The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.
A Pennsylvania appeals court said Monday it would not revive claims from a once-prominent, Pittsburgh-area businessman that his ex-wife and attorneys with Linn Law Group engaged in racketeering and abusive litigation in connection with a contentious four-year divorce proceeding.
A dishwasher at an International House of Pancakes filed a discrimination suit Monday in Pennsylvania federal court claiming a cook and other employees harassed him for not joining their prayer group and that he was eventually fired for it.
Private equity-backed BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. launched an estimated $600 million initial public offering on Monday, leading a flurry of nine companies that set price ranges on IPOs projected to surpass $1.9 billion in proceeds across several industries.
The Third Circuit found in a precedential opinion that a provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act that strips the federal courts from reviewing removal orders is unconstitutional as it applies to those with certain immigrant statuses, and that a proposed class of immigrant children are entitled to injunctive relief — despite the expedited removal orders out against them.
Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the ladder has stagnated for minority lawyers. Here, five industry success stories tell Law360 about the paths they took and what needs to change in BigLaw.
Fisher Phillips said on Monday it has deepened its bench in three different cities with the addition of two labor and employment partners and one lawyer who will serve as of counsel, announcing that the two partners have come from Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP.
Federal prosecutors said Monday they'd inked a deal with Philadelphia-based Rosenbaum & Associates to resolve claims that the personal injury firm failed to reimburse the government for Medicare payments made to health care providers on behalf of clients.
The NFL and the Houston Texans want a court to send to arbitration claims that a pocked and scored field at NRG Stadium gave a former Philadelphia Eagles player a career-ending injury, saying the players' union agreed that injury claims like this can only be decided in arbitration.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a Pennsylvania utility’s challenge to a Third Circuit ruling that denied the company a $199 million capital loss deduction on the sale of a subsidiary.
Ballard Spahr LLP acquisition Lindquist & Vennum LLP is asking a Pennsylvania appeals court to consider whether the firm should be allowed to arbitrate claims that it provided faulty legal advice to a medical supply company about its ability to rent out patented laser technology.
Despite the proliferation of diversity committees and inclusion initiatives, corporate law firms remain overwhelmingly white and male, especially at leadership levels. Here, minority attorneys discuss their reasons for leaving a large firm.
The often-informal processes for deciding matters like compensation at law firms can create, as one expert put it, a “petri dish” for the effects of unconscious bias. Here’s how some firms are looking to shake up the system.
While U.S. law firms have long vowed to make their ranks more diverse and inclusive, the industry has long failed to deliver on those promises. Here are the firms making some headway, according to this year’s Diversity Snapshot.
Efforts to increase diversity have again yielded few meaningful changes in law firm demographics, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, even as law schools continue to enroll students of color in increasing numbers.
For years law firms have had programs aimed at increasing attorney diversity, but nothing is working. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we take a look at our latest survey of diversity at law firms, and unpack what experts say are the things that could actually move the needle on this issue.
Two real-estate insurance companies escaped accusations of fraud from two former customers when the Third Circuit ruled Thursday that the alleged activity did not occur long enough to establish a pattern of racketeering.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday kept alive PDC Machines Inc.’s claims accusing a former project manager and the European company that now employs him of misusing trade secrets related to compressors to develop a competing product that threatens to undercut PDC's ability to market its technology.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a Pennsylvania federal court on Friday for a quick win in its suit alleging two former transition management brokerage executives bilked clients with hidden costs, but the executives have mounted a rival bid to get the case thrown out as untimely.
A Third Circuit panel on Friday backed a lower court’s decision handing a quick win to the University of Pennsylvania in a former employee’s suit that claimed she was retaliated against after she filed an age and disability discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
Revenue from the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 — continues to decline, leaving infrastructure critically underfunded. But pilot programs in multiple states have now proven that mileage-based road user fees can replenish the Highway Trust Fund and be implemented practically and fairly, say Joshua Andrews, Charles Stitt and Theodore Bristol of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.
Since the White House’s “call to action” for state restrictive covenant reform, over a dozen states have proposed and enacted laws reforming their use by employers. As more and more states answer the “call” and alter an already inconsistent legal landscape, employers that use these types of agreements should review them to ensure compliance, say Kevin Burns and Brian Ellixson of Fisher Phillips.
I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.
This term, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two redistricting cases involving claims of partisan gerrymandering. But there are indications that the court may not yet have settled on a constitutional test to resolve the issue, says Junaid Odubeko of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.
Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.
Engine failures are rare in modern commercial aviation. But recent problems with two types of aircraft engines — including one which led to an in-flight fatality in April — point to the serious technical and legal challenges faced by manufacturers, air carriers and regulators trying to keep planes in the air, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.
The Third Circuit's opinion in GBForefront v. Forefront Management makes clear that traditional trusts and business trusts are treated differently for purposes of diversity jurisdiction. At the same time, the case begs the question of how to differentiate between a business trust and a traditional trust, says Andrew McClain of Foley & Lardner LLP.
Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
"Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.