Florida Pulse

  • 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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    Women GCs In Fortune 500 Are More Diverse Than Men

    Women in the general counsel position at Fortune 500 companies make up a more diverse group than men in the same role, according to an analysis shared with Law360 Pulse on Wednesday, although top corporate lawyers continue to be predominantly white.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

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