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Business of Law

  • September 19, 2018

    Labaton, ERISA Attys Reach Tentative Deal In $75M Fee Fight

    The special master appointed to investigate a $75 million attorneys' fee awarded in a $300 million settlement with State Street Corp. has reached a tentative agreement with the lead class counsel, Labaton Sucharow LLP, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawyers involved in the case, according to a filing late Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • September 18, 2018

    Hearing Over Kavanaugh Assault Claims Could Face Delays

    Just one day after Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced a hearing on the sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, plans for the event appear to be in disarray after Democrats and the judge’s accuser called for a delay.

  • September 18, 2018

    White House May Swap McGahn For Mueller Point Man

    President Donald Trump’s potential pick for his next White House counsel has been heading up the White House response to the Mueller probe for months, signaling the office could play a larger part in probes into the Trump administration than it did under Don McGahn, who recused himself.

  • September 18, 2018

    This Under-Addressed Issue Is Hurting Lawyers, Profs Say

    The legal industry has largely overlooked a major factor impacting the well-being of attorneys, according to a new academic paper — science that links various forms of childhood trauma with mental and physical health problems later in life.

  • September 18, 2018

    Nestlé Atty Enters The Ring As WWE's General Counsel

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. on Tuesday appointed a lawyer who has worked for Nestlé Waters North America and PepsiCo as the media company's new general counsel, according to a press release.

  • September 18, 2018

    Ex-Skadden Partner Denies Role In Manafort Ukraine Lobbying

    Lawyers for former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner Gregory Craig denied Tuesday that he put a controversial report involved in the Paul Manafort prosecution in the hands of U.S. officials.

  • September 18, 2018

    McDonald's Workers Protest Seyfarth Hire For Abuse Policy

    McDonald's workers in 10 cities called on the company to sever its relationship with management-side law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP's compliance and consulting arm as they walked off the job on Tuesday as part of an anti-sexual harassment protest organized by wage advocacy group Fight for $15.

  • September 18, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Big Investments In Legal Technology

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven recent developments.

  • September 17, 2018

    Kavanaugh, Assault Accuser Asked To Testify Before Senate Panel

    The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on sexual assault allegations against D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the panel’s chairman said Monday, signaling a delay and possible trouble for the U.S. Supreme Court pick.

  • September 17, 2018

    Disclosure Rules, Ethics Hang Over Legal Funding Conference

    A panel of litigation finance experts pushed back Monday against a recent bar opinion that portfolio funding could be unethical and told representatives from the burgeoning industry that they should prepare themselves for some form of enhanced disclosure requirements.

  • September 17, 2018

    Armstrong Teasdale Heads Into Philly With Montgomery Chair

    St. Louis-based Armstrong Teasdale LLP is making its first inroad on the East Coast, opening an office in Philadelphia helmed by a former executive chairman of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhodes LLP, the firm announced Monday.

  • September 17, 2018

    15 Minutes With Robinhood Markets' General Counsel

    Archit Shah earned a degree in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology without any idea that he’d later apply to and graduate from Harvard Law School. Now, he draws on both degrees as the general counsel of financial services company Robinhood Markets Inc. Here, Shah explains how he came to realize he wanted to study law and the characteristics he looks for in potential in-house candidates.

  • September 17, 2018

    Kirkland & Ellis Partner Hired As Exec For New 'Fox'

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner and former assistant attorney general Viet D. Dinh has been tapped as the next chief legal and policy officer of the new Fox company that will spin out of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.’s pending $71.3 billion transaction with The Walt Disney Co.

  • September 17, 2018

    Proskauer Atty Who Settled Bias Claims Joins Polsinelli

    Polsinelli PC has hired the female employment partner who recently settled a sex discrimination lawsuit against Proskauer Rose LLP, the firm announced late Sunday.

  • September 14, 2018

    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.

  • September 14, 2018

    What Attys Can Learn From Sotomayor's Chat With Kids

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor stopped in Brooklyn on Friday to discuss her life story with children as part of her second book tour since taking her place on the nation’s highest court, giving them words of wisdom about the law and her time on the bench that attorneys might want to keep in mind as well.

  • September 14, 2018

    Ex-Partner Hits Manatt Phelps With Sex Bias Charge

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP has cultivated a "good old boys" culture in which male senior attorneys compete to bed female subordinates and leadership systematically suppresses women's pay, according to an EEOC charge from a former Manatt employment partner.

  • September 14, 2018

    Protect Litigant Privacy In E-Filing Access, 7th Circ. Urged

    The Seventh Circuit wrestled Friday over whether to reverse a lower court's order that forced Cook County’s court clerk to make electronically filed complaints "immediately and contemporaneously" available to reporters, asking how to define that phrase when the court operates on business hours and the federal appeals system works like Cook County’s with respect to processing documents.

  • September 14, 2018

    Kavanaugh Vote Still On Track After Accuser Steps Forward

    Senate Republicans and the White House pushed back over the weekend on sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Democrats sent a letter detailing an alleged incident from his high school years to the FBI.

  • September 14, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Awards For The Best In Legal Television

    In honor of the Emmy Awards, on this week's Pro Say podcast we’re presenting our own honors to celebrate achievements in television that focuses on the law.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • 4 Takeaways From Female Law Profs' Equal Pay Settlement

    Jacqueline Beaumont

    A Colorado federal judge recently approved a deal in which the University of Denver agreed to institute salary increases and pay $2.66 million to settle an equal pay lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of seven female professors. Jacqueline Beaumont of Call & Jensen discusses the most noteworthy aspects of the agreement.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.