Two international law firms announced last week that they were parting ways with U.K. partners after allegations from more than a year ago were suddenly brought to light, in what could be the start of a longer public re-evaluation of how the legal industry addresses — or fails to address — claims of sexual misconduct within its ranks.
BigLaw’s embrace in recent decades of a top-down management style and ever-looser definitions of what constitutes a true “partner” have emerged as key questions in a handful of pay and gender discrimination cases brought by female lawyers, and the answer could decide the scope of such suits and whether they end up in arbitration.
Law firm revenue was up 4.5 percent in 2017, matching the biggest uptick the legal industry has seen in the past decade, according to a report released Wednesday by Citi Private Bank’s law firm group, which attributed the success to increases in law firm rates and demand.
What one Norton Rose Fulbright partner learned about how to be a better lawyer by taking an "adult timeout" from his busy ERISA practice and learning to embrace his sense of adventure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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.”
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Law360’s Firms of the Year rose above the competition with a combined 24 Practice Group of the Year awards after helping their clients win game-changing judgments and close record-breaking deals in 2017. Here’s a closer look at how they landed at the top.
Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2017 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.
The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2017 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.