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Business of Law

  • May 18, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    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.​

  • May 17, 2018

    Female Law Profs To Get $2.7M In EEOC Unfair Pay Suit

    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.

  • May 17, 2018

    NYC Atty Threatening To Call ICE Faces Complaint From Pols

    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.

  • May 17, 2018

    Senate Nearing Point Of No Return On Judicial Confirmations

    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. 

  • May 17, 2018

    Calif. Bar Warns Attys Of Fee Phishing Scam

    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.

  • May 17, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    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.

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    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.

  • May 17, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: The Lanier Law Firm's Mark Lanier

    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.

  • May 16, 2018

    Lexis Boosts IP Services With PatentSight Acquisition

    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.

  • May 16, 2018

    Adopt Uniform Bar Exam, Texas Task Force Recommends

    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.

  • May 16, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Susman Godfrey's Bill Carmody

    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.

  • May 16, 2018

    Fear Can Make Lawyers Undervalue Their Work

    A mindset rooted in fear is causing many attorneys to improperly price the work they do for clients and undervalue themselves, according to a Wednesday presentation at the LMA P3 conference in Chicago.

  • May 16, 2018

    GCs Say These Firms Have The Strongest Brands

    The strength of a firm’s brand is critical to getting legal decision makers’ attention and winning their business, according to a report released this week singling out the 28 firms that have succeeded above all others in establishing their reputation and name recognition.

  • May 16, 2018

    Novartis GC Steps Down After News Of Cohen Payments

    The group general counsel of pharmaceutical company Novartis AG stepped down on Wednesday, the Swiss drugmaker said in a press release, in the wake of news reports that the business made monthly payments to an organization owned by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

  • May 15, 2018

    Shuttered NC Law School Sues ABA Over Enforcement Action

    Charlotte School of Law sued the American Bar Association in North Carolina federal court Tuesday, claiming that enforcement actions by the organization related to law school accreditation violated the due process rights of the for-profit college and led to its closure last year.

  • May 15, 2018

    Work-Hungry Firms Cede Ground On Security Retainer Fees

    The retainer fee has largely survived the financial push-and-pull between firms and corporate clients over the last decade, experts said, but some evidence is emerging that even companies with cash-flow problems have leverage to negotiate smaller upfront payments with their counsel.

  • May 15, 2018

    Clients Show Law Firms They Expect More With Report Cards

    Corporate clients are increasingly grading outside counsel on a vast array of traits and characteristics and using the report cards they develop to make big decisions about who to keep and who to cut from their rosters, according to a presentation at the Legal Marketing Association's P3 conference in Chicago on Tuesday.

  • May 15, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Seeger Weiss' Christopher Seeger

    Seeger Weiss LLP co-founder Christopher Seeger helped patients who suffered heart attacks after using testosterone replacement drugs score more than $300 million in two recent bellwether trials and negotiated a record $1.5 billion agricultural settlement last year, earning him a place among Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 15, 2018

    Senate Confirms Trump's Picks For 6th, 10th Circuits

    The Senate approved Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP partner John Nalbandian for the Sixth Circuit and Carson Ryan LLC principal Joel M. Carson III for the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday, the latest in a flurry of appellate judicial confirmations in the past two weeks.

  • May 14, 2018

    50 Law Schools Ask Recruiting Firms If They Require NDAs

    Fifty of the nation’s top law schools have asked firms recruiting on campuses to complete a survey regarding their use of mandatory arbitration and nondisclosure agreements, following reports that some BigLaw firms have required summer associates to sign agreements covering sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct.

Expert Analysis

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 3

    Brian Kriegler

    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.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: An Impassioned Plea

    Erwin Chemerinsky

    As I rose to the lectern for my first argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, I realized that the court had to that point heard over 90 minutes of oral argument about California’s "three strikes" law, but no one — not any of the lawyers, not any of the justices — had expressed outrage that a man could spend life in prison for shoplifting, says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley Law School.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 2

    Brian Kriegler

    In the second of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research offers a method for constructing confidence intervals when the sample size is relatively small.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 1

    Brian Kriegler

    In the first of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research examines four core principles of random sampling and offers recommendations for justifying statistical inference calculations.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 17 Ways To Lose A Winning Argument In Court

    Richard Seymour

    Over the course of my recent research, I have been struck by the number of ways to lose a case besides, well, having a losing claim or defense. In particular, unknowing and unintended waivers that arise in litigation can bar a winning argument or defense because it was raised too late, says attorney, arbitrator and mediator Richard Seymour.