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Business of Law

  • November 29, 2018

    Law Firm Brass Say Clients Won't Let The Billable Hour Die

    The billable hour is not on its way out any time soon and that, some law firm leaders say, is largely due to the preferences of corporate clients that in many cases prefer hourly billing to alternative fee arrangements when paying for outside counsel.

  • November 29, 2018

    Michael Cohen Admits To Lying About Contacts With Russia

    Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and political champion, admitted to a count of lying to Congress on Thursday morning, telling a Manhattan federal judge he made false statements about the extent of his contacts with Moscow during campaign-season discussions about a Trump real estate project.

  • November 28, 2018

    Jay-Z Slams Arbitration Group's Lack Of Diversity In IP Row

    Music mogul Jay-Z called out the American Arbitration Association on Wednesday for lacking diversity among its arbitrators, arguing in a New York state court filing that the organization has so few African-American arbitrators he can't get a fair adjudication of his intellectual property dispute with Iconix Brand Group Inc.

  • November 28, 2018

    Sidley Austin Reveals Bonuses, Knobbe Martens Ups Salaries

    Sidley Austin LLP announced its bonus scale for associates and Knobbe Martens said it would increase its salary structure for associates this week, according to memos from the firms obtained by Above The Law.

  • November 28, 2018

    Trump Judicial Pick From Kutak Rock Defends Abortion Views

    President Donald Trump's BigLaw nominee for a Nebraska federal judgeship pushed back on criticisms of his past statements on abortion at his nomination hearing Wednesday, saying he would be able to put aside criticisms of Roe v. Wade and rule as an impartial judge.

  • November 28, 2018

    Ex-O'Melveny, Mayer Attys Tapped For Calif. Appeals Court

    California Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated four Democrats to preside over appeals courts across the state in his latest round of appointments, including a former O'Melveny & Myers LLP partner and an ex-Mayer Brown LLP attorney who are currently presiding over trial courts in Los Angeles.

  • November 28, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: Lewis Baach's Eric Lewis

    During a recent interview with Law360, Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC senior partner Eric Lewis reminisced about lunches he shared with U.S. Supreme Court Justices William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall in the 1980s and reflected on how the legal industry has changed since then, both for the better and the worse.

  • November 28, 2018

    ABA Says Attys Can Steer Clients To Funding Cos. They Own

    The American Bar Association has issued a new formal opinion that says attorneys can refer clients to a financing company to cover their fees even if the lawyer has a stake in it, though they must advise clients to get independent advice before agreeing to the loan.  

  • November 28, 2018

    DC Courts Unveil New Anti-Harassment Measures

    The D.C. Circuit Judicial Council has adopted new recommendations, some of which the court has already implemented, to improve the way the court handles workplace misconduct and sexual harassment, D.C.'s Chief U.S. Circuit Judge Merrick B. Garland and Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell announced Wednesday.

  • November 28, 2018

    Supreme Court Pro Jumps From Gibson Dunn To Mayer Brown

    Veteran U.S. Supreme Court attorney Nicole Saharsky has left Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP after roughly one year to join Mayer Brown LLP, saying she came to see the new firm as a "better fit" for developing a career in private practice following a decade at the Office of the Solicitor General.

  • November 28, 2018

    Pence Breaks Senate Tie To Advance Controversial Court Pick

    The Senate advanced a nominee for a North Carolina federal trial court seat by a razor-thin margin on Wednesday with Vice President Mike Pence stepping in to break a 50-50 tie, but the nomination could still falter amid concerns about the candidate's record on voting rights and Senate wrangling over a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

  • November 28, 2018

    Fried Frank Revamps Paid Parental, Family Leave For 2019

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP on Wednesday announced changes to its paid parental and family leave policies for its U.S. employees in 2019, including 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents and 10 weeks of paid family leave per year.

  • November 28, 2018

    Boies Debuts Management Committee In Succession Plan

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP will establish a new management committee to assume day-to-day responsibilities of operations as part of a long-term plan to transfer leadership of the litigation firm from its founders to the next generation, the firm told its partners on Tuesday.

  • November 28, 2018

    After Kirkland, Sidley Arbitration Flip, Group Eyes DLA Piper

    After pressuring Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Sidley Austin LLP to reverse arbitration policies covering employment disputes, a group of Harvard law students on Wednesday urged peers to "dump" DLA Piper until the firm promises to stop using so-called coercive contracts.

  • November 27, 2018

    GCs Shining Light On Their Management Chops

    Tens of thousands of general counsels across the United States are more likely to cite management skills than legal prowess in their online profiles as the role of GC continues to evolve, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • November 27, 2018

    11 Names Sent To Fla. Gov.-Elect For 3 High Court Seats

    The judicial nominating commission tasked with screening candidates for the three soon-to-open seats on the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday released a list of 11 names — including seven appellate judges and the current general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education — from which incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis will choose new justices.

  • November 27, 2018

    Corp. Law Departments Say Legal Needs Will Rise In 2019

    In a departure from previous years, corporate law departments' total legal spending rose by 5 percent from 2016 to 2017, and the vast majority of law departments are eyeing an increase in their legal needs over the next year, according to a new survey released on Tuesday.

  • November 27, 2018

    ABA Blasted For Support Of Bill On Debt Collection Attys

    A group of fellows with the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee has sent a letter objecting to the ABA’s support of a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would mean attorneys suing to collect on a debt would not be classified as “debt collectors” under consumer protection law.

  • November 27, 2018

    Heritage Foundation Updates Clerk Program After Suspension

    The Heritage Foundation has made changes to and is moving forward with its federal law clerk training program in an effort to make it more transparent, after a controversy surrounding the program’s secretive nature arose last month, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

  • November 27, 2018

    Litigation Insurance Searches For Its Niche In The US

    Litigation finance has made remarkable inroads in the U.S., but proponents say litigation insurance offers even greater flexibility and lower costs to clients and firms seeking alternative models of limiting their exposure, even though it remains largely unfamiliar stateside.

Expert Analysis

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    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.

  • Guest Feature

    Tom Mesereau Talks MJ, Cosby, Unconventional Choices

    Randy Maniloff

    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.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    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.