In-house legal departments are continuing to snag young, talented attorneys from BigLaw firms in spite of a pay gap accentuated by a recent spate of associate raises, with nonmonetary perks luring associates away from law firms and into corporations. Here, three nonmonetary perks that lure associates away from law firms and into corporations.
Gaining prestige may be one of the more challenging tasks that law firms take on, but there are a number of tactics firms can use that hold the potential to transform their image from ordinary to elite. Here, experts highlight four ways law firms can pump up their prestige.
Classes on blockchain and artificial intelligence. Crash courses in business and financial markets. These are a few ways law schools are preparing students for a job market that is struggling in the wake of the recession.
Caught in a whirlwind of firm dissolutions and layoffs, thousands of associates were thrust into one of the worst job markets in history a decade ago. While some have rebounded, others are still feeling the lingering effects of the financial crisis on their careers.
The continuing growth of California’s economy has fueled a legal industry gold rush across practice areas, and the eight firms selected as Law360’s 2018 California Powerhouses have excelled at attracting top talent and the state’s increasing book of business, from class actions targeting tech giants to deals and disputes in the sports and entertainment industries.
A well rounded and increasingly strong state economy, aided by industries from health care and pharmaceuticals to energy and technology, is helping buoy the five firms chosen as Law360's Pennsylvania Powerhouses for 2018 as they use their strong foundations in the commonwealth to expand both across the country and overseas.
Democrats pushed the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman to delay the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh in a letter Friday, pointing to the criminal charges against several of President Donald Trump’s top aides while suggesting that the judge could shield Trump from legal woes.
This month, U.S. District Judge Fred Biery quoted Elvis Presley, Abraham Lincoln and "Star Wars," lamented the influx of out-of-state attorneys into San Antonio, and threatened to make opposing counsel kiss in front of the Alamo — all within a seven page order. However, it was far from the judge’s first unconventional opinion.
Democrats on the Senate Environment Committee on Friday requested they be given any documents related to President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s record on environmental matters during his time working in the White House for former President George W. Bush.
Within minutes on Tuesday, two of President Donald Trump's closest confidants — his former attorney Michael Cohen and the onetime chairman of his presidential campaign Paul Manafort — became felons. On this week's Pro Say podcast, we break down what these watershed developments mean for the Trump administration.
A former Armstrong Teasdale LLP equity partner told a Missouri federal judge Friday that he will mount a challenge at the Eighth Circuit to the recent dismissal of his age bias suit against the firm, which the court shut down after concluding the attorney couldn’t relitigate a state court’s finding that he didn’t qualify as an employee.
The State Bar of California does not have to release individual data like bar exam applicants' LSAT scores to a UCLA researcher, a state appellate court ruled Thursday, agreeing with a lower court that state law does not require an agency to create new records to satisfy a public record request.
The legal sector warned growth could halve by 2025 if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a trade deal, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rejected applications for nine separate bitcoin-based exchange-traded funds and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed its plans to rescind work authorization for the spouses of highly skilled immigrants. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
A federal administrative law judge facing felony charges of threatening the mother of his child with a gun killed himself Friday morning in Miami after an all-night standoff with police, authorities said.
The referee appointed to oversee a dispute in New York state court over the defunct firm Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP, which was known for representing 9/11 workers, declined to step aside Wednesday, finding that his previous representation of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, the firm recently retained by Paul K. Napoli, does not make him partial.
Former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel has retained appellate lawyer Kannon Shanmugam of Williams & Connolly LLP to represent him in his appeal of his conviction for aiding "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli in defrauding drugmaker Retrophin Inc., Shanmugam announced Thursday.
Two solo practitioners won big on Wednesday, securing a $53 million jury verdict for their client in a breach of fiduciary duty suit and landing on this week’s legal lions list, while Barnes & Thornburg and Bowman and Brooke were among this week’s legal lambs after a jury slammed their client Toyota with a nine-figure personal injury verdict.
A D.C. federal judge has granted a request by the American Civil Liberties Union for a preliminary injunction against rules blocking the federal court system's administrative employees from expressing support for political parties or donating to political campaigns — a move the ACLU says does not bode well for the government in the case.
The White House gloated Thursday after U.S. Supreme Court nominee D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh was not mentioned in a report unsealed by the National Archives investigating alleged leaks by Independent Counsel Ken Starr’s office during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal in the late 1990s.
Houston-based energy giant ConocoPhillips has appointed a Baker Botts LLP corporate partner as its next general counsel, the company confirmed to Law360 on Thursday.
After a high-stakes meeting with D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, kept mum on whether she will support his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A recently retired West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals justice pled guilty Thursday to a federal wire fraud charge connected to his personal use of a state-owned vehicle and gas credit card, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.
The American Arbitration Association’s recent introduction of an alternative fee arrangement option is a progressive step in making costs more predictable and simplifying budgeting for eligible cases, but it will take time to truly glean whether the move increases interest in the forum, according to general counsel and other legal professionals.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has added a nine-partner intellectual property team focused on patent prosecution and litigation from McDermott Will & Emery in Orange County, California, the firm announced Wednesday.
The law firms on Law360’s 2018 Regional Powerhouse list are handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles across eight states, offering clients regional expertise and making a lasting impact on the law at the state and local level.
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.
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.
Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.
The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.
Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.
Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.
Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.
In this discussion based on Richard Susskind's "drivers of change" in the legal industry, Grant Thornton LLP associate counsel Alexandra Newman and Northern District of Illinois law clerk Logan Steiner offer insights into how future appellate lawyers will adapt to increasing technological disruption, demand for lower cost services and competition among service providers.
The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.
Republican senators recently introduced "The Litigation Funding Transparency Act of 2018" with the purported goal of keeping the civil justice system honorable and fair. However, it would do exactly the opposite by imposing more barriers to entry for claimants trying to bring meritorious lawsuits against massive corporations, says Matthew Harrison of Bentham IMF.
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.
In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.