Business of Law

  • August 21, 2019

    Legal Tech Vendors Selling Themselves Short, Report Finds

    Sellers of legal technology products often miss the mark when they market to law firms and companies by not sufficiently working to address their potential needs, according to a report released Wednesday by digital marketing and communications agency Baretz & Brunelle.

  • August 21, 2019

    Firms Promoting Atty Wellness Will See Economic Benefits

    If more law firm leaders and other legal professionals acknowledge and prioritize the mental health and overall well-being of their attorneys, then their financial strength will likely rise as a result of increased performance, retention and recruitment, according to a forthcoming paper made available online this week.

  • August 21, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Jenner & Block's Craig Martin

    Jenner & Block chair Craig Martin speaks to Law360 about the biggest changes ahead for the legal industry and how he plans to preserve and build on the firm's core values.

  • August 21, 2019

    Global 20: Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP has reached new heights with a milestone expansion in its London office and exponential growth in its Brazil outpost while deftly steering clients through global business and political transitions in Europe, Latin America and Asia, landing the firm a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • August 20, 2019

    PR Guru Says Rick Gates 'Panicked' About Craig NYT Call

    In late 2012, Rick Gates was in a frenzy about the public release of a Skadden report he and his boss Paul Manafort hoped would get favorable press coverage for a Ukrainian president, a media consultant testified Tuesday at the trial of the law firm's former partner Gregory Craig.

  • August 20, 2019

    Ex-Davis Wright Partner Can't Shake Arbitration On Appeal

    A former Davis Wright Tremaine intellectual property and entertainment partner can’t get out of arbitrating his contract dispute with the firm, a California appeals court said Monday, finding that a lower court properly considered and rejected his claim that an arbitration agreement had been fraudulently induced.

  • August 20, 2019

    Dentons Adds Mindfulness Officer Position In Europe

    Dentons has appointed a partner as the firm's chief mindfulness officer for Europe, creating a position for promoting well-being among its attorneys that represents the latest effort by major law firms to target the industry's mental health issues.

  • August 20, 2019

    Couple Decries Jones Day's 'Smears' In Leave Suit

    The married couple accusing Jones Day of basing its family leave policy on "archaic gender roles" chided the firm for "smearing their reputations" in an allegedly misleading public statement rather than responding to their Aug. 13 complaint in Washington, D.C., federal court.

  • August 20, 2019

    Kennedys Appoints First Global Managing Partner

    Kennedys Law LLP announced Tuesday it has appointed Suzanne Liversidge, the former managing partner of the firm’s Sheffield office, as its first global managing partner, making her among the first women to hold the role for a top U.K. law firm.

  • August 20, 2019

    Global 20: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP retained its spot on Law360’s Global 20 list with another banner year that included guiding France’s Societe Generale to a favorable settlement ending Libor-rigging investigations and advising some of the world's most influential companies on multibillion-dollar deals.

  • August 20, 2019

    Jones Day Says Sex Bias Accusers Wrongly Expanded Suit

    Jones Day urged a Washington, D.C., federal judge on Tuesday to strike an amended complaint from female lawyers suing the firm for discrimination, saying the women never got a green light to expand their allegations.

  • August 19, 2019

    Draft Civil Procedure Rules Demand New Corporate Reporting

    Newly proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure would expand the list of relevant individuals and associated parties that companies must identify when a case is filed so that diversity jurisdiction can be determined early on, according to a Monday announcement opening up public comment on the revisions.

  • August 19, 2019

    Judicial Panel Floats Rules To Save 'Appellate Rights'

    A judicial advisory committee proposed new rule changes Monday to make sure that litigants don't accidentally hobble their chances on appeal based on the phrasing in their procedural filings, taking up concerns raised by two Hogan Lovells partners in late 2017.

  • August 19, 2019

    Judges' Race, Gender, Ideology Can Tilt Class Cert. Appeals

    When female judges, black judges and judges appointed by Democrats sit on appellate panels, those panels are more likely to rule in favor of class certification, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and University of California, Berkeley.

  • August 19, 2019

    Skadden Report A 'PR Tool,' Crisis Expert Says At Craig Trial

    A global public relations strategy for a Skadden report about a politically sensitive prosecution in Ukraine had an ambitious goal: recast the government’s relationship with the European Union and open the door for Ukraine membership, a PR consultant testified Monday in the criminal trial of former Skadden partner Gregory Craig.

