Business of Law

  • February 02, 2024

    Proskauer Strikes Deal Ending Secrets Suit With Ex-Exec

    A New York federal judge on Friday dismissed a suit Proskauer Rose LLP filed against its former chief operating officer accusing him of stealing firm trade secrets, after the parties told the court a confidential agreement was reached to resolve the case.

  • February 01, 2024

    Federal Courts See Uptick In Sexual Harassment Complaints

    Last year, there were six complaints of "unwanted, abusive or offensive sexual conduct" by federal judges, marking the most reported incidents since the judiciary began tracking harassment in the 2020 fiscal year.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ellenoff Opens LA Office With Ex-Krieger Employment Team

    Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP said on Thursday that it has opened a new labor and employment-focused office in Los Angeles following the addition of an employment attorney team that joined the firm from Krieger & Krieger.

  • February 01, 2024

    Goodwin Cuts Associates After Reviews Amid Bleak Market

    Goodwin Procter LLP has parted ways with some associates following its annual performance review process, the firm confirmed to Law360 on Thursday, amid a job market that has not been kind to the most junior lawyers.

  • February 01, 2024

    5 Mass. Rulings You Might Have Missed In January

    Massachusetts justices in Suffolk County's Business Litigation Session weighed in on the impact of a major ruling involving Robinhood Financial, a proposed class action on overdraft fees charged by a credit union, and two pandemic-related cases. Here are five January decisions that might have flown under the radar.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ex-Trump Org. CFO Faces Possible Perjury Charge, Mulls Plea

    Donald Trump's longtime top financial officer Allen Weisselberg is in plea negotiations related to potential perjury charges stemming from his testimony in the New York attorney general's civil fraud trial, according to a source familiar with the matter.

  • February 01, 2024

    Atty Obligations And Standing Orders: Judges Deliberate AI

    Legal practitioners must still follow key ethical obligations as generative technology is used in litigation and blunders related to ChatGPT capture headlines, a panel of judges said Wednesday at the ALM Legalweek Conference.

  • February 01, 2024

    Atty Reprises Entrapment Claim As Pot Bribe Sentence Looms

    A lawyer convicted of bribing a Massachusetts police chief working on local marijuana licensing approvals asked a Boston federal judge Thursday for a sentence of no more than a year and a day in prison, citing his "imperfect entrapment" defense and insisting that the conduct was permissible lobbying. 

  • February 01, 2024

    Girardi Son-In-Law Is Tom's Honest 'Antithesis,' Family Says

    Tom Girardi's adult children have said that his son-in-law and criminal co-defendant David Lira is kind, honest, and passionate about helping his clients — everything their father is not.

  • February 01, 2024

    Former Gov. Of Puerto Rico Joins Reed Smith From Steptoe

    Reed Smith LLP announced Thursday that it has hired two partners to its Washington, D.C., and New York offices, including a former governor of Puerto Rico.

  • February 01, 2024

    Kirkland Adds 5 Goodwin Investment Fund Attys In DC

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP said Thursday it is growing its investment funds group with the addition of five attorneys from Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • February 01, 2024

    Senate Confirms Commerce Dept. Alumna To Trade Court

    The Senate voted 53-42 on Thursday to confirm Lisa Wang, assistant secretary of commerce for enforcement and compliance in the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, to serve on the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • February 01, 2024

    NC Judge In John Edwards Case To Take Senior Status

    Chief Judge Catherine Eagles of the Middle District of North Carolina, who presided over the criminal trial of former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, will take senior status at the end of the year.

  • February 01, 2024

    Workday Says Md.-Based Atty Can't Allege Calif. Bias Claims

    Workday has urged a California federal judge to toss a Black company attorney's suit claiming the business discriminated against him and harassed him with a police wellness check at his home, arguing that the Maryland-based employee can't keep his Golden State law claims in play.

