Current Issue

The Future of Law

Susan Beck | July 30, 2014

From IBM research facilities in New York to tiny startups in Silicon Valley, technology companies have set their sights on upending the legal services industry.

Features

Cornelius Grossman.

Accounting Firms Make New Foray into Legal Services

By Chris Johnson |

A decade after their first attempt to compete with law firms foundered, the Big Four have refined their strategies and are entering legal markets again.

Andrea Neuman.

Inside Chevron's Discovery Campaign in Ecuador

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Through dogged detective work, the oil giant's lawyers pieced together the clues that pointed to fraud in an Ecuadorean court.

Bar Talk

The Great Race

By Julie Triedman |

Quinn Emanuel angles for a lead role in the new spate of class actions against banks.

John Edwards.

John Edwards Appears in Front of Jury Again—as Counsel

By Susan Beck |

Six years after the former U.S. senator from North Carolina destroyed his once-promising political career, Edwards is back in the courtroom as a trial lawyer, having reactivated his law license. He discusses his return to legal practice with staff writer Susan Beck.

Richard Levy

Jenner & Block Wields RICO to Reach Landlord Settlement

By Vinayak Balasubramanian |

Jenner & Block took 
a law designed to combat the mob and turned it against New York landlord Pinnacle Group. As a result, as many as 22,000 tenants now have access to a streamlined claims process that lets them seek reimbursement from Pinnacle for alleged rent overcharges, harassment and interference in tenancy rights.

Banking on Bad Advice?

By Susan Beck |

The DOJ's settlement with BNP Paribas raises questions about the role of the bank's lawyers.

Columns

Four Legal Trends Worth Watching

By Kim Kleman |

Seeing opportunities in the legal marketplace, companies are jumping into the breach.

(l-r) Catherine Creely, Mark MacDougall, and Karen Williams, of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld. July 9, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

A Pro Bono Champ

By Aric Press |

A Washington white-collar partner sets the standard for death penalty trial work. There's room for others to follow.

For Lawyers on the Go, Three Great PDF Readers

By Alan Cohen |

For those whose summer reading consists mostly of briefs and deal memos, a trio of mighty PDF apps.

The Work

Big Deals

Medtronic/Covidien; Tyson/Hillshire; Time Inc. Spinoff; Level 3/TW Telecom; Apple/Beats

Big Suits

By Jan Wolfe and Amanda Bronstad |

Meritor v. Eaton; Catholic Healthcare West v. U.S. Foods; Vergara v. State of California; Grocery Manufacturers Association v. Sorrell; Macy's v. J.C. Penney