Business of Law

  • September 14, 2017

    BigLaw Expats Form ‘Next Generation’ Law Firm

    A group of BigLaw expats and legal technology gurus have joined up to form a new law firm that serves startups, Atrium LLP, which offers clients technology-driven legal services for a fixed fee.

  • September 13, 2017

    Steptoe’s Atty Gets Scolding, Stay In Lawyer Pay Bias Row

    A California federal judge on Wednesday granted Steptoe & Johnson LLP a discovery stay in an ex-associate’s proposed class action claiming that the firm’s female attorneys make less than men, but not before scolding Steptoe’s attorney over allegations that the firm “stonewalled” on a required meeting with the opposition.

  • September 13, 2017

    Posner’s Opinions Tell A Tale Of Feline Love

    Former Judge Richard Posner is not only a lion of American law; he is also the cat whisperer of the nation’s jurisprudence. Here are 10 times his cat quips have landed on all fours.

  • September 13, 2017

    MoFo Boosts Maternity, Paternity Leave Packages In London

    The London office of Morrison & Foerster has expanded its maternity leave policy to include 26 weeks of full pay, with statutory maternity pay for the 13 weeks following the initial period of full pay, the firm said Tuesday.

  • September 13, 2017

    4 Attorney-Client Privilege Decisions You Need To Know

    The ever-expanding case law on attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine is tough to keep up with. But recently courts in the U.S. and the U.K. have issued must-read opinions delving into tricky areas like privilege for internal corporate investigations conducted by outside counsel and the crime-fraud exception in a grand jury proceeding. Here are four recent privilege decisions worth knowing.

  • September 13, 2017

    Global 20: Dentons

    Dentons continues to shine on the global stage as the firm’s expansion into areas including the Netherlands and Latin America over the past year cements its status as the world’s largest law firm, helping earn it a spot on Law360’s Global 20.

  • September 12, 2017

    Davis Polk Atty Headed To State Dept. Discloses $4.2M Income

    A Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP partner President Donald Trump nominated earlier this month to serve as legal adviser at the State Department took home a nearly $1.5 million partnership share and $2.7 million salary from the firm since January 2016, according to a financial disclosure report obtained by Law360 on Tuesday.

  • September 12, 2017

    Global 20: Baker McKenzie

    Whether guiding U.K.-based Unilever’s acquisition of popular Latin American toiletry brands or steering other complex cross-border transactions, Baker McKenzie has once again emerged as a legal leader on all six continents it serves, landing the firm a spot on this year’s Global 20 list.

  • September 12, 2017

    Cleary Helps Overhaul Discriminatory NC Voting System

    Jones County, North Carolina, hasn’t had an African-American commissioner since a 1994 general election, but thanks to pro bono work by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an upcoming 2018 election might stop that trend in its tracks.

  • September 11, 2017

    Doors Open To Women, But Barriers Remain, Ginsburg Says

    Sharing story after story of discrimination and underestimation in her career, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience at Roosevelt University in Chicago on Monday that while more opportunities are available to female lawyers than ever, there are still glass ceilings to be broken.

  • September 11, 2017

    Manhattan DA Wants Up To 4 Years For Ex-Dewey CFO

    Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s ex-chief financial officer should get up to four years in prison after his conviction for fraud and conspiracy, Manhattan prosecutors said, emphasizing that Joel Sanders has refused to fess up to his role in the firm’s financial collapse.

  • September 11, 2017

    Mueller Probe Reopens Unsettled Questions Of Privilege

    The prospect of White House counsel Donald McGahn being interviewed in the ongoing Russia investigation raises familiar questions about whether the president can invoke some form of privilege to avoid scrutiny. But the handful of federal appeals courts to address the issue since Watergate offer few definitive answers.

  • September 11, 2017

    Irma Closes Fla. Law Offices, Courts, But BigLaw Soldiers On

    Hurricane Irma weakened into a tropical storm Monday as it continued its destructive path up the southeastern coast of the United States, but law firms and courthouses across Florida remained closed as the Sunshine State dealt with the aftermath of the storm.

  • September 11, 2017

    Delaware No Longer King Of The Hill For Biz Litigation

    Delaware fell precipitously in a U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey of which states corporate attorneys and executives feel have the friendliest climates for business litigation, dropping from first to 11th place and ceding the top spot for the first time in the report's 15-year history.

  • September 11, 2017

    Richard Posner On Battling Colleagues And Voting For His Cat

    Richard Posner loomed large on the Seventh Circuit for more than three decades before abruptly retiring earlier this month. Here, Posner talks with Law360 about his decision to leave the bench and some ambitious plans for a beloved feline friend.

  • September 11, 2017

    Global 20: White & Case

    White & Case LLP continued to broaden its global presence in recent months, working on hundreds of mergers and acquisitions worth hundreds of billions of dollars and focusing on a five-year growth strategy as it earned the top spot on Law360’s Global 20.

  • September 11, 2017

    The 5 Firms That Strike Fear In GCs

    General counsel have singled out five law firms they most fear seeing on the other side of the table in litigation, citing the firms’ ability to upend business operations, rack up costly bills and potentially ruin reputations. Here, the five law firms that strike fear in the hearts of GCs.

  • September 8, 2017

    Why More Global Giants Are Renouncing Their HQs

    As more and more international legal giants opt to renounce their headquarters — a move that can woo clients and merger partners alike — experts say it’s a step that also brings its own set of management challenges.

  • September 8, 2017

    Firms Stay The Course On London Growth Amid Brexit Haze

    A year after the U.K.’s vote to end its membership in the European Union, most firms are either hewing to existing expansion plans or making tweaks around the edges, with even the most avid crystal ball-gazers at a loss for what Brexit will mean in the long term.

  • September 8, 2017

    Where The Global 20 Are Bolstering Their Ranks

    Australia, Brazil and Germany have emerged as premier hubs for global law firm expansion in 2017, fueled in part by increased anti-corruption enforcement in Brazil, infrastructure investment in Sydney and the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Ways Teaching A Law School Class Can Benefit Lawyers

    Steven Allison

    Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Spiral Dynamics And The Vanishing Jury Trial

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Over the past 20 years, the number of jury trials has been on a dramatic decline. What if the vanishing jury trial is evidence of an expected development of human consciousness — explained by a theory known as spiral dynamics? asks Jennifer Gibbs, a partner with Zelle LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • US Supreme Court Snapshot With Ian Gershengorn

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    We've heard last term described as the calm before the storm. I think we may get to see the storm in this next sitting, says Ian Gershengorn, former acting solicitor general of the United States.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • US Law Firms Face Discovery Of Foreign Clients' Records

    Steven Kobre

    The law relating to the taking of discovery directly from U.S. law firms is evolving in favor of disclosure when documents have been provided to third parties. Law firms must be vigilant in handling their clients' documents or face being responsible for producing them to third parties, say Steven Kobre and John Han of Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Future Of Law And The Demise Of The Midsize Firm

    Fredric Newman

    Since 1980, there has been a systemic supersizing of business enterprises, the growth of sovereign wealth, and the emergence of international businesses. The pressure this has put on national and regional law firms to go global or go home is enormous, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Pre-Voir Dire Questions

    Stephen Susman

    The simple practice of asking jurors important and substantive questions early can help make trial by jury a more reliable form of dispute resolution, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.