Business of Law

  • February 2, 2018

    Legal Sector Drops More Than 1,000 Jobs To Kick Off 2018

    After a generally positive employment trend for the legal services sector in 2017, the industry began the new year on a disappointing note with the loss of 1,100 jobs in January, according to a report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • February 2, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they will join forces to start an independent health care company, a longtime employment defense attorney launched a new cellphone app that she hopes will provide workers with a safe space to report sexual harassment, and Lyft's general counsel shared with Law360 how she responds to friends who five years ago doubted her decision to join a transportation network company that was part of an unfamiliar industry. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • February 1, 2018

    Cook County Clerk Appeals Order On Access To E-Filed Suits

    Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown is appealing an injunction that would have required her office to provide instant access to lawsuits filed electronically in the Chicago-area circuit courts by next week, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

  • February 1, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    A team of attorneys led by Norton Rose Fulbright's Abbe Lowell secured the dismissal of the corruption case against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., earning them a spot on this week's legal lions list, while the legal lambs list was headed up by a Troutman Sanders LLP attorney bench-slapped by the Eleventh Circuit for convincing a district court to shirk the appeals court's mandate in a retail chain exclusivity row.

  • February 1, 2018

    Under Judge Garland, DC Goes 'Circuit Riding'

    With a traveling D.C. Circuit seal affixed to a wall behind him, a table-turned-makeshift bench beneath him and a room full of law students in front of him in an American University conference hall, Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland started oral arguments in two appeals last week by answering his own question: Why are we here?

  • February 7, 2018

    Law360's 2018 Editorial Board Selection Survey

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of our publications to serve as members on our 2018 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 31, 2018

    Law Firms Still Too Slow Adapting To Competition, Says Panel

    Near the end of a two-day forum on the present and future state of the business of law, one panelist Wednesday afternoon summed up the prevailing mood with a blunt warning: “Be very, very afraid of the Big Four.”

  • January 31, 2018

    Dechert Slams Ex-Payroll Staffers' Age Discrimination Suit

    Dechert LLP is firing back at a federal lawsuit alleging it fired a pair of administrative staffers on the basis of their age and gender, as the Philadelphia-based firm argues instead that the workers lost their jobs as a result of a move to outsource payroll operations.

  • January 31, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of January

    January's notable legal department hires included new general counsel at multimedia content publisher XO Group Inc., biopharmaceutical company MyoKardia Inc. and security services group Securitas AB.

  • January 30, 2018

    SEC, DiCarmine Announce Tentative Deal Over Dewey Fraud

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executive director Stephen DiCarmine has reached a settlement in principle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud claims, his attorney said Tuesday in a letter asking a Manhattan federal judge to stay the SEC’s case while both sides work out the deal’s details.

  • January 30, 2018

    Taft Stettinius Gets Rid Of Nonequity Partner Tier

    Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has decided to leave behind its partnership structure with both equity and nonequity partners that it had adhered to for more than 25 years, in order to move to a single-tier system that only includes equity partners, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2018

    Law Firms Must Adapt To Changing Industry, Panel Says

    A panel of diverse legal professionals speaking at a conference on Tuesday sounded the alarm for the legal industry, saying the entire profession needs to fundamentally rethink how it delivers services to clients if it wants to remain relevant and profitable.

  • January 30, 2018

    Senate OKs Trump Judge Pick Without Home-State Support

    The Senate bucked a decades-old tradition Tuesday by confirming President Donald Trump’s choice for an Eighth Circuit vacancy without the support of a home-state senator.

  • January 30, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel Ups Clerkship Bonuses To $105K

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has raised the bar on clerkship bonuses, revealing Tuesday that it now pays judicial clerks a $105,000 bonus for joining the law firm and $20,000 more for those who have completed two clerkships, a raise that a name partner called "logical."

  • January 30, 2018

    Why Diverse Legal Teams Perform Better

    A recent study found that mixed-gender legal teams perform better for clients than those made up of only one gender. Here, experts tell Law360 what it is about diversity that drives superior performance in the practice of law.

  • January 30, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: EVA, Disco And LawX

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

  • January 29, 2018

    Trump Judge Pick Advances Despite Home-State Opposition

    The U.S. Senate appeared to buck a decades-old tradition Monday by slating President Donald Trump's pick for an Eighth Circuit vacancy for a final vote despite opposition from a senator in the nominee's home state.

  • January 29, 2018

    3 Misconceptions GCs Hold About International Arbitration

    Advising general counsel to include an international arbitration clause in an important contract can get dicey if the latest gossip about an arbitration gone wrong or a lack of familiarity with the process has caused certain misconceptions to take root. Here, Law360 lays out three common misconceptions GCs may hold about this dispute resolution method.

  • January 29, 2018

    App Could Give Workers Safe Space To Report Harassment

    A longtime employment defense lawyer and her business partner are hoping to change the way employees and employers communicate via a third-party cellphone app, which launched Monday and allows workers to confidentially report sexual harassment or other perceived problems in the workplace to management.

  • January 29, 2018

    15 Minutes With Lyft's General Counsel

    Kristin Sverchek joined the transportation network company Lyft as its first legal hire and general counsel in November 2012, nearly six months after its two co-founders launched the platform. She spoke with Law360 about how she responds now to friends who doubted her decision to join a company that was part of an unfamiliar industry and how that industry continues to grow.

Expert Analysis

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 17 Ways To Lose A Winning Argument In Court

    Richard Seymour

    Over the course of my recent research, I have been struck by the number of ways to lose a case besides, well, having a losing claim or defense. In particular, unknowing and unintended waivers that arise in litigation can bar a winning argument or defense because it was raised too late, says attorney, arbitrator and mediator Richard Seymour.

  • Opinion

    3 Hot Debates From 2017

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    In this recap of some of the year's best contributed op-eds, we look back at a few of the topics that got people talking in 2017.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court

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    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.