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Corporate Counsel

Backstory: Reconnect Redux

The Association of Corporate Counsel’s 2016 Law Department Management Report has a bit of a good news-bad news flavor to it. The good news is that law departments continue to gain “greater access to the inner sanctums where decisions are made,” as ACC puts it in its executive...

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Civil Justice

Civil Justice Playbook: Hail the New Litigation Hell

There’s a new sheriff in lawsuit land. Displacing California, ranked as the top Judicial Hellhole three of the last four years, is the city of St. Louis, Missouri, which topped the annual Judicial Hellholes report released last month by the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF). The #1...

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Backstory: GC Comp: Doing More with . . . a Little More

Median compensation for general counsel increased slightly between 2014 and 2015 at companies ranging from under $1 billion in revenue to more than $15 billion, according to “General Counsel Pay Trends 2016,” a new survey from Equilar, which collects information on 150,000 executives...

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Civil Justice

Civil Justice Playbook: This Idea Makes Dollars & Sense

To hear him tell it, Christopher Bogart, co-founder and CEO of Burford Capital, the world’s largest publicly traded provider of litigation and specialty finance to the legal industry, fell into litigation funding. Look at his resume, however, and it seems inevitable. Bogart was a banker, a...

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Career Development

Backstory: City Bar Gets Tough on Diversity

In an attempt to jumpstart what it calls “stalled progress” for minority and women lawyers, the New York City Bar is getting tough on firms in the world’s biggest legal market. In its recently released Diversity Benchmarking Report – which included the news that...

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Information Governance

Backstory: Imagine...

In a post this summer to the Seyfarth Shaw blog, Seytlines, Ken Grady, the firm’s “Lean Law Evangelist” and former CEO of SeyfarthLean Consulting, conducted a fascinating thought experiment. Here is how he framed it: “The chatter today is about a world with different types...

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Contracts

Civil Justice Playbook: The Give and the Get of M&A Suits: Practitioners should expect that disclosure-only settlements will be met with continued disfavor.

Perverse. Frivolous. Collusive. Wasteful. Pointless. Stinky. Excessive. Worthless. Horse hockey. No, we’re not talking about the U.S. presidential election. These are judges and commentators characterizing disclosure-only settlements of M&A litigation, which, in no small part due to the...

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