Business of Law

  • July 8, 2019

    Former Nokia In-House Atty Says Age, Sex Bias 'Crushed' Her

    An attorney who formerly worked as a high-ranking in-house lawyer for Nokia Corp. says she was unjustly fired after facing age and gender discrimination that left her "devastated, powerless, defeated, used and broken," according to a suit filed Friday in Texas federal court.

  • July 8, 2019

    In Their Own Words: 9 Partners On Diversity At Work

    We asked nine law firm partners with diverse backgrounds about times when their race, religion or identity unexpectedly came into play with their work. Here, in front of the camera, they share those stories.

  • July 8, 2019

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    Attorneys of color are still hugely underrepresented in firms’ upper echelons, but Law360’s 2019 Diversity Snapshot shows that some are going above and beyond to put partners of color in their top ranks.

  • July 8, 2019

    Legal Tech Download: Eversheds, Greenberg, Elevate

    The world of legal technology is evolving quickly, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven recent developments.

  • July 8, 2019

    Leo Strine Stepping Down As Del. Chief Justice

    One of Delaware's most prominent legal figures is hanging up his robe as Delaware Supreme Court Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. announced Monday he will resign this fall after more than five years helming the First State's high court and an extensive legal career that included more than a decade on the Chancery Court.

  • July 8, 2019

    How Millennials Are Transforming The Legal Industry

    As attorneys fresh out of law school begin to enter firms and legal departments, they're bringing change with them.

  • July 8, 2019

    15 Minutes With Caterpillar's General Counsel

    Suzette Long became the first female general counsel of Caterpillar when she officially assumed the role in August 2017. Here, Long explained the benefits she has gained from making a career largely in one department and the most rewarding part of being an in-house lawyer.

  • July 3, 2019

    Law360’s Diversity Snapshot By The Numbers

    U.S. law firms have been aggressively touting their efforts to advance diversity in their ranks over the past year, but Law360’s annual head count survey shows, at best, incremental progress.

  • July 3, 2019

    Diversity Efforts At Many Firms Ignore Disabled Attorneys

    Data on attorneys with disabilities is scant, but firms with robust outreach programs are discovering just how diverse their ranks are – and can be.

  • July 3, 2019

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    It’s no secret that the legal industry is one of the least diverse professions in the country. But some law firms have made notable progress. Here are the firms that are making some headway and turning longstanding diversity goals into workplace realities.

  • July 3, 2019

    Despite Progress, Firms Still Slow To Track LGBT Data

    Many law firms are hesitant to ask about attorneys’ sexual orientation, but by not giving lawyers an opportunity to share this information, diversity experts say, firms are selling themselves short.

  • July 3, 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.

  • July 3, 2019

    Meet The 5th Circ. Judges Weighing The ACA's Future

    Highly suspenseful litigation over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is being made all the more dramatic by the composition of a Fifth Circuit panel that appears to have multiple swing votes who could rescue or raze the landmark law.

  • July 3, 2019

    Richards Layton Elects Its First Female President

    Doneene K. Damon knows becoming more diverse has been a struggle for Delaware's legal community, but her leadership post at her longtime firm Richards Layton is evidence the First State is making some progress in closing the diversity gap.

  • July 3, 2019

    401(k) Participants Want Cert. In Suit Against Nationwide

    An Andrus Wagstaff PC retirement plan participant urged an Ohio federal judge to certify a plaintiff-class of more than 7,000 401(k) plans and a defendant-class of more than 7,000 plan sponsors in her suit accusing Nationwide of knowingly overcharging for its record-keeping services.

  • July 3, 2019

    Clifford Chance, Freshfields Financials Rise Amid US Growth

    Magic Circle firms Freshfields and Clifford Chance saw revenue gains of 5% and 4.3%, respectively, for the financial year ending April 30, when both firms were investing in expanding their presence in the U.S., according to statements released by the U.K.-based global firms in the past week.

  • July 3, 2019

    Next Supreme Court Term Already Filled With Headliners

    The U.S. Supreme Court will have only a few months out of the spotlight before it reconvenes to hear a number of blockbuster cases in the fall, including a historic LGBT rights issue and whether the Trump administration can rescind legal protections for thousands of young immigrants.

  • July 3, 2019

    6 Biggest Texas Supreme Court Cases Of 2019

    In its 2018-19 term, the Texas Supreme Court issued a seminal ruling on what it takes for attorneys to prove they can recover fees in litigation and implored state lawmakers to do more to curtail prosecutorial misconduct. Here, Law360 highlights some of the biggest decisions the Texas Supreme Court issued this term.

  • July 3, 2019

    The Biggest Legal Ethics Decisions Of 2019: Midyear Report

    During the first six months of 2019, the legal ethics arena saw a Tenth Circuit decision on judicial ethics complaints against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the first of several potential rulings on conflicts in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions case. Here are some of the top legal ethics and malpractice decisions from the first half of the year.

  • July 3, 2019

    The 4 Cities Law Firms Have Flocked To So Far In 2019

    National and global law firms opened up a slew of new offices across the U.S. during the first half of 2019 as the legal industry rode high on a strong economy, but four cities attracted an outsized slice of that action. Here is a look at those openings, who was involved and how they did it.

