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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.