Business of Law

  • June 18, 2019

    Avenatti To Face Fall Trial In $20M Nike Extortion Case

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday set a November trial date for embattled attorney Michael Avenatti over allegations he tried to extort more than $20 million from Nike Inc. in exchange for keeping quiet about claims of employee misconduct at the sportswear company.

  • June 18, 2019

    Ropes & Gray Backs Winston & Strawn In Arbitration Dispute

    Ropes & Gray entered a brief Monday to support Winston & Strawn’s push for U.S. Supreme Court review of a decision that kept a gender discrimination suit out of arbitration, arguing that law firms rely on confidential arbitration to keep sensitive client information from going public.

  • June 17, 2019

    Former MasterCard, 3M GCs Start Dispute Resolution Venture

    A pair of preeminent New York attorneys who've worked as general counsel for global companies as well as in BigLaw announced Monday they'd launched an alternative dispute resolution outfit.

  • June 17, 2019

    Ex-Jones Day Partner Drops Bias Suit Alleging 'Frat Culture'

    A former Jones Day partner has dropped her California state court suit claiming the firm fired her for speaking out against its alleged "fraternity culture" that treated women like "second-class citizens," Jones Day said Monday.

  • June 17, 2019

    NJ Atty Accused Of Bringing Loaded Gun To Courthouse

    A New Jersey attorney was arrested Monday after he allegedly attempted to enter a courthouse with a loaded handgun in his briefcase — and without a permit to carry a firearm — according to county officials.

  • June 17, 2019

    Dallas Federal Courthouse Remains Closed After Shooting

    The federal court and other agencies in the Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas will remain closed Tuesday after a gunman opened fire at the courthouse entrance Monday, but a patent trial will go forward in a courtroom at a local law school, officials said.

  • June 17, 2019

    UK Probes Competition In Scottish Legal Industry

    The U.K.'s competition enforcer said Monday that it is studying the legal services industry in Scotland to determine if enough competition exists among providers after a report recommended setting up a single independent body to regulate the legal profession there.

  • June 17, 2019

    Asian Ex-Greenspoon Partner Settles Bias Suit Against Firm

    Greenspoon Marder LLP has resolved a suit alleging it discriminated against a Korean American “top performer” because of his race and national origin, according to an order filed Monday in New York federal court.

  • June 17, 2019

    Northwest Firms Combine To Create Regional Powerhouse

    Two Washington state-based firms announced Monday that they will combine to create one of the largest law firms based in the Pacific Northwest, a deal that will go into effect in September.

  • June 17, 2019

    Huawei Can't Cut Redactions In Feds' Bid To DQ Sidley Atty

    A New York federal judge has ruled that prosecutors can largely keep in place the redactions in a motion to disqualify a former deputy attorney general, now with Sidley Austin LLP, from representing Chinese technology company Huawei against claims it was deceptive about its dealings in Iran.

  • June 17, 2019

    Most Attys Think Firms Will Grow Their Ranks In 2019

    More than half of U.S.-based lawyers say their firm or company plans to add lawyers or other legal personnel, and almost none expect layoffs, according to a consulting firm's new survey.

  • June 17, 2019

    Ropes & Gray Client OKs Rep Of Fellow 'Varsity Blues' Parent

    Ropes & Gray LLP received the blessing of one of the two parents it is representing in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scheme to take on multiple clients in the same case, following a hearing Monday morning in Massachusetts federal court.

  • June 17, 2019

    LeClairRyan Loses Banking Partners In Boston, NY

    The exodus of attorneys out of LeClairRyan continued with the announcement Monday that two corporate partners and two litigation partners focusing on the banking and automotive finance space have left to join Duane Morris in Boston, New York City and Newark.

  • June 17, 2019

    15 Minutes With CVS Health's General Counsel

    The moment that CVS Health general counsel Tom Moriarty is most proud of as a lawyer was the November completion of the company's acquisition of Aetna. Here, he discusses the benefits of the possible combined organization and his role in the company's 2014 decision to end the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products.

