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Business of Law

  • October 12, 2010

    Going Global Could Create Ethical Snags For Lawyers

    As lawyers expand their practices around the world, technological innovations and globalization could outpace existing ethical rules for such things as confidentiality and attorney-client privilege, leaving attorneys vulnerable to civil liability.

  • October 11, 2010

    Bronze Star Winner Among High Court Clerks For 2011

    One of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts' new law clerks for the October 2011 term did three combat tours in Iraq, won two Bronze Star medals and spoke out in support of Justice Elena Kagan's treatment of veterans on campus, claiming she supported them during her tenure as dean at Harvard Law.

  • October 11, 2010

    Ex-Wang Hartmann Atty Calls Firm's IP Suit Ridiculous

    An ex-attorney for Wang Hartmann Gibbs & Cauley PLC refuted on Monday its claims that he infringed its trademark and operated a stealth U.K. branch of the California-based firm, saying he started the firm with Wang Hartmann's blessing.

  • October 11, 2010

    Legal Market A Bright Spot In Bleak Jobs Numbers

    While the broader U.S. economy shed jobs for yet another month, the legal industry continued to rebound, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics survey on the job market.

  • October 11, 2010

    6 Tips For Success At The Settlement Table

    The vast majority of lawsuits filed every day are destined to settle, so being well-prepared for settlement talks is a vital skill for any attorney. Law360 spoke with experienced litigators to get their tips on how to conduct settlement negotiations to ensure the best results for clients.

  • October 8, 2010

    Calif. Law Firm Sues Ex-Atty Over Secret UK Spin-Off

    Wang Hartmann Gibbs & Cauley PLC has sued a former attorney for secretly operating a UK branch of the California firm and collecting billings without its knowledge.

  • October 8, 2010

    3 Partners To Leave Addleshaw To Start Boutique

    U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP confirmed Friday that 11 attorneys — including three partners — would be departing the firm at the end of October to set up their own boutique practice.

  • October 8, 2010

    Post-Downturn, Lawyers Rethink Marketing Choices

    Recent economic turbulence has forced law firms and lawyers to rethink their business development strategies, and the downturn has pushed some to make better choices about how they promote their services. But many lawyers are still wasting resources on activities that won't generate a worthwhile amount of business, experts say.

  • October 5, 2010

    5 Tips On Finding The Perfect Damages Expert

    Economic damages experts can play a fundamental role in the outcome of a legal battle, so it pays to know what to look for when recruiting one. Here, Law360 offers five tips to help attorneys retain the best expert for their case, and get the most out of them.

  • October 4, 2010

    97 Firms Score Perfect On LGBT Workplace Survey

    The Human Rights Campaign has given 97 law firms perfect scores in its 2011 survey assessing workplace protections and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

  • October 4, 2010

    Husch Blackwell Chops 20 Attorney Jobs

    Husch Blackwell LLP, the Midwest-based law firm, has reportedly laid off about 20 under-performing attorneys, claiming they did not bill sufficient hours in 2009.

  • October 4, 2010

    Kilpatrick Stockton Swallows Up Calif. Boutique

    Oakland, Calif.-based boutique construction firm Bell Rosenberg & Hughes LLP has merged with Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, the firms announced Monday, giving Kilpatrick Stockton its first California office and adding 10 construction and infrastructure development attorneys to its team.

  • October 4, 2010

    Akin Gump, Orrick Call Off Merger Talks

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP have called off merger talks just one week after reports surfaced that the two firms were discussing a tie-up.

  • October 1, 2010

    Reed Smith Eyes Merger With Thompson & Knight

    Looking to boost its energy team, Reed Smith LLP is in preliminary talks to tie the knot with Dallas-based firm Thompson & Knight LLP.

  • October 1, 2010

    Law Firm Mergers Remained Rare In 3rd Quarter

    Law firm mergers and acquisitions activity remains sluggish, with only five new combinations announced in the U.S. during the third quarter of this year, according to an analysis released Friday.

  • October 1, 2010

    Lateral Movement Slows Down In 3rd Quarter

    The hot summer months of July and August had a cooling effect on legal industry hiring, if the 14 percent drop in lateral movement in the third quarter of 2010 is any indication.

  • October 1, 2010

    Post-Lockstep, Some Firms Beef Up Associate Reviews

    Many top law firms made headlines recently by instituting merit-based pay for their associates. To make the new model work, firms had to overhaul their performance review systems. Several firms that made the switch talked to Law360 about the approaches they took to revamping their associate evaluation processes.

  • September 30, 2010

    Williams Mullen Trade Partner Tapped For Fed. Circ.

    The White House has nominated Williams Mullen partner Jimmie V. Reyna — renowned for his work in trade policy and business regulation — for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in addition to naming candidates for three other appeals and district court vacancies.

  • September 30, 2010

    Senate Clears 6 US Attys Including K&L Gates Veteran

    The U.S. Senate has confirmed six U.S. attorneys, including K&L Gates LLP partner Michael C. Ormsby, who specializes in municipal law, and management-side employment attorney and former Indiana Secretary of State Joe Hogsett of Bingham McHale LLP.

  • September 30, 2010

    Debunking Critics Of 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    The growing practice of third-party litigation financing, in which investors take a stake in lawsuits in exchange for a cut of any damages award or settlement, it is not without its critics. However, some legal experts say the downsides may actually be overemphasized and that in certain cases it may be beneficial to consider obtaining outside investments.