Business of Law

  • September 11, 2019

    Ga. Justices Open Door To Law Students Arguing In Court

    Law students in Georgia may soon be able to rack up more courtroom experience with the state high court this week deciding to let those attorney hopefuls participate in supervised oral arguments, with approval of the court.

  • September 11, 2019

    Former DC Federal Judge James Robertson Dies At 81

    Retired U.S. District Judge James Robertson, who ruled on several landmark cases, including one concerning military trials at Guantanamo Bay and another on transgender rights, died Saturday at age 81, the D.C. Bar has announced.

  • September 11, 2019

    Jones Day Faces Sanctions Threat After Redaction Flub

    A Virginia federal judge on Wednesday raised the specter of sanctions for Jones Day after the firm accidentally publicized details about grand jury proceedings in a criminal opioid case with multibillion-dollar stakes.

  • September 11, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Arent Fox's Cristina Carvalho

    Arent Fox managing partner Cristina Carvalho is one of just a handful of women leading top U.S. law firms and may be the only Latina at the helm of one of the nation’s 200 largest firms. Here, she discusses her goals for Arent Fox for the next five years and her thoughts on how to improve diversity in the legal profession.

  • September 10, 2019

    Jones Day Botches Grand Jury Redaction In Attack On DOJ

    Jones Day inadvertently disclosed details about grand jury proceedings by failing to properly redact a court filing this week that accused the U.S. Department of Justice of serious misconduct in a criminal opioid case against Indivior PLC.

  • September 10, 2019

    Ex-FBI Official Boosts King & Spalding's Nat'l Security Cred

    The former FBI chief of staff who recently returned to King & Spalding in Washington, D.C., as a partner told Law360 that his latest government stint showed him just how deeply national security issues are affecting every aspect of global commerce.

  • September 10, 2019

    Ex-Kirkland 2nd Circ. Pick To Be Probed On Divisive Writings

    Second Circuit nominee Steven J. Menashi can expect Democratic interrogation about his controversial writings, including a 2010 article praising "ethnonationalism" in democracies, at his confirmation hearing Wednesday morning.

  • September 10, 2019

    Akerman Taps Retiring Federal Judge For Moot-Court Program

    A former chief judge of the Northern District of Illinois and 25-year veteran of the federal bench is stepping down at the end of the month and will join Akerman LLP as a litigation partner and head of its moot-court program, the firm confirmed Tuesday.

  • September 10, 2019

    TransPerfect Can't Duck Bias Claims From Law Firm Project

    The U.S. Department of Justice can move forward with claims that a staffing company discriminated against foreign and dual citizens while helping Clifford Chance LLP staff up a project in 2017, according to a decision made public Tuesday.

  • September 10, 2019

    Trump Faces Long Odds In Race To Fill The Trial Courts

    President Donald Trump is looking to fill district court vacancies ahead of the 2020 elections, many of them in politically unfriendly districts. In this data-driven analysis, Law360 shows you where he’s gaining ground — and what obstacles lie ahead.

  • September 10, 2019

    If Dems Win 2020, Will BigLaw Lose Its Grip On The Bench?

    Progressives are culling judicial hopefuls for the federal bench in case a Democrat wins the White House in 2020. What are they looking for in a candidate? An unusual resume. Here, Law360 looks at the liberal side of the battle for the judiciary.

  • September 10, 2019

    Bankruptcy Judge Again Told He Should Have Recused

    A Florida federal court has thrown out several decisions made by a bankruptcy judge accused of favoring a firm that hired his fiance during a case, saying the uncomfortable episode fits all too well with the "long history of concerns of favoritism in the bankruptcy bar."

  • September 10, 2019

    NC Attys Get 12 Weeks Of Court-Free Parental Leave

    Attorneys practicing in North Carolina can now opt not to appear in court for 12 weeks after they become new parents, the state's judicial branch announced Tuesday.

  • September 10, 2019

    Can High School Internships Help Close Law's Diversity Gap?

    When Harlem high school student Kimberly Allotey first stepped into the New York City office of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC this summer as an intern, she was surprised by how friendly and approachable the atmosphere was there.

