Business of Law

  • October 07, 2021

    Rutgers Votes To Strip High Court Justice's Name Off Building

    Rutgers University on Wednesday voted to strip the name of an alumnus and former U.S. Supreme Court justice off a building at its Newark campus.

  • October 07, 2021

    Ex-Top Trump Atty Launching DC Office For Browne George

    The former White House counsel to President Donald Trump is launching a Washington, D.C., office for Los Angeles-based litigation boutique Browne George Ross O'Brien Annaguey & Ellis LLP with a group of Trump administration and BigLaw alums.

  • October 07, 2021

    Expert Accuses Munsch Hardt Of Reusing His Old Reports

    A phone systems expert has accused Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC and a client of reusing old expert reports of his to trick Telephone Consumer Protection Act plaintiffs in small-dollar arbitration cases into thinking an expensive expert witness had been hired to fight them.

  • October 07, 2021

    Biden Can Fill More 2nd Circ. Seats As 2 Judges Step Back

    Judges José A. Cabranes and Rosemary S. Pooler of the Second Circuit plan to take senior status, opening up additional seats on the appellate court for President Joe Biden, the clerk of court confirmed Thursday.

  • October 07, 2021

    Senate Panel Advances Biden's Pick For Solicitor General

    Elizabeth Prelogar, President Joe Biden's nominee for solicitor general, moved a step closer to confirmation Thursday after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved her nomination and advanced it to the full Senate.

  • October 07, 2021

    New FTC Approach On Debt In Mergers Fuels Atty Uncertainty

    The Federal Trade Commission recently laid out an enforcement approach it says is designed to stop parties from circumventing a certain filing requirement for planned mergers, brewing uncertainty among some antitrust attorneys about how significant a change will hit a hot practice area.

  • October 06, 2021

    Sussmann Seeks Clarity On 'Vague,' 'Confusing' Indictment

    Former Perkins Coie LLP partner Michael Sussmann asked a D.C. federal court on Wednesday to require the U.S. Department of Justice to provide more specificity to the "vague" and "confusing" indictment that accuses the cybersecurity expert of lying to the FBI in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

  • October 06, 2021

    Montana Firm Challenges State's Employer Vax Mandate Ban

    A Montana-based law firm asked a state court on Tuesday to do away with the state's ban on employer vaccine mandates, claiming the measure runs afoul of Montana's constitution and places its employees at "increased risk to their health and safety."

  • October 06, 2021

    Senior NY Judge Flouting Vax Mandate Provokes Unions' Ire

    New York state court employees facing termination if they fail to comply with the chief judge's COVID-19 vaccination mandate on Wednesday called out the comparatively light treatment of the lone judge flouting the order, Court of Appeals Judge Jenny Rivera.

  • October 06, 2021

    Atty Tardiness Leads Court To Nix Quinn Emanuel Bias Suit

    The D.C. Circuit declined Wednesday to revive a fired associate's race and gender discrimination lawsuit against Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, scolding the attorney for repeatedly missing deadlines in her appeal and ignoring the court's warnings about her tardiness.

  • October 06, 2021

    Koh Questioned Over COVID-19 Ruling At 9th Circ. Hearing

    U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh, one of President Joe Biden's nominees for the Ninth Circuit, defended herself against criticism from Republicans over her decision upholding California COVID-19 restrictions on indoor at-home religious gatherings when she testified before a Senate panel considering her nomination Wednesday.

  • October 06, 2021

    Litigation Spending Outpaces Case Growth In US

    For the first time in nearly a decade, the amount of money being spent on litigation in the United States is outpacing the growth in cases, a new report shows.

  • October 06, 2021

    ABA To Attorneys: When In Doubt, Use A Translator

    If there is any uncertainty surrounding a client's ability to understand the case against them or their attorney's advice, that lawyer should err on the side of caution and hire a translator, an American Bar Association panel said in newly issued guidelines.

  • October 06, 2021

    These 4 Law Firms Are The Most 'Fearsome'

    Four law firms were dubbed the most "fearsome" to face off against in court, according to a new report by BTI Consulting Group coming out Thursday.

  • October 06, 2021

    BigLaw Wants 'Unicorn' In Ga. Mergers, Comes Up Short

    There's an appetite among large law firms to enter or grow in the Georgia legal market through a combination, but for many firms the perfect acquisition partner either doesn't exist or isn't interested, local legal recruiters say.

  • October 06, 2021

    Prosecutors Back Boston US Atty Pick Amid GOP Opposition

    A group of 66 prosecutors urged the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to confirm Rachael Rollins, President Joe Biden's pick for U.S. attorney in Massachusetts, defending her approach to criminal justice reform and slamming Republican lawmakers for holding up the appointment with "fearmongering."

  • October 05, 2021

    Senate OKs 8 US Attys, Including SDNY And EDNY

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed eight new U.S. attorneys, including President Joe Biden's picks for the Southern and Eastern districts of New York, via unanimous voice vote.

  • October 05, 2021

    Senate OKs 1st Native American Federal Judge In Wash.

    The U.S. Senate confirmed Lauren J. King to a judgeship in the Western District of Washington on Tuesday, making her the first-ever Native American federal judge in the state.

  • October 05, 2021

    3 BigLaw Firms Eye Partial Returns To Offices In Weeks Ahead

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP are all planning "partial" or "soft" returns to their U.S. offices in the coming weeks, Law360 learned Tuesday.

  • October 05, 2021

    Trump DOJ's Civil, Enviro Leader Faces DC Ethics Complaint

    The former head of the U.S. Department of Justice's civil and environment divisions during the Trump administration should face serious sanctions for his "extraordinary" and "unethical" conduct during the 2020 presidential election, a group of lawyers said Tuesday in an ethics complaint to the D.C. Bar.

