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Business of Law

  • August 2, 2018

    Posner, Pro Se Aren't Entitled To Rationale, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to deny a pro se litigant, who is being advised by former Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner, an opportunity to amend his complaint, finding that the court was not required to explain its decision.

  • August 2, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Legal lions this week are led by a team of attorneys from Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP and Desmarais LLP who notched a huge award for client IBM, while the lambs are represented by the president's longtime personal lawyer.

  • August 2, 2018

    Kavanaugh Before The Bench: The Bush White House

    Now that he has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's years as a White House lawyer are the subject of intense scrutiny as Democrats and Republicans squabble over access to the potentially millions of documents attached to his tenure there. Here, Law360 takes a look at what the potential justice calls the "the most interesting and most instructive" job of his career. This is the third installment of a three-part series.

  • August 2, 2018

    GOP Plans For Sept. Kavanaugh Hearing Without All Docs

    The Senate Judiciary Committee could still push for a confirmation hearing on D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court next month, despite not having all of the limited number of documents requested by Republicans about his tenure at President George W. Bush's White House, a panel aide said Thursday.

  • August 2, 2018

    Covington, Debevoise Tapped For CBS' Moonves Probe

    Covington & Burling LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP have been retained by CBS Corp. to lead an investigation into the alleged misconduct of chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, the company said Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    Icahn Depos Took Heated Turn, CVR And Wachtell Tell Judge

    In the latest round of a deposition battle in a long-running malpractice dispute between CVR Energy Inc. and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, both sides told a New York federal judge Wednesday that there were issues with a deposition of former CVR majority stockholder Carl Icahn.

  • August 1, 2018

    GOP Request For Kavanaugh Docs Omits Over 1M Pages

    The National Archives said Wednesday it has more than 1 million pages of records related to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s time as staff secretary to President George W. Bush, prompting additional outrage that Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wants to advance the U.S. Supreme Court nominee without releasing any more of those documents.

  • August 1, 2018

    Ark. Lawmakers Probe Labaton's $4M 'Referral Fee' To Atty

    A Massachusetts federal judge who has questioned the links between Labaton Sucharow LLP, an Arkansas public pension fund and a lawyer who was paid at least $4.1 million for making an introduction revealed on Wednesday that the Arkansas Legislature is investigating and has sought access to sealed documents.

  • August 1, 2018

    The 5 Law Firms Corporate Clients Recommend Most

    Despite hundreds of firms to choose from, five names come out on top when decision makers at large corporations think about the legal shops worth recommending to peers, according to a new report published Wednesday.

  • August 1, 2018

    Judiciary Chair Hints At Early Sept. Hearing For Kavanaugh

    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Wednesday that he wants U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh confirmed by the start of the high court's next term in October after a confirmation hearing next month.

  • August 1, 2018

    Kavanaugh Before The Bench: Kirkland & Ellis

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's resume has a line that's unusual for a U.S. Supreme Court nominee: experience working in BigLaw. Here, Law360 looks at his time at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and what the work he did there on the controversial and headline-grabbing Elián González case tells us about his views on Chevron deference. This is the second installment of a three-part series.

  • August 1, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: LegalZoom Snags $500M Investment

    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.

  • August 1, 2018

    Sens. 'Weary' Of Court Nominees' Evasive Answers

    The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's frustration with efforts to pin down nominees’ judicial philosophies came to a head at a hearing Wednesday when senators knocked New York federal court candidates for giving vague answers to direct questions.

  • July 31, 2018

    Senate Dems Request All Kavanaugh's WH Documents

    Senate Democrats, accusing Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, of refusing to fully vet D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, sent their own expansive document request to the National Archives on Tuesday.

  • July 31, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of July

    July marked the first full month of summer and with it came notable legal department hires at companies like Purdue Pharma LP, The Hershey Co. and the parent company of Motel 6 and Studio 6. Here are some of the month’s top in-house moves that you should know.

  • July 31, 2018

    Kavanaugh Before The Bench: Starr's 'Superstar'

    Like most U.S. Supreme Court clerks looking to pay off heavy law school debt, Brett Kavanaugh was gearing up to take a job at a major firm in 1994. But a turn of events led him to spend the next four years pulling a government salary in one of the most politically sensitive jobs in Washington: working for Ken Starr. Here, Law360 takes a look at the potential justice's time in the Office of the Independent Counsel. This is the first installment of a three-part series.

  • July 31, 2018

    At Best Firms For Women, Just 1 In 5 Equity Partners Female

    In the best law firms for women to work at, as determined by a Working Mother Media report released on Tuesday, on average barely more than one-fifth of the equity partnership is female.

  • July 31, 2018

    Global 20: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP demonstrated its breadth of international work in the past year by advising private equity firm Mid Europa Partners in a significant health care deal in central Europe and representing North America’s football association in corruption investigations against FIFA, once again securing a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 31, 2018

    Senate Confirms Ga. Justice With Kirkland Roots To 11th Circ.

    The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant to the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday, with three Democrats breaking ranks to join Republicans in voting yea.

  • July 31, 2018

    Armstrong Teasdale Ex-Partner's Age Bias Suit Tossed

    A Missouri federal judge on Tuesday shut down an age discrimination suit against Armstrong Teasdale LLP, finding that a former equity partner can't claim bias under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act because he was not an employee of the firm.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Guest Feature

    Dan Abrams Talks 'Lincoln's Last Trial' And Crime In Media

    Randy Maniloff

    Everything I saw through the glass walls of Dan Abrams’ office shouted new media. But after an hour with the ABC News chief legal affairs anchor, discussing his new book about Abraham Lincoln's career as a lawyer and a wealth of other topics, I came away realizing the secret of his success. And there’s nothing new about it at all, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.