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Business of Law

  • October 16, 2018

    Justices Asked If Sanctions Can Cover Presuit Actions

    A whistleblower has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether federal courts can impose sanctions for behavior that happened before a suit was filed, saying a Tenth Circuit decision upholding sanctions against him created a circuit split.

  • October 16, 2018

    NY Firm Says Rival Poached Clients In Green Card Scheme

    New York-based law firm Virginia & Ambinder LLP, which specializes in employment, labor, pension and employee benefits, has alleged in New York state court that a former junior associate made an agreement with a rival firm to jump ship and bring clients with her in exchange for sponsorship for a green card.

  • October 16, 2018

    Berry Appleman Adds 9 Epstein Becker Immigration Attys

    Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP has nabbed a 60-person immigration team from Epstein Becker Green, including nine attorneys, expanding the firm's footprint to New York City with the opening of a new Manhattan office on Monday.

  • October 16, 2018

    The Path To Becoming A Supreme Court Advocate

    A look at the careers of attorneys who have dominated oral advocacy at the U.S. Supreme Court over the last decade shows a similar path for men and women, with a few key differences. Here’s how the top 10 male and female advocates stack up. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 16, 2018

    Axinn Enters California With SF Office, Plans To Expand

    Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP announced Tuesday that it has launched a new office in San Francisco, bringing its antitrust and intellectual property capabilities to the West Coast and planning to lure talent to serve its major clients in the state.

  • October 15, 2018

    Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up

    For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 15, 2018

    Calif. Supreme Court Recuses Itself In Judicial Raises Case

    The entire California Supreme Court has recused itself from an appeal that involves whether the Golden State owes about $36 million worth of back wage and pension payments to a class of more than 3,000 current and former judges.

  • October 15, 2018

    1 In 4 Women In Law Experienced Recent Harassment: Report

    One in four professional women working in the legal industry experienced some form of sexual harassment or misconduct in the past five years, according to a survey released Monday.

  • October 15, 2018

    New Trial Boutique Eschews Billable Hours, Partner Track

    Thirteen litigators have left McKool Smith to form Reichman Jorgensen LLP, a new trial boutique with offices in New York, Silicon Valley and Atlanta, leaving behind not only their previous law firm but also the billable hour as the new firm operates solely on an alternative fee basis, the firm announced Monday. 

  • October 15, 2018

    Why Is There So Much Bullying In The Legal Industry?

    Mounting evidence shows the legal industry has a serious problem with bullying and harassment, a reality that some say is caused by structural inequality, while others point to a culture of aggression.

  • October 15, 2018

    Fla. Gov. Can't Name 3 Justices To High Court On Final Day

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Monday that Gov. Rick Scott cannot appoint three justices to the court on his final day in office and said the governor had overstepped this authority by prematurely asking the judicial nominating commission to begin the process of selecting candidates to replace three retiring justices.

  • October 15, 2018

    15 Minutes With Brooks Running Co.'s General Counsel

    Brooks Running Co. is known in the sport's community for its "Run Happy" tagline. For its general counsel, Barbara Barrilleaux, the phrase means leading a healthy lifestyle overall. In the midst of the fall marathon season, she recently told Law360 which U.S. Supreme Court justice she wants to share a 20-minute run with, her favorite running route and her responsibilities as the top lawyer of the company.

  • October 12, 2018

    Will The Future Of The Supreme Court Bar Be Female?

    While women have made significant inroads into the elite world of U.S. Supreme Court advocacy, last term the number of women arguing at the court hit a decade low. Was it an off year? Or a sign of progress stalled? (This article is the first in a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 12, 2018

    Supreme Court Women: A Vet & 1st-Timer Talk Gender Disparity

    In exclusive on-camera interviews with Law360, the most prolific female U.S. Supreme Court advocate of the past decade and a first-timer reflect on the status of women in a field still dominated by men. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 12, 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.

  • October 12, 2018

    91% Of Judges Fear For Courts' Independence, Survey Shows

    At least nine out of 10 judges said in a recent survey that judicial independence is under siege, primarily from the politicization of the courts, but also from skewed media reporting, budget cuts and outside money spent on judicial elections, among a host of other factors.

  • October 12, 2018

    W.Va. High Court Halts Impeachment Of Chief Justice

    The acting West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals justices struck down the articles of impeachment issued against Chief Justice Margaret Workman, saying the accusations against her concerned matters under the authority of the court system and not the legislature and calling the impeachment process rushed.

  • October 12, 2018

    Boston Globe Sues To Access 'Secret Court' Docs

    Massachusetts residents deserve access to records from the "secret courts" that determine whether criminal cases will be brought, The Boston Globe said Thursday in a petition urging the state's highest court to look into the question.

  • October 12, 2018

    W.Va. Ex-Justice Who Took Famous Desk Guilty Of Fraud

    Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was convicted Friday on 11 counts of fraud, witness tampering and false statements after prosecutors said he helped himself to government transportation and court furniture, including a historic desk associated with an early celebrity architect.

  • October 12, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: The Supreme Court Loves Arbitration

    The U.S. Supreme Court is once again set to weigh in on the important topic of arbitration agreements, and what the justices decide in two big cases could have an impact on millions of workers across a variety of industries. To unpack the new cases and what’s at stake in the term ahead, we’ll be joined on the Pro Say podcast by Law360 senior labor reporter Vin Gurrieri.

Expert Analysis

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

    Rebecca Yoder

    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Defamation In Litigation: A Primer On Privileges In NY

    Jonathan Bloom

    Under New York law, statements made in court and other litigation-related communications are, in most cases, privileged. But these privileges have limits, and it behooves litigants — particularly those inclined to speak publicly about their cases — to be aware of them, says Jonathan Bloom of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.