Business of Law

  • June 6, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Magic Circle AI And Hogan Lovells’ App

    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 seven major recent developments in legal tech.

  • June 5, 2017

    Trump Taps Kirkland Partner, Other BigLaw Attys For Posts

    President Donald Trump on Monday announced he will nominate Kirkland & Ellis partner Brian Allen Benczkowski to head the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, with attorneys from Dechert, Greenberg Traurig and McGuireWoods tapped to fill general counsel spots at the departments of Transportation, Health and Human Services, and Education.

  • June 5, 2017

    Lower Calif. Bar Score Will Raise Malpractice, Law Profs Say

    With California law school deans anxious about plummeting bar exam passage rates, two Pepperdine University law professors say making it easier for aspiring attorneys to pass the state’s notoriously tough exam will likely result in more misconduct and malpractice.

  • June 5, 2017

    12 Ways To Eliminate Gender Inequality For Lawyers

    The Florida Bar released a report Friday with recommendations and proposals to eliminate gender bias in the state's legal industry, the culmination of a special committee convened last year to address the issue after a survey found young female attorneys regularly encounter roadblocks in their careers.

  • June 5, 2017

    BigLaw Taps Ivy League For Partners' Continuing Education

    BigLaw firms are getting serious about pushing their attorneys to continue to learn even after they make partner, and some are soliciting the help of Ivy League institutions to instruct their lawyers on how to bring their practices to the next level.

  • June 5, 2017

    Your Biz Strategy: Where Time And Money Go To Die

    Despite months of preparation and thousands of dollars spent by law firms to create formal business strategies, the absence of an active review or implementation process means only a tiny percentage of them achieve most of their goals, according to a study released Monday.

  • June 5, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Hausfeld's Bonny Sweeney

    In antitrust cases, the plaintiffs attorney often has to tell her story primarily or even exclusively through hostile witnesses, which means you may have to rely on defendants’ witnesses and documents to prove up the agreement, as well as its scope, duration and effectiveness, says Bonny Sweeney of Hausfeld LLP.

  • June 2, 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.

  • June 2, 2017

    Straining Under Caseload, Fla. Federal Judges Hope For Help

    After years of dealing with heavier-than-average caseloads, federal judges in Florida — and those who practice in their courts — are hopeful legislation introduced by the state's U.S. senators seeking 10 new judgeships will ease the burden of busy dockets.

  • June 2, 2017

    Wachtell Partner Drops Out Of DOJ Leadership Consideration

    The Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz LLP partner married to presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway has pulled himself out of the running for a U.S. Department of Justice job, saying he’ll keep his role handling litigation tied to securities, mergers and acquisitions and antitrust matters.

  • June 2, 2017

    Legal Industry Adds 2,000 New Jobs In May

    The legal sector continued to gain momentum in 2017, adding 2,000 new jobs in May to reach its highest level in nearly four years, according to the latest employment report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • June 2, 2017

    BigLaw Alums Q&A: Glen Rothstein

    In my view, the unwavering commitment to embracing the battle for the inches is the difference between winning and losing for your clients; between living and slowly dying as a practitioner and a human being, says Glen Rothstein, founder of Rothstein Law APC.

  • June 2, 2017

    Q&A With Klasko Immigration Law Partners' William Stock

    Immigration lawyers need to be aware that immigration restriction advocates placed in policy-level positions within agencies, and their allies in Congress, will be trying to make changes that may seem minor to the broader public but that will have enormous detrimental impacts, says William Stock of Klasko Immigration Law.

  • June 1, 2017

    DOJ Lacking In Response To Sexual Harassment, OIG Says

    The U.S. Department of Justice faces glaring shortcomings in its reporting and response to sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Wednesday in an advisory memorandum.

  • June 1, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Mayer Brown LLP headed up this week's legal lions list after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with its client, limiting patent owners' ability to control patented products once they are sold, while Proskauer Rose became a legal lamb after the Second Circuit ruled in favor of employees of the firm's client Whole Foods in a dispute over workplace recordings.

  • June 1, 2017

    Dentons Partner Sets Sights On Calif. Lt. Gov. Seat

    California will elect a new lieutenant governor in 2018, and Dentons partner Jeff Bleich, touting his vision for statewide education reform and his experience as a former top aide to President Barack Obama, told Law360 on Thursday he’s just the man for the job.

