Business of Law

  • September 17, 2021

    Hyundai Elevates Assistant GC To Chief Legal Officer

    Hyundai Motor North America has promoted its assistant general counsel to serve as the automotive company's chief legal officer, the company announced Friday.

  • September 17, 2021

    Leaving BigLaw For Cannabis: 5 Attys Discuss The Switch

    Like other attorneys who left BigLaw for the cannabis sector, Travis Moyer wanted to grab the opportunity for early entry into a rapidly evolving industry. And while the shift has meant having to learn a lot on the fly, he said he has also found great professional growth — and personal happiness.

  • September 17, 2021

    Cybercrime Spree Raises Risks Of Insurance Coverage Battles

    As the pace of cyberattacks rises across the globe, insurance attorneys expect disputes to break out over the scope of digital attack coverage in insurance policies, potentially leading to a wave of litigation.

  • September 16, 2021

    Quinn Emanuel Gets $185M Fee From $3.7B Win In ACA Suits

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge on Thursday granted Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's request for $185 million in fees stemming from two class actions against the federal government over so-called risk corridor payments under the Affordable Care Act, which resulted in a nearly $3.7 billion total win.

  • September 16, 2021

    The Perkins Coie Cyber Expert Accused Of Misleading The FBI

    Michael A. Sussmann, a former Perkins Coie LLP partner and former federal prosecutor, is facing a federal charge of lying to the FBI.

  • September 16, 2021

    IP Forecast: Trial Lawyer School TM Fight Lands At 10th Circ.

    Famed litigator Gerry Spence will ask a federal appeals court next week to reverse a trademark injunction in a bitter fight with his former legal training school. Here's a look at that case plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • September 16, 2021

    Perkins Coie Attorney Charged With Lying To FBI

    Perkins Coie partner and cybersecurity expert Michael A. Sussmann was hit Thursday with a federal charge of lying to the FBI in the final stretch of the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • September 16, 2021

    Reed Smith Nabs Ex-FDIC, Jones Day Atty As Banking Partner

    Reed Smith LLP has announced that a bank regulatory lawyer who has held positions at Freddie Mac, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the U.S. Department of the Treasury has joined the firm as a partner in its financial industry group in Washington, D.C.

  • September 16, 2021

    Hogan Lovells Piloting Commission Pay In Europe

    Hogan Lovells is piloting a novel initiative in the U.K. and Germany that will give some lawyers and business service employees the opportunity to earn small commissions for introducing new client work.

  • September 15, 2021

    Perkins Coie Atty Defended After Report Of Indictment Threat

    Attorneys representing Perkins Coie partner Michael Sussmann said Wednesday he has not committed any crime after The New York Times reported that John Durham, the special counsel scrutinizing the FBI's 2016 investigation into Trump-Russia ties, plans to seek his indictment for allegedly making a false statement to the FBI.

  • September 15, 2021

    David Boies Threatened Theranos Whistleblower, Jury Told

    A former Theranos lab technician who filed a whistleblower complaint against the startup testified in ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' criminal fraud trial Wednesday that she quit after her managers ignored her concerns with the accuracy of Theranos' blood tests, and said Theranos' then-counsel David Boies subsequently threatened to sue her.

  • September 15, 2021

    Remington's Student Records Bid Irks Sandy Hook Judge

    The Connecticut judge overseeing a lawsuit against Remington Arms Co. brought by the families of victims killed in the Sandy Hook massacre scolded the gun manufacturer Tuesday for failing to make a proper request for academic and employment records of slain students and teachers.

  • September 15, 2021

    Ex-Quinn Emanuel Worker Says Racism Suit Isn't Time-Barred

    A Hispanic former tech employee at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP argued Tuesday that his claims of a hostile work environment, retaliation and discrimination were timely and plausibly alleged in a response to the firm's motion to dismiss his New York federal suit, adding that the defendants "downplay and ignore facts" and "deliberately overlook" the law.

