Business of Law

  • November 30, 2017

    Fla. Judicial Panel Offers Sens. 10 Names For District Seats

    Florida's federal judicial nominating commission on Wednesday sent the state's U.S. senators the names of 10 candidates — including seven state court judges and an acting U.S. attorney — for the five vacancies on the bench of the Southern District of Florida.

  • November 30, 2017

    Ex-Akin Gump Atty Pleads Guilty In DOJ Suit-Selling Case

    A former partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP pled guilty in California federal court Wednesday to charges that he stole a sealed government complaint while still employed with the U.S. Department of Justice and tried to sell the information to a cybersecurity company then under investigation.

  • November 30, 2017

    Milbank Team Defeats Death Sentence In Murder Case

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP attorneys have secured a pro bono victory crushing the death sentence of a man they believe is innocent and who has served 30 years on death row for the rape and murder of a child, allowing them to continue their fight for his exoneration.

  • November 30, 2017

    The Top In-House Hires Of November

    November's notable legal department hires include new general counsels at Barclays, the National Labor Relations Board and Deutsche Bank.

  • November 29, 2017

    As GCs Grow In Stature, Bonuses Are On The Rise

    General counsel and chief legal officers saw their total compensation grow by almost 10 percent between 2015 and 2016 with bonuses accounting for much of the increase, reflecting the rising importance of legal department leaders, according to a new study released Wednesday.

  • November 29, 2017

    Duane Morris Nabs Sedgwick's Ex-Employment Team In SF

    Duane Morris LLP has hired the employment practice group from the soon-to-be-defunct Sedgwick LLP to join its San Francisco office, in its first round of potential ex-Sedgwick lateral hires, Duane Morris said Tuesday.

  • November 29, 2017

    3 UK-Based Firms Match Cravath Scale For US Bonuses

    Three London-based global law firms revealed Wednesday that associates in their U.S. offices would receive year-end bonuses ranging from $15,000 to $100,000, in keeping with the scale established in previous years and maintained this Monday by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

  • November 29, 2017

    Trump's Judge Picks Proceed Despite 'Blue Slip' Tradition

    President Donald Trump’s picks for Fifth and Eighth Circuit vacancies — including Kyle Duncan, a lead attorney in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby case — defended their records during a Senate hearing Wednesday as the Judiciary Committee prepares to break with its tradition of deferring to opposition from nominees' home state senators.

  • November 29, 2017

    How Law Firms Can Avoid A Merger Disaster

    As law firms look to grow and compete in an increasingly tough legal market through combinations, there are those who will choose poorly in the race to find a partner and end up unhappily married. Here, Law360 looks at a few characteristics of a doomed law firm merger.

  • November 28, 2017

    More Firms Follow Cravath’s Lead On Associate Bonuses

    More than half a dozen additional firms have announced year-end bonuses for U.S. associates in good standing that are in line with those offered in previous years, doling out year-end paydays ranging between $15,000 and $100,000 and following the lead set on Monday by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

  • November 28, 2017

    Senate Confirms Ex-Jones Day Vet Katsas For DC Circ. Seat

    The U.S. Senate confirmed former Jones Day partner and current White House Deputy Counsel Gregory Katsas to the D.C. Circuit Tuesday in a mostly party-line vote that helped put President Donald Trump's first stamp on one of the country's top courts.

  • November 28, 2017

    High Court Reinstates Atty Suspended In Mistaken Identity

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday lifted its suspension of a New York attorney after apparently confusing him with a disbarred elder law specialist of the same name, the second case of mistaken identity at the high court this year.

  • November 28, 2017

    Ex-Clyde & Co Partner Suspended Over Fund Transfers

    A U.K. attorney with Clyde & Co has been suspended by the Solicitors Regulation Authority after making several “improper” fund transfers from the firm’s client accounts to its office account.

  • November 28, 2017

    3 Ways To Drive Clients Out The Door

    Certain behaviors get under the skin of in-house counsel and can make them never want to work with a law firm again. Here, Law360 looks at three fairly effective ways at driving away clients.

  • November 27, 2017

    Pregerson's Legacy At 9th Circuit Is A Promise Kept

    The Ninth Circuit lost one of its most liberal judges when Harry Pregerson passed away Saturday at age 94, leaving a legacy of civic activism and highly principled court rulings that sometimes defied case law in favor of the judge’s own moral compass, in keeping with a vow he'd made to the U.S. Senate during his confirmation hearing.

  • November 27, 2017

    Jones Day Vet Set For Final Vote In DC Circ. Bid

    The U.S. Senate has set up White House Deputy Counsel and Jones Day veteran Gregory Katsas' confirmation to the D.C. Circuit for a final vote later this week, after his nomination cleared a procedural hurdle Monday.

  • November 27, 2017

    Cravath Sets Same Associate Bonus Bar As Last 2 Years

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP announced year-end associate bonuses Monday in line with those it has doled out the past two years, ranging from $15,000 to $100,000, and within hours at least two law firms had already matched the trendsetter, according to internal memos.

  • November 27, 2017

    Trump Pick For DC District Court Clears Senate

    The U.S. Senate has pushed through another of President Donald Trump’s nominees to the federal bench, approving former U.S. Sentencing Commission member Dabney Friedrich to a court seat in the District of Columbia.

  • November 27, 2017

    The Firms That Give The Best Client Service

    Leading corporate counsel have named the 30 law firms that outperform all others in client service delivery regardless of size, practice offerings or location. Here are the top-ranked firms that enjoy 37 percent higher revenue growth and 33 percent higher client retention than the average law firm, according to a new report.

  • November 27, 2017

    2 Firms Bolster Insurance Groups With Ex-Sedgwick Partners

    United Kingdom-based professional services firm RPC and Chicago-based BatesCarey on Monday both announced partner hires from two different Sedgwick offices, a week after the troubled San Francisco-based firm told employees it would close early next year.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: 1 Final Sentence

    Melissa Arbus Sherry

    The exhilaration (and relief) I felt when returning to my seat after my first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court is an experience that I now try to replicate whenever possible. It makes the weeks of agonizing preparation worthwhile. And it reminds me why I love what I do, says Melissa Arbus Sherry of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

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    My Supreme Court Debut: Advocate At Ease

    Michael Kimberly

    If you had asked me whether I was nervous the morning that I gave my first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, the answer would have been — to my own surprise — not at all, says Michael Kimberly of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • CPA Cybersecurity Framework May Be Vital Tool

    Christian Leitner

    While the cybersecurity attestation framework from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is still in its adoption phase, it likely will open new ways for law firms across the U.S. to deal with cybersecurity questions, says Christian Leitner of OUM & Co. LLP.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

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    My Supreme Court Debut: A Birthday I’ll Never Forget

    Catherine Carroll

    I argued my first case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013. It was my birthday. And I must say, the experience set the bar pretty high for future birthdays, says Catherine Carroll of WilmerHale.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.