Business of Law

  • March 30, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Attorneys at Berg & Androphy topped this week’s legal lions list after a jury handed a win to their client, comedy legend Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka, in a trade infringement suit, while the week’s legal lambs list includes two attorneys sanctioned after it emerged their client in an employment discrimination suit against U-Haul was never employed by the company.

  • March 30, 2017

    How To Make In-House Pro Bono Work

    Pro bono may have been born in law firms, but it's being widely adopted by corporate legal departments that want to give back to their communities. Here are four ways companies told Law360 they approach pro bono work — and the benefits they've reaped along the way.

  • March 29, 2017

    3 Decisions You Need To Read About Bills And Privilege

    It’s generally understood that the bills a lawyer sends a client are privileged communications and can’t be pried open through discovery, but courts haven't always agreed with the concept. Here, we look at three recent cases showing just how far the privilege can or cannot go when it comes to legal billing.

  • March 29, 2017

    Fla. House Narrowly Passes Judicial Term Limits Bill

    The Florida House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill Wednesday that would place an amendment on the ballot next year to limit state appellate and Supreme Court judges to two six-year terms.

  • March 29, 2017

    UAW Tells Sens. To Vote 'No' On Gorsuch For Supreme Court

    The president of the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America on Wednesday announced he has sent a letter to the U.S. Senate expressing strong opposition to Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, urging lawmakers to vote no on the nomination.

  • March 29, 2017

    More Democrats Rally To Gorsuch Filibuster Effort

    Senate Democrats pushed further to block of the Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, as more than half of their colleagues have said they would oppose his confirmation.

  • March 29, 2017

    ACC Offers Benchmarks For Law Firm Cybersecurity

    The Association of Corporate Counsel on Wednesday released cybersecurity guidelines for law firms that outline the ways in which sensitive information passed to outside counsel should be handled and protected.

  • March 29, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Jonathan Gardner

    For plaintiffs attorneys, it’s important to have an entrepreneurial mindset and understand the business of law. Since we are contingency-based, we take on risk with every case, says Jonathan Gardner, partner at Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • March 28, 2017

    What GCs Can Learn From Legal Operations Pros

    It's the job of legal operations directors to ensure the law department runs at peak efficiency and effectiveness, so it's no surprise that they're full of wisdom about how in-house teams can improve. Here are three legal operations professionals' top tips.

  • March 28, 2017

    Dewey Cooperator Says He Never Told CFO Of Fraud

    The former controller for Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on Tuesday told a Manhattan jury that he never told former Dewey Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders that the law firm wasn’t in compliance with its lending agreements, as the retrial of Sanders and former Dewey Executive Director Stephen DiCarmine neared the two-month mark.

  • March 28, 2017

    GCs Ask Congress To Fund Legal Services Despite Trump Cut

    In the face of a proposal by President Donald Trump to fully eliminate federal funding for the the Legal Services Corp., general counsel from more than 180 major companies including Google, Adidas and Starbucks Corp. on Tuesday urged Congress to fully support the organization in the upcoming fiscal year.

  • March 28, 2017

    Senate Set For Gorsuch Showdown Next Week

    U.S. Senate leaders have vowed a showdown over the nomination of Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch next week, promising a fight on Tuesday over President Donald Trump's choice to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • March 27, 2017

    Calif. Top Judge Says 'Rule Of Law Is Being Threatened'

    California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Monday warned the Golden State legislature that “the rule of law is being threatened” in the United States, with all three branches of government and the free press seeing their values, practices and laws called into question. 

  • March 27, 2017

    9th Circ. Chief Favors Cameras To Promote Trust In Courts

    The chief justice of the Ninth Circuit told a group of lawyers, judges and media Monday that video streaming of oral arguments had brought transparency to the nation’s largest federal circuit, saying the increased use of cameras will boost public confidence in judicial institutions.

  • March 27, 2017

    Dewey Finance Head OK'd Phony Accounting, Controller Says

    Scrambling to show more income on the firm’s books than was coming in the door, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s former controller made phony accounting adjustments that his boss assured him Dewey’s chief financial officer had approved, a Manhattan jury heard Monday.

  • March 27, 2017

    Senate Dems Delay Panel Vote On Gorsuch

    Senate Democrats threw up their first procedural roadblock against the nomination of Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, delaying a Senate committee vote by one week.

  • March 27, 2017

    Justices Won’t Hear LSAT Accessibility Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a lawsuit by a legally blind Michigan man accusing the American Bar Association of discriminating against him by failing to provide certain disability accommodations while taking the LSAT.

  • March 27, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Venture Capital And Higher Education

    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.

  • March 27, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Outten & Golden's Adam Klein

    We don’t have “beauty contests” or an ability to pitch to prospective clients in the same way as management attorneys. Instead, we routinely work with and support civil rights organizations and focus on issues that confront applicants and employees that are evolving concerns within the workplace, says Adam Klein, deputy managing partner of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • March 24, 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Advocate For An Agency: Ex-DOT GC Kathryn Thompson

    Kathryn Thomson

    As general counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation from 2013 to 2017, Kathryn Thomson was the chief legal officer for a department of 55,000 employees, with an annual budget of $78 billion and nine individual operating agencies. In this article, she considers the challenges and rewards of serving as the DOT's GC during a time of major changes to the transportation landscape.

  • Series

    Advocate For An Agency: Ex-FERC GC Cynthia Marlette

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    Cynthia Marlette, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's general counsel from 2001 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2009, reflects on how she addressed the job's many responsibilities, including advising the commission on laws and enforcement actions, developing policy, seeking consensus among commissioners, and overseeing defense of agency actions in court, as well as dealing with historic events like the California energy crisis.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 17, Name Game

    Roy Futterman

    You know how on medical shows they teach you how to commit malpractice and get away with it? In this episode of Bull, we learn how to get away with jury tampering — and how to get disbarred, says jury consultant Roy Futterman in his latest review of the CBS series "Bull."

  • A Startup Attorney’s Tips To Advance Company Diversity

    Kristine Di Bacco

    We particularly see a disparity in diversity between the technology and life sciences companies of the Silicon Valley 150 and the larger public companies of the S&P 100 — that is, the larger the company, the more likely it is to have a more gender-diverse workplace, especially at the senior executive level, says Kristine Di Bacco of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • Opinion

    Neil Gorsuch — Judging Like It's 1868

    Priscilla Smith

    The main argument from the moderate left for confirming Gorsuch is that he isn’t the worst guy Trump could have nominated, and that he seems to view presidential power skeptically. But the Senate Judiciary Committee must establish whether this willingness to check executive power stems from a broader hostility to the assertion of federal judicial power over states, says Professor Priscilla Smith of Yale Law School.