Delaware Pulse

  • D. Stuart Bartow

    Duane Morris Expands IP Team In Del. With Silicon Valley Atty

    One of Duane Morris LLP's experienced intellectual property attorneys previously based only in its Silicon Valley office will now spend much of his time in the global firm's Delaware office, handling IP litigation in one of the nation's busiest patent jurisdictions.

  • Christiane Schuman Campbell and Matthew C. Gaudet

    Duane Morris Taps Philly, Atlanta Attys As IP Co-Leaders

    Duane Morris LLP has named two partners in Philadelphia and Atlanta to the leadership ranks of the firm's growing intellectual property practice.

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    Boutique Bests BigLaw Bonuses, Raises 6 Months After Debut

    Perry Law, a litigation boutique that opened its doors just six months ago, is already competing in the big leagues when it comes to salary increases and year-end bonuses.

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    What Drove BigLaw To Flock To These 3 Regions In 2023

    Large U.S. law firms took particular interest in two domestic and one international region in 2023, opening up offices for the first time in Florida, California and Saudi Arabia.

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    McKool Smith, Other Firms Set 2024 Associate Salary Info

    McKool Smith is the latest among several firms that have opted to match or exceed the 2024 salary scale for associates set last month by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, with the firm eclipsing the scale by $5,000 for its more recent associates, the firm told Law360 Pulse on Tuesday.

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    These Were The Biggest Issues For GCs In 2023

    Backlash to institutional efforts around ESG. Unforeseen risks of AI. Explosive union campaigns. These were some of the main concerns for general counsel across sectors over the last 12 months.

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    The Trends That Shaped The Legal Industry In 2023

    As 2023 draws to a close, the legal industry has the opportunity to look back on a year with some exceptional highs and lows, including multiple law firm dissolutions, a number of lawyer layoffs and, more recently, the wide adoption of associate compensation increases. Here, Law360 takes a look at the year’s most consequential news events and what they mean for the industry.

  • Judge Jeffrey Sutton

    Approach The Bench: Judge Sutton On State Constitutions

    State constitutions are often overlooked by lawyers, law schools and judges, according to Sixth Circuit Chief Judge Jeffrey Sutton, but their importance was brought to the fore when the U.S. Supreme Court recently ended the federal right to abortion.

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    How Firms Can Buttress Mental Health During The Holidays

    The holiday season is stressful and overwhelming for many people, and with particular vulnerabilities in the legal industry around mental health, it's a time of year when law firms should take additional steps to ensure their people are healthy and happy, experts say.

  • Oil Co. Defends Appeal In Fraud Suit Against Pittsburgh Firm

    An oil and gas producer alleging it was defrauded by a Pittsburgh-based law firm in a land purchase deal defended its appeal to the Third Circuit, asking the court to reinstate its fraud litigation against Tucker Arensberg after the case was dismissed as time-barred.

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    Atty Insider Trading Cases Highlight Ongoing Ethics Woes

    Insider trading is nothing new, but 2023 was a banner year for prosecutions involving attorneys, with cases that highlight what ethics experts say is an ongoing problem in the legal industry: lawyers flouting the law and best practices through neglect or hubris.

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    5 Issues That Shaped Legal Tech In 2023 Besides AI

    While generative text tools dominated the headlines in 2023, the legal tech industry faced several other big issues this year, including cybersecurity, consolidation and talent demand.

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    Williams & Connolly Tops Cravath's 2024 Pay For Associates

    Williams & Connolly LLP has eclipsed the prevailing 2024 associate wage scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, pledging to pay its attorneys an annual base salary of up to $65,000 more than its counterpart, according to published reports.

  • Vice Chancellor Says Funko Must Face 'Double-Dipping' Suit

    A Delaware vice chancellor declined Monday to toss a class action suit against pop culture consumer products company Funko — saying, among other things, that shareholders adequately claimed the company's board members breached fiduciary duties by "trapping" $74 million of excess cash instead of giving it to common shareholders.

  • Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    The Delaware Chancery Court last week docketed new shareholder suits against Amazon and Peloton, a possible settlement between SiriusXM stockholders and Liberty Media, a setback for Berkshire Hathaway, and a "distressing read" of Delaware law from Segway Inc.

  • Sarah M. Sawyer, Umar A. Sheikh and Deborah H. Petito

    Offit Kurman Taps New Department, Practice Group Heads

    Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law is promoting two attorneys to department chair, while naming another attorney as the new head of its labor and employment practice.

  • Boy Scouts Victims Group's Attys Appeal Denial Of $21M Fees

    The ad hoc Coalition of Abused Scouts for Justice on Monday continued to pursue its $21 million request for fees in the Boy Scouts of America's Chapter 11 case, filing a notice that it was appealing a Delaware bankruptcy judge's decision to nix its fees.

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    Why Salary Wars Could Heighten Associate Pressures

    While bonuses were highly anticipated at the year's end, the recent salary increases that started with Milbank LLP and were later raised by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP have caught many in the legal industry by surprise, particularly given the overall slowdown in lateral hiring this year and broader layoffs.

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    New Eckert Seamans Pro Bono Chair Looks To Build Bridges

    As he takes over as the new chair of the firm's pro bono committee, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC attorney Joshua Hill says he is looking to adopt a more holistic, firmwide approach to identifying and assigning pro bono projects.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, Hueston Hennigan LLP and Wiggin and Dana LLP lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after a California federal jury ruled that Google illegally restrained trade in the market for Android app distribution and billing services.

  • Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Burr & Forman's efforts as part of establishing a new rare-earth magnet manufacturing plant and Richards Layton's handling of a Chapter 11 filing for Nogin Inc. lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight on Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Dec. 1 to 15.

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    Kramer Levin, Katten Join Pay Hike And Bonus Bandwagon

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP are the latest law firms announcing year-end bonuses for associates and 2024 raises that are in line with the prevailing scales set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms expanded their practices, promoted attorneys and showered associates with bonuses. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Chancery Tosses Segway's 'Distressing' Suit Against Ex-Prez

    A Delaware Chancery Court judge dismissed a lawsuit from personal transportation company Segway accusing its former president of breaching her fiduciary duty when she didn't catch $5 million in uncollected accounts receivable, finding Thursday that the electric scooter maker did not allege any bad faith on the executive's part.

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    AI Rapid Response Team Will Help State Courts Adapt

    State judiciary leaders have established a new team to examine how artificial intelligence may affect the courts and suggest best practices for dealing with those effects, according to an announcement this week.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    High Court's Carney V. Adams Analysis On Standing Is Flawed Author Photo

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Carney v. Adams that a Delaware lawyer lacked standing to challenge the state's rules on judiciary bipartisanship was based on an incorrect reading of the constitutional requisites for Article III standing, says Leland Ware at the University of Delaware.

  • Opinion

    Carney V. Adams Threatens Delaware's Balanced Judiciary Author Photo

    This week’s U.S. Supreme Court arguments in Carney v. Adams presented a strong challenge to Delaware’s bipartisan-judiciary requirement, but the tradition is critical to ensuring the state's courts remain free from partisan influence, says Rodney Smolla at the Widener University Delaware Law School.

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