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    Arbitration Experts Test Generative AI Tools Amid Skepticism

    Generative artificial intelligence's rise has gradually progressed within the legal sector in the past year, extending its potential influence to arbitration and dispute resolution.

  • Fla. Prosecutors' Improper Comments Sink Drug Conviction

    A Florida state appeals court threw out a man's drug convictions on Friday due to "inflammatory and abusive" statements prosecutors made about him to the jury, finding the comments were improper to the point that he should get a new trial even though his defense attorney didn't object to the state's comments at the time.

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    Shumaker Expands Fla. Footprint With St. Petersburg Shop

    Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP has launched an office in St. Petersburg, Florida, with some of its existing professionals and a former Englander Fischer LLP real estate and bankruptcy litigator.

  • Fla. Judge Must Face Deposition In Ethics Case Against Rival

    A Florida state appellate judge cannot avoid being deposed in the ethics case against his former campaign rival, as a disciplinary panel found Friday that he does not qualify for a policy that allows officials to escape deposition under certain circumstances.

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    US Legal Sector Drops 4,400 Jobs In January

    After two months of growth, the U.S. legal sector saw a decline in job numbers in January, shedding 4,400 positions, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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    Ogletree's 1st Woman Leader Reflects On Her 'Greatest Idol'

    Liz Washko of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC chatted with Law360 Pulse about her path to managing shareholder, how it feels to be a woman heading up a top 100 firm, and her plans for the firm and her advice to young women attorneys.

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    Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, Friedman Oster & Tejtel PLLC and Andrews & Springer LLC lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as Delaware's chancellor struck down Elon Musk's proposed $55 billion Tesla pay package.

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    6 Key Votes To Watch At The ABA Midyear Meeting

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body is expected to consider 31 proposals at its semiannual meeting Monday, including a resolution urging all legal employers to continue diversifying their workforces.

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    Small Firms Get Creative To Bridge Client Language Gaps

    For small firms and solo practitioners, language gaps with clients can be costly, and can often pose complicated ethical questions about attorney-client privilege and confidentiality. Here’s how some around the country are dealing with the challenges.

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    Lewis Brisbois Adds To Exec Committee And Equity Partners

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has elected seven attorneys to its 2024 class of equity partners and appointed two new members to the firm's management committee.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    BigLaw began February with a slew of appointments as the industry continued to respond to shifting trends in the legal landscape this week. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    By The Numbers: How Chief Legal Officers See Their World

    The chief legal officers at companies around the world seem to be losing a lot of sleep over privacy and cybersecurity issues, according to how the numbers add up in a survey released this week.

  • 3 Firms Net $1.9M Fee In Celsius Investors' Stock Payout Suit

    A legal team comprising litigators from Grant & Eisenhofer PA, Klausner Kaufman Jensen & Levinson and The Reeves Law Firm will receive a fee of over $1.9 million for their work on an investor suit, alleging drink company Celsius improperly inflated its revenue.

  • Fla. Suits Over College Group's 'Deactivation' Get Tossed

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday tossed two lawsuits alleging that university officials violated the free speech rights of a pro-Palestinian student group following an order to disband, saying the group could not plausibly show that "deactivation is imminent."

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    Husch Blackwell's New Leaders Talk Firm Vision And Strategy

    Husch Blackwell's incoming executive board chair Joe Glynias and new CEO Jamie Lawless talk with Law360 Pulse about their strategic visions and goals for the firm.

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    Dentons Adds Venture Tech Pro From Nelson Mullins In Miami

    Dentons announced Thursday it is continuing recent growth in its venture capital and emerging companies practice with a new partner in Miami who comes from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and specializes in matters involving Latin America and Brazil.

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    How Attys Can Be Ethical When Using Gen AI In Litigation

    Current advances in generative AI have the potential to alter legal practice. Still, attorneys must follow ethical guidelines to minimize risk and ensure compliance when using this new technology in litigation, a panel of experts said Wednesday.

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    Greenberg Traurig Hires Ballard Spahr's Ex-Fintech Leader

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced the addition of the former co-leader of Ballard Spahr LLP's financial technology and payment solutions team on Wednesday, touting its new shareholder's experience helping consumer finance industry clients get approval to put new fintech products on the market.

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    Gibbons' Exec Chair Departs After Over 3 Decades With Firm

    Gibbons PC announced on Thursday that a longtime leader who shepherded the firm through a merger, expansions and a rebranding has departed after more than three decades with the firm, including the past 20 years in leadership posts.

  • Possible Bias Spurs New Trial In Royal Caribbean Injury Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday ordered a new trial for a passenger who sued Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. after she tripped and injured herself on a ship, saying the trial court should have investigated further when it found out one of the jurors was related to an employee of the cruise line.

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    Falcon's Beyond GC: Understand How Your Co. Makes Money

    From Hilton to Tupperware to American Express, Bruce Brown has worked at several household-name brands throughout his career. Now at entertainment venue developer and operator Falcon's Beyond, he reflects on the importance of a general counsel being invested in the business.

  • Paralegal's Pay Suit Proceeds Without Collective Claims

    A paralegal can proceed with her wage and retaliation claims against the criminal defense law firm she worked at, but her collective allegations can't stand after a Florida district judge kept a magistrate judge's recommendations to deny the firm's bid to toss the suit.

  • Fla. Nursing Home Mogul Reaches Plea Deal With Feds

    Florida nursing home mogul Philip Esformes, whose conviction on various healthcare fraud-related charges was left alone by the U.S. Supreme Court, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors on pending healthcare fraud charges against him, a Florida federal court revealed Thursday.

  • Fla. Judge In Ethics Probe Says Rival Can't Avoid Deposition

    A Florida state court judge charged with ethics violations urged a disciplinary panel to reject a campaign rival's motion to avoid a deposition over statements made leading up to the election for a local court position, saying information is being sought about his conduct when he was a candidate.

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    Florida Firms Increased Headcount And Expenses In 2023

    While Florida law firms' growth in total lawyers far outpaced the rest of the country in 2023, so did the Sunshine State's total expenses, according to survey results released Wednesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    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.

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    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    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.

  • Fla.'s New Appellate District Holds Precedential Opportunities Author Photo

    While the trial court judges in the newly created Florida Sixth District are more likely to have appellate precedent to follow, the appellate court is certain to have substantially more chances to forge its own path, say attorneys at Baker Donelson.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    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.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    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.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    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.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    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.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    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.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    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.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills? Author Photo

    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.

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    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.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    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.

  • Opinion

    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    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.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    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.

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

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