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Business of Law

  • May 15, 2018

    Shuttered NC Law School Sues ABA Over Enforcement Action

    Charlotte School of Law sued the American Bar Association in North Carolina federal court Tuesday, claiming that enforcement actions by the organization related to law school accreditation violated the due process rights of the for-profit college and led to its closure last year.

  • May 15, 2018

    Work-Hungry Firms Cede Ground On Security Retainer Fees

    The retainer fee has largely survived the financial push-and-pull between firms and corporate clients over the last decade, experts said, but some evidence is emerging that even companies with cash-flow problems have leverage to negotiate smaller upfront payments with their counsel.

  • May 15, 2018

    Clients Show Law Firms They Expect More With Report Cards

    Corporate clients are increasingly grading outside counsel on a vast array of traits and characteristics and using the report cards they develop to make big decisions about who to keep and who to cut from their rosters, according to a presentation at the Legal Marketing Association's P3 conference in Chicago on Tuesday.

  • May 15, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Seeger Weiss' Christopher Seeger

    Seeger Weiss LLP co-founder Christopher Seeger helped patients who suffered heart attacks after using testosterone replacement drugs score more than $300 million in two recent bellwether trials and negotiated a record $1.5 billion agricultural settlement last year, earning him a place among Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 15, 2018

    Senate Confirms Trump's Picks For 6th, 10th Circuits

    The Senate approved Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP partner John Nalbandian for the Sixth Circuit and Carson Ryan LLC principal Joel M. Carson III for the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday, the latest in a flurry of appellate judicial confirmations in the past two weeks.

  • May 14, 2018

    50 Law Schools Ask Recruiting Firms If They Require NDAs

    Fifty of the nation’s top law schools have asked firms recruiting on campuses to complete a survey regarding their use of mandatory arbitration and nondisclosure agreements, following reports that some BigLaw firms have required summer associates to sign agreements covering sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct.

  • May 14, 2018

    Law Firm Rates, Demand Continue Upward Climb In 2018

    Law firm billing rate increases and demand growth were the driving factors of revenue improvement in the first quarter of 2018, according to a law firm industry report released Monday by Citi Private Bank’s law firm group.

  • May 14, 2018

    Skadden Partner, Judge Confirmed As New 7th Circ. Judges

    The Senate on Monday confirmed Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner Michael Y. Scudder Jr. and U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve for the Seventh Circuit in a rare bipartisan vote for President Donald Trump’s nominees.

  • May 14, 2018

    15 Minutes With Hilton's General Counsel

    Having a broad and diverse legal team at Hilton is critical to Kristin Campbell, the hotel brand’s executive vice president and general counsel. For example, women constitute at least half of her senior leadership team and the overall population of attorneys in the legal department. She also recently shared with Law360 how the piña colada, Waldorf salad and chocolate brownie are related to the company.

  • May 14, 2018

    3 Ex-Ogletree Deakins Attys Enter $300M Gender Bias Suit

    Three former Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC attorneys have added their names to a $300 million gender discrimination class and collective action against the firm, according to an amended complaint filed Friday in California federal court, which also added Ogletree Deakins’ managing shareholder as a named defendant.

  • May 14, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Pomerantz's Jeremy Lieberman

    Pomerantz LLP’s Jeremy Lieberman led a $3 billion settlement for investors in a class action over Brazilian energy giant Petrobras’ corruption scandal, achieving a record sum and key legal ruling along the way to land him a spot on Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 12, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Don’t Lie About Paying Expert Witnesses

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss the ethical boundaries of handling expert witnesses; New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stepping down after abuse allegations; Jay-Z being ordered to give testimony to the Securities and Exchange Commission; and Dr. Dre attempting to block a medical doctor from registering a trademark for his similar-sounding name.

  • May 11, 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 11, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Who Shot Wife Couldn't Escape Paper Trail

    Fulton County, Georgia, prosecutors trying to prove that a former Fisher Phillips LLP partner’s shooting of his wife was no accident flooded the jury with painstaking detail from both eyewitnesses and the wealthy couple’s paper trail to establish that he had a financial motive to kill his wife, securing a murder conviction.

  • May 11, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Lieff Cabraser's Elizabeth Cabraser

    As sole lead counsel in multidistrict litigation over Volkswagen AG’s emissions scandal, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP's Elizabeth Cabraser helped drivers secure settlements totaling more than $15 billion and assurances that the polluting vehicles would be taken off the roads, earning her a spot on Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 11, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Questions remain around who will permanently replace Eric Schneiderman as New York attorney general after he resigned in the wake of a news article detailing allegations of physical abuse by four women, new data show female in-house counsel earn 84 percent of what their male counterparts make on average, and Fox News hired a new general counsel amid a series of lawsuits alleging the network mistreated women and minority workers. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • May 10, 2018

    For-Profit Law School Sues ABA Over Enforcement Action

    Florida Coastal School of Law filed suit Thursday against the American Bar Association, which recently determined the school had failed to meet ABA standards, saying the association’s enforcement actions have been inconsistent, its standards are vague and that the action against Florida Coastal was an “attack on diversity.”

  • May 10, 2018

    Calif. High Court Approves Rules Revamp For Atty Conduct

    For the first time since 1987, the California Supreme Court on Thursday approved major revisions to the rules of professional conduct for in-state attorneys, adding new guidelines that address advertising, conflicts of interest, sexual relations with clients, and a host of other concerns.

  • May 10, 2018

    'RBG' An Intriguing Look At The Most Meme-Worthy Justice

    The new documentary "RBG" paints an entertaining portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her contributions to American law and society, even as the film suggests that some of her most important work happened decades before she joined the high court.

  • May 10, 2018

    Starn O'Toole Vet Makes Headway Toward 9th Circ. Bench

    President Donald Trump’s choice for a Ninth Circuit vacancy sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support Thursday, putting one of the president’s picks for the high-profile court on the Senate floor for the first time.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • When And How To Communicate With Pro Se Litigants

    David Northrip

    Given the surprisingly large volume of pro se litigation in the United States, there will inevitably be times when you need to communicate with self-represented litigants. Following Model Rule of Professional Conduct 4.3 can help you minimize risks and maximize payoff, say attorneys at Shook Hard & Bacon LLP.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: Cultivating A Career Issue

    Michael Martinez

    My first U.S. Supreme Court argument came two years after I entered private practice following 10 years as an assistant U.S. attorney. Nevertheless, I found the entire experience simultaneously nerve-wracking and exhilarating, especially given the publicity my case had generated, says Michael Martinez, senior vice president and associate general counsel at Marriott International Inc.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 4

    Brian Kriegler

    Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research concludes his series on statistical sampling by addressing several common misperceptions about random sampling requirements.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Read The Whole Thing

    James Beck

    As a beginning associate at a large Philadelphia law firm, I was tasked to fill in case citations on a brief. I found something that looked like exactly what I wanted for a particular legal proposition, but I did not bother to read the entire case. That was a big mistake — and led to an important lesson, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 3

    Brian Kriegler

    In the third of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research uses the example of a hypothetical Medicare reimbursement case to address various solutions for dealing with missing sample selections so that statistical inferences remain valid.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: An Impassioned Plea

    Erwin Chemerinsky

    As I rose to the lectern for my first argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, I realized that the court had to that point heard over 90 minutes of oral argument about California’s "three strikes" law, but no one — not any of the lawyers, not any of the justices — had expressed outrage that a man could spend life in prison for shoplifting, says Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley Law School.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.