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Business of Law

  • June 8, 2018

    Law School Oversight Suits Point To Needed ABA Reforms

    In the past month, the American Bar Association has been hit with four lawsuits criticizing the way the association accredits and regulates law schools, but while experts are somewhat skeptical about the suits’ chances of success, many agree that the suits do get at least one thing right: The ABA’s approach to law schools is in need of reform.

  • June 7, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Ropes & Gray snagged a spot among the legal lions this week, convincing the Eleventh Circuit to throw out an FTC order directing client LabMD to overhaul its data security program, while Morrison & Foerster ended up a legal lamb after the Federal Circuit revived an infringement suit against client Apple over its iPhone touch screen.

  • June 7, 2018

    More Law Firms Join In On Associate Pay Raises

    At least three more firms have joined a growing list of others that will match at least part of the new associate pay scale established Monday by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP.

  • June 7, 2018

    Jones Day, WilmerHale, McDermott Vets Picked For Bench

    President Donald Trump included several BigLaw veterans — hailing from WilmerHale, McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Jones Day — among 12 nominees named Thursday for the Sixth and Eighth circuits, the Court of International Trade and trial courts in Virginia, Illinois, Oregon and Washington, D.C.

  • June 7, 2018

    6 Cities Where It Pays To Be A BigLaw Associate

    The New York pay scale has long been the gold standard for BigLaw associates — climbing to a dizzying $190,000 at a few firms this past week — but associates in these six cities may still have more money in their pockets at the end of the day. 

  • June 7, 2018

    Senate Panel OKs 9th Circ. Pick Over Home-State Objections

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced another of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Ninth Circuit Thursday, despite objections from Democrats who said it breached the “blue slip” tradition of deference to home-state senators.

  • June 6, 2018

    Calif. Judge's Ouster May Presage More Recall Bids

    The decision by voters in a California county to oust a judge who gave a light sentence to Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner for a felony sex assault may encourage similar campaigns against sitting judges in the state and elsewhere who hand down controversial decisions, experts say.

  • June 6, 2018

    Senate Panel Advances Buchanan Ingersoll Vet For 3rd Circ.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee pushed forward with the Third Circuit nomination of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC shareholder David J. Porter, holding a confirmation hearing Wednesday despite Democrats’ criticisms of his record and lack of home-state support.

  • June 6, 2018

    Senate OKs Trump's Alabama District Judge Pick

    The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's 42nd judicial nominee on an 83-11 vote Wednesday, sending Annemarie Carney Axon to the federal bench in the Northern District of Alabama.

  • June 6, 2018

    Troutman Sanders, Winstead Are Eyeing A Tie-Up

    Troutman Sanders LLP and Winstead PC held discussions earlier this year on a potential merger, four sources with knowledge of the conversations told Law360 on Wednesday, the latest indication that law firms remain eager to expand into Texas.

  • June 6, 2018

    Deloitte To Buy 8 Int'l Offices From Immigration Law Firm

    Deloitte intends to acquire the non-U.S. business of immigration law firm Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, the accounting giant said Wednesday, adding eight offices and 170 professionals specializing in immigration law around the globe.

  • June 5, 2018

    Firms May Think Twice Before Matching Milbank On Salaries

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP’s announcement on Monday that it would increase associates’ salaries signals the beginning of another race to match a new, higher pay scale, but not all firms may follow, leading to further stratification between the most profitable firms and everyone else.

  • June 5, 2018

    Winston & Strawn, Proskauer Latest To Bump Associate Pay

    Winston & Strawn LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP on Tuesday said they will match the new pay scale put forth by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP a day earlier that raises associates’ compensation by $10,000 to $15,000.

  • June 5, 2018

    2 Boutique Associates Snag Prisoners' Rights Win At 2nd Circ.

    It doesn’t take a large law firm or high-powered partner to win a big pro bono victory, as two associates from litigation boutique Sher Tremonte LLP made clear earlier this month by securing a precedential Second Circuit decision finding prisoners have the right to refuse to become government informants.

  • June 5, 2018

    Senate Confirms Trump's Ky., Texas District Judge Picks

    The Senate Tuesday confirmed new federal trial judges for the first time in weeks by approving President Donald Trump's choices for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the Southern District of Texas.

  • June 2, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Quinn Emanuel's Tactic To Keep Talent

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss allegations that BigLaw titan Quinn Emanuel used ethically-dubious tactics against high-profile partners who left to form a new firm. Also this week, we discuss efforts by San Francisco and Oakland to hold oil giants responsible for the impact of climate change; Apple’s $539 million verdict against Samsung; and how courtroom cackles during oral arguments led to a second chance.

  • June 4, 2018

    Legal Pitfalls Bedevil Some New #MeToo Policies, Experts Say

    As companies continue to bolster their sexual harassment policies in the wake of #MeToo, some new efforts may be creating unintended legal pitfalls that must be weighed carefully, experts said on Monday at a New York City Bar panel on sexual harassment.

  • June 4, 2018

    Judges Must Make Courts Safe Workplaces, Jurists Say

    A group of jurists and senior administrators from the federal courts on Monday released its findings into the judiciary’s procedures for handling workplace harassment complaints, recommending several reforms to the courts’ policies, including changing codes of conduct to emphasize judges’ special responsibility for ensuring that the courts are a safe and civil place to work.

  • June 4, 2018

    Milbank Raises Associate Starting Salary To $190K

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP on Monday rolled out an associate pay bump, announcing its plans to increase attorneys’ salaries by $10,000 or $15,000 with starting compensation to reach $190,000 a year beginning on July 1.

  • June 4, 2018

    4 Ways Law Firms Can Take Advantage Of The New Tax Code

    High-earning lawyers and accountants may have been barred from taking advantage of a 20 percent tax deduction in the new federal tax law, but this hasn’t stopped firms from exploring ways to qualify for the break. Here, experts share strategies that may be available to law firms to take advantage of the new tax law’s provisions.

Expert Analysis

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Michael Rubinoff: From Commercial Real Estate To Broadway

    Randy Maniloff

    “Come From Away” sounds like the stuff of a documentary on the Discovery Channel, not singing and dancing on stage. How could a musical tied to the 9/11 terrorist attacks ever get made — and by a real estate lawyer? The show’s producer, Michael Rubinoff, was kind enough to find 30 minutes to tell me, says Randy Maniloff.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Opinion

    There Is Middle Ground For US Lawyers On AML Regimes

    Matthew O'Hara

    The American Bar Association continues to oppose legislation that would impose certain European Union and U.K. anti-money laundering requirements on U.S. lawyers. The ABA should further consider its approach to this issue as there is a viable middle ground that protects privileged communications and confidential information while advancing the interests of the legal profession, says Matthew O’Hara of Freeborn & Peters LLP.