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    Uber CLO Saw Lower Stock Awards Drive Down Pay In '23

    Uber's Tony West, who has been chief legal officer there since 2017, earned about $10.4 million in total compensation in 2023, down from the $10.6 million he received the previous year, a recent securities filing showed.

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    How Small Law Firms Are Preparing To Embrace AI

    The promise of generative artificial intelligence remains outside the gates of many small law firms, but that hasn't stopped some from using this time to evaluate and test products before securing access to this new technology.

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    BCLP Axes 50 Jobs In US, UK Amid Headcount Declines

    Following years of declining lawyer headcount, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has confirmed that it is conducting a restructuring that will impact approximately 50 jobs in the U.S. and U.K., marking the second round of layoffs the firm has conducted in the past year.

  • Man Accused Of Cyberstalking NJ Judge Seeks Release

    A man representing himself after being indicted on allegations of cyberstalking a New Jersey judge urged a California federal judge on Friday to release him from custody pending trial, complaining he was initially charged with making threats against numerous officials, but the single cyberstalking count he now faces isn't cause to hold him.

  • Senate Poised To Vote On Union Atty Berner For 4th Circ.

    The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on Tuesday night on the confirmation of Nicole Berner, general counsel of the Service Employees International Union, for the Fourth Circuit.

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    Carlton Fields Gains Litigation Pro In LA From Boutique Shop

    Carlton Fields has strengthened its national mass tort and product liability practice with the addition of Stephen Beke, a Los Angeles-based senior counsel who arrived from boutique litigation firm Doyle Law APC.

  • LA Billing Scandal Atty's Estate Can't Revive Fee Dispute

    The estate of an Ohio attorney who was accused of participating in a highly publicized billing settlement scandal involving the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power has lost two probate court bids to recoup fees from the late attorney's former colleagues, with an appeals panel determining the court lacked jurisdiction.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Keker Van Nest's representation of Meta in a suit against a former executive and Morrison Cohen's work on behalf of a venture capital fund lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from March 1 to 15.

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    As BCLP Bleeds Attys, Leaders Say Firm Is 'Turning A Corner'

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has seen several high-profile partner departures in recent months, including multiple department and firm leaders. Despite hiring 206 lawyers globally since the start of 2023, the law firm's headcount contracted 6%, with former partners pointing to "balance sheet issues" and sluggish profitability as drivers.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the Ides of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms expanded their practices and headcounts. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    'Perfect Storm' Caused 2023 Surge In Law Firm Leasing

    U.S. law firms in 2023 took on nearly 17 million square feet of office space, an unprecedented level of leasing activity driven by major law firm moves into trophy buildings in New York City, according to a report from commercial brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield.

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    JAMS Silicon Valley Office Adds Ex-California Judge

    The alternative dispute resolution service JAMS is expanding its mediation team, announcing this week it is adding a former California state judge as a mediator.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Littler Mendelson PC kick off this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, with a win for business groups striking down the National Labor Relations Board's joint employer rule.

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    What GCs Want To See From Firms' New AI Practices

    As artificial intelligence practice groups pop up in law firms around the country, what do general counsel want from their external lawyers when it comes to this burgeoning technology?

  • Whitestone Can't Rep Both Plaintiff, Funder In Netflix IP Case

    Whitestone Law cannot represent both a Finnish inventor in his patent infringement case against Netflix and a nonparty that paid some of the inventor's legal bills, a California federal judge ruled Thursday, saying the two are now at odds following accusations by Netflix against both.

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    Manning Kass Names 1st New Leader In 30-Year History

    Los Angeles-based Manning & Kass Ellrod Ramirez Trester LLP has tapped one of its name partners, a longtime trial attorney, to be the firm's first new managing partner in its 30-year history.

  • Calif. County's Indigent Defense System Is Illegal, Atty Says

    A criminal defense program for indigent people run by the bar association in San Mateo County, California, violates a state law prohibiting trade associations from engaging in legal practice and provides constitutionally deficient representation, a member of the association says in a suit in state court.

  • 9th Circ. Is Asked To Revive LegalForce's TM Dispute

    Intellectual property firm LegalForce RAPC Worldwide PC has taken its trademark battle with a Japanese company over the brand "LegalForce" to the Ninth Circuit, arguing in its appeal that a federal statute dictates that infringement can occur through equity sales to investors.

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    Most States Fall Short In Disclosing Justices' Finance Reports

    The vast majority of state supreme courts make it exceedingly difficult for the public to get information about justices' financial entanglements, and the information they do give out is often scant at best, according to a report released Thursday.

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    O'Melveny Elects Chair To 4th Term, Extending Role To 2029

    The longtime chair of O'Melveny & Myers will hold the position for five more years following his recent election to serve another term as the firm's leader.

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    Sidley Product Liability Ace Jumps To Shook Hardy In LA

    Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP has brought on a longtime Sidley Austin LLP partner and practice co-chair with expertise in large, high-stakes class action litigation and product liability around pharmaceuticals, medical devices and more to its product liability practice group in Los Angeles.

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    From Prosecutor To Firm Owner, Attys Start From Scratch

    Starting your own firm is a gamble for any lawyer, but it can feel particularly daunting for federal prosecutors, for whom leaving a job in the U.S. attorney's office can often feel like starting over completely.

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    Dechert Wants Its Attorneys To Be More Creative

    International law firm Dechert LLP wants its lawyers to unlearn some of what they picked up in law school about being an attorney so they can be more creative and innovative to offer better advice and services to their clients.

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    Dinsmore Adds Ex-Lewis Brisbois Employment Pro In LA

    Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has expanded its West Coast team, bringing in a former Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP labor and employment expert as a partner in its Los Angeles office while also adding three associates, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Ex-Law Firm Office Manager Gets 3 Years For Embezzlement

    A 42-year-old California man who pled guilty to bank fraud after embezzling close to $1.2 million from the San Francisco-based law firm where he worked as an office manager for more than 20 years was sentenced to three years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

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