Business of Law

  • June 15, 2017

    Top Female IP Litigators Give Tips On Combating Gender Bias

    Leading female intellectual property litigators speaking at a Silicon Valley conference on Wednesday shared hard-won tips on combating gender bias in the courtroom, including how to respond when a frustrated male opponent lashes out with a sexist comment.

  • June 15, 2017

    Clients' Verbal Foul-Ups Rarely Burn Their Lawyers

    Belligerent litigants may hurt themselves with profane attacks on opposing counsel, but this rarely translates into ethics liability for their lawyers, say experts, who see long-shot chances for sanctions sought by Fox Rothschild attorneys representing Hallmark against counsel for an allegedly foul-mouthed company president.

  • June 15, 2017

    Pence Taps McGuireWoods Chairman For Russia Probe

    Vice President Mike Pence hired McGuireWoods LLP chairman and white collar criminal defense pro Richard Cullen to assist him in inquiries arising from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into purported Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to reports Thursday.

  • June 15, 2017

    Trump, Lawmakers Attend Gorsuch's Investiture Ceremony

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch received his formal investiture Thursday in a ceremony attended by President Donald Trump, Republican members of Congress and other prominent Washington conservatives, swearing an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution as the 101st associate justice in the high court's history.

  • June 15, 2017

    NY Gov. To Nominate First Openly LGBT Judge To High Court

    New York Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo plans to nominate Justice Paul G. Feinman to serve on the Empire State’s highest court as an associate judge, the governor’s office announced on Thursday. If confirmed, he will be the first openly LGBT judge to the sit on the high court’s bench.

  • June 15, 2017

    Public Co. GCs See Higher Paydays Than Private Peers

    General counsel for public companies receive greater compensation for their work in comparison to counterparts at private corporations, especially in terms of incentives for staying in the position on a long-term basis, a study released Thursday found.

  • June 15, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Hogan Lovells LLP reigned supreme as this week’s top legal lion, winning a Ninth Circuit decision blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, while Chadbourne & Parke LLP ended up a legal lamb after the law firm lost its early bid for dismissal of a $100 million proposed gender bias suit brought by several female attorneys.

  • June 15, 2017

    Senate Panel OKs 2 Trump Judicial Nominees, USCIS Pick

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced two of President Donald Trump's nominees for district court judgeships and his choice to head the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, while members have continued to delay a Justice Department pick.

  • June 15, 2017

    BigLaw Appellate Associates Cut Teeth On Pro Bono Cases

    The low-supply, high-demand nature of corporate appellate work means that BigLaw associates rarely, if ever, get the chance to develop their skills arguing civil appeals in live court. But a growing number of young lawyers has found a creative and indeed altruistic solution to the problem: pro bono work.

  • June 14, 2017

    Silicon Valley Female IP Attys Call For Gender Pay Equity

    Leading female intellectual property lawyers speaking at a Silicon Valley conference on Wednesday called on female attorneys to push harder to close a BigLaw gender pay gap that sees male partners earning 44 percent more on average, urging colleagues to seek leadership positions and demand higher pay.

  • June 14, 2017

    UK Litigation Insurance Broker Expands Into US Market

    A U.K.-based insurance and funding broker is bringing its litigation insurance services across the pond, where such policies covering contingency fees and attorneys’ costs in the event of a legal defeat are largely unfamiliar.

  • June 14, 2017

    Chadbourne Loses Bid To Kill Attys' Gender Bias Suit

    Chadbourne & Parke LLP on Wednesday lost its bid for a quick dismissal of a $100 million proposed gender bias suit brought by several female attorneys, with a New York federal judge saying that the title of “partner” isn’t enough to automatically deem that the women are shareholders in the firm not entitled to protection under anti-discrimination law.

  • June 14, 2017

    Many GCs Looking To Switch Firms Despite Goodwill

    Attorneys in corporate legal departments report a high degree of satisfaction when it comes to their working relationships with outside counsel, and yet nearly half of GCs plan to change out a firm next year, according to a Tuesday report.

