Business of Law

  • October 2, 2017

    Internal Collaboration At Firms Is Key In Complex Market

    As the needs of clients become increasingly complex and professional expertise gets more specialized, collaboration within law firms will be more important than ever, according to a Monday presentation by a Harvard Law School researcher.

  • October 2, 2017

    CBS Fires In-House Counsel Over Post-Vegas Gun Comments

    An attorney in CBS Corp.’s legal department was fired Monday after she said on Facebook she wasn’t sympathetic to the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas because “country music fans often are republican gun toters.”

  • October 2, 2017

    The Top In-House Hires Of September

    September’s notable legal department hires include a new general counsel at insurance titan AIG, the first general counsel for the online financial news network Cheddar and a new general counsel at litigation finance giant Burford Capital.

  • October 2, 2017

    Atty Can't Depose King & Spalding Chair In Firing Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday blocked ex-King & Spalding attorney David Joffe from deposing the firm’s chair Robert Hays in his suit alleging he was fired for questioning his colleagues’ ethical practices, finding that for now, Hays does not appear to have unique knowledge about Joffe’s termination.

  • October 2, 2017

    NJ Powerhouses Eclipse Competitors Amid Stagnant Demand

    In the cutthroat legal landscape of New Jersey, where competition currently outpaces demand, four long-established firms have earned spots on Law360's list of 2017 New Jersey Powerhouses thanks to a combination of stellar reputations and victories in both courtrooms and the marketplace.

  • October 2, 2017

    Allen & Overy The Latest To Bump Associate Pay

    Allen & Overy LLP announced Monday that it has joined a trend of firms raising salaries for newly qualified lawyers and trainees.

  • October 2, 2017

    Global 20: K&L Gates

    K&L Gates LLP has landed on Law360’s Global 20 list once again, with the firm representing clients in every corner of the world on transactions worth billions of dollars while striving to seamlessly integrate its offices to offer the benefit of both local knowledge and global expertise.

  • October 2, 2017

    15 Minutes With Dish Network's General Counsel

    In his 20 years with Dish Network, R. Stanton Dodge has witnessed the complete reinvention of the television and video industry and seen enormous changes in the legal industry itself. Law360 spoke to Dodge about how his department is adapting, the insult of being charged for postage by a $1,000-per-hour law firm, and the need for in-house counsel to drop “the wet blanket approach” to lawyering.

  • September 29, 2017

    October Showdown: The Biggest Supreme Court Matchups

    Even with the marquee battle over the Trump administration’s travel ban in limbo, October’s Supreme Court oral argument docket includes a case that could run to the core of U.S. democracy and another that pits two federal agencies against each other. Here are some of the appellate heavyweights in the highest-profile clashes starting off the new term.

  • September 29, 2017

    Why It May Be Too Soon To Typecast Justice Gorsuch

    As Justice Neil Gorsuch begins his first full Supreme Court term, Republicans are pleased that he appears to be the staunch conservative they had hoped for. But the full picture of the high court’s newest addition has yet to come into focus.

  • October 1, 2017

    California Powerhouses Innovate With Tech-Oriented Clients

    In California, as the world’s most famous innovators blur the lines between sectors like media and tech and create new industries with new legal problems, nimble firms with the ability to be as creative as their clients at solving problems locally and globally rose above the rest.

  • September 29, 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.

  • September 29, 2017

    Trump Nominates Jones Day Partner For CPSC Commissioner

    President Donald Trump has named Jones Day LLP partner Dana Baiocco to oversee the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

  • September 29, 2017

    Global 20: Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has worked to build a specialized practice focused on technology, energy and finance issues, supporting a range of clients from governments pursuing major energy projects in Africa to Nordic companies navigating the risk environment in western markets, helping land the firm on Law360's Global 20 list.

  • September 29, 2017

    Law360's Pro Say: Special Supreme Court Preview

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we spend the entire show with a former acting U.S. solicitor general, who tells us why the upcoming Supreme Court term could be a blockbuster one.

  • September 29, 2017

    Boston Boomtown: Life Sciences Driving Firm Expansions

    Law firms around the country are looking at Boston, and its burgeoning life sciences and health care industries, as a market ripe for expansion opportunities.

  • September 29, 2017

    Up Next At The High Court: NLRB, Immigration & Plea Waivers

    The Federal Arbitration Act, immigrant rights and a novel question about plea waivers are among the issues the U.S. Supreme Court will tackle when the justices return to the bench Monday for the first oral argument session since April. Here, Law360 previews the week’s arguments.

  • September 29, 2017

    Milbank Offers Legal Secretaries Buyout Ahead Of NY Move

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP has offered its legal secretaries voluntary buyouts in an effort to reduce the number of administrative staffers before the firm’s New York office relocates to a brand new building next year.

  • September 29, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    President Donald Trump's revised travel ban could limit business-related trips and other travel for some global companies, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to weigh a challenge to public-sector union fees, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission formed a unit to combat cyberthreats. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • September 29, 2017

    Hogan Helps Land Housing Discrimination Win In New York

    A federal judge recently ruled that the village of Garden City, New York, had intentionally engaged in racial discrimination when in 2004 it attempted to change to a zoning plan that wouldn't have allowed for affordable housing, a victory Hogan Lovells US LLP helped its client MHANY Management Inc. reach following more than a decade of pro bono work on the case.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Inspiration From Eminem

    Erin Murphy

    One particularly memorable moment of my first U.S. Supreme Court argument was when the courtroom erupted in laughter. Until then, I had honestly forgotten there was a courtroom full of people behind me. So if nothing else, at least I had taken the advice from my go-to inspirational song — Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” — to heart, says Erin Murphy of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Shkreli Trial And Other Magic Tricks: A Chat With Ben Brafman

    Randy Maniloff

    Ben Brafman’s clients don’t need a lawyer — they need a magician. And for 40-plus years, the man has been pulling rabbits out of hats, most recently finding jurors able to sit fairly in judgment of Martin Shkreli, called “the most hated man in America.” Last month I visited Brafman to discuss his remarkable career, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams.

  • The Psychology Of Hourly Fee Arrangements

    J.B. Heaton

    The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Authenticity Is Key

    Amy Rubenstein

    Three important lessons from the beginning of my practice have stuck with me. From these lessons, I discovered that I am at my best when I am authentic — and because I am who I am, clients, counsel and courts find me credible, says Amy Rubenstein of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • Practicing Law In The Era Of 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    David Silver

    The growth of third-party litigation funding has added a distinct variable to the world of civil litigation. Such funding has and will continue to change the calculus for many corporations and their defense counsel as to the tipping point between settling or pursuing a case to a court decision, says David Silver of Silver Public Relations.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.