In-House

  • Calif. Pot Cos. Want Suit Against Ex-GC Back In State Court

    A group of Southern California cannabis companies have urged a California federal court to remand back to state court their suit accusing their former general counsel of selling them out to competitors to benefit his own cannabis business, accusing him of forum shopping.

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    Legal Sector Adds 4,700 Jobs In October

    The U.S. legal sector added 4,700 jobs in October, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday, continuing a steady increase in employment this year as the delta variant surge of the COVID-19 pandemic begins to subside and the industry looks ahead at office reopenings.

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    Deloitte, Thomson Reuters Team Up To Aid Tax, Legal Teams

    Big Four accounting firm Deloitte Tax LLP is deepening its long-standing relationship with Thomson Reuters through a new initiative announced Thursday to help corporate tax and legal departments become more efficient.

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    Audible Elevates Company Attorney To General Counsel Role

    Amazon's audiobook service Audible announced Thursday that the head of legal for its original content team will become the company's general counsel.

  • Ex-OCC Chief Brooks Heads To Bitfury After Binance.US Exit

    Former top U.S. banking regulator Brian Brooks has been named CEO of bitcoin miner Bitfury, roughly three months after abruptly quitting as chief executive of cryptocurrency exchange Binance.US.

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    Orrick Brings On Goldman's Former Head Of Litigation

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe on Thursday announced the hiring of Goldman Sachs' former global head of litigation and regulatory proceedings for its New York office.

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    How Legal Tech Execs Plan To Fill A Gap In Legal Education

    Evisort CEO Jerry Ting and Vice President Memme Onwudiwe are returning to their alma mater Harvard Law School to teach a class on the technological and operational aspects of law practice they say are largely missing from law school curricula.

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    Regular Training, Incentives Can Push Attys To Adopt Tech

    Law firms that offer financial incentives and regular training are more successful at prompting lawyers to use new technology tools and initiatives than those that do not, according to a new report released on Wednesday.

  • SXSW Hires Former Heineken Leader As New GC

    SXSW LLC, the company that hosts the annual South by Southwest music and entertainment festival in Austin, Texas, has hired former Heineken USA chief legal officer J. Carlos Kuri as its new general counsel.

  • NY Banking Agency Pitches New CRA Data Reporting Reg

    New York's financial services regulator on Wednesday unveiled plans for collecting data on minority- and women-owned business lending as part of its regular efforts to evaluate lenders on how well they are meeting the credit needs of their communities.

  • 3 Takeaways From Law Student Survey On COVID's Impact

    Law students experienced increased concerns about finances, like their ability to pay for food and housing, worsened depression and anxiety, and difficulty focusing on their legal studies caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recently released report.

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    Cipriani & Werner Adds Ex-Liberty Mutual Atty To Leadership

    An attorney with more than 20 years of insurance expertise has left her high-ranking role at Liberty Mutual Insurance to join Cipriani & Werner's corporate leadership team, the firm announced Monday.

  • Exelon, Preparing To Split, Names GC For New Division

    Power company Exelon Corp. has tapped longtime company attorney David Dardis to become the general counsel for one of its businesses as it prepares to separate into two companies next year.

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    ACC Shares New DEI Measurement Tool For In-House Teams

    The Association of Corporate Counsel and its foundation announced Tuesday that they have launched a new maturity model that measures the efficacy of diversity, equity and inclusion programs at corporate legal departments.

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    Minerals Co. Taps Dow Deputy GC As Chief Legal Officer

    The minerals company Covia said Monday that Duncan Stuart, former deputy general counsel at The Dow Chemical Co., has joined as its chief legal officer and secretary.

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    Global Data Integrity Co. Names First Chief Legal Officer

    Talend, a global data integration and data integrity company, announced Monday two new appointments to its executive leadership team in California, including Jeff Lambert as its first chief legal officer.

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    Diversity Lab Sets New Goal For Returning Law Professionals

    Nearly 40 law firms and legal departments have pledged to bring 200 female attorneys who have taken a career hiatus back to the legal profession by 2025 as part of Diversity Lab's OnRamp Fellowship.

  • Judge Sinks Bribery Claims Against Wynn Resorts, Ex-GC

    A California federal judge has tossed a former employee's complaint alleging Wynn Resorts Ltd., its founder and former general counsel bribed an ex-state legislator as part of a conspiracy that influenced the outcome of her previous dismissed lawsuit alleging she was fired for reporting a rape allegation.

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    As Social Impact Becomes The Test, Firms Asked To Step Up

    A sense of social responsibility has always been with the legal profession. But if firms go beyond the basics, they may find they can both leverage their impact on society and better serve their clients.

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    Inside The Pro Bono Work Law Firms Are Doing

    When lawyers work pro bono, what are they working on? With so many areas of legal need, where do they focus their time?

  • The 2021 Law360 Pulse Social Impact Leaders

    Check out our Social Impact Leaders ranking, news analysis and interactive graphics to see how firms compare as they engage with the idea of making a social impact and finding ways it can be measured.

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    Law360's Social Impact Leaders: How Does Your Firm Measure Up?

    Law firms have long made professional commitments to give back. But how do we assess the current social impact and social responsibility vision of law firms that are committing themselves to this work? How much of it is lip service? How much of it is having an impact?

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    Social Impact Leaders: Sizing Up Firms' Pro Bono Services

    The events of 2020 presented attorneys with an unprecedented demand for their pro bono services. Here, Law360 looks at which firms led the pack on pro bono workload last year.

  • NJ Atty Can't Revive Employment Suit Against Insurance Biz

    A Norman-Spencer attorney did not have a right to six additional months of protected employment, a New Jersey appellate panel ruled Friday, finding his contract with the company clearly outlined when his employment would become at-will.

  • GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Cybersecurity and tech issues dominated this week's news. One regulator told Congress that consumers need more financial privacy protections from Big Tech, while an insurance survey showed that risk professionals are more concerned about cyberattacks than ever.

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Expert Analysis

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

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