Business of Law

  • December 7, 2017

    K&L Gates Rips Claim It Aided Alleged Weinstein Cover-Up

    K&L Gates responded Thursday to allegations in a putative New York federal racketeering class action that claimed the firm helped cover up Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults, noting the firm is not named as a defendant and denying any links to an alleged Weinstein cover-up.

  • December 7, 2017

    Heller Ehrman's BigLaw Fee Fight Hits Calif. High Court

    The California Supreme Court dove deep into the financial rights of law firms on Thursday when the trustee of dissolved firm Heller Ehrman LLP argued it’s entitled to the hourly profits of ex-partners for cases they continue at new firms like Jones Day and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • December 7, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Attorneys from Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, Jones Day, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP take the lead in this week's list of legal lions for their role in overturning an $84 million award against their clients, while the legal lambs list is rounded out by a number of attorneys in hot water.

  • December 7, 2017

    Slater And Gordon Dodges Insolvency After Shareholder Vote

    Slater and Gordon Ltd. shareholders on Wednesday voted in favor of a recapitalization plan to give control of the publicly traded Australian law firm to hedge funds, at its annual general meeting in Melbourne.

  • December 7, 2017

    Senate Panel Advances Trump's 5th, 8th Circ. Picks

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced a pair of Fifth Circuit nominees, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner James Ho, along with Eighth Circuit nominee L. Steven Grasz of Husch Blackwell LLP over objections from Democrats.

  • December 7, 2017

    Hardcover Hazards: 4 Ethics Risks For Judges Writing Books

    From local judges to U.S. Supreme Court justices, it’s not unusual for jurists to write and publish books — but judges looking to see their names in print need to make certain they are aware of the judicial ethics rules that cover both the writing and the marketing of books.

  • December 7, 2017

    Firms Are Facing A Cash Crunch As Demand Falters

    Some law firms are feeling a squeeze on the cash they have available for investments in the future as demand for firms' services remains sluggish and partners continue to expect ever-rising profit payouts.

  • December 6, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: In-House Overhaul & Allegory Buy

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven major recent developments.

  • December 6, 2017

    Texas Justices Told Free Speech Law Beats Atty Fraud Claims

    Counsel for an attorney who is aiming to use a Texas free speech law as grounds to dismiss fraud claims brought against him by a former court opponent told the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments Wednesday that the conduct at the heart of the complaint “arose from a judicial proceeding,” and therefore the suit must be tossed under the law.

  • December 6, 2017

    Judge Rules Del. Political Bench Balance Unconstitutional

    A federal magistrate judge ruled Wednesday in favor of a Delaware man who argued that the state’s requirement for political party balance on its judicial benches violated the U.S. Constitution, finding that judges don’t fall under policymaker exceptions to prohibitions against political tests for government employment.

  • December 6, 2017

    Morgan Lewis Says Ex-Client Suing For $30M Waived Conflicts

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP argued in a filing docketed Tuesday that a former client suing the firm in Pennsylvania state court for $30 million over an alleged betrayal had twice waived any conflicts stemming from the firm’s representation of potential adversaries.

  • December 5, 2017

    Fla. Judicial Panel Offers Sens. 4 Names For District Seats

    Florida's federal judicial nominating commission on Monday sent the names of four potential nominees — two trial court judges and two appellate judges — to the state's U.S. senators for the three vacancies on the Middle District of Florida bench.

  • December 5, 2017

    Hackers Cite Roy Moore Scandal In Law Firm Snoop Scheme

    Chinese hackers tried to spy on attorneys and snatch secret files from three multinational law firms by luring lawyers with phishing emails citing the uproar over Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, cybersecurity researchers said Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2017

    House's Complex Pass-Through Tax Plan Expected To Fizzle

    As the House and Senate prepare to reconcile their vastly different proposals for taxing pass-through enterprises, practitioners anticipate that the more complex House plan, favoring capital-intensive businesses and passive investors, ultimately will get ditched for the more labor-friendly Senate version.

  • December 5, 2017

    Litigation Boutiques Match, Exceed Cravath Scale Bonuses

    A pair of litigation boutiques have revealed that their associates would receive year-end bonuses that either matched or exceeded the market scale established by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which has remained the standard among many BigLaw firms. 

  • December 5, 2017

    MoFo Helps Defeat 2nd-Trimester Abortion Law In Texas

    Morrison & Foerster LLP helped abortion clinics and providers reach a pro bono victory in late November when a U.S. district judge ruled that a Texas law restricting the most common second-trimester abortion practice in the country is unconstitutional.

  • December 4, 2017

    Fox Rothschild, Duane Morris Partners Tapped For NJ Bench

    A Fox Rothschild LLP labor and employment partner and a Duane Morris LLP litigation partner were among 19 attorneys tapped by Gov. Chris Christie for New Jersey judgeships, according to a Monday announcement from the governor’s office of appointments filed with the Secretary of State.

  • December 4, 2017

    4 Changes To The Senate Tax Bill You May Have Missed

    In a rush to pass its $1.4 trillion tax cut bill early Saturday, the Senate made several last-minute changes to major provisions to win over holdouts, but it also included less-publicized changes affecting the tax treatment of Ninth Circuit lawyers, sports leagues and universities. Here are details on four under-the-radar changes that were made to the Senate tax bill.

  • December 4, 2017

    Akin, Ropes Offer Variations On Cravath Bonuses

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP have each revealed that they will award year-end bonuses to U.S. associates with slight variations to the scale established by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which has largely held sway over BigLaw firms since it was announced Nov. 28.

  • December 4, 2017

    McGuireWoods Taps 1st African-American Chair In Its History

    McGuireWoods LLP on Monday said litigator Jonathan P. Harmon will take over as chairman of the firm, succeeding a man who held the position for more than a decade and becoming the first African-American to hold the post in firm history.

Expert Analysis

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Be A Sponge

    Patrick Mendes

    As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Advocate At Ease

    Michael Kimberly

    If you had asked me whether I was nervous the morning that I gave my first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, the answer would have been — to my own surprise — not at all, says Michael Kimberly of Mayer Brown LLP.

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    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    The Inside Counsel Revolution

    Ben Heineman

    The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • CPA Cybersecurity Framework May Be Vital Tool

    Christian Leitner

    While the cybersecurity attestation framework from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is still in its adoption phase, it likely will open new ways for law firms across the U.S. to deal with cybersecurity questions, says Christian Leitner of OUM & Co. LLP.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

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    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.