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Business of Law

  • February 16, 2012

    Obama Nominates 4 For 11th Circ., Nev., Md., Fla. Districts

    President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated a Bondurant Mixson & Elmore partner for a judgeship on the Eleventh Circuit, and tapped a Nevada state judge, a Maryland magistrate judge and a Florida circuit judge to serve as district judges on their state's respective federal district courts.

  • February 16, 2012

    Clifford Chance Applies To Launch South Korea Office

    Clifford Chance LLP has formally applied to open an office in South Korea, the firm said Thursday, leading a parade of Western law firms that have announced their intent to plant flags in the country in the wake of recent free trade agreements.

  • February 16, 2012

    Tenn. Student Ineligible For Bar Exam Sues Law School

    In the latest suit alleging a law school misled its students, Lincoln Memorial University's law school in Tennessee was accused of breach of contract Tuesday for telling a student that she could enroll in the school even though state law would not allow her to take the bar exam after graduation.

  • February 15, 2012

    Singapore Eyes Profit Sharing To Build Ties With Foreign Firms

    The Singapore Ministry of Law on Tuesday proposed changes to the nation-state’s legal practices to allow foreign law firms to share profits and invest in equity shares in Singapore law firms as part of a strategy to promote expansion opportunities in the country.

  • February 15, 2012

    Senate Confirms 11th Circ.'s 1st Cuban-Born Judge

    After months of delays and a failed filibuster attempt, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to confirm U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jose Jordan for a seat on the Eleventh Circuit, making him the first Cuban-born judge to serve on the appeals court.

  • February 15, 2012

    Sidley Austin Opens Houston Office With 7 Hires

    Sidley Austin LLP has opened the doors to a Houston office staffed with seven partners from seven different area firms, enhancing its offerings and on-the-ground presence for its energy-based clients, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • February 15, 2012

    Firms Facing Another Year Of 'Sluggish' Growth: Study

    Law firms should expect a year of limited, if any, economic growth as they struggle to cut back on rising expenses following a marketwide “sluggish” end to 2011, according to a study released Wednesday by the Hildebrandt Institute and Citi Private Bank.

  • February 14, 2012

    DLA Piper Snags Thompson & Knight's Mexico City Team

    Thompson & Knight LLP confirmed Tuesday that all 14 attorneys at its Mexico City office are joining DLA Piper at an office it has opened in the Mexican capital.

  • February 14, 2012

    Top NY Judge Eyes City Foreclosure Section, Paperless Courts

    New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said Tuesday that he was pushing forward to establish a new foreclosure section in New York City courts and a statewide, paperless judiciary system in 2012 — just two of his goals for the year.

  • February 14, 2012

    Women Attys Advance More At Small, Midsize Firms: Survey

    Fennemore Craig PC and other small and midsize firms boast significantly higher percentages of women partners than global powerhouses, a Law360 survey has found, revealing female lawyers can more easily defeat stereotyping and find flexibility outside BigLaw, experts said.

  • February 14, 2012

    McDermott To Open S. Korea Office In Wake Of Trade Pact

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP will join other Western law firms expanding into South Korea following the easing of trade restrictions between the country and the U.S. by opening an office in Seoul later this year, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2012

    SNR Denton Launches Energy-Focused New Orleans Office

    SNR Denton will open a new office in New Orleans with a particular focus on energy work in March, staffed by three new attorneys with decades of combined experience in utility matters, the firm said Thursday.

  • February 10, 2012

    Fulbright In Merger Talks With Pillsbury: Report

    Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP are discussing a possible merger that would create an international megafirm with over 1,500 lawyers, according to a Friday news report.

  • February 10, 2012

    DLA Piper Tops The List Of Megafirms

    With offices spanning Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas, DLA Piper tops the list as the largest law firm based on the total number of lawyers in all of its offices worldwide.

  • February 10, 2012

    Law Schools Brace For Attacks On Employment Statistics

    Law school graduates are expected to file dozens of new proposed class actions in the coming months attacking their alma maters' employment statistics, and while the suits could spur more transparency in law school recruiting, the litigation itself likely has fatal flaws, lawyers said.

  • February 10, 2012

    Ex-Kasowitz Atty With 'Superior Legal Mind' Appeals Dismissal

    A former Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP associate who alleged the firm fired him after he bragged to partners about his "superior legal mind" on Wednesday appealed a New York state judge's dismissal of his $78 million lawsuit.

  • February 10, 2012

    Law360 Ranks Largest Law Firms

    Law360's ranking of the 100 largest law firms shows the ranks of megafirms are growing, and the biggest of them all now logs a mighty 4,000 attorneys across the world.

  • February 9, 2012

    Legal Industry Needs Guidance On Online Etiquette: IBA

    Most members of international law societies say that there needs to be firmer guidelines over the use of online social networking sites in the legal industry and that jurors’ access to online communications should be limited, according to a report released Thursday by the International Bar Association.

  • February 9, 2012

    MoFo Associates In Line To Get Bonuses Up To $65K

    Morrison & Foerster LLP associates will bring home year-end bonuses up to $65,000 and will receive salaries between $160,000 and $290,000 next year, according to a report on Thursday.

  • February 9, 2012

    Senate Panel OKs Bill To Put Cameras In Supreme Court

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill to force the U.S. Supreme Court to televise most of its open sessions, despite objections from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that Congress should not give orders to the high court's justices.