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Business of Law

  • September 18, 2018

    Hearing Over Kavanaugh Assault Claims Could Face Delays

    Just one day after Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced a hearing on the sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, plans for the event appear to be in disarray after Democrats and the judge’s accuser called for a delay.

  • September 18, 2018

    White House May Swap McGahn For Mueller Point Man

    President Donald Trump’s potential pick for his next White House counsel has been heading up the White House response to the Mueller probe for months, signaling the office could play a larger part in probes into the Trump administration than it did under Don McGahn, who recused himself.

  • September 18, 2018

    This Under-Addressed Issue Is Hurting Lawyers, Profs Say

    The legal industry has largely overlooked a major factor impacting the well-being of attorneys, according to a new academic paper — science that links various forms of childhood trauma with mental and physical health problems later in life.

  • September 18, 2018

    Nestlé Atty Enters The Ring As WWE's General Counsel

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. on Tuesday appointed a lawyer who has worked for Nestlé Waters North America and PepsiCo as the media company's new general counsel, according to a press release.

  • September 18, 2018

    Ex-Skadden Partner Denies Role In Manafort Ukraine Lobbying

    Lawyers for former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner Gregory Craig denied Tuesday that he put a controversial report involved in the Paul Manafort prosecution in the hands of U.S. officials.

  • September 18, 2018

    McDonald's Workers Protest Seyfarth Hire For Abuse Policy

    McDonald's workers in 10 cities called on the company to sever its relationship with management-side law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP's compliance and consulting arm as they walked off the job on Tuesday as part of an anti-sexual harassment protest organized by wage advocacy group Fight for $15.

  • September 18, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Big Investments In Legal Technology

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at seven recent developments.

  • September 17, 2018

    Kavanaugh, Assault Accuser To Testify Before Senate Panel

    The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on sexual assault allegations against D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the panel’s chairman said Monday, signaling a delay and possible trouble for the U.S. Supreme Court pick.

  • September 17, 2018

    Disclosure Rules, Ethics Hang Over Legal Funding Conference

    A panel of litigation finance experts pushed back Monday against a recent bar opinion that portfolio funding could be unethical and told representatives from the burgeoning industry that they should prepare themselves for some form of enhanced disclosure requirements.

  • September 17, 2018

    Armstrong Teasdale Heads Into Philly With Montgomery Chair

    St. Louis-based Armstrong Teasdale LLP is making its first inroad on the East Coast, opening an office in Philadelphia helmed by a former executive chairman of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhodes LLP, the firm announced Monday.

  • September 17, 2018

    15 Minutes With Robinhood Markets' General Counsel

    Archit Shah earned a degree in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology without any idea that he’d later apply to and graduate from Harvard Law School. Now, he draws on both degrees as the general counsel of financial services company Robinhood Markets Inc. Here, Shah explains how he came to realize he wanted to study law and the characteristics he looks for in potential in-house candidates.

  • September 17, 2018

    Kirkland & Ellis Partner Hired As Exec For New 'Fox'

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner and former assistant attorney general Viet D. Dinh has been tapped as the next chief legal and policy officer of the new Fox company that will spin out of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.’s pending $71.3 billion transaction with The Walt Disney Co.

  • September 17, 2018

    Proskauer Atty Who Settled Bias Claims Joins Polsinelli

    Polsinelli PC has hired the female employment partner who recently settled a sex discrimination lawsuit against Proskauer Rose LLP, the firm announced late Sunday.

  • September 14, 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.

  • September 14, 2018

    What Attys Can Learn From Sotomayor's Chat With Kids

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor stopped in Brooklyn on Friday to discuss her life story with children as part of her second book tour since taking her place on the nation’s highest court, giving them words of wisdom about the law and her time on the bench that attorneys might want to keep in mind as well.

  • September 14, 2018

    Ex-Partner Hits Manatt Phelps With Sex Bias Charge

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP has cultivated a "good old boys" culture in which male senior attorneys compete to bed female subordinates and leadership systematically suppresses women's pay, according to an EEOC charge from a former Manatt employment partner.

  • September 14, 2018

    Protect Litigant Privacy In E-Filing Access, 7th Circ. Urged

    The Seventh Circuit wrestled Friday over whether to reverse a lower court's order that forced Cook County’s court clerk to make electronically filed complaints "immediately and contemporaneously" available to reporters, asking how to define that phrase when the court operates on business hours and the federal appeals system works like Cook County’s with respect to processing documents.

  • September 14, 2018

    Kavanaugh Vote Still On Track After Accuser Steps Forward

    Senate Republicans and the White House pushed back over the weekend on sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Democrats sent a letter detailing an alleged incident from his high school years to the FBI.

  • September 14, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Awards For The Best In Legal Television

    In honor of the Emmy Awards, on this week's Pro Say podcast we’re presenting our own honors to celebrate achievements in television that focuses on the law.

  • September 14, 2018

    52 New Federal Judges Added In Bill OK'd By House Panel

    The House Judiciary Committee has voted to approve a bill that would add 52 permanent federal district court judgeships, require live audio streaming of U.S. Supreme Court arguments, and mandate that federal judges undergo regular medical screenings.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    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 Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Tom Mesereau Talks MJ, Cosby, Unconventional Choices

    Randy Maniloff

    Tom Mesereau may be recently recognizable as one of the attorneys who defended Bill Cosby, but his biggest claim to fame is successfully defending Michael Jackson in 2005. On the eve of what would have been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday, Randy Maniloff, of White and Williams LLP, spoke to Mesereau about his unconventional path to a remarkable career.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • Opinion

    ABA Online Credit Increase A Step In The Right Direction

    Martin Pritikin

    While it is commendable that the American Bar Association is liberalizing the rules on distance learning, it should go even further and leave it to the schools themselves to decide how much online learning to offer, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Purdue University Global.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.