Business of Law

  • September 02, 2020

    Robins Kaplan Rolls Out Six-Figure Federal Clerkship Bonus

    Robins Kaplan LLP said Wednesday it's now offering a $100,000 bonus to new attorneys who join the litigation firm immediately upon completing at least one year of district or appellate court clerkship.

  • September 02, 2020

    Deutsche Bank Whistleblower Must Pay Experts $2.75M

    A New York state judge ordered a Deutsche Bank whistleblower to give two consultants $2.75 million for their work on the $8.25 million U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission award he spurned, ruling Wednesday that the man's divorce is no excuse for him not to pay his debts.

  • September 02, 2020

    Cozen O'Connor Adds Bankruptcy Pros From Fox Rothschild

    Cozen O'Connor has added eight restructuring and insolvency attorneys previously at Fox Rothschild LLP as members to its offices in Chicago and Delaware as it prepares for a potential wave of bankruptcies tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • September 02, 2020

    NY Judge Rejects Trump Org's Request To Move AG's Case

    A New York state judge on Wednesday declined a request by the Trump Organization and others to move into the court's commercial division a dispute involving an investigation into whether President Donald Trump inflated the value of his assets.

  • September 02, 2020

    Law Firm Leaders: Quarles & Brady's Michael Aldana

    Michael Aldana was appointed the managing partner of Wisconsin-based Quarles & Brady LLP in 2018. Aldana, a partner in the labor and employment group, has been with the firm for more than 24 years.

  • September 02, 2020

    Ex-DOJ Criminal Chief ​​​​Rejoins Kirkland As Partner

    Brian Benczkowski, who stepped down last month as assistant attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, has rejoined Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a partner in the firm's government, regulatory and internal investigations practice group.

  • September 01, 2020

    Donziger's Ex-Atty Hires Lawyer To Fight Trial Role

    A former defense counsel for Chevron foe Steven Donziger has hired his own lawyer to fight the possibility he'll have to represent the disbarred attorney at a criminal contempt trial slated to begin this month, according to an email obtained by Law360.

  • September 01, 2020

    Calif. Assembly Backs New Pass Score For Earlier Bar Exams

    The California Assembly on Tuesday passed a nonbinding resolution urging the Golden State's high court to reconsider its refusal to retroactively apply the recently lowered bar exam pass score to past exams, saying the move would improve diversity in the legal profession.

  • September 01, 2020

    DC's Former US Attorney Joins Skadden White Collar Team

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP snapped up Washington, D.C.'s former top prosecutor, who will bolster its litigation practice in the nation's capital with a wide focus on white collar and government enforcement matters, the firm said Tuesday.

  • September 01, 2020

    Schulte Roth Extends Remote Work Through End Of 2020

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP will keep its attorneys working remotely at least through the end of the year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the firm confirmed on Tuesday.

  • September 01, 2020

    Baker McKenzie To Cut North American Jobs As Virus Persists

    Baker McKenzie is cutting lawyers and staff in its North American offices as it looks to reduce its budget amid the business slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the global firm confirmed Tuesday.

  • September 01, 2020

    A Look At Major Rulings From Judge Griffith's DC Circ. Tenure

    D.C. Circuit Judge Thomas Griffith, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, ended his 15-year tenure at the powerful appellate court Monday, leaving behind a slew of notable judicial writings in administrative law cases ranging from health care to separation of powers.

  • September 01, 2020

    Toyota's Thai Business Is 'Corrupt,' Ex-WilmerHale Temp Says

    A former legal staffing agency attorney accused of extorting WilmerHale and its client Toyota over a secretive document review project revealed new claims Monday in Manhattan federal court, alleging the automaker obstructed the investigation to enable Toyota's "lucrative corrupt business practices in Thailand."

  • September 01, 2020

    Gibson Dunn Snags Ex-Irell Securities Litigation Chair

    The former chair of Irell & Manella LLP's securities litigation practice has left the firm for Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, yet another departure following Irell's shift to focus on high-value litigation, according to an announcement made Tuesday.

