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Business of Law

  • September 7, 2018

    Some Experts Tout, Others Trash Kavanaugh To Close Hearing

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh moved closer Friday to being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court after legal experts argued for and against the longtime jurist at the close of an at-times rowdy weeklong hearing.

  • September 7, 2018

    ITC Judge Who Presided Over IP Probes Retires

    A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge who oversaw intellectual property-related investigations involving unfair trade practices has left the enforcement agency after nearly seven years, the ITC said on Friday.

  • September 7, 2018

    Holland & Knight's Philly Arrival May Boost Market's Allure

    The head of Holland & Knight LLP's new Philadelphia office says the firm's recent expansion into the city's crowded legal market came only after careful consideration of client needs and broader growth plans, but industry watchers believe the move could spark renewed interest in the City of Brotherly Love as a destination for out-of-town shops.

  • September 7, 2018

    Litigation Funder Adds 8 In UK With An Eye On Group Claims

    Litigation funder Augusta Ventures has boosted its London team with a string of high-profile hires from firms like Hogan Lovells, Eversheds Sutherland and Hausfeld LLP as it signaled plans to pursue larger-scale cases.

  • September 7, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A survey found the legal industry suffers from an "endemic" gender and racial bias that favors white men, and Warner Bros. rolled out a companywide policy that strives to ensure greater participation in film and television projects from groups that have been historically underrepresented in the entertainment industry. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

  • September 7, 2018

    Legal Sector Continues Slide With 1,500 Jobs Lost In August

    The legal services sector experienced another setback on the job front in August, shedding 1,500 jobs after dropping nearly double that amount the month before, a report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed.

  • September 6, 2018

    New Emails Reveal Kavanaugh As Opinionated Bush Lawyer

    In previously confidential records released Thursday, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh called an affirmative action program a "naked racial set-aside," discussed whether Roe v. Wade is "settled law" and corresponded with a Republican Hill staffer later accused of misappropriating Democratic material while he was a White House lawyer in the early 2000s.

  • September 6, 2018

    Kavanaugh Defends Bush Record, Words On Executive Power

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh found himself defending his statements on executive power and involvement in controversial Bush administration judicial nominees and policies Thursday, as he closed out his testimony for his U.S. Supreme Court nomination hearing.

  • September 6, 2018

    Ex-Raiders, Buccaneers Atty Named XFL General Counsel

    The relaunching XFL football league announced Thursday it has signed a former counsel for a pair of NFL teams as its general counsel.

  • September 6, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Litigation boutique Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy PC stepped up to take the top legal lions spot this week, winning a favorable ruling for Johnson & Johnson in personal injury litigation over its antipsychotic drug Risperdal, while a trio of law firms representing Apple landed on the lambs list after a judge denied the technology giant’s request for a new trial, leaving in place a $502 million patent verdict against it.

  • September 6, 2018

    Senate Confirms 8 Trump District Court Nominees

    The Senate voted to confirm eight nominees to federal district courts Thursday afternoon, pushing the number of district judges confirmed under President Donald Trump to 41.

  • September 6, 2018

    NYC Brick & Mortar: Trend Breakers

    While various law firms in New York have over the past two years taken less space per lawyer and set up shop with smaller partner and associate offices, some firms have bucked those trends. This is the final article in a four-part series that looks at how law firms in New York are addressing the question of brick-and-mortar space.

  • September 6, 2018

    White Men Have Leg Up In Legal Industry, Attys Say

    A survey of almost 3,000 in-house and law firm attorneys has found that the legal industry suffers from an "endemic" gender and racial bias that favors white men in a number of different ways, including when it comes to hiring, promotions, assignments and compensation.

  • September 5, 2018

    Kavanaugh Tells Senate Kozinski Allegations A 'Gut Punch'

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh denied he had any knowledge of the allegations of sexual misconduct by former Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski and defended some of his contentious opinions during his sprawling first day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, in a major test of his bid for the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • September 5, 2018

    Kavanaugh's Gun, Abortion Replies Show Fealty To History

    History and tradition loom large for D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh in deciding cases, the jurist said Wednesday in answering hours of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on abortion and gun rights as he seeks the U.S. Supreme Court seat of retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

  • September 5, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: McGuireWoods' Tracy Walker

    J. Tracy Walker IV took on the role of firmwide managing partner of McGuireWoods LLP at the end of 2017, after serving as the law firm's deputy managing partner of litigation. He has focused his practice on product liability, consumer class action matters and commercial litigation, achieving significant success representing major automakers.

  • September 5, 2018

    FIFA Scores UEFA Lawyers To Fill Top Spots

    FIFA this week netted two new high-ranking lawyers from the Union of European Football Associations, a spokesperson for the world soccer organization has confirmed.

  • September 5, 2018

    3 Dewey Execs Settle With SEC Over Law Firm's Collapse

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has said former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis and two other ex-Dewey staffers have agreed to settle civil fraud claims against them stemming from the law firm’s 2012 collapse.

  • September 5, 2018

    AI-Powered Doc Reading Biz Secures $50M In Funding

    Artificial intelligence-driven contract analytics software company Kira Systems said on Wednesday that it has secured a $50 million minority investment from New York-based private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, marking the first outside fundraise for the company.

  • September 5, 2018

    BigLaw Firm Finances Are Booming

    The nation's largest law firms are on track to have their best collective financial year in close to a decade, according to a Tuesday report by Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group.

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • How Attorney Discipline Is Evolving In The #MeToo Era

    Bonnie Frost

    In March, the American Bar Association issued a manual to help legal employers and victims fight sexual harassment in the legal profession. While automatic disbarment for sexual misconduct with clients may have been considered too harsh a sanction almost a decade ago, it may be revisited in the current climate, say Bonnie Frost and Kristi Terranova of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    Conservative Supreme Court Activism Risks Backlash

    Jahan Sagafi

    As the Senate considers Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, including his potential impact on legal protections for workers, it is useful to reflect on the court’s 5-4 anti-worker decisions of the last term — each of which broke with norms of judicial restraint, say Michael Scimone and Jahan Sagafi of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Fewer Remedies In Calif. For Targets Of Defamatory Reviews

    Pooja Nair

    Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court ruled in Hassell v. Bird that Yelp could not be ordered to remove negative reviews of a law firm that were found to be defamatory. While the decision is a victory for internet platforms and websites, the scope of immunity under the Communications Decency Act has not been fully drawn out, says Pooja Nair of TroyGould PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Series

    High Crimes And Misdemeanors: Making Political Judgments

    Laurence Tribe

    Presidential impeachment exists not so that one party can decapitate the other, but to preserve the foundation of our democracy. For an impeachment to be legitimate, it must be a fair process in which Congress speaks for a majority of the American people in undoing an election, say Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School and Joshua Matz of Gupta Wessler PLLC.