Modern Lawyer

  • McSwain 'Partisan Disgrace' Letter Puts Firm In Awkward Spot

    While Duane Morris LLP has sought to distance itself from comments made by firm partner and former U.S. attorney William McSwain calling Pennsylvania's presidential election a "partisan disgrace," the firm's ongoing work fighting claims of election irregularities in the state raises questions about possible conflicts, experts say.

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    2 Paralympians Say Disabilities Make Them Better Lawyers

    As general counsel around the country joined a call Friday for legal departments to include more people with disabilities, Sidley Austin associate Matt Simpson was unknowingly helping to make their point — by preparing to represent the U.S. in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next month.

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    McDermott Continues Office Upgrades With New NYC Base

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has moved its New York City base to a new office near Manhattan's Grand Central station after expanding its other offices in the U.S. and Germany.

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    GCs, Compliance Chiefs Urge Action On Disability Inclusion

    Top attorneys from The Coca-Cola Co., GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Unilever PLC and other large companies have banded together to call on other general counsel and chief compliance officers to improve the inclusion of those with disabilities in their departments.

  • Black IP Atty Asks Justices To Rule Title VII Covers Partners

    A Black attorney who said she faced sexist and racist backlash after she complained about the way intellectual property firm Myers Bigel PA treated women is urging the nation's highest court to hold that Title VII — the cornerstone federal workplace discrimination law — can cover law firm shareholders.

  • Schiff Hardin Boosts Associate Pay

    Schiff Hardin LLP is the latest law firm to offer associates raises as BigLaw shops scramble to retain talent in a competitive market for junior attorneys, leadership there confirmed Friday.

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    Berry Appleman Taps Ex-Jackson Lewis Partner In Austin

    Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP recently hired a partner formerly with Jackson Lewis PC, marking the firms' first lunge into the Austin market. 

  • Shearman & Sterling To Require In-Office Work 3 Days A Week

    Shearman & Sterling LLP has laid out a remote work policy for its global workforce, with attorneys required to work in the office three days a week starting Sept. 13, according to the firm.

  • Legal Tech Roundup: Big Names Join Corporate Boards

    A pair of high-profile influencers in the legal industry joining corporate boards leads this weekly roundup of legal technology news.

  • HSF Snags Mayer Brown Insurance Head In London

    Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has nabbed an insurance expert from Mayer Brown to build its professional indemnity and regulatory practice, hiring back one of its former lawyers after a 21-year gap.

  • Kramer Levin Accused Of Malpractice After $850M Deal Flops

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP's inability to hammer out a proper agreement among warring owners of a family diamond company turned one man's life into a "nightmare" and tanked a proposed $850 million sale offer, according to a malpractice suit filed in New York state court Wednesday.

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    Carlton Fields Adds Ex-FINRA Enforcement Atty In DC

    A former senior director at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's enforcement division has joined Carlton Fields as a shareholder in Washington, D.C., where he will focus on financial services regulatory matters and securities and derivatives litigation, the firm announced Thursday.

  • McDermott Adds Tax Partners From Baker McKenzie, DLA Piper

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has added partners from Baker McKenzie and DLA Piper to its Boston and Chicago offices to advise clients on international tax matters, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Quarles Atty On Building Immigration Group In Evolving Field

    For labor and employment attorney Timothy D’Arduini, the last five years have made clear that businesses can longer view immigration as a simple administrative task. D’Arduini, who is building out Quarles & Brady LLP’s immigration group, talks to Law360 Pulse about how the practice has evolved in recent years, the impact of COVID-19 and more.

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    Charges Against Ex-LeClairRyan GC An Outlier For Trustees

    The guilty plea Thursday of an ex-BigLaw general counsel who embezzled some $4 million as a court-appointed trustee is a rarity among criminal actions triggered by bankruptcy cases and will likely raise scrutiny on other lawyers in the sensitive role.

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    Katten Won't Set Return-To-Office Mandate

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP will not require its attorneys and staff to work in the office for a set number of days once the firm reopens its offices in the fall, according to an internal memo shared with Law360 Pulse.

  • Biden Names Victoria Kennedy, Other Attys As Ambassadors

    President Joe Biden is nominating Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, to serve as ambassador to Austria.

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    DOJ Honcho Under Trump Joins New Civil Liberties Alliance

    The former head of the DOJ's civil and environmental divisions during the Trump administration, who has been accused of politicizing the department, is joining an organization that has fought pandemic restrictions and the federal eviction moratorium as its chief of litigation, the group has announced.

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    Winstead Adds Ex-Thompson & Knight IP Trio In Dallas

    Winstead PC recently hired a group of three intellectual property attorneys formerly with Thompson & Knight LLP for its Dallas office.

  • Ex-SFO Official Warned Dechert Of ENRC Criminal Case

    A former SFO official warned a Dechert attorney representing a Kazakh mining company in a fraud inquiry that some of his client's senior employees could face a criminal investigation without clearing the disclosure with the agency's top brass, it emerged at trial Thursday.

  • Avenatti Stole Client Funds To Buy Jet, Pay Bills, Jury Told

    Michael Avenatti violated his clients' trust — and broke federal law — when he stole millions from their settlements to buy a private jet, get his law firm out of bankruptcy and pay his personal bills, federal prosecutors told a California jury Wednesday during opening statements in his embezzlement trial.

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    Crowell Adds Insurance Pro From Shipman & Goodwin In DC

    Crowell & Moring LLP added an attorney from Shipman & Goodwin LLP this month, bolstering its Washington, D.C., insurance and reinsurance practice with a partner experienced in litigating complex environmental issues involving everything from asbestos to Superfund sites.

  • Fragomen Grows Rocky Mountain Presence With Utah Office

    Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, a leading business immigration firm, is expanding its footprint in the Rocky Mountain region with a new Salt Lake City office that intends to capitalize on the area's burgeoning tech sector.

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    CS Disco CEO Wants To Lay Claim To Legal Tech Market

    Shares of legal technology provider CS Disco Inc. began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday under the strategic ticker symbol "LAW" when Disco became one of the first companies in the sector to go public.

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    3 BigLaw Firms Named Best Workplaces For Millennials

    Perkins Coie LLP, Alston & Bird LLP and Cooley LLP are among the 100 best workplaces in the U.S. for millennials, according to an annual list released Wednesday by Fortune magazine.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

  • Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • Opinion

    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • 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.

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