Modern Lawyer

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    Compensation, Work-Life Balance Keep Associates At Firms

    Above all else, associates value compensation, work-life balance and career path opportunities when they're deciding whether to remain at their firms, according to a new study conducted by the NALP Foundation that was unveiled Tuesday.

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    Retired NY Appellate Judge Joins Harris Beach In Buffalo

    Harris Beach PLLC has announced that a longtime New York State appellate judge joined the firm's Buffalo office as a partner following her decision to retire last summer.

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    Polsinelli Adds 9 Cybersecurity Attys From Maynard Nexsen

    Polsinelli PC said Tuesday that it has expanded its cybersecurity and data privacy team with the addition of a nine-lawyer group from Maynard Nexsen PC, including four former practice leaders.

  • Competition Group Of The Year: Wilkinson Stekloff

    Wilkinson Stekloff LLP took on the Federal Trade Commission in the second-largest merger trial in American history and won, defending Microsoft Corp. in the agency's challenge to its $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc., earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Competition Practice Groups of the Year.

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    Kellogg Foundation Names Ballard Spahr Atty As GC

    A former Ballard Spahr LLP attorney who led groups at the law firm, including one focused on environmental, social and governance issues, has transitioned in-house as general counsel at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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    Client Conflicts Drive BigLaw Vets To Form Texas Boutique

    Frustrated by client conflicts hampering their opportunities, a group of BigLaw oil and gas attorneys from Alston & Bird LLP and Holland & Knight LLP have launched Texas litigation boutique Vartabedian Hester & Haynes LLP, with the growing firm already having more work than lawyers available.

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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.

  • Fund Formation Group Of The Year: Debevoise

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP worked with Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC on its largest-ever fundraise and advised KKR & Co. Inc. in the formation of its $8 billion European fund, among other achievements, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Fund Formation Groups of the Year.

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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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    Former FINRA Official Joins McGuireWoods In NY

    A former director in the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's enforcement department has joined McGuireWoods LLP in its New York office.

  • Cybersecurity & Privacy Group Of The Year: Stueve Siegel

    Within days of T-Mobile announcing its 2021 data breach that exposed more than 76 million Americans' personal information, Stueve Siegel & Hanson LLP filed one of the first lawsuits on the matter, leading an eventual multidistrict litigation that resulted in a $500 million settlement on behalf of consumers and earned the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Cybersecurity and Privacy Groups of the Year.

  • Construction Group Of The Year: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP secured a $1.9 billion arbitration award in June in a case stemming from cost overruns at a Colombian oil refinery and is defending the award in forums on three continents, earning a spot among Law360's 2023 Practice Groups of the Year for Construction.

  • ABA Prez Nominee Wants Organization To Lead On Diversity

    The American Bar Association's Nominating Committee on Monday named solo practitioner Michelle Behnke of Madison, Wisconsin, as its nominee to serve as president for the 2025-2026 term.

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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.

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    $4.5M Perkins Coie Crypto Settlement Gets Initial OK

    A $4.5 million settlement between Perkins Coie LLP and investors alleging it misappropriated $10 million in cryptocurrency has gotten an initial nod from a Washington federal judge.

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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.

  • Competition Group Of The Year: Weil Gotshal & Manges

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP helped tech behemoths like Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. knock out antitrust challenges left and right last year, tangling with competition enforcers around the world and coming out on top, earning the firm a spot as one of Law360's 2024 Competition Groups of the Year.

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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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    L&E Vet To Build Corporate Advisory Board At Seyfarth

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced Monday that it had tapped the former global head of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's employment litigation practice to build a corporate advisory board at the intersection of commercial litigation and labor and employment law, citing increased demand in both spaces. 

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    Ex-CFTC Official, Crowell & Moring Atty Dies After Carjacking

    Mike Gill, a former Commodity Futures Trading Commission official and Crowell & Moring LLP attorney, died over the weekend, days after he was shot during one of a string of carjackings in Washington, D.C.

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    Women Say Events Like Legalweek Marred By Harassment

    A group of women who attended ALM's Legalweek conference last week have alleged that they experienced sexual harassment and assault while at a conference, leading more women to share that they have had similar experiences at other legal events.

  • Article III Project Founder Launches DC 'Lawfare' Boutique

    Mike Davis, a founder of the conservative Article III Project and a former aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley known for his inflammatory social media presence, announced Monday that he's launching a boutique law firm in Washington, D.C., focused on what he called "offensive and defensive lawfare" against Democrats.

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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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    Clifford Chance Adds Kirkland Energy Pros In Houston, DC

    Clifford Chance LLP announced Monday that it has strengthened its global energy and infrastructure team in the U.S. with the addition of partners in Houston and Washington, D.C., who both came aboard from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Appellate Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells' appellate group racked up landmark wins in the U.S. Supreme Court over the past year, including a stay that kept available a medication used in abortions and an injunction against Alabama's congressional district map, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Appellate Groups of the Year.

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Expert Analysis

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • 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.

  • 7 Tips For Predeposition Meetings Under New Federal Rule Author Photo

    Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

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    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers Author Photo

    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

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    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law Author Photo

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

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    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic Author Photo

    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

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    BigLaw Cannot Reap Diversity Rewards Without Inclusion Author Photo

    BigLaw firms often focus on increasing their diversity numbers, but without much attention to equity and inclusion, minority lawyers face substantial barriers after they get their foot in the door, says Patricia Brown Holmes, managing partner at Riley Safer.

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    Ideas For Closing BigLaw's Diversity Gap Author Photo

    If enough law firms undertake some universal diversity best practices, such as connecting minority lawyers to key client relationships and establishing accountability for those charged with spearheading progress, the legal industry could look a lot different in the foreseeable future, says Frederick Nance, global managing partner at Squire Patton.

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    How Law Firms Can Hire And Retain More Black Attorneys Author Photo

    The pipeline of Black lawyers is limited, so BigLaw firms must invest in Black high school students, ensure Black attorneys receive origination credit and take other bold steps to increase Black representation in the industry, says Benjamin Wilson, chairman at Beveridge & Diamond.

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    BigLaw Needs More Underrepresented Attorneys As Leaders Author Photo

    Hiring more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to BigLaw positions of power is the first key to making other underrepresented attorneys believe they have an opportunity for a path to leadership, says Ernest Greer, co-president at Greenberg Traurig.

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    Advancing Racial Justice In The Legal Industry And Beyond Author Photo

    In addition to building and nurturing a diverse talent pipeline, law firms should collaborate with general counsel, academics and others to focus on injustices within the broader legal system, says Jonathan Harmon, chairman at McGuireWoods.

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    Diversity Work Doesn't Have To Be Reserved For Partners Author Photo

    Serving on my firm's diversity committee as an associate has allowed me to improve access, support and opportunity for minority attorneys at the firm, while building leadership skills and fostering meaningful relationships with firm management and industry professionals, says Camille Bent at BakerHostetler.



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