Business of Law

  • August 16, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: The Rise And Fall Of LeClairRyan

    LeClairRyan is no more. After years of losing money and hemorrhaging talent, the once-powerful Virginia firm announced last week that it would close its doors, and on this week's Pro Say podcast we break down just how that happened.

  • August 16, 2019

    Skadden Attys, Democratic Pollster Take Stand In Craig Trial

    Prosecutors sought to draw connections for a D.C. federal jury Friday between ex-Skadden partner Gregory Craig and a public relations campaign for a report Craig wrote seven years ago about a politically motivated prosecution in Ukraine.

  • August 16, 2019

    Officials Blast Barr For Criticism Of Progressive Prosecutors

    Sixty-seven current and former prosecutors, law enforcement officials and judges issued a statement Friday blasting U.S. Attorney General William Barr for a recent speech in which he called progressive prosecutors "dangerous to public safety."

  • August 16, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The city of Chicago said it can sue Marriott over a 2018 data breach, shareholders and content makers are expected to challenge the CBS and Viacom merger and a consumer told a judge that AT&T disclosed confidential data without his consent. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • August 16, 2019

    Global 20: Orrick

    Helping companies in 30 countries raise more than $14 billion in funding and advising on the largest power plant development in Africa’s history have helped Orrick become the third-most active law firm in venture capital and land a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • August 16, 2019

    DC Judges Feud Over Climate Change Seminar: Report

    Tensions inside Washington, D.C.'s federal courthouse spilled into view Friday with the publication of a bitter email exchange between a D.C. Circuit judge and a district judge over plans for a climate change seminar, reportedly triggering an ethics inquiry and possibly a recusal of the circuit judge in an ongoing case.

  • August 15, 2019

    3 Legal Go-Getters On How They’re Altering The Industry

    A “failure camp” for lawyers and a potentially game-changing legal tech marketplace shared the spotlight Thursday as members of the legal sector spoke at the #MakeLawBetter Conference in Chicago about stepping outside the traditional boundaries of law to try something different.

  • August 15, 2019

    LeClairRyan Hit With Contract Breach Suit As Firm Folds

    Embattled law firm LeClairRyan, which recently announced it will shut down at the end of the month, has been sued by a business consulting company over $100,000 in allegedly unpaid fees, according to documents filed in California state court.

  • August 15, 2019

    Ex-Skadden Atty Chose Reputation Over Truth, Gov't Says

    Six years ago, then-Skadden partner Gregory Craig had a choice: lie to federal officials about his work for the Ukrainian government, or tell the truth and risk hurting his stellar reputation as a former White House counsel and rule-of-law advocate.

  • August 15, 2019

    Global 20: Dechert

    Dechert LLP used its international network to take on deals like Differential Brands Group’s $1.2 billion buy of part of a Hong Kong company’s licensing business and to successfully defend former Barclays chairman Robert Diamond in an investigation from the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office, securing a spot yet again on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • August 15, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation scored a spot on this week's list of legal lions for helping a transgender man win his landmark suit challenging his high school's bathroom access policy, while Richards Layton & Finger PA landed among the legal lambs after a jury ruled that L'Oreal USA Inc. misappropriated trade secrets.

  • August 15, 2019

    Burford Replaces CFO In Wake Of Short Seller Attack

    Burford Capital, the litigation funder involved in a public war of words with U.S. short seller Muddy Waters, bowed to investor pressure and replaced its chief financial officer on Thursday after investors raised concerns about her marriage to the chief executive.

  • August 15, 2019

    Miller & Chevalier Picked To Monitor Wynn Resorts In Mass.

    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission selected Miller & Chevalier Chtd. on Thursday as an independent monitor for the new Wynn Resorts casino in the state, asking the firm to ensure compliance with sanctions after the company failed to disclose sexual harassment allegations against its founder, Steve Wynn.

  • August 15, 2019

    LeClairRyan Enviro Head, Texas Team Move To New Firms

    Two groups of attorneys from dissolving law firm LeClairRyan have landed in other firms in Newark, New Jersey, and Houston, according to back-to-back announcements on Thursday.

  • August 14, 2019

    ABA Adopts Measures Urging Fair Pay For Women, Minorities

    The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates adopted a pair of resolutions this week seeking beefed-up legislative protections against pay discrimination and encouraging employers to implement policies and practices that close the compensation gap.

