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    Boies Schiller Names Matthew Schwartz As New Chair

    Partners at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP on Friday voted to appoint Matthew L. Schwartz as the firm's next chair, succeeding co-founder David Boies, who will step down from the position next year.

  • Pa. Court Sides With Cozen O'Connor In Malpractice Fight

    A Pennsylvania state appellate court on Friday backed a lower court's ruling in favor of Cozen O'Connor in a case where it was sued by a software company on allegations of legal malpractice over intellectual property issues, saying the litigation was filed beyond the applicable limitations period.

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    Meet The Attys Squaring Off In McElroy Deutsch Theft Case

    With McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP going after two former executives accused of stealing millions from the firm, the battle is being waged by longtime New Jersey litigators familiar with navigating cases touching on accusations of attorney misconduct.

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    Polsinelli Names Pair To Serve In Diversity Leadership Roles

    Polsinelli PC has appointed a pair of longtime shareholders to serve in diversity, equity and inclusion leadership roles.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The justices heard arguments in just three cases this week, but two of them were highly anticipated ones that addressed whether Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 plan can include a liability shield for the Sackler family and the ramifications of striking down a one-time repatriation tax for income held offshore. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry saw another busy week as firms merged and BigLaw continued to lavish associates with raises and bonuses before the end of the year. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Legal Industry Added 3,300 Jobs In November

    The U.S. legal services sector continued to add jobs last month after contracting during the summer, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday.

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    Former Norton Rose, FTC Atty Joins Davis Wright In NY

    A veteran antitrust litigator and former Federal Trade Commission attorney has jumped from Norton Rose Fulbright to the New York City office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP after five years with his previous firm.

  • Bradley Arant Atty Allegedly Hid Dog Cruelty Charge From Bar

    A Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP associate is facing disciplinary charges by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission after he was convicted of hitting his dog and allegedly failing to disclose his record while under consideration for bar admission.

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    Saul Ewing Adds Maynard Nexsen Higher Education Atty

    Saul Ewing LLP has hired an attorney focused on education matters who largely works with clients on regulatory and related enforcement issues for its Washington, D.C., office, according to a Friday announcement.

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    WilmerHale and Morrison Foerster LLP secured spots on top of this week's legal lions list, one by toppling a $2 billion patent infringement verdict against its client and the other for its work on a groundbreaking abortion decision out of Texas.

  • Pillsbury Inks Deal To End Paralegal's Termination Suit

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has settled all claims brought by a former paralegal who alleged he was fired after requesting to work from home, according to a joint letter submitted by the parties following a court-mandated mediation.

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    Texas Group Eyes Non-Atty Ownership For Access To Justice

    A group that aims to provide access to justice for low-income Texans this week proposed a pilot program that would allow non-attorney ownership of entities providing legal representation and permit licensed paraprofessionals to offer limited legal services.

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    Polsinelli PC Promotes IT Director To Chief Information Officer

    National firm Polsinelli PC has promoted its director of information technology infrastructure and transformation to be its new chief information officer, replacing an administrator who left earlier this year to become chief technology officer at K&L Gates LLP.

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    King & Spalding Hikes Up Promo Class With 28 New Partners

    King & Spalding LLP will name 28 attorneys to partner and 14 to of counsel effective Jan. 1, a slight increase over last year's promotions for the Atlanta-based firm.

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    Ex-Apple Legal Bigwig Dodges Prison In Insider Trading Case

    The former director of corporate law at Apple Inc. was sentenced to four years' probation and 2,000 hours of community service, fined $30,000 and ordered to pay $604,000 in restitution Thursday in New Jersey federal court for an insider-trading scheme in which he pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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    Aon Counsel, Ropes & Gray Help Create Police Suits Database

    In-house lawyers at Aon have joined Ropes & Gray and two nonprofit groups to create a database that shows what they call the "staggering costs" of wrongful convictions and police misconduct in the city of Chicago.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds Former Minn. High Court Chief

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced the latest shareholder to join the firm's Minneapolis office is a former chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court who brings with her more than three decades of experience on both sides of the bench.

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    How In-House Depts. Can Save On Outside Counsel Costs

    In-house legal departments can reduce how much they spend on outside legal work by having smaller BigLaw firms or regional and boutique firms do their low-risk, run-of-the-mill work, according to a report released Thursday by e-billing and matter management software provider Brightflag.

  • Ex-Connecticut Prosecutor Joins Ford O'Brien In NY

    New York-based white collar and commercial litigation boutique Ford O'Brien Landy LLP has added a former Connecticut federal prosecutor with more than two decades of experience as counsel.

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    Commercial Contracts Cases Hit 10-Year Low In 2022

    Commercial contracts litigation has slowed down considerably in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with new case filings reaching their lowest level in a decade last year before beginning to rebound in 2023, following a brief but dramatic spike in 2020, according to a new report Thursday.

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    Proskauer's Chair To Step Down, Citing Health Concerns

    After nearly three years at the helm, Steven Ellis, chair of Proskauer Rose LLP, is set to step down from his role in April 2024 due to health-related concerns, the firm confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Wednesday.

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    Group That Challenged Law Firm DEI Plans No Further Suits

    Edward Blum, head of an organization that filed lawsuits against diversity fellowships at large law firms on behalf of non-minority applicants, says the suits have already changed firms' behavior and the group has no current plans to file similar legal actions.

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    More Law Firms Join In On Associate Raises And Bonuses

    The number of law firms offering their associates year-end bonuses and 2024 raises in line with or exceeding those put forward by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP last month has continued to tick upward, with at least three more joining in as of Wednesday.

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    Spencer Fane Pushes Growth With Snow Christensen Merger

    Spencer Fane LLP announced on Wednesday that it will merge with Utah law firm Snow Christensen and Martineau next year — Spencer Fane's second merger in recent months as it expands its presence in the Western United States.

Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

  • How AI Legal Research Tools Are Shifting Law Firm Processes Author Photo

    Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    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.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    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.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    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.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Use Social Media Responsibly? Author Photo

    Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.

  • Yada, Yada, Yada: The Magic Of 3 In Legal Writing Author Photo

    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.

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    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.

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    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.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    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.

  • How To Thrive As A New Legal Operations Manager Author Photo

    To make their first 90 days on the job a success, new legal operations managers should focus on several key objectives, including aligning priorities with leadership and getting to know their team, says Ashlyn Donohue at LinkSquares.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    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.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    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.

  • Opinion

    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    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 Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    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.



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