Business of Law

  • July 1, 2019

    Fairfax Leaves MoFo As Firm Ends Sexual Misconduct Probe

    Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has left his position at Morrison & Foerster LLP after outside counsel completed an investigation stemming from sexual assault allegations and found no evidence he committed any wrongdoing since joining MoFo last year, a firm spokesperson said Monday.

  • July 1, 2019

    Kelley Drye Debuts New Gender-Neutral Parental Leave Policy

    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP said Monday it would begin providing all of its attorneys with up to eight weeks of paid parental leave regardless of their gender or caregiver status, allowing for a total of up to 20 weeks of leave when combined with time off for childbirth and recovery.

  • July 1, 2019

    Gregory Craig Preps For Trial Tightrope In Foreign Agent Case

    A BigLaw attorney facing a trial over accusations he lied to federal officials about foreign lobbying must navigate a fine line as he defends his statements as true while avoiding the appearance that he wants a pass for pulling the wool over the eyes of the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • July 1, 2019

    What You Need To Know As The Supreme Court Term Ends

    A new and controversial justice. A growing number of dissents. Fights over precedent. The reality of Chief Justice John Roberts' new court proved more complicated than expected. Here, Law360 takes you on a deep dive of the last session.

  • July 1, 2019

    Legal Aid Society Accused Of Racial Bias By White Atty

    A staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society has filed a suit in New York state court alleging that she was discriminated against and harassed for being white, resulting in a work environment so hostile she could no longer work there.

  • July 1, 2019

    15 Minutes With Ripple's General Counsel

    As a lawyer, Stu Alderoty has gravitated toward complex issues in need of a resolution. Following that path, he recently moved to San Francisco to become the general counsel of blockchain solutions provider Ripple. Here, he shares how blockchain technology is transforming the financial services industry and how the company will continue to build momentum in that space.

  • July 1, 2019

    MetLife Wants To Ax Ex-Weil Partner's Disability Benefits Suit

    The Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. wants to sink a lawsuit brought by a former Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP bankruptcy partner who unsuccessfully sought long-term disability benefits following a "moderate depressive episode," arguing in New York federal court that his psychiatric problems weren't severe enough to stop him from working.

  • July 1, 2019

    Trump Taps Walmart Honcho For Ark. Judgeship

    President Donald Trump on Monday named a Walmart compliance executive and a Rushton Stakely business lawyer as picks for federal judicial seats in Arkansas and Alabama, respectively.

  • July 1, 2019

    Mich. High Court Boots Embattled Judge From Bench

    The Michigan Supreme Court has removed a state court judge from the bench and banned her from resuming judicial office for six years, citing an investigation that revealed she tainted a murder trial through a personal relationship, destroyed evidence in her divorce and has shown a “breathtaking” willingness to lie under oath.

  • July 1, 2019

    Ex-Judge Hit With $2.85M Suit Over Probation Power Grab

    A retired judge and former chief justice of the Massachusetts trial court has been hit with a $2.85 million civil suit by two former probation department officials who claim they were forced out and faced criminal charges due to a personal grudge and a desire to control department hiring.

  • June 28, 2019

    Judge Manuel Real, Frequent 9th Circ. Foe, Passes Away At 95

    U.S. District Judge Manuel Real, known for his tough courtroom demeanor and for frequently seeing his decisions reversed by the Ninth Circuit, has died at the age of 95, California's Central District announced Friday.

  • June 28, 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.

  • June 28, 2019

    High Court Census Ruling Could Escalate Rule Challenges

    When a slim U.S. Supreme Court majority blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the census because the government hadn't been forthcoming, the justices gave litigants an irresistible precedent to cite in future policy fights with federal agencies, experts said.

  • June 28, 2019

    Conservative Justices Cross Over To Create Unusual Lineups

    Members of the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court had some surprises for court watchers this term, with one of the newer — and generally most conservative — justices becoming a particularly strange bedfellow to liberals.

  • June 28, 2019

    The Sharpest Dissents Of The Supreme Court Term

    The dozens of dissents the U.S. Supreme Court issued this term outpaced those in the prior term, and their tone is growing harsher as justices vie for control of a court that is still reeling from the retirement of swing Justice Anthony Kennedy.

  • June 28, 2019

    Creativity Is Key To Promoting Diverse Arbitrators, Lawyers

    It's become essential as the popularity of international arbitration has boomed across the globe to ensure that professionals in the practice area reflect the geographic diversity of its users, prompting some stakeholders to devise creative ways to improve the pipeline of diverse individuals coming up through the ranks.

