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Business of Law

  • May 25, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Why Are All The Partners Still Men?

    Are you looking around your firm and still seeing a lot of men in leadership? On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast we discuss our annual Glass Ceiling report, which reveals little progress for women in the law, and we speak with Kerrie Campbell, an attorney who filed a high-profile gender bias suit against her firm.

  • May 25, 2018

    What Does Gender Parity In The Legal Industry Look Like?

    Law360 asked more than 40 women how we’ll know when the legal industry has achieved true gender parity. Here’s what they had to say.

  • May 25, 2018

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the latest Glass Ceiling Report again shows only incremental growth for female lawyers in private practice, some firms are proving that building a more equitable profession is possible. Here are the law firms leading the way.

  • May 25, 2018

    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.

  • May 25, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Convicted Of Wife's Murder Faces Civil Suit

    The former Fisher Phillips employment partner sentenced to life in prison earlier this week for the shooting death of his wife has been hit with a civil lawsuit in Georgia state court by the administrator of his wife’s estate.

  • May 25, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The European Union’s new data protection regime went into effect, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to loosen regulations for thousands of community banks and regional lenders, and the U.S. Supreme Court sided with employers in class action arbitration cases. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • May 24, 2018

    3rd For-Profit Law School Sues ABA Over Enforcement Action

    Arizona Summit Law School filed suit Thursday against the American Bar Association, which has kept the school on probation since March 2017 and last month determined it was still failing to meet ABA standards, saying the association’s action against Arizona Summit is "arbitrary and capricious."

  • May 24, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    High court heavyweight Paul Clement of Kirkland & Ellis LLP is this week's top legal lion with a U.S. Supreme Court decision preserving employers' use of class action waivers, while Womble Bond Dickinson LLP and Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP ended up legal lambs after a jury slammed their tobacco company clients with a $21 million verdict in a smoker's lung cancer case.

  • May 24, 2018

    Proskauer Says Partner Behind Pay Bias Suit Made Bank

    Proskauer Rose LLP on Wednesday disputed claims it unfairly paid a female partner less than men in similar positions, saying in an answer to her recently revised suit that she earned a bigger share of firm profits in one of the years covered by the case than all but three men in the firm’s employment practice.

  • May 25, 2018

    3 Things You Need To Know When Starting Out In BigLaw

    There are numerous opportunities and pitfalls that lie in store for new associates as they enter BigLaw, yet many of the intricacies of navigating the inner workings of a large law firm are not taught in school, leaving many lawyers to fend for themselves to learn by trial and error. Here, BigLaw veterans reflect on some of the actions incoming attorneys can take to make the best of their early days at a firm.

  • May 24, 2018

    Trump Picks For 5th Circ., Texas Seats Advance

    Controversial nominations for the Fifth Circuit and judicial posts in Texas and Louisiana advanced to the full Senate on Thursday, over objections from Democrats over their records on environmental rules, abortion rights and past statements.

  • May 23, 2018

    Courtroom Cackles Get Farm Co. A Fed. Circ. Redo In IP Suit

    While not as noisy as a barnyard, the chatter and laughter heard during attorney presentations led the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to grant a North Dakota farm equipment company a rehearing in its patent infringement case against a rival.

  • May 23, 2018

    BigLaw Feels The Heat In FARA Enforcement Push

    Behind the scenes, law firms are scrambling to stay in the government’s good graces after the Foreign Agents Registration Act was used to indict President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman.

  • May 23, 2018

    As Foreign Agent Disclosure Soars, Reform Efforts Bog Down

    With the Foreign Agents Registration Act in the spotlight, some members of Congress are facing big challenges in their quest to add teeth to the law.

  • May 23, 2018

    Foreign Lobbyists Step Into Light After Manafort Downfall

    “Ridiculous” is how Paul Manafort's attorney has described his client's charges under a loosely followed foreign lobbying law, but a Law360 analysis shows that throngs of Washington influencers are now emerging from the shadows to comply.

  • May 23, 2018

    Akin Gump Partner To Testify At Manafort Trial

    Attorneys for Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirmed Wednesday in D.C. district court that they intend to call Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Melissa L. Laurenza to testify at the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

  • May 23, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Who Shot Wife Sentenced To Life In Prison

    A Georgia judge on Wednesday sentenced a former Fisher Phillips partner who fatally shot his wife to life in prison, after an Atlanta jury rejected the attorney’s contention that the shooting was an accident and convicted him of felony murder.

  • May 23, 2018

    DC Circ. Votes To Livestream Audio For Oral Arguments

    The judges on the D.C. Circuit have voted to begin streaming live audio in nearly all oral arguments after it started doing so on a case-by-case basis last fall, the powerful U.S. appeals court said Wednesday in a victory for judicial transparency supporters.

  • May 23, 2018

    BigLaw Too Focused On Legal Fallout In #MeToo: ABA Panel

    Too many BigLaw leaders are focused on sexual harassment in the workplace and the #MeToo movement as a legal risk rather than a solvable cultural problem, legal industry and employment experts said Wednesday.

  • May 23, 2018

    Trump's 11th Circ. Pick Sails Through Confirmation Hearing

    President Donald Trump's choice for an Eleventh Circuit seat faced few questions in her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday and no opposition from Republicans who control whether Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant's nomination advances.

Expert Analysis

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: A Judge's Example

    M.C. Sungaila

    Law school taught me how to think like a lawyer, but the district court judge I clerked for my first year out of law school taught me how to be a lawyer. This was the gift she gave to all of her law clerks, in one form or another, says M.C. Sungaila of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • My Supreme Court Debut: The Flip Of A Coin

    Elaine Goldenberg

    Each time I've argued before the U.S. Supreme Court it has been just as much of a thrill as the first, but my first argument was distinct because it involved a certain amount of fortuity on the way to the podium, says Elaine Goldenberg of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northern District of Illinois.