Business of Law

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.

  • July 21, 2017

    Could An NFL Diversity Rule Be A BigLaw Game-Changer?

    In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.

  • July 21, 2017

    BigLaw Bias Suits New Wild Card In Fight For Gender Equity

    As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.

  • July 21, 2017

    4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • July 21, 2017

    How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity

    A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.

  • July 21, 2017

    The 2017 Law360 Glass Ceiling Report

    U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.

  • July 22, 2017

    Law360’s Pro Say Podcast: All Eyes On Litigation Funding

    On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, the team discusses the push for more scrutiny of litigation funders, a Massachusetts ruling that will make it harder for employers to fire medical marijuana users, and the latest legal woes of rapper DMX. 

  • July 21, 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.

  • July 21, 2017

    Quinn Dropped Uber Due To Fixed Fee Program, Doc Says

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP dropped Uber Technologies Inc. as a client last fall because a fixed fee arrangement “no longer made financial sense,” according to an email disclosed Thursday in the California federal court intellectual property battle filed against Uber by the firm’s current client Waymo LLC.

  • July 21, 2017

    Trump Nominates 6 More For US Atty Spots In 5 States

    President Donald Trump tapped six U.S. attorneys for regions of Wyoming, South Dakota, Georgia, Tennessee and Alaska Friday and his choices included litigators who have worked for Alston & Bird LLP and King & Spalding LLP, according to a statement from the White House.

  • July 21, 2017

    Akin Leads BigLaw Lobbying Revenues For 2nd Quarter

    Law firm lobbying revenues have risen for most major law firms since the beginning of the year, with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP raking in $9.7 million in the second quarter of 2017, far outpacing runners up Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP and Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • July 21, 2017

    Dentons To Acquire 250-Lawyer Scottish Law Firm

    The world’s largest law firm is about to grow again; Dentons announced Friday that it’s set to combine with Scotland’s Maclay Murray & Spens, an approximately 250-lawyer firm that will bring the global legal giant’s U.K. headcount to around 800.

  • July 21, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A new report surveys the law firms that legal departments love to work with the most, experts advise employers on how to navigate legal issues that can arise when a worker is suffering from a mental illness, and tech general counsel weigh in on how the male-dominated industry can combat "bro culture." These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week.

  • July 21, 2017

    Kasowitz Stepping Aside From Russia Probe

    Marc Kasowitz is no longer playing an active role in the representation of President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation, according to multiple news reports Thursday night. 

  • July 20, 2017

    DLA Piper To Acquire 60 LA Lawyers In Merger With Liner

    DLA Piper will swell its Southern California ranks by 60 attorneys through a merger with midsize boutique firm Liner LLP to form one of the 15 largest law practices in the Los Angeles market, the firms announced Thursday.

  • July 20, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP snagged this week's top legal lion spot after a New York federal jury sided with the firm's client, GM, in the first of six planned ignition switch bellwether trials, while Williams & Connolly LLP and Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP were cast among the legal lambs after their client, Merck, was ordered to pay $14 million in attorneys' fees in a patent suit.

  • July 20, 2017

    Dentons Ex-Associate Pleads Not Guilty To Extortion Plot

    A former litigation associate at Dentons on Thursday pled not guilty to felony extortion charges stemming from threats he allegedly made to release confidential and sensitive materials taken from a partner’s email account unless the firm paid him $210,000 and handed over a piece of artwork.

  • July 20, 2017

    Knottier Malpractice Theories Driving Up BigLaw Defense Bills

    The BigLaw bill for fending off malpractice suits is being pushed skyward by increasingly convoluted theories from former clients about how flawed advice led to business losses and more creative claims of legal blunders, according to insurance specialists.

  • July 20, 2017

    Senate OKs Trump 6th Circ. Pick Despite Controversial Blogs

    The Senate on Thursday confirmed one of President Donald Trump’s more controversial judicial nominees, approving John K. Bush for a vacancy on the Sixth Circuit in the face of Democratic criticism over Bush’s partisan blog postings and past public statements.

Expert Analysis

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • A Conversation With Keesal Young CISO Justin Hectus

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    In this interview, legal industry analyst Ari Kaplan discusses the Electronic Discovery Reference Model questionnaire with Justin Hectus, chief information security officer at Keesal Young & Logan, a Pacific Rim-based law firm with a national litigation practice.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day(s) In Court: The Life Partners Bankruptcy

    Joseph Wielebinski

    The bankruptcy courtroom was filled with interested investors. They hung on every argument and every word of testimony. When Life Partners management argued that the allegedly fraudulent business model worked just fine, they cheered, recalls Joseph Wielebinski of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

  • Where AI Meets Cybersecurity And The Legal Profession

    Randy Sabett

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.