Business of Law

  • August 29, 2019

    Ex-Google Worker Calls Out CLO For 'Abuse' After Affair

    A former Google legal department employee has opened up about her yearslong affair with the tech giant's former general counsel, detailing the "abuse" she says she experienced at the hands of one of the most "ruthless lawyers in the world."

  • August 29, 2019

    GOP Senators Slam Democrat 'Threats' To Pack High Court

    The Republican members of the Senate sent a letter to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday railing against an amicus brief submitted by some of their Democratic colleagues in a case over gun restrictions in New York, accusing the Democrats of threatening to pack the high court.

  • August 29, 2019

    Gov't Makes Last Push On Ex-Skadden Atty At Ukraine Trial

    A federal prosecutor came out swinging Thursday in the trial of ex-Skadden partner Gregory Craig, pressing the onetime White House counsel on the stand about advance copies of a controversial Ukraine report Craig put in the hands of the media, a lobbyist and others.

  • August 29, 2019

    Texas Judge Scolded For Closing Court To Protest Kavanaugh

    A Texas judge has been publicly admonished by the state's judicial disciplinary authorities after he closed his courtroom and draped its doors in funeral bunting to silently protest Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a decision made public Thursday.

  • August 29, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Attorneys who secured a record $280 million jury verdict in a fatal auto-wreck lawsuit landed a spot on the legal lions list this week, while O'Melveny & Myers was among the legal lambs after a judge ordered client Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in the opioid crisis.

  • August 29, 2019

    SEC Accuses Florida Attorney Of Defrauding NFL Players

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday sued Tallahassee lawyer Tim Howard and his hedge fund for allegedly defrauding former NFL players, a move that comes roughly a month after a Law360 investigation revealed how the attorney convinced his ailing clients to invest their life savings in a byzantine scheme.

  • August 29, 2019

    Legal Tech Download: Ayfie, Doxly And Reynen Court

    The world of legal technology is evolving quickly, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at six recent developments.

  • August 28, 2019

    Calif. High Court Taps Retired Judge To Probe Bar Exam Leak

    Retired appellate Judge Arthur G. Scotland and his current law firm Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP will lead the California Supreme Court's investigation into how a list of essay topics made it into the hands of law school deans before last month's bar exam, the court announced Wednesday.

  • August 28, 2019

    Craig Says PR 'Lies' Spurred Media Calls On Ukraine Report

    Former Skadden partner Gregory Craig embraced his role as witness and self-defender at his criminal trial on Wednesday, displaying to a D.C. federal jury a confident command of the complex circumstances around a project he led in the Ukraine seven years ago.

  • August 28, 2019

    Trump's Latest Noms Include Jones Day, Jenner & Block Attys

    The White House revealed a slate of new nominees to the federal bench Wednesday afternoon, including an Oregon state circuit judge tapped for a Ninth Circuit seat that the president has struggled to fill, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Second Circuit and Jones Day and Jenner & Block LLP partners to federal courts in California.

  • August 28, 2019

    Justices Again Asked To Abolish Fed. Circ.'s 1-Line Orders

    The U.S. Supreme Court has again been asked to rule that the Federal Circuit is constitutionally barred from affirming decisions with a single line.

  • August 28, 2019

    Ex-LeClairRyan Attys Find Homes In DC And Va.

    As LeClairRyan winds down its operation, attorneys in Washington, D.C., and the firm's erstwhile home base of Virginia found new homes at Baker Donelson and Miles & Stockbridge PC, the firms announced on Wednesday.

  • August 28, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Moses & Singer's Kolod And Swagert

    Longtime Moses & Singer LLP chair Alan Kolod and co-managing partner Dean Swagert, who was promoted to the position earlier this year, spoke to Law360 recently about their goals for the 100-year-old law firm, including the type of partner they want to attract.

  • August 27, 2019

    MPAA Fires Top Lawyer After Arrest For Sex Abuse, Blackmail

    The Motion Picture Association of America on Monday fired its general counsel, former Jenner & Block LLP partner Steven Fabrizio, after he was arrested and charged with sex abuse and blackmail for allegedly threatening to expose a woman he met on a “sugar daddies” website unless she had sex with him.

  • August 27, 2019

    Trump Officially Taps Scalia For DOL, Despite Dem Opposition

    President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has nominated Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner Eugene Scalia to head the U.S. Department of Labor, bucking Democrats who criticized the attorney’s “patent hostility” toward workers’ rights.

  • August 27, 2019

    With Gov't Case Done, Ex-Skadden Atty Craig Set To Testify

    Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., closed their case Tuesday against ex-Skadden partner Gregory Craig, setting the stage for Craig to take the stand Wednesday to try to convince a jury he didn't lie to U.S. Justice Department officials about work he did for Ukraine and Paul Manafort.

