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  • Young Conaway Expands To NC With Charlotte Office

    Delaware-based Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP announced that it recently expanded to North Carolina with the opening of its third office location in Charlotte.

  • Real Estate Group Of The Year: Fried Frank

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP helped clients close deals last year for the development of prominent additions to the New York City and Las Vegas skylines, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • Project Finance Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    A $7 billion deal to finance a liquefied natural gas facility in Texas is one of several clean or renewable energy transactions in which Sullivan & Cromwell LLP played a leading role in 2023, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • Product Liability Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP's product liability group helped McKesson Corp. notch a trial win in the nationwide opioid litigation and secured a dismissal of claims against Hain Celestial Group Inc. over allegations that their baby food contained dangerous amounts of heavy metals, earning the group a spot as one of Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • Securities Group Of The Year: Bernstein Litowitz

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP recently secured $1 billion for Wells Fargo investors who claimed losses over the bank's risk management practices and reached a $145 million settlement on behalf of investors in Allianz's Structured Alpha Funds, earning the firm a place among Law360's Securities Practice Groups of the Year.

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    Office Snapshot: Ballard Spahr Warms Up To Phoenix Digs

    In the 18 years since opening its Phoenix, Arizona, office in 2006, Ballard Spahr LLP has been steadily growing its practices there while participating in the revitalization of the city's downtown and committing thousands of hours to pro bono causes.

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    Sheppard Mullin Adds 2nd Healthcare Partner This Month

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has continued its recent growth of the firm's Chicago office and its healthcare team with the addition of a second partner within the last month.

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    King & Spalding Launches In Dallas With Gibson Dunn Leader

    King & Spalding LLP has planted its flag in Dallas with a new office "anchored" by a longtime trial attorney who co-chaired Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's global litigation practice group, the firm said Monday.

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    Bar-Takers See Accommodation Gap For Periods, Lactation

    As would-be lawyers prepare to take the bar exam, testing accommodations for those who menstruate or lactate will vary by jurisdiction. In recent years, there's been a reckoning on state bar policies that affect women and transgender test-takers, but advocates say there's more to be done.

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    Paul Hastings Adds FDA Practice Chair From King & Spalding

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that a King & Spalding partner specializing in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and life sciences has joined the firm as chair of its new FDA practice in Washington, D.C.

  • Md. Judge Won't Toss Ex-Baltimore State's Atty's Conviction

    A Maryland federal judge has refused to acquit former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby of lying on mortgage applications for a vacation home, rejecting her contention that charges were brought in the wrong venue and finding that prosecutors put forward sufficient evidence for a reasonable jury to find her guilty.

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    Reed Smith Names New Heads In Downtown LA, Century City

    Reed Smith LLP has named new managing partners at its two Los Angeles offices, with a longtime corporate attorney assuming control in the Century City office and a labor and employment attorney taking the reins in the downtown Los Angeles office.

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    Ex-Dechert Atty Can Keep Depo Confidential In Hacking Case

    A former Dechert LLP partner can keep her deposition under wraps in an airline mogul's suit seeking to prove an international hacking conspiracy, a special master in North Carolina has ruled in a blow to the tycoon, who accused the attorney of trying to shield misconduct.

  • Rutgers Law Students Rip Classmate's Bias Suit Subpoenas

    A pair of Rutgers Law School students asked a New Jersey state court to shut down subpoenas they received as part of a classmate's suit accusing the school of antisemitic bias for opening a disciplinary investigation against him after he spoke out against the same pair of students for allegedly spreading antisemitism.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The justices issued two unanimous opinions this week involving double jeopardy and maritime law, but they were in less agreement during four oral arguments, particularly one over an environmental rule on the court's emergency docket. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Polsinelli Real Estate Atty Made Co-Manager Of Chicago Office

    A Polsinelli PC shareholder and experienced real estate attorney has been tapped to co-manage the firm's 200-person Chicago office, the BigLaw firm announced.

  • International Trade Group Of The Year: Grunfeld Desiderio

    Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP continued to rack up critical wins for foreign exporters in the past year, including a major Chinese tire manufacturer for which it secured a rare 0% dumping rate, and successfully defended against fraud allegations by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 International Trade Groups of the Year.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Cunningham Bounds LLC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos count as children.

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    Office Snapshot: Mayer Brown's Empire State Of Growth

    Having surpassed a headcount of 300 attorneys at its New York office last fall, Mayer Brown LLP says the Empire State shop is a hotbed of recruiting activity.

  • Healthcare Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's recent work overcoming antitrust challenges to major healthcare transactions, including its victory at a federal bench trial over the government's attempt to block a $13 billion acquisition by UnitedHealth Group, has earned the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Healthcare Groups of the Year.

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    3 Common Barriers As Law Firms Embrace Upward Reviews

    Upward reviews, in which associates provide feedback on partners' performance as their managers, have become increasingly popular in the legal industry in recent years, but according to consultants who help implement them, the potential upsides can be muted if firms fail to avoid some common mistakes.

  • Sports & Betting Practice Group Of the Year: Paul Weiss

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP guided World Wrestling Entertainment to a better deal for shareholders in a $21 billion merger with the parent company of Ultimate Fighting Championship while conducting an internal investigation of the Northwestern University athletics department in the wake of a hazing scandal, earning it a spot in Law360's 2023 Sports and Betting Groups of the Year.

  • Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Williams & Connolly

    Williams & Connolly LLP pulled off a hat trick at the U.S. Supreme Court in May 2023 when it secured three victories on issues of tech company liability and photography ownership on the same day, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Media and Entertainment Groups of the Year.

  • Project Finance Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP guided financing for a Pennsylvania bridge replacement project of unrivaled proportions and navigated a first-of-its-kind tax credit transfer transaction amid a renewable energy portfolio buy, landing the firm a spot among Law360's 2024 Project Finance Groups of the Year.

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    How Jenner & Block Is Living Up To $250M Pro Bono Pledge

    After pledging four years ago to provide $250 million in free legal assistance through 2025, the co-chair of Jenner & Block LLP’s pro bono committee told Law360 recently that the firm was already 80% of the way toward its goal as attorneys tackle matters involving immigration, humanitarian parole, voting access and more.

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Expert Analysis

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Priorities For Improving The Legal Industry In Texas Author Photo

    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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