Business of Law

  • April 20, 2018

    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.

  • April 20, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: The Michael Cohen Saga, Explained

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we dig in to some intriguing aspects of the raid on the offices of President Trump's personal lawyer, including the impact on attorney-client privilege and Michael Cohen's high-dollar BigLaw connection. Also this week, we discuss a big Supreme Court case that could have a huge impact on how online retailers pay sales tax and a case that could turn courtroom theater into actual Broadway theater.

  • April 20, 2018

    Alston & Bird Settles $35M Ga. Malpractice Suit

    A former confidant and employee of a widowed Coca-Cola executive’s wife and Atlanta-based Alston & Bird LLP have agreed to end that woman's $35 million Georgia state malpractice suit in a settlement, the plaintiff’s lawyer said Friday.

  • April 20, 2018

    Federal Judge’s Killer Executed After High Court Flurry

    A man who killed an Eleventh Circuit judge and a black civil rights lawyer in 1989 using mail bombs was executed Thursday night in Alabama, following an eleventh-hour stay issued by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier in the day that was later vacated.

  • April 20, 2018

    DNC Sues Trump Campaign, Russia Over 2016 Election Hacks

    The Democratic National Committee filed suit Friday in New York federal court accusing the Russian government, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks of conspiring to hack the Democratic Party and doom Hillary Clinton’s chances at the 2016 presidential election.

  • April 20, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Taking the measure of President Trump's "Buy America, Hire America" mandate after one year, the general counsel of FactSet weighs in on the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation, and a settlement between Uber and regulators could change the way companies think about data breaches. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

  • April 20, 2018

    Dentons Under Scrutiny After UK Maternity Leave Spat

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is looking into the conduct of some Dentons UKMEA LLP human resources managers that came to light during a gender discrimination dispute last year, a spokesperson for the U.K. legal regulatory body confirmed on Friday.

  • April 20, 2018

    Why More BigLaw Firms May Start Ditching Annual Reviews

    At least two global law firms are doing away with their annual associate reviews in favor of ongoing, associate-initiated performance evaluations, a new approach that may be the wave of the future for law firms.

  • April 19, 2018

    Rudy Giuliani Joins Trump Legal Team In Wake Of Cohen Raid

    Former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani joined President Donald Trump's legal team on Thursday, 10 days after Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen had his files seized by federal investigators in Manhattan.

  • April 19, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Paul Hastings LLP and Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP top the legal lions this week after the Federal Circuit granted client Sunovion Pharmaceuticals a win in a patent dispute, while the lambs list was headed by Michael Cohen, a longtime personal attorney of President Donald Trump's who is now under criminal investigation.

  • April 19, 2018

    Male Equity Partners Earn Almost 30% More Than Women

    Male equity partners on average are paid almost 30 percent more than their female counterparts, research firm Acritas said Thursday after questioning more than 800 attorneys for its latest global survey.

  • April 18, 2018

    Judge's Killer Must Die, 11th Circuit Rules

    The Eleventh Circuit Wednesday agreed with a lower court’s decision to uphold the execution, scheduled for Thursday, of pipe bomber Walter Leroy Moody Jr., who killed an Eleventh Circuit judge in 1989, while disagreeing with the lower court’s reasoning.

  • April 18, 2018

    Cohen, Feds Name Special Master Picks To Audit Seized Docs

    President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen and federal prosecutors both submitted candidates for a possible "special master" to review materials the FBI seized from Cohen, with the government suggesting three retired magistrate judges and Cohen naming four former federal prosecutors, including a former top SEC enforcer.

  • April 18, 2018

    EXCLUSIVE: Riley Safer Elects First Black Female MP

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP has elected its first African-American female managing partner, potentially marking a racial barrier-breaking first for the industry, Law360 has learned exclusively.

  • April 18, 2018

    El Paso Appellate Backlog Prompts Case Transfers

    The Texas Supreme Court took a first-of-its-kind step last week, transferring more than 80 fully briefed cases away from the Eighth Court of Appeals in El Paso — some that have been pending for more than two years — as the court works to clear a backlog.

  • April 18, 2018

    Let Judge See Mediator’s Notes, Proskauer Atty Tells 2nd Circ.

    An attorney at Proskauer Rose LLP who anonymously accused the firm of gender discrimination told the Second Circuit on Wednesday a lower judge was wrong to reject her request for a mediator's notes that she believes prove her claim the firm threatened to fire her, saying the judge should determine if they're relevant.

  • April 18, 2018

    Client Push Gets More Firms Into The Labor Lobbying Game

    Many employers now demand the opportunity to shape laws and regulations as they’re being written rather than simply scrambling to comply after the fact, a desire that has led to an explosion of competition among large law firms to set up and grow labor and employment lobbying shops.

  • April 17, 2018

    Denton Partner Charged In Fatal Hit-And-Run In Canada

    A Dentons partner in Edmonton, Alberta, charged with impaired driving and being involved in a hit-and-run collision that killed a teenage pedestrian, has been suspended, the global law firm said Tuesday.

  • April 17, 2018

    Ex-Liddle Partner Hammers Firm In $32M Equal Pay Suit

    A former Liddle & Robinson LLP partner has sued the employment firm in New York state court alleging she was paid less than her male peers for equal work based on her gender, issuing a summons Monday that requested $32.3 million in damages.

  • April 17, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Blasts Murder Charges At Trial's Close

    Counsel for a former Fisher & Phillips LLP partner who fatally shot his wife told an Atlanta jury during closing arguments that prosecutors were trying to support murder charges with “speculation and red herrings,” while the prosecution fired back with a theatrical argument that the attorney consistently lied about the facts.

Expert Analysis

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Michael Rubinoff: From Commercial Real Estate To Broadway

    Randy Maniloff

    “Come From Away” sounds like the stuff of a documentary on the Discovery Channel, not singing and dancing on stage. How could a musical tied to the 9/11 terrorist attacks ever get made — and by a real estate lawyer? The show’s producer, Michael Rubinoff, was kind enough to find 30 minutes to tell me, says Randy Maniloff.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Opinion

    There Is Middle Ground For US Lawyers On AML Regimes

    Matthew O'Hara

    The American Bar Association continues to oppose legislation that would impose certain European Union and U.K. anti-money laundering requirements on U.S. lawyers. The ABA should further consider its approach to this issue as there is a viable middle ground that protects privileged communications and confidential information while advancing the interests of the legal profession, says Matthew O’Hara of Freeborn & Peters LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.