Business of Law

  • September 14, 2021

    Frankfurt Kurnit Adds Real Estate Practice Chair

    Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC has recruited a new chair for its real estate practice from Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP, the firm said Monday.

  • September 14, 2021

    These Firms Have The Most Women In Equity Partnerships

    Many law firms are seeing only modest progress as they seek to close the gender gap in their top ranks. But these firms are working to shake up that reality and forging a path to progress.

  • September 14, 2021

    St. Mary's ABA-Approved Online JD Program Starts Next Fall

    St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday revealed new details about its fully online J.D. program, debuting next fall, that is the first of its kind to receive approval from the American Bar Association's accreditation council.

  • September 14, 2021

    Boies Schiller Snags Ex-DOJ Deputy In LA

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP scored a U.S. Department of Justice assistant deputy chief to join the firm's Los Angeles office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • September 14, 2021

    Manatt Grows Boston Office With 'Varsity Blues' Prosecutor

    A government attorney involved in the "Varsity Blues" case has stopped prosecuting the "side door" for college admissions and stepped through the revolving door to a partner gig at Manatt Phelps & Phillips, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • September 14, 2021

    Some Assistant DAs Make As Little As $40K Per Year

    Entry-level salaries at district attorney's offices across the nation vary widely with some dipping as low as $40,000 per year, according to a newly published data set, and experts say that the lower salaries can discourage debt-laden law school graduates from entering public service.

  • September 14, 2021

    9th Circ. Nominee Apologizes For Signing Kavanaugh Letter

    Ninth Circuit nominee Jennifer Sung apologized Tuesday for signing a 2018 letter denouncing then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh as "intellectually and morally bankrupt" during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, calling the letter's rhetoric "overheated" and saying it wouldn't affect her ability to faithfully apply U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • September 13, 2021

    Prince Andrew Tees Up Fight In Epstein-Tied Sex Abuse Suit

    Prince Andrew is teeing up cross-border legal challenges to the service of a lawsuit brought by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre that alleges the U.K. royal sexually abused her when she was 17.

  • September 13, 2021

    Newest ITC Judge Arrives With Deep Experience In IP

    The U.S. International Trade Commission's hiring Monday of Monica V. Bhattacharyya, an ITC investigative attorney since 2012, as an administrative law judge was praised by those who know her and who said her intellectual property and ITC background will serve her well on the bench.

  • September 13, 2021

    Justices Deny Partisanship Claims As Blockbuster Term Nears

    Ahead of an explosive term featuring cases on abortion, the Second Amendment and more, Justices Stephen Breyer and Amy Coney Barrett are trying to convince the American public that the U.S. Supreme Court does not consist of "partisan hacks" or "junior-league politicians," but jurists with different judicial philosophies.

  • September 13, 2021

    Pop Warner Wins 9th Circ. Concussion Case With Girardi Ties

    Two mothers used unreliable expert testimony to support claims that Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc.'s allegedly shoddy concussion protocols contributed to the deaths of their sons and other former youth football players, the Ninth Circuit ruled in a case initially filed by disgraced celebrity attorney Thomas V. Girardi.

  • September 13, 2021

    118 Large Law Firms Earn Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certification

    Nearly 120 large law firms in the U.S. and Canada have completed the latest certification cycle for Diversity Lab's Mansfield Rule, which aims to boost the number of attorneys from historically underrepresented groups in leadership positions.

  • September 13, 2021

    Law360's Glass Ceiling Report: What You Need To Know

    Law firms are facing renewed calls to step up their efforts on equity and inclusion. But when it comes to closing the gender gap, law firms still have a long way to go, our annual survey shows.

  • September 10, 2021

    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.

  • September 10, 2021

    20 Years Later, Terror Of 9/11 Stays With Wall St. Attys

    As New York marks the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Saturday, attorneys who worked at Wall Street law firms recalled the terror, confusion and shock that day and their harrowing escape from a downtown Manhattan that was darkened by smoke from the World Trade Center and covered in ash once the twin towers collapsed.

