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    Utah Regional SEC Director Heads To Greenberg Traurig

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's regional director in Salt Lake City has left the government role to become a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, the firm has announced.

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    'Irretrievable' Client Schisms Not Always How They Appear

    "Irretrievable breakdown." For most of us, the phrase brings to mind grim images of marital acrimony, or maybe a divorce court judge banging a gavel on daytime TV. But when you're talking lawyer-client breakups, the phrase can be so much more — a coded "wink wink" to the court, a convenient catchall, and an ethical defense mechanism.

  • Trials Group Of The Year: Gibbs & Bruns

    Houston trial boutique Gibbs & Bruns LLP had a big year with trial wins for two different high-ranking employees in oil and gas industry disputes, making it one of Law360's 2021 Trials Groups of the Year.

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    Greenberg Traurig Leaders On Expanding To Long Island

    Greenberg Traurig LLP said Tuesday it is expanding into Long Island in an effort to meet both its lawyers and clients where they've been hunkering down during the pandemic. 

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    A Dire Court Reporter Shortage? Depends On Who You Ask

    The nationwide court reporter shortage has drummed up a contentious debate in the legal industry over how big a problem it is.

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    How Firms Can Fight Back Against The Great Resignation

    Holistic approaches to well-being, engagement and inclusion are absolutely vital to law firms looking to retain their associates amid the "great resignation" that has accompanied the pandemic, according to panelists at the Institute for Well-Being In Law's virtual conference Friday.

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    BigLaw Lobbying Shops Report Huge Earnings Surge In 2021

    Several BigLaw lobbying shops saw their earnings skyrocket in 2021, as a change in administrations, coupled with continued COVID-19 relief efforts and negotiations around massive Democratic spending bills, gave rise to frenzied activity on Capitol Hill.

  • Securities Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP secured dismissals of so-called event-driven shareholder litigation against Chinese search engine Baidu and shipping giant FedEx Corp., in addition to advising luxury goods company LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton on complex securities disputes, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2021 Securities Groups of the Year.

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    Fla. Chief Justice Says No Decision Made On Legal Lab

    Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady hasn't completely thrown out the idea of a "legal lab" and others put forth by a special committee despite disapproval by the Florida Bar Board of Governors, leaving the door open for discussion.

  • Banking Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP represented Morgan Stanley in its $13 billion acquisition of E-Trade, which was the biggest purchase by a Wall Street bank in more than a decade, and helped a major Indian bank successfully sew up a U.S. regulatory investigation, just two of the accomplishments that earned the team a spot among Law360's 2021 Banking Groups of the Year.

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    Ogletree Elevates 6 New East Coast, Midwest Office Managers

    The North American and European employment law firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC on Thursday announced the promotion of six attorneys to positions leading offices throughout the Eastern United States, from Maine to South Carolina and as far west as Indiana.

  • White Collar Group Of The Year: Cleary Gottlieb

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP investigated sexual harassment claims against former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and convinced Manhattan federal prosecutors to drop their fraud case against a Wall Street executive, earning the firm a spot as one of Law360's 2021 White Collar Groups of the Year.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Latham

    Latham & Watkins LLP handled some of the biggest deals of last year, including advising Slack on its $27.7 billion sale to Salesforce and Intuit's $12 billion acquisition of Mailchimp, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year for the second time in a row.

  • Energy Group Of The Year: Baker Botts

    From clean energy transmission projects and power purchase agreements to multibillion-dollar oil and gas mergers, Baker Botts LLP's deal-making work throughout the energy sector has earned it a repeat spot among Law360's 2021 Energy Groups of the Year.

  • Tax Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's tax practice earned key victories in 2021, earning it a spot among Law360's 2021 Tax Groups Of The Year. Those victories include aiding Livongo Health Inc.

  • Real Estate Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells handled multiple deals north of the $10 billion mark in 2021 as the firm was able to quickly integrate various practice groups to get the transactions across the finish line under time pressure, earning a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • Insurance Group Of The Year: Anderson Kill

    Insurance attorneys at Anderson Kill PC successfully counseled a New Hampshire hotel chain in a $100 million pandemic coverage suit last year while also securing more than $50 million in asbestos disputes, making it one of Law360's 2021 Insurance Groups of the Year.

  • IP Group Of The Year: Irell

    The intellectual property team at Irell & Manella LLP notched the second-largest patent jury damages award ever for VLSI Technology LLC in 2021 and also secured one of the largest verdicts involving standard-essential patents, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2021 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • International Trade Group Of The Year: Akin Gump

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP led a coalition of importers and distributors through a successful defense of blueberry imports last year, which saved the billion-dollar industry from tariffs and set a strong precedent for seasonal imports facing government-initiated probes, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2021 International Trade Practice Groups of the Year.

  • NY Bar Opens Fund For Attys Struggling With Mental Health

    The New York State Bar and the New York Bar Foundation announced Thursday the launching of a fundraising campaign focused on helping attorneys struggling with mental health issues amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Venable Grabs Entertainment Litigation Pro From Kinsella

    Venable LLP has snatched a seasoned entertainment attorney from Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley LLP to join its Los Angeles office as a partner in the firm's litigation practice.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The justices heard arguments in four cases this week, including two First Amendment disputes involving campaign finance laws and the flying of a religious flag, issued a decision on sentencing guidelines and declined to intervene in a high-profile abortion case. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Legal Tech Roundup: Juro, Mitratech

    A contract automation platform raising its largest capital raise to date leads this roundup of recent legal technology news.

  • Holland & Knight Hires 2 Partners To Energy, Finance Teams

    Two former Troutman Pepper partners have recently joined Holland & Knight LLP as the firm seeks to strengthen its renewable and financial services team.

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    Seyfarth Adds 4 Partners In LA, Seattle, Hong Kong

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP added four partners to offices along the West Coast and in Hong Kong, the firm announced, including a management-side employment partner from Foley & Lardner LLP with experience representing employers in discrimination, wrongful termination and unfair labor practice cases.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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