Delaware Pulse

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    Chancery Caseload Concerns Persist, Del. Chief Justice Says

    As the Delaware Chancery Court prepares for the departure of another one of its longest-serving judges, the First State's chief justice told state legislators Thursday that more help is needed to address ongoing concerns about burnout on the bench.

  • Chancery Nixes Most Of Frank Founder's $835K Fee Demand

    The indicted founder of student financial planning venture Frank may not "shoehorn" new legal fee claims into a May 2023 court order that JPMorgan Chase Bank NA pay her defense on charges that she defrauded the bank when it bought her startup for $175 million in 2021, Delaware's Court of Chancery has ruled.

  • Petition Watch: Classes, Litigation Changes & Fraud Theories

    The U.S. Supreme Court receives thousands of petitions for review each term, but only a few make the news. Here, Law360 looks at four petitions filed in the past three weeks that you might've missed, including questions over how courts should analyze class certification bids and regulations restricting specific speech for content-neutral reasons, whether plaintiffs must reestablish standing after amending lawsuits, and what constitutes fraud.

  • 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.

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    Snapshot: Delaware Judiciary's 2023 Annual Report

    Delaware's state courts have managed to mostly dig out of pandemic-related backlogs, but two of its courts recognized nationally for expertise in handling complex corporate matters continue to grapple with busy caseloads, according to the judiciary's annual report, which was released Thursday.

  • Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock Retiring From Del. Chancery

    Delaware's Court of Chancery will lose its current longest-serving, and perhaps most folksy, jurist this year with the planned retirement of Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III from the court after nearly 25 years, Delaware's chief justice revealed today.

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    Meet The Attys For Breast Implant Maker Sientra In Its Ch. 11

    Attorneys from Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP are representing bankrupt breast implant maker Sientra Inc., which hit Chapter 11 this week in the face of declining sales and is seeking a buyer.

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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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    How Associates Can Handle Romance At The Office

    Perhaps he maintained eye contact during the boring meeting for a bit longer than expected. Or maybe when other lawyers rolled their eyes at the corny joke, she actually laughed.

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    Decades After Repping MLK Jr., This Tenn. Atty Is Still Going

    As a young lawyer, Walter Bailey was on the team of attorneys who fought for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during his final, fatal visit to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968. More than 50 years later, Bailey still practices law — and he has no plans to stop.

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    How Legal Work Can Feed Attorneys' Suicidal Thoughts

    Studies show time and again that attorneys are at greater risk for suicide and suicidal ideation than peers in other industries. Law360 spoke with eight attorneys who shared their personal stories about how the legal profession encourages behavior that can lead to suicidal ideation and how they found help.

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    Ex-FERC Chair Returns To Skadden As Energy Group Head

    James Danly, former Republican Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member and onetime chairman, is returning to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP as the head of its energy regulatory group, the firm announced Tuesday amid growing private sector demand for energy attorneys in the nation's capital.

  • Ex-Paralegal Asks Del. Justices To Undo Jobless Pay Ruling

    A former Morris James LLP paralegal on Monday urged Delaware's highest court to let him collect a year's worth of unemployment benefits, arguing a lower court erred in finding that a payment he received when leaving the firm was severance pay rather than compensation for a whistleblower claim.

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    Law Firms Prioritized Nonequity Partner Growth In 2023

    Even as demand lagged and expenses went up last year, law firms took an aggressive approach to expanding their non-equity partner headcounts, according to the results of a survey by Citi Global's Wealth at Work Law Firm Group.

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    Fish & Richardson Launches Life Sciences Group

    Fish & Richardson PC announced Monday it has kicked off a 140-attorney life sciences industry team led by principals Martina Hufnal and Todd Garcia.

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    These Cos. Are In The Hot Seat As Proxy Season Approaches

    At least four high-profile corporations and their general counsel are gearing up for a tougher-than-usual 2024 proxy season — those three months in the spring when most companies hold their annual meetings.

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    Legal Event Organizers Stress Efforts To Deter Harassment

    Legal conference organizers have told Law360 Pulse that they are committed to fostering safe and inclusive events, and some changes have been made following recent accusations of sexual harassment and assault at legal events.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw expanded its reach and big names made headlines after court. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Trial and appeals boutique Lehotsky Keller Cohn LLP topped this week's list of Legal Lions, with a victory for client FedEx at the Fifth Circuit that slashed a $366 million verdict to $250,000.

  • Kidde-Fenwal's Ch. 11 Fee Examiner OKs $20.4M For 15 Firms

    The fee examiner appointed in fire-suppression company Kidde-Fenwal's Chapter 11 case has recommended that a Delaware bankruptcy judge approve $20.4 million in pay for 15 firms working on the proceedings, after they agreed to cut their requested compensation by about $333,000.

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    These Firms Are Leading In Patent Litigation Work

    A Houston-based intellectual property firm filed the most patent suits over the last three years in the U.S., while a well-established boutique again took the top spot as the firm defending the most patent litigation during the same period, according to a new Lex Machina report.

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    Pierson Ferdinand Added 104 FisherBroyles Attys In January

    As of the end of January, a total of 104 partners had departed FisherBroyles LLP to join breakaway law firm Pierson Ferdinand LLP, according to an announcement by the new firm, which opened its doors at the beginning of the year.

  • Oracle Stockholders Lose Bid For $5M 'Mootness' Fee

    The Delaware Chancery Court has denied a $5 million attorney fee request by Oracle stockholders who lost a lawsuit that alleged the software giant overpaid for its $9.3 billion acquisition of Netsuite, rejecting the investors' contention that they deserve an award for prompting the company to appoint two new independent directors.

  • Del. Justices Say Healthcare Co. Must Pay Ex-CEO's Fees

    The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a Chancery Court decision ordering a medical claims management company to pay the legal fees of its ex-CEO after he was found liable for breaching his fiduciary duties.

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    Latham Overtakes Kirkland In Financial, Personnel Ranking

    Latham & Watkins LLP topped legal market intelligence provider Leopard Solutions' 2023 Law Firm Index and maintained a perfect score for over half a year on the ranking, overtaking last year's top firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which dropped to third.

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Expert Analysis

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    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.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

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