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Business of Law

  • June 15, 2018

    Female Attys Take To Twitter As Senate Looks At Harassment

    Female lawyers took to Twitter this week to share experiences of sexual harassment in their professional lives after a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on such harassment in U.S. courts.

  • June 15, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A retail industry association, Comcast Corp. and others continue to urge the Federal Communications Commission to create a database of reassigned phone numbers that would come with a liability shield for those who use it, a federal judge ruled AT&T can complete its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, and the European Union has moved forward in establishing a new blocwide cybersecurity agency that proponents say will promise a level of data security on products like connected cars and smart medical devices. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • June 14, 2018

    New Manatt Head To Ambitious Young Lawyers: 'Be Curious'

    Donna Wilson, the next managing partner and CEO of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, has a piece of advice for law students and young lawyers who aspire to lead a large firm one day: “Be curious.”

  • June 14, 2018

    BigLaw Firms Clamor To Match Cravath In Associate Pay Race

    Skadden, Cleary and Weil Gotshal are among the law firms that have recently added their names to a growing list of shops that plan to match the associate salary raises and bonus structure put forth earlier this week by Cravath.

  • June 14, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    The legal lions this week are led by a team of attorneys that successfully argued in D.C. federal court that AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner should proceed over the objections of the U.S. Department of Justice, while the legal lambs list kicks off with embattled Trump advocate Michael Cohen.

  • June 14, 2018

    Trump Pick For Okla. Judgeship Advances Over Dems' Gripes

    A judge on the shortlist for future U.S. Supreme Court openings made progress Thursday toward an Oklahoma federal court post, despite complaints from Democrats about his previous attacks on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and his lack of American Bar Association vetting.

  • June 14, 2018

    4 Ways To Become Influential At Your Law Firm

    Becoming an influential force within a large law firm can be difficult; there are social dynamics to navigate, legal work to juggle, and no guidebook on how to have sway. Here, those with influence in their firms offer up four tips on how to build clout.

  • June 13, 2018

    Ex-Dewey CFO Gets Discovery Stay For Criminal Appeal

    Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's former chief financial officer, who was convicted of fraud, won a bid Tuesday to pause discovery in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s New York federal suit against him while his criminal case is still on appeal.

  • June 13, 2018

    Michael Cohen Splits With McDermott Legal Team

    Michael Cohen, personal attorney and self-described “fixer” for President Donald Trump, is in need of a new legal team as he splits with McDermott Will & Emery LLP, according to media reports Wednesday.

  • June 13, 2018

    Avenatti's Ex-Partner Seeks Assets To Satisfy $10M Judgment

    A former partner at Eagan Avenatti LLP has asked a California bankruptcy court to turn over the defunct class action firm’s assets to him to satisfy a $10 million judgment — a request that includes payments tied to Michael Avenatti’s representation of Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump.

  • June 13, 2018

    Paul Weiss Ties Cravath's Associate Salary Bumps

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP confirmed it has joined at least two other law firms in catching up to the new associate pay scale and bonus structure put forth this week by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

  • June 13, 2018

    The Firms That Get Clients To Pay The Highest Rates

    When asked which firms manage to secure the highest rates clients are willing to pay, legal decision makers keep coming back to the same 31 firms, according to a new report released Wednesday.

  • June 13, 2018

    Sens. Slam US Courts' Action Plan On Sexual Harassment

    U.S. senators on Wednesday criticized efforts by the federal courts to address sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct by judges, calling a report on the topic released by the administrative body of the federal court system "exceedingly vague" and insufficient.

  • June 13, 2018

    LeClairRyan Has Done Away With Paralegals, Secretaries

    U.S. law firm LeClairRyan no longer employs its own operational staff, and instead sends all nonbillable work to a joint venture it has formed with law company UnitedLex, in a groundbreaking new arrangement the firm announced Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2018

    Guess Exec Resigns After Glaser Weil's Misconduct Inquiry

    Guess? Inc. has announced that co-founder Paul Marciano has resigned as executive chairman of the lifestyle brand after Glaser Weil LLP found he exercised “poor judgment” when communicating with models and photographers, adding that he and the company agreed to settle five individuals’ allegations of inappropriate conduct for $500,000.

  • June 12, 2018

    ABA Revokes Accreditation From For-Profit Ariz. Law School

    In what the American Bar Association says may be the first time an operating law school’s accreditation approval has been involuntarily revoked, the organization announced last week that it is withdrawing its stamp of approval from for-profit Arizona Summit Law School and giving the school 10 days to appeal.

  • June 12, 2018

    2 Firms Catch Up To Cravath's Associate Pay Raise

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and New York-based commercial litigation boutique law firm Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP on Tuesday announced they have adopted new associate pay scales and bonus structures that match the raises made public a day earlier by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

  • June 12, 2018

    Ex-Locke Lord Partner Faces Financial Fraud Charges In UK

    A former banking partner at Locke Lord LLP will face two counts of fraud in an English court in July for allegedly inflicting financial losses on members of a multimillion-pound investment scheme, the Crown Prosecution Service told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • June 12, 2018

    McGuireWoods Secures $8M Award In Human Trafficking Case

    A woman who spent virtually her entire life under the control of a cult that trafficked her from city to city and forced her to work without pay for a decade secured an almost $8 million judgment in Kansas federal court in May, thanks to the pro bono representation of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • June 11, 2018

    Dentons Ignored Managing Director's Harassment, Suit Says

    Dentons ignored a female business development specialist who complained that the male managing director of the firm’s venture technology group repeatedly groped her and hit on her using graphic come-ons, according to a suit filed Monday in New York state court.

Expert Analysis

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Michael Rubinoff: From Commercial Real Estate To Broadway

    Randy Maniloff

    “Come From Away” sounds like the stuff of a documentary on the Discovery Channel, not singing and dancing on stage. How could a musical tied to the 9/11 terrorist attacks ever get made — and by a real estate lawyer? The show’s producer, Michael Rubinoff, was kind enough to find 30 minutes to tell me, says Randy Maniloff.