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    Wilson Elser Bolsters Miami Shop With 3 Litigators

    Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP has added three new of counsels to its Miami office to bolster its litigation capabilities in South Florida, the firm said Wednesday.

  • Fla. Contractors May Get Another Chance In Malpractice Suit

    A Florida storm-damage contractor should get "one last chance to file a proper complaint" in a $1 million dispute over a soured relationship between the business and its lawyers, a Florida federal judge recommended Tuesday.

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    3 Factors Firms Must Consider Before Building Gen AI Apps

    Many legal tech companies have released generative artificial intelligence tools, but some law firms have decided the best way to leverage this technology is by creating their own tools. Law firm leaders and consultants spoke with Law360 Pulse about what firms should consider before building their own applications.

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    Flurry Of Moves Kicks Off 2024: BigLaw's January Shake-Ups

    During the first two weeks of January the legal industry was inundated with news of large group hires, law firm combinations and high profile lateral partner departures. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at the flurry of movement that kicked off 2024.

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    How Law Firms Can Build Engagement To Avoid Atty Burnout

    Former BigLaw professional development leader Tracy LaLonde founded the consultancy Joychiever in 2020 to help law firms deepen employee commitment, boost productivity and alleviate burnout.

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    Holland & Knight Adds Biz Development Pro From Goodwin

    Holland & Knight LLP announced Tuesday that it had brought on a client development director who previously advised at Goodwin Proctor LLP and Cooley LLP.

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    Why Law Firms Are Dropping Names To Rebrand

    More and more law firms are dropping names from their brands to simply be referred to by a single name, as a number of firms have made the change over the past year.

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    3 Partners Elected To Shumaker's Management Committee

    Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP said Tuesday it has elected three partners based in North Carolina, Ohio and Florida to serve on its firmwide management committee.

  • Talks Stall In Fla. Suit Over Immigrants Denied Atty Access

    Settlement talks have stalled in a Florida federal lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against Baker County Sheriff's Office members, who are accused of preventing attorneys from seeing immigrants who've been detained at a county detention center without a valid reason despite having pre-approved visits.

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    Hall Booth Smith Elevates 15 To Partnership

    Atlanta-based Hall Booth Smith LLP announced its largest partner promotion class over the last few years as the firm said it elevated 15 attorneys to partnership in a wide variety of practice groups and office locations.

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    Phelps Dunbar Expands To Tenn. With Firm Combination

    New Orleans-headquartered Phelps Dunbar LLP is set to combine with Memphis, Tennessee-based Farris Bobango PLC next month, the two announced Friday, creating a 400-attorney commercial law firm with outposts in 14 Southern cities.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Kessler Topaz beating out two firms to become lead counsel in a proposed class action against Wells Fargo and Fredrikson & Byron's lobbying arm's new relationship with a cooperative business interest group lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Jan. 1 to 12.

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    Researchers Find Legal Errors 'Pervasive' In Top AI Models

    Large language models regularly give incorrect responses when asked legal questions, making it crucial for this technology to be supervised when used in law practice, according to a recently published study by researchers at Stanford University's RegLab and Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after getting Google off the hook from facing a proposed class action alleging it raked in over $2 billion from unauthorized advertisements by trespassing on website owners' property.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms appointed new leaders and expanded their practices. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Philly Firm's Ex-Miami Leader Fights Claims Over Side Gig

    A Florida-based attorney who ran a side business as a litigation fee expert while also working for a Philadelphia-based personal injury law firm has urged a federal court in the Sunshine State to toss the firm's counterclaim and affirmative defenses, saying her outside work didn't amount to "self-dealing."

  • Disney Says 11th Circ. Decision Strengthens Free Speech Suit

    Disney's hospitality arm used the Eleventh Circuit's recent ruling in a Florida state attorney's case against Gov. Ron DeSantis to strengthen its own First Amendment case against him.

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    Unified Atty Admission To All Fed. District Courts Unlikely

    A proposal being considered by the federal judiciary to do away with state bar admission requirements for U.S. district courts is likely to fail, just as similar efforts before it have, according to experts.

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    Fla.'s Shubin Law Expands To Tampa After Co-Founder's Split

    Shubin Law Group PA, formerly known as Shubin & Bass, revealed this week the firm bolstered its South Florida presence by adding a new partner with decades of experience in the region to helm a new Tampa office, shortly after one of its co-founders left to launch another practice of his own.

  • Fla. Judge Won't Toss MSP Recovery's Defamation Suit

    A Florida judge declined Thursday to dismiss defamation claims by billionaire Miami attorney John Ruiz's MSP Recovery Inc. against former Cano Health Inc. board members over statements made to shareholders, saying it was too early to determine whether the facts underpinning the statements were true or false.

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    Buchanan Ingersoll Names Newell To Be New Chairman, CEO

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has started to transition its firm leadership this week with the announcement of a new CEO and chairman who will take the reins in the spring.

  • On Your Mark, Get Set, Prosecute: Trump Cases Vie For Lead

    In the high-stakes race against the clock to try Donald Trump on criminal charges before voters decide the general election later this year, two cases against the former president currently have the most realistic chance of crossing the finish line first — and one could be far more consequential than the other, experts say.

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    Out Of A Job? Ex-GCs Talk About Landing A New Gig

    Develop a personal marketing plan. Keep a strong, up-to-date LinkedIn profile. Get to know the top legal recruiters. These are a few pieces of advice from legal industry insiders to out-of-work general counsel.

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    Path To Inclusion: BigLaw's Road To Embrace Neurodiversity

    With a number of large law firms only recently creating disability and neurodiversity affinity groups, the active embrace and inclusion of lawyers with neurological differences like autism, ADHD and dyslexia are still in their infancy for much of BigLaw.

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    Bradley Arant Adds Litigator In Tampa, Ex-Prosecutor In Ala.

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP said this week that it had added two new partners with deep experience in both private practice and government to its litigation and government enforcement and investigations practice groups.

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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.

  • The Pandemic's Long-Term Impact On Law Firm Operations Author Photo

    Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.

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    Fla. Jury Selection Success Shows Viability Of Remote Trials Author Photo

    The success of a Broward County, Florida, court earlier this month in conducting jury selection online is a true testament of faith in the jury system, and there is no doubt trials can be conducted via a video platform during the pandemic, says Chief Judge Jack Tuter of Florida's 17th Judicial Circuit.

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