Business of Law

  • November 27, 2020

    Ex-Freshfields Atty Overturns Sexual Misconduct Penalty

    A former Freshfields partner in London has overturned a six-figure penalty imposed over his sexual encounter with an intoxicated junior attorney, as a court ruled on Friday that the finding of a disciplinary tribunal that he acted without integrity was "not coherent."

  • November 25, 2020

    High Court To Ring In 2021 With More Remote Oral Arguments

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments via phone in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, with the High Court announcing Wednesday that the justices and counsel will continue to participate remotely in oral arguments scheduled for January.

  • November 25, 2020

    What GCs Should Consider As They Hire Remote Attys

    The at-home work environment fueled by the coronavirus pandemic has pushed general counsel to expand their talent pools by considering permanent remote lawyers, but businesses should weigh issues like attorney licensing and virtual onboarding that can complicate the hiring of staffers who don't live near a company office.

  • November 25, 2020

    Up Next At High Court: Census Fight, Child Slavery Claims

    Kicking off its final oral arguments of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will hear the Trump administration's efforts to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the population count and a bid by Nestlé and Cargill to escape liability for alleged child slavery.

  • November 25, 2020

    Pro Say Thanksgiving Special: Stuffed With Weird Legal News

    The Thanksgiving holiday might look a little different this year, but we're hoping to put a smile on your face in this difficult and distant time by revisiting our favorite Pro Say offbeat stories from the past year. 

  • November 25, 2020

    4 BigLaw Firms Announce End-Of-Year Bonuses

    Just ahead of Thanksgiving, Clifford Chance LLP, Ropes & Gray LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced Wednesday that they will be paying associates end-of-year bonuses of up to six figures.

  • November 25, 2020

    Ex-Credit Suisse Regulatory Head Joins Libra Networks As GC

    The Libra Association has brought aboard a former Credit Suisse managing director and banking regulator to serve as general counsel for its operating subsidiary Libra Networks LLC as the organization pushes forward on its digital currency initiative.

  • November 25, 2020

    Coronavirus Q&A: Buchalter's Appellate Practice Chair

    In this edition of Coronavirus Q&A, Buchalter APC's new appellate practice chair Mary-Christine "M.C." Sungaila discusses the challenges of taking over a new appellate team while working remotely, how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the 14 attorneys she's overseeing, and the firm's handling of virtual proceedings and adjustment to an uncertain future.

  • November 25, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    Ahead of the long weekend, when Americans are most known for gathering and traveling, Thanksgiving-minded governors laid down more restrictions as COVID-19 cases continued surging over the past week.

  • November 25, 2020

    Bar Argues For In-Person Hearing Rights At Mass. Top Court

    The Boston Bar Association has urged the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to hold an upcoming hearing in a criminal case in-person, arguing virtual hearings can cause unconstitutional disparities for low-income communities and people of color.

  • November 25, 2020

    Media Co. IAC Promotes Lead M&A Atty To General Counsel

    Media conglomerate IAC, which owns companies including The Daily Beast, Care.com and Vimeo, is promoting its lead mergers and acquisitions attorney to senior vice president and general counsel after she helped steer some of its largest transactions, the company said Tuesday. 

  • November 25, 2020

    MoFo Pans 'Self-Righteous Say-So' In Maternity Bias Case

    Morrison & Foerster LLP has fired off a final effort to shut down allegations that the firm discriminates against mothers before the claims wind up before a jury, insisting that the two accusers remaining in the litigation ignore the facts and rely on "self-righteous say-so."

  • November 25, 2020

    Longtime Greenpeace GC Exits For Children's Nonprofit

    Environmental nonprofit Greenpeace International's general counsel has departed the organization after 16 years heading its legal department, joining a nonprofit focused on children's well-being as a director of strategic litigation on its climate change team.

  • November 25, 2020

    Law Firm Leaders: Schulte Roth's Efron And Elovitz

    David Efron and Marc Elovitz were named co-managing partners of Schulte Roth & Zabel last fall and officially took over the firm in late March. They discuss how they are leading the firm during a time of great change, as well as the firm's approach to attracting and retaining talent, and its goals for the future.

  • November 25, 2020

    BigLaw's Sustainability Pro Bono Drive Blew Past $15M Goal

    When a group of BigLaw firms committed two years ago to devote $15 million worth of time to climate change and sustainability issues, they got overwhelming interest from junior associates and senior partners alike, and as the program has grown, firms have contributed at least $24 million in pro bono work.

  • November 24, 2020

    Beth Wilkinson Hit With Lawsuit Amid NFL Harassment Probe

    A dustup involving litigator Beth Wilkinson and her probe of alleged sexual harassment in the Washington Football Team's front office spilled into federal court this month, as a lawsuit aimed to block information tied to a confidentiality agreement from being disclosed.

