Business of Law

  • January 9, 2018

    Kamala Harris, Cory Booker Get Seats On Judiciary Panel

    Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., on Tuesday were set to have seats on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee following a shake-up after the resignation of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and election of Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala.

  • January 9, 2018

    Renco Sues Ex-Kaye Scholer Attys Over $214M Verdict

    The Renco Group sued its former attorneys from Kaye Scholer in New York state court Monday, blaming the counsel for an “inconsistent” jury verdict that cost the company and its billionaire owner Ira Rennert $214 million in damages over fraudulent transfers.

  • January 9, 2018

    LA Developer Can Redo Lewis Brisbois Office Fire Claims

    A California judge on Tuesday gave a Los Angeles developer another shot at his counterclaims that the state’s failure to fix a broken fence gave an arsonist the means to start a fire that caused $80 million of damage, including at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP’s former high-rise outpost.

  • January 9, 2018

    Big Data Drives Innovation And New Risks For GCs

    While data provides the foundation for such advancements as artificial intelligence chatbots and autonomous vehicles, it also carries new and unintended legal implications, according to a report released Tuesday by Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • January 9, 2018

    Senate Fills 1st Tenn. Judicial Post, Advances 2nd Nominee

    The Senate voted to approve President Donald Trump's first federal judge of the new year, confirming Frost Brown Todd LLC member William Campbell Jr. to an empty judge post in Tennessee on Tuesday, as well as advancing a nominee to fill a second vacancy in the state.

  • January 9, 2018

    Judge Wood Talks To Law360 About Rooting Out Harassment

    Law clerks who worked for Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski believed court rules barred them from speaking out about his alleged harassment — a misunderstanding that Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood hopes she can prevent through a new committee on sexual harassment, she told Law360 in an interview Tuesday.

  • January 8, 2018

    Cook County Must Provide Instant Access To E-Filed Suits

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday ordered Chicago’s Cook County Circuit Court to provide access to newly e-filed civil complaints, granting the Courthouse News Service's bid for a preliminary injunction in its suit over delays in access to electronically filed documents.

  • January 8, 2018

    Milberg Joins Sanders Phillips Grossman To Form New Firm

    Leading class action law firm Milberg LLP said Monday it has entered a new partnership with Sanders Phillips Grossman LLC, a plaintiffs firm focusing on mass tort and personal injury cases, to form Milberg Tadler Phillips Grossman LLP.

  • January 8, 2018

    Ex-Judge, AG Head Stroock's New Harassment Probe Team

    Former U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin and former New York Attorney General Robert Abrams will head a new Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP team specializing in external sexual harassment investigations for corporate clients wary of facing their own #MeToo moments, the firm announced on Monday.

  • January 8, 2018

    Senate Kicks Off More Votes For Trump Judge Picks

    The Senate voted Monday to advance one of President Donald Trump's picks for a vacant district court seat in Tennessee, the first of a weeklong set of votes to confirm new federal judges for the state as well as Texas and Georgia.

  • January 8, 2018

    The Rise Of Pricing Professionals In BigLaw

    The number of pricing professionals at BigLaw firms has snowballed over the past decade as clients seek more alternative fee arrangements and demand increasing complexity and specificity from law firms with regard to their legal bills.

  • January 8, 2018

    15 Minutes With GE Ventures' General Counsel

    GE Ventures general counsel Jonas Svedlund recently spoke to Law360 about his outside counsel pet peeves, the one skill he wishes they taught in law school and the risks that come with investing in new business models and technology.

  • January 5, 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.

  • January 5, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Dealing With Jurors In A Post-Facts World

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses how to deal with jurors in a post-facts world, the DOJ's move to ramp up enforcement of federal marijuana laws, Paul Manafort's suit against the special counsel, and an insurance dispute derailed by a "frenzied" machete attack.

  • January 5, 2018

    Up Next At High Court: State Squabbles And Police Searches

    The U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes Monday for its fourth oral argument session this term, kicking off 2018 with state-against-state cases from its "original jurisdiction" docket and a pair of Fourth Amendment questions that have befuddled lower courts. Here’s what’s to expect.

  • January 5, 2018

    King & Spalding Moves To Sink Ex-Associate's Suit

    King & Spalding LLP on Thursday asked a Manhattan federal judge to grant summary judgment in a dispute with a former attorney who has accused the firm of wrongful termination after he raised ethics concerns about two partners.

  • January 5, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Experts shared advice on ways GCs can help law firms become more diverse in 2018, as well as reasons to hire out your legal ops and ways to stave off workplace harassment this year. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this week.

  • January 5, 2018

    Legal Industry Ends 2017 On Upswing With 600 Jobs Added

    The U.S. legal services sector finished 2017 with the addition of 600 new jobs, as the industry heads into the new year with approximately 2,000 more jobs than it had at this point in 2016, a report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed.

  • January 4, 2018

    New US Atty Temps Meet Colleagues' Praise, Senate Side-Eye

    Nearly a year after President Donald Trump's inauguration, the administration has tapped four private-sector lawyers for high profile U.S. attorney jobs in New York, New Jersey and California on an interim basis, ending months of jockeying and speculation and setting the stage for their formal nominations.

  • January 4, 2018

    Lobbyist Says Firm Fired Her For Anti-Harassment Campaign

    A former California lobbyist sued Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney LLP in Sacramento on Tuesday, alleging that the firm fired her for signing an open letter aimed at raising awareness of sexual harassment in the wake of the high-profile allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

Expert Analysis

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court

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    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.

  • Legal Technology In 2017: Trends And Implications

    Nicole Moriniere

    This has been a year of critical mass for legal tech and a transformative year for the legal industry as a whole. We also witnessed increased collaboration between legal tech companies and more traditional players, says Nicole Moriniere of Lexoo.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Opinion

    Senators Must Work Harder To Properly Judge Our Judges

    Todd Cox

    On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed L. Steven Grasz to a seat on the Eighth Circuit despite being rated unanimously "not qualified” by the American Bar Association — a rating that has been awarded just twice before. This sounds damning, and it is, but it’s worse when you understand how the ABA conducts its assessments, says Todd Cox, director of policy at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Litigation Funding In Canada: More Of A Group Effort

    Lincoln Caylor

    Litigation funding in Canada has dramatically shifted since its original introduction, notably with the expansion to commercial cases and the development of portfolio financing. This has provided access to justice for clients who may not have been approved for single-case financing, and also helps law firms and lawyers differentiate themselves from competitors, says Lincoln Caylor of Bennett Jones LLP.