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Business of Law

  • May 4, 2018

    Chicago Judges 'Under Siege' Amid Wave Of Vacancies

    The Northern District of Illinois, one of the country's busiest courts, is dealing with a surge of judicial vacancies that is expected to grow over the next year, and with no current nominees to fill the spots, the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better, experts told Law360.

  • May 4, 2018

    Law Departments See Continued Uptick In Class Actions

    Class action defense spending is on the rise for the third consecutive year and has reached its highest level since 2010, according to a recent survey of more than 400 general counsel and chief legal officers.

  • May 4, 2018

    Graham Curtin's End Opens Door To Opportunity At McElroy

    When Graham Curtin PA founding partner Thomas R. Curtin closed the door of his Morristown, New Jersey, office and took virtually his entire team with him to McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP last month, the end of an era for one small shop marked the start of a productive new one for both firms.

  • May 4, 2018

    Legal Sector Hits 2018 Employment High With 800 New Jobs

    Legal industry employment has reached its high water mark for the year with the addition of 800 new jobs in April, a report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found.

  • May 4, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A London research firm named Pinsent Masons LLP as the strongest United Kingdom legal brand, new data showed overall legal spending is on the rise, and a newly published survey found that many employers continue to struggle with a rapidly changing patchwork of state and local workplace laws that include measures aimed at closing pay gaps between men and women. Here are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • May 3, 2018

    Proposed Texas Disciplinary Rules Trample Rights, Attys Say

    The Texas Supreme Court’s proposed changes to attorney disciplinary rules have earned the ire of dozens of lawyers who say the rules would subject them to overly broad subpoenas, cut them out of investigatory hearings and unjustly penalize them for advocating for their innocence when accused of misconduct.

  • May 3, 2018

    Women Must Push For More Court Roles, NJ Attys Say

    Female lawyers need to advocate for themselves in pursuing greater roles in the courtroom and within their firms, prominent women attorneys said Thursday at a New Jersey panel discussion.

  • May 3, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Lawyers with Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Morrison & Foerster LLP are leading an army of attorneys that head this week's lions list for their work on a recently announced tie-up between T-Mobile and Sprint, while the lambs list kicks off with an attorney whose Instagram posting led to a $10,000 sanction.

  • May 3, 2018

    The Role Of BigLaw Associate Is Changing, And Here's How

    Many BigLaw firms expect more technical expertise and business development skills from newly minted associates than they once did as practices strive to get ahead in a legal market in which clients are tightening their belts.

  • May 2, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel Ex-Staffer Drops Race Bias Claims

    A former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP legal secretary has dropped a suit alleging a supervisor made various racist and homophobic comments about him and other African-American colleagues behind the scenes of an Apple v. Samsung patent trial, according to a New York federal court filing Tuesday.

  • May 2, 2018

    Gibbons' Pro Bono Fellows Helped Settle NJ Muslims' Suit

    The dispute between New York City and a coalition of New Jersey Muslims alleging the New York City Police Department illegally spied on them for years ended in a settlement in April, bringing to a close six years of litigation supported by the pro bono work of Gibbons PC.

  • May 2, 2018

    Pinsent Masons Is Strongest UK Firm Brand For 1st Time

    Pinsent Masons LLP for the first time stole the top spot as the United Kingdom's most distinct legal brand in a survey of corporate legal department leaders published on Wednesday by London research firm Acritas.

  • May 2, 2018

    Williams & Connolly Atty To Replace Cobb On Russia Probe

    A Williams & Connolly LLP partner who served as an attorney to Bill Clinton during his impeachment is in line to replace Ty Cobb, the lead attorney for the president on the Russia investigation, as Cobb plans to retire at the end of the month, according to statements Wednesday from the White House and the firm.

  • May 1, 2018

    Split 11th Circ. Backs 343-Yr Sentence For Trying To Kill Judge

    A split Eleventh Circuit panel Tuesday affirmed a federal court's judgment in sentencing a 27-year-old man who tried to kill a Florida federal judge to 343 years imprisonment, with one dissenting judge arguing the man’s mental health problems should have set aside a sentencing enhancement.

  • May 1, 2018

    Schiff Hardin Adopts New Parental Leave Policy

    Schiff Hardin LLP said Tuesday it has implemented a new benefits plan for employees that will help them transition into parental leave and return to work by reducing the hours requirement by 20 percent for one month before childbirth and one month after returning to work.

  • May 1, 2018

    In-House Legal Budgets To Expand As Outside Spending Falls

    After years of cuts, overall legal spending is on the rise, with nearly half of the law department decision makers who participated in a recent study expecting their total in-house budget to increase this year and most anticipating their outside investments to drop, according to data released on Tuesday.

  • May 1, 2018

    BigLaw Beware: Boutiques Are Coming For Your Clients

    As a number of prominent partners leave BigLaw and join boutiques — or form their own — some high-paying and sought-after work is being funneled away from the global giants to more modestly sized law firms.

  • April 30, 2018

    $10K Sanctions For Late-Filing Atty Exposed By Instagram

    A New Jersey federal judge has imposed a $10,000 sanction on a lawyer whose excuse for missing a court filing deadline in an employment suit was later refuted by photos on her Instagram account, writing that she deliberately misled the court and other attorneys about a trip she took to Mexico.

  • April 30, 2018

    Cleary, Outsourcing Co. Hit With Sex Harassment Suit

    A worker in Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s Manhattan office sued the firm in New York state court Monday, alleging it and outsourcing company Williams Lea Inc. tried to push her out because of her age and let another worker sexually harass her despite her many complaints.

  • April 30, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of April

    Among the notable legal department hires during the first month of spring were new general counsel at Microsoft Corp., GoPro Inc. and the United States Steel Corp., as well as an acting principal associate deputy attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice and an assistant general counsel at global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: A Judge's Example

    M.C. Sungaila

    Law school taught me how to think like a lawyer, but the district court judge I clerked for my first year out of law school taught me how to be a lawyer. This was the gift she gave to all of her law clerks, in one form or another, says M.C. Sungaila of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • My Supreme Court Debut: The Flip Of A Coin

    Elaine Goldenberg

    Each time I've argued before the U.S. Supreme Court it has been just as much of a thrill as the first, but my first argument was distinct because it involved a certain amount of fortuity on the way to the podium, says Elaine Goldenberg of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northern District of Illinois.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Just Me And My Flash Cards

    Matthew McGill

    I had not expected to be in the U.S. Supreme Court on March 22, 2016. To me, our opponent's petition seemed quite like a long shot. But clearly I had underestimated the appeal of their argument, says Matthew McGill of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • When And How To Communicate With Pro Se Litigants

    David Northrip

    Given the surprisingly large volume of pro se litigation in the United States, there will inevitably be times when you need to communicate with self-represented litigants. Following Model Rule of Professional Conduct 4.3 can help you minimize risks and maximize payoff, say attorneys at Shook Hard & Bacon LLP.