Business of Law

  • July 21, 2017

    Kasowitz Stepping Aside From Russia Probe

    Marc Kasowitz is no longer playing an active role in the representation of President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation, according to multiple news reports Thursday night. 

  • July 20, 2017

    DLA Piper To Acquire 60 LA Lawyers In Merger With Liner

    DLA Piper will swell its Southern California ranks by 60 attorneys through a merger with midsize boutique firm Liner LLP to form one of the 15 largest law practices in the Los Angeles market, the firms announced Thursday.

  • July 20, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP snagged this week's top legal lion spot after a New York federal jury sided with the firm's client, GM, in the first of six planned ignition switch bellwether trials, while Williams & Connolly LLP and Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP were cast among the legal lambs after their client, Merck, was ordered to pay $14 million in attorneys' fees in a patent suit.

  • July 20, 2017

    Dentons Ex-Associate Pleads Not Guilty To Extortion Plot

    A former litigation associate at Dentons on Thursday pled not guilty to felony extortion charges stemming from threats he allegedly made to release confidential and sensitive materials taken from a partner’s email account unless the firm paid him $210,000 and handed over a piece of artwork.

  • July 20, 2017

    Knottier Malpractice Theories Driving Up BigLaw Defense Bills

    The BigLaw bill for fending off malpractice suits is being pushed skyward by increasingly convoluted theories from former clients about how flawed advice led to business losses and more creative claims of legal blunders, according to insurance specialists.

  • July 20, 2017

    Senate OKs Trump 6th Circ. Pick Despite Controversial Blogs

    The Senate on Thursday confirmed one of President Donald Trump’s more controversial judicial nominees, approving John K. Bush for a vacancy on the Sixth Circuit in the face of Democratic criticism over Bush’s partisan blog postings and past public statements.

  • July 19, 2017

    Tech Industry GCs Share Tips On Curbing ‘Bro Culture’

    General counsels for Uber, Twitter and Oracle spoke at the Ninth Circuit’s judicial conference in San Francisco on Wednesday about curbing “bro culture” at multinational tech companies and in the courtroom, sharing advice on how legal departments, law firms and judges can combat bias in the male-dominated tech industry.

  • July 19, 2017

    Ex-Quinn Worker Claims Racism Behind Scenes Of Apple Trial

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP protected a supervisor who openly made “horrific” discriminatory comments to at least three African-American employees during the 2014 patent trial in Apple v. Samsung, according to a suit in New York federal court Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2017

    Congresswoman's Atty Pleads Not Guilty In Nude Pics Case

    A former counsel to Rep. Stacey Plaskett, the Democratic delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands, pled not guilty on Tuesday to allegations that he leaked nude photos and videos stolen off of Plaskett's iPhone.

  • July 19, 2017

    2 Ways To Combat Law’s Gender Inequality Problem

    A Seattle University law professor on Tuesday offered up her thoughts on combating gender inequality in the legal profession, which include confronting and changing sexism on a societal level and making structural changes at law firms.

  • July 19, 2017

    White & Case, Partner Fined £300K For Acting 'Recklessly'

    The U.K. Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal fined White & Case LLP and one of its partners, who specializes in international arbitration, a combined £300,000 ($390,720) for having "acted recklessly" by not taking the necessary steps to ensure client confidentiality and prevent conflicts of interest, according to a notice published Wednesday by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

  • July 19, 2017

    The 2017 Rising Stars, By Firm

    Law360's Rising Stars recognizes attorneys under 40 who have demonstrated outstanding career accomplishments. This year, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP led the pack with eight Rising Stars each, followed by Latham & Watkins LLP, Mayer Brown LLP and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, which had six apiece. Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP rounded out the group with five Rising Stars.

  • July 19, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Outten & Golden's Wayne Outten

    Employees come to me with a wide range of workplace problems. Some of those problems can be addressed using legal tools, such as litigation. But such tools, while important and necessary, often are insufficient or ineffective to address employment problems, says Wayne Outten of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • July 18, 2017

    More Asian-Americans On Lawyer's Path, But Few Get Far

    The number of Asian-American lawyers in the U.S. has more than doubled in the past 17 years, but disproportionately few clerks, judges and prosecutors are Asian-American, according to a report Tuesday.

  • July 18, 2017

    Jones Day Partner Tapped For DOJ Made $2.2M Last Year

    The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division's potential new chief raked in just over $2.2 million from Jones Day last year, according to a financial disclosure that offered a rare peek into the global firm's senior-level compensation.

  • July 18, 2017

    How To Be The Firm GCs Want To Work With

    A new report shows what general counsel and other in-house legal decision-makers really value in their outside counsel, revealing how far most firms still have to go in terms of attaining an optimal client relationship. Here, experts discuss what GCs want most in a law firm.

  • July 18, 2017

    Justices Recused Over 200 Times This Term, Watchdog Says

    A U.S. Supreme Court watchdog group on Tuesday identified more than 200 times when the justices recused themselves from cases, mostly due to conflicts of interest involving stock holdings, family connections or previous legal work during the October 2016 term.

  • July 17, 2017

    9th Circ. OKs Partial Disallowance Of Fees In Howrey Case

    A California bankruptcy court was right to slash fee payments to McGrane LLP over ethical lapses and costly flights of fancy in its work representing creditors of long-defunct Howrey LLP, the Ninth Circuit has affirmed, bringing an end to McGrane’s yearslong bid to undo the public rebuke.

  • July 17, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The Trump administration's effort to reform federal tax laws has some hurdles to clear, business lobbyists push back against a major U.S. city's new ordinance, and a CFPB rule change banning arbitration clauses could have a widespread impact. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • July 17, 2017

    In His Own Words: Law360’s Breyer Interview

    In an exclusive interview, Justice Stephen Breyer talks about the influence of international law on the U.S. judiciary and the power of oral arguments. Here’s a transcript of his remarks.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    The Return Of Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire

    Stephen Susman

    If we truly believe in providing litigants with a jury of one’s peers, we must adopt strategies to ensure that parties and their representatives have a say in selecting their jury. When only judges participate, the result is a less representative and less fair cross section of the community, say Stephen Susman, Richard Jolly and Roy Futterman of NYU School of Law's Civil Jury Project.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Identities Are Us

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    Lawyers faced with clients who can’t or won’t listen to their advice must consider that the core of this risky decision may be a person's inability or refusal to relinquish a prime identity in times of uncertainty, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 23, Benevolent Deception

    Roy Futterman

    Most of the jury consulting on this show has consisted of illegal and unethical behavior amid nonsensical trial practices, but at the end of the day, it has probably not done permanent damage to the U.S. legal system — so far, says jury consultant Roy Futterman as the debut season of the CBS show "Bull" comes to a close.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From United's Passenger Incident

    Peter Shaplen

    Following United Airlines' disastrous response to its recent mishandling of a passenger, the change to note is simply this: While there was always pressure to mount a quick legal response and communicate it, the time frame for this has been reduced to nanoseconds, say Peter Shaplen and Traci Stuart of Blattel Communications.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 22, Dirty Little Secrets

    Roy Futterman

    In the penultimate episode of the CBS show "Bull," the team wrestles with a real issue in jury consulting and the legal professions in general: Should we work with an unsavory client? This is an interesting question that plays out in jury consulting firms on a regular basis, says jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman of Doar Inc.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.