Business of Law

  • May 18, 2017

    Indiana County Judge Appointed To Bankruptcy Bench

    Indiana Superior Court Judge James R. Ahler has been appointed to replace retiring U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Philip J. Klingeberger in the district court for the Northern District of Indiana, the Seventh Circuit announced on Wednesday.

  • May 17, 2017

    How Can In-House Teams Get More Value? Partner With Firms

    The Association of Corporate Counsel highlighted the “deep and innovative partnerships” forged by Littler Mendelson LLP, Reed Smith LLP and others Wednesday as the organization recognized several firms and companies for initiatives designed to increase value and efficiency in corporate legal departments.

  • May 17, 2017

    Mouthing Off: 4 Times Bad Manners Put Lawyers In Hot Water

    Good courtroom etiquette can be tough to define, but it's clear that cursing at a federal judge won't win a lawyer any good-citizen awards. That behavior and more from a recently suspended Illinois attorney is only the latest example in a long and loud line of lawyers whose bad manners triggered disciplinary problems.

  • May 17, 2017

    House Votes To Add 4 Bankruptcy Judgeships

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to add four bankruptcy judges to the nation’s courts Wednesday, and convert several more temporary posts to permanent ones.

  • May 17, 2017

    Judiciary Presses Congress For More Funding

    The federal judiciary asked Congress on Wednesday for $7.2 billion in discretionary funding, a 3.9 percent increase, saying the judiciary needs to preserve existing court services, ramp up cybersecurity efforts, ensure courthouse security and provide for the availability of court-appointed attorneys.

  • May 17, 2017

    WilmerHale Atty, Ex-FBI Head Tapped To Lead Russia Probe

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday appointed WilmerHale partner Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to head up the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.

  • May 17, 2017

    Okla. Lawmakers Nix ‘American Rule’ In Apparent Oversight

    Litigants whose actions fail in Oklahoma could be on the hook to pay their opponents’ attorneys’ fees in all cases thanks to a dramatic and largely unintended revocation of the “American rule” stipulating that each party pay its own fees.

  • May 17, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Aldous Walker's Brent Walker

    You have to learn how to pick your battles. Don’t waste your time, money or emotional energy on conflict that does not matter to your client’s case, says Brent Walker of Aldous Walker LLP.

  • May 16, 2017

    Attys Can Ethically Sell Future Fees To Nonlawyers, Prof Says

    Allowing attorneys to sell their unmatured fees to nonlawyers would permit law firms and legal practitioners to more widely use a capital source that still complies with current ethical restrictions on nonlawyer investment in the industry, according to a law professor.

  • May 16, 2017

    Ex-Faruqi Partner Urges 2nd Circ. To Revive Commission Suit

    A former Faruqi & Faruqi LLP partner told the Second Circuit on Monday that a New York district court did not fairly evaluate her claims before tossing her lawsuit seeking a cut of $4 million the firm had earned from litigating a settlement for clients she’d brought in, even though she'd left by then.

  • May 16, 2017

    Senate Majority Whip Drops Out Of Running For FBI Head

    U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Tuesday said he has taken himself out of the running to serve as the next director of the FBI, one week after James Comey was ousted by President Donald Trump from the top spot at the agency.

  • May 15, 2017

    Charges Against BigLaw Atty Show Vetting Difficulties

    Alleged improper trading on client information got a former Foley & Lardner LLP partner fired last year, but the firm that hired him next didn't find out until he was charged — showing how hard it can be to unearth a lateral hire's problematic conduct.

  • May 15, 2017

    Proskauer Partner Says Bias Complaint Led To Firing Threat

    A partner and practice group head in Proskauer Rose LLP’s Washington, D.C., office launched a $50 million gender bias lawsuit in federal court Friday accusing the firm of paying her less than male colleagues and threatening to fire her when she came forward with her concerns.

  • May 15, 2017

    Calif. Bar Exam Whips Two-Thirds Of Test Takers

    Almost two-thirds of applicants failed to pass the California Bar Examination that was administered in February, according to a statement issued Friday by the bar.

  • May 15, 2017

    Del. Gov. Picks Public Defender For Supreme Court Seat

    Delaware Gov. John Carney on Monday picked Assistant Public Defender Gary F. Traynor, who practiced law at Prickett Jones & Elliott PA for 25 years, to fill the state Supreme Court seat left vacant after retired Justice Randy J. Holland stepped down earlier this year.

  • May 15, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Standly Hamilton's Chris Hamilton

    We’re living through an era — brought about by “tort reform” and other such misguided ideas — where we’re seeing an unprecedented assault on the Seventh Amendment guarantee of trial by jury, says Chris Hamilton of Standly Hamilton LLP.

  • May 12, 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.

  • May 12, 2017

    Trump Admin Chaos Shows How To Handle Corporate Crises

    The turmoil President Donald Trump’s administration has experienced while grappling with multiple investigations and constant media pressure has made many risk and compliance professionals cringe — and they say the administration offers valuable lessons in what not to do for corporations in crisis.

  • May 12, 2017

    Can You Tweet That? NY Bar Updates Social Media Guidance

    The New York State Bar Association updated its guidelines for what you should and shouldn’t do on social media on Thursday, touching on an array of common concerns such as attorney-client confidentiality, discovery and advertising, warning against the kind of online antics that can cause legal headaches.

  • May 12, 2017

    Simpson Thacher Fights Racial Bias In Miss. Pro Bono Case

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP attorneys have spent lots of time in the living rooms of several families in Madison County, Mississippi, in recent months, gathering all the information they needed to file a pro bono putative class action that alleges systemic racial bias by the community's law enforcement.

Expert Analysis

  • Don’t Underestimate The Value Of An Internal Audit

    Justin Gwin

    Most legal and business leaders know that internal culture — including tone, operating style, standard of behavior and shared values that guide employee decisions — can make or break a firm. An internal audit can assess a firm's culture and identify potential issues within the organization, says Justin Gwin of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.

  • How 401(k) Benefits Can Attract Millennial Legal Talent

    Nathan Fisher

    If today’s law firms are willing to rethink their perceptions of millennials, they may see greater success in attracting and retaining new talent by giving the younger generation the kind of retirement planning benefits they want and need, says Nathan Fisher of Fisher Investments.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 15, What’s Your Number?

    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 ...

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: When My Expert Had A Meltdown

    Esther Holm

    As I was going through one of the plaintiff’s claims — post-traumatic stress disorder — with my expert witness, the good doctor could not even recall the elements of the disorder! Then, suddenly, he pointed his finger at a young juror, remembers Esther Holm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.