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Business of Law

  • 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.

  • January 17, 2019

    King & Spalding, Ex-Atty Spar Over Experts In Firing Suit

    King & Spalding LLP and a former attorney suing the firm for wrongful termination traded blows Wednesday in a flurry of filings seeking to discredit each other's expert witnesses, with King & Spalding saying one expert's estimate that the attorney suffered $21 million to $49 million in damages was not backed up by evidence.

  • January 17, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Gibson Dunn, McGuireWoods and Sidley Austin top this week’s legal lions list with a Federal Circuit patent win for mobile phone companies, while Armstrong Teasdale was among the legal lambs after a court tacked interest onto a $29 million medical malpractice verdict against its client.

  • January 17, 2019

    With Co-Founder Gone, Buckley Revamps Name, Leadership

    Financial services law firm Buckley Sandler LLP has shortened its name to Buckley LLP and reorganized its governance structure and leadership team, according to a news release Thursday, almost a year after one of its co-founders left the shop.

  • January 17, 2019

    Skadden To Pay $4.6M Over Ukraine Lobbying

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has settled claims by the U.S. Department of Justice over the firm's failure to register lobbying work for the Ukrainian government and agreed to pay more than $4.6 million in fees from the engagement, the DOJ announced on Thursday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Panasonic Avionics Hires New GC Following Corruption Probe

    Panasonic Avionics Corp. has tapped Kimberly Chainey as general counsel after a turbulent, five-year-long government investigation and settlement over alleged corrupt practices relating to foreign government-owned airlines, the in-flight entertainment and communications company announced Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Jenner & Block Taps Head Of Litigation As Firm Chair

    Jenner & Block has appointed a 30-year veteran of the firm and the former head of its sizable litigation department as its new chair, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    For-Profit Ariz. Law School Drops ABA Suit Over Accreditation

    A for-profit law school has settled its suit that alleged the American Bar Association’s decision to pull the school’s accreditation was “arbitrary and capricious.”

  • January 16, 2019

    Republicans Shower AG Pick With Praise After Hearing

    At the end of William Barr’s confirmation hearing for U.S. attorney general Wednesday, the Republicans who control advancing his nomination had glowing reviews for his performance, signaling a smooth path to confirmation amid Democratic grumblings about his views on the special counsel's investigation.

  • January 16, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Lowenstein Sandler's Gary Wingens

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP chair and managing partner Gary Wingens tells Law360 about the firm's decadelong strategy of cultivating sector-specific expertise, its history of pro bono immigration work and the evolving role of technology in the practice of law.

  • January 16, 2019

    Trump Nominates Jackson Walker, Greenberg Vets To Bench

    President Donald Trump named Greenberg Traurig LLP and Jackson Walker LLP attorneys among his latest batch of judicial nominees Wednesday, with this round aimed at filling seats in Arizona, Louisiana, North Dakota and Texas.

  • January 15, 2019

    Judiciary Says It Will Stay Fully Funded Through Next Week

    The administrative agency of the federal court system said Tuesday that federal courts will have enough funding to continue operating until Jan. 25 despite the government shutdown, the second time the courts have extended the estimated date when they will have to start cutting staff.

  • January 15, 2019

    DC Circ. Can't Agree On DOJ Stay Requests, Judge Contends

    The D.C. Circuit is being inconsistent about whether to pause cases involving the government during the ongoing federal shutdown, a judge on the appeals court said Tuesday, dissenting as a panel refused to delay briefing in a regulatory challenge.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

    Judge Jack Weinstein

    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.