  • August 14, 2019

    Kansas US Atty's Office Held In Contempt For Resisting Probe

    A Kansas federal judge held the Kansas U.S. attorney's office in contempt for obstructing an investigation into prosecutors’ practice of listening to calls between inmates and their defense attorneys, saying the conduct was driven by “dysfunction and strife” and the ruling could impact scores of criminal cases.

  • August 14, 2019

    Lewis Brisbois Adds 11 Attys From Dissolving LeClairRyan

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has added 11 attorneys from the shuttering LeClairRyan to its products liability practice in five offices in California and New Jersey, the firm announced on Wednesday.

  • August 14, 2019

    Manafort Looms Large At Voir Dire For Ex-Skadden Atty Craig

    A government contractor who has “contempt” for Paul Manafort. A woman whose feelings about Manafort are “not positive.” A former U.S. Department of State employee who said it would be “very difficult” as a juror to quell her bias against Manafort and judge former Skadden partner Gregory Craig fairly.

  • August 14, 2019

    First Shots Fired In Seeger Weiss Concussion Fee Appeal

    Seeger Weiss LLP has “hoarded” nearly $65 million for its work on the landmark NFL concussion settlement while punishing rival firms by docking their pay over perceived slights, all through an “improper process” that “lacked transparency and basic mechanisms of fairness,” according to the opening briefs in a contentious Third Circuit appeal.

  • August 14, 2019

    Mass. Top Court Defending Independent Judiciary In ICE Fight

    Massachusetts' top court moved to reinforce the independence of the state judiciary itself when it decided to reinstate pay for the judge charged with helping an immigrant evade custody, recognizing the high stakes of the criminal case against the jurist, experts told Law360.

  • August 14, 2019

    Ex-Jones Day Attys Sue Firm Over Parental Leave Policy

    A married couple who previously worked as Jones Day associates has hit the legal giant with a lawsuit, accusing the firm of assigning gender roles through its parental leave policy as it faces an ongoing high-profile pregnancy and gender bias suit from a group of female attorneys.

  • August 14, 2019

    Latest 2nd Circ. Pick Is Trump Aide, Ex-Kirkland Partner

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday named one of his top legal aides — a onetime top lawyer at the U.S. Department of Education and Kirkland & Ellis partner — to a vacancy on the Second Circuit and also announced picks for trial court seats in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Missouri and Florida.

  • August 14, 2019

    Tort Firm Fights Class Rep Status In Suit Over 401(k) Fees

    Andrus Wagstaff PC has urged an Ohio federal judge not to appoint it as the representative for a proposed defendant class of more than 7,000 plan sponsors in a suit accusing Nationwide of intentionally overcharging the firm’s 401(k) plan and others for record-keeping services, saying the defense costs would be unbearable.

  • August 14, 2019

    Global 20: K&L Gates

    K&L Gates LLP once again solidified its status as a titan of the global legal industry, representing major names like Microsoft on important international investments and scoring a key victory in a trade secrets dispute before the U.S. International Trade Commission to earn a spot on Law360’s Global 20.

  • August 14, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Dentons' Elliott Portnoy

    Dentons Global CEO Elliott Portnoy speaks to Law360 about the international megafirm's meteoric growth, its polycentric approach to management and the future of the legal profession.

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

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    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

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    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

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    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

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    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.

  • Navigating E-Discovery In Employment Litigation: Part 2

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    In the final part of this article, Kim Leffert and Michael Downey of Mayer Brown LLP provide guidance on e-discovery issues such as how employer bring-your-own-device policies affect electronically stored information and best practices for handling privileged communications.

  • Navigating E-Discovery In Employment Litigation: Part 1

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    Kim Leffert and Michael Downey of Mayer Brown LLP explain how to make the e-discovery process for employment litigation easier and more cost-effective by providing practical guidance on the key issues involved with handling electronically stored information.

  • Trump And Cohen: What Lawyers Can Learn

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    Though many details have yet to emerge, the takeaway for lawyers watching the saga of Michael Cohen is a simple one: You can act as a legal advocate, but don’t let “blind loyalty” to your client — no matter how powerful they may be — direct your behavior, says criminal defense attorney Arash Hashemi.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

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    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

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    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

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    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

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    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

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    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

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    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

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    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

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