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Several attorneys defending Proud Boys members must face a new claim in a jury research firm's copyright suit alleging they wrongly used its reports to bolster clients' Jan. 6 insurrection criminal defenses, a D.C. federal judge has ruled roughly two months after excusing all but the one attorney who commissioned a report.
The federal government has objected to the Girardi Keese bankruptcy trustee's bid to pay more than $3 million in fees to herself and several other professionals, telling a Los Angeles bankruptcy judge the trustee has failed for nearly three years to analyze hundreds of millions of dollars worth of unsecured claims against the defunct law firm.
Carlton Fields has hired a former name partner at a Beverly Hills boutique real estate firm, who will join its Los Angeles office, the firm announced Tuesday.
Texas-based firm Sorrels Law announced Tuesday that it has hired a former Harris County state court judge as a trial attorney within its team of personal injury lawyers.
Disgraced lawyer and convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh was sentenced Tuesday to 27 years in prison by a South Carolina state judge for stealing $12.4 million from his law partners and clients and evading taxes, a white collar punishment that prosecutors said was "more than Enron, more than WorldCom."
An attorney who pursued an unsuccessful race bias suit on behalf of a fired UPS worker urged a Florida federal judge to reject a Teamsters local's push to make him shoulder part of its attorney fees, calling the union's sanctions bid part of a "pattern of harassment."
Major U.S. law firms are steadfast in their commitment to the pursuit of further growth despite ongoing economic uncertainty. Here’s what the leaders of four Leaderboard firms have to say about how the legal industry is preparing for next year.
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Presenting the 2023 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard — the 100 firms that are besting their peers on measures of prestige, social responsibility and the reach of their legal practice.
These firms are being singled out for their stellar litigation footprint and transactions work. See who's leading the pack in the categories of variety of cases, range of jurisdictions, closing large merger and acquisition deals, and handling registered offerings.
A New Jersey judge has ordered a family suing their former attorney for malpractice in an intra-family estate dispute to turn over the financial terms of a recent settlement in the estate case, which the attorney said undermined the family's malpractice claims.
A California state bar judge who previously delayed disciplinary proceedings against Tom Girardi's son-in-law David Lira said Monday that she has "concerns" over the bar's latest attempt to suspend him, saying that the ongoing federal criminal case against Lira may raise Fifth Amendment due process issues.
The State Bar of California announced Monday that it has leveled a 22-count notice of disciplinary charges against a Northern California attorney who allegedly pocketed more than $630,000 by taking advantage of an incarcerated client.
The National Association of Muslim Lawyers and the National Muslim Law Student Association said Monday that they were launching a project to connect senior attorneys with law students and new lawyers who have faced termination, withdrawn job offers or workplace mistreatment for expressing support for Palestinian human rights.
Arguing that a broad exclusion expressly prevents a payout, the National Liability & Fire Insurance Co. has told a Connecticut state court judge that it should win a feud over whether a professional liability policy protects an attorney allegedly tricked into wiring real estate closing payments to a hacker.
A new committee composed of state Supreme Court chief justices and others will examine why fewer attorneys are going into public interest law, as well as the state of legal education and bar admissions processes more generally, according to an announcement Monday.
A New Jersey appellate court panel revived on Monday two money laundering charges against a Hazlet attorney accused of misappropriating nearly $1.2 million from hundreds of clients, some $588,000 of which he allegedly used for his own enrichment.
Two law firms embroiled in a dispute over how to divide some $1.8 million in attorney fees from a successful class action against DuPont have agreed to settle their claims for a six-figure sum before trial.
An Ohio appeals court reinstated a homeowners association's defense attorney in a dispute with a management company over legal fees, ruling that a lower court should not have granted the disqualification because there was no preexisting attorney-client relationship that prejudiced the parties.
Troubled Houston law firm McClenny Moseley & Associates PLLC won a preliminary victory on Wednesday as a federal magistrate judge recommended dismissing a putative class action over its allegedly illegal efforts to solicit clients in hurricane-related property damage cases.
A Ninth Circuit panel reversed a California federal court's ruling that a group of tenants' appeal of a state court judgment regarding the cost-collection actions of the landlords' attorney was improper, calling the ruling flawed and sending the case back to the federal court.
An attorney who was recently cleared on ethics charges stemming from May 2020 tweets calling for Black Lives Matter demonstrators to be shot can't recoup $4,000 in attorney fees just yet, because the State Bar of California is appealing that decision.
An Allegheny County attorney will serve a four-year suspension from practicing in the Keystone State after the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board found the attorney negligently represented clients in at least nine cases while under contract with Erie County to handle cases on behalf of indigent criminal defendants.
A New York law firm can't escape charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it aided and abetted an $8.4 million Ponzi scheme allegedly run by one of its clients, after a federal judge denied the firm's bid to be dismissed from the case.
Emerging court technologies must be supervised and controlled by the judiciary, a new paper from a group of professors argues, while also noting the potential benefits the justice system could glean from the tech.
With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.
With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.
The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.
Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.
Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.
In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.
Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.
Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.
Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.
ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.
OpinionWe Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds
Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.
Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.
Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.
In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.
Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.