Business of Law

  • May 26, 2017

    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.

  • May 26, 2017

    NJ's Top Federal Judge Passing Torch To 1st Hispanic Chief

    U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle will soon hand over his role as the leader of New Jersey's federal court to the soon-to-be first Hispanic chief judge of this busy but understaffed jurisdiction, though Judge Simandle's days of balancing the scales of justice are far from over.

  • May 26, 2017

    What Law Will Look Like When Millennials Are In Charge

    Millennial lawyers are unlikely to accept the legal industry’s status quo of “rigid hierarchies, hourly billing [and] manual paperwork” as they take up leadership roles in law firms and corporations, a new report predicts.

  • May 26, 2017

    UK's First Publicly Traded Law Firm Hikes Revenue 15%

    Gateley, the first publicly traded law firm in the U.K., grew its revenue by 15 percent during the most recent fiscal year, preliminary figures recently released by the firm show.

  • May 26, 2017

    Proskauer Atty Can't Win Order Protecting Mediation Docs

    A Proskauer Rose LLP attorney embroiled in a $50 million gender discrimination suit against the firm lost her bid Thursday for a court order to force mediation services provider JAMS Inc. to preserve mediation session records that documented a retaliatory threat purportedly made against her by a Proskauer representative.

  • May 26, 2017

    Federal Prosecutor Found Dead On South Florida Beach

    An assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida was found dead this week on a Hollywood, Florida, beach with a head wound caused by a possible gunshot, according to local police.

  • May 25, 2017

    Calif. Senate Bans Bombastic Judicial Ballot Titles

    The California Senate has passed a bill that would keep prosecutors running for the bench from using self-aggrandizing titles such as “Hardcore Gang Prosecutor” on ballots in an effort to even the playing field between government and private attorneys.

  • May 25, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP rose to the top of the legal lions pride this week, winning a U.S. Supreme Court decision putting tighter restrictions on where patent owners can file infringement suits, while Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe joined the legal lambs flock after its client, Dish Network, was slammed with $61 million in treble damages in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action.

  • May 25, 2017

    Citing Trump's Kasowitz Hire, Lieberman Quits FBI Job Search

    Joseph Lieberman, the former senator, Democratic vice presidential hopeful and current Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP counsel, has pulled his name out of the running to be the next head of the FBI.

  • May 25, 2017

    Allen & Overy Starts Exec Committee In Client-Relations Push

    Allen & Overy LLP is establishing a new executive committee and a client group as the Magic Circle firm aims to take a different approach to overall strategy and build its client relationships and services on a more global scale, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • May 25, 2017

    Proskauer Atty Says Court Needs To Protect Mediation Docs

    A Proskauer Rose LLP partner suing the firm for gender discrimination doubled-down on her request that mediation services firm JAMS Inc. be ordered to preserve notes from a session in which a firm representative allegedly made a retaliatory threat Wednesday, saying it’s not clear whether JAMS will keep its word to do so voluntarily.

  • May 25, 2017

    First Trump Nominee For Circuit Court Clears Senate

    The Senate has approved President Donald Trump's first nominee for an appellate court, confirming District Judge Amul Thapar to a post on the Sixth Circuit on Thursday.

  • May 24, 2017

    Trump's Russia Probe Atty Faces Beltway Learning Curve

    In reportedly choosing confidant Marc Kasowitz to defend him in the Russia collusion probe, President Donald Trump is casting his lot with a hard-charging New York litigator from outside the cadre of D.C. white-collar fixers, one who must learn to navigate new political minefields while trying to avoid the kind of courtroom battles where he made his name.

  • May 24, 2017

    How 7 Medium-Sized Law Firms Defied Mediocrity In 2016

    While the average medium-sized law firm in 2016 saw only a minuscule 1.2 percent increase in gross revenue, a select few law firms stood out from the crowd.

  • May 24, 2017

    Mayer Brown Partner Confirmed As State Deputy Secretary

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will soon have his top deputy, after a Senate vote Wednesday confirmed Bush administration veteran and Mayer Brown LLP partner John Sullivan to the post.

  • May 24, 2017

    Saul Ewing In Merger Talks To Create 400-Attorney Firm

    Saul Ewing LLP and Arnstein & Lehr LLP are in merger talks, the firms confirmed Wednesday, discussing a tie-up that would create a more than 400-attorney law firm with offices in nine states and the District of Columbia.

  • May 24, 2017

    High Court Told To Look To States On Term Limits, Broadcasts

    A U.S. Supreme Court advocacy group believes the body should follow policies adopted at the state level to allow broadcast access and limit the tenure of justices, saying Wednesday these changes would promote transparency and accountability at the nation’s highest court.

  • May 24, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Ratzan Law Group's Stuart Ratzan

    Some people think it's a good thing that jury trials are less common today, but I think it's another example of a society where the common man is removed from the democratic process, says Stuart Ratzan, shareholder with Ratzan Law Group.

  • May 23, 2017

    Trump Hires Kasowitz As Counsel In Russia Probe: Reports

    President Donald Trump has tapped his longtime attorney Marc Kasowtiz, a founder and managing partner of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, to represent him during an investigation into purported Russian government interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to multiple news reports Tuesday.

  • May 23, 2017

    US Corporate Legal Spending Far Outpaces Rest Of World

    Companies in the U.S. spend nearly triple the amount on legal services for every dollar of revenue than counterparts around the globe, but overall spending varies greatly depending on the size and industry of the business, according to a new analysis released Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 23, Benevolent Deception

    Roy Futterman

    Most of the jury consulting on this show has consisted of illegal and unethical behavior amid nonsensical trial practices, but at the end of the day, it has probably not done permanent damage to the U.S. legal system — so far, says jury consultant Roy Futterman as the debut season of the CBS show "Bull" comes to a close.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From United's Passenger Incident

    Peter Shaplen

    Following United Airlines' disastrous response to its recent mishandling of a passenger, the change to note is simply this: While there was always pressure to mount a quick legal response and communicate it, the time frame for this has been reduced to nanoseconds, say Peter Shaplen and Traci Stuart of Blattel Communications.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 22, Dirty Little Secrets

    Roy Futterman

    In the penultimate episode of the CBS show "Bull," the team wrestles with a real issue in jury consulting and the legal professions in general: Should we work with an unsavory client? This is an interesting question that plays out in jury consulting firms on a regular basis, says jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman of Doar Inc.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: When There Were No Witnesses

    Stéphane Bonifassi

    My client — a corporate counsel for a multinational U.S. company — appeared to be an ideal witness, and I was convinced that what he was going to say would tilt the case in his favor. I wanted him on that witness stand. But on the fateful day, the three-judge panel had other ideas, recalls Stéphane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats.