Business of Law

  • October 17, 2017

    Akin Gump Hires First Diversity And Inclusion Officer

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has become the latest firm to create a position to spearhead its efforts to recruit and maintain a diverse staff of attorneys, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • October 17, 2017

    Columbia Becomes Latest Law School To Accept GRE Scores

    Columbia Law School will become the latest school to allow applicants to submit test scores from the Graduate Record Exam in addition to the more traditional Law School Admission Test, as part of a pilot program beginning in fall 2018, the school announced Tuesday.

  • October 17, 2017

    Trump DC Circ. Pick Dodges Questions On White House Work

    White House deputy counsel Greg Katsas dodged questions about his advice on the special counsel investigation into Russian electoral interference and other administration matters Tuesday, as Democrats on a Senate panel grilled him at a confirmation hearing on his bid to fill a vacancy on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • October 16, 2017

    Sotomayor Promotes Civic Engagement In College Q&A

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor stressed the importance of civic engagement and a diverse education at a freewheeling question-and-answer session Monday morning with students at Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall.

  • October 16, 2017

    What GCs Can Do To Prepare For Cybersecurity Threats

    A major part of a general counsel’s role in planning for a possible cybersecurity threat is developing a plan for communicating both internally and externally in the event of a breach, a panel of experts said Monday.

  • October 16, 2017

    How To Get Outside Counsel On Board With Billing Changes

    Getting law firms to stick with corporate clients that shake up their billing practices requires a sense of partnership and mutual benefit, including the possibility of additional work for outside counsel, speakers said Monday at the Association of Corporate Counsel’s annual meeting.

  • October 16, 2017

    15 Minutes With The Williams Cos.' General Counsel

    Lane Wilson joined The Williams Cos. as its general counsel in April, after a career spent both in private practice and behind the bench as a magistrate judge. Law360 spoke to Wilson about the trajectory that led him to an in-house role at an energy company, the changing regulatory landscape and his ideal relationship with outside counsel.

  • October 16, 2017

    Bryan Cave And BLP Talk Transatlantic Law Firm Merger

    Another big transatlantic law firm merger is in the works, with U.K.-headquartered Berwin Leighton Paisner and U.S.-based Bryan Cave LLP confirming Monday they are discussing a possible combination to form a 1,500-lawyer global firm.

  • October 16, 2017

    NY Judge Pens Crime Novel Spotlighting Racial Injustice

    While federal judges do a lot of writing, fiction isn’t something typically associated with the bench — but there are exceptions, including U.S. District Judge Frederic Block, 83, whose crime novel, "Race to Judgment," debuted on Oct. 10.

  • October 14, 2017

    Law360's Pro Say: ABA President On Ways To Improve The Bar

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we're joined by American Bar Association president Hilarie Bass, who shares her plans to tackle some big issues facing the legal profession. We'll also discuss a bump stock seller sued over the Las Vegas mass shooting, recordings of HSBC traders accused of defrauding a client saying “I think we got away with it," and Meat Loaf's copyright woes.

  • October 13, 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.

  • October 13, 2017

    Chadbourne's Move Could Shift Dynamic Of Bias Suits

    Chadbourne & Parke LLP took the uncommon step on Tuesday of alleging that a former partner who is pressing a gender discrimination suit breached her fiduciary duty to the firm by disparaging it in public — a move that could indicate new challenges to partners seeking to raise awareness about alleged discrimination practices at their firms.

  • October 13, 2017

    For-Profit Law School’s Fall May Signal Industrywide Woes

    The collapse, and ultimate closure in August, of the for-profit Charlotte School of Law in North Carolina was shocking for many students, employees and alumni, but while problems at the school ran deeper than most people realized, experts say other for-profit law schools around the country face the same challenges and could face a similar fate.

  • October 13, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The European Union decided to set up a prosecutor's office for cross-border crimes, business groups argued in support of a Ninth Circuit challenge to the National Labor Relations Board's decision allowing workers access to company email systems for union business invites and longtime Fox News general counsel Dianne Brandi took a voluntary leave from her job amid harassment woes. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • October 12, 2017

    Litigators Wanted. Will Pay Top Dollar.

    Law firms want attorneys with specialized experience in fields like intellectual property, real estate and health care, and they especially favor litigators, according to a Robert Half salary report that pegs the average national starting pay for the most experienced attorneys at $218,000 a year.

  • October 12, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Fisch Sigler LLP and Farnan LLP roared to the top of the legal lions list this week after a federal judge tossed Samsung's breach of contract lawsuit against their client, Imperium IP Holdings, while Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC was hit with a mistrial over its client's testimony in a mesothelioma suit against Johnson & Johnson, landing it on the lambs list.

  • October 12, 2017

    Proskauer Atty Says Judge Undercut Gender Bias Case

    A Proskauer Rose LLP attorney locked in a gender discrimination battle with the firm told the Second Circuit on Wednesday that a federal judge undermined her ability to prove her claims when she refused to order mediation services provider JAMS Inc. to turn over pre-suit mediation notes that purportedly documented a Proskauer representative’s retaliatory threat to fire her. 

  • October 11, 2017

    Chadbourne Hits Back At Partner Behind Gender Bias Suit

    The former Chadbourne & Parke LLP partner behind a proposed sex discrimination class action against the firm “engaged in a nationwide smear campaign” to pressure it and other would-be bias defendants into settling, the firm charged Tuesday in a counterclaim in New York federal court.

  • October 11, 2017

    Quinn Backs Biz In Telling Justices Title VII Bars Gay Bias

    Microsoft Corp., Starbucks Corp. and dozens of other businesses Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Eleventh Circuit ruling that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination against gay workers, arguing with pro bono help from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP that a circuit split on the issue hurts the economy.

  • October 11, 2017

    McConnell Pushes To Speed Judicial Picks Amid Pressure

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has moved to up the pace of putting President Donald Trump’s picks on the federal bench this week in the face of increasing pressure from his caucus and outside conservative groups.

Expert Analysis

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Part Of The Show

    Stephen Kinnaird

    Despite thorough preparation for my first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, when I stood at the podium to deliver my opening lines, my legs were shaking like Elvis’ (although involuntarily and I hoped not too visibly). But when the first question came it calmed me immediately, says Stephen Kinnaird of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Flattered, Excited And Obligated

    Verna Williams

    Listening to the recording of my first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court 10 years after it took place triggered my fight-or-flight reflex. But why? Maybe it was time to lift that rock and look underneath, says Verna Williams, interim dean and professor of law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tunheim Reviews 'Miles Lord'

    Chief Judge John Tunheim

    Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.

  • Technology Assisted Review Can Work For Small Cases

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    For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • Roundup

    My Supreme Court Debut

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    As the end of the year draws near, all eyes are turning to the U.S. Supreme Court and the decisions it will issue during its October 2017 term. In this series, attorneys that have argued before the high court reflect on their very first time standing before the justices.

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • Opinion

    For More Value And Diversity In Outside Counsel, Go Small

    Sara Kropf

    Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That maxim applies to large companies that seek more value and diversity from their outside counsel by expecting big firms to change. There’s a simple solution to this problem, according to attorneys Margaret Cassidy, Sara Kropf and Ellen D. Marcus.