Lawyers spend about 30 percent of their day on billable hours, according to a surprising new report from practice management software Clio, with most of the rest of the day eaten up by billing, administrative tasks and looking for new clients.
In-house legal departments are continuing to snag young, talented attorneys from BigLaw firms in spite of a pay gap accentuated by a recent spate of associate raises, with nonmonetary perks luring associates away from law firms and into corporations. Here, three nonmonetary perks that lure associates away from law firms and into corporations.
Gaining prestige may be one of the more challenging tasks that law firms take on, but there are a number of tactics firms can use that hold the potential to transform their image from ordinary to elite. Here, experts highlight four ways law firms can pump up their prestige.
Classes on blockchain and artificial intelligence. Crash courses in business and financial markets. These are a few ways law schools are preparing students for a job market that is struggling in the wake of the recession.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The law firms on Law360’s 2018 Regional Powerhouse list are handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles across eight states, offering clients regional expertise and making a lasting impact on the law at the state and local level.
The 2018 Law360 Diversity Snapshot shows only incremental progress on racial and ethnic diversity in the attorney workforce. At every level of a typical law firm, minority attorney representation increased by less than a percentage point from last year’s survey.
Women have made up over 40 percent of law school students for more than three decades, and they now make up more than half. But our annual survey of the largest U.S. law firms shows that women continue to be underrepresented at all levels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.