Business of Law

  • September 03, 2019

    These Firms Are Getting A Nod For Their Diversity Efforts

    Sixty-four law firms have met certain benchmarks for recruiting women, lawyers of color and LGBTQ attorneys for key positions, according to Diversity Lab, as it continues to encourage the legal industry to affirmatively consider underrepresented lawyers for leadership roles and promotions through its Mansfield Rule.

  • September 03, 2019

    Jets Promote General Counsel To Franchise President

    The New York Jets announced Tuesday that the team's general counsel has been promoted to president of the franchise and will now oversee all the team's business operations.

  • September 03, 2019

    Trump Legal Fund Adds Fire To Ethics Rule Debate

    A controversial legal fund for Trump administration figures is driving debate over a U.S. Office of Government Ethics’ plan to draft a new ethics rule for such funds, but some attorneys worry the agency might over-correct with guidelines to prevent copycats.

  • September 03, 2019

    15 Minutes With Axiom's General Counsel

    As general counsel of alternative legal services provider Axiom, Lisa Young spends her time thinking about and implementing ways to make her peers' jobs easier. Here, she explains how Axiom is changing the legal industry, how millennials are transforming in-house departments and how she convinces other lawyers to use the company's services.

  • September 03, 2019

    Guggenheim Partners Taps Khuzami As Chief Legal Officer

    Guggenheim Partners has hired as its chief legal officer former Deputy Manhattan U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami, who has also held high-profile positions at Kirkland, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Deutsche Bank, the financial services company announced Tuesday.

  • September 03, 2019

    Barclay Damon Picks Up 20 LeClairRyan Attys

    As LeClairRyan moves forward with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, 20 of its former attorneys have found a home at Barclay Damon, including LeClairRyan's New Haven, Connecticut, office and onetime president Elizabeth Acee.

  • September 03, 2019

    LeClairRyan Heads To Ch. 11 In Virginia

    LeClairRyan PLLC has filed for Chapter 11 in Virginia, approximately one month after its members voted to shut down the firm.

  • August 30, 2019

    Delaware Powerhouses Bolster State’s Legal Industry Growth

    For decades, Delaware’s law firms, courts and services have been indispensable to the regional economy, with a legal sector growing faster than any other state’s, buttressed by nationally sought-after bankruptcy, patent, corporate and commercial law venues where, in 2019, Law360’s Delaware Powerhouses consistently excelled.

  • August 30, 2019

    NJ Powerhouses Attract Global Clients In Competitive Market

    When powerful global corporations face legal challenges ranging from pharmaceutical and automotive product liability suits to major real estate deals, they turn to the top firms in New Jersey, where those practice areas are fueling the state’s competitive legal landscape.

  • August 30, 2019

    Fla. Powerhouses Capitalize On Local Edge In Growing Market

    The firms chosen as Law360's 2019 Florida Powerhouses have all thrived by drawing on their extensive coverage of the Sunshine State to capitalize on the abundance of litigation and other legal work in construction, insurance, real estate and other fields that have accompanied the state's rapid population growth.

  • August 30, 2019

    Ill. Powerhouses Sprout National Clout From Chicago Roots

    Law360’s 2019 Illinois Powerhouses flexed their legal muscles to launch a major fashion line with Rihanna, help expand the country’s third-largest airport and take Facebook to task in a major privacy fight.

  • August 30, 2019

    Pa. Powerhouses Evolve To Stay Ahead In Tough Legal Market

    The four firms tapped as Law360’s Pennsylvania Powerhouses for 2019 have withstood the test of time by positioning themselves to capitalize on big changes in the state and region’s economy, from the oil and steel booms of a century ago to today’s robust health care and pharmaceutical fields, all while nimbly adapting to changing legal industry trends.

  • August 30, 2019

    Powerhouses Lead Hot Calif. Legal Market Facing Shakeup

    The eclectic group of law firms selected as Law360’s 2019 California Powerhouses have steered billions in transactions, landed multimillion-dollar settlements and secured precedential rulings, representing tech and entertainment giants in a legal market that experts say is “deliriously” hot and could be on the verge of a shakeup.

  • August 30, 2019

    Economic Diversity Keeps Texas Powerhouse Firms Busy

    In the competitive Texas legal market, five firms stand out for playing major roles in reshaping the state’s energy landscape, bringing home blockbuster trial victories and defending clients' trade secrets in bet-the-company litigation.

  • August 30, 2019

    Massachusetts Powerhouses Stay On The Cutting Edge

    By shepherding emerging industries, the harnessing of wind power and the development of breakthrough medical technologies, the four firms that landed on Law360's Massachusetts Powerhouses for 2019 have worked hard to stay ahead of the curve.

  • August 30, 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. 

  • August 30, 2019

    DOL Pick Scalia Earned $6.2M At Gibson Dunn Since 2018

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner Eugene Scalia, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Labor Department, earned more than $6 million working at the corporate law firm since January 2018, according to a financial disclosure form filed Aug. 30.

  • August 30, 2019

    8th Circ. Says Dues Collected By ND Bar Are Constitutional

    The dues collected by North Dakota's bar association do not violate the First Amendment, as the group clearly spells out its payment fees and options for a relatively sophisticated audience of lawyers, the Eighth Circuit determined Friday.

  • August 30, 2019

    Twin Cities Firm To Merge With Taft Stettinius & Hollister

    The Midwest-based firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP on Friday announced it will be merging with Minneapolis firm Briggs and Morgan, creating a combined firm with 12 offices and more than 600 lawyers.

