Business of Law

  • May 27, 2020

    How COVID-19 Is Pushing Down Filings Across Practices

    Federal court filings in many practice areas saw declines last month as the legal system continues to grapple with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, with tax and copyright cases experiencing the most dramatic drops, according to data released Tuesday by Lex Machina.

  • May 27, 2020

    Lieff Cabraser, Others To Lead U. Mich. Sex Assault Cases

    A Michigan federal judge on Tuesday tapped three attorneys from the firms Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, The Miller Law Firm PC and Sauder Schelkopf LLC to lead a series of lawsuits against the University of Michigan over alleged sexual assaults by a former sports doctor.

  • May 27, 2020

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Berger Montague's Eric L. Cramer

    The chairman of Philly-based Berger Montague was in California to represent direct buyers accusing capacitor manufacturers of a price-fixing conspiracy when a San Francisco federal court decided to suspend all jury proceedings following the coronavirus outbreak.

  • May 27, 2020

    Varnum Partner Flies High For COVID-19 Relief

    Some remote areas of Michigan are more than a seven-hour drive through vast expanses of national forest from the state's capital, where COVID-19 testing kits are being distributed, making the delivery and retrieval of the kits a major logistical challenge for the Michigan State Police.

  • May 26, 2020

    LA Attys Say Former Firm Made Them Partners 'In Name' Only

    Three Los Angeles lawyers have filed a lawsuit accusing their former firm of violating labor laws by making them partners "in name" only and then using illegal business tactics against them when they left to start their own shop.

  • May 26, 2020

    WilmerHale, Toyota Agent Told Extortion Claim Is 'Overstated'

    A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday was unimpressed with what he called paltry proof of alleged extortion by a legal staffing agency's former employee as the judge mulled the agency's request to order the attorney not to share what he learned on a WilmerHale project for Toyota.

  • May 26, 2020

    Barclay Damon Plans To Reopen Offices Amid Pandemic

    The nearly 300-attorney law firm Barclay Damon LLP is planning to reopen all of its offices across the northeastern United States in the coming weeks amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the law firm said Tuesday, but its attorneys and staff will also have the potentially permanent option of working remotely.

  • May 26, 2020

    DC District Could Begin Grand Juries In June, Hearings In July

    The top judge for the U.S. District Court in D.C. said in an order Tuesday that she "anticipates the possibility" of resuming grand jury sessions in mid-June and opened the door to restarting in-court nontrial proceedings in mid-July.

  • May 26, 2020

    Bayard Sues Harvey Weinstein For $420K In Unpaid Fees

    Delaware law firm Bayard, which represented convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein in his company's bankruptcy case and gave a boost to his criminal defense, sued the disgraced media mogul for more than $420,000 in unpaid fees in New York state court Tuesday.

  • May 26, 2020

    COVID-19 Crisis A 'Sea Change' For Boston Lawyers

    From smaller firm headcounts to more virtual hearings, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will linger long after the virus has stopped spreading.

  • May 26, 2020

    Haynes And Boone To Open Office In San Francisco

    Continuing its expansion in the Bay Area, Haynes and Boone LLP confirmed Tuesday that it will open a new San Francisco office in July with two former McDermott Will & Emery LLP partners in key roles.

  • May 26, 2020

    Baker Donelson, Blank Rome Adjust Summer Programs

    Blank Rome LLP and Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC confirmed Tuesday that they have shortened their summer associate programs and plan for some or all of the programs to happen virtually.

  • May 26, 2020

    Digital Receptionists Say Firm Can't Cut Access To Customers

    A virtual reception service told an Oregon federal court that a law firm suing it over its billing practices is improperly trying to block the service from communicating with its clients while the class action continues.

  • May 26, 2020

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Bernstein's Katie Sinderson

    Katie Sinderson knew from childhood that she wanted to be a lawyer, but playing a witness in her mother's moot court competitions as a middle schooler really made the law come alive. Watching her mom, a former schoolteacher, pursue her dream of becoming an attorney further propelled Sinderson toward what has become a lifelong passion, she says.

  • May 26, 2020

    Michael Flynn Sees An Unlikely Ally In Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    As the showdown between Michael Flynn and a D.C. federal judge heats up, the president's former national security adviser has invoked the words of an unlikely source — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — to support the retired general's bid to escape prosecution.

  • May 26, 2020

    Trump Appointee Steps Down From East Texas US Atty Post

    One of the top federal prosecutors in the Lone Star State, who was tapped for the post by President Donald Trump, is stepping down after little more than two years on the job, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas said Tuesday.

  • May 26, 2020

    Judge Lets Defense Firm Exit Fee Spat With Ex-Novak Attys

    A D.C. federal judge on Saturday allowed a law firm representing a group of former Novak Druce partners without "any promise" of being paid to leave the defense table.

  • May 26, 2020

    Mass. Jury Trials To Remain Delayed Until September

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday delayed all state court jury trials until at least Sept. 8 and kept the courts closed to the public through June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 26, 2020

    Fla. Gov. Taps State Judge, Kobre & Kim Atty For High Court

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made two long-awaited appointments to the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday, tapping a Miami-based partner at Kobre & Kim LLP and a state judge from Palm Beach County despite the latter's ineligibility to be sworn in until September.

