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    How GCs Are Supporting GenAI At Their Companies

    When it comes to generative artificial intelligence, general counsel Virginia Chavez Romano tries to stay away from saying, "No," outright to her business partners, and instead works with them to find a solution moving forward, she said during a panel discussion in New York City on Wednesday evening.

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    Fisher Phillips' Management Trio Now Has Majority Of Women

    With Fisher Phillips' selection of a San Diego-based partner with experience spearheading women's advancement efforts to serve on its three-member management committee, the employer-side labor and employment firm is now led by a majority of women.

  • Shook Hardy Creates 23-Member Gov't Investigations Practice

    Civil and criminal investigations by regulatory agencies into alleged corporate misconduct are on the rise, and Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP has a new government investigations and litigation practice to help with such issues.

  • Bell Nunnally Adds Ex-Munsch Hardt Real Estate Ace In Dallas

    Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP has strengthened its real estate practice with a partner in Dallas who came aboard from Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

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    Young Chinese Attys Face New Hurdles In BigLaw Job Chase

    Law degrees from top U.S. universities were once prized by many Chinese students as tickets to secure jobs at major U.S. law firms. However, with these firms scaling back operations in China, aspiring lawyers face dwindling prospects and increased uncertainty about their futures.

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    Spencer Fane Partner Discusses Summer Associate Class

    Stephanie Lovett-Bowman, co-head of Spencer Fane's summer associate program, talked to Law360 about how the firm approaches the program, how law school recruiting fits into the firm's overall growth, and plans for the program in the future.

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    Federal Judges Facing Scrutiny For Clerk-Hiring Boycotts

    The federal judiciary must take a look at its judges' hiring practices in the wake of some jurists' public refusal to hire students from certain law schools over on-campus political activity over the Israel-Hamas war, a nonprofit government watchdog said Wednesday.

  • Houston Law Firm Can't Arbitrate 'Excessive' Fees Claims

    A homeowners' association can proceed with its lawsuit against Vethan Law Firm PC in a Texas state court over allegedly "needless and excessive fees" because the firm failed to prove the existence of an arbitration agreement, a Texas state appellate court has ruled.

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    Texas Atty Accuses Ex-Partner Of 'Unilaterally Doubling' Comp

    A Houston-area attorney is suing Bergquist Law Firm PLLC and its owner for nearly $7 million for "unrelenting" violations of their partnership agreement and fiduciary duties.

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    How BigLaw Approaches Suicide Prevention

    BigLaw's approach to suicide prevention emphasizes overall well-being, education and counseling as many firms focus less on the underlying causes of suicidal ideation among attorneys — if they're willing to discuss these efforts at all.

  • Removal Of Poaching Suit Backed By Congress, Atty Argues

    A former associate of a Houston personal injury firm accused of stealing client files and recording hours of private conversations told the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday that Congress provides "the luxury of a bright-line rule" that allowed him to remove the firm's state court case against him to federal court after he filed a motion to dismiss.

  • Legal Tech Co. Wants Ex-Exec's $1M Stock Suit Out Of NY

    A former legal tech executive's lawsuit claiming she was sexually harassed, fired and then cut out of $1 million in stock options should be moved from New York to either Texas or arbitration, or dismissed entirely, her former colleagues said Tuesday, calling the allegations against them "vague and conclusory."

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    $20M Partner Comp: Who's Earning It, Who's Paying It

    Word of the occasional $20 million lateral partner move has made its way into the legal press as a talent war between the richest of the rich law firms heats up. But how common is it, and which law firms are offering up top-of-market partner pay?

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    Willkie Brings On Sidley M&A Pro To Lead New Dallas Shop

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced Tuesday that it has tapped an experienced private equity attorney with deep energy-sector experience who came aboard from Sidley Austin LLP to helm the shop the firm launched in Dallas last month.

  • Paxton Asks Texas Justices To End Bar's Political 'Lawfare'

    The Texas bar's ethics lawsuit against Attorney General Ken Paxton over his challenge to the 2020 presidential election violates the state constitution's separation of powers and is barred by sovereign immunity, Paxton told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, calling the case "politically motivated lawfare" in an announcement.

  • Houston IP Firm Settles Trade Secrets Case With Ex-Law Clerk

    Houston-based intellectual property law firm Lloyd & Mousilli PLLC and a former law clerk accused of stealing confidential information while working virtually from California reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the firm in a Texas federal court.

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    Hinshaw's Chair Will Steer Firm's Strategy For Another Term

    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP has reelected a partner who has been with the firm for more than 40 years to a new three-year term as its chair.

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    Jones Day, Littler, Ogletree Attys Among Clients' 'All Stars'

    Jones Day, Littler Mendelson PC and Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC head BTI Consulting Group's annual list of law firms with the most "all star" attorneys, with each having seven attorneys highlighted by in-house leaders for their service to clients.

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    Fish & Richardson Grows Austin IP Team With Solo Patent Pro

    Fish & Richardson PC has strengthened its intellectual property practice with the addition of Gabriel J. González, previously a solo practitioner, as of counsel in Austin.

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    Mayer Brown Chair Reelected To A Second 3-Year Term

    Mayer Brown announced Tuesday that a partner who has spent almost his entire three-decade legal career at the firm has been reelected to a second three-year term as its chair.

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    5th Circ. Mulls Acts Vs. Belief In Anti-Abortion Worker's Firing

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday seemed torn over whether it should "split hairs" between religious conduct and religious belief as it weighed whether to uphold a Southwest flight attendant's win in a wrongful termination suit over graphic anti-abortion messages she sent her union president.

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    Standards Are Murky As Legal Employers Vet Protesters

    As violence in Gaza rages on, law firms have vowed not to employ lawyers whose activism for Palestinian rights they deem unacceptable. But "unacceptable" is in the eye of the beholder, and that makes it difficult for law students and lawyers who advocate for a ceasefire to navigate the workplace and the job market.

  • Tax Crime Lacked 'Meeting Of Minds' With Atty, 5th Circ. Told

    A Houston personal injury attorney told the Fifth Circuit on Monday that prosecutors didn't provide enough evidence at trial to show that he intentionally planned to help another lawyer evade federal income taxes as he pushed the court to vacate his conviction for his involvement in a multimillion-dollar ambulance-chasing kickback scheme.

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    Michelman & Robinson Adds Veteran C-Suite Atty In Dallas

    Michelman & Robinson LLP announced Monday that it has fortified its corporate practice with a partner in Dallas who boasts decades of international in-house experience, most recently as chairman of the board of Voyager Aviation.

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    Brown Rudnick Enters Lone Star State With Boutique Founder

    Brown Rudnick LLP has launched its first Texas shop with a seasoned litigator in Houston who came aboard from Schiffer Hicks Johnson PLLC, a boutique firm he co-founded 17 years ago.

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Expert Analysis

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

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    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills? Author Photo

    Allison Coffin at Akin Gump discusses how summer associates going back to school can continue to develop real-world lawyering skills by leveraging the numerous law school resources that support professional development both inside and outside the classroom.

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

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    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

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