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    E-Discovery Co. ProSearch Hires Ex-Exterro COO

    ProSearch, an e-discovery and legal data analytics company, announced Wednesday the hiring of a former executive at Exterro Inc. as its first chief operating officer.

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    The Calif. Federal Judge Hopeful With 'Dedication To Justice'

    A California state court judge recently nominated for a seat on California's federal bench is highly regarded for her experience as both a federal prosecutor and a state jurist, and for her dedication to justice and diversity, say attorneys who know her.

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    Inside BigLaw's 'Tremendous' Hunger For Restructuring Attys

    Even as the economy appears poised to pick up steam in 2024, BigLaw firms are still aggressively adding restructuring capabilities, with a number of recent lateral hires reflecting the glut of work still to be found in the practice area.

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    DLA Piper Names New Global Managing Partner

    DLA Piper announced Thursday that partner Richard Chesley will step into the newly created role of global managing partner to oversee the development of cross-border business initiatives and expansion of global relationships.

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    Bird & Bird Taps London IP Atty As Co-Head In San Francisco

    Bird & Bird LLP is transferring a longtime patent litigator from its London office to be the new co-head of its representation office in San Francisco, the firm's only outlet in America.

  • Brothers' 20-Year Calif. Real Estate Battle Ends In $7B Verdict

    A Los Angeles jury has awarded four brothers an estimated $7 billion verdict, finding that a fifth brother breached their contracts and his fiduciary duty to them by wrongly pushing them out of various business partnerships that included thousands of units of apartment buildings and a diamond venture. 

  • Calif. Judge Denies Ethics Complaint Of Drugs, Antisemitism

    A California state judge categorically denied an ethics complaint accusing him of using a cannabis oil vape pen, pantomiming "something similar to a lap dance" on a woman married to a local public defender and repeatedly calling another public defender an antisemitic slur during a camping trip.

  • Sbarro Worker Appeals 'Prejudiced' Verdict On Rape Claims

    A former Sbarro employee asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to order a retrial on her allegations that she was sexually assaulted multiple times by a manager and co-workers, claiming a jury verdict favoring the company resulted from a trial tainted by prejudicial assertions, improper evidence and defamatory comments toward her and her counsel.

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    Gov't Attys Must Mind Confidential Info Or Be DQ'd, ABA Says

    Both current and former government attorneys who take on private clients should look out for instances where their possession of "confidential government information" calls for them to be disqualified from representing a client, according to the latest guidance from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, released Wednesday.

  • Scrubs Co. Must Arbitrate With Its Ex-Atty Over False Ad Loss

    A healthcare apparel company that lost its Lanham Act false advertising suit against a competitor in California federal court must pursue claims against its former lawyer in arbitration, while the company agreed to pursue claims against the lawyer's firm, Michelman & Robinson LLP, a Los Angeles judge ruled Wednesday. 

  • Calif. Law Firm Beats Disqualification Ruling In HFPA Case

    A California state appeals court on Tuesday said a trial court was wrong to disqualify a law firm from representing a journalist suing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over possession of privileged documents.

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    Littler Transportation Co-Leader Jumps To Ogletree In SF

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced Wednesday that the co-leader of Littler Mendelson PC's transportation industry group was joining the firm as a shareholder in its San Francisco office.

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    Seyfarth Taps Ex-Fenwick DEI Leader For C-Suite Role

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced it has appointed a former Fenwick & West LLP diversity leader who currently instructs on corporate culture at New York University to serve as the firm's chief inclusion and diversity officer.

  • Erika Girardi Can't Shed Costume Merchant's Suit

    A California federal judge has kept alive a costume merchant's malicious prosecution claim against singer and reality TV star Erika Girardi, saying the merchant showed evidence that Girardi had him wrongfully arrested and prosecuted on made-up fraud charges.

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    Husch Blackwell Launches AI Practice Group

    Husch Blackwell has launched a cross-practice artificial intelligence group focused on advising clients on regulatory and legal matters related to the burgeoning technology.

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    Small Calif. Firm Goes All In On AI

    A California plaintiff's boutique announced Wednesday that it will integrate artificial intelligence into "every aspect" of its practice as legal tech startup Eve's first "AI-native law firm."

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    Loyola Marymount Adds Higher Ed Atty For 1st In-House Role

    Los Angeles-based Loyola Marymount University has named as its first-ever senior vice president and general counsel an experienced attorney who has held legal leadership positions at higher education institutions throughout the country.

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    Behind Benesch's Strategy To Add And Keep BigLaw Laterals

    Mid-sized Ohio-based firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP has become an attractive destination for a certain type of BigLaw lateral partner, attracting a notable number over the past six months from firms such as Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Jenner & Block LLP.

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    MG+M Adds Asbestos Pro In Texas And Calif. From Solo Shop

    Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP has added a partner to its Dallas and San Francisco rosters who boasts extensive experience in asbestos litigation, personal injury and products liability, and who came aboard after more than five years as a solo practitioner.

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    Cooley Brings On Baker McKenzie Litigation Vet In LA

    Cooley LLP has continued the expansion of its Southern California litigation team, announcing Wednesday it is bringing in a Baker McKenzie commercial trial attorney as a partner in its downtown Los Angeles office.

  • Amazon Hit With Copyright Suit Over 'Road House' Reboot

    The writer behind the 1989 movie "Road House" sued Amazon Studios LLC on Tuesday in California federal court, alleging the company ignored his copyright for the screenplay and rushed to finish the movie before the rights reverted to him by using artificial intelligence.

  • Supertramp Co-Founder Didn't Breach Royalty Deal, Jury Says

    A California federal jury on Tuesday found that Supertramp's co-founder did not breach a 1977 agreement to share his songwriting royalties with three former band members, ending a weeklong trial that revealed decades of resentment between the aging rockers who were one of the biggest bands of the late 1970s.

  • Calif. Panel Nixes $47M Verdict Against Atty Over Casino Deal

    A California state appeals court has scrapped a $47 million jury verdict against a lawyer accused of breaching her fiduciary duty to a former client who unsuccessfully sought to buy a stake in a Silicon Valley cardroom, finding there's no direct evidence showing the attorney caused the transaction to fall through.

  • Ye Stole Donna Summer's 1977 Hit In New Song, Estate Says

    Donna Summer's estate sued rappers Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign in California federal court Tuesday accusing them of sampling, without permission, the late legendary disco singer's 1977 hit "I Feel Love" in their collaborative track "Good (Don't Die)," which is featured on their joint album, "Vultures 1."

  • Ex-Girardi Keese Atty Settles With Actress Over Missing Cash

    An actress alleging that Erika Girardi's entertainment company helped her husband's now-defunct law firm, Girardi Keese, hide his clients' stolen money, including $744,000 stolen from her, finalized a $6,000 settlement with one of the firm's attorneys on Tuesday when a California judge signed off on the deal.

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Expert Analysis

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

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    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.

  • Law Firms Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

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