  • May 26, 2020

    How To Avoid Making The Blow Of A Pay Cut Even Worse

    Pay cuts have swept through major law firms in recent months, with many attorneys seeing double-digit percentage drops in their compensation. Financial experts say those who have been impacted must tread carefully to avoid exacerbating the situation.

  • May 26, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    The COVID-19 pandemic found states monitoring scaled-back Memorial Day weekend festivities that went off without a hitch in some places and resulted in crowd-limit violations in others, signaling challenges ahead as the beach season vies with continuing public health safety mandates.

  • May 26, 2020

    Washington Nats Tap In-House Attorney For GC Role

    The Washington Nationals team has elevated an in-house attorney to its general counsel spot, the franchise confirmed Tuesday, as Major League Baseball considers how to start its 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 26, 2020

    Landlord Says Jenner & Block Owes $3.7M In Unpaid Rent

    Jenner & Block LLP is in a fight with its Chicago landlord over how much in rent the firm must pay while its office space goes largely unused because of the coronavirus pandemic, with the landlord asking for more than $3.7 million.

  • May 22, 2020

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They've represented consumers, companies, and government entities, taken on Goliaths in industries ranging from aerospace to health care to finance to technology to sports, and won landmark victories on behalf of clients across the country.

  • May 24, 2020

    Judge Taps Kavanaugh's Atty To Fight Flynn's Dismissal Bid

    A D.C. federal judge overseeing Michael Flynn's prosecution has hired a high-powered trial attorney to defend his decision to examine the government's request to toss the case, a person familiar with the hiring told Law360 Sunday. 

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Carter Ledyard's Alex Malyshev

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    With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from New York-based Alexander Malyshev, a partner at Carter Ledyard.

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    Coping With A Pandemic: BakerHostetler's Charlene McGinty

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    With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Atlanta-based Charlene McGinty, a partner at BakerHostetler focusing on health care law.

  • Are Litigation Funding Documents Protected From Discovery?

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    With law firms and their clients increasingly interested in exploring litigation funding during the current economic crisis, attorneys must be aware of the trends emerging in courts across the country regarding the discoverability of litigation funding materials, say attorneys at Jenner & Block and Longford Capital.

  • How COVID-19 Might Uproot Centuries Of Litigation Traditions

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    Litigation has historically been an in-person activity, but the COVID-19 crisis might bring a long-lasting shift toward adoption of technologies that allow discovery and other litigation activities to proceed in a manner that preserves social distancing, say Elisabeth Ross and Christopher Hennessy at Cozen O’Connor.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Trial Lawyer Tom Ajamie

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    With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Houston-based trial lawyer Thomas Ajamie.

  • Consider Legal Ramifications Before Recording Video Calls

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    Given the ease with which videoconference participants can unwittingly risk civil and criminal liability by unlawfully recording calls, attorneys should be mindful of — and clients may appreciate prospective advice on — state consent laws and the various meeting platforms' consent features, say Daniel Rozansky and Crystal Jonelis at Stubbs Alderton.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: FDA's Stacy Amin

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    With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Washington, D.C.-based Stacy Cline Amin, chief counsel at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • Rethinking The Open Office In Light Of COVID-19

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    Many companies, and even some law firms, adopted open-office designs over the last 20 years without any consideration of disease transmission between employees, and now one questions whether such designs may act as a significant impediment to post-pandemic reopenings, says Steven Moore at Withers.

  • 3 Tips For Deposing Difficult Witnesses Remotely

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    Taking a deposition of an uncooperative witness is one task made immeasurably more difficult during the current pandemic, and certain deposition styles that may be extremely forceful in person may have limited effectiveness over videoconference, says Qian Julie Wang at Robins Kaplan.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Kirkland's Abdus Samad Pardesi

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    With self-isolation and social distancing the new norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Chicago-based Abdus Samad Pardesi, a partner in Kirkland's government and internal investigations practice group.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Civil Rights Activist Karen Narasaki

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    With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Washington, D.C.-based Karen Narasaki, a former U.S. Commission on Civil Rights member now advising organizations on the U.S. Census.

  • Opinion

    New Jersey's Plan For 2020 Law Grads Is Brilliant

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court's much-needed order allowing this year's law school graduates to practice prior to being admitted should be adopted in New York — and developed further even after the pandemic ceases, says attorney Dmitriy Shakhnevich.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Akin Gump's John Bain

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    With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Dallas-based John Bain, a partner at Akin Gump specializing in real estate transactions.

  • Managing E-Discovery Providers In Times Of Crisis

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    Retention of e-discovery providers usually involves considerable time and several layers of approval, but practicalities during the current emergency have proven that law firms must have the acuity to make smart but quick game-time decisions, says Shannon Capone Kirk at Ropes & Gray.

  • Witness Preparation Tips For Your Next Video Deposition

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    Just like in a normal deposition, remind your witness that testimony provided via videoconference may be used in a courtroom, so they must be mindful of everything they say or don’t say, the space they are in, and their attire, say Adam Bloomberg and Merrie Jo Pitera at Litigation Insights.

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