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Business of Law

  • June 29, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: The Supreme Court's Dizzying Final Week

    The end of the U.S. Supreme Court's term this week was filled with fireworks. The high court upheld President Donald Trump's travel ban and dealt a significant blow to public-sector organized labor, and then Justice Anthony Kennedy capped it all off by announcing his retirement, sparking a dizzying debate over both his legacy and his replacement. We'll tackle it all on this week's podcast.

  • June 29, 2018

    Trump Says He Will Announce Supreme Court Nominee July 9

    President Donald Trump said Friday he will announce his nominee to take Justice Anthony Kennedy’s place on the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, and that he has narrowed down the pool of candidates to “around” five people, including two women.

  • June 29, 2018

    Baker McKenzie Taps ADM Vet For New Legal Operations Post

    Baker McKenzie has created a new director position aimed at streamlining its delivery of legal services, and it hired former Archer Daniels Midland Co. legal operations director David Cambria to fill the role, the firm said Friday.

  • June 29, 2018

    Sedgwick Owes Lease Termination Fee, Miami Landlord Says

    A Miami landlord has filed suit in Florida state court against Sedgwick LLP, one of three complaints filed in recent months alleging that the now-shuttered firm defaulted on its lease termination agreements when it closed up shop earlier this year.

  • June 29, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Among the U.S. Supreme Court's list of decisions this week, the justices ruled that unions can't require government workers to pay fees and upheld President Donald Trump's travel ban. Also this week, the president began his search to replace the retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who said he will step down from the bench on July 31. These are some of the stories you may have missed in the past seven days.

  • June 29, 2018

    Latham Elects London Partner Chair After Voge's Sudden Exit

    Latham & Watkins LLP said Friday it will be led by London partner Richard Trobman effective immediately, following a months-long succession process kicked off by the sudden resignation of previous chair and managing partner Bill Voge.

  • June 28, 2018

    Sedgwick Faces New, $23M Landlord Suit Over NY Lease

    The owner of the building that housed Sedgwick LLP’s New York financial district office said the now-defunct law firm missed a payment related to the early termination of its lease and, as a result of the breach of contract, owes $23 million, according to a suit filed in state court just days after the landlords of its Chicago office made similar claims.

  • June 28, 2018

    V&E Attys Hurt In Boat Crash, Partner Pilot Faces Questions

    A Vinson & Elkins LLP partner was hit with an arrest warrant earlier this month over his alleged role piloting a boat that crashed in Travis County, Texas, injuring three of his fellow partners, according to documents filed in state court, though the warrant has reportedly since been rescinded.

  • June 28, 2018

    Why The Defense Bar Celebrates Kennedy

    Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy spent his three decades on the high court making a name for himself as a champion of individual freedoms, but he also authored the majority opinion in Ashcroft v. Iqbal that changed corporate litigation so much, it is cited in nearly every dismissal bid and has become the bane of the plaintiffs bar.

  • June 28, 2018

    Roberts Becomes True Power As 'Kennedy Court' Ends

    The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy means that Chief Justice John Roberts is now the U.S. Supreme Court's most important member not just in title but also in reality, empowering him to advance a muscular conservative agenda and perhaps broker deals with outgunned liberals.

  • June 28, 2018

    Paul Hastings, Cadwalader Move On Associate Pay Raises

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, Paul Hastings LLP and Thompson & Knight LLP were among the firms that said they would be joining the trend of hiking salaries and offering mid-year bonuses for associates, according to internal memos made public on Thursday.

  • June 28, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Williams & Connolly LLP partner Kannon Shanmugam landed on the legal lions list after the U.S. Supreme Court granted review on three of his cases during the past week, while attorneys at Haynes and Boone and Skadden ended up legal lambs after a judge slashed client ZeniMax’s $500 million intellectual property verdict in half.

  • June 28, 2018

    Senate Panel Punts On 3rd, 11th Circ. Picks Over Tariffs

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced several district court picks on Thursday, even as Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has continued to stonewall advancing nominees for the Third and Eleventh circuits until the chamber votes on a tariff measure.

  • June 28, 2018

    Delay On Kennedy Replacement 'Ain't Going To Happen': GOP

    High-ranking Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee stood firm Thursday on keeping Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's promise to vote this fall on a replacement for retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, with one saying Democrats' calls to wait until after the November midterms "ain't going to happen."

  • June 28, 2018

    Foley Hoag Extends 18-Week Leave Policy To All Parents

    Foley Hoag LLP has announced that it is implementing a new parental leave policy that offers up to 18 weeks off in the 12 months after the birth or adoption of a child for all parents, regardless of whether they are the primary caregiver or not.

  • June 28, 2018

    BigLaw Jumps Into Immigration Fray

    In response to the administration's zero-tolerance and family separation policies, BigLaw firms across the country are partnering with each other and a constellation of nonprofits to provide pro bono legal aid to parents and children seeking to be reunited and be granted asylum.

  • June 27, 2018

    From Iqbal To Citizens United: Kennedy's Biggest Decisions

    In his three decades on the high court, Justice Anthony Kennedy authored opinions that changed the rules for federal civil litigation, opened the floodgates for corporations and unions to fund campaign advertisements, and reshaped the legal landscape for women and same-sex couples.

  • June 27, 2018

    Life After Kennedy: 1 Big Question, 6 Judges To Watch

    President Donald Trump made it clear Wednesday that the world already knows the name of the person he is going to nominate to replace retiring Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. The question is, which name will it be?

  • June 27, 2018

    'Goodbye, Tony!' Justices Bid Farewell To Kennedy

    As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy prepares to step down after three decades on the bench, his colleagues stepped forward to share stories about the man they know as “Tony,” describing a thoughtful coworker who built enduring friendships and made a lasting mark on the legal landscape.

  • June 27, 2018

    When Partisan Passion Raged, Kennedy Was The Vote To Get

    Throughout his three-decade run on the U.S. Supreme Court, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy leveraged his precious swing vote to forge robust legacies in free speech, LGBT rights and capital punishment, clerks and court watchers told Law360 after the justice announced his retirement Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.