Business of Law

  • October 24, 2016

    'Lawyer As Warrior' Myth Fosters Gender Bias, Academic Says

    The mythology of the lawyer as classical warrior, with a deep, booming voice and commanding physical presence in the courtroom, contributes to the legal profession's issues surrounding gender inequality, a recently published academic paper suggests.

  • October 24, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: León Cosgrove's John Bosco

    The vast majority of time spent on business development does not directly lead to a tangible payoff in the short term. One of the best things I have learned from my legal mentors is not to look for immediate gratification, says John Bosco, partner at León Cosgrove LLC.

  • October 21, 2016

    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.

  • October 21, 2016

    Ginsburg Trading Bench For Stage In DC Opera Performance

    Renowned opera lover and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will perform for one night only in the Washington National Opera’s upcoming production of “The Daughter of the Regiment” in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp.

  • October 21, 2016

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The Wells Fargo fallout continues, the antitrust agencies set their sights on hiring practices, and communications with your nonattorney patent agent may soon be privileged. Those stories top the corporate legal news you may have missed this past week.

  • October 21, 2016

    BigLaw Lobbying Drops Further in 3Q Ahead Of Election

    Federal lobbying returns for most major BigLaw firms declined further in the third quarter for all major players in disclosure figures released Thursday, as they cited headwinds from a “change election” and relatively inactive Congress.

  • October 21, 2016

    BigLaw Turns To Partners To Shore Up Disability Risk

    With elite partnerships seeing more midcareer rainmakers pulling down seven-figure salaries, BigLaw is asking partners to pony up for an exotic insurance product to help protect the financial health of the business in the event rainmakers are suddenly disabled, experts say.

  • October 21, 2016

    BigLaw Frees Its Inner Oprah For Warm Embrace of Laterals

    Ice cream socials. Gift cards. Plenty of thank-you’s. BigLaw may not be known for being sweet and cuddly, but more firms are warming up to make new associate hires feel the love and hopefully stick around awhile before looking for a new home, according to a symposium Friday.

  • October 21, 2016

    Law Firms Cutting Real Estate Footprints As Rents Rise

    Rental prices for law firm spaces keep rising in U.S. markets, and firms have responded by sharply reducing their office footprint by 22.2 percent as decelerating gross revenue growth, profits per partner and revenue per lawyer pressure firms to reduce their rental costs, according to a report released Thursday.

  • October 21, 2016

    Dewey Star Cooperator's Deal Sweetened Before 2nd Trial

    The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has agreed to allow the star cooperating witness in the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP criminal trial to drop his guilty plea to grand larceny and cop to a lesser charge ahead of the coming retrial of the firm’s former executive director and chief financial officer.

  • October 21, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Atkinson Andelson's Paul Fleck

    Early in a career life experience can be a good substitute for legal experience. Once, after I described my experience working at a bank and being involved in a takeover robbery, it was clear to the client I understood the risks in their business and how to prepare for and address these issues on a practical as well as legal level, says Paul Fleck, head of the private labor and employment practice group at Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo.

  • October 21, 2016

    BigLaw Lets Bullies Rule And Run Amok, Survey Says

    BigLaw is undeniably a competitive field that often rewards a certain amount of ego and bravado on the part of lawyers, but allowing that type of behavior to grow beyond what’s necessary to get the job done is leaving firms rife with bullies, according to a survey released Friday.

  • October 21, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Fenwick & West's Cynthia Clarfield Hess

    I would tell a young attorney not to even think about becoming a rainmaker. I've seen lawyers bring in business before they're ready, before their skills are developed enough. They end up trying to mask what they don't know, and it usually ends badly, says Cynthia Clarfield Hess, co-chairwoman of the startup and venture capital practice at Fenwick & West LLP.

  • October 20, 2016

    Pushing Diversity Doesn’t Ensure Success For Women Attys

    Female attorneys continue to struggle to make strides in BigLaw, especially once they move beyond the junior associate level. But leading supporters of diversity in the industry said at a Thursday panel discussion that there are steps women can take to help them move up the legal ladder.

  • October 20, 2016

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Sidley Austin LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP topped this week’s list of legal lions when a state appeals court refused to revive a $52 million legal malpractice suit against the firms while BakerHostetler became a legal lamb after the Second Circuit disqualified it from representing a defendant in a $230 million suit over an alleged Russian tax fraud scheme.

