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"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.
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP have opted to match Milbank LLP's latest raising of the bar for associate salaries, hiking their starting salaries for the class of 2021 to $215,000, according to internal memorandums obtained Friday by Law360.
Holistic approaches to well-being, engagement and inclusion are absolutely vital to law firms looking to retain their associates amid the "great resignation" that has accompanied the pandemic, according to panelists at the Institute for Well-Being In Law's virtual conference Friday.
Bass Berry & Sims PLC has added a data privacy partner and two associates from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Nashville.
Barclay Damon LLP is noting that 100% of its full-time attorneys did pro bono work in 2021, and for the first time, so did all of its full-time paralegals.
Elon Musk has been known to have problems with his in-house lawyers — having churned through four general counsel in four years at Tesla Inc. — but now he has included outside counsel in his beefs, which raised the question of when a law firm should ignore the demands of a client.
Taylor English Duma LLP named a new managing partner on Wednesday, advancing a corporate partner who handled the firm's finances last year as part of its executive committee.
Nearly two-thirds of lawyers in a recent survey reported they are experiencing some level of burnout, and partners and other supervisors within legal organizations are in a good position to turn that around, according to a presentation Thursday at the Institute for Well-Being in Law's virtual conference.
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.
Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC has added two new members to its management committee effective Jan. 1, the firm has announced.
Working from home during the pandemic has been both a challenge and a reprieve for many attorneys who are from underrepresented communities, making the impending return to office a complicated prospect, according to panelists at a virtual conference on lawyer well-being Thursday.
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.
Burns & Levinson has added two attorneys, including a partner, to its cannabis business and law advisory group, the firm has announced.
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC has bolstered its white collar defense, investigations and litigation practices with the addition of a former high-ranking official at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
Former privacy lawyer Mark Ford's new job with the EY law group straddles several fields – he's part in-house counsel, part librarian, and part legal tech expert. Here, Ford talks about his career and his current responsibilities.
Cooley LLP on Wednesday announced the hiring of a financial services team from Buckley LLP, with the group focusing on defending clients in government enforcement actions and litigation.
Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP picked up a former Florida Deputy Secretary of Business Regulation as the newest member of its lobbying arm.
Several libertarian legal and media groups have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Fifth Circuit ruling that determined the State Bar of Texas can't require lawyers to join and pay dues that are used to fund "nongermane" activities.
Fiscal year 2021 saw records for whistleblower complaints to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the number of tips received, the number of awards and the dollar amount of the awards.
When prosecutors charged the founder of the Oath Keepers for his involvement in last January's siege of the U.S. Capitol, the indictment made headlines for two reasons.
Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP added an attorney with over three decades of experience in environmental and energy law to its San Francisco office as a partner, the firm announced Tuesday.
Harness IP has added a patent attorney with over 35 years of experience to the firm as a special counsel in its Washington, D.C., office, the firm recently announced.
Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its 2021 Practice Groups of the Year awards, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.
Nine law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 52 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, having steered complex deals and won high-profile victories including at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Insurance and litigation defense firm Conroy Simberg announced it has promoted three women as partners in three different Florida offices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OpinionLawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.