Business of Law

  • January 5, 2018

    Up Next At High Court: State Squabbles And Police Searches

    The U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes Monday for its fourth oral argument session this term, kicking off 2018 with state-against-state cases from its "original jurisdiction" docket and a pair of Fourth Amendment questions that have befuddled lower courts. Here’s what’s to expect.

  • January 5, 2018

    King & Spalding Moves To Sink Ex-Associate's Suit

    King & Spalding LLP on Thursday asked a Manhattan federal judge to grant summary judgment in a dispute with a former attorney who has accused the firm of wrongful termination after he raised ethics concerns about two partners.

  • January 5, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Experts shared advice on ways GCs can help law firms become more diverse in 2018, as well as reasons to hire out your legal ops and ways to stave off workplace harassment this year. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this week.

  • January 5, 2018

    Legal Industry Ends 2017 On Upswing With 600 Jobs Added

    The U.S. legal services sector finished 2017 with the addition of 600 new jobs, as the industry heads into the new year with approximately 2,000 more jobs than it had at this point in 2016, a report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed.

  • January 4, 2018

    New US Atty Temps Meet Colleagues' Praise, Senate Side-Eye

    Nearly a year after President Donald Trump's inauguration, the administration has tapped four private-sector lawyers for high profile U.S. attorney jobs in New York, New Jersey and California on an interim basis, ending months of jockeying and speculation and setting the stage for their formal nominations.

  • January 4, 2018

    Lobbyist Says Firm Fired Her For Anti-Harassment Campaign

    A former California lobbyist sued Wilke Fleury Hoffelt Gould & Birney LLP in Sacramento on Tuesday, alleging that the firm fired her for signing an open letter aimed at raising awareness of sexual harassment in the wake of the high-profile allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

  • January 4, 2018

    7th Circ. Forms Committee To Examine Sexual Harassment

    In the wake of Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski’s retirement following allegations of inappropriate behavior, the Seventh Circuit’s chief judge created a committee to look at how complaints of harassment brought by people employed in the circuit’s courts are handled.

  • January 4, 2018

    Sessions' Pivot On Pot Could Put Chill On Cannabis Law

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday reversed an Obama-era policy that provided some cover for state-legal marijuana companies acting in compliance with local and state laws, creating a potential chilling effect for cannabis lawyers serving clients in this legal gray area.

  • January 4, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP and Eimer Stahl LLP rose to the top of this week’s legal lions list with a victory at the Third Circuit freeing their client, a subsidiary of Venezuela's national oil company, from litigation over a $1.4 billion arbitration award, while McDermott Will & Emery LLP and its co-counsel landed on the lambs list after failing to prevent a Manhattan federal jury from convicting a Turkish banker charged with helping Iran evade billions of dollars in U.S. sanctions.

  • January 4, 2018

    Lake Whillans Closes $125M Litigation Funding Round

    Litigation finance firm Lake Whillans closed a $125 million round of funding at the end of the year, the firm said Thursday, marking the first time the firm has looked outward since its inception in 2013.

  • January 4, 2018

    7-Atty Sedgwick Team Makes Move To Steptoe & Johnson

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP announced on Thursday that the firm has added a group of seven attorneys in San Francisco and Chicago to its commercial litigation practice from the soon-to-be-dissolved Sedgwick LLP.

  • January 3, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Partner Named Interim SDNY US Attorney

    The Trump administration on Wednesday named a Greenberg Traurig shareholder as interim U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, while other BigLaw partners were tapped for similar positions in New Jersey and Los Angeles.

  • January 3, 2018

    A Look At The Sanction Dogging A Trump Judicial Nominee

    President Donald Trump’s pick for a Tennessee court seat was the subject of rare Rule 11 sanctions while he was an attorney in private practice, penalized for bringing a case in 1997 a Maryland federal judge described as “unfounded in law or fact” and designed to "harass and punish" a woman who won a sexual harassment judgment against her employer — a disclosure that one Democratic senator said could influence his vote.

  • January 3, 2018

    Shook Hardy Brings On Ex-Sedgwick Chair

    Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP announced Wednesday that former Sedgwick LLP chairman Michael Healy has joined the firm, along with two other attorneys, in its San Francisco office, bolstering the firm’s product liability litigation, business litigation and class action teams.

  • January 3, 2018

    Alissa Starzak Talks Net Neutrality, US Army, Leap To Startup

    Cloudflare Inc.'s Alissa Starzak discusses her former role as general counsel for the U.S. Army and the lengthy confirmation process leading up to it, as well as her present work in the private sector and views of net neutrality.

  • January 3, 2018

    Law Firms Merged At Record Rate In 2017

    A record-breaking year for U.S. law firm mergers ended on a high note with 102 total tie-ups in 2017 after a lackluster 2016, beating the previous record of 91 deals, according to a report released on Wednesday by legal consultant Altman Weil Inc.

  • January 3, 2018

    Trump's Judge-Vetting Under Scrutiny After Failed Nominees

    The recent immolation of three of President Donald Trump’s nominees for district judgeships, including one who was unable to define basic trial terms in a Senate confirmation hearing, has fanned debate about whether the White House is cutting corners in its judicial vetting process and rewarding ideology over quality.

  • January 2, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of December

    December's notable legal department hires included new GC appointments at the Kraft Heinz Co., Tyson Foods and TSB Bank.

  • January 2, 2018

    Simpson Thacher Accused Of Owing $937K To Recruiting Firm

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has been sued for $937,500 in New York federal court by a legal recruiter that claims it's owed a search fee for introducing the firm to a lateral partner candidate who joined its bankruptcy practice last fall.

  • January 2, 2018

    Fed. Filings Hit Record Low Last Year, Justice Roberts Says

    The number of cases filed in federal courts declined at all levels last year, with seven-year lows at the U.S. Supreme Court, intermediate appellate courts, federal district courts and U.S. bankruptcy courts, according to a report from Chief Justice John Roberts released Sunday.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: 1 Final Sentence

    Melissa Arbus Sherry

    The exhilaration (and relief) I felt when returning to my seat after my first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court is an experience that I now try to replicate whenever possible. It makes the weeks of agonizing preparation worthwhile. And it reminds me why I love what I do, says Melissa Arbus Sherry of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Be A Sponge

    Patrick Mendes

    As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.