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    Insurance Coverage Vet Joins Miller Nash Cannabis Team

    Miller Nash LLP announced Monday that an insurance attorney formerly with Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP has joined the firm's insurance recovery and cannabis team in its Long Beach, California, office.

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    Ballard Spahr's Melissa Prince On Client Value, Innovation

    Melissa Prince has served as Ballard Spahr LLP's chief client value and innovation officer since 2018, focusing on several areas related to understanding how clients operate their businesses and assisting them in holistically improving their services.

  • GCs Want Advice, Not News Releases, From Outside Counsel

    Law firms looking to catch the attention of general counsel should focus more on offering topical webinars and less on blanketing them with news releases, according to a recent survey by data provider Leopard Solutions.

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    What Firms Should Weigh Before Offering Alt Legal Services

    Like the alternative music scene of the early 1990s ultimately becoming the mainstream rock sound, the legal industry's alternative legal service provider segment is increasingly becoming the norm, as law firms and companies rely more on alternative providers' value-priced offerings.

  • Ex-Ripple, SEC Atty To Fill Binance.US' Top Legal Role

    Digital-asset exchange Binance.US said Friday it has tapped a cryptocurrency veteran and former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission attorney as interim general counsel, as its former top lawyer steps back into a part-time role.

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    Tax Partner Rejoins Venable's Estate Planning Group

    A former tax partner at Venable LLP has rejoined the firm after a stint at Fox Rothschild LLP and will serve clients in the Los Angeles office, Venable announced.

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    Mansions, Lingerie And $1.8B: Girardi Trustees Hunt For Cash

    Since Thomas V. Girardi’s powerful plaintiffs firm went belly up in December amid allegations of theft and fraud, bankruptcy trustees have been searching for money to pay off more than $100 million in debt. Here, Law360 takes a look at some of the most noteworthy developments in the cases so far — and some of the questions that remain.

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    Benesch Taps Firm Management Vet As Chief Of Strategy

    Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff has recently brought on legal industry consultant Scott Golin to serve as the firm's chief strategy and growth officer to help the firm in its continued expansion efforts.

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    How Firms Can Prep Now For Future Drop In Demand

    Amid sky-high demand for legal work, firms have been working hard to add and retain attorneys to keep up, but industry experts say they should be doing more to take a long-term view and better position themselves for if and when demand dips back down.

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    Calif. Firm Procopio Cory Adds Enviro Partner In San Diego

    California-based Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP added an experienced environmental attorney with in-house experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies as a partner in its downtown San Diego office, the firm announced.

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    Lagging Judicial Pay Is Hurting Courts' Recruiting Efforts

    As law firm partner and associate pay have risen markedly in recent years, it has become increasingly difficult for state court administrators to attract and retain judges with deep and diverse experience to positions that in some cases pay less than a BigLaw starting salary.

  • Britney Spears' Dad Taps Willkie Amid Misconduct Allegations

    Britney Spears' father has hired an attorney from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP to replace his Holland & Knight LLP and Freeman Freeman & Smiley LLP attorneys in the dispute over his former role as the conservator of the pop star's estate amid misconduct allegations from her attorney.

  • 9th Circ. Mulls VW Intervening In Fight For Jones Day Report

    A Ninth Circuit judge questioned when a third party must intervene in a suit involving its interests, indicating during oral arguments Thursday that Volkswagen was timely in its bid for a say on whether the government should release an internal VW investigation conducted by Jones Day.

  • BakerHostetler Hid Loan Default Before $2.5M Deal, Court Told

    BakerHostetler intentionally concealed that a loan on land used to secure a $2.5 million settlement was in default, a Canadian couple alleged in a federal malpractice suit filed Wednesday.

  • How Accenture Maximizes Diversity And Inclusion Efforts

    Asked on a panel Thursday about the use of data in measuring diversity and inclusion, Gerry Amann, North America general counsel for Accenture PLC, replied with one of his favorite sayings: "Diversity is counting the numbers, and inclusion is making the numbers count. You can't do one without the other."

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    Law Firms Tap Tech Companies For Help Amid Title IX Uptick

    Holland & Knight is one of many law firms that have begun to turn to outside help from e-discovery providers when confronted with a Title IX case, reaching out for a tech-savvy hand with the data-intensive legal work.

  • Ex-Calif. Atty To Plead Guilty To Forging Court Wins

    A former California attorney will admit to criminal charges that he pilfered more than $300,000 from clients by lying about winning cases that had never actually been filed, Los Angeles federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

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    Kramer Levin, Gibson Dunn Set January Office Reopenings

    Two BigLaw firms this week informed employees of new reopening targets and strategies set in early January for some of their U.S.-based locations, joining other firms in waiting until the new year before officially returning to offices.

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    Senate Judiciary Committee Deadlocks On 9th Circ. Pick

    The Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked on Jennifer Sung's nomination to the Ninth Circuit on Thursday, marking the first time the committee has tied on one of President Joe Biden's judicial nominees this year.

  • Calif. Bar Exam Will Be In Person In Feb., Justices Say

    The California bar exam will be held in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic in February, the California Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, noting that it will be subject to any state or local public health orders in effect at that time.

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    Wilson Sonsini Nabs Quinn Emanuel Autonomous Vehicle Pro

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC has added a high-powered intellectual property litigator to its San Francisco office, snagging the chair of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's autonomous vehicle practice, according to a Wednesday announcement.

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    Children Of Lawyers Have Leg Up In Law Jobs, Report Says

    Looking for an edge in the job market post-law school? It helps to have at least one parent with a law degree, a study released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement has found.

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    9th Circ. Pick Questioned About Prior Transgender Advocacy

    Ninth Circuit nominee Judge Holly A. Thomas defended her past advocacy work and impartiality as a judge when repeatedly pressed by Republican senators Wednesday over past briefs she signed on cases dealing with transgender rights.

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    Is It Time To Rethink Where Lawyers Can Practice?

    Have bar association rules that limit in which states lawyers can practice outlived their usefulness? Yes, to an extent. But getting rid of them altogether could also open a massive can of worms. Three experts came to that conclusion while discussing the issue on a panel Wednesday.

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    How Global Legal Service Innovations Impact GCs

    The world is moving toward loosening the reins on the practice of law to make legal services more accessible to more people, but the U.S. seems to be moving slowly and incrementally in its efforts, a panel of experts said Wednesday.

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