Business of Law

  • May 22, 2020

    Attys Worry Social Distancing Will Hinder Law Grad Mentoring

    The American Bar Association's call to extend limited practice privileges to law school graduates facing a delayed bar exam due to COVID-19 has prompted concerns that social distancing will sabotage the very initiative it prompted, given the intense supervision required as part of the plan.

  • May 22, 2020

    Troutman To Cut Pay Ahead Of Pepper Hamilton Tie-Up

    Ahead of its planned merger with Pepper Hamilton LLP in July, Troutman Sanders announced Friday that it will implement compensation reductions for attorneys and staff beginning June 1 that will continue for an unspecified period of time.

  • May 22, 2020

    '09 Law Grads Offer Advice To Survive 2020 Job Search Chaos

    DLA Piper partner Jamila Justine Willis knows well the knot of worry that has become a permanent fixture over the last few months for law students in the Class of 2020.

  • May 22, 2020

    Georgia Bankruptcy Firm Sues Hartford To Cover Virus Losses

    A Georgia bankruptcy law firm is suing Hartford Casualty Insurance Co., alleging that it wrongfully denied coverage for business income losses resulting from state-mandated shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 22, 2020

    Ex-DOJ Enforcer Pozen Joins Clifford Chance Global Leaders

    A year after joining Clifford Chance to co-lead the firm's global antitrust practice, former Justice Department antitrust chief Sharis Pozen has been appointed for a two-year term on the firm's global leadership team.

  • May 22, 2020

    Fla. Courts Launch Remote Civil Jury Trial Pilot Program

    Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady has ordered the creation of a pilot program on holding state civil jury trials via remote technology and has also set up a new four-phase process for reopening state courts following the novel coronavirus pandemic.

  • May 22, 2020

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The United Kingdom launched a project to spur innovation in the legal sector, and the National Labor Relations Board's top lawyer said businesses closed during the pandemic that settle cases alleging labor law violations don't have to post remedial notices until after they reopen. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • May 21, 2020

    UK Launches Legal Tech 'Sandbox' To Spur Innovation

    Amid disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a U.K. government-backed initiative said Thursday that it was pushing forward a new project, LawTech Sandbox, to accelerate the digital transformation of the legal sector.

  • May 21, 2020

    The Term: Clarence Thomas Steps Into The Spotlight

    He's quiet, conservative and controversial. But what do we really know about Justice Clarence Thomas? This week, the team discusses a new documentary on the enigmatic justice that features interviews with the man himself.

  • May 21, 2020

    11th Circ. Says Judicial Nominating Panel Not Subject To FOIA

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday upheld a Florida federal court's decision to dismiss a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against a state judicial nominating commission, affirming the lower court's determination that the commission was not a federal agency.

  • May 21, 2020

    Washington Bar To Update State High Court On Harassment

    Washington state's highest court has asked the Washington State Bar Association to update it on concerns by the organization's staff that its leadership fostered a "hostile work environment" by bungling a probe into allegations that a board member sexually harassed a staffer.

  • May 21, 2020

    White & Case, Akerman Alter Summer Programs Due To Virus

    White & Case LLP and Akerman LLP confirmed changes to their summer associate programs Thursday, becoming the latest firms to adjust their offerings to budding lawyers as the novel coronavirus impacts the legal industry.

  • May 21, 2020

    DC Circ. Orders Judge To Respond To Flynn's Bias Claims

    The D.C. Circuit has given U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan 10 days to respond to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's accusations that the judge is "biased" for not allowing the government to drop charges against him.

  • May 21, 2020

    Malpractice Insurance Bills To Climb Even Higher After Virus

    The BigLaw bill for legal malpractice insurance, already riding an upward trend in commercial coverage rates, is expected to head even higher amid an expected onslaught of pandemic-era disputes with attorneys.

  • May 21, 2020

    Even At Firms Making Gender Equity Progress, Work Remains

    A new Yale Law Women report ranking firms on issues related to gender equity found that while some firms, including Jenner & Block LLP and Allen & Overy LLP, are excelling in areas like hiring and LGBTQ+ representation, all firms still have room for improvement.

  • May 21, 2020

    Law Firm Can't Blame First Republic For $300K Email Scam

    A Boston law firm targeted by an email scam can't hold First Republic Bank responsible for processing a $337,000 counterfeit check and subsequent wire transfers because the bank was simply following the firm's directions, the Massachusetts intermediate-level appeals court ruled Wednesday.

  • May 21, 2020

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Latham & Watkins LLP is among this week's legal lions with a win for Facebook in litigation over unwanted text messages, while Brafman & Associates PC ended up among the legal lambs after a judge rejected client Martin Shkreli's bid for release from prison.

  • May 21, 2020

    OCC's Otting To Depart As Ex-Coinbase Lawyer Steps Up

    The head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced Thursday that he's stepping down, an expected departure that comes one day after he released a major rewrite of community lending regulations and paves the way for a former top lawyer for Coinbase to take the reins of the agency.

  • May 20, 2020

    Michael Cohen Gets Home Confinement Amid Pandemic Fears

    The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has decided that President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen won't have to serve the rest of his three-year prison sentence behind bars due to concerns related to COVID-19, according to multiple media reports Wednesday.

