Business of Law

  • May 13, 2020

    Associates' Top Fear During COVID-19 Crisis? Job Security

    Three-quarters of associates at law firms say they are most worried about their job security and pay during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey released Thursday.

  • May 13, 2020

    NY Reveals Plan To Reopen 30 Upstate Courts

    The New York State Unified Court System on Wednesday said it will begin the gradual reopening of in-person operations next week in 30 upstate counties that have met Gov. Andrew Cuomo's coronavirus safety benchmarks, in a state that has seen 17 judges sickened by the deadly illness.

  • May 13, 2020

    McDermott Opens Atlanta Office With 7 New Attorneys

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has opened a new office in Atlanta, adding five partners and two counsel previously with DLA Piper, Jones Day and Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP who work in corporate, intellectual property, and cybersecurity and privacy law, the firm has announced.

  • May 13, 2020

    Judge Eyeing Possible Contempt Charge Against Flynn

    A D.C. federal judge overseeing the government's criminal case against onetime Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn suggested Wednesday that he may hold the retired three-star general in criminal contempt for perjury.

  • May 13, 2020

    5 More BigLaw Firms Go Virtual For Summer Programs

    Linklaters LLP, WilmerHale, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, DLA Piper and Perkins Coie LLP confirmed Wednesday that they have decided to make this year's summer associate programs completely virtual, becoming the latest law firms to modify their offerings as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the legal industry.

  • May 13, 2020

    Perkins Coie, Faegre Drinker Slash Salaries Amid Virus

    Perkins Coie LLP and Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP on Wednesday confirmed they have implemented pay cuts across their firms, joining the growing ranks of BigLaw outfits that have taken cost-cutting measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • May 13, 2020

    Don't Let Virus Kill Personal Injury Biz, NJ Attys Told

    Personal injury attorneys will suffer themselves if they don't advance their cases during the COVID-19 pandemic, a New Jersey State Bar Association convention panel warned Wednesday while emphasizing technology as a way to overcome the business slowdown.

  • May 13, 2020

    Law Firm Staff Face Uncertain Future Post-Lockdown

    As the legal industry scrambles to adjust to the "new normal" caused by COVID-19, the pandemic could spur law firms to rethink their long-term needs when it comes to professional staff, whose roles have transformed dramatically over the past two decades but have so far shouldered the brunt of virus-related layoffs.

  • May 13, 2020

    Jenner & Block Gets Fees For Prevailing In Pro Bono Suit

    Jenner & Block LLP should receive attorney fees under the Illinois Civil Rights Act after the firm prevailed in a pro bono lawsuit launched on behalf of individuals who'd been denied birth certificates with changed sex designations, an Illinois state appeals court said Tuesday.

  • May 13, 2020

    Law Firm Leaders: Leason Ellis' David Leason

    David Leason is co-founder and managing partner of Westchester, New York-based intellectual property boutique Leason Ellis LLP, which was founded in 2008.

  • May 13, 2020

    Masks, Sanitizer Recommended As New Norm For NY Firms

    Going home at the first symptoms of illness, bottomless supplies of hand sanitizer, wearing masks inside the office and erring on the side of working virtually are among the new realities that law firms should embrace as they look ahead to reopen, the New York State Bar Association said Wednesday.

  • May 12, 2020

    Judge Calls Atty's Bid To Free Client Who Had Virus 'Reckless'

    A federal judge in Brooklyn blasted an attempt to spring a recovered COVID-19 patient from prison as "reckless," telling a defense attorney that the request made the court question whether the lawyer could be trusted. 

  • May 12, 2020

    Texas AG Says Dallas Can't Stop Law Office Reopenings

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton took aim at local coronavirus-related restrictions on Tuesday, telling Dallas County it was wrong to warn law offices not to reopen as essential businesses and Austin that it can't require restaurants to trace contacts of their customers.

