Business of Law

  • February 7, 2018

    Vinson & Elkins Associates To Get Cravath-Scale Bonuses

    Houston-based Vinson & Elkins LLP announced in a memo made public Wednesday that its associates would receive bonuses matching or in some cases exceeding those on the now-familiar scale established by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which has remained the market standard for several BigLaw firms.

  • February 7, 2018

    4 Places BigLaw Is Putting Its Tech Budget Dollars

    Many law firms decided to increase their technology budgets in the past year. Here, Law360 takes a look at where BigLaw is putting its dollars.

  • February 6, 2018

    Kozinski Case Highlights Need For Deep Judicial Reforms

    The quiet dismantling Monday of a sexual harassment investigation into former U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, which was prompted by his resignation from the Ninth Circuit, came as no surprise to many judiciary experts, who say the case highlights a need for significant rule reforms by both judicial officials and Congress.

  • February 6, 2018

    Ginsburg Says Politicizing Court A 'Plague On Both Houses'

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience Tuesday afternoon at New York Law School that she is troubled by the relatively recent trend of partisan wrangling over nominees to the high court but expects it will not stay that way forever.

  • February 6, 2018

    Arnold & Porter Says Secretary Buyouts Aren't Sign Of Layoffs

    Arnold & Porter Chairman Richard Alexander said Tuesday that while his law firm is offering its U.S. legal secretaries voluntary buyout packages in an effort to streamline its support services, with the expectation that the initiative will pare back the cohort of 140 by approximately 20 people, the buyouts do not mean layoffs are coming.

  • February 6, 2018

    New ABA Policy Takes Aim At Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

    The American Bar Association’s policy-making arm on the last day of its midyear meeting Monday passed a trove of resolutions, including a policy change aimed at how sexual harassment and retaliation claims are handled at legal industry employers.

  • February 5, 2018

    Ex-Sutherland Partner Competent To Stand Trial, Judge Rules

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday ruled a former Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP attorney accused of stealing millions from a wealthy family is competent to stand trial, finding evidence presented to the court of the 76-year-old lawyer's alleged cognitive decline “inconsistent and suspect.”

  • February 5, 2018

    Morgan Lewis IP Partner Lands San Francisco Magistrate Job

    A Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner focused on antitrust and intellectual property matters has been tapped to fill a magistrate judgeship in the Northern District of California, the court said Monday, making him at least the third intellectual property litigator chosen for the Silicon Valley-area job in two years.

  • February 5, 2018

    Katten Muchin Opens Office With Ex-Andrews Kurth Partners

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP launched a new office in Dallas, Texas, Monday with seven former partners from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP whose practices largely focus on corporate law.

  • February 5, 2018

    Judiciary Ends Kozinski Inquiry Due To His Retirement

    An investigation into accusations that former U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski exhibited sexual misconduct toward multiple former staffers has been called off, as the Second Circuit Judicial Council said Monday that Judge Kozinski's resignation removes him from the scope of judicial conduct proceedings.

  • February 5, 2018

    Litigation Finance Co. Sells Most Of US Portfolio For $57M

    Litigation finance firm IMF Bentham Ltd. has sold the majority of its U.S. investment portfolio to Bentham IMF Fund 1 LLC for $57.4 million, which raises the fund’s ceiling from $133 million to $166.3 million, the firm announced on Monday.

  • February 5, 2018

    15 Minutes With Andeavor's Deputy General Counsel

    Claudius Sokenu, deputy general counsel of global oil refinery Andeavor, speaks to Law360 about the differences between life in-house and at a law firm, the one thing he demands from all of his outside counsel, and a hypothetical lunch between Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali.

  • February 5, 2018

    Atty Scolded For '#Killinnazis' Exits Pa. Xarelto Cases

    A Florida attorney who was chided by a Philadelphia judge last month for posting courtroom photos on social media with the inflammatory hashtag “#killinnazis" will not be involved in six upcoming trials over injuries allegedly caused by Bayer AG’s blood thinner Xarelto, according to an order docketed Friday.

  • February 5, 2018

    How To Avoid Burning Bridges When An Attorney Leaves

    Sending a lawyer away in a less than desirable fashion can hurt a law firm's reputation, cut off the possibility of a future relationship with the individual attorney, and create anxiety and even discontent among those who remain. Here, Law360 explores three ways law firms can avoid burning bridges when someone leaves.

  • February 2, 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 2, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: The REAL Super Bowl - Google v. Uber

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss Google and Uber's upcoming high stakes trial that could determine the future of self-driving cars, a ruling on the embattled Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a court "swiping left" over age discrimination on the dating app Tinder, and rapper DMX landing behind bars.

  • February 2, 2018

    Polsinelli Pair Can't Change Venues For $10M Loan Suit

    A bid by two Polsinelli PC attorneys who are former leaders of the defunct Novak Druce intellectual property firm to get a Citibank suit seeking to recoup millions in loans they personally guaranteed thrown out “borders on being frivolous,” a D.C. federal judge said Thursday.

  • February 2, 2018

    High Court Mulls How Judges Should Read Its Messy Rulings

    A case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court is forcing the justices to grapple with how lower courts should view rulings when the justices split 4-1-4 and there is no majority opinion to serve as precedent, a frequent occurrence that often results in a tangle of conflicting decisions.

  • February 2, 2018

    Ex-King & Spalding Atty Says Firing Suit Should Go On

    A former King & Spalding LLP attorney pressed a New York federal judge Thursday to keep alive his wrongful termination suit, saying enough evidence exists for potential jurors to decide he was let go for making an internal complaint about two partners’ ethical conduct.

  • February 2, 2018

    Wiley Rein Helps Launch Legal Fund For Trump-Russia Probe

    Wiley Rein LLP has been tapped to launch a new fund intended to help cover legal bills related to the Russia probe incurred by anyone who worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign or in his White House.

Expert Analysis

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: Arguing From The Gallery

    M.C. Sungaila

    Appellate lawyers are usually silent observers at trial who collaborate on legal strategy, conduct research during court breaks, and craft jury instructions, verdict forms and major motions. But as I discovered in one trial, this is not always the case, says M.C. Sungaila of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Feature

    An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File

    Michael Errera

    Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Calm, Confidence And Poise

    Jean-Claude André

    It would be disingenuous to suggest that my heart did not skip a beat when I walked into the U.S. Supreme Court knowing I would be arguing there for the first time an hour later. However, my experience demonstrates that a first-time advocate can approach the lectern calmly and confidently through thorough preparation, says Jean-Claude André of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Solving Pay Equity Questions With Regression Analysis

    Charles Diamond

    All types of companies, including law firms, often wonder how a pay analysis can be beneficial if there are so many factors that can't be captured in a statistical model. The good news is that regression analysis is quite adequate in modeling the quantitative factors that drive pay, but can also be used to understand and isolate nonquantitative factors, say Charles Diamond and Rick Holt of Resolution Economics LLC.