Business of Law

  • July 17, 2017

    9th Circ. OKs Partial Disallowance Of Fees In Howrey Case

    A California bankruptcy court was right to slash fee payments to McGrane LLP over ethical lapses and costly flights of fancy in its work representing creditors of long-defunct Howrey LLP, the Ninth Circuit has affirmed, bringing an end to McGrane’s yearslong bid to undo the public rebuke.

  • July 17, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The Trump administration's effort to reform federal tax laws has some hurdles to clear, business lobbyists push back against a major U.S. city's new ordinance, and a CFPB rule change banning arbitration clauses could have a widespread impact. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • July 17, 2017

    In His Own Words: Law360’s Breyer Interview

    In an exclusive interview, Justice Stephen Breyer talks about the influence of international law on the U.S. judiciary and the power of oral arguments. Here’s a transcript of his remarks.

  • July 17, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Hare Wynn's Tempe Smith

    The recent increase in lawyer advertising has changed the landscape for plaintiffs firms. They simply cannot conduct business the way they did 50 years ago, says Tempe Smith of Hare Wynn Newell & Newton LLP.

  • July 14, 2017

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2017, our list of 156 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

  • July 15, 2017

    Law360’s Pro Say Podcast: Lateral Vetting & Monkey Selfie

    On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, the team discusses how tough it can be to vet new lateral hires, a contentious music trial involving Quincy Jones and the Michael Jackson estate, a federal regulation that could lead to more class action suits against banks, and some monkey business over a jungle selfie.

  • July 14, 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.

  • July 14, 2017

    Judge Sharp Reflects On His Exit From The Bench

    Stepping down from his lifetime appointment as chief judge in the Middle District of Tennessee to return to private practice was a complicated decision for former Judge Kevin Sharp, who told Law360 in an exclusive interview that his dissatisfaction with having to impose mandatory minimum sentences and his belief that he could have a greater social impact as a private practitioner each played a role in his leaving the black robe behind.

  • July 14, 2017

    Hogan Lovells Partner To Represent Trump In Russia Probe

    President Donald Trump has beefed up his legal team as the probe into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election continues, according to a report Friday that said Hogan Lovells partner Ty Cobb will join the president’s team of lawyers.

  • July 14, 2017

    3 BigLaw Partners Among 3rd Wave Of Trump US Atty Picks

    President Donald Trump on Friday made six new picks to fill U.S. attorney openings — including partners from Winston & Strawn LLP, Husch Blackwell LLP and Williams Mullen — in a third wave of nominations.

  • July 14, 2017

    Avvo Ruling Belies Wider Acceptance For Online Legal Cos.

    A New Jersey decision that lawyers working through Avvo, Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom violate attorney ethics rules likely won't be the last regulatory speed bump for those legal services companies, but there is a growing belief in the bar and courts that such "connector" services have legitimate roles in the legal market.

  • July 13, 2017

    Meet The Lawyers Defending Trump's Inner Circle

    Donald Trump Jr. became the latest member of his father's inner circle to lawyer up this week, hiring a criminal defense lawyer after publicly admitting to meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised incriminating information about Hillary Clinton. Here’s a breakdown of the publicly named counsel for figures in the Trump administration and campaign, based on press reports and confirmation to Law360.

  • July 13, 2017

    House Rep's Atty Indicted For Stealing, Posting Nude Pics

    Former counsel for Rep. Stacey Plaskett, the Democratic delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands, was indicted on Thursday on cyberstalking charges after being accused of leaking nude photos and videos stolen off of her iPhone, along with another staffer who allegedly lied to investigators following the alleged crime.

  • July 13, 2017

    Alsup Says Davis Wright Attys For Spotify Misled Him

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup said at a hearing on Thursday that Spotify’s attorneys from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP misled him in their bid to end a putative class action over auto-renewals, saying that the lawyers tricked him into believing the lead plaintiff had “admitted the case away” in his deposition when he hadn’t.

