Business of Law

  • September 27, 2017

    Shearman & Sterling Offers New Parents More Paid Leave

    Shearman & Sterling LLP is offering its U.S. lawyers 20 weeks of paid leave when they become the primary caregiver of a new baby, the firm announced Wednesday, making it the latest in a string of law firms beefing up their parental leave programs.

  • September 27, 2017

    The New Way To Be A Thought Leader In BigLaw

    BigLaw firms have begun creating web pages distinct from the firms’ main sites in order to offer clients and the public information on big topics affecting businesses and the legal community. Here, law firms discuss how they’re using microsites to position themselves as thought leaders.

  • September 27, 2017

    DC Rules Barring Out-Of-State Attys Need To Go, Group Says

    Federal district court rules that bar admission of out-of-state lawyers based on the location of their main office are discriminatory and should be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a recent petition asking the high court to take the case.

  • September 27, 2017

    Global 20: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP continued building on its global roots this year, landing work on major cross-border transactions like GM’s European business sale as well as sovereign debt offerings for Iraq and South Korea to earn a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • September 26, 2017

    Sens. Waffle On Giving Courts Say In Special Counsel Firings

    A Senate panel Tuesday appeared torn on how to proceed with two bipartisan bills introduced last month that would allow federal judges to review any decision by the executive branch to fire special counsels investigating the president, wringing their hands over whether such measures undercut executive power but also fretting about the need to check presidents inclined to fire the prosecutor investigating them.

  • September 26, 2017

    Harvard Grad Fired From Ropes & Gray Trims Bar Exam Suit

    A Harvard Law School graduate who lost her job at Ropes & Gray LLP after twice failing the bar exam dropped some of her claims on Tuesday against the New York State Board of Law Examiners, which she says did not accommodate her anxiety-related disability until it was too late.

  • September 26, 2017

    Online Punk Of Kushner Atty Shows Holes In Email Security

    An email prank on Jared Kushner’s lawyer, a veteran of high-stakes political dramas, may be good for a chuckle, but law firm security experts say bogus emails and online “phishing” are no joke for attorneys.

  • September 26, 2017

    Ex-Hunton Atty Avoids Jail For Wine-Fueled Insider Trading

    A former Hunton & Williams LLP attorney was sentenced by a Brooklyn federal judge on Tuesday to three years probation for his securities fraud and conspiracy convictions after he drunkenly tipped off his friend and investment adviser about Pfizer Inc.’s plans to acquire his drugmaker client.

  • September 26, 2017

    Fla. Powerhouses Attract Global Business In Diverse Economy

    The entire state of Florida may have just been battered by Hurricane Irma, but leaders at the five firms on Law360’s list of Florida Powerhouses are still sunny on the state's future since its economy has diversified and it has become a hub for international business.

  • September 26, 2017

    Ex-Steptoe Atty Seeks Green Light For Pay Bias Action

    A former Steptoe & Johnson LLP associate asked a California federal judge on Monday for conditional certification in her collective action accusing the firm of violating the Equal Pay Act by paying female attorneys less than their male counterparts.

  • September 26, 2017

    King & Spalding Chair Fights Deposition In Ex-Atty's Suit

    King & Spalding LLP asked a New York federal judge Monday to prohibit or limit to two hours a deposition of its chairman by a onetime senior associate accusing the firm of wrongful firing.

  • September 26, 2017

    Global 20: Freshfields

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP continued this year to flex its muscle as a cross-border powerhouse, advising on a slew of multibillion-dollar deals and guiding companies through high-stakes investigations and litigation to once again land the Magic Circle firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • September 25, 2017

    Ex-IP Partner Hits Winston & Strawn With Gender Bias Suit

    A former Winston & Strawn LLP intellectual property partner is claiming in a sex discrimination lawsuit filed in California state court that the firm reduced her salary and excluded her from big cases after the male colleague she joined the firm with resigned.

  • September 25, 2017

    Gov't Can't Escape Class Action Against PACER Doc Fees

    A Florida federal judge refused to dismiss a putative class action brought against the federal government by an attorney who claims that PACER, the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, improperly charges users for viewing judges’ opinions, ruling that breach of contract claims were properly pled.

  • September 25, 2017

    Law Schools, Bar Prep Co. Escape $50M Antitrust Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday tossed a $50 million suit alleging a group of law schools worked with bar exam preparation company Barbri Inc. to stifle competition for classes targeting foreign Master of Laws graduates, saying LLM Bar Exam LLC’s struggles are due to complaints about its courses, not collusion.

  • September 25, 2017

    1st Circ. Judge Watches Puerto Rico Destruction From Afar

    First Circuit Judge Juan Torruella has had to watch the devastation of Puerto Rico from more than 1,500 miles away, receiving sporadic news about his home, his chambers and his loved ones after a hurricane plunged the island, and its court system, into darkness and devastation.

  • September 25, 2017

    Strong Pa. Business Base Helps Powerhouse Firms Thrive

    The five firms named as Law360's Pennsylvania Powerhouses for 2017 have taken advantage of the state's historically deep legal talent pool and a dynamic, ever-evolving economic base — ranging over the years from manufacturing and energy to pharmaceuticals and beyond — to build strong foundations from which to expand and thrive over their combined 573 years in business.

  • September 25, 2017

    Global 20: Eversheds Sutherland

    Eversheds Sutherland, which formed in 2016 when U.S.-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP combined with the U.K.’s Eversheds LLP, advised on a $23 billion U.K. energy infrastructure project and a $2 billion Libyan construction dispute, landing the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • September 23, 2017

    Law360's Pro Say: How Far Can Courts Go To Control Judges?

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses what can be done when the conduct of a federal judge becomes a problem, Allergan's move to shield its patents from review, the latest news related to sentencing over the fall of law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, and a raunchy 'Grinch' parody.

  • September 22, 2017

    In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.

  • How The IPad Can Be A Litigator's Best Friend

    Paul Kiesel

    New mobile computing tools — both hardware and applications — are changing the technology paradigm for legal practitioners. In particular, the combination of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the LiquidText annotation app can revolutionize both trial preparation and courtroom litigating, says attorney Paul Kiesel, in his latest review of tech trends.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: CPO Vs. CISO

    Mark McCreary

    To understand the role of the law firm chief privacy officer — and why that person ought to be a lawyer — it’s important to distinguish the role they fill from that of the chief information security officer, says Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer for Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Before Entering Joint-Representation AFA

    Natalie Hanlon Leh

    One growing trend is for clients to enter into alternative fee arrangements in which one law firm represents multiple parties who “share” fees and costs in a related matter. This way parties can more efficiently manage a matter and reduce their individual legal fees. But joint representation is not without its own risks and challenges, say attorneys with WilmerHale.