  • June 28, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: A Supremely Dramatic Final Week

    The U.S. Supreme Court concluded its term in dramatic fashion on Thursday, issuing a pair of blockbuster 5-4 opinions on the 2020 census and partisan gerrymandering that will have sweeping implications for American elections.

  • June 28, 2019

    Plaintiffs Atty Group Sues Upstart Over Look-Alike Name

    A prominent group of plaintiffs lawyers called the American Association for Justice is accusing an upstart rival of choosing a name designed to mimic the association’s previous title.

  • June 28, 2019

    Sotomayor, Breyer Vie For Chattiest High Court Justice

    On the U.S. Supreme Court's famously "hot" bench, Justice Sonia Sotomayor stood out once again as the most active questioner this term, speaking up more often than any of her colleagues.

  • June 28, 2019

    3 Things Judges Wish Attorneys Knew Sooner

    When new attorneys step into the courtroom for the first time, there's an abundance of skills and knowledge that they lack. Here, judges chat with Law360 about the three things they wish fledgling lawyers could grasp sooner.

  • June 28, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A former Equifax executive was sentenced for cashing in stock options in the fallout from the company's massive data breach, LGBTQ workers told the U.S. Supreme Court that Title VII protects them, and a report found that hourly rates are still popular among in-house departments. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • June 28, 2019

    Ill. Panel Affirms Mayer Brown's $5M Kickback Recovery

    An Illinois state appeals court on Thursday affirmed the recovery of roughly $5 million in damages by Mayer Brown LLP and its insurer for a former firm executive's billing and kickback scheme.

  • June 28, 2019

    The Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court Term

    While general audiences may have a hard time finding the humor, there were several moments of legal levity in the Supreme Court this term that made the justices and the courtroom laugh.

  • June 27, 2019

    The New 'Roberts Court' Finds Its Footing

    Chief Justice John Roberts is presiding over the most conservative Supreme Court in years. But as the 2018 term showed, the reality is more complicated and the new majority is far weaker than expected.

  • June 27, 2019

    Gov't Triumphs Over Atty's Suit Challenging PACER Fees

    Yes, the federal government must provide free access to court opinions, but it is also free to decide what filings constitute an opinion, a Florida federal judge ruled Thursday, siding with the government in an attorney's suit challenging PACER fees.

Expert Analysis

  • Freelance Attorneys Are An Asset To In-House Legal Teams

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    With recent technological advances and a broader acceptance of flexible work arrangements, the opportunity for freelance attorneys is greater than ever, as is the value that this freelance workforce can create for companies, says Ben Levi of InCloudCounsel.

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    'Big Tech' Questions Echo Early Days Of US Corporate Law

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    The current calls to curb the power of Google, Facebook and Amazon recall an earlier time in American history, when the “bigness” of oil, steel and tobacco was front and center in national politics. And in those debates, the top lawyers of the day had a major voice, says John Oller, author of the new book "White Shoe."

  • Setting The Record Straight On Women In Court Reporting

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    Today, 89 percent of court reporters are women, but I remember sitting behind my steno machine in the '80s and being asked by a judge if I, as a woman, would have the emotional fortitude to work a murder case, says Karen Santucci, chairwoman of the Plaza College court reporting program.

  • Opinion

    Limiting Supreme Court's Size Is Not Enough

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    The proposal by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for a constitutionally mandated nine-justice U.S. Supreme Court does not address any of the well-known problems with the current system — problems that could be solved through a nonpartisan package of reforms, says Gordon Renneisen of Cornerstone Law Group.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • 5 Mistakes Law Firms Make When Responding To RFPs

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    More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.

  • Guest Feature

    Leon Panetta In The Courtroom, Langley And Area 51

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    Over the course of his career, Leon Panetta has served as a U.S. representative, director of the CIA and secretary of defense. But before all that, he was a lawyer. Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP asked him about his legal background — and about little men from outer space.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Finding A Voice, And A New Home

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    My Fulbright scholarship project developed after I talked to my grandmother in the Philippines about the cost of her medication. Drugs developed in the U.S. and Europe are typically sold there for prices beyond the reach of many Filipinos. So I advocated for compulsory licensing for lifesaving medicines, says Melissa Martinez of McGuireWoods LLP.

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