  • February 01, 2024

    How Attys Can Be Ethical When Using Gen AI In Litigation

    Current advances in generative AI have the potential to alter legal practice. Still, attorneys must follow ethical guidelines to minimize risk and ensure compliance when using this new technology in litigation, a panel of experts said Wednesday.

  • February 01, 2024

    Gibbons' Exec Chair Departs After Over 3 Decades With Firm

    Gibbons PC announced on Thursday that a longtime leader who shepherded the firm through a merger, expansions and a rebranding has departed after more than three decades with the firm, including the past 20 years in leadership posts.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ex-McElroy Deutsch Exec Wants Amex Info In NJ Firing Suit

    A former McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP executive accused along with her husband of stealing $3.2 million from the law firm has demanded financial information about firm employees in her discrimination countersuit, shortly after a similar discovery request in a suit where she is the defendant was tossed.

  • January 31, 2024

    When Managing Partners Watch, Trial Attys Face 2 Juries

    When top managing partners show up in court to sit in on trials, it can provoke angst for rank-and-file trial lawyers, but a recent example in an employment trial against Robert De Niro gave three name partners the rare treat of seeing their team in action.

  • January 31, 2024

    Ill. Voters Take Trump Ballot Challenge To State Court

    A group of Illinois voters took their fight to keep ex-President Donald Trump from the state's primary and general election ballots to court late Tuesday after the Illinois State Board of Elections dismissed their objection to his candidacy, arguing that the board's insistence that it can't engage in constitutional analysis "has no basis in law or logic."

  • January 31, 2024

    Widow Of Nelson Mullins Partner Says Firm Owes $2M

    The widow of a Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP partner who died last year of brain cancer says the firm has refused to pay an estimated $2 million in compensation and a bonus for his final year of work there, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Massachusetts state court.

  • January 31, 2024

    American, UPenn Snag $10K In ABA's Inaugural M&A Tourney

    Students from American University's law school took first place at the finals of the American Bar Association's first-ever mergers and acquisitions invitational over the weekend, edging out a team of runners-up from the University of Pennsylvania, with the two schools earning a combined $10,000 in prize money.

  • January 31, 2024

    Ranking NJ Judge Cited Over Secretary's Remote Work

    New Jersey Superior Court Judge Douglas Hurd, the presiding jurist of the Mercer County Civil Division, was hit with a complaint by the judicial conduct watchdog for allowing his secretary to work remotely despite a policy prohibiting that arrangement for her position.

  • January 31, 2024

    Hacked Atty Regains Email Access After Triggering Mistrial

    A defense attorney for a marketing manager accused of working with fraudsters told a Colorado federal court that she has regained email access but is still working through a hacking incident that triggered a mistrial, according to a notice seeking a quick retrial in the criminal fraud case. 

  • January 31, 2024

    Fla. Justices Tell State Bar To Eliminate Diversity Funding

    The Florida Supreme Court has directed the state bar to stop spending money on diversity and inclusion initiatives, the high court and the Florida Bar each confirmed to Law360 on Wednesday.

  • January 31, 2024

    Ex-McDermott Atty Seeks To Drop Suit Over Recruitment

    A former McDermott Will & Emery LLP entertainment litigator who sued the firm and a legal recruitment company alleging undisclosed conflicts related to his recruitment to McDermott has asked a Los Angeles judge to drop the entire case.

Expert Analysis

  • Courts Can Overturn Deficient State Regulations, Too

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    While suits challenging federal regulations have become commonplace, such cases against state agencies are virtually nonexistent, but many states have provisions that allow litigants to bring suit for regulations with inadequate cost-benefit analyses, says Reeve Bull at the Virginia Office of Regulatory Management.

  • Tales From The Trenches Of Remote Depositions

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    As practitioners continue to conduct depositions remotely in the post-pandemic world, these virtual environments are rife with opportunities for improper behavior such as witness coaching, scripted testimony and a general lack of civility — but there are methods to prevent and combat these behaviors, say Jennifer Gibbs and Bennett Moss at Zelle.

