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Attorneys handling a malpractice lawsuit against New Jersey-based Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman LLC have cried foul over a letter reportedly sent to a lawyer and expert witness in the case that threatened him with sanctions unless he withdrew his testimony.
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.
An attorney who was hit with nearly $270,000 in sanctions after he was found to have manufactured fake news articles in a bid to influence an arbitration between Chevron and Saudi oil heirs told a federal judge this week he should have received a due process hearing before being slapped with the penalties.
Days after a California bar judge expressed "concerns" over an attempt to discipline Tom Girardi's son-in-law David Lira amid a federal wire fraud case, and in response to a motion to abate filed by Lira, the state bar has continued to push for his temporary suspension as the criminal case proceeds.
An Illinois law firm that earlier this year was found liable for the loss of a client's $3 million placed in an escrow account under the firm's control has urged a federal judge to uphold its right to a jury trial.
The California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions released a draft opinion Monday intended to help judges decide when to report attorney misconduct to the State Bar of California, laying out a host of hypothetical scenarios and detailing whether reporting is required.
A former DLA Piper associate and animal rights activist who was convicted of stealing a baby goat in North Carolina doesn't have the jurisprudence-shattering case he claims he does, the state's justice department told the North Carolina Supreme Court last week.
A Colorado law firm accused in a proposed class action of using deceptive form letters to collect debts from tenants facing eviction has agreed to end the suit with a payout to the hundreds of tenants it allegedly misled.
An Illinois watchdog panel has reaffirmed the decision to disbar a Chicago attorney who represented the ex-girlfriend of former NBA center Eddy Curry in a child support case, and then later dated her and was convicted of killing both her and Curry's infant daughter.
Prosecutors have asked a California federal judge to find disbarred attorney Tom Girardi, 84, competent to stand trial following a dementia diagnosis, citing a moment during a September cross-examination in which the attorney lashed out against the prosecution as proof of "his appreciation of this case and the allegations lodged against him."
A former partner of the Marsh Law Firm PLLC suing its founder over allegations of financial malfeasance has urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to send the case back to the state court where it was originally filed, telling the court it lacks sufficient jurisdiction to adjudicate the intrafirm dispute.
A Florida federal judge has shot down a Texas law firm's bid to toss a malpractice lawsuit alleging it bungled property transfers that ended up increasing its former client's property taxes.
The Chicago attorney who runs a small intellectual property law practice called Seven Eleven Law Group made good on her promise this week to fight the trademark infringement allegations that convenience store giant 7-Eleven sued her for last month, rejecting the company's claims that her firm is creating consumer confusion and profiting from 7-Eleven's multinational brand.
BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.
Covington & Burling LLP and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after a Montana federal judge granted TikTok and its users' bid to block a new law that would ban the Chinese social media app within the state's borders.
A 54-year-old paralegal pled guilty to wire fraud Friday for embezzling more than $2 million from clients of the law firm that employed her, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina.
A disbarred New York attorney pled guilty Friday to a single count of wire fraud, admitting that he spent millions in client money intended for real estate deals on casino trips and business expenses.
Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.
A Nebraska attorney was sentenced to a year and a day in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to concealing some $2.8 million in income from the Internal Revenue Service.
A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.
The Supreme Court of Ohio laid down a six-month suspension on Thursday for a Columbus attorney who was found to have made a client wait nearly a decade to receive a payout from her ex-husband.
November ended amid another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms expanded their reach and showered associates with bonuses and higher pay. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.
A New York federal judge on Thursday held a Sheehan and Associates attorney in contempt for filing a "meritless" false advertising lawsuit over the amount of potassium in a Starbucks coffee flavor, saying the case was just one in a string of similarly questionable lawsuits the lawyer had filed.
A California attorney who owns multiple small firms around the country was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for failing to pay taxes on one of his Wisconsin-based firms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OpinionWe Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds
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 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.
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.