Business of Law

  • March 2, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Robot Reviews And Contract Lawyering

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven recent developments.

  • March 2, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A new report found that female general counsel are more likely to be paid the same as their male counterparts in the U.S. than elsewhere in the world, Morgan Stanley's GC said at a panel that the white collar bar will face "declining demand" for their services in the financial sector and investors sued Wynn Resorts' general counsel and others over insider trading. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • March 1, 2018

    BigLaw Life Drove Him To Crime, Ex-Akin Gump Atty Says

    An ex-Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorney said the stress of his work in private practice drove him to try to sell stolen U.S. Department of Justice information, and he asked for leniency as prosecutors seek a nearly three-year sentence, according to filings in California federal court Wednesday.

  • March 1, 2018

    Ex-Hunton Atty Urges 2nd Circ. To Undo Insider Trading Rap

    Former Hunton & Williams LLP patent lawyer Robert Schulman asked the Second Circuit to give him an acquittal after being convicted and sentenced to probation for passing a nebulous trading tip to his friend and financial adviser, saying the government didn’t show an essential element: intent that it would be traded on.

  • March 1, 2018

    US Leads In GC Gender Pay Equity, One Report Says

    Female general counsel are more likely to be paid the same as their male counterparts in the U.S. than elsewhere in the world, according to one recent report.

  • March 1, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    New York civil rights attorney Gregory Antollino grabbed a seat at the top of this week’s legal lions list after the Second Circuit sided with his client and concluded that anti-gay discrimination is sex discrimination, while Pillsbury landed on the lambs list after a California appeals court threw out its client's $55 million jury award in insurance litigation with AIG.

  • March 1, 2018

    Orrick, Shearman & Sterling Nab 22 Andrews Kurth Attys

    In the latest round of departures from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP amid its decision to merge with Hunton & Williams LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP announced on Thursday that it has opened an Austin, Texas, office with eight partners joining, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe picked up 14 lawyers from Andrews Kurth's public finance team.

  • March 1, 2018

    Senate OKs Nelson Mullins Vet For South Carolina Judgeship

    The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s choice for a South Carolina district court vacancy Thursday, even as Democrats used the pick to decry a lack of diversity among Trump’s nominees.

  • February 28, 2018

    KWM Administration Costs Have Vastly Exceeded Estimates

    The costs of restructuring global firm King & Wood Mallesons’ London-headquartered European and Middle East operations so far have been double the original estimates, according to a recent report by the firm’s administrators.

  • February 28, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of February

    The notable legal department hires during the second month of the year include Walmart's executive vice president, who joins from the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as American International Group's senior vice president and general counsel of its general insurance, who is a former GC of the Central Intelligence Agency under former President Barack Obama.

  • February 27, 2018

    Breyer Reads Aloud Fiery Dissent Over Immigrant Bail Ruling

    Justice Stephen Breyer refused to go quietly Tuesday after his Supreme Court colleagues voted to deny bail hearings to certain immigrants detained for deportation, reading aloud an impassioned dissent invoking the Declaration of Independence and centuries-old English common law.

  • February 27, 2018

    9th Circ. Asks DC High Court For Clarity On Howrey Profits

    The Ninth Circuit asked the D.C. Court of Appeals on Tuesday to answer questions of law related to whether a bankruptcy trustee can recover profits earned by ex-Howrey LLP partners for matters started at the now-defunct firm from the attorneys’ new firms.

  • February 27, 2018

    Orrick, Jones Day, Irell Partners Tapped For Calif. Bench

    California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed 25 superior court judges Tuesday, including partners from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Jones Day, Irell & Manella LLP, Perkins Coie LLP and Gordon & Rees LLP with focuses on intellectual property, white collar crime and product liability.

  • February 27, 2018

    Senate Confirms Ga. Appeals Judge For 11th Circ. Seat

    The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick for an Eleventh Circuit vacancy, sending Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth Branch to the federal bench.

  • February 27, 2018

    What BigLaw Can Learn From The Big 4

    The Big Four accounting firms have assembled massive operations spanning the globe, generating a cumulative $134 billion in revenue last year. Here, Law360 takes a look at three things BigLaw can learn from the Big Four.

  • February 26, 2018

    Ex-Dechert Client Seeks Subpoena For Leaked Letter's Source

    A former Dechert LLP client petitioned a California federal court on Friday to subpoena a correspondent for a British paper to discover how he obtained an allegedly damaging letter penned by the firm, claiming after an “acrimonious” split with Dechert, the firm “had an apparent motive to leak the letter.”

  • February 26, 2018

    15 Minutes With Twilio's General Counsel

    Karyn Smith's journey from BigLaw attorney to general counsel for communications platform Twilio has given her a unique vantage point on the changing media world, from net neutrality to customer confidence to data privacy concerns.

  • February 26, 2018

    4 Essential Tasks New GCs Should Immediately Conquer

    The beginning days, weeks and months as a new general counsel or chief legal officer are vital to success. First impressions and chaos control count, and there’s a lot of groundwork to cover when settling in to a position, whether it’s at a different company or the result of a promotion. Here, Law360 looks at the crucial first steps for every new top lawyer to tackle.

  • February 26, 2018

    Bryan Cave And BLP Approve Transatlantic Merger

    St. Louis-headquartered Bryan Cave LLP and U.K.-based Berwin Leighton Paisner have agreed to merge and will launch a new fully integrated transatlantic firm in April, the firms announced on Monday.

  • February 23, 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Read The Whole Thing

    James Beck

    As a beginning associate at a large Philadelphia law firm, I was tasked to fill in case citations on a brief. I found something that looked like exactly what I wanted for a particular legal proposition, but I did not bother to read the entire case. That was a big mistake — and led to an important lesson, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 3

    Brian Kriegler

    In the third of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research uses the example of a hypothetical Medicare reimbursement case to address various solutions for dealing with missing sample selections so that statistical inferences remain valid.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: An Impassioned Plea

    Erwin Chemerinsky

    As I rose to the lectern for my first argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, I realized that the court had to that point heard over 90 minutes of oral argument about California’s "three strikes" law, but no one — not any of the lawyers, not any of the justices — had expressed outrage that a man could spend life in prison for shoplifting, says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley Law School.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 2

    Brian Kriegler

    In the second of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research offers a method for constructing confidence intervals when the sample size is relatively small.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 1

    Brian Kriegler

    In the first of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research examines four core principles of random sampling and offers recommendations for justifying statistical inference calculations.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.