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  • Winston & Strawn Closing Hong Kong Office Next Year

    After 15 years in business, Winston & Strawn LLP will shutter its Hong Kong office before the Chinese New Year, the firm told Law360 Pulse on Wednesday.

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    BigLaw Firms Are Focused On Growth Going Into 2024

    A primary concern for large law firms for the next year is how to continue to get bigger, whether that's through lateral hiring or combinations, even as the geopolitical and macroeconomic environments remain volatile, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • Orrick Nabs SVB's Ex-Head Of Startup Banking

    The former head of startup banking at the now-defunct Silicon Valley Bank has joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as a managing director of technology companies and fund relationships, the law firm announced Tuesday.

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    Seyfarth Adds Ex-Goldman Sachs Benefits Atty As Partner

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP said Tuesday that it has added the longtime in-house legal chief over Goldman Sachs' executive compensation and employee benefit plans as a partner in the New York office.

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    Ogletree Adds Seattle Shareholder From Jackson Lewis

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has brought over a former Jackson Lewis PC principal to join its Seattle office as a shareholder, adding an attorney with more than two decades of experience representing and advising employers.

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    Mintz Bolsters Healthcare Practice With Wiley Partner

    After spending almost two full decades at Wiley Rein LLP, health law attorney Rachel A. Alexander is taking her talents to Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, the firm announced Monday.

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    6th Circ. Casts Skeptical Eye On Dykema's Age Bias Win

    The Sixth Circuit seemed likely to revive a former Dykema Gossett PLLC legal secretary's suit claiming she was terminated shortly after turning 50, with judges questioning Tuesday whether it's plausible that the ex-employee's manager was oblivious to age-based comments made about her subordinate.

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    Wright Files Title IX Action As Judge Tosses $108M Suit

    Former Federal Trade Commission member, BigLaw partner and law professor Joshua Wright has filed a lawsuit against George Mason University over its handling of sexual misconduct accusations against him just a day before a judge dismissed Wright's defamation complaint against two of the alleged misconduct victims in Virginia state court.

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    Bonus Wave Continues As Ropes & Gray Expands Top Tier

    The wave of bonus announcements continued Tuesday as several more law firms followed suit in matching the prevailing year-end bonuses and 2024 associate salaries set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, with Ropes & Gray LLP topping the list by adding a tier for associates from the class of 2015 and earlier.

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    Over 90 Law Firms Agree To Disability Inclusion Proposals

    Diversity Lab, the company behind the Mansfield Rule certification — which aims to ensure more attorneys from historically underrepresented groups win leadership positions and consideration for development opportunities — is recommending 10 new actions that law firms and legal departments can take to promote inclusion for people with disabilities in the legal profession.

  • GWU Establishes IP, Privacy & Tech Law Center

    George Washington University Law School is launching an intellectual property and privacy and technology law center, focused on preparing future lawyers for careers in those industries through new courses and other opportunities, according to a Monday announcement.

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    Sheppard Mullin Brings On Stroock Real Estate Pros In Calif.

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP on Tuesday named two former Stroock partners to its real estate, energy, land use and environmental practice as the firm looks to continue growing in that area.

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    Ulmer & Berne, Greensfelder Hemker To Create 275-Atty Firm

    Mid-Law firms Ulmer & Berne LLP and Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC voted on Tuesday to approve a merger of equals, which will form a firm dubbed UB Greensfelder with about 275 attorneys and over $150 million in total gross annual revenue when the merger is completed in 2024.

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    Fla. Bar Passes On Atty Investments In Non-Atty-Owned Firms

    The Florida Bar's board of governors has scrapped a proposed advisory opinion that would have allowed Sunshine State attorneys to passively invest in out-of-state law firms using alternative business structures under certain conditions, dropping the tentative decision after receiving negative feedback from past bar presidents.

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    EY Closing Legal Services Business Riverview Law

    EY is shuttering EY Riverview Law, an alternative legal services business it acquired more than five years ago, the Big Four accounting firm confirmed to Law360 on Tuesday.

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    Jones Day Recruits 8 More US Supreme Court Clerks

    Jones Day said Tuesday it has recruited eight more former U.S. Supreme Court clerks to its issues and appeals practice, continuing its string of hires from the high court.

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    Wilson Sonsini Promotions Up Slightly With 20 New Partners

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC has elevated six women and 14 men to partner from its attorney roster effective Feb. 1, marking a small uptick from last year.

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    Office Snapshot: Morgan Lewis Shines In New Philly Tower

    It did not take long after moving into Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's newly completed 19-story Philadelphia office tower last month for attorneys and staff to fully appreciate the advantages of their new home.

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    2 Attys Will Join Squire Patton Board To Help Steer Strategy

    Two Squire Patton Boggs LLP partners based in Miami and New York have been elected to serve on the global firm's board starting Jan. 1 to help guide the strategic direction of the firm.

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    K&L Gates Adds DOJ Enviro, White Collar Attys In DC

    K&L Gates LLP has hired two attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice who focus on environmental and white collar matters to join K&L's Washington, D.C., office as partners, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Holland & Hart Names 23 To Partnership In 2024

    Holland & Hart LLP has promoted 23 attorneys to its partnership in 2024, which includes naming nine lawyers with diverse practice backgrounds to the firm's equity partnership, the firm announced Monday.

  • Andersen Global Lands Collab With Irish Firm Philip Lee

    Andersen Global, an association of legally separate, independent member firms, announced its collaboration agreement with the Ireland-based corporate and commercial law firm Philip Lee on Tuesday, saying the move will enhance its existing tax capabilities in the nation.

  • Sidley Austin's Woodbridge Work Not Free Speech, Panel Told

    An attorney for the liquidation trustee for the defunct Woodbridge Group told a California appellate panel Monday a lower court erred in tossing the trustee's claims that Sidley Austin aided Woodbridge's $1.3 billion Ponzi scheme, saying Sidley's transactional work in the case is not protected by the First Amendment.

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    Ex-FBI Trainee Cops To Trading On Covington Insider Info

    A former FBI trainee pled guilty in Manhattan federal court Monday to insider trading on a Merck & Co. acquisition after reading about the deal in the files of his then-girlfriend, an associate at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Orrick Hit With Another Suit Over Data Leak

    Law firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has been hit with another proposed class action lawsuit connected to the data breach the firm experienced in March, where the personal identifying information of almost half a million people was exposed.

Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

  • How AI Legal Research Tools Are Shifting Law Firm Processes Author Photo

    Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Use Social Media Responsibly? Author Photo

    Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.

  • Yada, Yada, Yada: The Magic Of 3 In Legal Writing Author Photo

    Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How To Thrive As A New Legal Operations Manager Author Photo

    To make their first 90 days on the job a success, new legal operations managers should focus on several key objectives, including aligning priorities with leadership and getting to know their team, says Ashlyn Donohue at LinkSquares.

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    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.



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