Business of Law

  • March 13, 2018

    Federal Litigation Continued Downward Trend In 2017

    Fewer cases were filed in federal courts in 2017 compared to the year before, following a broader trend of falling litigation rates over the past five years, according to a report released Tuesday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

  • March 13, 2018

    Legal Sector Hiring Shows Shift In Demand And Practices

    The legal services sector added jobs for the third year in a row in 2017, but a deeper analysis shows it is far from getting back to the record high employment levels reached in the mid-2000s amid a shift in how law firms are doing business following changes in technology and client demand.

  • March 12, 2018

    Three Crowns Helps Ethiopian Runner Reunite With His Family

    An elite Ethiopian marathon runner whose heels and feet were severely lashed for peacefully protesting Ethiopian government policy and who fought for two years to bring to the U.S. the pregnant wife and son he left behind when he sought asylum saw his dream come true thanks to the efforts of Three Crowns LLP.

  • March 12, 2018

    UK Regulator Sends Law Firms Gag Order Warning Shot

    Law firms cannot use nondisclosure agreements, known as NDAs or gag orders, to prevent reports of any type of professional misconduct to disciplinary authorities, including sexual harassment and assault, the Solicitors Regulation Authority on Monday warned law firms operating in the U.K.

  • March 12, 2018

    Uber's GC Talks Steering Waymo Deal, Company's New Route

    When Tony West took on the mantle of chief legal officer at Uber last year, he tackled the imposing task of trying to plot a new legal road map for one of Silicon Valley’s most controversial companies. Toward the top of his list was resolving a thorny trade secrets case that was speeding toward trial on claims that Uber had stolen key self-driving car technology from Google unit Waymo.

  • March 9, 2018

    Why The ‘Blue Slip’ Battles Are Becoming White Hot

    It’s more of a norm than a rule. Its use has shifted over time, often with political winds. But the once-obscure Senate tradition is now front and center in the boiling debate over the future of the judiciary.

  • March 9, 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.

  • March 9, 2018

    Senior Judges Fill The Void Left By Rampant Vacancies

    More federal judges are skipping the golf course to head back to the courtroom upon taking senior status, and they're playing an increasingly vital role in a strained system.

  • March 9, 2018

    How Far Right Can The President Pull The Courts?

    Although President Donald Trump set a record with the number of circuit judges he named during his first year, experts say that's not the whole story. Here’s our data-driven look at what the White House faces in its quest to reshape the appeals courts.

  • March 9, 2018

    How Law Firms Can Be More Efficient And Drive Profit

    The average lawyer spends approximately two-thirds of their day on nonbillable tasks, a bleak picture of efficiency in today’s law firms offered up Friday by a speaker at the American Bar Association TechShow in Chicago.

  • March 9, 2018

    OECD Issues New Model Disclosure Rules For Tax Advisers

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Friday finalized recommended rules that would require lawyers, accountants and other tax advisers to disclose if they are marketing structures designed to avoid new global reporting requirements that seek to curb tax avoidance.  

  • March 9, 2018

    Law360’s Pro Say: Trump Looks To Transform The Courts

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we examine the Trump administration’s efforts to push the judicial branch to the right, discuss Trump’s controversial trade moves, and explain how “inclusion riders” work.

  • March 9, 2018

    Legal Sector's Slow Year Continues With 200 Jobs Lost In Feb.

    The U.S. legal sector continued its less-than-stellar start to 2018, dropping another 200 jobs in February for the worst two-month stretch to begin a year since 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

  • March 9, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A new study from the United Kingdom found that men and women significantly differ on their perceptions of progress on gender equality in the legal industry, ​some companies continued to weigh whether to join the growing crackdown of gun sales in the wake of last month’s Florida school shooting and panelists at a conference in Chicago addressed how to handle a lawyer who is cognitively impaired. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • March 8, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    A civil rights and employment attorney tops this week's list of legal lions after her work on closing the gender gap in Hollywood got an unexpected boost before a global audience on Oscar night, while the lambs list is stacked with a host of attorneys embroiled in legal and ethical hot water, starting with a former Akin Gump partner sentenced this week to 30 months in prison. 

  • March 8, 2018

    Texas Legal Market Poised For Merger Bump In 2018

    Law firms in Texas are optimistic in their outlook for 2018, a survey released Thursday said, but an increasing number of firms are being approached about combinations and many are considering making a move as competition ramps up in the state’s legal market.

  • March 8, 2018

    Men, Women Differ On Perception Of Equality In Legal Field

    While progress has been made on gender equality in the legal profession over the last five years, perception is skewed, according to data released by the Law Society of England and Wales on Thursday.

  • March 8, 2018

    Milbank Associate Scores 'Emotional' School Segregation Win

    The Eleventh Circuit last month barred the racial segregation of an Alabama county’s public schools in a personally meaningful win for a Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP associate who worked on the case pro bono for more than two years.

  • March 7, 2018

    Panelists Address How To Handle A Lawyer Who Is Impaired

    It is often difficult to determine the proper actions to take ethically, legally and personally if a fellow lawyer, even a superior such as a powerful partner, is dealing with a cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s Disease.

  • March 7, 2018

    Ex-Akin Gump Atty Gets 2.5 Years In DOJ Suit-Selling Case

    A California federal judge on Wednesday handed down a 2 1/2-year prison sentence to a former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner who was arrested last year in a wig-and-sunglasses disguise while trying to sell a sealed government complaint to a cybersecurity company being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Expert Analysis

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: A Judge's Example

    M.C. Sungaila

    Law school taught me how to think like a lawyer, but the district court judge I clerked for my first year out of law school taught me how to be a lawyer. This was the gift she gave to all of her law clerks, in one form or another, says M.C. Sungaila of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • My Supreme Court Debut: The Flip Of A Coin

    Elaine Goldenberg

    Each time I've argued before the U.S. Supreme Court it has been just as much of a thrill as the first, but my first argument was distinct because it involved a certain amount of fortuity on the way to the podium, says Elaine Goldenberg of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.