Do prospective female laterals run in the opposite direction when they learn a law firm has been sued for gender discrimination? Recruiters say "not necessarily," although a shoddy response from the firm can make things worse.
Patricia "Patti" Santelle has been the managing partner and executive committee chair of White and Williams for the last six years. Here, Santelle chats about the firm's goals for the future, the challenges of managing a midsize law firm, and the one trait she thinks is most important for a partner.
A New York federal judge said Tuesday a legal ethics expert hired by King & Spalding LLP could "impinge" the court's responsibility to interpret attorney conduct rules and won't be allowed to testify in the firm's wrongful termination suit.
A sizable majority of attorneys at large firms in the U.S. and U.K. feel positive about their work-life balance, a survey released Wednesday from professional services company Intapp found.
Bill Cosby must pay Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP $2.74 million in unpaid legal fees, arbitration costs and interest related to the firm's work representing him in lawsuits filed by women accusing him of sexual assault, a California state judge ruled Tuesday.
The Republican majority in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Daniel Jorjani as the U.S. Department of the Interior's top lawyer, despite Democrats' claims that Jorjani lied to legislators about his involvement in a controversial public records proposal at the agency.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been hit with a suit by a law firm seeking more information on whether the agency gives favorable treatment to its current and former employees over self-described "political opponents" of the federal government.
A recent opinion by a New Jersey federal judge in multidistrict litigation over a contaminated blood pressure drug further undercuts the use of speculative arguments about the risks of third-party legal financing and requirements for blanket disclosures, experts said.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP has tapped a former federal prosecutor and counsel for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who accused now-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, as a senior counsel in its white-collar criminal defense group, the firm announced this week.
A key Senate panel narrowly voted Tuesday to move forward the nomination of Eugene Scalia, a Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP attorney and son of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as President Donald Trump's new labor secretary.
Liberty Media has chosen as its next chief legal officer a senior partner at Baker Botts who for more than 20 years represented the company and its predecessors in several major deals, according to a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan policy institute at New York University, on Tuesday called for the U.S. Supreme Court to adopt a formal ethics code to increase transparency about recusal decisions and strengthen rules about gifts to the justices.
Airbnb has picked a former chief legal officer for companies including Liberty Media and UnitedHealth to lead its law department, less than a week after the online-booking service said it plans to go public in 2020.
Justice Elena Kagan encouraged an audience of University of California, Berkeley School of Law students Monday to take more risks while they're in law school and told them not to despair over the integrity of the judicial system in this "difficult time."
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee predicted Monday that a Fifth Circuit nominee will win confirmation despite criticism of his conservative credentials by GOP senators, including Ted Cruz of Texas, whose declared opposition could sink the nomination if another Republican committee member joins him.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP announced on Monday that the firm has launched a new #MeToo-inspired practice group focused on representing victims of harassment, assault or discrimination in the workplace.
The National Football League announced Monday that it has brought in as deputy general counsel for media and league business affairs an attorney with more than 20 years' experience working at 21st Century Fox.
An Ohio state disciplinary task force has recommended that the state make changes to its existing attorney and judicial disciplinary process, including by increasing the potential penalties for judges to include being removed from the bench.
Kathy Leo plays a critical role in Chobani's corporate responsibility, which she recently told Law360 includes supporting veterans and signing on to Supreme Court amicus briefs that support progressive policies. Here, the yogurt company's top lawyer shared a lesson about leadership, a responsibility she thinks about daily and her efforts to diversify the legal industry.
Partners at large law firms have traditionally charged more for their services than those at smaller firms, but new data released Monday show the rate gap between the biggest firms and the rest of the industry has widened dramatically in recent years.
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.
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced a bill that aims to end New York and Delaware’s long-standing dominance as bankruptcy hubs by forcing companies to file their restructurings where they conduct most of their business, after a nearly identical measure died last year in the Senate.
Violence against Native American women in the United States is at epidemic levels, and efforts to hold perpetrators accountable in court can be complicated by a maze of jurisdictional issues. On this week's Pro Say podcast, we talk about those challenges.
A group of 26 general counsel and other high-ranking corporate legal officers at major corporations on Friday announced a $5 million initiative aimed at developing new strategies to increase diversity in BigLaw, saying that progress in this area has lagged both in firms and in corporate legal departments.
In-house leaders shared the factors they consider before using litigation finance, and a report found that large companies have increased their outside counsel litigation spending by 20% over the last four years. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.
If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.