Georgia Pulse

  • Atty Seeks 11th Circ. Intervention In Bar Race Bias Suit

    A Georgia attorney accusing the state's bar organization of using an "apartheid disciplinary process" to discriminate against Black lawyers has asked the Eleventh Circuit to intervene after a federal judge cut the bar loose from the lawsuit earlier this month.

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    Fish & Richardson Adds Talent Leader From Faegre Drinker

    Fish & Richardson PC announced Monday that it has added the former managing director of professional development at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP to its leadership team, hiring the veteran legal talent professional to become its next chief legal talent officer.

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    Akerman Health Pro Jumps To Carlton Fields In Atlanta

    An Akerman LLP partner with more than three decades of life sciences experience under his belt has joined Carlton Fields in Atlanta, the firm announced Monday.

  • Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

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    Partners Take the Lead as Law Firm Rates Continue to Rise

    Law firms have continued to raise billing rates in 2023, according to a report released Friday that broke down average billable rates across timekeeper roles, including partners, associates and paralegals.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as a New York federal judge ruled in favor of a pair of photographers who launched separate but related copyright infringement suits alleging that well-known appropriation artist Richard Prince stole their work.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Wiggin and Dana handling a $1.8 billion aerospace acquisition and Morgan & Morgan winning an interim lead counsel battle lead off this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Jan. 12 to 26.

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    How Clients Are Contributing To Law Firm Well-Being

    Outside counsel are often trained to respond to email at all hours and deliver on requests from corporate clients posthaste, a culture of on-demand service that has played a part in mental health challenges in the profession. In recent years, though, some clients have begun to push for a paradigm shift.

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    Ga. State Rep Moves To Impeach DA Fani Willis

    Republican Georgia State Rep. Charlice Byrd introduced a resolution to impeach Fani T. Willis on Friday, one day after Donald Trump joined a motion to disqualify the Fulton County district attorney from the sweeping racketeering case she is pursuing against the former president and more than a dozen others in connection with the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

  • DeSantis Seeks 11th Circ. Rethink In Ousted Prosecutor Fight

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants an en banc panel of the Eleventh Circuit to rehear a recent decision to revive ousted state prosecutor Andrew Warren's bid for reinstatement, arguing the three-judge panel's ruling transformed "the First Amendment from a shield against government oppression into a sword against a governor's disciplinary decisions."

  • Ex-BigLaw Atty Gets 8 Years After Copping To Manslaughter

    Former Fisher Phillips partner Claud "Tex" McIver was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges tied to the 2016 shooting of his wife.

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    How To Climb From Acting To Permanent GC

    Lawyers who were recently interim general counsel say that successfully serving in the role meant finding ways to make their mark and build their own brand — and doing so in a subtle manner — to land the job permanently.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry’s busy January continued this week as BigLaw firms elevated attorneys and expanded their reach into growing markets. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Discovery Row Cuts Ga. Election Official's Testimony Short

    Concerns over what Georgia did or did not reveal in discovery ahead of a trial over the future of its election system took center stage Thursday, with the overseeing judge limiting testimony provided by the state's deputy director of election and voting systems as a result.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    January saw a string of notable office moves by national and regional firms across the country as outfits including Blank Rome LLP, Duane Morris LLP and others announced changes to their footprints.

  • Trump Wants DA Disqualified For Injecting Race Into Ga. Case

    Former President Donald Trump on Thursday joined a Georgia election interference case co-defendant's push to disqualify prosecutor Fani Willis, arguing that remarks she made at a historic Black church improperly "stoked racial animus" and made it harder for defendants to face an impartial jury.

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    Littler Adds 5 Board Members In US And Europe

    Management-side labor and employment firm Littler Mendelson PC announced five additions to its board of directors, elevating three women and two men in four U.S. offices and one European location.

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    Why Lawyers Would Benefit From Honing Their 'Rest Ethic'

    The legal field is brimming with people who are intimately familiar with work ethic, but often don't know how to adequately and effectively rest in order to be their most effective selves, according to a Thursday presentation at the Institute for Well-Being in Law's 2024 Virtual Annual Conference.

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    Law Firms Expanded Recruiting Reach Even As Hiring Slowed

    As overall lateral hiring slowed in 2023, a new report from Leopard Solutions found that the top 200 U.S. law firms have continued to extend their recruitment efforts beyond their usual networks, bringing in attorneys from smaller firms at the same rate as their BigLaw counterparts.

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    Baker Donelson Adds Ex-Holland & Knight Litigator In Atlanta

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC said Wednesday it has brought on a former Holland & Knight LLP litigator to serve as an of counsel in its Atlanta office.

  • Ga. Elections Director Says Paper Ballots Have Problems Too

    Georgia's elections director pushed back Wednesday on claims that hand-marked paper ballots would serve voters in the state more reliably than the ballot-marking devices currently used at the polls, explaining why the state will not upgrade its voting system until after the 2024 presidential election.

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    How 6 States Are Addressing Lawyer Well-Being

    In the years since a groundbreaking 2016 study on lawyer well-being found alarming rates of mental health problems in the legal profession, state bars and supreme courts have amped up efforts to improve lawyer mental health. Well-being leaders in six states shared details of their work at the IWIL 2024 Virtual Annual Conference on Wednesday.

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    Is A Boom In Remote Work Tempering Virtual Firms' Growth?

    Following a period of rapid expansion, the headcount growth at some virtual-oriented law firms has leveled off in recent years, a shift some attribute to the widespread adoption of remote work policies by traditional brick-and-mortar law firms and increased productivity fueled by integrating new technologies.

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    Seyfarth Starts Restructuring Practice, Adds 3 BCLP Partners

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced Wednesday that three former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partners have joined the firm, two of them to launch its restructuring and insolvency practice.

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    Nelson Mullins Names New Leaders Of Bankruptcy Group

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP tapped partners Shane Ramsey and Dylan Trache to co-chair the bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice group, the firm announced Wednesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

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    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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