Business of Law

  • November 17, 2017

    Law360's Pro Say: GOP Goes To War With ABA Over Judges

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses the escalating war of words between Republicans and the American Bar Association over how judicial nominees are vetted. We also tackle a BigLaw attorney in hot water after her comments about sexual harassment on Fox News, the Menendez corruption trial ending in a hung jury, and some unusual facts about one of President Donald Trump's judicial picks.

  • November 17, 2017

    Fla. Judicial Panel Offers Sens. 4 Names For District Seat

    The commission tasked with screening candidates for federal judgeships in Florida sent four names — two trial court judges and two appellate judges — to the state's U.S. senators for a vacancy in the Northern District of Florida.

  • November 17, 2017

    Trump Adds 5 Names To Supreme Court Potential List

    President Donald J. Trump announced on Friday the addition of five new names to the list of judges that he will draw upon to fill a potential vacancy in the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • November 17, 2017

    Ex-Weinstein Attys Muddy BigLaw's Rep For Keeping Secrets

    Defying the tight-lipped tradition of lawyers who have represented reviled clients, two of Harvey Weinstein’s former attorneys have issued public explanations of their work and spoken extensively to the press about their “mistakes,” a phenomenon some experts say undermines public confidence that lawyers, regardless of their own reputations, will keep client matters close.

  • November 17, 2017

    'Long Siege' For Ex-Dewey Controller Ends With No Jail

    The former controller at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP saw the end to what his attorney called a “long and arduous siege” on Friday when he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service after cooperating in the prosecution of his ex-colleagues for more than three years.

  • November 17, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The U.S. Supreme Court turned away four notable employment cases, a study found more legal departments are looking to grow their outside counsel spending next year,​ and Kraft Heinz Co.'s GC told Law360 about the changing food industry. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • November 16, 2017

    Grassley To Tear Up 'Blue Slips' To Advance 2 Trump Judges

    The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is looking to advance two of President Donald Trump's choices for appellate courts, he said Thursday, bucking a century-old tradition allowing home-state senators to have a say in judicial nominations.

  • November 16, 2017

    Senate OKs Trump Pick For S.C. Judicial Vacancy

    The Senate voted Thursday to approve Donald C. Coggins Jr. to fill a vacant district judgeship in South Carolina, sending a nominee previously put up by former President Barack Obama to the federal bench.

  • November 16, 2017

    Senate Panel Mulls Approving Judges Who Used Marijuana

    Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday discussed changing an informal policy on federal judicial nominees who used marijuana, potentially approving of candidates who had one or two “incidental” uses after passing the bar.

  • November 16, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Weil Gotshal heads up the legal lions list this week, snagging a precedential win at the Federal Circuit finding the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision was a change in law, while Skadden and King & Spalding ended up on the lambs list after their client, Johnson & Johnson, was slammed with a $247 million verdict in a hip implant bellwether trial.

  • November 16, 2017

    Don’t Let ABA Post Letter About Cooley, Law School Urges

    Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley Law School has asked a Michigan federal judge to make the American Bar Association remove a letter from its website raising questions about Cooley student qualifications, saying continued publication would hurt the school's reputation and violate its due process rights to appeal.

  • November 16, 2017

    Am Law 200 Firms Struggled To Grow In 2017

    Am Law 200 firms continue to face sobering challenges as they lack the growth in gross revenue and demand that the top 100 law firms have experienced, according to a new survey released Thursday.

  • November 15, 2017

    ABA Judicial Ratings Remain In GOP Senators' Crosshairs

    Senate Republicans criticized the chair of the American Bar Association’s judicial rating committee Wednesday, as the body’s evaluation of several of President Donald Trump’s nominees as “not qualified” added fuel to partisan struggles over filling vacancies on the federal bench.

  • November 15, 2017

    Texas Judicial Picks Defend Writings, Tweets Before Senate

    President Donald Trump’s picks for two Fifth Circuit seats pushed back on criticism of their past writings — and in the case of Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, his tweets — before a Senate panel Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2017

    Dentons Launches In-House Consulting Team With Ex-GCs

    Dentons on Wednesday launched a strategic consulting service with more than 50 former general counsel from around the world to offer mentoring to in-house counsel.

  • November 14, 2017

    Gordon Rees Atty Out Of Mgmt. For Harassment Remarks

    A Gordon & Rees LLP executive leader who said on a cable news program that legitimate victims of sexual harassment are “few and far between” has resigned from her management roles at the firm.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sens. Prod Pentagon Legal Picks On North Korea, Sex Assault

    Nominees to a pair of Pentagon legal jobs largely cruised through a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday as lawmakers prodded them for their views on issues ranging from sexual assault prosecution to the legality of preemptive war against North Korea.

  • November 14, 2017

    Fired DLA Piper Atty Can't Nix Firm's Arbitration Win

    A California state judge confirmed an arbitration award in favor of DLA Piper in a former employee’s wrongful termination and discrimination suit Tuesday, saying that the court doesn’t have discretion to decide whether the arbitrator improperly denied the attorney an opportunity to bring in certain evidence.

  • November 13, 2017

    Trump Court Pick Knocked For Keeping Mum On Wife's Job

    A Trump pick for the federal bench in Alabama “betrayed his obligation to be open and transparent” in the judicial confirmation process by failing to mention that his wife is a White House lawyer, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    BigLaw's 2017 Profits May Suffer Due To Salary Hikes

    Law firms may be on course to have a down year, according to the results of a survey published Monday, with financial results for the first three quarters of the year revealing a slowdown in revenue growth and an uptick in expenses across the industry due to recent associate salary hikes.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Inspiration From Eminem

    Erin Murphy

    One particularly memorable moment of my first U.S. Supreme Court argument was when the courtroom erupted in laughter. Until then, I had honestly forgotten there was a courtroom full of people behind me. So if nothing else, at least I had taken the advice from my go-to inspirational song — Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” — to heart, says Erin Murphy of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Shkreli Trial And Other Magic Tricks: A Chat With Ben Brafman

    Randy Maniloff

    Ben Brafman’s clients don’t need a lawyer — they need a magician. And for 40-plus years, the man has been pulling rabbits out of hats, most recently finding jurors able to sit fairly in judgment of Martin Shkreli, called “the most hated man in America.” Last month I visited Brafman to discuss his remarkable career, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams.