Business of Law

  • June 20, 2019

    Dems' Concern Over Local Ties Doesn't Stop 9th Circ. Pick

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced 16 more of President Donald Trump's judiciary nominations on Thursday, although one prominent lawmaker continued to raise objections over a Ninth Circuit nominee's allegedly tenuous ties to the region he would serve.

  • June 20, 2019

    LeClairRyan Blocked From Paying Ex-Members, Letters Show

    LeClairRyan has told some former shareholders that the firm cannot make redemption payments of their capital because the firm’s lender has prohibited it, according to letters from the firm’s general counsel obtained by Law360.

  • June 20, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Hogan Lovells secured a spot on the legal lions list this week when the U.S. Supreme Court sided with its client on a question of statute of limitations, while Call & Jensen ended up among the legal lambs after its client was hit with a $62 million copyright infringement verdict.

  • June 20, 2019

    Hogan Lovells Adds Mandatory Harassment Training In UK

    Hogan Lovells is implementing mandatory anti-bullying and harassment training for all its U.K. staff, saying in an announcement Thursday that the new measure is part of an ongoing program to ensure employees are able to recognize and confront “unacceptable behavior.”

  • June 20, 2019

    Judge Doubts Suit Accusing Harvard Of Anti-White-Male Bias

    A Massachusetts federal judge responded with skepticism Thursday when told that a suit accusing Harvard University and the Harvard Law Review of being biased against white men can move forward without any specific details behind the allegations or naming a single victim of the alleged bias. 

  • June 20, 2019

    'It Gets Better' CEO Seth Levy On Being Out In BigLaw

    Nixon Peabody LLP partner Seth Levy talks to Law360 about the viral "It Gets Better" videos he helped launch, the private calculations that LGBT lawyers must make daily, and how lawyers can defend and nurture the community’s rapid progress.

  • June 20, 2019

    Justices Won't Revive Doctrine Curbing Executive Power

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused to strike down a sex offender law Thursday that gives the U.S. attorney general broad discretion over how it should be enforced, declining to revive a legal doctrine that experts said could vastly diminish the power of the executive branch.

  • June 19, 2019

    Dinsmore Atty Who Clerked For Kavanaugh Tapped For Bench

    President Donald Trump announced plans Wednesday to nominate a Dinsmore & Shohl LLP attorney and former Brett Kavanaugh clerk to be a federal judge in Kentucky, and tapped a presidential special assistant who founded a conservative D.C. watchdog group for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  

  • June 19, 2019

    Wife Of Slain Burr & Forman Partner Arrested For Murder

    Authorities say they have arrested the wife of the founding partner of the Atlanta office of Burr & Forman LLP, accusing the woman of murdering her husband last year.

  • June 19, 2019

    Nokia Names New Top Attys As CLO Departs For ABB

    Nokia will elevate its current deputy chief legal officer and its head of patent business to the respective roles of chief legal officer and Nokia Technologies president, following the departure of the company's legal head, who will serve as ABB's general counsel, the technology companies announced Wednesday.

  • June 19, 2019

    Judicial Pick Opposed By LGBTQ Groups Among 4 Confirmed

    The U.S. Senate confirmed four more of President Donald Trump's selections for the federal trial bench Wednesday, including a lightning-rod Texas district court nominee who drew heated opposition from Democrats, particularly over his views on gay rights.

  • June 19, 2019

    Law Firms Continue To Trim Real Estate Costs, Shrink Offices

    Law firms are spending less and less on real estate even as rents rise in major metro areas, according to a forthcoming Cushman & Wakefield report obtained by Law360.

  • June 19, 2019

    This Firm Remains The Most Prestigious, Associates Say

    For the fourth consecutive year, Cravath tops the list of the nation's most prestigious firms because of its reputable corporate and litigation practices and its role as an industry touchstone for compensation, according to an annual survey of associates published Wednesday by Vault.com.

  • June 19, 2019

    Deputy Solicitor General Calls It Quits After 30-Year Run

    U.S. Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben, a U.S. Supreme Court lawyer considered one of the foremost criminal law experts in the country, is leaving the government after a three-decade run that included more than 100 arguments before the justices, U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco said Wednesday.

