Business of Law

  • September 16, 2019

    15 Minutes With Flynn Restaurant Group's General Counsel

    Since Jacqueline Lee stepped into her first-ever general counsel role in March at Flynn Restaurant Group, which owns Taco Bell and Panera Bread, one of the hurdles she has managed is getting up to speed on different areas of the law. Here, she shared her accomplishments so far, how she transitioned from Jones Day to an in-house role and how restaurants and law firms are similar.

  • September 13, 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.

  • September 13, 2019

    Venable Sacks Ex-NFL Player's Suit Over Mayweather Fight

    A California state appellate court has shot down a former NFL linebacker’s suit alleging that Venable LLP mishandled his investment in a Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing match, ruling Thursday that he lacked standing to sue because the firm never dealt with him but rather with a limited liability company that handled his money.

  • September 13, 2019

    O'Melveny Seeks To Duck Malpractice Suit After Arbitration

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP has urged a California federal court to affirm an arbitrator’s finding that it did not engage in malpractice when it represented both a defunct money management firm and its CEO in a contract dispute brought by a shareholder.

  • September 13, 2019

    Jones Day Attys 'Very Much Regret' Grand Jury Redaction Slip

    Jones Day on Friday expressed remorse for exposing details about grand jury proceedings in a criminal case alleging fraudulent opioid marketing, telling a Virginia federal judge that a software oversight allowed a reporter to peek behind faulty redactions in a court filing.

  • September 13, 2019

    Trustee Seeks Ch. 7 Conversion For LeClairRyan Bankruptcy

    The Office of the U.S. Trustee on Thursday asked a Virginia bankruptcy court to convert the Chapter 11 case of defunct law firm LeClairRyan PLLC to a Chapter 7 liquidation, saying the firm has not been collecting on its accounts as quickly as anticipated.

  • September 13, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: Is The Gig Economy Doomed In California?

    The California state legislature passed a bill this week making it harder for businesses to classify their workers as independent contractors. On this week's Pro Say podcast, we discuss how the law could be especially disruptive for the likes of Uber, Lyft and other companies in the so-called gig economy.

  • September 13, 2019

    Atty Can't Block Red Sox Purchase Of Street By Fenway Park

    A local attorney can't stop the Boston Redevelopment Authority from selling the Red Sox the permanent rights to a street next to the team's Fenway Park stadium, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said Friday.

  • September 13, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The Trump administration has lauded a privacy shield data pact relied on by thousands of businesses, the probes into Google's search and advertising policies have highlighted cracks between enforcers, and the Federal Trade Commission said it's working on new guidance for tech companies. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • September 13, 2019

    Meet The Attys Leading The Opioid MDL 'Negotiation Class'

    A team of six top attorneys will now be representing a novel “negotiation class" on behalf of cities and counties in the opioid multidistrict litigation with the hopes of hammering out a global settlement with opioid manufacturers and distributors accused of fueling the devastating epidemic. Here are the six negotiators and some of their biggest cases and notable achievements.

  • September 13, 2019

    Sidley Doubles Down On Activism Practice With New Co-Lead

    Sidley Austin is stepping up its push to have partners handle shareholder activism matters full time, bringing on a new co-lead whose activism career has featured work on the legal, hedge fund and investment banking sides of the industry, the group's leaders told Law360.

  • September 13, 2019

    8 Clyde & Co. Insurance Partners Leave To Start Own Firm

    A sizable chunk of Clyde & Co.’s San Francisco office has decided to depart in order to launch a new firm, including eight partners whose practices focus on insurance and monitoring in the cyber and professional negligence spaces, the firm confirmed Friday.

  • September 12, 2019

    Ginsburg Says 'Courageous People' Must Restore Civility

    Just weeks out from the next U.S. Supreme Court term, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave poor marks to the nation's current political climate Thursday and said it will take "courageous people" on both sides of the aisle to restore what she considers a lost era of bipartisanship.

  • September 12, 2019

    Ex-Greenberg Traurig Attys Get 11th Circ. Nods

    President Donald Trump has named two recently appointed Florida Supreme Court justices, who both previously worked as commercial litigators at Greenberg Traurig LLP, as his picks to fill Eleventh Circuit bench seats, the White House announced Thursday.