  • September 15, 2021

    Fragomen Embracing Hybrid Work In Return-To-Office Debate

    Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP is embracing a hybrid work model as it gradually reopens its offices across the globe in full force, the firm said Wednesday, amid tension in the legal industry about telework, office returns and vaccine mandates.

  • September 15, 2021

    GOP Grills DC City Court Picks On COVID Rules, Crime

    Republican senators pressed nominees to the District of Columbia court system to better spell out how they would protect religious freedoms from potentially onerous COVID-19 restrictions and combat urban crime during a confirmation hearing late Tuesday.

  • September 15, 2021

    Willkie Farr Exec Says Attys Have Shown They Can Be Remote

    Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, law firms have proved that they can be remote businesses, and that shift "should change the rules" for where lawyers work in the future, a Willkie Farr real estate leader and executive committee member told Law360 in a recent wide-ranging interview.

  • September 15, 2021

    Remembering Ginsburg's Legacy Through Her Work

    With the approach of the first anniversary of her death, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was remembered as one of the country's most important jurists of all time at a webinar hosted by the New York Bar Association on Wednesday.

  • September 15, 2021

    Microsoft CLO Brad Smith Appointed Vice Chair

    Microsoft Corp. has announced it has promoted its chief legal officer and president, Brad Smith, to serve as vice chair of the company.

  • September 15, 2021

    Young Attys Stressed Over Struggle To Pay Law School Debt

    Most young attorneys are stressed and struggling to pay off their six-figure student loans, often delaying major life milestones like marriage or children because of accumulating law school debt, according to a new survey from the American Bar Association.

  • September 14, 2021

    Attorney Tells 1st Circ. His Sex Bias Suit Belongs In Court

    An attorney who lodged a sex discrimination lawsuit against Preti Flaherty Beliveau and Pachios LLP claiming he was fired for taking parental leave told the First Circuit that a lower court relied on outdated case law and exceeded its authority when it sent his case to arbitration.

  • September 14, 2021

    Biden Picks For Wash., Mass. Trial Court Seats Clear Senate

    A pair of President Joe Biden's choices for the federal trial bench in Washington state and Massachusetts easily won Senate confirmation Tuesday.

  • September 14, 2021

    Pro Say Movie Club: 'Philadelphia'

    On the final installment of the Pro Say Movie Club, we travel to the City of Brotherly Love for the heart-wrenching story of a lawyer fired for having AIDS.

  • September 14, 2021

    Perkins Coie Delays Office Reopening To January

    Perkins Coie LLP, one of the nation's largest law firms, said on Tuesday that it is delaying its official return to its U.S. offices to January 2022 due to the resurgence in COVID-19 cases linked to the delta variant.

  • September 14, 2021

    GC Pay Rising As Women Surpass Men For 1st Time

    General counsel pay is rising, and women have begun gaining ground in their fight for parity with male counterparts, earning a higher median paycheck in 2020 than men for the first time, a new study indicated.

  • September 14, 2021

    Cooley Moving New Chicago Office To 55-Story Tower

    Cooley LLP is planning to move its recently established Chicago office next year to a 55-story skyscraper at 110 North Wacker along the city's riverfront, the firm said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Punishing Bar Exam Policies On Menstrual Products Must Go

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    Law graduates across the states are sitting for the grueling two-day bar exam this week despite menstruation-related barriers, such as inadequate menstrual product and bathroom access, which could be eradicated with simple policy tweaks, say law professors Elizabeth Cooper, Margaret Johnson and Marcy Karin.

  • It's Time For Law Firms To Start Loving And Leveraging Data

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    The volume and diversity of data managed by law firms today — from client files to internal financial records — may seem daunting, but when properly organized, good data can help practitioners stay competitive by providing sharper insight into firm resources and cost of work, say Jaron Luttich and Barry Wiggins at Element Standard.

  • Keys To Protecting Clients During Law Firm Dissolution

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    Whether a law firm dissolution is amicable or adversarial, departing attorneys should take steps to maintain their legal and ethical responsibilities toward clients, and beware client confidentiality pitfalls when joining new firms, say John Schmidt and Colin Fitzgerald at Phillips Lytle.

