Business of Law

  • October 26, 2020

    Law Firm Diversity Efforts Spurring Progress, Report Finds

    Voluntary and regulatory efforts to improve diversity and be transparent about the gender and racial makeup of law firms in the U.S. and U.K. are acting as a "catalyst for improvement," according to a new report released by management consultancy Jomati Consultants LLP.

  • October 26, 2020

    Fired Atty Says Goldman Buried Top Lawyer's Sex Misconduct

    Goldman Sachs hired Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP to perform a "bogus investigation" designed to cover up sexual harassment claims against the bank's global head of litigation and then fired an in-house lawyer who sought to bring his purported misconduct to light, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in New York state court.  

  • October 26, 2020

    Barrett's High Court Confirmation, By The Numbers

    Judge Amy Coney Barrett will join the U.S. Supreme Court after a narrow Senate vote Monday. Law360 put her confirmation process in perspective.

  • October 26, 2020

    Ill. And Texas Firms Dominate State High Court Donations

    Chicago personal injury law firms and Texas-based defense firms anted up big in this year's state supreme court races, bolstering Illinois Democrat and Texas Republican judicial candidates to the top of those securing law firm and lawyer contributions this election season, new data shows.

  • October 26, 2020

    Murphy & McGonigle Expands To Chicago With Securities Pro

    As banks and other financial institutions navigate regulations during the coronavirus pandemic, financial services law firm Murphy & McGonigle has hired a lawyer with financial expertise in Chicago to open the firm's first-ever office in the Windy City — the second office the firm opened this year.

  • October 26, 2020

    Divided Senate Confirms Barrett To Supreme Court

    Judge Amy Coney Barrett is set to join the U.S. Supreme Court after winning Senate confirmation in a deeply partisan vote Monday, cementing the high court's conservative majority with a sixth Republican appointee.

  • October 26, 2020

    Calif. Bar Exam Could Look Different In The Future

    California's Supreme Court and State Bar will be launching a commission to study the future of the Golden State's bar exam, in particular looking at whether alternative or additional testing should be implemented, the high court announced Monday.

  • October 26, 2020

    Legal News Co. Says Firm Steals Stories Hot Off The Presses

    Personal injury law news outlet The Legal Advocate has sued the Steinfeld Law Firm in New York federal court for allegedly ripping off stories and posting them on its own news site, i Legal News, to drum up business for the firm.

  • October 26, 2020

    Fisher Phillips Refunding COVID-19 Salary Cuts

    Fisher Phillips is returning withheld pay to lawyers and staff impacted by the salary cuts it instituted early in the coronavirus pandemic as law firms braced for a potential drop in business.

  • October 26, 2020

    ABA Says School Debt Forces New Attys Into Unwanted Jobs

    The burden of paying off student loans is driving more than a third of young attorneys away from the jobs they really want, with minority students taking out significantly larger loan amounts, according to a survey released Monday by the American Bar Association.

  • October 26, 2020

    BigLaw On Hunt For Antitrust Talent Amid Enforcement Surge

    Regardless of who wins the presidential election on Nov. 3, antitrust lawyers are expected to remain busy as the federal government makes more aggressive moves on enforcement, and many have already started adding to their benches to handle the anticipated increase in work ahead.

  • October 26, 2020

    As Insurance Costs Climb, Law Firms Seek To Self-Insure

    Soaring insurance premiums in recent months have prompted Linklaters LLP and an increasing number of law firms to consider an alternative to handing over money to commercial insurers: forming their own insurance companies.

  • October 26, 2020

    15 Minutes With Hain Celestial Group's General Counsel

    During her in-house legal career, Kristy Meringolo has been drawn to certain companies because of their missions, such as Avon's attention to empowering women and Hain Celestial Group's focus on organic products. Here, she discusses how her team supports Hain's mission, as well as how she advocates for other women in the legal profession.

  • October 26, 2020

    Hilton REIT Park Hotels Chooses In-House Atty For GC

    Hilton Worldwide's real estate investment trust Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. announced that it promoted its deputy general counsel to general counsel and chief legal officer.

  • October 26, 2020

    1st Circ. Judge Juan Torruella Dead At 87

    First Circuit Judge Juan R. Torruella, a native of Puerto Rico who spent more than four decades on the federal bench, died Monday at age 87, the court said.

  • October 23, 2020

    4 Things To Watch As Senate Sends Barrett To High Court

    Senate Republicans are on track to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. Here are four questions about timing, the final tally, Democratic opposition and the immediate impact of a Justice Barrett.

  • October 23, 2020

    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.

  • October 23, 2020

    Chevron Deference's Future In Doubt If Barrett Is Confirmed

    Judge Amy Coney Barrett's expected ascent to the U.S. Supreme Court would likely propel a conservative crusade against so-called Chevron deference to the brink of a triumph that would strengthen corporate America's hand in litigation with federal regulators.

  • October 23, 2020

    Hogan Lovells Lays Off 4% Of Americas-Based Business Staff

    Hogan Lovells said Friday that it laid off about 4% of its business services staff based in the U.S. and Mexico, making it the latest BigLaw firm to cut its head count after rolling back some austerity measures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • October 23, 2020

    Law360's Pro Say: United States v. Google

    The U.S. Department of Justice filed a sweeping antitrust lawsuit against Google this week, accusing the tech giant of maintaining an illegal monopoly over internet search and online advertising.

  • October 23, 2020

    High Court Ruling Foreshadows Bitter Voting Battles Ahead

    A recent move by the U.S. Supreme Court has Democrats worried an expanded conservative bloc might embrace a sweeping legal argument that could upend decades of election law — and potentially decide this year's presidential contest.

