The major law firm mergers just kept coming in 2017, with Dentons, Norton Rose Fulbright and Womble Carlyle each bolting on hundreds of attorneys through tie-ups, and the legal industry as a whole experiencing nearly 100 combinations as of Dec. 6. Here, Law360 takes a look at the seven biggest mergers of the year.
Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon.
A general sense of malaise and unhappiness can set in when lawyers overextend themselves, are repeatedly bombarded with stressful situations, or fail to create a balance between work and the rest of their lives. Here, mental health professionals offer a guidebook for lawyers on how to identify whether that sense of dissatisfaction is actually burnout.
President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney in California’s Eastern District, who would be serving in that role for the second time, earned more than $5.7 million in distribution and bonuses since 2015 as an Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP partner, he said in recently published filings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The law firms on Law360’s 2017 Regional Powerhouse list are handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles across seven states, offering clients regional expertise and making a lasting impact on the law at the state and local level.
The law firms on Law360’s Global 20 list have expertise that spans practice areas and continents, and they’ve handled some of the biggest cross-border matters of the year. With thousands of attorneys in dozens of countries around the world, these firms have figured out the key to delivering for clients on multiple fronts.
The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.