Many midsize and smaller law firms have an edge over BigLaw when it comes to transitioning to remote work, but the longer-term potential impact on business development is weighing heavily on them.
As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, law firms have rolled out policies to let their attorneys and staff work remotely. But in an industry that has traditionally relied on face-to-face communication, firms will face a major test in having much of their workforces at home for a long period of time.
The government's new restrictions on travel from Europe due to the novel coronavirus outbreak are expected to add to the mounting logistical obstacles facing BigLaw attorneys and could impact key practice areas by adding to a larger cocktail of economic instability.
BigLaw saw a banner year in 2019, which sparked a significant uptick in partner promotions and greater competition to land certain associates, but the novel coronavirus could send those workforce and hiring trends backward if it has a monthslong impact on firms' business, experts said.
Walden Macht & Haran LLP managing partner Jim Walden has taken on some intimidating foes during his 27-year career as a federal prosecutor and litigator in New York, and now he can say he has beaten illness as well after a grueling bout with a presumed case of COVID-19.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP asked to withdraw as U.S. Soccer’s counsel in a high-profile pay equity dispute with the members of the U.S. Women’s National Team the same day the football federation disavowed its much-criticized argument that the women earned less than male players because they’re less skilled.
When the White House announced a new nominee for the Fifth Circuit this week, it constituted a rare admission of defeat for one of President Donald Trump's judicial picks and illustrated how opposition from the president's own party can derail a nomination.
As a growing list of law firms announce pay cuts and furloughs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Southern California-based Hueston Hennigan LLP said Wednesday that it will provide virus-related bonuses to help attorneys and staff during a challenging time.
The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts issued a call Wednesday to federal courts nationwide to search for surplus medical supplies after a Florida court discovered a stockpile of respirator masks and donated them to local hospitals to help combat the novel coronavirus.
The Walt Disney Co.'s general counsel is among the latest in a growing list of top corporate lawyers who are forgoing at least part of their salaries as businesses deal with financial losses amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has tapped McDermott Will & Emery LLP partner Mark W. Pearlstein to investigate "what went wrong and why" leading up to the coronavirus-related deaths of residents in a state-run nursing home for veterans in Holyoke.
Joining a growing list of law firms, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has imposed temporary pay cuts and furloughed employees to reduce the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm confirmed Wednesday.
Peter Lando co-founded intellectual property boutique Lando & Anastasi LLP in 2003. He chats with Law360 about how his law firm is different from much of BigLaw, along with the values he brings to the law firm and his goals for its future.
Litigation funder Burford Capital told a London court on Wednesday that the London Stock Exchange is "fighting tooth and nail" to avoid disclosing the identities of traders it alleges manipulated the firm's stock in a short-selling attack that caused Burford's share price to plunge.
When Georgetown University Law Center graduate Samantha Peppers found out she passed the New York State bar exam in October, she thought her lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer would become a reality in a matter of months, but the worsening coronavirus crisis is making it harder for her to see when she’s going to cross the finish line.
Rivkin Radler LLP's roughly 200 attorneys and staffers are bracing to lose a fifth of their paychecks as part of the firm's response to the financial fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, managing partner Evan Krinick confirmed Tuesday.
K&L Gates LLP has denied allegations in Pennsylvania federal court that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and failed to accommodate an employee with anxiety and ADHD before firing him.
In a move to extend its territory to the Midwest, New York-based Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP launched a new Chicago office Tuesday, bringing on six former Jenner & Block LLP partners, including the firm's ex-chairman.
In response to the economic uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Pryor Cashman LLP confirmed Tuesday that it has furloughed some associates.
A former adviser to President Donald Trump on international trade and the global economy has joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in its international trade and investment practice, the firm announced Monday.
As Cadwalader pauses partner distributions and cuts staff pay and Pryor Cashman furloughs associates, a slew of other firms are likely to follow suit as the legal industry goes into crisis mode to weather the economic storm caused by COVID-19.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been enjoying exclusive access to a private workout space at the court during the coronavirus pandemic, as her doctors have deemed her training sessions "essential to her well-being."
Legal department hires during March, a month that saw the escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak across the United States, included high-profile appointments at Wells Fargo, T-Mobile and Avis. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top in-house announcements from the past few weeks.
The U.S. Supreme Court and the lawyers who practice there are doing their best to maintain a sense of normalcy in the midst of a deadly pandemic, but anxiety about the court’s schedule, technical woes and a longing for face time with colleagues is making it difficult for many.
A New York federal judge tossed a suit Tuesday alleging the New York University Law Review violates federal bias law by favoring female and minority applicants and authors, saying the group that challenged the journal's diversity policy can’t show its members were hurt.
After having what he described as a "severe" case of COVID-19 that landed him in the intensive care unit "unconscious and intubated," New York City-based legal recruiter and journalist David Lat said on social media that his condition has improved and he expects to be released from the hospital soon.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP’s leadership announced Tuesday that the law firm is pausing partner compensation distributions and reducing associate and senior administrative staff pay by 25% in response to the economic uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP urged a California federal judge Monday to toss fraudulent transfer claims in a malpractice suit brought by the Chapter 7 trustee for Aletheia Research and Management, saying an arbitrator already resolved the issue in the law firm's favor.
A former assistant federal public defender has sued the top administrative offices of the federal judiciary and their leaders, alleging they mishandled her report about a supervisor's harassment with an indifferent response.
Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2019 Practice Groups of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.
The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360's 2019 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.
U.S. law firms have long touted their commitment to diversity and inclusion. But those goals still seem far from being realized. Law360’s annual Diversity Snapshot indicates only marginal progress on racial and ethnic diversity in the attorney workforce from year to year, even as demands grow from clients expecting more diverse legal teams.
In this global health and economic crisis, it is essential that lawyers recommit to inclusion, and fight for colleagues, clients, community members and friends who are most at risk, says Dru Levasseur, head of the National LGBT Bar Association's inclusion coaching and consulting program.
Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.
As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from William "Robbie" Poplin, an Atlanta-based partner on Kilpatrick's construction and infrastructure team.
When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.
As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Houston-based Marredia Crawford, North America manager of diversity and inclusion at Baker McKenzie.
As the judiciary implements telephone and video hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys can deliver effective advocacy by following certain best practices, such as using backup materials and specially preparing witnesses and exhibits, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.
Remote depositions are a useful tool for meeting discovery deadlines while allowing all parties to stay at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. But they come with a unique set of challenges, say Eliot Williams and Daniel Rabinowitz at Baker Botts.
As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from South Florida-based Andrew Zaron, a partner at Leon Cosgrove specializing in bankruptcy, restructuring and commercial litigation.
The American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to be zealous advocates for clients' interests, but how do these rules apply in this unprecedented time of COVID-19? Anne Lockner at Robins Kaplan offers some pointers.
As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from people around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Betsy Flanagan, a Twin Cities-based principal in Fish & Richardson's life sciences litigation practice.
As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from people around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.
In the midst of this health crisis when lawyers are working from home with their loved ones around all day, practitioners need to ensure their “home” and “office” settings coexist without one trumping the needs of the other, says Luciana Fragali at Design Solutions.
The COVID-19 crisis will continue to affect e-discovery long after we overcome this pandemic. When litigation and investigations reengage and courts start moving their schedules forward, these concerns will need to be addressed, say David Kessler and Andrea D'Ambra at Norton Rose.
As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from people around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Mary Shen O'Carroll, director of legal operations at Google and president of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.
As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from people around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Joseph Moreno, a Washington, D.C., and New York-based partner at Cadwalader.