  • September 10, 2019

    MoFo Bias Accuser Pans Subpoena To Her New Firm

    A female lawyer who claims Morrison & Foerster LLP sabotaged her efforts to find work after she accused the firm of putting pregnant women on a "mommy track" says MoFo's "wildly overbroad" subpoena for employment records from her new firm is a fishing expedition. 

  • September 09, 2019

    Weil Sets Up Associates With Business Training By Columbia

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP is encouraging its incoming and third-year associates to learn the business skills they will need to become successful attorneys by setting them up with a training program by Columbia Business School, the firm said Monday.

  • September 09, 2019

    Change High Court Nominee Vetting, Justice Ginsburg Says

    The country must cut through a period of sharp political divide and stop vetting U.S. Supreme Court candidates by trying to predict how they'll vote on hot-button cases, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said while receiving an award in Chicago on Monday.

  • September 09, 2019

    9th Circ. Urged To Nix Oregon Bar Membership Requirement

    Two attorneys have urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a lower court's tossing of their claims that a requirement that they belong to the Oregon State Bar so they can practice law in the state violates their First and 14th Amendment rights.

  • September 09, 2019

    Law Firms Beat The Odds With 5.3% 1st-Half Revenue Growth

    The U.S. legal industry experienced some improvements during the first half of 2019, even as the wider economy was battered by market volatility, predictions of an economic downturn, trade disputes and other geopolitical headwinds, according to a report out Monday by Wells Fargo.

  • September 09, 2019

    How Trump’s Judges Are Changing The Law

    The 43 judges President Donald Trump has put on the nation’s circuit courts are young, conservative and ready to make their mark. Here, Law360 examines how this freshman class of lifetime appointees is already changing American law.

  • September 09, 2019

    Law Firm Staffers Say They're Undervalued And Overworked

    A majority of law firm staff members are not only stressed out in their roles, but they also feel undervalued by attorneys, according to a new report by a legal marketing consulting firm in Canada.

  • September 09, 2019

    Mass. Top Court Weighs Limits To Blind Juror Service

    Massachusetts' top court considered when it might be appropriate for a judge to excuse a blind juror as it heard an argument Monday that an assault conviction should be tossed because a blind juror could not have properly evaluated photographic evidence.

  • September 09, 2019

    MetLife Benefits Denial An 'Outlier,' Ex-Weil Atty Says

    A former Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP bankruptcy partner who says his career was cut short by a psychiatric breakdown has asked a New York federal judge for a win in his disability benefits suit against MetLife, arguing the insurer's denial of his claim was in "stark contrast" to the evidence. 

  • September 09, 2019

    15 Minutes With Cruise's General Counsel

    As part of his general counsel role at self-driving car company Cruise, Matt Gipple views educating the public about automated vehicles as one of his top priorities. Here, he explains what drew him to the industry, the challenges it faces and where he sees it going in the next few years.

  • September 08, 2019

    In-Depth This Week: A Report On Trump And The Courts

    It’s no secret that President Donald Trump is in the midst of an ambitious campaign to reshape the federal judiciary, but how are his appointments shaping the law? This month’s In-Depth special report offers a deeper look.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

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    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

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    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

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    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

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    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

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    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Stratified Random Sampling: Part 2

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    In the final part of this article, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research Inc. uses a hypothetical wage-and-hour example involving on-duty meal period agreements to simplify the application of stratified random sampling for correct use in a legal setting.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Stratified Random Sampling: Part 1

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    Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research Inc. explains when it might be advantageous to select a random sample that has been divided into multiple subpopulations, such as when evaluating the rate at which a large medical provider submitted ineligible Medicare reimbursements over 10 years.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

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    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

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    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

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    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

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    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Q&A

    BigLaw Alums Q&A: Mark Migdal's Lara O'Donnell Grillo

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    BigLaw firms tended to be inflexible, with methods that were inconsistent with how I wanted to practice law. There were many time-wasting aspects of the practice, says Lara O’Donnell Grillo of Mark Migdal & Hayden.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

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    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

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