  • October 23, 2020

    Ex-Defender Claims Fed Judiciary Liable In Harassment Suit

    A former assistant federal public defender who contends the judicial system failed her after she reported sexual harassment has urged a North Carolina federal court to determine that the federal government should be liable for violating her constitutional rights.

  • October 23, 2020

    Law Firms Cash In On Trump's Historic Legal Bills

    President Donald Trump's campaign has spent more money on legal fees this election season than any other presidential candidate ever, a Law360 analysis of Federal Election Commission data shows, in what has been a boom for the president's favored firms like Jones Day.

  • October 23, 2020

    As Leaks Show Banks' Dirty Laundry, Is Jail The Best Fix?

    As calls increase for fewer prosecution deals and more jail terms following the release of leaked data from U.S. government files showing major U.S. and U.K. banks are global money launderers, some finance attorneys with in-house experience think prison might not be the best answer.

  • October 23, 2020

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A judge preliminarily approved Alphabet's deal to spend $310 million on diversity and inclusion initiatives to settle derivative shareholder suits, and Michigan's governor signed a bill that grants employers immunity from lawsuits filed by workers who contract the coronavirus. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Fight Voter Suppression This Election Season

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    Lawyers should use their unique skill sets, knowledge and spheres of influence to fight burdensome ID requirements and other voter suppression tactics that may influence the 2020 elections, and to participate in potential post-election litigation, say CK Hoffler and Allyce Bailey at the National Bar Association.

  • Why Online Mediation May Be Here To Stay

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    Videoconferenced mediation offers several advantages and helps cases settle faster and more cordially, making it hard to imagine going back to logistically difficult in-person dispute resolution after COVID-19 restrictions are gone, says Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Neronha Talks RI Criminal Justice

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    Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha describes the core principles guiding his state’s criminal justice approach in a way that balances public safety and public health during the pandemic.

  • Clients Have The Power To Promote Wellness At Law Firms

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    Law firm clients can play a role in lowering mental distress in the legal profession by seeking lawyer wellness data from firms and factoring those responses into outside counsel hiring decisions, says Jonathan Prokup at Cigna.

  • Opinion

    Appellate Courts Should Welcome Well-Crafted Amicus Briefs

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    A Seventh Circuit judge's recent order granting leave for three organizations to file amicus curiae briefs in Prairie Rivers Network v. Dynegy Midwest Generation is a reminder that relevant, nonduplicative amicus briefs can provide courts with helpful perspective, important facts and legal arguments, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • Opinion

    Carney V. Adams Threatens Delaware's Balanced Judiciary

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    This week’s U.S. Supreme Court arguments in Carney v. Adams presented a strong challenge to Delaware’s bipartisan-judiciary requirement, but the tradition is critical to ensuring the state's courts remain free from partisan influence, says Rodney Smolla at the Widener University Delaware Law School.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Miller Talks Iowa Derecho

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    The intense, straight-line windstorm that devastated Iowa in August brought out scammers and charlatans, but state Attorney General Tom Miller says that the COVID-19 crisis had prepared his office's Consumer Protection Division to take swift action on price-gouging and other problems in the wake of the disaster.

  • What Hiring Law Firms Should Consider Instead Of Grades

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    With law schools forgoing traditional grading due to the pandemic, hiring firms that have heavily weighted first-year grades during the on-campus interview process should turn to metrics that allow a more holistic view of a candidate, says Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Schroeder Reviews 'Collegiality'

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    Mark Barringer's new book, "Collegiality and the Constitution," is an engaging, vibrant work of judicial history in Texas' Eastern District, and reveals an atmosphere of civility and respect among all those involved in the business of the court, says U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III.

  • Overcoming The Pandemic's Hurdles To Pro Bono Work

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    Sarah McLean at Shearman & Sterling looks at how attorneys and law firms can partner with nonprofits to leverage their collective resources, sharpen their legal skills and beat the unique pandemic-induced challenges to providing free legal services to low-income individuals.

  • 3 Tips For Working With Bankruptcy Fee Examiners

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    As rising bankruptcy filings strain timely processing of fee applications and courts appoint examiners to ease that burden, parties can follow a few guidelines to ensure fee examiners serve as an efficient ally for obtaining a fair and reasonable outcome, says Robert Fishman at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Best Practices For Presenting Exhibits In A Remote Deposition

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    In this era of fully remote depositions, attorneys must carefully consider whether they want to deliver exhibits to opposing counsel in advance or on the day of the deposition, and think creatively about the technological resources available to them, say Helene Wasserman and Nathaniel Jenkins at Littler.

  • What We Know About How Judicial Bias Can Influence Rulings

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    The struggle to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg raises the question whether U.S. Supreme Court justices and federal judges are able to separate their political beliefs and world views from their judicial opinions, with studies in political science and social psychology providing clear answers, says Drury Sherrod at Mattson and Sherrod.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Grewal Talks NJ Price-Gouging

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    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal explains how his office adapted its enforcement playbook to unexpected challenges in order to crack down on unconscionable pricing amid the pandemic.

  • Law Firm Social Responsibility Strategies In The New Normal

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    Law firm leaders and marketers should consider several fundamental questions as they develop their corporate social responsibility programs amid the pandemic with reduced available time, money and personnel, including identifying a realistic charitable spending budget and seeking input from firm lawyers, clients and nonprofit partners, says Tina van der Ven at NewStar Media.

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