Like other firms, Boies Schiller is working to transition to the next generation, but that process has come with a wave of attorney defections. It speaks to the kind of growing pains that, according to experts, make succession planning easier said than done.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced BigLaw firms to abandon their most opulent offices and transform their lawyers into remote workers, revealing to many firm leaders that their enormous real estate costs might not be as justifiable as they had been in decades past.
The prospect of leaving the safety of BigLaw to form a boutique in the midst of a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic may sound treacherous, but attorneys who did it a decade ago during the Great Recession say there may be big opportunities for a small startup in this environment.
The attorney who's been haunting Florida beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper is no stranger to controversy, but his newest protest is stirring up debate not just about the coronavirus, but the proper conduct for a lawyer.
The Senate on Monday easily confirmed a state appellate judge to join the federal bench in the Middle District of Florida, approving one of the few former public defenders to be nominated by President Donald Trump.
Litigation funder Virage Capital Management claims Pierce Bainbridge has defaulted on debt the ailing law firm racked up over the past year, estimated by current and former attorneys at $65 million, as Virage bids to block a competing creditor from collecting on a much smaller debt in Texas state court.
Some law firms have chosen to address the topic of police brutality and systemic racism head-on this week, with both internal and external statements expressing their support for justice, something diversity professionals say can go a long way toward creating an inclusive workplace.
As attorneys, firms, law schools and students adjust to their new normal, the judiciary is also trying to figure out what that will look like once the courts ramp back up.
Reed Smith LLP, which already announced a series of salary reductions earlier in the year, confirmed Monday that it would be making another round of cost-cutting measures to weather the financial impact of COVID-19, including extended pay cuts, furloughs and layoffs.
Bayer HealthCare urged a California federal court against allowing a generic pet medication maker to flout international protocol for how to serve documents in a $114 million antitrust case, saying the company is trying to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a scapegoat for its own delays and errors.
It's been three months and counting since Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP partner Jonathan Selbin joined the exodus from pandemic-stricken Manhattan. Back in his darkened office, there sits a memento from his early days as a plaintiffs attorney: a white cowboy hat given him by a client in one of his first cases.
Two former non-equity partners at international firm CKR Law LLP have filed suit against the firm, alleging that it failed to pay them properly in the months before their departure, including by allegedly cheating one partner out of over $300,000 in partner draws.
To bring some levity to their recent virtual legal department meetings, chief legal officer Lori Fink and her team at AT&T's advertising company have shown off their favorite coffee mugs, T-shirts and vacation accessories. Here, Fink shares how they have adjusted to working remotely and how she built a legal team.
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, which is undertaking a firmwide restructuring process, announced Monday it has hired two partners from within the ranks of the U.S. Department of Justice to bolster its white collar and trial capabilities in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a First Amendment challenge to the State Bar of Wisconsin's mandatory dues scheme, prompting a dissent by Justice Clarence Thomas likening the payments to union fees the high court outlawed in a 2018 ruling.
A Federal Protective Service contract security officer guarding the district courthouse in Oakland, California, was killed in a drive-by shooting Friday night, and another was critically injured as thousands of protesters marched along downtown city streets.
As New York courts begin to lift coronavirus restrictions, a group of law school graduates who represent the indigent and have failed the bar exam twice have been forced to drop their clients for the foreseeable future. Public defender groups say the times demand an exception to the rules.
Brooklyn federal prosecutors on Saturday night charged two New York City attorneys, including a Pryor Cashman LLP associate, in connection with a firebomb attack on a New York Police Department vehicle the night before amid violent protests sparked by the police killing of a black man in Minneapolis.
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.
Pierce Bainbridge's remaining lawyers have urged a Texas federal judge not to appoint a new firm formed by their ex-colleagues as interim lead counsel in a proposed class action against Southwest Airlines and Boeing, saying the move would be "premature."
A California federal judge questioned whether counsel for Michael Avenatti was able to handle his criminal defense amid the COVID-19 pandemic, zeroing in on the attorney's remarks in a recent status report that his ability to prepare for trial has been "deeply impacted."
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP on Friday confirmed that pay cuts and buyouts are on deck for its attorneys and some of its staff, the latest in a list of firms to cut pay due to economic hardship spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As new House proxy voting rules let lawmakers act remotely during the pandemic, constitutional scholars told Law360 that a Republican lawsuit challenging the procedure has little chance of success. Some former GOP lawmakers expressed reservations about their fellow Republicans' arguments and urged them to support some form of remote proceedings.
Two U.S. senators who previously chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to continue to allow the livestreaming of oral arguments after the COVID-19 pandemic abates.
As part of its ongoing restructuring, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP is revamping its compensation structure for associates, offering them the option to receive bonuses based on the years they have been with the firm instead of on hours billed, the firm confirmed Friday.
With invocations of legal trailblazers past and present and encouragement to find opportunity in trying times, five high-profile law school commencement speakers, including Joe Biden and Eric Holder, urged graduates to address the inequalities made even more apparent by the pandemic.
Over the past few weeks, federal prosecutors have launched a wave of criminal cases accusing people of trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ongoing ban on New Jersey state jury trials due to the COVID-19 pandemic could make a bad situation even worse for courts already facing judge shortages as they struggle to get through the cases piling up during the crisis, leading to further gridlock in Garden State litigation.
Litigation funder Pravati Capital LLC moved to exit a suit filed by a Pennsylvania attorney against it and Pierce Bainbridge over the alleged theft of a case involving the Gears of War video game, saying that since the case was unsuccessful, any claim against the funder for unjust enrichment was invalid.
Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2019 Practice Groups of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.
The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360's 2019 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.
U.S. law firms have long touted their commitment to diversity and inclusion. But those goals still seem far from being realized. Law360’s annual Diversity Snapshot indicates only marginal progress on racial and ethnic diversity in the attorney workforce from year to year, even as demands grow from clients expecting more diverse legal teams.
The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.
One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.
Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.
To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.
While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.
History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.
Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.
As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Pasadena-based Mark E. Beck, founder of Beck Law PC specializing in white collar criminal defense and investigations.
Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.
Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.
Eliminating New York's notarized affidavit requirement for court submissions, or at least allowing remote notarization, would reduce the time and expense associated with securing a notary and minimize stress for lawyers and their clients, say Russell Yankwitt and Dina Hamerman at Yankwitt.
In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.
As an appellate attorney who has authored numerous amicus briefs, I am deeply concerned about some fast-moving developments in the case of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, where a D.C. federal judge is transforming amici curiae into 11th-hour prosecutorial intermeddlers, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate.
When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.
For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.