Jordan Weissman profiles D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles and his efforts to reform his 350-lawyer office by bringing in new lawyers and making the District a tougher target for the litigious. But Nickles' tough style has brought on criticism, as some in the D.C. Council have begun to refer to him as Mayor Adrian Fenty’s very own Dick Cheney.
Jeff Jeffrey reveals details about the proposed structure of a firm that could be created from a merger between Hogan & Hartson and Lovells next year. The firm’s top leaders have hit the road to drum up support in advance of a partnership vote on the deal in mid-December.
Karen Sloan takes a look at efforts to boost the number of women in top law firm positions as part of a National Law Journal special report on women in law. Women account for more than 45 percent of law firm associates but only 19 percent of partners. So the Project for Attorney Retention is spearheading an initiative called the Diversity & Flexibility Connection to ensure firms have flexible working schedules to help retain women.
Marcia Coyle dissects the Supreme Court bound case brought by Edina, Minn.-based firm Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, challenging a 2005 federal law that requires them to advertise as a debt relief agency. The case will be heard Dec. 1.
Leigh Jones eyes the growing trend of third-party litigation funding and the challenges the field is facing. Third-party funding firms provide money to a corporation to pay for the cost of arbitrating or litigating a claim as a plaintiff, then get a piece of the potential award.