Business of Law

  • October 17, 2019

    Law360's The Term: Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, DC Sniper

    On this episode of The Term, the team takes a look at two of the last cases that the U.S. Supreme Court heard in October, one involving Puerto Rico's historic $125 billion debt crisis and the other about the younger D.C. sniper's bid to reduce his life sentence.

  • October 17, 2019

    Legal Funder Again Asks 3rd Circ. To Rein In NFL Deal Judge

    Litigation funder Thrivest is continuing to push its contention that the federal judge overseeing the NFL concussion settlement disobeyed a Third Circuit ruling by describing high-interest loans it made to retired players as unenforceable, telling the appeals court Wednesday it should force the judge to "embrace the mandate."

  • October 17, 2019

    Justices' And Judges' Free Trips Merit Closer Look, Sen. Says

    A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced a bill Thursday that would require U.S. Supreme Court justices and federal judges to make more detailed and frequent disclosures when they accept travel or hospitality from people outside their family.

  • October 17, 2019

    Greenberg Traurig Inks $65M Deal To End Stanford Ponzi Suit

    Greenberg Traurig has agreed to pay $65 million to clear up claims related to its alleged involvement in a $7 billion scheme run by convicted Ponzi scammer R. Allen Stanford, according to a filing Thursday in Texas federal court.

  • October 17, 2019

    3rd Circ. Judge: Here's How We Promote Lawyers' Well-Being

    Changes need to be made across the legal profession to knock down existing roadblocks to lawyers gaining a sense of competence, autonomy and belonging that is important to their mental health, according to a new paper co-authored by a Third Circuit judge.

  • October 17, 2019

    Lawyer Gets To Play Hooky To See Nats In Playoffs With Son

    A D.C. federal judge this week granted a lawyer a brief delay for a filing deadline because he's been staying up late with his son to watch the Washington Nationals in the MLB playoffs.

  • October 17, 2019

    Finnegan's Don Dunner, Icon Of IP, Dead At 88

    Donald R. Dunner, a name partner of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP who redefined U.S. patent litigation, died Wednesday at the age of 88, the firm announced.

  • October 17, 2019

    Why Technical Skills Can Help Land Your Legal Dream Job

    Lawyers with strong technical skills are better positioned in the job market, according to new research by Robert Half Legal, which found that 62% of attorneys prioritize tech savvy over “soft skills” when hiring.

  • October 17, 2019

    NY Judge Should Be Fired For Sexist Slurs: Judicial Watchdog

    A Long Island judge should be removed from the bench, New York's judicial oversight watchdog said Thursday, after concluding he'd made a string of crude and sexist remarks targeting a female lawyer and others several years ago.

  • October 17, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Armstrong Teasdale made it on the legal lions list this week after an appeals court wiped out a $110 million talc verdict against client Johnson & Johnson, while DLA Piper ended up among the legal lambs after its client, the Woodbridge Group's former CEO, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for a Ponzi scheme.

  • October 17, 2019

    Vote Delayed For 5th Circ. Pick Opposed By Some GOP Sens.

    A Fifth Circuit nominee under fire from social conservatives saw his Senate Judiciary Committee vote unexpectedly postponed Thursday, suggesting the current Mississippi federal district judge still faces a tough road to confirmation.

  • October 16, 2019

    Delaware Mourns The Chancellor Who 'Saved Corporate Law'

    Long seen as the jurist who "saved corporate law," former Delaware Chancellor William T. Allen, who died this week, was remembered and lauded by the business legal community for a string of rulings that offered needed guidance for the disordered, contentious mergers and acquisitions of the late 1980s and the '90s.

  • October 16, 2019

    Quinn Emanuel Atty Among 4 Confirmed To Trial Courts

    Senators confirmed four trial court nominees with bipartisan support on Wednesday, approving President Donald Trump's picks for federal district courts in New York, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • October 16, 2019

    Ex-Nissan VP Joins Retailer Genesco As New General Counsel

    Genesco Inc. has hired as its general counsel a senior vice president for Nissan, the footwear retailer announced Tuesday.

  • October 16, 2019

    2 Ex-Greenberg Traurig Attys On Track For 11th Circ. Seats

    The path to confirmation looks smooth for two Eleventh Circuit nominees and three trial court picks who appeared Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee as its chairman looks to keep his promise to "push through highly qualified, conservative judges at all levels." 

  • October 16, 2019

    GCs Expect Legal Spending To Rise For 5th Straight Year

    Companies are projected to add billions more to their spending on outside counsel next year, particularly in the areas of cybersecurity and litigation, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • October 16, 2019

    Trump Taps 4 For Federal Claims, Trial Courts

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday named a U.S. Department of Justice lawyer and a Stein Mitchell Beato & Missner LLP partner as his latest nominees to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the venue for major contract disputes with the federal government, as well as two candidates to the federal bench in Alaska and Nevada.

  • October 16, 2019

    Ex-Trump Special Counsel Returns To Williams & Connolly

    White collar attorney Emmet T. Flood, who until recently served as special counsel to President Donald Trump, is rejoining Williams & Connolly as a partner, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • October 16, 2019

    Jones Day, Perkins Coie Earn Big In High-Rolling 2020 Race

    Law firms like Jones Day and Perkins Coie are earning epic legal fees from the 2020 presidential candidates, with President Donald Trump alone spending more than $5.2 million, 20 times as much as he did at this time in the 2016 election, and the dozen front-runner Democratic candidates shelling out a combined $3.3 million so far this year.

  • October 16, 2019

    Netflix Hits Back At Panama Papers Firm's Libel Claim

    Netflix is already pushing for the dismissal of a newly filed libel suit brought by Mossack Fonseca, the now-defunct law firm at the center of the Panama Papers leak, over the upcoming film "The Laundromat" and its portrayal of the firm's name partners, played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas.