  • September 12, 2019

    Kanye West Drops Quinn Emanuel For Bird Marella In EMI Suit

    Rapper and producer Kanye West has ditched Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP as his representation in a case in New York federal court involving his longtime music publisher EMI and switched to attorneys with Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • September 12, 2019

    3rd Circ. Probes Missing Docs In LSAT Taker's ADA Row

    A Third Circuit panel on Thursday was confounded by an aspiring attorney's request to be granted more time and other concessions for her law school entrance exam when she didn’t provide any documentation to test administrators that she’s disabled, nor did she tell them about her troubles obtaining the required proof. 

  • September 12, 2019

    Judge In Brock Turner Case Loses Girls' Tennis Coaching Gig

    Recalled California state judge Aaron Persky, who gained notoriety after sentencing Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to only six months in prison following his sexual assault conviction, has been fired from his high school girls' tennis coach job.

  • September 12, 2019

    Law360’s Guide To Trump’s Judicial Picks

    With 150 judicial appointments under his belt, President Donald Trump is reshaping the federal judiciary for decades to come. Here is Law360's comprehensive guide to the nominations.

  • September 12, 2019

    Ex-MoFo Partner Fairfax Hits CBS With $400M Defamation Suit

    Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is seeking $400 million over claims CBS defamed him by airing and promoting one-sided interviews with two women he says falsely accused him of sexual assault, according to a suit the former Morrison & Foerster LLP partner filed Thursday against the news outlet.

  • September 12, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Three plaintiffs firms earned a spot on this week's legal lions list by securing a $37.3 million verdict in a Johnson & Johnson talc case, while Latham & Watkins LLP ended up among the legal lambs when a judge slapped client StarKist with a $100 million price-fixing fine.

  • September 12, 2019

    Ex-White & Williams Atty Fights Bid To Ax Bias Suit

    A black female attorney accusing White and Williams LLP of race and gender discrimination has hit back against the firm’s attempt to nix her suit, saying it “cherry-picked the allegations it finds easiest to argue against” and ignored facts that support her claims.

  • September 11, 2019

    Anonymity Order Unsealed In Jones Day Gender Bias Case

    A Washington, D.C., federal court on Wednesday revealed some of the reasoning behind its decision last month to deny anonymity to one of the attorneys suing Jones Day for alleged gender bias, although the court kept the woman’s identity under wraps since she is no longer part of the case.

  • September 11, 2019

    Kirkland, Littler Accused Of Hiding Litigation Funder Sale Info

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Littler Mendelson PC allegedly steered litigation funder Oasis Financial's private equity sale using fraudulent transaction documents while improperly keeping its minority co-owners out of the loop until it was final, an Oasis founder claimed Tuesday in Illinois state court.

  • September 11, 2019

    Senate Confirms 6 To Trial Courts, Marking 150 Trump Judges

    The U.S. Senate confirmed six district court nominees with broad bipartisan support Wednesday, including two first tapped by the Obama administration, marking the 150th Trump pick confirmed to the federal bench in less than three years.

  • September 11, 2019

    Jones Day Needs Mea Culpa To Avoid Grand Jury Flub Fallout

    Despite the justice system’s sensitivity about grand jury secrecy, a leak sprung by Jones Day lawyers this week in a badly redacted federal filing avoids courts’ usual sore spots and isn’t likely to draw a sanction — as long as the firm can explain how the blunder occurred.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Litigation Finance Can And Should Protect Its Reputation

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    This month’s controversy surrounding alleged financial misrepresentations by Burford Capital underlines the need for litigation financiers to unite in educating the public about the value of litigation finance, lest opportunists use cases like this to disparage the industry as a whole, says Charles Agee at Westfleet Advisors.

  • Crisis Messaging To Protect Law Firm Brand And Bottom Line

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    When crises occur, such as data security incidents or gender bias suits, a well-prepared law firm has a thoroughly tested communications plan at the ready, which ensures the firm is the most proactive news source, prevents the crisis from escalating and notifies stakeholders about mitigation efforts, says Zach Olsen at Infinite Global.

