Modern Lawyer

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    Decades After Repping MLK Jr., This Tenn. Atty Is Still Going

    As a young lawyer, Walter Bailey was on the team of attorneys who fought for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during his final, fatal visit to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968. More than 50 years later, Bailey still practices law — and he has no plans to stop.

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    Few Legal Organizations Are Currently Adopting AI

    Despite the hype and growing interest in artificial intelligence, few legal professionals belong to organizations that are adopting AI tools, according to the results of a new survey on Tuesday.

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    Milbank, Perlmutter Center Pair Up To Fight Injustices In Court

    Milbank LLP has pledged $1 million to create an exoneration and resentencing review unit at Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law's Perlmutter Center for Legal Justice as part of an alliance aimed at fighting inequities in the criminal justice system, the firm said Tuesday.

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    Fired McElroy Deutsch Exec Pursues Firm Leaders' Amex Info

    A former executive at McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP, who is accused with her husband of stealing over $3 million from the firm, doubled down on her discovery request this week for corporate credit card statements from several firm leaders, rejecting the argument that their credit card use is not comparable to hers.

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    Jones Day Adds Proskauer Privacy Group Head In DC

    The head of the privacy and cybersecurity group at Proskauer Rose LLP has moved to Jones Day in Washington, D.C., the firm said Tuesday.

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    How Legal Work Can Feed Attorneys' Suicidal Thoughts

    Studies show time and again that attorneys are at greater risk for suicide and suicidal ideation than peers in other industries. Law360 spoke with eight attorneys who shared their personal stories about how the legal profession encourages behavior that can lead to suicidal ideation and how they found help.

  • Fintech Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's fintech group led some of 2023's most headline-grabbing crypto cases, from steering the bankruptcy of FTX to defending Coinbase in a landmark securities registration suit, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Fintech Groups of the Year.

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    Ex-Wilson Elser Atty Can't Get Benefits For Chronic Fatigue

    A former Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP partner is not entitled to long-term disability benefits, as he did not prove that his chronic fatigue syndrome kept him from doing his job, a Nevada federal judge has ruled.

  • Intellectual Property Group Of The Year: Baker Botts

    Baker Botts LLP lawyers got PepsiCo Inc. out of a trademark dispute with a small nitro cold brew startup and pulled a $278.9 million jury verdict against a Chinese drone maker out of the Western District of Texas, earning their law firm a place as one of Law360's 2023 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

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    Ex-FERC Chair Returns To Skadden As Energy Group Head

    James Danly, former Republican Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member and onetime chairman, is returning to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP as the head of its energy regulatory group, the firm announced Tuesday amid growing private sector demand for energy attorneys in the nation's capital.

  • Insurance Group Of The Year: Cohen Ziffer

    Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna's attorneys won a rare, pro-policyholder reversal in COVID-19 insurance litigation and secured an even rarer reversal of a jury verdict in a dispute over coverage for a settlement of Medicaid fraud claims, landing the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Insurance Groups of the Year.

  • Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Seyfarth

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP continues to defend a historic $367 million award it secured for the city of Anchorage, Alaska — one of the largest monetary judgments ever entered against the U.S. government in a contract dispute — landing the firm among Law360's 2023 Government Contracts Groups of the Year.

  • Energy Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP was a strong force in the energy sector in 2023, guiding Duke Energy in the $2.8 billion sale of its renewables subsidiary and aiding Venture Global LNG in the largest liquid natural gas project financing in history at $21.1 billion, earning it a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • Environmental Group Of The Year: Kelley Drye

    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP's attorneys over the past year have helped Guam wrestle tens of millions of dollars in environmental cleanup costs from the federal government, worked on two multibillion-dollar settlements to resolve "forever chemicals" pollution claims, and assisted New Jersey in obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars to deal with industrial contamination there, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Environmental Groups of the Year.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP guided Exxon Mobil Corp. in its agreement to buy Permian Basin shale producer Pioneer Natural Resources for $59.5 billion, the largest deal announced in 2023, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

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    Clifford Chance Names New Global CFO From Accenture

    Clifford Chance LLP announced on Tuesday that it has hired a new global chief financial officer from professional services giant Accenture, as the law firm aims for a ninth consecutive year of revenue growth and a return to rising profits.

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    Nixon Peabody Picks Paul Weiss Exec To Lead DEI Initiatives

    DEI stalwart Nixon Peabody LLP is redoubling its dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion with the hiring of a new senior executive who brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, including most recently leading diversity efforts for Paul Weiss.

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    DHS Trade Official Joins Squire Patton In DC

    A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official has joined Squire Patton Boggs LLP as the firm continues to focus on growing in the areas of national security, trade and international investigations.

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    Former Federal Prosecutor Returns To McDermott In Chicago

    Nearly two decades after he began his legal career at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, a former assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the criminal division at the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has returned to the firm.

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    Longtime Jones Day Antitrust Atty Joins Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring LLP announced Tuesday that a veteran Jones Day antitrust attorney with nearly 25 years of experience working on major cartel investigations and class actions joined the firm's Los Angeles office as a partner.

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    Hogan Lovells Targets NY Expansion Amid Strong Financials

    Hogan Lovells said Tuesday it is targeting further expansion in New York and other key U.S. markets, as it recorded another year of growing revenue and profits on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    Veteran Financial Services Partner Joins Steptoe In DC

    Steptoe LLP announced that a financial services attorney with more than 20 years of experience working at a variety of firms joined its government affairs and public policy practice groups as a partner in Washington, D.C.

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    Law Firms Prioritized Nonequity Partner Growth In 2023

    Even as demand lagged and expenses went up last year, law firms took an aggressive approach to expanding their non-equity partner headcounts, according to the results of a survey by Citi Global's Wealth at Work Law Firm Group.

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    Fish & Richardson Launches Life Sciences Group

    Fish & Richardson PC announced Monday it has kicked off a 140-attorney life sciences industry team led by principals Martina Hufnal and Todd Garcia.

  • Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells convinced the U.S. Government Accountability Office that a $1 billion contract for services supporting the Office of Refugee Resettlement's program for unaccompanied children was awarded based on a flawed evaluation, making it one of Law360's 2023 Government Contracts Practice Groups of the Year.

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Expert Analysis

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

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    Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

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    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

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    Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

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