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Business of Law

  • January 18, 2019

    How Skadden's Foreign Agent Scandal Unfolded

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has agreed to pay a $4.6 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for failing to register as a foreign agent. Here, we look at how the firm got to this point.

  • January 18, 2019

    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.

  • January 18, 2019

    Skadden's Deal With DOJ Comes With Woes For Greg Craig

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP called its $4.6 million deal with the U.S. Department of Justice “closure” after failing to register its lobbying work for the Ukrainian government, yet experts say the settlement actually exposes serious legal risks faced by ex-partner Greg Craig and potentially others.

  • January 18, 2019

    Skadden Began Ukraine Work With Caution, Ended It In Lies

    Emails released by the U.S. Department of Justice show how Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyers slowly abandoned caution toward a foreign lobbying law and began openly lying to federal investigators during their engagement with the Ukrainian government from 2012 to 2013.

  • January 18, 2019

    Skadden Deal Shows DOJ's FARA Focus Shifting To High Gear

    The settlement announced Thursday between Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom LLP and the U.S. Department of Justice is the latest sign of increased enforcement of the current Foreign Agent Registration Act, even as efforts to update the law have gone nowhere.

  • January 18, 2019

    Behind The Scenes, #TimesUp Fund Gets To Work

    The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes.

  • January 18, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say LIVE: SDNY Chief Talks Women In The Law

    This week the Pro Say podcast is live from the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting, talking with the chief judge of the Southern District of New York about how women are faring in the legal profession.

  • January 18, 2019

    Judge Orders Blue Cross Attys To Shape Up In Antitrust MDL

    The Alabama federal judge overseeing sweeping antitrust litigation against the Blue Cross Blue Shield network has said he can no longer wait for the insurance giant’s army of lawyers to marshal themselves into a more manageable group, ordering a dozen attorneys into a "Council of Twelve" to streamline a leadership plan.

  • January 18, 2019

    For Skadden's Brand, Ukraine Scandal A Shot Across The Bow

    Skadden’s unregistered lobbying work for the Ukrainian government has cost the law firm $4.6 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but could the debacle cost the firm even more in reputational damage?

  • January 18, 2019

    Fed. Circ. To Remain Open During Shutdown

    The Federal Circuit said in an order published on Friday that it would remain open during the partial government shutdown, with all deadlines remaining in place and all oral arguments proceeding as scheduled, as the federal courts brace themselves to run out of available funds within the coming days.

  • January 18, 2019

    Could A Tougher Standard For Law Schools Hurt Diversity?

    The American Bar Association’s governing body is poised to vote later this month on a proposal to create stricter standards for law school bar passage rates, a move some say could have a negative impact on the diversity of the legal profession.

  • January 18, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Two new reports found that in-house lawyers are increasingly looking for nontraditional perks such as flexible work arrangements and paid meals in addition to hefty bonuses, and that law firm leaders in the new year are overall fairly confident about their own shops' prospects but have more gloomy predictions about the domestic and global economies. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • January 17, 2019

    Quinn Emanuel Co-Founder Emanuel Retires After 3 Decades

    Eric J. Emanuel, who co-founded Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in 1986, has retired from the firm, leaving John B. Quinn as the only active founding member, a firm spokesperson told Law360 on Thursday.

  • January 17, 2019

    Skadden First In BigLaw To Be Hit As DOJ Dusts Off FARA

    There’s an old joke among attorneys who have specialized in the Foreign Agents Registration Act: The only people who ever get hit with violations are KGB officers and Washington, D.C., lawyers. Yet BigLaw powerhouse Skadden may have ruined the punchline Thursday with news it had settled FARA allegations brought by the government.

  • January 17, 2019

    How Skadden's Ukrainian Job Went Up In Flames

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's risky plunge into the Ukrainian criminal justice system ended Thursday with a $4.6 million fine from the U.S. Department of Justice over the firm's failure to register as a foreign agent. Here, Law360 examines how the seven-year episode went down.

  • January 17, 2019

    Ill. Atty Admits To Overbilling Clients At Kirkland, Boutique

    A partner at a boutique Chicago law firm admitted that he overbilled clients there and at his previous job at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, according to a complaint made public Thursday by the body in charge of registering and disciplining Illinois attorneys.

  • January 17, 2019

    'Dark Overlord' Hack Another Cautionary Tale For Law Firms

    A hacking group calling itself "The Dark Overlord" has released a cache of confidential files it says it stole from a law firm involved in litigation stemming from the 9/11 attacks, and is now offering more sensitive documents to the highest bidder in the latest frightening example of how the legal industry is a prime target for cyberattacks.

  • January 17, 2019

    Del. Court Says It Will Stay Open During Shutdown

    The U.S. District Court of Delaware issued an order Wednesday announcing that it will stay open and all staff will be required to keep working without pay, even if the court runs out of funds on Jan. 25 due to what has become the longest federal government shutdown in history.

  • January 17, 2019

    Weinstein, Lawyer Officially ‘Part Ways’ After Split Rumors

    Less than a week after rumors of a split emerged, Harvey Weinstein and his criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman formally announced Thursday that Brafman will be withdrawing as counsel for the disgraced movie mogul in the sexual assault case playing out in New York state court.

  • January 17, 2019

    StubHub GC Lands On Twitter's Legal Team

    Tod Cohen, the former general counsel at StubHub Inc., will join the in-house legal team at Twitter Inc. as vice president and deputy general counsel, overseeing the social media giant's teams focusing on litigation, regulation, employment, law enforcement and safety, the company announced on Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Settlement Counsel Key For Efficient Mass Tort Resolution

    J. Stephen Bennett

    Team-based specialization in mass tort litigation defense allows each member to draw on individual strengths, maximizing their contribution. A core tenet of this approach is using settlement counsel to focus on strategic initiatives and end-game resolution efforts, separate from the heated battle lines of the litigation, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

    Chris King.jpg

    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    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 Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • 'Flexible Work' Makes Freelancing More Viable In BigLaw

    Elizabeth Black

    The rise of remote work capabilities and advances in technology are making flexible, freelance legal work a more accessible career option for corporate attorneys, say Elizabeth Black and Sara Eng of InCloudCounsel.