Florida Pulse

  • Fla. Bar Approves Generative AI Ethics Guidelines

    Lawyers may use generative artificial intelligence, but only to the extent that they can reasonably guarantee compliance with ethical obligations, according to guidelines adopted by the Florida Bar.

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    Holland & Knight Brings On Greenspoon Public Finance Pros

    A pair of former Greenspoon Marder LLP public finance attorneys who both have about four decades of experience in their practice area have jumped to Holland & Knight LLP, the firm announced Monday.

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    Kennedys Lands In Fort Lauderdale With 10th US Office

    Global insurance law giant Kennedys announced Monday the opening of its 10th office in the U.S. with the creation of a four-attorney outpost in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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    Proskauer Securities Litigation Chair Elected Firm Leader

    Proskauer Rose LLP announced that it has chosen a partner who built the firm's renowned asset management litigation practice as its next chair.

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    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

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    Feds Can't Pause Fla. Malpractice Suit Amid Criminal Case Yet

    A Florida federal judge on Friday shot down a bid from federal prosecutors to put a malpractice lawsuit against a New York attorney on hold while their prosecution of the lawyer's former client for securities fraud plays out in Pennsylvania.

  • Fla. Atty Pleads Guilty To Fraud In Tax Shelter Scheme

    A Florida attorney pled guilty to tax evasion and defrauding the U.S. government in federal court Friday, admitting he conspired with others to operate a tax shelter scheme that involved making purported charitable contributions and assisting clients to claim millions of dollars in tax deductions they weren't qualified to receive.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Desmarais LLP and The Dacus Firm PC secured a $57 million trial verdict for genetic testing company Ravgen in a closely watched infringement trial, topping this week's list of Law360 Legal Lions.

  • Ex-DOJ Atty Asks 11th Circ. For Removal Of Ga. Election Case

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Clark wants the Eleventh Circuit to disentangle him from the Georgia state court election racketeering case, claiming that bias against former President Donald Trump has tainted what should be a "no brainer" argument — that his former status as a federal official should allow him to fight the charges in federal court.

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    What GCs Think About Women Associates Outnumbering Men

    In the days since data showed that women surpassed men as associates, general counsel have urged their law firm colleagues not to lose sight of the entire picture, which continues to show the genders aren't close to equal representation at higher levels.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for attorneys as former President Donald Trump’s legal woes continued and BigLaw firms expanded their practices, headcounts and reach. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Dickinson Wright Adds Berger Singerman Construction Pro

    Dickinson Wright PLLC has added a certified construction law attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who came aboard from Berger Singerman LLP.

  • Feds Attack Trump's 'Baseless' Evidence Bid In Criminal Case

    The Special Counsel's Office on Thursday urged a Florida federal judge to reject former President Donald Trump's recent discovery request in the criminal case over allegedly mishandled classified documents, slamming Trump's motion alleging interagency collusion as "replete with mischaracterizations and baseless arguments."

  • Condos Seek Fees After Empire's Anti-Appraisal Quest Fails

    A pair of storm-damaged Florida condos asked the Eleventh Circuit to make Empire Indemnity Insurance Co. pay its legal fees of over $25,000 after a panel refused jurisdiction in one of the insurer's many ongoing battles against hurricane damage appraisal in the state.

  • DeSantis Has Week To Petition For Rehearing In Warren Case

    Gov. Ron DeSantis only has one more week to petition for a rehearing after the Eleventh Circuit reinstated ousted State Attorney Andrew Warren's lawsuit last week, despite the governor's concern doing so could lead to "chaos and uncertainty" with the potential for multiple leadership shake-ups in the office this year.

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    20 Judicial Noms Advance To Full Senate After Heavy Debate

    Twenty of President Joe Biden's judicial nominations that were resubmitted to the Senate at the beginning of the year advanced out of committee Thursday, some with bipartisan support and others despite staunch Republican opposition — with particularly heavy debate on Third Circuit candidate Adeel Mangi.

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    McCarter & English Adds RE Duo From Miami Boutique

    McCarter & English LLP announced this week that it is strengthening the firm's presence in Miami with the addition of a pair of real estate partners joining together from a boutique where they led the real estate transactions team.

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    Smith Gambrell Revamps International Arbitration Practice

    Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP announced a reorganization and relaunch of its international arbitration and dispute resolution practice following last year's merger with Chicago firm Freeborn & Peters.

  • Florida Justices Disbar Suspended Miami Defense Atty

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred a suspended Miami criminal defense attorney for speaking with and taking actions on behalf of his client's co-defendant without notifying co-defendant's counsel and for sending unsolicited text message advertisements.

  • Judge In Michigan Tosses Atty's 'Mess' Of A Suit Against Bar

    A Michigan federal judge tossed a "hideous sprawling mess" of a complaint from an attorney who alleged that the state bars of Michigan and Florida conspired to keep him from practicing law, citing multiple reasons for the suit's failure.

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    Saul Ewing Cannabis Pro Takes Seat On Firm Exec Committee

    Saul Ewing LLP announced Thursday that it has elected a Chicago-based partner to its nine-member executive committee.

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    Day Pitney Selects New Leaders For Cannabis Practice Group

    Day Pitney LLP has picked two Parsippany, New Jersey-based attorneys, one a labor and employment partner and the other a counsel practicing land use and zoning law, to lead the firm's cannabis practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Trump Seeks 'Collusion' Evidence In Classified Docs Case

    Special counsel Jack Smith should be forced to hand over what Donald Trump insists is "evidence of collusion" by the Biden administration, the DOJ, intelligence agencies and even a Georgia district attorney's office involved in the prosecution of the former president over allegations that he swiped classified documents, Trump told a Florida federal judge Tuesday.

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    Disney Co. Top Atty Saw Smaller Comp In '23

    Top Walt Disney Co. attorney Horacio Gutierrez's compensation dipped last year, to just below $11.7 million compared to his $15.2 million pay package in 2022.

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Expert Analysis

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

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