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Business of Law

  • May 14, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Pomerantz's Jeremy Lieberman

    Pomerantz LLP’s Jeremy Lieberman led a $3 billion settlement for investors in a class action over Brazilian energy giant Petrobras’ corruption scandal, achieving a record sum and key legal ruling along the way to land him a spot on Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 12, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Don’t Lie About Paying Expert Witnesses

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss the ethical boundaries of handling expert witnesses; New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stepping down after abuse allegations; Jay-Z being ordered to give testimony to the Securities and Exchange Commission; and Dr. Dre attempting to block a medical doctor from registering a trademark for his similar-sounding name.

  • May 11, 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.

  • May 11, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Who Shot Wife Couldn't Escape Paper Trail

    Fulton County, Georgia, prosecutors trying to prove that a former Fisher Phillips LLP partner’s shooting of his wife was no accident flooded the jury with painstaking detail from both eyewitnesses and the wealthy couple’s paper trail to establish that he had a financial motive to kill his wife, securing a murder conviction.

  • May 11, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Lieff Cabraser's Elizabeth Cabraser

    As sole lead counsel in multidistrict litigation over Volkswagen AG’s emissions scandal, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP's Elizabeth Cabraser helped drivers secure settlements totaling more than $15 billion and assurances that the polluting vehicles would be taken off the roads, earning her a spot on Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 11, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Questions remain around who will permanently replace Eric Schneiderman as New York attorney general after he resigned in the wake of a news article detailing allegations of physical abuse by four women, new data show female in-house counsel earn 84 percent of what their male counterparts make on average, and Fox News hired a new general counsel amid a series of lawsuits alleging the network mistreated women and minority workers. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • May 10, 2018

    For-Profit Law School Sues ABA Over Enforcement Action

    Florida Coastal School of Law filed suit Thursday against the American Bar Association, which recently determined the school had failed to meet ABA standards, saying the association’s enforcement actions have been inconsistent, its standards are vague and that the action against Florida Coastal was an “attack on diversity.”

  • May 10, 2018

    Calif. High Court Approves Rules Revamp For Atty Conduct

    For the first time since 1987, the California Supreme Court on Thursday approved major revisions to the rules of professional conduct for in-state attorneys, adding new guidelines that address advertising, conflicts of interest, sexual relations with clients, and a host of other concerns.

  • May 10, 2018

    'RBG' An Intriguing Look At The Most Meme-Worthy Justice

    The new documentary "RBG" paints an entertaining portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her contributions to American law and society, even as the film suggests that some of her most important work happened decades before she joined the high court.

  • May 10, 2018

    Starn O'Toole Vet Makes Headway Toward 9th Circ. Bench

    President Donald Trump’s choice for a Ninth Circuit vacancy sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support Thursday, putting one of the president’s picks for the high-profile court on the Senate floor for the first time.

  • May 10, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Linklaters snagged the title of top legal lion this week, guiding Takeda in its $62.1 billion acquisition of rare disease-focused drugmaker Shire, while Arnold & Porter ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal judge sanctioned the law firm for filing frivolous motions on behalf of Boston Scientific in a patent infringement suit.

  • May 10, 2018

    Gass Weber Partner Overcomes Dems For 7th Circ. Seat

    The Senate confirmed Gass Weber Mullins LLC partner Michael Brennan to a post on the Seventh Circuit on Thursday, despite Democrats' complaints that the appointment violated traditional U.S. Senate deference to home-state senators.

  • May 10, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel Ousts UK Atty After Misconduct Allegations

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP dismissed a London partner without pay on Tuesday following an investigation into allegations of improper behavior brought by two staffers, the firm said in a statement.

  • May 10, 2018

    Giuliani Resigns From Greenberg Traurig Amid Trump Work

    Former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has resigned from Greenberg Traurig LLP just weeks after he joined President Donald Trump’s legal team, the law firm confirmed on Thursday.

  • May 10, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Sanford Heisler's David Sanford

    David Sanford of Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP enhanced his already prodigious reputation as a top-tier plaintiffs’ side attorney over the past year by working to resolve high-profile gender discrimination suits against Chadbourne & Parke LLP and Sedgwick LLP, earning him a place among Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 10, 2018

    Cleary, Skadden, Sidley Vets Among Latest Judicial Picks

    President Donald Trump launched another bloc of court nominees Thursday, announcing picks for the Ninth Circuit and district courts in New York, Pennsylvania and Alabama, including a partner from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and veterans of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Sidley Austin LLP.

  • May 9, 2018

    5 Names To Watch In Race To Be Next New York AG

    The sudden downfall of former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened a frenzy of speculation as to who’s in the running to become the Empire State’s next top cop, and the answer could prove historic if it leads to the first woman or minority to be elected to the powerful post.

  • May 9, 2018

    Legal Tech's Diversity Gap Thwarts Access To Justice

    The recent explosion in legal technology was intended to expedite delivery of legal services and yet the gap in access to justice in America remains, a shortfall that a new report says may be because of a lack of diversity among the field’s leaders.

  • May 9, 2018

    Dems Ask Trump To Pull Kirkland Partner's DOJ Nomination

    U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump to withdraw his controversial nomination of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Brian Benczkowski to lead the Department of Justice’s criminal division over his representation of a bank with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • May 9, 2018

    Trump's 9th Circ. Pick Takes Flak Over College Writings

    President Donald Trump's first nominee to the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday weathered criticisms about opinions he'd penned in college, as Democrats fumed over Republicans breaching the Senate Judiciary Committee's "blue slip" tradition to advance his nomination.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.

  • Guest Feature

    George Pataki: The Farmer From Peekskill

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    In a conversation ranging from Wall Street lawyering to Howard Stern to the shape of the New York Court of Appeals, White and Williams LLP counsel Randy Maniloff sits down with former New York Gov. George Pataki at his office at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.