Business of Law

  • June 03, 2020

    3 Qualities That Help Law Firms Thrive In Times Of Crisis

    As the legal industry grapples with the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, law firms that possess certain characteristics will not only survive but thrive in this time of massive uncertainty. Here is a look at three of those qualities.

  • June 02, 2020

    LA Courts To Launch New Remote Appearance System

    The Los Angeles County Superior Court announced Tuesday that it is deploying a new court-developed remote appearance system for civil suits and other matters, available beginning the week of June 22 to attorneys and self-represented litigants to help fight the COVID-19 health crisis.

  • June 02, 2020

    How Public And Private Cos. Use Their GCs Differently

    General counsel are part of the executive management teams of a large majority of public companies, while private companies are much less apt to follow the same practice, a report released on Tuesday found.

  • June 02, 2020

    NY Judge Who Called Atty C-Word Says It Was 'Compliment'

    A New York state judge facing removal for using sexist slurs against a female lawyer, and others, told the state's highest court on Tuesday that a judicial watchdog had wrongly concluded his remarks indicated he was sexist.

  • June 02, 2020

    Calif. Judge Johnson Removed Over Sexual Misconduct

    California's Commission on Judicial Performance removed a state appellate justice from office Monday after finding he exhibited a pattern of inappropriate behavior toward women and was "intentionally dishonest" in his testimony before a disciplinary panel.

  • June 02, 2020

    These Firms Are Handling The Most Product Liability Cases

    Weitz & Luxenberg handled the most product liability cases on behalf of plaintiffs in recent years, while Shook Hardy & Bacon represented the most cases for defendants, according to a report released Monday by legal analytics firm Lex Machina.

  • June 02, 2020

    Skadden, Clio Open Checkbooks Amid George Floyd Protests

    Amid protests and unrest over the killing of George Floyd and other black Americans by police, some in the legal industry, including Skadden, legal tech company Clio and Morrison & Foerster LLP, have responded with donations to groups focused on racial justice and criminal justice reform.

  • June 02, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    While the nation's collective consciousness largely shifted this week from the COVID-19 pandemic to rage over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, state leaders grappling with sometimes violent protests still continued to map out life after the coronavirus.

  • June 02, 2020

    Pryor Cashman Suspends Atty Charged In Molotov Attack

    Pryor Cashman LLP on Tuesday said it has suspended an associate who's charged in connection with a Molotov cocktail attack on a New York City Police Department vehicle amid the recent wave of protests, while New York federal prosecutors asked the Second Circuit to stay a court's order granting him bail.

  • June 02, 2020

    Counsel Who Care: How Attys Are Helping During A Crisis

    As coronavirus cases have spread, law firms across the nation have been stepping up to help, from providing pro bono legal assistance to fundraisers and donations.

  • June 02, 2020

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Miner Barnhill's Robert Libman

    It was 2005, and Robert S. Libman waited in a small, crowded courtroom in Cook County, Illinois, to make his first appearance in a lawsuit accusing more than four dozen of the world's most powerful drug companies of manipulating drug prices to rip off Illinois' Medicaid program by tens of millions of dollars.

  • June 02, 2020

    Firm Says Atty Behind Sex Bias Suit Drove Client Away

    Levi & Korsinsky LLP is hitting back at a female ex-partner accusing the securities litigation firm of sex discrimination, claiming she sabotaged a valuable client relationship and funneled that client's business to a competing firm she wanted to join.

  • June 01, 2020

    McGuireWoods Hit With Retaliation Suit By Ex-Paralegal

    McGuireWoods LLP was slammed with an employment suit Monday in Pennsylvania federal court by a former paralegal who alleged the firm fired her in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment when an employee complained about how her body looked in clothing she had worn to work.

  • June 01, 2020

    Law Firm Sued For Age Bias Over Employee 'Scorecards'

    A former quality assurance specialist with a Midwestern creditors rights law firm has sued the firm for age discrimination, claiming that she was targeted for a layoff based on her age, which was allegedly included in the company's "scorecards" for employees.

  • June 01, 2020

    Judge Defends Refusal To 'Rubber Stamp' DOJ's Flynn Move

    A D.C. federal judge on Monday defended his decision to probe the government's abrupt request to abandon former national security adviser Michael Flynn's criminal case, telling the D.C. Circuit he has appropriately decided to seek outside input and isn't bound by any court rule or judicial precedent "to serve as a mere rubber stamp."

  • June 01, 2020

    Before Virus Hit, Drop In Law Grads Led To Better Job Market

    A slight increase in the number of jobs and a decrease in the size of the 2019 graduating law school class led to a higher percentage of new attorneys finding employment over the past year, according to data released Monday by the American Bar Association — but that doesn't include the recent economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 01, 2020

    Bail For Pryor Cashman Atty Charged In NYC Molotov Attack

    Two Brooklyn federal judges signed off Monday on bail applications by two attorneys accused of firebombing a vacant police vehicle and offering Molotov cocktails to others amid protests in Brooklyn, releasing them to home confinement over the government's strident objections.

  • June 01, 2020

    Schiff Hardin Didn't Breach Contract With Former Partner

    Schiff Hardin LLP didn't breach an express or implied contract with a former partner by refusing to pay him more for the years he was receiving disability payments following a cancer diagnosis, an Illinois appellate court has said, affirming an arbitration award in favor of the firm.

  • June 01, 2020

    Texas Bar Escapes 1st Amendment Suit Over Mandatory Dues

    A Texas federal judge has tossed a lawsuit by three lawyers who objected to paying dues to the state's bar association, the latest case where attorneys are challenging the requirement on First Amendment grounds.

