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Business of Law

  • November 30, 2018

    Fla. Senate Dems Begin Push To Reform Judicial Nominations

    Democrats in the Florida Senate said Friday that they intend to try to reform the state’s judicial nomination process, which they say has become too politicized and has resulted in a judiciary that does not reflect the diversity of the state’s residents.

  • November 30, 2018

    Why In-House Attys Ditch The Corporate World For Law Firms

    Attorneys sometimes leave law firms for in-house positions to abandon the pressure of billable hours or to focus on one client. But what about in-house counsel who make the opposite move? The attractions can range from a diverse client roster to the opportunity to work with lawyers in other practice areas.

  • November 30, 2018

    Up Next At High Court: AIA, Double Jeopardy

    The U.S. Supreme Court will examine patent eligibility under the America Invents Act, a securities enforcement action and a historic double jeopardy case when it returns to the bench Monday for the final week of arguments in 2018.

  • November 30, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Can The Gov't Seize Your Land Rover?

    If you're charged with a crime, can the government just take your stuff? On this week's Pro Say podcast we discuss the increased use of civil forfeiture and one U.S. Supreme Court case that may change the trend.

  • November 30, 2018

    Fed. Judge Who Struck Down Defense Of Marriage Act Dies

    U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro, who sat on the bench in Boston for more than 40 years and was the first federal judge to rule that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, died Friday morning at the age of 87.

  • November 30, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Consumer watchdogs from seven European countries filed complaints accusing Google of deceptive practices, a survey found the majority of law departments are eyeing an increase in their legal needs in 2019, and 3M became the first in-house legal department to sign on to the ABA's well-being pledge. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • November 30, 2018

    UK Watchdog Probes Harassment Claims At Reed Smith

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is investigating claims that a former Reed Smith LLP partner in the London office sexually harassed multiple junior female lawyers, the body confirmed on Friday.

  • November 30, 2018

    Bentham Unveils $500M US-Focused Litigation Finance Fund

    The U.S. arm of Australian litigation funder IMF Bentham Ltd. on Friday said its latest investment fund scooped up $375 million at its first close and is expected to reach the $500 million mark by the end of the year, as the firm looks to meet a growing need for financing resources.

  • November 30, 2018

    Bounds Rebound? Controversial 9th Circ. Pick May Return

    President Donald Trump's only failed circuit court pick so far — Ninth Circuit nominee Ryan Bounds — could get another chance next year, as he has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill and backers have advocated for the White House to renominate him.

  • November 29, 2018

    Hueston Partner, Ex-Munger Atty Among 12 New Calif. Judges

    California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed 12 superior court judges across the state Thursday, including a Hueston Hennigan LLP intellectual property and technology partner and Brown's current deputy legal affairs secretary, who was previously at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • November 29, 2018

    Ex-Trump Atty Vows To Cooperate With Federal Raid

    A real estate tax lawyer and powerful Chicago politician who represented President Donald Trump until May averred to cooperate fully with the federal authorities who raided his offices Thursday, seizing computer equipment and boxes of papers.

  • November 29, 2018

    Attys OK To Accept Fees From Crowdfunding, DC Bar Says

    Attorneys may accept payment that was generated via crowdfunding under most circumstances, but their ethical obligations increase if they become more closely involved in the crowdfunding effort, according to a new opinion by the District of Columbia Bar.

  • November 29, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Loeb & Loeb LLP snagged this week's top spot on the legal lions list with a verdict clearing client Tata of a discrimination class action, while Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP ended up among the legal lambs after its client, the University of Wisconsin, lost in a $32 million drug patent licensing lawsuit.

  • November 29, 2018

    2nd GOP Senator's 'No' Vote Likely Sinks Trump Court Pick

    Another of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees had his hopes dashed Thursday as Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., came out as a “no” vote on Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC shareholder Thomas Farr, making it unlikely he will be confirmed as a district court judge in North Carolina.

  • November 29, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of November

    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital named a former Cleveland Clinic attorney as its chief legal officer and general counsel, and Petco picked an ex-Dole Food Co. lawyer to be the company’s new chief legal officer.

  • November 29, 2018

    Law Firm Brass Say Clients Won't Let The Billable Hour Die

    The billable hour is not on its way out any time soon and that, some law firm leaders say, is largely due to the preferences of corporate clients that in many cases prefer hourly billing to alternative fee arrangements when paying for outside counsel.

  • November 29, 2018

    Michael Cohen Admits To Lying About Contacts With Russia

    Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and political champion, admitted to a count of lying to Congress on Thursday morning, telling a Manhattan federal judge he made false statements about the extent of his contacts with Moscow during campaign-season discussions about a Trump real estate project.

  • November 28, 2018

    Jay-Z Slams Arbitration Group's Lack Of Diversity In IP Row

    Music mogul Jay-Z called out the American Arbitration Association on Wednesday for lacking diversity among its arbitrators, arguing in a New York state court filing that the organization has so few African-American arbitrators he can't get a fair adjudication of his intellectual property dispute with Iconix Brand Group Inc.

  • November 28, 2018

    Sidley Austin Reveals Bonuses, Knobbe Martens Ups Salaries

    Sidley Austin LLP announced its bonus scale for associates and Knobbe Martens said it would increase its salary structure for associates this week, according to memos from the firms obtained by Above The Law.

  • November 28, 2018

    Trump Judicial Pick From Kutak Rock Defends Abortion Views

    President Donald Trump's BigLaw nominee for a Nebraska federal judgeship pushed back on criticisms of his past statements on abortion at his nomination hearing Wednesday, saying he would be able to put aside criticisms of Roe v. Wade and rule as an impartial judge.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    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 Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Tom Mesereau Talks MJ, Cosby, Unconventional Choices

    Randy Maniloff

    Tom Mesereau may be recently recognizable as one of the attorneys who defended Bill Cosby, but his biggest claim to fame is successfully defending Michael Jackson in 2005. On the eve of what would have been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday, Randy Maniloff, of White and Williams LLP, spoke to Mesereau about his unconventional path to a remarkable career.