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Business of Law

  • September 5, 2018

    NYC Brick & Mortar: Smaller Partner, Associate Offices

    Law firms in New York have been shrinking the size of individual offices for both partners and associates over the past two years as part of a larger trend to take on smaller overall spaces. This is the third in a four-part series that looks at how law firms in New York are addressing the question of brick-and-mortar space.

  • September 5, 2018

    Batch Of Akin Gump Attys Leave To Launch New Moscow Firm

    A group of now former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorneys comprising roughly half the firm's Moscow office have decided to strike out on their own to form a new law firm based in the Russian capital in light of trans-Atlantic "geopolitical tensions," the group said Wednesday.

  • September 4, 2018

    Judge Kavanaugh Faces Raucous First Day Of Hearing

    Loud protesters, rhetorical broadsides about secrecy, and positioning over abortion, gun rights and the separation of powers dominated the opening day of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing for his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, kicking off the latest skirmish in the high-stakes battle over the future of the nation's highest court.

  • September 4, 2018

    Kavanaugh's Paper Trail Could Prove Troublesome At Hearing

    Recent U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings have become an exercise in evasion for aspiring justices, but D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's extensive writings on a variety of red-hot legal issues could make it difficult for the nominee to duck and dodge as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee begin their questioning Wednesday.

  • September 4, 2018

    Jones Day Alum Tapped To Lead Scientific Games' Legal Team

    A former New York-based partner in Jones Day’s business and tort litigation practice began his new role Tuesday as executive vice president and chief legal officer of Scientific Games Corp., according to the gaming and lottery supplier.

  • September 4, 2018

    State Farm To Pay $250M To Settle Rigged-Judge Trial

    State Farm agreed Tuesday to pay $250 million to settle a suit alleging it secretly worked to help elect an Illinois high court justice in order to overturn a billion-dollar judgment against it.

  • September 4, 2018

    15 Minutes With The New York Public Library's GC

    Former assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Coleman Mayes has spent 36 years in-house, including as general counsel for Pitney Bowes Inc., the Allstate Corp. and the New York Public Library, where she currently guides the institution's legal strategy. Here, Coleman Mayes explains why it's important she makes herself accessible as a mentor to young lawyers, why "be woke" is part of her advice and which two books she recommends above all others.

  • September 4, 2018

    NYC Brick & Mortar: Less Space Per Lawyer

    Law firms in New York have been slowly shrinking their amount of space per attorney over the past two years as firms look to cut costs and get rid of space that's become obsolete in the digital age. This is the second in a four-part series that looks at how law firms in New York are addressing the question of brick-and-mortar space.

  • August 31, 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.

  • August 31, 2018

    Meet Kavanaugh's Self-Described 'Liberal Feminist' Backer

    Amid the fanfare and rhetoric of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing Tuesday will be a self-described "liberal feminist" lawyer arguing for his approval: Arnold & Porter partner Lisa Blatt.

  • August 31, 2018

    How The Votes Look As Kavanaugh Heads To The Senate

    After months of rhetoric, dueling letters and millions of dollars in advertising on each side, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh faces the Senate Judiciary Committee starting Tuesday for a weeklong hearing that could determine how the handful of undecided senators vote on his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • August 31, 2018

    Sheppard Mullin Case A Mixed Message On Client Candor

    The California Supreme Court's lengthy decision in the $3.8 million fee dispute between Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and a former client over an undisclosed client conflict made clear that the court wants firms to be upfront with clients, experts say, but the court may have muddled the message by leaving the door open to letting the firm collect fees.

  • August 31, 2018

    Ethics Of State Farm Attys To Take Stage In Rigged Judge Trial

    The impending trial surrounding whether State Farm secretly advanced the election of an Illinois high court justice in order to torpedo a billion-dollar judgment against it promises to put an ethics spotlight on the insurer’s legal teams, with opposing counsel poised to pry into what those attorneys knew and what they were duty-bound to disclose.

  • August 31, 2018

    What To Watch In Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearing

    Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee starting Tuesday promises to be one of the most public spectacles of his career, with the D.C. Circuit jurist taking a step into the spotlight on his path toward replacing retired Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • August 31, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of August

    The last full month of summer witnessed several notable legal department hires at companies and institutions such as ConocoPhillips Co., Bombardier Inc., BuzzFeed Inc. and the University of Virginia. Here are some of August's top in-house moves that you should know.

  • August 31, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Did State Farm Buy Itself A Judge?

    State Farm faces a trial that kicks off on Tuesday over allegedly spending millions of dollars to get a judge elected to the Illinois Supreme Court so that he would overturn a billion-dollar verdict against the insurance giant. Law360 trials reporter Cara Salvatore will be in the courtroom, but first she stops by the Pro Say studio to give us all the details.

  • August 31, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Microsoft said it will make its labor suppliers provide their workers with three months of parental leave, California's attorney general jumped into the fight over what changes should be made to the state's recently enacted landmark privacy law, and Singapore and Dubai regulators signed an agreement to foster the development of financial technology companies in both of their jurisdictions. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • August 30, 2018

    Strong Local Economy A Springboard For Texas Powerhouses

    The recovery of oil prices and the continued influx of out-of-state firms entering the Texas legal market led to an active and competitive year for firms statewide, but five law firms edged out the rest with work including paving the way for the purchase of the Houston Rockets, opening the door for major retailers like Walmart Inc. to sell liquor in Texas and reshaping oilfield ownership.

  • August 30, 2018

    Conflict Sinks Sheppard Mullin Fee Win, Calif. Justices Say

    The California Supreme Court chose Thursday not to provide a final answer in a $3.8 million fee dispute between Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and a former client, ruling that an arbitration award in favor of the firm is invalid because of an undisclosed conflict and deciding Sheppard Mullin must argue its case before a trial court.

  • August 30, 2018

    Ex-Ogletree Atty Failed To Opt Out Of Arbitration, Firm Says

    The former Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC shareholder suing the firm for gender bias in a $300 million proposed class action should have known she had consented to an arbitration pact when she failed to opt out of the agreement, the firm told a California federal court Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Series

    High Crimes And Misdemeanors: 'Manifest Injury' Is Key

    Barbara Radnofsky

    Under the U.S. Constitution, impeachment requires no charging of crime, no intent to do wrong and no lawbreaking. Rather, impeachment focuses on significance of effect. President Bill Clinton's 1998 impeachment was a clear demonstration of the differences between criminal and impeachment prosecution, says attorney Barbara Radnofsky.

  • Series

    High Crimes And Misdemeanors: A View From The #MeToo Era

    Elizabeth Rapaport

    The #MeToo movement has called attention to something that feminists avoided focusing on during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton — something the law is not very good at capturing. “Consent” may be obtained under varying kinds and degrees of coercive conditions. And it can be refused at a high cost, says Elizabeth Rapaport of the University of New Mexico School of Law.

  • Series

    High Crimes And Misdemeanors: Impeachment Isn't A Trial

    David O. Stewart

    The U.S. Constitution specifies that a president can only be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” A comparison of the two presidential impeachments to date suggests that the logistics of the process are fluid and unpredictable, says David O. Stewart, who was defense counsel during the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of Judge Walter Nixon.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Opinion

    Centrist Analysis Of Justice Kennedy's Retirement Is Flawed

    Gordon Renneisen

    In telling Democrats and progressives not to melt down over the prospect of President Trump appointing another U.S. Supreme Court justice following Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, the centrists make four main arguments. None of them are convincing, says Gordon Renneisen of Cornerstone Law Group.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.