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Supreme Court Rejects NFL Settlement Challenge

By Max Mitchell |

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked efforts by a group of retired professional football players to challenge the NFL’s $1 billion settlement over concussion-related litigation.

Cassie Sadowitz and Megha Parekh

How a Young Lawyer Landed a Pro Football GC Job

By Stephanie Forshee |

When the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Buffalo Bills this Sunday, Cassie Sadowitz will be cheering them on. But she's not just any fan. She's the team's general counsel.

Clarence Thomas.

Justice Thomas to Fed Society: Scalia's Work Is 'Prologue'

By Tony Mauro |

At a convention buoyed by the Republicans' election sweep, Justice Clarence Thomas called on hundreds of Federalist Society members to continue the work of the late Antonin Scalia in promoting originalism and limited government.

Your New Partner, Mr. Robot?

By Ian Lopez |

As the information age unfolds, lawyers are turning to the technology they once strongly turned against. LTN explores in this week's AI roundup.

The General Counsel's Role in Briefing the Board Postelection

By Michael W. Peregrine |

While much of the current discussion is speculation, corporate leadership should be encouraged to begin briefing the board right now on potential policy implications.

Josh King is the Chief Legal Officer at Avvo, Inc.

Is It Time to Liberalize Attorney Advertising? One In-House Lawyer Says Yes

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Bar associations have dramatically limited what attorneys can say in advertisements. Josh King, chief legal officer of the online legal marketplace Avvo Inc., thinks that it's time for that to stop.

Baker Donelson “Accelerates” Cybersecurity Startups

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

In building investment in Atlanta’s cybersecurity scene, the law firm found its second start-up partner in Authomate.

U.S. Supreme Court.

11th Circuit’s Pryor Leads ‘Fantasy’ Poll to Predict Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

By Tony Mauro |

A "Fantasy SCOTUS" poll launched Tuesday to predict President-elect Donald Trump's first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court has put federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge and William Pryor in the lead.

Reince Priebus.

Law School Classmates Call Priebus a 'Voice of Reason' for Trump White House

By Meredith Hobbs |

Fellow students from Reince Priebus' University of Miami days said they hope he'll be the even-keeled yin to Donald Trump's unpredictable yang.

Petco Animal Supplies.

Amid Leadership Shake-Up, Petco Announces New GC

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

For nearly six years, in-house lawyer Alan Tse has been helping run the Kentucky Derby. Now he'll be lending his talents to another animal-centric company, the retailer Petro Animal Supplies Inc.

GCs Play Big Role in Handling Data Breach Compliance, Survey Finds

By Jan Wolfe |

An increasing number of companies view the general counsel as the go-to person for handling compliance issues arising from a data breach, according to a recently releaaed survey of risk management officers.

Petco Animal Supplies.

Amid Leadership Shake-Up, Petco Announces New GC

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

For nearly six years, in-house lawyer Alan Tse has been helping run the Kentucky Derby. Now he'll be lending his talents to another animal-centric company, the retailer Petro Animal Supplies Inc.

Cybersecurity Madness: 3 Things that Really Matter and 3 That Don't

By Diane D. Reynolds and Leonardo M. Tamburello |

Here's a road map for corporate legal professionals seeking to cut through the jargon and marketing hype and develop a rational and cost-effective means of managing risks related to data privacy and online security.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, D.C.

How GCs Should Prepare for Trump's ACA Repeal

By Kristen Rasmussen |

President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something, well, more affordable. Beyond that broad declaration, though, Trump has been less than forthcoming with details about what exactly he would do, leading to widespread uncertainty in the health care industry. Nonetheless, there are many things companies, health care and otherwise, can be doing now to prepare for the potential dismantling of the six-year-old law, experts say.

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sartorial Dissent? Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Neckwear After Trump Election

By Marcia Coyle |

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday appeared to sport her "dissenting" jabot—the one she wears when she reads from her dissenting opinion. The style and color differ than her more usual white neckwear.

Hillary Clinton, left, and Donald Trump, right.

Behind Clinton and Trump, an Army of Lawyers on High Alert

By Jenna Greene |

If post-election litigation erupts, both sides have lawyers at the ready in key battleground states.

Attorney General Janet Reno, center, flanked by Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, left, and Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard, gestures during the National Summit on Children Exposed to Violence, Thursday June 24, 1999, in Washington.

'In the Room' With Janet Reno: Remembering the AG in Action

By Zoe Tillman |

She had zero tolerance for politics and was driven by the impact her decisions had on real people, say the lawyers who worked with Reno at Main Justice.

Attorney General Janet Reno testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a oversight hearing on 1996 campaign finance investigation, June 27, 2000

Janet Reno Dies After Long Battle with Parkinson’s

By John Pacenti and ALM Staff |

Janet Reno was many things. A South Florida icon. The first woman U.S. attorney general. And the first woman state attorney for Miami-Dade County. Reno died Monday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 78.

No Privilege Ruling Alarms General Counsel

By Sue Reisinger |

In a blow to in-house lawyers, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled that communications between corporate counsel and former employees are not privileged and are freely discoverable. 
The 5-4 decision states that attorney-client privilege doesn't exist because the former employee no longer has an ongoing principal-agent relationship with the corporation.

Hillary Clinton. Shutterstock

Understanding the Reality of Review in the Clinton Email Investigation

By Ian Lopez |

The data set is relatively small, but other factors may push answers beyond Election Day.

James Gilliland, Kilpatrick Townsend partner. Photo by Jason Doiy.

California Kilpatrick Partner Killed in Shooting

By Rebecca Cohen |

Colleagues are mourning the Kilpatrick Townsend IP litigator, who was fatally shot on his porch Thursday, according to news reports.

Donald Trump at the NBCUNIVERSAL 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel on January 16, 2015 in Pasadena, CA.

Were NBC's Lawyers Too Cautious With the Trump Tape?

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

In-house lawyers reportedly delayed NBC News' coverage of the now-infamous "Trump tape," giving The Washington Post an opening to break the blockbuster story first. Were NBC's lawyers cautious to a fault?

FCC Fines Comcast Record $2.3M for Wrongly Charging Customers

By Ben Seal |

The Federal Communications Commission entered into a consent decree with Comcast Corp. on Tuesday under which it will pay the largest civil penalty ever assessed of a cable operator for its billing practices and enter a five-year compliance plan.

3 Backup Tips to Protect Your Firm's Data

By Julie Machal-Fulks |

It is important for attorneys to regularly review and improve their processes related to backups and recommend that their clients do the same.

7 Myths about Dealing with Activist Investors—and the Realities

By Charles Nathan |

The purpose of this article is to debunk the myths and articulate the reality of activist investing.

cosmetics label

In the Beauty Industry, Lawyers Push for Regulatory Overhaul

By Stephanie Forshee |

What's in my beauty products? More than ever before, consumers are demanding an answer to that question. And a growing number of lawyers are helping them get answers.

Joe Whitley, left, and Justin Daniels, right, of Baker Donelson.

Spotlight on the Southeast: Atlanta's Emerging Cybersecurity Ecosystem

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Baker Donelson's CyberCon 2016 brought together Atlanta business, legal and government leaders to discuss cybersecurity.