Business of Law

  • March 15, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Senate Panel OKs 10th Circ., Fla., Del. Court Picks

    President Donald Trump’s picks for the Tenth Circuit and district court seats in Florida and Delaware moved through the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, all with at least some bipartisan support.

  • March 14, 2018

    Slaughter And May Reports 14.3 Percent Gender Pay Gap

    Slaughter and May on Wednesday became the latest law firm to release the gender pay gap figures for its U.K. business, reporting that while the average pay for men is higher than for women across the firm, the trend is reversed at the associate level.

  • March 14, 2018

    Ill. Court Official Battles Bid For Quick Access To E-Filings

    An Illinois federal judge improperly interpreted the First Amendment when he ordered Cook County's Circuit Court clerk to make new electronically filed complaints immediately available to the public, the local court official told the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday.

  • March 14, 2018

    Dentons Adds 7 New Firms To Its Ranks In Global Expansion

    Dentons continued to build on its position as the world’s largest law firm Wednesday, announcing a flurry of combinations with firms across Africa, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia as it enters the legal market in more than a dozen countries.

  • March 14, 2018

    Chadbourne, Norton Rose To Pay $3M To Settle Gender Suit

    Three female lawyers who lodged a proposed class action claiming the former Chadbourne & Parke LLP law firm and its leadership systematically underpaid women asked a Manhattan federal judge Wednesday to approve $3.1 million in payments to settle the case.

  • March 14, 2018

    How Legal Departments Can Prepare For The Upcoming GDPR

    Some multinational companies and their legal departments have been taking steps toward complying with the European Union’s upcoming data protection regime, while others have only just begun or aren’t even considering action before the regulation goes into effect in less than 75 days. Here, Law360 looks at how businesses and their legal departments can prepare for the approaching May 25 implementation date.

  • March 13, 2018

    Morgan Lewis Attys Violated Conduct Rule, Judge Says

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP attorneys violated a rule of professional conduct when they represented both a hotel operator and several hotel workers who are potential members of a class suing the company for alleged wage-and-hour violations, but the lawyers can stay on the case under certain conditions, a California federal judge ruled Monday.

  • March 13, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Shot Wife Over 'Wealth And Power,' Jury Told

    A former Fisher & Phillips LLP partner shot and killed his wealthy wife because his declining income left him hundreds of thousands of dollars in her debt and unable to maintain his lavish lifestyle, state prosecutors told an Atlanta jury during opening statements in his murder trial Tuesday.

  • March 13, 2018

    Federal Judiciary Pushes Forward With Misconduct Initiatives

    The recently formed Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group has implemented or is currently implementing almost 20 new changes to help address workplace conduct concerns, including sexual harassment, the group announced Tuesday.

  • March 13, 2018

    Allen & Overy Reports 20 Percent Gender Pay Gap

    Global law firm Allen & Overy on Monday reported its gender pay gap figures, showing a steep disparity between what the average woman in the law firm’s London office earns and how much the average man is paid, and echoing similar results at other U.K. law firms.

  • March 13, 2018

    Proskauer Partner Says Bias Suit Hasn't Stopped Retaliation

    A female partner accusing Proskauer Rose LLP of gender discrimination informed a Washington, D.C., federal court Monday that she intends to add new allegations to her complaint that the firm has continued to retaliate against her since the case commenced last year.

  • March 13, 2018

    Federal Litigation Continued Downward Trend In 2017

    Fewer cases were filed in federal courts in 2017 compared to the year before, following a broader trend of falling litigation rates over the past five years, according to a report released Tuesday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

  • March 13, 2018

    Legal Sector Hiring Shows Shift In Demand And Practices

    The legal services sector added jobs for the third year in a row in 2017, but a deeper analysis shows it is far from getting back to the record high employment levels reached in the mid-2000s amid a shift in how law firms are doing business following changes in technology and client demand.

  • March 12, 2018

    Three Crowns Helps Ethiopian Runner Reunite With His Family

    An elite Ethiopian marathon runner whose heels and feet were severely lashed for peacefully protesting Ethiopian government policy and who fought for two years to bring to the U.S. the pregnant wife and son he left behind when he sought asylum saw his dream come true thanks to the efforts of Three Crowns LLP.

  • March 12, 2018

    UK Regulator Sends Law Firms Gag Order Warning Shot

    Law firms cannot use nondisclosure agreements, known as NDAs or gag orders, to prevent reports of any type of professional misconduct to disciplinary authorities, including sexual harassment and assault, the Solicitors Regulation Authority on Monday warned law firms operating in the U.K.

  • March 12, 2018

    Uber's GC Talks Steering Waymo Deal, Company's New Route

    When Tony West took on the mantle of chief legal officer at Uber last year, he tackled the imposing task of trying to plot a new legal road map for one of Silicon Valley’s most controversial companies. Toward the top of his list was resolving a thorny trade secrets case that was speeding toward trial on claims that Uber had stolen key self-driving car technology from Google unit Waymo.

  • March 9, 2018

    Why The ‘Blue Slip’ Battles Are Becoming White Hot

    It’s more of a norm than a rule. Its use has shifted over time, often with political winds. But the once-obscure Senate tradition is now front and center in the boiling debate over the future of the judiciary.

  • March 9, 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.

  • March 9, 2018

    Senior Judges Fill The Void Left By Rampant Vacancies

    More federal judges are skipping the golf course to head back to the courtroom upon taking senior status, and they're playing an increasingly vital role in a strained system.

  • March 9, 2018

    How Far Right Can The President Pull The Courts?

    Although President Donald Trump set a record with the number of circuit judges he named during his first year, experts say that's not the whole story. Here’s our data-driven look at what the White House faces in its quest to reshape the appeals courts.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

  • 7 Ways To Take Video Depositions That Your Jury Will Like

    Jeb Butler

    Depositions are all about sound bites. You’ll either play them for the jury on video or use them for sharp, crisp impeachment. Either way, the message must be pithy and concise, says Jeb Butler of Butler Tobin LLC.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Without Precedent

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.