  • September 10, 2021

    Legal Services NYC Attys Protest Court Demands Amid COVID

    Employees at Legal Services NYC, the largest civil legal service provider in the U.S., picketed their boss's Manhattan apartment Friday to protest "unnecessary and dangerous in-person court appearances" in the latest battle waged by organized labor over COVID-19 safety.

  • September 10, 2021

    Pro Say: Bankruptcy's 'Eerie Silence' Amid Pandemic

    The financial industry braced for a surge in bankruptcies in 2021 amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but instead the number of new filings actually dropped by a third.

  • September 10, 2021

    Seyfarth Strengthens Vaccine Mandate, Delays Office Return

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP on Friday strengthened its vaccine mandate, dropping an exemption for unvaccinated employees who agree to a weekly test and requiring that all personnel who enter its U.S. offices be fully vaccinated. It again delayed its return to office to accommodate the change.  

  • September 10, 2021

    Bank Of America Promotes Compliance Chief To Global GC

    The Bank of America Corp. Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan announced in a letter to company employees on Friday that amid several top leadership changes, Lauren Mogensen will become the company's new global general counsel at the end of 2021.

  • September 10, 2021

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Apple won on all but one key claim in Epic Games' antitrust action against it, although the tech giant may have to give up some fat commissions on app sales, and Wells Fargo was penalized $250 million over the bank's home loan program miscues.

  • September 10, 2021

    Jenner & Block, Landlord Settle Chicago Rent Dispute

    Jenner & Block LLP and its Chicago landlord have settled dueling allegations that either the firm owed more than $3.7 million in rent or that the affiliate of global real estate investment management firm Heitman LLC owed $840,000, the firm and the landlord jointly told an Illinois state court.

  • September 10, 2021

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen DLA Piper sue a private equity firm, U.K. pharmacy giant Boots facing a mass equal pay claim, and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan UK LLP targeted by a Russian billionaire. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • September 10, 2021

    Victims' Rights Firm Accused Of Firing Atty For Taking Leave

    A former senior associate at C.A. Goldberg PLLC, a New York-based firm that bills itself as representing clients targeted by "pervs" and "trolls," slapped the victims' rights outfit with a lawsuit alleging she was denied a bonus, shamed and fired for taking maternity leave.

  • September 10, 2021

    Pro Bono Attys Still Helping 9/11 Survivors 20 Years Later

    Thousands of attorneys across the U.S. offered pro bono legal assistance to victims and families of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and some lawyers continue to provide those services 20 years later. Here is a glimpse of these attorneys' pro bono work.

  • September 10, 2021

    Pandemic, Cyberattacks Fuel Demand For Insurance Attys

    The rise of COVID-19 business-interruption coverage disputes, unpredictable cyberattacks and natural disasters, along with what legal experts call a hard insurance market, has boosted the demand for insurance attorneys and spurred stiff competition for talent.

Expert Analysis

  • Tips For Protecting Privilege When Working With Outside PR

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    As lawsuits stemming from companies' COVID-19 responses grow and businesses hire public relations firms to manage the fallout, companies and their counsel should consider strategies to best protect themselves in court — and in the court of public opinion — without stepping on a privilege land mine, say Daniella Main and Mia Falzarano at Alston & Bird.

  • 3 Procurement Priorities For Law Firms In Uncertain Times

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    As the pandemic and its associated economic disruption linger, law firm procurement teams should expand their objectives beyond purchasing and getting the best price for goods and services, to help firms become more nimble and achieve overarching strategic goals, says Lee Garbowitz at HBR Consulting.

  • Opinion

    UK Is Proof Nonlawyer Ownership Threatens Legal Profession

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    Advocates claim that nonlawyer ownership of law firms — now allowed in Arizona — will increase low-income Americans' access to legal services, but the reality in the U.K. demonstrates that nonlawyer owners are drawn to profitable areas like personal injury and create serious conflicts of interest, say Austin Bersinger and Nicola Rossi at Bersinger Law.

