Business of Law

  • February 16, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: What Does 'Partner' Even Mean?

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss how law firms are full of people with the title “partner,” but after years of change the title ain’t always what it used to be; a big ruling on the destruction of New York City graffiti space “5Pointz”; a new lawsuit claiming bar prep giant Barbri colluded with top law schools to crush competitors; and Taylor Swift’s efforts to shake off a lawsuit over song lyrics.

  • February 16, 2018

    Ex-Allen & Overy Atty's Psych Exam Story Falls Flat

    Two New York state appeals judges scoffed at a fired Allen & Overy LLP attorney seeking to lift sanctions and revive her sexual harassment suit against the firm at a hearing Friday, hammering the attorney for cutting short a court-ordered psychiatric examination by threatening to have the doctor arrested.

  • February 16, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The general counsel for the parent company of Midas received a​ two-year stayed suspension for practicing out of state, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed optimism that the burgeoning #MeToo movement will have a sustained impact,​ and PNC Bank’s general counsel shared with Law360 why he​​ moved in-house after spending much of his career at law firms. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • February 16, 2018

    5 Ways Law Firms Can Avoid Lateral Hiring Regret

    Despite valuing lateral hiring as an integral element of their strategies, many law firms are failing to properly screen potential hires and, as a result, are often disappointed when promises made during the interview don't pan out. Here, Law360 looks at five ways firms can avoid lateral hiring remorse.

  • February 15, 2018

    Justice Thomas Not Bitter, But Says Senate Process Broken

    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas insists he harbors no “bitter feelings” about his scandal-rocked Senate confirmation in 1991, but said Thursday the process has become a gladiator-like “spectacle” that discourages people from serving on the bench.

  • February 15, 2018

    US, UK Officials Blame Russia For 'NotPetya' Cyberattack

    The U.S. and U.K. governments blamed Russia on Thursday for a June 2017 cyberattack that paralyzed part of Ukraine’s infrastructure and wreaked havoc on computers worldwide, including at DLA Piper.

  • February 15, 2018

    7th Circ. Halts Order For Instant Access To Cook County Suits

    One day after a federal judge refused to stay his order requiring the Cook County Circuit Court to make electronically filed suits immediately available to the public, the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday gave Clerk Dorothy Brown time to implement the necessary systems or craft an argument to bypass the order altogether.

  • February 15, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP secured the top legal lions spot this week with a win for GrubHub in a bellwether case over how its meal delivery drivers should be categorized, while Reed Smith LLP ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal jury found the law firm's client, Bank of America, illegally blacklisted and defamed a former client manager when it listed her with a fraud reporting agency.

  • February 15, 2018

    What GCs Need To Know That They Don't Learn In Law School

    Whether it's understanding how to clearly communicate legal matters to other executives within a company or decisively making a recommendation, general counsel across various industries agree there are certain key traits involved in their multidisciplinary responsibilities that weren't part of their law school curriculum.

  • February 15, 2018

    Senate Panel OKs Trump 7th Circ. Pick Over Dem Objections

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced one of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday, even as Democrats cried foul over the panel ignoring Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s objections to Gass Weber Mullins LLC partner Michael Brennan.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells.

  • February 14, 2018

    Sailing Looks Clear For 10th Circ., Other Judge Picks

    President Donald Trump’s nominees to the Tenth Circuit and three other federal courts look to have a clear path forward after they laid out their judicial philosophies before a Senate panel Wednesday, their thoughts ranging from giving more time for jury selection to encouraging more “coordination” between district courts and the patent office.

  • February 14, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: A Hackathon And Alternative Brands

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

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-Simpson Thacher Clerk Upends Insider Trading Sentence

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday vacated a 46-month prison sentence for a former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP managing clerk convicted over his role in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme, on the same day that a district court judge reduced the civil penalty sought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from $2 million to $25,000.

  • February 14, 2018

    Polsinelli Wins Asylum For Child Immigrants With Big Dreams

    After enduring years of physical and sexual abuse in Honduras, two teenage sisters with big dreams to help others in their new lives were recently granted asylum in the U.S., following three years of pro bono advocacy by a team of attorneys at Polsinelli.

  • February 13, 2018

    Rawle & Henderson Fired Worker Claiming Harassment: Suit

    A former legal secretary for Rawle & Henderson LLP launched a lawsuit in New York state court Monday, alleging that members of the law firm fabricated workplace performance problems to push her out after she complained of a partner’s sexual harassment.

  • February 13, 2018

    Make New E-Filed Suits Public Now, Cook County Clerk Told

    An Illinois federal judge won’t wait any longer for the Cook County Circuit Court clerk to implement a system to make new electronically filed lawsuits immediately available to the public and media outlets, the judge said Tuesday, rejecting the clerk’s request for a stay while she appeals his order.

  • February 12, 2018

    Ginsburg Says 'Me Too' Is Sign Of Gender Equality Progress

    Women in the legal industry and beyond have made substantial progress during her lengthy career, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience Monday evening at the National Constitution Center, but the current public airing of gender-based harassment indicates much work still needs to be done.

  • February 12, 2018

    Jones Day Is Strongest US Law Firm Brand For 2nd Year

    Jones Day is the No. 1 law firm brand in the United States for the second consecutive year, after first surpassing five-year leader Skadden in 2017, according to a study published Monday by London research firm Acritas.

  • February 12, 2018

    Trump Taps 9 In Latest Round Of Judicial Nominations

    President Donald Trump nominated several attorneys to appellate judgeships in the Ninth, Seventh and Fifth circuits on Monday, the latest picks to fill out some of the highest-profile vacancies in the country.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

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    My Strangest Day In Court: The Shkreli Trial

    Benjamin Brafman

    Having defended some of the most notorious defendants in 40 years of practice as a criminal defense lawyer, I thought I was prepared for everything. That was until jury selection commenced last summer in “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli’s trial, says Benjamin Brafman of Brafman & Associates PC.

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    My Supreme Court Debut: 2 Moots And A Sweet Celebration

    Ginger Anders

    In my first argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, and each one thereafter, I stood up only after having been intensively questioned by my colleagues and having received their insights, advice and reactions, says Ginger Anders of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

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    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Seeing The Big Picture

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    When I started at the law firm where I still practice today, I discovered that very often the task at hand required not my razor-sharp analysis of the law, but my ability to read the motivations and meet the needs and expectations of actual human beings — whether through intellect, instinct, intuition or personal experience, says John Bartlett of Stites & Harbison PLLC.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

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    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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    My Supreme Court Debut: 'Ladies' Day' At The High Court

    Sarah Weddington

    When I first argued Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, I was told I was believed to be the youngest person ever to argue there. I was 26, says Sarah Weddington, founder of the Weddington Center.