Business of Law

  • January 25, 2018

    Litigation Finance Platform Closes $25M Fund

    Commercial litigation finance platform LexShares Inc. has closed the firm's first multiclaim fund, which was capped at $25 million, the company said Thursday.

  • January 24, 2018

    Goodwin To Offer Most Associates Cravath-Scale Bonuses

    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.

  • January 24, 2018

    Trump's 7th Circ. Pick Advances Without 'Blue Slip'

    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.

  • January 24, 2018

    Build Versus Buy: Law Firms Seek Legal Tech Answers

    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.

  • January 24, 2018

    Bar Exam Prep Co., Blind Students Settle ADA Suit

    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.

  • January 23, 2018

    Trailblazing 7th Circ. Judge Ann Williams To Join Jones Day

    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.

  • January 23, 2018

    Tapped For Bench, A Look Back At Ohlhausen's Time At FTC

    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.

  • January 23, 2018

    Ex-Winston Partner Fights Order To Arbitrate Bias Case

    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.

  • January 23, 2018

    Ginsburg, Gorsuch Spar In Sleeper Case Over Suit Deadlines

    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.

  • January 23, 2018

    Gorsuch Says Tech Advancements Will Test High Court

    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.

  • January 23, 2018

    Troutman Sanders To Exit Asia With 3 Office Closures

    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.

  • January 23, 2018

    Tax Bill Brought BigLaw Lobbyists' Year To Strong Close

    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.

  • January 23, 2018

    Trump Taps FTC Chief, 11 Others For Federal Bench

    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.

  • January 23, 2018

    4 Ways GCs Can Prepare For Potential Worksite Raids

    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.

  • January 22, 2018

    Sedgwick’s ‘Cautionary Tale’ For Other Firms

    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.

  • January 22, 2018

    Ex-Dentons Atty Charged In Extortion Plot Gets 5 Months

    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.

  • January 22, 2018

    15 Minutes With The Jacksonville Jaguars' General Counsel

    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.

  • January 19, 2018

    In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

    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.

  • January 19, 2018

    Dentons Probing Claims Of Atty’s 'Inappropriate Behavior'

    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.

  • January 19, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Lawyer Sold You Out? Tell The Justices

    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.”

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    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.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    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.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    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.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: The Shkreli Trial

    Benjamin Brafman

    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.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: 2 Moots And A Sweet Celebration

    Ginger Anders

    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.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    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.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Seeing The Big Picture

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    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.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    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.

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    My Supreme Court Debut: 'Ladies' Day' At The High Court

    Sarah Weddington

    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.