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  • Ill. Court Weighs Rehearing $2.8M Dispute Involving DLA Piper

    In a rare step Wednesday, the Illinois Appellate Court heard oral argument as it considers rehearing an appeal challenging DLA Piper and others' summary judgment win in a $2.8 million estate dispute over five trusts' alleged mismanagement.  

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    Quinn Emanuel Links Up With Top Saudi Litigator

    Top international trial firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has announced its association with a Saudi litigator as it looks to gain a foothold in major markets globally, saying the lawyer has broad experience representing clients in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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    141 Law Firms Honored For LGBTQ+ Equality

    The number of U.S. law firms receiving a perfect score for LGBTQ+ equality has increased since a report last year, indicating that the legal industry has further advanced workplace protections.

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    Norton Rose Appoints US Life Sciences And Health Care Lead

    Norton Rose Fulbright announced Wednesday that it appointed a Dallas litigation partner as its U.S. head of life sciences and health care.

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    Winston & Strawn Antes Up With Associate Pay Bump

    Winston & Strawn LLP has raised its associate pay, falling in line with a new salary scale set by Milbank LLP, the firm confirmed to Law360 Pulse Thursday.

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    Google GC Named To Board Of Legal Diversity Council

    The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity has grown its board of directors by adding Google's general counsel, the group of chief legal officers and law firm managing partners said Thursday, drawing on a seasoned in-house leader whose commitments include increasing her retention of minority- and women-owned law firms.

  • Greenberg Traurig Lures Nelson Mullins Partner In Miami

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has snagged a new shareholder for its corporate and Latin America practices in Miami from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

  • Mayer Brown Adds Another Stoel Rives Atty In Salt Lake City

    Mayer Brown LLP has hired away a litigation partner from Stoel Rives LLP for its newly opened Salt Lake City location, the fourth lateral from Stoel Rives to join its office in the Utah tech hub, the firm 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.

  • Banking Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Showcasing its knowledge of and experience with complex regulatory structures, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP advised LendingClub Corp. in its $185 million takeover of Radius Bank, making LendingClub the first U.S. fintech company to acquire a bank and earning the firm a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Banking Groups of the Year.

  • Trials Group Of The Year: Williams & Connolly

    Williams & Connolly LLP successfully defended AstraZeneca and CVS in lawsuits that spared the companies from paying hundreds of millions of dollars, earning the firm a spot among Law360s 2021 Trial Groups of the Year.

  • Energy Group Of The Year: Troutman Pepper

    When Avangrid and PNM Resources merged last year to form one of the nation's biggest utility companies, Troutman Pepper guided PNM through the $4.2 billion transaction and related regulatory red tape, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2021 Energy Groups of the Year.

  • Real Estate Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP attorneys helped raise more than $460 million for Harvard's forthcoming 14-acre life sciences campus and advised AIG on its $5.1 billion residential portfolio sale to Blackstone, landing the firm a spot among Law360's 2021 Real Estate Practice Groups of the Year.

  • White Collar Group Of The Year: Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP guided Goldman Sachs through a $2.9 billion plea deal that resolved a criminal investigation into the bank's role in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. scandal, and helped reverse the fraud convictions of former Wilmington Trust Corp. executives, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2021 White Collar Groups of the Year.

  • Insurance Group Of The Year: Pasich LLP

    With a landmark victory for Dole Food Co. against one of its directors and officers insurers in the Delaware Supreme Court, as well as some of the few COVID-19 coverage successes for policyholders, Pasich LLP has been named one of Law360's 2021 Insurance Practice Groups of the Year.

  • International Trade Group Of The Year: Wiley Rein

    Wiley Rein LLP secured duties on Chinese chassis that brought domestic producers back from the brink of extinction while continuing to defend domestic wind and solar producers against international onslaughts, earning its place among Law360's 2021 International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • Half Of The Legal Industry Untrained In Cybersecurity

    Over half of the legal service industry has not had cybersecurity training arranged by their employer, despite 83% of legal professionals having to handle confidential data at work, according to a survey commissioned and published on Wednesday by NordLocker.

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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.

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    Calif. Bar's New Top Prosecutor On Building Back Trust

    The State Bar of California’s credibility plummeted over the past year, thanks to a combination of new problems emerging and old ones coming to light. Under pressure from legislators to hire a new chief prosecutor to lead its lawyer disciplinary system, the bar chose former acting U.S. Attorney George Cardona. He recently spoke with Law360 about his experience and goals.

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    Nonprofit Challenges NY Rules On Free Non-Atty Legal Advice

    Legal tech nonprofit Upsolve Inc. and a South Bronx pastor have hit New York Attorney General Letitia James with a federal lawsuit that challenges the state's ban on free legal advice from non-attorneys as unconstitutional.

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    Ex-Hogan Lovells Atty To Co-Lead Jenner & Block Tech Group

    A veteran technology and telecommunications lawyer whose career has included stops at the Federal Communications Commission and in the private sector at Sprint is joining Jenner & Block as the co-chair of its communications, internet and technology practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

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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.

  • Girardi Used Client Cash On Diamonds For Wife, Trustee Says

    Reality television star Erika Girardi must surrender $750,000 diamond earrings that her husband, former trial attorney Thomas V. Girardi, bought with money he embezzled from his injured clients, a bankruptcy trustee told a Los Angeles judge this week.

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    Jones Walker Nabs Back Former US Marshals Director

    Jones Walker LLP has snagged the former director of the U.S. Marshals Service back to the firm's litigation group in its Lafayette, Louisiana office.

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.

  • 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.

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