Two international law firms announced last week that they were parting ways with U.K. partners after allegations from more than a year ago were suddenly brought to light, in what could be the start of a longer public re-evaluation of how the legal industry addresses — or fails to address — claims of sexual misconduct within its ranks.
BigLaw’s embrace in recent decades of a top-down management style and ever-looser definitions of what constitutes a true “partner” have emerged as key questions in a handful of pay and gender discrimination cases brought by female lawyers, and the answer could decide the scope of such suits and whether they end up in arbitration.
Law firm revenue was up 4.5 percent in 2017, matching the biggest uptick the legal industry has seen in the past decade, according to a report released Wednesday by Citi Private Bank’s law firm group, which attributed the success to increases in law firm rates and demand.
What one Norton Rose Fulbright partner learned about how to be a better lawyer by taking an "adult timeout" from his busy ERISA practice and learning to embrace his sense of adventure.
Commercial litigation finance platform LexShares Inc. has closed the firm's first multiclaim fund, which was capped at $25 million, the company said Thursday.
Goodwin Procter LLP announced in a memo made public Wednesday that the vast majority of its associates would receive year-end bonuses on par with or exceeding the familiar scale established by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which has remained the standard for several BigLaw firms.
Senate Democrats on Wednesday bitterly complained about their GOP colleagues' advancement of President Donald Trump’s choice for a Seventh Circuit vacancy, accusing the Senate Judiciary Committee chair of tearing down a tradition that allows minority senators to influence the confirmation process.
New tools make it easier for law firms to develop their own technology, but many firms are struggling with the question of whether doing so is best for them. Here, the first in a two-part series looking at BigLaw's build versus buy dilemma.
Bar exam prep company BarBri and three blind law students who had alleged the company failed to provide equal access to parts of its courses in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act have settled the dispute, according to court documents filed this week.
Retired Seventh Circuit Judge Ann Claire Williams will join Jones Day to lead the firm’s efforts advancing the rule of law in Africa and bolster its trial and appellate practices after a trailblazing career in which she became the first woman to sit on that appeals court, the firm said Tuesday.
Maureen K. Ohlhausen, the acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission who has staked out conservative policies on intellectual property, mergers and other issues while at the agency, was nominated Tuesday for a federal judgeship on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
A former Winston & Strawn LLP intellectual property partner has asked a California appeals court to undo a decision to force her gender discrimination suit into arbitration, arguing that arbitration rules are not cut out for employment disputes.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Neil Gorsuch traded jabs Monday in an otherwise low-profile Supreme Court case over lawsuit filing deadlines, with Justice Ginsburg's majority opinion dismissing the "history lesson" on a common law doctrine that Justice Gorsuch gives in his passionate dissent.
The U.S. Supreme Court's biggest challenge over the next decade will be reconciling the centuries-old Constitution with new frontiers in law arising from changing technology, Justice Neil Gorsuch, a strict adherent to what he called the "old document,” told college students in New Jersey on Tuesday.
Troutman Sanders LLP revealed Tuesday that it plans to close its outposts in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong effective May 31, trimming the firm to 13 domestic offices.
Several BigLaw firms saw a boost to their lobbying revenues in the last three months of 2017 thanks largely to the year-end swirl of tax legislation activity, bringing a strong close to a similarly strong year, in which clients' lobbying needs were driven in part by the unpredictability of the new administration, firm principals said this week.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped the acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission to serve on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, also naming partners from Bracewell LLP and Haynes and Boone LLP and other attorneys for 11 other federal judgeships across the country.
The worksite enforcements conducted at nearly 100 7-Eleven locations across the country earlier this month resulted in federal immigration officials arresting almost two dozen employees for being illegally present in the United States and conducting audits and interviews with store workers — and GCs may be left wondering how to prepare in case their companies are targeted in the same way. Here, Law360 identifies four ways companies and their legal counsel can prepare for a potential worksite enforcement.
Sedgwick LLP formally closed its main office last week, leaving behind a scattered partnership stretching from London to California, as well as lingering questions about what could have been done differently.
A former Dentons associate arrested on felony extortion charges for allegedly downloading confidential information from the firm and threatening to release it unless the firm paid $210,000 was sentenced by a California federal judge to five months in prison on Monday, months after agreeing to plead guilty to a misdemeanor.
Cassie Sadowitz, general counsel of the Jacksonville Jaguars, speaks to Law360 about what life is like in the team's legal department as the NFL faces political controversies over national anthem protests, and how she approaches explaining complicated legal matters to nonlawyers within the franchise.
For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.
Dentons has put on leave one of the partners it absorbed in its October combination with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP while the firm investigates claims of “inappropriate behavior,” the firm confirmed Friday.
On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses whether an attorney can go against the wishes of his client as part of trial strategy, cases filed against the rollback of net neutrality, two new big cases that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear, and a former "Jersey Shore" star who changed his signature GTL to “gym, tax evasion, laundry.”
Law360’s Firms of the Year rose above the competition with a combined 24 Practice Group of the Year awards after helping their clients win game-changing judgments and close record-breaking deals in 2017. Here’s a closer look at how they landed at the top.
Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2017 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.
The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2017 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.
Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.
Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.
Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.
Having defended some of the most notorious defendants in 40 years of practice as a criminal defense lawyer, I thought I was prepared for everything. That was until jury selection commenced last summer in “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli’s trial, says Benjamin Brafman of Brafman & Associates PC.
In my first argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, and each one thereafter, I stood up only after having been intensively questioned by my colleagues and having received their insights, advice and reactions, says Ginger Anders of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.
In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.
When I started at the law firm where I still practice today, I discovered that very often the task at hand required not my razor-sharp analysis of the law, but my ability to read the motivations and meet the needs and expectations of actual human beings — whether through intellect, instinct, intuition or personal experience, says John Bartlett of Stites & Harbison PLLC.
The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.
Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
When I first argued Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, I was told I was believed to be the youngest person ever to argue there. I was 26, says Sarah Weddington, founder of the Weddington Center.