Amid the near-daily announcements of BigLaw firms and boutiques clamoring to match the new market scale for associate salaries unveiled in June, several law firms are exploring ways to augment their offerings to young attorneys in ways that cannot be measured in dollars and cents.
The American Bar Association reduced its executive director's pay from $1.25 million in 2015 to $1.17 million in 2016, documents made public Friday show, but Law360 has learned that a bigger pay cut for the executive is in the works as the organization grapples with declining membership and dues revenue, as well as layoffs.
As law firm managers look ahead to the second half of 2018, their overall confidence in both the U.S. and global economies has taken a modest dip, although faith in their firms' performance is as strong as ever, according to a survey released Thursday by Citi Private Bank.
The law firms on Law360’s Global 20 ranking have a broad reach that spans the globe. With offices and attorneys standing ready to deftly handle complex challenges, these firms take on everything from high-stakes transactions to legal brawls that play out on multiple fronts.
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.
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday announced 18 judicial appointments, including a Boies, Schiller & Flexner partner, two former Morrison & Foerster LLP attorneys, and former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, and Irell & Manella LLP attorneys.
Dechert LLP on Friday said that 18 attorneys from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP have joined the firm's product liability team, following Sheila Birnbaum, a defense attorney nicknamed the “Queen of Toxic Torts,” who made the jump in May.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court temporarily suspended a former Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP trusts and estates partner in Cape Cod from practicing law after he copped to misappropriating funds from the law firm and trusts he managed.
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh did not participate in two opinions handed down Friday by the D.C. Circuit in cases he sat through last fall, suggesting there are no more forthcoming decisions from him while he is being considered by the Senate as Justice Anthony Kennedy’s replacement.
MGM Resorts International found itself in the middle of a public relations nightmare this week after suing hundreds of victims of last year's horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, claiming that an obscure federal law shields it from liability. We'll break down the resort's argument and other top legal stories on this week's episode of the Pro Say podcast.
The European Union's competition enforcer slammed Google with a record $5 billion fine over its Android operating system, the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan measure aimed at helping small businesses protect their intellectual property, and a survey revealed the top liability concern facing American businesses. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
Eversheds Sutherland demonstrated its international reach over the past year, representing Shell in its $217 million acquisition of a stake in a solar plant developer and advising a Deutsche Bahn group member in its successful bid to provide services for a California high-speed rail project, landing the firm among Law360’s Global 20.
An executive assistant with the New Orleans Criminal District Court has accused a criminal court judge of sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions over the course of three years.
For attorneys married to military service members, an assignment of their spouse to a Florida base no longer will mean facing the dilemma of having to live apart from their significant other or likely giving up their practice, under new rules approved Thursday by the Florida Supreme Court.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library has been releasing thousands of pages of documents from D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's time at the White House, including a batch Thursday that provides a small glimpse into the career of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.
Dozens of students who took classes at Harvard Law School with President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, wrote a letter to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Thursday lauding his intellectual rigor and "gracious" personality.
The Senate Judiciary Committee cleared four U.S. Circuit Court and three district court nominees Thursday, but the panel's main focus was the clash between Republican members trying to limit document requests on U.S. Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh and Democrats pushing for more access.
Since April 2017, Baker McKenzie has closed six multinational deals worth $1 billion or more, including Servier Laboratories’ $2.4 billion purchase of Shire PLC’s oncology business and Post Holdings’ £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) acquisition of Weetabix, keeping the firm at its long-held spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Three plaintiffs law firms snagged this week’s top legal lion title after a judge awarded them $63 million in fees in a now-settled case, lauding the "imaginative" attorneys' "outstanding work," while Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP was among this week’s lambs after a jury slammed its client Johnson & Johnson with a $4.69 billion verdict.
Republican leaders scuttled a planned Senate vote on President Donald Trump's choice of federal prosecutor Ryan Bounds for a Ninth Circuit judgeship Thursday rather than have the nominee fail to win confirmation.
Proskauer Rose partner William Silverman’s own grandparents sought refuge in the U.S. after facing violence in their native Russia, and now, a century later, the attorney is dedicated to aiding immigrants at the southern border seeking the same things his family once did: safety, freedom and opportunity.
With the New Jersey federal court having grown more diverse over the years, building on that progress requires minority lawyers to attend professional events, apply for jobs, show up at the courthouse and make themselves known, the state’s top federal jurist said Wednesday before a panel discussion.
U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest plans to retire after less than seven years on the federal bench, her judicial colleagues confirmed Wednesday, after a tenure notable for tough sentences — especially a life term for Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht — and her more recent move to upbraid another retired judge.
The White House is pushing back against criticism of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s remarks at a conservative think tank two years ago, casting the D.C. Circuit judge’s comments on a decision about the now-defunct independent counsel law as no big deal.
The 2018 Law360 Diversity Snapshot shows only incremental progress on racial and ethnic diversity in the attorney workforce. At every level of a typical law firm, minority attorney representation increased by less than a percentage point from last year’s survey.
Women have made up over 40 percent of law school students for more than three decades, and they now make up more than half. But our annual survey of the largest U.S. law firms shows that women continue to be underrepresented at all levels.
As the #MeToo movement sweeps the nation, the legal industry is starting to respond: Law firms are reviewing sexual harassment policies, fostering more internal discussion, and, in some cases, getting rid of arbitration agreements that have gained a reputation for perpetuating the problem.
As we saw with the outcry over Yale Law School's statement about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, too many in the liberal legal profession still cling to an old view of the rules and norms. Their reputations are now being weaponized on behalf of a judge who has questioned a president’s immunity to legal constraints, says Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress.
Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.
People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.
An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.
In March, the American Bar Association issued a manual to help legal employers and victims fight sexual harassment in the legal profession. While automatic disbarment for sexual misconduct with clients may have been considered too harsh a sanction almost a decade ago, it may be revisited in the current climate, say Bonnie Frost and Kristi Terranova of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.
As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.
As the Senate considers Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, including his potential impact on legal protections for workers, it is useful to reflect on the court’s 5-4 anti-worker decisions of the last term — each of which broke with norms of judicial restraint, say Michael Scimone and Jahan Sagafi of Outten & Golden LLP.
Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.
Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court ruled in Hassell v. Bird that Yelp could not be ordered to remove negative reviews of a law firm that were found to be defamatory. While the decision is a victory for internet platforms and websites, the scope of immunity under the Communications Decency Act has not been fully drawn out, says Pooja Nair of TroyGould PC.
Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.