Business of Law

  • May 13, 2021

    Dell Atty Talks Contract Enforcement Options In IP Fights

    Dell Technologies Inc.'s senior litigation counsel delved into a murky area of contract law during a panel discussion Thursday, touching on options companies have for recouping losses associated with infringement litigation when third-party suppliers break their contractual indemnification obligations.

  • May 13, 2021

    Atty Booted From Roche Freedman Pushes To Litigate In Fla.

    A Manhattan federal judge said Thursday that a fight between attorney Jason Cyrulnik and a firm he helped start, Roche Freedman LLP, over his termination is likely to settle, declining to pause New York litigation over the sacking in favor of Cyrulnik's Florida suit.

  • May 13, 2021

    The Term: A Conversation About Race And The High Court

    On this week's episode of The Term, the hosts interview the co-authors of a forthcoming book examining the U.S. Supreme Court's long, fraught history with race, from the first days of the Republic to the modern day Roberts court.

  • May 13, 2021

    Squire Patton Partner Joins Trump Team In Ga. Atty Fee Fight

    A well-known litigator from Squire Patton Boggs LLP who was also recently an ambassador has joined the legal team defending former President Donald Trump in a fight over attorney fees stemming from a lawsuit involving the presidential election in Georgia, he confirmed Thursday.

  • May 13, 2021

    Tenn. Judges Can't Let Their NFTs Be Sold By For-Profits

    Judges in Tennessee may not create nonfungible tokens of their likenesses that for-profit organizations could use to auction, even if a portion of the proceeds were donated to legal aid groups, a state judicial committee has determined.

  • May 13, 2021

    Pro Hac Trouble For Dallas Firm Triggers Wave Of Withdrawals

    The revelation that a Texas plaintiff lawyer made a faulty disclosure to an Iowa court on an out-of-state practice application has triggered a wave of withdrawals by her and other Dean Omar Branham Shirley LLP lawyers.

  • May 13, 2021

    Foster LLP Jumps Into Dallas Market With Acquisition

    Immigration boutique firm Foster LLP has acquired Elise Healy & Associates PLLC, marking its first plunge into the Dallas market.

  • May 13, 2021

    6 Gustavo Gelpí Rulings 1st Circ. Lawyers Should Know

    President Joe Biden's pick for the First Circuit, Puerto Rico Chief U.S. District Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí, will look to join a court that has knocked down some of his rulings in the past and affirmed another that will now be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • May 13, 2021

    NY Senate OKs Bill Nixing Atty In-State Office Requirement

    The New York Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow attorneys to practice in the state without keeping a physical office there and while living elsewhere, reflecting a paradigm shift in a profession that has largely gone remote due to the pandemic.

  • May 12, 2021

    Gibson Dunn Partner Questioned On 7-Figure Donziger Bills

    A Gibson Dunn partner with a lead role in pursuing financial information from Chevron foe Steven Donziger acknowledged during cross-examination Wednesday that the oil giant was willing to spend millions to pursue an $800,000 judgment and other relief against him.

  • May 12, 2021

    Biden Picks For Md. Court Breeze Through Senate Hearing

    President Joe Biden's two nominees for Maryland's federal district court faced little scrutiny at a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, although Republicans pressed a former public defender on her work with criminal defendants and her knowledge of constitutional law.

  • May 12, 2021

    GOP Hopefuls Face 3-Way Race For Pa. High Court Vacancy

    Voters in the Keystone State are gearing up to select candidates in next week's primary election to carry their party's banner to fill an upcoming vacancy on the seven-member Pennsylvania Supreme Court created by the pending retirement of Justice Thomas Saylor.

  • May 12, 2021

    DC Judge Sanctions Paul Weiss, Alex Oh In Exxon Case

    A D.C. federal judge opted Wednesday to admonish Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and former firm partner Alex Oh in connection with the Exxon human rights case that appears to have led Oh to resign prematurely from her new post as enforcement head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • May 12, 2021

    Winston & Strawn Nabs Thompson & Knight Corporate Duo

    Winston & Strawn LLP has picked up two former Thompson & Knight LLP corporate partners in Houston experienced in working with special-purpose acquisition vehicles and other capital markets entities, the firm said Wednesday.