  • May 12, 2020

    Sens. Advance WH Lawyer Tapped For Virus Relief Watchdog

    The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday saw a nearly party-line vote to advance a White House lawyer's nomination to monitor the U.S. Treasury Department's coronavirus relief efforts, with all but one Democrat opposed and questioning his independence.

  • May 12, 2020

    Jones Day, Others Amend Summer Programs Amid COVID-19

    Jones Day, Allen & Overy LLP and K&L Gates LLP are the latest firms to confirm that they have opted to amend their summer associate programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 12, 2020

    COVID-19 Working Group To Tackle Calif. Judiciary's Recovery

    The Judicial Council of California said Tuesday it has started a Pandemic Continuity of Operations Working Group to study best practices and publish a framework for the state's 58 superior courts to keep the judicial system operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 12, 2020

    COVID-19's Shadow Spreads Across Federal Court Filings

    Federal courts are seeing an explosion of complaints referencing the COVID-19 pandemic, and the surge is spreading to a host of practice areas, according to recently released Lex Machina data.

  • May 12, 2020

    Transgender Woman Dies Awaiting Justices' Title VII Decision

    The transgender woman at the center of a pending U.S. Supreme Court case over whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act covers trans discrimination died Tuesday, her lawyers said, just weeks before an expected decision in the landmark LGBTQ rights case.

  • May 12, 2020

    House Stimulus Bill Includes Virus Pay For Court Personnel

    New federal stimulus legislation proposed Tuesday by House Democrats includes funding for the nation's federal courts to provide front-line employees increased pandemic duty pay, while offering up emergency grants to struggling state and local courts to allow them to continue operating.

  • May 12, 2020

    9th Circ. Judge Open To Reviving Suits Over Oregon Bar Fees

    A Ninth Circuit judge appeared open Tuesday to reviving lawsuits by attorneys who have raised constitutional challenges to the Oregon State Bar's membership fee requirements, saying during a hearing he hates the idea that lawyers should get less First Amendment protection than union members receive under the high court's Janus ruling.

  • May 12, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    California, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania got the green light for more business reopenings this week as states continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, while in Texas a salon owner ran a proverbial stop sign and landed a now-rescinded jail sentence for opening against shutdown orders.

  • May 11, 2020

    Texas Courts Latest Victim Of Inevitable Ransomware Crush

    Cybersecurity insiders were not surprised Monday by Texas' state judiciary becoming the latest U.S. institution to be hit by ransomware, while early reports of the attack's limited impact suggest that court officials had prepared for such a scenario.

  • May 11, 2020

    Flynn Fracas Revives Calls By DOJ Alumni For Barr To Resign

    Former employees of the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday renewed calls for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr in the wake of the DOJ's controversial move to dismiss a criminal case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

  • May 11, 2020

    Ex-Walmart Atty Alleges 'Witch Hunt' Over Mexico FCPA Work

    A former Walmart Stores Inc. attorney has accused the retail giant in Arkansas state court of conducting a "witch hunt" in retaliation for his work on the sprawling Foreign Corrupt Practices Act probe into its Mexican subsidiary, saying the company improperly fired him and falsely reported him for child abuse.

  • May 11, 2020

    Ind. AG Suspended 30 Days For Inappropriate Touching

    The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Monday that state Attorney General Curtis T. Hill Jr. will be suspended for 30 days after finding he committed acts of misdemeanor battery and violated the state's professional conduct rules by inappropriately touching four women at an event in 2018.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Stop Asking Bar Applicants About Mental Illness

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    If the legal profession is serious about addressing lawyer mental illness and the stigma surrounding it, more states will remove mental illness disclosure questions from bar applications, as New York did last week, says Brian Tannebaum at Bast Amron.

  • Opinion

    High Court Must Reject Unconstitutional La. Abortion Law

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    As lawyers who understand what is at stake for women as the U.S. Supreme Court reviews June Medical Services v. Russo, we feel compelled to disclose what the constitutional right to an abortion has meant for our lives and aspirations, say Charanya Krishnaswami at Amnesty International and Michele Mayes at the New York Public Library.

