At least two global law firms are doing away with their annual associate reviews in favor of ongoing, associate-initiated performance evaluations, a new approach that may be the wave of the future for law firms.
A Beijing murder trial in March is thought to mark the first time in China a court has used virtual reality during a criminal trial. As the technology's costs come down and its familiarity goes up, it likely won't be long before U.S. courtrooms follow suit.
Junior associates riding high on their new BigLaw paychecks may be tempted to spend money now and think about the future later, but doing so could set them up for major financial hardship down the road. Here, five big money mistakes to avoid as a young attorney.
Large law firms are often slow to embrace change and lawyers are notoriously risk-averse, but with the right measures in place firms can create an environment where innovation can flourish. Here are four ways law firms can further groundbreaking ideas.
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP has elected its first African-American female managing partner, potentially marking a racial barrier-breaking first for the industry, Law360 has learned exclusively.
The Texas Supreme Court took a first-of-its-kind step last week, transferring more than 80 fully briefed cases away from the Eighth Court of Appeals in El Paso — some that have been pending for more than two years — as the court works to clear a backlog.
An attorney at Proskauer Rose LLP who anonymously accused the firm of gender discrimination told the Second Circuit on Wednesday a lower judge was wrong to reject her request for a mediator's notes that she believes prove her claim the firm threatened to fire her, saying the judge should determine if they're relevant.
Many employers now demand the opportunity to shape laws and regulations as they’re being written rather than simply scrambling to comply after the fact, a desire that has led to an explosion of competition among large law firms to set up and grow labor and employment lobbying shops.
A Dentons partner in Edmonton, Alberta, charged with impaired driving and being involved in a hit-and-run collision that killed a teenage pedestrian, has been suspended, the global law firm said Tuesday.
A former Liddle & Robinson LLP partner has sued the employment firm in New York state court alleging she was paid less than her male peers for equal work based on her gender, issuing a summons Monday that requested $32.3 million in damages.
Counsel for a former Fisher & Phillips LLP partner who fatally shot his wife told an Atlanta jury during closing arguments that prosecutors were trying to support murder charges with “speculation and red herrings,” while the prosecution fired back with a theatrical argument that the attorney consistently lied about the facts.
Retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin told an audience at a Reed Smith LLP symposium on gender diversity in the courtroom on Tuesday that she hoped to see more senior male attorneys acting as allies to help younger, female lawyers more regularly take on prominent roles in litigation.
Lawyers have an ethical duty to tell current clients if they discover they have made a potentially significant mistake in the course of the representation, but the obligation does not extend to former clients, the American Bar Association said on Tuesday.
BigLaw’s brass ring has grown more elusive in recent years, Law360 data shows, and experts say a number of potentially market-changing forces may be at work.
Andrews Kurth Kenyon saw a more than 12 percent drop in headcount in the year before its February merger with Hunton & Williams — a story experts expect to become familiar for regional firms in Texas.
Lathrop Gage lost more than 15 percent of its attorneys in 2017. Can a new managing partner help bolster its headcount?
De-equitized partners. Contracting offices. Declining headcount. The leaders of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan say it’s all part of the plan — a plan that’s already paying dividends.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders, who was convicted of fraud, reached an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that bars him from serving as a public company official and allows for a future disgorgement order or fine, according to a Monday court filing.
A New York federal judge on Monday refused calls from President Donald Trump and his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for an order blocking federal prosecutors from looking through a trove of materials seized in raids on Cohen’s office and home.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has chosen a member of the Chickasaw tribe in Oklahoma to clerk for him this coming year, marking the first time a Native American tribal member has served as a clerk on the nation's highest court, it was announced on Friday.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is on the hunt for a new law firm, announcing on Monday that he plans to leave Dentons after spending three years as a senior adviser in the global law firm's public policy and regulation practice.
Rachel Stern started working as the first lawyer at the Connecticut-based data and software company FactSet Research Systems Inc. in January 2001. Since then, her role has expanded to include several nonlegal responsibilities. She recently shared with Law360 why it's not sufficient for firms to present a pitch with three white men and one junior woman of color, and why it's important to embrace the European Union's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation.
The annual Law360 400 ranks the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component by domestic attorney headcount.
These firms saw double-digit growth in 2017 — one hire at a time. Here, their leaders tell Law360 of their varied approaches to attracting top talent.
As the #MeToo movement sweeps the nation, the legal industry is starting to respond: Law firms are reviewing sexual harassment policies, fostering more internal discussion, and, in some cases, getting rid of arbitration agreements that have gained a reputation for perpetuating the problem.
The Tuesday resignation of Latham & Watkins Chair Bill Voge was the culmination of a monthslong association with a woman unconnected to the firm that began last September, when Voge volunteered to broker a "Christian reconciliation" between her and a member of a nonprofit where Voge sat on the board.
Before his sudden departure Tuesday, Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge engaged in a pattern of reckless behavior starting with sexually explicit messages sent to a woman he approached on behalf of a Christian men’s group and culminating in threats to her husband to have her thrown in jail. This story has been updated to include more details.
There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.
Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.
Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.
In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.
To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.
In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise. What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.
For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.
Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.
Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.
Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.