Business of Law

  • August 31, 2020

    In Their Own Words: Being Black In BigLaw

    Law360 asked three Black lawyers who left BigLaw about how firms could better serve attorneys of color. Here's what they had to say to the firms and the attorneys who are choosing to stay.

  • August 31, 2020

    Diversity Snapshot: As Told By Black Law Firm Leaders

    In this video, five Black law firm leaders share their memories of breaking into BigLaw and their thoughts on creating a more diverse workplace.

  • August 31, 2020

    Treasurer Says ABA Must Escape Budget Cuts 'Treadmill'

    The American Bar Association's fiscal year ended Monday, and while the organization's final results are not yet available, a report on the first three quarters of the year points to some harsh realities for the organization as it faces the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • August 31, 2020

    Judge Slams Ky. Bar 'Cartel' Over Mental Health Questions

    A Kentucky federal judge has compared the state's bar admission system to a "cartel," predicting that a law student will die one day over not obtaining mental health care out of fear state officials would use the treatment against the student.

  • August 31, 2020

    Georgia Plans To Resume Jury Trials, Grand Juries In October

    Georgia will likely resume jury trials in October once courts develop and submit plans to the state for in-person proceedings amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton said Monday.

  • August 31, 2020

    Pittsburgh Courts Extend Coronavirus Emergency Until 2021

    Courts in Pennsylvania's Fifth Judicial District, which includes Pittsburgh, will extend their COVID-19 emergency through the end of 2020 and won't resume civil or criminal jury trials for the time being, according to a court order issued Monday.

  • August 31, 2020

    The Top In-House Hires Of August

    Legal department hires during the last full month of summer included high-profile appointments at Google, the FBI and Libra Association. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top in-house announcements from the past few weeks.

  • August 31, 2020

    Reed Smith Extends Remote Work Through January

    Reed Smith LLP will let its U.S. employees continue to work from home through January, it announced Monday, joining a growing number of firms in prolonging flexible work options due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  • August 31, 2020

    Legend In Law: Syneos Health's Jonathan Olefson

    Olefson, who has thrived in highly technical and regulated industries, has been named a Burton Awards Legend in Law, a distinction reserved for the top general counsel in the nation.

  • August 31, 2020

    Goldberg Segalla Restores Partner Draws, Senior Leader Pay

    Goldberg Segalla announced Monday that it has restored partner draws and senior administrative leaders' salaries to pre-pandemic levels, making it the latest firm to roll back its COVID-19 cuts.

  • August 31, 2020

    DC Circ. Rebuffs House's Bid To Enforce McGahn Subpoena

    A divided D.C. Circuit panel on Monday rejected an attempt by the House Judiciary Committee to enforce a subpoena issued to former White House counsel Donald McGahn, finding Congress lacks the authority to bring such a suit.

  • August 31, 2020

    15 Minutes With Kentucky State University's General Counsel

    As some classes are underway in-person at Kentucky State University, general counsel Lisa Lang is expecting everyone there to realize how much is at stake during the pandemic — especially as some colleges already have sent students home for remote learning just days after welcoming them back to campus. Here, she explains more about the university's plan.

  • August 31, 2020

    Judge Calls 'Poppycock!' On Border Agents' Asylum Training

    A D.C. federal judge on Monday temporarily barred the government from allowing border agents, rather than asylum officers, to conduct initial screenings for asylum-seekers, dismissing the government's contention that agents are qualified for this as "poppycock."

  • August 28, 2020

    One Year In, Mansfield Rule Is Boosting In-House Diversity

    A year after signing on to the first in-house version of the Mansfield Rule, legal teams are finding they deliberately consider more diverse attorneys and other staff for significant leadership roles internally and for outside counsel representation.

  • August 28, 2020

    Law360's Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

    A global pandemic, economic uncertainty and a national reckoning on racial injustice have pushed the legal industry to ask hard questions about how they’re supporting their talent. Law360’s look at a snapshot of statistics from before the pandemic began highlights just how much room the industry has for improvement.

  • August 28, 2020

    Law360 Diversity Snapshot: How Does Your Firm Measure Up?

    The legal industry has long struggled to change a difficult reality: The profession remains one of the least diverse. Law360's 2020 Diversity Snapshot looks to shed light on where firms are now and where they aim to be.

  • August 28, 2020

    Why 2020 Could Be A Pivotal Year For Diversity At Firms

    This year could be a transformative one for law firms as many step up their efforts to recruit and empower diversity professionals despite financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • August 28, 2020

    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 28, 2020

    NY Firm Wants Hedge Fund Chief's Picasso Over Unpaid Bills

    New York law firm Dontzin Nagy & Fleissig LLP urged a New York state court Friday to order the former company of ex-client Philip Falcone to cough up stock as well as a Picasso and other fine art hanging in its office, saying the hedge fund boss owes it $13.9 million.

  • August 28, 2020

    Ex-Davis Polk Atty Fined For Missed Deadlines In Race Suit

    A Black former Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP associate suing the firm for racial discrimination and retaliation has to pay $2,500 in attorney fees for failing to comply with the discovery schedule in the case, a Manhattan federal judge said Thursday.

  • August 28, 2020

    Kilpatrick Townsend Latest To Roll Back Pay Cuts

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton is the latest firm to begin unwinding pay cuts that went into effect during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the firm confirming Friday that staff and attorney compensation will return to pre-pandemic levels on Sept. 1.