  • June 19, 2019

    MoFo Launches Latin America Desk With New Miami Office

    Morrison & Foerster LLP launched a new Latin America desk Wednesday to build out its capabilities in the region, as it officially opened its Miami office with nine Latin America-focused transactional attorneys from Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • June 19, 2019

    For European GCs, It's More Strategy And Fewer Admin Duties

    More European legal departments are splitting strategic and administrative responsibilities into two different roles by shifting the management of legal operations to dedicated staff members, which frees up general counsel to focus on other priorities, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • June 19, 2019

    LeClairRyan Sees Back-To-Back Exits In Calif., Boston

    Two teams of attorneys departed LeClairRyan this week, including the firm’s intellectual property department leader in California and co-chair of the consumer financial services group in Boston, adding to the defections that have rocked the Virginia-based firm throughout the year.

  • June 19, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: McDermott's Ira Coleman

    Ira J. Coleman, who took the reigns as chairman of McDermott Will & Emery in 2017, chats with Law360 about his hopes and aspirations for the law firm’s future, the one quality he values most in a partner, and his friendship with Marty Lipton of Wachtell Lipton.

  • June 19, 2019

    Unequal Pay Top Of Mind For Women In Law

    The gender pay gap in law is persistent and is among the biggest obstacles to equality in the profession, according to a report released Wednesday based on input from more than 700 women who practice law across the globe.

  • June 18, 2019

    Yates Calls On Female Attys To Advocate For Each Other

    Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on Tuesday urged female attorneys to ensure legal department and law firm leaders recognize and acknowledge other women's ideas and accomplishments.

  • June 18, 2019

    Tom Girardi, 'Housewives' Star Illicitly Spent $5M Loan: Suit

    Attorney Tom Girardi, his law firm and his wife, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne, abused a $5.1 million loan secured for Girardi & Keese’s business needs, instead putting the money toward sustaining “their lavish lifestyle,” according to a suit from lender Stillwell Madison LLC — the second lender to target the attorney.

  • June 18, 2019

    Judge Rips Bernstein Litowitz, MoFo Over Buried 'Side Deal'

    A California federal judge considering Restoration Hardware's proposed $50 million stock-drop settlement admonished attorneys from Bernstein Litowitz and Morrison & Foerster on Tuesday for failing to bring a confidential “side deal” to her attention, saying she's warned other judges that the lawyers buried mention of the deal deep inside settlement papers.

  • June 18, 2019

    Cannabis Co. Leafly Adds Ex-Getty Images GC As Its Top Atty

    A Seattle-based web platform that educates users about cannabis has named as its general counsel an attorney who previously served as general counsel and senior vice president at Getty Images, the startup announced Tuesday.

  • June 18, 2019

    Jones Day Bias Accuser Renews Bid To Keep Name Secret

    One of four former Jones Day attorneys anonymously accusing the firm of discriminating against a class of women asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge to keep her name secret late Monday, days after her cohorts said they would drop their bids to proceed under pseudonyms.

  • June 18, 2019

    Paul Hastings Attys, Staff Get 14 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

    Paul Hastings LLP on Tuesday announced that the firm will offer 14 weeks of paid parental leave to all of its employees in the U.S. without regard to their caregiver status.

Expert Analysis

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

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    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

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    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

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    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.

  • Navigating E-Discovery In Employment Litigation: Part 2

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    In the final part of this article, Kim Leffert and Michael Downey of Mayer Brown LLP provide guidance on e-discovery issues such as how employer bring-your-own-device policies affect electronically stored information and best practices for handling privileged communications.

  • Navigating E-Discovery In Employment Litigation: Part 1

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    Kim Leffert and Michael Downey of Mayer Brown LLP explain how to make the e-discovery process for employment litigation easier and more cost-effective by providing practical guidance on the key issues involved with handling electronically stored information.

  • Trump And Cohen: What Lawyers Can Learn

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    Though many details have yet to emerge, the takeaway for lawyers watching the saga of Michael Cohen is a simple one: You can act as a legal advocate, but don’t let “blind loyalty” to your client — no matter how powerful they may be — direct your behavior, says criminal defense attorney Arash Hashemi.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

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    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

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    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

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    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

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    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

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    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

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    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

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    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Stratified Random Sampling: Part 2

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    In the final part of this article, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research Inc. uses a hypothetical wage-and-hour example involving on-duty meal period agreements to simplify the application of stratified random sampling for correct use in a legal setting.

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