an appeals court that obstructed the enforcement of President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 immigration ban.

  • February 14, 2017

    Akin Gump’s Profits Per Partner Jumped Nearly 10% In 2016

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s global profits per partner jumped by 9.6 percent between 2015 and 2016, surpassing $2 million each, the firm said Tuesday.

  • February 14, 2017

    Banks Lavished Dewey With High Debt Offers, Jury Hears

    A Wells Fargo executive on Tuesday told jurors in the second trial of former leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP of internal concerns at the bank over the amount of debt the law firm was taking on in the early years after its inception, while juror problems continued to plague the proceeding.

  • February 14, 2017

    Law Schools, Bar Group Denounce Trump Attacks On Judges

    The blowback from President Donald Trump’s criticisms of federal judges related to his executive order on immigration has not abated, with the International Bar Association and two law school deans recently excoriating the president's comments about judges and the judiciary.

  • February 13, 2017

    Gorsuch Reveals 'Most Significant' Cases In Questionnaire

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch has shed light on his judicial priorities with a list of what he considers his 10 "most significant" cases during his years on the Tenth Circuit in a congressional questionnaire, outlining an aversion to deference for federal agencies, a penchant for religious liberty and high pleading and procedural standards for civil litigants.

Expert Analysis

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • My Strangest Day In Court: When My Expert Had A Meltdown

    Esther Holm

    As I was going through one of the plaintiff’s claims — post-traumatic stress disorder — with my expert witness, the good doctor could not even recall the elements of the disorder! Then, suddenly, he pointed his finger at a young juror, remembers Esther Holm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 14, It's Classified

    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 ...

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 13, The Fall

    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 ...