Modern Lawyer

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    Rising Star: Simmons Hanly's Holly Nighbert

    Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC shareholder Holly Nighbert's work on back-to-back trials in the massive opioid litigation, including in federal multidistrict litigation and in a New York state jury trial late last year, has earned her a spot as one of the product liability attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Faegre Drinker Takes On Veteran Enviro Attorney In NY

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has hired an environmental attorney with three decades of experience from Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, adding to a team with a national and international scope of coverage on pressing issues.

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    Rising Star: Morgan Lewis' Jacob Harper

    Jacob Harper of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP represented genetic testing company 23andMe as it bought telehealth business Lemonaid Health Inc. in a $400 million cash-and-stock deal, earning him a spot among the health care practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Latham's Kelly Cataldo

    Latham & Watkins partner Kelly Cataldo represented lenders in one of the largest debt financings of a U.S. renewable energy project to date last year, and she worked on financing the largest solar and co-located battery storage project in the U.S., earning her a place among the project finance attorneys under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

  • Rising Star: Kirkland & Ellis' Kimberly McGrath

    Kimberly McGrath of Kirkland & Ellis has advised on multibillion-dollar deals, including private equity firms' purchase of data center real estate investment trust CyrusOne Inc. for about $15 billion, earning her a spot among real estate attorneys under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

  • Rising Star: Goodwin Procter's Julia White

    Julia White co-led the Goodwin Procter LLP team advising underwriters Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan in DoorDash's $3.4 billion initial public offering and played key roles in trailblazing transactions like the restructuring of PennyMac Financial Services, earning her a spot among the capital markets law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Wiley's Gary S. Ward

    Wiley Rein LLP partner Gary S. Ward has always found ways to think outside the box, whether it be in litigating high-cost bid protests, working on cases outside the field of government contracts, or developing a software tool to track information from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, earning him a spot among the government contract attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • SRA Fine Ceiling Jumps To £25,000

    A U.K. legal regulator can now fine solicitors and firms up to 1,150% more for misconduct under new rules designed to leave only the most serious cases in the tribunals, a move that has been derided by the trade association for solicitors.

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    Finnegan Elects New Managing Partner In Leadership Shuffle

    Washington, D.C.-based intellectual property firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP announced Wednesday that it has elected a new firmwide managing partner as former leader Anand Sharma moves up to become the firm's chair.

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    Winston & Strawn Adds To Miami Growth With 2 Partners

    Winston & Strawn LLP's Miami office is a little more than a month old, but it has already announced its second round of additional hires, with the latest group being made up of two new partners from Greenberg Traurig LLP as well as an of counsel and three new associates from Greenberg Traurig and Shutts & Bowen LLP.

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    IT Pro Was 'Stupid' To Obey Jones Day Atty's 'Burn' Order

    An IT manager testified at a trial on Wednesday that he was "stupid" to comply with instructions from a senior Jones Day lawyer to destroy a secure messaging system in an alleged attempt to conceal evidence of corporate espionage from supermarket group Ocado.

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    BigLaw's M&A Boom Drove Hourly Rates Up Last Year

    Law firm partner billing rates across the industry rose 3.4% on average last year relative to 2020, driven by an even steeper increase in rates among large law firms and mergers and acquisitions work, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • LeClairRyan Trustee Approved For $21M UnitedLex Settlement

    A Virginia bankruptcy judge approved a $21 million settlement between the Chapter 7 trustee for defunct law firm LeClairRyan PLLC and the legal services provider she accused of bleeding the firm of millions and driving it into liquidation.

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    Rising Star: Fenwick's Jennifer Hitchcock

    Fenwick & West LLP partner Jennifer Hitchcock has helped guide major transactions involving companies across a range of industries such as technology, life sciences and banking, earning her a spot on this year's list of capital markets practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    WilmerHale Recruits NY Fed's Legal Chief

    Amid a string of high-profile revolving-door hires, WilmerHale has hired the New York Federal Reserve Bank's legal chief to join the firm's securities and financial services practice.

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    Paul Weiss, MoFo, 22 Other Firms Staff NY Abortion Hotline

    Two dozen BigLaw firms, including Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, have signed on to help with an abortion hotline, offering legal guidance to anyone seeking access to or seeking to provide abortions in New York.

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    Hogan Lovells Names Global Managing Partner For Growth

    Hogan Lovells has created a new leadership post at the law firm, global managing partner for growth, and tapped New York partner Phoebe A. Wilkinson to fill it, the firm announced on Tuesday.

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    Fight Over Trans Youth Moving From Schools To Courts

    A 10-year-old transgender girl and her mother sued the Indianapolis public schools in May claiming that a new state law barring the girl from playing school sports violates their constitutional rights.

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    Dorsey & Whitney Taps 4 Attys For Phoenix Real Estate Team

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP has added four attorneys to help launch a real estate practice in its recently opened Phoenix office, which now boasts 17 as the firm focuses on growing its presence both in the city and the broader Mountain West region.

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    Gordon Rees Hires Ex-Fox Rothschild Litigator In Philly, NJ

    A commercial litigation attorney specializing in consumer class action defense has moved her practice to Gordon & Rees LLP's offices in Philadelphia and New Jersey after spending nearly 13 years with Fox Rothschild LLP.

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    Rising Star: Seeger Weiss' Parvin K. Aminolroaya

    Seeger Weiss LLP's Parvin K. Aminolroaya was appointed co-lead counsel in multidistrict litigation against Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical unit Janssen over its Elmiron bladder cyst medication and helped a veteran win a $55 million verdict against 3M in an MDL over its earplugs, earning her a spot among the product liability attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Digital Contracting Is Growing And Moving Faster

    Since 2019, digital contract completion times have decreased and one-click contracts have boomed, suggesting that the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed businesses to move faster, according to a report Tuesday released by contract management software provider Ironclad.

  • Debevoise & Plimpton Names 8 New Partners

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has promoted eight attorneys to partner, the firm announced.

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    Rising Star: Greenberg Traurig's Michael H. Davis

    Greenberg Traurig LLP's Michael H. Davis advised Mosaic Real Estate Investors in its $460 million loan to develop the Ritz-Carlton Portland and guided Canyon Real Estate Partners through $400 million in deals, earning a spot among the real estate practitioners honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Emily Kapur

    Emily Kapur of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP helped a cryptocurrency company navigate a yearslong arbitration involving billions of dollars' worth of tokens, earning her a spot among the fintech law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

Expert Analysis

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

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    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

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