Business of Law

  • July 25, 2017

    Kirkland Atty's Russian Client Complicates DOJ Nomination

    Democratic senators asked a Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner at a hearing on Tuesday about his work for a Russian bank caught up in controversy around the presidential campaign, saying it will present a conflict if he is confirmed as head of the Department of Justice's criminal division.

  • July 24, 2017

    Resistance To Nonlawyer Investment May Be Hurting BigLaw

    While yet another U.K. law firm went public last week, U.S. regulators have continued to maintain their resistance to outside investment in the sector, a stance some say is pushing clients away as the existing capital structure fails to deliver the results they demand.

  • July 24, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Labaton Sucharow's Mike Stocker

    Young lawyers should take advantage of their own ignorance. When you are starting out, you can ask questions and seek explanations from more experienced attorneys without losing face, says Mike Stocker of Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.

  • July 21, 2017

    Could An NFL Diversity Rule Be A BigLaw Game-Changer?

    In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.

  • July 21, 2017

    BigLaw Bias Suits New Wild Card In Fight For Gender Equity

    As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.

  • July 21, 2017

    The 2017 Law360 Glass Ceiling Report

    U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.

  • July 21, 2017

    How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity

    A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.

  • July 22, 2017

    Law360’s Pro Say Podcast: All Eyes On Litigation Funding

    On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, the team discusses the push for more scrutiny of litigation funders, a Massachusetts ruling that will make it harder for employers to fire medical marijuana users, and the latest legal woes of rapper DMX. 

  • July 21, 2017

    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.

  • July 21, 2017

    Quinn Dropped Uber Due To Fixed Fee Program, Doc Says

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP dropped Uber Technologies Inc. as a client last fall because a fixed fee arrangement “no longer made financial sense,” according to an email disclosed Thursday in the California federal court intellectual property battle filed against Uber by the firm’s current client Waymo LLC.

  • July 21, 2017

    Trump Nominates 6 More For US Atty Spots In 5 States

    President Donald Trump tapped six U.S. attorneys for regions of Wyoming, South Dakota, Georgia, Tennessee and Alaska Friday and his choices included litigators who have worked for Alston & Bird LLP and King & Spalding LLP, according to a statement from the White House.

  • July 21, 2017

    Akin Leads BigLaw Lobbying Revenues For 2nd Quarter

    Law firm lobbying revenues have risen for most major law firms since the beginning of the year, with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP raking in $9.7 million in the second quarter of 2017, far outpacing runners up Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP and Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • July 21, 2017

    Dentons To Acquire 250-Lawyer Scottish Law Firm

    The world’s largest law firm is about to grow again; Dentons announced Friday that it’s set to combine with Scotland’s Maclay Murray & Spens, an approximately 250-lawyer firm that will bring the global legal giant’s U.K. headcount to around 800.

  • July 21, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A new report surveys the law firms that legal departments love to work with the most, experts advise employers on how to navigate legal issues that can arise when a worker is suffering from a mental illness, and tech general counsel weigh in on how the male-dominated industry can combat "bro culture." These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week.

  • July 21, 2017

    Kasowitz Stepping Aside From Russia Probe

    Marc Kasowitz is no longer playing an active role in the representation of President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation, according to multiple news reports Thursday night. 

  • July 20, 2017

    DLA Piper To Acquire 60 LA Lawyers In Merger With Liner

    DLA Piper will swell its Southern California ranks by 60 attorneys through a merger with midsize boutique firm Liner LLP to form one of the 15 largest law practices in the Los Angeles market, the firms announced Thursday.

  • July 20, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP snagged this week's top legal lion spot after a New York federal jury sided with the firm's client, GM, in the first of six planned ignition switch bellwether trials, while Williams & Connolly LLP and Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP were cast among the legal lambs after their client, Merck, was ordered to pay $14 million in attorneys' fees in a patent suit.

  • July 20, 2017

    Dentons Ex-Associate Pleads Not Guilty To Extortion Plot

    A former litigation associate at Dentons on Thursday pled not guilty to felony extortion charges stemming from threats he allegedly made to release confidential and sensitive materials taken from a partner’s email account unless the firm paid him $210,000 and handed over a piece of artwork.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Tips For Complying With ABA’s New Encryption Guidance

    Nick Holda

    Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: When I Did Nothing And Won

    Mark Morris

    After looking at all of the factual nuances associated with proving a constructive trust, I hit upon a strategy that I had never used before — namely, do nothing, say nothing and hope the IRS fails in its proof, recalls Mark Morris of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Preliminary Instructions

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    One of the easiest ways to improve civil jury trials is to give juries substantive instructions on the law at the beginning of the trial rather than at its conclusion. It is also one of the most popular proposals we are recommending, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Due Diligence From The Lateral Partner’s Perspective

    Howard Flack

    Lateral candidates looking to make the last — or perhaps only — move of their career cannot afford to just stand by and let a law firm’s vetting process unfold on its own, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.

  • Lateral Partner Due Diligence: Where Should A Firm Begin?

    Howard Flack

    One frequently hears from leading malpractice insurers that one of the highest risk categories for law firms is that of lateral partners not sufficiently vetted during the recruitment process, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies Inc. who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Setting Trial Time Limits

    Stephen Susman

    This is the second in a series of articles discussing ideas proposed by the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project to resuscitate the American jury trial. In this article, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman argue for setting early and strict time limits in civil jury trials.

  • Opinion

    Big Business Lobby Tries To Hobble Litigation Finance, Again

    Allison Chock

    In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.

  • Tribute

    The Legacy Of Larry Popofsky, An Antitrust Titan And Friend

    Stephen Bomse

    In his magnificent career, Larry Popofsky, who passed away last month, not only earned the well-deserved respect and devotion of innumerable clients, lawyers, colleagues and judges — he fundamentally changed the course of American antitrust law. That came when the U.S. Supreme Court confessed error in Schwinn, 10 years after he gave me my first legal research assignment, says Stephen Bomse of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Series

    The Return Of Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire

    Stephen Susman

    If we truly believe in providing litigants with a jury of one’s peers, we must adopt strategies to ensure that parties and their representatives have a say in selecting their jury. When only judges participate, the result is a less representative and less fair cross section of the community, say Stephen Susman, Richard Jolly and Roy Futterman of NYU School of Law's Civil Jury Project.