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Business of Law

  • April 19, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Paul Hastings LLP and Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP top the legal lions this week after the Federal Circuit granted client Sunovion Pharmaceuticals a win in a patent dispute, while the lambs list was headed by Michael Cohen, a longtime personal attorney of President Donald Trump's who is now under criminal investigation.

  • April 19, 2018

    Male Equity Partners Earn Almost 30% More Than Women

    Male equity partners on average are paid almost 30 percent more than their female counterparts, research firm Acritas said Thursday after questioning more than 800 attorneys for its latest global survey.

  • April 18, 2018

    Judge's Killer Must Die, 11th Circuit Rules

    The Eleventh Circuit Wednesday agreed with a lower court’s decision to uphold the execution, scheduled for Thursday, of pipe bomber Walter Leroy Moody Jr., who killed an Eleventh Circuit judge in 1989, while disagreeing with the lower court’s reasoning.

  • April 18, 2018

    Cohen, Feds Name Special Master Picks To Audit Seized Docs

    President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen and federal prosecutors both submitted candidates for a possible "special master" to review materials the FBI seized from Cohen, with the government suggesting three retired magistrate judges and Cohen naming four former federal prosecutors, including a former top SEC enforcer.

  • April 18, 2018

    EXCLUSIVE: Riley Safer Elects First Black Female MP

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP has elected its first African-American female managing partner, potentially marking a racial barrier-breaking first for the industry, Law360 has learned exclusively.

  • April 18, 2018

    El Paso Appellate Backlog Prompts Case Transfers

    The Texas Supreme Court took a first-of-its-kind step last week, transferring more than 80 fully briefed cases away from the Eighth Court of Appeals in El Paso — some that have been pending for more than two years — as the court works to clear a backlog.

  • April 18, 2018

    Let Judge See Mediator’s Notes, Proskauer Atty Tells 2nd Circ.

    An attorney at Proskauer Rose LLP who anonymously accused the firm of gender discrimination told the Second Circuit on Wednesday a lower judge was wrong to reject her request for a mediator's notes that she believes prove her claim the firm threatened to fire her, saying the judge should determine if they're relevant.

  • April 18, 2018

    Client Push Gets More Firms Into The Labor Lobbying Game

    Many employers now demand the opportunity to shape laws and regulations as they’re being written rather than simply scrambling to comply after the fact, a desire that has led to an explosion of competition among large law firms to set up and grow labor and employment lobbying shops.

  • April 17, 2018

    Denton Partner Charged In Fatal Hit-And-Run In Canada

    A Dentons partner in Edmonton, Alberta, charged with impaired driving and being involved in a hit-and-run collision that killed a teenage pedestrian, has been suspended, the global law firm said Tuesday.

  • April 17, 2018

    Ex-Liddle Partner Hammers Firm In $32M Equal Pay Suit

    A former Liddle & Robinson LLP partner has sued the employment firm in New York state court alleging she was paid less than her male peers for equal work based on her gender, issuing a summons Monday that requested $32.3 million in damages.

  • April 17, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Blasts Murder Charges At Trial's Close

    Counsel for a former Fisher & Phillips LLP partner who fatally shot his wife told an Atlanta jury during closing arguments that prosecutors were trying to support murder charges with “speculation and red herrings,” while the prosecution fired back with a theatrical argument that the attorney consistently lied about the facts.

  • April 17, 2018

    Ex-Judge Calls On Men To Help Close Litigation Gender Gap

    Retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin told an audience at a Reed Smith LLP symposium on gender diversity in the courtroom on Tuesday that she hoped to see more senior male attorneys acting as allies to help younger, female lawyers more regularly take on prominent roles in litigation.

  • April 17, 2018

    Attys Must Admit Some Errors To Current Clients, ABA Says

    Lawyers have an ethical duty to tell current clients if they discover they have made a potentially significant mistake in the course of the representation, but the obligation does not extend to former clients, the American Bar Association said on Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2018

    Why BigLaw’s Partnerships Are Shrinking

    BigLaw’s brass ring has grown more elusive in recent years, Law360 data shows, and experts say a number of potentially market-changing forces may be at work.

  • April 16, 2018

    Dropping Ranks: Andrews Kurth’s Pre-Merger Dip

    Andrews Kurth Kenyon saw a more than 12 percent drop in headcount in the year before its February merger with Hunton & Williams — a story experts expect to become familiar for regional firms in Texas.

  • April 16, 2018

    Dropping Ranks: Lathrop’s Rough Patch

    Lathrop Gage lost more than 15 percent of its attorneys in 2017. Can a new managing partner help bolster its headcount?

  • April 16, 2018

    Dropping Ranks: Stroock’s ‘Shrink To Grow’ Strategy

    De-equitized partners. Contracting offices. Declining headcount. The leaders of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan say it’s all part of the plan — a plan that’s already paying dividends.

  • April 16, 2018

    SEC Reaches Deal With Exec Convicted In Dewey Fraud

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders, who was convicted of fraud, reached an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that bars him from serving as a public company official and allows for a future disgorgement order or fine, according to a Monday court filing.

  • April 16, 2018

    Cohen, Trump Can't Get Block Of Fed. Review Of Seized Docs

    A New York federal judge on Monday refused calls from President Donald Trump and his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for an order blocking federal prosecutors from looking through a trove of materials seized in raids on Cohen’s office and home.

  • April 16, 2018

    Gorsuch Taps 1st Ever Native American Supreme Court Clerk

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has chosen a member of the Chickasaw tribe in Oklahoma to clerk for him this coming year, marking the first time a Native American tribal member has served as a clerk on the nation's highest court, it was announced on Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Legal Technology In 2017: Trends And Implications

    Nicole Moriniere

    This has been a year of critical mass for legal tech and a transformative year for the legal industry as a whole. We also witnessed increased collaboration between legal tech companies and more traditional players, says Nicole Moriniere of Lexoo.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Opinion

    Senators Must Work Harder To Properly Judge Our Judges

    Todd Cox

    On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed L. Steven Grasz to a seat on the Eighth Circuit despite being rated unanimously "not qualified” by the American Bar Association — a rating that has been awarded just twice before. This sounds damning, and it is, but it’s worse when you understand how the ABA conducts its assessments, says Todd Cox, director of policy at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Litigation Funding In Canada: More Of A Group Effort

    Lincoln Caylor

    Litigation funding in Canada has dramatically shifted since its original introduction, notably with the expansion to commercial cases and the development of portfolio financing. This has provided access to justice for clients who may not have been approved for single-case financing, and also helps law firms and lawyers differentiate themselves from competitors, says Lincoln Caylor of Bennett Jones LLP.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: No Room For Nervousness

    Jonathan Herstoff

    Although Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services was not the first time I had worked on a certiorari petition, it was the first time I had personally taken on a case in which my initial involvement was at the U.S. Supreme Court level, says Jonathan Herstoff of Haug Partners.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.