A general sense of malaise and unhappiness can set in when lawyers overextend themselves, are repeatedly bombarded with stressful situations, or fail to create a balance between work and the rest of their lives. Here, mental health professionals offer a guidebook for lawyers on how to identify whether that sense of dissatisfaction is actually burnout.
President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney in California’s Eastern District, who would be serving in that role for the second time, earned more than $5.7 million in distribution and bonuses since 2015 as an Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP partner, he said in recently published filings.
A select few law firms stand out in the minds of clients as providing the most value for the dollar, according to a report released Monday, a feat that requires the firms to not only deliver quality legal services to clients but also contribute to their business success.
In past years, many BigLaw firms have played follow-the-leader in matching associate bonuses to those set by the most profitable firms, but as law firm profit gaps grow, experts say it's likely that bonuses at less profitable firms will remain on trend with past years even as their counterparts up the ante for a select few associates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.