The federal trial of baseball agent Bartolo Hernandez and athletic trainer Julio Estrada over Cuban ballplayer smuggling has entered the ninth inning, with federal prosecutors and defense counsel warming up for closing arguments after witness testimony wrapped Friday without Hernandez taking the stand.
A group of nearly 50 parties objected to a settlement in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action over an Arkansas bank’s alleged sending of thousands of unsolicited faxes Wednesday, accusing the bank of shopping the allegations against it to different lawyers to secure a lower settlement.
If confirmed by the Senate, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch would bring to the bench a strikingly similar judicial philosophy to that of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, but former clerks and colleagues say the Tenth Circuit judge and Colorado native’s congenial temperament couldn’t be more different from the fiery Scalia's.
Jones Day’s Donald McGahn is stepping into the role of White House counsel, a powerful but little-understood position that has a strong history of impacting the president’s authority.
The alignment of law firms with or against the new administration in legal battles to come could open rifts among attorneys and clients. But the publicity earned for taking on a potentially unpopular case could ultimately be worth any public fallout.
The incoming president’s plans to rein in the power of federal agencies will lead to uncertainty for lawyers and their clients as pending investigations and rulemaking are stopped in their tracks.
A new look at the potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees’ rulings reveals a ranking of judicial influence with some surprises at the top — and at the bottom.
“Data sovereignty” is a recent trend with important consequences for GE’s future as a digital industrial company. The technical challenges alone are immense. But compounding those challenges are the growing number of countries considering laws that would impede the flow of data across national borders, says Alex Dimitrief, general counsel of General Electric Co.
Technology so quickly outpaces regulation, and it’s imperative governments at every level find that sweet spot where the public is reasonably protected but innovation isn’t stifled. If the U.S. doesn’t get this balance right, other governments will, says Joshua Walker, general counsel and project executive for A3 by Airbus Group.
Donald Trump’s unlikely run to the White House was fueled more by sheer force of personality than by policy specifics, and while that lack of specificity on issues has left an air of mystery over how Trump would govern, what's clear is that new rules for immigration and trade are coming and regulations on all industries will likely ease.
President-elect Donald Trump has upended decades of conventional wisdom about what it takes to reach the White House, and his dearth of policy specifics has left the next steps unclear.
The victory of political outsider Donald Trump in the race to become the 45th U.S. president puts the Supreme Court front and center, with the president-elect having already tipped his hand as to who he might nominate to the court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Republican Party will likely hold onto control of the U.S. Senate after holding on to a number of competitive seats Tuesday night, setting up another two years of GOP control of both houses of Congress.
A Nevada state court judge on Tuesday shot down a lawsuit by Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump against a Clark County election official, which alleged poll workers allowed people to vote at early voting locations after they were supposed to close in an effort to tilt the election in favor of Democratic candidates.
A slew of presidential hopefuls turned to a wide variety of legal professionals throughout the 2016 race.
The total legal tab for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s scorched-earth battle far surpasses spending in recent elections, but experts predict more growth in the post-Citizens United landscape.
All litigation powerhouses boast talented trial lawyers, but the 20 firms at the top of their game don't just rely on their litigators. Here, we talk about the four traits that led the elite of the Litigation Powerhouses to become the go-to firms for bet-the-company cases.
A select group of 25 law firms has nailed down the art of pleasing GCs, garnering unprompted word-of-mouth recommendations from their clients for more than five years running.
Walgreens Boots Alliance, guided by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, has agreed to buy Rite Aid in a cash deal worth about $17.2 billion, the latest in a series of large health-related consolidations, Walgreens and Rite Aid said Tuesday.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday sued The Lash Group Inc., alleging in Maryland federal court that the health care consulting company fired a woman suffering from post-partum depression in violation of federal law protecting disabled workers from discrimination.
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 importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.
The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.
The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.
A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.
For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.