Business of Law

  • January 12, 2018

    Up Next At High Court: Betraying A Client, Appellate Rules

    A lawyer’s courtroom betrayal of his client in a Louisiana murder trial is likely the juiciest item on the Supreme Court’s oral argument calendar this week, but other cases involving the right of appeal in consolidated cases and a controversial question under the Fair Labor Standards Act could have major implications for the appellate and employment bars. Here's what to expect.

  • January 13, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: When To Walk Away From A Dangerous Client

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses how to know when it is time to ditch a dangerous client like Martin Shkreli, the latest developments over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program, a case striking down partisan gerrymandering, and a bizarre 5-bite diet.

  • January 12, 2018

    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.

  • January 12, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Acquisition Fever

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven major recent developments.

  • January 12, 2018

    Final Dewey Cooperator Gets No Jail Time

    The final cooperator in the Manhattan district attorney's criminal case against former executives at the once prominent law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP was sentenced to unconditional release on Friday, presumably ending the saga that absorbed the legal industry.

  • January 12, 2018

    High Court Vet Joins Quinn Emanuel From Kirkland

    U.S. Supreme Court heavy hitter Chris Landau is moving to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP after 25 years at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, joining a growing appellate group formed by his former Harvard law professor Kathleen Sullivan.

  • January 12, 2018

    New Group To Probe Workplace Harassment In Federal Courts

    The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has launched a working group to examine the policies in place to protect employees of the federal judiciary from workplace harassment, the office announced on Friday.

  • January 12, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The head of a conservative think tank slammed attacks against the Federal Communications Commission's Republican chairman over the agency's vote to repeal net neutrality, federal immigration officials inspected almost 100 7-Eleven stores across the country, and lawmakers in various states proposed legislation to quell workplace sexual harassment. ​These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

  • January 11, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Sheppard Mullin snagged a spot atop this week's legal lions list, securing dismissal of a proposed class action against Starbucks over the amount of foam in its coffee drinks, while K&L Gates ended up among the legal lambs after it failed to prevent tens of thousands of Walmart workers from winning certification in labor litigation against the retail giant.

  • January 11, 2018

    Alston & Bird Vet OK’d For Georgia Judgeship

    The Senate confirmed two of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees Thursday, including Alston & Bird LLP partner Michael Brown for the Northern District of Georgia and U.S. Magistrate Judge Walter Counts III for the Western District of Texas.

  • January 11, 2018

    PE-Backed Internet Brands Absorbs Legal Services Biz Avvo

    Avvo Inc., a popular provider of online legal referral services that touts more than 300,000 attorneys as active users of its online platform, has been purchased by private equity-backed website operator Internet Brands Inc., the companies said on Thursday.

  • January 11, 2018

    Bannon Hires Quinn Emanuel Atty For House Russia Probe

    Former White House strategist Steve Bannon, who stepped down this week from his role at Breitbart News after a public falling-out with President Donald Trump, has hired Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Bill Burck to represent him as he prepares to testify before the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

  • January 11, 2018

    Senate Panel Advances Baker Botts Vet For Texas Judge Seat

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nominations of one Texas judicial nominee and President Donald Trump’s picks for U.S. attorney posts in Texas and Wisconsin to the full Senate on Thursday.

  • January 11, 2018

    How Outside Companies Are Taking Over In-House Legal

    A major technology company recently inked a deal that places the reins of its entire in-house legal department largely in the hands of an alternative legal services provider, an arrangement many say may be the wave of the future.

  • January 10, 2018

    Trump Gets Second Tenn. Judge Confirmed

    The Senate confirmed Thomas Parker, a shareholder at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, for the Western District of Tennessee Wednesday, filling the second of four vacancies in the state.

  • January 10, 2018

    Fight Harassment In Fed Court With Ombudsman: Advocates

    With federal courts set to look at ways to encourage clerks to report bad workplace behavior by their powerful bosses, legal industry advocates are calling for a new oversight position to put teeth in a likely revamp of the courts’ sexual harassment policy.

  • January 10, 2018

    Surveys, Series & More: Law360's 2018 Editorial Calendar

    From the Law360 400, our annual headcount survey of U.S.-based law firms, to Practice Groups of the Year, use this guide for everything you need to know about Law360's surveys, rankings and series for 2018.

  • January 10, 2018

    Trump 5th Circ. Pick Defends Harassment, Katrina Rulings

    The Louisiana federal judge nominated by President Donald Trump for a Fifth Circuit vacancy defended his handling of cases on the bench before a Senate panel on Wednesday, pushing back on questions about decisions he made on workplace sexual harassment and police shootings after Hurricane Katrina.

  • January 10, 2018

    Trump Atty Sues BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS Over Russia Dossier

    A personal attorney for President Donald Trump filed two defamation lawsuits Tuesday against BuzzFeed and the intelligence firm Fusion GPS over the publication of research into Trump’s ties to Russia, which included allegations concerning the attorney, Michael Cohen.

  • January 9, 2018

    IP Firm Stakes Survival On War Against Non-Atty TM Services

    A California attorney has lodged his eighth complaint in just three weeks over online trademark registration services, telling Law360 on Tuesday that his litigation war over such companies’ use of non-lawyers for legal work is a “matter of survival” for his firm.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 1

    Brian Kriegler

    In the first of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research examines four core principles of random sampling and offers recommendations for justifying statistical inference calculations.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 17 Ways To Lose A Winning Argument In Court

    Richard Seymour

    Over the course of my recent research, I have been struck by the number of ways to lose a case besides, well, having a losing claim or defense. In particular, unknowing and unintended waivers that arise in litigation can bar a winning argument or defense because it was raised too late, says attorney, arbitrator and mediator Richard Seymour.

  • Opinion

    3 Hot Debates From 2017

    Debate

    In this recap of some of the year's best contributed op-eds, we look back at a few of the topics that got people talking in 2017.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.