  • July 13, 2017

    Alston, Ogletree Attys Among Latest Trump Judge Picks

    President Donald Trump announced 11 new judicial candidates across five states on Thursday, including a partner from Alston & Bird LLP in Georgia and an Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC shareholder in North Carolina.

  • July 13, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Attorneys at MoloLamken LLP and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP topped this week's legal lions list by securing an order vacating former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's 2015 corruption conviction, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions and lawyers for a pilots union landed on the legal lambs list after they were issued a stern warning at the Seventh Circuit for filing jurisdictional statements with "obvious flaws."

  • July 13, 2017

    Judge's Tweets Don't Merit Recusal, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a $122.5 million California wildfire settlement, saying that alleged improper tweets by a federal judge were not grounds for recusal.

  • July 13, 2017

    Even With Gorsuch, Supreme Court Unlikely To Toss Chevron

    Opponents of the legal doctrine known as Chevron deference rejoiced when one of their own made it onto the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year. Yet two months into Justice Neil Gorsuch’s tenure, the reality that the landmark administrative law ruling will likely remain on the books for the foreseeable future is beginning to set in.

  • July 13, 2017

    Senate Panel OKs Trump Judicial Picks Amid Blogging Furor

    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved four of President Donald Trump’s original picks for the federal bench on Thursday, including two who had rankled Democratic members for writing politically charged blog posts.

  • July 13, 2017

    DAC Beachcroft Reports Rise In Revenue, Hitting £207M

    London-based law firm DAC Beachcroft saw a 2.5 percent increase in revenue for the fiscal year ended April 30, reaching £207 million ($267.5 million), the firm said in a statement Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Bail Reform Will Imperil California's Justice System

    Quentin Kopp

    Each year more than 300,000 defendants are released on bail in California. But new legislation seeks to take this constitutional right away from defendants and replace it with an expensive and onerous pretrial release system. Shifting from privately funded bail to taxpayer-funded pretrial release programs will undoubtedly strain California’s already underfunded court system, says retired San Mateo Superior Court Judge Quentin Kopp.

  • Why US Law Firms Need Anti-Money Laundering Policies

    Kristine Safos

    For U.S. law firms, anti-money laundering compliance are a business necessity. As large financial institutions and other clients adopt their own AML policies, they expect law firms they work with to do the same. Kristine Safos of HBR Consulting offers guidance on AML and client due diligence best practices.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 20, Make Me

    Roy Futterman

    In voir dire, the attorney passes around a candle for potential jurors to smell and opine on. He also has gun owners raise their hands, as if everyone in New York is Travis Bickle. But these are not the only inaccuracies in this week's episode of the CBS show Bull, according to jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman.

  • Federal Judges Are Tired Of 'Stock' Discovery Objections

    David Goldhaber

    With the latest amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure now behind us, federal court litigators should take stock of their “stock objections” and put them to rest. Several recent examples from federal courts make this abundantly clear, and state courts are sure to follow, say attorneys with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Herding Cats: Making The Most Out Of A Joint Defense Group

    Audra Dial

    Audra Dial, managing partner for Kilpatrick Townsend LLP’s Atlanta office, shares four strategies that she believes make multidefendant litigation more efficient — and ensure the joint defense group does not devolve into a leaderless group.

  • Web Servers: An Overlooked Cybersecurity Risk At Law Firms

    Jeff Schilling

    Many law firms use public-facing websites for business development and to streamline operational processes. While these sites are great for maximizing information-sharing, they could unknowingly be an unlocked gateway into a firm’s most confidential data, says Jeff Schilling of Armor Defense Inc.

  • Opinion

    Law Day 2017: The 14th Amendment And Promises To Keep

    Stephanie Parker

    On this Law Day 2017, which the American Bar Association has marked to celebrate the transformational effect of the 14th Amendment on American democracy, it is important to remember the contributions of Erwin Griswold, says Stephanie Parker, a partner with Jones Day and national chairwoman for the ABA's Law Day 2017.

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.