Business of Law

  • June 8, 2017

    LexisNexis Picks Up San Francisco Startup Ravel Law

    LexisNexis Legal & Professional has agreed to acquire Ravel Law, a venture-backed legal research and analytics firm that has developed artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies that enable attorneys to quickly and efficiently mine and glean insight from court documents, the companies said Thursday.

  • June 8, 2017

    Atty Charged With Wife's Murder Tried To Sway Case, Says DA

    An Atlanta attorney pled not guilty at an arraignment hearing on Tuesday to the charge of murdering his wife, while also fielding accusations that he was trying to sway witnesses and a judge via telephone calls from jail.

  • June 8, 2017

    How 3M And Sears Are Slashing Their Law Firm Rosters

    Across the corporate world, legal departments have been striving to shrink their panel of go-to outside law firms and reduce their legal spend. Here, operations professionals from 3M and Sears explain the steps they’ve taken to downsize their law firm rosters.

  • June 7, 2017

    Meet Trump's Picks For The Federal Appellate Bench

    President Donald Trump’s judicial nominations on Wednesday brought three federal appeals candidates into the spotlight, including a member of the president’s shortlist for the U.S. Supreme Court, a judge who oversaw a massive challenge to the Clean Water Act, and one of the lawyers behind the high court’s limitation of laches as an intellectual property defense.

  • June 7, 2017

    Del. Senate Confirms Supreme Court Nominee Gary Traynor

    Delaware Supreme Court nominee Gary F. Traynor won swift and unanimous state Senate confirmation Wednesday after a short series of questions on a long and relatively winding legal career.

  • June 7, 2017

    Trump Taps 11 For Federal Bench In Bid To Reshape Courts

    President Donald Trump announced his latest batch of picks for the federal bench Wednesday, including three for appellate courts.

  • June 7, 2017

    Fla. Federal Court District To See Its 4th Bench Vacancy

    U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard will take senior status on July 1, creating a fourth vacancy on the already short-staffed bench of the Southern District of Florida, the clerk's office confirmed Wednesday.

  • June 7, 2017

    #AppellateTwitter Becomes Internet Hotspot For Legal Nerds

    A spur-of-the-moment tweet from a Texas appellate lawyer a year ago spawned a hashtag that has turned into a vibrant corner of the internet responsible for connecting the country’s appellate lawyers, birthing deep friendships and leading to real-life benefits like case referrals.

  • June 7, 2017

    Jurors' Anti-Attorney Bias Is More Paranoia Than Fact

    Anti-lawyer bias lurks in the hearts of jurors, so attorneys should think twice before defending a legal malpractice suit all the way to trial, right? Not so fast. While it’s axiomatic among many practitioners that jurors aren’t inclined to give them a fair shake, experts say that anxiety is often overblown, or simply wrong-headed.

  • June 7, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Motley Rice's Donald Migliori

    Wait for the overzealous defense lawyer to sell a fact that is easily disproven. That’s how you get a jury to stop listening to the defense of the case, says Donald Migliori of Motley Rice LLC.

  • June 7, 2017

    King & Spalding Partner Named As New FBI Chief

    President Donald Trump said via Twitter Wednesday that he will nominate King & Spalding LLP partner Christopher A. Wray, a former Bush administration lawyer who later represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the Bridgegate scandal, to become the next director of the FBI after firing former director James Comey in a high-profile episode nearly a month ago.

  • June 6, 2017

    Latham ‘Hoodwinked’ IP Suit Judge, Calif. High Court Told

    Two ex-Flir Systems executives urged the California Supreme Court Tuesday to revive their malicious prosecution claims against Latham & Watkins LLP for bringing a trade secrets suit in bad faith, arguing Latham’s initial success “hoodwinking” a lower court judge can’t now preclude suing the firm.

  • June 6, 2017

    Davis Polk Partner In Calif. Hit By Train, Killed

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP partner and head of its India practice Kirtee Kapoor died on Monday after reportedly being struck by a train in a Northern California town near Menlo Park.

  • June 6, 2017

    Chadbourne Still Stalling On Discovery, Female Lawyers Say

    Chadbourne & Parke LLP is stonewalling on discovery in a $100 million proposed gender bias class action until the firm’s bid to toss the case plays out, the female attorneys behind the suit told a New York federal court Monday.

  • June 6, 2017

    Fla. Bar Urges 3-Judge Panels For County Court Appeals

    The Florida Bar urged the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to adopt rules requiring that appeals from county courts be heard by three-judge panels, a change some justices said could strain resources in small counties.

  • June 6, 2017

    3 Tips For Finding The Right Fee Arrangement

    Finding a value-based fee arrangement that works for both law firm and client can be tricky, but the process can be simplified by balancing the complexity of the work with client expectations, according to a Monday presentation at the ACC Legal Operations conference in Chicago.

  • June 6, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Magic Circle AI And Hogan Lovells’ App

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products aimed at aiding lawyers coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven major recent developments in legal tech.

  • June 5, 2017

    Trump Taps Kirkland Partner, Other BigLaw Attys For Posts

    President Donald Trump on Monday announced he will nominate Kirkland & Ellis partner Brian Allen Benczkowski to head the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, with attorneys from Dechert, Greenberg Traurig and McGuireWoods tapped to fill general counsel spots at the departments of Transportation, Health and Human Services, and Education.

  • June 5, 2017

    Lower Calif. Bar Score Will Raise Malpractice, Law Profs Say

    With California law school deans anxious about plummeting bar exam passage rates, two Pepperdine University law professors say making it easier for aspiring attorneys to pass the state’s notoriously tough exam will likely result in more misconduct and malpractice.

  • June 5, 2017

    12 Ways To Eliminate Gender Inequality For Lawyers

    The Florida Bar released a report Friday with recommendations and proposals to eliminate gender bias in the state's legal industry, the culmination of a special committee convened last year to address the issue after a survey found young female attorneys regularly encounter roadblocks in their careers.

Expert Analysis

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.

  • Weekly Column

    'Talking Bull': Episode 19, Bring It On

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: A Law Firm GC's Data Protection Duties

    Thomas W. White

    Increasingly, we see companies in all industries seeking to perform various levels of due diligence on our information security defenses. We received three times as many diligence requests from clients and prospective clients in 2016 as we did in 2015. Some clients even conduct their own penetration tests, says Thomas White, general counsel of WilmerHale.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Evaluating Positional Conflicts

    Nicholas A. Gravante Jr.

    What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: 5 Challenges For A Law Firm GC

    John Koski

    Regardless of where we live and practice, regardless of whether trade deals succeed or fail, and regardless of whether the movement of people or capital is easy or difficult, our clients will still have needs or problems far away from home, says John Koski, global chief legal officer at Dentons.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: When The Witness Attacked

    James J. Brosnahan

    Focused on my final argument notes, I nonetheless noticed a pause in the cross-examination of my client. Then I saw a flutter of activity out of the corner of my right eye, recalls James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Nearer To Needed Mediation Reform

    Jeff Kichaven

    Recently proposed reforms to California's mediation confidentiality laws increase consumer protection and promote the rule of law, while protecting the effectiveness of mediation. However, one additional dimension of reform is needed to ensure fair trials, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.