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Business of Law

  • June 17, 2019

    Ex-Jones Day Partner Drops Bias Suit Alleging 'Frat Culture'

    A former Jones Day partner has dropped her California state court suit claiming the firm fired her for speaking out against its alleged "fraternity culture" that treated women like "second-class citizens," Jones Day said Monday.

  • June 17, 2019

    NJ Atty Accused Of Bringing Loaded Gun To Courthouse

    A New Jersey attorney was arrested Monday after he allegedly attempted to enter a courthouse with a loaded handgun in his briefcase — and without a permit to carry a firearm — according to county officials.

  • June 17, 2019

    Dallas Federal Courthouse Remains Closed After Shooting

    The federal court and other agencies in the Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas will remain closed Tuesday after a gunman opened fire at the courthouse entrance Monday, but a patent trial will go forward in a courtroom at a local law school, officials said.

  • June 17, 2019

    UK Probes Competition In Scottish Legal Industry

    The U.K.'s competition enforcer said Monday that it is studying the legal services industry in Scotland to determine if enough competition exists among providers after a report recommended setting up a single independent body to regulate the legal profession there.

  • June 17, 2019

    Asian Ex-Greenspoon Partner Settles Bias Suit Against Firm

    Greenspoon Marder LLP has resolved a suit alleging it discriminated against a Korean American “top performer” because of his race and national origin, according to an order filed Monday in New York federal court.

  • June 17, 2019

    Northwest Firms Combine To Create Regional Powerhouse

    Two Washington state-based firms announced Monday that they will combine to create one of the largest law firms based in the Pacific Northwest, a deal that will go into effect in September.

  • June 17, 2019

    Huawei Can't Cut Redactions In Feds' Bid To DQ Sidley Atty

    A New York federal judge has ruled that prosecutors can largely keep in place the redactions in a motion to disqualify a former deputy attorney general, now with Sidley Austin LLP, from representing Chinese technology company Huawei against claims it was deceptive about its dealings in Iran.

  • June 17, 2019

    Most Attys Think Firms Will Grow Their Ranks In 2019

    More than half of U.S.-based lawyers say their firm or company plans to add lawyers or other legal personnel, and almost none expect layoffs, according to a consulting firm's new survey.

  • June 17, 2019

    Ropes & Gray Client OKs Rep Of Fellow 'Varsity Blues' Parent

    Ropes & Gray LLP received the blessing of one of the two parents it is representing in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scheme to take on multiple clients in the same case, following a hearing Monday morning in Massachusetts federal court.

  • June 17, 2019

    LeClairRyan Loses Banking Partners In Boston, NY

    The exodus of attorneys out of LeClairRyan continued with the announcement Monday that two corporate partners and two litigation partners focusing on the banking and automotive finance space have left to join Duane Morris in Boston, New York City and Newark.

  • June 17, 2019

    15 Minutes With CVS Health's General Counsel

    The moment that CVS Health general counsel Tom Moriarty is most proud of as a lawyer was the November completion of the company's acquisition of Aetna. Here, he discusses the benefits of the possible combined organization and his role in the company's 2014 decision to end the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products.

  • June 16, 2019

    School’s Out: Legal Apprentices Take Alternative Path To Bar

    A handful of states let would-be attorneys carve an alternative path to the bar through apprenticeships. Advocates say these programs, despite some drawbacks, could bring more diversity to the field by providing an option for those without the time or money for law school.

  • June 14, 2019

    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.

  • June 14, 2019

    Saul Ewing Atty's Artistic Vision Thrives After Losing Eyesight

    Writing fiction was always just a hobby for Joel Burcat, something to pursue in the dark hours after finishing his day's work, but after losing his eyesight and his environmental law practice last year, he found himself with a chance to turn it into something more than a pastime.

  • June 14, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: Stop Calling My Phone, Robot

    If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s that robocalls are an abomination. Last month, Americans received roughly 5 billion of them — about 1,700 per second — and spam calls rank as the top complaint to the Federal Communications Commission. This week, telecom reporter Kelcee Griffis joins the Pro Say podcast to explain the problem and why it’s taken so long to fix. 

  • June 14, 2019

    Why One Law Firm Abandoned The Billable Hour

    In an effort to focus on building profitability, one law firm has done away with the billable hour as a measure of success when determining partner compensation, according to the firm’s chief executive officer, who spoke at the Legal Marketing Association’s P3 conference in Chicago on Friday.

  • June 14, 2019

    Greenberg Opens In Nashville With Ex-Tenn. Insurance Official

    Greenberg Traurig LLP will open a Nashville office on Monday, the firm's 31st in the U.S., led by the former commissioner of Tennessee's Department of Commerce and Insurance and bolstered by the firm's media and entertainment practice.