  • June 14, 2017

    Friedman Kaplan Atty, Other NY Judge Hopefuls Score High

    All seven candidates nominated to fill an empty seat on the New York State Court of Appeals are highly qualified and highly recommended, according to a recent assessment by the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

  • June 14, 2017

    Proskauer Says Partner In Gender Bias Suit Not 'Employee'

    Proskauer Rose LLP on Tuesday asked a Washington, D.C., federal court to toss a $50 million gender discrimination suit lodged by a female partner, arguing that she functions as an owner in the firm who isn’t covered by the employment statutes under which she sued. 

  • June 14, 2017

    Trump Judicial Picks Defend Past Writings At Senate Panel

    President Donald Trump's picks for the federal courts in the Eleventh and Sixth circuits tried to distance themselves from their political writings Wednesday, telling a Senate panel their personal views won't affect their conduct on the bench.

  • June 14, 2017

    In-House Lawyers' Days Of Getting No Respect Are Over

    Most in-house lawyers report they now are treated with the same respect as outside counsel, and many say they’re happier with the in-house life than they were working at a law firm, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • June 14, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: McKool Smith's Courtney Tippett

    Sometimes, defense teams use hardball litigation tactics like not producing discovery documents in a timely manner or submitting overly broad requests for irrelevant information. However, the shear act of a delay is not going to change the outcome, says Courtney Statfeld Tippett of McKool Smith PC.

  • June 13, 2017

    Kasowitz May Hold Off On Leak Complaint Against Comey

    The plans for President Donald Trump’s attorney Marc Kasowitz to file a complaint with the Department of Justice over former FBI Director James Comey’s public release of details regarding his conversations with the president may be pushed back until next week, a spokesperson for the legal team confirmed on Tuesday.

  • June 13, 2017

    Preet Bharara Vents Trump Frustrations On Twitter

    Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara took to Twitter on Tuesday, poking fun at President Donald Trump's "covfefe" typo in the latest of a string of sharply critical comments the ex-prosecutor has hurled at the current administration and Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, in recent weeks.

Expert Analysis

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: When There Were No Witnesses

    Stéphane Bonifassi

    My client — a corporate counsel for a multinational U.S. company — appeared to be an ideal witness, and I was convinced that what he was going to say would tilt the case in his favor. I wanted him on that witness stand. But on the fateful day, the three-judge panel had other ideas, recalls Stéphane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • 6 Habits Of A Successful Tech Lawyer

    Caine Moss

    Many reputable tech lawyers are competent enough to handle the typical corporate work of a young startup, but when thorny issues inevitably arise, tech entrepreneurs deserve lawyers who can operate as true business partners, says Caine Moss of Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    'Talking Bull': Episode 21, How To Dodge A Bullet

    Roy Futterman

    In this column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • Bail Reform Will Imperil California's Justice System

    Quentin Kopp

    Each year more than 300,000 defendants are released on bail in California. But new legislation seeks to take this constitutional right away from defendants and replace it with an expensive and onerous pretrial release system. Shifting from privately funded bail to taxpayer-funded pretrial release programs will undoubtedly strain California’s already underfunded court system, says retired San Mateo Superior Court Judge Quentin Kopp.

  • Why US Law Firms Need Anti-Money Laundering Policies

    Kristine Safos

    For U.S. law firms, anti-money laundering compliance are a business necessity. As large financial institutions and other clients adopt their own AML policies, they expect law firms they work with to do the same. Kristine Safos of HBR Consulting offers guidance on AML and client due diligence best practices.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 20, Make Me

    Roy Futterman

    In voir dire, the attorney passes around a candle for potential jurors to smell and opine on. He also has gun owners raise their hands, as if everyone in New York is Travis Bickle. But these are not the only inaccuracies in this week's episode of the CBS show Bull, according to jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman.

  • Federal Judges Are Tired Of 'Stock' Discovery Objections

    David Goldhaber

    With the latest amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure now behind us, federal court litigators should take stock of their “stock objections” and put them to rest. Several recent examples from federal courts make this abundantly clear, and state courts are sure to follow, say attorneys with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.