The major law firm mergers just kept coming in 2017, with Dentons, Norton Rose Fulbright and Womble Carlyle each bolting on hundreds of attorneys through tie-ups, and the legal industry as a whole experiencing nearly 100 combinations as of Dec. 6. Here, Law360 takes a look at the seven biggest mergers of the year.
Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon.
A general sense of malaise and unhappiness can set in when lawyers overextend themselves, are repeatedly bombarded with stressful situations, or fail to create a balance between work and the rest of their lives. Here, mental health professionals offer a guidebook for lawyers on how to identify whether that sense of dissatisfaction is actually burnout.
President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney in California’s Eastern District, who would be serving in that role for the second time, earned more than $5.7 million in distribution and bonuses since 2015 as an Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP partner, he said in recently published filings.
On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses Justice Kennedy's swing vote in a case pitting religious freedom and free speech against gay rights, a bizarre trial over a scheme to skirt sanctions on Iran, and Katy Perry's win in a suit over her purchase of a convent.
After reports surfaced claiming Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski had showed female clerks pornography and engaged in other misconduct, the high-profile jurist told Law360 on Friday it was “regrettable” if he had offended any of his staffers.
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.
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday paused lower court proceedings in a suit seeking to get a judge disqualified for being Facebook friends with opposing counsel, indicating the court might take up the case.
U.S. legal services jobs climbed by 600 jobs in November, marking four consecutive months of job growth and the second-highest total for the sector so far in 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday in its latest jobs report.
Legislators introduced a bill to prevent businesses from enforcing mandatory arbitration agreements in instances where employees allege workplace sexual harassment, and a credit union sued President Donald Trump to block Mick Mulvaney from leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week.
K&L Gates responded Thursday to allegations in a putative New York federal racketeering class action that claimed the firm helped cover up Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults, noting the firm is not named as a defendant and denying any links to an alleged Weinstein cover-up.
The California Supreme Court dove deep into the financial rights of law firms on Thursday when the trustee of dissolved firm Heller Ehrman LLP argued it’s entitled to the hourly profits of ex-partners for cases they continue at new firms like Jones Day and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Attorneys from Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, Jones Day, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP take the lead in this week's list of legal lions for their role in overturning an $84 million award against their clients, while the legal lambs list is rounded out by a number of attorneys in hot water.
Slater and Gordon Ltd. shareholders on Wednesday voted in favor of a recapitalization plan to give control of the publicly traded Australian law firm to hedge funds, at its annual general meeting in Melbourne.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced a pair of Fifth Circuit nominees, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner James Ho, along with Eighth Circuit nominee L. Steven Grasz of Husch Blackwell LLP over objections from Democrats.
From local judges to U.S. Supreme Court justices, it’s not unusual for jurists to write and publish books — but judges looking to see their names in print need to make certain they are aware of the judicial ethics rules that cover both the writing and the marketing of books.
Some law firms are feeling a squeeze on the cash they have available for investments in the future as demand for firms' services remains sluggish and partners continue to expect ever-rising profit payouts.
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.
Counsel for an attorney who is aiming to use a Texas free speech law as grounds to dismiss fraud claims brought against him by a former court opponent told the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments Wednesday that the conduct at the heart of the complaint “arose from a judicial proceeding,” and therefore the suit must be tossed under the law.
A federal magistrate judge ruled Wednesday in favor of a Delaware man who argued that the state’s requirement for political party balance on its judicial benches violated the U.S. Constitution, finding that judges don’t fall under policymaker exceptions to prohibitions against political tests for government employment.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP argued in a filing docketed Tuesday that a former client suing the firm in Pennsylvania state court for $30 million over an alleged betrayal had twice waived any conflicts stemming from the firm’s representation of potential adversaries.
Florida's federal judicial nominating commission on Monday sent the names of four potential nominees — two trial court judges and two appellate judges — to the state's U.S. senators for the three vacancies on the Middle District of Florida bench.
Chinese hackers tried to spy on attorneys and snatch secret files from three multinational law firms by luring lawyers with phishing emails citing the uproar over Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, cybersecurity researchers said Tuesday.
As the House and Senate prepare to reconcile their vastly different proposals for taxing pass-through enterprises, practitioners anticipate that the more complex House plan, favoring capital-intensive businesses and passive investors, ultimately will get ditched for the more labor-friendly Senate version.
The law firms on Law360’s 2017 Regional Powerhouse list are handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles across seven states, offering clients regional expertise and making a lasting impact on the law at the state and local level.
The law firms on Law360’s Global 20 list have expertise that spans practice areas and continents, and they’ve handled some of the biggest cross-border matters of the year. With thousands of attorneys in dozens of countries around the world, these firms have figured out the key to delivering for clients on multiple fronts.
The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.
Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Appellate lawyers are usually silent observers at trial who collaborate on legal strategy, conduct research during court breaks, and craft jury instructions, verdict forms and major motions. But as I discovered in one trial, this is not always the case, says M.C. Sungaila of Haynes and Boone LLP.
Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.
While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.
There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
It would be disingenuous to suggest that my heart did not skip a beat when I walked into the U.S. Supreme Court knowing I would be arguing there for the first time an hour later. However, my experience demonstrates that a first-time advocate can approach the lectern calmly and confidently through thorough preparation, says Jean-Claude André of Sidley Austin LLP.
Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.
There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.
All types of companies, including law firms, often wonder how a pay analysis can be beneficial if there are so many factors that can't be captured in a statistical model. The good news is that regression analysis is quite adequate in modeling the quantitative factors that drive pay, but can also be used to understand and isolate nonquantitative factors, say Charles Diamond and Rick Holt of Resolution Economics LLC.