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Law Firms Don't Understand the Big Four—And That's Dangerous

Tue, 2022-01-18 05:27

The accounting giants have been quietly changing strategy in recent years with potentially big consequences for law firms. Here, all of the Big Four's U.K. legal heads discuss their aims.


David Boies Returns to SCOTUS After Nearly a Decade Away: The Morning Minute

Tue, 2022-01-18 05:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


Following Partner Moves to Bigger Rivals, Munger Tolles Stands by Storied Strategy

Tue, 2022-01-18 04:00

"We will never look to recruit laterals for the sake of reporting growth," chair Brad Brian said. "We will always rigorously adhere to our signature recruiting strategy."


Law Firms Love to Talk About Culture. But Can They Define It?

Tue, 2022-01-18 04:00

In law firm hiring, "there's a lot of lying about what exactly people are getting into," one general counsel observed.


Another Williams & Connolly Debut | At the Lectern | Boies is Back

Mon, 2022-01-17 07:00

Luke McCloud's argument in Concepcion v. United States raises an issue under the 2018 First Step Act, a law that gives thousands of non-violent offenders an opportunity to earn an early release from prison or a reduced sentence.


As Their Influence Wanes, Banking Clients No Longer 'Jewels in the Crown' For Law Firms

Mon, 2022-01-17 05:27

Banks are offering less transactional work and increasingly being dictated to on which law firms to use, meaning banking panels no longer offer the same riches for law firms.


Debate Intensifies Over Potential Discipline for Penn Law Professor Amy Wax

Fri, 2022-01-14 18:36

"Neither Wax's tenure nor the freedom of expression Penn promises to its faculty are subject to public approval," said Adam Steinbaugh, an attorney for the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
 Trendspotter: The Great Resignation Could Be a Great Opportunity for In-House Departments to Gain Ground in the Talent War

Fri, 2022-01-14 18:00

Corporate legal departments are arguably in a much better position than law firms to offer young lawyers hands-on experience, personally fulfilling and professionally challenging work and, yes, maybe even something resembling work-life balance.


Lawsuits Over Preemie Infant Formula Deaths Are Growing

Fri, 2022-01-14 16:45

Nearly 50 lawsuits allege Abbott Laboratories and Mead Johnson made false statements about the safety of their cow's milk-based infant formula, which studies have found caused a gastrointestinal inflammation called necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, in premature babies.


'We Knew It Could Work': Quinn Emanuel Founder Talks Firm's New Permanent Remote Work Policy

Fri, 2022-01-14 15:43

In this week's episode, business of law reporter Dylan Jackson interviews Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan founder John Quinn about the firm's recent announcement that it will permanently allow all of its U.S. lawyers to work remotely as much as they wish.


Skilled in the Art With Scott Graham: Three Judges, Three Different Views on Copyrightability Case + Vidal and Stark on Brink of Confirmation + Why USPTO Won't Register 'Potify' Mark

Fri, 2022-01-14 14:50

Judge Jimmie Reyna seems to be holding the cards as the Federal Circuit hears arguments that echo Oracle v. Google


Not 'Intimidated by Anything': Florida Bar Honors Young Attorney

Fri, 2022-01-14 14:18

"That [Angela Davis photo] reminds me just to continue to be a badass Black woman that does not get intimidated by anything," said Tremaine L. Hemans of the Hemans Law Group.


Biometric Privacy: A Year In Review and The Year Ahead

Fri, 2022-01-14 13:25

The year started with Portland, Oregon's ban on the use of facial recognition technology by private entities in places of "public" accommodation. It concluded with the rendering of important appellate decisions on the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. In the middle, was the continued flurry of litigation, class action settlements, and legislative activity.


Omicron Spike Forces Plaintiffs Firms to Reassess Trial and Case Strategy

Fri, 2022-01-14 13:06

Plaintiffs firms are looking at new strategies for adapting to litigation delays as COVID-19 variants lead to slowdowns for civil proceedings.


How I Made Partner: 'I Had Sponsors That Demystified the Path and Made Partnership Achievable,' Says Sepideh Mousakhani of Cooley

Fri, 2022-01-14 12:46

"The best thing you can do for others as you ascend the mountain is make sure that you are carrying others with you along the way."


Arent Fox Wins Microsoft Sexual Harassment Audit Work Despite Scant Track Record With the Tech Giant

Fri, 2022-01-14 12:35

Microsoft revealed in a statement Thursday that it had contracted the firm, saying Arent Fox is "experienced in these matters and has not previously been involved in representing Microsoft in employment matters, nor has it done a significant amount of work for the company in the past."


Lack of Law Firm Oversight During Pandemic Could Make 'Ghost Clients' a More Common Problem

Fri, 2022-01-14 12:01

"If you're doing everything through your house, the concerns that somebody is going to walk in your office and see all this stuff on some different letterhead aren't there, right?" said Memphis attorney Brian S. Faughnan.


Avenatti Files $94M Claim Over MCC Solitary Confinement Conditions, Alleging Retaliation by Donald Trump, Bill Barr

Fri, 2022-01-14 08:29

Avenatti was initially allowed to stay out of jail pending trial, but a federal judge in California revoked his bond in January 2020 over new alleged financial crimes, leading to 94 days of solitary confinement.


Inflation Anxiety Rising Among Law Firm Leaders: The Morning Minute

Fri, 2022-01-14 05:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


Inflation Prompts Anxiety Over Transactional Cooling, Rising Big Law Costs

Fri, 2022-01-14 05:00

Some law firm leaders fear inflation could lead to multiple interest rate increases, potentially throttling M&A deals.