Business of Law

  • August 26, 2019

    15 Minutes With AIG's General Counsel

    When people ask Lucy Fato how she spends her time as the general counsel at AIG, she says she connects dots for others within the finance and insurance corporation to complete tasks more quickly and efficiently. Here, she shares the importance of her law firm experience, a lesson about leadership, and how she helped Tilda Swinton win an Oscar.

  • August 25, 2019

    Does The Fed Bench Need More Ex-Public Defenders?

    As contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination talk criminal justice reform, the backgrounds of federal judges are getting fresh attention.

  • August 23, 2019

    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. 

  • August 23, 2019

    Op-Ed On Ukraine Report Rattled Skadden, Craig Jury Hears

    In August 2012, a headline half a world away about “stink” from Skadden got the attention of the elite partnership, jurors heard Friday at the criminal trial of former partner Gregory Craig.

  • August 23, 2019

    Attys Suing Jones Day Say 'Black Box' System Hurts Women

    Female lawyers suing Jones Day told a D.C. federal court that the firm was wrong to say their discrimination and retaliation claims should be thrown out, arguing the proposed class action has sufficiently supported its argument that the firm's culture of secrecy disadvantages women.

  • August 23, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: Can A Robot Get A Patent?

    For the first time ever, patent applications have been filed for an invention that is said to have been created entirely by artificial intelligence — a situation that will force patent offices to grapple with thorny questions straight out of science fiction.

  • August 23, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fined a brokerage firm and its ex-CEO for allegedly failing to supervise a rogue trader who helped a hedge fund inflate its assets, and a report showed Midwest and Southeast employers far outpace workers in winning summary judgment in federal employment suits. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • August 23, 2019

    Justice Ginsburg Treated For Pancreatic Tumor

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed a three-week radiation treatment for a tumor on her pancreas, a spokesperson said Friday, adding that the tumor was "treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body."

  • August 23, 2019

    Global 20: Shearman & Sterling

    Shearman & Sterling LLP has been working to expand its global reach by shoring up its forces at home, guiding Ecopetrol through a venture that gave the Colombian oil company a solid foothold in Texas and landing the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list for the ninth year in a row.

  • August 23, 2019

    For Lawyer, Chance Powerball Job Leads To New Career Path

    In late 2011, real estate land-use lawyer Jason Kurland got lucky. He got connected to a Powerball jackpot winner, and word of mouth eventually snowballed into a practice helping lottery winners — including a recent $1.5 billion winner — keep their anonymity, diversify their newfound assets and find the real estate of their dreams.

  • August 22, 2019

    Immigration Judge Union Condemns 'Anti-Semitic' Newsletter

    The union representing U.S. immigration judges called on the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday to "take immediate and corrective action" in response to a newsletter the judges received that contained a link to a blog post the union described as anti-Semitic.

  • August 22, 2019

    Ex-Skadden Atty Helped 'Seed' Ukraine Report, Gates Says

    Rick Gates, a longtime business associate of Paul Manafort, was unequivocal Thursday on the stand about ex-Skadden partner Gregory Craig's dealings with journalists that are at the heart of the federal government's criminal case against the onetime White House counsel.

  • August 22, 2019

    Calif. Bar Taps Investigator To Probe Leak Of Exam Topics

    The State Bar of California has hired a former San Francisco lawyer to look into how a list of essay topics was given out to test takers on the eve of last month's exam, the bar announced Wednesday, almost a month after the state Supreme Court said it would investigate what went wrong.

  • August 22, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Sidley Austin snared a spot on this week’s legal lions list with a Ninth Circuit win for Amazon in a tax spat, while Paul Hastings ended up among the legal lambs after a judge ordered client L'Oreal to pay $50 million in a trade secrets suit.

  • August 22, 2019

    Consultant With Six-Figure Salary Can't Get OT, 5th Circ. Says

    The Fifth Circuit has ruled that a lawyer turned consultant wasn't eligible for overtime pay from an oil and gas services firm because his $1,000 daily rate exempted him from federal labor law, with one judge saying the decision illustrates the effects of unchecked executive authority on jurisprudence.

  • August 22, 2019

    Walmart Adds Former Capital One Atty To Legal Team

    Walmart has grown its legal department with the hire of a former Capital One attorney, according to a Thursday announcement, an appointment that builds on other recent law additions at the retailer.

  • August 22, 2019

    Global 20: Reed Smith

    Reed Smith LLP helped the Bank of New York Mellon navigate Puerto Rico's debt restructuring and represented a former hedge fund CEO accused in a major fraud investigation brought by Denmark's tax authority, winning the firm a place on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • August 22, 2019

    First Amendment Can't Protect Bar Application Lies: 7th Circ.

    Federal courts can reject bar applications from attorneys who lie about past discipline, the Seventh Circuit has ruled, rejecting a California attorney’s argument that his First Amendment rights were violated when an Illinois federal court executive committee rejected his application.

  • August 22, 2019

    New ABA Prez Says Advocacy Stretches Beyond Lawyers

    For whom does the American Bar Association advocate? Posed with this question, the newly minted president of the organization, Judy Perry Martinez, said the ABA advocates for the legal profession, but that such efforts ripple far beyond lawyers to benefit “the public” as well.

  • August 22, 2019

    Del. Opens Door For 2 Seat Changes As Strine Retires

    Delaware’s Judicial Nominating Commission began taking applications early Thursday for Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr.’s successor, in a process that could simultaneously fill another seat on the panel if Gov. John Carney taps an incumbent justice for promotion.

