Business of Law

  • July 12, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Observers think regulators are waiting to be convinced that broker-dealers use effective processes to protect customer assets, and the Department of Justice will now consider "robust" compliance programs when contemplating bringing charges against whistleblower companies. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • July 12, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders Expect Growth, But Also Rising Expenses

    Law firm managers eyeing the remainder of 2019 have slightly higher confidence in the U.S. and global economies, but expenses are expected to eat into a greater chunk of firms' bottom lines, according to a survey released Friday.

  • July 11, 2019

    Claims Trimmed From Chemical Co. Atty's Sex Bias Suit

    A former in-house attorney at Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. who says she was fired after complaining about gender discrimination saw a New York federal court slash several claims from her lawsuit Thursday but deny the company's dismissal bid. 

  • July 11, 2019

    Accenture Taps Ex-Cravath Partner As New CEO

    Accenture has named as its new chief executive a former partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP who has worked with the professional services giant for nearly a decade, the company announced Thursday.

  • July 11, 2019

    Ballard Spahr To Add 6 IP Attys As Leopold Petrich Closes

    Ballard Spahr LLP is beefing up its media and entertainment presence on the West Coast by hiring six Leopold Petrich & Smith PC copyright and trademark attorneys with experience representing high-profile clients like Stephen King and film projects like "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," in the wake of the Hollywood heavyweight's closure.

  • July 11, 2019

    Girardi Defaulted On $16M Settlement, Litigation Funder Says

    Law Finance Group LLC has told a Los Angeles judge that law firm Girardi Keese and trial attorney Thomas V. Girardi have defaulted on a $16 million settlement agreement in a contract breach dispute, saying they missed a deadline to pay $6 million.

  • July 11, 2019

    The Best Law Firms For Women And Minority Attorneys

    Few U.S. law firms have made much headway when it comes to creating a truly diverse workforce. These 25 firms made Law360’s list by outranking their peers on their representation both of women and attorneys of color.

  • July 11, 2019

    Calif. Bar's Nonlawyer Reforms To Get Public Airing

    As California considers making big changes to attorney regulation that would allow nonlawyers to offer legal advice in the state and hold financial interest in law firms, the state bar's board of trustees voted Thursday to put the proposed changes up for public comment.

  • July 11, 2019

    Ex-Skadden Atty Disbarred In UK For Lying To Mueller

    A former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP associate who pled guilty to lying to the Office of Special Counsel during the Robert Mueller investigation has had his law license revoked in the United Kingdom.

  • July 11, 2019

    Eli Lilly Searches For New GC As Top Atty Plans To Retire

    Eli Lilly and Co. on Thursday announced that its senior vice president and general counsel plans to retire at the end of 2019 after 28 years with the pharmaceutical company, and a search has begun for his successor.

  • July 11, 2019

    Bitter Divorce: When Law Firm Breakups Go Sour

    Partner departures from a firm are often civil, if not amicable, and pass without public incident. But the defection of a partner from one firm to another can be the catalyst for a fraught dispute over fees, returned capital or the circumstances of their exit.

  • July 11, 2019

    PayPal GC Set To Depart For Top Lawyer Role At Discover

    PayPal senior vice president and general counsel Wanji Walcott plans to leave the online payments company Friday, and then later this month start in her new role as chief legal officer and general counsel at Discover, she told Law360 on Thursday.

  • July 11, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Latham & Watkins made it on this week’s legal lions list with a win for drugmakers vacating a regulation requiring the disclosure of drug prices in TV ads, while a sanctioned New York attorney who has filed hundreds of copyright cases in recent years landed among the legal lambs.

  • July 10, 2019

    Firm Owes $3M For Help Wooing 19-Person IP Team: Recruiter

    A legal recruiter slapped Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP with a lawsuit Tuesday that alleges the law firm owes it about $3 million for making the introductions that led the firm to add a former Budd Larner partner and his entire intellectual property team.

  • July 10, 2019

    Ex-Special Counsel Prosecutor Joins Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's new partner in its New York office is a former prosecutor who served on ex-special counsel Robert Mueller's team, the firm announced on Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2019

    Judge Skeptical Of Craig's Candor Defense In FARA Case

    A federal judge on Wednesday grilled Gregory Craig's legal team about why the court should dismiss criminal charges accusing him of lying to national security officials about his role in a media push meant to benefit a Ukrainian politician.

  • July 10, 2019

    This Firm Has The Strongest Brand In The Asia-Pacific Region

    Baker McKenzie has a strong grip on the growing Asia-Pacific market for the third year in a row, as law departments increasingly spend more on international work in the region, according to a new report released Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2019

    ABA Adds Staff Even As It Cuts Positions Amid Restructuring

    The number of staff members employed by the American Bar Association has grown even as the organization has cut positions in the midst of efforts to restructure and reinvent itself, its executive director revealed Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2019

    K&L Gates Atty, 2 Other Trial Court Picks Win Senate OK

    The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved three of President Donald Trump's nominees to the federal trial bench on Wednesday, filling vacancies for districts in Florida, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

  • July 10, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Withers' Justine Markovitz

    Justine Markovitz assumed the role of chairperson of 450-attorney international law firm Withers LLP on July 1, forming an all-female senior leadership team at the firm alongside chief executive Margaret Robertson.