  • October 05, 2021

    Driver Of 'Suspicious' SUV Arrested Outside Supreme Court

    The U.S. Capitol Police arrested the driver of a "suspicious" SUV in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building Tuesday morning as the justices held oral arguments inside, and a loud bang was reported as officers extracted the motorist from the vehicle.

  • October 05, 2021

    4 Ways Attys Can Stop Depression, Suicide In Legal Industry

    The American Bar Association hosted a webinar about depression and suicide prevention in the legal profession. Here are four ways that panelists said attorneys can help their colleagues who are struggling with mental health issues.

  • October 05, 2021

    Ga. Attorney's Job Offer Suit Against Taylor English Tossed

    An Atlanta lawyer who accused Taylor English Duma LLP of denying him a job offer over his mental health history and contributing to the breakup of his marriage has lost his lawsuit against the firm.

  • October 04, 2021

    Calif. Federal Court Posts Vax Mandate For Workers, Judges

    The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California became the latest court venue on Friday to adopt COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all of its employees and volunteers.

  • October 04, 2021

    High Court Won't Hear Challenge Over Ore. Bar Fee Mandate

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case seeking to invalidate the Oregon State Bar's membership requirement amid assertions that state bar associations' mandatory fee is similar to mandated union dues the high court outlawed in its landmark 2018 Janus ruling.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firms, Know Who's Responsible For Your Cloud Security

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    Lawyers generally know that files go into the cloud and that the files are then secured and protected, but it's necessary for firms to take a closer look at their cloud supply chain and then come up with a responsibility matrix that helps mitigate any potential risks or weaknesses, says Martin Ward at iManage.

  • Benefits For Law Firms Venturing Into New Services

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    By offering more services, law firms can deepen and strengthen their client relationships and truly become an extension of their clients' teams while generating new revenue streams, and while there are risks associated with expanding into consulting, they may be worth it, says Lou Ramos at Major Lindsey.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Exelon GC Talks Diversity Initiatives

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    Executing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, through recruitment, inclusive legal pipelines and community empowerment via pro bono efforts, can ensure a strong environmental, social and governance proposition, says Gayle Littleton at Exelon.

  • Revamping Law Firm Marketing Lists — With Partner Buy-In

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    Jackson Lewis’ Paige Bowser shares lessons from the firm's recent overhaul of an outdated email marketing database, including tips for getting partners on board, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and augmenting outreach strategies.

  • The Murky World Of Legal Rankings Gets Some Clarity In NJ

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    New Jersey's new, stringent approach to legal rankings will make accolade advertising more transparent, benefiting both attorneys and clients and offering legal marketers a new set of best practices amid evolving standards, say Penny Paul at Lowenstein Sandler and Susan Peters at Greybridge.

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    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

  • Hybrid Work Models Are Key To Gender Parity In Law Firms

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    To curb the historically high rates of attrition among female lawyers, Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks suggest firms must normalize hybrid work schedules, and they recommend best practices to promote engagement among all attorneys, regardless of where they work.

  • How Law Firms Can Market To Growing Hispanic Community

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    Hispanics constitute one of the fastest growing minority populations in the U.S., and with a young median age and broad technology use, forward-looking firms should consider digital marketing strategies to build a loyal client base, say Natalie Fragkouli and Liel Levy at Nanato Media.

  • 3 Keys To Winning Your Next Oral Argument

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    To leverage the unique opportunity oral arguments provide to talk directly to judges and contribute to their decision making, attorneys must mind the three hallmarks of persuasiveness: projecting credibility, exuding likability and gaining the listener's trust, says Daniel Karon at Karon LLC.

  • Keys To Efficient And Accurate Doc Review For E-Discovery

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    Attorneys involved in e-discovery can review information accurately and cost-effectively by understanding the data in a document collection and identifying its key pitfalls, drafting comprehensive review guidelines, and preparing ahead, says John Wertelet at Eckert Seamans.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Raytheon GC Talks Climate Change

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    Now that the climate crisis is seen as an existential threat, the stakes couldn't be higher — or the challenges more daunting — for the general counsel, who must enlist all parts of the company for support while providing both a legal and ethical road map on how to respond, says Frank Jimenez at Raytheon.

  • Mass. Ruling A Cautionary Tale For Attorneys Changing Firms

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    The Massachusetts high court's recent ruling in Governo v. Bergeron, that lawyers could be held liable for unfair competition with a former firm, highlights important considerations for departing attorneys soliciting clients to come with them, say Mariana Korsunsky and Gary Ronan at Goulston & Storrs.

  • How To Avert Media Narrative And Get A Fair High-Stakes Trial

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    Corporate defendants in bet-the-company litigation may face an uphill battle to a fair trial when the media paints an entire industry, and every entity within it, as a villain — but some strategic tools can help build a more constructive defense and counteract damaging outside spin, says Jessie Zeigler at Bass Berry.

  • Opinion

    State Courts' Stark Lack Of Diversity Demands Action

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    With state judiciaries lagging their federal counterparts in demographic and professional diversity, law firms, state bar associations and other stakeholders should help build a path for more people with diverse backgrounds to become state judges, say Janna Adelstein and Alicia Bannon at the Brennan Center for Justice.

  • Giuliani Suspension Highlights Ethical Pitfalls For All Lawyers

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    Rudy Giuliani’s false public statements regarding the 2020 elections that resulted in his recent suspension from practicing law in New York may seem uncommonly flagrant, but the sanction underscores four ethics risks all attorneys should bear in mind, says Hilary Gerzhoy at Harris Wiltshire.

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