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As generative artificial intelligence develops and big firms cautiously try it out, industry observers say that Mid-Law firms are also experimenting with the technology and that it will likely prove useful for midsize, midmarket and regional firms as the tech matures.
The Chapter 11 trustee overseeing the case of Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok received approval from a Connecticut bankruptcy judge to probe Pick & Zabicki LLP, a law firm paid $37,500 by Kwok's son, and two luxury car dealers in connection with its asset recovery operation.
Law firm billing rate increases of 8.3% across the industry drove profits upward by almost 6% in 2023, even as demand remained nearly flat, according to the results of a year-end survey of 130 law firms by Wells Fargo's Legal Specialty Group.
The Second Circuit referred a New York attorney for punishment Tuesday for submitting a brief citing a fake case generated by ChatGPT and not checking over the brief to catch the mistake.
A Connecticut magistrate judge ruled Monday that while a settlement agreement barring an intellectual property attorney from contacting his ex-partner's clients extends to the attorney's new firm, it doesn't prevent the lawyer from sending holiday greetings because the prohibition's broadness flouted Connecticut state law.
Employers' side labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced Monday it has tapped a longtime litigator as its new managing shareholder. She is the sixth person, and the first woman, to serve in that role.
Law firms have long strived for better diversity in their ranks, but the effort to make a more organized, concentrated push to improve representation is still in its infancy, according to a recent survey of diversity professionals at major U.S. firms.
Augmented reality in courtrooms is years away at best, but recent advancements have inspired legal experts to imagine how this technology might improve evidence presentations in courts.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has added a chief operating officer who was previously in a senior business position at DLA Piper, the firm announced on Monday.
White and Williams LLP has prepared for the spring retirement of one of its practice leaders with the promotion this month of two partners to co-chair the labor and employment group.
Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.
A Connecticut firm embroiled in a yearslong, multistate copyright battle over images on its website has told a California federal judge that the stock photo website accusing it of infringement submitted false and inaccurate information to the U.S. Copyright Office.
Law firms have continued to raise billing rates in 2023, according to a report released Friday that broke down average billable rates across timekeeper roles, including partners, associates and paralegals.
Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as a New York federal judge ruled in favor of a pair of photographers who launched separate but related copyright infringement suits alleging that well-known appropriation artist Richard Prince stole their work.
Wiggin and Dana handling a $1.8 billion aerospace acquisition and Morgan & Morgan winning an interim lead counsel battle lead off this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Jan. 12 to 26.
Outside counsel are often trained to respond to email at all hours and deliver on requests from corporate clients posthaste, a culture of on-demand service that has played a part in mental health challenges in the profession. In recent years, though, some clients have begun to push for a paradigm shift.
Lawyers who were recently interim general counsel say that successfully serving in the role meant finding ways to make their mark and build their own brand — and doing so in a subtle manner — to land the job permanently.
The legal industry’s busy January continued this week as BigLaw firms elevated attorneys and expanded their reach into growing markets. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.
January saw a string of notable office moves by national and regional firms across the country as outfits including Blank Rome LLP, Duane Morris LLP and others announced changes to their footprints.
Privacy has become a critical element of customer trust, with 94% of organizations saying their customers would not buy from them if they did not protect data properly, according to a new study released Thursday.
Connecticut law should have barred a Kuwaiti ambassador from suing his ex-wife in a fraud case that netted a judgment of more than $582 million because the claims arose from allegations of adultery, the Connecticut Appellate Court heard Thursday.
The legal field is brimming with people who are intimately familiar with work ethic, but often don't know how to adequately and effectively rest in order to be their most effective selves, according to a Thursday presentation at the Institute for Well-Being in Law's 2024 Virtual Annual Conference.
As overall lateral hiring slowed in 2023, a new report from Leopard Solutions found that the top 200 U.S. law firms have continued to extend their recruitment efforts beyond their usual networks, bringing in attorneys from smaller firms at the same rate as their BigLaw counterparts.
Murtha Cullina LLP has added an experienced intellectual property attorney to its Stamford, Connecticut, office from a full-service intellectual property firm.
The former head of Eversheds Sutherland's distressed debt and special situations fund group has returned to Connecticut, where he practiced early in his career, as a partner at Robinson & Cole LLP.
Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.
As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.
New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.
OpinionLaw Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark
Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.
Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.
To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.
Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.
Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.
Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.
To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills?
Allison Coffin at Akin Gump discusses how summer associates going back to school can continue to develop real-world lawyering skills by leveraging the numerous law school resources that support professional development both inside and outside the classroom.
In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.
Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.
OpinionCLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes
Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.
While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.