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Business of Law

  • December 11, 2018

    Legal Hiring Poised For Boom In 2019

    Nearly half of U.S. lawyers in charge of hiring say their law firm or corporate legal department is poised to expand in the next six months, with the majority predicting that litigation will be the biggest driver of that growth, according to the results of a survey released Tuesday.

  • December 10, 2018

    Jay-Z Claims Movement In Arbitrator Diversity Request

    Music mogul Jay-Z told a New York state court Monday that the American Arbitration Association has agreed to work with him to ensure more African-American arbitrators would be available in the pool of potential people to hear his intellectual property dispute with Iconix Brand Group Inc.

  • December 10, 2018

    Sonos Snags GC From Tribune A Week After Nexstar Deal

    Smart speaker maker Sonos Inc. named Tribune Media Co.’s executive vice president and general counsel as its new chief legal officer on Monday, a week after Nexstar announced a $6.4 billion deal to acquire the media company.

  • December 10, 2018

    Susman Godfrey Shatters Cravath Associate Bonus Standard

    Three more law firms — Susman Godfrey LLP, Wigdor LLP and Selendy & Gay PLLC — are planning to exceed the market standard for associate bonuses previously set by trendsetter Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, with Susman Godfrey saying that the lowest rung on its scale will pay $10,000 more than the top bonuses given to Cravath associates.

  • December 10, 2018

    Barr, Delrahim Offered Dueling Accounts Of AT&T Merger Talk

    President Donald Trump’s announcement Friday naming Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney William Barr to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rekindled interest in a contentious meeting between Barr and the heads of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division that Barr once found “disturbing.”

  • December 10, 2018

    John Gibbons, Former 3rd Circ. Chief Judge, Dies At 94

    John J. Gibbons, a Gibbons PC name partner and former Third Circuit chief judge known as a champion of civil liberties, staunch constitutionalist and fierce critic of the death penalty, died Sunday at the age of 94, the law firm said.

  • December 10, 2018

    15 Minutes With Gap's Global General Counsel

    Gap Inc. Global General Counsel Julie Gruber sees value in both formal and casual mentorship programs. Here, she describes how the company has made strides on diversity and inclusion and why being fast and flexible are crucial in the changing retail environment.

  • December 7, 2018

    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.

  • December 7, 2018

    BigLaw Revenues On Track For Banner Year, Wells Fargo Says

    The legal industry is poised to have its most successful year since the 2008 economic downturn, with revenue up among top firms through the first three quarters, a report from Wells Fargo Private Bank's legal specialty group predicts.

  • December 7, 2018

    Kirkland & Ellis Chairman To Retire, Successor Named

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's longtime chairman Jeffrey Hammes will retire in early 2020 and will be replaced by Jon Ballis, a Chicago-based private equity partner and member of the firm's global management executive committee, according to a Friday internal memo obtained by Law360.

  • December 7, 2018

    Trump Trial Court Pick Unlikely To Get Vote, Grassley Says

    President Donald Trump's choice for a North Carolina federal judgeship will likely be sent back to the White House after prospects for confirmation this year dwindled to nil, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee said.  

  • December 7, 2018

    Bar Orgs In The Crosshairs After Justices Revive Dues Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court created an existential threat for mandatory state bar associations when it recently ordered a fresh look at whether their required dues are constitutional, a move that could lead to a decline in bar membership depending on the outcome of the case.

  • December 7, 2018

    Trump Unlikely To Defy 'So-Called Judges,' Prof Argues

    A recent paper by a William & Mary law professor argues that, despite charged rhetoric from the Trump administration, including the president’s personal attacks on judges, the federal government has thus far complied with judicial orders and is likely to continue to do so.

  • December 7, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: The Copy-Paste Case That Led To Fraud

    Can you be held liable for securities fraud if you simply copy-and-paste someone else’s false statements? The U.S. Supreme Court wrangled with that question this week, and reporter Jon Hill joins the Pro Say podcast to explain the case.

  • December 7, 2018

    Tesla Taps Williams & Connolly Chairman To Take GC Reins

    Williams & Connolly LLP chairman Dane Butswinkas will become the new general counsel at Tesla Inc., moving in-house after a decadeslong career at the prestigious Washington, D.C., firm, the automaker announced Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    More than a dozen privacy groups doubled down on efforts to persuade California lawmakers to refrain from watering down a landmark privacy law, the District of Columbia gave final approval to a post-Wayfair tax law, and the Marriott hack showed the risks of cyber diligence gaps in mergers. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 7, 2018

    Kirkland Nixes Forced Arbitration For Non-Attorney Staff

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP told employees it would end its policy of requiring arbitration to settle employment disputes for all non-attorney staff, according to a memo obtained Friday by Law360 and following public pressure mounted by a group of Harvard Law School students.

  • December 7, 2018

    Belgian Busted In Scheme To Dupe US Law Firms, Charities

    A Belgian national who was indicted by a federal grand jury for a scheme to convince law firms and charities to wire him money was arraigned in Boston federal court Friday, 22 months after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

  • December 7, 2018

    Legal Industry Sheds 2,400 Jobs, Wiping Out Year's Gains

    The legal services sector lost 2,400 jobs in November, the steepest single-month drop in 2018, erasing virtually all of the gains made throughout the year, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    The Many Lives Of Michael Chertoff

    Randy Maniloff

    Randy Maniloff begins his interview with the nation’s second secretary of homeland security by saying he wants to go over his resume. The look on Michael Chertoff's face: “Bring it on.”

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.