Business of Law

  • June 23, 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.

  • June 23, 2017

    Texas Attorney Faces 3 Suits Totaling $1.7M For Barratry

    A Houston personal injury attorney has been hit with three barratry lawsuits with total claims equaling more than $1.7 million over the past three weeks, accusing him and his associates of, among other things, soliciting grieving families of car accident victims.

  • June 23, 2017

    Reading The Tea Leaves In Gorsuch's First Dissent

    Now that he’s penned his first dissent, will Justice Neil Gorsuch follow in the footsteps of avid dissent writers like Justice Clarence Thomas, or will he be more reluctant to call out the majority? Here, we look at the first dissent by each sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice.

  • June 23, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Regulators are eyeing a possible rollback on banking rules, a bipartisan coalition of senators is looking to reform the nation’s patent laws, and why Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods is unlikely to face an antitrust challenge. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • June 23, 2017

    Dentons Ex-Associate Charged With Trying To Extort Partners

    A former litigation associate at Dentons was arrested at the firm’s Los Angeles office Thursday on an extortion charge, accused of threatening to release confidential and sensitive materials taken from a superior's email account unless the firm paid him $210,000 and let him take home a piece of art.

  • June 23, 2017

    Sedgwick Partner Settles In Gender Discrimination Suit

    A partner who sued Sedgwick LLP for gender-based discrimination has agreed to drop her putative class action in California federal court after reaching a settlement with the firm, according to a filing on Thursday.

  • June 23, 2017

    Baker McKenzie Attys Take On Trump Over Record-Keeping

    Two Baker McKenzie tax attorneys and a trial lawyer are representing a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group in a new lawsuit filed Thursday alleging that President Donald Trump and his staff are failing to preserve statutorily mandated records through their use of messaging apps and social media platforms.

  • June 23, 2017

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Taps Proskauer For Post-Verdict Defense

    Robert Schulman, the former Hunton & Williams LLP patent lawyer convicted of insider trading on a Pfizer deal, has tapped a Proskauer Rose LLP appellate partner for his post-verdict defense, a Thursday filing said.  

  • June 23, 2017

    In Her Own Words: Law360’s Sotomayor Interview

    In an exclusive interview with Law360, Justice Sonia Sotomayor reveals why she speaks up so much during oral arguments, why she expects never to see a woman serve as chief justice, and the one thing that makes her want to jump off the bench with frustration.

  • June 23, 2017

    5 Ways To Integrate And Retain Your Lateral Hires

    The retention of lateral hires at law firms is notoriously bad, with some estimates finding that only 47 percent of laterals remain at their new firm after five years. Here, Law360 gives you a game plan for integrating laterals effectively so they stay for the long haul.

  • June 22, 2017

    How To Stay Safe In A World Of Law Firm Data Breaches

    About two-thirds of law firms have experienced some sort of data breach, according to a forthcoming cybersecurity scorecard from Logicforce that gives eye-popping clarity to the extent of data breaches in the industry — and what firms can do about it. 

  • June 22, 2017

    This BigLaw Firm Named Most Prestigious

    Associates have ranked a BigLaw heavyweight who took the lead on salary increases in the industry last year as the most prestigious firm, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday.

  • June 22, 2017

    Gorsuch Knocks Colleagues In First High Court Concurrence

    The first concurrence of Justice Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court career reads a lot like a dissent. In an immigration case Thursday, the newest member of the court accused his colleagues of venturing into unchartered legal territory “guided only by our own lights” and before the lower courts have had the chance to weigh in.

  • June 22, 2017

    Law Firms Aren't Adapting Fast Enough To Lack Of Demand

    Legal consulting firm Altman Weil Inc. released on Thursday its annual survey of top law firms that found firms aren’t adapting quickly enough to the industry’s oversupply of lawyers and a decreasing demand for services.

  • June 22, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Fish & Richardson PC was king of the legal jungle this week, winning a $235 million verdict for GlaxoSmithKline over a patent tied to the hypertension drug Coreg, while Skadden, Baker Botts and Morris Nichols ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal judge blocked their nuclear waste processor clients’ $367 million merger.

  • June 22, 2017

    New Prez Will Helm Fla. Bar Through Constitution Revision

    The Florida Bar on Friday will welcome a new president, Berger Singerman LLP partner Michael J. Higer, who will shepherd the organization as it collaborates with the state's Constitution Revision Commission — empaneled only once every 20 years — as it works on potential amendments to the Florida constitution.

  • June 22, 2017

    Patterson Belknap Tackles Islamophobia In NJ Pro Bono Case

    While taking on a New Jersey town in a fight to revive a Muslim community’s plan for a mosque, a group of pro bono attorneys from New York City-based Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP unearthed an ugly case of Islamophobia and turned it into a legal victory.

  • June 21, 2017

    NY Senate Confirms 1st Openly LGBT Judge To High Court

    The New York State Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Associate Judge Paul G. Feinman to the New York Court of Appeals, making him the first openly LGBT judge to sit on the bench of the Empire State’s highest court. 

  • June 21, 2017

    CMS, Taylor Wessing Grow UK Revenue In 2016

    Two international law firms put out their U.K. annual revenue numbers this week, with CMS growing its intake by 4.1 percent, clocking in at €1.05 billion ($1.2 billion), and Taylor Wessing LLP booking a 1.8 percent boost to bring in £128.9 million ($163.5 million) in its 2016-2017 fiscal year.

  • June 21, 2017

    Critics Pushing Back On 3rd-Party Funding Disclosure Rule

    Litigators, legal industry experts and financiers are reacting with skepticism to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's renewed push for a change to civil procedure rules mandating the disclosure of third-party litigation funding arrangements, saying the proposal is dubiously argued, hasty and unnecessary and could lead to longer and costlier litigations.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Tips For Complying With ABA’s New Encryption Guidance

    Nick Holda

    Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: When I Did Nothing And Won

    Mark Morris

    After looking at all of the factual nuances associated with proving a constructive trust, I hit upon a strategy that I had never used before — namely, do nothing, say nothing and hope the IRS fails in its proof, recalls Mark Morris of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Preliminary Instructions

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    One of the easiest ways to improve civil jury trials is to give juries substantive instructions on the law at the beginning of the trial rather than at its conclusion. It is also one of the most popular proposals we are recommending, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Due Diligence From The Lateral Partner’s Perspective

    Howard Flack

    Lateral candidates looking to make the last — or perhaps only — move of their career cannot afford to just stand by and let a law firm’s vetting process unfold on its own, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.

  • Lateral Partner Due Diligence: Where Should A Firm Begin?

    Howard Flack

    One frequently hears from leading malpractice insurers that one of the highest risk categories for law firms is that of lateral partners not sufficiently vetted during the recruitment process, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies Inc. who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Setting Trial Time Limits

    Stephen Susman

    This is the second in a series of articles discussing ideas proposed by the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project to resuscitate the American jury trial. In this article, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman argue for setting early and strict time limits in civil jury trials.

  • Opinion

    Big Business Lobby Tries To Hobble Litigation Finance, Again

    Allison Chock

    In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.

  • Tribute

    The Legacy Of Larry Popofsky, An Antitrust Titan And Friend

    Stephen Bomse

    In his magnificent career, Larry Popofsky, who passed away last month, not only earned the well-deserved respect and devotion of innumerable clients, lawyers, colleagues and judges — he fundamentally changed the course of American antitrust law. That came when the U.S. Supreme Court confessed error in Schwinn, 10 years after he gave me my first legal research assignment, says Stephen Bomse of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.