Business of Law

  • November 27, 2017

    White House Lawyer Returns To Cozen O'Connor

    A Philadelphia lawyer and fixture of Pennsylvania Republican politics has returned to Cozen O’Connor after 10 months in the White House and will again lead the firm’s government and regulatory practice, the firm announced Monday.

  • November 27, 2017

    15 Minutes With Petco's General Counsel

    A year ago, Alan Tse joined Petco Animal Supplies Inc. as its senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Previously, he served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Churchill Downs, a company he said is most known for hosting the Kentucky Derby at its namesake racetrack in Louisville.

  • November 26, 2017

    Up Next At High Court: AIA Reviews & Whistleblower Shields

    The Supreme Court returns to the bench Monday for one of the busiest weeks of oral arguments since the term began, hearing a pair of cases that could turn the patent world on its head and others with broad implications for securities plaintiffs and whistleblowers.

  • November 24, 2017

    Law360's Pro Say: Our Funniest Stories Revisited

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we revisit some of the funniest stories we've discussed this year, including Ninth Circuit oral arguments over a monkey selfie, legal trouble following a comedy duo's appearance on a morning show, Meat Loaf being hit with a copyright infringement suit, and lobster poaching.

  • November 23, 2017

    City Pushes UK Gov't To Shield Legal Sector From Brexit Hit

    An influential financial services lobby group said Thursday the government needs to do more to protect Britain's legal industry and urged it to set out plans to secure the sector’s access to European markets after Brexit.

  • November 22, 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.

  • November 22, 2017

    UK Must Take Action To Preserve Legal Sector Post-Brexit

    The U.K. legal industry currently accounts for 7 percent of the world’s legal services fee revenue, according to a Wednesday report that warns government officials that action must be taken in order to ensure the industry’s continued strength following Britain’s exit from the European Union.

  • November 22, 2017

    ‘Mass Lateral’ Moves No Silver Bullet For Beleaguered Firms

    BigLaw firms at risk of insolvency may find plenty to like about a “mass lateral” move to a competitor in lieu of a full wind-down, one of several routes that Sedgwick LLP has considered in the lead-up to its planned closure. However, choosing to walk away from the business rather than seek bankruptcy carries its own set of complications, as evidenced by the ongoing fallout from Novak Druce’s dissolution.

  • November 22, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse blocks on its third travel ban, Senior Judge Richard J. Leon took on the U.S. Department of Justice's challenge of AT&T's planned Time Warner purchase, and Credit Karma's Susannah Wright discussed with Law360 the challenges of being the general counsel of a young, disruptive company. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

  • November 22, 2017

    Cushman Exec Sees Law Firms 'Waking Up' To A New Reality

    Law firms have lagged behind sectors like technology and health care in downsizing and modernizing their real estate footprints, but firms recently have been making changes as they too try to woo millennials, Cushman & Wakefield Executive Managing Director and legal sector expert Sherry Cushman told Law360 in a recent interview.

  • November 21, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Dentons, Orrick Make Tech Plays

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products aimed at aiding lawyers coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at eight major recent developments in legal tech.

  • November 21, 2017

    Sedgwick To Shut Down After Deluge Of Partner Defections

    Sedgwick LLP told employees Monday morning that the firm would close at the end of December, a current firm employee confirmed to Law360 on Tuesday, capping off a year of defections and office closures that rocked the San Francisco-based firm.

  • November 21, 2017

    Be Alert For Money Laundering, Watchdog Tells UK Law Firms

    The legal profession remains a high risk for money laundering, with phony investment schemes one of the biggest dangers, the regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales warned on Tuesday.

  • November 20, 2017

    Ropes & Gray Names 1st Female Chair In Its 152-Year History

    Ropes & Gray LLP will have a woman at the helm of the law firm for the first time in its 152-year history, the firm said Monday, announcing the appointment of private equity partner Julie Jones to become the law firm’s next chair.

  • November 20, 2017

    Florida Federal Judge William Hoeveler Dies At 95

    U.S. District Judge William M. Hoeveler, who spent nearly 40 years on the bench in the Southern District of Florida and was one of the most popular judges there, died on Saturday at his home in Coral Gables. He was 95.

  • November 20, 2017

    Female Law Firm Leaders: How We Broke The Glass Ceiling

    Even as more women enter the legal profession, the number who make it to the highest levels of law firm management is still small. Here, five female law firm leaders share their tips on smashing the glass ceiling.

  • November 20, 2017

    Husch Blackwell Loses 40 Attys, Citing 'Year-End Transitions'

    Husch Blackwell LLP confirmed Monday that approximately 40 attorneys, all of whom are partners or counsel, are expected to leave the Kansas City, Missouri-based firm, due to what the firm called "year-end transitions."

  • November 20, 2017

    15 Minutes With Credit Karma's General Counsel

    Susannah Wright was tapped in June to act as the first general counsel of the personal finance startup Credit Karma. Wright spoke to Law360 to discuss the challenge and opportunity of being the general counsel of a young, disruptive company.

  • November 17, 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.

  • November 17, 2017

    Law360's Pro Say: GOP Goes To War With ABA Over Judges

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses the escalating war of words between Republicans and the American Bar Association over how judicial nominees are vetted. We also tackle a BigLaw attorney in hot water after her comments about sexual harassment on Fox News, the Menendez corruption trial ending in a hung jury, and some unusual facts about one of President Donald Trump's judicial picks.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    The Inside Counsel Revolution

    Ben Heineman

    The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • CPA Cybersecurity Framework May Be Vital Tool

    Christian Leitner

    While the cybersecurity attestation framework from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is still in its adoption phase, it likely will open new ways for law firms across the U.S. to deal with cybersecurity questions, says Christian Leitner of OUM & Co. LLP.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: A Birthday I’ll Never Forget

    Catherine Carroll

    I argued my first case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013. It was my birthday. And I must say, the experience set the bar pretty high for future birthdays, says Catherine Carroll of WilmerHale.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • 3 Strategies I Learned From LegalZoom

    Jeff Unger

    Critics of legal tech companies will often say, “Trust a reputable attorney that understands you, your situation and the law.” As an attorney, I wholeheartedly agree. But from the consumer’s perspective, the message seems out of touch with the digital age, says Jeff Unger, founder of the law firm eMinutes.