  • June 1, 2017

    Friedman Atty Among 7 Nominees For NY High Court Seat

    The New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination recommended to the governor Thursday a Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP attorney and six other judges to fill the vacancy on the New York Court of Appeals created by the untimely passing of Associate Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam.

  • June 1, 2017

    Womble Carlyle, British Firm Bond Dickinson Combine Forces

    North Carolina-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP will combine with British firm Bond Dickinson LLP as equal members in a new transatlantic network of firms named Womble Bond Dickinson, the firms announced Thursday.

  • June 1, 2017

    Ex-BigLaw Partners Land White House Ethics Rule Waivers

    Lawyers who jumped from Jones Day, Venable LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP to the White House in recent months are among more than a dozen people who have gotten a pass from an ethical ban on working on issues related to their private-sector jobs and lobbying clients, according to a Wednesday disclosure.

  • June 1, 2017

    Cleary Gottlieb Bolsters Maternity Leave Policy In London

    The London office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has revamped its benefits package to include 30 weeks of full pay during maternity leave, the firm confirmed on Thursday, the latest move to make employee perks more competitive.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 18, Dressed To Kill

    Roy Futterman

    This week’s episode of Bull strays far from the “He’s a genius jury consultant” premise of the show. It is a whodunit that appears to be the result of someone getting a good deal on a script from "Murder She Wrote: The Lost Episodes," says jury consultant Roy Futterman in his latest review of the CBS series "Bull."

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • Opinion

    Untold Stories: Trump's Budget Would Silence Legal Services

    Kevin Curnin

    President Trump's draft budget proposes total defunding of the Legal Services Corporation. Yet leaders of over 160 of the nation's top law firms and 185 general counsel from leading corporations, who make their living at the intersection of business and law, make the case that destroying the LSC is bad for both, says Kevin Curnin of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • A Law Firm’s Guide To Social Media

    Julie Bagdikian

    Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.

  • Cybersecurity Steps Every Lawyer Should Consider

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    In a state by state chart updated this month, the American Bar Association reports that 34 states have adopted all or most of the ABA's model rules technology amendments and that nine more states are studying the amendments. Even for lawyers in other states, legal ethics require the technological and legal competence to protect clients' confidentiality, says J.S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP..

  • Series

    Advocate For An Agency: Ex-CPSC GC Cheryl Falvey

    Cheryl Falvey

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is tasked with regulating a wide range of products, while operating with only narrow rulemaking authority and a tight budget. Cheryl Falvey, general counsel of the CPSC from 2008 to 2012, describes how she and agency staff responded creatively to the Chinese drywall crisis and other urgent problems that required coordination across multiple agencies and governments.

  • Series

    Advocate For An Agency: Ex-DOT GC Kathryn Thompson

    Kathryn Thomson

    As general counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation from 2013 to 2017, Kathryn Thomson was the chief legal officer for a department of 55,000 employees, with an annual budget of $78 billion and nine individual operating agencies. In this article, she considers the challenges and rewards of serving as the DOT's GC during a time of major changes to the transportation landscape.

  • Series

    Advocate For An Agency: Ex-FERC GC Cynthia Marlette

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    Cynthia Marlette, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's general counsel from 2001 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2009, reflects on how she addressed the job's many responsibilities, including advising the commission on laws and enforcement actions, developing policy, seeking consensus among commissioners, and overseeing defense of agency actions in court, as well as dealing with historic events like the California energy crisis.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 17, Name Game

    Roy Futterman

    You know how on medical shows they teach you how to commit malpractice and get away with it? In this episode of Bull, we learn how to get away with jury tampering — and how to get disbarred, says jury consultant Roy Futterman in his latest review of the CBS series "Bull."

  • A Startup Attorney’s Tips To Advance Company Diversity

    Kristine Di Bacco

    We particularly see a disparity in diversity between the technology and life sciences companies of the Silicon Valley 150 and the larger public companies of the S&P 100 — that is, the larger the company, the more likely it is to have a more gender-diverse workplace, especially at the senior executive level, says Kristine Di Bacco of Fenwick & West LLP.