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Business of Law

  • September 13, 2018

    Abercrombie Finds Former HSN Exec Right Fit For GC Role

    A former chief legal officer at HSN Inc. was named senior vice president and general counsel of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. on Thursday, according to the American retailer.

  • September 13, 2018

    Feinstein Sent Undisclosed Letter On Kavanaugh To FBI

    The Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat on Thursday sent the FBI unspecified information she received in a letter about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, following the release of a report about the letter.

  • September 13, 2018

    Trump Pick For 9th Circ. Advances To Senate

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a slate of President Donald Trump's nominees to the federal bench on Thursday, including an 11-10 party-line vote on Ryan D. Nelson to the Ninth Circuit, making him the third nominee tapped for the appeals court to be reported to the Senate under this administration.

  • September 13, 2018

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    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 Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • September 13, 2018

    21st Century Fox GC Plans Return To Williams & Connolly

    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. Group General Counsel Gerson Zweifach on Thursday announced his plans to exit the media corporation, following the completion of its pending $71.3 billion transaction with The Walt Disney Co., and return to Williams & Connolly LLP.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ex-Winston Partner Wants Bias Row Out Of Arbitration

    A former Winston & Strawn LLP partner told a California appellate panel on Wednesday that her gender bias suit should not have been sent to arbitration, saying her claims weren't covered by the arbitration provision in her employment contract, which was unlawful anyway.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ex-Dickstein Shapiro Partners Sue Blank Rome Over $4M

    Former Dickstein Shapiro LLP partners accused Blank Rome LLP in California state court Wednesday of defining its move to scoop more than 100 attorneys from the now-defunct Dickstein as an asset sale, rather than a merger, in an attempt to "play cute" and avoid paying them $4 million.

  • September 12, 2018

    Hearings May Be Over, But Dems Still Hammering Kavanaugh

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's face-to-face interrogation by the Senate Judiciary Committee might be over, but Democratic members of the panel are continuing to grill the D.C. Circuit judge with personal and political questions in a series of follow-up interrogatories.

  • September 12, 2018

    Collins, Manchin Question Honesty Of Kavanaugh Testimony

    Some of the most prominent holdouts on D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday they want more information and to question him further, amid accusations that he may not have been honest in previous confirmation testimony.

  • September 12, 2018

    Quinn Slams Ex-Partners' Claim His Firm Is In Decline

    When a team of New York litigators left Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP to form their own boutique, they wrote in a March email to their onetime colleagues that the “declining financial state of the firm” had played a role in their decision to leave. John Quinn, the founder of the international litigation powerhouse, tells Law360 that suggestion is nonsense.

  • September 12, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Exec Leaving To Start Diversity Institute

    Greenberg Traurig co-president Hilarie Bass announced Wednesday that she will be stepping down at the end of the year to focus on a newly established institute to promote diversity and work on issues facing women and people of color in law and other industries.

  • September 12, 2018

    Conflict Should DQ Katten In IP Row, Valeant Tells Fed. Circ.

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP should be disqualified from three ongoing drug patent appeals, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. told a Federal Circuit panel Wednesday, arguing that when the firm hired two Alston & Bird LLP attorneys and picked up their work for Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., it created a fatal conflict.

  • September 12, 2018

    Bradley Arant Names New Managing Partner

    The Alabama-based Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP on Wednesday appointed Jonathan Skeeters, a partner in the law firm's Nashville, Tennessee, office, as its new managing partner and chairman of the board.

  • September 12, 2018

    BigLaw Firms May Have A Cyberattack Target On Their Backs

    Large law firms are "target-rich environments" for cyberattacks, when compared with their corporate clients and small law firms, according to a Wednesday presentation by the American Bar Association, but there are resources available to help them fight back.

  • September 12, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: Greenberg Traurig's Brian Duffy

    Brian Duffy has served as chief executive officer of Greenberg Traurig LLP for the past two and a half years. Here, Duffy opens up about his fear of how another recession could impact law firms, his thoughts on diversity in the profession and the most recent book he read.

  • September 11, 2018

    Law School Agrees To Pay $2.65M To End Accreditation Suit

    The Charlotte School of Law has agreed to pay $2.65 million to end a proposed class action alleging the shuttered school misrepresented and failed to inform students and prospective students about its compliance with American Bar Association standards and the status of its accreditation once the ABA had placed it on probation.

  • September 11, 2018

    AI Changing What It Means To Be A BigLaw Attorney

    Law firm associates once performed the tedious task of manual document review themselves, sometimes sifting through thousands of boxes of documents in sweaty warehouses, but all that has changed as the advent of artificial intelligence prompts an evolution in the roles attorneys play in their firms.

  • September 11, 2018

    Impeachment Trials For W.Va. High Court Set As Deal Fails

    A historic impeachment proceeding aimed at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals kicked off Tuesday with the failure of a deal in which two justices had agreed to take “personal and institutional” responsibility for not controlling lavish spending on office upgrades.

  • September 11, 2018

    Littler Adds Belgian Firm As European Growth Continues

    Littler Mendelson PC announced Tuesday that a 20-lawyer Belgian firm has joined the international employment law powerhouse, giving Littler a presence in six European countries and 20 countries globally.

  • September 11, 2018

    $250M State Farm Deal Could Spur More Campaign Cash Suits

    The eye-popping $250 million that State Farm will pay to settle claims it rigged an Illinois judicial election to overturn a $1 billion class action verdict likely will spur copycat suits over judicial campaign donations and the blurry lines of influence they yield, experts say.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • 5 E-Discovery Hurdles For Government Agencies

    Amy Hilbert

    Electronic discovery is a challenging process for even the most experienced law firms and corporations, but the challenges faced by government agencies may be even more daunting, says Amy Hilbert of Casepoint LLC.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Rebuttal

    Judges Can Demand Diversity In Rule 23(g) Applications

    Kellie Lerner

    A recent Law360 guest op-ed criticized the judge in the Chicago Board Options Exchange antitrust litigation for requesting more diversity in plaintiffs’ lead counsel applications. The author’s argument misinterprets the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reinforces archaic misconceptions about women and minorities in the courtroom, say Kellie Lerner and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Kavanaugh On Attorney-Client Privilege — 3 Takeaways

    Louis Ramos

    In what may be one of his final acts on the D.C. Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has written an opinion that may strengthen attorney-client privilege over communications between a company and its in-house counsel. Attorneys at DLA Piper discuss what this holding could mean for the future of the privilege and offer advice for current in-house counsel.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.