  • September 01, 2020

    NFL Takes Over DC Football Team's Wilkinson Walsh Probe

    The NFL is taking over the internal investigation of the Washington Football Team's front office culture following new sexual harassment allegations, but it will still be conducted by the law firm Wilkinson Walsh LLP, the league and team confirmed to Law360 Tuesday.

  • September 01, 2020

    Zoom Swipes New GC From Palo Alto Networks

    Zoom Video Communications Inc. confirmed Tuesday that it has named as its new top lawyer the longtime general counsel of software company Palo Alto Networks, who steps into the recently opened role as the company faces litigation over its security measures.

  • September 01, 2020

    Davis Wright Reduces Pay Cuts, Lays Off Some Staff

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP announced Tuesday that it will be increasing partner draws and reducing salary cuts, but that it has also decided to lay off some of its furloughed staff.

  • September 01, 2020

    Legend In Law: Clorox's Laura Stein

    Stein, a Renaissance woman who was the first woman to have held the top lawyer position at two Fortune 500 companies, has been named a Burton Awards Legend in Law, a distinction reserved for the top general counsel in the nation.

  • September 01, 2020

    The 2020 Diversity Snapshot

    The Law360 2020 Diversity Snapshot reveals a legal industry determined to move the needle but succeeding at a glacial pace, with firms struggling to tackle a lack of diversity that only increases as attorneys climb the ranks.

  • September 01, 2020

    Atty Punished For YouTube Deposition Video Loses Appeal

    A former BigLaw associate who posted a YouTube video accusing an Ally Financial representative of lying under oath lost her appeal of a bar sanction in a North Carolina state court Tuesday.

  • September 01, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    New Jersey again dominated COVID-19 pandemic headlines over the past week as officials cleared the way for indoor, albeit limited, restaurant dining statewide and open alcohol consumption in Atlantic City just in time for Labor Day weekend.

  • September 01, 2020

    Delaware: An Elite Legal Venue Struggling With Inclusivity

    Delaware's legal community is still struggling to become as inclusive as it is exclusive, with its lag in diversity as compared to the rest of the country compounding the problem by making the First State less attractive for minority lawyers.

  • August 31, 2020

    Best Best, Nelson Hardiman Attys Selected For Calif. Bench

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed 15 new judges to serve on Golden State benches, picks that include a municipal law partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP and a former health care partner at Nelson Hardiman LLP, the governor's office announced Friday.

  • August 31, 2020

    These Law Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

    Progress on diversity in the legal industry has been slow, but some law firms are demonstrating that strides can be made toward diversifying the upper ranks. Here are the 40 firms outpacing their peers as the legal industry works toward increasing minority representation.

  • August 31, 2020

    How COVID-19 May Forever Alter Work Life For Disabled Attys

    The changes that COVID-19 has caused to most aspects of daily life have dramatically varying implications for people with different disabilities. Law360 spoke with several attorneys about what working from home means for them and how their firms have handled it.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Tips For Drafting Effective Legal Billing Guidelines

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    To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Trial Lawyer Mark Beck

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    As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Pasadena-based Mark E. Beck, founder of Beck Law PC specializing in white collar criminal defense and investigations.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Fix New York's Notary Problem

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    Eliminating New York's notarized affidavit requirement for court submissions, or at least allowing remote notarization, would reduce the time and expense associated with securing a notary and minimize stress for lawyers and their clients, say Russell Yankwitt and Dina Hamerman at Yankwitt.

  • Contingent Fees A Great Option For Cos. During Downturn

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    In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • Opinion

    Flynn Judge Should Not Change Role Of Amicus Curiae

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    As an appellate attorney who has authored numerous amicus briefs, I am deeply concerned about some fast-moving developments in the case of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, where a D.C. federal judge is transforming amici curiae into 11th-hour prosecutorial intermeddlers, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

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    There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Pillsbury's Amanda Halter

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    As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Amanda Halter, managing partner of Pillsbury's Houston office and a member of the firm's environmental and natural resources practice.

  • A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

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    To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

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