Modern Lawyer

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    Ventura County Office Extends GRSM50's Golden State Reach

    San Francisco-founded Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP has opened an office in Ventura County, California — its 10th physical presence in the Golden State and its 78th locale overall, the firm said Monday.

  • Environmental Group Of The Year: Keller Rohrback

    Keller Rohrback LLP attorneys secured a nearly $700 million deal on behalf of the state of Oregon in environmental contamination litigation against Monsanto, as well as a first-of-its-kind jury verdict against PacifiCorp for its role in the Beaver State's wildfire disaster, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2023 Environmental Groups of the Year.

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    Illinois Supreme Court Forms Generative AI Task Force

    The Illinois Supreme Court launched a task force investigating uses of generative artificial intelligence, with a roster that includes judges, administrators and attorneys, a spokesperson at the courts has confirmed to Law360 Pulse.

  • Fintech Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Within one month, the fintech practice group at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP secured the dismissal of class actions against Coinbase — one of the largest U.S. digital asset platforms — and MakerDAO, a leading decentralized finance system, earning it a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Fintech Groups of the Year.

  • Energy Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP attorneys advised Magellan Midstream Partners LP on the largest U.S. energy M&A deal of the year, coming in at $18.8 billion, and were also involved in seeing through four of five industry initial public offerings finalized last year, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2023 Energy Groups of the Year.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Cravath

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP guided the Snyder family through a tense environment to seal the $6.05 billion sale of the Washington Commanders and advised WestRock's complicated $20 billion combination with Smurfit Kappa, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Mergers and Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • Insurance Group Of The Year: Carlton Fields

    After a year of achieving precedential wins defending the travel insurance industry in COVID-19-related class actions and other complex litigation, Carlton Fields has secured its first Law360 Practice Group of the Year award.

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    From Childhood 'Lawyer' To Leading Paul Weiss' DC Office

    Reflecting on her journey from a child advocating for her immigrant family to a legal career that’s spanned both government and BigLaw, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP’s Jeannie Rhee recently spoke with Law360 Pulse as she settles into her new role as head of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

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    Hogan Lovells Builds Out Corp. Group With 2 Partners

    Hogan Lovells announced Monday it has bolstered its corporate and finance group with the hiring of new partners in New York and Boston.

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    Paul Hastings Adds Corporate Trio From Akin Gump In Texas

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that it has brought on a three-member team of corporate lawyers in Houston from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP who boast more than 70 combined years of mergers and acquisitions and securities experience between them.

  • No More Shady Trading For Ex-FBI Trainee After BigLaw Theft

    The former FBI trainee who secretly traded nonpublic information that he stole from his BigLaw associate ex-girlfriend has agreed to a civil judgment against him permanently barring him from violating securities laws, a judgment entered just months after he pled guilty to insider trading.

  • Appellate Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    WilmerHale spent 2023 bringing home major appellate wins in the tech world for Twitter, Apple, Intel and Cisco, as well as in the automobile competition space, with a Delaware Supreme Court victory for Tesla, earning it a spot among Law360's Appellate Groups Of The Year.

  • Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Covington

    Successfully defending against a bid protest over the U.S. Army's award of an $8 billion contract for helicopter development, Covington & Burling LLP's government contracts team was able to secure the "largest and most complex competitive procurement" in Army aviation history for Bell Textron, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2023 Government Contracts Groups of the Year.

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    Pa. Atty Aims To Escape Litigation Funding Scheme Suit

    A Pennsylvania lawyer has called on a federal court to toss a former client's claims that an attorney from the lawyer's firm improperly used his workplace injury case as collateral to secure litigation funding and then transferred the high-interest-rate loans to his legal fees.

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    'Not Walmart': Ex-McElroy Deutsch CFO Must Face Theft Suit

    A New Jersey state judge on Friday declined to remove McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP's former chief financial officer from a suit accusing him and his wife of stealing more than $3 million, noting that the heightened ethical duty imposed on law firms justifies keeping the claims alive. 