  • Perspectives

    What You Should Know About Courtroom Closures

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    At attorney Greg Craig’s trial in D.C. federal court this week, the courtroom was cleared so prospective jurors could answer sensitive questions. Even seasoned litigators were left wondering about the nature of this subtle, yet significant, issue involving Sixth Amendment public trial rights, says Luke Cass at Quarles & Brady.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Seaweed Scientist's Odyssey

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    In the early 1980s, I was working on my Ph.D. in marine biology and ecology. As part of an international team of scientists studying oil spill impacts on marine ecosystems, I saw a niche opportunity to combine science and law, says Andrew Davis of Shipman & Goodwin.

  • US V. Craig And The Criminalization Of Nondisclosure

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    A D.C. federal court's recent decision in United States v. Greg Craig highlights important points about the contours of a concealment charge under the false statements statute — under which silence can be criminal — and indicates that deliberate engagement with a governmental unit can itself impose a duty to disclose, say Eric Nitz and Emily Damrau of MoloLamken.

  • Opinion

    Clients Benefit From Law Firm Expense Growth

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    Although there continue to be corporate clients who are seduced by the idea that cheapest is always best when it comes to outside counsel, there are many negative implications on service delivery that result from myopically focusing only on cost reduction at the expense of quality and innovation, says Keith Maziarek at Katten Muchin.

  • Opinion

    Changing Ethics Rules Is Key To Law Firm Innovation

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    As demonstrated by the California bar proposal to allow nonlawyers to invest in law firms, we can change the legal ethics rules in a way that protects clients while permitting firms to innovate and serve clients better, say Todd Richheimer of ​​​​​​​Lawfty and Peter Joy of Washington University Law School.

  • National Coordinating Counsel: Key To Virtual Mass Tort Team

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    The national coordinating counsel is at the helm of both the design and execution of the virtual law team, providing case leadership and subject matter expertise, and ensuring consistency and efficiency throughout a mass tort litigation, say attorneys at Sidley Austin and FaegreBD.

  • Calif. Justices Create Arbitration Compromise Conundrum

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    The California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heimlich v. Shivji leaves parties in arbitration that made or intend to make an offer to compromise under Section 998 of the California Civil Procedure Code with difficult choices regarding when and how to notify arbitrators about existing offers, say Daniel Rozansky and Crystal Jonelis at Stubbs Alderton.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Castillo Reviews 'Raising The Bar'

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    A timely new book, “Raising the Bar: Diversifying Big Law," is one of the first honest assessments of the challenging battleground for people of color at large law firms, and I hope that firm management committee members read it, says U.S. District Judge Rubén Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois.

  • Debunking 3 Myths About Contract Attorneys

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    Although contract attorneys represent a quality source of legal work, inaccurate assumptions cause many legal departments and law firms to hesitate when considering them, say Matthew Weaver and Shannon Murphy of Major Lindsey.

  • Compliance Imperatives For Defensible Data Disposal

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    Companies in a host of industries have recently faced steep compliance fines for data breaches from domestic and international regulators. Defensible disposal of corporate data presents an excellent opportunity to mitigate the impact of these data-driven risks, says Julia Brickell of H5.

  • A Litigator’s Reflections From The Arbitrator’s Chair

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's opinions this term in Henry Schein and Lamps Plus remind us of the fundamental difference between arbitration and litigation. Yet, as a commercial litigator who serves as a neutral arbitrator, I have observed that experienced litigators often fail to adapt their approach in arbitration, says Paula Litt at Honigman.

  • 5 Hard Phrases Lawyers Should Master

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    While Kelly Corrigan's popular book, "Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say," focuses on simple words or phrases that individuals can use to improve their personal lives, attorneys can utilize Corrigan's advice for professional benefit, says Karen Ross of Tucker Ellis.

  • E-Discovery Experts Could Increase Fed. Court Efficiency

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    As electronic data demands on federal courts continue to increase, it may be time to consider whether the courts should establish an office that could be staffed with technical experts familiar with electronic discovery issues, says Douglas Smith of Kirkland.

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