  • May 20, 2020

    Dems Denounce 5th Circ. Pick Over ACA, Citing Pandemic

    Democratic senators on Wednesday assailed a former Mississippi Republican lawmaker tapped for the Fifth Circuit over his strident attacks on the Affordable Care Act, arguing that the coronavirus pandemic made his nomination inappropriate, as the chamber also confirmed district court picks for Alabama and Oklahoma.

  • May 20, 2020

    Women Justices Cut Off More, Spoke Less In Phone Hearings

    Women justices participating in the U.S. Supreme Court's first-ever teleconference hearings were interrupted significantly more often than their male colleagues and were given less overall speaking time, according to a report published Tuesday.

  • May 20, 2020

    Firms Ask 11th Circ. To Lift Block On Fee Claim In Fraud Case

    Law firms Leon Cosgrove LLP and Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP told the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday that a lower court erred by approving a prohibition against their pursuing payment from an insurance company when it signed off on a settlement agreement in an SEC fraud suit against their former client.

  • May 20, 2020

    Legal Service Firm Drops COVID-19 Loss Suit Against Insurer

    Magna Legal Services LLC said it will drop a suit against Hartford Fire Insurance Co. alleging it wrongfully denied coverage for business losses because of state-mandated closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 20, 2020

    FirstEnergy Names New Chief Legal Officer

    FirstEnergy Corp. announced Tuesday that it is promoting general counsel Robert Reffner to the role of senior chief legal officer and is moving two other top members of its in-house legal team into new positions.

  • May 20, 2020

    Judges Prefer Zoom And WebEx As Courtrooms Go Virtual

    Zoom and WebEx are the online platforms of choice for judges throughout the country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Judicial College's polling of hundreds of judges.

Expert Analysis

  • COVID-19 Highlights BigLaw Need For Emotional Intelligence

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    The formula for making decisions at BigLaw firms has historically been rooted in IQ-based factors, but with the ongoing pandemic, lawyers and firm leaders are increasingly dealing with issues that require emotional intelligence — from establishing effective virtual offices to retaining firm morale and client confidence, say Jolie Balido and Tina van der Ven at NewStar Media.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: ABA President Judy Perry Martinez

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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 New Orleans-based Judy Perry Martinez, president of the American Bar Association.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Shaming Of Attys Is Troubling Even During Pandemic

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    Judges have recently rebuked attorneys for wasting judicial resources to resolve minor issues during the COVID-19 crisis, including in a trademark lawsuit over unicorn drawings. But it is unfair to publicly flog lawyers for doing what they are trained to do, says Ronald Minkoff, chairman of Frankfurt Kurnit's professional responsibility group.

  • Don't Be Social Media Distancing: LinkedIn Tips For Lawyers

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    While we need to be physically apart at this time, lawyers and firms should be leaning into social media to reinforce and build relationships, and help guide clients through the coronavirus crisis, says marketing consultant Stefanie Marrone.

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    Coping With A Pandemic: Nossaman's Patrick Harder

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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 Patrick Harder, a Los Angeles-based partner at Nossaman and chairman of the firm’s infrastructure group.

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    Coping With A Pandemic: ECOStrats' Elizabeth Ortega

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    As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Miami-based Elizabeth Ortega, principal of legal industry consulting firm ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Remote Depositions: Coming To A Home Office Near You

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    Recent Texas state court orders indicate judges are increasingly requiring parties and nonparties to submit to remote depositions amid the pandemic. However, there are inherent drawbacks to such depositions, including limitations on attorneys’ ability to assess witness credibility, says Edward Duffy at Reed Smith.

  • Ways Lawyers Can Support The Most Vulnerable Right Now

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    In this global health and economic crisis, it is essential that lawyers recommit to inclusion, and fight for colleagues, clients, community members and friends who are most at risk, says Dru Levasseur, head of the National LGBT Bar Association's inclusion coaching and consulting program.

  • Confronting The Challenges Of Virtual Mediation

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    Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.

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    Coping With A Pandemic: Kilpatrick's Robbie Poplin

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    As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from William "Robbie" Poplin, an Atlanta-based partner on Kilpatrick's construction and infrastructure team.

  • 3 Steps To Building Effective Teams While On Lockdown

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    When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.

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    Coping With A Pandemic: Baker McKenzie's Marredia Crawford

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    As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Houston-based Marredia Crawford, North America manager of diversity and inclusion at Baker McKenzie.

  • Client Advocacy Tips For Remote Hearings During COVID-19

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    As the judiciary implements telephone and video hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys can deliver effective advocacy by following certain best practices, such as using backup materials and specially preparing witnesses and exhibits, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • How To Conduct Depositions Remotely

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    Remote depositions are a useful tool for meeting discovery deadlines while allowing all parties to stay at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. But they come with a unique set of challenges, say Eliot Williams and Daniel Rabinowitz at Baker Botts. 

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    Coping With A Pandemic: Leon Cosgrove's Andy Zaron

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    As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from South Florida-based Andrew Zaron, a partner at Leon Cosgrove specializing in bankruptcy, restructuring and commercial litigation.

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