DC Pulse

  • Senate Confirms 5 US Attorney Nominees

    The Senate confirmed five U.S. attorney nominees on Tuesday, after Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., dropped his objection following an exchange on the Senate floor with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the Judiciary Committee chairman, over how the committee handled a U.S. Department of Justice nominee earlier this year.

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    Even With Law's Female Leadership Influx, Job Is Not Done

    More than 20 women have broken the legal industry's glass ceiling so far this year, becoming the first women ever to be appointed to the top leadership at their law firms, but the industry still has a long way to go to achieve parity.

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    Baker Donelson Names Its First Chief Growth Officer

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has promoted its Atlanta-based business operations director to lead recruiting efforts as the firm's first-ever chief growth officer, the firm announced on Tuesday.

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    Hausfeld's New And Past Leaders On The Firm's Future

    Michael Hausfeld, the founder and former chair of global plaintiffs firm Hausfeld LLP, last week handed over the reins of the firm to three partners: global co-chairs Brian Ratner and Anthony Maton and global managing partner Brent Landau.

  • Legal Work

    In-House Leaders Increased Staff In 2021 As Work Piled Up

    As legal departments battled workloads and resource limits amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they also expanded their in-house teams to increase staffing of attorneys and other support staff over the last year, according to the results of a survey released on Tuesday.

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    Lewis Brisbois Adds Corporate Law Partner In DC

    A corporate law attorney with more than 25 years of experience has joined Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP's Washington, D.C., office as a partner, the firm announced Monday.

  • Michael Sussmann

    Sussmann Says New Evidence Impairs Charge He Lied To FBI

    The ex-Perkins Coie LLP partner charged with lying to the FBI says new evidence impairs prosecutors' claim that he affirmatively misrepresented who he was acting on behalf of when turning over information that drew an alleged link between former President Donald Trump's company and a Russian bank.

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    Husch Blackwell Touts Diversity Of New Partner Class

    Husch Blackwell LLP's class of 36 soon-to-be partners is the largest and among the most diverse new partner cohorts in the firm's history, according to an announcement from the firm this week.

  • Bannon Faces July 18 Trial Date For Contempt Charges

    Former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon's trial on charges of contempt of Congress will begin July 18, a D.C. federal judge said Tuesday.

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    More Firms Announce Associate Year-End, Special Bonuses

    A slew of BigLaw firms, including Milbank LLP and initial bonus scale-setter Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, are awarding associates special bonuses on top of year-end payments, after Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP announced Monday that it is giving out double bonuses in December.

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    Arnold & Porter Adds Gov't Contracts Partners In DC, Chicago

    Two government contract experts have jumped to Arnold & Porter and will work in the firm's related practices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., the firm recently announced.

  • Copyright Office Names Policy Pro As Acting GC

    The U.S. Copyright Office on Monday announced it has appointed its deputy director of policy and international affairs to serve as the agency's acting general counsel and associate register of copyrights.

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    Davis Polk Matches And Boosts Cravath's Bonus Scale

    Davis Polk & Wardwell, which set the prevailing pay scale for associates this summer, matched and further boosted the year-end bonus structure set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in November, the firm confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Monday.

  • IP Firm Merchant & Gould Launches ITC Practice

    Intellectual property firm Merchant & Gould PC has launched a U.S. International Trade Commission practice group with a specialty in Section 337 investigations, the firm said Monday.

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    16 Legal Tech Cos. Got $53M In PPP Loans In 2020, 2021

    At least 16 legal services and technology companies have applied for and received loans of $500,000 or more from the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program, totaling over $53 million, according to data from the U.S. Small Business Administration compiled and analyzed by Law360 Pulse.

  • Ropes & Gray Promotes 12 Associates To Counsel

    Ropes & Gray LLP has promoted 12 associate attorneys in seven separate practices, elevating lawyers in its tax, private equity and intellectual property litigation groups, the firm announced Monday.

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    Freshfields Nabs Ex-WilmerHale Officer As Marketing Lead

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP on Monday announced it tapped WilmerHale's chief client development officer as its new global chief business development and marketing officer out of its New York location.

  • Hogan Lovells Starts Global Disability Inclusion Group

    Hogan Lovells has started a new global disability inclusion group to build a community for colleagues with disabilities and caregivers, as well as allies of individuals with disabilities, reaffirming the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Latham Adds Mayer Brown Partner To DC, NY Practices

    A Mayer Brown LLP partner who led the office's broker-dealer regulation and compliance practice has jumped to Latham & Watkins LLP, that firm recently announced.

  • Crowell & Moring Snags McGuireWoods Derivatives Team

    Crowell & Moring LLP has added a four-attorney derivatives team from McGuireWoods LLP in London, eyeing more investment bank and private equity clients, the firm announced Monday.

  • Legal Sector Adds 2,700 Jobs In November

    The U.S. legal sector added 2,700 jobs in November, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday, continuing a steady increase in employment this year despite questions raised late in the month about the rise of the omicron variant.

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    Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Taylor English's representation of the state of Georgia in a suit against the U.S. Department of Justice over its controversial voting law and Nutter McClennen's steering of a $190 million biotech company acquisition lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Nov. 19 to Dec. 3.

  • Companies Adopt Sustainability Goals But Lag In Measuring

    While corporations across a variety of industries are going full throttle on adopting environmental performance goals beyond those required by regulations, their progress measuring environmental variables in key areas continues to lag, according to the results of a new survey.

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    Hughes Hubbard Adds Former US Attorney To DC Shop

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP snagged a new partner in Washington, D.C., who was formerly the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.

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    Simpson Thacher Nabs COO From Cleary

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has taken on Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP's former chief operating officer, who has nearly 20 years of leadership experience and has worked at well-known financial institutions, to replace its retiring executive director, the firm said Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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