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Business of Law

  • May 31, 2018

    When Jurors Are The Ones Asking Questions

    What’s a trial lawyer to do when they’re done examining a witness and the jurors get a chance to lob their own queries at the stand? A judge pushing for this practice says it only aids the jurors, but attorneys say it might be a fix for a system that isn’t broken.

  • May 31, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of May

    May's notable legal department hires included new general counsel at Novartis, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Fox News and the U.S. Copyright Office.

  • May 31, 2018

    What Attys Need To Know Before Launching Side Businesses

    When attorneys look to start separate side businesses, they and their firms may see a slew of potential headaches, but with careful consideration and consultation with their firms, they can ensure their legal work is protected.

  • May 30, 2018

    Calif. AG Becerra Ineligible For The Job, Rival Says

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is constitutionally ineligible to hold the office of attorney general and should be dropped from the November 2018 ballot, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Sacramento state court by a Republican challenger.

  • May 30, 2018

    3 Firms Accused Of Misconduct In Billable Hours Probe

    A special master appointed in a billing probe found misconduct on the part of the attorneys who led a $300 million class action settlement with State Street Corp. and recommended that a significant chunk of a $75 million fee award be returned, according to details revealed during a contentious hearing Wednesday in a Massachusetts courtroom.

  • May 30, 2018

    Fox Rothschild Announces Merger With Shaw Fishman

    Philadelphia-headquartered Fox Rothschild LLP has agreed to merge with Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC, a 23-attorney firm with focuses in commercial bankruptcy & restructuring, commercial litigation and real estate, according to statements released Wednesday.

  • May 30, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel Tiff With Ex-Partners Raises Ethics Questions

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP engaged in an ethically dubious gambit when it allegedly attempted to prevent a group of defecting partners from poaching associates by threatening to enforce an unenforceable clause in their contract, experts said.

  • May 30, 2018

    Reed Smith Initiative Focuses On Associate Advancement

    Reed Smith LLP on Wednesday unveiled a new internal, multifaceted initiative aimed at preparing the firm’s greenest lawyers to move up the ranks and take on more responsibility at the firm.

  • May 30, 2018

    Weil Reduces Partnership Track Timeline To Woo Associates

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP on Wednesday said it will shorten the length of time it takes associates to reach the rank of partner or counsel in a renewed effort to keep high-quality talent at the firm.

  • May 30, 2018

    If Jury Racism Isn't OK, Neither Is Homophobia, Justices Told

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last term that judges could hear evidence of racial bias in the jury room despite a long tradition of secrecy in such deliberations. A gay man sentenced to death by a South Dakota jury in the early 1990s is now asking the justices to apply that decision to alleged homophobia in a case to be considered next month.

  • May 29, 2018

    Quinn Can’t Make Ex-Partners Forfeit Fees, Selendy Attys Say

    A group of former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partners who recently left to form Selendy & Gay PLLC say a so-called forfeiture-for-competition provision in their old partnership agreements requiring them to hand Quinn Emanuel some legal fees earned at the new firm violates New York ethics rules and isn’t enforceable.

  • May 29, 2018

    Suits Show Conflict Even At BigLaw's Best Places For Women

    Women have been gaining ground at Ogletree Deakins and Morrison & Foerster, but gender discrimination lawsuits against these firms and others suggest that expanding women's representation doesn’t necessarily lead to equal treatment.

  • May 29, 2018

    Reform Or Retreat? UK Firms Eye Next Steps On Pay Data

    U.K. law firms have come up with numerous approaches to a new requirement for disclosing gender pay gap information, and the ensuing PR storm is pushing them in conflicting directions.

  • May 29, 2018

    How Women Are Changing The Law Firms They Lead

    Female law firm leaders have scraped their way to the top. Now they want to pull up other women, too. And this may be their toughest challenge yet.

  • May 29, 2018

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Our latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that women remain underrepresented in the legal profession, particularly at the top levels of most — but not all — law firms. Here are this year’s Ceiling Smashers, our annual ranking of the firms with the most women in the equity tier.

  • May 29, 2018

    8 Supreme Court Blockbusters Awaiting Decisions

    With the end of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic term just a month away, there are still a number of controversial cases awaiting decisions, touching on hot-button issues ranging from LGBT rights to public-sector unions. Here, Law360 breaks down the big-ticket items for which court watchers are eagerly on the lookout.

  • May 29, 2018

    Ex-Ogletree Atty Fights Bid To Move $300M Gender Bias Suit

    An ex-Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC attorney urged a California federal judge to keep her $300 million putative gender discrimination class and collective action against the firm in the Northern District, arguing that moving the dispute would put class members at an unfair disadvantage.

  • May 29, 2018

    4 Things GCs Need To Know About Net Neutrality

    In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission's decision to undo Obama-era net neutrality rules, it's become apparent that the change-up is poised to affect more than just tech firms, landing the issue on the radar of many GCs. Here’s a look at four things GCs need to know about net neutrality.

  • May 29, 2018

    15 Minutes With Steve Madden's General Counsel

    Over the course of his three-decade legal career, Michael Paradise has held many roles in many different places, but his current position at Steven Madden Ltd. represents something of a homecoming. Here, he describes some of the challenges and rewards of his latest role, his transition to the fashion industry and what he admires most in outside counsel.

  • May 25, 2018

    Law360's Glass Ceiling Report, By The Numbers

    Our latest survey of the largest U.S. law firms again paints a bleak picture for female attorneys. Here’s our breakdown of the data from this year’s Glass Ceiling Report.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.

  • Guest Feature

    George Pataki: The Farmer From Peekskill

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    In a conversation ranging from Wall Street lawyering to Howard Stern to the shape of the New York Court of Appeals, White and Williams LLP counsel Randy Maniloff sits down with former New York Gov. George Pataki at his office at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Working For Uncle Wally

    Paul Hamburger

    My uncle asked me to research some point of law. I left his office to collect my thoughts, then went back in and asked him a question or two. He looked up and gave me his six-word answer: “Do I look like a library?” He taught me that there are no shortcuts to doing your job, says Paul Hamburger of Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​