Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.
While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.
U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.
A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.
In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.
Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.
As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP dropped Uber Technologies Inc. as a client last fall because a fixed fee arrangement “no longer made financial sense,” according to an email disclosed Thursday in the California federal court intellectual property battle filed against Uber by the firm’s current client Waymo LLC.
The Department of Defense is putting in place measures to make it easier for commercial science and tech firms to participate in the procurement process, according to a report made public Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.
Apple and Intel hit hard at Qualcomm in public statements filed Thursday with the U.S. International Trade Commission in a case where the chipmaker is seeking to bar iPhones that allegedly infringe its patents, with both companies accusing Qualcomm of seeking a monopoly on the technology.
An attorney for defunct startup Telesocial Inc. told a California federal jury during closing arguments Friday that Orange SA destroyed the young company by stealing its trade secrets instead of buying its communications technology, while Orange’s attorneys denied responsibility for Telesocial’s failure and argued no theft occurred.
Medidata Solutions Inc. is entitled to coverage from a Chubb Ltd. unit for a $4.8 million loss it suffered when it was tricked into wiring the money overseas, a New York federal judge ruled on Friday, holding that the incident constituted covered computer fraud under Medidata's crime policy.
An Italian national who copped to smuggling counterfeit electronics, including fake Apple phones and tablets and items bearing phony Sony labels, was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison Friday, authorities from multiple agencies announced.
Intel Corp. urged a Delaware federal judge on Friday to shut down rival AVM Technologies LLC's bid to undo its loss in a $2 billion patent infringement trial, saying the evidence amply supported Intel's belief that its circuits' functionality was different from that spelled out in the intellectual property at issue.
BakerHostetler scored a patent litigator from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP who brings 20 years of experience representing technology clients in intellectual property disputes, the firm recently announced.
The group of big-name Chinese companies looking to back telecom firm China Unicom continues to grow, Bombardier and Siemens are in the final stages of talks about combining their rail businesses, and Blackstone is pursuing RLJ Lodging.
Multiple parties are independently discovering the same software vulnerabilities more often than previously reported, researchers from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center concluded in a recent paper, saying their findings highlight the importance of carefully weighing the risks of keeping a flaw under wraps.
A newly enacted Washington state law governing the collection and use of consumers’ biometric information is seen as a more business-friendly alternative to an Illinois law that has provoked a flurry of consumer suits, and may stand as a model for states to emulate in future legislation, experts say.
The New Jersey Appellate Division on Thursday declined to halt Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s executive order to decentralize the state’s Office of Information Technology workers and disband them to the respective agencies they serve, a move the office’s union says could compromise the quality of the state’s computer systems.
President Donald Trump ordered a thorough review of the national defense industrial base Friday, as the government seeks to gather information about whether U.S. companies can meet the commercial demand for national security goods including steel, circuit boards and flat-panel displays.
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee recently approved a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement of telehealth services. Anthea Daniels of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC reviews the proposed changes and how they would loosen the current telehealth limitations.
Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.
It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.
With its recent decisions in Impression Products and Kirtsaeng, the U.S. Supreme Court emphatically has endorsed a sweeping interpretation of the patent exhaustion and first sale doctrines, which is likely to have significant effects on commerce, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
The CoinDash initial coin offering was hacked within minutes of its launch, resulting in numerous potential purchasers sending their money to a fraudulent address. The hack has raised many questions about the security and legitimacy of ICOs and of the blockchain more generally, says Stuart Levi, co-head of the intellectual property and technology group at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
In spite of the internet of things' growing popularity, the U.S. government has largely adopted a "wait and see" approach to specifically regulating the IoT. However, businesses must pay attention to cybersecurity risks, as well as new liability and regulatory risks, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.
In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?
Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.
In granting certiorari in Carpenter, the U.S. Supreme Court recently reminded us that, as technology allows law enforcement to gather vast amounts of personal information from smartphones and other electronic devices, traditional standards and interpretations may not apply, say Paul Rosen and Chris Garcia of Crowell & Moring LLP.
Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.