Women make up half of all law school graduates and have done so for over two decades — but they’re still woefully underrepresented when it comes to appearing and speaking in court, a problem experts say can stymie their careers and prevent professional advancement. Here, Law360 looks at some things that are being done by law firms, judges and clients to help close the gender gap in litigation.
Law firms often fail to consistently deliver the services that in-house legal departments depend on, with a single attorney or group sometimes exceeding expectations only to watch as others disappoint. Here, experts offer five ways firms can become more consistent and better serve their clients.
For the American Bar Association’s 2017 annual meeting this weekend — its first in New York City in almost a decade — the organization will for the first time ever open up its legal education programs to nonmembers, an initiative meant to give attendants a taste of some of the benefits that come with participation in the ABA, the organization’s president told Law360.
Sedgwick LLP has seen 78 attorneys exit the firm, at least 29 of whom were partners, since the start of the year, precipitating the shuttering or downsizing of a number of the San Francisco-based firm's offices.
Just 1.3 percent of contingency fee cases in New York courts are adjudicated, far fewer than the 13 percent of federal court cases that are resolved by dispositive motions, new research has found.
A female Proskauer Rose LLP partner urged a Washington, D.C., federal court not to toss her $50 million gender bias suit before discovery Friday, rejecting the firm’s claim that as a firm partner she lacks the statutory protections given “employees.”
U.K. law firm Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP and leading litigation financier Burford Capital LLC have inked a deal to fund an array of the firm's cases as part of the first portfolio-based litigation funding agreement with a major British firm, according to a joint statement released Monday.
I’ve had moments late at night when I asked myself whether I’d be happier trying cases on behalf of a single client instead of representing a group of thousands or millions of people. My answer always has been no, says David Stellings of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP.
On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, the team discusses the bleak outlook for women in the law, a huge product liability verdict against drug-maker Abbvie, and the bizarre story of the U.S. Postal Service being sued over a fake Statue of Liberty.
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.
A Kansas couple is getting a second crack at holding police officers to account for a premeditated but mistaken marijuana raid on their home, thanks to the pro bono efforts of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Shareholder activists are putting chief executives in their crosshairs more than ever, the CFPB's rule banning arbitration clauses is one step closer to repeal and the Labor Department is angling to revise Obama-era rules governing overtime pay. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week.
U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni expressed doubt Friday over the assertion by King & Spalding LLP that it fired a senior associate because he failed to turn in time sheets and business plans on time, in his suit claiming he was shown the door for reporting an ethics breach.
An analysis of federal trial court decisions over the past century shows that the ideological gap between judges has widened, driven by the increasing conservatism of Republican-appointed judges, three law professors concluded in a recent academic paper.
Simpson Thacher topped this week’s legal lions list after leading KKR’s $2.8 billion acquisition of WebMD as well as its acquisition of Nature’s Bounty, while WilmerHale became a legal lamb after a judge nailed its client, Apple, with a $506 million judgment for infringing a computer processor patent.
A report released by the regulator for lawyers in England and Wales shone a spotlight on the risk posed by cybercrime, with law firms reporting a record number of cyberthefts in the first quarter of 2017 that led to losses of £3.2 million (about $4.2 million).
Stoel Rives LLP cut 17 administrative staffers as part of a strategic plan to modernize the Portland, Oregon-headquartered firm, according to an internal memo sent to the firm's employees on Wednesday morning.
The proliferation of social media applications, and the enhanced capabilities they provide to investigate, advertise and communicate, have presented lawyers with a host of new ethical considerations, as everything from Facebooking potential jurors to preserving tweets poses questions about attorneys' responsibilities.
The Linklaters LLP associate whose Massachusetts Institute of Technology whiz kid husband is accused of using her law firm's secret information to make illegal bets on two merger targets is a “brilliant lawyer” who denies wrongdoing, her lawyer said Wednesday.
MasterCard's recent win in a £14 billion antitrust case in the U.K.'s new class action forum is a loss for litigation funders eager for a slice of massive potential recoveries in antitrust actions in the country, raising questions about whether similar cases can gain traction there and trigger payouts for investors, experts said.
Law firms could save a significant amount of money by reducing health benefit-related costs, but that can be difficult in an industry that expects premium workplace perks. Here, we look at three ways firms can trim their health care bills, while avoiding an uproar over cuts to benefits.
A trailblazing judge on New York's highest court found dead in the Hudson River in April took her own life, the office of New York City's medical examiner said on Wednesday.
India’s legal market will likely be opening up to foreign lawyers “any day,” the Society of Indian Law Firms told its members in a recent letter published on the organization’s website.
Defenses are becoming increasingly more complicated and sophisticated. The increase in the number of defenses a plaintiff will face during a case means cases are taking longer to be resolved and becoming more costly to litigate, says Bruce Katzen of Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine PL.
The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.
The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
We've heard last term described as the calm before the storm. I think we may get to see the storm in this next sitting, says Ian Gershengorn, former acting solicitor general of the United States.
These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.
With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.
The law relating to the taking of discovery directly from U.S. law firms is evolving in favor of disclosure when documents have been provided to third parties. Law firms must be vigilant in handling their clients' documents or face being responsible for producing them to third parties, say Steven Kobre and John Han of Kobre & Kim LLP.
Since 1980, there has been a systemic supersizing of business enterprises, the growth of sovereign wealth, and the emergence of international businesses. The pressure this has put on national and regional law firms to go global or go home is enormous, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.
The simple practice of asking jurors important and substantive questions early can help make trial by jury a more reliable form of dispute resolution, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.
Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.