Business of Law

  • May 23, 2017

    White & Case Attys, MoFo Alums Tapped For Calif. Judgeships

    California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed 23 new judges, including partners from White & Case LLP and Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson PLC as well as two ex-Morrison & Foerster LLP litigators, one of whom recently started his own firm, according to a statement Monday.

  • May 23, 2017

    BigLaw Urges Congress To Keep Funding Legal Aid Org.

    Heads of more than 165 BigLaw firms — including Dentons, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP — urged Congress on Monday to appropriate $450 million to the Legal Services Corp. for fiscal year 2018, even as the Trump administration has said it plans to shutter the organization.

  • May 23, 2017

    Why Insurance Law Firms Are Banding Together

    Law firms serving the insurance industry have created two separate global associations so far in 2017, and the sector also saw a major cross-border law firm merger as insurance lawyers scramble to win profitable work amid a rapidly consolidating client-base.

  • May 22, 2017

    Patent Venue Ruling Will Force Texas Firms To Branch Out

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday placing new restrictions on where patent suits can be filed will force Texas-based intellectual property practices to compete for business beyond the longtime litigation hub of the Eastern District of Texas, but it isn't a death knell for Texas patent cases, lawyers say.

  • May 22, 2017

    Delaware Primed For IP Case Bump Despite Bench Vacancies

    The Delaware District Court may have two of its four full-time seats vacant, but there is high confidence throughout the First State's bar that the system is ready to handle an expected influx of patent litigation from the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday in the TC Heartland case.

  • May 22, 2017

    Fee Deal Need Not Explain Joint Financial Duty: Ill. Justices

    A fee-sharing deal between a Chicago personal injury firm and another lawyer is enforceable despite a failure to expressly state that both sides had a financial responsibility for the workers' compensation cases, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled.

  • May 22, 2017

    3 Social Media Alerts That Can Get Lawyers In Trouble

    The rainbow of social media platforms out there can be enticing to lawyers hungry for information about jurors, opposing counsel and the like. But each platform comes with its own set of rules and tools that, depending on how well a user understands them, could result in a digital "hello" that would be better left unsaid. Here, Law360 looks at three notification functions that can raise ethical problems.

  • May 22, 2017

    Justices Won't Hear $3M Jenner & Block Fee Appeal

    Following a similar move by the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a dispute between Jenner & Block LLP and Parallel Networks, which alleged the law firm had wrongly been allowed to drop its representation of the patent holding company and still receive $3 million in fees, in violation of public policy.

  • May 22, 2017

    Cravath Can’t Dodge Shell Docs Subpoena, 2nd Circ. Told

    A Nigerian environmental and human rights advocate has urged the Second Circuit to uphold an order requiring Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP to turn over documents related to her planned litigation against Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands, saying the request is narrow and covers information already disclosed in a prior case. 

  • May 22, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: McKool Smith's Ashley Moore

    I’ve seen seasoned lawyers in the courtroom who failed to listen effectively, which alienates the jury, destroys what could have been a devastating cross-examination, and sometimes frustrates judges who simply want their question answered, says Ashley Moore, principal at McKool Smith PC.

  • May 19, 2017

    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.

  • May 19, 2017

    Proskauer Sex Bias Case May Prompt More 'Jane Doe' Suits

    A federal judge's recent decision to allow a Proskauer Rose LLP partner who brought a $50 million gender discrimination suit against the firm to proceed under the pseudonym "Jane Doe" may spur an increase in bias plaintiffs seeking to pursue their suits anonymously, experts say.

  • May 19, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Courtroom Note-Passing App

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products aimed at aiding lawyers coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven major recent developments in legal tech.

  • May 19, 2017

    Docs Show Proskauer Met Bias Claim With Threat: Plaintiff

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Thursday ordered mediation services firm JAMS Inc. not to destroy notes from a March hearing at which the Proskauer Rose LLP partner behind a $50 million gender bias suit claims a firm attorney told her she "upset a lot of people" by complaining and would be fired.

  • May 19, 2017

    New Jersey Federal Judge Named To Surveillance Court

    New Jersey U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler began a seven-year term on the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday after being named to the secretive court by U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts.

  • May 19, 2017

    DC Circ. Won’t Rehear Suit Over Local Bar Membership Rule

    The D.C. Circuit on Thursday stood by its affirmation of a local rule obligating non-Washington, D.C., bar members to be admitted where their law firm is based, delivering another setback to the National Association for the Advancement of Multijurisdictional Practice’s campaign.

  • May 19, 2017

    Eversheds Revenue Continues To Climb As Profits Dip

    Eversheds Sutherland continued a streak of steady growth in fiscal year 2016-2017 with an 8 percent spike in revenue, the firm announced Friday, but attributed slides in overall profit and profit per equity partner to various investments and its recent combination with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

  • May 18, 2017

    WilmerHale's Mueller Known As The Consummate Taskmaster

    Robert Mueller, who left WilmerHale on Wednesday to lead the investigation into Trump associates' potential ties to Russia, is known by colleagues for his exacting leadership style and prosecutorial rigor, both as a U.S. attorney in California and later as the settlement master in the sprawling Volkswagen emissions litigation.

  • May 18, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    A win at the U.S. Supreme Court for debt collectors facing liability for pursuing stale debt in bankruptcy proceedings earned Williams & Connolly LLP a spot on this week’s legal lions list, while a trademark row over the shape of a KitKat bar’s “four-finger” design ended badly for Nestle, landing its attorneys at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP on the legal lambs list.

  • May 18, 2017

    Senate Panel Advances Judge Amul Thapar For 6th Circ.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar to fill a vacancy on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday, President Donald Trump’s second judicial nominee.

Expert Analysis

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From United's Passenger Incident

    Peter Shaplen

    Following United Airlines' disastrous response to its recent mishandling of a passenger, the change to note is simply this: While there was always pressure to mount a quick legal response and communicate it, the time frame for this has been reduced to nanoseconds, say Peter Shaplen and Traci Stuart of Blattel Communications.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 22, Dirty Little Secrets

    Roy Futterman

    In the penultimate episode of the CBS show "Bull," the team wrestles with a real issue in jury consulting and the legal professions in general: Should we work with an unsavory client? This is an interesting question that plays out in jury consulting firms on a regular basis, says jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman of Doar Inc.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: When There Were No Witnesses

    Stéphane Bonifassi

    My client — a corporate counsel for a multinational U.S. company — appeared to be an ideal witness, and I was convinced that what he was going to say would tilt the case in his favor. I wanted him on that witness stand. But on the fateful day, the three-judge panel had other ideas, recalls Stéphane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • 6 Habits Of A Successful Tech Lawyer

    Caine Moss

    Many reputable tech lawyers are competent enough to handle the typical corporate work of a young startup, but when thorny issues inevitably arise, tech entrepreneurs deserve lawyers who can operate as true business partners, says Caine Moss of Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    'Talking Bull': Episode 21, How To Dodge A Bullet

    Roy Futterman

    In this column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...