Mid-Law

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    How Racist Tropes Affect Legal DEI Efforts

    Racist imagery from more than 100 years ago has persisted as painful stereotypes that impact not only society as a whole but also diversity and inclusion efforts in the law, according to speakers at a recent talk organized by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

  • Atkinson Andelson Adds Public-Focused Employment Partner

    A labor and employment lawyer with litigation experience who specializes in representing public entities has joined California firm Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo as a partner.

  • Student Debtors Lose Fla. Fraud Cases — For Now

    A federal judge has dismissed three consolidated cases accusing a student debt relief operation of fraud and racketeering but left the door open for debtors to file an amended complaint, while permanently dismissing malpractice claims against Florida law firm Berger Singerman over its role in the creation of the alleged scam.

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    Amid C-Suite Boom, Partners Relinquish Control To Non-Attys

    At least 25 law firms have created new C-suite positions in 2021, continuing the hiring boom and creating a dynamic where law firm equity partners must take a step back in their firms' management and relinquish control to nonpartners, and even nonlawyers.

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    Porzio Adds 2 Klingeman Cerimele Attys As Of Counsel In NJ

    A former assistant U.S. attorney, along with his partner, have joined Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC as of counsel to enhance the firm's litigation capabilities.

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    Lawyers On Air: Firms Find Their Voice With Podcasts

    Attorneys in major firms across the U.S. have been trying on a different professional hat in the last few years: podcast host.

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    Greenspoon Marder Names IP Partner As New Group Head

    Greenspoon Marder LLP named an Arizona-based partner as the new leader of its fast-growing intellectual property practice group, the firm announced earlier this week.

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    Saxton & Stump Adds Atty To Senior Care Group In Harrisburg

    An attorney with nearly 20 years' experience handling matters involving long-term care facilities has joined Saxton & Stump LLC's Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, office to grow her practice, the firm's second lateral hire in the last two weeks.

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    Thompson Coe Opens San Antonio Office

    Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP announced the opening of its fourth Texas office on Thursday, with a new location in San Antonio to be managed by an insurance litigator who has been with the firm since 2017.

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    Berger Singerman Adds Two To Growing Real Estate Team

    Berger Singerman snagged a new partner and an associate as its latest move to bolster its real estate team in Florida.

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    Bilzin Sumberg Adds Corporate Partner And Associate In Fla.

    Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP announced the further expansion of its corporate practice group with the addition of a former TouchSuite counsel as an associate and a new partner arriving from Shutts & Bowen LLP.

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    Stevens & Lee Atty Talks About New Role On Pa. Ethics Court

    Stevens & Lee PC partner James C. Schwartzman's election last week as president judge of the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline is his latest achievement in nearly 40 years dedicated to legal ethics and professional responsibility.

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    White And Williams' Newark Managing Partner On New Role

    White and Williams LLP has a new managing partner overseeing its Newark, New Jersey, office, and he is planning to use his role to help shepherd a return to more traditional in-person work, after the firm set Oct. 18 as its return-to-office date.

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    Many Legal Tech Cos. Never See Positive Investment Return

    Legal technology startups usually experience growth on the way to an acquisition, but some companies fail to achieve positive return on investment, according to data compiled by analytics company Legalcomplex and given exclusively to Law360 Pulse.

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    How Freshfields Shut Down Massive 3M Stock Drop Suit

    A team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP attorneys recently shut down a suit that claimed 3M Co. failed to warn its shareholders about the costs of underlying "forever chemical" pollution litigation, after securing an ultra-rare writ of mandamus from the Third Circuit that approved a venue change for the potentially multibillion-dollar suit.

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    Shumaker Advisors Florida Merges With Suskey Consulting

    Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP has announced a merger between its lobbying arm, Shumaker Advisors Florida, and government affairs firm Suskey Consulting LLC, which will also bring aboard its president, Alan Suskey.

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    MCCA Launches Scorecard To Evaluate Law Firms' DEI Efforts

    The Minority Corporate Counsel Association has launched a diversity scorecard aimed at showing law firms where they fall in terms of several diversity, equity and inclusion metrics and where they can improve.

  • Robinson & Cole Says No Jurisdiction In Legal Recruiter Suit

    The Hartford-based firm Robinson & Cole LLP has moved to nix a legal recruiter's breach of contract lawsuit over the firm allegedly revealing details of a potential firm merger to a competitor, arguing that the U.S. District Court of South Dakota has no jurisdiction over the case.

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    Munck Wilson Brings On Patent Litigation Partner In Dallas

    A patent litigator with a focus on infringement and complex litigation and transactional matters has joined tech-focused firm Munck Wilson Mandala LLP in Dallas.

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    Allen Matkins Adds Environmental Litigator As Partner

    California firm Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP has added a former Latham & Watkins LLP environmental litigator as a partner in the firm's San Diego office.

  • Hispanic Judges Share The Experiences They Bring To Bench

    The path to becoming a judge can be a long one for Hispanic lawyers who grew up poor or in other challenging circumstances, but it's essential to helping the country's courts achieve the elusive goal of equal justice for all, according to four trailblazing Hispanic jurists who spoke at a panel on Friday.

  • Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz's representation of Dotdash in a $2.7 billion acquisition of a top media company and McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC and Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP's representation of Hershey Co. in a trademark suit lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Sept. 25 to Oct. 8.

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    Legal Sector Adds 4,300 Jobs For 2nd Month In Row

    The legal sector added 4,300 jobs for the second consecutive month in September, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday, as the industry continues to rebound from economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Greenspoon Marder Adds 2 Corporate Attys In LA, Atlanta

    Greenspoon Marder LLP has brought aboard former partners at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC and Taylor English Duma LLP to strengthen the firm's transactions, tax and estate planning, and tax controversy services, the firm announced this week.

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    BB&K To Combine With 15-Atty Oregon Firm

    California firm Best Best & Krieger LLP has announced it will merge with 15-attorney Oregon firm Karnopp Petersen LLP, marking BB&K's second office outside the Golden State and its first in the Pacific Northwest.

Expert Analysis

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    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.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World Author Photo

    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • ​​​​​​​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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

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