  • August 19, 2019

    Conn. Reporter Escapes Judicial Marshal's Defamation Suit

    A courthouse marshal can’t go after the Connecticut journalist and television station that ran a story saying he was accused of sexually harassing a woman at the courthouse entrance, a superior court judge has decided.

  • August 19, 2019

    Jackson Lewis Lures Ogletree Vet To Head New NC Office

    Jackson Lewis PC announced on Monday it has launched a new office in Charlotte, North Carolina, and that it has lured a litigator from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC with 30 years of experience in employment law to head it.

  • August 19, 2019

    No Way Around Atty Conflict In 'Varsity Blues,' Judge Says

    A Boston federal magistrate judge on Monday warned a parent charged in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal that, by sticking with a team of attorneys that also represents a former coach connected to the case, he risks receiving conflicted advice.

  • August 19, 2019

    15 Minutes With The Charlotte Hornets' General Counsel

    As sports betting legislation makes its way through states across the country, Charlotte Hornets general counsel Joe Pierce has addressed the legalization of the activity through presentations to the team's players, doctors and even part-time ticket takers. Here, he also discusses the leadership qualities he gained as a college track athlete and his experience working for Michael Jordan, who owns the franchise.

  • August 19, 2019

    Global 20: Cleary

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP represented a slew of prominent international companies in a variety of legal actions around the world this past year, including nabbing a victory for Robert Bosch in a suit over emissions-cheating software, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20 list for the ninth straight year.

  • August 16, 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 16, 2019

    Atty Shuttled Pot Cross-Country In Private Jet, Feds Say

    Federal prosecutors say an attorney licensed in New Jersey and New York used his Learjet to transport hundreds of pounds of marijuana and hash oil across the country, an operation that was making him millions, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday.

  • August 16, 2019

    Travelers Taps In-House Atty As 1st Sustainability Chief

    Travelers has named one of its in-house attorneys to oversee corporate responsibility efforts as the insurer’s first chief sustainability officer, keying in on an increasingly important metric for ethically minded investors.

  • August 16, 2019

    Weil's Bid To Intervene In Insys Conflict Faces Opposition

    The new firm representing a convicted Insys Therapeutics sales director told a Boston federal judge Friday that Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP should not be allowed to intervene in his case after the executive accused Weil of improperly representing him and the company at the same time.

  • August 16, 2019

    Irell Ex-Managing Partner, 3 Other IP Attys Decamp To Milbank

    Irell & Manella LLP's former managing partner, a former intellectual property practice group leader and two other IP litigators have left to join Milbank LLP in Los Angeles, they announced Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Keeping PR Strategy Communications Privileged: Part 2

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    Determining whether and to what extent your legal team should invite a PR agent into privileged communications requires weighing many factors — including the unsettled and evolving case law on whether such involvement destroys privilege protection and creates discoverable, usable evidence, says Jeffrey Schomig of WilmerHale.

  • Keeping PR Strategy Communications Privileged: Part 1

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    Companies faced with high-profile litigation often turn to public relations firms to help defend their reputations and maintain shareholder confidence. But recent cases are a reminder that internal PR firm documents face uncertain privilege protection, even when those documents are generated in support of a broader legal strategy, says Jeffrey Schomig of WilmerHale.

  • What Lawyers Can Do To Prevent And Combat Burnout

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    Lawyer burnout has been called a “romantic disorder” because it is characteristic of a work ethic admired in the legal culture. But the negative impacts of burnout are real and lawyers need to recognize the signs and solutions, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Should Be More Like Medical Centers

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    Medical centers and their faculty matter to the practice of medicine. Law schools and their faculty do not matter to the practice of law, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton PC.

  • Opinion

    Courts Are Getting It Right On Litigation Funding Discovery

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    Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF.

  • Settlement Counsel Key For Efficient Mass Tort Resolution

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    Team-based specialization in mass tort litigation defense allows each member to draw on individual strengths, maximizing their contribution. A core tenet of this approach is using settlement counsel to focus on strategic initiatives and end-game resolution efforts, separate from the heated battle lines of the litigation, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

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    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

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    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

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    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

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    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

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    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

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    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

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    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

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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 Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • 'Flexible Work' Makes Freelancing More Viable In BigLaw

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    The rise of remote work capabilities and advances in technology are making flexible, freelance legal work a more accessible career option for corporate attorneys, say Elizabeth Black and Sara Eng of InCloudCounsel.

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