Business of Law

  • August 11, 2017

    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.

  • August 11, 2017

    How To Protect Confidential Info From Border Searches

    Attorneys who travel abroad with privileged or confidential information on their portable devices must understand what their ethical duties are when pressed by U.S. border agents to search their phones, tablets and computers, according to a panel of experts Friday at a continuing legal education session in New York.

  • August 11, 2017

    Security Flaw With PACER Sites Solved

    The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts fixed a vulnerability with its online PACER/ECF system that could have granted unlimited access to website owners whose visitors were logged in to PACER, the Free Law Project said Wednesday.

  • August 11, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A D.C. Circuit decision could have far-reaching implications for the SEC's oversight of self-regulatory organizations, lawmakers have urged the DOJ to walk back its stance on gay rights protections in the workplace, and the National Labor Relations Board chairman confirmed his intention to leave the agency this year. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • August 11, 2017

    Changing Marijuana Industry Keeps Attys On Their Toes

    Attorneys considering entering the relatively new and volatile world of marijuana law need to educate themselves about the ethical rules and regulatory minefields surrounding the nascent industry, according to experts speaking Friday morning at a continuing legal education panel in New York City.

  • August 11, 2017

    Federal Prosecutor Took His Own Life, Fla. Police Say

    The Hollywood Police Department said investigators have determined that an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida found dead on a Hollywood, Florida, beach earlier this year took his own life, according to Thursday news reports.

  • August 11, 2017

    Troutman Sanders Helps Teen Pro Bono Client Win Asylum

    In a rare pro bono victory at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Atlanta office, a Troutman Sanders LLP attorney working on behalf of the legal resource organization Kids in Need of Defense secured asylum for a teenage boy who faced violent retaliation for refusing to join a gang and sell drugs in his home country of Guatemala.

  • August 11, 2017

    Steptoe Moves To Arbitrate Ex-Associate's Pay Gap Suit

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP on Thursday asked a California federal judge to send a suit alleging it underpays female attorneys to arbitration, saying that the former associate who brought the claims had signed agreements on two separate occasions to arbitrate any disputes she would have with the firm.

  • August 10, 2017

    Calif. State Bar Executive Director Announces Resignation

    State Bar of California Executive Director Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker announced Wednesday she will be stepping down from her role in September, citing a desire to return to the East Coast to be with a new grandchild.

  • August 10, 2017

    Newbie Lawyers A Bigger Ethics Risk Than Deceit, Judges Say

    Green attorneys and ignorance of local rules are more pressing threats to the legal system than lawyers who intentionally disregard their ethical obligations, a panel of New York state and federal judges said Thursday.

  • August 10, 2017

    Manafort Drops WilmerHale, Hires M&C For Russia Probe

    Shortly after his home was raided by the FBI in an investigation into Russian election meddling, Paul Manafort has dropped his attorneys from WilmerHale and is retaining counsel from Miller & Chevalier Chtd., a spokesman confirmed Thursday.

  • August 10, 2017

    Using Avvo Legal Services Is Unethical, NY Bar Says

    Participating in the popular legal referral service Avvo Legal Services is unethical for lawyers in New York, the state bar association has found in one of two opinions discussing lead-generation sites.

  • August 10, 2017

    Yates Memo Altered Cos.' Response To Probes, Panelists Say

    Nearly two years after then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memo that instructed government prosecutors to pursue individual actors in probes into corporate misconduct, a Thursday afternoon panel of experts at the American Bar Association annual meeting in New York agreed that the memo has probably had more impact on the companies being investigated than on the officials investigating them.

  • August 10, 2017

    For Attys Moving In-House, The Soft Skills Are Key

    Attorneys considering a move in-house need to hone their soft skills and should cultivate a familiarity with finance, business and office politics if they are going to succeed and thrive in their new roles, according to panel of experts speaking at a continuing legal education session in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon.

  • August 10, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Covington & Burling and Ward Smith & Hill topped this week’s legal lions list after a jury awarded their client $21.1 million in damages in an infringement suit over broadband patents used at offshore drilling sites, while Kobre & Kim and Dentons landed on the legal lambs list after the Seventh Circuit decided against their client, upholding the first-ever conviction for a market manipulation tactic known as spoofing.

  • August 10, 2017

    Real Estate Atty Next To Helm Polsinelli Eyeing Health Care

    Polsinelli will have new leadership in 16 months, and the firm's incoming chair, a real estate lawyer, has a vision of continuing to seek out work in the burgeoning field of health care real estate, he told Law360 in a recent interview.

  • August 9, 2017

    Search For Mueller Conflict A Futile Effort, Ethics Expert Says

    The long roster of lawyers involved in the Trump-Russia morass may prove to be a boon for ethics scholars eager for fresh material, but don’t expect the investigation to turn on a legal conflict with the man spearheading the probe, New York legal ethics expert Stephen Gillers said Wednesday.

  • August 9, 2017

    Mueller Made $3.4M At WilmerHale Before Russia Probe

    Robert S. Mueller III made over $3.4 million in 2016 and 2017 as a partner at WilmerHale prior to his appointment in May as special counsel overseeing the probe into potential ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, according to a financial disclosure form made public Tuesday.

  • August 9, 2017

    Disclosure Form Gives Peek At Williams & Connolly Atty Pay

    A Williams & Connolly LLP partner picked by President Donald Trump to act as a deputy U.S. trade representative earned $833,238 from his partnership share this year, according to a financial disclosure form publicized on Tuesday.

  • August 9, 2017

    Pair Of Polsinelli Partners Sued Over $10M Novak Druce Loan

    Citibank NA filed suit in D.C. federal court Tuesday looking to recover $3.2 million it says is owed on a $10 million loan issued to defunct intellectual property firm Novak Druce Connelly Bove & Quigg LLP, naming a pair of former partners as defendants who are now with Polsinelli PC.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Questions To Ask Before Entering Joint-Representation AFA

    Natalie Hanlon Leh

    One growing trend is for clients to enter into alternative fee arrangements in which one law firm represents multiple parties who “share” fees and costs in a related matter. This way parties can more efficiently manage a matter and reduce their individual legal fees. But joint representation is not without its own risks and challenges, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Legal Incubators Can Help New Lawyers And Society

    Martin Pritikin

    Legal incubators serve as an important bridge to practice and a crucial step toward aligning the incentives of new lawyers with the needs of their clients. They may even pose a threat to the traditional law school model itself, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University.

  • Opinion

    A Bad Cure For A Nonexistent Problem

    Erwin Chemerinsky

    Every time there is a Republican president and a Republican Congress the same bad idea arises to split the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. It is all about judicial gerrymandering, says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

  • How To Prioritize Your Law Firm's Crisis Response Plan

    Michelle Samuels

    If the media is going to cover your law firm’s crisis, they are going to cover it with or without your firm’s input. But your involvement can help shape the story and improve your firm’s image in the public eye, says Michelle Samuels, vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Closing Argument

    Stephen Susman

    In the final article in this series on proposed innovations to the American jury trial, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project sum up the improvements they believe the U.S. jury system desperately needs.

  • 5 Questions All AFAs Should Answer Clearly

    Gregory Lantier

    While no particular form is required to establish a durable alternative fee arrangement, there are terms that should, for the benefit of both client and outside attorney, be expressly set forth in the agreement itself, but are often overlooked, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Cybersecurity Risks In The Courtroom

    Daniel Garrie

    As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.