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Business of Law

  • September 20, 2018

    Having Proved Their Worth, Legal Ops Pros Face New Hurdles

    While the responsibilities for legal operations professionals haven’t significantly changed in the past decade, the challenges they face have substantially shifted because of the entity’s increasing popularity, according to a survey published Thursday.

  • September 20, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    IP law firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP climbed to the top of this week’s legal lions list after the Federal Circuit reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board loss for client DuPont, while a lawyer for the NRA ended up on the lambs list after he was booted from a case for failing to disclose a sanction against him in another state.

  • September 20, 2018

    Kavanaugh Accuser Negotiating Testimony Before Senate

    Amid the furor sparked by sexual misconduct allegations against D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his accuser entered into negotiations Thursday over appearing before the Senate for a hearing that could determine whether the judge makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • September 20, 2018

    Court Master, Corporate Atty Picked For New Chancery Seats

    Delaware Gov. John Carney announced his nomination of two candidates for the expanded bench of the Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday, choosing Chancery Master Morgan T. Zurn and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP litigator Kathaleen S. McCormick to fill the newly created seats.

  • September 20, 2018

    Fox Rothschild Adds 130 Attys In Merger With Southern Firm

    Fox Rothschild LLP will merge in November with southeastern firm Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, creating a combined firm of more than 900 lawyers in 27 locations in the U.S., the firms announced on Thursday.

  • September 20, 2018

    What In-House Counsel Can Do To Fight Cyberthreats

    In-house counsel can play a pivotal role in helping their businesses prepare for possible data breaches, as companies of all sizes across industries seek to maintain security amid unprecedented challenges from cyberattacks. Here, Law360 looks at four ways in-house lawyers can leverage their knowledge and responsibilities to ready their companies against online threats.

  • September 19, 2018

    Kavanaugh Assault Hearing Could Devolve Into Chaos

    The Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on the sexual misconduct allegations against D.C. Circuit Judge and U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will have the trappings of a trial but lack a court proceeding's rules.

  • September 19, 2018

    Gorsuch Was The Least Responsive Nominee In Decades

    New research has concluded that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was less responsive to questions during his confirmation hearings than any justice since 1968 and departed significantly from the so-called Ginsburg Rule, with the study's authors saying Judge Brett Kavanaugh is likely in the same vein.

  • September 19, 2018

    Coinbase Hires Ex-O'Melveny Partner As Chief Legal Officer

    The cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase said Wednesday it has hired a former O'Melveny & Myers LLP managing partner who had been general counsel for Fannie Mae as its chief legal adviser.

  • September 19, 2018

    Ex-Mitsubishi Atty Claims Sex Bias Led To Her Ouster

    A Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. unit illegally refused to promote one of its top attorneys to general counsel because of her gender and fired her under false pretenses after she complained about the conglomerate’s discriminatory treatment of women, according to a suit in New York federal court.

  • September 19, 2018

    4 Shot, Gunman Killed At Pa. Magistrate Judge's Office

    A man shot and wounded four people at the Fayette County, Pennsylvania, office of a magisterial district judge on Wednesday before police shot and killed him, police and emergency officials said.

  • September 19, 2018

    Simpson Thacher And Recruiting Firm Settle Payment Row

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a legal recruiter on Tuesday confidentially settled a nearly $1 million dispute in Manhattan federal court over the firm's alleged nonpayment for the placement of a bankruptcy partner, closing the book on a sticky discovery dispute regarding internal firm communications.

  • September 19, 2018

    ABA To Lawyers: Don't Forget Ethics During A Hurricane

    The American Bar Association issued an opinion Wednesday reminding lawyers of their obligations to clients following large-scale natural disasters, a move prompted by Hurricane Florence unleashing havoc on the Carolinas.

  • September 19, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: Littler's Tom Bender And Jeremy Roth

    Thomas Bender and Jeremy Roth serve as co-presidents and co-managing partners of Littler Mendelson PC. The two leaders recently sat down with Law360 for a discussion covering major topics impacting the legal industry today, including diversity, evolving client demands and the merits of a law firm merger.

  • September 19, 2018

    Labaton, ERISA Attys Reach Tentative Deal In $75M Fee Fight

    The special master appointed to investigate a $75 million attorneys' fee awarded in a $300 million settlement with State Street Corp. has reached a tentative agreement with the lead class counsel, Labaton Sucharow LLP, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawyers involved in the case, according to a filing late Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • September 18, 2018

    Hearing Over Kavanaugh Assault Claims Could Face Delays

    Just one day after Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced a hearing on the sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, plans for the event appear to be in disarray after Democrats and the judge’s accuser called for a delay.

  • September 18, 2018

    White House May Swap McGahn For Mueller Point Man

    President Donald Trump’s potential pick for his next White House counsel has been heading up the White House response to the Mueller probe for months, signaling the office could play a larger part in probes into the Trump administration than it did under Don McGahn, who recused himself.

  • September 18, 2018

    This Under-Addressed Issue Is Hurting Lawyers, Profs Say

    The legal industry has largely overlooked a major factor impacting the well-being of attorneys, according to a new academic paper — science that links various forms of childhood trauma with mental and physical health problems later in life.

  • September 18, 2018

    Nestlé Atty Enters The Ring As WWE's General Counsel

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. on Tuesday appointed a lawyer who has worked for Nestlé Waters North America and PepsiCo as the media company's new general counsel, according to a press release.

  • September 18, 2018

    Ex-Skadden Partner Denies Role In Manafort Ukraine Lobbying

    Lawyers for former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner Gregory Craig denied Tuesday that he put a controversial report involved in the Paul Manafort prosecution in the hands of U.S. officials.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.