Business of Law

  • April 10, 2018

    Fed. Committee Backs Tougher Corporate Deposition Rule

    The federal judiciary's Advisory Committee on Civil Rules on Tuesday approved rule changes designed to quell discovery disputes and time-wasting over depositions of corporate representatives.

  • April 10, 2018

    Firms Must Brace For AI Revolution, Legal Marketers Told

    While the legal profession has trailed other fields in its adoption of artificial intelligence tools, that is certain to change within the next few years and the implications for both legal departments and law firms will be profound, a panel of experts told legal marketers at a conference in New Orleans on Tuesday.

  • April 10, 2018

    Ex-Christie Atty Called Back To 3rd Circ. Roots

    The career of onetime Third Circuit judicial clerk Paul B. Matey, who has since made his mark on New Jersey’s legal scene as former Gov. Chris Christie's counsel and a hospital executive, is coming full circle with his nomination to the federal appellate bench Tuesday.

  • April 10, 2018

    Senate Confirms Frost Brown Partner For Ky. Judgeship

    The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee for a dual post to two Kentucky judicial districts on Tuesday, marking the 29th judge to be confirmed since the start of his presidency.

  • April 10, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Walmart, O'Melveny And GE

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at eight recent developments.

  • April 10, 2018

    Trump Nominates Judges For 3rd, 11th Circuits

    President Donald Trump announced his latest wave of judicial nominees Tuesday, choosing a lawyer with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC for the Third Circuit, a Georgia Supreme Court judge for the 11th Circuit and a partner at Covington & Burling LLP to the U.S. Tax Court.

  • April 9, 2018

    Atty Convicted Of Coercing Clients Into Sex Gets 80 Years

    A Texas state jury sentenced a San Antonio attorney to 80 years in prison for pressuring clients to have sex with him in exchange for legal services, a Bexar County district attorney spokesperson told Law360 on Monday.

  • April 9, 2018

    Feds Raid Trump Atty Cohen's Office, Seize Emails

    Federal investigators searched attorney Michael Cohen's office, seizing records related to payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and possibly communications between Cohen and his longtime client President Donald Trump, according to reports on Monday.

  • April 9, 2018

    Senate Advances Trump Judicial Pick For 2 Ky. Districts

    The Senate moved toward a final vote Monday on President Donald Trump’s latest judicial confirmation, a joint nominee for two districts in Kentucky.

  • April 9, 2018

    The Junior Justice: A Look Back At Gorsuch’s 1st Year

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch has staked out a position in the court’s far right camp, but the junior justice has yet to face the most controversial decisions. Here, Law360 pores over the Trump appointee’s record on the court so far.

  • April 9, 2018

    15 Minutes With The Cheesecake Factory’s General Counsel

    After nearly two decades at The Cheesecake Factory, Debby Zurzolo is set to retire on Thursday. Here, the executive vice president, general counsel and secretary thinks back on what the company has done to remain relevant in the evolving restaurant industry, and looks forward to her upcoming post-retirement plans.

  • April 8, 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 7, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Should College Athletes Be Paid?

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss a major case headed to trial over whether college athletes should be paid; a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on overtime pay; a judge saying courts improperly used the fees from PACER; and an Iowa man who was threatened with lawsuits when he said his town smelled like “rancid dog food.”

  • April 6, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    An analysis found that women earn less than men in nearly every occupation across all wage levels, Facebook now estimates the data of roughly 87 million users — not the previously believed 50 million — was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, and a survey revealed that general counsels would prefer to bring additional talent in-house rather than rely on outside counsel. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • April 6, 2018

    Legal Industry Caps Off Sluggish Q1 With Small Jobs Gain

    Despite a gain of 400 jobs in March, the legal services sector has struggled to pick back up after job losses recorded at the beginning of the year, finishing the first quarter with more than 1,000 fewer jobs than at the end of 2017, according to a report on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • April 5, 2018

    TM Co. Wants Sanctions Over Witness Tampering Claims

    The law firm behind a series of lawsuits against online trademark registration services was hit with a bid for sanctions Wednesday after using a job candidate’s interview statements in a complaint and then accusing the candidate’s mentor of witness tampering, according to a motion filed in California federal court.

  • April 5, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP snagged this week's top legal lions spot after it helped secure the reversal of a $35 million malpractice verdict against Holland & Knight LLP, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP ended up a legal lamb after a jury slammed client Johnson & Johnson with $37 million in damages over claims its talcum powder contained asbestos.

  • April 5, 2018

    UK Regulator Threatens Action Over Lawyers' PPI Fees

    The regulator for solicitors in England and Wales issued a second warning to the legal industry on Thursday over the fees firms charge for payment protection insurance claims, cautioning that it might take action if it thought solicitors were acting unfairly.

  • April 5, 2018

    Why Selling Products May Be The Future For Law Firms

    Many law firms that simply offer legal services may be missing out on the opportunity to grow larger faster, and bring in more revenue with less manpower, by failing to turn at least some of their expertise and knowledge into products.

  • April 4, 2018

    Law Firm Mergers Set Q1 Record After Landmark Year

    Law firms aren’t quelling their merger mania just yet, according to a Wednesday Altman Weil Inc. report, with 30 law firm mergers announced in 2018’s first quarter, beating out the previous record first quarter and on pace to beat the record-breaking year that was 2017.

Expert Analysis

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: A Judge's Example

    M.C. Sungaila

    Law school taught me how to think like a lawyer, but the district court judge I clerked for my first year out of law school taught me how to be a lawyer. This was the gift she gave to all of her law clerks, in one form or another, says M.C. Sungaila of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • My Supreme Court Debut: The Flip Of A Coin

    Elaine Goldenberg

    Each time I've argued before the U.S. Supreme Court it has been just as much of a thrill as the first, but my first argument was distinct because it involved a certain amount of fortuity on the way to the podium, says Elaine Goldenberg of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.