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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.

  • Fla. Atty Says Philly Firm Can't Sue Her In Sunshine State

    A Florida attorney urged a Sunshine State federal court to throw out the counterclaims and affirmative defenses of a Philadelphia-based personal injury firm, arguing Florida law cannot be applied to their dispute over claims she was running a side business as a litigation fee expert.

  • Fla. Judge Drops Bid To Avoid Depo In Rival's Ethics Case

    A Florida state appellate judge told the state's highest court Tuesday he will comply with a disciplinary panel's order for him to sit for a deposition in an ethics case against a former campaign rival.

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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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    Woman Of Many Hats: Finance Group's GC Named Prez, CEO

    AmeriFactors Financial Group on Tuesday said it has promoted its general counsel by naming her president and CEO while she retains her legal duties.

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    McCarter & English Grows In Miami With Levine Kellogg Atty

    A former Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman LLP litigation and alternative dispute resolution attorney has joined McCarter & English LLP as a partner in Miami, the firm announced Tuesday.

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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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    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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    Fla. High Court Pulled Into Depo Fight Between State Judges

    A Florida state appellate judge is asking the Sunshine State's high court to review a disciplinary panel's decision requiring him to sit for a deposition in an ethics case against a former campaign rival, saying it would do him "irreparable" harm and set a dangerous precedent for other judges.

  • Fla. Atty Wants $300K COVID Relief Fraud Conviction Axed

    A Florida attorney convicted of conspiring to defraud a U.S. coronavirus pandemic relief program has asked a Georgia federal judge to vacate the jury's guilty verdict and either acquit her or order a new trial, arguing the government violated her due process rights by not submitting sufficient evidence to prove her guilt.

  • Fed. Circ. Backs Gov't Win In Fla. University's Patent Dispute

    A Federal Circuit panel has affirmed the rejection of a Florida university's infringement suit against the U.S. government over its patent on lab mice used to study Alzheimer's disease, ruling the 1980 law governing patents developed through federally funded research can apply to work that predates a funding agreement.

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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.

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    Kaufman Dolowich Adds Ex-Financial Services CLO In Fla.

    Kaufman Dolowich has added the former chief legal and compliance officer for accounts receivable management firm Vengroff Williams Inc., one of the firm's clients, to its Orlando, Florida, office.

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    Kelley Kronenberg Brings On Four Litigators Across Florida

    Kelley Kronenberg added four new partners throughout Florida this week, including a new business unit leader who recently served as an acquisition integration and turnaround advisor.

  • 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.

  • M&T Bank's Freeze 'Crumbled' Fla. Law Firm, $1.5M Suit Says

    A Florida law firm has sued M&T Bank for $1.5 million in Tampa federal court over allegations that the bank "crumbled" the firm's business by unreasonably restricting its trust account during a recent chargeback dispute.

  • 11th Circ. Says Ex-USF Law Prof. Can't Sue Without A Lawyer

    The Eleventh Circuit upheld on Thursday a lower court's order barring a former University of South Florida law professor from filing additional cases against her former employer without another attorney's signature, finding nothing wrong with the district court controlling its docket in the face of her repeated lawsuits.

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    Ex-BigLaw Atty Must Revamp Social Media Defamation Suit

    The social media influencer facing a $150 million defamation lawsuit claiming he misrepresented an ex-Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney's nightmarish divorce can breathe a sigh of relief — for now — as a Florida federal judge tossed the suit Thursday after finding it is "far longer than it needs be," but said most of it can proceed if refiled properly.

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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.

  • OpenAI Asks 11th Circ. To Uphold Fee Ruling

    OpenAI urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a federal judge's decision not to dock it attorney fees for attempting to remove a Georgia radio host's defamation lawsuit to federal court, saying it had "an objectively reasonable basis for removal."

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    Philly-Based Weber Gallagher Expands Into Fla.

    Midsized firm Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP continues to expand its reach across the U.S. with the recent opening of its first office in Florida and the addition of two attorneys formerly with Fowler White Burnett PA.

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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.

  • Fla. Ex-Judge Seeks Lighter Penalty Over Inflated Finances

    A former Florida county court judge urged the state's high court on Wednesday to impose a minimum one-year rehabilitative suspension for inflating campaign finances rather than disbarment, arguing that other attorneys have received lighter punishments under comparable circumstances.

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Expert Analysis

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Priorities For Improving The Legal Industry In Texas Author Photo

    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    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.

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