Business of Law

  • May 25, 2017

    First Trump Nominee For Circuit Court Clears Senate

    The Senate has approved President Donald Trump's first nominee for an appellate court, confirming District Judge Amul Thapar to a post on the Sixth Circuit on Thursday.

  • May 24, 2017

    Trump's Russia Probe Atty Faces Beltway Learning Curve

    In reportedly choosing confidant Marc Kasowitz to defend him in the Russia collusion probe, President Donald Trump is casting his lot with a hard-charging New York litigator from outside the cadre of D.C. white-collar fixers, one who must learn to navigate new political minefields while trying to avoid the kind of courtroom battles where he made his name.

  • May 24, 2017

    How 7 Medium-Sized Law Firms Defied Mediocrity In 2016

    While the average medium-sized law firm in 2016 saw only a minuscule 1.2 percent increase in gross revenue, a select few law firms stood out from the crowd.

  • May 24, 2017

    Mayer Brown Partner Confirmed As State Deputy Secretary

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will soon have his top deputy, after a Senate vote Wednesday confirmed Bush administration veteran and Mayer Brown LLP partner John Sullivan to the post.

  • May 24, 2017

    Saul Ewing In Merger Talks To Create 400-Attorney Firm

    Saul Ewing LLP and Arnstein & Lehr LLP are in merger talks, the firms confirmed Wednesday, discussing a tie-up that would create a more than 400-attorney law firm with offices in nine states and the District of Columbia.

  • May 24, 2017

    High Court Told To Look To States On Term Limits, Broadcasts

    A U.S. Supreme Court advocacy group believes the body should follow policies adopted at the state level to allow broadcast access and limit the tenure of justices, saying Wednesday these changes would promote transparency and accountability at the nation’s highest court.

  • May 24, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Ratzan Law Group's Stuart Ratzan

    Some people think it's a good thing that jury trials are less common today, but I think it's another example of a society where the common man is removed from the democratic process, says Stuart Ratzan, shareholder with Ratzan Law Group.

  • May 23, 2017

    Trump Hires Kasowitz As Counsel In Russia Probe: Reports

    President Donald Trump has tapped his longtime attorney Marc Kasowtiz, a founder and managing partner of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, to represent him during an investigation into purported Russian government interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to multiple news reports Tuesday.

  • May 23, 2017

    US Corporate Legal Spending Far Outpaces Rest Of World

    Companies in the U.S. spend nearly triple the amount on legal services for every dollar of revenue than counterparts around the globe, but overall spending varies greatly depending on the size and industry of the business, according to a new analysis released Tuesday.

  • May 23, 2017

    Mediator In Proskauer Bias Case Slams Bid To Preserve Notes

    A firm mediating a sex bias dispute between Proskauer Rose LLP and a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office told a federal court on Tuesday that the partner should not have requested a preservation order for session notes, which she alleges contain evidence of retaliation, as the firm had already said it would not destroy them.

  • May 23, 2017

    White & Case Atty, MoFo Alums Tapped For Calif. Judgeships

    California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed 23 new judges, including partners from White & Case LLP and Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson PLC as well as two ex-Morrison & Foerster LLP litigators, one of whom recently started his own firm, according to a statement Monday.

  • May 23, 2017

    BigLaw Urges Congress To Keep Funding Legal Aid Org.

    Heads of more than 165 BigLaw firms — including Dentons, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP — urged Congress on Monday to appropriate $450 million to the Legal Services Corp. for fiscal year 2018, even as the Trump administration has said it plans to shutter the organization.

  • May 23, 2017

    Why Insurance Law Firms Are Banding Together

    Law firms serving the insurance industry have created two separate global associations so far in 2017, and the sector also saw a major cross-border law firm merger as insurance lawyers scramble to win profitable work amid a rapidly consolidating client-base.

  • May 22, 2017

    Patent Venue Ruling Will Force Texas Firms To Branch Out

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday placing new restrictions on where patent suits can be filed will force Texas-based intellectual property practices to compete for business beyond the longtime litigation hub of the Eastern District of Texas, but it isn't a death knell for Texas patent cases, lawyers say.

  • May 22, 2017

    Delaware Primed For IP Case Bump Despite Bench Vacancies

    The Delaware District Court may have two of its four full-time seats vacant, but there is high confidence throughout the First State's bar that the system is ready to handle an expected influx of patent litigation from the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday in the TC Heartland case.

  • May 22, 2017

    Fee Deal Need Not Explain Joint Financial Duty: Ill. Justices

    A fee-sharing deal between a Chicago personal injury firm and another lawyer is enforceable despite a failure to expressly state that both sides had a financial responsibility for the workers' compensation cases, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled.

  • May 22, 2017

    Justices Won't Hear $3M Jenner & Block Fee Appeal

    Following a similar move by the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a dispute between Jenner & Block LLP and Parallel Networks, which alleged the law firm had wrongly been allowed to drop its representation of the patent holding company and still receive $3 million in fees, in violation of public policy.

  • May 22, 2017

    Cravath Can’t Dodge Shell Docs Subpoena, 2nd Circ. Told

    A Nigerian environmental and human rights advocate has urged the Second Circuit to uphold an order requiring Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP to turn over documents related to her planned litigation against Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands, saying the request is narrow and covers information already disclosed in a prior case. 

  • May 22, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: McKool Smith's Ashley Moore

    I’ve seen seasoned lawyers in the courtroom who failed to listen effectively, which alienates the jury, destroys what could have been a devastating cross-examination, and sometimes frustrates judges who simply want their question answered, says Ashley Moore, principal at McKool Smith PC.

  • May 19, 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • Opinion

    Neil Gorsuch — Judging Like It's 1868

    Priscilla Smith

    The main argument from the moderate left for confirming Gorsuch is that he isn’t the worst guy Trump could have nominated, and that he seems to view presidential power skeptically. But the Senate Judiciary Committee must establish whether this willingness to check executive power stems from a broader hostility to the assertion of federal judicial power over states, says Professor Priscilla Smith of Yale Law School.

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: Hitting A Curveball

    Nicholas E. Chimicles

    As a trial lawyer, you make instantaneous decisions in courtrooms all the time, but that day was different. I had to balance my advocate’s concern for the class of investors I represented against the empathy I felt for a fellow human being’s tragic loss, says Nicholas Chimicles of Chimicles & Tikellis LLP.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 16, Free Fall

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • Data Analytics Now Cost-Effective For Smaller Firms

    Chris Paskach

    A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.