Business of Law

  • April 16, 2018

    CORRECTED: How 3 Employment Firms Are Pulling Ahead Of The Pack

    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.

  • April 13, 2018

    Megafirms Find New Heights In Grounded Market

    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.

  • April 13, 2018

    IP Boutiques Tick Down As AIA Settles In

    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. 

  • April 13, 2018

    The Law360 400

    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.

  • April 14, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Jeh Johnson Talks About Cyber Threats

    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.

  • April 13, 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.

  • April 13, 2018

    Fired FBI Official Enlists Boies Schiller, May Sue Trump

    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.

  • April 13, 2018

    Up Next At High Court: Taxing Online Sales, Patent Damages

    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.

  • April 13, 2018

    Hiscox Says Hack Of US Law Firm Exposed Policyholders

    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.

  • April 13, 2018

    Trump Atty Did Little For Squire Patton, Prosecutors Say

    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.

  • April 13, 2018

    A Conversation With Baker Botts CMO Gillian Ward

    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.

  • April 13, 2018

    Atty Denied Class Cert. In PACER Document Fee Fight

    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.

  • April 13, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    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.​

  • April 12, 2018

    Senate Confirms Trump's Judicial Picks In Kan., Ky.

    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.

  • April 12, 2018

    No-Poach Guidance Caught In-House Counsel Off Guard

    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.

  • April 12, 2018

    Minority Lawyers Group Kicks Off Leadership Diversity Effort

    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.

  • April 12, 2018

    For La. Judicial Nominee, The Safe Approach Turns Risky

    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.

  • April 12, 2018

    Firms Without Women Won't Get Our Business, GCs Say

    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.

  • April 12, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    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.

  • April 12, 2018

    Fenwick To Move NYC Office To Tech Hub Flatiron District

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    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.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    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.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    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.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    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.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    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.

  • Guest Feature

    George Pataki: The Farmer From Peekskill

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    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.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    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.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Working For Uncle Wally

    Paul Hamburger

    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.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    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.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    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.