Business of Law

  • May 18, 2020

    Honigman's Work Must Source To Detroit, Mich. Justices Say

    Honigman LLP has actually "performed" services in Detroit by billing clients for "services rendered" there, which means revenue from that work must be apportioned to the city, the Michigan Supreme Court held Monday in overruling the state's Court of Appeals. 

  • May 18, 2020

    King & Spalding, Others Trim Summer Programs Due To Virus

    King & Spalding LLP, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP on Monday confirmed changes to their summer associate programs as the legal industry continues to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 18, 2020

    Trump Picks Ex-Jones Day Partner As DC's US Attorney

    President Donald Trump on Monday tapped U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio and former Jones Day white-collar partner Justin E. Herdman to be the next top prosecutor for the District of Columbia, putting him in charge of the country's largest U.S. attorney's office.

  • May 18, 2020

    Calif. Bar Committee Says Lawyers Can Advise Pot Clients

    A California State Bar committee has adopted an ethics opinion clarifying that Golden State attorneys can serve cannabis clients despite continued federal prohibition of marijuana, but made revisions to allay concerns that it papered over the risks.

  • May 18, 2020

    USPTO Director Has High Hopes For Atty Training Program

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu knows how difficult it can be for new lawyers to get critical oral argument experience, and that's why he wanted to help launch a program that aims to open more doors for junior lawyers to present cases before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, he told Law360 in a recent interview.

  • May 18, 2020

    Legal Malpractice Claims Have Soared (And May Soar Higher)

    The number and size of legal malpractice claims in the U.S. surged in 2019, and another wave of claims is likely to batter law firms in the coming years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by insurance broker Ames & Gough.

  • May 18, 2020

    Debevoise Partner Asks For Oral Arguments In DOJ Flynn Flip

    The Debevoise & Plimpton LLP partner and former U.S. district judge tapped to oppose the government's bid to toss onetime national security adviser Michael Flynn's prosecution has asked a D.C. federal judge for a June 10 deadline to file his initial brief and requested that oral arguments be set.

  • May 18, 2020

    GOP Rep. Targets ABA In Debate Over Judges' Memberships

    The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee pressed the federal judiciary's ethics panel Monday about its plan to discourage judges from membership in legal organizations associated with ideological perspectives, including the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society, countering that the American Bar Association deserves more scrutiny. 

  • May 18, 2020

    Bayer Foe Says Emailing Arnold & Porter Counts As Service

    A California federal court has been urged to allow German-based Bayer AG and a subsidiary to be served documents for an antitrust suit over medication for fleas and ticks via email and through U.S.-based Bayer HealthCare LLC's attorneys at Arnold & Porter, due to service hiccups caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

  • May 18, 2020

    15 Minutes With McGraw-Hill Education's General Counsel

    David Stafford virtually keeps up morale in his legal department amid the COVID-19 pandemic is by hosting a weekly meeting to provide updates and hear from others. Here, the McGraw-Hill Education general counsel shares the challenges the outbreak has created for him and how he's adapting to working from home each day.

  • May 18, 2020

    Fox Rothschild Gets Ex-Aide's Sex Bias Suit Sent To NJ

    A New York federal judge sent to the Garden State on Monday a suit accusing a former Fox Rothschild LLP attorney of sexually assaulting a legal aide and the firm of tolerating harassment toward her, saying the dispute is "bereft of meaningful reference to New York."

  • May 17, 2020

    DC Circ. Dismisses Ethics Complaint About Retiring Judge

    A D.C. Circuit judge on Friday dismissed a liberal advocacy group's allegation that another circuit judge may have been offered improper incentives to retire, saying the complaint "rests entirely on unsupported speculation."

  • May 15, 2020

    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.

  • May 15, 2020

    What We Learned From Supreme Court's First Telehearings

    A few bloopers notwithstanding, the U.S. Supreme Court has emerged unscathed from the uncharted waters of teleconference hearings and livestreaming prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what worked and what didn't, according to the attorneys who were along for the ride.

  • May 15, 2020

    Law360's Pro Say: 'The Last Trial' With Scott Turow

    Best-selling author Scott Turow practically invented the legal thriller, and his latest novel, "The Last Trial," hit bookshelves this week. On this week's episode of Pro Say, we talk with Turow about his legal career, why capturing the nuances of the law is so important to his writing, and what it means to say goodbye to one of his most beloved characters.

  • May 15, 2020

    Will Skadden's $11M Ukraine Deal Alter Firms' Foreign Work?

    The $11 million settlement Skadden reportedly reached with an ex-Ukrainian prime minister offers several lessons for firms that represent foreign governments and raises questions about whether some clients are more trouble than they're worth.

  • May 15, 2020

    2 More Firms Change Up Their Summer Associate Programs

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP confirmed Friday that it plans to offer jobs to its summer associates at the same rate as usual, while Fennemore Craig PC said it decided to take the unusual approach of starting its shortened program earlier instead of delaying it.

  • May 15, 2020

    Boies Schiller Slams 'Baseless' IP Malpractice Claims

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP on Friday slammed a malpractice complaint over its handling of intellectual property litigation over water balloon patents, describing the former client's "baseless" claims as an attempt to dodge paying legal fees.

  • May 15, 2020

    Legal Service Firm Sues Insurer Over COVID-19 Closure Loss

    A legal service company with offices in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago is suing Hartford Fire Insurance Co., claiming it wrongfully denied coverage for business income losses because of state-mandated closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 15, 2020

    Why Gilstrap Is Getting Ready For Trial — And Not On Zoom

    With courthouse closures stretching from weeks to months, U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap knows he has to keep cases moving, but like other judges and attorneys, he says this is a delicate balancing act that isn't solved as easily as loading up trials on Zoom.