  • June 01, 2020

    Jailed Protesters Find Attorneys Ready To Take Up Their Case

    While thousands of people were pouring into the streets over the weekend to express their rage and grief over the killing of George Floyd, attorneys began looking for a way to help. Once the number of arrests began mounting, they found it.

  • June 01, 2020

    Ex-Public Defender Confirmed To Federal Bench In Florida

    The Senate on Monday easily confirmed a state appellate judge to join the federal bench in the Middle District of Florida, approving one of the few former public defenders to be nominated by President Donald Trump.

  • June 01, 2020

    Pierce Bainbridge Funder Says Firm Defaulted On Debt

    Litigation funder Virage Capital Management claims Pierce Bainbridge has defaulted on debt the ailing law firm racked up over the past year, estimated by current and former attorneys at $65 million, as Virage bids to block a competing creditor from collecting on a much smaller debt in Texas state court.

  • June 01, 2020

    'Strange' Times For Mass. Judges As Virus Redefines Court

    As attorneys, firms, law schools and students adjust to their new normal, the judiciary is also trying to figure out what that will look like once the courts ramp back up.

  • June 01, 2020

    Reed Smith Makes Deeper Austerity Cut As Virus Persists

    Reed Smith LLP, which already announced a series of salary reductions earlier in the year, confirmed Monday that it would be making another round of cost-cutting measures to weather the financial impact of COVID-19, including extended pay cuts, furloughs and layoffs.

  • June 01, 2020

    Bayer Slams Pet Med Co.'s Bid To Serve Docs Via Email

    Bayer HealthCare urged a California federal court against allowing a generic pet medication maker to flout international protocol for how to serve documents in a $114 million antitrust case, saying the company is trying to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a scapegoat for its own delays and errors.

Expert Analysis

  • What It's Like To Move From Army JAG To BigLaw

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    Lawyers who have served in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps can provide tremendous value to law firms, but the transition to firm life has its challenges, says former JAG attorney Vinnie Lichvar, now at Snell & Wilmer.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Winston & Strawn's Bryant Gardner

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    As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Washington, D.C.-based Bryant Gardner, a partner at Winston & Strawn specializing in the shipping and maritime industry. 

  • How Law Firms Can Maximize COVID-19 Insurance Coverage

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    Law firms struggling due to the pandemic should identify relevant insurance policies and provisions, be mindful of notice requirements that could interfere with coverage, and push back against policy exclusions, say Robin Cohen and James Smith at McKool Smith.

  • Protecting Privilege When Communicating With Contractors

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    Courts continue to define where information shared with independent contractors and specialists fits for purposes of the attorney-client privilege, and recent decisions show that jurisdictions vary in their application of the third-party waiver exception, say Matthew Hamilton and Donna Fisher at Pepper Hamilton.

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    Coping With A Pandemic: Morgan Lewis' Jennifer Breen

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    As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Washington, D.C.-based Jennifer Breen, a partner at Morgan Lewis focusing on tax controversy and planning matters.

  • Virtual Caucuses Can Improve The Mediation Process

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    Both during the current crisis and in the future, integrating virtual, private caucuses between the mediator and each party into the mediation timetable would create an overall superior process, says mediator Marc Isserles at JAMS.

  • What All Attorneys Can Learn From Female Rainmakers

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    Soon lawyers may find an unrecognizable competitive landscape in which most firms will be vulnerable — if they don't rapidly start upgrading their client development tactics to ones like those used by female rainmakers, says marketing consultant Craig Levinson, who recently interviewed Jennifer Trock, Desiree Moore and Debra Fischer about their secrets to success.

  • Inside The ABA's New Guidance On Willful Blindness

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    An opinion issued last week by the American Bar Association's ethics committee makes clear that lawyers who engage in willful blindness — ignoring facts that a client may be using their services to advance fraudulent conduct — are on a collision course with numerous ABA rules, says Kevin Shepherd at Venable.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: LegalShield's Jeff Bell

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    As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Oklahoma-based Jeff Bell, CEO of identity theft protection provider LegalShield.

  • Promoting Lawyer Well-Being Is More Essential Than Ever

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    As the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly tests the overall well-being of lawyers, firms with behavioral health programs can leverage or adapt many existing resources to respond to the crisis, while firms without formal programs can find little ways to make a big difference, says Krista Larson, director of employee well-being at Morgan Lewis.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: VC Specialist Lindsay Karas Stencel

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    As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Columbus, Ohio-based Lindsay Karas Stencel, a partner at Thompson Hine and co-founder of venture capital startup W Fund.

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    Coping With A Pandemic: Massey & Gail's Lenny Gail

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    As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Chicago-based Leonard Gail, a trial lawyer and founding partner of Massey & Gail.

  • Remote Depositions Bring Ethics Considerations For Lawyers

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    Utilizing virtual litigation technologies and participating in remote depositions require attorneys to beware of inadvertently violating their ethical obligations, including the principal duty to provide competent representation, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders.

  • More Reasons To Redesign The Open Office Post-Pandemic

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    A new South Korean study demonstrates that the so-called open office adopted by so many U.S. companies is extremely dangerous in the COVID-19 world, which is important to consider as Congress may provide employers federal immunity from COVID-19 suits as they reopen, says Steven Moore at Withers.

  • Early Pandemic-Related Shifts We're Seeing In Legal Finance

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    As law firms chart their paths forward during these unsettled times, litigation funders are already observing changes in the types of products firms are seeking, such as an increase in one-off case funding requests, says Eric Blinderman at Therium.

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