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Business of Law

  • April 24, 2019

    Tech Competency Could Become A Must For Mich. Attys

    Michigan appears set to join dozens of other states that require lawyers to stay up to date on technological advances as part of their duty to provide competent legal help.

  • April 24, 2019

    Firms, In-House Attys Predict Hike In Cybersafety Spending

    More than three-quarters of law firms and corporate legal departments plan to increase their spending on cybersecurity during the next year, according to the results of a Robert Half Legal survey announced Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Jackson Lewis' Anthony And Lauri

    William Anthony and Kevin Lauri took over as co-chairs of national employment boutique Jackson Lewis PC in January. Here, they chat with Law360 on topics that include how their firm is adapting to a changing legal industry and what makes a good law firm partner.

  • April 24, 2019

    Trump's Legal End Game: Run Out The Clock Until 2020

    With his latest push against congressional investigations of his finances, his response to the Russia investigation and other actions by the White House, President Donald Trump appears to be trying to run out the clock before the 2020 election rather than waging a substantive legal fight likely to prevail in court.

  • April 24, 2019

    Atty Stuck With Court Escort Can't Appeal To 7th Circ.

    A federal court order requiring a Chicago lawyer to be escorted by U.S. Marshals when in court was “not the result of judicial action” and thus not under the Seventh Circuit’s jurisdiction for appeal, a circuit panel said Tuesday.

  • April 24, 2019

    Major League Soccer Lures NFL Deputy GC As Top Atty

    The NFL’s former deputy general counsel will join Major League Soccer as its executive vice president and general counsel, as its longtime top lawyer moves into a commercial-side role, MLS announced Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2019

    LVMH Legal Affairs VP Alleges Sex Harassment At Luxury Co.

    The vice president of legal affairs and litigation counsel at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. says she’s been sexually harassed for years on the job, and when she reported it, the company chastised her, intimidated her and suggested promoting the man who harassed her.

  • April 23, 2019

    LGBT Bar Urges Schools To Up Discrimination Protections

    The National LGBT Bar Association urged all law schools Tuesday to include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, as it released the results of its first campus climate survey.

  • April 23, 2019

    4 Things To Know About Facebook's New General Counsel

    The former Davis Polk partner tapped Monday as Facebook’s next general counsel is joining the social media giant amid unprecedented government scrutiny, but a packed resume shows she is no stranger to dealing with international policy and probing questions from lawmakers.

  • April 23, 2019

    Term Limits For Supreme Court Justices? 'Fine,' Says Breyer

    Amid the left’s plans to reform a U.S. Supreme Court seen as dominated by conservatives, Justice Stephen Breyer said he would be OK with creating term limits for justices. In fact, “It would make life easier,” he said.

  • April 23, 2019

    Cosby Sues Quinn Emanuel To Duck $1M Monthly Legal Bill

    Bill Cosby wants a California court to undo an arbitration award in favor of Quinn Emanuel, saying the firm charged the comedian almost $1 million a month for work related to the sexual assault allegations against him and that he didn't understand the scope of the firm’s representation.

  • April 23, 2019

    BigLaw Lobbyists See Strong Q1 Demand Under Divided Gov't

    For BigLaw federal lobbyists, the first quarter of 2019 got off to a slow start with a weekslong shutdown, but soon rebounded as clients sought out expertise to navigate the tangle of regulatory and oversight agendas under a newly divided government.

  • April 23, 2019

    BigLaw's Biggest Revenue Gainers And Losers In 2018

    Five law firms bested the rest of BigLaw in 2018 in terms of year-over-year revenue increases, while five others failed to keep up with the pack. Here, find out which firms logged the biggest revenue gains and which experienced the biggest losses.

  • April 23, 2019

    Goodyear Stays In-House As It Names New General Counsel

    Goodyear on Tuesday unveiled a series of moves within its in-house legal department, including the promotion of a new general counsel.

  • April 23, 2019

    More Than 60 Firms Sign Houston Bar Gender Fairness Pledge

    More than 60 law firms have signed on to the Houston Bar Association's Gender Fairness Commitment, making a pledge to increase the number of female partners and firm leaders by next year.