  • May 12, 2021

    Fox Rothschild Launches ESG Group To Advise Cos.

    Fox Rothschild LLP has created an environmental, social and governance practice group that aims to help companies that are increasingly assessed not only by their bottom lines but by how they conduct themselves, the firm said Wednesday.

  • May 12, 2021

    Affirm Looks In-House For Its Next Chief Legal Officer

    Fintech startup Affirm has promoted as its next chief legal officer an attorney whose background includes being general counsel for Toyota Financial Services, the company has announced.

  • May 12, 2021

    Biden's 3rd Wave Of Judicial Picks Has 3 For Circuit Courts

    President Joe Biden tapped six women and lawyers of color for judicial spots Wednesday, including two for the Second and Tenth circuits who would become the only judges on those courts with experience as federal public defenders.

  • May 11, 2021

    Defunct Kenyon Firm Loses $9M Fee Fight With Ex-IP Client

    Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, a now-shuttered intellectual property law firm, can't recover $9.3 million in unpaid legal fees from a former client that invented a system for music and film downloads, a New York judge ruled Monday, saying the firm waited too long to seek its payday. 

  • May 11, 2021

    NLRB Judge Chides Amazon, Board Attys In Firing Case

    A National Labor Relations Board judge erupted at attorneys for Amazon and the worker the company is accused of firing for his role in protests against the company's COVID-19 safety policies, scolding them Tuesday for repeatedly asking pointless questions.

  • May 11, 2021

    Gibson Dunn Atty Rebuts Donziger Privacy Concerns At Trial

    A Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner testified Tuesday in Chevron foe Steven Donziger's contempt trial that a court order mandating him to hand over his devices included privacy protections, despite Donziger's fears about delivering the entire body of his communications to the company.

  • May 11, 2021

    DC NFL Team Backs Ex-GC's Secrecy Bid In Wilkinson Suit

    The Washington Football Team backed its former general counsel's bid to seal arguments made in Virginia federal court litigation over a sexual harassment probe into the team, noting that, as a nonparty, the team never had a chance to consider some key documents in question.

  • May 11, 2021

    Joann Promotes GC Who Helped Guide Its IPO

    Joann Inc. announced Tuesday that its board of directors approved the promotion of one of its own to senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, after she helped the fabric and crafts retailer raise nearly $131.3 million from its initial public offering this year.

  • May 11, 2021

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    COVID-19 relief efforts took the form of cash influxes announced over the past week in several states, including a $100 billion "comeback plan" for California's economy and $235 million in relief funding for small businesses in New Jersey.

  • May 11, 2021

    Judge Paez Gives Biden 3rd Opening On 9th Circ.

    President Joe Biden will have a third seat to fill on the influential Ninth Circuit when Judge Richard A. Paez takes senior status, after more than two decades on the court where he has seen major rulings on immigration, employment and intellectual property.

  • May 11, 2021

    Mastercard, GSK Execs On How To Lead A Legal Ops Team

    To be successful, legal operations professionals overseeing teams that are evolving and growing in prominence must communicate, be transparent and find partners with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, leaders from Mastercard, GlaxoSmithKline and McKesson said at a virtual conference Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Judge's Rebuke Of Mass. AG Has Lessons For All Attorneys

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    A Massachusetts federal judge’s recent rebuke of the state Attorney General’s Office for refusing to respond to discovery requests in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healey highlights six important considerations for attorneys who want to avoid the dreaded benchslap, say Alison Eggers and Dallin Wilson at Seyfarth.  

  • Font Considerations To Give Your Legal Briefs An Edge

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    Following the D.C. Circuit’s recent notice discouraging use of the font Garamond in legal briefs, Jason Steed at Kilpatrick looks at typeface requirements and preferences in appellate courts across the country, and how practitioners can score a few extra brief-writing points with typography.

