Georgia Pulse

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    Ga. Poll Workers Blast Giuliani's Bid To Appeal $148M Award

    A pair of Georgia election workers to whom Rudy Giuliani is supposed to pay $148 million for libel objected Thursday to the former New York City mayor's request for a partial lift of an automatic stay in his bankruptcy case so that he can appeal the judgment.

  • 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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    DA Romance Claims In Ga. Trump Case To Be Heard In Feb.

    A Georgia judge has ordered a hearing next month on the explosive claims made by a former Donald Trump campaign official who alleged last week that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and the special prosecutor she tapped to help bring the high-profile election interference case against the former president are engaged in a "clandestine" personal relationship.

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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.

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    Freeman Mathis Rings In '24 With New Seattle, Del. Offices

    Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP is opening its first Pacific Northwest office and adding a new location on the Eastern Seaboard, bringing its national presence to three dozen offices in 21 states, the litigation firm recently announced.

  • 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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    Aveanna Healthcare CLO To Depart At End Of March

    Aveanna Healthcare's chief legal officer will leave the company in March with regular severance payments worth 12 months' salary and a $240,000 bonus, according to a Wednesday regulatory filing.

  • Ga. Atty Disbarred For Stealing Clients' Settlement Money

    The Supreme Court of Georgia on Wednesday disbarred an attorney who was accused by former clients of stealing their money through fraud and "systematic violations" of the proper protocols for handling their settlement funds.

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    Burr & Forman Discloses October Data Breach

    Burr & Forman LLP has disclosed a data security incident that impacted some personal identifiable information of its clients related to hospital and healthcare service.

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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.

  • Claims Of Trump Ally Election Hack Arise In Ga. Voting Trial

    A hack allegedly carried out by co-defendants of former President Donald Trump in the Georgia election interference case took center stage Tuesday during the second week of trial in the lawsuit over whether Georgia's voting machines are so vulnerable to security issues that they violate voters' rights.

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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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    Ga. Atty Says Firm Wrongly Fired Him After Military Leave

    A Georgia attorney is suing the Atlanta-based intellectual property firm where he used to work, claiming the firm cut his hours and then fired him after he returned from his annual two-week tour of duty with the Air Force Reserve, in violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

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    Entertainment Finance Pro Jumps To Moore & Van Allen

    A finance attorney with a niche practice in the entertainment industry advising banks on complex media transactions has joined North Carolina-based Moore & Van Allen PLLC after two and a half years at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Jordan Starts Probe Of Special Prosecutor In Ga. Trump Case

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Friday demanded information from the special prosecutor tapped by Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis for her election interference case against former president Donald Trump, days after allegations filed in court said Willis and the lawyer are in a "clandestine" relationship.

  • 'Civil Disobedience' Isn't RICO, Trump Ally Tells Ga. Judge

    Attorneys representing former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants in the Georgia election interference case argued in court Friday that the indictment alleging violations of the state's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act must be thrown out, with one lawyer saying the law doesn't apply to "civil disobedience."

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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.

  • Atlanta Risk Management Cos. Riskonnect, Ventiv Combine

    Atlanta-based risk management company Riskonnect announced this week the acquisition of technology provider Ventiv Technology, adding expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning to the company.

  • 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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    OpenAI Must Face Defamation Suit From Ga. Radio Host

    A Georgia state judge has given the green light to a defamation suit brought by a conservative talk radio host claiming OpenAI's ChatGPT product published false legal information about him, rejecting the company's bid to toss the case.

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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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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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