Business of Law

  • September 26, 2017

    King & Spalding Chair Fights Deposition In Ex-Atty's Suit

    King & Spalding LLP asked a New York federal judge Monday to prohibit or limit to two hours a deposition of its chairman by a onetime senior associate accusing the firm of wrongful firing.

  • September 26, 2017

    Global 20: Freshfields

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP continued this year to flex its muscle as a cross-border powerhouse, advising on a slew of multibillion-dollar deals and guiding companies through high-stakes investigations and litigation to once again land the Magic Circle firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • September 25, 2017

    Ex-IP Partner Hits Winston & Strawn With Gender Bias Suit

    A former Winston & Strawn LLP intellectual property partner is claiming in a sex discrimination lawsuit filed in California state court that the firm reduced her salary and excluded her from big cases after the male colleague she joined the firm with resigned.

  • September 25, 2017

    Gov't Can't Escape Class Action Against PACER Doc Fees

    A Florida federal judge refused to dismiss a putative class action brought against the federal government by an attorney who claims that PACER, the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, improperly charges users for viewing judges’ opinions, ruling that breach of contract claims were properly pled.

  • September 25, 2017

    Law Schools, Bar Prep Co. Escape $50M Antitrust Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday tossed a $50 million suit alleging a group of law schools worked with bar exam preparation company Barbri Inc. to stifle competition for classes targeting foreign Master of Laws graduates, saying LLM Bar Exam LLC’s struggles are due to complaints about its courses, not collusion.

  • September 25, 2017

    1st Circ. Judge Watches Puerto Rico Destruction From Afar

    First Circuit Judge Juan Torruella has had to watch the devastation of Puerto Rico from more than 1,500 miles away, receiving sporadic news about his home, his chambers and his loved ones after a hurricane plunged the island, and its court system, into darkness and devastation.

  • September 25, 2017

    Strong Pa. Business Base Helps Powerhouse Firms Thrive

    The five firms named as Law360's Pennsylvania Powerhouses for 2017 have taken advantage of the state's historically deep legal talent pool and a dynamic, ever-evolving economic base — ranging over the years from manufacturing and energy to pharmaceuticals and beyond — to build strong foundations from which to expand and thrive over their combined 573 years in business.

  • September 25, 2017

    Global 20: Eversheds Sutherland

    Eversheds Sutherland, which formed in 2016 when U.S.-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP combined with the U.K.’s Eversheds LLP, advised on a $23 billion U.K. energy infrastructure project and a $2 billion Libyan construction dispute, landing the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • September 23, 2017

    Law360's Pro Say: How Far Can Courts Go To Control Judges?

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses what can be done when the conduct of a federal judge becomes a problem, Allergan's move to shield its patents from review, the latest news related to sentencing over the fall of law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, and a raunchy 'Grinch' parody.

  • September 22, 2017

    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.

  • September 22, 2017

    What The PricewaterhouseCoopers Move Means For US Firms

    The announcement Thursday that PricewaterhouseCoopers will open a legal services office in Washington, D.C., should put U.S. law firms on notice that the major accounting firms are on the march.

  • September 22, 2017

    Energy Chops Boost Texas Powerhouses In Crowded Market

    In a legal market where national and regional firms are trying to break in every day and their midsize and boutique counterparts are gunning for valuable pieces of the pie, the five Texas firms on Law360’s Powerhouse list have thrived by harnessing deep strengths in the energy sector and big-ticket litigation in a variety of areas.

  • September 22, 2017

    Trump's Latest US Atty Noms Include Sidley, Goodwin Alums

    President Donald Trump released on Friday his latest batch of nominations for U.S. attorney, including former associates at Sidley Austin LLP and Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • September 22, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The European Union rolled out an agenda seeking to tax online businesses where profits are earned, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission came under fire for being hacked despite receiving warnings on security and a handful of Democratic lawmakers urged President Donald Trump to fight unfair labor practices they say undercut American workers. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • September 22, 2017

    BigLaw Is On The Hunt For More First-Years

    Budding attorneys could have a better shot at landing a post-law school gig, according to research by staffing and consulting firm Robert Half Legal that shows that nearly a quarter of surveyed law firms are looking to increase hiring for first-year associates.

  • September 22, 2017

    Global 20: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP worked its way back onto Law360’s Global 20 list after a year of continent-spanning work representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Vista Oil & Gas, among others, in deals and offerings that were sometimes firsts of their kind in the client’s homeland.

  • September 22, 2017

    Mass. Judge Uses Fiction To Bring Readers To The Bench

    U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor was nearly 30 years on the bench before he published his first novel. The delay wasn’t for lack of material.

  • September 21, 2017

    Chadbourne & Parke, Female Partners Fight Over Discovery

    Chadbourne & Parke LLP and the female attorneys accusing the firm of gender discrimination clashed in New York federal court Wednesday over whether Chadbourne should turn over more documents about partner complaints, compensation and the firm's management.

  • September 21, 2017

    Preet Bharara Joins CNN, Dishes On Firing In New Podcast

    Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is joining CNN as a contributor, the cable news network said Thursday, one day after the former prosecutor for the first time described in detail his March firing by President Donald Trump.

  • September 21, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Anderson Kill PC tops this week's legal lions list with an appeals court win for TransCanada Energy finding its insurers owe the company nearly $58 million in coverage, while Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP ended up on the legal lambs list after the Second Circuit axed a win it secured for Johnson & Johnson in an advertising feud with Pfizer.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Closing Argument

    Stephen Susman

    In the final article in this series on proposed innovations to the American jury trial, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project sum up the improvements they believe the U.S. jury system desperately needs.

  • 5 Questions All AFAs Should Answer Clearly

    Gregory Lantier

    While no particular form is required to establish a durable alternative fee arrangement, there are terms that should, for the benefit of both client and outside attorney, be expressly set forth in the agreement itself, but are often overlooked, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Cybersecurity Risks In The Courtroom

    Daniel Garrie

    As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.