Business of Law

  • September 09, 2019

    MetLife Benefits Denial An 'Outlier,' Ex-Weil Atty Says

    A former Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP bankruptcy partner who says his career was cut short by a psychiatric breakdown has asked a New York federal judge for a win in his disability benefits suit against MetLife, arguing the insurer's denial of his claim was in "stark contrast" to the evidence. 

  • September 09, 2019

    15 Minutes With Cruise's General Counsel

    As part of his general counsel role at self-driving car company Cruise, Matt Gipple views educating the public about automated vehicles as one of his top priorities. Here, he explains what drew him to the industry, the challenges it faces and where he sees it going in the next few years.

  • September 08, 2019

    In-Depth This Week: A Report On Trump And The Courts

    It’s no secret that President Donald Trump is in the midst of an ambitious campaign to reshape the federal judiciary, but how are his appointments shaping the law? This month’s In-Depth special report offers a deeper look.

  • September 06, 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.

  • September 06, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: How Ex-Skadden Atty Beat Lying Charges

    Former Skadden attorney and ex-White House counsel Gregory Craig was acquitted this week of charges that he lied about work he did for the Ukrainian government. On this week's episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we unpack the thorny trial.

  • September 06, 2019

    NRA Hires Game Maker's Ex-Atty As GC For Lobbying Group

    The National Rifle Association has hired a former general counsel for video game company Gearbox Software LLC as deputy executive director and general counsel of its legislative lobbying group, the gun rights group confirmed Friday.

  • September 06, 2019

    NY Judge Who Said She Was Suspended For Obesity Has Died

    A New York judge who alleged the state court system discriminated against her because of her medical conditions, including obesity, has died, her lawyers told the court on Friday.

  • September 06, 2019

    Trump Could Flip Another Court With 11th Circ. Opening

    A new Eleventh Circuit vacancy gives President Donald Trump the opportunity to "flip" a second federal appeals court from a majority of Democratic appointees to Republican ones, though it would seem more of a symbolic victory on the already solidly conservative circuit.

  • September 06, 2019

    DOJ Gets Lesson On FARA Push In Ex-Skadden Atty's Case

    The U.S. Department of Justice's loss in the prosecution of former Skadden partner Gregory Craig could make clear to officials that, if they want the full picture on those involved in foreign lobbying, it’s going to take more subpoenas directed to suspected “agents” and meticulous FBI interviews.

  • September 06, 2019

    Trump Picks Two Nominees For DC Superior Court

    President Donald Trump on Friday picked a local D.C. magistrate and the top lawyer at a federal workforce agency for vacancies on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

  • September 06, 2019

    Indicted Mass. Judge Claims Immunity To ICE Escape Charge

    A Massachusetts state court judge facing an obstruction of justice charge for allegedly helping an immigrant give U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement the slip said Friday that judicial immunity should bar federal prosecutors from bringing their "unprecedented" case.

  • September 06, 2019

    Shell Appoints New GC After Ex-GC Moves To Nestle

    Royal Dutch Shell PLC has appointed a new group chief ethics and compliance officer and general counsel of compliance after the group's former GC moved to Nestle SA to serve as the candy company's new executive vice president and general counsel.

  • September 06, 2019

    House Dems Call For New Inspector General For US Courts

    Two Democratic leaders of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform have called for the creation of an inspector general position that would independently oversee the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts.

  • September 06, 2019

    Fortress Funds Snap Up Litigation Funder Vannin Capital

    Vannin Capital said Friday it will be bought by funds managed by Fortress Investment Group LLC for an undisclosed amount, nearly a year after the litigation funder postponed plans to go public in London.

  • September 06, 2019

    Legal Sector Jobs Keep Climbing, Reach Decade High

    Jobs in the legal services sector increased by 4,100 in August, reaching a decade-high of just under 1.15 million, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • September 06, 2019

    Jones Day Bias Accusers Can't Expand Case, For Now

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Friday granted Jones Day's motion to strike an expanded complaint in a suit alleging the law firm discriminates against women, ruling it was improperly filed, though he'll let the two sides argue the merits of allowing the amended pleadings.

  • September 06, 2019

    Del. Gov. Asks High Court To Revive Court Party-Balance Rule

    Arguing that a basic tenet of federalism is at stake, Delaware Gov. John Carney has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the Third Circuit's rejection of a requirement that applicants for three top Delaware state courts be registered Democrats or Republicans.

  • September 06, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A federal judge affirmed the former general counsel of the Houston Housing Authority's jury trial win on claims she was fired for reporting possible fraud, and the top financial regulator in New York authorized the first-ever regulated gold-backed cryptocurrency. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • September 06, 2019

    Why Opioid Suits Avoid GCs — And Why That Could Change

    So far, top corporate lawyers have mostly been left out of the recent wave of lawsuits against companies with possible ties to the nationwide deadly opioid drug crisis, but experts warn that executives — including general counsel — could become targets in the future.

  • September 05, 2019

    TransPerfect Allies Launch Push To Overhaul Chancery Court

    Battling boiled up again Thursday over the Delaware Chancery Court-ordered sale of translation technology company TransPerfect Global Inc. that sparked an unrelenting resistance campaign from its co-founder Philip R. Shawe, with a company-aligned advocacy group announcing plans to stump for changes to the nationally known court's practices, disclosures and oversight.

  • September 05, 2019

    McConnell Promises To Fill All Judicial Vacancies By 2021

    Every last judicial vacancy will be filled by the end of President Donald Trump’s first term, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged this week, projecting confidence in his party’s ability to completely transform the federal bench.

  • September 05, 2019

    Nasdaq Taps Its Top North America Lawyer As Global GC

    Nasdaq's current general counsel for North America and chief regulatory officer will become its global general counsel, as the attorney currently in that slot moves into the role of vice chair, the stock exchange announced Thursday.

  • September 05, 2019

    When Are Judges And Attorneys Too Close For Comfort?

    Judges don't necessarily have to disqualify themselves if they are friends with an attorney or party in a case, but they must recuse themselves if they have a “close personal relationship,” according to an opinion released Thursday by an American Bar Association committee.

  • September 05, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Zuckerman Spaeder LLP clinched a spot on the legal lions list this week with a jury verdict clearing client Gregory Craig of lying to the government, while Dowd Bennett LLP ended up among the legal lambs after a judge banned client Anheuser-Busch's "no corn syrup" packaging.

  • September 05, 2019

    Fox Rothschild Nabs 6 Attys From Shuttering LeClairRyan

    Fox Rothschild is the latest law firm to pick up attorneys from the dissolving LeClairRyan, announcing it has added six lawyers to three of its offices.

Expert Analysis

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

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    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

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    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

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    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

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    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Stratified Random Sampling: Part 2

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    In the final part of this article, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research Inc. uses a hypothetical wage-and-hour example involving on-duty meal period agreements to simplify the application of stratified random sampling for correct use in a legal setting.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Stratified Random Sampling: Part 1

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    Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research Inc. explains when it might be advantageous to select a random sample that has been divided into multiple subpopulations, such as when evaluating the rate at which a large medical provider submitted ineligible Medicare reimbursements over 10 years.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

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    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

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    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

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    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

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    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Q&A

    BigLaw Alums Q&A: Mark Migdal's Lara O'Donnell Grillo

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    BigLaw firms tended to be inflexible, with methods that were inconsistent with how I wanted to practice law. There were many time-wasting aspects of the practice, says Lara O’Donnell Grillo of Mark Migdal & Hayden.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

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    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

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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 Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

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    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

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