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    Wilson Sonsini IP Litigator Jumps To Clark Hill In San Diego

    Clark Hill PLC is expanding its West Coast team, announcing Tuesday it is bringing on a Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC patent litigator as a member in its San Diego office.

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    Data Privacy Co. TrustArc Names GC, Chief Privacy Officer

    Data privacy platform TrustArc says it has brought on a new general counsel and chief privacy officer alongside another executive appointment and amid record revenue.

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    Saul Ewing Minn. Partner Named Transactional Dept. Chair

    A former managing partner of Saul Ewing LLP's Minneapolis office will oversee more than 200 attorneys as the new chair of the Philadelphia-headquartered firm's transactional department.

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    Dechert Elevates Product Liability Leaders On Both Coasts

    Dechert LLP has appointed two partners in New York and Los Angeles to lead its product liability and mass torts practice, elevating Douglas Fleming and Jay Bhimani to co-chair roles.

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    Pillsbury Cyber Leader Jumps To Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring announced on Tuesday the hiring of a cybersecurity lead at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as a partner overseeing the firm's digital law practice in Europe.

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    DocuSign Cuts 6% Of Workforce But Vows To Stay Public

    DocuSign is laying off 6% of its staff for its third round of workforce reductions in the past three years, the electronic signature and contract software company announced Tuesday.

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    Dechert's Los Angeles Managing Partner Jumps To Paul Weiss

    Dechert LLP's Los Angeles office managing partner, a prominent product liability litigator who's successfully defended the likes of 3M and Johnson & Johnson, has joined Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP as a partner in its litigation department, Paul Weiss announced Monday.

  • Drivers Seek $18M Atty Fees In Flower Foods $105M Deal

    The drivers who snagged a $105 million deal in their misclassification suit against Flower Foods said their attorneys deserve to receive $18 million in fees, saying the settlement represents a great achievement also because it requires the company to change its business model.

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    Greenberg Traurig Nabs Space Pro From Sherman & Howard

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced Monday that it has hired former U.S. Air Force director of space law and chair of Sherman & Howard LLC's aerospace practice group Milton "Skip" Smith to head its space and satellite industry group.

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    Feds Pay $1.2M To End Suit Accusing Judge Of Lewdness

    The U.S. Department of Justice will pay $1.2 million to resolve a suit from a former staff assistant who said a California immigration judge routinely subjected her to explicit, lewd comments and once told her he would "make her straight" if they had sex.

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    ABA Passes Historic Law School Free Speech Proposal

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body on Monday adopted a proposal to require ABA-approved law schools to have free speech policies, the first resolution of its kind, along with a slate of other new regulations.

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    Freshfields Hires Ex-Deutsche Bank Innovation Officer

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP announced on Monday the hiring of the former chief innovation officer of Deutsche Bank to serve in the same position at the U.K.-based firm, effective at the beginning of April.

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    Cozen O'Connor Hires Wiley Atty As Gov't Contracts Lead

    Cozen O'Connor has hired a more-than 25-year veteran of Wiley Rein LLP, who joins the firm to help co-chair its government contracts practice from its Washington, D.C., office, according to a Monday announcement.

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    Rape Questions Could Be Next Focus Of Bar App Reforms

    New Jersey will change its character and fitness questionnaire to ask less invasive questions of sexual assault survivors, after a Law360 inquiry about the form. With nearly every state asking would-be lawyers questions that could dredge up sexual traumas, some attorneys are calling for other states to follow New Jersey's lead.

  • Ex-Baker Botts Tax Atty Returns To Morgan Lewis In San Fran

    Morgan Lewis on Monday announced the return of a state and local tax expert as a partner who will be based out of the firm's San Francisco office.

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    Lowenstein Sandler Taps Privacy Chair From Alston & Bird

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP has hired an Alston & Bird LLP partner to lead its data, privacy and cybersecurity practice in Washington, D.C., the firm has announced.

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    Davis Wright Marketing Hire To Revive Biz Development Team

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP hired Julia Bennett to establish a traditional business development team within the firm and further bolster its brand as chief marketing and business development officer

  • 9th Circ. Affirms Ax Of Atty's Age Bias Claims Against Bar

    A Massachusetts patent attorney's Age Discrimination and Employment Act lawsuit doesn't overcome the sovereign immunity of the California State Bar, an undivided Ninth Circuit panel has held.

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    Ex-White House Counsel Rejoins Gibson Dunn In DC

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has welcomed back ex-White House counsel Stuart Delery to co-chair its crisis management and its administrative law and regulatory practice groups.

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    Arbitration Experts Test Generative AI Tools Amid Skepticism

    Generative artificial intelligence's rise has gradually progressed within the legal sector in the past year, extending its potential influence to arbitration and dispute resolution.

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    Constangy Brings On CDF Labor Law Atty In Orange County

    Labor and employment firm Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP is growing its California team, announcing Friday it is bringing on a CDF Labor Law litigator as a partner in its Orange County office in Costa Mesa.

  • Google, H&R Block Ask Court To Toss Tax Data RICO Suit

    Google and H&R Block asked a California federal court to toss a suit accusing them of scheming to intercept the private data of a man who used H&R Block's tax preparation software, saying there was no evidence the companies conspired.

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    Fox Rothschild Adds Entertainment, Sports Pro In LA

    An entertainment attorney with more than 40 years of experience representing high-profile artists, studios and filmmakers has moved his practice to Fox Rothschild's Los Angeles office.

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    US Legal Sector Drops 4,400 Jobs In January

    After two months of growth, the U.S. legal sector saw a decline in job numbers in January, shedding 4,400 positions, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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    Ogletree's 1st Woman Leader Reflects On Her 'Greatest Idol'

    Liz Washko of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC chatted with Law360 Pulse about her path to managing shareholder, how it feels to be a woman heading up a top 100 firm, and her plans for the firm and her advice to young women attorneys.

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Expert Analysis

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • How Attys Can Guard Against Rising Settle-And-Sue Claims Author Photo

    Certain precautions can help lawyers avoid post-settlement malpractice claims and create a solid evidentiary defense, as settle-and-sue lawsuits rise amid pandemic-induced dispute settlements, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher at Munger Tolles.

  • What I Learned As A Virtual Summer Associate Author Photo

    It is necessary in a virtual law firm summer program to think twice about asking questions you may be able to answer on your own, but this independence and other aspects of a remote internship may help to instill habits that would be useful for future full-time associates, says law student Kelley Sheehan, who interned at Patterson & Sheridan this summer.

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