New York Pulse

  • Seward & Kissel Will Go Remote In August

    Seward & Kissel LLP is returning to a fully remote work model throughout the latter half of the summer and winter holidays, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Think Inflation Is Bad? BigLaw Rate Hikes Are Worse

    BigLaw firms are almost certainly looking to ward off drooping profits this year as demand slackens and expenses increase following a series of associate raises. How will they do it? More likely than not by increasing the cost of their services.

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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.

  • NY Law Firm Beats Malpractice Claim In 'Doxxing' Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge has tossed a legal malpractice claim by an ex-Teamster who accused his union's New York law firm of failing to properly contest his firing from the New York Daily News after a purported left-wing activist exposed his personal information on Twitter to "dox," or harass, him.

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    Davis Polk Brings On Ex-Cooley Capital Markets Partner

    Corporate firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP said Monday it has hired former Cooley LLP partner and capital markets veteran Nicole Brookshire, bolstering its New York practice.

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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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    In-House Counsel Speak On Regulators' Changing Demands

    Ten years ago regulators' expectations of compliance programs were clear, but today those expectations are constantly changing, and in-house compliance programs must evolve with them, a panel of experts said Tuesday.

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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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    Center For Reproductive Rights Promotes Attorney To GC

    The Center for Reproductive Rights Inc. has elevated one of its attorneys to become its new general counsel as the organization deals with the reverberations of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week ending constitutional protection for abortion.

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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.

  • Distributor Says Attys Faked A Lien Claim Doc, Seeks DQ

    Two New York attorneys falsified lien documents to rescue a client's shipping dispute lawsuit, according to their opponents in the litigation, who want the case to be dismissed now that the "fraud on the court" has come to light.

  • Debevoise & Plimpton Names 8 New Partners

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

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    MoFo's New Chair On Firm's Future, Diversity Goals

    San Francisco-based corporate partner Eric McCrath will succeed Larren Nashelsky as the chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP on October 3. Here, McCrath talked with Law360 Pulse about the firm's growth, his goals for the firm, and how he plans to further the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Attorney Satisfaction Remains High 3 Years After Graduation

    About 82% of attorneys reported that they are satisfied with their overall legal careers three years after they graduated from law school, a tick down from last year's finding of 85%, according to a report released Monday from the National Association for Law Placement.

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    Few Anti-Bullying Rules For Attys Worldwide, IBA Finds

    Fewer than one of every five nations has regulations either on a government level or in their bar associations that include anti-bullying and anti-sexual harassment provisions to protect attorneys, according to two reports released Monday by the International Bar Association.

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    Longtime Verrill Dana Partner Takes Over As Leader

    Verrill Dana LLP partner Scott Anderson was named as the firm's managing partner after Keith "K.C." Jones announced he was leaving the role earlier this year, Verrill Dana said Monday.

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    Why Attorney Bios Are A Cybersecurity Risk For Law Firms

    Online attorney biographies and similar marketing material pose "dangerous" cybersecurity risks to law firms and their clients by making phishing attacks, wire fraud and hacking easier, experts say.

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    GCs Wrangling With Tangled Fallout Of Roe's Demise

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow states to ban abortions — fraught with all the raw emotions attached to this issue — is also fraught with a multitude of legal risks for general counsel and their companies, ranging from possible criminal prosecution to civil suits to high-pressure proxy fights over political spending.

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    Benesch Establishes Presence In The Metaverse

    Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff has established a metaverse presence, the first firm among the United States' 200 most profitable firms by revenue to do so, according to an announcement Sunday.

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    Firms Look To Cover Out-Of-State Abortion Care After Dobbs

    A growing number of law firms are offering to cover the costs of out-of-state reproductive care for their employees in the wake of last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

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    Goodwin Hires Partner For Growing ERISA Practice

    Goodwin Procter LLP has hired a partner for its Employment Retirement Income Security Act and executive compensation practice in New York in response to expected growth in those areas.

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    MoFo Elects Corporate Leader As New Firm Chair

    Morrison Foerster LLP said Monday that it has elected corporate partner Eric McCrath as the firm's new chair, succeeding longtime leader Larren Nashelsky as he steps down this fall.

  • NY AG Says Trump Satisfied Order That Prompted Contempt

    New York Attorney General Letitia James is "prepared to agree" that former President Donald Trump has satisfied a court order, which had led to his being found in contempt, in her probe into his business practices, an attorney from her office told the state court Tuesday.

  • Jailed NY Atty Kossoff Urged To Settle $4.5M Escrow Suit

    A Manhattan federal judge on Friday encouraged disbarred and incarcerated New York City real estate attorney Mitchell Kossoff to settle a former client's $4.5 million escrow theft suit after pleading guilty to the same allegations in a related criminal case.

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    Dobbs Casts Shadow On Gay Rights, Birth Control

    As other conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices sought to blunt a political firestorm by emphasizing that their decision to overturn women's constitutional abortion rights on Friday was not an attack on other rights, like those protecting birth control and same-sex couples, Justice Clarence Thomas made it clear that the door should be wide open.

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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