Business of Law

  • March 7, 2018

    Attys Worry Companies Not Serious About Sexual Misconduct

    Nearly half of the outside counsel who responded to a recent survey said they are concerned employers aren’t taking sexual harassment training, prevention and response “seriously enough” in the workplace, according to data released on Wednesday.

  • March 7, 2018

    Mayer Brown Atty Out After 10 Days Amid Allegations At MoFo

    Mayer Brown LLP confirmed on Wednesday that it has parted ways with a New York-based capital markets partner — 10 days after announcing it had hired him — following allegations that the partner engaged in “inappropriate conduct” at his previous firm.

  • March 6, 2018

    LSAT Test Maker In Contempt Over Disability Compliance

    A California federal judge held the Law School Admission Council in civil contempt Monday after finding the LSAT test maker violated a settlement agreement by failing to accommodate test takers with disabilities, extending the agreement in question by two years and calling for two more audits of LSAC’s compliance.

  • March 6, 2018

    ABA Warns Attys On Ethics Of Social Media 'Hypotheticals'

    Lawyers who posit “hypotheticals” based on real client details on their blogs and via Twitter risk running afoul of their duty to keep confidences, the American Bar Association warned Tuesday.

  • March 6, 2018

    Recruiter Told To Amend Simpson Thacher Search-Fee Suit

    A New York federal judge has urged an attorney recruiter that accused Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP of failing to pay a $937,500 matchmaking bill to amend its complaint against the law firm, saying at a Tuesday hearing it could narrow the dispute and get the case moving.

  • March 6, 2018

    9th Circ. Revives Loan Advice Suit Against Heller Ehrman

    A California federal bankruptcy judge erred when he decided the relationship between Heller Ehrman LLP and former client Paravue Corp. “conclusively terminated” in 2007 and started the clock running on Paravue’s $20 million malpractice suit, the Ninth Circuit said Monday.

  • March 6, 2018

    Senate Broadly Approves Trump Pick For Louisiana Judge

    The Senate voted to confirm President Donald Trump's pick for a Louisiana federal judgeship Tuesday, the latest in a series of nominees to garner bipartisan support.

  • March 6, 2018

    Mighty Raises $114M Fund For Litigation Funders

    Mighty, a technology service provider for litigation funders, is making a move into the industry’s budding secondary market, announcing on Tuesday that it has raised $114 million to help personal injury-focused litigation funders scale their businesses.

  • March 6, 2018

    ABA TechShow Tackles Mental Health With 12-Step Meetings

    Efforts to stem the tide of mental health issues such as addiction among lawyers are mounting, and an American Bar Association conference in Chicago this week is including 12-step meetings in its official schedule for the first time.

  • March 5, 2018

    Ex-Akin Gump Atty's Wife Pleads For Speaking Tour, Not Jail

    The wife of the ex-Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorney who admitted to trying to sell U.S. Department of Justice information asked a California federal judge to pass on sentencing him to jail and send him on a speaking tour instead, saying Monday that his kids need him at home.

  • March 5, 2018

    Senate Approves Trump Picks For Texas, Ga. Judgeships

    The Senate approved President Donald Trump’s choices for open judgeships in Texas and Georgia on Monday, including a former pick by President Barack Obama for the Lone Star State.

  • March 5, 2018

    Heller Can't Take Ex-Partners' Fees, Calif. High Court Says

    The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that a dissolved law partnership is not entitled to profits from former partners’ continued work on hourly fee matters, in a long-fought battle stemming from the Heller Ehrman LLP dissolution.

  • March 5, 2018

    Oscars Shine Spotlight On Atty's Work On 'Inclusion Rider'

    Kalpana Kotagal, a civil rights and employment partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, had already switched off the TV on Sunday night when Frances McDormand took the stage at the Academy Awards and drew the world's attention to her work.

  • March 5, 2018

    How To Raise Rates Without Driving Clients Away

    The largest and most financially successful law firms in the U.S. have consistently raised rates over the past few years at a faster pace than the rest of the industry. Here, Law360 takes a look at how they’ve done it without scaring clients away and how others may be able to follow in their footsteps.

  • March 5, 2018

    15 Minutes With Northeastern University’s General Counsel

    Since becoming senior vice president and general counsel of Northeastern University in 2011, former Boston District Attorney Ralph Martin II has learned that the city school is a large, research, urban-based academic institution with global reach that emphasizes cooperative education. Here, he shared with Law360 details about his diverse and engaging workday and his approach to explaining complicated legal matters to nonlawyers.

  • March 2, 2018

    The Firms Landing The Most Cases In 7 Practice Areas

    In a new report from the legal analytics firm Lex Machina, case volume speaks volumes. Here are the firms finding their services in the highest demand over the past five years.

  • March 2, 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 2, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Legal Movie Awards Oscar Special

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast we present the first annual Academy Lawards, a celebration of achievements in cinema focusing on the law.

  • March 2, 2018

    Holland & Knight Helps Bring Reforms To Fla. Prisons

    After more than a year of negotiations with the Florida Department of Corrections, Holland & Knight LLP attorneys, working with Disability Rights Florida and others, recently helped secure a settlement that should help inmates with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities get the treatment they need.

  • March 2, 2018

    ABA's 'No' To Anti-Money Laundering Bills Sparks Dissent

    The American Bar Association’s hard-line stance against a pair of anti-money laundering bills being considered by Congress that it says threaten the attorney-client relationship has stirred dissent inside and outside the organization about U.S. lawyers’ proper role in stemming the global flow of illegal money, experts say.

Expert Analysis

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Just Me And My Flash Cards

    Matthew McGill

    I had not expected to be in the U.S. Supreme Court on March 22, 2016. To me, our opponent's petition seemed quite like a long shot. But clearly I had underestimated the appeal of their argument, says Matthew McGill of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • When And How To Communicate With Pro Se Litigants

    David Northrip

    Given the surprisingly large volume of pro se litigation in the United States, there will inevitably be times when you need to communicate with self-represented litigants. Following Model Rule of Professional Conduct 4.3 can help you minimize risks and maximize payoff, say attorneys at Shook Hard & Bacon LLP.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Cultivating A Career Issue

    Michael Martinez

    My first U.S. Supreme Court argument came two years after I entered private practice following 10 years as an assistant U.S. attorney. Nevertheless, I found the entire experience simultaneously nerve-wracking and exhilarating, especially given the publicity my case had generated, says Michael Martinez, senior vice president and associate general counsel at Marriott International Inc.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 4

    Brian Kriegler

    Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research concludes his series on statistical sampling by addressing several common misperceptions about random sampling requirements.