Monday, October 7, 2013

What's Hot and What's Not in the Legal Profession, 2013 Midyear Report

PRACTICE AREAS


Red Hot

o Intellectual Property Litigation. Fueled even more by the Obama administration’s taking
aim at “patent trolls”. Also see “Other Trends & Issues”.
o Health Care
o Energy
o Regulatory. One of the areas that keeps Chief Legal Officers awake at night. Covers a wide
range of matters including cybersecurity and social media, Also see “Other Trends & Issues”.

Hot
o Labor & Employment.
o Immigation whether or not there is any real reform.

Cool
o Bankruptcy unless the economy goes back in the tank again.
o Commercial Litigation except for “bet the company” suits.
o IPOs. But some sources say there will be a lot coming in the global market later this year.
o Securities Fraud. The SEC is filing significantly fewer cases.

GEOGRAPHIC MARKETS

o Houston continues to be hot because of health care and technology in addition to energy.

Continue to full report here.