A burst of news this week about possible mergers among large law firms reflects an urgency across the industry to remain competitive as 500- to 750-lawyer firms struggle to keep up with law's ever-burgeoning behemoths, experts say.
A number of law firms have unveiled well-being programs in which lawyers are given the tools to meditate, do yoga, be mindful and build gratitude, but some say those efforts are practically meaningless if attorneys are also expected to work as many as 90 hours a week.
A handful of law schools are rethinking what it means to be a lawyer in the 21st century and, as a result, how legal education must adapt, walking a line between tradition and new methods that focus on the business of law.
Retired Justice Anthony Kennedy may have earned a reputation during his three decades on the nation’s highest court as a crucial swing vote between conservative and liberal factions on the bench, but he told a crowd during remarks in Philadelphia on Saturday that he felt the characterization was unearned.
On this week’s episode of Law360's The Term, the team lays out a host of U.S. Supreme Court news that popped up during one of the court’s weeks off from arguments, including Justice Elena Kagan's dim view of a new oral arguments rule.
A new cybersecurity protocol for international arbitration unveiled Thursday aims at providing guidance to arbitrators, institutions and arbitration users on topics including baseline security measures, while making clear that it's the responsibility of all involved in an arbitration to address this increasingly important issue.
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced two Ninth Circuit picks Thursday despite opposition from home-state Democratic senators, while the chamber's majority leader teed up confirmation votes for eight district court nominees, including one who's drawn bipartisan opposition over her anti-abortion advocacy.
Davis Wright Tremaine tops this week’s legal lions list for helping Oregon counties win a $1 billion judgment against the state in a contract dispute, while Jones Day and Shook Hardy & Bacon ended up among the legal lambs after their tobacco company clients were hit with $157 million in damages in a lung cancer case.
A Spanish attorney filed suit Wednesday in D.C. federal court against an international legal nonprofit that promotes the rule of law, saying that board members have attempted to block him from assuming his duties as the organization's president after he was elected.
A Manhattan federal jury on Thursday found former Locke Lord LLP corporate partner Mark S. Scott guilty of helping "CryptoQueen" Ruja Ignatova, the fugitive head of the global OneCoin cryptocurrency scam, launder $400 million and lie to banks.
The world of legal technology is evolving quickly, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at six recent developments.
President Donald Trump's nominee to a federal trial seat in New York would leave a nearly $4 million-a-year-job at Collier Halpern & Newberg LLP to join the bench, according to financial disclosures filed with the U.S. Senate.
Justice Elena Kagan said that the two minutes of uninterrupted opening argument that the U.S. Supreme Court now gives advocates "feels like a lot," and that in some recent cases, she's thought, "We should just do them a favor and interrupt them."
President Donald Trump on Wednesday tapped the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana to become a trial judge in the same district, picking a prosecutor with experience as a military lawyer and commercial litigator.
There's a misconception that only small companies or those that are cash-strapped use litigation finance, but that's increasingly not the case, speakers from Burford Capital and Quinn Emanuel said Wednesday during a deep dive into how companies can use such funding streams.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has retained William Burck of Quinn Emanuel to represent him amid the presidential impeachment proceedings, a source familiar with the matter confirmed Wednesday.
The Eleventh Circuit was flipped Wednesday to a majority of Republican appointees after the Senate easily confirmed a pair of Florida Supreme Court justices who both previously worked at Greenberg Traurig LLP and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.
Robert Romanoff has served as chairman and managing partner of midsize Chicago law firm Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC since 2013. Here, Romanoff chats with Law360 about the decision to do away with the billable hour as a measure of attorney success, the firm's efforts to operate more efficiently, and how the firm prepares its young attorneys to become partners.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday nominated Judge Teri L. Jackson, a former Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP attorney and a San Francisco County trial judge overseeing litigation against Pacific Gas and Electric Co., to the First District Court of Appeal, according to a statement from the governor’s office.
A Massachusetts executive recruiting firm on Tuesday accused Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP of refusing to pay millions of dollars in fees owed for its work recruiting a successful corporate law partner from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a former partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, defended his $400 million defamation suit against CBS Corp. in federal court Monday, saying the network defamed him by airing interviews with two women who have accused him of sexual assault and arguing the suit should be allowed to stand.
A D.C. federal judge said late Tuesday she will rule by Monday on whether former White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with House Democrats' subpoena to testify about President Donald Trump's alleged efforts to obstruct former special counsel Robert Mueller's wide-ranging Russia probe.
Southeastern regional firm Butler Snow LLP continued its ongoing expansion efforts Tuesday by announcing it will absorb a local firm into its Baton Rouge, Louisiana, office, which will bring the firm's total attorney count to 385.
