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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after getting Google off the hook from facing a proposed class action alleging it raked in over $2 billion from unauthorized advertisements by trespassing on website owners' property.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms appointed new leaders and expanded their practices. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Ex-CEO Can't Sue Attys For Feds' Jewel Seizure, 3rd Circ. Says

    The former CEO of a Pennsylvania bottling company sentenced to 20 years in prison for a $660 million fraud scheme cannot pursue claims against his onetime legal counsel after federal prosecutors reneged on a deal to return precious gemstones, the Third Circuit has affirmed, refusing to revive the executive's contract suit.

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    Unified Atty Admission To All Fed. District Courts Unlikely

    A proposal being considered by the federal judiciary to do away with state bar admission requirements for U.S. district courts is likely to fail, just as similar efforts before it have, according to experts.

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    Buchanan Ingersoll Names Newell To Be New Chairman, CEO

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has started to transition its firm leadership this week with the announcement of a new CEO and chairman who will take the reins in the spring.

  • Energy Tech Biz Loses Fee Bid After Crypto Mining Patent Win

    A Delaware federal judge has rejected energy technology company Lancium LLC and its co-founders' post-trial attorney fee bid, saying they didn't show anything "exceptional" about the case over a bitcoin mining patent to warrant an award of fees.

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    Out Of A Job? Ex-GCs Talk About Landing A New Gig

    Develop a personal marketing plan. Keep a strong, up-to-date LinkedIn profile. Get to know the top legal recruiters. These are a few pieces of advice from legal industry insiders to out-of-work general counsel.

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    Path To Inclusion: BigLaw's Road To Embrace Neurodiversity

    With a number of large law firms only recently creating disability and neurodiversity affinity groups, the active embrace and inclusion of lawyers with neurological differences like autism, ADHD and dyslexia are still in their infancy for much of BigLaw.

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    After 2023 Dive, Legal Tech Funding Aims For 2024 Rebound

    Funding for legal technology companies nosedived in 2023, but experts are surprisingly upbeat about potential investments in the industry for 2024.

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    Potter Anderson Kicks Off 2024 With 5 New Partners

    Delaware law firm Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP has welcomed five attorneys to its partnership, which the firm said is one of its largest partner classes.

  • Chancery Pans 'Farcical' Portrayal Of $5.8B Cornerstone Deal

    Exchanges between Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC and Cornerstone Building Brands, over what ultimately became the private equity firm's $5.8 billion buyout of the construction materials company in 2022, were clearly price negotiations, and attempts to portray them otherwise are a "farce," a Delaware Chancery Court vice chancellor said Wednesday.

  • 3rd Circ. Nixes Avco Corp.'s Suit Against Ex-Atty

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday declined to revive a suit filed by aerospace manufacturer Avco Corp. against its former attorney accusing her of breaching her fiduciary duty when she represented parties that later brought product liability claims against it over a plane crash.

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    Armstrong Teasdale Healthcare Leader Named Firm's GC

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP announced Wednesday that the head of its healthcare and life sciences team had been named general counsel following predecessor Richard Engel's recent election as managing partner.

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    Here's Who Wants To Be GC, And What They're Doing About It

    Some 42% of corporate managing counsel — those in-house lawyers who have other attorneys reporting to them — said in a survey that they have been identified by management as a potential successor to the sitting general counsel.

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    Duane Morris Partner, Ex-U.S. Atty To Co-Lead White-Collar Work

    Duane Morris LLP has tapped a partner who was once U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to co-chair the white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations and regulatory compliance division of the firm's trial practice group.

  • Creditor Brings Law Firm Fraud Payout Fight To 3rd Circ.

    A creditor of a defunct factoring company on Tuesday urged the Third Circuit to give him a cut of a bankruptcy settlement ending the business's fraud claims against its former consultant and law firm Reger Rizzo & Darnall LLP, arguing that a district court erred in determining that his money wasn't among the funds allegedly stolen.

  • Class Attys May Seek $12.5M For Sirius XM, Liberty Suit Deal

    Attorneys for Sirius XM Holdings Inc. shareholders are set to seek up to $12.5 million in connection with a proposed $36 million settlement to end Delaware Chancery Court litigation over a multiyear buyback of company stock launched in 2013.

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    Women Associates Outnumber Men For First Time

    The number of women and people of color among lawyers reached new all-time highs in 2023, but they remain significantly underrepresented in the partnership ranks, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • Ex-Company CEO Seeks Chancery Legal Fee Award Ruling

    A Delaware vice chancellor granted summary judgment in favor of some legal fee claims Monday, filed by a former engineering company CEO who sued for indemnification in multiple actions after he was targeted in litigation over fraudulent assertion of veteran-owned company preference.

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    Cozen O'Connor Launches DEI Practice, Names Group Leader

    Cozen O'Connor has launched a diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and solutions practice composed of attorneys and professionals from the firm's ancillary businesses with one of its longtime attorneys at the helm.

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    Lateral Hiring Dipped In 2023, With Signs Of A 2024 Comeback

    Despite an upswing in lateral recruitment during the fourth quarter, the legal industry still closed 2023 with about 18% fewer hires than in 2022, according to industry data provided by Firm Prospects, which has been showing signs of recovery since the latter half of 2023.

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    Labaton Sucharow Adds Litigator To Firm Name

    Now known as Labaton Keller Sucharow LLP, the mid-law firm added chairman and longtime litigator Christopher Keller to the plaintiffs firm’s name this week.

  • Chancery OKs $7.3M Fee In $23.5M Pandora-Sirius Settlement

    Pandora Media Inc. stockholders won court approval Monday for a $23.5 million cash settlement to end Delaware Chancery Court litigation over the company's $3.5 billion stock-for-stock merger with Sirius XM Radio in 2018, with attorneys securing 100% of the $7.3 million in fees and expenses they requested.

  • McCarter & English Accused Of Obstructing Malpractice Case

    A New Jersey biopharmaceutical company blasted McCarter & English LLP on Friday for launching a "preemptive strike" by mischaracterizing a potential amended malpractice complaint the company was considering filing in state court before the business had permission to do so.

  • Lowenstein Sandler Gives Young Associates Bump In Pay

    Junior associates at Lowenstein Sandler LLP will be rewarded this year with pay raises that match the prevailing Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP scale.

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Expert Analysis

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

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    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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