Business of Law

  • 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.

  • September 03, 2019

    Jets Promote General Counsel To Franchise President

    The New York Jets announced Tuesday that the team's general counsel has been promoted to president of the franchise and will now oversee all the team's business operations.

  • September 03, 2019

    Trump Legal Fund Adds Fire To Ethics Rule Debate

    A controversial legal fund for Trump administration figures is driving debate over a U.S. Office of Government Ethics’ plan to draft a new ethics rule for such funds, but some attorneys worry the agency might over-correct with guidelines to prevent copycats.

  • September 03, 2019

    15 Minutes With Axiom's General Counsel

    As general counsel of alternative legal services provider Axiom, Lisa Young spends her time thinking about and implementing ways to make her peers' jobs easier. Here, she explains how Axiom is changing the legal industry, how millennials are transforming in-house departments and how she convinces other lawyers to use the company's services.

  • September 03, 2019

    Guggenheim Partners Taps Khuzami As Chief Legal Officer

    Guggenheim Partners has hired as its chief legal officer former Deputy Manhattan U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami, who has also held high-profile positions at Kirkland, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Deutsche Bank, the financial services company announced Tuesday.

  • September 03, 2019

    Barclay Damon Picks Up 20 LeClairRyan Attys

    As LeClairRyan moves forward with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, 20 of its former attorneys have found a home at Barclay Damon, including LeClairRyan's New Haven, Connecticut, office and onetime president Elizabeth Acee.

  • September 03, 2019

    LeClairRyan Heads To Ch. 11 In Virginia

    LeClairRyan PLLC has filed for Chapter 11 in Virginia, approximately one month after its members voted to shut down the firm.

  • August 30, 2019

    Delaware Powerhouses Bolster State’s Legal Industry Growth

    For decades, Delaware’s law firms, courts and services have been indispensable to the regional economy, with a legal sector growing faster than any other state’s, buttressed by nationally sought-after bankruptcy, patent, corporate and commercial law venues where, in 2019, Law360’s Delaware Powerhouses consistently excelled.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

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    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

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    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Defamation In Litigation: A Primer On Privileges In NY

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    Under New York law, statements made in court and other litigation-related communications are, in most cases, privileged. But these privileges have limits, and it behooves litigants — particularly those inclined to speak publicly about their cases — to be aware of them, says Jonathan Bloom of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

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    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

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    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

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    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

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    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

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    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

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    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

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    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

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    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

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    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

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    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

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