Two dozen law firms outpaced the pack in a recent survey of general counsel, winning more votes of confidence from important clients than any other competitor in the industry, according to a report out Tuesday.
Although recent amendments to federal rules clarified the bounds of discovery, particularly involving electronically stored information, the proliferation of new tools for communication and data gathering and storage presents ample ambiguity about the obligations of attorneys and clients as they jointly navigate this brave new world.
President Donald Trump's attorney Marc Kasowitz unleashed a torrent of negative publicity and reportedly garnered the attention of the FBI when he wrote a series of belligerent, profane emails that went public Thursday afternoon, but bad press is probably as far as the mess will go, experts say.
BigLaw’s non-equity partner ranks grew at a faster rate than any other law firm job title over the past six years, but the trend appears to be reversing as some firms counsel out income partners in an effort to save on costs and boost profitability.
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.
In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.