  • July 2, 2019

    Wilson Sonsini Blasts Zetia Buyers' Bid For More Docs

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has assailed a motion to hand over more documents in a multidistrict litigation by purchasers of cholesterol drug Zetia, telling a Virginia federal court it has already provided plaintiffs with 3,600 pages.

  • July 2, 2019

    Justice Ginsburg Says She 'Lucked Out' Of BigLaw Career

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Tuesday that she “lucked out” in that she became the second woman on the U.S. Supreme Court rather than a commercial litigator after rampant gender inequality in the legal profession in the 1950s and '60s steered her away from private practice.

  • July 2, 2019

    Cooley Hid Conflict While Helping Launch Company, Suit Says

    Attorneys for Cooley LLP failed to tell a New Jersey chemist that the firm had previously worked with his partner, then represented the partner's interests at the expense of the chemist's while they launched a new company, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Massachusetts state court. 

  • July 2, 2019

    Pierce Bainbridge Tries To Nix Ex-Partner's 'Rambling' Action

    Litigation boutique Pierce Bainbridge blasted former partner Donald Lewis' wrongful termination suit as a "rambling, raging screed, full of scandalous and prejudicial matter" in a brief filed Monday asking a New York state court to dismiss the action.

  • July 2, 2019

    Why BigLaw Isn't As Jazzed About Merging In 2019

    There's been a noticeable decline in U.S. law firm combinations so far in 2019 compared with recent years — and a total absence of major mergers by big firms. Here's a look at what's behind the slump.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

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    Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Overview Of The Debate Over Litigation Finance Disclosure

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    In light of a New York federal court's recent decision in Benitez v. Lopez, which joins a growing body of case law denying forced disclosure of commercial litigation finance, Stephanie Spangler of Norris McLaughlin and Dai Wai Chin Feman of Parabellum Capital break down the arguments commonly raised for and against disclosure.

  • How To Identify And Deal With Narcissists In Law

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    Given that a large swath of the legal profession may display some narcissistic tendencies, it is important for lawyers to know how to address the narcissist in the room — and it may be you, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Cleary Chief Talent Officer Hy Pomerance

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Amanda Brady and Dustin Laws talk with Hy Pomerance, chief talent officer of Cleary.

  • Rebuttal

    Forced Arbitration Is A Far Worse 'Product' Than Jury Trials

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    Jury trials are not dying because arbitration is a “better product,” as alleged in a recent Law360 guest article, but because corporations have rigged the system through forced arbitration to ensure they cannot be held accountable before a judge or jury, say attorneys at Hagens Berman.

  • Guest Feature

    Preet Bharara On The Human Factor In The Justice System

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    A key theme in Preet Bharara's new book is the enormous role the human element plays in the administration of justice. The former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York discussed this theme, among other topics, in a recent conversation with White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff.

  • Rebuttal

    Jury Trials, Though In Decline, Are Well Worth Preserving

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    In a recent Law360 guest article, the author applauded the disappearance of jury trials as an inefficient, costly mechanism, but in doing so he overlooked the greater value of jury trials for our justice system, says Stephen Susman, executive director of the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law.

  • A Broader View Of The US Supreme Court Bar

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    During the past 15 years, three widely read articles bolstered by starstruck media have promulgated the incorrect perception — sorely in need of revision — that the U.S. Supreme Court bar is limited to a handful of elite lawyers, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • In Virtual Teams For Mass Torts, The 'Law Team' Is Critical

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    A critical component of any virtual law team assembled for mass tort litigation is a dedicated "law team," which tackles the legal strategy and drafts the many necessary pleadings, motions and other submissions, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton and Faegre.

  • Opinion

    Jury Trials Are In Decline For Good Reason

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    A recent Law360 article reported on federal judges bemoaning jury trials' nationwide decline, but these laments are unfounded as jury trials have been replaced by better alternatives, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton Research.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Circuitous Path To The Law

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    Instead of going to college after high school, I followed in my father’s footsteps and became an electrician. Later I became an electrical engineer, and then an IP attorney. Every twist and turn along the way has made me a better lawyer, says Joseph Maraia of Burns & Levinson.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Conrad Reviews 'The Jury Crisis'

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    In "The Jury Crisis," jury consultant and social psychologist Drury Sherrod spotlights the vanishing jury trial, providing a fascinating canary-in-the-coal-mine warning for lawyers, litigants and society at large, says U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad of the Western District of North Carolina.

  • Revamping Your Approach To Client Development

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    As a former general counsel for both public and private companies, my advice to law firm attorneys who want to attract and keep clients is simple — provide certain legal services for free, says Noel Elfant, founder of General Counsel Practice.

  • What Lawyers Must Know Before Acting As Escrow Agents

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    The moment an attorney agrees to serve as an escrow agent for a client, the attorney assumes some of the most important obligations in the legal profession. Significantly, these obligations potentially extend to third parties who are not clients, say Scott Watnik and Michael Contos of Wilk Auslander.

  • The Need For New Legal And PR Strategies In The #MeToo Era

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    As a result of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, organizations should take a stand to strengthen corporate culture against misconduct, and activate those values through communication and training, say David Weiss of Epstein Becker Green and Matt Purdue of Peppercomm.

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