Business of Law

  • September 20, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: The Courts Have Left Native Women Behind

    Violence against Native American women in the United States is at epidemic levels, and efforts to hold perpetrators accountable in court can be complicated by a maze of jurisdictional issues. On this week's Pro Say podcast, we talk about those challenges.

  • September 20, 2019

    GCs Unveil $5M Plan For BigLaw Diversity 'Laboratories'

    A group of 26 general counsel and other high-ranking corporate legal officers at major corporations on Friday announced a $5 million initiative aimed at developing new strategies to increase diversity in BigLaw, saying that progress in this area has lagged both in firms and in corporate legal departments.

  • September 20, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    In-house leaders shared the factors they consider before using litigation finance, and a report found that large companies have increased their outside counsel litigation spending by 20% over the last four years. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • September 20, 2019

    Trump Taps 2 For 9th Circ., 4 For Trial Courts In Calif.

    President Donald Trump announced two Ninth Circuit nominations Friday along with four picks for district courts in California, renaming an appellate pick who previously faced fierce opposition in the Senate from home state legislators.

  • September 19, 2019

    NY District Court Pick Pulled Amid Home Senator's Opposition

    The White House announced the withdrawal of a judicial pick Thursday, pulling Thomas Marcelle's nomination to be a federal district judge in the Northern District of New York amid long-running opposition from one of the state's Democratic senators.

  • September 19, 2019

    Class Cert. Denied In ERISA Suit Against Tort Firm 401(k) Plan

    An Andrus Wagstaff PC 401(k) plan participant can't turn her Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit into a class action accusing Nationwide of intentionally overcharging the law firm's plan for record-keeping services, an Ohio federal judge ruled Thursday, saying her class definitions were overbroad.

  • September 19, 2019

    Sacramento Home Of Orrick, DLA Piper To Sell For $199M

    The Sacramento office building that houses Orrick, DLA Piper and Jackson Lewis outposts will be snapped up for $199 million by a Manulife Financial Corp. real estate investment arm, according to an announcement Thursday.

  • September 19, 2019

    Bathroom Break Shouldn't Nix Jury Trial, Texas Panel Says

    A lower court judge should not have canceled a jury trial because an attorney in the case left court to go to the bathroom shortly before a pretrial hearing was called, a Texas appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • September 19, 2019

    Sens. Push Permanent Security For Supreme Court Justices

    A pair of senators introduced a bill Thursday to add permanent additional security for U.S. Supreme Court justices, since the current authorization to protect them while off court grounds is set to expire at the end of the year.

  • September 19, 2019

    What In-House Counsel Weigh Before Using Litigation Finance

    When the leaders of a corporate legal department look for a third-party litigation funder, they often consider not only the cost but other components, including business reputation, according to a panel of experts at a conference Thursday.

  • September 19, 2019

    DOL Nominee Scalia Calls 'Fowl' On Democrat Critics

    Will Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP attorney Eugene Scalia, who has spent much of his career representing businesses, be an effective advocate for workers if confirmed as head of the U.S. Department of Labor? Ask the chicken processors he scored a $10 million settlement for when he worked in George W. Bush's DOL, the nominee said at his confirmation hearing Thursday. 

  • September 19, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Akerman snagged a spot among the week’s legal lions after a jury awarded its model clients nearly $1 million for a swingers club’s unauthorized use of their images, while Hanshaw Burink was among the legal lambs with a loss at the Sixth Circuit for a client fired after golfing during medical leave.

  • September 18, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Fisher Phillips' Roger Quillen

    Roger Quillen has served as chairman of labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips for the last 20 years. Here, Law360 chats with Quillen about the firm’s recent growth spurt, its strategies for luring top talent and the one quality he thinks associates need to have to succeed.

  • September 18, 2019

    Retired Del. Judge Kevin Carey Jumps To Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells announced Wednesday that retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey will become a partner in its business restructuring and insolvency practice on Oct. 1, joining the global firm after nearly 20 years on the bench, mostly in Delaware's busy bankruptcy court.

  • September 18, 2019

    Key GOP Senator 'Real Doubtful' On 2nd Circ. Nominee

    A Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee voiced doubts Wednesday about President Donald Trump's pick for the powerful Second Circuit appeals court, putting the nomination in question given the thin margins on the committee and in the chamber.

