Business of Law

  • September 18, 2017

    Former Paul Weiss Atty Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charge

    A former Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP staff attorney will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty in Virginia federal court on Friday to transmitting multiple videos and still images of child pornography.

  • September 18, 2017

    Litigation Financing Co. Closes Second Fund At $500M

    Litigation funder Longford Capital Management LP on Monday said it closed its second private investment fund at its $500 million cap and hailed the fund as the largest of its kind in North America.

  • September 15, 2017

    Posner’s Book Reveals Deteriorating Ties With Chief Judge

    Retired Judge Richard Posner has come under fire from his former boss, the chief judge of the Seventh Circuit, after his latest book slammed decisions she made over a program that handles litigants who represent themselves before the appeals court.

  • September 15, 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 15, 2017

    Judge's Suit Over Psych Exam To Test Oversight Limits

    A federal judge sued the judiciary and its disciplinary panels after they tried to make him submit to a psychiatric evaluation, a move that will tee up a rare constitutional test of a judicial oversight law and test the limits of how far court authorities can go to control judges with lifetime appointments, experts said.

  • September 15, 2017

    Justice Strine Catches Flak For Delaware's Diminished Rep

    Delaware’s Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr., with his biting wit and forceful personality on the bench, is facing fire from some for the First State’s tarnished reputation among many business leaders, with attorney Alan Dershowitz calling him “an unfortunate face” for the state.

  • September 15, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Delaware fell precipitously in its ranking for business litigation, Federal Trade Commission acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen pushed back on calls for a more aggressive approach to antitrust enforcement of the digital economy, and the National Labor Relations Board will likely be ramping up the number of decisions it releases over the next three months. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • September 15, 2017

    Pa. Fed Court Humming Despite Vacancies, Chief Judge Says

    Productivity at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the third-largest federal bench in the country, has remained high even with three nagging judicial vacancies, the court's new chief judge told Law360 in an exclusive interview.  

  • September 15, 2017

    Judge Pushes SEC To Come To Terms With Dewey Duo

    U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni prodded the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday to “swallow hard” and decide on whether to settle fraud claims against ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP chief financial officer Joel Sanders and Stephen DiCarmine, the fallen firm's former executive director.

  • September 15, 2017

    Global 20: DLA Piper

    While DLA Piper’s sprawling international presence allows it to oversee multibillion-dollar acquisitions like Qualcomm’s purchase of NXP Semiconductors, it also helps the firm fully respect and embrace an array of local cultures, earning it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list for the seventh consecutive year.

  • September 14, 2017

    12 U.S. Attorneys Confirmed In Bulk Senate Vote

    Twelve nominees tapped by President Donald Trump for U.S. attorney roles at the U.S. Department of Justice were among the dozens of appointments confirmed Thursday by the Senate.

  • September 14, 2017

    Texan FEC Pick Unlikely To Be Derailed By Tweet Drama

    President Donald Trump's Federal Election Commission pick, Austin attorney and Akerman LLP partner James E. “Trey” Trainor III, is facing criticism from watchdog groups for his fights against government transparency and tweets some are calling anti-protestant, but experts said that is unlikely to affect his confirmation to the post.

  • September 14, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP secured a spot among the legal lions this week by defeating a long-running securities class action against Barclays over a $2.5 billion notes offering, while Niro McAndrews LLC ended up on the legal lambs list after a $54 million trade dress infringement verdict the law firm won for Black & Decker was thrown out.

  • September 14, 2017

    Global 20: Allen & Overy

    Allen & Overy LLP churned out another year of industry-leading deal volume that includes work on worldwide firsts like Mozambique’s $25 billion Coral South liquid natural gas megaproject, earning its fifth consecutive spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • September 14, 2017

    Senate Panel OKs Trump's 8th Circ., Fed. Claims Court Picks

    The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee cleared the way Thursday for the approval of several federal court nominees, including a North Dakota federal judge to the Eighth Circuit and a Schaerr Duncan LLP partner to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

  • September 14, 2017

    Ex-Litchfield Cavo Attorney Loses Sex Bias Arbitration

    A former Litchfield Cavo LLP associate who claims her former boss humiliated her with smutty talk lost her discrimination case in arbitration and is looking to off-load her attorney, it was revealed in New York federal court on Thursday.

  • September 14, 2017

    One Of Dewey 'Secret Seven' Cooperators Sentenced

    A Manhattan judge sentenced one of seven former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP employees who pled guilty and cooperated in the prosecution of three of the firm's executives, giving former director of revenue support Dianne Cascino an agreed-upon sentence of community service on Thursday.

  • September 14, 2017

    BigLaw Expats Form ‘Next Generation’ Law Firm

    A group of BigLaw expats and legal technology gurus have joined up to form a new law firm that serves startups, Atrium LLP, which offers clients technology-driven legal services for a fixed fee.

  • September 13, 2017

    Steptoe’s Atty Gets Scolding, Stay In Lawyer Pay Bias Row

    A California federal judge on Wednesday granted Steptoe & Johnson LLP a discovery stay in an ex-associate’s proposed class action claiming that the firm’s female attorneys make less than men, but not before scolding Steptoe’s attorney over allegations that the firm “stonewalled” on a required meeting with the opposition.

  • September 13, 2017

    Posner’s Opinions Tell A Tale Of Feline Love

    Former Judge Richard Posner is not only a lion of American law; he is also the cat whisperer of the nation’s jurisprudence. Here are 10 times his cat quips have landed on all fours.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Interim Arguments

    Roy Futterman

    By allowing attorneys to summarize what has just occurred in testimony and how it fits into the wider case narrative, courts can substantially improve juror comprehension through every step of a trial. Yet interim arguments are not practiced regularly, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Unstructured Data Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

    David Turner

    Recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure mean issues like spoliation, sanctions and adverse impacts are focus areas for many attorneys, providers and clients. David Turner of FTI Consulting Inc. discusses the technological best practices regarding preservation and proportionality, as well as the challenges associated with clients' structured data.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Firm Before Accepting A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel experienced with alternative fee arrangements will have many war stories regarding successful — and less successful — fee arrangements. Asking outside counsel to share these experiences can provide useful insight into the strength of a proposed AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    Why You Should Argue Your Appeal

    Stewart Milch

    Conventional wisdom says that oral argument is a mere formality; that in courts where judges read briefs in advance, their minds are made up and will rarely — if ever — change. But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, oral argument can be critical, says Stewart Milch of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • 6 Ways Teaching A Law School Class Can Benefit Lawyers

    Steven Allison

    Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Spiral Dynamics And The Vanishing Jury Trial

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Over the past 20 years, the number of jury trials has been on a dramatic decline. What if the vanishing jury trial is evidence of an expected development of human consciousness — explained by a theory known as spiral dynamics? asks Jennifer Gibbs, a partner with Zelle LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • US Supreme Court Snapshot With Ian Gershengorn

    Video

    We've heard last term described as the calm before the storm. I think we may get to see the storm in this next sitting, says Ian Gershengorn, former acting solicitor general of the United States.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.