  • November 24, 2020

    New Washington Football GC Joins Team Amid Turmoil

    Since last summer, the professional football team in Washington, D.C., has taken on a new name, a new coach, a new radio broadcast crew and a new president. Now it's adding a new general counsel.

  • November 24, 2020

    Ethics Complaints Against Trump Attys Are Likely A Dead End

    Even in this era of extreme political polarization, don't hold your breath waiting for attorney ethics enforcers to target President Donald Trump's lawyers for trying to overturn Joe Biden's election win in court.

  • November 24, 2020

    Durbin Likely To Become Top Dem On Judiciary Committee

    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is the leading contender to succeed California Sen. Dianne Feinstein as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he would bring a liberal track record and focus on immigration along with a history of crafting bipartisan compromises.

  • November 24, 2020

    Cop-Shoving Judge Faces 2nd Ethics Probe Over 2018 Case

    New York state's judicial ethics watchdog will review a Buffalo judge's decision to preside over and rule in favor of an attorney who owed him thousands of dollars, expanding an existing inquiry sparked by his role in a street brawl this summer.

  • November 24, 2020

    Goodwin Offering Special Bonuses For Work During Pandemic

    Goodwin Procter LLP will pay its nonpartner lawyers in the U.S. a one-time bonus — up to $40,000 — in December for their work throughout the year and the pandemic, which will be in addition to their annual bonuses in January, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2020

    3 BigLaw Firms Enter The Year-End Bonus Season

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Milbank LLP on Tuesday said they would be handing out end-of-year bonuses, with two of the firms adding a special one-time payment to sweeten the pot.

  • November 24, 2020

    Finnegan Reimburses Attys And Staff For COVID-19 Pay Cuts

    Intellectual property law firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP is making its employees whole following pay cuts put in place at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm confirmed Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2020

    Washington Football Team Snags New General Counsel

    The Washington Football Team will bring on Covington & Burling LLP attorney Damon Jones as its staff's new general counsel, according to Jones.

  • November 24, 2020

    Dentons Adds New Office In China Following US Cuts

    Dentons has opened a new office in China's Hainan province, bringing the total number of locations in the country up to 48, the international law firm announced Monday, following salary cuts and early retirements for some attorneys in the U.S. amid the pandemic.

Expert Analysis

  • Ethics Reminders As Employees Move To Or From Gov't

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    Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.

  • A Key To Helping Clients Make Better Decisions During Crisis

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    As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.

  • Ethics Considerations For Law Firms Implementing AI

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    Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.

  • Picking The Right Location And Tools For Virtual Courtrooms

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    Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Beware Atty Ethics Rules When Reporting COVID-19 Fraud

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    Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.

  • Looking For Judicial Activists? Check The Footnotes

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    U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.

  • Best Practices For Legal Technology Adoption

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    The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.

  • The Pandemic's Long-Term Impact On Law Firm Operations

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    Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.

  • Opinion

    Lack Of Access To Remote Court Proceedings Is Inexcusable

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    Blanket rules that bar recording or dissemination of remote public court proceedings impede presumptive common law and First Amendment right of access, greatly expand courts' powers over nonparties, and likely run afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says Matthew Schafer at ViacomCBS.

  • Opinion

    Why Attacks On Trump's Election Lawyers Are Problematic

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    The vilification of Jones Day and Porter Wright for their involvement in President Donald Trump's election lawsuits is an attack on lawyers' duty to advocate for their clients' causes fearlessly and zealously within the bounds of the law, says Pierce O'Donnell at Greenberg Glusker.

  • Avoiding 6 Common E-Discovery Production Pitfalls

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    Vanessa Barsanti and Sarah Mahoney at Redgrave explore how attorneys can prevent collateral discovery disputes by efficiently overseeing the electronic document review process and ensuring the integrity of the information provided to opposing counsel.

  • Justices May Not Alter Religious Freedom Precedent In Fulton

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    One issue the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia was whether to overturn the 30-year-old precedent for scrutinizing laws alleged to violate religious freedoms, but the discussion during oral argument suggests the court’s decision may sidestep the issue, say Austin Nimocks and Cory Liu at Ashcroft Law Firm.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Weiser Talks Colo. Health Orders

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    Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser explains how his office collaborated with local governments to enforce COVID-19 public health orders, and how moral suasion and education have limited the need for civil and criminal penalties against businesses.

  • Law Firm Biz Development Tips For The Pandemic Era

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    Jessica Starr and Monica Ulzheimer at Alston & Bird look at four areas where business development and other law firm administrative teams can take a leadership role in driving practice growth at a time when attorney interactions with clients and peers are limited.

  • Rulings Show Limits Of Federal Agency Vacancy Law

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    Recent court decisions applying the Federal Vacancies Reform Act to invalidate improper presidential appointments of acting federal agency heads have had little evident impact, highlighting shortcomings in the law that could become more acute if the presidency and Senate are controlled by different parties, says Steven Gordon at Holland & Knight.

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