  • September 18, 2019

    Outside Counsel Litigation Spending Has Soared, Clients Say

    Large corporations have increased their outside counsel litigation spending by 20% over the last four years, and those same clients predict they will spend an additional $1.3 billion on outside counsel for litigation in 2020, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • September 18, 2019

    The 4 Firms That Scare General Counsel The Most

    Four law firms strike fear in the hearts of their litigation opponents more than any other in the industry, according to a report released Wednesday that dubs the firms the “fearsome foursome.”

  • September 18, 2019

    Use Of 3rd-Party Litigation Financing By Cos. Likely To Grow

    There will be a coming "explosive growth" in the use of commercial litigation finance by companies, not just to fund litigation but also to monetize claims, a panel of experts predicted Wednesday.

  • September 17, 2019

    Brown Rudnick Energy Head Tapped As API's Top Lawyer

    The American Petroleum Institute tapped the co-head of Brown Rudnick LLP's energy and environmental practice, who's also a veteran regulator and lobbyist, to serve as the petroleum industry group's top lawyer.

  • September 17, 2019

    Mass. Judge Indictment 'Shatters' State Power, Law Profs Say

    A group of 15 law professors from around the country filed an amicus brief Tuesday in support of a Massachusetts state judge accused of helping a man escape federal immigration authorities, saying the case "shatters" the balance of power between state and federal government.

  • September 17, 2019

    Quinn Emanuel Wants Out Of $8.9M Arbitration Award Row

    Quinn Emanuel urged a California federal judge on Monday to let the firm withdraw as counsel for a broke Indian yarn company that was ordered to pay $8.9 million to two U.S. cotton suppliers after an unsuccessful antitrust suit against them.

  • September 17, 2019

    Legal Tech Co. Ironclad Raises $50M In Series C Round

    Legal technology company Ironclad Inc. brought in $50 million in a Series C funding round steered by Fenwick & West LLP, the company announced Tuesday, bringing the startup's total funding to $84 million.

  • September 17, 2019

    Fed. Court Leaders Revamp Plan For Misconduct Complaints

    In their latest #MeToo-era move, federal court leaders on Tuesday approved a new-and-improved process for addressing employee complaints of sexual misconduct and workplace discrimination.

  • September 17, 2019

    Flaws In 2007 UK Legal Reform Spark Call For More Changes

    Shortcomings stemming from the regulatory structure of legal services created 12 years ago in the United Kingdom, including confusion about who is regulated and an inconsistency between consumer expectations and the breadth of protection, should spur additional reforms, according to an interim report published Tuesday by University College London.

  • September 17, 2019

    Feds Escape Bias Suit Over ALJ Hiring Process

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has ducked the racial discrimination suit of an attorney who contended that the agency’s selection process for administrative law judges illegally discriminated against black applicants.

Expert Analysis

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

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    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

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    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

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    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

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    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

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    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • 'Flexible Work' Makes Freelancing More Viable In BigLaw

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    The rise of remote work capabilities and advances in technology are making flexible, freelance legal work a more accessible career option for corporate attorneys, say Elizabeth Black and Sara Eng of InCloudCounsel.

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

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    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

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    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

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    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

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    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.

  • Navigating E-Discovery In Employment Litigation: Part 2

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    In the final part of this article, Kim Leffert and Michael Downey of Mayer Brown LLP provide guidance on e-discovery issues such as how employer bring-your-own-device policies affect electronically stored information and best practices for handling privileged communications.

  • Navigating E-Discovery In Employment Litigation: Part 1

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    Kim Leffert and Michael Downey of Mayer Brown LLP explain how to make the e-discovery process for employment litigation easier and more cost-effective by providing practical guidance on the key issues involved with handling electronically stored information.

  • Trump And Cohen: What Lawyers Can Learn

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    Though many details have yet to emerge, the takeaway for lawyers watching the saga of Michael Cohen is a simple one: You can act as a legal advocate, but don’t let “blind loyalty” to your client — no matter how powerful they may be — direct your behavior, says criminal defense attorney Arash Hashemi.

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