Daily Litigation

  • Ex-Surfside Building Official Can't Duck Deposition

    The Florida judge overseeing the litigation over the collapse of Surfside's Champlain Towers South condominium building denied a request Friday by the town's former building inspector for a protective order, requiring him to show up for a deposition requested by victims of the collapse.

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    Utah Regional SEC Director Heads To Greenberg Traurig

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's regional director in Salt Lake City has left the government role to become a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, the firm has announced.

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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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    Atlanta-Based IP Boutique Taps Partner As New Leader

    Intellectual property law firm Thomas Horstemeyer LLP began 2022 with a new managing partner as the Atlanta-based boutique handed the reins to a longtime equity partner who last year advised WorldStarHipHop, helping to secure a $1 million default judgment against the owner of World Star Radio and to bar the owner from using or imitating the site's name.

  • J2 Class Attys Get $2M For Saving $25M On Insider Deal

    Two firms representing digital media business J2 Global Inc. investors have nabbed $1.95 million in connection with a settlement ending a Delaware Chancery Court suit that challenged an investment contract worth millions made to a fund chaired by J2's chairman.

  • NJ Judge Seems At Risk Of Facing Psych Exam In Bias Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge seemed inclined Friday to direct a state judge to undergo a psychiatric examination by a defense expert as she pursues a lawsuit alleging state judiciary officials created a toxic workplace environment that left her emotionally distressed, citing how her own psychiatrist diagnosed her with certain mental conditions.

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    Freeman Mathis Opens First Texas Office In Dallas

    The Atlanta-based law firm of Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP announced recently that it has entered the Texas market with a new Dallas-area office staffed by a trio of attorneys who used to work at a local boutique firm.

  • Atty In Mask Suit To Seek Ethics Opinion Over Fronting Fees

    The attorney for dozens of shoppers challenging a Pennsylvania grocery chain's mask mandate can seek ethics experts' opinions on whether his firm can front two plaintiffs' sanctions over discovery delays, a federal judge has ruled.

  • 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.

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    Ex-Cuomo Ethics Lawyer Sets Up Shop At Wigdor

    A top ethics attorney for former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with a deep background representing survivors of sexual violence has joined Wigdor LLP, a New York employment law firm known for representing workers in high-profile bias and sexual harassment cases, the firm said Friday.

  • Ex-Portnoy Schneck Atty Launches Age, Disability Bias Suit

    A 63-year-old former attorney for Portnoy Schneck LLC has hit the creditors' rights firm with a lawsuit alleging she was wrongfully terminated after she complained about the firm's documentation practices, was diagnosed with three autoimmune diseases and took a month of family leave.

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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.

  • Reed Smith Adds Ex-Anderson Kill Atty To Insurance Group

    Reed Smith LLP is expanding its insurance recovery group, the firm announced Thursday, hiring a new partner who most recently represented policyholders as a shareholder at Anderson Kill PC.

  • Va. Judge Forced Off IP Case Over Wife's Cisco, Oracle Stock

    U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady has stepped back from a decade-old suit accusing Cisco and Oracle of infringing a TecSec Inc. data encryption patent after finding out his wife has direct control of her stock holdings in the two tech giants.

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    How Scarinci Hollenbeck Won $36M For Son Of Ex-Hostage

    New Jersey-based Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC recently secured a $36 million judgment on behalf of a client whose mother was kidnapped by Colombian guerilla forces nearly 20 years ago.

  • Firms Get $23.5M For $100M Merger Suit Settlement In Del.

    Three firms are getting a $23.5 million fee per a vice chancellor's approval of a $100 million settlement of a Delaware Chancery Court suit that accused Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC of steering a construction industry supplier it controlled into an allegedly "grossly unfair" $1.2 billion merger.

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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.

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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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    Ogletree Adds Lead Attys From Eversheds Sutherland

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced the hiring this week of two ex-Eversheds Sutherland attorneys, one who used to run the firm's labor practice and the other the former head of the Houston office.

  • Employment Practice Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    With an employment law practice that isn't siloed by specialty and emphasizes a "first principles" approach, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP scored a dismissal of a COVID-19 safety suit for Amazon and reversed a $102 million judgment against Walmart, earning the team a place among Law360's 2021 Employment Practice Groups of the Year.

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    Duane Morris Adds Miami Trial Attys From Shutts & Bowen

    Duane Morris LLP has snagged two former Shutts & Bowen LLP trial lawyers as new partners in Miami.

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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.

  • Trump Spokesman Loses Bid To Reclaim Jan. 6 Bank Docs

    A D.C. federal judge on Thursday denied an emergency request by a spokesman for former President Donald Trump to force the congressional Jan. 6 committee to return his private financial records that it obtained from JPMorgan last month, saying the court lacks the authority to tell Congress what to do with subpoenaed documents.

  • 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.

  • Kreindler Says 9/11 Case Leak Doesn't Warrant Sanctions

    Kreindler & Kreindler LLP has argued that it should not face sanctions over a former consultant's leak of a deposition from litigation over the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as Saudi Arabia argued the firm willfully violated the protective orders covering the case.

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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