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    Office Snapshot: Wilson Sonsini Debuts New London HQ

    The antique-looking American flag and the collection of weathered baseball bats are impossible to ignore in the main conference room of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC's new London offices.

  • Clifford Chance Pulls Offers From Trainees Who Failed Exam

    Clifford Chance LLP has withdrawn offers from U.K. trainees who failed to pass the solicitors' qualifying exam on their first attempt as the new system continues to prove challenging for aspiring lawyers.

  • Slaughter And May Cuts Partner Promotions By Half In 2024

    Slaughter and May said on Wednesday that it is adding to its bench of up-and-coming leaders by promoting five lawyers to its partnership — only half the number it elevated in 2023.

  • King & Spalding Adds Ex-PwC Tax Pro As Partner In NY

    An experienced tax attorney has joined King & Spalding LLP in New York after working at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for six years.

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    Pillsbury Energy Ace Jumps To Baker Botts In NY

    A former Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP partner with close to 20 years of experience has made the leap to Baker Botts LLP, bolstering the energy, projects and transactions section of the firm's global projects department.

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    US Chamber's Litigation Funding Concerns Spur 2 State Laws

    Amid concerns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about third-party litigation funding, including from potentially hostile foreign entities, state legislatures in Indiana and West Virginia have recently passed bills imposing restrictions on the practice.

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    Paul Hastings Adds Longtime White & Case Arbitration Pro

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Wednesday that it has recruited the longtime leader of White & Case LLP's Latin America arbitration practice to serve as global co-chair of its international arbitration practice.

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    Ex-Lewis Brisbois Atty Sues Firm, Pointing To Racist Emails

    A former Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP lawyer filed race and disability discrimination claims against the firm on Tuesday, alleging that he was forced to resign after dealing with medical issues that prompted the firm to take away his cases and wrongfully withhold his pay.

  • Kirkland Restructuring Ace To Join Hilco Global As Vice Chair

    James H.M. Sprayregen, the founder of Kirkland & Ellis' restructuring practice group and a well-known deal-maker in the corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions community, is set to join Hilco Global as a vice chair, the financial services holding company announced Tuesday.

  • Herbert Smith Names 4 Lawyers To Head Global ESG Team

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has appointed a senior associate in its office in London to one of four new roles leading its global environmental, social and governance practice as clients increasingly seek advice on areas including human rights and responsible investing.

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    Future Of Judge-Shopping Reform Hazy After Rule Proposal

    The policymaking body for U.S. courts provoked a stir last week when it proposed a rule designed to curb "judge shopping," with observers saying that the policy does address one type of the practice but that it remains to be seen if individual federal district courts will be willing to adopt even that limited reform.

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    WilmerHale Elevates 5 Leaders Known For High-Stakes Work

    WilmerHale unveiled five major firmwide and office leadership appointments on Monday, elevating practice and department leaders on both coasts as the firm continues making its mark on headline-grabbing disputes.

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    Crowell & Moring Hires Allen & Overy IP Litigator In Brussels

    Crowell & Moring LLP has added a new partner to its Brussels office, strengthening its European intellectual property practice as clients increasingly seek advice to navigate rapidly changing liability regulations.

  • 2 Arbitration Bodies Donate $750K For Diversity Efforts

    Two nonprofits focused on the alternative dispute resolution field — the American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation and the JAMS Foundation — jointly announced on Monday a $750,000 grant to support efforts to increase diversity among arbitrators and mediators.

  • Alston & Bird, Ex-Staffer Dodge Ga. Judge's Contempt Threat

    A Georgia federal judge in a hearing Tuesday backed off a threat to hold in contempt lawyers for Alston & Bird LLP and a former diversity staffer who sued the firm, alleging unpaid overtime claims, over their repeated failures to file a $55,000 settlement agreement with the court.

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    Norton Rose Launches Technology Transactions Practice

    Norton Rose Fulbright announced Monday that it has formally launched a technology transactions practice team in the U.S. to help advise clients about matters including those involving artificial intelligence and digital outsourcing.

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    Faegre Drinker Adds Ex-DLA Piper Commodities Pro In Dallas

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has strengthened its finance and restructuring practice in Dallas with partner Deanna Reitman, an experienced commodities lawyer who previously worked at DLA Piper.

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    Ropes & Gray Adds Former Cooley Antitrust Partner In DC

    Ropes & Gray LLP has added a longtime Cooley LLP partner who has helped guide some of the largest corporate mergers and acquisitions in recent years, some of which totaled multiple billions of dollars, the firm announced Monday.

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    Kilpatrick Taps IP Leader As Next Firm Chair

    Kilpatrick is turning to the leader of its intellectual property department in Atlanta to succeed the firm's longtime chair when he steps down from the role later this year.

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    K&L Gates Adds Hanson Bridgett, Reed Smith Corporate Attys

    K&L Gates LLP is expanding its California corporate team, announcing Monday it is bringing in a Reed Smith LLP life sciences transactional ace as a partner in its Orange County office and a Hanson Bridgett LLP emerging companies specialist as a partner in its Silicon Valley office.

  • RBG Award Gala Axed After Objections To Musk, Murdoch Nods

    Following objections by family members of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the foundation presenting her namesake leadership award has canceled the ceremony, saying it meant no offense in naming Elon Musk, Rupert Murdoch, Sylvester Stallone, Martha Stewart and Michael Milken as the 2024 honorees.

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    5 Moments That Swayed Ga. Judge In the Trump Case DQ Bid

    After days of testimony about the romantic and financial relationship between Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis and the lawyer she appointed to lead the election interference case against Donald Trump, a Georgia judge last week ordered Willis to shuffle the prosecution team. How did he reach that ruling? Here are five moments that swayed the judge.

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    Kirkland Wants To Escape Suit Over Ex-Judge's Relationship

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP wants to bring down the hammer on a racketeering lawsuit claiming the firm "conspired" to profit from a Texas bankruptcy judge's secret romance scandal, saying the "flimsy" suit should be dismissed, and both the plaintiff and his attorneys at Bandas Law Firm PC should be sanctioned for filing it.

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    Seton Hall Aims To Erase Ex-President's 'Sensational' Suit

    Seton Hall University has called on a New Jersey state court to throw out its former president's claims he was forced out for blowing the whistle on alleged misconduct by former board chair and prominent criminal defense attorney Kevin Marino, saying the suit is "what can best be described as gamesmanship, and at worst sheer dishonesty."

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    BakerHostetler's LA Office Moves To Century City 'Destination'

    BakerHostetler has relocated its Los Angeles office, announcing Monday it was moving it to Century City from its previous location in Brentwood.

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