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Business of Law

  • August 29, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: Morgan Lewis' Jami Wintz McKeon

    Jami Wintz McKeon has served as chair of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP for the past four years, overseeing significant growth at the firm. Under her direction, Morgan Lewis has expanded its presence in Asia, entered new geographic regions within the U.S., and doubled practice groups such as tax and antitrust while branching out into new sectors.

  • August 29, 2018

    Clifford Chance To Pay $132K In DOJ Citizenship Bias Probe

    Clifford Chance US LLP has agreed to pay a $132,000 penalty to resolve a claim that it unlawfully discriminated against non-U.S. citizens and dual citizens by refusing to staff them for a client project, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.

  • August 29, 2018

    Trump Says McGahn Will Leave After Kavanaugh Confirmation

    White House Counsel Don McGahn, the former Jones Day partner who has spearheaded the administration's overhaul of the federal judiciary, will step down in the fall after the confirmation battle over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump said Wednesday.

  • August 28, 2018

    Johnny Depp's Former Attys Can't Enforce Oral Fee Deal

    A California judge on Tuesday granted Johnny Depp's bid to dismiss a claim by his former attorneys at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman LLP that he breached their oral fee agreement, saying the show business deal is no different from any other attorney contingency fee agreement and thus is voidable since it had not been put in writing.

  • August 28, 2018

    Fla. Powerhouses Help State Excel On The Global Stage

    The firms selected as Law360's 2018 Florida Powerhouses reflect the diverse character of the state in their varied histories, sizes and strategies while capitalizing on its rapidly growing industries and status as a crossroads of global business.

  • August 28, 2018

    Ill. Powerhouses Shine With Real Estate Deals, Trial Prowess

    Law360's 2018 Illinois Powerhouses helped iconic Chicago-based clients secure equally iconic deals, including the first renovation at Willis Tower and mixed-use development around Wrigley Field, and leveraged their trial expertise to wipe out nearly $300 million worth of adverse verdicts.

  • August 28, 2018

    UpCounsel Must Face IP Firm's Trimmed False Ad Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday said she would keep intact at least a portion of an intellectual property firm's lawsuit claiming online legal services company UpCounsel Inc. falsely advertises how much it collects from attorneys in fees, saying during a hearing "they claim they're not getting any referral amounts, but they sure do seem like they are."

  • August 28, 2018

    How Kavanaugh Helped Shape Bush-Era Tort Reform

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh spent most of his time during his stint in the Bush White House dispensing legal advice, but documents released this month as part of his U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process show he also worked on legislative efforts to overhaul class action jurisdiction and terrorism insurance.

  • August 28, 2018

    Judge Pick Whose Work Habits Worried ABA Gets Senate OK

    The U.S. Senate confirmed seven federal judge nominees Tuesday, including a federal magistrate judge deemed "not qualified" by the American Bar Association over his work habits, which the organization says included frequently not showing up to the courthouse until the late afternoon.

  • August 28, 2018

    BuzzFeed Taps Media Biz Veteran As New GC

    BuzzFeed has chosen a veteran in-house lawyer with experience at other media companies including Reuters America and Scripps Networks Interactive as its new general counsel, the company announced Tuesday.

  • August 28, 2018

    After Battling Over Pay Equity, Can A Partner Stick Around?

    It is not uncommon for a legal row between an attorney and their firm to end in a confidential settlement, but when a recent high-profile dispute brought by a D.C.-based employment partner against Proskauer Rose LLP came to a resolution, one thing stood out: the partner was still with the firm.

  • August 28, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: EY Buys Riverview Law

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

  • August 27, 2018

    NJ Powerhouses Seize Sports Betting, Pot Law Opportunities

    While the abundant pharmaceutical, health care and government affairs sectors remain key business drivers for law firms doing business in New Jersey, the recent legalization of sports betting and the burgeoning cannabis industry means Garden State attorneys are busier than ever. That momentum has met its match in Law360's 2018 New Jersey Powerhouses.

  • August 27, 2018

    Innovation Economy Drives Massachusetts Powerhouses

    The word in the Bay State's legal market is "innovation," with intellectual property litigation, major deals involving local pharmaceutical and technology companies and new businesses making some of the biggest splashes over the past year for the four firms that make up Law360's Massachusetts Powerhouses for 2018.

  • August 27, 2018

    Archer Norris Files For Bankruptcy After Exodus Of 30 Attys

    San Francisco Bay Area law firm Archer Norris PLC has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in California federal court, notifying its creditors that it plans to let go approximately 70 attorneys and shut its doors for good in October after seeing an exodus of around 30 attorneys in the past few years.

  • August 27, 2018

    Kavanaugh Swing Votes Giving No Hints Ahead Of Hearing

    With the start of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing just a week away, none of the six potential swing-vote U.S. senators whom liberal and conservative outside groups have targeted have given a hint that they’ll try to sink his nomination.

  • August 27, 2018

    Ken Starr Joins Lanier Firm, Returning To Private Practice

    Kenneth Starr, a former federal appellate judge and U.S. solicitor general who rose to national fame for his role in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, will be joining the Houston-based plaintiff's firm The Lanier Law Firm, which was founded by Starr's longtime friend Mark Lanier.

  • August 27, 2018

    BigLaw Partner Denies Exposing Himself In NYC Gym Sauna

    A partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP pled not guilty at arraignment Monday to charges of public lewdness and exposing himself for allegedly masturbating in front of another man in the sauna of a downtown Manhattan gym.

  • August 27, 2018

    Williams & Connolly Atty Among Trump's Latest Judge Picks

    President Donald Trump tapped a Williams & Connolly LLP partner to serve on the Fourth Circuit and an Arizona magistrate judge to serve on the Ninth Circuit, as part of the latest wave of nominees to the federal bench, the White House announced Monday afternoon.

  • August 27, 2018

    The Rules Of Sharing: 4 Common Interest Rulings To Know

    Nearly every jurisdiction recognizes the "common interest" doctrine, an exception to the rule that a disclosure of protected material to a third party triggers a waiver of attorney-client privilege. But courts vary widely in how they interpret interest "commonality" or apply other variables to privilege decisions. Here are four recent decisions to know about the common interest doctrine.

Expert Analysis

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • 4 Takeaways From Female Law Profs' Equal Pay Settlement

    Jacqueline Beaumont

    A Colorado federal judge recently approved a deal in which the University of Denver agreed to institute salary increases and pay $2.66 million to settle an equal pay lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of seven female professors. Jacqueline Beaumont of Call & Jensen discusses the most noteworthy aspects of the agreement.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

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    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.