  • June 14, 2019

    Developing Useful Legal Tech: Perspectives From 3 Law Firms

    How do law firms develop legal technology that lawyers and clients will actually want to use? That question was explored in an educational session Friday at the Legal Marketing Association’s P3 conference in Chicago.

  • June 14, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A top New York regulator isn't yet pleased with Deutsche Bank's progress on bolstering its anti-money laundering compliance programs, and financial institutions are feeling pressure to ensure they're not exposed to data security problems by vendors they count on for services. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • June 13, 2019

    Paraplegic Sues Avenatti For Siphoning Away $4M Settlement

    A paraplegic former client of embattled attorney Michael J. Avenatti has filed suit against the lawyer and several former attorneys at his now-defunct firm, alleging Avenatti stole a $4 million settlement he negotiated for the client against Los Angeles County.

  • June 13, 2019

    Law Firm Pricing Experts Are In High Demand, Panelists Say

    Law firm pricing professionals are much sought after and firms are struggling to find enough candidates for job openings, panelists at the LMA P3 conference in Chicago said Thursday, a phenomenon that may be fueling compensation that in some cases exceeds $500,000 a year.

  • June 13, 2019

    Litigation Funder Can't Recoup $5.8M From Deepwater Claims

    A litigation funding company that lost a $5.8 million investment in mass tort claims stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster can't revive its claims that prominent plaintiffs' firm Watts Guerra LLP wasn't diligent in signing up potential clients, a Texas appellate court ruled.

  • June 13, 2019

    Chief Justice Sold AT&T Shares After Ruling In Co.'s Case

    Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. sold at least $100,000 in AT&T stock in November, shortly after a judicial watchdog said he should have recused himself in a case involving the telecom and while AT&T's merger with Time Warner was pending before the D.C. Circuit, according to financial disclosures released Thursday.

  • June 13, 2019

    IP Boutique Desmarais Expands To West Coast With SF Office

    Intellectual property litigation boutique Desmarais LLP has opened an office in San Francisco's financial district, the firm announced this week, marking its first expansion outside of New York.

  • June 13, 2019

    How Law Firms Can Banish Stale Thinking

    Law firms can look to tactics used in diversity and inclusion training to become places where innovation flourishes, a researcher said at the Legal Marketing Association's P3 conference in Chicago on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Circuitous Path To The Law

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    Instead of going to college after high school, I followed in my father’s footsteps and became an electrician. Later I became an electrical engineer, and then an IP attorney. Every twist and turn along the way has made me a better lawyer, says Joseph Maraia of Burns & Levinson.

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    Judging A Book: Conrad Reviews 'The Jury Crisis'

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    In "The Jury Crisis," jury consultant and social psychologist Drury Sherrod spotlights the vanishing jury trial, providing a fascinating canary-in-the-coal-mine warning for lawyers, litigants and society at large, says U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad of the Western District of North Carolina.

  • Revamping Your Approach To Client Development

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    As a former general counsel for both public and private companies, my advice to law firm attorneys who want to attract and keep clients is simple — provide certain legal services for free, says Noel Elfant, founder of General Counsel Practice.

  • What Lawyers Must Know Before Acting As Escrow Agents

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    The moment an attorney agrees to serve as an escrow agent for a client, the attorney assumes some of the most important obligations in the legal profession. Significantly, these obligations potentially extend to third parties who are not clients, say Scott Watnik and Michael Contos of Wilk Auslander.

  • The Need For New Legal And PR Strategies In The #MeToo Era

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    As a result of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, organizations should take a stand to strengthen corporate culture against misconduct, and activate those values through communication and training, say David Weiss of Epstein Becker Green and Matt Purdue of Peppercomm.

  • Freelance Attorneys Are An Asset To In-House Legal Teams

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    With recent technological advances and a broader acceptance of flexible work arrangements, the opportunity for freelance attorneys is greater than ever, as is the value that this freelance workforce can create for companies, says Ben Levi of InCloudCounsel.

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    'Big Tech' Questions Echo Early Days Of US Corporate Law

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    The current calls to curb the power of Google, Facebook and Amazon recall an earlier time in American history, when the “bigness” of oil, steel and tobacco was front and center in national politics. And in those debates, the top lawyers of the day had a major voice, says John Oller, author of the new book "White Shoe."

  • Setting The Record Straight On Women In Court Reporting

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    Today, 89 percent of court reporters are women, but I remember sitting behind my steno machine in the '80s and being asked by a judge if I, as a woman, would have the emotional fortitude to work a murder case, says Karen Santucci, chairwoman of the Plaza College court reporting program.

  • Opinion

    Limiting Supreme Court's Size Is Not Enough

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    The proposal by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for a constitutionally mandated nine-justice U.S. Supreme Court does not address any of the well-known problems with the current system — problems that could be solved through a nonpartisan package of reforms, says Gordon Renneisen of Cornerstone Law Group.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

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    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

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