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  • Lobe & Loeb Hires Corporate Attorney From MoFo

    Loeb & Loeb announced Monday that it had hired a Morrison & Foerster corporate attorney to work as a partner in its capital markets and corporate department in its San Francisco office.

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    Barnes & Thornburg Says New Partner Class Its Most Diverse

    Business law firm Barnes & Thornburg LLP has unveiled its largest and most diverse partner class since the firm started in 1982 through a merger, elevating a group that includes women, racial minorities and LGBTQ attorneys.

  • Recruiter Sends Kilpatrick Townsend Spat To State Court

    A headhunter accusing Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP of costing it a potential $1.2 million payday agreed to refile its claims in Texas state court Friday after discovering that federal court wasn't the proper venue for the lawsuit.

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    Fox Rothschild Names Ex-Glenmede Trust Exec As CIO

    Fox Rothschild LLP has brought on a seasoned manager to lead a firm-wide integration of information technology out of the Philadelphia headquarters.

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    McGuireWoods Attorney Joins Dominion Energy As Counsel

    Dominion Energy, a natural gas company, has tapped a McGuireWoods associate to become a senior counsel in its office of general counsel's state regulatory group, according to the law firm.

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    Ex-LeClairRyan GC Gets Nearly 4 Years For Obstruction

    The former general counsel of now-defunct law firm LeClairRyan was sentenced to 44 months in prison Monday for lying to federal officials investigating his alleged misappropriation of millions of dollars from a bankrupt title insurer's trust.

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    Knobbe Unveils New Litigation, Medical Device Leaders

    Knobbe Martens has promoted four new attorneys to co-lead the group's litigation and medical devices and procedures practices, the firm has announced.

  • Wilkinson Stekloff Welcomes Its Most Diverse Associate Class

    Wilkinson Stekloff LLP's latest associate class includes a more diverse group of attorneys than previous years, the boutique trial firm said Monday, at a time when law firms continue to struggle to move the needle on diversity in the legal industry.

  • Health Hires: Baker Donelson, Proskauer

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has snapped up a health care pro from Miles & Stockbridge PC, while Proskauer Rose LLP has boosted its health bench in New York with an addition from Greenberg Traurig LLP, headlining Law360's latest roundup of personnel moves in the health care and life sciences arena.

  • King & Spalding Trial 1st In SDNY's Vaxxed-Juror Initiative

    An effort by the Southern District of New York to hold trials using only jurors vaccinated against COVID-19 wrapped up a successful first week Friday as a fired King & Spalding associate tangled with his former employer in a courtroom setting that approached pre-pandemic normalcy.

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    Balch & Bingham Adds Ex-Greenberg Lobbyist In Austin

    Balch & Bingham LLP on Thursday announced the hiring of a former Greenberg Traurig LLP lobbyist who joins the firm as the third partner in its newly opened Austin office.

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    Littler, Steel Mill 'Poisoned' Wage-And-Hour Case, Judge Says

    An Alabama steel mill and its Littler Mendelson PC defense team committed "calculated sabotage" on a wage-and-hour suit with repeated lies, broken court orders and an attempt to push blame for their own discovery stonewalling onto a third party, a federal judge has ruled.

  • Moore & Van Allen Counts DEI Work Toward Billable Hours

    Moore & Van Allen PLLC will count up to 50 hours of work related to diversity and inclusion toward its attorneys' billable hour quota, the firm said Thursday.

  • UK Legal Regulator Seeks To Boost Fines It Can Impose

    A U.K. legal ethics enforcer wants to increase from £2,000 ($2,694) to £25,000 the maximum fine it can unilaterally impose on law firms or solicitors who violate the country's ethics rules, the regulatory body announced Friday.

  • Legal Funding Trio Combines Under New Identity

    Three legal funding businesses combined this week under a new unified brand, Cartiga, a sign that there is a potential for more consolidation in litigation finance services.

  • Beltway Moves: DOJ Antitrust, Bass Berry, Cozen O'Connor

    As the end of 2021 draws closer, the Biden administration continues to look to BigLaw to fill out some of its leadership posts. Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., offices continue to make big investments in their regulatory practices, with Bass Berry & Sims PLC making the biggest splash by adding a team of health care attorneys.

  • Willkie Promotes 31 Attorneys To Partner in 9 Cities

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP said Friday it is promoting 31 attorneys from eight practices and nine cities in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany to partner at the beginning of 2022.

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    Fox Rothschild Adds Wilentz Goldman Family Law Atty In NJ

    Fox Rothschild LLP has added a former Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA shareholder as its newest partner in its family law practice.

  • Mayer Brown Elevates Largest Class Of Partners, Counsel

    Mayer Brown announced on Thursday its latest class of promotions for the year, elevating a total of 65 lawyers to partner and counsel, making it the largest combined class in its history.

  • Legal Tech Roundup: Smokeball, Quovant

    A portfolio of companies expanded through an acquisition this week, which tops this roundup of recent legal technology news. This week also included two high-profile team-ups.

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    Ex-K&L Gates Partner Charged With Cyberstalking Colleagues

    A former K&L Gates partner has been arrested and charged with cyberstalking for allegedly sending thousands of emails and texts to colleagues in a "campaign of harassment, intimidation and threats," Manhattan federal prosecutors said Friday.

  • Fired King & Spalding Atty Had Belligerent Side, Jury Told

    The King & Spalding partner who fired a former associate now suing the firm for $52 million told a jury Thursday that the associate became "volatile" during a rough 2016 job review in Manhattan — so much so that the partner became concerned about safety.

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    Goodwin Lands Technology Expert From Foley

    Goodwin Procter LLP has lured technology expert Beni Surpin away from Foley & Lardner LLP to work in the life sciences practice in its Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Sidley Unveils New Development Model For Associates

    In a talent war for associates, Sidley Austin LLP isn't just sweetening the pot with cash.

  • Duane Morris Welcomes 2 IP Partners To Boston Office

    Duane Morris LLP has hired two partners from Verrill Dana LLP who have extensive experience handling intellectual property cases, including defending client patents and fighting off patent trolls, the firm said Wednesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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