Everyone knows that lawyer — the one who brings in substantial business while also billing hours, mentoring associates, meeting clients for lunch, taking their kids to soccer practice and training for a marathon. Here, six rainmakers reveal their tricks for making it work.
After a decade of meager growth in corporate legal spending, companies are projected to add almost $2 billion to the amount they spend on outside counsel in 2018, according to a new survey.
The relationship between law firms and their corporate clients shifted substantially with the onset of the Great Recession in 2007, and a decade later many of those changes appear to be here to stay. Here, Law360 looks at one major way the legal industry has been affected.
The law office has traditionally served as a hub where attorneys work and interact with colleagues and clients, but new technologies, rising real estate costs and an increasing desire for flexible work opportunities are challenging that typical office concept.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The law firms on Law360’s 2017 Regional Powerhouse list are handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles across seven states, offering clients regional expertise and making a lasting impact on the law at the state and local level.
The law firms on Law360’s Global 20 list have expertise that spans practice areas and continents, and they’ve handled some of the biggest cross-border matters of the year. With thousands of attorneys in dozens of countries around the world, these firms have figured out the key to delivering for clients on multiple fronts.
The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.