Business of Law

  • June 27, 2019

    Jones Day Seeks To Unmask Jane Doe No. 4 In Sex Bias Suit

    Jones Day opposed a former firm attorney's request to proceed anonymously in a suit accusing her ex-employer of sex discrimination after three other women in the suit revealed their names earlier this week, saying Thursday that the case does not include salacious allegations against her.

  • June 27, 2019

    Breaking Down The Vote: High Court Term In Review

    A new junior justice. A growing number of dissents. Tough talk on overturning precedent. Unusual lineups in 5-4 rulings. This term left court watchers wondering: “What’s next?”

  • June 27, 2019

    'Varsity Blues' Parents Counter Feds' BigLaw Conflict Claims

    Several parents caught up in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal told a Massachusetts federal court Thursday they want to keep their counsel from Latham & Watkins, Nixon Peabody and Ropes & Gray despite federal prosecutors’ concerns about the firms' potential conflicts.

  • June 27, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    The U.S. Supreme Court dominated this week’s legal lions and lambs lists, with the American Civil Liberties Union securing a win blocking a citizenship question on the census and Mayer Brown LLP experiencing defeat in gerrymandering litigation.

  • June 27, 2019

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    Arguing one Supreme Court case is no mean feat, and only a handful of law firms tackled at least three during the latest high court term. Here’s a look at those high-profile battles, and which firms emerged victorious once the dust settled.

  • June 27, 2019

    Cos. Are Ignoring Claims — Legal Finance Could Change That

    Chief financial officers say legal finance provides a solution for shrinking your company’s legal spending while also empowering them to pursue valuable claims that would otherwise be left on the table, according to a survey released Thursday by a litigation funder.

  • June 27, 2019

    The Top In-House Hires Of June

    Legal department hires and promotions during the first month of summer included high-profile appointments at Fox Corp., Nokia, Rent-A-Center and Northwestern University. Here, Law360 looks at these and some of the other top in-house announcements from the past few weeks.

  • June 27, 2019

    Fla. Attys Get More Leeway To Claim Expertise In Ads

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to relax the guidelines for attorney advertisements by adopting a new rule that will allow lawyers who are not board-certified in a specialty to claim expertise or specialization.

  • June 27, 2019

    Fox Corp. Drafts Sports Division's GC As New Legal Head

    Fox Corp. tapped Fox Sports' general counsel and a longtime company executive as its next top lawyer on Thursday, a day after the Fox veteran who had been leading its legal department resigned.

  • June 27, 2019

    3rd Circ. Pick Advances, But Feinstein Dings His Experience

    Four of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, including a Third Circuit selection whom Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., zeroed in on over his relative lack of experience.

  • June 27, 2019

    Supreme Court Says It Can't Police Partisan Gerrymandering

    A divided U.S. Supreme Court held Thursday that partisan gerrymandering is "beyond the reach of the federal courts," a major loss for election reformers who had long hoped to curb the practice.

  • June 26, 2019

    Fox Corp. GC Stepping Down After 22 Years With Company

    The general counsel of Fox Corp., which formed after a $71.3 billion deal with Disney in March, has announced her plans to step down after more than two decades with the company's predecessor multinational media organizations, the company said Wednesday.

  • June 26, 2019

    Del. Justices Rip Sullivan Atty For Client's Deposition 'Fiasco'

    The Delaware Supreme Court has reprimanded a Sullivan & Cromwell LLP attorney for failing to put an end to his Tony Award-winning client's "flagrantly evasive" and "flippant answers" in a deposition, garnering social media attention from attorneys who marveled at the strongly worded chiding.

  • June 26, 2019

    Ex-CKR Law Marketer Alleges Sexually Hostile Workplace

    The former marketing director for CKR Law LLP was "repeatedly subjected to a sexually hostile work environment," and was fired after she caught her assistant kissing a managing partner at the firm, according to a suit filed Wednesday in New York state court.

  • June 26, 2019

    Ex-Gibbons Associate's Sex Bias Claims Sent To Arbitration

    A former Gibbons PC associate accusing the firm of gender discrimination must hash it out with her onetime employer in arbitration, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Wednesday, finding that the lawyer was "well-positioned" to understand exactly what she was signing when she entered into the arbitration agreement at the time of her hiring.

  • June 26, 2019

    Labaton Chair Decries 'Unfair' Criticism Of Firm's Political Ties

    Scrutiny of campaign contributions and other political connections that may have helped Labaton Sucharow secure clients has been "extraordinarily unfair," the firm's chairman testified in Boston federal court Wednesday at a hearing about allegedly improper practices by it and two other firms in a class action against State Street.

  • June 26, 2019

    Do 'Good Old Boys' Get Picked To Be Judges? GOP Sen. Asks

    A Republican U.S. senator asked four district court nominees if they think the judicial selection process puts "good old boys" on the federal bench over candidates with stronger conservative bona fides, after the senator was called out by a right-leaning publication for hewing to an "old system."

  • June 26, 2019

    Mass. Justices Urged To Restore Judge's Pay During ICE Case

    The attorney for a Massachusetts state judge charged with helping an immigrant escape U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody urged the state’s highest court on Wednesday to reinstate her pay while she’s suspended from judicial service, contending that the justices could avoid a constitutional quandary by doing so.

  • June 26, 2019

    Facebook, BigLaw Attys Among Calif. Judicial Vetters

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom made public for the first time Wednesday the names of individuals who vet state judicial candidates, a list that includes a top Facebook lawyer and attorneys from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and Cooley LLP, along with more than 100 other lawyers and judges from around the state.

