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Business of Law

  • February 19, 2019

    Holland & Knight Snags 12-Atty Akerman Insurance Team

    Akerman LLP's ex-CEO David Spector and a team of 11 other attorneys from Akerman’s fraud and recovery practice group have jumped to Holland & Knight LLP, where they will continue to investigate and litigate fraud schemes on behalf of insurers and financial services companies, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • February 19, 2019

    Legal Services Provider Axiom Confidentially Files IPO

    Alternative legal services provider Axiom Global Inc. said Tuesday it confidentially filed a draft registration statement for an initial public offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a move that follows the company’s recent spinoff of two business units.

  • February 19, 2019

    Squire Patton Adds 2 Ex-Congressmen To Lobbying Wing

    Major lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs LLP said Tuesday it had landed two former high-ranking House members for its Washington, D.C., office, joining a slew of K Street law firms staffing up in the wake of record turnover in Congress.

  • February 19, 2019

    More Ex-LeClairRyan IP Attys Defect To Pepper Hamilton

    Adding to a string of recent departures from LeClairRyan, a team of intellectual property attorneys has joined Pepper Hamilton LLP’s second office in New York, the firm said Tuesday.

  • February 19, 2019

    How A Fellowship Could Help Move The Needle On Diversity

    Five years after the creation of the OnRamp Fellowship and with calls for diversity in the legal industry only growing louder, the returnship program's success stories are adding up, offering a powerful, nontraditional model for connecting companies and firms with underrepresented groups in law.

  • February 15, 2019

    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.

  • February 15, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: Ditching A Criminal Record Is No Easy Task

    Roughly one in three Americans have some type of criminal record, and in today’s interconnected world, that information is easily accessible and can present a barrier to employment, housing or education. On this week’s episode of Pro Say, reporter RJ Vogt stops by to explain how states are stepping in to help people clear their records, and how that remedy can still be hard to access.

  • February 15, 2019

    Gone Phishing: How Law Firms Can Thwart Cyber Hustlers

    While cyberattacks may come via email or social media, the underlying crime is one of human deception that could have occurred in the past by phone or in person. Yet the high-tech nature of such scams may make them harder to sniff out, with a recent case of a Dentons attorney being a cautionary tale.

  • February 15, 2019

    Up Next At High Court: Ginsburg's Return Likely For IP Args

    Two disputes involving patent challenges and trademark licenses are the only cases on the U.S. Supreme Court docket this holiday week, which is expected to feature Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's first return to the bench in over two months since she underwent cancer surgery.

  • February 15, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Charges brought against a former senior attorney at Apple sent a warning to general counsel about insider trading risks, and technology companies teamed up to create a summer internship for women, minorities and other first-year law students who are committed to improving diversity and inclusion. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • February 15, 2019

    Justice Ginsburg Returns To High Court After First Absence

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday morning and is attending a private conference, a court spokesperson confirmed, marking her first in-person appearance at the high court since she underwent surgery for lung cancer in December.

  • February 14, 2019

    Calif. High Court Won't Hear Winston & Strawn Petition

    The California Supreme Court has declined to review the ruling that sunk Winston & Strawn LLP's arbitration agreement with a former attorney alleging gender discrimination, though one justice believed the case warranted review.

  • February 14, 2019

    Dems Slam Trump's DC Circ. Pick Over Activist Group Ties

    Senate Democrats renewed their attacks on Neomi Rao, President Donald Trump's pick to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit, saying Thursday she is too involved with right-leaning activist groups to make impartial decisions.

  • February 14, 2019

    Fired King & Spalding Attorney Says High Court's On His Side

    A former King & Spalding LLP associate pursuing a wrongful termination suit against the firm says a 1984 U.S. Supreme Court decision in a separate case against King & Spalding means he has a green light to seek damages for allegedly being knocked off the partnership track.

  • February 14, 2019

    Judges Can't Refuse To Perform Same-Sex Marriages: ABA

    The American Bar Association on Valentine’s Day announced a new ethics opinion stating that it is unethical for judges to refuse to perform marriages for same-sex couples, explaining that doing so violates a judge’s duty to be impartial.

  • February 14, 2019

    Apple Case Sends Warning To GCs On Insider Trading Risks

    General counsel can try to deter employees from insider trading by establishing policies, preclearance requirements and training measures, but no plan is foolproof, experts say, as seen in the accusations brought this week against a former senior attorney at Apple Inc.

  • February 14, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Skadden snagged the top legal lions spot this week by winning the dismissal of a $1.2 billion shareholder lawsuit against BlackRock Inc., while Nexsen Pruet ended up among the legal lambs after client Walmart was hit with a $95 million verdict in a trademark infringement suit.

  • February 14, 2019

    Baker Botts' New Managing Partner To Focus On Tech, Energy

    John W. Martin will take over as the new managing partner of Baker Botts LLP effective April 1, the firm announced on Wednesday, and the focus of his first term will be the firm's growth on both coasts and in the United Kingdom with an emphasis on the technology and energy sectors.

  • February 14, 2019

    Sens. Reintroduce Litigation Funding Transparency Bill

    Republican senators have reintroduced a bill that would require parties in class action lawsuits to disclose any third-party funding arrangements, with the sponsors saying that this increased transparency would head off potential conflicts of interest and bring more accountability to the litigation funding industry.

  • February 14, 2019

    Senate Confirms Kirkland's William Barr As Attorney General

    The Senate confirmed Kirkland & Ellis LLP counsel William Barr to serve as President Donald Trump’s second attorney general Thursday, despite most Democrats voting no amid concerns about how he will handle Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference.

Expert Analysis

  • Keeping PR Strategy Communications Privileged: Part 1

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    Companies faced with high-profile litigation often turn to public relations firms to help defend their reputations and maintain shareholder confidence. But recent cases are a reminder that internal PR firm documents face uncertain privilege protection, even when those documents are generated in support of a broader legal strategy, says Jeffrey Schomig of WilmerHale.

  • What Lawyers Can Do To Prevent And Combat Burnout

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    Lawyer burnout has been called a “romantic disorder” because it is characteristic of a work ethic admired in the legal culture. But the negative impacts of burnout are real and lawyers need to recognize the signs and solutions, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Should Be More Like Medical Centers

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    Medical centers and their faculty matter to the practice of medicine. Law schools and their faculty do not matter to the practice of law, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton PC.

  • Opinion

    Courts Are Getting It Right On Litigation Funding Discovery

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    Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF.

  • Settlement Counsel Key For Efficient Mass Tort Resolution

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    Team-based specialization in mass tort litigation defense allows each member to draw on individual strengths, maximizing their contribution. A core tenet of this approach is using settlement counsel to focus on strategic initiatives and end-game resolution efforts, separate from the heated battle lines of the litigation, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

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    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

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    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

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    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

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    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

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    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.