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Business of Law

  • May 10, 2010

    Obama Nominates Kagan For High Court

    President Barack Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court, a choice experts say is a safe bet for the White House.

  • May 7, 2010

    In Firm-Client Relationship, Trust Must Come First

    It's not easy to find common ground between in-house counsel and the law firms who serve them. But a panel of attorneys on both sides said that to weather this hard-hitting recession, they need to replace the underlying tensions between them with trust and transparency.

  • May 7, 2010

    Q&A With El Paso's Marguerite Woung-Chapman

    At the end of the day, if you have a proven track record in your particular field, know our business so that we can integrate your support seamlessly with our in-house team and can provide good value, we are interested in you as outside counsel, says Marguerite Woung-Chapman, vice president of legal shared services, corporate secretary and chief governance officer at El Paso Corp.

  • May 7, 2010

    Slaughter, Freshfields Revise Associate Pay

    U.K. firm Slaughter and May has unfrozen associate salaries and tightened up differences between its pay levels, while fellow Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has reportedly handed out raises to three levels of associates, in a sign that firms are beginning to relax the purse strings.

  • May 6, 2010

    Lack Of Paper Trail Could Be Kagan's Achilles Heel

    U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, considered by experts to be a top contender to fill the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, is lacking one important attribute that some say could become an issue in a potential confirmation process: a record of judicial decisions.

  • May 6, 2010

    Winning Arbitration Strategies For Litigators

    Arbitration can be a cheaper, speedier alternative to litigation, but it presents unique challenges for attorneys accustomed to working in a courtroom. A group of arbitration lawyers shared strategies for coming out on the winning side at a recent conference of the American Bar Association's litigation section in New York, and Law360 was there.

  • May 6, 2010

    SJ Berwin Switches Merger Aim To Proskauer: Report

    London-based SJ Berwin LLP has reportedly shifted its attentions in its quest for a U.S. partnership from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to Proskauer Rose LLP, after preliminary discussions with Orrick fell through earlier in the week.

  • May 5, 2010

    High Court Prospect Wood Seen As Consensus Builder

    Former federal antitrust prosecutor and current U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Diane Wood has a deep judicial and academic background that has earned her a spot on the U.S. Supreme Court shortlist, but her record on abortion rights may ultimately hurt her nomination prospects.

  • May 5, 2010

    Senate Confirms Nev., Wyo., Ark. District Judges

    The U.S. Senate confirmed district judges for the District of Nevada, the District of Wyoming and the Eastern District of Arkansas on Wednesday in near-unanimous votes.

  • May 5, 2010

    What Boutiques Can Do To Keep Luring Laterals

    Many partners at major law firms took advantage of the recession to strike out on their own and found boutique law firms. But even as the legal market's stabilization slows the flight from BigLaw, experts say these fledgling boutiques can keep attracting top lateral talent if they sell themselves properly.

  • May 4, 2010

    Orrick Backs Out Of Merger Talks With SJ Berwin

    After a series of preliminary discussions, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has decided not to merge with SJ Berwin LLP, a London-based firm that is reportedly pushing for a U.S. partnership.

  • May 4, 2010

    Q&A With Johnson Controls GC Jerry Okarma

    If you want us to choose you as outside counsel, forget the glossy brochures and other fancy come-ons. Commit to know us and our businesses, and to work to protect our interests as if you were the owner of our company, says Jerry Okarma, vice president, secretary and general counsel of Johnson Controls Inc.

  • May 3, 2010

    Yale Law Survey Names Top 10 Family-Friendly Firms

    Yale Law Women released the results Monday of its annual survey of the Vault Top 100 Firms' work-life balance policies, naming WilmerHale and Sidley Austin LLP among its top 10 family-friendly firms for the second year in a row.

  • May 3, 2010

    Lateral Moves Drop For 1st Time This Year

    For the first time this year, lateral movement in the legal industry dropped month-over-month, despite Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP scoring nine laterals from Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP and Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC losing nine partners to four different firms.

  • April 30, 2010

    Senate Confirms US Attorneys For Ky., NM, Guam

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously confirmed U.S. attorneys for the Eastern and Western districts of Kentucky, as well as for the District of New Mexico and the District of Guam.

  • April 29, 2010

    5 Signs That Things Are Looking Up For BigLaw

    After a period of aggressive cost-cutting, many large law firms remain cautious about loosening the purse strings, but legal industry experts say they are starting to see some signs that business might be looking up for BigLaw.

  • April 29, 2010

    Obama Taps 3 For District Court Spots

    President Barack Obama has named a prosecutor and attorneys with Warner Smith & Harris PLC and Pigott Reeves Johnson & Minor PA to fill district court judge spots in Massachusetts, Arkansas and Mississippi.

  • April 29, 2010

    Female Partners Bullied Over Compensation: Study

    Nearly one-third of female partners have been bullied or threatened by male colleagues to back down from origination point disagreements, an example of the many compensation challenges they still face, according to a new study.

  • April 29, 2010

    Senate Panel OKs Bills To Put Cameras In Courts

    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to allow the full Senate to consider bills that would put television cameras in the Supreme Court and other federal courts, despite several senators' objections that the move could jeopardize the judicial process.

  • April 29, 2010

    Congress Aims To Roll Back Citizens United Ruling

    Democrats in both houses of Congress on Thursday introduced legislation to limit the effects of a January ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that they argue opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending on elections.