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Business of Law

  • September 17, 2018

    15 Minutes With Robinhood Markets' General Counsel

    Archit Shah earned a degree in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology without any idea that he’d later apply to and graduate from Harvard Law School. Now, he draws on both degrees as the general counsel of financial services company Robinhood Markets Inc. Here, Shah explains how he came to realize he wanted to study law and the characteristics he looks for in potential in-house candidates.

  • September 17, 2018

    Kirkland & Ellis Partner Hired As Exec For New 'Fox'

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner and former assistant attorney general Viet D. Dinh has been tapped as the next chief legal and policy officer of the new Fox company that will spin out of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.’s pending $71.3 billion transaction with The Walt Disney Co.

  • September 17, 2018

    Proskauer Atty Who Settled Bias Claims Joins Polsinelli

    Polsinelli PC has hired the female employment partner who recently settled a sex discrimination lawsuit against Proskauer Rose LLP, the firm announced late Sunday.

  • September 14, 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.

  • September 14, 2018

    What Attys Can Learn From Sotomayor's Chat With Kids

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor stopped in Brooklyn on Friday to discuss her life story with children as part of her second book tour since taking her place on the nation’s highest court, giving them words of wisdom about the law and her time on the bench that attorneys might want to keep in mind as well.

  • September 14, 2018

    Ex-Partner Hits Manatt Phelps With Sex Bias Charge

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP has cultivated a "good old boys" culture in which male senior attorneys compete to bed female subordinates and leadership systematically suppresses women's pay, according to an EEOC charge from a former Manatt employment partner.

  • September 14, 2018

    Protect Litigant Privacy In E-Filing Access, 7th Circ. Urged

    The Seventh Circuit wrestled Friday over whether to reverse a lower court's order that forced Cook County’s court clerk to make electronically filed complaints "immediately and contemporaneously" available to reporters, asking how to define that phrase when the court operates on business hours and the federal appeals system works like Cook County’s with respect to processing documents.

  • September 14, 2018

    Kavanaugh Vote Still On Track After Accuser Steps Forward

    Senate Republicans and the White House pushed back over the weekend on sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Democrats sent a letter detailing an alleged incident from his high school years to the FBI.

  • September 14, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Awards For The Best In Legal Television

    In honor of the Emmy Awards, on this week's Pro Say podcast we’re presenting our own honors to celebrate achievements in television that focuses on the law.

  • September 14, 2018

    52 New Federal Judges Added In Bill OK'd By House Panel

    The House Judiciary Committee has voted to approve a bill that would add 52 permanent federal district court judgeships, require live audio streaming of U.S. Supreme Court arguments, and mandate that federal judges undergo regular medical screenings.

  • September 14, 2018

    Manafort Plea Sharpens View Of Skadden's Ukraine Work

    New details about Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's work in Ukraine included in Paul Manafort's plea-deal indictment Friday appeared to contradict the firm's long-standing assertions it was never involved in Manafort's foreign lobbying work and that its report on the trial of an ex-Ukrainian prime minister was done objectively.

  • September 14, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Women's advocates told Congress the #MeToo movement needs the law's backing, Microsoft called for international agreements to protect consumer privacy and a panel participating in an American Bar Association webinar warned that BigLaw firms may have cyberattack targets on their backs. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • September 14, 2018

    9 BigLaw Firms Pledge $15M For Pro Bono Enviro Efforts

    Nine BigLaw firms will provide a combined $15 million in pro bono legal services to advance efforts to fight global climate change and bolster sustainability, California officials said Friday, the final day of a global climate summit in San Francisco.

  • September 13, 2018

    Fed. Judiciary Tackles Sex Harassment With Policy Changes

    The Judicial Conference of the United States on Thursday expanded the program through which employees of federal courts can report sexual harassment and other workplace disputes and is considering a number of new ethics rules for judges aimed at preventing workplace harassment.

  • September 13, 2018

    NRA Atty Booted From Va. Case For Not Disclosing Sanction

    Arguments by a National Rifle Association lawyer that his failure to include on a pro hac vice application a well-publicized sanction for trying to taint a Texas jury pool was an honest mistake came to naught Thursday when a Virginia federal judge revoked his permission to practice in the court.

  • September 13, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Midsize law firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP tops this week’s legal lions list with a $645 million victory for its medical device-maker client in a suit accusing a competitor of stealing and rebranding its products, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Arnold & Porter ended up on the lambs list after a federal court blocked a $2.4 billion deal they orchestrated between Tronox and Saudi-owned chemical mining company Cristal.

  • September 13, 2018

    Senate GOP Cuts Off Attempts To Delay Kavanaugh Vote

    Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans on Thursday shut down Democratic attempts to further delay a panel vote on D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination or seek more documents about his time in President George W. Bush’s White House.

  • September 13, 2018

    Abercrombie Finds Former HSN Exec Right Fit For GC Role

    A former chief legal officer at HSN Inc. was named senior vice president and general counsel of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. on Thursday, according to the American retailer.

  • September 13, 2018

    Feinstein Sent Undisclosed Letter On Kavanaugh To FBI

    The Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat on Thursday sent the FBI unspecified information she received in a letter about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, following the release of a report about the letter.

  • September 13, 2018

    Trump Pick For 9th Circ. Advances To Senate

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a slate of President Donald Trump's nominees to the federal bench on Thursday, including an 11-10 party-line vote on Ryan D. Nelson to the Ninth Circuit, making him the third nominee tapped for the appeals court to be reported to the Senate under this administration.

Expert Analysis

  • Rebuttal

    Judges Can Demand Diversity In Rule 23(g) Applications

    Kellie Lerner

    A recent Law360 guest op-ed criticized the judge in the Chicago Board Options Exchange antitrust litigation for requesting more diversity in plaintiffs’ lead counsel applications. The author’s argument misinterprets the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reinforces archaic misconceptions about women and minorities in the courtroom, say Kellie Lerner and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Kavanaugh On Attorney-Client Privilege — 3 Takeaways

    Louis Ramos

    In what may be one of his final acts on the D.C. Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has written an opinion that may strengthen attorney-client privilege over communications between a company and its in-house counsel. Attorneys at DLA Piper discuss what this holding could mean for the future of the privilege and offer advice for current in-house counsel.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Employment Litigation And Jury Opinions In A #MeToo World

    Ellen Brickman

    Jurors’ beliefs about social inequality, intergroup differences and disparate treatment are likely to play a role in their evaluations of discrimination and harassment claims, especially in the current political climate. To understand that role better, we undertook a survey of registered voters in New York and Los Angeles, say Ellen Brickman and Chad Lackey of DOAR Inc.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Tackling Digital Class Notice With Rule 23 Changes

    Brandon Schwartz

    Proposed modifications to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially recognize the use of electronic notice in class action administrations. Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC provide guidance on navigating a daunting digital landscape.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.