Slowly but surely, state ethics committees are addressing the rules and responsibilities around an often overlooked risk to client confidentiality — document metadata. Here, Law360 answers four common questions lawyers have about the ethical landscape for handling the sensitive client data.
Status as a lawyer and success with clients may seem inextricably linked, but a report released Tuesday by London research firm Acritas said that clients favor lawyers much more for a few key abilities than for their stature or public profile.
Law firm leaders have a tepid outlook on the strength of the U.S. economy and the health of the legal industry for the first half of 2017, according to a Monday report from Citi Private Bank, but remain more cautious about what to expect on a global scale.
Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court may seem like a group making decisions that can alter the legal and political landscape all on their own, but justices are often influenced in the way they vote on cases by their clerks, according to a recent study by several legal scholars.
BigLaw and the federal bench turned out in force Friday to witness history's first attempt to transform U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff's West Coast end-run around the Second Circuit's Newman insider trading decision into the stuff of legend.
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.
The Third Circuit announced Friday that it will begin posting video recordings of certain oral arguments to its website this month, becoming the second federal appeals court to make videos of oral arguments publicly available.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office pushed back Friday at requests by attorneys for two former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives for wide latitude in their cross-examination of the star cooperating witness in the upcoming retrial over alleged accounting fraud at the defunct law firm, saying the defense aims to mislead the upcoming jury.
An eight-year "hearts and minds" pro bono campaign led by McDermott Will & Emery LLP recently swayed the U.S. Army to allow Sikhs to serve in the military with beards, long hair and turbans.
A popular cybersecurity framework heads for an update, the Chamber of Commerce fights a new workplace injury record-keeping rule, and the House of Representatives takes aim at judicial deference to regulators’ legal interpretations. These stories top the corporate legal news you may have missed this past week.
Zachary Warren, the sole low-level Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP staffer to fight criminal charges over alleged accounting fraud at the now-defunct law firm, on Friday was released early from the terms of a deferred prosecution agreement, and the indictment against him was dismissed.
American attorneys are allowed to advise foreign clients about U.S. sanctions law, the Department of the Treasury said in a clarification Thursday.
As King Wood & Mallesons moves ever closer to entering administration, Bircham Dyson Bell has scooped up one of the firm’s offices in Cambridge along with its nine real estate attorneys, adding to the steady stream of KWM lawyers who have jumped ship in recent weeks.
A victory at the Federal Circuit for Comcast in its brawl with Sprint over fiber optics patents earned Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP spots on this week’s legal lions list while Holland & Hart LLP and Hale Lane Peek Dennison and Howard became legal lambs after a judge sanctioned them for making “frivolous” filings while representing geothermal power plant operators in a Clean Air Act lawsuit.
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York District Attorney’s Office asked a bankruptcy judge in separate filings on Wednesday to block the liquidating trustee in the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP bankruptcy from disposing of documents needed in civil and criminal lawsuits against officers and employees of the defunct law firm.
Sanford Heisler LLP has been hired as new lead counsel in a Sedgwick LLP partner’s proposed gender discrimination class action against her firm, charging out of the gate Wednesday by filing an amended complaint in arbitration that adds fresh allegations and a $200 million request for damages.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP tax partner Sheri Dillon made a running leap Wednesday into the mainstream consciousness when she spoke to the American public at Donald Trump’s latest press conference, addressing the president-elect’s potential conflicts of interest.
Lawyers from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, a former federal judge and 100-plus other attorneys and general counsel have told lawmakers that Sen. Jeff Sessions should not be confirmed as U.S. attorney general because his record suggests he would neglect civil rights laws.
Goodwin Procter LLP on Wednesday announced that it has taken on six partners, along with 20 associates and trainees, from King & Wood Mallesons’ European unit, the latest in a long string of departures that have picked up steam in recent weeks as the struggling global law firm bleeds talent.
President-elect Donald Trump said during his press conference Wednesday that he plans to put forward his pick for the long-empty ninth seat on the U.S. Supreme Court within two weeks of taking office.
Chadbourne & Parke LLP's bid to scrap a $100 million proposed class action lodged by two female partners alleging gender discrimination is “premature,” since the women have yet to receive information to dispute the assertion they're not entitled to sue, according to their Monday filing in New York federal court.
The struggling European and Middle East arm of King & Wood Mallesons has postponed a decision on whether it will enter administration for an additional 10 days, a firm spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday, filing a court notice announcing the delay following a continuing partner exodus.
The role of BigLaw associate is shifting and growing as the legal sector experiences an onslaught of new competition, according to industry experts who say market forces are driving young attorneys to fill new shoes and metamorphose into more than simply stellar legal practitioners.
Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.
Just before walking into court to begin jury selection, I learned from the case agent that a key witness had been found dead over the weekend. During the trial, it was not easy to keep the murdered witness out of my mind, especially with the defendant icily staring at me every time I got up to speak, recalls Tom Melsheimer of Fish & Richardson PC.
As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.
Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.
Is there something you have always wanted to know from a law firm partner's perspective — but were afraid to ask? A new Law360 column may have the answer.
In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...
The April 2016 leak of "Panama Papers" documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca removed any doubt that the threat of cyberattacks against the legal industry is more than hypothetical. While the case law on law firm data breach litigation has largely yet to be written, there are certain fundamental tenets worth reviewing, say Scott Vernick and Peter Buckley of Fox Rothschild LLP.
Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.
With commercial litigation funding gaining acceptance throughout the U.S., law firms and corporations are investigating how they can benefit from the capital that funders provide, and which criteria they should use in selecting a funder. Ralph Sutton, chief investment officer of Bentham IMF, discusses several major trends to watch in 2017.
There are a number of concrete, practical steps that law firms can take to address the high cost of defending legal malpractice claims, both before and after a claim is made, says Richard Simpson, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP who serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.