Business of Law

  • February 2, 2018

    Wiley Rein Helps Launch Legal Fund For Trump-Russia Probe

    Wiley Rein LLP has been tapped to launch a new fund intended to help cover legal bills related to the Russia probe incurred by anyone who worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign or in his White House.

  • February 2, 2018

    Legal Sector Drops More Than 1,000 Jobs To Kick Off 2018

    After a generally positive employment trend for the legal services sector in 2017, the industry began the new year on a disappointing note with the loss of 1,100 jobs in January, according to a report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • February 2, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they will join forces to start an independent health care company, a longtime employment defense attorney launched a new cellphone app that she hopes will provide workers with a safe space to report sexual harassment, and Lyft's general counsel shared with Law360 how she responds to friends who five years ago doubted her decision to join a transportation network company that was part of an unfamiliar industry. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • February 1, 2018

    Cook County Clerk Appeals Order On Access To E-Filed Suits

    Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown is appealing an injunction that would have required her office to provide instant access to lawsuits filed electronically in the Chicago-area circuit courts by next week, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

  • February 1, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    A team of attorneys led by Norton Rose Fulbright's Abbe Lowell secured the dismissal of the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., earning them a spot on this week's legal lions list, while the legal lambs list was headed up by a Troutman Sanders LLP attorney bench-slapped by the Eleventh Circuit for convincing a district court to shirk the appeals court's mandate in a retail chain exclusivity row.

  • February 1, 2018

    Under Judge Garland, DC Goes 'Circuit Riding'

    With a traveling D.C. Circuit seal affixed to a wall behind him, a table-turned-makeshift bench beneath him and a room full of law students in front of him in an American University conference hall, Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland started oral arguments in two appeals last week by answering his own question: Why are we here?

  • February 7, 2018

    Law360's 2018 Editorial Board Selection Survey

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of our publications to serve as members on our 2018 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 31, 2018

    Law Firms Still Too Slow Adapting To Competition, Says Panel

    Near the end of a two-day forum on the present and future state of the business of law, one panelist Wednesday afternoon summed up the prevailing mood with a blunt warning: “Be very, very afraid of the Big Four.”

  • January 31, 2018

    Dechert Slams Ex-Payroll Staffers' Age Discrimination Suit

    Dechert LLP is firing back at a federal lawsuit alleging it fired a pair of administrative staffers on the basis of their age and gender, as the Philadelphia-based firm argues instead that the workers lost their jobs as a result of a move to outsource payroll operations.

  • January 31, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of January

    January's notable legal department hires included new general counsel at multimedia content publisher XO Group Inc., biopharmaceutical company MyoKardia Inc. and security services group Securitas AB.

  • January 30, 2018

    SEC, DiCarmine Announce Tentative Deal Over Dewey Fraud

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executive director Stephen DiCarmine has reached a settlement in principle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud claims, his attorney said Tuesday in a letter asking a Manhattan federal judge to stay the SEC’s case while both sides work out the deal’s details.

  • January 30, 2018

    Taft Stettinius Gets Rid Of Nonequity Partner Tier

    Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has decided to leave behind its partnership structure with both equity and nonequity partners that it had adhered to for more than 25 years, in order to move to a single-tier system that only includes equity partners, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2018

    Law Firms Must Adapt To Changing Industry, Panel Says

    A panel of diverse legal professionals speaking at a conference on Tuesday sounded the alarm for the legal industry, saying the entire profession needs to fundamentally rethink how it delivers services to clients if it wants to remain relevant and profitable.

  • January 30, 2018

    Senate OKs Trump Judge Pick Without Home-State Support

    The Senate bucked a decades-old tradition Tuesday by confirming President Donald Trump’s choice for an Eighth Circuit vacancy without the support of a home-state senator.

  • January 30, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel Ups Clerkship Bonuses To $105K

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has raised the bar on clerkship bonuses, revealing Tuesday that it now pays judicial clerks a $105,000 bonus for joining the law firm and $20,000 more for those who have completed two clerkships, a raise that a name partner called "logical."

  • January 30, 2018

    Why Diverse Legal Teams Perform Better

    A recent study found that mixed-gender legal teams perform better for clients than those made up of only one gender. Here, experts tell Law360 what it is about diversity that drives superior performance in the practice of law.

  • January 30, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: EVA, Disco And LawX

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

  • January 29, 2018

    Trump Judge Pick Advances Despite Home-State Opposition

    The U.S. Senate appeared to buck a decades-old tradition Monday by slating President Donald Trump's pick for an Eighth Circuit vacancy for a final vote despite opposition from a senator in the nominee's home state.

  • January 29, 2018

    3 Misconceptions GCs Hold About International Arbitration

    Advising general counsel to include an international arbitration clause in an important contract can get dicey if the latest gossip about an arbitration gone wrong or a lack of familiarity with the process has caused certain misconceptions to take root. Here, Law360 lays out three common misconceptions GCs may hold about this dispute resolution method.

  • January 29, 2018

    App Could Give Workers Safe Space To Report Harassment

    A longtime employment defense lawyer and her business partner are hoping to change the way employees and employers communicate via a third-party cellphone app, which launched Monday and allows workers to confidentially report sexual harassment or other perceived problems in the workplace to management.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court

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    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.

  • Legal Technology In 2017: Trends And Implications

    Nicole Moriniere

    This has been a year of critical mass for legal tech and a transformative year for the legal industry as a whole. We also witnessed increased collaboration between legal tech companies and more traditional players, says Nicole Moriniere of Lexoo.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Opinion

    Senators Must Work Harder To Properly Judge Our Judges

    Todd Cox

    On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed L. Steven Grasz to a seat on the Eighth Circuit despite being rated unanimously "not qualified” by the American Bar Association — a rating that has been awarded just twice before. This sounds damning, and it is, but it’s worse when you understand how the ABA conducts its assessments, says Todd Cox, director of policy at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Litigation Funding In Canada: More Of A Group Effort

    Lincoln Caylor

    Litigation funding in Canada has dramatically shifted since its original introduction, notably with the expansion to commercial cases and the development of portfolio financing. This has provided access to justice for clients who may not have been approved for single-case financing, and also helps law firms and lawyers differentiate themselves from competitors, says Lincoln Caylor of Bennett Jones LLP.

  • Series

    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.