Business of Law

  • February 13, 2018

    Make New E-Filed Suits Public Now, Cook County Clerk Told

    An Illinois federal judge won’t wait any longer for the Cook County Circuit Court clerk to implement a system to make new electronically filed lawsuits immediately available to the public and media outlets, the judge said Tuesday, rejecting the clerk’s request for a stay while she appeals his order.

  • February 12, 2018

    Ginsburg Says 'Me Too' Is Sign Of Gender Equality Progress

    Women in the legal industry and beyond have made substantial progress during her lengthy career, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience Monday evening at the National Constitution Center, but the current public airing of gender-based harassment indicates much work still needs to be done.

  • February 12, 2018

    Jones Day Is Strongest US Law Firm Brand For 2nd Year

    Jones Day is the No. 1 law firm brand in the United States for the second consecutive year, after first surpassing five-year leader Skadden in 2017, according to a study published Monday by London research firm Acritas.

  • February 12, 2018

    Trump Taps 9 In Latest Round Of Judicial Nominations

    President Donald Trump nominated several attorneys to appellate judgeships in the Ninth, Seventh and Fifth circuits on Monday, the latest picks to fill out some of the highest-profile vacancies in the country.

  • February 12, 2018

    15 Minutes With The General Counsel Of PNC Bank

    Gregory B. Jordan joined the world of in-house at PNC following a nearly 30-year career at Reed Smith LLP. He spoke with Law360 about the changing legal industry, what convinced him to go in-house and the biggest regulatory issues his organization is grappling with.

  • February 9, 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.

  • February 9, 2018

    DOJ's No. 3 Checks Out For Walmart Gig

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s associate attorney general who was tasked with overseeing numerous divisions, including antitrust, civil, civil rights, environment and natural resources, and tax, will leave the department for Walmart after nine months on the job, the DOJ and the retail giant announced Friday.

  • February 9, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: What’s Next For #MeToo In The Law?

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss how the retirement of one judge accused of sexual harassment won’t quiet the law's #MeToo push, looming changes that could cause headaches for foreign companies looking to invest in the U.S., an FBI sting that busted a judge for accepting bribes, and Chuck Norris filing a lawsuit that is the legal equivalent of a roundhouse kick to the face.

  • February 9, 2018

    Enviro Analysis Says Congress Threatens Access To Courts

    Earthjustice on Thursday released an analysis of more than 50 pieces of legislation introduced in Congress that it said could restrict the public’s ability to seek justice in court, saying the measures could “erect permanent obstacles” for people trying to defend their rights.

  • February 9, 2018

    Bar Prep Co. Takes Another Shot At $50M Law School Suit

    A rival to bar exam preparation company Barbri Inc. has filed another $50 million lawsuit against its competitor and a slew of law schools, accusing them —  this time in a New York state court complaint — of colluding to exclude it from their campuses in the prep market for foreign students seeking advanced law degrees.

  • February 9, 2018

    Dentons Partner Exits After Inappropriate Behavior Claims

    A Dentons partner in Scotland has left the firm after a monthlong suspension following allegations of inappropriate behavior, a spokesperson confirmed Friday.

  • February 9, 2018

    Why Virtual Law Firm Growth Is Outpacing BigLaw

    As large and midsized law firms continue to see incremental increases in revenue and head count, cloud-based firms are reporting soaring growth figures, with one poised to enter the Am Law 200 next year. Here, Law360 takes a look at the rapid expansion of virtual and cloud-based law firms.

  • February 9, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced plans to create a cybersecurity bureau in his department, three congressional Republicans worked on a paid parental leave proposal and the American Bar Association passed a policy change aimed at how legal industry employers handle sexual harassment and retaliation claims. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • February 8, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP won the title of top legal lion this week, advising Kroger on the $2 billion sale of several hundred convenience store businesses, while Shook Hardy & Bacon ended up on the legal lambs list after its client, Boston Scientific, lost its appeal of an $18.5 million verdict in a trial over injuries allegedly caused by its Obtryx pelvic mesh devices.

  • February 8, 2018

    Judge Skeptical Of Dewey CFO's Bid To Vacate Conviction

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders got a cold reception from a New York state judge when he argued for his conviction to be nixed on Thursday, with the judge questioning whether a key witness had truly recanted.

  • February 8, 2018

    Senate Panel Approves Trump's Pick For 5th Circ.

    The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a Louisiana federal judge’s nomination to the Fifth Circuit to the full Senate on Thursday, along with three of President Donald Trump’s other picks for the federal bench. 

  • February 8, 2018

    4 Ways Companies Should React When GCs Behave Badly

    As employers scrutinize their policies and workers’ complaints in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, a legal department may wonder what actions to take when its own general counsel breaches fiduciary duties or engages in misconduct. Here, Law360 looks at four steps a business can take if its top lawyer is suspected of bad behavior.

  • February 7, 2018

    Texas Firm With Same Initials Didn't Infringe TM, Judge Rules

    A Texas personal injury law firm can’t stop lawyers with the same initials as its partners from using the initials in their marketing materials, according to a ruling in a state court case over whether using initials creates a valid common-law trademark in the Lone Star State.

  • February 7, 2018

    Linklaters' Top Ranks See Gender Pay Gap

    Linklaters on Wednesday became the first Magic Circle law firm to reveal its 2017 gender pay gap data ahead of an April deadline, complying early with government reporting requirements and revealing a discrepancy among its highest-paid employees.

  • February 7, 2018

    Andrews Kurth, Hunton & Williams Leaders Agree On Merger

    A long-rumored combination between Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP and Hunton & Williams LLP is advancing toward the finish line, as leaders at both firms recently signed an agreement to merge, sources familiar with the deal told Law360 on Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: The Shkreli Trial

    Benjamin Brafman

    Having defended some of the most notorious defendants in 40 years of practice as a criminal defense lawyer, I thought I was prepared for everything. That was until jury selection commenced last summer in “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli’s trial, says Benjamin Brafman of Brafman & Associates PC.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: 2 Moots And A Sweet Celebration

    Ginger Anders

    In my first argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, and each one thereafter, I stood up only after having been intensively questioned by my colleagues and having received their insights, advice and reactions, says Ginger Anders of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Seeing The Big Picture

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    When I started at the law firm where I still practice today, I discovered that very often the task at hand required not my razor-sharp analysis of the law, but my ability to read the motivations and meet the needs and expectations of actual human beings — whether through intellect, instinct, intuition or personal experience, says John Bartlett of Stites & Harbison PLLC.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: 'Ladies' Day' At The High Court

    Sarah Weddington

    When I first argued Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, I was told I was believed to be the youngest person ever to argue there. I was 26, says Sarah Weddington, founder of the Weddington Center.

  • 7 Ways To Take Video Depositions That Your Jury Will Like

    Jeb Butler

    Depositions are all about sound bites. You’ll either play them for the jury on video or use them for sharp, crisp impeachment. Either way, the message must be pithy and concise, says Jeb Butler of Butler Tobin LLC.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Justice and Empathy

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.