Business of Law

  • September 25, 2019

    Female Laterals Care About Bias Suits, But Only So Much

    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.

  • September 25, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: White And Williams' Patricia Santelle

    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.

  • September 25, 2019

    King & Spalding Ethics Expert 'Unhelpful' In Firing Dispute

    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.

  • September 25, 2019

    Most Attorneys Say Their Work-Life Balance Is Good

    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.

  • September 24, 2019

    Quinn Emanuel Wins $2.74M In Fee Fight With Bill Cosby

    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.

  • September 24, 2019

    Ex-Koch Staffer Gets Top DOI Atty Post Amid Perjury Claims

    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.

  • September 24, 2019

    USPTO Accused Of Retaliating Against 'Political Opponents'

    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.

  • September 24, 2019

    Want Your Rival's Funder Info? Be Specific, Or Don't Bother

    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.

  • September 24, 2019

    Steptoe Adds Blasey Ford Atty As Senior Counsel

    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.

  • September 24, 2019

    Gibson Dunn's Scalia Moves Closer To Taking Helm Of DOL

    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.

  • September 24, 2019

    Baker Botts Partner Named Top Lawyer At Liberty Media

    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.

  • September 24, 2019

    High Court Urged To Step Up On Ethics Code

    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.

  • September 24, 2019

    Airbnb Checks In Liberty Media Atty As Chief Legal Officer

    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.

  • September 23, 2019

    Kagan To Law Students: 'Don't Despair' In This 'Difficult Time'

    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."

  • September 23, 2019

    Graham Says 5th Circ. Pick Safe Despite GOP Concerns

    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.

  • September 23, 2019

    Quinn Emanuel Launches #MeToo Plaintiffs Practice

    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.

  • September 23, 2019

    NFL Hires Ex-21st Century Fox Atty As Deputy GC

    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.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ohio Task Force Recommends Tougher Penalties For Judges

    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.

  • September 23, 2019

    15 Minutes With Chobani's General Counsel

    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.

  • September 23, 2019

    Largest Law Firms Are Pulling Away From The Pack On Rates

    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.

  • September 20, 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.

  • September 20, 2019

    House Lawmakers Pitch Bill To Switch Up Bankruptcy Venues

    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.

  • September 20, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: The Courts Have Left Native Women Behind

    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.

  • September 20, 2019

    GCs Unveil $5M Plan For BigLaw Diversity 'Laboratories'

    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.

  • September 20, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    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.​

Expert Analysis

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    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.

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    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    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.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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