Modern Lawyer

  • Opioid Inquiry Faults Arnold & Porter But Rejects Some Relief

    Arnold & Porter engaged in sanctionable conduct by failing to divulge key documents from Endo Pharmaceuticals before and during a New York opioid trial, but certain requests for harsh discipline aren't warranted, a retired judge wrote in a court-commissioned report released Friday.

  • Mayer Brown Drops Hong Kong U. In Statue Removal Bid

    Mayer Brown LLP has stopped representing Hong Kong University in its bid to take down a statue on its campus commemorating the Tiananmen Square massacre, the firm confirmed Friday, after being pressured by local advocates and U.S. politicians.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Jones Day Derides Paralegal's 'Excuses' On Serving Bias Suit

    A fired Jones Day paralegal's "feeble justifications" shouldn't win her a second chance to serve the international law firm with her discrimination and harassment suit, the firm told a Boston federal judge Friday.

  • Legal Tech Roundup: Paradigm, Aware

    A pair of legal technology companies secured the financial backing of major investors this week. In addition, several legal tech providers also announced new hires and promotions.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The U.S. Supreme Court term's second week saw oral arguments in four cases, including a high-profile death penalty case and a potential preview of the coming battle over abortion that ended up centering more on procedural technicalities. Here's our data-driven look at the week that was.

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    Sheppard Mullin Snags Business Development Pro

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has hired a new chief of development and marketing from Sidley Austin LLP, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Prosecutors Warn Calif. Court Order Is 'Dangerous Precedent'

    More than 70 current and former elected prosecutors on Friday urged a California appellate court to overturn a trial court's decision declining to allow the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office to withdraw previously requested sentencing enhancements, saying the ruling sets a "dangerous precedent."

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    BakerHostetler Latest To Target January Office Reopening

    BakerHostetler is planning to fully reopen its offices in January 2022, the firm told Law360 on Friday, joining a slew of BigLaw firms that have moved their official return dates to the next calendar year.

  • Clyde & Co Hit With £9M Negligence Suit By Nigerian Biz

    Two Nigerian maritime companies have sued Clyde & Co for almost £9 million ($12.4 million), saying the law firm made them settle a dispute over corporate ownership in the face of "blackmail" and "coercion."

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    Greenberg Traurig Nabs London Disputes Team From Mishcon

    Law firm Greenberg Traurig has poached seven senior lawyers from rival Mishcon de Reya to join its disputes team in London as part of its bid to expand its litigation practice.

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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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    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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    Milbank Wants Junior Attys In Office More Post-Reopening

    Milbank LLP is the latest BigLaw firm to announce it will reopen its offices in early November and let employees enjoy remote work during the holidays — but it's also calling on junior attorneys to put in extra time in the office, according to a Thursday report.

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    Orrick, Cleary Hit With $310M Malpractice Suit

    Renewable energy company TerraForm Power slapped Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP with a legal malpractice suit Wednesday, alleging the firms botched an M&A deal resulting in damages worth more than $300 million.

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    Dentons Taps Deloitte HR Director For Chief People Officer

    The global human resources managing director for tax accounting giant Deloitte is moving to legal goliath Dentons to be global chief people officer, the firm said Thursday, after losing its global chief talent officer to rival Baker McKenzie.

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    Holland & Knight Snags Ex-SEC Chief Risk Officer

    Holland & Knight LLP on Thursday announced the hire of a former top official at the Securities and Exchange Commission as a partner in its corporate, M&A and securities group.

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    Crowell & Moring Opens In Denver, Hires 4 Attorneys

    Crowell & Moring LLP is launching an office in Denver with an initial group of seven attorneys, the firm announced Thursday, continuing a year of expansion that includes new locations in the Midwest.

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    Hogan Lovells Names New Head Of Silicon Valley Office

    Hogan Lovells appointed a new managing partner to lead its Silicon Valley office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Trump DOJ Civil, Enviro Leader

    The U.S. House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has issued a subpoena to the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice's civil and environment divisions during the Trump administration in an effort to understand apparent attempts to overturn the 2020 election, the committee announced Wednesday.

  • Girardi Keese Trustee Wants To Investigate Legal Lenders

    Girardi Keese's bankruptcy trustee wants to investigate several litigation lenders who poured tens of millions of dollars into the firm in recent years, even as it appeared that founder Thomas V. Girardi was spending the money improperly, according to a document filed Wednesday in Los Angeles bankruptcy court.

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    Quinn Emanuel Loses Latest Partner To White & Case

    Another Quinn Emanuel partner has ditched the firm's Big Pharma-focused patent practice for White & Case, bringing along her experience of fighting off generic competition for brands like Johnson & Johnson and Gilead Sciences.

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    Quarles & Brady Nabs Veteran SDNY Assistant Atty

    Quarles & Brady LLP has brought on a career government lawyer who spent more than 15 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York as a partner in its health and life sciences practice, the firm said Tuesday.

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    Burford Capital Earmarks $100M To Bolster Law Firm Diversity

    Litigation funder Burford Capital is earmarking an additional $100 million as part of the launch of the second phase of its initiative to use economic incentives to increase diversity in the legal profession, particularly in leadership and partnership positions.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • 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.

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