  • April 22, 2019

    House Panel Subpoenas Former WH Counsel In Trump Probe

    The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed former White House Counsel Don McGahn on Monday, calling him to testify and provide documents on events surrounding President Donald Trump’s alleged interference in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

  • April 22, 2019

    Facebook Taps Trump State Dept. Lawyer As General Counsel

    Facebook has hired the U.S. Department of State legal adviser as its next general counsel, the social media giant announced Monday, as it faces unprecedented government scrutiny over a string of privacy breaches and misinformation being spread on the platform.

  • April 22, 2019

    Pfizer VP Returns To DLA Piper As Litigation Partner In DC

    Former Pfizer Senior Vice President Carlton Wessel has returned to DLA Piper as a partner in the firm’s litigation practice in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.

  • April 22, 2019

    Forced ND Bar Membership Illegal Under Janus, 8th Circ. Told

    A North Dakota attorney has told the Eighth Circuit that the state’s bar association failed to prove that its mandatory membership policy and dues collection structure are constitutional, arguing the current setup runs afoul of the First Amendment.

  • April 22, 2019

    NY Bar Beefs Up Civility Message To Members

    In the first update in more than two decades, the New York State Bar Association on Monday published expanded "civility" standards meant to inspire lawyer professionalism in deal-making as well as in court and to promote good behavior in areas like electronic communication.

Expert Analysis

  • Rebuttal

    Jury Trials, Though In Decline, Are Well Worth Preserving

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    In a recent Law360 guest article, the author applauded the disappearance of jury trials as an inefficient, costly mechanism, but in doing so he overlooked the greater value of jury trials for our justice system, says Stephen Susman, executive director of the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law.

  • A Broader View Of The US Supreme Court Bar

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    During the past 15 years, three widely read articles bolstered by starstruck media have promulgated the incorrect perception — sorely in need of revision — that the U.S. Supreme Court bar is limited to a handful of elite lawyers, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • In Virtual Teams For Mass Torts, The 'Law Team' Is Critical

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    A critical component of any virtual law team assembled for mass tort litigation is a dedicated "law team," which tackles the legal strategy and drafts the many necessary pleadings, motions and other submissions, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton and Faegre.

  • Opinion

    Jury Trials Are In Decline For Good Reason

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    A recent Law360 article reported on federal judges bemoaning jury trials' nationwide decline, but these laments are unfounded as jury trials have been replaced by better alternatives, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton Research.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Circuitous Path To The Law

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    Instead of going to college after high school, I followed in my father’s footsteps and became an electrician. Later I became an electrical engineer, and then an IP attorney. Every twist and turn along the way has made me a better lawyer, says Joseph Maraia of Burns & Levinson.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Conrad Reviews 'The Jury Crisis'

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    In "The Jury Crisis," jury consultant and social psychologist Drury Sherrod spotlights the vanishing jury trial, providing a fascinating canary-in-the-coal-mine warning for lawyers, litigants and society at large, says U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad of the Western District of North Carolina.

  • Revamping Your Approach To Client Development

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    As a former general counsel for both public and private companies, my advice to law firm attorneys who want to attract and keep clients is simple — provide certain legal services for free, says Noel Elfant, founder of General Counsel Practice.

  • What Lawyers Must Know Before Acting As Escrow Agents

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    The moment an attorney agrees to serve as an escrow agent for a client, the attorney assumes some of the most important obligations in the legal profession. Significantly, these obligations potentially extend to third parties who are not clients, say Scott Watnik and Michael Contos of Wilk Auslander.

  • The Need For New Legal And PR Strategies In The #MeToo Era

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    As a result of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, organizations should take a stand to strengthen corporate culture against misconduct, and activate those values through communication and training, say David Weiss of Epstein Becker Green and Matt Purdue of Peppercomm.

  • Freelance Attorneys Are An Asset To In-House Legal Teams

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    With recent technological advances and a broader acceptance of flexible work arrangements, the opportunity for freelance attorneys is greater than ever, as is the value that this freelance workforce can create for companies, says Ben Levi of InCloudCounsel.