Business of Law

  • February 2, 2018

    Legal Sector Drops More Than 1,000 Jobs To Kick Off 2018

    After a generally positive employment trend for the legal services sector in 2017, the industry began the new year on a disappointing note with the loss of 1,100 jobs in January, according to a report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • February 2, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they will join forces to start an independent health care company, a longtime employment defense attorney launched a new cellphone app that she hopes will provide workers with a safe space to report sexual harassment, and Lyft's general counsel shared with Law360 how she responds to friends who five years ago doubted her decision to join a transportation network company that was part of an unfamiliar industry. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • February 1, 2018

    Cook County Clerk Appeals Order On Access To E-Filed Suits

    Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown is appealing an injunction that would have required her office to provide instant access to lawsuits filed electronically in the Chicago-area circuit courts by next week, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

  • February 1, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    A team of attorneys led by Norton Rose Fulbright's Abbe Lowell secured the dismissal of the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., earning them a spot on this week's legal lions list, while the legal lambs list was headed up by a Troutman Sanders LLP attorney bench-slapped by the Eleventh Circuit for convincing a district court to shirk the appeals court's mandate in a retail chain exclusivity row.

  • February 1, 2018

    Under Judge Garland, DC Goes 'Circuit Riding'

    With a traveling D.C. Circuit seal affixed to a wall behind him, a table-turned-makeshift bench beneath him and a room full of law students in front of him in an American University conference hall, Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland started oral arguments in two appeals last week by answering his own question: Why are we here?

  • February 7, 2018

    Law360's 2018 Editorial Board Selection Survey

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of our publications to serve as members on our 2018 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 31, 2018

    Law Firms Still Too Slow Adapting To Competition, Says Panel

    Near the end of a two-day forum on the present and future state of the business of law, one panelist Wednesday afternoon summed up the prevailing mood with a blunt warning: “Be very, very afraid of the Big Four.”

  • January 31, 2018

    Dechert Slams Ex-Payroll Staffers' Age Discrimination Suit

    Dechert LLP is firing back at a federal lawsuit alleging it fired a pair of administrative staffers on the basis of their age and gender, as the Philadelphia-based firm argues instead that the workers lost their jobs as a result of a move to outsource payroll operations.

  • January 31, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of January

    January's notable legal department hires included new general counsel at multimedia content publisher XO Group Inc., biopharmaceutical company MyoKardia Inc. and security services group Securitas AB.

  • January 30, 2018

    SEC, DiCarmine Announce Tentative Deal Over Dewey Fraud

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executive director Stephen DiCarmine has reached a settlement in principle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud claims, his attorney said Tuesday in a letter asking a Manhattan federal judge to stay the SEC’s case while both sides work out the deal’s details.

  • January 30, 2018

    Taft Stettinius Gets Rid Of Nonequity Partner Tier

    Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has decided to leave behind its partnership structure with both equity and nonequity partners that it had adhered to for more than 25 years, in order to move to a single-tier system that only includes equity partners, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2018

    Law Firms Must Adapt To Changing Industry, Panel Says

    A panel of diverse legal professionals speaking at a conference on Tuesday sounded the alarm for the legal industry, saying the entire profession needs to fundamentally rethink how it delivers services to clients if it wants to remain relevant and profitable.

  • January 30, 2018

    Senate OKs Trump Judge Pick Without Home-State Support

    The Senate bucked a decades-old tradition Tuesday by confirming President Donald Trump’s choice for an Eighth Circuit vacancy without the support of a home-state senator.

  • January 30, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel Ups Clerkship Bonuses To $105K

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has raised the bar on clerkship bonuses, revealing Tuesday that it now pays judicial clerks a $105,000 bonus for joining the law firm and $20,000 more for those who have completed two clerkships, a raise that a name partner called "logical."

  • January 30, 2018

    Why Diverse Legal Teams Perform Better

    A recent study found that mixed-gender legal teams perform better for clients than those made up of only one gender. Here, experts tell Law360 what it is about diversity that drives superior performance in the practice of law.

  • January 30, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: EVA, Disco And LawX

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven recent developments.

  • January 29, 2018

    Trump Judge Pick Advances Despite Home-State Opposition

    The U.S. Senate appeared to buck a decades-old tradition Monday by slating President Donald Trump's pick for an Eighth Circuit vacancy for a final vote despite opposition from a senator in the nominee's home state.

  • January 29, 2018

    3 Misconceptions GCs Hold About International Arbitration

    Advising general counsel to include an international arbitration clause in an important contract can get dicey if the latest gossip about an arbitration gone wrong or a lack of familiarity with the process has caused certain misconceptions to take root. Here, Law360 lays out three common misconceptions GCs may hold about this dispute resolution method.

  • January 29, 2018

    App Could Give Workers Safe Space To Report Harassment

    A longtime employment defense lawyer and her business partner are hoping to change the way employees and employers communicate via a third-party cellphone app, which launched Monday and allows workers to confidentially report sexual harassment or other perceived problems in the workplace to management.

  • January 29, 2018

    15 Minutes With Lyft's General Counsel

    Kristin Sverchek joined the transportation network company Lyft as its first legal hire and general counsel in November 2012, nearly six months after its two co-founders launched the platform. She spoke with Law360 about how she responds now to friends who doubted her decision to join a company that was part of an unfamiliar industry and how that industry continues to grow.

Expert Analysis

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Get Real, But Get It Right

    Dawn Reddy Solowey

    At my first job out of law school, I handled prepublication review of stories for local TV news and newspapers. With little time for legal research, I had to know the rules cold, how to apply them, and how to make judgment calls when the answer was more gray than black or white, says Dawn Reddy Solowey of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: 2 Courts To Convince

    Kathryn Kolbert

    My first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court taught me that my job as an advocate was not solely focused on convincing the justices of the wisdom of my constitutional analysis. I also served as a spokesperson for both my clients and abortion providers across the nation, says Kathryn Kolbert, director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: 1 Final Sentence

    Melissa Arbus Sherry

    The exhilaration (and relief) I felt when returning to my seat after my first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court is an experience that I now try to replicate whenever possible. It makes the weeks of agonizing preparation worthwhile. And it reminds me why I love what I do, says Melissa Arbus Sherry of Latham & Watkins LLP.