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Business of Law

  • January 23, 2019

    Cohen Nixes Congressional Hearing Over Trump 'Threats'

    Michael Cohen will not appear at a scheduled hearing before a House panel next month in light of “ongoing threats against his family” from President Donald Trump, Cohen’s lawyer said Wednesday, casting uncertainty over the longtime Trump attorney’s testimony about crimes he committed in dealings with the president.

  • January 23, 2019

    Ogletree Looks To Gut Ex-Shareholder's Sex Bias Suit

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC wants a California federal court to kick the bulk of a former firm shareholder's gender discrimination lawsuit to arbitration, saying she was bound by an arbitration pact even though she didn't sign it.

  • January 23, 2019

    Ex-Snell & Wilmer Chair John Bouma Fatally Struck By Cars

    John J. Bouma, who led Snell & Wilmer LLP for more than three decades, guiding it from a single Arizona office to a national force, was fatally hit by cars Tuesday night, Phoenix police confirm. He was 82.

  • January 23, 2019

    Arent Fox Sues Former IP Partner Over Move To Kasowitz

    Arent Fox LLP filed suit Tuesday in D.C. federal court against a former intellectual property partner in its New York office, alleging that he agreed to pay over $90,000 in order to make an immediate exit to Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and then failed to pay up.

  • January 23, 2019

    GOP Mulling 'Nuclear Option' To Speed Judicial Nominations

    Republicans could again turn to the “nuclear option” to change Senate rules and advance President Donald Trump’s nominees, one senator said this week, cutting down the time the Senate takes on judicial and other nominees.

  • January 23, 2019

    The Legal Threat Giving Compliance Officers Nightmares

    Compliance officers across industries all name the same concern when asked what keeps them up at night. Here, Law360 looks at that issue and what compliance officers can do to mitigate the risk.

  • January 23, 2019

    10 Firms That Made The Most Money Lobbying In 2018

    Ten law firms bested the rest of the sector and raked in millions of dollars in revenue from federal lobbying clients in 2018, with year-end figures reported to the government showing strong results across the industry even though it was an election year.

  • January 23, 2019

    Gilstrap 'Offended' By Gamesmanship Of Irell, Winston Attys

    U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has said he’s "offended" by how Irell & Manella LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP have handled the opening stages of an infringement case involving USAA electronic check patents asserted against Wells Fargo, finding the firms’ legal maneuvers demonstrate a "clear lack of respect" for his court.

  • January 23, 2019

    UK Watchdog Drops GCs From Manager Accountability Plan

    The U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority said Wednesday that it had dropped plans to hold the heads of legal departments at banks and insurance firms responsible for ignoring misconduct, saying the proposed rule would hamper lawyers from giving independent legal advice. 

  • January 23, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Kennedys CMK's Meg Catalano

    Meg Catalano, managing partner of the U.S. arm of British commercial firm Kennedys Law LLP, spoke to Law360 recently about the ramifications of the transatlantic tie-up, how she balances her practice and managerial duties, and where she sees the business of law evolving.

  • January 22, 2019

    Judiciary Says It Will Stay Funded Through January

    The administrative agency of the federal court system said Tuesday that federal courts will have enough funding to continue operating until Jan. 31 despite the government shutdown, the third time the courts have extended the estimated date when they will have to start cutting staff.

  • January 22, 2019

    Girardi Keese, Thomas Girardi Owe $15M, Legal Lender Says

    Law Finance Group LLC has hit the law firm Girardi Keese and trial attorney Thomas V. Girardi with a breach of contract suit in California state court claiming they have failed to make repayments on a debt of more than $15 million.

  • January 22, 2019

    Skadden Deal Unfair, Russian Co. Says In Troll Farm Case

    A Russian company criminally charged with thwarting enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act asked a judge on Tuesday to make prosecutors explain why Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP "was permitted to purchase a declination" in its own FARA case.

  • January 22, 2019

    Legal Field Has 'Enthusiasm Gap' For Gender Equity Initiatives

    While there is general support in the legal field for policies geared toward reaching gender equity in the industry, a survey released on Tuesday reveals an “enthusiasm gap” by which women are more likely to champion these efforts than their male colleagues.

  • January 22, 2019

    Firms' Crawl To Gender Diversity Shows Long Road Ahead

    U.S. law firms are on track to achieve gender parity in partner promotions by 2032, and gender parity within the partner ranks at a time far beyond that, a reality some say necessitates drastic change if firms hope to alter the current trajectory.

  • January 22, 2019

    Education Department GC Named Fla. Supreme Court Justice

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis filled the final vacant seat on the Florida Supreme Court Tuesday with the appointment of Carlos Genaro Muñiz, who is serving as general counsel at the U.S. Department of Education and will be the first Nicaraguan-American on the state’s highest court.

  • January 22, 2019

    Ex-Weil Partner Sues MetLife For Disability Benefits

    A former Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP bankruptcy partner has hit Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. with a lawsuit in New York federal court accusing the insurance carrier of wrongly denying him long-term disability benefits even though he suffers from a series of psychiatric problems.

  • January 22, 2019

    15 Minutes With Planet Fitness' General Counsel

    To Planet Fitness World Headquarters General Counsel Justin Vartanian, the biggest challenge for his industry is to motivate others to incorporate fitness into their lives. Here, he explains the benefits lawyers can gain from healthy lifestyles as the legal industry strives to reduce stigmas that surround mental health, and offers advice on how to stick to wellness-related resolutions amid demanding workloads.

  • January 18, 2019

    How Skadden's Foreign Agent Scandal Unfolded

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has agreed to pay a $4.6 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for failing to register as a foreign agent. Here, we look at how the firm got to this point.

  • January 18, 2019

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

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    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

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    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

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    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

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    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

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    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

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    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

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    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

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    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Tom Mesereau Talks MJ, Cosby, Unconventional Choices

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    Tom Mesereau may be recently recognizable as one of the attorneys who defended Bill Cosby, but his biggest claim to fame is successfully defending Michael Jackson in 2005. On the eve of what would have been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday, Randy Maniloff, of White and Williams LLP, spoke to Mesereau about his unconventional path to a remarkable career.