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Business of Law

  • June 11, 2018

    Dentons Ignored Managing Director's Harassment, Suit Says

    Dentons ignored a female business development specialist who complained that the male managing director of the firm’s venture technology group repeatedly groped her and hit on her using graphic come-ons, according to a suit filed Monday in New York state court.

  • June 11, 2018

    Cravath Tops Milbank's Associate Pay Scale

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP on Monday announced plans to top the mid- and senior-level associate pay scale set forth a week ago by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP.

  • June 11, 2018

    Nelson Mullins Will Merge With Fla. Firm Broad And Cassel

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and Florida-based Broad and Cassel LLP will combine at the beginning of August, the firms announced on Monday, creating a consolidated firm with more than 725 attorneys nationwide and a strong footprint in the southeastern U.S.

  • June 11, 2018

    15 Minutes With The General Counsel Of Vencore

    Kevin Boyle has been the general counsel of Vencore for approximately the past year, guiding the $1.2 billion provider of information solutions, cybersecurity, engineering and analytics for the U.S. government through an initial public offering and a merger. Here, Law360 talks to Boyle about the recent merger, the one thing he values most in outside counsel, and his thoughts on the billable hour.

  • June 11, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Reed Smith's Associate Feedback App

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

  • June 8, 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.

  • June 8, 2018

    Ogletree Says Atty In Gender Bias Suit Is Forum Shopping

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has again urged a California federal court to transfer a contentious $300 million gender discrimination suit from the state’s Northern District to its Central District, saying the lead plaintiff has “candidly conceded that she is forum shopping.”

  • June 8, 2018

    King & Spalding To Face Trial In Ex-Associate's Firing Suit

    A New York federal judge on Friday denied King & Spalding LLP's bid to escape a former associate's retaliatory firing suit, picking apart the firm's defenses after it neglected her admonition to settle the suit at a hearing last month.

  • June 8, 2018

    DOJ Sheds Some Light On Scope Of Foreign Lobbying Law

    As the U.S. Department of Justice ramps up enforcement of foreign lobbying violations, it shed some additional light on who needs to disclose such work by releasing scores of advisory opinions Friday involving everything from D.C. law firms to human rights groups.

  • June 8, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: The Obscure Law That Snagged Manafort

    Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election made headlines a few times this week, so we’re devoting the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast to explaining what you need to know about the recent twists and turns in the investigation.

  • June 8, 2018

    NJ Justices Won't Rethink Legal Service Sites Ban

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to second-guess an ethics decision barring Garden State attorneys from using legal service providers Avvo, Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom, dealing a blow to consumer watchdogs who say the move reduces public access to legal services.

  • June 8, 2018

    4 Technologies That Are Helping To Bridge The Justice Gap

    The vast majority of low-income Americans facing civil legal problems received inadequate or no legal help in 2017. Here, Law360 looks at four of the latest tools that may have the potential to digitally bridge that justice gap.

  • June 8, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Democratic state attorneys general urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to maintain public access to its consumer complaint database on the financial industry and a New York City Bar panel said some new efforts to bolster companies' sexual harassment policies may be creating unintended legal pitfalls that must be weighed carefully. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • June 8, 2018

    Law School Oversight Suits Point To Needed ABA Reforms

    In the past month, the American Bar Association has been hit with four lawsuits criticizing the way the association accredits and regulates law schools, but while experts are somewhat skeptical about the suits’ chances of success, many agree that the suits do get at least one thing right: The ABA’s approach to law schools is in need of reform.

  • June 7, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Ropes & Gray snagged a spot among the legal lions this week, convincing the Eleventh Circuit to throw out an FTC order directing client LabMD to overhaul its data security program, while Morrison & Foerster ended up a legal lamb after the Federal Circuit revived an infringement suit against client Apple over its iPhone touch screen.

  • June 7, 2018

    More Law Firms Join In On Associate Pay Raises

    At least three more firms have joined a growing list of others that will match at least part of the new associate pay scale established Monday by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP.

  • June 7, 2018

    Jones Day, WilmerHale, McDermott Vets Picked For Bench

    President Donald Trump included several BigLaw veterans — hailing from WilmerHale, McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Jones Day — among 12 nominees named Thursday for the Sixth and Eighth circuits, the Court of International Trade and trial courts in Virginia, Illinois, Oregon and Washington, D.C.

  • June 7, 2018

    6 Cities Where It Pays To Be A BigLaw Associate

    The New York pay scale has long been the gold standard for BigLaw associates — climbing to a dizzying $190,000 at a few firms this past week — but associates in these six cities may still have more money in their pockets at the end of the day. 

  • June 7, 2018

    Senate Panel OKs 9th Circ. Pick Over Home-State Objections

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced another of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Ninth Circuit Thursday, despite objections from Democrats who said it breached the “blue slip” tradition of deference to home-state senators.

  • June 6, 2018

    Calif. Judge's Ouster May Presage More Recall Bids

    The decision by voters in a California county to oust a judge who gave a light sentence to Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner for a felony sex assault may encourage similar campaigns against sitting judges in the state and elsewhere who hand down controversial decisions, experts say.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Opinion

    There Is Middle Ground For US Lawyers On AML Regimes

    Matthew O'Hara

    The American Bar Association continues to oppose legislation that would impose certain European Union and U.K. anti-money laundering requirements on U.S. lawyers. The ABA should further consider its approach to this issue as there is a viable middle ground that protects privileged communications and confidential information while advancing the interests of the legal profession, says Matthew O’Hara of Freeborn & Peters LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.