2020 Summer Business Edition

The Best Lawyers Business Edition is an intersection of current events, business, and legal trends within technology and intellectual property law practice areas. Industry professionals within these areas weigh in with their thoughts and achievements.

Cover Story

Without Congressional action, the years ahead will see a tsunami of suits filed against the insurance industry for COVID-19-related claims. Our intensive surveys shed some disturbing light on potential jurors’ attitudes and perspectives.

Jury Study Sounds Alarm for Insurance Industry

Christopher W. Martin

Without Congressional action, the years ahead will see a tsunami of suits filed against the insurance industry for COVID-19-related claims. Our intensive surveys shed some disturbing light on potential jurors’ attitudes and perspectives.

Spotlight

When a Dream Home Becomes a Nightmare

Peter B. McGlynn and Robert W. Stetson

A modern-day Bleak House* offers a cautionary tale about buying real estate—and a legal strategy that helped our clients gain redress.

No Idle Preference

Joseph Briggett

Amid Covid-19 economic uncertainty, Congress has continued to tinker with the Small Business Reorganization Act. How will the reworked law change bankruptcy preference litigation?

The Next Pandemic

Roberta F. Green

An incipient wave of litigation generated by the coronavirus hasn’t even begun to crest. Here’s a look at current conditions—and what lies ahead.

In Focus

Selection Protection

Robert A. Clifford and Bradley M. Cosgrove

Jury Research in High Profile Cases

Is It Live . . . Or Is It Virtual?

Adrian L. Bastianelli III, Paulo Flores, Kevin J. O’Connor, and Robert S. Peckar

Mediation via Zoom is just one of the legal-industry oddities the pandemic has wrought. Here’s a cheat sheet for how to make it work for you—and some thoughts on whether it’s here to stay.

The Virtual Courtroom

Andrew E. Curto and Danielle E. Tricolla

Why some of the industry changes the pandemic has wrought—the advent of remote courthouse appearances chief among them—deserve to outlast the return to normal life.