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Business of Law

  • May 10, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Linklaters snagged the title of top legal lion this week, guiding Takeda in its $62.1 billion acquisition of rare disease-focused drugmaker Shire, while Arnold & Porter ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal judge sanctioned the law firm for filing frivolous motions on behalf of Boston Scientific in a patent infringement suit.

  • May 10, 2018

    Gass Weber Partner Overcomes Dems For 7th Circ. Seat

    The Senate confirmed Gass Weber Mullins LLC partner Michael Brennan to a post on the Seventh Circuit on Thursday, despite Democrats' complaints that the appointment violated traditional U.S. Senate deference to home-state senators.

  • May 10, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel Ousts UK Atty After Misconduct Allegations

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP dismissed a London partner without pay on Tuesday following an investigation into allegations of improper behavior brought by two staffers, the firm said in a statement.

  • May 10, 2018

    Giuliani Resigns From Greenberg Traurig Amid Trump Work

    Former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has resigned from Greenberg Traurig LLP just weeks after he joined President Donald Trump’s legal team, the law firm confirmed on Thursday.

  • May 10, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Sanford Heisler's David Sanford

    David Sanford of Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP enhanced his already prodigious reputation as a top-tier plaintiffs’ side attorney over the past year by working to resolve high-profile gender discrimination suits against Chadbourne & Parke LLP and Sedgwick LLP, earning him a place among Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 10, 2018

    Cleary, Skadden, Sidley Vets Among Latest Judicial Picks

    President Donald Trump launched another bloc of court nominees Thursday, announcing picks for the Ninth Circuit and district courts in New York, Pennsylvania and Alabama, including a partner from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and veterans of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Sidley Austin LLP.

  • May 9, 2018

    5 Names To Watch In Race To Be Next New York AG

    The sudden downfall of former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened a frenzy of speculation as to who’s in the running to become the Empire State’s next top cop, and the answer could prove historic if it leads to the first woman or minority to be elected to the powerful post.

  • May 9, 2018

    Legal Tech's Diversity Gap Thwarts Access To Justice

    The recent explosion in legal technology was intended to expedite delivery of legal services and yet the gap in access to justice in America remains, a shortfall that a new report says may be because of a lack of diversity among the field’s leaders.

  • May 9, 2018

    Dems Ask Trump To Pull Kirkland Partner's DOJ Nomination

    U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump to withdraw his controversial nomination of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Brian Benczkowski to lead the Department of Justice’s criminal division over his representation of a bank with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • May 9, 2018

    Trump's 9th Circ. Pick Takes Flak Over College Writings

    President Donald Trump's first nominee to the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday weathered criticisms about opinions he'd penned in college, as Democrats fumed over Republicans breaching the Senate Judiciary Committee's "blue slip" tradition to advance his nomination.

  • May 9, 2018

    How Chief Risk Officers Can Help Firms Adhere To The GDPR

    As law firms increasingly operate as businesses, they face a wide range of risks and a demanding regulatory environment, and the fast-approaching European Union data protection regime is one component of the evolving landscape affecting those organizations. Here's why some law firms have hired a chief risk officer to adhere to this upcoming regulation.

  • May 9, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Hagens Berman's Steve Berman

    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP’s Steve Berman helped secure a $1.67 billion payout for dealers over Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal and a $209 million settlement for student-athletes suing the NCAA over its limits on compensation for living expenses, earning him a place as one of Law360’s 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 9, 2018

    Senate Confirms La.'s Engelhardt For 5th Circ.

    The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s fourth pick for the high-profile Fifth Circuit on Wednesday, sending U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt to the appellate panel.

  • May 8, 2018

    Vance Fumes After Schneiderman Abuse Case Reassigned

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance railed against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision Tuesday to relieve him and assign a special prosecutor to conduct a criminal investigation into domestic violence allegations against former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — a move that victims’ advocates had called for earlier in the day.

  • May 8, 2018

    2nd Circ. Chief Judge Pushes For Immigrant Representation

    Second Circuit Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann on Tuesday called attention to the dearth of available counsel for immigrants facing court proceedings, arguing that immigration attorneys serve a critical purpose of promoting and realizing access to justice.

  • May 8, 2018

    ABA Negligently Certified For-Profit Law School, Suit Says

    The American Bar Association has been accused of negligence related to its role in certifying the now-closed Charlotte School of Law, with a former professor and an alumnus adding the association to their suit against the for-profit school and its parent company.

  • May 8, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Cohen Milstein's Steven Toll

    Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC’s Steven Toll racked up a series of multimillion-dollar settlements in 2017, including a $175 million shareholder deal with BP over the Deepwater Horizon spill and $165 million in a mortgage-backed securities class action, landing him among Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 8, 2018

    Eversheds Sutherland Secures Asylum For Gang Target

    A young Honduran man's six-year fight to remain in the United States ended recently with an Arlington, Virginia, immigration court ruling that he was a target for violent reprisal if he returned to his home country and granting him asylum, thanks partly to the pro bono advocacy of Eversheds Sutherland US LLP.

  • May 7, 2018

    NY AG Schneiderman Resigns After Report He Abused Women

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his resignation late Monday night after The New Yorker reported that he’d subjected four previous romantic interests to “nonconsensual physical violence" including choking, hitting and threats to kill them if they broke up with him.

  • May 7, 2018

    Senate Advances Trump's 5th Circ. Nominee

    The Senate took a step toward confirming President Donald Trump's fourth judge on the Fifth Circuit on Monday, sending U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt through a procedural vote as part of a raft of judicial nominees this week.

Expert Analysis

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 2

    Brian Kriegler

    In the second of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research offers a method for constructing confidence intervals when the sample size is relatively small.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Statistical Sampling: Part 1

    Brian Kriegler

    In the first of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research examines four core principles of random sampling and offers recommendations for justifying statistical inference calculations.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 17 Ways To Lose A Winning Argument In Court

    Richard Seymour

    Over the course of my recent research, I have been struck by the number of ways to lose a case besides, well, having a losing claim or defense. In particular, unknowing and unintended waivers that arise in litigation can bar a winning argument or defense because it was raised too late, says attorney, arbitrator and mediator Richard Seymour.

  • Opinion

    3 Hot Debates From 2017

    Debate

    In this recap of some of the year's best contributed op-eds, we look back at a few of the topics that got people talking in 2017.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.