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    Finnegan Elects New Managing Partner In Leadership Shuffle

    Washington, D.C.-based intellectual property firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP announced Wednesday that it has elected a new firmwide managing partner as former leader Anand Sharma moves up to become the firm's chair.

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    Think Inflation Is Bad? BigLaw Rate Hikes Are Worse

    BigLaw firms are almost certainly looking to ward off drooping profits this year as demand slackens and expenses increase following a series of associate raises. How will they do it? More likely than not by increasing the cost of their services.

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    BigLaw's M&A Boom Drove Hourly Rates Up Last Year

    Law firm partner billing rates across the industry rose 3.4% on average last year relative to 2020, driven by an even steeper increase in rates among large law firms and mergers and acquisitions work, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • Erika Girardi Ordered To Turn Over Pricey Diamond Earrings

    Reality television star Erika Girardi must turn over to a bankruptcy trustee a pair of diamond earrings that her estranged husband, the disbarred attorney Thomas V. Girardi, bought in 2007 for $750,000, a Los Angeles bankruptcy judge said Tuesday, finding that it was clear that stolen funds were used to buy them. 

  • Calif. Panel Won't Disqualify Law Firm In Pipe Maker's Fight

    A California appellate panel upheld on Tuesday a lower court's refusal to disqualify Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP from representing Victaulic Co. in its multimillion dollar coverage fight with three AIG units, rejecting arguments that the firm's attorneys obtained relevant confidential information on AIG while at a previous firm.

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    In-House Counsel Speak On Regulators' Changing Demands

    Ten years ago regulators' expectations of compliance programs were clear, but today those expectations are constantly changing, and in-house compliance programs must evolve with them, a panel of experts said Tuesday.

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    Hogan Lovells Names Global Managing Partner For Growth

    Hogan Lovells has created a new leadership post at the law firm, global managing partner for growth, and tapped New York partner Phoebe A. Wilkinson to fill it, the firm announced on Tuesday.

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    Fight Over Trans Youth Moving From Schools To Courts

    A 10-year-old transgender girl and her mother sued the Indianapolis public schools in May claiming that a new state law barring the girl from playing school sports violates their constitutional rights.

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    Tyson & Mendes Adds Insurance Defense Partner In San Diego

    Civil litigation defense firm Tyson & Mendes has hired a Devaney Pate Morris & Cameron LLP trial attorney who primarily defends insurance companies as a partner in its San Diego office.

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    Digital Contracting Is Growing And Moving Faster

    Since 2019, digital contract completion times have decreased and one-click contracts have boomed, suggesting that the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed businesses to move faster, according to a report Tuesday released by contract management software provider Ironclad.

  • Ontra Acquires Document Software For Fund Managers

    Contract automation and intelligence provider InCloud LLC, which does business as Ontra, boosted its product Tuesday with its acquisition of FundFormer, a document provider for fund managers and investors.

  • Attorney Satisfaction Remains High 3 Years After Graduation

    About 82% of attorneys reported that they are satisfied with their overall legal careers three years after they graduated from law school, a tick down from last year's finding of 85%, according to a report released Monday from the National Association for Law Placement.

  • Apple Rival Blasted For 'Defective And Unnecessary' Brief

    A California federal judge took a would-be Apple App Store competitor to task for a "procedurally defective" bid to tweak a ruling that tossed chunks of its monopolization lawsuit over Apple policies locking rivals out of the iPhone.

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    Few Anti-Bullying Rules For Attys Worldwide, IBA Finds

    Fewer than one of every five nations has regulations either on a government level or in their bar associations that include anti-bullying and anti-sexual harassment provisions to protect attorneys, according to two reports released Monday by the International Bar Association.

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    Why Attorney Bios Are A Cybersecurity Risk For Law Firms

    Online attorney biographies and similar marketing material pose "dangerous" cybersecurity risks to law firms and their clients by making phishing attacks, wire fraud and hacking easier, experts say.

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    Blank Rome Welcomes DLA Piper Corporate Atty In LA

    Blank Rome LLP said it has continued growing its Los Angeles office by adding a DLA Piper corporate attorney as a partner in its corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities practice group.

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    GCs Wrangling With Tangled Fallout Of Roe's Demise

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow states to ban abortions — fraught with all the raw emotions attached to this issue — is also fraught with a multitude of legal risks for general counsel and their companies, ranging from possible criminal prosecution to civil suits to high-pressure proxy fights over political spending.

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    Benesch Establishes Presence In The Metaverse

    Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff has established a metaverse presence, the first firm among the United States' 200 most profitable firms by revenue to do so, according to an announcement Sunday.

  • Miffed By Briefing, Judge Leaves Most Of DA Bias Case Intact

    A California federal judge on Friday chided a group of prosecutor-plaintiffs and the defense in an employment discrimination case against the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office, ordering more briefing and threatening to toss any insufficient arguments moving forward.

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    Firms Look To Cover Out-Of-State Abortion Care After Dobbs

    A growing number of law firms are offering to cover the costs of out-of-state reproductive care for their employees in the wake of last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

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    Dobbs Casts Shadow On Gay Rights, Birth Control

    As other conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices sought to blunt a political firestorm by emphasizing that their decision to overturn women's constitutional abortion rights on Friday was not an attack on other rights, like those protecting birth control and same-sex couples, Justice Clarence Thomas made it clear that the door should be wide open.

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    Women Lawyers Look Past Men For Legal Heroines

    Delving into the sources of bias against women, several female legal chiefs explored how literature, myths and their own experiences have shaped their roles in the legal profession in a webinar on Thursday.

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    Kirkland Unlikely To Regret Split With Clement, Experts Say

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's decision to shun Second Amendment cases, and by extension famed appellate lawyer Paul Clement, appears to be the latest example of how client selection has become an increasingly important strategy for law firms when it comes to honing their brand.

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    Office Snapshot: Baker McKenzie's Growing LA Outpost

    Dating back to 1949, Baker McKenzie boasts nearly 80 offices worldwide, and although its location in Los Angeles is just four years old, it's already proving to be one of the firm's most important.

  • Legal Software Co. Accused Of Stealing 'LegalForce' TM

    California-based intellectual property firm LegalForce RAPC Worldwide PC filed a trademark lawsuit in federal court on Friday against the Japanese contract management platform LegalForce Inc., which closed an investment round of over $100 million just a day earlier.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.



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