Business of Law

  • August 18, 2017

    How 5 Firms Are Building More Diverse Ranks

    Many are investing in recruitment and retention initiatives aimed at minorities, while at least one is finding that its hiring efforts naturally bring in diverse attorneys. Here’s a look inside a few of the firms that added 20 or more minority attorneys in 2016.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Top Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The racial makeup of BigLaw’s equity partnership has barely budged in recent years, but some law firms are making notable strides on diversity at the top. Here are the firms with the most racially diverse equity tiers, according to Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    After years of diversity initiatives, the legal industry is still coming up short, but some law firms have made notable progress. Here, Law360 ranks the U.S. firms that are leaders in turning diversity goals into workforce realities.

  • August 18, 2017

    Racial Diversity Stagnating At US Law Firms

    The legal industry has again failed to make substantial progress on hiring and promoting minority attorneys, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, despite more minorities graduating from law school than ever before.

  • August 18, 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.

  • August 18, 2017

    Law360’s Pro Say Podcast: Teamsters Skewer 'Top Chef'

    On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, the team discusses the high-profile trial pitting Teamsters against "Top Chef," a case that could leave DirecTV with a $4 billion liability to subscribers, and a lawyer in hot water after he created a sham dating profile for his rival.

  • August 18, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: Avvo, Patents And PACER

    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 six major recent developments in legal tech.

  • August 18, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The dubious state of tax reform is making businesses uneasy, Uber notched a win for arbitration clauses in smartphone apps, and the president folded two of his advisory councils after CEOs left in droves. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • August 17, 2017

    Ex-Foley & Lardner Partner Denies Insider Trading Charges

    Former Foley & Lardner LLP partner Walter “Chet” Little and a business associate on Thursday denied charges of insider trading, in which they are accused of using confidential merger information about the law firm’s clients to make about $1 million in illicit trading profits.

  • August 17, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Venable LLP topped this week’s legal lions list, securing a win for Taylor Swift in her assault countersuit against a radio DJ who’d accused the pop star of getting him fired, while Mayer Brown LLP landed on the list of legal lambs after the Ninth Circuit upheld Fair Credit Reporting Act claims against its client, Spokeo.

  • August 17, 2017

    Lateral Surge On The Horizon As BigLaw Gets Into Pot

    The nation’s largest law firms have begun to take notice of the potential for profit in the rapidly growing legalized marijuana industry, with many predicting increased lateral partner hiring in the space as a result.

  • August 16, 2017

    New ABA President Takes On Gender Equity In The Law

    It’s no secret that despite making strides in the legal profession, women are still leaving in droves before landing leadership positions. Hilarie Bass, the new president of the American Bar Association, wants to find out why.

  • August 16, 2017

    BigLaw Champions Diversity In Wake Of Charlottesville

    Several BigLaw firms have spoken out this week against the deadly violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, and President Donald Trump’s response, taking the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to diversity, tolerance and inclusion within their firms.

  • August 16, 2017

    Ex-US Atty Joins King & Spalding To Start Chicago Office

    After receiving a “tsunami of interest” from firms in the area, former U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon said Wednesday that he has opted to return to King & Spalding LLP and help the firm open a new office in Chicago.

  • August 16, 2017

    Lewis Baach Inks $20M Third-Party Funding Deal

    Third-party funder Woodsford Litigation Funding said Wednesday it has reached a $20 million agreement with law firm Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC to provide it with financing to pursue litigation and arbitration worldwide on behalf of the firm's clients.

  • August 16, 2017

    Law Firms Lag On Project Management, Report Says

    As law firms strive to be more efficient and provide value to clients, many are struggling to make the necessary technological and process changes to further that goal, according to a report published Wednesday.

  • August 16, 2017

    The 10 Law Firms Clients Recommend Most

    Legal decision makers at large corporations are sweet on 10 law firms they have name-dropped more than 15 years in a row as worthy of recommendation to a peer, according to a new report out Wednesday.

  • August 15, 2017

    Ex-Chadbourne Attys Counter Push To Strike Latest Complaint

    Counsel for female lawyers suing Chadbourne & Parke LLP for gender discrimination urged a New York federal judge on Monday to reject the defendants’ push to strike their latest complaint, saying that new revisions are predominantly updates stemming from the firm’s acquisition by Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • August 15, 2017

    How Client Rate Pressures Have Changed Rainmaking

    The top lawyers at firms — the rainmakers — are facing calls from clients to cut costs. Here are three ways they are evolving their practices in the face of client rate pressures.

  • August 15, 2017

    Ill. Atty Allegedly Made Fake Dating Profile For Opponent

    An Illinois lawyer ginned up a bogus Match.com dating profile for another lawyer and signed her up as a member of weight loss and pig farming organizations, according to a recent misconduct complaint.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

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    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Lessons From Willy Wonka

    Thomas Ciarlone Jr.

    As a new associate faced with vexing facts and unfavorable case law, I confidently told a senior partner that there was no way to win. The partner's response taught me something vital about the legal profession, and reflected the wisdom of Willy Wonka's "105 percent" formula, says Thomas Ciarlone Jr. of Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.

  • How The IPad Can Be A Litigator's Best Friend

    Paul Kiesel

    New mobile computing tools — both hardware and applications — are changing the technology paradigm for legal practitioners. In particular, the combination of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the LiquidText annotation app can revolutionize both trial preparation and courtroom litigating, says attorney Paul Kiesel, in his latest review of tech trends.