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Business of Law

  • December 5, 2018

    Progressives Weigh Packing The Court Post-Kavanaugh

    A group of progressive activists gathered Wednesday evening to discuss how to reform the Supreme Court now that conservatives have shored up their majority with two new appointments, including bold strategies such as court-packing and impeaching Justice Brett Kavanaugh if and when Democrats control Congress and the White House.

  • December 5, 2018

    Kerr & Wagstaffe Closes As Rent Rises, Attys Form New Firms

    The partners of San Francisco litigation boutique Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP have shuttered the law firm after 20 years in business as its rent was set to double, and two new firms — one with four partners and no associates — will form in its wake.

  • December 5, 2018

    Debevoise Rolls Out New Associate Feedback Program

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has launched a new informal feedback program designed to give evaluations and training to young associates in the U.S. on an ongoing basis, outside of the context of a more traditional annual review, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Sen.'s Bid To Protect Mueller Again Delays Vote On Judges

    Once again, the Senate Judiciary Committee has canceled a Thursday meeting and delayed votes on Third, Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Circuit judicial nominees as a standoff with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., over an unrelated bill to protect the Mueller investigation continues.

  • December 5, 2018

    Robert Shapiro Faces Deposition Over LegalZoom Claims

    Courtroom star Robert Shapiro will have to answer deposition questions about ads in which he claimed to have “created” LegalZoom.com, a San Francisco arbiter said Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Weil, Covington Unveil Associate Bonuses

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Covington & Burling LLP have both announced their end-of-year bonus scales for associates, according to Above The Law.

  • December 5, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: Arnold & Porter's Richard Alexander

    Richard Alexander took the reins as chairman of Arnold & Porter in 2015 and has since steered the law firm through its merger with Kaye Scholer, which increased the number of attorneys under the leader's watch from 700 to approximately 950.

  • December 4, 2018

    Hilton Sued Over Secret Filming Of NY Bar Exam Taker

    A law school graduate who stayed at a New York hotel before taking the bar exam has sued Hilton and its affiliates for $100 million in Virginia state court, claiming that secretly filmed footage of her showering in her room was posted on pornographic websites and emailed to her friends and colleagues.

  • December 4, 2018

    Scottie Pippen Claims Atty-Comedian Trashed Fla. Mansion

    NBA Hall of Famer and former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen hit a South Florida attorney-comedian and her husband with a lawsuit in state court Monday, accusing them of trashing his $10 million mansion, stealing cutlery and allowing their pets to urinate all over the property.

  • December 4, 2018

    DC Circ. Asks Why Gov't Legal Opinions Are FOIA-Exempt

    The U.S. Justice Department faced pointed questions from D.C. Circuit judges Tuesday about its rationale for keeping legal advice to federal agencies from public view.

  • December 4, 2018

    NewLaw Is Wooing BigLaw's Young Talent

    In search of new experiences and more flexibility, some young lawyers are pointing their career paths toward alternative legal service providers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Littler's Scott Forman

    Littler Mendelson PC shareholder Scott Forman's innovative case management platform helps his firm analyze litigation data, craft defense strategies, predict outcomes and greatly reduce client costs, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Litigation Funder Validity Poaches Pair From Bentham IMF

    Litigation funder upstart Validity Finance LLC said Tuesday it has poached two ex-litigators from rival Bentham IMF to oversee risk management and underwriting.

  • December 3, 2018

    Dykema To Combine With DC Commercial Insurance Boutique

    Dykema announced Monday that the firm will be combining with D.C.-based litigation boutique Loss Judge & Ward LLP in January as part of a strategy of industry area-focused growth.

  • December 3, 2018

    Calif. Ethics Board Floats Political Disclosure Guidance

    A committee tasked with advising California judicial officials on ethical issues published a draft opinion on disclosure requirements for trial court judges who receive political contributions, seeking public feedback on the guidance before the board publishes a final version.

  • December 3, 2018

    Trump Nears Attys' Fees For Beating Stormy Daniels Suit

    A California federal judge indicated at a hearing Monday that President Donald Trump is entitled to attorneys' fees after defeating Stormy Daniels' defamation suit, but he pressed Trump's lawyers on the total hours they billed defending against the "one-of-a-kind" lawsuit filed by the adult film star's attorney Michael Avenatti.

  • December 3, 2018

    Allen & Overy Matches Cravath Associate Bonuses

    Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy LLP has announced its annual associate bonuses will remain steady this year, keeping the numbers in line with the holiday bonuses offered by U.S. firm Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which has set the standard for associate bonuses for several years.

  • December 3, 2018

    10th Circ. Vet Tapped To Head New Judicial Integrity Office

    The federal judiciary has tapped Jill Langley, a 23-year veteran from the Tenth Circuit, to lead the courts’ new Judicial Integrity Office, which will provide training, information and referrals regarding workplace disputes in all federal courts, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts announced on Monday.

  • December 3, 2018

    High Court: Do State Bar Dues Hurt Free Speech?

    An attorney's fight over how state bar dues are collected and used will be considered again by the Eighth Circuit after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered the case to be evaluated in light of its recent Janus opinion on public employees' First Amendment right to abstain from paying certain union fees.

  • December 3, 2018

    'Dear Tony': Chief Justice Reads Tribute To Justice Kennedy

    Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. took the rare step of reading aloud his correspondence with the recently retired Justice Anthony Kennedy at the start of oral arguments Monday, the latest tribute to Justice Kennedy’s three decades on the highest court in the land.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    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

    Susan Blakely

    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

    Wendy Olson

    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'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    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

    Matthew Menchel

    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

    Molly Pease

    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

    Dan Tacone

    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

    Pier D'Angelo

    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)

    Bradley Abramson

    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

    Alexander Klein

    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.