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Business of Law

  • 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.

  • August 21, 2018

    For Firms, Innovation Must Go Beyond Tossing Money At Tech

    Law firms must innovate intelligently and with a purpose in order to keep up with a rapidly changing industry, or else the energy and money they spend on technology and other changes will have been for naught, speakers said Tuesday at a legal technology conference in Maryland.

  • August 20, 2018

    Effort To Boost Diversity In Leadership Touts Top Law Firms

    An effort launched last summer to encourage law firms to affirmatively consider women and attorneys of color for leadership roles and promotions by taking a page from the NFL's diversity playbook is cheering its first-year success — with 41 law firms crossing the goal line.

  • August 20, 2018

    Firms Saw Growth Surge In First Half Of 2018

    During the first half of the year, law firms enjoyed one of the strongest periods of growth since the onset of the Great Recession, according to a quarterly survey of firms' financial health released on Monday.

  • August 20, 2018

    Kavanaugh Meets Top Senate Dem Opposing His Confirmation

    President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court hopeful, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on Monday met with his first Democratic critic: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the Judiciary Committee ranking member who has been leading the charge against Judge Kavanaugh's nomination.

  • August 20, 2018

    Vendors Say AI Will Allow Attorneys To Do Better Legal Work

    Artificial intelligence is not yet a part of the standard operating procedure at all large law firms, but in a decade it probably will be, Womble Bond Dickinson chief knowledge officer Bill Koch predicted at a legal technology conference on Monday.

  • August 20, 2018

    Law Firms' Dominance In Crosshairs Of 'Emerging' Providers

    The challenges to law firms’ dominance in the legal sector coming from alternative legal service providers and others are just beginning, according to a group of panelists who spoke Monday at a legal technology conference in Maryland.

  • August 20, 2018

    Jones Day's Francisco Got $2.2M After Taking Solicitor Job

    U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco took in more than $2.23 million from Jones Day last year after making the jump to the Trump administration, according to recent financial disclosures.

  • August 20, 2018

    15 Minutes With Plated's General Counsel

    Tina Mohanty didn't envision making an in-house transition until the co-founders of meal kit maker Plated approached her with an opportunity she couldn't refuse. Here, the company's first general counsel shares how her plan to remain in private practice transformed into an almost four-year career — and which is her go-to recipe.

  • August 20, 2018

    Lawyers Need To Disrupt Themselves To Succeed

    Even if their business models don’t seem broken, lawyers in the 21st century must fight against complacency, push themselves to adopt unfamiliar skills and maintain an open mind, according to a new book published by a University of Miami professor of law, who contends that embracing innovation is the way for attorneys to keep up with clients’ ever-evolving needs.

  • August 17, 2018

    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 17, 2018

    Ex-Clerk Says NY Courts Protected Judge Who Harassed Her

    A former law clerk has accused the New York state judicial system of covering up for a judge who she says sexually harassed her, allegations she made in a suit filed in federal court against the jurist and 16 other judges, administrators and attorneys.

  • August 17, 2018

    3rd Circ. Oral Argument Dip Troubling, Chief Judge Says

    The Third Circuit appellate bar is trying to reverse a troubling decline in oral arguments before its panels, which its Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith in an exclusive interview with Law360 says could have been brought on by a "stunning" increase in pro se filings he traces to the Great Recession of the late aughts.

  • August 17, 2018

    Despite Abuse Horrors, Attys Feel Duty To Defend The Church

    Despite horrific details in a recently unveiled grand jury report about sexual abuse suffered by more than a thousand victims at the hands of Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, attorneys who have represented the church say that public scorn hasn't swayed them from their duty to provide a vigorous defense.

  • August 17, 2018

    Kavanaugh Will Meet With Top Senate Opponent

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will come face-to-face with his opposition Monday as he sits down with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the lawmaker leading the fight against his confirmation.

  • August 17, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The Sixth Circuit ruled the Fair Labor Standards Act doesn’t on its own thwart arbitration agreements, consumer groups fought back against industry attempts to amend a hastily enacted landmark privacy law in California and British police warned of an increase in cryptocurrency fraud. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • August 17, 2018

    Stinson Leonard Grows In St. Louis With IP Boutique Tie-Up

    Stinson Leonard Street LLP continued its expansion streak Thursday, announcing plans to acquire 28-strong St. Louis intellectual property boutique Senniger Powers LLP, following up on two new office openings earlier this year.

Expert Analysis

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • A Preview Of Tomorrow’s Appellate Lawyers

    Alexandra Newman

    In this discussion based on Richard Susskind's "drivers of change" in the legal industry, Grant Thornton LLP associate counsel Alexandra Newman and Northern District of Illinois law clerk Logan Steiner offer insights into how future appellate lawyers will adapt to increasing technological disruption, demand for lower cost services and competition among service providers.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funding Bill Lacks Policy Rationale

    Matthew Harrison

    Republican senators recently introduced "The Litigation Funding Transparency Act of 2018" with the purported goal of keeping the civil justice system honorable and fair. However, it would do exactly the opposite by imposing more barriers to entry for claimants trying to bring meritorious lawsuits against massive corporations, says Matthew Harrison of Bentham IMF.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.