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Business of Law

  • October 31, 2018

    Baker McKenzie Appoints New North America Regional Chair

    Baker McKenzie has selected a Washington, D.C.-based tax practice veteran to serve as its North America regional chair and elevated a Dallas-based North America international commercial practice stalwart to its executive committee, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • October 31, 2018

    Fed. Courts Lack Consensus On Magistrates' Role

    The role magistrate judges play in federal district courts varies greatly from district to district, and analysts and legal scholars should dedicate more attention to the ways magistrates shape the district courts, according to a recent academic study.

  • October 31, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel Says Partnership Pact Row Must Be Arbitrated

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP told a New York state judge Wednesday that the litigators who left to launch Selendy & Gay PLLC cannot renege on their obligation to arbitrate a contentious dispute over a clause in their partnership agreement requiring them to remit a portion of fees to their old firm.

  • October 31, 2018

    Polsinelli Namesake To Retire 46 Years After Founding Firm

    Polsinelli PC namesake James "Jim" Polsinelli on Wednesday announced his plans to retire, almost 50 years after founding the law firm in Kansas City, Missouri, as a 28-year-old lawyer.

  • October 31, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: Taylor English's Kirk Hancock

    Kirk Hancock spoke to Law360 about his new role as chief executive officer of Atlanta's Taylor English Duma LLP and why being a nonlawyer gives him a unique perspective on the challenges facing the legal industry.

  • October 31, 2018

    Dentons Faces Possible Discipline Over Pregnancy Bias Claim

    Dentons on Wednesday revealed it could face professional discipline in the U.K. over allegations it discriminated against a staff member who took maternity leave, adding it is “disappointed” attorney regulators who launched an investigation this spring are considering further action.

  • October 31, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of October

    Xerox Corp. tapped a former deputy counsel at Icahn Enterprises LP as its next general counsel, and the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins picked a former chief of staff for Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto to be the team’s new legal boss. Here, Law360 looks at these and some of the other top in-house hires and promotions of October.

  • October 30, 2018

    Judicial #MeToo Hearing Wrestles With Reporting Misconduct

    Should a judge who gets a complaint of sexual harassment about another justice be duty-bound to report it up the chain? That was the question that occupied much of a Tuesday hearing in Washington, D.C., about #MeToo-inspired changes proposed for the federal courts.

  • October 30, 2018

    Dentons Settles Harassment Suit By Business Developer

    Dentons has settled a suit brought by a female business development specialist who accused the firm of letting a male non-attorney manager sexually harass her, including by repeatedly groping her, and then trying to silence her when she brought it up.

  • October 30, 2018

    Playa Hotels Taps In-House Counsel As New GC

    Playa Hotels & Resorts NV, which owns and operates all-inclusive resort brands such as Hyatt, Hilton, Jewel Resorts and Panama Jack Resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean, has appointed an in-house lawyer to fill the general counsel role, according to a Tuesday press release.

  • October 30, 2018

    Day Pitney To Merge With S. Fla. Litigation Firm

    Day Pitney LLP is merging with a South Florida litigation boutique, expanding the firm’s Florida presence and giving it new offices in Miami and West Palm Beach, the firm has announced. 

  • October 30, 2018

    Sidley Austin, Nelson Mullins Partners Tapped For Calif. Bench

    California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed six judges to preside over trial courts across the state, including a Sidley Austin LLP complex securities litigation partner and a Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP partner who formerly served as in-house counsel for major automakers.

  • October 30, 2018

    Law School Averts Several Claims In Firing Bias Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday cut several counts from a lawsuit accusing the John Marshall Law School of letting bias surround a male employee's firing, but kept alive a sex bias claim against the school and state law allegations against a former associate dean.

  • October 30, 2018

    Herbert Smith Freehills Debuts Legal Ops Restructuring

    Herbert Smith Freehills announced on Tuesday the consolidation of its project management, process and pricing teams under the banner of legal operations, mirroring a trend spearheaded by corporate legal departments for years.

  • October 30, 2018

    Outside Spending In State Supreme Court Races Hits $5M

    Outside groups such as super PACs and dark money organizations have spent $5 million on state supreme court campaigns so far this election season, according to data released Tuesday by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

  • October 29, 2018

    For Small Firms, Big Benefits Are Weapons In Talent War

    Competition is stiff among the nation’s top law firms for cream of the crop associates, and while it may seem that large law firms have a stranglehold on the market for talent, small firms are stepping up with exceptional pay and benefits aimed at roping in the best of the best.

  • October 29, 2018

    Gordon Dadds, Ince Joining To Form UK’s Biggest Listed Firm

    The United Kingdom-based Gordon Dadds Group PLC has agreed to an estimated £34 million ($43.5 million) acquisition of Ince & Co. International LLP, a tie-up expected to create the region’s largest publicly listed law firm by revenue, according to a press release Monday.

  • October 29, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Automated Invoice Review And Pricing

    The world of legal technology is evolving quickly, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven recent developments.

  • October 29, 2018

    15 Minutes With Kickstarter's General Counsel

    Earlier this year, Chris Mitchell took on his third general counsel role when he started working at Kickstarter, the public benefit corporation that maintains a global crowdfunding platform focused on creativity and merchandising. Here, he describes his nonlegal responsibilities and how he stays on top of security developments as companies of all sizes across industries face unprecedented challenges from cyberattacks.

  • October 26, 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Tom Mesereau Talks MJ, Cosby, Unconventional Choices

    Randy Maniloff

    Tom Mesereau may be recently recognizable as one of the attorneys who defended Bill Cosby, but his biggest claim to fame is successfully defending Michael Jackson in 2005. On the eve of what would have been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday, Randy Maniloff, of White and Williams LLP, spoke to Mesereau about his unconventional path to a remarkable career.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • Opinion

    ABA Online Credit Increase A Step In The Right Direction

    Martin Pritikin

    While it is commendable that the American Bar Association is liberalizing the rules on distance learning, it should go even further and leave it to the schools themselves to decide how much online learning to offer, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Purdue University Global.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • 5 E-Discovery Hurdles For Government Agencies

    Amy Hilbert

    Electronic discovery is a challenging process for even the most experienced law firms and corporations, but the challenges faced by government agencies may be even more daunting, says Amy Hilbert of Casepoint LLC.