Business of Law

  • August 4, 2017

    2017's 1st Half Saw 22% Rise In Real Estate Partner Moves

    Lateral moves among real estate partners at the 200 largest U.S. firms increased by nearly 22 percent during the first half of 2017 over the same period a year earlier, and New York, Texas, Florida and Illinois saw 10 or more partner moves during that time, according to data compiled by Law360.

  • August 4, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Talkin Muccigrosso & Roberts LLP topped this week’s legal lions list after a judge vacated a jury’s conviction of its client over alleged fraud involving a World Trade Center construction contract while Covington & Burling LLP landed on the legal lambs list after a state appeals court revived more than 2,000 Accutane product liability cases against its client, Hoffmann-La Roche.

  • August 4, 2017

    Trump Names Husch, Nelson Mullins Partners To Bench

    President Donald Trump named his latest round of 10 judicial nominees late Thursday, advancing BigLaw attorneys who range from firms like Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP to Husch Blackwell LLP for spots on appellate and district courts across the country.

  • August 4, 2017

    4 Ways Firms Can Get More Out Of Their Contract Lawyers

    As law firms increasingly hire contract attorneys, some are finding the array of ways the lawyers can be used stretch far beyond the expected document review and due diligence work. Here are four ways law firms can make better use of contract attorneys.

  • August 3, 2017

    Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q2

    A promotion to partner or election to practice group chair means lots of well-deserved recognition within a firm and in the larger legal community. Law360 reveals the list of attorneys whose commitment to excellence earned them highly coveted spots in the law firm leadership ranks. Find out if your old legal friends — or rivals — moved up in the second quarter of the year.

  • August 3, 2017

    5 DOJ Officials Confirmed In Bulk Senate Vote

    Two nominees for assistant attorney general posts and three for U.S. attorney roles at the U.S. Department of Justice were among the dozens of appointments confirmed Thursday by the U.S. Senate ahead of the August recess.

  • August 3, 2017

    Supreme Court To Roll Out E-Filing System In November

    By mid-November, all Supreme Court filings will be publicly available online for free, the court said Thursday, announcing a new electronic filing system in a pleasant surprise to court watchers and practicing lawyers alike.

  • August 3, 2017

    Chadbourne Plaintiffs Add Norton Rose To Gender Bias Suit

    Norton Rose Fulbright was officially added as a named defendant Thursday in a $100 million gender discrimination suit brought by female attorneys at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, who alleged in part that Norton Rose “aided and abetted” Chadbourne in its discriminatory conduct after the firms' merger was announced.

  • August 3, 2017

    Quinn-Uber Split Shows Hard Choices Of GC Rate Pressure

    Quinn Emanuel’s decision to cut loose Uber last year over a bargain-basement rate deal reveals that tensions with corporate clients persist, despite some BigLaw concessions and the ascent of so-called in-house “portfolio” legal pricing, experts say.

  • August 3, 2017

    Just 1 In 4 Lawyers In NY Courtrooms Are Women

    Female attorneys represent just one-quarter of lawyers appearing in civil and criminal courtrooms across New York state and hold a roughly equivalent proportion of the lead counsel roles there, according to a state bar report Thursday.

  • August 2, 2017

    Ex-US Atty Faces Felony Over Allegedly Stalking Ex-Girlfriend

    A former U.S. attorney in Georgia is facing a potential felony charge after allegedly violating a series of protective orders by following an ex-girlfriend while she walked her dog, emailing her friends and family, and tracking her down while driving on a highway, according to court papers.

  • August 2, 2017

    Texas Lawyers See 'Bathroom Bill' As Bad For Business

    Texas law firms are concerned about backlash from both potential new talent and from national clients if state lawmakers pass a controversial bill governing which bathrooms transgender people can use, lawyers say.

  • August 2, 2017

    Microsoft's Embrace Of Alternative Fees Shows Wider Trend

    The announcement last week that Microsoft Corp. would shift 90 percent of its legal work to alternative fee arrangements within two years reflects a wider trend of large companies embracing nontraditional pricing and sounds another death knell for the billable hour.

  • August 2, 2017

    Fla. Court Weighs Judge DQ Over Atty Facebook Friendship

    A Florida appeals court is weighing a request to disqualify a judge for being Facebook friends with an attorney involved in a suit over which she presided, a case that might help clarify murky issues around what experts say is an increasingly common occurrence.

  • August 2, 2017

    Ex-Armstrong Teasdale Partner's Age Bias Suit Moves Ahead

    A former Armstrong Teasdale LLP equity partner suing the firm over its mandatory retirement policy can continue to press age discrimination claims, after a Missouri federal judge on Tuesday ruled his suit was filed in a timely fashion.

  • August 2, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Fine Kaplan's Roberta Liebenberg

    Historically, lead counsel for both plaintiff classes and defendants in class actions have been overwhelmingly male. Fortunately, an increasing number of judges have begun to take steps to ameliorate the long-standing gender imbalance. Hopefully this trend will continue, says Roberta Liebenberg of Fine Kaplan and Black RPC.

  • August 1, 2017

    Davis Polk White Collar Pro Joins Russia Investigation

    A Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP white collar pro who has also served as a U.S. Department of Justice official has joined the team investigating Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election, a DOJ spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

  • August 1, 2017

    Microsoft To Shift Away From Billable Hours

    Microsoft Corp. is hoping to shift 90 percent of its legal work to an alternative fee structure over the next two years, moving away from billable hours, a company executive said last week.

  • August 1, 2017

    Quinn, Williams & Connolly Downplay Reports Of Merger Talk

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Williams & Connolly LLP both downplayed reports Tuesday that the firms were considering a merger, dismissing as premature any chatter about a possible consolidation between the two distinctive litigation firms.

  • August 1, 2017

    Baker McKenzie Sees 5% Jump In Revenues From Deals, Tech

    International law firm Baker McKenzie brought in $2.67 billion in revenues for the fiscal year ending in June, seeing a 5 percent annual increase largely driven by the firm’s recent technology initiatives and its participation in multiple multibillion-dollar, cross-border deals, the firm said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: The Life Partners Bankruptcy

    Joseph Wielebinski

    The bankruptcy courtroom was filled with interested investors. They hung on every argument and every word of testimony. When Life Partners management argued that the allegedly fraudulent business model worked just fine, they cheered, recalls Joseph Wielebinski of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

  • Where AI Meets Cybersecurity And The Legal Profession

    Randy Sabett

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Interim Arguments

    Roy Futterman

    By allowing attorneys to summarize what has just occurred in testimony and how it fits into the wider case narrative, courts can substantially improve juror comprehension through every step of a trial. Yet interim arguments are not practiced regularly, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Unstructured Data Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

    David Turner

    Recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure mean issues like spoliation, sanctions and adverse impacts are focus areas for many attorneys, providers and clients. David Turner of FTI Consulting Inc. discusses the technological best practices regarding preservation and proportionality, as well as the challenges associated with clients' structured data.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Firm Before Accepting A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel experienced with alternative fee arrangements will have many war stories regarding successful — and less successful — fee arrangements. Asking outside counsel to share these experiences can provide useful insight into the strength of a proposed AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    Why You Should Argue Your Appeal

    Stewart Milch

    Conventional wisdom says that oral argument is a mere formality; that in courts where judges read briefs in advance, their minds are made up and will rarely — if ever — change. But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, oral argument can be critical, says Stewart Milch of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • 6 Ways Teaching A Law School Class Can Benefit Lawyers

    Steven Allison

    Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.