Business of Law

  • October 14, 2009

    Facebook A No-Go Despite Few Discovery Bids

    It remains rare for U.S. companies to be required to produce electronic information from social networking Web sites, but around half of American businesses block employees from using the sites at the office, according to Fulbright & Jaworski LLP's 2009 Litigation Trends Survey.

  • October 14, 2009

    Corporate Attorneys Brace For Jump In Litigation

    Many corporate attorneys are bracing for a swell of new lawsuits in the coming year, in part because the sour economy continues to send companies to court for debt collection and regulatory scrutiny, according to Fulbright & Jaworski LLP's 2009 Litigation Trends Survey.

  • October 14, 2009

    In-House Counsel Pay Takes Hit Amid Cost-Cutting

    U.S. companies continue to be intent on trimming their law department costs, looking to cut back on spending and staffing, and putting the brakes on raises for in-house attorneys, according to a recent survey.

  • October 14, 2009

    Justices Wary Of Enhanced Fees For Exceptional Work

    The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have expressed skepticism about whether judges should be allowed to increase fee awards for exceptional performance by pro bono plaintiffs attorneys in civil rights cases, raising concerns about how such enhancements can be applied and justified.

  • October 13, 2009

    Alston & Bird Changes OT Policy For Staffers

    Alston & Bird LLP has reportedly increased the threshold for its secretaries, professional staff and paralegals to start collecting overtime pay from 37.5 hours a week — or 35, in its New York office — to 40.

  • October 13, 2009

    Mayer Brown Case To Shed Light On Lawyer Liability

    If plaintiffs in the Refco securities litigation succeed in appealing the dismissal of Mayer Brown LLP and one of its lawyers from the case, securities lawyers arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit may find themselves liable for statements they wrote anonymously.

  • October 13, 2009

    Denton Wilde Looks To Trim More Staff Jobs

    International law firm Denton Wilde Sapte LLP is reportedly launching redundancy consultations in an effort to cut loose more support staff members, after trimming 76 positions earlier in 2009.

  • October 12, 2009

    Corporate Counsel Seek Ways To Demonstrate Value

    The value of a legal department can't always be quantified. But in a time of belt tightening, it's crucial for corporate counsel to take time to demonstrate how they're contributing to the bottom line, experts said.

  • October 12, 2009

    Dorsey & Whitney Opts For Merit-Based Pay System

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP is the latest firm to move away from a lockstep compensation system for its associates in favor of a system that puts greater emphasis on merit, a representative for the firm confirmed Monday.

  • October 12, 2009

    Nominee Would Be First Woman On Vt. Federal Bench

    The White House will nominate Vermont state court Judge Christina Reiss to be the next judge to sit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont and the first woman to sit on the federal bench in the Green Mountain State.

  • October 12, 2009

    Vacancies Add To Swamped Appeals Courts' Problems

    Much has been made of the Obama administration's slow progress in filling the 21 currently vacant circuit court seats, but the empty posts only compound the problems of an already overextended federal appeals court system, litigators say.

  • October 9, 2009

    US V. Textron Raises Concerns Over Work Product

    An en banc ruling in Textron Inc.'s battle with the Internal Revenue Service over access to the company's tax accrual work papers could present the U.S. Supreme Court with an opportunity to clarify the reach of the work product doctrine.

  • October 8, 2009

    Hogan & Hartson, Lovells In Early Merge Talks: Report

    Washington-based Hogan & Hartson LLP and United Kingdom-based Lovells are in the first stages of merger talks, according to a report. Such a merger, if it took place, would result in a global behemoth with some 2,600 lawyers to its name.

  • October 8, 2009

    Edwards Angell Tightens Job Offer Response Deadline

    Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP is giving 2010 summer associates a shorter deadline than usual to render their decisions about accepting offers, the firm has said in a statement.

  • October 9, 2009

    Corrected: CB Legal Sues Lewis Brisbois Over Recruiting Fees

    Legal recruiting company CB Legal Search LLC has hit Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP with a lawsuit for allegedly cutting it out of a deal to hire attorneys from Bollinger Ruberry & Garvey.

  • October 7, 2009

    Some Lawyers Set To Earn Top Billing Rates In '10

    In the race for client business, not all practice areas are created equal. In 2010, lawyers commanding premium rates will be in regulatory, bet-the-company litigation, intellectual property litigation, and mergers and acquisitions, according to a new report from the BTI Consulting Group Inc.

  • October 6, 2009

    Crowell & Moring To Implement Voluntary Layoffs

    Crowell & Moring LLP has asked its support service staff members to consider voluntary layoffs in exchange for six months' pay as the firm tries to narrow its nonattorney headcount.

  • October 6, 2009

    Bingham Announces New 'Merit Lockstep' Pay System

    Bingham McCutchen LLP plans to usher in a hybrid “merit lockstep” compensation system by the end of 2009, slightly defying the current trend of law firms that have implemented full-on merit-based pay systems or made across-the-board salary cuts in response to economic pressures.

  • October 6, 2009

    3rd Quarter Shows Uptick In Law Firm Mergers

    The third quarter brought an increase in law firm mergers, but firms remain wary about assuming others' problems in the midst of a still-rebounding economy, according to a new report.

  • October 6, 2009

    Tips For Lawyers To Get The Most Out Of LinkedIn

    Though many attorneys continue to struggle with how to make a professional networking site like LinkedIn work for them, more are warming up to the idea because such sites provide an amazing opportunity to connect, legal experts say.