Business of Law

  • October 10, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Quinn Emanuel reigned supreme this week on the legal lions list, winning a Second Circuit opinion allowing its clients to engage in extraterritorial discovery, while Morgan Lewis ended up among the legal lambs after its client Johnson & Johnson was hit with an $8 billion product liability verdict.

  • October 10, 2019

    Court Sees Breach But No Damages In Miami Firm Dissolution

    A Florida state judge has ruled that three former Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderín partners are entitled to collect attorney fees for litigation with their former partner over the Miami boutique's 2018 breakup, despite concluding that they breached their operating agreement by unilaterally dissolving the firm.

  • October 10, 2019

    Ex-Quinn Emanuel Partner Opens Boutique Firm In London

    A former Quinn Emanuel white collar partner who left the BigLaw firm earlier this year has launched a London-based boutique shop specializing in financial crime and compliance.

  • October 10, 2019

    DLA Piper's Arbitration Policy Draws Fire From Law Students

    A Harvard Law School student activist group is ratcheting up pressure on DLA Piper to nix its mandatory arbitration program after a female partner accused the BigLaw giant of punishing her because she reported being sexually assaulted by a practice group leader.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McMahon Reviews 'Roosevelt For The Defense'

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    In "Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense," authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher meticulously chronicle the forgotten high-profile 1915 libel trial of Teddy Roosevelt, capturing the interesting legal customs of an era before things like notice pleading and pretrial discovery, says Chief U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Can Improve Their Job Interviews

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    When evaluating potential new hires, law firms should utilize structured interviews in order to create a consistent rating system that accurately and effectively assesses candidates' skills and competencies, says Jennifer Henderson of Major Lindsey.

  • Employer Options For White Collar Contractors After Dynamex

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    Though multiple worker classification questions still swirl around the California Supreme Court's Dynamex decision, many have wondered what it means for white collar independent contractors. The law is still murky on this point, but there are several steps that might help hiring companies rebut a misclassification claim, say Raymond Bertrand and James de Haan at Paul Hastings.

  • How To Streamline Virtual Law Team Mass Tort Defense

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    A primary benefit of the virtual law team in mass tort litigation is creative collaboration. A "company case" approach is essential to breaking down the silos between team members, say attorneys at FaegreBD and Reed Smith.

  • The SEC Is Cracking Down On Insider Trading By Lawyers

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    A recent series of actions brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suggests that insider trading by lawyers may be on the rise. Legal departments and law firms should understand the four types of cases the SEC is pursuing in this area, says Daniel Hawke of Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Fateful Phone Call

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    When I was growing up, my mother was always the more mild-mannered parent. But during a trans-Atlantic phone call in 1991, when I told her I wanted to go to culinary school instead of law school, she started yelling — at a volume I had never heard from her, says Jason Brookner of Gray Reed.

  • Law Firms Can Do Better With Their Mentoring Programs

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    There are a few practical, proactive steps law firms can take to create a mentoring program that pays dividends — instead of creating a mediocre program that both parties see as an obligation, says Kate Sheikh of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 'Rocket Docket' Justifies Its Name For 11th Straight Year

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    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia “rocket docket” is still the fastest federal civil trial court in the country despite some recent trends causing its median time to trial to grow to 13.2 months, says Robert Tata of Hunton.

  • Measuring The Value Of A Law Firm's Social Media Efforts

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    Most legal marketers struggle to show the return on investment of their social media efforts, but establishing and answering several key questions can help demonstrate exactly how social media programs contribute to a law firm's bottom line, say Guy Alvarez of Good2bSocial and communications consultant Tom Orewyler.

  • Opinion

    Millennials Are Pushing Back Against Law Firm Sexism

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    A recent survey of millennial attorneys shows men and women are having very different BigLaw experiences, but share similar goals. It's imperative that partners recognize that they’re the ones in a position to change the culture, says Michelle Fivel of Major Lindsey.

  • 3 Law Firm Business Tactics To Support A Niche Practice

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    Once you've chosen a strategy for your law firm, what tactics will promote success? There are three tactical areas important to all firms, regardless of specialty or size, but particularly critical for today’s niche firms, say Yussuf Aleem and Jacob Slowik of Joseph Aleem.

  • Real-Life Lessons For Lawyers From 'Game Of Thrones'

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    What lessons can the various hands, maesters, council members and other advisers in "Game of Thrones" impart to real-life lawyers? Quite a few, if we assume that the Model Rules of Professional Conduct were adopted by the Seven Kingdoms, says Edward Reich of Dentons.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your Summer Associates Succeed

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    There are a number of ways that attorneys can ensure their summer associates successfully manage critical writing assignments and new types of professional interactions, says Julie Schrager of Schiff Hardin.

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