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Business of Law

  • December 1, 2010

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2010: Foley Hoag

    Foley Hoag LLP's work on the Gill case, which successfully challenged one section of the Defense of Marriage Act in Massachusetts, and its decades-long and precedent-setting domestic violence efforts have landed the firm a place on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.

  • December 1, 2010

    Real-Time Billing Apps Could Be Next Big Law Reality

    Reed Smith LLP's decision to allow flat-fee clients to get instant updates on how their dollars are being spent on any given day has put pressure on law firms to offer similar technology, but some are still wrestling with the "scary" nature of real-time billing applications, attorneys say.

  • December 1, 2010

    Senate Spares Lawyers From FTC Red Flags Rule

    The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would exempt lawyers, doctors, accountants and other professionals from the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule.

  • November 30, 2010

    Attys Decry Fla. Court's Threat To Sanction Adorno

    The Supreme Court of Florida will soon decide whether to strip Henry “Hank” Adorno, the former head of Adorno & Yoss LLP, of his legal credentials for negotiating a questionable settlement with the city of Miami, while local attorneys including one-time partner George Yoss say the court's threat of such a penalty is going too far.

  • November 30, 2010

    WolfBlock, Ex-Attys Fight Over Paychecks

    The defunct law firm WolfBlock LLP has reportedly forced its former partners into arbitration to defend their paychecks, arguing that they should return $1.6 million they were paid before the firm's dissolution.

  • November 30, 2010

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2010: Dewey & LeBoeuf

    From high-profile efforts on behalf of the youngest of the Jena 6 to less heralded victories like securing asylum for a survivor of domestic abuse, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's dedicated and personalized approach to its pro bono program has earned it a place on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.

  • November 29, 2010

    High Court To Take On Matching Campaign Funds Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a Republican-mounted challenge to a portion of Arizona's election law that provides matching funds to publicly financed candidates, the first time the court has delved into campaign finance law since the landmark Citizens United ruling.

  • November 29, 2010

    Milbank Matches Peers In 2010 Associate Bonuses

    Following the example of its BigLaw brethren, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP is reportedly paying its fledgling attorneys $7,500 in bonuses and giving its senior associates a $35,000 pat on the back for 2010, roughly $5,000 more than veterans got last year.

  • November 29, 2010

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2010: Dechert

    At Dechert LLP, a “big tent philosophy” for pro bono work has led to major public interest accomplishments on the local, national and global level in the past year, earning the firm a spot on Law360’s Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.

  • November 24, 2010

    Law360 Picks 10 Pro Bono Standouts

    Many law firms pledge a strong commitment to public service nowadays, but only some stress pro bono work as a central tenet: clocking an impressive attorney participation rate while taking on challenging legal work to serve the public good. These firms treat pro bono work as a core value, and for that they have made Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.

  • November 24, 2010

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2010: Covington & Burling

    From its successful representation of a domestic abuse victim in a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging her right to bring a criminal contempt charge against her abuser to its work in squashing a legal challenge to same-sex marriage in Washington, Covington & Burling LLP's wins in pro bono cases in the past year have earned the firm a spot on Law360's Pro Bono Firms of 2010 list.

  • November 23, 2010

    Skadden Ups Veteran Associate Bonus By $5K

    Big Law behemoth Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP boosted year-end bonuses for its longest-serving associates on Tuesday, bumping the 2010 bonus for seven-year veterans to $35,000 from $30,000 a year ago and matching Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP’s similar decision earlier this week.

  • November 22, 2010

    MoFo To Offset Taxes For Domestic-Partner Benefits

    Morrison & Foerster LLP will start offsetting the extra federal taxes that staff and nonpartner lawyers pay on benefits for their domestic partners, a new perk that will apply to both gay and straight domestic partnerships.

  • November 22, 2010

    Cravath Sweetens Bonuses For Longtime Associates

    Cravath Swaine &; Moore LLP has sweetened its yearly bonus payout for seventh-year associates, a newly leaked memo showed Monday, with a $35,000 payout that tops last year's $30,000 year-end haul.

  • November 18, 2010

    Porteous Impeachment Report Heads To Full Senate

    A U.S. Senate committee has issued a report on evidence presented in the impeachment hearing of federal Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr., a key step in what may be his ultimate removal from office for alleged bribe-taking and corruption.

  • November 18, 2010

    Obama Nominates 6 For District Court Posts Across US

    President Barack Obama has nominated a slate of six candidates, including business litigators and assistant U.S. attorneys, to take on district court judgeships in New York, California, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

  • November 17, 2010

    Ex-Holland & Knight Atty Suspended For False Billing

    A former partner at Holland & Knight LLP has been suspended for 90 days by the Illinois Supreme Court for padding legal bills charged to Pinnacle Corp. in a copyright infringement lawsuit that lasted from August 2002 to December 2004.

  • November 17, 2010

    McGuireWoods Plants Flag In Texas

    McGuireWoods LLP on Wednesday announced plans to merge with Houston-based Nickens Keeton Lawless Farrell & Flack LLP, enabling the firm to get up close and personal with energy work in the Lone Star State.

  • November 16, 2010

    1st Transgender Trial Judge Nabs Seat On Calif. Court

    Patent attorney and administrative law judge Victoria Kolakowski has become the country's first openly transgender trial judge, emerging victorious in a close race for the Alameda County seat on California's Superior Court.

  • November 16, 2010

    Norton Rose To Swallow Ogilvy Renault, Deneys Reitz

    Norton Rose Group has agreed to merge with Canada's Ogilvy Renault LLP and South Africa's Deneys Reitz, aiming to create a global powerhouse and tap into emerging legal markets in Africa and the Asia Pacific region.