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Business of Law

  • September 13, 2018

    21st Century Fox GC Plans Return To Williams & Connolly

    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. Group General Counsel Gerson Zweifach on Thursday announced his plans to exit the media corporation, following the completion of its pending $71.3 billion transaction with The Walt Disney Co., and return to Williams & Connolly LLP.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ex-Winston Partner Wants Bias Row Out Of Arbitration

    A former Winston & Strawn LLP partner told a California appellate panel on Wednesday that her gender bias suit should not have been sent to arbitration, saying her claims weren't covered by the arbitration provision in her employment contract, which was unlawful anyway.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ex-Dickstein Shapiro Partners Sue Blank Rome Over $4M

    Former Dickstein Shapiro LLP partners accused Blank Rome LLP in California state court Wednesday of defining its move to scoop more than 100 attorneys from the now-defunct Dickstein as an asset sale, rather than a merger, in an attempt to "play cute" and avoid paying them $4 million.

  • September 12, 2018

    Hearings May Be Over, But Dems Still Hammering Kavanaugh

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's face-to-face interrogation by the Senate Judiciary Committee might be over, but Democratic members of the panel are continuing to grill the D.C. Circuit judge with personal and political questions in a series of follow-up interrogatories.

  • September 12, 2018

    Collins, Manchin Question Honesty Of Kavanaugh Testimony

    Some of the most prominent holdouts on D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday they want more information and to question him further, amid accusations that he may not have been honest in previous confirmation testimony.

  • September 12, 2018

    Quinn Slams Ex-Partners' Claim His Firm Is In Decline

    When a team of New York litigators left Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP to form their own boutique, they wrote in a March email to their onetime colleagues that the “declining financial state of the firm” had played a role in their decision to leave. John Quinn, the founder of the international litigation powerhouse, tells Law360 that suggestion is nonsense.

  • September 12, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Exec Leaving To Start Diversity Institute

    Greenberg Traurig co-president Hilarie Bass announced Wednesday that she will be stepping down at the end of the year to focus on a newly established institute to promote diversity and work on issues facing women and people of color in law and other industries.

  • September 12, 2018

    Conflict Should DQ Katten In IP Row, Valeant Tells Fed. Circ.

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP should be disqualified from three ongoing drug patent appeals, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. told a Federal Circuit panel Wednesday, arguing that when the firm hired two Alston & Bird LLP attorneys and picked up their work for Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., it created a fatal conflict.

  • September 12, 2018

    Bradley Arant Names New Managing Partner

    The Alabama-based Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP on Wednesday appointed Jonathan Skeeters, a partner in the law firm's Nashville, Tennessee, office, as its new managing partner and chairman of the board.

  • September 12, 2018

    BigLaw Firms May Have A Cyberattack Target On Their Backs

    Large law firms are "target-rich environments" for cyberattacks, when compared with their corporate clients and small law firms, according to a Wednesday presentation by the American Bar Association, but there are resources available to help them fight back.

  • September 12, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: Greenberg Traurig's Brian Duffy

    Brian Duffy has served as chief executive officer of Greenberg Traurig LLP for the past two and a half years. Here, Duffy opens up about his fear of how another recession could impact law firms, his thoughts on diversity in the profession and the most recent book he read.

  • September 11, 2018

    Law School Agrees To Pay $2.65M To End Accreditation Suit

    The Charlotte School of Law has agreed to pay $2.65 million to end a proposed class action alleging the shuttered school misrepresented and failed to inform students and prospective students about its compliance with American Bar Association standards and the status of its accreditation once the ABA had placed it on probation.

  • September 11, 2018

    AI Changing What It Means To Be A BigLaw Attorney

    Law firm associates once performed the tedious task of manual document review themselves, sometimes sifting through thousands of boxes of documents in sweaty warehouses, but all that has changed as the advent of artificial intelligence prompts an evolution in the roles attorneys play in their firms.

  • September 11, 2018

    Impeachment Trials For W.Va. High Court Set As Deal Fails

    A historic impeachment proceeding aimed at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals kicked off Tuesday with the failure of a deal in which two justices had agreed to take “personal and institutional” responsibility for not controlling lavish spending on office upgrades.

  • September 11, 2018

    Littler Adds Belgian Firm As European Growth Continues

    Littler Mendelson PC announced Tuesday that a 20-lawyer Belgian firm has joined the international employment law powerhouse, giving Littler a presence in six European countries and 20 countries globally.

  • September 11, 2018

    $250M State Farm Deal Could Spur More Campaign Cash Suits

    The eye-popping $250 million that State Farm will pay to settle claims it rigged an Illinois judicial election to overturn a $1 billion class action verdict likely will spur copycat suits over judicial campaign donations and the blurry lines of influence they yield, experts say.

  • September 11, 2018

    Ex-King & Spalding Associate's Atty Let Out Of Firing Suit

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday let an attorney cease representing an ex-King & Spalding LLP associate the attorney has accused of dodging bills and refusing his advice on how to handle an unfair-termination suit against the firm.

  • September 10, 2018

    After Kavanaugh's Rough Week, Grassley Seeks Sept. 20 Vote

    With the Senate Judiciary Committee set to move forward on D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, experts are starting to take stock of a bruising week of testimony that touched on executive power, abortion, gun control and more but left his audience wondering how he would rule from the bench.

  • September 10, 2018

    Can BigLaw Avoid Another Associate Purge?

    The legal industry has shown some caution in rebuilding its pool of associates after the dramatic layoffs of thousands during the last recession. But have firms done enough to survive the next?

  • September 10, 2018

    Man Accused Of Killing Mayer Brown Atty Faces 80 Counts

    An 80-count indictment against the man accused of fatally shooting Stephen Shapiro, the founder of Mayer Brown's Supreme Court practice, and threatening to kill the attorney's wife adds dozens of new charges including home invasion, residential burglary, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful restraint, according to state prosecutors.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • Opinion

    Judges Shouldn't Force Attorneys On Absent Class Members

    J.B. Heaton

    U.S. District Judge Manish Shah of the Northern District of Illinois recently said he will consider lead firms’ willingness to put young and diverse attorneys in positions to take substantive roles in the multidistrict litigation he is overseeing. This is an improper use of judicial power, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Opinion

    Kavanaugh Is The Wrong Choice To Check Autocratic Power

    David Driesen

    In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Trump administration's travel ban, the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the high court could further jeopardize our democracy. Kavanaugh’s deference to executive authority may embolden a president inclined to use national security rationales to restrict freedom, says David Driesen, a professor at Syracuse University College of Law.

  • NY Commercial Division Backs Technology-Assisted Review

    Elizabeth Sacksteder

    Neither the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure nor most state procedure codes expressly address whether, in what circumstances, or how a party may use technology-assisted review to fulfill its disclosure obligations. A new rule introduced last week by the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court aims to fill that gap, say Elizabeth Sacksteder and Ross Gotler of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • Time For Sunshine On 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    Mary Novacheck

    On July 1, Wisconsin became the first state to require disclosure of third-party litigation financing contingent on the outcome of cases. Individual states' and courts' efforts to shed more light on such funding arrangements are an inconsistent patchwork. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure should be revised to require such disclosure nationwide, says Mary Novacheck of Bowman and Brooke LLP.