  • Make Profitability Management Part Of Your Law Firm Culture

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    As the legal industry continues to change in the post-pandemic world, law firms should adapt to client demands by constantly measuring and managing the profitability of their services, says Joseph Altonji at LawVision.

  • 4 Trends In Discoverability Of Litigation Funding Documents

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    Recent rulings shed light on how courts and international arbitration tribunals decide if litigation funding materials are discoverable and reaffirm best practices that attorneys should follow when communicating with funders, say Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Michele Slachetka and Christian Plummer at Jenner & Block.

  • How Immigration Ruling May Change Removal Proceedings

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Niz-Chavez v. Barr decision decisively resolves the circuit split over whether a noncompliant notice to appear can trigger an Immigration and Nationality Act timing provision, but less clear is the impact the ruling will have on motions to reopen or terminate removal proceedings, says Kevin A. Gregg at Kurzban Kurzban.

  • 7 Lessons For Young Lawyers Starting Their Careers

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    This year's law graduates and other young attorneys must recognize that the practice of law tests and rewards different skills and characteristics than law school, and that what makes a lawyer valuable changes over time, says Vernon Winters, retired partner at Sidley.

  • The Pandemic's Bright Spots For Lawyers Who Are Parents

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    The COVID-19 crisis has allowed lawyers to hone remote advocacy strategies and effectively represent clients with minimal travel — abilities that have benefited working parents and should be utilized long after the pandemic is over, says Chelsea Loughran at Wolf Greenfield.

  • Opinion

    Revise Mansfield Diversity Mandates To Also Benefit Veterans

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    The well-intentioned efforts and salutary purposes of the legal industry's Mansfield Rule diversity metric are tainted by the Diversity Lab initiative's omission of veterans, who are underrepresented at large law firms and entitled to advantageous treatment based on more than 200 years of public policy, says Robert Redmond at McGuireWoods.

  • Bankruptcy Litigation Could See More Third-Party Funding

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    The next few years could be an opportune time for bankruptcy litigants to capitalize on the advantages of third-party financing as the obstacles to its use — including attorney ethics issues and prohibitions against champerty — seem to be clearing at a slow but steady pace, say Daniel Simon and Natalie Rowles at McDermott.

  • Why The Future Law Firm Model Is Industry-Based Offerings

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    Multidisciplinary, industry-based groups at law firms allow for more holistic legal advice, lead to sustainable client relationships, and are likely to replace practice group monoliths at many firms, say Jennifer Simpson Carr at Furia Rubel, Timothy Corcoran at Corcoran Consulting and Mike Mellor at Pryor Cashman.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Accountability Bill Is Flawed And Inadequate

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    The proposed Inspector General Access Act that would allow the U.S. Department of Justice inspector general to investigate allegations of misconduct by DOJ attorneys would do little to increase accountability, and could undermine decades of practiced procedure at the Office of Professional Responsibility, says Steven Wasserman at the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys.

  • Thought Leadership's Critical Role In Law Firm Diversity

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    Minority attorneys are often underrepresented in conferences, media interviews and other law firm thought leadership campaigns, which affects their visibility with potential clients and their ability to advance at their firms, says John Hellerman at Hellerman Communications.

  • What Associates Should Consider Before Switching Practices

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    The current high demand for midlevel associates provides them a rare opportunity to potentially explore new practice areas, but associates should first ask themselves six questions to begin figuring out why a change sounds appealing, says Stephanie Biderman at Major Lindsey.

  • 4 Effective Ways To Prioritize Client Advocacy

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    To truly support a client going through a complicated lawsuit or a painful experience, lawyers must think beyond interpreting legal guidelines and navigating court proceedings, says attorney Scott Corwin.

  • Remote Law Firm Culture Should Prioritize Associate Training

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    Due to the pandemic, the gap between law school and the first day on the job has never been wider, but law firms can leverage training to bridge that intimidating gap and convey the unique value of their culture in a virtual environment, say Melissa Schwind at Ward and Smith, and William Kenney and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

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