Business of Law

  • January 19, 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.

  • January 19, 2018

    Dentons Probing Claims Of Atty’s 'Inappropriate Behavior'

    Dentons has put on leave one of the partners it absorbed in its October combination with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP while the firm investigates claims of “inappropriate behavior,” the firm confirmed Friday.

  • January 19, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Lawyer Sold You Out? Tell The Justices

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses whether an attorney can go against the wishes of his client as part of trial strategy, cases filed against the rollback of net neutrality, two new big cases that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear, and a former "Jersey Shore" star who changed his signature GTL to “gym, tax evasion, laundry.”

  • January 19, 2018

    Judiciary Can Stay Open For 3 Weeks After Shutdown

    Even if the government shuts down, the federal courts will open their doors Monday and remain up and running at least until their funds run dry in about three weeks, an Administrative Office of U.S. Courts spokesperson said Friday.

  • January 19, 2018

    How To Set Up A Legal Ops Function

    A legal operations function is a significant behavioral change for a law department, and although there isn't a required rubric to follow when establishing one, getting buy-in from executives and the general counsel is crucial from the start.

  • January 19, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The Federal Communications Commission chairman prodded broadcasters to transmit Blue Alerts, Al Jazeera's former general counsel joined DLA Piper in Qatar and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a trio of employment cases. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

  • January 19, 2018

    Ex-Dewey Exec DiCarmine Might Represent Self At SEC Trial

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executive director Stephen DiCarmine is considering defending himself against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's fraud claims at a possible jury trial because of "significant financial issues," his counsel told a Manhattan federal judge Friday.

  • January 18, 2018

    By The Numbers: A Snapshot Of Trump’s First Year

    Beneath the political chaos that’s hovered over President Trump’s first year in office has been a concerted effort to put the brakes on Washington’s regulatory machine and seat a host of conservative judges on the federal bench. Here’s how the administration is faring.

  • January 18, 2018

    9 Partners Leave Quinn Emanuel To Form New Firm

    Nine New York-based partners at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, including three practice group heads, are leaving the firm to start their own practice, Law360 confirmed on Thursday.

  • January 18, 2018

    Atty Agrees To Disbarment For Filming Women In Restrooms

    The general counsel of a Tampa, Florida-based maintenance and repair company has agreed to be disbarred after he was caught using cameras in the women's restrooms at the company's facility to covertly film female employees.

  • January 18, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP rose to the top of the legal lions list this week after a federal judge threw out a roughly $350 million False Claims Act verdict against the law firms’ nursing home operator client while IP boutique Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh Lindquist & Schuman PA landed on the legal lambs list after the Federal Circuit junked its client’s $24 million trial win on claims that Briggs & Stratton infringed its lawn mower patent.

  • January 18, 2018

    Senate Panel Advances Trump BigLaw Picks For DOJ, Judges

    The Senate Judiciary Committee pushed through close to two dozen of President Donald Trump’s nominees on Thursday, including a number of BigLaw partners intent on filling vacant U.S. Department of Justice roles and appellate and trial judge posts.

  • January 17, 2018

    Trump Taps 5th Circ. Judge To Be Ambassador To Argentina

    President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he intends to nominate Fifth Circuit Judge Edward C. Prado to be the United States’ ambassador to the Argentine Republic, citing his 35 years of experience as a federal judge.

  • January 17, 2018

    How A Supreme Court Labor Case Could Reshape The Bar

    Predictions that the Supreme Court will strike down a decades-old labor law precedent have led some to ask: Is America’s most common bar association structure built on a legal house of cards?

  • January 17, 2018

    Ex-Sen. Dodd, Eli Lilly Litigation Head Join Arnold & Porter

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP on Tuesday said former U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd will join the firm in Washington, D.C., as part of its legislation and public policy group, while the former head of litigation for Eli Lilly & Co. will come aboard in its life sciences and health care regulatory practice.

  • January 17, 2018

    Don't Expect The Law Firm Merger Market To Slow Down Soon

    Mergers between law firms reached an all-time high in 2017 thanks in part to generational shifts in firm leadership and a rapidly evolving legal landscape, but don't expect the legal merger market to slow down as consolidation in the industry looks set to keep rolling.

  • January 17, 2018

    A Chat With Davis Wright CSO Mark Usellis

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Mark Usellis, chief strategy officer for Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • January 16, 2018

    15 Minutes With The Home Depot's General Counsel

    Teresa Wynn Roseborough, executive vice president and general counsel of The Home Depot, speaks to Law360 about what life is like in the home improvement chain's legal department as the retail industry goes through massive changes, what she wants from her outside counsel, and the hero she really wishes she could have lunch with.

  • January 16, 2018

    Ogletree Atty Hits Firm With $300M Gender Bias Class Action

    An Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC attorney has hit the management-side powerhouse with a $300 million proposed class action in California federal court alleging the firm’s male-dominated leadership disproportionately favors men over women in pay, promotions and business development opportunities.

  • January 16, 2018

    Womble Bond Alliance A Lesson For Firms Unready To Merge

    An eventual merger wasn't what either North Carolina-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP or British firm Bond Dickinson LLP had in mind when they drew up their partnership agreement in 2016. The firms' choice to enter into a partnership serves as potential model for other firms that are considering strengthening their ties with cross-border allies, but aren’t ready to commit to a full combination.

Expert Analysis

  • When And How To Communicate With Pro Se Litigants

    David Northrip

    Given the surprisingly large volume of pro se litigation in the United States, there will inevitably be times when you need to communicate with self-represented litigants. Following Model Rule of Professional Conduct 4.3 can help you minimize risks and maximize payoff, say attorneys at Shook Hard & Bacon LLP.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Cultivating A Career Issue

    Michael Martinez

    My first U.S. Supreme Court argument came two years after I entered private practice following 10 years as an assistant U.S. attorney. Nevertheless, I found the entire experience simultaneously nerve-wracking and exhilarating, especially given the publicity my case had generated, says Michael Martinez, senior vice president and associate general counsel at Marriott International Inc.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 4

    Brian Kriegler

    Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research concludes his series on statistical sampling by addressing several common misperceptions about random sampling requirements.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Read The Whole Thing

    James Beck

    As a beginning associate at a large Philadelphia law firm, I was tasked to fill in case citations on a brief. I found something that looked like exactly what I wanted for a particular legal proposition, but I did not bother to read the entire case. That was a big mistake — and led to an important lesson, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 3

    Brian Kriegler

    In the third of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research uses the example of a hypothetical Medicare reimbursement case to address various solutions for dealing with missing sample selections so that statistical inferences remain valid.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: An Impassioned Plea

    Erwin Chemerinsky

    As I rose to the lectern for my first argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, I realized that the court had to that point heard over 90 minutes of oral argument about California’s "three strikes" law, but no one — not any of the lawyers, not any of the justices — had expressed outrage that a man could spend life in prison for shoplifting, says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley Law School.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 2

    Brian Kriegler

    In the second of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research offers a method for constructing confidence intervals when the sample size is relatively small.