Being a rainmaker is often thought of as the gold standard when it comes to "making it" in BigLaw, but experts say there are a number of ways lawyers can become highly valued partners without being stellar business generators. Here are four tips on becoming a major player without being a rainmaker.
The classic song “New York, New York” proclaims, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” and many law firms have taken that mantra to heart as they attempt to gain traction in the brutally competitive New York legal market. Here, firms that have made it in the Big Apple offer tips to those still seeking their big break.
An influx of new and emerging technologies means a number of legal industry changes and the possible elimination of legal work in certain areas, creating a need to educate up-and-coming law students on how to capitalize on these shifts, a new paper released on Thursday said.
Lawyers are still reluctant to take advantage of telecommuting, reduced hours arrangements and other flexible work options despite the presence of formal policies at their law firms, according to a new study released Wednesday.
Attorneys at Berg & Androphy topped this week’s legal lions list after a jury handed a win to their client, comedy legend Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka, in a trade infringement suit, while the week’s legal lambs list includes two attorneys sanctioned after it emerged their client in an employment discrimination suit against U-Haul was never employed by the company.
Pro bono may have been born in law firms, but it's being widely adopted by corporate legal departments that want to give back to their communities. Here are four ways companies told Law360 they approach pro bono work — and the benefits they've reaped along the way.
It’s generally understood that the bills a lawyer sends a client are privileged communications and can’t be pried open through discovery, but courts haven't always agreed with the concept. Here, we look at three recent cases showing just how far the privilege can or cannot go when it comes to legal billing.
The Florida House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill Wednesday that would place an amendment on the ballot next year to limit state appellate and Supreme Court judges to two six-year terms.
The president of the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America on Wednesday announced he has sent a letter to the U.S. Senate expressing strong opposition to Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, urging lawmakers to vote no on the nomination.
Senate Democrats pushed further to block of the Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, as more than half of their colleagues have said they would oppose his confirmation.
The Association of Corporate Counsel on Wednesday released cybersecurity guidelines for law firms that outline the ways in which sensitive information passed to outside counsel should be handled and protected.
For plaintiffs attorneys, it’s important to have an entrepreneurial mindset and understand the business of law. Since we are contingency-based, we take on risk with every case, says Jonathan Gardner, partner at Labaton Sucharow LLP.
It's the job of legal operations directors to ensure the law department runs at peak efficiency and effectiveness, so it's no surprise that they're full of wisdom about how in-house teams can improve. Here are three legal operations professionals' top tips.
The former controller for Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on Tuesday told a Manhattan jury that he never told former Dewey Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders that the law firm wasn’t in compliance with its lending agreements, as the retrial of Sanders and former Dewey Executive Director Stephen DiCarmine neared the two-month mark.
In the face of a proposal by President Donald Trump to fully eliminate federal funding for the the Legal Services Corp., general counsel from more than 180 major companies including Google, Adidas and Starbucks Corp. on Tuesday urged Congress to fully support the organization in the upcoming fiscal year.
U.S. Senate leaders have vowed a showdown over the nomination of Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch next week, promising a fight on Tuesday over President Donald Trump's choice to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Monday warned the Golden State legislature that “the rule of law is being threatened” in the United States, with all three branches of government and the free press seeing their values, practices and laws called into question.
The chief justice of the Ninth Circuit told a group of lawyers, judges and media Monday that video streaming of oral arguments had brought transparency to the nation’s largest federal circuit, saying the increased use of cameras will boost public confidence in judicial institutions.
Scrambling to show more income on the firm’s books than was coming in the door, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s former controller made phony accounting adjustments that his boss assured him Dewey’s chief financial officer had approved, a Manhattan jury heard Monday.
Senate Democrats threw up their first procedural roadblock against the nomination of Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, delaying a Senate committee vote by one week.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a lawsuit by a legally blind Michigan man accusing the American Bar Association of discriminating against him by failing to provide certain disability accommodations while taking the LSAT.
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.
We don’t have “beauty contests” or an ability to pitch to prospective clients in the same way as management attorneys. Instead, we routinely work with and support civil rights organizations and focus on issues that confront applicants and employees that are evolving concerns within the workplace, says Adam Klein, deputy managing partner of Outten & Golden LLP.
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.
As general counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation from 2013 to 2017, Kathryn Thomson was the chief legal officer for a department of 55,000 employees, with an annual budget of $78 billion and nine individual operating agencies. In this article, she considers the challenges and rewards of serving as the DOT's GC during a time of major changes to the transportation landscape.
Cynthia Marlette, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's general counsel from 2001 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2009, reflects on how she addressed the job's many responsibilities, including advising the commission on laws and enforcement actions, developing policy, seeking consensus among commissioners, and overseeing defense of agency actions in court, as well as dealing with historic events like the California energy crisis.
You know how on medical shows they teach you how to commit malpractice and get away with it? In this episode of Bull, we learn how to get away with jury tampering — and how to get disbarred, says jury consultant Roy Futterman in his latest review of the CBS series "Bull."
We particularly see a disparity in diversity between the technology and life sciences companies of the Silicon Valley 150 and the larger public companies of the S&P 100 — that is, the larger the company, the more likely it is to have a more gender-diverse workplace, especially at the senior executive level, says Kristine Di Bacco of Fenwick & West LLP.
What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.
Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.
Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.
Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.
What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)
The main argument from the moderate left for confirming Gorsuch is that he isn’t the worst guy Trump could have nominated, and that he seems to view presidential power skeptically. But the Senate Judiciary Committee must establish whether this willingness to check executive power stems from a broader hostility to the assertion of federal judicial power over states, says Professor Priscilla Smith of Yale Law School.