Business of Law

  • August 30, 2019

    Pa. Powerhouses Evolve To Stay Ahead In Tough Legal Market

    The four firms tapped as Law360’s Pennsylvania Powerhouses for 2019 have withstood the test of time by positioning themselves to capitalize on big changes in the state and region’s economy, from the oil and steel booms of a century ago to today’s robust health care and pharmaceutical fields, all while nimbly adapting to changing legal industry trends.

  • August 30, 2019

    Powerhouses Lead Hot Calif. Legal Market Facing Shakeup

    The eclectic group of law firms selected as Law360’s 2019 California Powerhouses have steered billions in transactions, landed multimillion-dollar settlements and secured precedential rulings, representing tech and entertainment giants in a legal market that experts say is “deliriously” hot and could be on the verge of a shakeup.

  • August 30, 2019

    Economic Diversity Keeps Texas Powerhouse Firms Busy

    In the competitive Texas legal market, five firms stand out for playing major roles in reshaping the state’s energy landscape, bringing home blockbuster trial victories and defending clients' trade secrets in bet-the-company litigation.

  • August 30, 2019

    Massachusetts Powerhouses Stay On The Cutting Edge

    By shepherding emerging industries, the harnessing of wind power and the development of breakthrough medical technologies, the four firms that landed on Law360's Massachusetts Powerhouses for 2019 have worked hard to stay ahead of the curve.

  • August 30, 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. 

  • August 30, 2019

    DOL Pick Scalia Earned $6.2M At Gibson Dunn Since 2018

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner Eugene Scalia, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Labor Department, earned more than $6 million working at the corporate law firm since January 2018, according to a financial disclosure form filed Aug. 30.

  • August 30, 2019

    8th Circ. Says Dues Collected By ND Bar Are Constitutional

    The dues collected by North Dakota's bar association do not violate the First Amendment, as the group clearly spells out its payment fees and options for a relatively sophisticated audience of lawyers, the Eighth Circuit determined Friday.

  • August 30, 2019

    Twin Cities Firm To Merge With Taft Stettinius & Hollister

    The Midwest-based firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP on Friday announced it will be merging with Minneapolis firm Briggs and Morgan, creating a combined firm with 12 offices and more than 600 lawyers.

  • August 30, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: Why Are Cops Photoshopping Mug Shots?

    When a bank robbery suspect's face tattoos didn’t appear in eyewitness descriptions or security camera footage, police edited them out of his mug shot. The incident has sparked outrage from activists, but altered police lineups are surprisingly common.

  • August 30, 2019

    Despite Recession Chatter, Lateral Market Sizzles In 2019

    Lateral law firm recruitment activity rose in the first half of 2019 compared with 2018, with an overall 18% jump over a year ago and increases in the numbers of attorney hires across all tiers, indicating firms remain generally bullish in the face of renewed concerns about a looming recession.

  • August 30, 2019

    Utah Reg Changes Could Allow Nonlawyers To Practice Law

    Utah’s Supreme Court has approved a path forward for regulatory changes that will create new opportunities for accounting firms, legal technology companies and other organizations to offer a wider array of legal services to consumers, according to an announcement by the court.

  • August 30, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A credit card processor must face the FTC's accusations that the company should pay for its alleged participation in an elaborate scam, and executives at a reverse mortgage provider were charged with overstating the value of bonds that served as collateral for loans. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • August 30, 2019

    When Justice Takes A Holiday

    The word “holiday” in the U.K. usually conjures up images of relaxing off-work time and travel. But in the middle of a long-running court trial, an impending vacation creates pressure for lawyers — and possibly jurors.

  • August 30, 2019

    The Top In-House Hires Of August

    Legal department hires and promotions during the final full month of summer included high-profile appointments at American Airlines, Duke Energy and Walmart. Here, Law360 looks at these and some of the other top in-house announcements from the past few weeks.

  • August 29, 2019

    Ex-Google Worker Calls Out CLO For 'Abuse' After Affair

    A former Google legal department employee has opened up about her yearslong affair with the tech giant's former general counsel, detailing the "abuse" she says she experienced at the hands of one of the most "ruthless lawyers in the world."

  • August 29, 2019

    GOP Senators Slam Democrat 'Threats' To Pack High Court

    The Republican members of the Senate sent a letter to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday railing against an amicus brief submitted by some of their Democratic colleagues in a case over gun restrictions in New York, accusing the Democrats of threatening to pack the high court.

  • August 29, 2019

    Gov't Makes Last Push On Ex-Skadden Atty At Ukraine Trial

    A federal prosecutor came out swinging Thursday in the trial of ex-Skadden partner Gregory Craig, pressing the onetime White House counsel on the stand about advance copies of a controversial Ukraine report Craig put in the hands of the media, a lobbyist and others.

  • August 29, 2019

    Texas Judge Scolded For Closing Court To Protest Kavanaugh

    A Texas judge has been publicly admonished by the state's judicial disciplinary authorities after he closed his courtroom and draped its doors in funeral bunting to silently protest Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a decision made public Thursday.

  • August 29, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Attorneys who secured a record $280 million jury verdict in a fatal auto-wreck lawsuit landed a spot on the legal lions list this week, while O'Melveny & Myers was among the legal lambs after a judge ordered client Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in the opioid crisis.

  • August 29, 2019

    SEC Accuses Florida Attorney Of Defrauding NFL Players

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday sued Tallahassee lawyer Tim Howard and his hedge fund for allegedly defrauding former NFL players, a move that comes roughly a month after a Law360 investigation revealed how the attorney convinced his ailing clients to invest their life savings in a byzantine scheme.

  • August 29, 2019

    Legal Tech Download: Ayfie, Doxly And Reynen Court

    The world of legal technology is evolving quickly, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at six recent developments.

  • August 28, 2019

    Calif. High Court Taps Retired Judge To Probe Bar Exam Leak

    Retired appellate Judge Arthur G. Scotland and his current law firm Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP will lead the California Supreme Court's investigation into how a list of essay topics made it into the hands of law school deans before last month's bar exam, the court announced Wednesday.

  • August 28, 2019

    Craig Says PR 'Lies' Spurred Media Calls On Ukraine Report

    Former Skadden partner Gregory Craig embraced his role as witness and self-defender at his criminal trial on Wednesday, displaying to a D.C. federal jury a confident command of the complex circumstances around a project he led in the Ukraine seven years ago.

  • August 28, 2019

    Trump's Latest Noms Include Jones Day, Jenner & Block Attys

    The White House revealed a slate of new nominees to the federal bench Wednesday afternoon, including an Oregon state circuit judge tapped for a Ninth Circuit seat that the president has struggled to fill, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Second Circuit and Jones Day and Jenner & Block LLP partners to federal courts in California.

  • August 28, 2019

    Justices Again Asked To Abolish Fed. Circ.'s 1-Line Orders

    The U.S. Supreme Court has again been asked to rule that the Federal Circuit is constitutionally barred from affirming decisions with a single line.

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    The Many Lives Of Michael Chertoff

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    Randy Maniloff begins his interview with the nation’s second secretary of homeland security by saying he wants to go over his resume. The look on Michael Chertoff's face: “Bring it on.”

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

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    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game, and journalism trends.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

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    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

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    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

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    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

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    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

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    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

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    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

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    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

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    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

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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 Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

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    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

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    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

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    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

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    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

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