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    Legal Event Organizers Stress Efforts To Deter Harassment

    Legal conference organizers have told Law360 Pulse that they are committed to fostering safe and inclusive events, and some changes have been made following recent accusations of sexual harassment and assault at legal events.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued two rulings this week, but both were overshadowed by the week's only oral argument, over whether or not former President Donald Trump is eligible to appear on the 2024 presidential ballot. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Conn. Justices Asked To Rule On McCarter Damages Dispute

    A Connecticut federal judge has granted McCarter & English LLP more than $680,000 in prejudgment interest after the firm's victory on claims a former client refused to pay legal fees in an underlying suit.

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    Kaufman Dolowich Adds Ex-Financial Services CLO In Fla.

    Kaufman Dolowich has added the former chief legal and compliance officer for accounts receivable management firm Vengroff Williams Inc., one of the firm's clients, to its Orlando, Florida, office.

  • Environmental Group Of The Year: Hunton

    Attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP won a hard-fought contest over the future of a controversial West Virginia gas pipeline, got a Trump-era regulation reinstated at the Ninth Circuit and shepherded a major Florida mine through permitting, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2023 Environmental Groups of the Year.

  • DLA Piper Adds Structured Finance Atty To NY Office

    DLA Piper hired Joo Kim, a structured finance attorney with more than 23 years of experience, as a new partner for its structured finance practice in its New York office, the firm announced.

  • Willkie Opens Munich Office, 20 Frankfurt Attys To Join

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced Thursday the expansion of its footprint in Germany with the launch of an office in Munich.

  • Fund Formation Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's fund formation practice advised private equity behemoth Blackstone in 2023 on a $30.4 billion successor real estate fund, one of the milestones earning the group a spot in Law360's Fund Formation Groups of the Year.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw expanded its reach and big names made headlines after court. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Energy Group Of The Year: King & Spalding LLP

    King & Spalding LLP won a $16 billion judgment for investors suing Argentina over its nationalization of YPF SA and a nearly $2 billion award for Colombia's Refinería de Cartagena SA in a high-profile construction dispute, while also helping clients advance billions of dollars in projects, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Energy Groups of the Year.

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Expert Analysis

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • 7 Tips For Predeposition Meetings Under New Federal Rule Author Photo

    Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

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    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers Author Photo

    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

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    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law Author Photo

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

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    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic Author Photo

    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

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    BigLaw Cannot Reap Diversity Rewards Without Inclusion Author Photo

    BigLaw firms often focus on increasing their diversity numbers, but without much attention to equity and inclusion, minority lawyers face substantial barriers after they get their foot in the door, says Patricia Brown Holmes, managing partner at Riley Safer.

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    Ideas For Closing BigLaw's Diversity Gap Author Photo

    If enough law firms undertake some universal diversity best practices, such as connecting minority lawyers to key client relationships and establishing accountability for those charged with spearheading progress, the legal industry could look a lot different in the foreseeable future, says Frederick Nance, global managing partner at Squire Patton.

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    How Law Firms Can Hire And Retain More Black Attorneys Author Photo

    The pipeline of Black lawyers is limited, so BigLaw firms must invest in Black high school students, ensure Black attorneys receive origination credit and take other bold steps to increase Black representation in the industry, says Benjamin Wilson, chairman at Beveridge & Diamond.

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    BigLaw Needs More Underrepresented Attorneys As Leaders Author Photo

    Hiring more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to BigLaw positions of power is the first key to making other underrepresented attorneys believe they have an opportunity for a path to leadership, says Ernest Greer, co-president at Greenberg Traurig.

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    Advancing Racial Justice In The Legal Industry And Beyond Author Photo

    In addition to building and nurturing a diverse talent pipeline, law firms should collaborate with general counsel, academics and others to focus on injustices within the broader legal system, says Jonathan Harmon, chairman at McGuireWoods.



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