Ron Friedmann | Wednesday February 19, 2014
I report here on vendor discussions two weeks ago at Legal Tech 2014: tech + process improvement; digital dictation; outsourcing; and information governance. Introduction – How I Decide What To Look At. This report is not ”best of show” or “most important”; rather, it reflects my interests and what jumps out...
Bruce MacEwen | Friday February 14, 2014
When a large number of smart, accomplished, ambitious people seem to be behaving in a way that makes no rational sense, there has to be an irrational explanation.
I’ve written and spoken before about my overall attitude towards aggressive lateral partner recruitment. As Calvin Coolidge reportedly said, leaving church and...
ABA Journal | Sunday February 9, 2014
Lawyers need to embrace technology, can’t be afraid to try new things, and must focus primarily on improving their clients’ experience.
Those were the main takeaways from Friday’s ReInvent Law conference in New York City. More than 800 lawyers, academics, business owners, students and others in the legal industry...
Pamela Woldow | Sunday January 19, 2014
Many managing partners tell us they are struggling to get their arms around new tools and techniques for driving more efficiency and cost-effectiveness into legal service delivery. Firms are seeing more and more RFPs in which clients make increasingly draconian demands for better management and control of legal work....
- Walking the talk: Putting the agile manifesto into action at an in-house legal departmentRecently, I was on a panel on the future of the legal profession. As expected with such a broad topic, you can bet the lawyers in attendance had a lot to say. We covered alternative fee arrangements, the impact of globalization and the changing allocation of…
- Aggressive action—not tinkering—is required to resolve the access to justice crisisThere is a deep access-to-justice crisis in this country—but the legal profession gets a failing grade for its response to it. Consider this: • More than 61 million people eligible to receive legal aid—for such fundamentally important matters as avoiding the foreclosure of their homes or losing parental rights—are not…
- The agile lawyer will rise as permanent, full-time, salaried employment vanishesLawyer jobs are disappearing. Every day, law firms across the country reduce their ranks of associates and partners, removing more and more table settings as their revenue pie keeps shrinking. Over the past few years, only about
- When will lawyers learn to take their vitamins—and other ruminations on change in the industryImagine you were running the British Royal Navy during the Age of Sail. One of your biggest problems is keeping crews safe from scurvy during long voyages. How long do you imagine it would take you from the time that the first British sea captain (James Lancaster in 1601) gave…
- Microsoft Lawyers Map Out the Bid for YahooIn the days after Microsoft's bid for Yahoo, the players in the merger drama had their legal teams beating the antitrust drums. Google, which hit the blogosphere to bash the deal as anti-competitive, has a team of antitrust veterans. Microsoft, too, has a connected advocate in Charles "Rick" Rule, who worked with Thomas Barnett, the head of Justice's Antitrust Division, while the two were at Covington & Burling. The antitrust lawyers may be key to hammering out a deal -- and their work is cut out for them.
- $4.1 Million Fees Award Upheld in Kia Class ActionThe Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld $4.1 million in plaintiffs attorney fees awarded by a Philadelphia judge in a Kia Motors faulty-brake class action. The Superior Court panel found there was no palpable abuse of discretion by Common Pleas Judge Mark I. Bernstein, and echoed his reasoning that the plaintiffs attorneys' award was reasonable considering the rates the defense counsel charged, which topped out at $595 per hour for partners -- rates higher than those requested by plaintiffs' counsel.
- 9th Circuit: No Sovereign Immunity for DA ContractorsPrivate companies that run diversion programs administered by dozens of California district attorneys are now open to legal attack. A 9th Circuit panel ruled Wednesday that state sovereign immunity does not extend to a private contractor hired by the Santa Clara County DA's office to go after individuals who passed bad checks. Public Citizen Litigation Group's Deepak Gupta, who argued the plaintiff's case, said the opinion is important in an age of increased privatization of governmental functions.
- Small Law Firm Thrives as Real Estate Market SwoonsMeltzer, Purtill & Stelle is benefiting from shifts in the real estate and legal industries even as the U.S. economic downturn takes a toll. The 24-lawyer firm specializes in real estate, related lending work and general corporate and business law. And it's content to stay its current size since larger firms refer "less lucrative" work to Meltzer Purtill. "It doesn't make economic sense" for larger firms to do general corporate work on employee matters and other day-to-day issues, says Brian Meltzer.
- The future of the intellectual property marketplaceUsing this kind of data, Malackowski sees a great future for a traded exchange for intellectual property and sees the concept spreading to regions of the world where IP is treated far differently than it is in the United States.
- JPMorgan whistleblower receives massive $63.9 million awardA U.S. district court announced that Keith Edwards received the large sum for disclosing tips that led to a $614 million settlement with the federal government.
- DOJ request for more time with private data deniedAs it stands, the information that the Agency collects can only be stored for five years, but several pending lawsuits fall outside that scope of time and would require the additional preservation of information.
- The top 12 securities class action settlements of 2013According to a new report by the Securities Class Action Services unit of Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., the Top 100 Class Action Settlements Semi-Annual Report noted that 12 settlements from 2013 made the top 100 list.