Business of Law

  • September 10, 2019

    Bankruptcy Judge Again Told He Should Have Recused

    A Florida federal court has thrown out several decisions made by a bankruptcy judge accused of favoring a firm that hired his fiance during a case, saying the uncomfortable episode fits all too well with the "long history of concerns of favoritism in the bankruptcy bar."

  • September 10, 2019

    NC Attys Get 12 Weeks Of Court-Free Parental Leave

    Attorneys practicing in North Carolina can now opt not to appear in court for 12 weeks after they become new parents, the state's judicial branch announced Tuesday.

  • September 10, 2019

    Can High School Internships Help Close Law's Diversity Gap?

    When Harlem high school student Kimberly Allotey first stepped into the New York City office of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC this summer as an intern, she was surprised by how friendly and approachable the atmosphere was there.

  • September 10, 2019

    MoFo Bias Accuser Pans Subpoena To Her New Firm

    A female lawyer who claims Morrison & Foerster LLP sabotaged her efforts to find work after she accused the firm of putting pregnant women on a "mommy track" says MoFo's "wildly overbroad" subpoena for employment records from her new firm is a fishing expedition. 

  • September 09, 2019

    Weil Sets Up Associates With Business Training By Columbia

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP is encouraging its incoming and third-year associates to learn the business skills they will need to become successful attorneys by setting them up with a training program by Columbia Business School, the firm said Monday.

  • September 09, 2019

    Change High Court Nominee Vetting, Justice Ginsburg Says

    The country must cut through a period of sharp political divide and stop vetting U.S. Supreme Court candidates by trying to predict how they'll vote on hot-button cases, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said while receiving an award in Chicago on Monday.

  • September 09, 2019

    9th Circ. Urged To Nix Oregon Bar Membership Requirement

    Two attorneys have urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a lower court's tossing of their claims that a requirement that they belong to the Oregon State Bar so they can practice law in the state violates their First and 14th Amendment rights.

  • September 09, 2019

    Law Firms Beat The Odds With 5.3% 1st-Half Revenue Growth

    The U.S. legal industry experienced some improvements during the first half of 2019, even as the wider economy was battered by market volatility, predictions of an economic downturn, trade disputes and other geopolitical headwinds, according to a report out Monday by Wells Fargo.

  • September 09, 2019

    How Trump’s Judges Are Changing The Law

    The 43 judges President Donald Trump has put on the nation’s circuit courts are young, conservative and ready to make their mark. Here, Law360 examines how this freshman class of lifetime appointees is already changing American law.

  • September 09, 2019

    Law Firm Staffers Say They're Undervalued And Overworked

    A majority of law firm staff members are not only stressed out in their roles, but they also feel undervalued by attorneys, according to a new report by a legal marketing consulting firm in Canada.

  • September 09, 2019

    Mass. Top Court Weighs Limits To Blind Juror Service

    Massachusetts' top court considered when it might be appropriate for a judge to excuse a blind juror as it heard an argument Monday that an assault conviction should be tossed because a blind juror could not have properly evaluated photographic evidence.

  • September 09, 2019

    MetLife Benefits Denial An 'Outlier,' Ex-Weil Atty Says

    A former Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP bankruptcy partner who says his career was cut short by a psychiatric breakdown has asked a New York federal judge for a win in his disability benefits suit against MetLife, arguing the insurer's denial of his claim was in "stark contrast" to the evidence. 

  • September 09, 2019

    15 Minutes With Cruise's General Counsel

    As part of his general counsel role at self-driving car company Cruise, Matt Gipple views educating the public about automated vehicles as one of his top priorities. Here, he explains what drew him to the industry, the challenges it faces and where he sees it going in the next few years.

  • September 06, 2019

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2019, our list of 175 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

  • September 08, 2019

    In-Depth This Week: A Report On Trump And The Courts

    It’s no secret that President Donald Trump is in the midst of an ambitious campaign to reshape the federal judiciary, but how are his appointments shaping the law? This month’s In-Depth special report offers a deeper look.

  • September 06, 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.

  • September 06, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: How Ex-Skadden Atty Beat Lying Charges

    Former Skadden attorney and ex-White House counsel Gregory Craig was acquitted this week of charges that he lied about work he did for the Ukrainian government. On this week's episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we unpack the thorny trial.

  • September 06, 2019

    NRA Hires Game Maker's Ex-Atty As GC For Lobbying Group

    The National Rifle Association has hired a former general counsel for video game company Gearbox Software LLC as deputy executive director and general counsel of its legislative lobbying group, the gun rights group confirmed Friday.

  • September 06, 2019

    NY Judge Who Said She Was Suspended For Obesity Has Died

    A New York judge who alleged the state court system discriminated against her because of her medical conditions, including obesity, has died, her lawyers told the court on Friday.

  • September 06, 2019

    Trump Could Flip Another Court With 11th Circ. Opening

    A new Eleventh Circuit vacancy gives President Donald Trump the opportunity to "flip" a second federal appeals court from a majority of Democratic appointees to Republican ones, though it would seem more of a symbolic victory on the already solidly conservative circuit.

  • September 06, 2019

    DOJ Gets Lesson On FARA Push In Ex-Skadden Atty's Case

    The U.S. Department of Justice's loss in the prosecution of former Skadden partner Gregory Craig could make clear to officials that, if they want the full picture on those involved in foreign lobbying, it’s going to take more subpoenas directed to suspected “agents” and meticulous FBI interviews.

