Business of Law

  • October 20, 2017

    Sedgwick Loses Bermuda Office To Kennedys

    The Bermuda office affiliated with Sedgwick LLP has severed ties with the firm and allied with Kennedys, marking the latest departure of senior-level insurance talent from the troubled Sedgwick.

  • October 21, 2017

    Law360's Pro Say: NFL’s Big Controversies See Legal Action

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss the NFL's recent legal challenges, the Supreme Court agreeing to hear cases about data privacy and competition among credit cards, the conviction of an auto racer and his attorney for a huge payday loan scheme, and a catfishing con artist that duped several firms.

  • October 20, 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.

  • October 20, 2017

    Despite More Law Schools Accepting GRE, LSAT Here To Stay

    Applicants can expect more and more law schools to embrace the Graduate Record Examination, as schools are driven by the downturn in law school applications, long-standing frustrations with the Law School Admissions Test and the American Bar Association's slowness to adjust its standard, which has enshrined the LSAT for decades.

  • October 20, 2017

    Legal Tech Download: AI Clerks And Chinese Robots

    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.

  • October 20, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A panel of experts addressed the Association of Corporate Counsel's annual meeting about ways GCs should prepare for cybersecurity threats, LGBT organizations sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate demanding the withdrawal of one of President Donald Trump's federal judicial nominees, and nearly two dozen states sued the Trump administration over Obamacare subsidies. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • October 19, 2017

    Garland OKs Livestream In Teen's DC Circ. Abortion Case

    The D.C. Circuit will livestream oral arguments Friday for the first time in over a decade after Chief Judge Merrick Garland granted a request from a judicial transparency group in a case over an immigrant teen seeking an abortion, the group’s director said Thursday.

  • October 19, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    McDermott Will & Emery, Wilson Sonsini and Morris Nichols snagged the title of top legal lions this week after a jury cleared their client Plantronics in a $600 million antitrust trial, while attorneys at Fish & Richardson and Ward Smith & Hill were among the legal lambs after a judge ruled against their client Allergan, finding patents covering its dry-eye drug Restasis invalid.

  • October 19, 2017

    LGBT Groups Tell Sens. 'Hateful' Views Should DQ Judge Pick

    A group of 36 LGBT organizations have sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate demanding the withdrawal of one of President Donald Trump's federal judicial nominees, who currently serves as Texas' first assistant attorney general, telling legislators his “hateful” rhetoric should disqualify him.

  • October 19, 2017

    3 Ways Law Firms Sabotage Their Own Diversity Efforts

    Elite law firms often value traits that have nothing to do with a lawyer’s competence and instead relate to their ability to fit in at the firm. Here are three ways cultural fit can sabotage law firm diversity.

  • October 18, 2017

    Posner Seeks To Advise 4th Circ. Pro Se Litigant

    Former Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner, who complained after his retirement last month that his colleagues were mistreating litigants who represent themselves, asked the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday to allow him to appear as "advisory counsel" for a pro se filer.

  • October 18, 2017

    Calif. Supreme Court Won't Lower Score To Pass Bar Exam

    The California Supreme Court announced Wednesday it will not lower the score required to pass the state’s bar exam, the second highest in the nation, while asking the state bar and law schools to investigate the factors behind a recent drop in pass rates.

  • October 18, 2017

    Turnover High At Many Firms Despite Greater Pay, Benefits

    Law firms are offering better compensation and more attractive perks to their attorneys, but it hasn’t managed to quell the trend of lawyers leaving in droves from small and midsize firms, according to a new survey.

  • October 18, 2017

    Europe’s Highest Offices Fall Short On Gender Diversity

    Gender equality in public and political offices still leaves a lot to be desired in nearly four dozen European countries, according to a Tuesday report from the Council of Europe.

  • October 18, 2017

    3 Employment Issues New In-House Practitioners May Face

    From interviewing candidates for an open role to terminating an existing employee's time with the company, new in-house counsel may face employment-related issues on a daily basis. Here, Law360 examines three of those situations.

  • October 18, 2017

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Faruqi Atty's Commissions Suit

    A Second Circuit panel on Wednesday torpedoed a former Faruqi & Faruqi LLP partner’s bid for a cut of $4 million the firm had earned on a settlement for a client she'd brought in, ruling that a New York federal judge hadn’t erred in concluding her oral compensation agreement with the firm wasn’t enforceable under state law.

  • October 18, 2017

    Fla. Justices Asked To Rule On Judge's Facebook Friendship

    A law firm fighting to get a judge disqualified for being Facebook friends with opposing counsel asked the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday to take up its appeal of a decision ruling that the online relationship is not automatically disqualifying.

  • October 18, 2017

    Two Of Dewey's 'Secret Seven' Sentenced To No-Jail Terms

    Two former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP support pros who admitted to misdemeanor offenses and testified against the fallen firm's three top ex-executives were freed from the BigLaw criminal saga Tuesday by a New York state judge, who credited their cooperation.

  • October 18, 2017

    Yale Team's Bias Argument Boosts Inmate's New Trial Hopes

    A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision giving a Louisiana death row inmate his best chance yet for a new trial over a notorious triple murder in New Orleans came thanks to pro bono arguments from a team with the Ethics Bureau at Yale Law School, which zeroed in on the trial judge's still-unexplained connection to a gun in the case.

  • October 17, 2017

    Chadbourne Must Produce Info About Partners' Pay And Pull

    Chadbourne & Parke LLP must turn over an array of evidence to female attorneys suing it for gender discrimination that details its compensation-setting process for partners and their level of influence on the firm's management, a New York federal judge ruled Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • CPA Cybersecurity Framework May Be Vital Tool

    Christian Leitner

    While the cybersecurity attestation framework from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is still in its adoption phase, it likely will open new ways for law firms across the U.S. to deal with cybersecurity questions, says Christian Leitner of OUM & Co. LLP.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: A Birthday I’ll Never Forget

    Catherine Carroll

    I argued my first case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013. It was my birthday. And I must say, the experience set the bar pretty high for future birthdays, says Catherine Carroll of WilmerHale.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • 3 Strategies I Learned From LegalZoom

    Jeff Unger

    Critics of legal tech companies will often say, “Trust a reputable attorney that understands you, your situation and the law.” As an attorney, I wholeheartedly agree. But from the consumer’s perspective, the message seems out of touch with the digital age, says Jeff Unger, founder of the law firm eMinutes.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Listen Carefully, Speak Up

    Marcy Rothman

    When I graduated from law school, I landed at an old-line firm in the Golden Triangle of Texas. Two significant things happened to me around that time. One pertained to learning to listen, and the other pertained to refusing to participate in what I heard, says Marcy Rothman of Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC.