Under contract: How much does the federal government spend on outside legal services? And who gets the work? Until now, the answers haven’t been clear. Andrew Ramonas examined 67,000 records over the last year, and for the first time we lay out the scope of legal spending by federal agencies.
Jones Day lands 6 high court clerks: Tony Mauro reports that Jones Day is raising eyebrows with its decision to hire a sixth former U.S. Supreme Court law clerk from the last term.
Legal malpractice puzzle: As messy as legal malpractice lawsuits can be, the base relationship is usually straightforward: a lawyer facing accusations of wrongdoing by a client. But Zoe Tillman reports that a case before the D.C. Court of Appeals this month is testing the limits of who can be considered a client and when nonclients can sue for malpractice.
Lone defendant fights back: A Japanese textile company that's potentially on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars in a fraud suit is vigorously fighting the U.S. Justice Department and a whistleblower, setting up the potential for a rare trial under the False Claims Act. Mike Scarcella has the story.
Chicago Legal Departments of the Year: In this special report, The National Law Journal recognizes the Chicago metropolitan area’s top in-house departments and their general counsel.