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    Baker Botts' 12 New Partners Will Match 2023 Promotions

    Baker Botts LLP will elevate a dozen attorneys to partner next month, matching the firm's promotion class from 2023, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Proskauer Adds 2 Milbank Global Finance Attys

    Proskauer Rose LLP added two global finance attorneys who had been with Milbank LLP as partners in its Boston and New York offices, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Perkins Coie Matches Cravath On Associate Salaries

    Perkins Coie LLP confirmed on Thursday that it will meet the scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP for associate salary increases this year, but there is a caveat for midlevel and senior associates.

  • Intellectual Property Group Of The Year: Irell

    Irell & Manella LLP helped VLSI win a nearly $949 million verdict against Intel Corp. for infringing a patent for microchip technology, and represented Netlist in its win where a jury said Samsung owes $303 million for willfully infringing five flash memory patents, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • Insurance Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Insurance attorneys at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP helped Travelers score a win against CVS in a coverage fight over claims stemming from the opioid epidemic, securing the firm a spot on Law360's 2023 Insurance Groups of the Year.

  • M&A Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's mergers and acquisitions team tackled some of the biggest, industry-shaping matters of the last year, including advising Seagen in the biggest all-cash pharma deal and representing Amgen in its $27.8 billion acquisition of Horizon Therapeutics, landing the firm a spot on Law360's 2023 Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • International Arbitration Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP aided hip-hop mogul Jay-Z in navigating closely watched arbitration hearings and related litigation as he sparred with liquor giant Bacardi over the multibillion-dollar valuation of their joint cognac venture, earning the law firm a spot among Law360's 2023 International Arbitration Groups of the Year.

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    Ex-McElroy Deutsch CFO Charged With $1.5M Theft From Firm

    McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP's former chief financial officer has been hit with criminal charges in New Jersey state court alleging he embezzled more than $1.5 million from the firm over a five-year period in unauthorized compensation and company credit card charges for personal expenses, prosecutors said Thursday.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds 2 Real Estate Experts From DLA Piper

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has brought on two seasoned DLA Piper construction law experts as its newest shareholders, adding them to the firm's Atlanta office in what Greenberg Traurig called a "strategic move to enhance its full-service, industry-leading real estate capabilities."

  • As In-House Teams Adopt AI, Law Firm Work Expected To Dip

    The integration of generative artificial intelligence into legal practice marks a pivotal shift in the industry. As in-house lawyers increasingly leverage these technologies, the volume and nature of work sought from outside counsel may change dramatically, according to a recent report.

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    Perkins Coie Keeps Malpractice Win Over Trustee's Standing

    Perkins Coie LLP this week secured a Texas state appellate decision that upheld the dismissal of a malpractice lawsuit brought by a bankruptcy trustee for one of the firm's former clients, with the appellate panel concurring with a trial judge that the trustee lacked standing to pursue the claims.

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    AI Use Among 'New Criteria' Differentiating Outside Counsel

    While top corporate lawyers have a keen interest in how outside counsel will use generative artificial intelligence, many are in the dark about their law firms' views and strategies on the technology, according to a new report.

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    Seward & Kissel Hires Marketing Leader From Nardello & Co.

    Seward & Kissel LLP announced Wednesday the latest addition to its leadership with the hiring of the chief marketing officer of investigations firm Nardello & Co.

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    Hogan Lovells Taps 25-Year Vet For Litigation Leadership Role

    Hogan Lovells has tapped a Washington, D.C., partner who has spent more than 25 years with the firm, as its practice area leader for the Americas litigation practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Husch Blackwell Adds Ex-Perkins Coie Energy Co-Chair

    Husch Blackwell LLP has added the former co-chair of Perkins Coie LLP's nationwide energy industry group and another energy regulatory and environmental attorney from that firm as partners in its Madison, Wisconsin, office, it announced Wednesday.

  • Intellectual Property Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP scored a directed verdict of noninfringement for Dell during a $435 million patent trial in front of U.S. District Judge Alan Albright and shielded SharkNinja from any business interruption during proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission, earning the firm a spot in Law360's 2023 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

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    Orrick Hit By Exodus To Hogan Lovells, BonelliErede In Italy

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's Italian arm this week has seen nearly 40 lawyers — around half its Italian cohort — jump ship to rival firms Hogan Lovells and BonelliErede, in a blow to the U.S. firm's European presence.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Latham

    Latham & Watkins LLP had a strong year bringing companies and assets together for their clients, from the UFC's $21 billion merger with the WWE to guiding the years' largest energy transaction in the U.S., earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Mergers And Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • Insurance Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP cemented an appellate court victory for Merck in a $1.2 billion dispute over the applicability of a war exclusion in the health giant's property policies this past year, topping a remarkable list of wins that earned the firm a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Insurance Groups of the Year.

  • Energy Group Of The Year: Vinson & Elkins

    Vinson & Elkins LLP won a $280 million judgment for an Antero Midstream Corp. subsidiary in a water treatment facility dispute with Veolia, successfully defended Aera Energy LLC in an oil field development fight in California and also advised on billions of dollars of projects, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Energy Groups of the Year.

  • International Arbitration Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP was able to convince an international tribunal last April to order Russia to pay $5 billion to Naftogaz after the Kremlin seized the Ukrainian state-owned oil and gas company's Crimean assets, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 International Arbitration Groups of the Year.

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    Dechert Hires Weil Middle-Market Financing Partner In NY

    Dechert LLP has hired a Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP partner with over 25 years of experience to continue working on private credit and securities law matters, Dechert announced Wednesday.

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    How Associates Can Handle Romance At The Office

    Perhaps he maintained eye contact during the boring meeting for a bit longer than expected. Or maybe when other lawyers rolled their eyes at the corny joke, she actually laughed.

  • Judge Says Latham Deserves Default Win Over Scam Domains

    Latham & Watkins LLP should be handed a default win against an unknown scammer it accused of registering dozens of domain names to impersonate the firm and one of its attorneys in an attempt to defraud clients, a federal magistrate judge in Virginia recommended Tuesday, determining the firm has a protectable interest in a valid trademark.

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    AI-Generated Fake Case Law Leads To Sanctions In Wage Suit

    The owner of a Missouri-based technology business that was ordered to pay an ex-employee roughly $311,000 in unpaid wages, damages and legal costs was sanctioned Tuesday by an appellate court for briefing "deficiencies," including submitting fake cases generated by artificial intelligence.

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Expert Analysis

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

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