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An Illinois federal judge probing contempt liability over Thomas V. Girardi's misappropriation of $2 million said Thursday that he'll accept separate charts reflecting certain Girardi & Keese accounts' cash flow, after learning a dispute arose over how to present the information to the court.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week rejecting former President Donald Trump's bid to block certain White House documents from the House select committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol attack will make it more difficult for his allies, such as his former chief of staff Mark Meadows, to keep documents or conversations they had with Trump pertaining to the attack private.
A lawyer representing a spokesman for former President Donald Trump indicated Thursday that he plans to revise a lawsuit against the House select committee investigating last year's U.S. Capitol riot to block Chase Bank from handing over more of his client's private financial records to the panel.
The "Lottery Lawyer" charged with bilking his clients' winnings has accused prosecutors in New York's Southern and Eastern districts of a "pattern" of misconduct, urging a judge to force them to finally turn over potentially exculpatory material.
President Joe Biden has announced the nomination of four current prosecutors and two former ones to lead U.S. attorney's offices in the districts of New Hampshire, Alaska, Utah, Connecticut, Montana and New Mexico.
With a rule approved this month, New York courts now require parties in commercial disputes to attend a court-ordered settlement conference after discovery has concluded and before the beginning of a trial. The aim is to avoid parties' reluctance to request a settlement hearing.
Amid a small wave of Mid-Law merger announcements in late December and early January, industry observers say 2022 could bring a long-awaited resurgence of merger activity, with Mid-Law firms particularly likely to be involved in tie-ups.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer joined President Joe Biden at the White House Thursday to formally announce his retirement, kicking off a rush among Democrats to confirm a new member of the court to replace the oldest serving justice.
First Circuit Chief Judge Jeffrey R. Howard, a George W. Bush appointee, will take senior status, opening up a second seat for President Joe Biden to fill on the nation's smallest federal appellate court.
The U.S. Senate's Democratic leaders pledged Wednesday to move swiftly to confirm a successor for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who is expected to formally announce his retirement Thursday.
The Federal Circuit is pushing back its biennial judicial conference from April to September as the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to sweep the nation, causing hospitalizations and deaths to skyrocket.
An indicted former K&L Gates LLP partner can't get his ankle monitor removed, a New York federal judge decided on Wednesday, agreeing with a doctor that the device likely did not cause the fired attorney to develop a hernia as he'd claimed.
A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday refused to replace the standby counsel helping former CIA programmer Joshua Schulte prepare to represent himself at an upcoming espionage retrial, despite a breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.
The State Bar of California’s credibility plummeted over the past year, thanks to a combination of new problems emerging and old ones coming to light. Under pressure from legislators to hire a new chief prosecutor to lead its lawyer disciplinary system, the bar chose former acting U.S. Attorney George Cardona. He recently spoke with Law360 about his experience and goals.
Legal technology had a record year of investments in 2021, with at least $9.1 billion through funding or through mergers and acquisitions involving companies in the industry, according to a Law360 Pulse analysis.
Legal tech nonprofit Upsolve Inc. and a South Bronx pastor have hit New York Attorney General Letitia James with a federal lawsuit that challenges the state's ban on free legal advice from non-attorneys as unconstitutional.
With the coming retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer, the U.S. Supreme Court loses not only a core member of its liberal bloc, but also a judicial thinker who cares deeply about making the law work on a practical level, those who worked with him said.
Reality television star Erika Girardi must surrender $750,000 diamond earrings that her husband, former trial attorney Thomas V. Girardi, bought with money he embezzled from his injured clients, a bankruptcy trustee told a Los Angeles judge this week.
Former Perkins Coie attorney and Hillary Clinton campaign counsel Marc Elias testified to a grand jury as part of the special counsel's case accusing fellow ex-firm partner Michael Sussmann of lying to the FBI in the run-up to the 2016 election, according to Tuesday court filings.
Justice Stephen Breyer, one of the longest-serving liberal members of the U.S. Supreme Court, will resign his post after more than 27 years on the bench.
With every year that passes, litigation funding increasingly becomes an accepted part of the legal industry, says Matthew Harrison, co-chief investment officer of Omni Bridgeway's U.S. operations.
The New York State Unified Court System "disparaged and rejected" the religious beliefs of court employees when it denied their exemption requests from the system's COVID-19 vaccination requirement, a group of court reporters alleged Tuesday in a federal lawsuit.
Dominion Voting Systems Corp. told a D.C. federal court that it does not believe there's any "realistic possibility" of settling its $1.3 billion lawsuits against former Trump lawyers Rudolph W. Giuliani and Sidney Powell over election rigging claims.
Billionaire Leon Black fired back at a bid for sanctions from a law firm he accused of extorting him by representing a woman who claimed he sexually assaulted her, dropping racketeering claims against Wigdor LLP but saying his lawsuit was a sensible reaction to the accusations.
President Joe Biden will have new district court vacancies opening this year in Missouri and California, as two judges have announced their intent to take senior status, according to the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts.
In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OpinionLawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.