  • October 16, 2019

    Supreme Court Security Bill Sails Through House Committee

    A bipartisan bill that would lock in additional security measures for U.S. Supreme Court justices is headed for a full House vote after breezing through the House Judiciary Committee unopposed on Wednesday morning.

  • October 16, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Harrity & Harrity's John Harrity

    John Harrity has served as managing partner of Harrity & Harrity LLP, the patent law firm he founded in 1999 with twin brother Paul Harrity, since 2016. Here, he discusses how his law firm has streamlined and automated the patent application process a la McDonald’s, why lawyers are not paid based on origination credits and why charity is such a big part of the firm’s culture.

  • October 16, 2019

    Boies Schiller DQ'd From Dershowitz Defamation Case

    A woman accusing high-profile attorney Alan Dershowitz of defamation as part of his denials that he sexually molested her can continue her case, but can't keep Boies Schiller Flexner LLP as counsel, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • October 16, 2019

    DLA Piper Called 'Barbaric' After Putting Accuser On Leave

    The partner alleging DLA Piper punished her for saying she was sexually assaulted by a recently ousted practice group leader accused the firm of engaging in a "barbaric" smear campaign Wednesday, after the BigLaw giant said she'd been placed on paid leave for mistreating a colleague.

  • October 15, 2019

    Why 2019 Was A Tipping Point For BigLaw And Cannabis

    Encouraged by rapid state legalization, client demand, evolving ethics regimes and a lack of federal enforcement actions, just over a half-dozen major law firms have formally launched cannabis groups this year. Here, Law360 explores what pushed BigLaw to finally embrace marijuana.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Courts Keep Rejecting Litigation Funding Discovery Campaign

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    As shown by recent case law, including a New Jersey federal court holding last month in Valsartan Products Liability Litigation, there is no "shifting tide" in favor of disclosing litigation funding arrangements, say Matthew Harrison and Stephanie Southwick of Bentham IMF.

  • How Emotionally Intelligent AI Could Assist With E-Discovery

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    While artificial intelligence has already revolutionized the e-discovery field, the development of emotionally intelligent AI promises to explore data in an even more nuanced and human way, thereby further reducing the burden on legal teams, say Lisa Prowse and Brian Schrader at e-discovery services provider BIA.

  • Preventable Risks Your Law Firm May Be Overlooking

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    Although most lawyers are well-prepared to defend or justify the value of an insurance claim for clients, often law firms have not clearly identified their own potential liabilities, planned for adequate insurance or established prudent internal risk management practices, says Victor Sordillo at Sompo International.

  • 6 Ethics Tips For Attorneys Making Lateral Transfers

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    With lateral transfers between law firms on the rise, it is more important than ever for partners to understand the steps they must take to adhere to ethics rules and other requirements when making a transition, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Giuliani Faces 4 Privilege Hurdles In Ukraine Call Probe

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    Assuming Rudy Giuliani intends to continue his assertion of attorney-client privilege in response to a House intelligence committee's subpoena concerning communications with Ukrainian officials on behalf of President Donald Trump, he has a difficult road ahead, says Tyler Maulsby at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Reorganization Of NY Courts Would Ease Inefficiency Issues

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    If adopted, New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore's proposal to streamline the state's unified court system will likely help balance disproportionate caseloads and improve the process of how judges are appointed to the Appellate Division, say Peter Shakro and Muhammad Faridi at Patterson Belknap.

  • Consider The Power Of Tactical Empathy

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    By employing tactical empathy techniques to understand the interests behind the positions taken by others, attorneys can gain the upper hand in deal negotiations and litigation while still promoting and preserving long-term relationships with opponents, judges and others, say Shermin Kruse of TEDxYouth@Wrigleyville and Ursula Taylor of Strategic Health.

  • The Problem — And Opportunity — Of Implicit Bias In The Bar

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    Law firms are beginning to recognize implicit bias as a problem. But too few recognize that it is also an opportunity to broaden our thinking and become better legal problem solvers, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Thapar Reviews Gorsuch's 'A Republic'

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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new book "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" offers hope for our constitutional system through stories of American greatness, and sheds much-needed light on originalism for skeptics, says Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar.

  • Opinion

    True Wellness Requires A Deeper Look At Atty Profession

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    While I applaud all of the law firms that have signed the American Bar Association's campaign to improve attorney well-being, to achieve a truly holistic solution we must ask difficult questions about what we do, how we do it and the expectations we have set for ourselves and our clients, says Edward Shapiro at Much Shelist.

  • Roundup

    Pursuing Wellness

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    In this Expert Analysis series, leaders at some of the law firms that committed to the American Bar Association's 2018 pledge to improve mental health and well-being in the legal industry explain how they put certain elements of the initiative into action.

  • How BigLaw Is Adapting To Plaintiff-Side Litigation

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    While many have treated Kirkland & Ellis' recent creation of a contingency fee-based plaintiffs practice as market disruptive, it is another manifestation of forces that have been changing the business of BigLaw for some time, says Elizabeth Korchin at Therium Capital Management.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Focus On Firm Holistic Health Training

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    Our most concerted efforts toward implementing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge, which we signed one year ago, have centered on educating attorneys and staff by including well-being components in firm trainings and professional development programs, says Andrew Glincher at Nixon Peabody.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

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    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

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    Judging A Book: Jackson Reviews 'When Should Law Forgive?'

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    Readers of Martha Minow's new book "When Should Law Forgive?" will be exposed to a refreshingly robust vision of justice that transcends myopic perspectives of wrongdoing and punishment, says U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the District of Columbia.