Business of Law

  • October 10, 2019

    Giuliani Associates Get Bail After Campaign Finance Arrests

    Two associates of President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani were granted bail Thursday after being charged with campaign finance violations alongside two other men in an indictment that alleges attempts to gain influence in the U.S. for Ukrainian officials and a Russian businessman.

  • October 09, 2019

    Strine Calls For Sweeping Corporate Overhaul As Term Wanes

    With only a few weeks left in an eventful two decades on the nationally important Delaware bench, retiring Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. has called for a sweeping overhaul of American corporate governance, aimed at countering what he sees as failures to expand long-term investment, sustainable business practices and fair sharing of gains with workers.

  • October 09, 2019

    Supreme Court Cheat Sheet: 9 Cases To Watch

    Nothing says Fall is here quite like the start of a new U.S. Supreme Court term. Here are the major cases that could mean big changes for the business world.

  • October 09, 2019

    Split Trial Likely In Dentons' $10M Fee Fight With Guinea

    A long-stalled suit filed by Dentons more than five years ago seeking $10 million in fees from the Republic of Guinea got a jump-start Wednesday when a federal judge told lawyers to come up with potential trial dates as early as this winter.

  • October 09, 2019

    EY Law Leads Big 4 Among Global Alternative Legal Brands

    The Big Four accounting firms are continuing to make gains as the most well-known alternative legal service brands around the world, with EY Law eclipsing PwC as the strongest brand not from a law firm, according to a survey released Wednesday by London research firm Acritas.

  • October 09, 2019

    Jones Day Pans 'Inflammatory' Allegations In Sex Bias Suit

    The latest version of a gender discrimination suit by female former Jones Day associates tacks on allegations that range from being “redundant” to “merely inflammatory," the BigLaw powerhouse said, urging a D.C. federal judge to pare down their proposed class and collective action. 

  • October 09, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Wolf Greenfield's Tim Oyer

    Tim Oyer has served as president and managing partner of intellectual property boutique Wolf Greenfield since 2007. He spoke to Law360 about how the firm recruits scientists to the practice of law and his mantra when it comes to finding and retaining talent.

  • October 08, 2019

    Sen. Harris Criticizes DLA Piper's Forced Arbitration Policy

    Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Tuesday criticized DLA Piper, where her husband is a partner, over the firm's policy of requiring employees to arbitrate employment-based legal claims, after an attorney for an accuser urged the presidential candidate to condemn the practice.

  • October 08, 2019

    Feeling The Pain From A Divided Supreme Court Ruling

    What happens when a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court justices can’t agree? Law360 takes you inside the fallout of a plurality ruling.

  • October 08, 2019

    Citgo Petroleum Hires Former BP Atty As Legal VP

    Citgo Petroleum Corp. has named as its vice president of legal and government affairs a former longtime BP attorney who held roles for the oil and gas company in Ohio, Texas and London, the company said Tuesday.

  • October 08, 2019

    Law Students Urged To Take On Legal Industry Disability Bias

    Law students can play a big role in breaking through bias and misconceptions in the legal industry about professionals with disabilities, a group of mental health and legal industry experts said Tuesday.

  • October 08, 2019

    Baker Botts' Large Enviro Platform Lures 9 Katten Attys

    The new members of Baker Botts' environmental and workplace safety practice say the firm's larger platform will enable them to help clients grapple with increased regulatory scrutiny in the aftermath of accidents at industrial facilities and assist with the development of incident response plans.

  • October 07, 2019

    Dentons To Combine With 2 US Firms In 13th Tie-Up This Year

    Dentons said Monday that it is planning to combine with two midsize U.S. law firms, the latest in a long string of recent tie-ups for the legal giant.

  • October 07, 2019

    Amazon, Law Firms Partner In New 'IP Accelerator' Program

    Amazon.com Inc. has announced that it is partnering with law firms in a new program called "IP Accelerator," which aims to provide intellectual property protection to sellers that use participating firms to help with their trademark-related legal needs.

