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Business of Law

  • December 6, 2018

    White & Case Narrowing Gender Gap In UK Partner Pay

    White & Case LLP is whittling down the pay gap between male and female partners in its London office, according to data voluntarily disclosed by the U.S. law firm along with information required by the United Kingdom’s Equality Act.

  • December 6, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Dodges Prison For $9M Transfer Racket

    A former attorney at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP on Thursday avoided prison time for operating an unlicensed money transfer business that funneled over $9 million from the U.S. to Mexico on others’ behalf.

  • December 6, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Finnegan and Shook Hardy & Bacon top this week's legal lions list with a Federal Circuit victory for client Sprint in a patent battle with Time Warner Cable, while Berger Singerman ended up among the legal lambs after a Florida court ruled against its client, Airbnb, in a fight with the city of Miami.

  • December 6, 2018

    Hueston Hennigan Associates' Bonuses To Exceed Cravath's

    Hueston Hennigan LLP will dole out end-of-year bonuses for associates that top the market standard previously set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, joining a number of firms that have recently disclosed their scales, according to media reports Thursday.

  • December 6, 2018

    Male Partners Make 53% More Than Female Colleagues

    Female partners receive markedly less compensation on average than their male colleagues at U.S. law firms, and the 53 percent pay gap is driven largely by discrepancies in origination and hourly rates, a report released on Thursday has found.

  • December 5, 2018

    Progressives Weigh Packing The Court Post-Kavanaugh

    A group of progressive activists gathered Wednesday evening to discuss how to reform the Supreme Court now that conservatives have shored up their majority with two new appointments, including bold strategies such as court-packing and impeaching Justice Brett Kavanaugh if and when Democrats control Congress and the White House.

  • December 5, 2018

    Kerr & Wagstaffe Closes As Rent Rises, Attys Form New Firms

    The partners of San Francisco litigation boutique Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP have shuttered the law firm after 20 years in business as its rent was set to double, and two new firms — one with four partners and no associates — will form in its wake.

  • December 5, 2018

    Debevoise Rolls Out New Associate Feedback Program

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has launched a new informal feedback program designed to give evaluations and training to young associates in the U.S. on an ongoing basis, outside of the context of a more traditional annual review, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Sen.'s Bid To Protect Mueller Again Delays Vote On Judges

    Once again, the Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a Thursday meeting and delayed votes on Third, Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Circuit judicial nominees as a standoff with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., over an unrelated bill to protect the Mueller investigation continues.

  • December 5, 2018

    Robert Shapiro Faces Deposition Over LegalZoom Claims

    Courtroom star Robert Shapiro will have to answer deposition questions about ads in which he claimed to have “created” LegalZoom.com, a San Francisco arbiter said Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Weil, Covington Unveil Associate Bonuses

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Covington & Burling LLP have both announced their end-of-year bonus scales for associates, according to Above The Law.

  • December 5, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: Arnold & Porter's Richard Alexander

    Richard Alexander took the reins as chairman of Arnold & Porter in 2015 and has since steered the law firm through its merger with Kaye Scholer, which increased the number of attorneys under the leader's watch from 700 to approximately 950.

  • December 4, 2018

    Hilton Sued Over Secret Filming Of NY Bar Exam Taker

    A law school graduate who stayed at a New York hotel before taking the bar exam has sued Hilton and its affiliates for $100 million in Virginia state court, claiming that secretly filmed footage of her showering in her room was posted on pornographic websites and emailed to her friends and colleagues.

  • December 4, 2018

    Scottie Pippen Claims Atty-Comedian Trashed Fla. Mansion

    NBA Hall of Famer and former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen hit a South Florida attorney-comedian and her husband with a lawsuit in state court Monday, accusing them of trashing his $10 million mansion, stealing cutlery and allowing their pets to urinate all over the property.

  • December 4, 2018

    DC Circ. Asks Why Gov't Legal Opinions Are FOIA-Exempt

    The U.S. Justice Department faced pointed questions from D.C. Circuit judges Tuesday about its rationale for keeping legal advice to federal agencies from public view.

  • December 4, 2018

    NewLaw Is Wooing BigLaw's Young Talent

    In search of new experiences and more flexibility, some young lawyers are pointing their career paths toward alternative legal service providers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Littler's Scott Forman

    Littler Mendelson PC shareholder Scott Forman's innovative case management platform helps his firm analyze litigation data, craft defense strategies, predict outcomes and greatly reduce client costs, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Litigation Funder Validity Poaches Pair From Bentham IMF

    Litigation funder upstart Validity Finance LLC said Tuesday it has poached two ex-litigators from rival Bentham IMF to oversee risk management and underwriting.

  • December 3, 2018

    Dykema To Combine With DC Commercial Insurance Boutique

    Dykema announced Monday that the firm will be combining with D.C.-based litigation boutique Loss Judge & Ward LLP in January as part of a strategy of industry area-focused growth.

  • December 3, 2018

    Calif. Ethics Board Floats Political Disclosure Guidance

    A committee tasked with advising California judicial officials on ethical issues published a draft opinion on disclosure requirements for trial court judges who receive political contributions, seeking public feedback on the guidance before the board publishes a final version.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.