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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.

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    Cadwalader, Fried Frank Match Milbank's Pay Scale

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP have opted to match Milbank LLP's latest raising of the bar for associate salaries, hiking their starting salaries for the class of 2021 to $215,000, according to internal memorandums obtained Friday by Law360.

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    Mastercard Assistant GC Joins Fintech Startup As Top Atty

    Joe Halprin, Mastercard Inc.'s most recent assistant general counsel of global consumer products and processing, has joined Mobility Capital Finance Inc. as its general counsel, the company confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Friday.

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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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    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.

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    Riker Danzig Elects 4 New Partners, 3 New Counsel

    New Jersey-based Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP recently announced a slate of promotions, including four new partners who are eager to use their new positions to bolster the firm's practices.

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    Legal Aid Society Elects Cooley Counsel As Board President

    A Cooley LLP attorney will be the next president of the board of directors at the oldest and largest provider of legal aid in the U.S., the New York nonprofit said Friday.

  • 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.

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    Ex-Cuomo Ethics Lawyer Sets Up Shop At Wigdor

    A top ethics attorney for former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with a deep background representing survivors of sexual violence has joined Wigdor LLP, a New York employment law firm known for representing workers in high-profile bias and sexual harassment cases, the firm said Friday.

  • Biden's Contentious SDNY Pick Reports $1.96M Net Worth

    Dale E. Ho, whose nomination to the Southern District of New York bench has taken heavy flak from Republicans on Capitol Hill, reported a net worth of roughly $1.96 million in financial disclosures to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • Reed Smith Adds Ex-Anderson Kill Atty To Insurance Group

    Reed Smith LLP is expanding its insurance recovery group, the firm announced Thursday, hiring a new partner who most recently represented policyholders as a shareholder at Anderson Kill PC.

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    FisherBroyles Leaders Discuss '21 Performance And '22 Goals

    Over the past few years, fully remote law firm FisherBroyles LLP has experienced substantial growth, adding dozens of attorneys across the United States and in London and earning record profits that allowed it to ascend to the Am Law 200 rankings for the first time last year.

  • Barclay Damon Boasts Pro Bono Work By All Attys, Paralegals

    Barclay Damon LLP is noting that 100% of its full-time attorneys did pro bono work in 2021, and for the first time, so did all of its full-time paralegals.

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    In Musk-Cooley Clash, When Should Law Firm Ignore Client?

    Elon Musk has been known to have problems with his in-house lawyers — having churned through four general counsel in four years at Tesla Inc. — but now he has included outside counsel in his beefs, which raised the question of when a law firm should ignore the demands of a client.

  • 63% Of Lawyers Report Burnout; Here's What Partners Can Do

    Nearly two-thirds of lawyers in a recent survey reported they are experiencing some level of burnout, and partners and other supervisors within legal organizations are in a good position to turn that around, according to a presentation Thursday at the Institute for Well-Being in Law's virtual conference.

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    Freshfields Launches Program For Returning Attorneys

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP on Thursday announced a recruitment initiative to help attorneys who have taken a career hiatus return to the legal profession.

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    Happily Ever After? Firms Talk Life Post-Merger

    More law firms are considering mergers and acquisitions, driven by a desire to shorten the road to market dominance and secure the best talent against the competition. Here, leaders of three of the largest firm combinations in recent history tell Law360 Pulse how their integrations have been working out.

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    Milbank Starts 2022 With Another Bump In Associate Pay

    New York City-based Milbank LLP is kicking off 2022 by raising its associate pay scale for the second time in less than a year, after increasing salaries in July and sparking an associate pay raise frenzy, Law360 Pulse confirmed Thursday.

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    Bond Schoeneck Names 2 To Management Committee

    Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC has added two new members to its management committee effective Jan. 1, the firm has announced.

  • Hybrid Work Can Be Double-Edged Sword For Attys Of Color

    Working from home during the pandemic has been both a challenge and a reprieve for many attorneys who are from underrepresented communities, making the impending return to office a complicated prospect, according to panelists at a virtual conference on lawyer well-being Thursday.

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    Why Law Firm M&A Surge May Be More Blip Than Rebound

    There's been a flurry of law firm combination activity so far in January, but in the two years since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, sluggish merger numbers have yet to see a substantial and sustained rebound. Some say a full recovery isn't likely until the pandemic is behind us.

  • Senate Panel Advances 9 Judge Noms, Deadlocks On 3 Others

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nominations of Judge Alison J. Nathan for the Second Circuit along with eight district court picks Thursday, but deadlocked on three trial court nominees who received no Republican support.

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    Burns & Levinson Adds 2 Attys To Corporate Cannabis Group

    Burns & Levinson has added two attorneys, including a partner, to its cannabis business and law advisory group, the firm has announced.

  • 2nd Circ. Revives Bankruptcy Fraud Claims Against McKinsey

    The Second Circuit revived Wednesday a racketeering lawsuit accusing McKinsey & Co. of intentionally failing to disclose disqualifying conflicts of interest in big bankruptcy cases, finding that the trial court erred in concluding that the alleged harm to a rival bankruptcy adviser was too attenuated.

  • Kreindler Says 9/11 Case Leak Doesn't Warrant Sanctions

    Kreindler & Kreindler LLP has argued that it should not face sanctions over a former consultant's leak of a deposition from litigation over the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as Saudi Arabia argued the firm willfully violated the protective orders covering the case.

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.

  • ​​​​​​​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.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

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