  • October 07, 2019

    Precedent And The Roberts Court In 4 Charts

    Every U.S. Supreme Court nominee vows to be guided by stare decisis. But respect for precedent rarely seems so straightforward once their title changes to “justice.”

  • October 07, 2019

    Alito Makes Crack About Liberals' Lectures On Precedent

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. lightly chided his liberal colleagues at oral arguments Monday in a case from a convicted Louisiana murder defendant seeking to overturn precedent, pointing out that "last term, the majority was lectured pretty sternly in a couple of dissents about the importance of stare decisis," the Latin term for respecting precedent.

  • October 07, 2019

    Quinn's Urquhart, 72, Hailed As Firm's Unrivaled Ambassador

    A. William “Bill” Urquhart, a bet-the-company litigator who helped grow Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP from a Los Angeles boutique to one of the most profitable firms in BigLaw, died Friday at age 72.

  • October 07, 2019

    High Court Stays Out Of W.Va. Judicial Impeachment Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a decision by West Virginia's highest court that halted impeachment proceedings by lawmakers against the state's then-chief justice and effectively blocked similar cases against two other justices.

  • October 07, 2019

    7 BigLaw Firms Step Up In Litigation Push For LGBTQ Rights

    Seven large law firms have committed to dedicate pro bono resources to a litigation campaign aimed at achieving equality for members of the LGBTQ community, in a joint effort recently announced by nonprofit organization Human Rights Campaign.

  • October 07, 2019

    15 Minutes With FMC's General Counsel

    In a recent interview with Law360, the agricultural sciences company's general counsel shared his thoughts on the benefits of rising through the ranks in one legal department, the evolving role of the general counsel and alternative billing arrangements.

  • October 07, 2019

    Justices Question USPTO's Bold Pursuit Of Atty Fees

    The U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical Monday of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s recent practice of seeking attorney fees from parties that take the agency to court, given that the USPTO paid for its own lawyers for more than a century.

  • October 07, 2019

    Winston & Strawn Can't Win High Court Review In Bias Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied review of a California appeals court ruling that Winston & Strawn’s arbitration requirement with a former firm attorney was unenforceable, restarting her state court sex discrimination suit.

  • October 04, 2019

    Inside The Supreme Court’s Playbook On Precedent

    Instead of the immediate conservative revolution some feared, the new Supreme Court majority is abiding by an old adage: Slow and steady wins the race.

  • October 04, 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.

  • October 04, 2019

    Plaintiffs Firms Follow Easy Merger Money To Federal Court

    A handful of law firms have seized an opportunity to profit from merger challenges in federal court with little scrutiny from judges, a development critics say amounts to a shakedown with little benefit beyond lining attorneys' pockets. 

Expert Analysis

  • A Litigator’s Reflections From The Arbitrator’s Chair

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's opinions this term in Henry Schein and Lamps Plus remind us of the fundamental difference between arbitration and litigation. Yet, as a commercial litigator who serves as a neutral arbitrator, I have observed that experienced litigators often fail to adapt their approach in arbitration, says Paula Litt at Honigman.

  • 5 Hard Phrases Lawyers Should Master

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    While Kelly Corrigan's popular book, "Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say," focuses on simple words or phrases that individuals can use to improve their personal lives, attorneys can utilize Corrigan's advice for professional benefit, says Karen Ross of Tucker Ellis.

  • E-Discovery Experts Could Increase Fed. Court Efficiency

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    As electronic data demands on federal courts continue to increase, it may be time to consider whether the courts should establish an office that could be staffed with technical experts familiar with electronic discovery issues, says Douglas Smith of Kirkland.

  • What High Court Ruling Means For Future Of Gerrymandering

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    After last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Bensiek, holding that partisan gerrymandering claims present a political question outside the reach of federal courts, state courts will likely see increased litigation attempting to strike down gerrymandered districts, say Junaid Odubeko and Mike Stephens of Bradley Arant.

  • Remembering Justice Stevens As A Law Firm Leader

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    Rothschild Barry's John Coffey, who joined Justice John Paul Stevens' law firm in 1965, shares what it was like to watch Justice Stevens practice law, mentor younger lawyers and land a malfunctioning plane.

  • 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.

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