Business of Law

  • October 21, 2019

    Baker McKenzie Tops Legal Brands In Mainland Europe

    For the second consecutive year, Baker McKenzie is unchallenged as the best-branded law firm in continental Europe, as it continues to pull away from other shops, according to a survey released Tuesday by London research firm Acritas.

  • October 21, 2019

    Ginsburg Says There's Work To Do To Fight Gender Biases

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience of University of California, Berkeley law school students Monday that gender equity has come a long way since the 1950s, but there is still more work to do in overcoming unconscious biases that unfairly impact women's rights at the workplace.

  • October 21, 2019

    How Law Firms Are Using Pay Systems In Pursuit Of Equality

    Law firms like Perkins Coie LLP and Dorsey & Whitney LLP are actively shaping their compensation systems in an effort to ensure women and attorneys of color receive equal pay, representatives of the firms said at a panel in Chicago on Monday.

  • October 21, 2019

    Calif. Eastern District's Chief Says Court Nearing 'Catastrophe'

    The chief judge of California's Eastern District has urged the White House and Congress to fill judicial vacancies in his district, citing a slew of retirements and an overwhelming caseload that has the court on the verge of "an impending, acute and judicial catastrophe."

  • October 21, 2019

    O'Melveny Nears Nixing Malpractice Suit After Arbitration Win

    A California federal judge indicated Monday she does not believe she has the legal authority to overturn an arbitrator's finding that O'Melveny & Myers LLP did not engage in malpractice when it represented both a defunct money management firm and its CEO in a contract dispute brought by a shareholder.

  • October 21, 2019

    DLA Piper, Ex-Practice Leader Face New Sex Bias Charge

    An ex-DLA Piper human resources representative accused former practice group co-leader Louis Lehot of sex discrimination Monday, becoming the second colleague to go public with workplace misconduct allegations against him this month.

  • October 21, 2019

    Freshfields Attys Who Misbehave Will Face Financial Penalty

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyers who get a final warning about workplace misbehavior will face an automatic financial penalty under a planned new oversight process, the firm confirmed Monday.

  • October 21, 2019

    GCs Are Demanding Law Firms Fix Their Pay Equity Problem

    Law firms are failing to make sure women lawyers are paid equitably and that failure has prompted general counsel to take action, demanding more transparency and equality in pay from the firms they use, general counsel on a panel in Chicago said Monday.

  • October 21, 2019

    Feds Defend Charges That Judge Helped Man Escape ICE

    Federal prosecutors have argued that a Massachusetts state court judge can’t rely on judicial immunity to escape criminal charges for allegedly helping an immigrant give U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement the slip, telling the court that a “ruse” to trick federal agents doesn’t qualify as a judicial act.

  • October 21, 2019

    Ex-DLA Piper Atty Says Assault Accuser 'Exploiting' #MeToo

    A former DLA Piper practice co-leader accused of sexually assaulting a female firm partner said Monday that his accuser is "exploiting the #MeToo movement."

  • October 21, 2019

    15 Minutes With G/O Media's General Counsel

    Kai Falkenberg recently became the top lawyer at G/O Media — which includes The Onion, Gizmodo and Jezebel — and is excited to represent the journalists she called "digital media pioneers." Here, she discussed her priorities, the legal issues that she expects will land on her desk, and the ways she thinks the media industry might soon change.

  • October 18, 2019

    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.

  • October 18, 2019

    DLA Piper Atty Gives Firm 2 Days To Decide On Arbitration

    A lawyer for a DLA Piper partner who claims she was punished for accusing a top partner of sexual assault said in an open letter Friday that they will proceed as if the firm has released her from a mandatory arbitration agreement unless they hear otherwise by Sunday night.

  • October 18, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: Opioids On Trial

    After hundreds of thousands of deaths and years of litigation, the opioid epidemic's big day in court has arrived — or has it? We'll discuss the landmark trial, and the possibility of a settlement, on this week's Pro Say podcast.

  • October 18, 2019

    Friendly Filer: Supreme Court Clarifies Amicus Rules

    The U.S. Supreme Court has given guidance to those who file the hundreds of amicus briefs each year: No, you can't sign your name to more than one brief, and yes, you need to ask for permission if the parties haven't provided their consent.

  • October 18, 2019

    Judge Won't Block Release Of Netflix's 'Panama Papers' Film

    After three days of frantic motions before the scheduled release of the Netflix film based on the 2016 disclosure of the so-called Panama Papers, a Connecticut judge opted Thursday not to block the film’s release and instead transferred a libel lawsuit brought by the law firm at the heart of the scandal to California.

  • October 18, 2019

    Jones Day Casts Family Leave Suit As 'Quibble'

    Jones Day told a Washington, D.C., federal court Thursday that a discrimination suit brought by two married former associates challenging the firm’s parental leave policy is merely a “quibble” over semantics.

  • October 18, 2019

    Lawyers Embracing Supreme Court's 'Two-Minute' Rule

    Supreme Court advocates are liking the court's new format allowing two minutes of uninterrupted argument time before the justices begin asking questions, even if the court's most active interrogator, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, is still adapting to the change.

  • October 18, 2019

    How To Work With Outside Counsel In A Crisis

    Regardless of the situation or industry, the decisions made in the immediate aftermath of a crisis can be crucial to whether companies survive the ensuing chaos. When working with outside firms, here are the discussions and procedures that in-house lawyers should anticipate.

  • October 18, 2019

    Williams & Connolly Ex-Finance Deputy Sues For Retaliation

    A former deputy director of finance at Williams & Connolly LLP has filed a $2.8 million Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit in D.C. federal court accusing the firm of retaliating against her after she tried to take long-term disability leave to treat anxiety and depression allegedly brought on by her “overwhelming” workload.

  • October 18, 2019

    J&J Pans Judge's 'Partisan Glee' After $8B Risperdal Verdict

    A Johnson & Johnson unit accused a Philadelphia judge of “partisan glee” when he high-fived and took photos with jurors after they returned an $8 billion punitive damages award over the side effects of Risperdal, asking that he recuse himself from the company’s requested retrial.

  • October 18, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The Federal Communications Commission said T-Mobile's new commitment to incorporate diversity initiatives into its post-merger business doesn't cure the harms of the proposed Sprint deal, and a Third Circuit judge in a paper suggested how to advocate for lawyers' mental health. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • New Data Shows BigLaw's True Profitability

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    Based on an analysis adjusting BigLaw operating income and revenue to account for equity partners and taxes, the profitability of firms is lower than commonly thought, says Madhav Srinivasan at Hunton.

  • 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.