Business of Law

  • May 26, 2020

    DC District Could Begin Grand Juries In June, Hearings In July

    The top judge for the U.S. District Court in D.C. said in an order Tuesday that she "anticipates the possibility" of resuming grand jury sessions in mid-June and opened the door to restarting in-court nontrial proceedings in mid-July.

  • May 26, 2020

    Bayard Sues Harvey Weinstein For $420K In Unpaid Fees

    Delaware law firm Bayard, which represented convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein in his company's bankruptcy case and gave a boost to his criminal defense, sued the disgraced media mogul for more than $420,000 in unpaid fees in New York state court Tuesday.

  • May 26, 2020

    COVID-19 Crisis A 'Sea Change' For Boston Lawyers

    From smaller firm headcounts to more virtual hearings, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will linger long after the virus has stopped spreading.

  • May 26, 2020

    Haynes And Boone To Open Office In San Francisco

    Continuing its expansion in the Bay Area, Haynes and Boone LLP confirmed Tuesday that it will open a new San Francisco office in July with two former McDermott Will & Emery LLP partners in key roles.

  • May 26, 2020

    Baker Donelson, Blank Rome Adjust Summer Programs

    Blank Rome LLP and Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC confirmed Tuesday that they have shortened their summer associate programs and plan for some or all of the programs to happen virtually.

  • May 26, 2020

    Digital Receptionists Say Firm Can't Cut Access To Customers

    A virtual reception service told an Oregon federal court that a law firm suing it over its billing practices is improperly trying to block the service from communicating with its clients while the class action continues.

  • May 26, 2020

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Bernstein's Katie Sinderson

    Katie Sinderson knew from childhood that she wanted to be a lawyer, but playing a witness in her mother's moot court competitions as a middle schooler really made the law come alive. Watching her mom, a former schoolteacher, pursue her dream of becoming an attorney further propelled Sinderson toward what has become a lifelong passion, she says.

  • May 26, 2020

    Michael Flynn Sees An Unlikely Ally In Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    As the showdown between Michael Flynn and a D.C. federal judge heats up, the president's former national security adviser has invoked the words of an unlikely source — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — to support the retired general's bid to escape prosecution.

  • May 26, 2020

    Trump Appointee Steps Down From East Texas US Atty Post

    One of the top federal prosecutors in the Lone Star State, who was tapped for the post by President Donald Trump, is stepping down after little more than two years on the job, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas said Tuesday.

  • May 26, 2020

    Judge Lets Defense Firm Exit Fee Spat With Ex-Novak Attys

    A D.C. federal judge on Saturday allowed a law firm representing a group of former Novak Druce partners without "any promise" of being paid to leave the defense table.

  • May 26, 2020

    Mass. Jury Trials To Remain Delayed Until September

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday delayed all state court jury trials until at least Sept. 8 and kept the courts closed to the public through June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 26, 2020

    Fla. Gov. Taps State Judge, Kobre & Kim Atty For High Court

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made two long-awaited appointments to the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday, tapping a Miami-based partner at Kobre & Kim LLP and a state judge from Palm Beach County despite the latter's ineligibility to be sworn in until September.

  • May 26, 2020

    How To Avoid Making The Blow Of A Pay Cut Even Worse

    Pay cuts have swept through major law firms in recent months, with many attorneys seeing double-digit percentage drops in their compensation. Financial experts say those who have been impacted must tread carefully to avoid exacerbating the situation.

  • May 26, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    The COVID-19 pandemic found states monitoring scaled-back Memorial Day weekend festivities that went off without a hitch in some places and resulted in crowd-limit violations in others, signaling challenges ahead as the beach season vies with continuing public health safety mandates.

  • May 26, 2020

    Washington Nats Tap In-House Attorney For GC Role

    The Washington Nationals team has elevated an in-house attorney to its general counsel spot, the franchise confirmed Tuesday, as Major League Baseball considers how to start its 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 26, 2020

    Landlord Says Jenner & Block Owes $3.7M In Unpaid Rent

    Jenner & Block LLP is in a fight with its Chicago landlord over how much in rent the firm must pay while its office space goes largely unused because of the coronavirus pandemic, with the landlord asking for more than $3.7 million.

  • May 22, 2020

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They've represented consumers, companies, and government entities, taken on Goliaths in industries ranging from aerospace to health care to finance to technology to sports, and won landmark victories on behalf of clients across the country.

  • May 24, 2020

    Judge Taps Kavanaugh's Atty To Fight Flynn's Dismissal Bid

    A D.C. federal judge overseeing Michael Flynn's prosecution has hired a high-powered trial attorney to defend his decision to examine the government's request to toss the case, a person familiar with the hiring told Law360 Sunday. 

  • May 22, 2020

    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.

  • May 22, 2020

    Law Firms Urged To Move Past Standard Data Breach Scripts

    Law firms should tell clients if their sensitive data has been exposed even if it's unclear whether the law requires them to do so, a new report from a coalition of legal industry stakeholders says.