  • October 20, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Maynard Cooper's Stephen Stallcup

    Cody Willard of Fox Business Network advises clients that it’s often the hardest stock trade to make that is the right trade, and that often applies to doing what it takes to develop a rewarding legal career. Despite all of that, we’re still having a ton of fun in what we do, says Stephen Stallcup, shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale.

  • October 20, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Sheppard Mullin's Eric Klein

    If you only get 1 percent of your contacts referring you business, that at first may sound daunting — until you realize that 1 percent of a 2,000-person network means that 20 people will be sending you business. At that point, you’re a rainmaker, says Eric Klein chairman of the health care practice at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • October 19, 2016

    Garland Takes Back Seat To High Court Culture Wars At Debate

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton paid scant attention to Merrick Garland’s long-dormant nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court during the final presidential debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday, instead using an opening segment on the high court to cater to their respective conservative and liberal bases with views on abortion, the Second Amendment and campaign finance.

  • October 19, 2016

    How To Maintain Your Integrity As A GC

    Today's corporate general counsel has more clout than ever, but with that power comes great responsibility, according to a panel of GCs. Here is their practical advice for operating with integrity at the legal and ethical helm of a company.

  • October 19, 2016

    Rainmaker Q&A: Snell & Wilmer's Daniel Mahoney

    Even if you are a good communicator and networker, you must have the ability and desire to develop relationships slowly, to not give up the first time the CEO or general counsel says “no thanks,” and to persevere in the face of seeming rejection, says Daniel Mahoney, partner at Snell & Wilmer LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • When Your Client Is The President

    William E. Casselman II

    My experience with the Nixon pardon, the Nixon tapes, the construction of the White House swimming pool, and other matters well out of the ordinary for a president’s lawyer taught me that in the practice of law one should learn to expect and cope with the unexpected, says William Casselman, who served as White House counsel for President Gerald Ford.

  • So You Want To Be A Partner? You Need a Mentor

    Rebecca Glatzer

    Not all aspects of the partnership process are within an attorney’s power. However, there are some factors that an associate can control on the path to partnership, the most important of which are the relationships cultivated along the way, says Rebecca Glatzer of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • When Your Client Is The President


    I went to the law books, where I discovered the crime of “obstruction of justice,” and realized I was right in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. I didn't fully understand my conduct during Watergate until — decades later — I learned about the psychology of cover-up at work, says John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.

  • Trial Pros’ Secret To Courtroom Success

     Jamin S. Soderstrom

    Somewhat surprisingly, very few of the dozens of "trial pros" who have been interviewed by Law360 have revealed the secret to effective trial preparation that is vital to their success. But ultimately, the “secret” to effective trial preparation is not actually a secret, says Jamin Soderstrom of Soderstrom Law PC.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 4, Callisto

    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 about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • OPINION: 3rd-Party Litigation Funding Needs Transparency

    Lisa A. Rickard

    The practice of third-party litigation funding, in which funders front money to plaintiffs law firms in exchange for a cut of any settlement or money judgment, is growing increasingly popular. Currently, litigators are not required to disclose the involvement of third-party funders, but transparency will improve justice in courts, say Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, and Mark Behrens, a partne... (continued)

  • OPINION: Pro Bono This Political Season

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite rumblings before the vice presidential debate, Senator Tim Kaine’s adversaries made no serious attempt to malign him for providing pro bono counsel to two persons on death row. Whatever the reason for their restraint in this no-holds barred environment, there are at least three encouraging takeaways, says Kevin Curnin, president-elect of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 3, Unambiguous

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    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 about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • The Art Of Silence At Trial

     Martha Luring

    When communicating to a jury, trial lawyers know that words matter. Thus, it may seem odd to focus on the topic of silence. However, this tool is often underutilized in all facets of the litigation life cycle, says Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting.

  • 10 Things To Look For This Supreme Court Term

    James Brosnahan

    This term of the U.S. Supreme Court will probably be one of the oddest in our history, according to Jim Brosnahan, senior trial counsel with Morrison & Foerster LLP. Here are some of the dynamics to look for between now and June 2017.