  • August 30, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: Why Are Cops Photoshopping Mug Shots?

    When a bank robbery suspect's face tattoos didn’t appear in eyewitness descriptions or security camera footage, police edited them out of his mug shot. The incident has sparked outrage from activists, but altered police lineups are surprisingly common.

  • August 30, 2019

    Despite Recession Chatter, Lateral Market Sizzles In 2019

    Lateral law firm recruitment activity rose in the first half of 2019 compared with 2018, with an overall 18% jump over a year ago and increases in the numbers of attorney hires across all tiers, indicating firms remain generally bullish in the face of renewed concerns about a looming recession.

  • August 30, 2019

    Utah Reg Changes Could Allow Nonlawyers To Practice Law

    Utah’s Supreme Court has approved a path forward for regulatory changes that will create new opportunities for accounting firms, legal technology companies and other organizations to offer a wider array of legal services to consumers, according to an announcement by the court.

  • August 30, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A credit card processor must face the FTC's accusations that the company should pay for its alleged participation in an elaborate scam, and executives at a reverse mortgage provider were charged with overstating the value of bonds that served as collateral for loans. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • August 30, 2019

    When Justice Takes A Holiday

    The word “holiday” in the U.K. usually conjures up images of relaxing off-work time and travel. But in the middle of a long-running court trial, an impending vacation creates pressure for lawyers — and possibly jurors.

  • August 30, 2019

    The Top In-House Hires Of August

    Legal department hires and promotions during the final full month of summer included high-profile appointments at American Airlines, Duke Energy and Walmart. Here, Law360 looks at these and some of the other top in-house announcements from the past few weeks.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Ways To Keep Your Jury From Zoning Out

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    Science suggests that at least some jurors pay attention to less than 65% of the evidence during a trial due to "task-unrelated thoughts," but there are steps attorneys can take to present information in a more engaging, cognition-friendly fashion, say Dennis Stolle and Dennis Devine of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • 5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

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    Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Overview Of The Debate Over Litigation Finance Disclosure

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    In light of a New York federal court's recent decision in Benitez v. Lopez, which joins a growing body of case law denying forced disclosure of commercial litigation finance, Stephanie Spangler of Norris McLaughlin and Dai Wai Chin Feman of Parabellum Capital break down the arguments commonly raised for and against disclosure.

  • How To Identify And Deal With Narcissists In Law

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    Given that a large swath of the legal profession may display some narcissistic tendencies, it is important for lawyers to know how to address the narcissist in the room — and it may be you, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Cleary Chief Talent Officer Hy Pomerance

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Amanda Brady and Dustin Laws talk with Hy Pomerance, chief talent officer of Cleary.

  • Rebuttal

    Forced Arbitration Is A Far Worse 'Product' Than Jury Trials

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    Jury trials are not dying because arbitration is a “better product,” as alleged in a recent Law360 guest article, but because corporations have rigged the system through forced arbitration to ensure they cannot be held accountable before a judge or jury, say attorneys at Hagens Berman.

  • Guest Feature

    Preet Bharara On The Human Factor In The Justice System

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    A key theme in Preet Bharara's new book is the enormous role the human element plays in the administration of justice. The former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York discussed this theme, among other topics, in a recent conversation with White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff.

  • Rebuttal

    Jury Trials, Though In Decline, Are Well Worth Preserving

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    In a recent Law360 guest article, the author applauded the disappearance of jury trials as an inefficient, costly mechanism, but in doing so he overlooked the greater value of jury trials for our justice system, says Stephen Susman, executive director of the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law.

  • A Broader View Of The US Supreme Court Bar

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    During the past 15 years, three widely read articles bolstered by starstruck media have promulgated the incorrect perception — sorely in need of revision — that the U.S. Supreme Court bar is limited to a handful of elite lawyers, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • In Virtual Teams For Mass Torts, The 'Law Team' Is Critical

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    A critical component of any virtual law team assembled for mass tort litigation is a dedicated "law team," which tackles the legal strategy and drafts the many necessary pleadings, motions and other submissions, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton and FaegreBD.

  • Opinion

    Jury Trials Are In Decline For Good Reason

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    A recent Law360 article reported on federal judges bemoaning jury trials' nationwide decline, but these laments are unfounded as jury trials have been replaced by better alternatives, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton Research.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Circuitous Path To The Law

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    Instead of going to college after high school, I followed in my father’s footsteps and became an electrician. Later I became an electrical engineer, and then an IP attorney. Every twist and turn along the way has made me a better lawyer, says Joseph Maraia of Burns & Levinson.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Conrad Reviews 'The Jury Crisis'

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    In "The Jury Crisis," jury consultant and social psychologist Drury Sherrod spotlights the vanishing jury trial, providing a fascinating canary-in-the-coal-mine warning for lawyers, litigants and society at large, says U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad of the Western District of North Carolina.

  • Revamping Your Approach To Client Development

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    As a former general counsel for both public and private companies, my advice to law firm attorneys who want to attract and keep clients is simple — provide certain legal services for free, says Noel Elfant, founder of General Counsel Practice.

  • What Lawyers Must Know Before Acting As Escrow Agents

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    The moment an attorney agrees to serve as an escrow agent for a client, the attorney assumes some of the most important obligations in the legal profession. Significantly, these obligations potentially extend to third parties who are not clients, say Scott Watnik and Michael Contos of Wilk Auslander.

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