  • June 16, 2019

    School’s Out: Legal Apprentices Take Alternative Path To Bar

    A handful of states let would-be attorneys carve an alternative path to the bar through apprenticeships. Advocates say these programs, despite some drawbacks, could bring more diversity to the field by providing an option for those without the time or money for law school.

  • June 14, 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.

  • June 14, 2019

    Saul Ewing Atty's Artistic Vision Thrives After Losing Eyesight

    Writing fiction was always just a hobby for Joel Burcat, something to pursue in the dark hours after finishing his day's work, but after losing his eyesight and his environmental law practice last year, he found himself with a chance to turn it into something more than a pastime.

  • June 14, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: Stop Calling My Phone, Robot

    If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s that robocalls are an abomination. Last month, Americans received roughly 5 billion of them — about 1,700 per second — and spam calls rank as the top complaint to the Federal Communications Commission. This week, telecom reporter Kelcee Griffis joins the Pro Say podcast to explain the problem and why it’s taken so long to fix. 

  • June 14, 2019

    Why One Law Firm Abandoned The Billable Hour

    In an effort to focus on building profitability, one law firm has done away with the billable hour as a measure of success when determining partner compensation, according to the firm’s chief executive officer, who spoke at the Legal Marketing Association’s P3 conference in Chicago on Friday.

  • June 14, 2019

    Greenberg Opens In Nashville With Ex-Tenn. Insurance Official

    Greenberg Traurig LLP will open a Nashville office on Monday, the firm's 31st in the U.S., led by the former commissioner of Tennessee's Department of Commerce and Insurance and bolstered by the firm's media and entertainment practice.

  • June 14, 2019

    Developing Useful Legal Tech: Perspectives From 3 Law Firms

    How do law firms develop legal technology that lawyers and clients will actually want to use? That question was explored in an educational session Friday at the Legal Marketing Association’s P3 conference in Chicago.

  • June 14, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A top New York regulator isn't yet pleased with Deutsche Bank's progress on bolstering its anti-money laundering compliance programs, and financial institutions are feeling pressure to ensure they're not exposed to data security problems by vendors they count on for services. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • June 13, 2019

    Paraplegic Sues Avenatti For Siphoning Away $4M Settlement

    A paraplegic former client of embattled attorney Michael J. Avenatti has filed suit against the lawyer and several former attorneys at his now-defunct firm, alleging Avenatti stole a $4 million settlement he negotiated for the client against Los Angeles County.

  • June 13, 2019

    Law Firm Pricing Experts Are In High Demand, Panelists Say

    Law firm pricing professionals are much sought after and firms are struggling to find enough candidates for job openings, panelists at the LMA P3 conference in Chicago said Thursday, a phenomenon that may be fueling compensation that in some cases exceeds $500,000 a year.

  • June 13, 2019

    Litigation Funder Can't Recoup $5.8M From Deepwater Claims

    A litigation funding company that lost a $5.8 million investment in mass tort claims stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster can't revive its claims that prominent plaintiffs' firm Watts Guerra LLP wasn't diligent in signing up potential clients, a Texas appellate court ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • Practitioner's Guide To Stratified Random Sampling: Part 1

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    Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research Inc. explains when it might be advantageous to select a random sample that has been divided into multiple subpopulations, such as when evaluating the rate at which a large medical provider submitted ineligible Medicare reimbursements over 10 years.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

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    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

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    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

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    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

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    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Q&A

    BigLaw Alums Q&A: Mark Migdal's Lara O'Donnell Grillo

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    BigLaw firms tended to be inflexible, with methods that were inconsistent with how I wanted to practice law. There were many time-wasting aspects of the practice, says Lara O’Donnell Grillo of Mark Migdal & Hayden.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

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    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

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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 Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

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    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

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    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Guest Feature

    The Many Lives Of Michael Chertoff

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    Randy Maniloff begins his interview with the nation’s second secretary of homeland security by saying he wants to go over his resume. The look on Michael Chertoff's face: “Bring it on.”

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

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    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game, and journalism trends.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

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    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

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    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

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