  • September 06, 2019

    Trump Picks Two Nominees For DC Superior Court

    President Donald Trump on Friday picked a local D.C. magistrate and the top lawyer at a federal workforce agency for vacancies on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

  • September 06, 2019

    Indicted Mass. Judge Claims Immunity To ICE Escape Charge

    A Massachusetts state court judge facing an obstruction of justice charge for allegedly helping an immigrant give U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement the slip said Friday that judicial immunity should bar federal prosecutors from bringing their "unprecedented" case.

  • September 06, 2019

    Shell Appoints New GC After Ex-GC Moves To Nestle

    Royal Dutch Shell PLC has appointed a new group chief ethics and compliance officer and general counsel of compliance after the group's former GC moved to Nestle SA to serve as the candy company's new executive vice president and general counsel.

  • September 06, 2019

    House Dems Call For New Inspector General For US Courts

    Two Democratic leaders of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform have called for the creation of an inspector general position that would independently oversee the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts.

Expert Analysis

  • Answers To Key Legal Finance Ethics Questions

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    While there is discussion in some quarters about new regulations on commercial legal finance, the hands-off approach taken by the majority of courts and legislatures is an implicit recognition that it is already sufficiently regulated, says Danielle Cutrona of Burford Capital.

  • Federal Agencies Need A Uniform Record-Keeping Process

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    The administrative record is very important to federal agency litigation — as showcased in last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census — yet there is no set of consistent principles to guide agencies in compiling these official records, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • The Role Of Dictionaries In Last Term's High Court Decisions

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    Since 32 of the 67 decisions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court during its October term cite dictionaries, it’s worth reviewing the opinions to learn which dictionaries the justices consulted and how they used them, say Bruce Wessel and Brian Weissenberg of Irell & Manella.

  • How To Evaluate The Rise In Legal Employment

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    Although the rate of employment for law school graduates — which had been falling steadily — saw a small increase over the last year, other factors, such as fewer graduates overall and potential future job growth stagnation, temper the good news for those pursuing law degrees, say Tiffane Cochran and Tyler Grimm of AccessLex Institute.

  • Opinion

    The Business Case For Championing Diverse Legal Teams

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    Leveraging the collective strengths of a diverse workforce is not only the right thing to do, it’s a strategic imperative for any successful firm or business, says Louise Pentland, executive vice president and chief business affairs and legal officer of PayPal.

  • What A Maturing Patent Bar Means For The Industry

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    A seismic shift is occurring in the demographics of the U.S. patent bar — the average patent practitioner is aging — which, in combination with other market forces, is already precipitating a number of fundamental changes in how patent practices must operate to remain profitable, says Ian Schick of Specifio.

  • The Art Of The 'Science And Expert Team' In Mass Torts

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    Science is at the foundation of mass tort lawsuits involving drugs or medical devices. Critical to a virtual law team in these cases, the "science and expert team" does more than get into the weeds of scientific issues and retain experts, say attorneys at FaegreBD, Peabody & Arnold and Shook Hardy.

  • Rethinking The Tech-First Approach To Law Firm Solutions

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    When a lawyer complains about some workflow inefficiency they are having, the knee-jerk reaction of many firms is to look for a technology-based workaround. This overlooks the importance of human psychology and behavior, which may be the root of the problem, says Ryan Steadman of Zero.

  • Top 10 Techniques For Crafting A Dazzling Brief

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    Legal writing often falls flat not because it’s unorganized, but because it’s technically unsound and riddled with gaffes that cheapen and degrade it. Avoiding the most common mistakes will keep judges interested and, most importantly, make them trust you, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Ballard Spahr Diversity Chief Virginia Essandoh

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    In the final installment of this monthly series, legal recruiting expert Carlos Pauling from Major Lindsey & Africa talks with Virginia Essandoh about the trends and challenges she sees as chief diversity officer at Ballard Spahr.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McMahon On 'Roosevelt For The Defense'

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    In "Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense," authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher meticulously chronicle the forgotten high-profile 1915 libel trial of Teddy Roosevelt, capturing the interesting legal customs of an era before things like notice pleading and pretrial discovery, says Chief U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Can Improve Their Job Interviews

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    When evaluating potential new hires, law firms should utilize structured interviews in order to create a consistent rating system that accurately and effectively assesses candidates' skills and competencies, says Jennifer Henderson of Major Lindsey.

  • Employer Options For White Collar Contractors After Dynamex

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    Though multiple worker classification questions still swirl around the California Supreme Court's Dynamex decision, many have wondered what it means for white collar independent contractors. The law is still murky on this point, but there are several steps that might help hiring companies rebut a misclassification claim, say Raymond Bertrand and James de Haan at Paul Hastings.

  • How To Streamline Virtual Law Team Mass Tort Defense

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    A primary benefit of the virtual law team in mass tort litigation is creative collaboration. A "company case" approach is essential to breaking down the silos between team members, say attorneys at FaegreBD and Reed Smith.

  • The SEC Is Cracking Down On Insider Trading By Lawyers

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    A recent series of actions brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suggests that insider trading by lawyers may be on the rise. Legal departments and law firms should understand the four types of cases the SEC is pursuing in this area, says Daniel Hawke of Arnold & Porter.

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