Business of Law

  • February 12, 2024

    Law Firms Prioritized Nonequity Partner Growth In 2023

    Even as demand lagged and expenses went up last year, law firms took an aggressive approach to expanding their non-equity partner headcounts, according to the results of a survey by Citi Global's Wealth at Work Law Firm Group.

  • February 12, 2024

    Ventura County Office Extends GRSM50's Golden State Reach

    San Francisco-founded Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP has opened an office in Ventura County, California — its 10th physical presence in the Golden State and its 78th locale overall, the firm said Monday.

  • February 12, 2024

    Illinois Supreme Court Forms Generative AI Task Force

    The Illinois Supreme Court launched a task force investigating uses of generative artificial intelligence, with a roster that includes judges, administrators and attorneys, a spokesperson at the courts has confirmed to Law360 Pulse.

  • February 12, 2024

    Ex-Melick & Porter Partner Says Colleague Forced Him Out

    A former Melick & Porter LLP partner claimed in a Massachusetts state court lawsuit that he was pushed out of the firm by another partner who undermined him and stole clients.

  • February 12, 2024

    USPTO Says AI-Assisted Invention Patents Hinge On Humans

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Monday issued guidance on how it will determine whether inventions developed with the assistance of artificial intelligence can be patented, explaining that a human must have made a "significant contribution."

  • February 12, 2024

    Newman Cleared To Fight Law In DC, But Not Suspension

    U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman may challenge the law she has been suspended under, but she cannot get an injunction that would allow her to hear cases on the Federal Circuit again, nor fight how the law has been directly applied to her, a D.C. federal judge said Monday.

  • February 12, 2024

    Paul Hastings Adds Corporate Trio From Akin Gump In Texas

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that it has brought on a three-member team of corporate lawyers in Houston from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP who boast more than 70 combined years of mergers and acquisitions and securities experience between them.

  • February 09, 2024

    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.

  • February 09, 2024

    No More Shady Trading For Ex-FBI Trainee After BigLaw Theft

    The former FBI trainee who secretly traded nonpublic information that he stole from his BigLaw associate ex-girlfriend has agreed to a civil judgment against him permanently barring him from violating securities laws, a judgment entered just months after he pled guilty to insider trading.

  • February 09, 2024

    NJ Won't Restrict Ch. 11 Cases To Certain Judges, Group Told

    A creditors advocacy group concerned about "judge-shopping" in major bankruptcy cases has said the chief judge of New Jersey's increasingly popular bankruptcy court has assured the group he will not limit such cases to particular jurists.

  • February 09, 2024

    Labaton, Rolnick Clash Over Legal Fees In Materials Co. Deal

    Law-firm battling has sharpened over multimillion-dollar legal fee claims linked to a proposed $19 million Delaware Court of Chancery settlement for a stockholder suit challenging a $3.1 billion materials company sale in 2019, court records show.

  • February 09, 2024

    FCRA Immunity Waiver Ruling Tees Up Compliance Frenzy

    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Fair Credit Reporting Act waives federal agencies' immunity from lawsuits will not only open the door to more litigation against government lenders but may also trigger housecleaning to ensure that debts are correctly reported, experts told Law360.

  • February 09, 2024

    Thompson Coe Atty Is Starting His Own Plaintiffs Firm

    Houston trial lawyer Will Moye, who has defended clients such as the Houston Astros, Chevron and Ford Motor Co. against personal injury and product liability claims, announced he's switching sides and will launch his own firm representing injured plaintiffs.

  • February 09, 2024

    NC Committee Open To More Transparent Discipline Process

    A North Carolina legislative committee tasked with taking a closer look at the State Bar's grievance process seemed open on Friday to giving attorneys facing discipline greater access to information while they're under investigation, a process that's currently cloaked in confidence.

  • February 09, 2024

    Buchalter, Parker Milliken Accused In $19M Theft From Trusts

    Attorneys from law firms Buchalter APC and Parker Milliken Clark O'Hara & Samuelian have been accused by members of a Los Angeles-based group of trusts of conspiring to help their client bilk nearly $20 million from the trusts in a Ponzi scheme.

  • February 09, 2024

    Pa. Atty Aims To Escape Litigation Funding Scheme Suit

    A Pennsylvania lawyer has called on a federal court to toss a former client's claims that an attorney from the lawyer's firm improperly used his workplace injury case as collateral to secure litigation funding and then transferred the high-interest-rate loans to his legal fees.

  • February 09, 2024

    'Not Walmart': Ex-McElroy Deutsch CFO Must Face Theft Suit

    A New Jersey state judge on Friday declined to remove McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP's former chief financial officer from a suit accusing him and his wife of stealing more than $3 million, noting that the heightened ethical duty imposed on law firms justifies keeping the claims alive. 

  • February 09, 2024

    Conn. Justices Asked To Rule On McCarter Damages Dispute

    A Connecticut federal judge has granted McCarter & English LLP more than $680,000 in prejudgment interest after the firm's victory on claims a former client refused to pay legal fees in an underlying suit.

  • February 09, 2024

    Burford Can't Sub For Sysco In Pork, Beef Price-Fixing Suits

    Legal investment firm Burford Capital cannot substitute for Sysco in sprawling price-fixing lawsuits against pork and beef producers because doing so would extend the litigation just so Burford can maximize its return on investment, a Minnesota federal judge ruled Friday.

  • February 09, 2024

    NY Panel Rejects NYCLU Demand For Memos To State Judges

    A New York state appellate court said the state's court system is not bound to comply with a request by the New York Civil Liberties Union to disclose internal documents interpreting federal and state law that were sent to judges over the course of more than a decade.

  • February 09, 2024

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Big Tech general counsel are among those who have launched a legal community aimed at accelerating the adoption of generative artificial intelligence in the corporate space, and a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of a UBS whistleblower solidified protections across a wide range of industries. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

  • February 09, 2024

    Willkie Opens Munich Office, 20 Frankfurt Attys To Join

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced Thursday the expansion of its footprint in Germany with the launch of an office in Munich.

  • February 09, 2024

    Workday Bias Case Should Stay In Calif., Md.-Based Atty Says

    A Black senior counsel at Workday urged a California federal court to keep alive his race and disability discrimination suit against the human resources services company and a deputy general counsel, saying his claims under California law are valid despite his living in Maryland.

  • February 09, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a Saudi Arabian property investor file legal action against RLS Solicitors, Aspire Pharma and Bayer Intellectual Property tackle a patent dispute, the owners of soccer club West Ham United FC raise a red card against E20 Stadium LLP with a commercial fraud action, and accountants BDO file another commercial claim against the managing directors of KGJ Insurance Services. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 08, 2024

    Dechert Pushes To Deep-Six Hacking Cover-Up Suit

    Dechert LLP, its former white collar practice leader and others on Thursday urged a New York federal judge to find that alleged concealment of a hacking campaign to discredit a critic of a firm client isn't enough to support a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act case.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Roundup

    My Hobby Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Attorneys discuss how their unusual extracurricular activities enhance professional development, providing insights and pointers that translate to the office, courtroom and beyond.

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