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    Davis Wright's Managing Partner Steps Down From Post

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP's firmwide managing partner Scott MacCormack is stepping down after nearly three years at the helm, and the firm is appointing its Seattle office leader as an interim leader to guide the transition, the firm confirmed Wednesday.

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    Calif. Boutique Sanders Roberts Absorbs Lafayette & Kumagai

    Sanders Roberts LLP, a Los Angeles-based boutique that has represented major corporate clients including Ford Motor Co. and Comcast, is absorbing Lafayette & Kumagai LLP, an Oakland-based firm that represents corporate giants such as Shell — and both firms are owned and led by Black lawyers.

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    Ex-Theranos Compliance Head Joins Quarles & Brady In Calif.

    Quarles & Brady LLP announced Wednesday it added an attorney with more than 20 years of in-house experience, including two years with the blood-testing company Theranos Inc.

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    New Seyfarth Role To Help Firm And Clients Steer ESG

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP said Wednesday that it is creating a new impact and sustainability partner role to help both the firm and its clients develop business practices centered on "the increasingly regulated environmental, social, and governance (ESG) landscape."

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    How State Courts Are Improving Virtual Hearings

    State courts are improving virtual hearings by leveraging new technology, redesigning courtrooms, offering technical training to staff and improving case practices through the National Center for State Courts' Hybrid Hearings Improvement Initiative, according to a report it released this week.

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    Davis Wright's Revenue Grows, Partners Reach $1M Mark

    As the firm expands beyond its Seattle roots, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has continued a decade-long streak of income growth with a 9% increase in revenue last year.

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    Anderson Kill Names Litigation Vet As Antitrust Co-Leader

    Anderson Kill PC has tapped a Philadelphia-based partner and commercial litigation specialist to co-lead the firm's antitrust and unfair competition practice group, the firm announced on Wednesday.

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    Husch Blackwell's 'Long-Term Play' Boosts Revenue 10%

    Husch Blackwell LLP added 111 laterals in 2023 and boosted its revenue 10.2% year over year even as some of the firm's other financial performance metrics declined, results the law firm's chief executive, Jamie Lawless, said are part of a "long-term play."

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    The Lessons Baker McKenzie Is Learning From Its AI Practice

    Baker McKenzie officially launched its artificial intelligence transformation and machine learning group, called BakerML, in 2021, predating most other BigLaw firms that established their AI practices nearly two years later.

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    Coblentz Patch Adds Tax Pro From Saul Ewing In SF

    Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP has strengthened its tax practice in San Francisco with partner Jacob Lager, who previously practiced with Saul Ewing LLP.

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    Firms Trimmed Entry-Level Hiring Amid Demand Shifts In 2023

    As the legal market adjusted from the post-pandemic hiring surge, law firms across the U.S. scaled back their recruitment efforts for entry-level associates last year, a result of firms realigning talent strategies to better serve clients' demands over the long term, a report Tuesday from the National Association for Law Placement found.

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    Anatomy Of Attrition: A Look At Law's Biggest Mergers

    After a law firm announces it's adding 100 or more lawyers via a merger, what does that then look like a year, two years or more later? How many lawyers stay with the merged firm? How many leave?

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    Civil Cases On The Rise In Federal Courts

    The number of civil cases filed in the federal courts jumped significantly in fiscal 2023, led by disputes between multiple states' citizens and personal injury suits, after a decrease in civil filings the year before, the federal judiciary said Tuesday.

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    Robins Kaplan Elevates Trial Pro To Managing Partner, Chair

    In a first for the firm, Robins Kaplan LLP has tapped a longtime litigator to serve as both managing partner and chair, with the attorney telling Law360 Pulse on Tuesday that he looks forward to focusing his energy on continuing to grow the trial-focused firm and steer it into a new leadership era.

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    Davis Wright Adds 3rd MoFo Litigator This Month In Calif.

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has added its third litigator this month from Morrison Foerster LLP with the addition of an employment and labor partner in Los Angeles, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Paul Weiss' Digital Tech Chair On AI's Promises And Perils

    While generative artificial intelligence promises to increase access to justice and kill the billable hour, we don't know how to prevent it from unleashing misinformation and disinformation on the electorate, says Katherine Forrest, a former Manhattan federal judge who is now chair of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's digital technology group.

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    Womble Bond Adds Calif. Litigators From Severson & Werson

    Womble Bond Dickinson has bolstered its business litigation group with a pair of cyber-savvy attorneys focused on the financial sector who joined in Irvine, California, from Severson & Werson.

  • Saul Ewing Taps Over A Dozen New Practice, Dept. Leads

    Saul Ewing LLP unveiled its newest slate of leadership appointments on Tuesday, spanning two departments and seven practices.

  • Woodsford Affiliate Prevails In Fee Feud With SF Firm

    An affiliate of British litigation funder Woodsford has secured a $1.8 million arbital award and $1.2 million in interest from a San Francisco law firm following the 2019 settlement of a lawsuit against Google, a Delaware federal judge confirmed Monday.

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    Sidley Gains Finance Ace From Paul Hastings In California

    Sidley Austin LLP has strengthened its global finance practice with the addition of a partner who came aboard after practicing at Paul Hastings LLP for more than two decades and will be based in the firm's office in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles.

  • 3 Firms Seek To Lead, Combine Axos 'Bait And Switch' Cases

    Two consumers who separately sued Axos Bank over its handling of interest rates on savings deposit accounts offered through one of its online divisions have urged a California federal judge to consolidate their lawsuits and appoint three law firms representing them as interim co-lead counsel in the combined case.

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    Robinhood Promotes Ex-SEC Attorney To General Counsel

    Financial services platform and fintech brokerage Robinhood has promoted an in-house counsel to the position of general counsel, expanding his duties to overseeing the entire legal department.

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    Willkie Adds DOJ Antitrust Lead In LA, DC

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced Monday the hiring of a former antitrust section chief at the U.S. Department of Justice as a partner in its Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., offices.

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    O'Melveny Lands Private Equity Ace From Kirkland In Calif.

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP announced Monday that it has strengthened its private equity group with the addition of a Century City-based partner who came aboard from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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    Hughes Hubbard Splits Leadership Role As Firm Head Retires

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP elected Neil Oxford and Robb Patryk to succeed current chair and managing partner Ted Mayer, splitting the leadership role as the head of the firm retires this year.

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