Small Law

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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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    Dickinson Wright Adds IP Pro From Texas Litigation Boutique

    Dickinson Wright PLLC announced Friday it has added an experienced intellectual property attorney to its Austin roster who came aboard from Texas-based litigation boutique Farney PC.

  • 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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    How In-House Attys Can Guard Against AI Risks

    The use of artificial intelligence in the law is here to stay, so the most important thing in-house lawyers can do is learn how to use it responsibly and keep up to date with the changing technology and the "onslaught" of new laws and court cases, according to a panel of experts.

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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.

  • The Purgatory Docket: Mass. Judge Leaves Cases In Limbo

    A Massachusetts federal judge has dozens of long-unresolved motions on his docket, highlighting what experts say is a problem that is difficult to solve amid lifetime appointments, no firm deadlines to resolve civil disputes or any form of discipline for judges if cases stall unnecessarily.

  • 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.

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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.

  • NJ Supreme Court Approves $28 Fee Increase For Attys

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has finalized plans to boost the disciplinary portion of attorneys' annual fee from $173 to $201, Glenn A. Grant, administrative director of the courts, wrote in a notice to state bar members Wednesday.

  • No Atty Fees For Regal In COVID Lease Spat, Colo. Panel Says

    Regal Cinemas is not entitled to attorney fees despite prevailing in a lease-related dispute with its landlord during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Colorado appellate panel found Thursday in affirming a lower court's decision.

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    Marshall Dennehey Brings On Veteran Litigator In Orlando

    Civil defense litigation firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has added a former solo practitioner and longtime Wicker Smith attorney as a shareholder in Orlando, Florida.

  • Hurricane Victim Urges Keeping Suit Over Solicitations Alive

    A woman suing Houston law firm McClenny Moseley & Associates PLLC over its alleged illegal solicitation of clients after a hurricane urged the Southern District of Texas Wednesday to reject the recommendation of a federal magistrate judge and keep her proposed class action alive.

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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.

  • Seattle Firm Fights Doctor's Claim It 'Abused' Legal Process

    Attorneys for a medical malpractice plaintiff who won a $13 million verdict against a Seattle-area plastic surgeon say the doctor is now wrongly accusing them of "abusing the legal process" by filing a second lawsuit in Washington state court claiming she tried to evade the judgment by moving her assets beyond the court's reach.

  • Boy Scouts Victim Group's Firms Can't Get Fees, Judge Rules

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge has declined to approve the ad hoc Coalition of Abused Scouts for Justice's $21 million request for fees in the Boy Scouts of America's Chapter 11 case, ruling that while it played a major role in the restructuring, it fell short of the requirements set by the bankruptcy code.

  • NJ Law Firm Beats Claims Of Mishandling Malpractice Case

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Wednesday refused to revive a malpractice suit against Costello & Mains over claims it gave bad advice to a former client to settle an underlying business dispute, finding the former client waited too long to bring his claims.

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    Archer Brings On Nonprofit Experts From Philly Boutique

    Two attorneys specializing in representing nonprofit organizations recently shuttered their Philadelphia-based boutique to join Archer & Greiner PC and gain access to the firm's wider reach and deeper resources.

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    GCs, CLOs Expect To Give More Work To Law Firms In 2024

    Top corporate lawyers are spending more on outside counsel, and many think they will increase that amount further in 2024 because of their various legal needs, from new matters to regulatory headwinds to employee activism, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • NJ Firm Fights $29K Fees For Debt Suit That Settled For $10K

    A New Jersey law firm that reached a $10,000 settlement on claims it engaged in an illegal debt collection scheme is fighting an attempt by the plaintiff's firm to collect $29,000 in fees, arguing the number was inflated due to "excessive" billing.

  • NJ Law Firm Accused Of Threatening Malpractice Expert

    Attorneys handling a malpractice lawsuit against New Jersey-based Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman LLC have cried foul over a letter reportedly sent to a lawyer and expert witness in the case that threatened him with sanctions unless he withdrew his testimony.

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    Fla. Bar Passes On Atty Investments In Non-Atty-Owned Firms

    The Florida Bar's board of governors has scrapped a proposed advisory opinion that would have allowed Sunshine State attorneys to passively invest in out-of-state law firms using alternative business structures under certain conditions, dropping the tentative decision after receiving negative feedback from past bar presidents.

  • Atty Says Fake News Sanctions Deserve Due Process Hearing

    An attorney who was hit with nearly $270,000 in sanctions after he was found to have manufactured fake news articles in a bid to influence an arbitration between Chevron and Saudi oil heirs told a federal judge this week he should have received a due process hearing before being slapped with the penalties.

  • Calif. Bar Redoubles Bid To Suspend Girardi Son-In-Law

    Days after a California bar judge expressed "concerns" over an attempt to discipline Tom Girardi's son-in-law David Lira amid a federal wire fraud case, and in response to a motion to abate filed by Lira, the state bar has continued to push for his temporary suspension as the criminal case proceeds.

  • Illinois Firm Wants Jury Trial On All Counts Over Missing $3M

    An Illinois law firm that earlier this year was found liable for the loss of a client's $3 million placed in an escrow account under the firm's control has urged a federal judge to uphold its right to a jury trial.

  • Calif. Panel Issues Draft Opinion On Reporting Atty Misconduct

    The California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions released a draft opinion Monday intended to help judges decide when to report attorney misconduct to the State Bar of California, laying out a host of hypothetical scenarios and detailing whether reporting is required.

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.

  • 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.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    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.



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