Business of Law

  • November 16, 2017

    Tax Bill's Legal Fee Provision May Burden Attorneys

    Some attorneys are reeling from a provision inserted in the House and Senate’s tax plans that would effectively erase a Ninth Circuit decision allowing attorneys to deduct expenses advanced to clients in contingent-fee cases, potentially placing a burden on practitioners and affecting the availability of legal services.

  • November 16, 2017

    Don’t Let ABA Post Letter About Cooley, Law School Urges

    Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley Law School has asked a Michigan federal judge to make the American Bar Association remove a letter from its website raising questions about Cooley student qualifications, saying continued publication would hurt the school's reputation and violate its due process rights to appeal.

  • November 16, 2017

    Am Law 200 Firms Struggled To Grow In 2017

    Am Law 200 firms continue to face sobering challenges as they lack the growth in gross revenue and demand that the top 100 law firms have experienced, according to a new survey released Thursday.

  • November 15, 2017

    ABA Judicial Ratings Remain In GOP Senators' Crosshairs

    Senate Republicans criticized the chair of the American Bar Association’s judicial rating committee Wednesday, as the body’s evaluation of several of President Donald Trump’s nominees as “not qualified” added fuel to partisan struggles over filling vacancies on the federal bench.

  • November 15, 2017

    Texas Judicial Picks Defend Writings, Tweets Before Senate

    President Donald Trump’s picks for two Fifth Circuit seats pushed back on criticism of their past writings — and in the case of Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, his tweets — before a Senate panel Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2017

    Dentons Launches In-House Consulting Team With Ex-GCs

    Dentons on Wednesday launched a strategic consulting service with more than 50 former general counsel from around the world to offer mentoring to in-house counsel.

  • November 14, 2017

    Gordon Rees Atty Out Of Mgmt. For Harassment Remarks

    A Gordon & Rees LLP executive leader who said on a cable news program that legitimate victims of sexual harassment are “few and far between” has resigned from her management roles at the firm.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sens. Prod Pentagon Legal Picks On North Korea, Sex Assault

    Nominees to a pair of Pentagon legal jobs largely cruised through a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday as lawmakers prodded them for their views on issues ranging from sexual assault prosecution to the legality of preemptive war against North Korea.

  • November 14, 2017

    Fired DLA Piper Atty Can't Nix Firm's Arbitration Win

    A California state judge confirmed an arbitration award in favor of DLA Piper in a former employee’s wrongful termination and discrimination suit Tuesday, saying that the court doesn’t have discretion to decide whether the arbitrator improperly denied the attorney an opportunity to bring in certain evidence.

  • November 13, 2017

    Trump Court Pick Knocked For Keeping Mum On Wife's Job

    A Trump pick for the federal bench in Alabama “betrayed his obligation to be open and transparent” in the judicial confirmation process by failing to mention that his wife is a White House lawyer, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    BigLaw's 2017 Profits May Suffer Due To Salary Hikes

    Law firms may be on course to have a down year, according to the results of a survey published Monday, with financial results for the first three quarters of the year revealing a slowdown in revenue growth and an uptick in expenses across the industry due to recent associate salary hikes.

  • November 13, 2017

    15 Minutes With Kraft Heinz Co.'s General Counsel

    Jim Savina joined Kraft Foods Group in 2013 as associate general counsel, and two years later, became its deputy general counsel, helping to oversee its 2015 merger with H. J. Heinz Co.

  • November 10, 2017

    Law360's Pro Say: Boies In Ethics Jam Over Weinstein Spies

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses David Boies possible ethics issues over his role in hiring a private spy firm to help Harvey Weinstein kill a New York Times article detailing allegations of sexual harassment and assault. We also tackle how the GOP's tax plan would impact law firms, whether shuttering news sites after a union vote by reporters will lead to legal action, and a sleepy judge who dozed off on the bench.

  • November 9, 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.

  • November 9, 2017

    Senate Promotes BigLaw Attys, AUSAs Alike To Top Spots

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and King & Spalding LLP are among the firms whose alumni were confirmed by the Senate Thursday as U.S. attorneys for positions across the country, from Vermont to Mississippi to Wyoming.

  • November 9, 2017

    Ex-Foley & Lardner Atty Cops To Securities Fraud Conspiracy

    Former Foley & Lardner LLP partner Walter “Chet” Little pled guilty in Manhattan federal court on Thursday to a charge of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and could see jail time over claims that he used confidential information about the law firm’s clients to make $327,000 in illicit trading profits.

  • November 9, 2017

    Appleby Data Breach Highlights Law Firms' Unique Risks

    The recent leak of a trove of high-profile clients’ investment data from offshore law firm Appleby drives home the legal and ethical pitfalls that arise from lawyers’ failure to protect the records of individuals and businesses expecting the strictest confidentiality, attorneys say.

  • November 9, 2017

    Women's Partnership Growth Steady But Slow, Report Says

    Although the percentage of women among new partners in the country's largest and top-grossing law firms with domestic offices has reached a six-year high in 2017, the increase is minor, according to an annual report released Thursday that looked at data from 133 firms.

  • November 9, 2017

    Law Firms Lead The Pack For LGBTQ Corporate Equality

    Top U.S. law firms are setting the standard for LGBTQ workplace equality and inclusion, the civil rights group Human Rights Campaign announced Thursday, with nearly 80 percent of surveyed firms scoring perfectly on its equality benchmark — the highest rate of any industry.

  • November 9, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Paul Hastings LLP and Littler Mendelson PC top this week’s legal lions list, securing a jury verdict killing a pay stub class action against Dollar Tree, while Boies Schiller Flexner LLP landed on the legal lambs list after The New York Times fired the firm over its work for embattled media mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Part Of The Show

    Stephen Kinnaird

    Despite thorough preparation for my first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, when I stood at the podium to deliver my opening lines, my legs were shaking like Elvis’ (although involuntarily and I hoped not too visibly). But when the first question came it calmed me immediately, says Stephen Kinnaird of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Flattered, Excited And Obligated

    Verna Williams

    Listening to the recording of my first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court 10 years after it took place triggered my fight-or-flight reflex. But why? Maybe it was time to lift that rock and look underneath, says Verna Williams, interim dean and professor of law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tunheim Reviews 'Miles Lord'

    Chief Judge John Tunheim

    Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.

  • Technology Assisted Review Can Work For Small Cases

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    For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • Roundup

    My Supreme Court Debut

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    As the end of the year draws near, all eyes are turning to the U.S. Supreme Court and the decisions it will issue during its October 2017 term. In this series, attorneys that have argued before the high court reflect on their very first time standing before the justices.

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • Opinion

    For More Value And Diversity In Outside Counsel, Go Small

    Sara Kropf

    Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That maxim applies to large companies that seek more value and diversity from their outside counsel by expecting big firms to change. There’s a simple solution to this problem, according to attorneys Margaret Cassidy, Sara Kropf and Ellen D. Marcus.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Leave Your Comfort Zone

    Tara Kaushik

    As a baby lawyer, I took on a challenging case representing pro per detainees in county prisons. In the process, I learned how to deal with contentious opposing counsel, advocate for my clients with credibility, and trust my gut feelings, says Tara Kaushik of Holland & Knight LLP.