After a decade of meager growth in corporate legal spending, companies are projected to add almost $2 billion to the amount they spend on outside counsel in 2018, according to a new survey.
The relationship between law firms and their corporate clients shifted substantially with the onset of the Great Recession in 2007, and a decade later many of those changes appear to be here to stay. Here, Law360 looks at one major way the legal industry has been affected.
The law office has traditionally served as a hub where attorneys work and interact with colleagues and clients, but new technologies, rising real estate costs and an increasing desire for flexible work opportunities are challenging that typical office concept.
The ever-elusive “cultural fit” that elite law firms seek in prospective members of their exclusive club reflects a long-held set of values that favor white men and feeds racial, ethnic and gender inequality, a 15-year study says.
President Donald Trump's newest travel ban, which places restrictions on immigrants and visitors to the United States from eight countries, could limit hiring, promoting, business-related trips and other travel for companies that employ individuals around the world.
A WilmerHale attorney inadvertently emailed a Wall Street Journal reporter a memo revealing that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating client PepsiCo Inc. over its alleged retaliatory firing of former general counsel Maura Smith, the newspaper reported Wednesday.
A female partner accusing Proskauer Rose LLP of gender discrimination told a federal court Tuesday that, contrary to what the firm says, she doesn’t have access to many internal documents she needs to rebut the firm's claims she isn’t an employee and that she fears being fired if she presents the documents she is able to obtain.
The First State has a well-deserved reputation for the sophistication of its legal practice, and the firms that make up Law360's Delaware Powerhouses in 2017 have stood out amid fierce competition for their expertise advising clients in complicated intellectual property disputes, shareholder litigation and a boom in bankruptcy filings.
Shearman & Sterling LLP is offering its U.S. lawyers 20 weeks of paid leave when they become the primary caregiver of a new baby, the firm announced Wednesday, making it the latest in a string of law firms beefing up their parental leave programs.
BigLaw firms have begun creating web pages distinct from the firms’ main sites in order to offer clients and the public information on big topics affecting businesses and the legal community. Here, law firms discuss how they’re using microsites to position themselves as thought leaders.
Federal district court rules that bar admission of out-of-state lawyers based on the location of their main office are discriminatory and should be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a recent petition asking the high court to take the case.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP continued building on its global roots this year, landing work on major cross-border transactions like GM’s European business sale as well as sovereign debt offerings for Iraq and South Korea to earn a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.
A Senate panel Tuesday appeared torn on how to proceed with two bipartisan bills introduced last month that would allow federal judges to review any decision by the executive branch to fire special counsels investigating the president, wringing their hands over whether such measures undercut executive power but also fretting about the need to check presidents inclined to fire the prosecutor investigating them.
A Harvard Law School graduate who lost her job at Ropes & Gray LLP after twice failing the bar exam dropped some of her claims on Tuesday against the New York State Board of Law Examiners, which she says did not accommodate her anxiety-related disability until it was too late.
An email prank on Jared Kushner’s lawyer, a veteran of high-stakes political dramas, may be good for a chuckle, but law firm security experts say bogus emails and online “phishing” are no joke for attorneys.
A former Hunton & Williams LLP attorney was sentenced by a Brooklyn federal judge on Tuesday to three years probation for his securities fraud and conspiracy convictions after he drunkenly tipped off his friend and investment adviser about Pfizer Inc.’s plans to acquire his drugmaker client.
The entire state of Florida may have just been battered by Hurricane Irma, but leaders at the five firms on Law360’s list of Florida Powerhouses are still sunny on the state's future since its economy has diversified and it has become a hub for international business.
A former Steptoe & Johnson LLP associate asked a California federal judge on Monday for conditional certification in her collective action accusing the firm of violating the Equal Pay Act by paying female attorneys less than their male counterparts.
King & Spalding LLP asked a New York federal judge Monday to prohibit or limit to two hours a deposition of its chairman by a onetime senior associate accusing the firm of wrongful firing.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP continued this year to flex its muscle as a cross-border powerhouse, advising on a slew of multibillion-dollar deals and guiding companies through high-stakes investigations and litigation to once again land the Magic Circle firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.
A former Winston & Strawn LLP intellectual property partner is claiming in a sex discrimination lawsuit filed in California state court that the firm reduced her salary and excluded her from big cases after the male colleague she joined the firm with resigned.
A Florida federal judge refused to dismiss a putative class action brought against the federal government by an attorney who claims that PACER, the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, improperly charges users for viewing judges’ opinions, ruling that breach of contract claims were properly pled.
A New York federal judge on Monday tossed a $50 million suit alleging a group of law schools worked with bar exam preparation company Barbri Inc. to stifle competition for classes targeting foreign Master of Laws graduates, saying LLM Bar Exam LLC’s struggles are due to complaints about its courses, not collusion.
First Circuit Judge Juan Torruella has had to watch the devastation of Puerto Rico from more than 1,500 miles away, receiving sporadic news about his home, his chambers and his loved ones after a hurricane plunged the island, and its court system, into darkness and devastation.
The law firms on Law360’s 2017 Regional Powerhouse list are handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles across seven states, offering clients regional expertise and making a lasting impact on the law at the state and local level.
The law firms on Law360’s Global 20 list have expertise that spans practice areas and continents, and they’ve handled some of the biggest cross-border matters of the year. With thousands of attorneys in dozens of countries around the world, these firms have figured out the key to delivering for clients on multiple fronts.
The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.
As a new associate faced with vexing facts and unfavorable case law, I confidently told a senior partner that there was no way to win. The partner's response taught me something vital about the legal profession, and reflected the wisdom of Willy Wonka's "105 percent" formula, says Thomas Ciarlone Jr. of Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC.
There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)
Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.
As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.
For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.
During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.
As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.
As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.
New mobile computing tools — both hardware and applications — are changing the technology paradigm for legal practitioners. In particular, the combination of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the LiquidText annotation app can revolutionize both trial preparation and courtroom litigating, says attorney Paul Kiesel, in his latest review of tech trends.
To understand the role of the law firm chief privacy officer — and why that person ought to be a lawyer — it’s important to distinguish the role they fill from that of the chief information security officer, says Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer for Fox Rothschild LLP.