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Business of Law

  • September 14, 2018

    Kavanaugh Vote Still On Track After Accuser Steps Forward

    Senate Republicans and the White House pushed back over the weekend on sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Democrats sent a letter detailing an alleged incident from his high school years to the FBI.

  • September 14, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Awards For The Best In Legal Television

    In honor of the Emmy Awards, on this week's Pro Say podcast we’re presenting our own honors to celebrate achievements in television that focuses on the law.

  • September 14, 2018

    52 New Federal Judges Added In Bill OK'd By House Panel

    The House Judiciary Committee has voted to approve a bill that would add 52 permanent federal district court judgeships, require live audio streaming of U.S. Supreme Court arguments, and mandate that federal judges undergo regular medical screenings.

  • September 14, 2018

    Manafort Plea Sharpens View Of Skadden's Ukraine Work

    New details about Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's work in Ukraine included in Paul Manafort's plea-deal indictment Friday appeared to contradict the firm's long-standing assertions it was never involved in Manafort's foreign lobbying work and that its report on the trial of an ex-Ukrainian prime minister was done objectively.

  • September 14, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Women's advocates told Congress the #MeToo movement needs the law's backing, Microsoft called for international agreements to protect consumer privacy and a panel participating in an American Bar Association webinar warned that BigLaw firms may have cyberattack targets on their backs. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • September 14, 2018

    9 BigLaw Firms Pledge $15M For Pro Bono Enviro Efforts

    Nine BigLaw firms will provide a combined $15 million in pro bono legal services to advance efforts to fight global climate change and bolster sustainability, California officials said Friday, the final day of a global climate summit in San Francisco.

  • September 13, 2018

    Fed. Judiciary Tackles Sex Harassment With Policy Changes

    The Judicial Conference of the United States on Thursday expanded the program through which employees of federal courts can report sexual harassment and other workplace disputes and is considering a number of new ethics rules for judges aimed at preventing workplace harassment.

  • September 13, 2018

    NRA Atty Booted From Va. Case For Not Disclosing Sanction

    Arguments by a National Rifle Association lawyer that his failure to include on a pro hac vice application a well-publicized sanction for trying to taint a Texas jury pool was an honest mistake came to naught Thursday when a Virginia federal judge revoked his permission to practice in the court.

  • September 13, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Midsize law firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP tops this week’s legal lions list with a $645 million victory for its medical device-maker client in a suit accusing a competitor of stealing and rebranding its products, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Arnold & Porter ended up on the lambs list after a federal court blocked a $2.4 billion deal they orchestrated between Tronox and Saudi-owned chemical mining company Cristal.

  • September 13, 2018

    Senate GOP Cuts Off Attempts To Delay Kavanaugh Vote

    Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans on Thursday shut down Democratic attempts to further delay a panel vote on D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination or seek more documents about his time in President George W. Bush’s White House.

  • September 13, 2018

    Abercrombie Finds Former HSN Exec Right Fit For GC Role

    A former chief legal officer at HSN Inc. was named senior vice president and general counsel of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. on Thursday, according to the American retailer.

  • September 13, 2018

    Feinstein Sent Undisclosed Letter On Kavanaugh To FBI

    The Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat on Thursday sent the FBI unspecified information she received in a letter about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, following the release of a report about the letter.

  • September 13, 2018

    Trump Pick For 9th Circ. Advances To Senate

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a slate of President Donald Trump's nominees to the federal bench on Thursday, including an 11-10 party-line vote on Ryan D. Nelson to the Ninth Circuit, making him the third nominee tapped for the appeals court to be reported to the Senate under this administration.

  • September 13, 2018

    21st Century Fox GC Plans Return To Williams & Connolly

    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. Group General Counsel Gerson Zweifach on Thursday announced his plans to exit the media corporation, following the completion of its pending $71.3 billion transaction with The Walt Disney Co., and return to Williams & Connolly LLP.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ex-Winston Partner Wants Bias Row Out Of Arbitration

    A former Winston & Strawn LLP partner told a California appellate panel on Wednesday that her gender bias suit should not have been sent to arbitration, saying her claims weren't covered by the arbitration provision in her employment contract, which was unlawful anyway.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ex-Dickstein Shapiro Partners Sue Blank Rome Over $4M

    Former Dickstein Shapiro LLP partners accused Blank Rome LLP in California state court Wednesday of defining its move to scoop more than 100 attorneys from the now-defunct Dickstein as an asset sale, rather than a merger, in an attempt to "play cute" and avoid paying them $4 million.

  • September 12, 2018

    Hearings May Be Over, But Dems Still Hammering Kavanaugh

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's face-to-face interrogation by the Senate Judiciary Committee might be over, but Democratic members of the panel are continuing to grill the D.C. Circuit judge with personal and political questions in a series of follow-up interrogatories.

  • September 12, 2018

    Collins, Manchin Question Honesty Of Kavanaugh Testimony

    Some of the most prominent holdouts on D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday they want more information and to question him further, amid accusations that he may not have been honest in previous confirmation testimony.

  • September 12, 2018

    Quinn Slams Ex-Partners' Claim His Firm Is In Decline

    When a team of New York litigators left Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP to form their own boutique, they wrote in a March email to their onetime colleagues that the “declining financial state of the firm” had played a role in their decision to leave. John Quinn, the founder of the international litigation powerhouse, tells Law360 that suggestion is nonsense.

  • September 12, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Exec Leaving To Start Diversity Institute

    Greenberg Traurig co-president Hilarie Bass announced Wednesday that she will be stepping down at the end of the year to focus on a newly established institute to promote diversity and work on issues facing women and people of color in law and other industries.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • 5 E-Discovery Hurdles For Government Agencies

    Amy Hilbert

    Electronic discovery is a challenging process for even the most experienced law firms and corporations, but the challenges faced by government agencies may be even more daunting, says Amy Hilbert of Casepoint LLC.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Rebuttal

    Judges Can Demand Diversity In Rule 23(g) Applications

    Kellie Lerner

    A recent Law360 guest op-ed criticized the judge in the Chicago Board Options Exchange antitrust litigation for requesting more diversity in plaintiffs’ lead counsel applications. The author’s argument misinterprets the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reinforces archaic misconceptions about women and minorities in the courtroom, say Kellie Lerner and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.