A moderate Republican senator on Tuesday came out against the confirmation of an anti-abortion advocate with little courtroom experience to a Missouri district court, threatening but not necessarily sinking a nomination that has drawn an outcry from liberals.
A first-of-its-kind "buyer's guide" for the litigation funding industry shows the money raised from investors to back legal cases is far outstripping actual investments.
A former Jones Day secretary is claiming she did not simply rely on her own descriptions of her symptoms to justify why she should qualify for long-term disability benefits, pushing back against an insurance company's argument that a Tennessee federal court should toss her claims.
DLA Piper regained its spot Tuesday as the savviest firm for social media in the 2019 Social Law Firm Index, which compares the Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and online thought-leadership skills of the 200 largest firms in the United States.
The New York State Bar Association has reaffirmed its opinion that attorneys may ethically assist clients with medical marijuana matters, clearing up possible ambiguities posed by the U.S. Department of Justice's ostensible reversal on cannabis policy under the Trump administration.
A former LeClairRyan partner who sued the defunct firm for gender discrimination years ago can now attempt to collect on an $885,000 arbitration award by pursuing its insurers, a Virginia bankruptcy judge has ruled.
The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360's 2019 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.
U.S. law firms have long touted their commitment to diversity and inclusion. But those goals still seem far from being realized. Law360’s annual Diversity Snapshot indicates only marginal progress on racial and ethnic diversity in the attorney workforce from year to year, even as demands grow from clients expecting more diverse legal teams.
Our annual survey of the largest U.S. law firms again shines a light on the lack of parity for female attorneys in private practice. Though women now make up more than half of law school students, the Glass Ceiling Report shows they continue to be underrepresented at all levels of a typical law firm and that their numbers dwindle as they move up the ranks.
Although lateral partner hiring is the preferred method of inorganic growth among law firms, the traditional approach to vetting does not employ sufficient due diligence by the hiring firm, says Michael Ellenhorn at executive search firm Decipher Competitive Intelligence.
New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore's proposed reform of the state's courts is flawed because it will dramatically increase judges' salaries and retirement benefits even though New York already has the most expensive court system per capita in the United States, says Michael Friedman, former president of the Albany County Bar Association.
As Texas and other states review their judicial election processes, they would be well served by taking guidance from Massachusetts' Governor’s Council system, which protects the judiciary from the hazards of campaigning, says Richard Baker of New England Intellectual Property.
Reading Jeffrey Rosen’s "Conversations With RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law" is like eavesdropping on the author and his subject while they discuss how the restrained judicial minimalist became the fiery leader of the opposition, says Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown.
Transactional attorneys should consider consulting with litigation counsel when drafting certain contractual provisions — choice of law, choice of forum, attorney fees and others — that could come into play in a broad range of substantive disputes, says Adrienne Koch at Katsky Korins.
Replacing hourly billing with flat-fee arrangements, especially for appellate work, will leave attorneys feeling free to spend as much time as necessary to produce their highest quality work, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy.
Although the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended to provide a uniform standard of culpability for spoliation, cases with similar facts are still reaching differing results because the rule does not specify how a court should evaluate a party's intent, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton.
Requests for proposals, the standard tool of companies evaluating law firms, are becoming better suited to the legal industry, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.
My parents' contentious, drawn-out divorce was one of the worst experiences of my life. But it taught me how to be resilient — and ultimately led me to leave corporate litigation for a career in family law, helping other families during their own difficult times, says Sheryl Seiden of Seiden Family Law.
In mass tort litigation, defendants sometimes find themselves litigating similar claims in the U.S. and Canada, but extending a virtual law team across the border raises collaboration challenges for American and Canadian counsel, who find themselves on very different playing fields, say attorneys at Fasken, Eli Lilly and FaegreBD.
While the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision not to review California’s arbitration agreement framework in Winston & Strawn v. Ramos means current case law stands, employers now have a solid game plan for crafting defensible arbitration agreements that comply with state law, says Anthony Guzman at Fisher Phillips.
We reviewed 177 law firm partners' job changes from the last seven years and discovered some migration patterns and gender dynamics, say James Bailey of the George Washington University School of Business and Jane Azzinaro of Cognizant.
Admitting to imperfection is an elusive construct in the legal industry, but addressing this roadblock by capitalizing on vulnerabilities can increase personal and professional power, says life coach and attorney Julie Krolczyk.
Based on an analysis adjusting BigLaw operating income and revenue to account for equity partners and taxes, the profitability of firms is lower than commonly thought, says Madhav Srinivasan at Hunton.
As shown by recent case law, including a New Jersey federal court holding last month in Valsartan Products Liability Litigation, there is no "shifting tide" in favor of disclosing litigation funding arrangements, say Matthew Harrison and Stephanie Southwick of Bentham IMF.