  • How Calif. Arbitrators Can Navigate Discovery Landscape

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    Recent California state court decisions that created prehearing discovery subpoena constraints make clear the importance of considering the need for prehearing discovery when drafting arbitration clauses, or attempting to remedy the absence of such authority if both parties seek such discovery after an action commences, says Greg Derin at Signature Resolution.

  • Level Up Lawyers' Business Development With Gamification

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    With employee engagement at a 10-year low in the U.S., there are several gamification techniques marketing and business development teams at law firms can use to make generating new clients and matters more appealing to lawyers, says Heather McCullough at Society 54.

  • Mallory Ruling Leaves Personal Jurisdiction Deeply Unsettled

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    In Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway, a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court recently rolled back key aspects of its 2017 opinion in Daimler AG v. Bauman that limited personal jurisdiction, leaving as many questions for businesses as it answers, say John Cerreta and James Rotondo at Day Pitney.

  • 5 Ways Firms Can Rethink Office Design In A Hybrid World

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    As workplaces across the country adapt to flexible work, law firms must prioritize individuality, amenities and technology in office design, says Kristin Cerutti at Nelson Worldwide.

  • Opinion

    Bar Score Is Best Hiring Metric Post-Affirmative Action

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    After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down affirmative action admissions policies, law firms looking to foster diversity in hiring should view an applicant's Multistate Bar Examination score as the best metric of legal ability — over law school name or GPA, says attorney Alice Griffin.

  • Opinion

    USPTO Efforts On Patent Bar DEI Miss Underlying Issues

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    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recent admission criteria changes and proposed design patent bar are mere baby steps in addressing diversity, equity and inclusion before the office, and will have little, if any, impact on DEI, says Stephen Weed at Culhane Meadows.

  • Recent Changes Mark A Key Moment For New York High Court

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    Recent developments in the New York Court of Appeals — from rapid turnover and increasing diversity, to a perception among some of growing politicization — mark an important turning point, and the court will continue to evolve in the coming year as it considers a number of important cases, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Ghosting In BigLaw: How To Come Back From Lack Of Feedback

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    Junior associates can feel powerless when senior colleagues cut off contact instead of providing useful feedback, but young attorneys can get back on track by focusing on practical professional development and reexamining their career priorities, says Rachel Patterson at Orrick.

  • Steps To Success For Senior Associates

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    Adriana Paris at Rissman Barrett discusses the increased responsibilities and opportunities that becoming a senior associate brings and what attorneys in this role should prioritize to flourish in this stressful but rewarding next level in their careers.

  • Legal Profession Must Do More For Lawyers With Disabilities

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    At the start of Disability Pride month, Rosalyn Richter at Arnold & Porter looks at why lawyers with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in private practice, asserting that law firms and other employers must do more to conquer the implicit bias that deters attorneys from seeking accommodations.

  • Opinion

    Appellate Funding Disclosure: No Mandate Is Right Choice

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    The Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules' recent decision, forgoing a mandatory disclosure rule for litigation funding in federal appeals, is prudent, as third-party funding is only involved in a minuscule number of federal cases, and courts have ample authority to obtain funding information if necessary, says Stewart Ackerly at Statera Capital.

  • SuperValu's Lesson: Always Be Building An FCA Defense

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    The recent U.S. v. SuperValu decision confirming that scienter is an essential element of False Claims Act liability should motivate government contractors to prepare for allegations of material misrepresentation by building a record of their honorable efforts toward regulatory compliance, say David Resnicoff and Andrew Patton at Riley Safer.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Exposing Their Firms To Cyberattacks

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    Attorneys are the weakest link in their firms' cyberdefenses because hackers often exploit the gap between individuals’ work and personal cybersecurity habits, but there are some steps lawyers can take to reduce the risks they create for their employers, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy & Protection.

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