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Business of Law

  • October 18, 2018

    Heritage Foundation Suspends Law Clerk Training Program

    The Heritage Foundation said Thursday that it was putting its training program for federal law clerks on hold, an announcement made in the wake of news articles disclosing that the conservative think tank told participants to keep the teachings of the donor-funded program a secret.

  • October 18, 2018

    White Collar Atty Named Interim White House Counsel

    Veteran white collar lawyer Emmet Flood will serve as interim White House counsel until President Donald Trump's next choice for the role, Pat Cipollone, "comes on board," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday as the administration experiences another high-profile shakeup.

  • October 18, 2018

    Calif. Judges Want Clarification On High Court Recusal

    Counsel for a class of over 3,000 California state appellate judges in an appeal involving $36 million worth of back wage and pension payments have asked the state's Supreme Court justices to clarify their decision to recuse themselves from the suit, saying that all judges may have a financial stake in the case.

  • October 18, 2018

    3 Takeaways From ABA's Firm Breach Disclosure Guidance

    The American Bar Association's recent guidance on notifying clients about data breaches sets a high standard for lawyers striving to meet their ethical obligations and will likely prompt many law firms to take a harder look at their current incident preparation and response efforts, attorneys say. Here, attorneys flag three major takeaways from the new guidance.

  • October 18, 2018

    Sidley Austin Mourns Death Of LA Bankruptcy Partner

    Sidley Austin LLP is grieving the loss of one of its attorneys, a 42-year-old bankruptcy partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office who died on Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the local medical examiner-coroner.

  • October 18, 2018

    Duane Morris Partners With Cannabis Trade Association

    Duane Morris LLP announced a partnership with the American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp on Thursday in what the parties are touting as the first ever partnership between a major law firm and trade organization for the drug.

  • October 18, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    White & Case LLP earned the title of legal lion this week after the First Circuit overturned the certification of a class of buyers suing client Allergan over the price of its medication, while Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP landed on the lambs list after a federal judge sanctioned the law firm for engaging in “gamesmanship” while representing Purina in a patent fight.

  • October 17, 2018

    Don McGahn Steps Down As White House Counsel

    Don McGahn, who helped shepherd the nominations of two of President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominees through Congress has stepped down as White House counsel following the announcement of his replacement, according to media reports Wednesday.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    The Use Of Third-Party Litigation Financing Is Soaring

    A recent survey of in-house and private firm lawyers shows a spike in the use of third-party litigation funding and plenty of organizations forgoing worthy claims in the face of big legal bills, according to a Wednesday report from funder Burford Capital.

  • October 17, 2018

    The Four Firms That GCs Fear The Most

    General counsel are pointing to four law firms they view as the most fearsomely competent litigators and the ones they least wish to see on the other side of the table, a survey released Wednesday revealed.

  • October 17, 2018

    Lieff Cabraser, Others Want $90M In State Farm Judge Case

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, Clifford Law Offices PC and several other firms have asked for $90 million in fees and expenses for their work representing a class of State Farm customers who settled claims the insurance giant rigged an Illinois judicial election for $250 million.

  • October 17, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: Loeb & Loeb's Kenneth Florin

    Loeb & Loeb LLP's new chairman, Kenneth R. Florin, recently spoke with Law360 at the firm's Manhattan office to discuss the ways in which Loeb & Loeb and the legal profession at large have evolved and why he thinks some of the most significant changes are still to come.

  • October 17, 2018

    Baker McKenzie Chooses Florida For New Legal Services Hub

    Baker McKenzie plans to launch a global service center in Tampa, Florida, to build on the success of its existing hubs in the Philippines and Northern Ireland, the global law firm said Wednesday.

  • October 17, 2018

    4th Circ., Fla. Court Picks Glide Through Sparse Hearing

    President Donald Trump's choices for a Fourth Circuit seat and district court seats in Florida and Alabama cruised through a sparsely attended nominations hearing Wednesday, after Democrats objected to holding the hearing at all.

  • October 17, 2018

    ABA Says Attys Must Inform Clients After A Data Breach

    The American Bar Association unveiled ethics requirements Wednesday that say attorneys should notify current clients in the event of a data breach and to keep clients updated on the findings of any investigation into the breach.

  • October 17, 2018

    Chief Justice Defends Court's Integrity After Kavanaugh Row

    Alluding to the recent political firestorm surrounding Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s monthslong nomination process, Chief Justice John Roberts tried to assure the public that the U.S. Supreme Court would remain an independent and collegial institution.

  • October 16, 2018

    SEC Comes Up Short In Fraud Case Against RD Legal Capital

    A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission administrative law judge on Monday shot down much of the agency’s case alleging that fund manager RD Legal Capital LLC and its owner misled investors about their hedge funds’ legal receivables investments, ruling that while some misrepresentations had been made, they hadn’t been made with fraudulent intent.

  • October 16, 2018

    DC Investigations Lawyer To Be New White House Counsel

    President Donald Trump has selected Pat A. Cipollone to replace Don McGahn as White House counsel, the president told reporters Tuesday, bringing in a well-known Washington litigator as his new top lawyer as the special counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election continues unabated.

  • October 16, 2018

    Justices Asked If Sanctions Can Cover Presuit Actions

    A whistleblower has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether federal courts can impose sanctions for behavior that happened before a suit was filed, saying a Tenth Circuit decision upholding sanctions against him created a circuit split.

Expert Analysis

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    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 Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

    Rebecca Yoder

    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Defamation In Litigation: A Primer On Privileges In NY

    Jonathan Bloom

    Under New York law, statements made in court and other litigation-related communications are, in most cases, privileged. But these privileges have limits, and it behooves litigants — particularly those inclined to speak publicly about their cases — to be aware of them, says Jonathan Bloom of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.