  • August 21, 2019

    Nokia Looks To Ax Former In-House Atty's Age, Sex Bias Suit

    Nokia Corp. asked a Texas federal court Wednesday to toss a lawsuit brought by a former high-ranking in-house lawyer for the telecom giant who alleges she was unjustly fired after facing age and gender bias that left her "broken."

  • August 21, 2019

    Litigation Funder Burford Capital Accused Of Juking Metrics

    Litigation finance firm Burford Capital Ltd. has been manipulating its metrics to paint a "misleading picture" for investors while neglecting to mention that the company is "already arguably insolvent," according to a putative class action filed Wednesday.

  • August 21, 2019

    Jurors In Craig Trial See Cooperation, Tension With Manafort

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday showed a D.C. jury a raft of emails between ex-Skadden partner Gregory Craig and Paul Manafort showing a sometimes tense push-and-pull over how much the firm would be paid for work it was doing in Ukraine seven years ago, and by whom.

  • August 21, 2019

    FordHarrison Nabs 2 Ex-LeClairRyan Attys In Connecticut

    FordHarrison LLP has snapped up two LeClairRyan attorneys with decades of experience in labor and employment matters to bolster its office in Hartford, Connecticut.

  • August 21, 2019

    Jones Day Gets More Time To Answer Family Leave Bias Suit

    Jones Day will have an extra month to respond to a suit by two married former associates who allege the firm's parental leave policy discriminates against fathers, a Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Finding A Voice, And A New Home

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    My Fulbright scholarship project developed after I talked to my grandmother in the Philippines about the cost of her medication. Drugs developed in the U.S. and Europe are typically sold there for prices beyond the reach of many Filipinos. So I advocated for compulsory licensing for lifesaving medicines, says Melissa Martinez of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Willett Reviews 'Guilty Pleasures'

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    Professor Laura Little’s new book, "Guilty Pleasures: Comedy and Law in America," will make you laugh and make you think — and to a federal circuit judge who reads the Constitution for the articles, it is ... appealing, says Fifth Circuit Judge Don Willett.

  • Women In Law Need Equal Treatment, Not Affirmative Action

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    The sheer number of women entering the legal profession means gender equality is coming, one way or the other. This Women’s History Month, BigLaw firms should reflect on this with the understanding that they dismiss the flight of senior female attorneys from their ranks at their peril, says Tamara Kurtzman, founder of TMK Attorneys PC.

  • Opinion

    Even Vile Defendants Deserve Good Representation

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    It's a sad day when a Harvard professor must defend himself for representing Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Criminal justice is not a popularity contest; at the foundation of our democracy is every defendant’s constitutional right to vigorous legal representation, says Lara Yaretsian, a Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney.

  • Rebuttal

    Visible Diversity Is A Sign Of Organizational Health

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    A recent Law360 guest article cautioned against the hazards that can stem from pursuing "optimal" diversity, but overlooks the value of paying attention to visible diversity, says Matt Lykken of Potomac Law Group PLLC.

  • Simple Secrets For Writing A Killer Brief

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    These days, the legal profession offers meager opportunity for oral argument, so we need to focus on being better, brighter, tighter writers. And the key to writing a better brief is grabbing your judge's attention with a persuasive, well-crafted story, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • 3 Lessons From A Crypto Mock Trial

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    We recently hatched a plan to test whether litigators could get blockchain ledger entries into evidence under the existing Federal Rules of Evidence, and we found a federal judge willing to help us, say attorneys Justin Steffen, Andrew Hinkes, Lisa Braganca, Christopher Veatch, Kashan Pathan and Jimmie Zhang.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With McDermott COO John Yoshimura

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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 John Yoshimura, chief operating officer at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Problem With 'Optimal' Diversity

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    Organizations should seek to avoid discrimination, but they should also be wary of the idea that diverse teams function better than nondiverse teams, because this reasoning lacks evidence and can lead to a slippery slope, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton Research LLC.

  • Fresh Takes On Seeking Costs And Fees Under Rule 45

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    Recent case law reveals that courts vary widely in their approaches to shifting the costs and fees incurred in responding to a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45 subpoena. Nonparties responding to such requests should consider certain district court trends, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Smith Camp Reviews 'Echo Of Its Time'

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    "Echo of Its Time" is the story of Nebraska’s federal district court from statehood in 1867 to the demise of Prohibition in 1933. Professors John Wunder and Mark Scherer have written an objective, unsentimental and insightful history, layered with context and rich in character study, says U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp of the District of Nebraska.

  • Guest Feature

    'The Mooch' Talks Mayhem, Con Law, Lessons From Harvard

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    Anthony Scaramucci is probably best known for the 11 days he spent as White House director of communications in 2017. But when White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff sat down to chat with "the Mooch," he was interested in hearing a different story.

  • Opinion

    Legal Operations Teams Are Gaining Popularity In EU

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    As the European and global economies continue to change, any legal department that does not want to get outflanked by faster, more agile competitors should consider the value that legal operations teams have to offer, says Hans Albers, president of the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe.

  • Why Proper Document Redaction May Be An Ethical Duty

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    Paul Manafort's attorneys recently filed a court document containing incompletely redacted information, highlighting the need for attorneys to become competent at redaction — or at least at verifying that redaction has been performed correctly. Failure to do either could be construed as legal malpractice, says Byeongsook Seo of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Refugee's Journey Of Firsts

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    Even as a child in war-torn Iran, I began to develop a sense of justice and a desire for equality and the rule of law. These instincts ultimately guided me to become a federal prosecutor, and now a partner in private practice, says Raymond Aghaian of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

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