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    'Irretrievable' Client Schisms Not Always How They Appear

    "Irretrievable breakdown." For most of us, the phrase brings to mind grim images of marital acrimony, or maybe a divorce court judge banging a gavel on daytime TV. But when you're talking lawyer-client breakups, the phrase can be so much more — a coded "wink wink" to the court, a convenient catchall, and an ethical defense mechanism.

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    Cadwalader, Fried Frank Match Milbank's Pay Scale

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP have opted to match Milbank LLP's latest raising of the bar for associate salaries, hiking their starting salaries for the class of 2021 to $215,000, according to internal memorandums obtained Friday by Law360.

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    How Firms Can Fight Back Against The Great Resignation

    Holistic approaches to well-being, engagement and inclusion are absolutely vital to law firms looking to retain their associates amid the "great resignation" that has accompanied the pandemic, according to panelists at the Institute for Well-Being In Law's virtual conference Friday.

  • Venable Grabs Entertainment Litigation Pro From Kinsella

    Venable LLP has snatched a seasoned entertainment attorney from Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley LLP to join its Los Angeles office as a partner in the firm's litigation practice.

  • Meet Calif. Fed. Judge Nominee Ruth Bermudez Montenegro

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved President Joe Biden's second Latina judicial nominee, Judge Ruth Bermudez Montenegro, pushing toward confirmation a jurist with deep roots in California's agriculture-rich Imperial Valley, where she was born and returned after law school to begin her legal career.

  • Holland & Knight Hires 2 Partners To Energy, Finance Teams

    Two former Troutman Pepper partners have recently joined Holland & Knight LLP as the firm seeks to strengthen its renewable and financial services team.

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    Seyfarth Adds 4 Partners In LA, Seattle, Hong Kong

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP added four partners to offices along the West Coast and in Hong Kong, the firm announced, including a management-side employment partner from Foley & Lardner LLP with experience representing employers in discrimination, wrongful termination and unfair labor practice cases.

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    FisherBroyles Leaders Discuss '21 Performance And '22 Goals

    Over the past few years, fully remote law firm FisherBroyles LLP has experienced substantial growth, adding dozens of attorneys across the United States and in London and earning record profits that allowed it to ascend to the Am Law 200 rankings for the first time last year.

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    In Musk-Cooley Clash, When Should Law Firm Ignore Client?

    Elon Musk has been known to have problems with his in-house lawyers — having churned through four general counsel in four years at Tesla Inc. — but now he has included outside counsel in his beefs, which raised the question of when a law firm should ignore the demands of a client.

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    WilmerHale Adds 2 Ex-Hanson Bridgett Enviro Pros In SF

    WilmerHale has lured the two former leaders of Hanson Bridgett LLP's environmental litigation practice to the firm's office in San Francisco.

  • 63% Of Lawyers Report Burnout; Here's What Partners Can Do

    Nearly two-thirds of lawyers in a recent survey reported they are experiencing some level of burnout, and partners and other supervisors within legal organizations are in a good position to turn that around, according to a presentation Thursday at the Institute for Well-Being in Law's virtual conference.

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    Freshfields Launches Program For Returning Attorneys

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP on Thursday announced a recruitment initiative to help attorneys who have taken a career hiatus return to the legal profession.

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    Senate Confirms Holly Thomas To 9th Circ.

    The Senate confirmed Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Holly A. Thomas to the Ninth Circuit on Thursday, making her the fourth of President Joe Biden's nominees confirmed to the largest federal appellate court.

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    Happily Ever After? Firms Talk Life Post-Merger

    More law firms are considering mergers and acquisitions, driven by a desire to shorten the road to market dominance and secure the best talent against the competition. Here, leaders of three of the largest firm combinations in recent history tell Law360 Pulse how their integrations have been working out.

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    Milbank Starts 2022 With Another Bump In Associate Pay

    New York City-based Milbank LLP is kicking off 2022 by raising its associate pay scale for the second time in less than a year, after increasing salaries in July and sparking an associate pay raise frenzy, Law360 Pulse confirmed Thursday.

  • Hybrid Work Can Be Double-Edged Sword For Attys Of Color

    Working from home during the pandemic has been both a challenge and a reprieve for many attorneys who are from underrepresented communities, making the impending return to office a complicated prospect, according to panelists at a virtual conference on lawyer well-being Thursday.

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    Recording Academy Taps Proskauer Atty To Lead Legal Dept.

    The organization behind the Grammy Awards has chosen a veteran Proskauer Rose LLP arts and entertainment attorney to become its executive vice president of legal affairs.

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    Why Law Firm M&A Surge May Be More Blip Than Rebound

    There's been a flurry of law firm combination activity so far in January, but in the two years since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, sluggish merger numbers have yet to see a substantial and sustained rebound. Some say a full recovery isn't likely until the pandemic is behind us.

  • Senate Panel Advances 9 Judge Noms, Deadlocks On 3 Others

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nominations of Judge Alison J. Nathan for the Second Circuit along with eight district court picks Thursday, but deadlocked on three trial court nominees who received no Republican support.

  • Squire Patton Snags Prominent Perkins Coie Patent Litigator

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has added a well-known patent litigator from Perkins Coie LLP to its intellectual property and technology practice in its Palo Alto, California, office, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Crowell & Moring Rehires Senior US Prosecutor In LA

    Crowell & Moring LLP announced Wednesday that a senior federal corruption prosecutor had returned to the firm's Los Angeles office.

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    M&A Expert Returns To Sheppard Mullin After 9 Years

    A former Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP associate has returned to the firm as a partner in the corporate and securities practice in San Diego.

  • School District Wants BB&K Disqualified From Cleanup Suit

    The school district that oversees the only school on an island off the coast of Los Angeles wants a California federal court to disqualify opposing counsel Best Best & Krieger LLP in a dispute over contamination on school property, arguing the district previously hired the firm for advice regarding the pollution.

  • Ex-WH Counsel Fielding Joins Cipollone's Boutique In DC

    Fresh off opening a Washington, D.C., office, the California-based litigation boutique Ellis George Cipollone O'Brien Annaguey LLP has added a former Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner and alum of three Republican presidential administrations to the firm's Beltway outpost, according to an announcement Wednesday.

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    He Spreads Seeds Of Knowledge So A Legal Giant Might Grow

    ​Former privacy lawyer Mark Ford's new job with the EY law group straddles several fields – he's part in-house counsel, part librarian, and part legal tech expert. Here, Ford talks about his career and his current responsibilities.

Expert Analysis

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

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