  • August 28, 2020

    Law360 Pro Say: The Legal Snags Of COVID-19 Parental Leave

    As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of working parents to care for homebound children, employers are struggling to understand new legal obligations designed to give employees more flexibility.

  • August 28, 2020

    Bad Luck: The Alleged Double Life Of The 'Lottery Lawyer'

    In public, Jason Kurland was the go-to attorney for lottery winners. But prosecutors say there was an underside to his trappings of luxury cars and country club memberships: They were bankrolled with money that Kurland's clients thought was being smartly invested. Kurland allegedly got away with the scheme for two years — until his luck ran out.

  • August 28, 2020

    Firms Should Embrace Opportunities Brought On By Virus

    To move forward successfully, law firm leaders need to understand and accept the new business model shaped by the ongoing pandemic, according to speakers at a virtual technology conference Friday.

  • August 28, 2020

    Arizona Is 1st State To OK Nonlawyer Ownership Of Law Firms

    Arizona is the first U.S. state to officially allow nonlawyer ownership of law firms in a move aimed at improving access to justice, as the state's Supreme Court voted to permit nonlawyers to give "limited" legal advice and eliminate the rule prohibiting fee sharing. 

Expert Analysis

  • With Friends Like These: The Amicus Questions In Flynn Case

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    A D.C. federal judge's recent appointment of amicus curiae to address whether the Michael Flynn case can proceed is reminiscent of the judicial overreach that the U.S. Supreme Court criticized and reversed this month in U.S. v. Sineneng-Smith, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • Making Law Firm Panels Work For The Cost-Conscious GC

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    General counsel may be tempted to resort to matter-level requests for proposals in the wake of the COVID-19 economic crisis, but alternatively, a singular, global RFP process — to select a panel of law firms for all legal needs — can reduce legal spend while fostering long-term relationships, say Vivek Hatti, formerly at Avis Budget Group, and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

  • Pandemic Presents Teamwork Test For Law Firms

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    To ensure smooth operations during these uncertain times, all members of the law firm team — leaders and partners, diversity and talent professionals, associates and other staff members — need to commit to their unique roles and intensify support for colleagues, says Manar Morales, president and CEO at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • 10 Tips For Virtual Hearings Before Regulatory Agencies

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    A virtual regulatory hearing may involve unfamiliar and glitchy technology — and without the benefit of interpersonal contact with the judge, commissioners or staff, it can feel like talking to an empty room. Tara Kaushik at Holland & Knight offers keys to better online hearings, culled from her own recent experience.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Duane Morris' Seth Goldberg

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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 Philadelphia-based Seth Goldberg, leader of the cannabis practice at Duane Morris.

  • 8 Tips For Retaining An Expert During COVID-19 And Beyond

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    Caroline Crump at Exponent and Natalie Baker Reis at Medical Research Consultants outline some strategies for creating a successful attorney-expert team, including unique considerations for pandemic-related closures and economic uncertainties.

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    Coping With A Pandemic: DISCO's Cat Casey

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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 Austin-based Catherine Casey​​​​​​​, chief innovation officer at e-discovery software provider DISCO.

  • What It's Like To Move From Army JAG To BigLaw

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    Lawyers who have served in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps can provide tremendous value to law firms, but the transition to firm life has its challenges, says former JAG attorney Vinnie Lichvar, now at Snell & Wilmer.

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    Coping With A Pandemic: Winston & Strawn's Bryant Gardner

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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 Washington, D.C.-based Bryant Gardner, a partner at Winston & Strawn specializing in the shipping and maritime industry. 

  • How Law Firms Can Maximize COVID-19 Insurance Coverage

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    Law firms struggling due to the pandemic should identify relevant insurance policies and provisions, be mindful of notice requirements that could interfere with coverage, and push back against policy exclusions, say Robin Cohen and James Smith at McKool Smith.

  • Protecting Privilege When Communicating With Contractors

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    Courts continue to define where information shared with independent contractors and specialists fits for purposes of the attorney-client privilege, and recent decisions show that jurisdictions vary in their application of the third-party waiver exception, say Matthew Hamilton and Donna Fisher at Pepper Hamilton.

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    Coping With A Pandemic: Morgan Lewis' Jennifer Breen

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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 Washington, D.C.-based Jennifer Breen, a partner at Morgan Lewis focusing on tax controversy and planning matters.

  • Virtual Caucuses Can Improve The Mediation Process

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    Both during the current crisis and in the future, integrating virtual, private caucuses between the mediator and each party into the mediation timetable would create an overall superior process, says mediator Marc Isserles at JAMS.

  • What All Attorneys Can Learn From Female Rainmakers

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    Soon lawyers may find an unrecognizable competitive landscape in which most firms will be vulnerable — if they don't rapidly start upgrading their client development tactics to ones like those used by female rainmakers, says marketing consultant Craig Levinson, who recently interviewed Jennifer Trock, Desiree Moore and Debra Fischer about their secrets to success.

  • Inside The ABA's New Guidance On Willful Blindness

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    An opinion issued last week by the American Bar Association's ethics committee makes clear that lawyers who engage in willful blindness — ignoring facts that a client may be using their services to advance fraudulent conduct — are on a collision course with numerous ABA rules, says Kevin Shepherd at Venable.

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