Everyone knows that lawyer — the one who brings in substantial business while also billing hours, mentoring associates, meeting clients for lunch, taking their kids to soccer practice and training for a marathon. Here, six rainmakers reveal their tricks for making it work.
After a decade of meager growth in corporate legal spending, companies are projected to add almost $2 billion to the amount they spend on outside counsel in 2018, according to a new survey.
The relationship between law firms and their corporate clients shifted substantially with the onset of the Great Recession in 2007, and a decade later many of those changes appear to be here to stay. Here, Law360 looks at one major way the legal industry has been affected.
The law office has traditionally served as a hub where attorneys work and interact with colleagues and clients, but new technologies, rising real estate costs and an increasing desire for flexible work opportunities are challenging that typical office concept.
President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Luxembourg made nearly $3 million in an 18-month period as a partner at Dentons, a newly released financial disclosure form shows.
Fish & Richardson PC has become the latest law firm to beef up its parental leave policy, announcing Tuesday that it now offers primary caregivers up to 18 weeks of paid leave and has launched a new phased hours program that allows parents to opt for a reduced schedule.
Winston & Strawn LLP is hoping to send a former intellectual property partner's sex discrimination lawsuit to arbitration, telling a San Francisco judge that "a sophisticated lawyer with decades of legal experience" should have known she was compelled by her partnership agreement to dispute her claims outside of court.
Pennsylvania’s bar passage rates have ticked up, with 81.2 percent of first-time applicants passing the exam in July, up from historic lows last July, the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners revealed.
Lydia A. Gavalis recently assumed the role of general counsel for the alternative investment management firm Hamilton Lane after about a year as the firm's deputy general counsel. Law360 spoke with Gavalis about her ambitions for the company, the uncertainty surrounding future regulatory changes and her biggest piece of advice for outside counsel.
Reed Smith LLP advised on a $3.6 billion merger between Chinese shipping companies and continued to represent Bank of New York Mellon in the Argentine and Puerto Rican bond default litigation, all while adding new offices in Miami and Europe — accomplishments that landed the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders on Tuesday was sentenced to community service and ordered to pay a $1 million fine following his conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges for what prosecutors say was a scheme to con the firm's financial backers before the firm collapsed.
The Las Vegas mass shooting that resulted in at least 58 deaths and hundreds of injuries on Oct. 1 led many Americans to release their emotions on their personal social media accounts — and some are facing consequences from their employers for publicly making insensitive remarks about the people involved in the tragedy. Here, Law360 identifies four steps companies and their legal counsel can take to head off similarly problematic situations with employees.
On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses whether the Supreme Court will nix workers' class action rights, a BigLaw firm sued by a former client despite winning the company a $42.5 million verdict, the latest fallout from the failed Fyre Festival, and a goodbye to Tom Petty.
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.
Longtime Fox News general counsel Dianne Brandi is taking voluntary leave from her job, the cable news giant said Friday as it continues to defend itself in a series of explosive employment discrimination and sexual harassment suits.
Paul Hastings LLP has continued to grow its global footprint over the past year, working out of its new Sao Paulo office to guide Brazil’s Braskem S.A. through a record Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case while representing Samsung Electronics in South Korea’s largest-ever outbound M&A transaction, earning it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Title VII doesn't protect transgender employees, a top Republican lawmaker pressed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to postpone the upcoming launch of a massive database because of the recent hack into the agency's data system, and the former chairman and CEO of Equifax Inc. was grilled in multiple appearances before Congress. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.
The legal services industry continued to recover from a recent slide with the addition of 900 new jobs in September, while the country recorded overall job losses for the first time in seven years thanks to the effects of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday.
After the Supreme Court canceled oral arguments over Donald Trump’s travel ban due to the administration’s policy change, cases involving the Alien Tort Statute and consequential questions of appellate procedure have seized the spotlight for the week of Oct. 10. Law360 highlights what to look out for.
A New York lawyer who let an acquaintance eavesdrop on a sensitive phone conversation and a West Virginia judge who lost the fight to overturn a suspension for false campaign claims lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer snagged the title of top legal lion this week defeating an effort to revive a $200 million lawsuit over stent patents against its client Boston Scientific, while Orrick and Kilpatrick Townsend landed on the legal lambs list after a judge refused to set aside a $61 million TCPA judgment against their client Dish Network.
Sidley Austin LLP’s focus on international growth is reflected in its work on Athene Holding LLC’s massive $1.24 billion initial public offering along with its addition of 21 private equity-focused partners in London and opening of a new Munich office, once again landing the firm a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.
By having the freedom to select our work, we can ensure that high-quality opportunities remain a staple of the professional diet. Working on cases you believe in, for clients you like, and on challenging issues reminds you that you are part of a profession, and not a cog in a billing system, says John Battaglia of Fisch Sigler LLP.
The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced President Donald Trump’s nominations to the Sixth and Seventh circuits on Thursday, after Democrats drew ire over their questions of the Seventh Circuit pick’s Catholic faith.
The law firms on Law360’s 2017 Regional Powerhouse list are handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles across seven states, offering clients regional expertise and making a lasting impact on the law at the state and local level.
The law firms on Law360’s Global 20 list have expertise that spans practice areas and continents, and they’ve handled some of the biggest cross-border matters of the year. With thousands of attorneys in dozens of countries around the world, these firms have figured out the key to delivering for clients on multiple fronts.
The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.
As a baby lawyer, I took on a challenging case representing pro per detainees in county prisons. In the process, I learned how to deal with contentious opposing counsel, advocate for my clients with credibility, and trust my gut feelings, says Tara Kaushik of Holland & Knight LLP.
When I tell people about my first U.S. Supreme Court oral argument, and how it happened literally in the middle of a five-week trial I was handling, they tend to look at me with a very skeptical expression, says Pierre Bergeron, chairman of the appellate and Supreme Court practice group at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
What makes the practice of law so stressful? Our thesis is that it comes from being terrible to each other. As a plaintiffs lawyer and a defense lawyer, we asked what we believed our opposition thought about us and how our opposition judged us — and then we compared notes, say Daniel Karon of Karon LLC and Philip Calabrese of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.
Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.
Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.
Companies are allowed to collect the money they are owed, but they cannot break the law or cheat people in the process. Some of the biggest players in the debt collection industry are not focused on getting it right, says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
My first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court was unusual in that it was also my first argument in any court of any kind, says Lindsay Harrison of Jenner & Block LLP.
Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.
In my first week of practice, I was assigned to litigation that had been pending for 17 years. No discovery had been done, and the case was set for trial or dismissal in less than 60 days. From what followed, I learned some of the most important lessons of my career, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.
On the day of my first argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, after I survived the security screening process, I found myself in the lower-level hall where the statue of Chief Justice John Marshall is located. On the advice of a colleague, I rubbed Marshall’s shoe for good luck, says John Bursch, former solicitor general of Michigan.