  • July 10, 2019

    Kirkland Sets Up Plaintiffs' Side Trial Group

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has created a plaintiffs' side trial group and plans to substantially increase the number of plaintiffs' cases it takes on, many of which will be performed on a contingency fee basis, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • July 9, 2019

    IP Partner Leaves Husch Blackwell After Nose Punch, 3rd DWI

    A Husch Blackwell LLP partner who specializes in intellectual property and health care disputes has reportedly left the firm after the Wisconsin Supreme Court's Office of Lawyer Regulation publicly reprimanded him for punching a bar manager and driving while intoxicated three times.

  • July 9, 2019

    Heineken USA CLO Stepping Down After 21 Years

    The senior vice president and chief legal officer at Heineken USA has left the beer company after more than two decades, a spokesperson confirmed to Law360 on Tuesday.

  • July 9, 2019

    NY Bar Says Attys Can't Use Gov't Jobs To Assist Clients

    The New York State Bar Association has issued a new ethics opinion that provides attorneys serving in public office with guidance on what private cases they can and cannot take and advises them against using their government position to get special treatment for clients.

  • July 9, 2019

    9th Circ. Pick OK'd Despite Dems' Ire Over Sparse Calif. Ties

    The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's latest nominee for the Ninth Circuit along party lines Tuesday, ignoring Democrats' objections over what they complained are the Kirkland & Ellis lawyer's tenuous ties to California.

Expert Analysis

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Fateful Phone Call

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    When I was growing up, my mother was always the more mild-mannered parent. But during a trans-Atlantic phone call in 1991, when I told her I wanted to go to culinary school instead of law school, she started yelling — at a volume I had never heard from her, says Jason Brookner of Gray Reed.

  • Law Firms Can Do Better With Their Mentoring Programs

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    There are a few practical, proactive steps law firms can take to create a mentoring program that pays dividends — instead of creating a mediocre program that both parties see as an obligation, says Kate Sheikh of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 'Rocket Docket' Justifies Its Name For 11th Straight Year

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    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia “rocket docket” is still the fastest federal civil trial court in the country despite some recent trends causing its median time to trial to grow to 13.2 months, says Robert Tata of Hunton.

  • Measuring The Value Of A Law Firm's Social Media Efforts

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    Most legal marketers struggle to show the return on investment of their social media efforts, but establishing and answering several key questions can help demonstrate exactly how social media programs contribute to a law firm's bottom line, say Guy Alvarez of Good2bSocial and communications consultant Tom Orewyler.

  • Opinion

    Millennials Are Pushing Back Against Law Firm Sexism

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    A recent survey of millennial attorneys shows men and women are having very different BigLaw experiences, but share similar goals. It's imperative that partners recognize that they’re the ones in a position to change the culture, says Michelle Fivel of Major Lindsey.

  • 3 Law Firm Business Tactics To Support A Niche Practice

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    Once you've chosen a strategy for your law firm, what tactics will promote success? There are three tactical areas important to all firms, regardless of specialty or size, but particularly critical for today’s niche firms, say Yussuf Aleem and Jacob Slowik of Joseph Aleem.

  • Real-Life Lessons For Lawyers From 'Game Of Thrones'

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    What lessons can the various hands, maesters, council members and other advisers in "Game of Thrones" impart to real-life lawyers? Quite a few, if we assume that the Model Rules of Professional Conduct were adopted by the Seven Kingdoms, says Edward Reich of Dentons.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your Summer Associates Succeed

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    There are a number of ways that attorneys can ensure their summer associates successfully manage critical writing assignments and new types of professional interactions, says Julie Schrager of Schiff Hardin.

  • Keys To Communicating A Law Firm's Mission

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    Today’s law firm leaders are pretty good at developing a strategic vision for the enterprise, but there is often a disconnect between that road map and the marketing department’s rank and file, leading to a deliverable that does little to differentiate the firm, says José Cunningham, a legal industry consultant.

  • Lawyers' Digital Assistants Raise Ethics, Privacy Concerns

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    As voice-activated digital assistants become more popular, attorneys who use such technology in their offices must keep abreast of evolving standards of reasonable care in protecting confidential client information, say Brenda Dorsett of the New York State Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee and Barry Temkin of Mound Cotton.

  • Opinion

    How Lawyers Can Help Save The Planet

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    Over a dozen major law firms have joined our effort to overcome the legal obstacles that states, cities and businesses face in fighting climate change. But more lawyers are needed, say Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School and John Dernbach of Widener University Commonwealth Law School.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

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