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    Lippes Mathias IP Pro, Ex-Mars Counsel Joins CBD Co. Board

    International CBD company Chill Brands Group announced Thursday that it has appointed a co-chair of Lippes Mathias' intellectual property team and former Greenberg Traurig LLP partner to its board of directors as an independent, non-executive director.

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    Alert Innovation Taps Cytel's Top Atty For CLO, GC

    Alert Innovation Inc., a retail and grocery automation company, has hired away statistical software and analytics company Cytel Inc.'s top attorney to become its chief legal officer and general counsel.

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    Mid-Law Mergers Could Pick Up Amid Interest On All Sides

    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.

  • General Mills' Top Lawyer Plans To Retire

    The general counsel who has been a longtime in-house attorney at General Mills Inc. has announced his plans to retire later this year, the food giant said Thursday.

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    Judge Jackson Back In Spotlight As High Court Contender

    The upcoming vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court quickly threw the spotlight back on D.C. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a former clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer whose stature as a likely successor to the retiring justice was suddenly raised Wednesday.

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    Biden At His Side, Justice Breyer Announces Retirement

    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.

  • Nike GC Hilary Krane To Retire; CCO Tapped To Replace Her

    Nike Inc. announced Wednesday it will appoint Ann Miller, a Nike veteran with more than two decades of legal experience, to take over from longtime general counsel and chief administration officer Hilary Krane, who will retire in 2022.

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    Legal Tech Smashed Investment Records In 2021

    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.

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    'Just Do Your Job': Justice Breyer's Legacy Of Pragmatism

    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.

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    Ex-Breyer Clerks Praise Jurist As Consensus Builder

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, whose impending retirement was revealed Wednesday, has gained a reputation among his former clerks as a consensus-builder, a "statesman" who has looked to build bridges with the overarching goal of preserving the integrity of both the courts and democracy.

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    Cummins Elevates Head Of Ethics To Lead Risk, ESG

    Global power company Cummins Inc. has elevated its vice president of ethics and compliance to become its first chief risk officer and leader of environmental, social and governance strategy.

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    5 Breyer Opinions You Need To Know

    Justice Stephen Breyer, who was confirmed Wednesday to be stepping down from the court after 27 years, was a pragmatist who thought about the real-world implications of the high court’s decisions. Here, Law360 looks at some of the cases that epitomize his career.

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    Justice Breyer To Retire From High Court

    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.

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    Omni CIOs On How Litigation Finance Will Mature in 2022

    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.

  • New CFTC Chair Taps Agency Vet To Serve As GC

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's new chairman Tuesday named a longtime agency lawyer and a former Arnold & Porter attorney to be the commission's new general counsel, along with a slew of other appointments.

  • Hertz, Ex-GC Settle Clawback Suit, With Ex-CEO Still On Hook

    Hertz Corp. and its former general counsel came to an agreement resolving the company's claims looking to take back $56 million in incentive and severance pay due to what it considered misconduct, but claims against the company's ex-CEO are ongoing.

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    Calif. Pharma Co. Picks Ex-Triplet Therapeutics Lawyer As GC

    Pharmaceutical company Atomwise Inc. said Tuesday that it had tapped the former top attorney for biotechnology company Triplet Therapeutics to be its first general counsel.

  • Private Equity Firms Are Leaning More Heavily On Legal

    Lawyers and finance professionals working in the private equity industry say their legal departments are both more valued amid the pandemic and also more often "overwhelmed," according to a recent survey commissioned by legal spend analytics platform Apperio.

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    Beyond Big: Smaller, Hyperfocused Firms Still Stand Out

    Many of the biggest, most profitable law firms are continuing to get bigger. But that doesn't mean there's less room for smaller firms to occupy a leadership position in a set of practices or with a standout culture.

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    What Top Public M&A Firms Can Teach Us About Deal Making

    What does it take to become a preeminent legal adviser to the companies that are shaping industries and creating millionaires? Here’s Law360 Pulse’s list of the top firms by total public company deal-making volume and value, and a look at what it takes to become a leader in the field.

  • Home Depot GC Urges SEC Immunity For Cyberattack Info

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission should offer broader immunity to corporations who come forward with information regarding cyberattacks, a move that would help regulators and companies address increasingly sophisticated state-sponsored attacks, The Home Depot Inc.'s general counsel said Monday during a virtual panel discussion.

  • Mass. Cannabis Co. GC Named VP Ahead Of Retail Launch

    The general counsel for Massachusetts cannabis company Trade Roots will become a vice president of the company as it prepares to launch a retail store in Wareham, Massachusetts, the company has announced.

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    Armstrong World Industries To Snag StoneMor CLO As GC

    Ceiling tile manufacturer Armstrong World Industries Inc. has tapped cemetery operator StoneMor Inc.'s senior vice president and chief legal officer to become its new top attorney.

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    San Diego Biotech Co. Names Pharma Veteran As GC

    RayzeBio Inc., a San Diego company that develops targeted radiopharmaceuticals for cancer, announced on Monday the addition of Aubrey Haddach as general counsel, as well as a new chief financial officer.

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    Join Law360 Pulse for our most comprehensive ranking to date. The all-new Law360 Pulse Leaderboard features firms that stand out for being well-rounded, excelling in culture, reputation and business practice.

Expert Analysis

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    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.

  • 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.

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