We use cookies on this site to enable your digital experience. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our cookie policy. close

Business of Law

  • April 9, 2010

    Willkie Farr Pushes Associate Start Date To 2011

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has become the latest law firm to push back the start date for incoming associates, deferring them to 2011 and offering a salary advance.

  • April 9, 2010

    Lesser-Known Stevens Rulings Changed Face Of Law

    Outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is known for many things: his refutation of Bush-era terrorist detainee practices, his dialed-back stance on the death penalty and his bow tie, but he also made a more inconspicuous impact on the law.

  • April 9, 2010

    Kagan, Wood Lead Field To Fill Stevens' Spot: Attys

    President Barack Obama has his second chance to appoint a new U.S. Supreme Court justice now that Justice John Paul Stevens has announced he will retire at the end of the current session. U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Circuit Judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar are emerging as leading candidates.

  • April 9, 2010

    Ex-Law Clerks, Attorneys Salute Justice Stevens

    During his almost 35 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice John Paul Stevens not only left his mark on American jurisprudence, but also had a profound effect on American jurists. Former law clerks and prominent appellate attorneys shared with Law360 the ways Justice Stevens inspired them in their legal careers.

  • April 9, 2010

    Justice John Paul Stevens Announces Retirement

    Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, the longest-serving member of the U.S. Supreme Court, on Friday announced his intention to resign his position at the end of the current court term, ending months of speculation.

  • April 9, 2010

    Senate Prepares For Battle To Replace Stevens

    The U.S. Senate is gearing up for what is likely to be a fierce battle over President Barack Obama's pick to replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, as Democrats race to confirm a candidate before the midterm elections.

  • April 9, 2010

    Justice Stevens' Adieu Leaves Institutional Void

    With Justice John Paul Stevens' announcement Friday that he will retire after the current term ends this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court will lose a coalition-building strategist, a proponent of old-school judicial restraint and more than three decades of experience wrapped up in one justice.

  • April 8, 2010

    Atty's Conflict Needn't Disqualify Firm: Calif. Court

    A California appellate court has ruled that a law firm need not be disqualified from a case in which one of its attorneys has a conflict of interest if it can prove that the conflicted attorney didn't share relevant information with the rest of the firm, reversing a lower court's decision.

  • April 8, 2010

    Texas Court Sued Over LexisNexis E-Filing Policy

    A Texas woman has launched a putative class action against the judge of a Houston-area court, claiming his policy of requiring certain litigants to use LexisNexis to electronically file court documents is unconstitutional and amounts to racketeering.

  • April 8, 2010

    Mayer Brown Sheds Nearly 30 Attys

    Though 2010 has brought relative calm to some associates, with many firms lifting salary freezes and even doling out compensatory raises in some cases, Mayer Brown LLP has reportedly decided to cut close to 30 attorneys.

  • April 8, 2010

    Dear Abby: I Think My Client Might Be Cheating On Me

    The inability to meet your eye, the unreturned phone calls, the gut feeling that something just isn't right. Usually it all adds up to one thing: Your client has found comfort in the arms of another firm.

  • April 8, 2010

    Firms Should Divulge Partners' Status To NALP: Letter

    Dozens of lawyers, judges and law school deans are imploring the National Association for Law Placement Inc. to reconsider its decision to not differentiate between nonequity and equity partnership, a distinction they believe is central to obtaining an accurate picture of law firm diversity.

  • April 7, 2010

    500 Legal Sector Jobs Shed In March: BLS

    The legal industry suffered a setback in March, with more than 500 legal workers losing their jobs last month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly jobs report.

  • April 7, 2010

    Leahy Rebuts Calls To Put 9th Circ. Nominee On Ice

    Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Wednesday that he would not cave to requests from Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to indefinitely postpone a confirmation hearing for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit nominee Goodwin Liu.

  • April 7, 2010

    Q&A With UPS Attorney Norman Brothers

    Law firms that are successful working with UPS Inc. understand that for the company to trust them with large, complex matters, they must first do the small things well, because the greatest need is often with the more mundane, repetitive work, says Norman M. Brothers Jr., litigation and international practice group coordinator and vice president at UPS.

  • April 6, 2010

    If I Were Obama, My Supreme Court Pick Would Be ...

    Law360 asked leaders of appellate groups at top firms who they would nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court if they were in President Barack Obama's shoes and Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement.

  • April 6, 2010

    Fox Rothschild Partner Took Files From Old Firm: Suit

    Dissolved New York City law firm Akabas & Cohen has launched a lawsuit against Fox Rothschild LLP, saying the firm got nearly $300,000 worth of work product for free when one of A&C's name partners defected.

  • April 6, 2010

    Mintz Levin Sticks With $160K Starting Salary

    Having posted strong profits for the fiscal year, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has confirmed that associates' starting salaries will remain at $160,000, although the firm's 2009 summer class is still deferred until January 2012.

  • April 6, 2010

    Firms Get Tighter With Biz Dev Purse Strings

    Attorneys will have to fight harder to get their firms to shell out for outside business development and continuing legal education events as more and more are relying on in-house and online events these days, experts say.

  • April 6, 2010

    Law Firm Mergers Start 2010 At A Trickle

    Law firms remained hesitant to merge with one another in the first quarter of 2010, showing the lingering effects of the poor economy and credit crisis on the legal industry, according to a recent analysis.