Business of Law

  • 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.

  • September 04, 2019

    Case Against Ex-Skadden Partner Got Lost In The Weeds

    The government's failure to convict ex-Skadden partner Gregory Craig reflected both the challenge the Justice Department faced making its technical case resonate with the jury and the effectiveness of the former White House counsel when he took the stand to defend himself against allegations he lied about his work for the Ukrainian government.

  • September 04, 2019

    Clark Hill Scoops Up Las Vegas Boutique Gentile Cristalli

    Clark Hill PLC has combined with Las Vegas litigation boutique Gentile Cristalli Miller Armeni Savarese, adding four attorneys as members, the firm announced on Wednesday.

  • September 04, 2019

    Jones Day Says Edits To Sex Bias Suit Beyond The Pale

    BigLaw heavyweight Jones Day doubled down Wednesday on its contention that former associates suing it for systemic gender discrimination improperly revised their complaint, rebutting the women’s argument from a day earlier that they updated their claims in line with procedural rules.

  • September 04, 2019

    Huawei Says US Agenda Behind Bid To DQ Sidley Atty

    An attorney for Huawei told a New York federal judge Wednesday that prosecutors' bid to disqualify a former deputy attorney general from representing the company in a criminal bank-fraud case is part of a broader agenda the government has against Huawei.

  • September 04, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Sterne Kessler's Michael Ray

    Michael B. Ray has served as managing director of midsize intellectual property law firm Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox for the last 12 years. Here, he discusses his goals for the 40-year-old law firm and the traits he values most in a firm partner.

  • September 04, 2019

    Weil Atty's Closing Argument Struck As J&J Talc Trial Wraps

    A New Jersey judge struck the entire closing argument of a Johnson & Johnson attorney who told a jury Wednesday that “lawsuit fiction” dominated claims by four mesothelioma victims, giving the Weil Gotshal partner a stern rebuke about her conduct.

  • September 04, 2019

    Blue Apron Scoops Up Former Fried Frank Atty For GC Role

    Meal kit delivery service Blue Apron has tapped a former Fried Frank special counsel to lead its legal department, according to a Wednesday announcement.

  • September 04, 2019

    Jury Clears Ex-Skadden Partner Of Lying To Gov't

    A D.C. federal jury needed little more than four hours Wednesday to clear ex-Skadden partner Gregory Craig of a criminal charge of lying to justice officials to cover up his role in a media “seeding” plan designed to aid Ukrainian officials.

  • September 04, 2019

    Estee Lauder Fills Top Lawyer Spot With Veteran GC

    Estee Lauder has hired a seasoned general counsel to serve as its next top lawyer, according to a Wednesday announcement, two months after the company promoted its former legal head to the new position of vice chairman.

  • September 04, 2019

    Legal Tech Co. Clio Inks $250M In Series D Round

    Canadian legal technology company Clio said Wednesday it nabbed $250 million from growth equity firms TCV and JMI Equity in a Series D round that Clio said was one of the largest growth investments in the legal technology space.

  • September 03, 2019

    Ex-Skadden Atty Wasn't In On Report's PR Spin, Jury Told

    A D.C. federal jury should "salvage" a stellar legal reputation built over five decades at the top of BigLaw and through two stints as an adviser to U.S. presidents, a lawyer for ex-Skadden partner Gregory Craig said Tuesday.

  • September 03, 2019

    Here's Why O'Melveny And Allen & Overy Ended Merger Talks

    A shifting macroeconomic climate played a role in the unraveling of merger talks between the U.K.'s Allen & Overy and U.S.-based O'Melveny & Myers, sources say, but cross-border merger talks between large law firms are often doomed from the get-go, according to legal industry pundits.

  • September 03, 2019

    Jones Day Says Bias Suit Can't ID Practice That Hurts Women

    Female ex-associates who called legal powerhouse Jones Day's compensation system a "black box" that lets gender bias run rampant haven't been able to zero in on a specific employment practice that hurts women, Jones Day told a D.C. federal court on Tuesday.

  • September 03, 2019

    These Firms Are Getting A Nod For Their Diversity Efforts

    Sixty-four law firms have met certain benchmarks for recruiting women, lawyers of color and LGBTQ attorneys for key positions, according to Diversity Lab, as it continues to encourage the legal industry to affirmatively consider underrepresented lawyers for leadership roles and promotions through its Mansfield Rule.

Expert Analysis

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

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    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 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.

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