  • Remote Bar Exams Pose New Learning Disability Challenges

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    New bar exam formats necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis — going from paper to computer, in-person to remote, human to artificial intelligence proctoring — may exacerbate shortcomings in disability assessments for learning-disabled test takers seeking accommodations, says Rebecca Mannis at Ivy Prep.

  • NY Trial Court Rule Changes Will Streamline Civil Practice

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    Comprehensive changes to the New York state trial court rules — taking effect Monday — represent a continued alignment of state and federal practice, and will make litigation more cost-effective and predictable, say Andrew Morrison and Anthony Staltari at Manatt.

  • New Ariz. Law Practice Rules May Jump-Start National Reform

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    Arizona's far-reaching new rules opening its legal sector up to nonlawyer participation may encourage other states to follow suit, with both positive and negative consequences for clients, the justice system, legal education and lawyers' careers, say Maya Steinitz at the University of Iowa and Victoria Sahani at Arizona State University.

  • 10 Tips For Your Next Virtual Court Appearance

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    Many federal and state courts will likely embrace virtual proceedings even after pandemic-related restrictions are lifted, so attorneys should get comfortable with the virtual platforms commonly used by courts, and follow a few audio and video best practices, says Justin Heminger, a senior litigation counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Don't Let Lies Infiltrate The Mediation Process

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    The pandemic-era rise in mediation brings about the increased risk that participants will engage in dishonest behavior with the expectation that settlement negotiations will be kept confidential, but lawyers should beware that state confidentiality protections differ, and that courts have applied ethical rules in the mediation context, say Jennifer Gibbs and Amanda Rodriguez at Zelle.

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: Lack Of Data Deters Criminal Justice Reform

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    Many state courts' failure to gather basic data on sentencing and other important criminal justice metrics frustrates efforts to keep checks on judges’ implicit biases and reduce racial disparities, say Justice Michael Donnelly at the Ohio Supreme Court and Judge Pierre Bergeron at the Ohio First District Court of Appeals.

  • Law Firms Should Note GCs' Growing Focus On Biz Strategies

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    Amid the challenges of the pandemic, a shifting digital landscape, and increasing calls for diversity and inclusion, general counsel responsibilities are expanding into six new areas, highlighting the need for both in-house and outside counsel to serve as strategic and empathetic business leaders, say Wendy King at FTI Consulting and David Horrigan at Relativity.

  • 3 Ways To Shield Cyber Reports After Clark Hill Breach Ruling

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    Following a D.C. federal court's recent ruling in Wengui v. Clark Hill that a forensic cyberattack report was not protected work product — more restrictive than last year's Capital One decision — companies should follow new best practices for protecting reports from discoverability, say Colin Jennings and Ericka Johnson at Squire Patton.

  • Privilege Lessons From Clark Hill Cybersecurity Doc Ruling

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    A D.C. federal court's recent rejection of attorney-client privilege and work-product protection claims over post-breach cybersecurity forensic reports in Wengui v. Clark Hill should caution companies to structure their cyberattack investigations in ways that make legal concerns clear, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • 6 Changes The Legal Industry Should Prepare For

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    As clients increasingly demand better efficiency, predictability and cost-effectiveness from their legal partners, especially during the pandemic, law firms and other legal service providers may need to explore new ways to bundle and deliver services — and move away from billing by time, says Joey Seeber at Level Legal.

  • Arizona May Have Nudged US Law Firms Toward Future IPOs

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    No U.S. law firm has its shares listed on a public stock exchange unlike some lucrative overseas counterparts, but by allowing nonattorneys to become stakeholders in law firms, Arizona may have paved the way for this to change should other U.S. states — particularly New York — follow suit, says Marc Lieberman at Kutak Rock.

  • 6 Priorities For Employment-Based Immigration Reform

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    Maria Fernanda Gandarez and Avram Morell at Pryor Cashman propose six practical changes the incoming Biden administration should make to improve employment-based immigration for U.S. employers and remove barriers preventing foreign talent from contributing to economic recovery in the U.S.

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