Business of Law

  • January 4, 2018

    7th Circ. Forms Committee To Examine Sexual Harassment

    In the wake of Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski’s retirement following allegations of inappropriate behavior, the Seventh Circuit’s chief judge created a committee to look at how complaints of harassment brought by people employed in the circuit’s courts are handled.

  • January 4, 2018

    Sessions' Pivot On Pot Could Put Chill On Cannabis Law

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday reversed an Obama-era policy that provided some cover for state-legal marijuana companies acting in compliance with local and state laws, creating a potential chilling effect for cannabis lawyers serving clients in this legal gray area.

  • January 4, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP and Eimer Stahl LLP rose to the top of this week’s legal lions list with a victory at the Third Circuit freeing their client, a subsidiary of Venezuela's national oil company, from litigation over a $1.4 billion arbitration award, while McDermott Will & Emery LLP and its co-counsel landed on the lambs list after failing to prevent a Manhattan federal jury from convicting a Turkish banker charged with helping Iran evade billions of dollars in U.S. sanctions.

  • January 4, 2018

    Lake Whillans Closes $125M Litigation Funding Round

    Litigation finance firm Lake Whillans closed a $125 million round of funding at the end of the year, the firm said Thursday, marking the first time the firm has looked outward since its inception in 2013.

  • January 4, 2018

    7-Atty Sedgwick Team Makes Move To Steptoe & Johnson

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP announced on Thursday that the firm has added a group of seven attorneys in San Francisco and Chicago to its commercial litigation practice from the soon-to-be-dissolved Sedgwick LLP.

  • January 3, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Partner Named Interim SDNY US Attorney

    The Trump administration on Wednesday named a Greenberg Traurig shareholder as interim U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, while other BigLaw partners were tapped for similar positions in New Jersey and Los Angeles.

  • January 3, 2018

    A Look At The Sanction Dogging A Trump Judicial Nominee

    President Donald Trump’s pick for a Tennessee court seat was the subject of rare Rule 11 sanctions while he was an attorney in private practice, penalized for bringing a case in 1997 a Maryland federal judge described as “unfounded in law or fact” and designed to "harass and punish" a woman who won a sexual harassment judgment against her employer — a disclosure that one Democratic senator said could influence his vote.

  • January 3, 2018

    Shook Hardy Brings On Ex-Sedgwick Chair

    Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP announced Wednesday that former Sedgwick LLP chairman Michael Healy has joined the firm, along with two other attorneys, in its San Francisco office, bolstering the firm’s product liability litigation, business litigation and class action teams.

  • January 3, 2018

    Alissa Starzak Talks Net Neutrality, US Army, Leap To Startup

    Cloudflare Inc.'s Alissa Starzak discusses her former role as general counsel for the U.S. Army and the lengthy confirmation process leading up to it, as well as her present work in the private sector and views of net neutrality.

  • January 3, 2018

    Law Firms Merged At Record Rate In 2017

    A record-breaking year for U.S. law firm mergers ended on a high note with 102 total tie-ups in 2017 after a lackluster 2016, beating the previous record of 91 deals, according to a report released on Wednesday by legal consultant Altman Weil Inc.

  • January 3, 2018

    Trump's Judge-Vetting Under Scrutiny After Failed Nominees

    The recent immolation of three of President Donald Trump’s nominees for district judgeships, including one who was unable to define basic trial terms in a Senate confirmation hearing, has fanned debate about whether the White House is cutting corners in its judicial vetting process and rewarding ideology over quality.

  • January 2, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of December

    December's notable legal department hires included new GC appointments at the Kraft Heinz Co., Tyson Foods and TSB Bank.

  • January 2, 2018

    Simpson Thacher Accused Of Owing $937K To Recruiting Firm

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has been sued for $937,500 in New York federal court by a legal recruiter that claims it's owed a search fee for introducing the firm to a lateral partner candidate who joined its bankruptcy practice last fall.

  • January 2, 2018

    Fed. Filings Hit Record Low Last Year, Justice Roberts Says

    The number of cases filed in federal courts declined at all levels last year, with seven-year lows at the U.S. Supreme Court, intermediate appellate courts, federal district courts and U.S. bankruptcy courts, according to a report from Chief Justice John Roberts released Sunday.

  • January 2, 2018

    Justice Roberts Orders Review Of Sexual Harassment Policies

    Chief Justice John Roberts has announced that the federal judiciary’s methods for addressing sexual harassment will be examined this year, after outcry from former clerks and the recent resignation of Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski thrust the issue into the spotlight.

  • January 2, 2018

    Ex-Dewey Exec DiCarmine Unable To Bury Hatchet With SEC

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executive director Stephen DiCarmine, who was acquitted of criminal charges in May, has been unable to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fraud claims after months of trying and is due in Manhattan federal court Friday.

  • January 2, 2018

    15 Minutes With Rolta AdvizeX's General Counsel

    Meet Melloney Douce, general counsel of information technology service management company Rolta AdvizeX, who has been working for the Rolta brand for nearly a decade.

  • January 1, 2018

    The 4 Hottest Practice Areas For 2018

    A few practice areas are set to skyrocket in 2018, launching the law firms that are poised to take advantage of client demand in those arenas to a whole new level. Here, Law360 looks at four of the hottest up-and-coming practice areas right now.

  • January 1, 2018

    3 Worries Keeping Managing Partners Up At Night In 2018

    Law firms are facing a business environment in 2018 filled with landmines as work is moved in-house and to alternative legal services providers, new technologies infiltrate the market and the ongoing lateral churn creates upheaval. Here, managing partners at BigLaw firms detail their three biggest worries for 2018.

  • January 1, 2018

    4 Ways GCs Can Help Law Firms Become More Diverse In 2018

    General counsel in various industries are committed to hiring and retaining employees from different backgrounds as a way to help clients achieve their goals, and some even strive to push diversity and inclusion beyond their companies and into outside counsel. Here, experts suggest four ways GCs can help law firms diversify in the new year.

Expert Analysis

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    My Supreme Court Debut: No Room For Nervousness

    Jonathan Herstoff

    Although Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services was not the first time I had worked on a certiorari petition, it was the first time I had personally taken on a case in which my initial involvement was at the U.S. Supreme Court level, says Jonathan Herstoff of Haug Partners.

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    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

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    My Strangest Day In Court: The Shkreli Trial

    Benjamin Brafman

    Having defended some of the most notorious defendants in 40 years of practice as a criminal defense lawyer, I thought I was prepared for everything. That was until jury selection commenced last summer in “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli’s trial, says Benjamin Brafman of Brafman & Associates PC.

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    My Supreme Court Debut: 2 Moots And A Sweet Celebration

    Ginger Anders

    In my first argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, and each one thereafter, I stood up only after having been intensively questioned by my colleagues and having received their insights, advice and reactions, says Ginger Anders of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

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    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Seeing The Big Picture

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    When I started at the law firm where I still practice today, I discovered that very often the task at hand required not my razor-sharp analysis of the law, but my ability to read the motivations and meet the needs and expectations of actual human beings — whether through intellect, instinct, intuition or personal experience, says John Bartlett of Stites & Harbison PLLC.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

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    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.