Business of Law

  • September 22, 2017

    Energy Chops Boost Texas Powerhouses In Crowded Market

    In a legal market where national and regional firms are trying to break in every day and their midsize and boutique counterparts are gunning for valuable pieces of the pie, the five Texas firms on Law360’s Powerhouse list have thrived by harnessing deep strengths in the energy sector and big-ticket litigation in a variety of areas.

  • September 22, 2017

    Trump's Latest US Atty Noms Include Sidley, Goodwin Alums

    President Donald Trump released on Friday his latest batch of nominations for U.S. attorney, including former associates at Sidley Austin LLP and Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • September 22, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The European Union rolled out an agenda seeking to tax online businesses where profits are earned, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission came under fire for being hacked despite receiving warnings on security and a handful of Democratic lawmakers urged President Donald Trump to fight unfair labor practices they say undercut American workers. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • September 22, 2017

    BigLaw Is On The Hunt For More First-Years

    Budding attorneys could have a better shot at landing a post-law school gig, according to research by staffing and consulting firm Robert Half Legal that shows that nearly a quarter of surveyed law firms are looking to increase hiring for first-year associates.

  • September 22, 2017

    Global 20: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP worked its way back onto Law360’s Global 20 list after a year of continent-spanning work representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Vista Oil & Gas, among others, in deals and offerings that were sometimes firsts of their kind in the client’s homeland.

  • September 22, 2017

    Mass. Judge Uses Fiction To Bring Readers To The Bench

    U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor was nearly 30 years on the bench before he published his first novel. The delay wasn’t for lack of material.

  • September 21, 2017

    Chadbourne & Parke, Female Partners Fight Over Discovery

    Chadbourne & Parke LLP and the female attorneys accusing the firm of gender discrimination clashed in New York federal court Wednesday over whether Chadbourne should turn over more documents about partner complaints, compensation and the firm's management.

  • September 21, 2017

    Preet Bharara Joins CNN, Dishes On Firing In New Podcast

    Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is joining CNN as a contributor, the cable news network said Thursday, one day after the former prosecutor for the first time described in detail his March firing by President Donald Trump.

  • September 21, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Anderson Kill PC tops this week's legal lions list with an appeals court win for TransCanada Energy finding its insurers owe the company nearly $58 million in coverage, while Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP ended up on the legal lambs list after the Second Circuit axed a win it secured for Johnson & Johnson in an advertising feud with Pfizer.

  • September 21, 2017

    My Mentor And I: Homer Deakins Recalls Frank Ogletree

    When we started our firm 40 years ago, Frank Ogletree was "the only adult in the room." He was the only one in our group of 16 lawyers who had the maturity and business acumen to start and run a law firm. We described him as a benevolent dictator, which is what we needed at the start, says Homer Deakins of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC

  • September 21, 2017

    PricewaterhouseCoopers Opens DC Legal Services Office

    PricewaterhouseCoopers will open a new legal services office in Washington, D.C., this month, marking the accounting giant's latest expansion into the legal market, the firm announced Thursday.

  • September 21, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Atrium And An Equifax-Suing Chatbot

    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 six recent major developments in legal tech.

  • September 21, 2017

    Global 20: Dechert

    In the past year, Dechert has provided Brexit-related advice across a spectrum of practice areas, guided WhiteWave Foods through competition issues pertaining to its acquisition by Danone and defended Ecuador against arbitration brought by a ConocoPhillips subsidiary, again earning it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • September 20, 2017

    Justice Ginsburg Traces Road To ‘Flaming Feminist Litigator’

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told first-year law students in an address Wednesday that she rode the wave of the women’s movement, which in the 1970s was “coming alive all over the world,” as she solidified her reputation as a successful litigator fighting for women’s rights.

  • September 20, 2017

    Trump Fed. Judge Pick Says Trans Kid Part Of ‘Satan’s Plan’

    A Texas federal judicial nominee referred to a transgender child as evidence of “Satan’s plan,” defended conversion therapy and compared same-sex marriage to marrying a pet or a tree in a 2015 lecture to a group of pastors, a video unearthed Wednesday shows.

  • September 20, 2017

    Squire Patton Boggs The Latest To Bump UK First-Year Pay

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP confirmed on Wednesday that it was joining a flurry of firms raising salaries for their United Kingdom attorneys, boosting salaries for those in London and its regional offices alike.

  • September 20, 2017

    Trump's 10th Circ. Pick Grilled Over Colo. High Court Dissents

    President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Tenth Circuit faced down questions from a Senate panel on Wednesday ranging from her stance on state power to employment law.

  • September 20, 2017

    Worker, Voting Rights Dominate Panel On Trump Judge Picks

    Questions on criminal representation, employment issues and voting maps dominated a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for four of President Donald Trump's picks for federal judicial vacancies Wednesday, including a pair of BigLaw partners.

  • September 20, 2017

    Global 20: Squire Patton Boggs

    Squire Patton Boggs continued to demonstrate the dominance of its global platform in recent months, handling cross-border matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars and nabbing high-profile hires such as former Speaker of the House John Boehner to once again land among Law360’s Global 20.

  • September 19, 2017

    Hogan Lovells Shrinks In UK, Offers US Staff Early Retirement

    Hogan Lovells invited 400 of its U.S. business services staff to opt for early retirement Monday and eliminated 90 staff positions from the global law firm’s London office, moving many to low-cost hubs outside the city.

Expert Analysis

  • Legal Incubators Can Help New Lawyers And Society

    Martin Pritikin

    Legal incubators serve as an important bridge to practice and a crucial step toward aligning the incentives of new lawyers with the needs of their clients. They may even pose a threat to the traditional law school model itself, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University.

  • Opinion

    A Bad Cure For A Nonexistent Problem

    Erwin Chemerinsky

    Every time there is a Republican president and a Republican Congress the same bad idea arises to split the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. It is all about judicial gerrymandering, says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

  • How To Prioritize Your Law Firm's Crisis Response Plan

    Michelle Samuels

    If the media is going to cover your law firm’s crisis, they are going to cover it with or without your firm’s input. But your involvement can help shape the story and improve your firm’s image in the public eye, says Michelle Samuels, vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Closing Argument

    Stephen Susman

    In the final article in this series on proposed innovations to the American jury trial, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project sum up the improvements they believe the U.S. jury system desperately needs.

  • 5 Questions All AFAs Should Answer Clearly

    Gregory Lantier

    While no particular form is required to establish a durable alternative fee arrangement, there are terms that should, for the benefit of both client and outside attorney, be expressly set forth in the agreement itself, but are often overlooked, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Cybersecurity Risks In The Courtroom

    Daniel Garrie

    As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.