Business of Law

  • October 04, 2021

    Firm Says Ex-Legal Assistant Quit, Wasn't Fired In FMLA Suit

    Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele LLP asked a Tennessee federal judge to drop a former legal assistant's suit accusing the firm of wrongful termination, saying that she voluntarily quit her job after exhausting the leave available under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

  • October 04, 2021

    One-Third Of Americans Open To Disbanding High Court

    More than a third of Americans are open to abolishing the U.S. Supreme Court or having Congress rein in its jurisdiction if the justices rule in ways they don't like, according to a "startling" survey released Monday.

  • October 04, 2021

    Michelman & Robinson Freshman Associate Pay To Hit $230K

    Freshman associates at Michelman & Robinson LLP could make up to $230,000 annually under a new compensation structure that eclipses pay raises rolled out by BigLaw firms this summer amid a hypercompetitive hiring market, the small Los Angeles firm announced this week.

  • October 04, 2021

    Georgia's Court Chief: The Bruising Questions Lead To Wins

    The Georgia Supreme Court got a new leader in July with Chief Justice David E. Nahmias. In an interview, the former federal prosecutor who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia acknowledges his reputation for asking tough questions during oral argument but encourages lawyers to read the tea leaves in them, and reveals his goals for the state courts.

  • October 04, 2021

    Mass. US Atty Nominee: 'Won't Be Silent' On GOP Opposition

    Embattled U.S. attorney hopeful Rachael Rollins took to the Boston radio airwaves Monday to defend her work as a progressive district attorney, pushing back on Republican opposition to her criminal justice record in an unusually blunt public statement for a pending nominee.

  • October 04, 2021

    Kaufman Dolowich Buys Up Babchik & Young In Westchester

    Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP has absorbed White Plains, New York-based competitor Babchik & Young LLP in a continued expansion in Westchester, the firm announced.

  • October 04, 2021

    High Court Won't Hear Patent Lawyer's Bid To Revive Bias Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned aside a case that hinged on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act covers law firm shareholders, rejecting a Black patent lawyer's bid to revive her race and gender bias suit against intellectual property firm Myers Bigel PA.  

  • October 01, 2021

    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.

  • October 01, 2021

    Supreme Court's Return Could Deliver Conservative Windfall

    The Supreme Court returns to the bench Monday for its first in-person arguments since the pandemic began, but the moment feels anything but normal. The courtroom is still closed to the public as the justices consider major cases involving abortion, gun rights and religious freedom under a cloud of scrutiny from lawmakers and activists.

  • October 01, 2021

    Pro Say: A Supreme Court Term Packed With Landmark Cases

    A new U.S. Supreme Court term is upon us, with the justices set to tackle a slew of lightning-rod cases in the coming months, including a referendum on abortion rights and the court's first major gun rights case in over a decade.

  • October 01, 2021

    Schumer Tees Up Wash. Court Nomination On Senate Floor

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Thursday teed up full Senate action on the nomination of Lauren J. King, President Joe Biden's pick to serve on the District Court for the Western District of Washington.

  • October 01, 2021

    Up Next At High Court: State Water Rights, CIA Black Sites

    The U.S. Supreme Court will begin its October 2021 term Monday with Mississippi's lawsuit accusing Tennessee of stealing millions of dollars worth of water, followed by thorny questions about the Sixth Amendment right to cross-examination and whether the government can shield information about CIA black sites.

  • October 01, 2021

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Three institutional investors have sued Walmart Inc. over the role its pharmacies allegedly played in creating an opioid epidemic, and the Federal Trade Commission's Rohit Chopra is the new director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau where he is expected to push for more consumer-friendly regulations.   

  • October 01, 2021

    Delaware's Richards Layton Hikes 1st-Year Atty Pay

    Richards Layton & Finger LLP has followed the lead of other corporate law firms and given its associates a raise, according to news reports.

  • October 01, 2021

    NJ Judiciary To Hold Study On Implicit Bias In Jury Selection

    The New Jersey judiciary will hold a two-day conference to study implicit bias in the jury selection process after the state's Supreme Court found that racial discrimination tainted the jury in a murder case.

  • October 01, 2021

    Taxation With Representation: Ropes, Kirkland, Latham

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Merck & Co. will buy Acceleron Pharma Inc., Polestar will go public by merging with Gores Guggenheim Inc., and Blackstone Group is selling the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

  • October 01, 2021

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen the launch of new Equifax data breach action, victims of Neil Woodford's fund collapse start proceedings and Johnson & Johnson in a dispute over eye laser technology. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • October 01, 2021

    Kavanaugh Tests Positive For COVID, Has No Symptoms

    Justice Brett Kavanaugh tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday evening and will be participating in the Supreme Court's first oral arguments of the term next week from home, a court spokesperson said. He has been fully vaccinated since January and has no symptoms.

  • September 30, 2021

    The Term: Roe, Guns And Religion Headline Return To Court

    Facing scrutiny from all angles, the U.S. Supreme Court will have the opportunity this term to end Roe v. Wade and expand the rights of gun owners and religious groups. Law360's The Term welcomes court watcher Amy Howe this week to preview what she calls a "Rorschach test" of a session.

