Business of Law

  • 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.

  • July 17, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Hare Wynn's Tempe Smith

    The recent increase in lawyer advertising has changed the landscape for plaintiffs firms. They simply cannot conduct business the way they did 50 years ago, says Tempe Smith of Hare Wynn Newell & Newton LLP.

  • July 14, 2017

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2017, our list of 156 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

  • July 15, 2017

    Law360’s Pro Say Podcast: Lateral Vetting & Monkey Selfie

    On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, the team discusses how tough it can be to vet new lateral hires, a contentious music trial involving Quincy Jones and the Michael Jackson estate, a federal regulation that could lead to more class action suits against banks, and some monkey business over a jungle selfie.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: When There Were No Witnesses

    Stéphane Bonifassi

    My client — a corporate counsel for a multinational U.S. company — appeared to be an ideal witness, and I was convinced that what he was going to say would tilt the case in his favor. I wanted him on that witness stand. But on the fateful day, the three-judge panel had other ideas, recalls Stéphane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • 6 Habits Of A Successful Tech Lawyer

    Caine Moss

    Many reputable tech lawyers are competent enough to handle the typical corporate work of a young startup, but when thorny issues inevitably arise, tech entrepreneurs deserve lawyers who can operate as true business partners, says Caine Moss of Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    'Talking Bull': Episode 21, How To Dodge A Bullet

    Roy Futterman

    In this 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 ...

  • Bail Reform Will Imperil California's Justice System

    Quentin Kopp

    Each year more than 300,000 defendants are released on bail in California. But new legislation seeks to take this constitutional right away from defendants and replace it with an expensive and onerous pretrial release system. Shifting from privately funded bail to taxpayer-funded pretrial release programs will undoubtedly strain California’s already underfunded court system, says retired San Mateo Superior Court Judge Quentin Kopp.