Two international law firms announced last week that they were parting ways with U.K. partners after allegations from more than a year ago were suddenly brought to light, in what could be the start of a longer public re-evaluation of how the legal industry addresses — or fails to address — claims of sexual misconduct within its ranks.
BigLaw’s embrace in recent decades of a top-down management style and ever-looser definitions of what constitutes a true “partner” have emerged as key questions in a handful of pay and gender discrimination cases brought by female lawyers, and the answer could decide the scope of such suits and whether they end up in arbitration.
Law firm revenue was up 4.5 percent in 2017, matching the biggest uptick the legal industry has seen in the past decade, according to a report released Wednesday by Citi Private Bank’s law firm group, which attributed the success to increases in law firm rates and demand.
What one Norton Rose Fulbright partner learned about how to be a better lawyer by taking an "adult timeout" from his busy ERISA practice and learning to embrace his sense of adventure.
A U.S. Senate panel signed off on bill Thursday that would give federal judges the power to allow television cameras into their courtrooms. The measure will now proceed to the Senate floor.
Law firm Jenner & Block is reportedly thinning the ranks of its partners, with at least 10 switched to non-equity status in recent weeks.
North Carolina-based Helms Mulliss & Wicker PLC and Virginia-based McGuire Woods LLP have joined forces, combining to create a firm with nearly 900 attorneys in offices scattered across the globe.
Faced with the need to cut legal fee costs, in-house corporate counsel may avoid larger firms in favor of more cost-efficient alternatives, such as smaller firms, according to a new study commissioned by international law firm Eversheds LLP.
Chief Justice John Roberts' recusal from participating in a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, preventing what would have been a decisive vote in a product liability suit against Pfizer Inc., has renewed concerns about the high court's recusal process.
Our daily calendar of events lists conferences and hearings scheduled to take place in the next four weeks.
LeClairRyan and Wright Robinson Osthimer & Tatum announced Tuesday that they are merging, bringing Wright Robinson's successful trial-management and e-discovery practice to a new home.
Salaries of in-house legal counsel rose alongside that of lawyers at large firms last year, with chief legal officers and general counsel in legal departments of more than 25 lawyers making a median salary of $645,000, according to InsideCounsel's 2008 compensation report.
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Rudy Giuliani's bid to become president effectively ended Tuesday when he finished a distant third in Florida's Republican primary. But though he will now have more time to spend at his day job as a name partner with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, it remains to be seen whether he will continue to have sufficient clout to attract clients and recruit legal talent for the firm's growing New York office.
After a somewhat promising first half of 2007, the U.S. legal profession slid into tougher times amid the subprime mortgage meltdown and other economic woes. As a result, the industry's growth will slow in 2008, according to the latest client advisory from legal consultancy Hildebrandt International and Citi Private Bank.
Managing partners at U.S. law firms became “sharply more pessimistic” in late 2007 about both the economy and its anticipated effects on the legal industry, according to a report released this week by the law firm group at Citi Private Bank.
A state appeals court has ruled a New Jersey law firm cannot pocket the referral fees owed a disbarred attorney who sent the firm scores of personal injury cases in the months before his license was suspended.
Reinforcing the power of e-mail as a medium for an enforceable settlement, a Massachusetts appeals court ruled in favor of Basis Technology Corp. in its case against Amazon.com Inc. regarding nonpayment for work done on the online retailer's Japanese Web site.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has settled a breach of contract case against an electronic-discovery vendor that allegedly missed deadlines and provided shoddy work, hindering the firm's ability to meet a discovery deadline.
Spurred by strong candidates and a perception that the Bush administration has overstepped the rule of law, attorneys have given record contributions to Democratic presidential candidates in this election at a rate of nearly 4-to-1 compared to Republicans.
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC is reportedly in discussions to merge with struggling southeastern counterpart Powell Goldstein LLP.
New amendments to the Freedom of Information Act aim to put more pressure on government agencies to provide a timely response to requests for information. Federal agencies could now face financial consequences if they blow their FOIA deadlines.
In the wake of Thursday's revelation that Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP will be handing pink slips to a slew of associates, lawyers across the nation were left wondering whether more law firms are set to suffer a similar fate.
With associates' salaries and billable-hour requirements on the rise, some law firms are shifting into damage control mode to address clients' concern for their pocketbooks — and attorneys' worries about quality of life.