  • May 22, 2020

    Wigdor Drops Biden Sex Assault Accuser Reade As Client

    Prominent #MeToo litigator Douglas H. Wigdor said Friday his firm has stopped working with Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer accusing former Vice President Joe Biden of sexual assault.

  • May 22, 2020

    Pro Say: Will COVID-19 Shrink The Lavish BigLaw Office?

    COVID-19 has forced BigLaw firms to abandon their opulent offices and transform their lawyers into remote workers, pushing many firm leaders to question the enormous price they pay for high-end real estate.

  • May 22, 2020

    4 Ways Tax Pros Say Pandemic Has Changed Their Practice

    From creating online professional and legal education for clients who can no longer attend conferences to developing new methods of communication with state tax agencies, the global pandemic has changed state tax practices in significant ways. Here Law360 presents four of them.

  • May 22, 2020

    Watergate Prosecutors Rip Flynn's Bid To Nix Case At DC Circ.

    Sixteen prosecutors who served on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force slammed former national security adviser Michael Flynn's request that the D.C. Circuit immediately decide whether the government can drop charges against him, saying it's "difficult to imagine a case more ill-suited than this for the 'drastic and extraordinary' remedy."

  • May 22, 2020

    Boeing Names New General Counsel Amid Reorganization

    Boeing Co. has named deputy general counsel Grant Dixton as its new general counsel, senior vice president and head of the aerospace giant's law department after the prior general counsel was named head of its newly combined law and global compliance departments.

Expert Analysis

  • Witness Preparation Tips For Your Next Video Deposition

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    Just like in a normal deposition, remind your witness that testimony provided via videoconference may be used in a courtroom, so they must be mindful of everything they say or don’t say, the space they are in, and their attire, say Adam Bloomberg and Merrie Jo Pitera at Litigation Insights.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Haynes And Boone's M.C. Sungaila

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    With distancing and isolation the new norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Orange County-based M.C. Sungaila, a partner and appellate practitioner at Haynes and Boone. 

  • 6 Ways Coronavirus May Impact Business Litigation

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    The coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered business litigation, but nimble businesses and lawyers can leverage new work-from-home practices into opportunities for more efficient dispute resolution, say Stephen Zralek and Maria Campbell at Bone McAllester.

  • Rebuttal

    In Defense Of Virtual Mediation

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    A recent Law360 guest article highlighted reluctance among some in the legal community to embrace video mediation, but when assessing the concerns, it quickly becomes clear that the disinclination is not rooted in any firm rationale, says Michael Willemin at Wigdor.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Mediator Jeff Kichaven

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    With self-isolation and social distancing the new norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Los Angeles-based commercial mediation specialist Jeff Kichaven.

  • A Call To Action For The Coming Insurance Litigation Siege

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    Anticipating an onslaught of insurance litigation over coronavirus business interruption claims, G. Andrew Lundberg at Burford Capital paints a picture of what cooperation could look like among lawyers, courts, legislatures, regulators, insurers and policyholders dealing with this once-in-a-generation stress on the nation's judicial resources.

  • How A Small Law Firm Adapts To Remote Work

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    Stay-at-home orders mean small firms like mine — six lawyers and 14 staff members — suddenly need to make rapid changes, but the initial shock has turned into excitement about this opportunity to improve old processes, says David Kwartler at Kwartler Manus.

  • Opinion

    Don't Just Delay The Bar Exam — Cancel It Forever

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    The bar exam tells us nothing about whether a law student will be a competent lawyer, and now that exams have been delayed due to COVID-19, it's a good time to reevaluate why we have it in the first place, says Brian Tannebaum at Bast Amron.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: 5th Circ. Judge Jennifer Elrod

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    With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Judge Jennifer Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

  • Don't Forget Firm Culture When Adapting To Remote Work

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    While law firms suddenly pivoting to remote work due to coronavirus restrictions are busy dealing with logistical challenges, an equally pressing and perhaps more difficult task may be adjusting a long-standing brick-and-mortar culture to working remotely for the first time, say Heather Clauson Haughian and Grant Walsh at Culhane Meadows.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Goulston & Storrs' Josh Davis

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    With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Boston-based Josh Davis, an employment lawyer and litigator at Goulston & Storrs.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Crowell's Michelle Coleman

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    With distancing and isolation now the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Washington, D.C.-based Michelle Coleman, counsel in the government contracts group at Crowell & Moring.

  • Conducting Court Hearings Remotely: 12 Considerations

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    As more courts begin to explore remote hearings during the COVID-19 crisis, attorneys and courts should be aware of some of the common concerns accompanying video- and teleconferencing technology and make allowances to avoid these issues, say Attison Barnes III and Krystal Swendsboe at Wiley Rein.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Trial Lawyer Mark Geragos

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    With self-isolation and social distancing now the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Los Angeles-based trial lawyer Mark Geragos.

  • The Era Of Video Mediation Is Here — Or Is It?

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    Mediator Jeff Kichaven has heard from several first-chair trial lawyers and senior claims executives that they are reluctant to adopt online video mediation even during the COVID-19 crisis, and says this reluctance is grounded in reality.

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