The major law firm mergers just kept coming in 2017, with Dentons, Norton Rose Fulbright and Womble Carlyle each bolting on hundreds of attorneys through tie-ups, and the legal industry as a whole experiencing nearly 100 combinations as of Dec. 6. Here, Law360 takes a look at the seven biggest mergers of the year.
Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon.
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.
Susannah Wright was tapped in June to act as the first general counsel of the personal finance startup Credit Karma. Wright spoke to Law360 to discuss the challenge and opportunity of being the general counsel of a young, disruptive company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.
Three important lessons from the beginning of my practice have stuck with me. From these lessons, I discovered that I am at my best when I am authentic — and because I am who I am, clients, counsel and courts find me credible, says Amy Rubenstein of Schiff Hardin LLP.
The growth of third-party litigation funding has added a distinct variable to the world of civil litigation. Such funding has and will continue to change the calculus for many corporations and their defense counsel as to the tipping point between settling or pursuing a case to a court decision, says David Silver of Silver Public Relations.
As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.