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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.
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.
Citing its recent growth wave of the last few years, Parsons Behle & Latimer PC announced that its shareholders have approved the addition of two new members to the firm's board of directors, which now consists of seven attorneys.
Armstrong Teasdale LLP has added the chair of the intellectual property practice at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP to its Philadelphia office, the firm announced Thursday.
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.
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.
The former head of Eversheds Sutherland's distressed debt and special situations fund group has returned to Connecticut, where he practiced early in his career, as a partner at Robinson & Cole LLP.
Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP has added both a prominent Kirkland & Ellis LLP private equity partner, who will help spearhead its private equity group, as well as an accomplished commercial litigator from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, according to announcements made by the firm.
A Connecticut state court judge has awarded five law firms nearly $3.2 million in legal fees and close to $215,000 in costs after attorneys spent nearly a decade litigating a $6.75 million securities fraud case across several federal and state trial and appellate court dockets on behalf of an investment banking firm.
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.
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.
Verrill Dana LLP announced that it has hired a trio of Boston-based healthcare attorneys, led by a partner with more than 15 years of experience working with major industry players on a wide range of matters such as corporate governance and transactions.
A New Jersey-based shoe industry executive filed suit against Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker and one of the firm's partners in state court this week alleging they mishandled serving a complaint on a Chinese shoe company and spoiled its chances of collecting over $1 million in damages from the company.
Pennsylvania-based cybersecurity firm Mullen Coughlin LLC announced its expansion into the U.K. with the hire of a London-based cybersecurity partner who's spent over a decade working on data security and incident response matters.
In 2023, New York-based Barclay Damon LLP saw 100% of its attorneys do pro bono work for the seventh year in a row, with two of its partners saying this high level of participation is the result of efforts to make pro bono work both easy to do and a central part of the firm's culture.
Weeks after announcing his retirement from Jones Day, longtime trial attorney William Dolan joined virtual law firm FisherBroyles LLP as a Chicago-based partner, according to a firm announcement.
Some BigLaw firms generated their highest annual lobbying revenues ever last year, with activity in the nation's capital remaining high amid the divided Congress and the lead-up to this year's elections.
Verrill has welcomed Verizon's long-time East region deputy general counsel as a partner in its Boston office, strengthening the firm's energy, telecommunications and natural resources practice group.
Philadelphia-based Dilworth Paxson LLP announced Tuesday that it's absorbing the small firm Yorkway Law Group, a step that expands the firm's trust and estate practice and bolsters its presence in Bucks County and Montgomery County, areas outside Philadelphia with large numbers of wealthy estate planning clients.
An attorney who has specialized in tax matters her entire career has returned to Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC in Pennsylvania, nearly four years after she left the firm for PricewaterhouseCoopers, the law firm announced Tuesday.
Following the relaunch of its international arbitration dispute resolution practice, announced last week, Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP has added a former King & Spalding LLP attorney with deep experience in cross-border commercial and investment disputes to the group.
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has added a five-attorney cybersecurity and data privacy team in Cleveland to keep up with the escalating demands of national business clients, the firm said Tuesday.
A longtime external counsel for Alta Equipment Group Inc. has joined the company as its top attorney from Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
In the summer of 2020, Nick Chu, a young justice of the peace in Austin, Texas, made history by presiding over the nation's first virtual criminal jury trial.
Most law graduates finance their graduate education through loans, and the proportion of law graduates borrowing for law school has increased, according to a Tuesday report from AccessLex Institute.
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.
OpinionWe Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary
With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos?
Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.
Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.
Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.
As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.
Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.
BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.
In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.
Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.
Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.
While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate?
Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.
Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.
OpinionJudges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety
Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.