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  • Justices Pass On Discrimination Suit Over Calif. Bar Exam

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a Massachusetts patent attorney's suit alleging age discrimination is baked into the California bar exam.

  • Healthcare Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells' health team secured multibillion-dollar acquisitions and redefined the limits of federal antitrust challenges against state healthcare transactions in just two chapters of its landmark year for the health practice group, landing it among Law360's 2023 Healthcare Practice Groups of the Year.

  • Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP negotiated deals that allowed NBCUniversal to expand its streaming platform to sub-Saharan Africa and Taboola to power native advertising on Yahoo-owned websites, plus defeated a $177 million lawsuit against longtime client Comcast, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Media & Entertainment Groups of the Year.

  • Private Equity Group Of The Year: Paul Weiss

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP advised private equity giant Apollo in nearly $30 billion of publicly disclosed transactions, including multiple multibillion-dollar take-private acquisitions, despite a slow deals market, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Private Equity Groups of the Year.

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    An Atty's Path From BigLaw To Solo Practice To Legal Tech

    Attorney Eddie Nasser joined the legal technology startup Paxton AI on Jan. 29 as the company's legal product lead, leaving the practice of law behind to help with the legal tool he once used.

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    Is BigLaw Ready To Talk About Its Bullying Problem?

    The legal community exploded into debate recently after a Black associate's lawsuit accusing her former BigLaw employer of discrimination excerpted an excoriating email from a partner that some online deemed unacceptable and bullying, and others said was simply a fact of BigLaw life.

  • Quinn Emanuel Can't Collect On LA County's $280K Legal Bill

    A Los Angeles judge on Friday dismissed Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's lawsuit seeking to collect more than $280,000 in legal bills from Los Angeles County, saying the claims should have been filed in a counter-suit after the defendants sued the firm several years ago.

  • Indiana Justices OK Bar Exam For Nonaccredited Schools

    The Indiana Supreme Court has opened a pathway for graduates of law schools that have not been accredited by the American Bar Association to sit for the state's bar exam.

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    Hispanic Bar Foundation President Talks DEI In 2024

    Justin Carlson, the chief legal officer and general counsel at Florida-based software company Velocity Solutions, was appointed president of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation in September after years both volunteering and participating in its programs.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    King & Spalding LLP leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after a California federal jury awarded mobile game platform Skillz $42.9 million in a patent infringement fight against rival AviaGames.

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    Law Firms Call For Federal Courts To Favor Virtual Testimony

    A group of class action law firms and a Harvard Law School professor asked an advisory committee earlier this week to change federal court rules to prefer live virtual testimony over recorded deposition video for witnesses who can't appear in person in court.

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    Office Snapshot: Mayer Brown's Legacy In Chicago

    Mayer Brown's oldest and largest base, in Chicago, has been under new leadership for a year now, and its footprint in the Windy City has endured as alumni take prominent positions on the bench and the office keeps an eye on opportunities for both lateral and internal growth.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Wachtell

    Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz helped heavyweight clients in major 2023 deals, including Pfizer in its $43 billion acquisition of Seagen and the parent company of Michael Kors in its $10 billion sale to the owner of Kate Spade, putting the firm among Law360's Mergers and Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • International Arbitration Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP won a $16 billion victory against the Republic of Argentina for former shareholders of YPF SA in what the firm said is the largest U.S. judgment ever against a sovereign nation — and one of the largest U.S. judgments ever — landing it among Law360's 2023 International Arbitration Groups of the Year.

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    Ex-Jenner & Block Litigator Joins Holland & Knight In Chicago

    Holland & Knight LLP has brought on a longtime Jenner & Block LLP partner to bolster its litigation practice as a partner based in its Chicago office.

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    Morrison Cohen Vet Joins BakerHostetler's Growing Biz Team

    BakerHostetler has hired a Morrison Cohen LLP deals attorney in New York, making him the latest addition to its business practice group, Law360 Pulse learned on Friday.

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    With 5 Years In Minneapolis, Saul Ewing Changes Leadership

    As Saul Ewing LLP celebrates the fifth anniversary of its launch in Minneapolis, the firm announced on Thursday that it had appointed a new office leader.

  • Intellectual Property Group Of The Year: Williams & Connolly

    Attorneys at Williams & Connolly LLP had a landmark year with two precedent-setting victories in the U.S. Supreme Court that will affect copyright and trademark litigation for years to come, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • Insurance Group Of The Year: Wiley

    Wiley Rein LLP helped major insurers score wins while navigating complex and novel coverage issues, including the applicability of "bump-up" exclusions and the scope of cyber liability policies, cementing the firm as one of Law360's 2023 Insurance Groups of the Year.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another busy week as attorneys made moves and grappled with the implications of artificial intelligence. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Law Class Of 2023 Gave $104M In Pro Bono Legal Services

    Members of the law class of 2023 volunteered more than 3,289,714 hours in legal services as part of their education last year, giving a total of over $104.6 million worth of their time, according to a recent survey by the nonprofit Association of American Law Schools.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds FDA Expert From Emord & Associates

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has hired a shareholder in Phoenix who spent over 16 years with boutique Emord & Associates PC to continue his practice counseling businesses regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on a range of compliance matters, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Kirkland Fights Uphill To Get Atty's Info From 2 BigLaw Firms

    A California federal magistrate judge appeared skeptical Thursday of Kirkland & Ellis' bid to subpoena confidential personnel information from a former IP associate's prior employers Paul Hastings LLP and Fish & Richardson PC in Kirkland's defense against her discrimination suit, telling counsel the requests seem overbroad and "at best marginally relevant."

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    Report Shows Women Making Progress On BigLaw Deals

    Female attorneys increasingly appear on the teams that negotiate the big deals law firms love to tout, and they're on track to continue "advancing up the team ladder and gaining power" even as law firms step back from some diversity programs in response to litigation challenges from conservative groups, according to a new report.

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    Ex-NY Federal Prosecutor To Co-Lead Akin White Collar Group

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP on Thursday announced that it has named a New York-based partner and former federal prosecutor as co-head of its white collar defense and government investigations practice.

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Expert Analysis

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World Author Photo

    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

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    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

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