| LAW360 400
The annual Law360 400 ranks the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component by domestic attorney headcount.
The biggest of BigLaw are widening the gap between themselves and their rivals, as firms of all sizes grapple with fluctuating demand and seek out their place in the legal landscape.
These firms saw double-digit growth in 2017 — one hire at a time. Here, their leaders tell Law360 of their varied approaches to attracting top talent.
The two largest employment boutiques are getting bigger at a faster rate than their rivals, according to this year’s Law360 400. Here’s our look at the trends that shaped the sector in 2017.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday vacated the National Labor Relations Board’s finding that a Texas electric company illegally fired a worker over his testimony at a state Senate hearing, directing the board to flesh out how it decides whether federal labor law protects workers when they criticize their employers before third parties.
Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the subject of a critical U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General report, is working with Boies Schiller Flexner LLP to determine whether to sue President Donald Trump and administration officials for wrongful termination and defamation, McCabe’s lawyer said Friday.
The Eleventh Circuit on Friday enforced a National Labor Relations Board ruling ordering an operator of public buses on Martha’s Vineyard to bargain with a union of drivers, saying the company sabotaged an initial representation election by giving the union bad addresses for almost half its drivers.
A Michigan federal judge on Friday tossed a suit alleging that a trucking company fired a shift supervisor because of his age and disability, saying the worker didn’t lay out a basic case for any of his claims and that the company had a good reason for firing him: He was consistently rude to his colleagues.
A former Frito-Lay Inc. employee asked a California federal judge Friday for preliminary approval of a $2.4 million settlement to end a proposed class action saying the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by failing to properly disclose its use of consumer reports when conducting background checks of job applicants.
The Fourth Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court ruling that Rent-A-Center Inc. could not force a former employee to arbitrate his claims of race and disability discrimination, agreeing that more evidence was needed to determine whether arbitration agreements covered his claims.
WAGE & HOUR
The New Jersey Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a measure that would require employers in the construction industry to notify employees of certain rights, including their rights to minimum wage and overtime.
The White House said Thursday that newly confirmed National Labor Relations Board member John Ring will chair the board, taking over from Marvin Kaplan, a fellow Republican who has served in the role since December.
A California federal judge expressed skepticism Friday of electric car startup EVelozcity’s bid to disqualify Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP from representing rival Faraday & Future in their trade secrets dispute, saying she was frustrated by EVelozcity’s refusal to disclose what secrets its in-house attorneys purportedly revealed in a pre-suit conversation with Quinn.
A whistleblower told a Pennsylvania federal court Thursday that Sanofi should be required to hand over in discovery hundreds of documents it claims are protected by attorney-client privilege in a suit alleging it unlawfully marketed off-label uses of a cancer drug, violating the False Claims Act.
The Supreme Court of Texas on Friday shot down claims against Schlumberger Technology Corp. by a man who says he developed skin cancer from exposure to chemicals at a well site, ruling the trial court correctly found the claims had been filed too late and that an appellate court was wrong to try to revive them.
A former St. Louis Rams cheerleader on Thursday asked a Missouri federal court to greenlight a suit against a supervisor for injuries she sustained on an overseas tour, saying the supervisor had actively endangered her safety.
A split Texas Supreme Court on Friday revived claims brought by two workers injured in a car accident and family members of the two workers who died, holding that drilling services company Amerimex Drilling I Ltd. should face claims it is liable for injuries sustained in the crash during a ride to an offsite bunkhouse.
A Texas jury has awarded $33 million to a man burned in an explosion at a wood processing plant in his suit against the makers of the facility’s dust collection and spark detection and suppression systems.
The National Football League wants a special investigator to look into “widespread fraud” allegedly “clogging the system” of the landmark $1 billion concussion settlement and preventing truly injured players from getting paid, a request that comes just weeks after an upstart law firm blamed the league for causing the “interminable delays.”
In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Gillian Ward, chief marketing officer at Baker Botts LLP.
American organizations with a European workforce, or presence, should not assume that they can ignore the General Data Protection Regulation in favor of a self-regulatory approach to employee privacy, as is often favored across the U.S., say Sam Rayner and Tom Mintern of Bird & Bird LLP.
New rules aim to simplify the taxation of termination payments and mean that income tax and national insurance contributions must now be paid on all payments which relate to the notice period, says Justin Tarka of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
A recent gender discrimination claim made by a cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints football team is the first (at least in the modern era) brought under Title VII by an NFL cheerleader and raises a number of unique issues and legal challenges, say David Lisko and Paul Punzone of Holland & Knight LLP.
Amid years of attorney migration between intellectual property boutiques and their general practice rivals, the IP specialists saw a slight downtick in 2017, as these firms continued to adjust to practicing under the America Invents Act.
Squire Patton Boggs LLP agreed to pay Michael Cohen an annual $500,000 “strategic alliance fee,” though the veteran attorney for Donald Trump now under criminal investigation did little other than maintain an independent office and referred only five clients to the firm during the year of the agreement, according to a motion filed by prosecutors in Manhattan federal court on Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to allow states to tax online sales and how to calculate damages in certain patent cases when it returns to the bench this week for the final oral argument session of the 2017-2018 term.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission general counsel nominee Sharon Fast Gustafson during her Senate confirmation hearing declined to state her view on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits anti-LGBT bias, the general counsel of The Cheesecake Factory looked back on the changing restaurant industry before she retired Thursday, and the legal services sector finished the first quarter with more than 1,000 fewer jobs than at the end of last year. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed.
The personal data of up to 1,500 U.S.-based commercial insurance policyholders may have been compromised by a hack at an unnamed “specialist law firm,” according to a statement released Friday by Bermuda-based specialist insurer Hiscox Ltd.
A Florida federal judge refused Friday to grant certification to a proposed nationwide class of attorneys in a suit alleging the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system improperly charges users for viewing judges’ opinions, ruling it would be too difficult to define and administer such a vast PACER class.
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.
Whether it’s Russian meddling, the Equifax breach or Facebook’s user-data scandal, every day seems to bring a new cybersecurity crisis. On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast we’re joined by a special guest who knows a lot about cyber threats — former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
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