Business of Law

  • November 3, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    House Republicans introduced tax legislation, a Senate panel unanimously approved President Donald Trump's nominations for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Uber hired a new chief legal officer. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • November 2, 2017

    Defense Attys In Mueller Cases Run The White Collar Gamut

    The lawyers representing defendants in the first cases brought by special counsel Robert Mueller range from an “aggressive” former government tax prosecutor known for “watershed” offshore tax cases to local operators in Chicago and New York.

  • November 2, 2017

    Ex-Akin Gump Atty To Plead Guilty In FCA Suit-Selling Case

    The former litigation partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP who was arrested while allegedly trying to sell a sealed False Claims Act complaint to the cybersecurity company it was filed against plans to plead guilty later this month, his attorney confirmed Thursday.

  • November 2, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    WilmerHale, Foley Hoag and two nonprofit groups topped this week's legal lions list, winning a court order blocking President Donald Trump's transgender military ban, while Williams & Connolly landed on the legal lambs list after a loss at the Federal Circuit, with the court ruling Bayer's patent on erectile dysfunction drug Staxyn is invalid as obvious.

  • November 2, 2017

    Trump's Pick For 3rd Circ. Clears Full Senate

    President Donald Trump's choice of University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Stephanos Bibas to fill a vacancy on the Third Circuit won Senate approval Thursday, the fourth circuit court nominee confirmed this week.

  • November 2, 2017

    DLA Piper Global Co-Chair Leaves For Latham's Madrid Office

    A senior partner and global co-chair for DLA Piper will leave to join the Madrid office of Latham & Watkins LLP as its new managing partner, Latham announced Thursday.

  • November 2, 2017

    Senate Approves Gorsuch Successor For 10th Circ.

    The Senate approved Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid’s nomination on Thursday to a Tenth Circuit seat vacated by Justice Neil Gorsuch, as GOP leaders push to fill more than 100 vacancies on the federal courts.

  • November 2, 2017

    Barnes & Thornburg Partner Tapped For Indiana Judgeship

    President Donald Trump tapped a combat veteran and Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner for a federal judgeship in Indiana to fill one of 64 judicial emergency vacancies across the country, the White House announced in a press release on Wednesday.

  • November 2, 2017

    Everyone’s An Expert: How Modern Juries Complicate A Case

    For trial lawyers taking a complex case to a jury, finding the right highly credentialed expert can seem like the ticket to a winning verdict, but these days jurors often want to make up their own minds — and will throw your case away to do it.

  • November 1, 2017

    Ex-MoFo Chair To Join Major Lindsey As SF Managing Director

    Former Morrison & Foerster LLP chair Keith Wetmore, who oversaw the firm’s expansion into Asia and key financial and technology sectors during his tenure, is leaving to become managing director of legal search firm Major Lindsey & Africa LLC’s San Francisco office, the recruiter announced Wednesday.

  • November 1, 2017

    Senate Approves Trump's 6th Circ. Nominee

    The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's pick for a vacancy on the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday, sending Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen to the federal bench as part of a series of appellate nominee votes this week.

  • November 1, 2017

    GOP Sens. Deride 'Not Qualified' Rating For 8th Circ. Pick

    Republican senators at a confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick for an Eighth Circuit vacancy on Wednesday denigrated an American Bar Association report that labeled the nominee "not qualified," with one lawmaker calling it a "political character assassination" for his social views.

  • November 1, 2017

    Foley & Lardner Mulls Merger With Texas' Gardere

    Foley & Lardner LLP and Dallas-based Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP are in merger talks, the firms confirmed on Wednesday, a tie-up that would create a law firm with a combined revenue of more than $820 million.

  • October 31, 2017

    Trump's Social Security IG Pick Reveals $2M From WilmerHale

    President Donald Trump’s pick for inspector general of the Social Security Administration earned just over $2 million since the start of 2016 as a securities and regulatory affairs partner at WilmerHale, according to a financial disclosure form obtained Tuesday.

  • October 31, 2017

    Va. Poised To Deem Atty-Matching Sites Like Avvo Unethical

    Attorney-client matching services such as Avvo Legal Services do not comply with Virginia's attorney ethics rules, the Virginia State Bar's Standing Committee on Legal Ethics has determined.

  • October 31, 2017

    Ex-Crowell & Moring Chair Makes Move To Bracewell In DC

    The former chair of Crowell & Moring LLP is joining Bracewell LLP’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the firm’s burgeoning government contracts practice, Bracewell announced Tuesday.

  • October 31, 2017

    Senate OKs Trump Pick For Seventh Circuit Seat

    The Senate approved President Donald Trump’s pick to fill a vacancy on the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday, following partisan furor over questions concerning the soon-to-be judge’s Catholic faith.

  • October 31, 2017

    How Young Native American Attys Can Find The Right Firm

    Native American attorneys looking to launch a career in federal Indian law and tribal law should seek out firms that offer them a chance to get a broad range of experience and know how to cultivate young talent, say lawyers who've been in their shoes. Here, seasoned Native American attorneys lay out the most important factors in choosing the best place to start their professional journey.

  • October 31, 2017

    Atty Speech Debate Roils Ontario Regulator's Diversity Rule

    A new requirement for Ontario lawyers to adopt a so-called “statement of principles” on their duty to promote equality and diversity has sparked a call for resistance from some attorneys and heated accusations that regulators want to use a threat of professional discipline or disbarment to police lawyers’ beliefs.

  • October 31, 2017

    The Top In-House Hires Of October

    October's notable legal department hires include a new chief legal officer at Uber, a former assistant U.S. attorney as the Major League Baseball Players Association's assistant general counsel and a top lawyer at KPMG.

Expert Analysis

  • Cybersecurity Risks In The Courtroom

    Daniel Garrie

    As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.