  • How Case Management Orders Can Support New Attorneys

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    Courts are leading the way in ensuring oral argument opportunities for newer attorneys by incorporating innovative language in a variety of orders, and private parties can and should follow suit by incorporating similar language into case management orders, say Megan Jones and Halli Spraggins at Hausfeld.

  • An In-House Counsel's Guide To Better Work Management

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    Amid economic uncertainty and increasing pressure on corporate legal departments to do more with less, work management processes should be aimed at tracking legal teams' every contribution, including routine matters that can be reallocated to nonlegal staff, says Aaron Pierce at LexisNexis CounselLink.

  • Avoiding Materially Adverse Conflicts After New ABA Opinion

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    The American Bar Association's recent guidance on what constitutes materially adverse interests between clients makes clear that lawyers should not take comfort in a current representation just because a former client is not on the opposite side of the v., and those hoping to avoid disqualification should consider five steps, says Hilary Gerzhoy at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Rebuttal

    US Legal System Can Benefit From Nonlawyer Ownership

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    Contrary to claims made in a recent Law360 guest article, nonlawyer ownership has incrementally improved the England and Wales legal system — with more innovation and more opportunities for lawyers — and there is no reason why those outcomes cannot also be achieved in the U.S., say Crispin Passmore at Passmore Consulting and Zachariah DeMeola at the University of Denver.

  • Building A Law Firm Knowledge Bank For Thought Leadership

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    Marketing professionals often do not have firsthand knowledge of current legal trends and client issues, so law firms need to commit to an ongoing knowledge extraction process — a series of steps to draw out attorney insights that can help marketers create effective and frequent thought leadership content, says Michelle Calcote King at Reputation Ink.

  • Let's Emerge From The Pandemic As Legal Innovators

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    The pandemic forced a digital reckoning on the legal profession — which switched to remote workforces, paperless workflows and digital signatures seemingly overnight — and law firms and corporate legal departments can keep up the innovation momentum with three guiding principles, says Kevin Clem at HBR Consulting.

  • Anticipating Predictive Analytics' Potential Uses In Litigation

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    Predictive analytics — the marriage of statistics and machine learning now commonly used in litigation for document review and production — will soon likely bring exciting new uses in discovery and beyond, offering attorneys more data-driven ways to establish facts and predict case outcomes, say Richard Finkelman and Karl Schliep at Berkeley Research Group.

  • Opinion

    This Black History Month, Law Firms Should Challenge Norms

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    With so little progress made in the diversification of the legal industry, Black History Month is a good time for law firms to adjust their organizational cultures, ensuring that diversity and inclusion goals are transparent and measured in the same way billable hour and other core targets are — through written, enforceable policies, says Paulette Brown at Locke Lord.

  • Series

    Judges On Race

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    On the heels of nationwide calls to address systemic racism and inequality, five sitting state and federal judges shed light on the disparities that exist in the justice system and how to guard against bias in this series of Law360 guest articles.

  • Law Firm Penalties On Departing Partners Just Got Riskier

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    A D.C. appeals court's recent decision in Jacobson Holman v. Gentner sharply limiting the ability of law firms to financially penalize departing partners continues a clear trend among court rulings and bar ethics opinions, and should encourage firms to review their partnership agreements for any ethical land mines, says Alan Kabat at Bernabei & Kabat.

  • Opinion

    Law Firms Are Abusing Calif. Lemon Law Fee Provision

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    California's Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act was meant to encourage auto manufacturers to do right by consumers with defective vehicles, but law firms have abused its provision requiring defendants to pay plaintiffs' attorney fees by needlessly adding multiple lawyers to simple cases, says Sherman Joyce at the American Tort Reform Association.

  • NJ Case Has Lessons On Arbitration Clauses In Atty Retainers

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Delaney v. Dickey tracks and builds on other jurisdictions' limitations on the enforceability of arbitration provisions in law firm retainer agreements, and provides useful guidance for lawyers hoping to bind clients to arbitration, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

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