  • What The Coronavirus Means For Arbitration And Mediation

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    With coronavirus cases increasing worldwide, arbitrators, mediators, lawyers and parties may no longer be able to travel as freely as before — which could be the push needed to fully develop online dispute resolution, says Jeff Benz at JAMS.

  • What Congress Misses About Universal Injunctions

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    At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week on universal injunctions — one of the hottest issues involving the federal courts — panelists and senators alike skipped over key points that go to the heart of this debate, says Adam Shelton at the Institute for Justice.

  • Why I Became A Lawyer: Lessons From 'Italian Summer Camp'

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    Born into a loving Italian-American family, I had the concept of hard work ingrained in me at an early age, and the problem-solving abilities and people skills I acquired working summers at the family business helped shape me into the attorney I am today, says Craig Gambardella at Kucker Marino.

  • Prepare Your Law Firm Tech For Coronavirus Impact

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    In case the coronavirus pandemic becomes more severe, law firms should make sure that their data, security and communications systems can be remotely accessed with convenience and reliability, say Thomas Robertson and Kenneth Jones at Tanenbaum Keale.

  • Atty Tips To Avoid 'Scope Creep' And Malpractice Claims

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    A clear and concise engagement agreement that demarcates a firm’s scope of services, and a system to ensure that scope is not exceeded without written documentation are among the most important risk management tools attorneys can adopt, says Eileen Garczynski at Ames & Gough.

  • Rebuttal

    Legal Industry Should Pursue AI Prediction Progress

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    As part of the debate prompted by my recent Law360 guest article on legal prediction using artificial intelligence, I would like to unpack four issues and suggest that attorneys and technologists continue to tackle the problems presently within reach, says Joseph Avery at Claudius Legal Intelligence.

  • Solutions To 4 Common Law Firm Diversity Challenges

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    A workshop recently held by the California Minority Counsel Program provides steps law firms can take toward solving minority attorneys' limited access to social capital and lack of meaningful investment, as well as other obstacles to diversity and inclusion, says Alexandra DeFelice, director of marketing and business development at Payne & Fears.

  • Rebuttal

    Discrimination Cases Are Too Complex For AI Fee Prediction

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    A recent Law360 guest article criticizing the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling in Balducci v. Cige overlooks the intricate nature of discrimination cases, which renders artificial intelligence an insufficient tool for predicting time and cost, says Paul Aloe at Kudman Trachten.

  • Courts May Clash With Litigants Over Document Review Tech

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    As courts increasingly accept technology-assisted document review, some are bordering on forcing parties to employ TAR, in which case attorneys may need to step in if their clients prefer other processes, say Donna Fisher and Matthew Hamilton at Pepper Hamilton.

  • Rebuttal

    AI Can't Accurately Predict Case Length And Cost — Yet

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    A recent Law360 guest article argued that artificial intelligence can precisely estimate the length and cost of a new case, but several limitations will likely delay truly accurate predictions for years to come, says Andrew Russell at Shaw Keller.

  • Lawyers Can Build Trust Through The Spoken Word

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    As attorneys, we may prefer the precision of written communication, but a phone call or an in-person conversation builds trust by letting others see and hear our authentic selves, rather than something constructed or scripted, says mediator Sidney Kanazawa of ARC.

  • Opinion

    Legal Prediction Is Demanding But Not Impossible

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent decision in Balducci v. Cige incorrectly concluded that predicting the length and cost of a case is nearly impossible, and overlooked artificial intelligence's ability to do so, says Joseph Avery with Claudius Legal Intelligence.

  • Malpractice Landscape Is Becoming Riskier For BigLaw

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    A recent survey of lawyers’ professional liability insurers revealed an increase in malpractice claims against law firms, suggesting clients will demand more accountability in the coming decade, say Gerald Klein and Amy Nguyen at Klein & Wilson.

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