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Business of Law

  • December 10, 2010

    Biz Dev Gains Traction In CLE Circles

    As the demand for continuing legal education grows, a standoff is brewing between law firms and course providers that want credit for business development training and the regulators who maintain that the aim of CLE is not to churn out rainmakers.

  • December 10, 2010

    McDermott To Offset Taxes For Gay Domestic Partners

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has announced it will compensate gay employees for the extra federal taxes they pay on benefits for same-sex domestic partners, following in the footsteps of other high-profile employers such as Google Inc. and Barclays Bank PLC.

  • December 9, 2010

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2010: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP offers attorneys an array of pro bono opportunities as well as the resources to produce outstanding results, which include a $1 billion settlement for the disabled and parole for one of the Norfolk Four sailors serving life sentences, making it one of Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010.

  • December 9, 2010

    Partners Less Optimistic About Legal Market: Report

    After more than a year of growing confidence in the market, managing partners at U.S. law firms are starting to have their doubts about the strength of the economy and their own financial prospects, according to a new survey from Citi Private Bank.

  • December 9, 2010

    Ohio Judges Can Friend Lawyers Online, Panel Says

    The disciplinary panel for the Supreme Court of Ohio has decided that the state's judges can become friends on Facebook and other social media sites with lawyers who show up as counsel in their courtrooms, but should treat social online conduct carefully to steer clear of violating Ohio's code of judicial conduct.

  • December 8, 2010

    House Exempts Attys From Identity Theft Requirements

    Congress has given its final approval to a bill that will exempt lawyers, doctors, accountants and other professionals from the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule, a set of stringent requirements designed to curb identity theft for regulatory agencies.

  • December 8, 2010

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2010: Robins Kaplan

    With an approach that encourages attorneys working pro bono to take all the hours they need to win, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP managed to score nearly $100 million for survivors of Minnesota's I-35W bridge collapse, but not a penny in fees, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.

  • December 8, 2010

    Dewey Matches Peers With $7.5K Bonus For 1st-Years

    As the year draws to a close, associate bonus announcements are coming fast and furious, with the latest from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP matching the standard set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, plus a little extra for high-performers.

  • December 8, 2010

    Senate Votes To Remove Porteous From Federal Bench

    The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to convict U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. on four articles of impeachment ranging from corruption to lying to federal officials, making the Louisiana judge the eighth to ever be removed from the federal bench by impeachment.

  • December 8, 2010

    Jones Day Wins Top Marks From GCs For Work Quality

    Whether it's the way a firm formats its documents or the accuracy of its bills, uniformity in work products is key, and Jones Day stands out for its ability to promote firmwide standards over individual traditions, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.

  • December 8, 2010

    GCs Name Best Firms At Offering Need-To-Know Info

    Companies are looking for law firms that maintain consistent communication and reach out as soon as they see the first signs of a potential roadblock or budget change, needs that three firms meet better than any others, a new survey of corporate counsel says.

  • December 8, 2010

    In-House Attys Say 1 Firm Won't Leave Your Side

    In the fast-paced corporate world, law firms must respond with a sense of urgency to all of a company's needs, no matter how seemingly insignificant or tangential — and one firm does that better than any other, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.

  • December 7, 2010

    If You Have A Problem, This Firm Will Solve It, GCs Say

    While corporate counsel know that problems arise as part of any legal matter, they like to see law firms focus on how to fix an issue rather than on assigning blame, and the firm that tops their list of problem solvers says strong client relationships are the key, according to a new survey.

  • December 7, 2010

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2010: O'Melveny

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP's culture of community service helped spur a groundbreaking win in a human trafficking case, humanitarian efforts in Haiti and an appellate victory in a long-running gay civil rights fight, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.

  • December 7, 2010

    The 3 Firms That GCs Say Run The Tightest Ships

    Companies like a law firm that knows how to keep a project in check, and the three firms that do it best put a premium on clear communication and aren't afraid to call when projected expenses rise, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.

  • December 7, 2010

    Corporate Attys Put Jones Day At Top In Legal Skills

    Having top-notch legal skills is the single most important factor that companies consider when hiring law firms, and Jones Day is the cream of the crop when it comes to matching its clients with the right attorneys and blending strong legal skills with broader customer service efforts, a new survey of corporate counsel says.

  • December 7, 2010

    1 Firm Can Handle Any Curveball, In-House Attys Say

    When the unexpected arises, corporate attorneys want outside counsel that can stay cool under pressure and quickly deliver solutions, and one firm has shown that flexibility again and again, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.

  • December 6, 2010

    GCs Point To 1 Firm To Get Major Bang For Your Buck

    More than anyone else, one firm delivers the lower rates clients want with the million-dollar service they expect, making it corporate counsel's top pick for best value, a new survey shows.

  • December 6, 2010

    2 Firms Win GC Love For Business Know-How

    When it comes to understanding the ins and outs of a client's business, two firms do it better than anybody else, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.

  • December 6, 2010

    2 Firms Excel At Client Focus, In-House Counsel Say

    Only a handful of major law firms truly go the extra mile when it comes to focusing on corporate clients, and investing the time to advise on business and legal matters without racking up billable hours is a major part of the success of those that stand out, a new survey of corporate counsel says.