  • May 15, 2020

    Venable And NY Law School Craft COVID-19 Summer Course

    New York Law School has wasted no time crafting an educational experience for students related to the novel coronavirus, announcing Friday it has partnered with Venable LLP to offer a virtual summer program that will focus on how the pandemic is affecting the field of law.

  • May 15, 2020

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The U.S. Supreme Court sided with jean maker Lucky Brand in a decades-old trademark dispute, and the California State Bar voted to form a group to study launching an experimental "sandbox" to come up with ways to give more people access to legal services. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • May 15, 2020

    Susman Godfrey Founder, 79, Begins Recovery After Crash

    Susman Godfrey LLP founder Stephen Susman has awoken from a weeklong coma and has been transferred to a Houston rehabilitation hospital to begin recovering from serious head injuries sustained in a bike crash last month, colleagues and relatives said this week.

  • May 15, 2020

    Burford Loses Bid For LSE Trader Info In Short-Selling Attack

    A judge ruled on Friday that the London Stock Exchange does not have to disclose the identities of traders allegedly involved in a short-selling attack that slashed the stock value of a litigation funder, finding no arguable case of illegal market manipulation.

  • May 14, 2020

    WilmerHale, Toyota Agent Hit By Atty's $20M Virus Countersuit

    An attorney accused of extorting WilmerHale, Toyota and a staffing agency fired back with counterclaims on Wednesday, slapping the agency with a litany of claims including whistleblower retaliation for allegedly firing him after he reported concerns about COVID-19 in his New York City office.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Fish & Richardson's Betsy Flanagan

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    As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from people around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Betsy Flanagan, a Twin Cities-based principal in Fish & Richardson's life sciences litigation practice.

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    Coping With A Pandemic: Berkeley Law's Erwin Chemerinsky

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    As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from people around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Create The Right Home Office Environment

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    In the midst of this health crisis when lawyers are working from home with their loved ones around all day, practitioners need to ensure their “home” and “office” settings coexist without one trumping the needs of the other, says Luciana Fragali at Design Solutions.

  • 10 E-Discovery Challenges Caused By COVID-19

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    The COVID-19 crisis will continue to affect e-discovery long after we overcome this pandemic. When litigation and investigations reengage and courts start moving their schedules forward, these concerns will need to be addressed, say David Kessler and Andrea D'Ambra at Norton Rose.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Google's Mary Shen O'Carroll

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    As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from people around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Mary Shen O'Carroll, director of legal operations at Google and president of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Cadwalader's Joseph Moreno

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    As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from people around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Joseph Moreno, a Washington, D.C., and New York-based partner at Cadwalader.

  • BigLaw Leaders Must Prepare For COVID-19 Economic Fallout

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    The financial impact of COVID-19 is already starting to ripple through law firms in the form of diminished demand and time entry. A few lessons from the 2008 financial crisis and some new ideas can help firm leaders navigate the storm, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.

  • 3 Ways Leaders Can Improve Remote Work For Lawyers

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    Remote working doesn’t work when people feel they must apologize for or hide it, and lawyers often feel that way — even in unavoidable, disaster-related scenarios like we see with the pandemic today, says David Pierce at Axiom.

  • Tips For Online Mediation In The Age Of Social Distancing

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    While mediating via an internet conferencing platform during the COVID-19 crisis, remember that visual interactions are of vital importance. A simple phrase can be transformed into a sincere inquiry, a shocked response or a sarcastic put-down depending upon how we visually convey that message, says mediator Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.

  • A Work-From-Home Tech Checklist For Law Firms

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    With law firms across the country implementing policies to ensure the safety of attorneys and staff and prevent the spread of coronavirus, Andrew Russell at Shaw Keller shares some tips for firms, particularly smaller firms, that may be transitioning to remote work now or in the coming days.

  • 7 Keys To Keeping Your Firm Inclusive In The Coronavirus Era

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    Many law firms are quickly adopting remote working policies during the coronavirus pandemic to keep their employees safe while providing a high level of client service, but it's also important to continue fostering diversity, equity and inclusion, says Yusuf Zakir, director of diversity and inclusion at Holland & Knight.

  • 10 Ways To Continue Biz Development During Coronavirus

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    As lawyers find their typical interactions with clients, prospects and referral sources abruptly postponed or canceled due to COVID-19, there are sanitary and safe business development and marketing opportunities to consider, says Jonathan Fitzgarrald at Equinox Strategy Partners.

  • 7 Ethics Considerations For Lawyers Using Lead Generators

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    Lawyers should keep in mind that they may well be held responsible for the conduct of lead generation services they employ, even though the ethical and legal requirements in this area can be murky, say Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese, Peter Jarvis at Holland & Knight and attorney William Hornsby.

  • Opinion

    New Pipelines Are Needed To Close Law School Diversity Gap

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    Pipeline programs that focus on increasing underrepresented law school applicants beyond those with traditionally favored credentials will help close law schools' diversity gap better than existing programs that aid high achievers already being admitted to law school, says Aaron Taylor at AccessLex Institute.

  • How To Search For A Transformational Law Firm COO

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    As over half of all Am Law 100 chief operating officers have been in their roles for 10 years or more, it stands to reason a sizable number of firms will be seeking new COOs in the next few years. Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Legal offers practical suggestions for finding candidates beyond the traditional monoculture.

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