Business of Law

  • October 11, 2017

    Trump Ambassador Pick Earned $2.8M At Dentons In 18 Mos.

    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.

  • October 10, 2017

    Fish & Richardson Offers New Parents More Benefits

    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.

  • October 10, 2017

    Winston & Strawn Looks To Arbitrate Ex-IP Atty's Bias Suit

    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.

  • October 10, 2017

    Pa. Bar Passage Rates Rise, But Not To Previous Levels

    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.

  • October 10, 2017

    15 Minutes With Hamilton Lane's General Counsel

    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.

  • October 10, 2017

    Global 20: Reed Smith

    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.

  • October 10, 2017

    Ex-Dewey CFO Dodges Prison Time For Fraud Scheme

    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.

  • October 10, 2017

    4 Ways GCs Can Plan For When Employees Say Bad Things

    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.

  • October 7, 2017

    Law360's Pro Say: High Court Weighs Workers' Class Rights

    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. 

  • October 6, 2017

    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.

  • October 6, 2017

    Fox News' Top Atty Takes Leave Amid Harassment Woes

    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.

  • October 6, 2017

    Global 20: Paul Hastings

    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.

  • October 6, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    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.

  • October 6, 2017

    Legal Sector Rebounds In Sept. Despite Hurricane Impact

    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.

  • October 6, 2017

    Up Next At The High Court: Alien Torts & Appellate Rules

    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.

  • October 5, 2017

    Law360's The Week In Discipline

    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.

  • October 5, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    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.

  • October 5, 2017

    Global 20: Sidley Austin

    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.

  • October 5, 2017

    BigLaw Alums Q&A: Fisch Sigler's John Battaglia

    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.

  • October 5, 2017

    Senate Panel Advances Trump's 6th, 7th Circ. Picks

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Leave Your Comfort Zone

    Tara Kaushik

    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.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: A Crammed Calendar

    Pierre Bergeron

    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.

  • How Plaintiffs And Defense Counsel Misperceive Each Other

    Daniel Karon

    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.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    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.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    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.

  • Opinion

    We Must Protect Consumers From Illegal Debt Collectors

    Maura Healey

    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.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: A 1st Time For Everything

    Lindsay Harrison

    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.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    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.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Never Give Up

    Alan Hoffman

    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.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: A Lot Of Questions, A Little Luck

    John Bursch

    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.