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Business of Law

  • December 7, 2018

    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.

  • December 7, 2018

    BigLaw Revenues On Track For Banner Year, Wells Fargo Says

    The legal industry is poised to have its most successful year since the 2008 economic downturn, with revenue up among top firms through the first three quarters, a report from Wells Fargo Private Bank's legal specialty group predicts.

  • December 7, 2018

    Kirkland & Ellis Chairman To Retire, Successor Named

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's longtime chairman Jeffrey Hammes will retire in early 2020 and will be replaced by Jon Ballis, a Chicago-based private equity partner and member of the firm's global management executive committee, according to a Friday internal memo obtained by Law360.

  • December 7, 2018

    Trump Trial Court Pick Unlikely To Get Vote, Grassley Says

    President Donald Trump's choice for a North Carolina federal judgeship will likely be sent back to the White House after prospects for confirmation this year dwindled to nil, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee said.  

  • December 7, 2018

    Bar Orgs In The Crosshairs After Justices Revive Dues Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court created an existential threat for mandatory state bar associations when it recently ordered a fresh look at whether their required dues are constitutional, a move that could lead to a decline in bar membership depending on the outcome of the case.

  • December 7, 2018

    Trump Unlikely To Defy 'So-Called Judges,' Prof Argues

    A recent paper by a William & Mary law professor argues that, despite charged rhetoric from the Trump administration, including the president’s personal attacks on judges, the federal government has thus far complied with judicial orders and is likely to continue to do so.

  • December 7, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: The Copy-Paste Case That Led To Fraud

    Can you be held liable for securities fraud if you simply copy-and-paste someone else’s false statements? The U.S. Supreme Court wrangled with that question this week, and reporter Jon Hill joins the Pro Say podcast to explain the case.

  • December 7, 2018

    Tesla Taps Williams & Connolly Chairman To Take GC Reins

    Williams & Connolly LLP chairman Dane Butswinkas will become the new general counsel at Tesla Inc., moving in-house after a decadeslong career at the prestigious Washington, D.C., firm, the automaker announced Thursday.

  • December 7, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    More than a dozen privacy groups doubled down on efforts to persuade California lawmakers to refrain from watering down a landmark privacy law, the District of Columbia gave final approval to a post-Wayfair tax law, and the Marriott hack showed the risks of cyber diligence gaps in mergers. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 7, 2018

    Kirkland Nixes Forced Arbitration For Non-Attorney Staff

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP told employees it would end its policy of requiring arbitration to settle employment disputes for all non-attorney staff, according to a memo obtained Friday by Law360 and following public pressure mounted by a group of Harvard Law School students.

  • December 7, 2018

    Belgian Busted In Scheme To Dupe US Law Firms, Charities

    A Belgian national who was indicted by a federal grand jury for a scheme to convince law firms and charities to wire him money was arraigned in Boston federal court Friday, 22 months after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

  • December 7, 2018

    Legal Industry Sheds 2,400 Jobs, Wiping Out Year's Gains

    The legal services sector lost 2,400 jobs in November, the steepest single-month drop in 2018, erasing virtually all of the gains made throughout the year, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • December 7, 2018

    Trump Picks Kirkland's William Barr For AG

    President Donald Trump named Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney William Barr as his pick to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions Friday, setting Barr up to reprise the role he served under late President George H.W. Bush.

  • December 6, 2018

    Kirkland’s William Barr Said To Be Trump’s Top Pick For AG

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney William P. Barr, who served as U.S. attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, is President Donald Trump’s favored choice to succeed Jeff Sessions, according to Thursday media reports.

  • December 6, 2018

    White & Case Narrowing Gender Gap In UK Partner Pay

    White & Case LLP is whittling down the pay gap between male and female partners in its London office, according to data voluntarily disclosed by the U.S. law firm along with information required by the United Kingdom’s Equality Act.

  • December 6, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Dodges Prison For $9M Transfer Racket

    A former attorney at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP on Thursday avoided prison time for operating an unlicensed money transfer business that funneled over $9 million from the U.S. to Mexico on others’ behalf.

  • December 6, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Finnegan and Shook Hardy & Bacon top this week's legal lions list with a Federal Circuit victory for client Sprint in a patent battle with Time Warner Cable, while Berger Singerman ended up among the legal lambs after a Florida court ruled against its client, Airbnb, in a fight with the city of Miami.

  • December 6, 2018

    Hueston Hennigan Associates' Bonuses To Exceed Cravath's

    Hueston Hennigan LLP will dole out end-of-year bonuses for associates that top the market standard previously set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, joining a number of firms that have recently disclosed their scales, according to media reports Thursday.

  • December 6, 2018

    Male Partners Make 53% More Than Female Colleagues

    Female partners receive markedly less compensation on average than their male colleagues at U.S. law firms, and the 53 percent pay gap is driven largely by discrepancies in origination and hourly rates, a report released on Thursday has found.

Expert Analysis

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

    Chad Eggspuehler

    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Stratified Random Sampling: Part 2

    Brian Kriegler

    In the final part of this article, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research Inc. uses a hypothetical wage-and-hour example involving on-duty meal period agreements to simplify the application of stratified random sampling for correct use in a legal setting.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Stratified Random Sampling: Part 1

    Brian Kriegler

    Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research Inc. explains when it might be advantageous to select a random sample that has been divided into multiple subpopulations, such as when evaluating the rate at which a large medical provider submitted ineligible Medicare reimbursements over 10 years.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Q&A

    BigLaw Alums Q&A: Mark Migdal's Lara O'Donnell Grillo

    Lara O’Donnell Grillo

    BigLaw firms tended to be inflexible, with methods that were inconsistent with how I wanted to practice law. There were many time-wasting aspects of the practice, says Lara O’Donnell Grillo of Mark Migdal & Hayden.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.