The 2018 Law360 Diversity Snapshot shows only incremental progress on racial and ethnic diversity in the attorney workforce. At every level of a typical law firm, minority attorney representation increased by less than a percentage point from last year’s survey.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Chicago-based boutique law firm Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP on Wednesday joined a handful of other firms that this week that announced plans to raise associate pay following Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP's lead on Monday.
Want a top post at a large law firm? Experts say building cases against the mafia is the perfect training ground.
Every June, rainbow flags decorate storefronts and apparel across the U.S. in celebration of LGBT Pride Month. As the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's trio of landmark LGBT rights rulings approaches, LGBT attorneys and legal industry leaders spoke with Law360 and shared what they think the industry does well and what it can do better for those within its ranks.
Ten years after the Great Recession sent the legal industry reeling, the majority of law firms have stabilized, but by focusing more on survival than on innovation, firms have left themselves open to newer, less obvious threats to this tentative status quo, a new report says.
Tarra Simmons had the sort of resume that might seem like she could sail through the bar application process, but her application was nearly denied because she also has a criminal record. Different states have a range of views on admitting attorneys with criminal records, and thanks to a lack of data and lack of transparency, such applicants can face an uncertain path forward. It’s an issue that’s getting increasing attention and leading some to seek reforms.
Law offices adopted cloud-based solutions in greater numbers last year, but for the most part, smaller firms are leading the charge, with BigLaw's relative slowness attributable to a reluctance to abandon large IT infrastructures already in place and lingering concerns about security and cost.
Dave Yawman didn’t give much thought to becoming the general counsel at PepsiCo, where he has worked for nearly 20 years, until the day after he was asked to fill the position in November. Here, he discusses the changes at the global food and beverage corporation during his tenure and the way discontent can lead to success.
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.
A recent bill introduced in the U.S. Senate that sponsors say will discourage gambling by the multibillion-dollar litigation funding industry is far from the first effort to regulate private legal investors. Here, Law360 looks at three things that distinguish the Litigation Funding Transparency Act of 2018.
On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we tell you what you need to know about the U.S. Supreme Court's sports betting ruling; break down the latest battle in Apple and Samsung’s smartphone patent war; discuss law schools demanding answers from BigLaw about the use of nondisclosure agreements; and talk about a woman who took a painful toilet tumble.
The judicial shortage in New Jersey federal court continues, with no appointments by President Donald Trump on the horizon, leaving a mounting caseload for a short-staffed bench spanning three outposts throughout the state, U.S. District Judge Jose J. Linares told his colleagues on Friday at the state bar association's convention in Atlantic City.
Even after issuing seven opinions since last week, the U.S. Supreme Court still has a whopping 32 cases that need to be decided by the end of the term just over one month away, leaving court-watchers to speculate about what’s been slowing things down on First Street.
The general counsel of Novartis stepped down in the wake of news reports that the pharmaceutical company paid a business owned by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, and GCs ranked the firms they think have the strongest brands. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won a Colorado federal judge's approval Thursday for a deal requiring the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law to pay nearly $2.7 million to end a suit alleging it paid female law professors less than their male counterparts.
The man who was filmed screaming at employees of a New York City restaurant for speaking Spanish, then later identified as a complex commercial and insurance coverage attorney, is facing a formal complaint filed in the state court system’s Departmental Disciplinary Committee.
President Donald Trump kept up the momentum this week in his push to reshape the federal courts by getting his 21st circuit court judge confirmed through a sharply divided Senate, but the effort to leave his stamp on the judiciary may permanently alter how the chamber confirms judges — and how quickly.
The State Bar of California sent out an alert Thursday warning attorneys licensed in the state to be aware of a phishing scam coming in the form of suspicious emails claiming that their fee payments to the bar are overdue.
Gibson Dunn is this week's top legal lion, securing a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a federal law that prohibited states from legalizing sports betting, while Baker McKenzie ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal judge dismissed a $7 billion lawsuit its client, Facebook, had filed against the IRS.
In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.
Winning a $247 million jury verdict in a bellwether trial against Johnson & Johnson over allegedly faulty hip implants was just one of the major victories Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm tallied last year, earning him a spot on Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
LexisNexis-owned Reed Tech, which provides information services to the intellectual property, government and life sciences industries, on Wednesday announced that it has acquired PatentSight, a data analytics company known for its program that helps value IP assets.
Texas should adopt the Uniform Bar Exam, a task force told the Texas Supreme Court in a report released Wednesday, saying that it would benefit its law school graduates who want to practice elsewhere or handle matters that cross state lines.
Bill Carmody of Susman Godfrey LLP helped investors in the sprawling multidistrict litigation over alleged manipulation of Libor land a $130 million settlement with Citigroup last year, and also scored a judgment worth more than $100 million for General Electric after a jury verdict in a contract dispute, landing him among Law360’s 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
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.
Women have made up over 40 percent of law school students for more than three decades, and they now make up more than half. But our annual survey of the largest U.S. law firms shows that women continue to be underrepresented at all levels.
As the #MeToo movement sweeps the nation, the legal industry is starting to respond: Law firms are reviewing sexual harassment policies, fostering more internal discussion, and, in some cases, getting rid of arbitration agreements that have gained a reputation for perpetuating the problem.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.
I had not expected to be in the U.S. Supreme Court on March 22, 2016. To me, our opponent's petition seemed quite like a long shot. But clearly I had underestimated the appeal of their argument, says Matthew McGill of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.
Given the surprisingly large volume of pro se litigation in the United States, there will inevitably be times when you need to communicate with self-represented litigants. Following Model Rule of Professional Conduct 4.3 can help you minimize risks and maximize payoff, say attorneys at Shook Hard & Bacon LLP.
My first U.S. Supreme Court argument came two years after I entered private practice following 10 years as an assistant U.S. attorney. Nevertheless, I found the entire experience simultaneously nerve-wracking and exhilarating, especially given the publicity my case had generated, says Michael Martinez, senior vice president and associate general counsel at Marriott International Inc.
Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.
Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research concludes his series on statistical sampling by addressing several common misperceptions about random sampling requirements.
As a beginning associate at a large Philadelphia law firm, I was tasked to fill in case citations on a brief. I found something that looked like exactly what I wanted for a particular legal proposition, but I did not bother to read the entire case. That was a big mistake — and led to an important lesson, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.
Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.
In the third of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research uses the example of a hypothetical Medicare reimbursement case to address various solutions for dealing with missing sample selections so that statistical inferences remain valid.