Business of Law

  • August 8, 2017

    NJ Court Tosses Firm Interest Award In Atty's Divorce

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Tuesday upended a ruling awarding the then-wife of a Lowenstein Sandler LLP partner a portion of his interest in the firm as part of the couple's divorce, saying a trial court failed to spell out its findings and used flawed figures.

  • August 8, 2017

    Chadbourne Calls Revised Sex Bias Complaint 'Prohibited'

    Chadbourne & Parke LLP urged a New York federal court Monday to order female attorneys in a $100 million gender discrimination suit to revise their recently amended complaint, which added Norton Rose Fulbright as a defendant, saying it contained additional elements that were "prohibited" by the court from being included.

  • August 8, 2017

    Ex-Dewey Partners Urge Leniency For Convicted Former CFO

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP partners expressed support for a no-jail sentence for former Dewey Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders in letters filed with a New York court Monday, saying Sanders' actions didn't cause the megafirm's collapse.

  • August 8, 2017

    9th Circ. Won't Rehear Ex-Heller Ehrman Atty Row

    A split Ninth Circuit panel refused on Monday to reconsider its decision reversing a bankruptcy judge’s ruling that ordered the now-defunct Heller Ehrman LLP to pay a former shareholder nearly $1.2 million, rejecting arguments that the firm is still liable for shareholders’ contract claims after its dissolution.

  • August 8, 2017

    Loss Of File 'Obscurity' Puts Privacy Onus On Courts, Attys

    With the “practical obscurity” of paper legal documents on the wane in the internet age, more judges are skipping the balancing act between privacy interests and public access and cloaking entire categories of case information, a North Carolina law professor argues in a paper published Monday.

  • August 7, 2017

    Quinn Emanuel Says Pharma Co. Owes $6M In Back Fees

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP urged a Delaware Chancery judge on Friday to enter a lien against former client Wellstat for $6 million in unpaid legal bills regarding a soured drug-commercialization contract, saying Wellstat's argument that an arbitration precludes the lien "makes no sense."

  • August 7, 2017

    Ethics Whiplash: Four 180-Degree Turns On Atty Conduct Cases

    Any lawyer facing a charge of professional malfeasance has an uncertain road ahead, and nothing illustrates that better than courts scrapping calls for discipline or leniency from the watchdogs that bring such cases. Here are four instances in which courts took a 180-degree turn from conduct charges or sanction recommendations.

  • August 7, 2017

    2017's 1st Half Saw Hefty Uptick In Texas Partner Moves

    Splashy office openings by Winston & Strawn LLP and other national firms and targeted practice group acquisitions by firms like Baker Botts LLP drove a remarkable 48 percent uptick in lateral activity in the Texas legal market in the first half of 2017, according to data compiled by Law360.

  • August 7, 2017

    Sedgwick To Close DC Office

    Sedgwick LLP will close its Washington, D.C., office as a direct response to the news that two of the last remaining partners in the office are planning to leave the firm, Sedgwick's chairman told Law360 on Monday.

  • August 7, 2017

    ABA, NYU Law Call For Greater Judicial Diversity

    The federal judiciary still fails to reflect the country's diversity, and in an effort to change that, the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division and the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law released a manual on Monday that federal judges can use to increase the diversity of federal magistrate and bankruptcy benches.

  • August 7, 2017

    Northwestern, Georgetown Law Schools To Accept GRE

    Two more top law schools announced Monday they’ll accept the Graduate Record Examinations test for admissions purposes, bringing the total to at least four and putting the GRE’s administrator on an official roll as it seeks to take market share from the LSAT.

  • August 7, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Supreme Court, BigLaw And NewLaw

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

  • August 5, 2017

    Law360’s Pro Say Podcast: A Texas Judge Vs. The High Court

    On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, the team discusses whether a lone district court judge can keep a patent sea change at bay, Google and Facebook opposing a law aimed at combating sex trafficking, and the ACLU's cheeky brief supporting John Oliver's right to make fun of a coal company executive. 

  • August 4, 2017

    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.

  • August 4, 2017

    Del. District Judge Sue L. Robinson Joins Farnan LLP

    Farnan LLP has added former Delaware District Chief Judge Sue L. Robinson as a partner in its Wilmington, Delaware, office, following her departure from the state’s bench after more than 25 years of service.

  • August 4, 2017

    For 8 Years, One Firm Led Both Sides Of Biz Litigation

    Over the last eight years, one law firm has dominated the pack on both sides of the table in commercial litigation, and the majority of all commercial litigation — cases with claims like breach of contract — was duked out in California’s Central District, a data scientist told Law360 on Friday.

  • August 4, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A tech giant's corporate counsel takes a stand against the billable hour, what to expect from the Justice Department's pivot on LGBT rights in the workplace and Republicans are on the verge of clinching a majority on the NLRB. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week.

  • August 4, 2017

    Rivals Crowd Legal Playing Field Beset By Billing Woes

    The business of law remains flush with players competing for work, but is bogging down in billing challenges and pressures over pricing and operational efficiency, according to a survey on the sector and legal technology.

  • August 4, 2017

    Legal Sector Sheds 4,300 Jobs In July

    The number of jobs in the legal services sector dropped by 4,300 in July, bucking a trend of steady growth in the industry since March, according to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.

  • August 4, 2017

    Trump Taps Kirkland Partner For Chicago US Atty Post

    President Donald Trump on Thursday named a Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner as U.S. attorney for the district covering Chicago — one of four in the president's latest round of nominees to U.S. attorney positions.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • A Conversation With Keesal Young CISO Justin Hectus

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    In this interview, legal industry analyst Ari Kaplan discusses the Electronic Discovery Reference Model questionnaire with Justin Hectus, chief information security officer at Keesal Young & Logan, a Pacific Rim-based law firm with a national litigation practice.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.