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More Than Just a Name Change: 'Everything is on the Table' When a Law Firm Rebrands

Fri, 2018-12-14 08:46

"The threshold question is, what are people already calling you? The reality is, your marketplace is already calling you this. Let's agree with them. Let's simply reflect the marketplace."


How I Made Partner: Debevoise's Ramya Tiller

Fri, 2018-12-14 07:00

"Maintaining strong relationships with existing clients is key. It is easier to expand work at an existing client than build entirely new client relationships," says the 38-year-old finance partner.


Clifford Chance and Latham Invest in 'App Store for Legal Tech'

Fri, 2018-12-14 04:15

They are putting an undisclosed amount of money into Reynan Court, the highly touted tech venture that provides law firms with a single platform to manage the procurement, deployment and management of third-party apps. The CIOs of both firms have joined the tech startup's board of directors.


In Wake of Kavanaugh Hearings, California Chief Justice Drops Republican Party Affiliation

Thu, 2018-12-13 23:24

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who said she was approached about running for governor, chose to reregister this fall with no party preference.


Survey Finds Execs Unsure About Their Companies' Crisis Response Plans

Thu, 2018-12-13 17:28

The first-ever global Crisis Management Benchmarking Report was issued Thursday by law firm Morrison & Foerster in partnership with the Ethisphere Institute. The law firm said the report is designed to give corporate legal departments insights into trends in crisis management and to highlight best practices for crisis planning.


(White) Women Are Making Gains in Big Law

Thu, 2018-12-13 17:04

A recent law firm diversity survey shows that women are actually making some progress in the law firm world—but only some women.


Judges Push Back at Trump's Anti-Judiciary Tweets

Thu, 2018-12-13 16:09

"How can you defy the president?" U.S. District Judge James Robart said. "That's what my job is—to be sure the Constitution is followed. If that means telling the president he is wrong, that is what I am supposed to do."


CBS Leaks Put Debevoise, Covington Under Scrutiny for Handling of Confidential Witnesses

Thu, 2018-12-13 15:59

As CBS considers the legal fallout after findings from an internal investigation of sexual misconduct allegations went public last week, two major law firms leading the probe face questions about their efforts to protect confidential witnesses. For Debevoise & Plimpton, this marks the second time this year the firm has been thrust into the spotlight for such a failure.


9th Circuit Warns Judges About Setting Nationwide Injunctions

Thu, 2018-12-13 15:44

"District judges must require a showing of nationwide impact or sufficient similarity to the plaintiff states to foreclose litigation in other districts, from Alaska to Puerto Rico to Maine to Guam," wrote Judge J. Clifford Wallace in narrowing an injunction barring changes to rules affecting contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act.


Higher Law: On Marijuana, Is Barr Better? | Big Law's M&A Work | Pot & Pilot Licenses: Yes, There's a Case

Thu, 2018-12-13 15:00

Two Am Law 100 firms were involved in a mega-deal in the cannabis space. We've got the latest on California regulations, and scroll down for some early thinking on William Barr, the U.S. attorney general nominee. This is Higher Law—thanks for reading!


Under New Management: Law Firms Head Into 2019 With Fresh Crop of Leaders

Thu, 2018-12-13 14:54

Am Law 200 leadership changes in 2018 included some big surprises.


Phila.'s Discriminatory Lending Suit Against Wells Fargo Heads to Mediation

Thu, 2018-12-13 14:45

The lawsuit Philadelphia filed against Wells Fargo over its allegedly discriminatory lending practices has been put on hold as the parties work to see if they can come to an out-of-court agreement.


Cruise Company Hit With Million-Dollar Suit Over Passenger's Zip Line Death

Thu, 2018-12-13 14:15

If Miami-based cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. hadn't promoted a zip line excursion with a history of emergency brake failures, Igal Tyszman would not have died in a mid-air collision with his wife on their honeymoon, argued Debi Chalik of Chalik & Chalik Law Offices in Plantation.


Alleged Cryptocurrency Scammers Agree to Pay $2.7M to Settle SEC Case

Thu, 2018-12-13 13:50

Jared Rice Sr. and Stanley Ford, who served as CEO and COO of the Dallas-based AriseBank, respectively, also have been barred for life from serving as officers and directors of public companies and participating in digital securities offerings.


Debevoise Picked Up New York Knicks Owner's FTC Fine for Deadline Foul

Thu, 2018-12-13 12:53

James Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of Madison Square Garden Company, agreed to pay a $609,810 fine for an antitrust reporting violation. Behind the scenes, Dolan had reached a separate deal on who'd pick up the tab.


Wisconsin Solicitor General, a Former Gibson Dunn Associate, May Be Casualty of Political Warfare

Thu, 2018-12-13 10:18

The Wisconsin bill runs contrary to a decadeslong trend toward increasing the number of state solicitors general nationwide to improve the advocacy and professionalism of state litigators.


Can Posting Lawyers' Email Addresses Online Pose a Cyber Risk?

Thu, 2018-12-13 09:45

Cybersecurity professionals said the benefits of publicly listing attorneys' law firm email addresses outweigh the risks, so long as lawyers are equipped with appropriate cyber training.


Little-Known Chinese IP Firm Secures Qualcomm's iPhone Injunctions

Thu, 2018-12-13 09:41

Beijing-based LexField Law Offices is behind Qualcomm's successful iPhone sales ban in China.


Most Legal Departments Unprepared to Support Digitization, Says Gartner Report

Thu, 2018-12-13 01:00

The vast majority of legal departments are not prepared to support their company's digitization process, according to a report released on Wednesday by Gartner.


Maria Butina, Accused Russian Agent, Cooperating With Prosecutors

Wed, 2018-12-12 23:30

Butina admitted she worked at the behest of a Russian official as she sought to infiltrate Republican political circles.