Business of Law

  • June 16, 2017

    Plaintiffs Firm Hits Ex-Associate With Trade Secrets Suit

    Chicago-area plaintiffs firm Anderson + Wanca sued one of its former associates in Illinois court, claiming the attorney took confidential client and firm documents with him when he left last year.

  • June 16, 2017

    4 Tips For Outside Counsel Making The Move In-House

    Seasoned attorneys looking to make a move in-house should consider that the skills they have spent years cultivating in law firms may not translate to success and can even hold them back in a company environment. Here, Law360 offers tips for succeeding in the new role.

  • June 15, 2017

    Top Female IP Litigators Give Tips On Combating Gender Bias

    Leading female intellectual property litigators speaking at a Silicon Valley conference on Wednesday shared hard-won tips on combating gender bias in the courtroom, including how to respond when a frustrated male opponent lashes out with a sexist comment.

  • June 15, 2017

    Clients' Verbal Foul-Ups Rarely Burn Their Lawyers

    Belligerent litigants may hurt themselves with profane attacks on opposing counsel, but this rarely translates into ethics liability for their lawyers, say experts, who see long-shot chances for sanctions sought by Fox Rothschild attorneys representing Hallmark against counsel for an allegedly foul-mouthed company president.

  • June 15, 2017

    Pence Taps McGuireWoods Chairman For Russia Probe

    Vice President Mike Pence hired McGuireWoods LLP chairman and white collar criminal defense pro Richard Cullen to assist him in inquiries arising from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into purported Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to reports Thursday.

  • June 15, 2017

    Trump, Lawmakers Attend Gorsuch's Investiture Ceremony

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch received his formal investiture Thursday in a ceremony attended by President Donald Trump, Republican members of Congress and other prominent Washington conservatives, swearing an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution as the 101st associate justice in the high court's history.

  • June 15, 2017

    NY Gov. To Nominate First Openly LGBT Judge To High Court

    New York Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to nominate Justice Paul G. Feinman to serve on the Empire State’s highest court as an associate judge, the governor’s office announced on Thursday. If confirmed, he will be the first openly LGBT judge to the sit on the high court’s bench.

  • June 15, 2017

    Public Co. GCs See Higher Paydays Than Private Peers

    General counsel for public companies receive greater compensation for their work in comparison to counterparts at private corporations, especially in terms of incentives for staying in the position on a long-term basis, a study released Thursday found.

  • June 15, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Hogan Lovells LLP reigned supreme as this week’s top legal lion, winning a Ninth Circuit decision blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, while Chadbourne & Parke LLP ended up a legal lamb after the law firm lost its early bid for dismissal of a $100 million proposed gender bias suit brought by several female attorneys.

  • June 15, 2017

    Senate Panel OKs 2 Trump Judicial Nominees, USCIS Pick

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced two of President Donald Trump's nominees for district court judgeships and his choice to head the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, while members have continued to delay a Justice Department pick.

  • June 15, 2017

    BigLaw Appellate Associates Cut Teeth On Pro Bono Cases

    The low-supply, high-demand nature of corporate appellate work means that BigLaw associates rarely, if ever, get the chance to develop their skills arguing civil appeals in live court. But a growing number of young lawyers has found a creative and indeed altruistic solution to the problem: pro bono work.

  • June 14, 2017

    Silicon Valley Female IP Attys Call For Gender Pay Equity

    Leading female intellectual property lawyers speaking at a Silicon Valley conference on Wednesday called on female attorneys to push harder to close a BigLaw gender pay gap that sees male partners earning 44 percent more on average, urging colleagues to seek leadership positions and demand higher pay.

  • June 14, 2017

    UK Litigation Insurance Broker Expands Into US Market

    A U.K.-based insurance and funding broker is bringing its litigation insurance services across the pond, where such policies covering contingency fees and attorneys’ costs in the event of a legal defeat are largely unfamiliar.

  • June 14, 2017

    Chadbourne Loses Bid To Kill Attys' Gender Bias Suit

    Chadbourne & Parke LLP on Wednesday lost its bid for a quick dismissal of a $100 million proposed gender bias suit brought by several female attorneys, with a New York federal judge saying that the title of “partner” isn’t enough to automatically deem that the women are shareholders in the firm not entitled to protection under anti-discrimination law.

  • June 14, 2017

    Many GCs Looking To Switch Firms Despite Goodwill

    Attorneys in corporate legal departments report a high degree of satisfaction when it comes to their working relationships with outside counsel, and yet nearly half of GCs plan to change out a firm next year, according to a Tuesday report.

  • June 14, 2017

    Friedman Kaplan Atty, Other NY Judge Hopefuls Score High

    All seven candidates nominated to fill an empty seat on the New York State Court of Appeals are highly qualified and highly recommended, according to a recent assessment by the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

  • June 14, 2017

    Proskauer Says Partner In Gender Bias Suit Not 'Employee'

    Proskauer Rose LLP on Tuesday asked a Washington, D.C., federal court to toss a $50 million gender discrimination suit lodged by a female partner, arguing that she functions as an owner in the firm who isn’t covered by the employment statutes under which she sued. 

  • June 14, 2017

    Trump Judicial Picks Defend Past Writings At Senate Panel

    President Donald Trump's picks for the federal courts in the Eleventh and Sixth circuits tried to distance themselves from their political writings Wednesday, telling a Senate panel their personal views won't affect their conduct on the bench.

  • June 14, 2017

    In-House Lawyers' Days Of Getting No Respect Are Over

    Most in-house lawyers report they now are treated with the same respect as outside counsel, and many say they’re happier with the in-house life than they were working at a law firm, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • June 14, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: McKool Smith's Courtney Tippett

    Sometimes, defense teams use hardball litigation tactics like not producing discovery documents in a timely manner or submitting overly broad requests for irrelevant information. However, the shear act of a delay is not going to change the outcome, says Courtney Statfeld Tippett of McKool Smith PC.

Expert Analysis

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Identities Are Us

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    Lawyers faced with clients who can’t or won’t listen to their advice must consider that the core of this risky decision may be a person's inability or refusal to relinquish a prime identity in times of uncertainty, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 23, Benevolent Deception

    Roy Futterman

    Most of the jury consulting on this show has consisted of illegal and unethical behavior amid nonsensical trial practices, but at the end of the day, it has probably not done permanent damage to the U.S. legal system — so far, says jury consultant Roy Futterman as the debut season of the CBS show "Bull" comes to a close.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From United's Passenger Incident

    Peter Shaplen

    Following United Airlines' disastrous response to its recent mishandling of a passenger, the change to note is simply this: While there was always pressure to mount a quick legal response and communicate it, the time frame for this has been reduced to nanoseconds, say Peter Shaplen and Traci Stuart of Blattel Communications.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 22, Dirty Little Secrets

    Roy Futterman

    In the penultimate episode of the CBS show "Bull," the team wrestles with a real issue in jury consulting and the legal professions in general: Should we work with an unsavory client? This is an interesting question that plays out in jury consulting firms on a regular basis, says jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman of Doar Inc.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.