The major law firm mergers just kept coming in 2017, with Dentons, Norton Rose Fulbright and Womble Carlyle each bolting on hundreds of attorneys through tie-ups, and the legal industry as a whole experiencing nearly 100 combinations as of Dec. 6. Here, Law360 takes a look at the seven biggest mergers of the year.
Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon.
A general sense of malaise and unhappiness can set in when lawyers overextend themselves, are repeatedly bombarded with stressful situations, or fail to create a balance between work and the rest of their lives. Here, mental health professionals offer a guidebook for lawyers on how to identify whether that sense of dissatisfaction is actually burnout.
President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney in California’s Eastern District, who would be serving in that role for the second time, earned more than $5.7 million in distribution and bonuses since 2015 as an Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP partner, he said in recently published filings.
A former partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP pled guilty in California federal court Wednesday to charges that he stole a sealed government complaint while still employed with the U.S. Department of Justice and tried to sell the information to a cybersecurity company then under investigation.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP attorneys have secured a pro bono victory crushing the death sentence of a man they believe is innocent and who has served 30 years on death row for the rape and murder of a child, allowing them to continue their fight for his exoneration.
November's notable legal department hires include new general counsels at Barclays, the National Labor Relations Board and Deutsche Bank.
General counsel and chief legal officers saw their total compensation grow by almost 10 percent between 2015 and 2016 with bonuses accounting for much of the increase, reflecting the rising importance of legal department leaders, according to a new study released Wednesday.
Duane Morris LLP has hired the employment practice group from the soon-to-be-defunct Sedgwick LLP to join its San Francisco office, in its first round of potential ex-Sedgwick lateral hires, Duane Morris said Tuesday.
Three London-based global law firms revealed Wednesday that associates in their U.S. offices would receive year-end bonuses ranging from $15,000 to $100,000, in keeping with the scale established in previous years and maintained this Monday by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
President Donald Trump’s picks for Fifth and Eighth Circuit vacancies — including Kyle Duncan, a lead attorney in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby case — defended their records during a Senate hearing Wednesday as the Judiciary Committee prepares to break with its tradition of deferring to opposition from nominees' home state senators.
As law firms look to grow and compete in an increasingly tough legal market through combinations, there are those who will choose poorly in the race to find a partner and end up unhappily married. Here, Law360 looks at a few characteristics of a doomed law firm merger.
More than half a dozen additional firms have announced year-end bonuses for U.S. associates in good standing that are in line with those offered in previous years, doling out year-end paydays ranging between $15,000 and $100,000 and following the lead set on Monday by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
The U.S. Senate confirmed former Jones Day partner and current White House Deputy Counsel Gregory Katsas to the D.C. Circuit Tuesday in a mostly party-line vote that helped put President Donald Trump's first stamp on one of the country's top courts.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday lifted its suspension of a New York attorney after apparently confusing him with a disbarred elder law specialist of the same name, the second case of mistaken identity at the high court this year.
A U.K. attorney with Clyde & Co has been suspended by the Solicitors Regulation Authority after making several “improper” fund transfers from the firm’s client accounts to its office account.
Certain behaviors get under the skin of in-house counsel and can make them never want to work with a law firm again. Here, Law360 looks at three fairly effective ways at driving away clients.
The Ninth Circuit lost one of its most liberal judges when Harry Pregerson passed away Saturday at age 94, leaving a legacy of civic activism and highly principled court rulings that sometimes defied case law in favor of the judge’s own moral compass, in keeping with a vow he'd made to the U.S. Senate during his confirmation hearing.
The U.S. Senate has set up White House Deputy Counsel and Jones Day veteran Gregory Katsas' confirmation to the D.C. Circuit for a final vote later this week, after his nomination cleared a procedural hurdle Monday.
Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP announced year-end associate bonuses Monday in line with those it has doled out the past two years, ranging from $15,000 to $100,000, and within hours at least two law firms had already matched the trendsetter, according to internal memos.
The U.S. Senate has pushed through another of President Donald Trump’s nominees to the federal bench, approving former U.S. Sentencing Commission member Dabney Friedrich to a court seat in the District of Columbia.
Leading corporate counsel have named the 30 law firms that outperform all others in client service delivery regardless of size, practice offerings or location. Here are the top-ranked firms that enjoy 37 percent higher revenue growth and 33 percent higher client retention than the average law firm, according to a new report.
United Kingdom-based professional services firm RPC and Chicago-based BatesCarey on Monday both announced partner hires from two different Sedgwick offices, a week after the troubled San Francisco-based firm told employees it would close early next year.
A Philadelphia lawyer and fixture of Pennsylvania Republican politics has returned to Cozen O’Connor after 10 months in the White House and will again lead the firm’s government and regulatory practice, the firm announced Monday.
The law firms on Law360’s 2017 Regional Powerhouse list are handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles across seven states, offering clients regional expertise and making a lasting impact on the law at the state and local level.
The law firms on Law360’s Global 20 list have expertise that spans practice areas and continents, and they’ve handled some of the biggest cross-border matters of the year. With thousands of attorneys in dozens of countries around the world, these firms have figured out the key to delivering for clients on multiple fronts.
The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.
In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.
Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.
Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.
As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.
The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.
To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.
Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.
There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.
If you had asked me whether I was nervous the morning that I gave my first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, the answer would have been — to my own surprise — not at all, says Michael Kimberly of Mayer Brown LLP.