DC Pulse

  • Judicial Innovations Acquired By PE-Backed Gov. Tech Firm

    The state and local government technology company Avenu Insights & Analytics acquired Judicial Innovations, a provider of cloud-based court and payment tools, on Monday.

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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.

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    These Cos. Are In The Hot Seat As Proxy Season Approaches

    At least four high-profile corporations and their general counsel are gearing up for a tougher-than-usual 2024 proxy season — those three months in the spring when most companies hold their annual meetings.

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    Cozen O'Connor Adds Hogan Lovells Aviation Atty In DC

    Cozen O'Connor has hired an aviation regulatory attorney with nearly three decades of experience to join its Washington, D.C., office, where he will continue advising clients on aviation policies, litigation and related transactional matters, the firm announced Monday.

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    Lowenstein Sandler Adds Steptoe Atty As Exempt Orgs Chair

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP has hired a Steptoe LLP partner focused on tax and other matters in Washington, D.C., to lead the firm's exempt organizations practice, the firm announced Monday.

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    Newman Cleared To Fight Law In DC, But Not Suspension

    U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman may challenge the law she has been suspended under, but she cannot get an injunction that would allow her to hear cases on the Federal Circuit again, nor fight how the law has been directly applied to her, a D.C. federal judge said Monday.

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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.

  • FCRA Immunity Waiver Ruling Tees Up Compliance Frenzy

    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Fair Credit Reporting Act waives federal agencies' immunity from lawsuits will not only open the door to more litigation against government lenders but may also trigger housecleaning to ensure that debts are correctly reported, experts told Law360.

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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.

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    DLA Piper Adds Former McDermott Partner In DC

    A former McDermott Will & Emery LLP partner who advises financial services firms has jumped to DLA Piper in Washington, D.C., after more than two years with his previous firm.

  • Beltway Moves: Gibson Dunn, Freshfields, Kirkland

    The White House's former top lawyer rejoined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP in one of the latest big moves in the Washington, D.C., legal industry.

  • 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.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Trial and appeals boutique Lehotsky Keller Cohn LLP topped this week's list of Legal Lions, with a victory for client FedEx at the Fifth Circuit that slashed a $366 million verdict to $250,000.

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    Fisher Phillips Hires Government Affairs Analyst In DC

    Fisher Phillips has hired a senior government affairs analyst, who joins the firm's government relations practice group to assist in identifying and communicating federal and state policy changes.

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    New Crowell & Moring Int'l President Shares 'Story Of Hope'

    Geralyn Ritter on Monday became the new president and CEO of Crowell & Moring International LLC, the law firm's global public affairs affiliate. Here, she speaks with Law360 Pulse about her journey to overcome the trauma stemming from surviving a 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers.

  • Ex-Trump Aide Peter Navarro Can't Stay Free During Appeal

    A District of Columbia federal judge on Thursday refused to allow former White House adviser Peter Navarro to remain outside of prison while he appeals his sentence for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas, rejecting Navarro's argument that his appeal raises a "substantial question of law" warranting his release.

  • 5 Key Takeaways From Justices' Trump DQ Arguments

    A special U.S. Supreme Court session Thursday examining Colorado's removal of former President Donald Trump from its primary ballot was dominated by debate over a state's authority to do so, but the justices also found time to examine Reconstruction-era language choices and weigh the benefits of relying on ancient case law — while mostly avoiding the question of Trump's participation in an insurrection.

  • Biden Nominates Ex-Hogan Lovells Associate For GC Post At DOT

    President Joe Biden announced Thursday he is nominating a former Hogan Lovells attorney who has served in multiple posts with the U.S. Department of Transportation to be the department's top lawyer.

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    Pierson Ferdinand Added 104 FisherBroyles Attys In January

    As of the end of January, a total of 104 partners had departed FisherBroyles LLP to join breakaway law firm Pierson Ferdinand LLP, according to an announcement by the new firm, which opened its doors at the beginning of the year.

  • Judicial Nominee Assures GOP Sens. She's Not A Marxist

    Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee raised concerns about two U.S. district court nominees appearing before the committee on Thursday over their supposed ties to Marxism and the defund the police campaign, but the nominees tried to disabuse lawmakers of that suggestion.

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    Michael Best Names Corporate Vet DC Gov't Relations Head

    A partner with experience working for a number of Fortune 500 companies will lead Michael Best & Friedrich's lobbying arm's federal government relations practice based in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Thursday.

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    12-Year CFPB Veteran Joins Husch Blackwell's DC Office

    Husch Blackwell LLP has hired a 12-year veteran of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to join its financial services and capital markets industry group, the firm announced this week.

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    Justices Doubtful Of States' Power To DQ Trump

    U.S. Supreme Court justices were deeply skeptical Thursday that states have the authority to bar Donald Trump from the ballot under the 14th Amendment, repeatedly questioning why Colorado should be allowed to potentially decide the course of the 2024 presidential election.

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Expert Analysis

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Priorities For Improving The Legal Industry In Texas Author Photo

    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

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