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  • Insurance Group Of The Year: Wiley

    Wiley Rein LLP helped major insurers score wins while navigating complex and novel coverage issues, including the applicability of "bump-up" exclusions and the scope of cyber liability policies, cementing the firm as one of Law360's 2023 Insurance Groups of the Year.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another busy week as attorneys made moves and grappled with the implications of artificial intelligence. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Law Class Of 2023 Gave $104M In Pro Bono Legal Services

    Members of the law class of 2023 volunteered more than 3,289,714 hours in legal services as part of their education last year, giving a total of over $104.6 million worth of their time, according to a recent survey by the nonprofit Association of American Law Schools.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds FDA Expert From Emord & Associates

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has hired a shareholder in Phoenix who spent over 16 years with boutique Emord & Associates PC to continue his practice counseling businesses regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on a range of compliance matters, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Kirkland Fights Uphill To Get Atty's Info From 2 BigLaw Firms

    A California federal magistrate judge appeared skeptical Thursday of Kirkland & Ellis' bid to subpoena confidential personnel information from a former IP associate's prior employers Paul Hastings LLP and Fish & Richardson PC in Kirkland's defense against her discrimination suit, telling counsel the requests seem overbroad and "at best marginally relevant."

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    Report Shows Women Making Progress On BigLaw Deals

    Female attorneys increasingly appear on the teams that negotiate the big deals law firms love to tout, and they're on track to continue "advancing up the team ladder and gaining power" even as law firms step back from some diversity programs in response to litigation challenges from conservative groups, according to a new report.

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    Ex-NY Federal Prosecutor To Co-Lead Akin White Collar Group

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP on Thursday announced that it has named a New York-based partner and former federal prosecutor as co-head of its white collar defense and government investigations practice.

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    Baker Botts' 12 New Partners Will Match 2023 Promotions

    Baker Botts LLP will elevate a dozen attorneys to partner next month, matching the firm's promotion class from 2023, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Proskauer Adds 2 Milbank Global Finance Attys

    Proskauer Rose LLP added two global finance attorneys who had been with Milbank LLP as partners in its Boston and New York offices, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Perkins Coie Matches Cravath On Associate Salaries

    Perkins Coie LLP confirmed on Thursday that it will meet the scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP for associate salary increases this year, but there is a caveat for midlevel and senior associates.

  • Intellectual Property Group Of The Year: Irell

    Irell & Manella LLP helped VLSI win a nearly $949 million verdict against Intel Corp. for infringing a patent for microchip technology, and represented Netlist in its win where a jury said Samsung owes $303 million for willfully infringing five flash memory patents, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • Insurance Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Insurance attorneys at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP helped Travelers score a win against CVS in a coverage fight over claims stemming from the opioid epidemic, securing the firm a spot on Law360's 2023 Insurance Groups of the Year.

  • M&A Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's mergers and acquisitions team tackled some of the biggest, industry-shaping matters of the last year, including advising Seagen in the biggest all-cash pharma deal and representing Amgen in its $27.8 billion acquisition of Horizon Therapeutics, landing the firm a spot on Law360's 2023 Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • International Arbitration Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP aided hip-hop mogul Jay-Z in navigating closely watched arbitration hearings and related litigation as he sparred with liquor giant Bacardi over the multibillion-dollar valuation of their joint cognac venture, earning the law firm a spot among Law360's 2023 International Arbitration Groups of the Year.

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    Ex-McElroy Deutsch CFO Charged With $1.5M Theft From Firm

    McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP's former chief financial officer has been hit with criminal charges in New Jersey state court alleging he embezzled more than $1.5 million from the firm over a five-year period in unauthorized compensation and company credit card charges for personal expenses, prosecutors said Thursday.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds 2 Real Estate Experts From DLA Piper

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has brought on two seasoned DLA Piper construction law experts as its newest shareholders, adding them to the firm's Atlanta office in what Greenberg Traurig called a "strategic move to enhance its full-service, industry-leading real estate capabilities."

  • As In-House Teams Adopt AI, Law Firm Work Expected To Dip

    The integration of generative artificial intelligence into legal practice marks a pivotal shift in the industry. As in-house lawyers increasingly leverage these technologies, the volume and nature of work sought from outside counsel may change dramatically, according to a recent report.

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    Perkins Coie Keeps Malpractice Win Over Trustee's Standing

    Perkins Coie LLP this week secured a Texas state appellate decision that upheld the dismissal of a malpractice lawsuit brought by a bankruptcy trustee for one of the firm's former clients, with the appellate panel concurring with a trial judge that the trustee lacked standing to pursue the claims.

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    AI Use Among 'New Criteria' Differentiating Outside Counsel

    While top corporate lawyers have a keen interest in how outside counsel will use generative artificial intelligence, many are in the dark about their law firms' views and strategies on the technology, according to a new report.

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    Seward & Kissel Hires Marketing Leader From Nardello & Co.

    Seward & Kissel LLP announced Wednesday the latest addition to its leadership with the hiring of the chief marketing officer of investigations firm Nardello & Co.

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    Hogan Lovells Taps 25-Year Vet For Litigation Leadership Role

    Hogan Lovells has tapped a Washington, D.C., partner who has spent more than 25 years with the firm, as its practice area leader for the Americas litigation practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Husch Blackwell Adds Ex-Perkins Coie Energy Co-Chair

    Husch Blackwell LLP has added the former co-chair of Perkins Coie LLP's nationwide energy industry group and another energy regulatory and environmental attorney from that firm as partners in its Madison, Wisconsin, office, it announced Wednesday.

  • Intellectual Property Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP scored a directed verdict of noninfringement for Dell during a $435 million patent trial in front of U.S. District Judge Alan Albright and shielded SharkNinja from any business interruption during proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission, earning the firm a spot in Law360's 2023 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

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    Orrick Hit By Exodus To Hogan Lovells, BonelliErede In Italy

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's Italian arm this week has seen nearly 40 lawyers — around half its Italian cohort — jump ship to rival firms Hogan Lovells and BonelliErede, in a blow to the U.S. firm's European presence.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Latham

    Latham & Watkins LLP had a strong year bringing companies and assets together for their clients, from the UFC's $21 billion merger with the WWE to guiding the years' largest energy transaction in the U.S., earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Mergers And Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

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Expert Analysis

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

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    Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

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    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

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    Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

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