  • August 27, 2019

    CBD Co. Taps Ex-Acting AG Whitaker As Outside Counsel

    Former acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and his law firm Graves Garrett LLC have been retained as outside counsel by hemp-derived CBD company Alternate Health Corp., the company announced Tuesday.

  • August 27, 2019

    How They Use AI: Berry Appleman + Ogletree

    Many in the legal industry bemoan the hype surrounding artificial intelligence and its use in the practice of law, but underneath the fanfare there are a slew of real-world examples of AI being implemented by law firms for practical and useful purposes. Here, in the first of a two-part series, Law360 takes an in-depth look at how two firms are using AI right now and the impact it is having.

  • August 27, 2019

    Fla. High Court Urged To Accommodate Atty Parental Leave

    Proponents for a rule requiring Sunshine State courts to alter their schedules to accommodate parental leave for attorneys urged the Florida Supreme Court to take steps to ensure compliance Tuesday, amid a wave of skepticism over whether it strikes the right balance.

  • August 26, 2019

    Skadden GC: Craig Defied Calls To Register As Foreign Agent

    Skadden general counsel Lawrence Spiegel told a Washington, D.C., federal jury Monday that his former colleague Gregory Craig had repeatedly defied calls to register his work for the Ukrainian government because it would cause him and others at the law firm to lose out on future potential job opportunities with the U.S. government.

  • August 26, 2019

    Vinson & Elkins Atty Tapped For Texas High Court

    A seat on the Texas Supreme Court that will soon be vacated by a justice who has been confirmed to the federal bench will be filled by a former state appellate judge and current Vinson & Elkins LLP attorney, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday.

  • August 26, 2019

    Former Bryan Cave Partner Appointed Cred General Counsel

    Cryptocurrency lending and borrowing company Cred has hired as its general counsel an attorney who previously served as head of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's fintech practice, the company announced on Monday.

  • August 26, 2019

    Georgia Says It's Not Trying To Copyright Law Itself

    The state of Georgia has filed its opening shot in a U.S. Supreme Court case over whether annotations to legal texts can be protected under copyright law, stressing it was not asking the justices to rule that "the law can be copyrighted."

  • August 26, 2019

    As Demand For Contract Attys Grows, Firms Outsource Risk

    As the federal government and states like California split over who might qualify as independent contractors, law firms and businesses are turning to legal services agencies to provide a layer of protection between themselves and their hired legal help.

  • August 26, 2019

    Texas Free Speech Law Doesn't Apply In Fed. Court: 5th Circ.

    A Texas free speech law that contains a provision to bring an early end to lawsuits aimed at curbing public participation is in conflict with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and therefore cannot be used in federal court, the Fifth Circuit has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • The Need For New Legal And PR Strategies In The #MeToo Era

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    As a result of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, organizations should take a stand to strengthen corporate culture against misconduct, and activate those values through communication and training, say David Weiss of Epstein Becker Green and Matt Purdue of Peppercomm.

  • Freelance Attorneys Are An Asset To In-House Legal Teams

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    With recent technological advances and a broader acceptance of flexible work arrangements, the opportunity for freelance attorneys is greater than ever, as is the value that this freelance workforce can create for companies, says Ben Levi of InCloudCounsel.

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    'Big Tech' Questions Echo Early Days Of US Corporate Law

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    The current calls to curb the power of Google, Facebook and Amazon recall an earlier time in American history, when the “bigness” of oil, steel and tobacco was front and center in national politics. And in those debates, the top lawyers of the day had a major voice, says John Oller, author of the new book "White Shoe."

  • Setting The Record Straight On Women In Court Reporting

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    Today, 89 percent of court reporters are women, but I remember sitting behind my steno machine in the '80s and being asked by a judge if I, as a woman, would have the emotional fortitude to work a murder case, says Karen Santucci, chairwoman of the Plaza College court reporting program.

  • Opinion

    Limiting Supreme Court's Size Is Not Enough

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    The proposal by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for a constitutionally mandated nine-justice U.S. Supreme Court does not address any of the well-known problems with the current system — problems that could be solved through a nonpartisan package of reforms, says Gordon Renneisen of Cornerstone Law Group.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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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 Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • 5 Mistakes Law Firms Make When Responding To RFPs

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    More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.

  • Guest Feature

    Leon Panetta In The Courtroom, Langley And Area 51

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    Over the course of his career, Leon Panetta has served as a U.S. representative, director of the CIA and secretary of defense. But before all that, he was a lawyer. Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP asked him about his legal background — and about little men from outer space.

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