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Business of Law

  • August 23, 2018

    No Mention Of Kavanaugh In Unsealed Starr Leak Report

    The White House gloated Thursday after U.S. Supreme Court nominee D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh was not mentioned in a report unsealed by the National Archives investigating alleged leaks by Independent Counsel Ken Starr’s office during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal in the late 1990s.

  • August 23, 2018

    ConocoPhillips Names Baker Botts Atty As New GC

    Houston-based energy giant ConocoPhillips has appointed a Baker Botts LLP corporate partner as its next general counsel, the company confirmed to Law360 on Thursday.

  • August 23, 2018

    Kavanaugh Sits Down With GOP Holdout Murkowski

    After a high-stakes meeting with D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, kept mum on whether she will support his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • August 23, 2018

    Ex-W.Va. Supreme Court Justice Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

    A recently retired West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals justice pled guilty Thursday to a federal wire fraud charge connected to his personal use of a state-owned vehicle and gas credit card, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.

  • August 23, 2018

    GCs See Potential In Shaking Up Arbitration Fee Norms

    The American Arbitration Association’s recent introduction of an alternative fee arrangement option is a progressive step in making costs more predictable and simplifying budgeting for eligible cases, but it will take time to truly glean whether the move increases interest in the forum, according to general counsel and other legal professionals.

  • August 22, 2018

    Morgan Lewis Continues IP Expansion, Adds 9-Partner Team

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has added a nine-partner intellectual property team focused on patent prosecution and litigation from McDermott Will & Emery in Orange County, California, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • August 22, 2018

    Ex-ABA Employee Accused Of Stealing $1.3M In Cellphones

    A former American Bar Association finance administrator has been arrested on felony theft charges alleging she stole nearly 2,000 cellphones and 10 iPads worth nearly $1.3 million that she ordered in the name of the association during an eight-year period, according to a filing by prosecutors.

  • August 22, 2018

    Firms Must Embrace Ongoing Training To Thwart Cyberattacks

    Maintaining security is a process that businesses must continually cultivate and reevaluate as law firms and companies of all sizes face unprecedented challenges from cyberattacks, a group of panelists said Wednesday during an American Bar Association webinar.

  • August 22, 2018

    Cohen Plea Brings Kavanaugh’s Indictment Views To The Fore

    Michael Cohen's courtroom accusation Tuesday that President Donald Trump directed him to break federal campaign finance law has put renewed attention on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's suggestion that a sitting president can't be indicted.

  • August 22, 2018

    BigLaw Innovators Tell How To Beat The Status Quo

    BigLaw change-makers from Troutman Sanders LLP, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Littler Mendelson PC and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP took the stage Wednesday at a legal technology conference in Maryland to share stories about how they were able to shake things up in an industry not known for embracing risk.

  • August 22, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: DLA Piper's Roger Meltzer

    Roger Meltzer has served as global co-chair of DLA Piper for the past three years, before which he served as its co-chair of the Americas for two years. During that time, the law firm added six offices and nearly 200 attorneys, and increased its annual revenue by $150 million.

  • August 22, 2018

    Reed Smith Atty's Widow Loses $3M GSK Verdict On Appeal

    The Seventh Circuit ruled in favor of GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday in the drug company's appeal of a $3 million jury award to the widow of a Reed Smith LLP partner who committed suicide while taking a generic version of Paxil, saying federal law barred the pharmaceutical company from adding a warning about the risk of suicide in adults.

  • August 22, 2018

    Federal Bench Nominees Duck Questions On Roe, Immigration

    Nominees for the federal bench, including a candidate for the Eighth Circuit, punted on questions related to loaded political issues at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday morning, as senators grilled them on their positions on fraught topics such as immigration and abortion rights.

  • August 22, 2018

    Cohen Guilty Pleas Bode Poorly For Trump Privilege Stance

    Michael Cohen’s admissions that he broke federal tax and campaign finance laws — and his direct implication of his former client, Donald Trump, in two of those crimes — will severely restrict the president’s ability moving forward to argue that related communications with Cohen are shielded by attorney-client privilege, experts say.

  • August 21, 2018

    Judge Questions Simpson Thacher In-House Attys' Role

    A Manhattan federal judge hearing a legal recruiter’s nonpayment lawsuit against Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP raised questions Tuesday about the role of “co-administrative partners” at the law firm whose emails are apparently at the center of a discovery dispute.

  • August 21, 2018

    Kavanaugh OK'd Bush Backing Of Flag Protection Amendment

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh helped coordinate the Bush administration's support for a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit desecration of the American flag when he was a White House lawyer, at one point expressing optimism that the proposal would pass, documents released by the Senate Judiciary Committee in recent weeks show.

  • August 21, 2018

    Hacking Law Firms Can Be Just Child's Play

    A 15-year-old demonstrated just how easy it can be to hack law firm partners, associates and staff at the International Legal Technology Association’s annual educational conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on Tuesday, providing onlookers with a lesson on the methods that online interlopers might use to cull sensitive information.

  • August 21, 2018

    Trump's 3rd Circ. Nominee Joins Lowenstein Sandler In NJ

    Third Circuit nominee Paul B. Matey is leaving his job as a hospital executive to join Lowenstein Sandler LLP's office in Roseland, New Jersey, where he'll draw on his background in health care and as a former federal prosecutor and top legal adviser to ex-Gov. Chris Christie.

  • August 21, 2018

    Kavanaugh Called Roe 'Settled Law,' Collins Says

    D.C. Circuit judge and U.S. Supreme Court hopeful Judge Brett Kavanaugh may have cleared a key hurdle on Tuesday, following a meeting with Republican holdout Sen. Susan Collins of Maine during which Kavanaugh said Roe v. Wade is "settled law."

  • August 21, 2018

    Fitzpatrick Cella Will Join Venable To Form IP 'Powerhouse'

    Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto is set to combine with Venable LLP later this year to form a "powerhouse" in the intellectual property realm, the firms announced Tuesday, revealing the latest in a string of combinations between IP boutiques and full-service law firms.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Guest Feature

    Dan Abrams Talks 'Lincoln's Last Trial' And Crime In Media

    Randy Maniloff

    Everything I saw through the glass walls of Dan Abrams’ office shouted new media. But after an hour with the ABC News chief legal affairs anchor, discussing his new book about Abraham Lincoln's career as a lawyer and a wealth of other topics, I came away realizing the secret of his success. And there’s nothing new about it at all, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.