  • June 26, 2019

    Stark Gender Pay Gap Remains For Solo Attys, Small Firms

    Male attorneys who either work at small firms or have solo practices on average earned 56.8% more than their female counterparts in 2018, according to a report by legal services company Martindale-Avvo.

  • June 26, 2019

    This BigLaw Firm Retains Best-To-Work-For Title

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP has earned recognition as the best law firm to work for, running the table on Vault.com's quality of life, diversity and summer associate program rankings and garnering praise from associates for its "exceptional," "friendly" and "laid-back" culture.

  • June 26, 2019

    PACER Fees For Court Opinions Are Arbitrary, Fla. Court Told

    The government’s unwillingness to set guidelines for which court documents should be designated as free-to-download opinions in the federal PACER court filing system is “a wide-scale rampant administrative failure,” a Florida attorney challenging the portal's fees said Wednesday.

  • June 26, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Baker Botts' John Martin

    Baker Botts managing partner John W. Martin speaks to Law360 about his priorities for his first term, the ways law firms are responding to new competition and how best to achieve smart growth.

  • June 26, 2019

    Justices Uphold Deference To Regulators, With Caveats

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to overturn a long-standing doctrine requiring judges to defer to an agency's interpretation of its regulations, but said that "Auer deference" should only be used in certain cases.

  • June 25, 2019

    Hourly Billing Still King Among In-House Departments

    Hourly rates are by far the most common type of fee structure used by corporate legal departments when employing law firms, according to a benchmark report released Tuesday by the Association of Corporate Counsel and legal search firm Major Lindsey & Africa.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Willett Reviews 'Guilty Pleasures'

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    Professor Laura Little’s new book, "Guilty Pleasures: Comedy and Law in America," will make you laugh and make you think — and to a federal circuit judge who reads the Constitution for the articles, it is ... appealing, says Fifth Circuit Judge Don Willett.

  • Women In Law Need Equal Treatment, Not Affirmative Action

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    The sheer number of women entering the legal profession means gender equality is coming, one way or the other. This Women’s History Month, BigLaw firms should reflect on this with the understanding that they dismiss the flight of senior female attorneys from their ranks at their peril, says Tamara Kurtzman, founder of TMK Attorneys PC.

  • Opinion

    Even Vile Defendants Deserve Good Representation

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    It's a sad day when a Harvard professor must defend himself for representing Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Criminal justice is not a popularity contest; at the foundation of our democracy is every defendant’s constitutional right to vigorous legal representation, says Lara Yaretsian, a Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney.

  • Rebuttal

    Visible Diversity Is A Sign Of Organizational Health

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    A recent Law360 guest article cautioned against the hazards that can stem from pursuing "optimal" diversity, but overlooks the value of paying attention to visible diversity, says Matt Lykken of Potomac Law Group PLLC.

  • Simple Secrets For Writing A Killer Brief

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    These days, the legal profession offers meager opportunity for oral argument, so we need to focus on being better, brighter, tighter writers. And the key to writing a better brief is grabbing your judge's attention with a persuasive, well-crafted story, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • 3 Lessons From A Crypto Mock Trial

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    We recently hatched a plan to test whether litigators could get blockchain ledger entries into evidence under the existing Federal Rules of Evidence, and we found a federal judge willing to help us, say attorneys Justin Steffen, Andrew Hinkes, Lisa Braganca, Christopher Veatch, Kashan Pathan and Jimmie Zhang.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With McDermott COO John Yoshimura

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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 John Yoshimura, chief operating officer at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Problem With 'Optimal' Diversity

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    Organizations should seek to avoid discrimination, but they should also be wary of the idea that diverse teams function better than nondiverse teams, because this reasoning lacks evidence and can lead to a slippery slope, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton Research LLC.

  • Fresh Takes On Seeking Costs And Fees Under Rule 45

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    Recent case law reveals that courts vary widely in their approaches to shifting the costs and fees incurred in responding to a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45 subpoena. Nonparties responding to such requests should consider certain district court trends, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Smith Camp Reviews 'Echo Of Its Time'

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    "Echo of Its Time" is the story of Nebraska’s federal district court from statehood in 1867 to the demise of Prohibition in 1933. Professors John Wunder and Mark Scherer have written an objective, unsentimental and insightful history, layered with context and rich in character study, says U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp of the District of Nebraska.

  • Guest Feature

    'The Mooch' Talks Mayhem, Con Law, Lessons From Harvard

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    Anthony Scaramucci is probably best known for the 11 days he spent as White House director of communications in 2017. But when White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff sat down to chat with "the Mooch," he was interested in hearing a different story.

  • Opinion

    Legal Operations Teams Are Gaining Popularity In EU

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    As the European and global economies continue to change, any legal department that does not want to get outflanked by faster, more agile competitors should consider the value that legal operations teams have to offer, says Hans Albers, president of the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe.

  • Why Proper Document Redaction May Be An Ethical Duty

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    Paul Manafort's attorneys recently filed a court document containing incompletely redacted information, highlighting the need for attorneys to become competent at redaction — or at least at verifying that redaction has been performed correctly. Failure to do either could be construed as legal malpractice, says Byeongsook Seo of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Refugee's Journey Of Firsts

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    Even as a child in war-torn Iran, I began to develop a sense of justice and a desire for equality and the rule of law. These instincts ultimately guided me to become a federal prosecutor, and now a partner in private practice, says Raymond Aghaian of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Keeping PR Strategy Communications Privileged: Part 2

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    Determining whether and to what extent your legal team should invite a PR agent into privileged communications requires weighing many factors — including the unsettled and evolving case law on whether such involvement destroys privilege protection and creates discoverable, usable evidence, says Jeffrey Schomig of WilmerHale.

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