Mid-Law

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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.

  • 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.

  • Ellenoff Opens LA Office With Ex-Krieger Employment Team

    Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP said on Thursday that it has opened a new labor and employment-focused office in Los Angeles following the addition of an employment attorney team that joined the firm from Krieger & Krieger.

  • Brownstein Hyatt Adds Veteran Strategist In Sacramento

    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP announced that an experienced strategist with in-house experience in the energy industry and California state government joined the firm's state government relations practice as a senior policy adviser.

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    Stark & Stark Taps NJ, PA Attys To Lead Injury Practice

    Regional plaintiffs firm Stark & Stark has elevated two longtime shareholders to lead its personal injury practice from their offices in Philadelphia and South Jersey.

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    Porter Wright Adds Four Government Affairs Principals In DC

    Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has hired four government affairs principals to join the firm's Washington, D.C., office, most of whom worked in public service roles during Barack Obama's presidency, according to a Wednesday announcement.

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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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    FisherBroyles Adds Employment Partner In Detroit

    FisherBroyles LLP has added an employment-focused corporate partner based in Detroit, who joins from local firm Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC.

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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.

  • Ex-McElroy Deutsch Exec Wants Amex Info In NJ Firing Suit

    A former McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP executive accused along with her husband of stealing $3.2 million from the law firm has demanded financial information about firm employees in her discrimination countersuit, shortly after a similar discovery request in a suit where she is the defendant was tossed.

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    Saul Ewing Brings On Health Pro From Brach Eichler In Pa.

    Saul Ewing LLP has grown its office in the Philadelphia suburbs this week by adding an attorney formerly from Brach Eichler LLC who specializes in transaction and regulatory work in the healthcare industry.

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    Williams Mullen Adds New IP Partner Outside DC

    Williams Mullen has hired an intellectual property partner to join the firm's office in Tysons Corner, Virginia, where he will focus on patent rights and other matters.

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    Adams And Reese Welcomes Back Hartford Atty In Houston

    Adams and Reese LLP has added a litigator in Houston who rejoined the firm after serving in-house at the Hartford and Farmers Insurance.

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    Del. Firm Morris James Adds 2 Attys To Bankruptcy Group

    Morris James LLP has added an attorney who previously worked at Higbee & Associates and a lawyer who recently completed a Maryland state court clerkship to bolster its bankruptcy practice.

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    Benesch Adds Experienced IP Partner in Delaware

    Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP announced that it hired a Delaware-based partner with over 25 years of experience working on a wide range of intellectual property litigation matters.

  • Widow Of Nelson Mullins Partner Says Firm Owes $2M

    The widow of a Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP partner who died last year of brain cancer says the firm has refused to pay an estimated $2 million in compensation and a bonus for his final year of work there, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Massachusetts state court.

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    Veteran Litigation Partner Joins Rawle & Henderson In Philly

    Rawle & Henderson LLP announced that a longtime McGivney Kluger Clark & Intoccia PC civil defense litigator joined the firm's Philadelphia office as a partner after more than 15 years with his former firm.

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    Foster Garvey Opens New Okla. Office With Native Law Focus

    Foster Garvey PC has opened a new office in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, aimed at enhancing the firm's services for Native American tribes and tribal entities, the firm said Wednesday.

  • Chartwell Law Expands To Texas With Dallas, Austin Shops

    The Pennsylvania-based Chartwell Law Offices LLP has made its first steps into Texas with the recent opening of new offices in Austin and Dallas.

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    Offit Kurman Names New Firmwide Managing Principal

    A 12-year veteran of Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law has been tapped as firmwide managing principal, according to an announcement Tuesday.

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    Attys Identify Trust As Key Barrier To Generative AI Adoption

    The overwhelming majority of legal leaders who work for law firms and corporations don't trust generative artificial intelligence tools, and there's also a divide between the two groups on the use of this innovative technology, a new survey has found.

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    What Are The AI Possibilities For Mid-Law?

    As generative artificial intelligence develops and big firms cautiously try it out, industry observers say that Mid-Law firms are also experimenting with the technology and that it will likely prove useful for midsize, midmarket and regional firms as the tech matures.

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    Rate Hikes Helped Law Firms Boost Profits By 6% In 2023

    Law firm billing rate increases of 8.3% across the industry drove profits upward by almost 6% in 2023, even as demand remained nearly flat, according to the results of a year-end survey of 130 law firms by Wells Fargo's Legal Specialty Group.

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    Fennemore Craig Growing In Calif. With Sullivan Hill Merger

    In its latest West Coast expansion, Fennemore Craig PC announced Tuesday it is widening its footprint in San Diego through a merger with Sullivan Hill, with the latter's experts in insurance, construction, commercial bankruptcy and employment law joining Fennemore's existing four-attorney team in the city.

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    Boutique Litigators Join Stradley Ronon In Philly, NY

    Mid-sized firm Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP has expanded its litigation services in the Philadelphia suburbs with the recent addition of an attorney formerly from Kang Haggerty LLC who specializes in complex commercial cases.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    NY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal Author Photo

    New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • 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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