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Business of Law

  • November 9, 2010

    Howrey Cuts 32 Support Staff In Firm 'Right-Sizing'

    Howrey LLP laid off 32 support staff last week in various U.S. offices as part of an effort to adjust its work force to match current and anticipated needs and focus on its core practice areas, the firm confirmed Tuesday.

  • November 9, 2010

    The Top 10 Apps For Lawyers

    As clients come to expect attorneys to be available around the clock, more and more lawyers are downloading applications on their smartphones and iPads to boost productivity and deliver better legal services.

  • November 8, 2010

    Squire Sanders To Merge With UK's Hammonds

    Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP and U.K.-based Hammonds LLP announced on Monday that their partners had agreed to merge, creating a global powerhouse and becoming the latest firms to embrace a trans-Atlantic tie-up.

  • November 8, 2010

    Program Aims To Turn Attys Into Project Managers

    A new program billed as the first to certify lawyers as project managers highlights the need for attorneys to become experts at managing their firm's legal services or risk losing profits in an era of alternative fees, experts say.

  • November 5, 2010

    Associates Warned To Temper Bonus Hopes For '10

    While most associates can still expect to collect a bonus this year, it would be wise to ground dreams of $40,000 windfalls in the reality that law firms are now more fiscally conservative and might pay only a small fraction of that amount, or in some cases nothing at all, according to experts.

  • November 4, 2010

    Morgan Lewis To Keep Lockstep Model For Associates

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has decided not to abandon a lockstep system in favor of a competency model for determining associates' base salaries.

  • November 4, 2010

    After Layoffs, Firms Are Less Diverse: Study

    The number of women and minorities in law firms declined in 2010 for the first time in 17 years, probably because of widespread layoffs during the recent recession, according to the National Association for Law Placement Inc.

  • November 3, 2010

    AGs To Take On Feds Over States' Rights Post-Election

    With five state attorney general offices shifting from Democratic to Republican hands — including a key battleground state in the nation's immigration debate — some lawyers say they expect the newly minted prosecutors to launch more attacks on federal laws they believe intrude on states' rights.

  • November 3, 2010

    Top State Judges Fight Anti-Incumbent Push In 2010

    Most state Supreme Court incumbents managed to hang onto their seats in expensive, sometimes ugly judicial campaigns during the 2010 elections, with the high-profile exception of three top Iowa justices who were unseated following a tough campaign where their ruling on gay marriage became a key issue.

  • November 3, 2010

    NJ Court Says Pro Se Lawyers Entitled To Fee Awards

    New Jersey courts are free to award legal fees to attorneys who represent themselves at trial, a state appeals court has ruled.

  • November 3, 2010

    Kilpatrick Stockton, Townsend Agree To Merge

    Kilpatrick Stockton LLP and Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP announced Wednesday that they will join forces to create a 650-lawyer intellectual property powerhouse with 17 offices in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

  • November 2, 2010

    Midsize Firms To See Biggest Salary Boost: Guide

    While attorneys at U.S. law firms of all sizes can expect salary increases in 2011, experienced lawyers at midsize firms will likely see the biggest bumps to their paychecks, according to an industry salary guide released Tuesday.

  • November 2, 2010

    Ex-Halliwells Partners Get A 'Letter Of Death'

    An administrator overseeing the sale of assets at defunct British legal outfit Halliwells LLP has reportedly warned its former partners they are about to face a slew of claims related to the firm's collapse.

  • November 2, 2010

    Adorno & Yoss Changes Name After Adorno Suspension

    Adorno & Yoss said Tuesday that it had changed its name to Yoss LLP following the suspension of co-founder Henry “Hank” Adorno, who landed in hot water for negotiating a $7 million settlement that allegedly left thousands of potential plaintiffs unable to pursue claims against the city of Miami.

  • November 2, 2010

    K&L Gates Leads Law Firm PACs In 2010

    Lawyer and law firm political action committees have spent nearly $12.3 million on candidates for federal office leading up to the 2010 midterm elections, with K&L Gates LLP leading firm spending on congressional hopefuls.

  • November 2, 2010

    Demand For Law Firm Services Dropped In 3Q: Report

    Demand for law firm services dropped slightly in the third quarter as the overall economy appeared to remain weak and the recovery hit a “soft patch,” consulting firm Hildebrandt Baker Robbins said in its latest quarterly report.

  • November 1, 2010

    Justices Ponder Post-Trial Summary Judgment Appeals

    In oral arguments Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court grappled with a complex procedural question of whether a denial of summary judgment can ever be appealed after trial with the aim of overturning a jury verdict — with many justices appearing to lean toward clarifying the use of so-called Rule 50(b) motions as a way of handling the case.

  • November 1, 2010

    Lateral Movement Has Sluggish October

    Lateral movement in the legal industry dropped almost 13 percent in October compared to the previous month, following the slowest quarter for lateral activity so far this year.

  • November 1, 2010

    High Court To Tackle Attys' Fees In Civil Rights Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh in on whether a court can award attorneys' fees to civil rights defendants based on a dismissal of a claim when the plaintiff has asserted other interrelated and nonfrivolous claims.

  • October 29, 2010

    5 Ways The Elections Could Affect Corporate Law

    With a major shift in power expected to follow Tuesday's elections, experts identified for Law360 five key areas of corporate law that are sure to be affected by the shake-up.