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Business of Law

  • November 20, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Can't Avoid Trial In Forgery Suit

    A state judge in Manhattan on Tuesday rejected a request by Greenberg Traurig LLP to avoid a trial in a suit by a former Apollo fund manager who says the firm knowingly used a forged document in litigation against him, saying all that is left of the case must be decided by a jury in April.

  • November 20, 2018

    Legal Industry Lags In AI, Machine Learning Use

    A recent survey by analytics firm RELX Group found that the legal industry lags behind other industries in utilizing big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning in their work, with legal industry executives also much more skeptical of the potential use for AI in their field.

  • November 20, 2018

    Baker McKenzie Is Strongest Brand In Mainland Europe

    Baker McKenzie is the law firm best positioned to take advantage of rising legal spending in Europe, according to a survey released Tuesday by London research firm Acritas.

  • November 19, 2018

    Is The High Court In Damage Control Mode?

    Members of the U.S. Supreme Court have sought in recent days to preserve the court’s reputation as a nonpartisan institution on the heels of one of the most bitter confirmation fights in decades, insisting through interviews and other public appearances that their work will be unaffected by the partisan uproar over Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment.

  • November 19, 2018

    Cravath Keeps Steady On Bonuses For Another Year

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP announced end-of-year bonuses for associates on Monday that are consistent with those of previous years, the first of a likely string of similar announcements from BigLaw firms.

  • November 19, 2018

    15 Minutes With Adams Street Partners' General Counsel

    Timothy Bryant had no plans to set off on a new career path after working his way up to become a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, but after being recruited by a client he landed the role of general counsel for Adams Street Partners, showing that fresh opportunities can exist for any hardworking lawyer who has proven their worth.

  • November 19, 2018

    Senate Dems Sue To Oust Acting AG Whitaker

    A group of Senate Democrats sought to oust acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker from his post in a lawsuit filed Monday in Washington, D.C., arguing that his appointment violates the Constitution.

  • November 19, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Orrick’s Fund And Eversheds’ App

    The world of legal technology is evolving quickly, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at six recent developments.

  • November 16, 2018

    In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

    For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. High Court Gets 'Like' From Attys On Facebook Decision

    The Florida Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that the mere existence of a Facebook friendship between a judge and litigator is not grounds for disqualification drew a “like" from attorneys who applauded the court for a narrow ruling that acknowledges the realities of social media relationships.

  • November 16, 2018

    Facebook GC Staying For Now Despite Announced Departure

    Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch, who in July announced he would step down from the position at the end of the year, will stay on as the social media giant's top lawyer into 2019, the company said, as it continues to be involved in a slew of scandals that include investigations into its data privacy practices.

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. High Court Nominee Process Can Continue, Justices Say

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state's Judicial Nominating Commission, which is screening candidates for three soon-to-open seats on the high court, can continue with the process and does not have to wait until January to send names to the incoming governor.

  • November 16, 2018

    Meet The Judge Who Controls Fate Of ACA, Trump's AG

    The Maryland federal judge in the extraordinary position to decide the future of both the Affordable Care Act and President Donald Trump’s acting U.S. attorney general is an evenhanded and genial jurist known for exhaustively analyzing legal issues, lawyers say.

  • November 16, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: CNN v. Trump

    On this week's episode of Pro Say, we take a closer look at CNN's win in a legal battle with President Trump over the White House's ban on reporter Jim Acosta.

  • November 16, 2018

    Senate Shake-Up Could Put Graham Atop Judiciary Panel

    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced Friday he will take over the Senate Finance Committee next Congress, setting the stage for Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to take over the judiciary panel.

  • November 16, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A new survey of general counsel found that law department leaders are using more of their budget on internal legal services than on outside counsel, and Facebook Inc. announced it will no longer make its workers who claim they have been sexually harassed arbitrate their claims. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • November 16, 2018

    Stevens & Lee Defends Staffer's Firing In Sex Bias Suit

    Stevens & Lee PC says it had legitimate reasons to terminate a legal assistant who claims in a federal lawsuit that she was fired for trying to take advantage of family leaves to deal with medical complications she and her daughter faced as she returned to work after giving birth.

  • November 16, 2018

    How Law Firms Are Preparing For The Next Recession

    The last major U.S. recession struck the legal industry a decade ago, obliterating some law firms and putting a large number of lawyers out of work. Here are a few ways law firms are positioning themselves to not only survive, but thrive when the next big economic downturn hits.

  • November 15, 2018

    McConnell, McGahn Tout Their Success Reshaping Judiciary

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former White House Counsel Don McGahn received a hero’s welcome at the Federalist Society’s annual dinner Thursday night as they discussed how the two turned the Trump presidency into the most effective conservative judge-making machine in history.

  • November 15, 2018

    Growing Privacy Laws Raise GCs' Fears Of Legal Exposure

    As the global patchwork of data protection and cybersecurity laws continues to expand, companies are feeling more exposed than ever to legal disputes over these issues and are spending more time thinking about how to balance their discovery obligations with these new privacy rules, a recent survey of corporate counsel released Thursday by Norton Rose Fulbright has found. 

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • 5 E-Discovery Hurdles For Government Agencies

    Amy Hilbert

    Electronic discovery is a challenging process for even the most experienced law firms and corporations, but the challenges faced by government agencies may be even more daunting, says Amy Hilbert of Casepoint LLC.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Rebuttal

    Judges Can Demand Diversity In Rule 23(g) Applications

    Kellie Lerner

    A recent Law360 guest op-ed criticized the judge in the Chicago Board Options Exchange antitrust litigation for requesting more diversity in plaintiffs’ lead counsel applications. The author’s argument misinterprets the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reinforces archaic misconceptions about women and minorities in the courtroom, say Kellie Lerner and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.