The Top Law Firms in the United States

The top law firms in the US are actually not all based in New York or Washington DC, some are in Chicago and Pittsburgh, the main industrial centres, and these firms specialize in helping businesses which have a global market. Some of these are Baker and Mackenzie in Chicago and DLA Piper also in Chicago, along with May Blain in the same city and Kana L Gates in Pittsburgh. These firms are among the law firms with the highest number of attorneys, partners and associates in the US.

Baker and Mackenzie and DLA Piper specialize in commercial and business law with offices in many countries, and Baker and Mackenzie pride themselves on employing people from 60 different nationalities, pointing out that this gives them an edge when it comes to knowing how to deal with the business laws in different countries. They assist businesses which trade in the global marketplace and can advise on the laws in different countries. They also have expertise in the culture of the countries in which they have offices -all 68 of them.

Then there are the law firms which also deal with Pro Bono cases and have a more philanthropic outlook, and the top among these are Latham and Watkins who are based in New York and Skaddon, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom also based in New York. The former also has a Diversity Scholarship Program so that more students from different social and ethnic backgrounds get a chance to become lawyers and both take on Pro bono cases. Latham and Watkins won the prestigious American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award in 2003, a testimony to their commitment to take non-paying clients as well as the more affluent clients. Latham and Watkins feature regularly in Top 10 lists of American law firms for various reasons, not only because they are the fifth largest employer of attorneys in the US. They have stuck to their roots which were in labor law and tax, before they began their global expansion.

A very well-known law firm, Hogan Lovell’s began in 1904 in the US with Frank J. Hogan who successfully won high-profile politically charged cases soon after he established his firm. On 1st May 2010, Hogan and Hartson merged with Lovell’s of the UK to become one of the top10 global legal services providers. This company is based in Washington DC but has offices all over the world.

The Necessity of Business Law

Business in general is the backbone of a functioning capitalistic society. Business transactions, contracts and the building of corporations are what makes the United Sates tick. But imagine a world in which business was done, as usual, but without any sort of oversight. There would be no contracts, because there would be no entity that was in place to uphold contracts and force people to abide by their word. There would be massive corruption and scandal as every transaction that occurred would be without repercussion. It is a sad fact that, when left to their own devices, most people take advantage of no only the system in place but of each other. This is why business law exists.

Business law, also known as commercial law, it the body of law the governs business and commercial transactions and is considered to be a branch of civil law. It deals with business issues affecting both the private and public sector.

What Business Law Includes

This type of law has a wide range of practice areas within its umbrella. There are certain, serious breaches concerning business that are criminal-these are known as white collar crimes-and would be tried in a criminal court rather than a civil court. Laws, such as those against insider trading, that affect the core of the economy on a huge level, would not be tried under regular business law. The following things are routinely a part of commercial law lawsuits:

• Corporate contracts-contract law is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, facet of business law. Lawyers in this field will draw up contracts, supervise their signing and then file lawsuits on behalf of a client if a contract is breached. And now days, it seems as if just about everything involves a contract from renting a video to buying a major corporate building.

• Hiring practices-hiring is a tricky issue. There are tons of areas of government reregulation that can get an employer in serious trouble if he or she fails to abide strictly by them. There are also many legal issues involved with letting employees go.

• Manufacture and sales of consumer goods-there are many, many things that go into getting a product placed on the market. There are tests and contracts and codes that all must be put into action.

What Constitutes Business Law?

Running a business or being involved in a corporation can be a very complicated and stressful experience. One component of this is the fact that there are numerous laws and legal restrictions you must abide by. Many of these regulations fall under the term “business law”. By better understanding what business law entails you are better able to take measures for the legal advancement of your organization.

The following are aspects of business that can fall under legal restrictions, making them important components of business law:

  • Exporting and Importing: If you will be working with customs and international business law in the United States and throughout the world it is important you understand the legal restrictions surrounding this practice.
  • Carrying products over land and sea: If you will be shipping or transporting good across the country it is important you are doing so with an understanding of how transfer laws can negatively and positively impact your methods.
  • Distributing consumer goods: There are many laws surrounding who you may sell and market to depending on the specific products you manufacture. If you are not practicing with an awareness of these restrictions you could lose your business.
  • Manufacturing consumer goods: Depending on your product there can be many laws determining what materials you use, how your goods must be made, and more.
  • Hiring and employment practices: Employment law is strictly enforced; from non-discrimination in hiring to proper compensation for workplace injury, there are many factors of employment law that significantly influence your business.
  • Operations of corporations: Because corporations are public entities they have a unique set of restrictions and obligations to follow from that of other business types.
  • Partnerships and mergers: Partnerships and mergers require legally binding agreements to be reached by multiple parties, usually in the form of contractual decisions.

If you are a business leader it is important you seek the assistance of a legal professional who will help you with the above endeavors while also helping you work towards your business goals and interests.

How to Go About Selecting an Attorney For Your Case

How to Select a Personal Injury Attorney

While there are many factors that affect whether a client wins or loses a personal injury case, or affect the level of the settlement, selecting the right personal injury attorney makes the most difference in winning the case. So, how should one go about selecting a personal injury attorney who will get the best results, and the best settlement, for the case?

Most personal injury attorneys have free consultation. You, the client, should use the consultation not only to have the attorney assess your case, but also to interview the attorney to make sure your case will get the attention it deserves. The first indication as to whether you and your case will get the attorney’s full and undivided attention is how you are treated during the free consultation. Obviously, you should expect to discuss the case with an attorney, not with a paralegal, or other members of the attorney’s staff. After all, you are not hiring a paralegal; you are hiring an attorney to understand your case, research the facts of the case, research the law and win your case for you. You want to be able to talk to the attorney first hand, not through intermediaries.

Once you meet with the attorney, outline your case and answer whatever questions the attorney may have. You should then ask the following basic questions. The answers that you get should determine the level of comfort you have regarding the level of attention that the attorney will give you and your case:

1. Who will be handling and researching your case. Is that person an attorney or a member of the staff?

2. If your case goes to trial, will the attorney be fully involved in the litigation or would he outsource the litigation without any involvement?

3. Will the attorney be your contact at the attorney’s office? If so, will he be available during office hours as well as after hours? Would he give you access to his direct telephone, including his cellular phone?

It is a fact that at the offices of some personal injury attorneys, clients come in contact with paralegals and other office staff but never with an attorney. If the attorney responds that his “competent” staff will give their full attention to your case, get a clue. If the attorney is reluctant to give you his cellular number to contact him anytime you have a concern, get another clue.

Many of my clients have confided in me that the reason why they have not selected other attorneys before knocking on my door was the fact that they could not talk to an attorney. They were able to talk to a paralegal or other staff, but not the attorney.

If you are not able to talk to a personal injury attorney during the consultation, or if you do not feel comfortable that your case will be getting the full, undivided attention of the personal injury attorney, find another attorney. There are many good attorneys out there who are anxious to give you and your case their full, undivided attention.

Ramzy Ladah
Las Vegas Personal Injury, LLC
http://www.ladahlaw.com