Business of Law

  • June 13, 2017

    Trial Consultants Q&A: Dr. Ross Laguzza

    Once in a very high profile case I was told by an in-house attorney during a simulated trial that the general counsel required peanuts or other salty snacks. When I said “I will see about that as soon as this witness finishes,” the attorney looked at me incredulously and said “she needs snacks right now," says Ross Laguzza, founding partner of R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • June 13, 2017

    Atlanta Atty Charged With Wife's Murder Is Denied Bail

    A Georgia state judge denied bail Monday to Claud “Tex” McIver, 74, a prominent employment lawyer and former Fisher Phillips partner charged with murdering his wife, agreeing with prosecutors that McIver was able and willing to exert influence in the community to sway the case in his favor.

  • June 13, 2017

    Norton Rose Fulbright Inks Deal With Australian Firm

    Norton Rose Fulbright is poised to combine with Australian firm Henry Davis York after an “overwhelming majority” of the firms’ partners gave their approval to the proposed deal, the pair said in a joint statement Tuesday.

  • June 13, 2017

    US BigLaw Firms Could Be Next To Abolish Annual Reviews

    A number of U.K.-based law firms have dropped formal, annual attorney performance reviews in favor of ongoing assessments in recent months, a trend that could soon catch on at U.S.-based BigLaw firms.

  • June 12, 2017

    Chadbourne Defections Surpass 20 As Bias Suit, Merger Loom

    More than 20 lawyers have left Chadbourne & Parke LLP over the past four months as it battles a gender discrimination lawsuit and readies for a combination with Norton Rose Fulbright, with several lawyers joining Covington & Burling LLP during the past week, the firm said Monday.

  • June 12, 2017

    Fox Rothschild Attys Say Exec Called Them Dogs In Depo

    Fox Rothschild LLP attorneys told a New York federal court Monday that the president of greeting card company Dickens hurled vulgar and sexual remarks at them as they were representing Hallmark in a deposition during trademark litigation, saying the executive called them dogs and peppered his answers with language "too coarse for a professional sporting event."

  • June 12, 2017

    Behind A Justice's First Opinion: A Tradition Of Unanimity

    Justice Neil Gorsuch's first opinion, delivered Monday in a case dealing with fair debt collection practices, shows that the practice of welcoming a new member to the U.S. Supreme Court with an uncontroversial, unanimous case is alive and well. Here, Law360 takes a look at the maiden opinions of new justices over the years, both those fitting the unanimity mold and some interesting curveballs.

  • June 12, 2017

    In Maiden Opinion, Gorsuch Embarks On Textualist Course

    When the first U.S. Supreme Court opinion authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch was revealed Monday, readers were quick to remark on its folksy writing style, but Justice Gorsuch's ode to a school of statutory interpretation known as "textualism" reveals far more about the type of justice President Donald Trump's 49-year-old appointee will be.

  • June 12, 2017

    Jones Day Partner Among Trump’s 1st US Attorney Nominees

    President Donald Trump announced his first nominees to fill U.S. attorney spots on Monday, tapping a Jones Day white collar partner along with seven other lawyers in the administration's first move to fill the positions since holdovers from the Obama administration were asked to resign in March.

  • June 12, 2017

    Linklaters Raises Junior Associate Pay By £1,000

    Linklaters has become the latest U.K. law firm to raise associate salaries, hiking pay for its newly qualified lawyers in the U.K. by £1,000 to a total pay package of around £90,000, the firm confirmed Monday.

  • June 12, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Ricardo Martinez-Cid

    Most of the public do not understand the repercussions of tort reform, and a plaintiffs attorney certainly needs to be cognizant of it when selecting a jury, says Ricardo Martinez-Cid of Podhurst Orseck PA.

  • June 12, 2017

    Trial Consultants Q&A: Litigation Insights' Merrie Jo Pitera

    Along with the attorneys, we often feel like we’re trying to make lemonade out of lemons. But the most challenging aspect of our job is also the most exciting. Taking the same facts to tell our story in a way that connects with jurors’ attitudes and sensibilities, all while minimizing vulnerabilities, is truly rewarding, says Merrie Jo Pitera, CEO of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • June 9, 2017

    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.

  • June 9, 2017

    Trump’s Plan To Take Comey Leak To DOJ Likely A Lost Cause

    Ex-FBI Director James Comey raised eyebrows Thursday when he admitted during Senate testimony that he deliberately leaked unflattering memos detailing talks with President Donald Trump to the news media, but experts agree that a plan by Trump’s personal lawyer to bring the matter to the U.S. Department of Justice is an exercise in futility.

  • June 9, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The USPTO director has stepped down, corporate counsel leaders share their secrets for slimming their legal spending, and state attorneys general raise concerns about “ringless” robocalls. Those stories top the corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • June 9, 2017

    Q&A With Baron And Blue's Lisa Blue

    I have never lost my passion for politics and remain committed both on a national and local level to help elect lawmakers who want to protect the constitutional right to trial by jury, says Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue.

  • June 9, 2017

    Kasowitz To File Complaint Against Comey On Trump Memos

    President Donald Trump’s attorney Marc Kasowitz plans to file a complaint with the Department of Justice this week against former FBI Director James Comey over the public release of the memos of his conversations with the president, a person close to the legal team confirmed to Law360 on Friday.

  • June 8, 2017

    Justices’ Financial Disclosures Show More Stock Selloffs

    Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito, the only U.S. Supreme Court members that hold stock in individual public companies, continued to sell off those securities last year, according to a watchdog group’s analysis Thursday of newly released financial disclosures.

  • June 8, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Jenner & Block LLP landed on top of this week’s legal lions list for a win at the U.S. Supreme Court limiting SEC disgorgement orders, while King & Spalding LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP were dealt a blow when a New York bankruptcy judge cleared the way for millions of product liability claims to proceed against their client, General Motors.

  • June 8, 2017

    Sidley Litigation Chief Leaves To Run Legal Aid Nonprofit

    The Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago on Thursday announced that a Sidley Austin LLP partner and Chicago litigation chief will be joining the organization as executive director.

Expert Analysis

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Herding Cats: Making The Most Out Of A Joint Defense Group

    Audra Dial

    Audra Dial, managing partner for Kilpatrick Townsend LLP’s Atlanta office, shares four strategies that she believes make multidefendant litigation more efficient — and ensure the joint defense group does not devolve into a leaderless group.

  • Web Servers: An Overlooked Cybersecurity Risk At Law Firms

    Jeff Schilling

    Many law firms use public-facing websites for business development and to streamline operational processes. While these sites are great for maximizing information-sharing, they could unknowingly be an unlocked gateway into a firm’s most confidential data, says Jeff Schilling of Armor Defense Inc.

  • Opinion

    Law Day 2017: The 14th Amendment And Promises To Keep

    Stephanie Parker

    On this Law Day 2017, which the American Bar Association has marked to celebrate the transformational effect of the 14th Amendment on American democracy, it is important to remember the contributions of Erwin Griswold, says Stephanie Parker, a partner with Jones Day and national chairwoman for the ABA's Law Day 2017.

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • 10 Tips For Creating Winning Trial Visuals

    Kerri Ruttenberg

    Effective visuals require effective design. In her new book, "Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals," published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and Jones Day partner Kerri Ruttenberg discusses how to design and use visuals to help viewers understand, believe and remember the messages being conveyed.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.