Gaining prestige may be one of the more challenging tasks that law firms take on, but there are a number of tactics firms can use that hold the potential to transform their image from ordinary to elite. Here, experts highlight four ways law firms can pump up their prestige.
Classes on blockchain and artificial intelligence. Crash courses in business and financial markets. These are a few ways law schools are preparing students for a job market that is struggling in the wake of the recession.
Caught in a whirlwind of firm dissolutions and layoffs, thousands of associates were thrust into one of the worst job markets in history a decade ago. While some have rebounded, others are still feeling the lingering effects of the financial crisis on their careers.
For starting attorneys, the financial crisis casts a long shadow, even though the worst is past. Here’s our breakdown of the data showing its impact and where the industry’s headed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday let an attorney cease representing an ex-King & Spalding LLP associate the attorney has accused of dodging bills and refusing his advice on how to handle an unfair-termination suit against the firm.
With the Senate Judiciary Committee set to move forward on D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, experts are starting to take stock of a bruising week of testimony that touched on executive power, abortion, gun control and more but left his audience wondering how he would rule from the bench.
The legal industry has shown some caution in rebuilding its pool of associates after the dramatic layoffs of thousands during the last recession. But have firms done enough to survive the next?
An 80-count indictment against the man accused of fatally shooting Stephen Shapiro, the founder of Mayer Brown's Supreme Court practice, and threatening to kill the attorney's wife adds dozens of new charges including home invasion, residential burglary, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful restraint, according to state prosecutors.
More than a dozen of the country’s largest law firms have pledged to enact a set of new policies designed to address substance abuse and mental health issues within their ranks, the American Bar Association announced on Monday.
Litigation funder Vannin Capital on Monday unveiled plans to float on the London Stock Exchange in a £70 million ($91.2 million) initial public offering, the same day it announced that a former Allen & Overy LLP senior partner has joined the firm as its newest chairman.
Texas has a new top appellate lawyer, the state’s attorney general said Monday as he announced that Solicitor General Scott Keller — who has argued 11 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in three and a half years — is leaving government service to rejoin Baker Botts LLP in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.
Robert T. Herbolsheimer has been involved with Meals on Wheels America since the mid-1990s, when he first started providing pro bono legal services to the national association dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. He recently detailed the challenges faced by the organization, the aspects that inspire him and the meal he would choose if he were only allowed one option for the rest of his life.
Congress held confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this week that included drama over documents, protests, and plenty of talk about big issues like abortion and gun control. D.C. reporter Michael Macagnone, who was on the scene for the hearings, comes on the show to give us an inside look at the action.
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.
Fox Rothschild LLP has sued the Miss America Organization in New Jersey state court, revealing the law firm’s less-than-pretty fight with the pageant producers over allegedly unpaid legal bills.
D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh moved closer Friday to being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court after legal experts argued for and against the longtime jurist at the close of an at-times rowdy weeklong hearing.
A U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge who oversaw intellectual property-related investigations involving unfair trade practices has left the enforcement agency after nearly seven years, the ITC said on Friday.
The head of Holland & Knight LLP's new Philadelphia office says the firm's recent expansion into the city's crowded legal market came only after careful consideration of client needs and broader growth plans, but industry watchers believe the move could spark renewed interest in the City of Brotherly Love as a destination for out-of-town shops.
The law firms on Law360’s 2018 Regional Powerhouse list are handling some of the biggest deals and most high-profile courtroom battles across eight states, offering clients regional expertise and making a lasting impact on the law at the state and local level.
The 2018 Law360 Diversity Snapshot shows only incremental progress on racial and ethnic diversity in the attorney workforce. At every level of a typical law firm, minority attorney representation increased by less than a percentage point from last year’s survey.
Women have made up over 40 percent of law school students for more than three decades, and they now make up more than half. But our annual survey of the largest U.S. law firms shows that women continue to be underrepresented at all levels.
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.
Jurors’ beliefs about social inequality, intergroup differences and disparate treatment are likely to play a role in their evaluations of discrimination and harassment claims, especially in the current political climate. To understand that role better, we undertook a survey of registered voters in New York and Los Angeles, say Ellen Brickman and Chad Lackey of DOAR Inc.
As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be — feminist icon, brilliant jurist, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend. Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.
Proposed modifications to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially recognize the use of electronic notice in class action administrations. Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC provide guidance on navigating a daunting digital landscape.
One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.
As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.
U.S. District Judge Manish Shah of the Northern District of Illinois recently said he will consider lead firms’ willingness to put young and diverse attorneys in positions to take substantive roles in the multidistrict litigation he is overseeing. This is an improper use of judicial power, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.
I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.
A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.