Business of Law

  • 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.

  • December 4, 2017

    15 Minutes With The AMA's General Counsel

    Brian D. Vandenberg took over as general counsel and senior vice president of the American Medical Association in February, bringing to the role a background in working for companies at the intersection of health and innovation.

  • December 1, 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.

  • December 1, 2017

    New Docs Dispute 'Not Qualified' Rating For 8th Circ. Pick

    In documents Eighth Circuit nominee L. Steven Grasz has provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Husch Blackwell LLP senior counsel denies he ever violated a state statute in a Nebraska judicial selection process, a claim made at a hearing last month by the American Bar Association, which also deemed Grasz "not qualified" for the post.

  • December 1, 2017

    Former Paul Weiss Atty Gets 5 Years On Child Porn Charge

    A former Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP staff attorney was sentenced in Virginia federal court on Friday to five years in prison for distributing videos of child sexual abuse, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office — a lighter sentence than recommended by prosecutors.

  • December 1, 2017

    Law360's Pro Say: Game Of Thrones On The Potomac

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses the chaotic battle over leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. We also tackle hidden evidence that delayed the start of the Waymo-Uber trade secrets trial, the Supreme Court hearing a case that could undo the federal ban on sports gambling, and Texas Justice Willett's life-saving move.

  • December 1, 2017

    Latham & Watkins Sues Site Scamming Would-Be Employees

    Latham & Watkins LLP on Thursday filed suit in Virginia federal court against a website it said purports to hire people to work at Latham from home, tricking them into fronting the money to buy office equipment or pay for training materials, then reimbursing them with fraudulent checks.

  • December 1, 2017

    Diversity Statement Not Optional, Ontario Law Group Says

    A bid to create a “conscientious objector” exemption to a controversial new rule requiring Ontario lawyers to declare their commitment to diversity was defeated Friday.

  • December 1, 2017

    Flynn Legal Team Stocked With Washington 'Dealmakers'

    The trio of Washington, D.C., veterans who guided former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to a plea deal include an outspoken political lawyer who created ad campaigns for the Russian government after the breakup of the Soviet Union, a former corruption prosecutor and an attorney with a White House resume.

  • December 1, 2017

    Fried Frank, Davis Polk Latest To Match Cravath Bonuses

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP have joined the growing roster of firms to match the year-end associate bonuses, offering paydays ranging from $15,000 to $100,000 and higher, based on a scale established years ago and maintained this week by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

  • December 1, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin placed a hold on two nominees for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, experts shared their tips for handling workplace investigations, and Petco’s general counsel spoke with Law360 about the retailer’s first full-service in-store veterinary hospital. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • December 1, 2017

    Clifford Chance, Partner Fined £100K In Excalibur Debacle

    U.K. magic circle member Clifford Chance and a partner will have to pay £100,000 in fines for an “unlawful and unenforceable” fee agreement in a spectacularly flawed $1.6 billion suit against U.S. energy companies, a legal regulator announced Friday.

  • November 30, 2017

    Trump’s 8th Circ. Pick Held Up Over Disclosure Delay

    Late-released documents have threatened to trip up one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees this week, as U.S. Senate Democrats raised concerns Thursday about having time to review what Eighth Circuit nominee Husch Blackwell LLP senior counsel L. Steven Grasz disclosed to the committee.

  • November 30, 2017

    BigLaw Continues To Follow Cravath On Associate Bonuses

    More BigLaw firms will dole out end-of-year bonuses to U.S. associates, ranging from $15,000 to $100,000, in accordance with the scale established years ago and upheld on Monday by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP. 

  • November 30, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Morrison & Foerster LLP has earned the spot of top legal lion over the past two weeks, winning a Federal Circuit decision reviving a BASF patent related to catalytic converters, while Uber's deputy general counsel ended up on the legal lambs list after a judge blamed her for delaying the company's trade secrets litigation with Waymo.

  • November 30, 2017

    Fla. Judicial Panel Offers Sens. 10 Names For District Seats

    Florida's federal judicial nominating commission on Wednesday sent the state's U.S. senators the names of 10 candidates — including seven state court judges and an acting U.S. attorney — for the five vacancies on the bench of the Southern District of Florida.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: A Birthday I’ll Never Forget

    Catherine Carroll

    I argued my first case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013. It was my birthday. And I must say, the experience set the bar pretty high for future birthdays, says Catherine Carroll of WilmerHale.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • 3 Strategies I Learned From LegalZoom

    Jeff Unger

    Critics of legal tech companies will often say, “Trust a reputable attorney that understands you, your situation and the law.” As an attorney, I wholeheartedly agree. But from the consumer’s perspective, the message seems out of touch with the digital age, says Jeff Unger, founder of the law firm eMinutes.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Listen Carefully, Speak Up

    Marcy Rothman

    When I graduated from law school, I landed at an old-line firm in the Golden Triangle of Texas. Two significant things happened to me around that time. One pertained to learning to listen, and the other pertained to refusing to participate in what I heard, says Marcy Rothman of Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Part Of The Show

    Stephen Kinnaird

    Despite thorough preparation for my first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, when I stood at the podium to deliver my opening lines, my legs were shaking like Elvis’ (although involuntarily and I hoped not too visibly). But when the first question came it calmed me immediately, says Stephen Kinnaird of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.