  • September 30, 2021

    BIA Wants Public Input On Justices' Migrant Convict Ruling

    The Board of Immigration Appeals on Thursday asked the public to submit amicus briefs regarding a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year requiring immigrants with certain convictions to prove their eligibility for deportation relief, even when their conviction record is incomplete or unclear.

  • September 30, 2021

    Justice Alito Slams 'Sinister' Criticism Of 'Shadow Docket'

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito offered a full-throated defense of the high court's so-called shadow docket in a speech Thursday, saying the court has not been politicized despite a "sinister and threatening" picture painted by critics and media.

  • September 30, 2021

    Anita Hill Sees More Work To Be Done On Gender Equality

    Thirty years after testifying at the confirmation hearing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill said there is still work that needs to be done in improving gender equality.

  • September 30, 2021

    Co. Accused Of Firing Atty Who Rejected CEO's Advances

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is alleging the CEO of a government contractor asked an attorney he employed to have an affair and retaliated by firing her when she spurned his advances.

  • September 30, 2021

    Biden's DOJ Antitrust Pick Kanter Headed For Senate Hearing

    Jonathan Kanter, the White House nominee for U.S. Department of Justice antitrust chief, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a confirmation hearing on Wednesday, the panel has announced.

  • September 30, 2021

    County Settles Negligence Case Over Judge Accused Of Rape

    The U.S. Department of Justice brokered a settlement with a Washington county it said failed to stop sexual misconduct by a former county judge who was arrested two years ago on charges he raped a deputy clerk in his chambers.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    We Need Reliable Data On Patent Agent, Atty Gender Diversity

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    New U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data showing that four times as many women become patent agents compared to patent attorneys is likely not accurate, and a better measure involves investigating registered attorneys' and agents' statuses over time, says Christopher Turoski at the University of Minnesota Law School.

  • Navigating Inadvertent Attorney-Client Privilege Waivers

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    Spencer Fane’s Deena Duffy offers tips for identifying accidental privilege waivers based on local and federal rules, and for interpreting recent case law when such rules are unclear.

  • Attorneys Beware: Zoom Depositions Are Likely Inadmissible

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    As legal proceedings have moved online in light of the pandemic, lawyers may mistakenly believe that recorded Zoom video depositions can be entered as evidence, but without certain safeguards, the testimony is unlikely to be accepted by courts, says Phillip Zisook at Schoenberg Finkel.

  • How Attorneys Can Reach Claimants In Today's Comms Era

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    Communicating with clients can be challenging for plaintiffs attorneys due to barriers posed by the current onslaught of unwanted calls, work schedules and other factors, but certain best practices can help, say Scott Heisman and Kimberly Lavin at Verus.

  • Opinion

    NJ Fed. Court Should Ditch Litigation Funding Disclosure Plan

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    The District of New Jersey's wide-reaching proposal to require automatic disclosure of third-party litigation finance poses several problems for attorneys and litigants alike and should be nipped in the bud, say Sarah Williams and Marlon Becerra at Validity Finance.

  • Law Firm Talent Must Reflect Shifting US Demographics

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    Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks and Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan analyze and project U.S. demographic trends to show that law firms that hope to succeed long-term must recruit, retain and advance female lawyers and lawyers of color, and they outline six steps for meeting these goals.

  • Opinion

    Judges Should Foster Diversity In MDL Leader Appointments

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    Through their powerful function as gatekeepers, judges should open the gate to minority practitioners when appointing leadership positions in widely influential multidistrict litigation and begin to correct the disparities that have long plagued the legal industry, say Majed Nachawati and Michael Gorwitz at Fears Nachawati.

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

  • How Legal Profession Can Help LGBTQ Patent Attys Thrive

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    Given the underrepresentation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community in the patent bar, and recognizing that inclusivity benefits not only employees but also firms and clients, Jeremy Saks at Fish & Richardson discusses measures the legal profession can take to support LGBTQ patent attorneys.

  • Smaller Firms Need Employee Wellness Programs, Too

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    As we emerge from the pandemic, small and midsize firms — which offer an ideal setting for companywide connection — should follow in the footsteps of larger organizations and heed the American Bar Association’s recommendations by adopting well-being initiatives and appointing a chief wellness officer, says Janine Pollack at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • Stop Networking, Start Relationship Marketing

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    USA 500 Clubs' Joe Chatham offers four tips for lawyers to get started with relationship marketing — an approach to business development that prioritizes authentic connections — and explains why it may be more helpful than traditional networking post-pandemic.

  • What Attorneys Should Know About Fee Deferral

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    Milestone Consulting’s John Bair explores contingency-fee structuring considerations for attorneys, laying out the advantages — such as tax benefits and income control — as well as caveats and investment options.

  • Predictions On Pandemic's Lasting Impact On Legal Education

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    The pandemic accelerated the pace of technological change for legal education, and some of the changes to how law school courses are taught and on-campus interviews are conducted may be here to stay, says Leonard Baynes at the University of Houston.

  • Lawyer Perfectionism Is A Disease We Can Control

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    The pursuit of perfection that is prevalent among lawyers can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health impacts, but new attorneys and industry leaders alike can take four steps to treat this malady, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your 2021 Summer Associates Succeed

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    Despite pandemic-related challenges this year, law firms can effectively train summer associates on writing and communicating — without investing more time than they ordinarily would, says Julie Schrager at Schiff Hardin.

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