At least two global law firms are doing away with their annual associate reviews in favor of ongoing, associate-initiated performance evaluations, a new approach that may be the wave of the future for law firms.
A Beijing murder trial in March is thought to mark the first time in China a court has used virtual reality during a criminal trial. As the technology's costs come down and its familiarity goes up, it likely won't be long before U.S. courtrooms follow suit.
Junior associates riding high on their new BigLaw paychecks may be tempted to spend money now and think about the future later, but doing so could set them up for major financial hardship down the road. Here, five big money mistakes to avoid as a young attorney.
Large law firms are often slow to embrace change and lawyers are notoriously risk-averse, but with the right measures in place firms can create an environment where innovation can flourish. Here are four ways law firms can further groundbreaking ideas.
The three largest employment boutiques are getting bigger at a faster rate than their rivals, according to this year’s Law360 400. Here’s our look at the trends that shaped the sector in 2017.
The biggest of BigLaw are widening the gap between themselves and their rivals, as firms of all sizes grapple with fluctuating demand and seek out their place in the legal landscape.
Amid years of attorney migration between intellectual property boutiques and their general practice rivals, the IP specialists saw a slight downtick in 2017, as these firms continued to adjust to practicing under the America Invents Act.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP leapfrogged its way to the top of this year’s Law360 400, our annual ranking of the largest law firms in the country.
Whether it's Russian meddling, the Equifax breach or Facebook's user-data scandal, every day seems to bring a new cybersecurity crisis. On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast we're joined by a special guest who knows a lot about cyber threats — former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
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.
Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the subject of a critical U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General report, is working with Boies Schiller Flexner LLP to determine whether to sue President Donald Trump and administration officials for wrongful termination and defamation, McCabe's lawyer said Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to allow states to tax online sales and how to calculate damages in certain patent cases when it returns to the bench this week for the final oral argument session of the 2017-2018 term.
The personal data of up to 1,500 U.S.-based commercial insurance policyholders may have been compromised by a hack at an unnamed "specialist law firm," according to a statement released Friday by Bermuda-based specialist insurer Hiscox Ltd.
Squire Patton Boggs LLP agreed to pay Michael Cohen an annual $500,000 "strategic alliance fee," though the veteran attorney for Donald Trump now under criminal investigation did little other than maintain an independent office and referred only five clients to the firm during the year of the agreement, according to a motion filed by prosecutors in Manhattan federal court on Friday.
In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Gillian Ward, chief marketing officer at Baker Botts LLP.
A Florida federal judge refused Friday to grant certification to a proposed nationwide class of attorneys in a suit alleging the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system improperly charges users for viewing judges’ opinions, ruling it would be too difficult to define and administer such a vast PACER class.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission general counsel nominee Sharon Fast Gustafson during her Senate confirmation hearing declined to state her view on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits anti-LGBT bias, the general counsel of The Cheesecake Factory looked back on the changing restaurant industry before she retired Thursday, and the legal services sector finished the first quarter with more than 1,000 fewer jobs than at the end of last year. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed.
The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's picks for judgeships in Kansas and the Western District of Kentucky Thursday, sending two private practice attorneys to the federal bench.
Corporate legal departments were caught off guard by the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2016 guidance signalling that the agency would criminally prosecute certain employment-related agreements between companies, and a panel of in-house leaders said Thursday they’re waiting for further developments in the space.
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to launch a new data-driven initiative designed to give law firms and legal departments a road map for how to cultivate a more diverse bench of leaders, the organization said in a statement Thursday.
Wendy Vitter, a Republican lawyer tapped by President Donald Trump for the federal bench in Louisiana, may be in store for a tumultuous fight for her appointment despite following the typically pallid game plan employed by nearly all judicial picks when they appear before congressional confirmation hearings.
If a law firm hasn’t made gender diversity a priority in its teams handling corporate cases, it won’t be competitive for company business, a panel of general counsel for major companies said at a conference on women in the courtroom in Chicago Thursday.
Hogan Lovells LLP topped this week’s legal lions list, guiding client Novartis on an $8.7 billion deal to take over gene therapy company Avexis, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP ended up a legal lamb after a jury found its client Apple willfully infringed a network security patent, potentially putting the tech giant on the hook for more than $1.5 billion in damages.
Fenwick & West LLP said Thursday it will more than double the footprint of its New York City office when it relocates to the technology-friendly Flatiron District, a move the firm said will benefit its tech and life sciences clients.
As the #MeToo movement sweeps the nation, the legal industry is starting to respond: Law firms are reviewing sexual harassment policies, fostering more internal discussion, and, in some cases, getting rid of arbitration agreements that have gained a reputation for perpetuating the problem.
The Tuesday resignation of Latham & Watkins Chair Bill Voge was the culmination of a monthslong association with a woman unconnected to the firm that began last September, when Voge volunteered to broker a "Christian reconciliation" between her and a member of a nonprofit where Voge sat on the board.
Before his sudden departure Tuesday, Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge engaged in a pattern of reckless behavior starting with sexually explicit messages sent to a woman he approached on behalf of a Christian men’s group and culminating in threats to her husband to have her thrown in jail. This story has been updated to include more details.
There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.
Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.
It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.
Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.
In a conversation ranging from Wall Street lawyering to Howard Stern to the shape of the New York Court of Appeals, White and Williams LLP counsel Randy Maniloff sits down with former New York Gov. George Pataki at his office at Norton Rose Fulbright.
Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.
My uncle asked me to research some point of law. I left his office to collect my thoughts, then went back in and asked him a question or two. He looked up and gave me his six-word answer: “Do I look like a library?” He taught me that there are no shortcuts to doing your job, says Paul Hamburger of Proskauer Rose LLP.
Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.
Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.