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    Why Client Service Is The Most Valued Firm Culture Trait

    When asked about the qualities that inspire positive feelings about their firms' cultures, lawyers pointed to a high priority on client service above all else in a recent survey by legal recruiting firm Major Lindsey & Africa and Law360 Pulse.

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    What Lawyers Really Think About Law Firm Culture

    Here are a few things lawyers had to say when asked to describe their firm’s culture and whether their firms were focusing on the most important cultural priorities.

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    Younger Attys Are Looking For More From Law Firm Culture

    Younger attorneys are looking for better policies around attorney well-being and work-life balance, more diversity, and more mentorship and training from their law firms, according to the results of a new survey.

  • Fla. Bar Approves Generative AI Ethics Guidelines

    Lawyers may use generative artificial intelligence, but only to the extent that they can reasonably guarantee compliance with ethical obligations, according to guidelines adopted by the Florida Bar.

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    Tucker Arensberg Adds To Estates Group With Shareholder

    Tucker Arensberg P.C. has expanded its Pittsburgh office this week with the addition of an estate attorney from Galanter Tomosovich.

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    Second Finnegan Alumnus Rejoins Firm In 2024

    Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP has rehired its second attorney of 2024, who first joined the firm as a summer associate more than a decade ago, the firm announced Monday.

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    Mayer Expands Southwest Presence With San Antonio Shop

    Mayer LLP has widened its Southwest footprint to San Antonio with a team of a dozen attorneys who represent clients in various types of litigation, in the firm's third office in Texas and fifth overall.

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    Stradley Ronon Taps Veteran Litigator As New Firm Leader

    Longtime Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP attorney Michael D. O'Mara has moved into his new position as the firm's managing partner as part of a succession plan that started a year ago.

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    Warner Norcross Reelects Managing Partner To 2nd Term

    Michigan law firm Warner Norcross + Judd LLP has reelected its managing partner to a second two-year term, the firm announced Monday.

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    Rimon Law Bolsters Int'l Trade Group With 3 New Partners

    Rimon PC has added three partners, two from LimNexus LLP and one from DLA Piper, to the firm's international trade practice while also launching an export controls and economic sanctions practice.

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    Arnold & Porter Adds Ex-EPA Special Counsel To DC Team

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has hired a former special counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of General Counsel, who joins the firm in Washington, D.C., as a partner, the firm announced Monday.

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    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

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    Foley Hoag Adds 4 Sage Law Attys To Nascent Denver Office

    Four attorneys, including two partners, specializing in work involving startups in the life science and energy sectors have joined Foley Hoag LLP in its Denver office, which the firm established last year.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Desmarais LLP and The Dacus Firm PC secured a $57 million trial verdict for genetic testing company Ravgen in a closely watched infringement trial, topping this week's list of Law360 Legal Lions.

  • Hanson Bridgett Emphasizes Diversity In New Leadership

    Hanson Bridgett LLP will replace half of the members of its management committee with four new members in February, and in the process will create what it is calling "one of the most diverse management committees in the AmLaw 200."

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    Texas Non-Atty Ownership Plan Fizzles As Justice Gap Fix

    As the legal industry struggles to find ways to bridge the wide gap between those who can afford civil legal services and those who cannot, a proposal in Texas to allow non-attorney ownership of firms providing low- or no-cost services faces an uncertain future following opposition from lawyers who say it would create an ethical quagmire.

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    Bracewell Gets Ex-Deloitte, Alliantgroup Atty For Its Tax Group

    Bracewell LLP has added an attorney with prior in-house experience at Deloitte and Alliantgroup as a partner in Houston to help bolster its efforts assisting clients in qualifying for and monetizing energy tax incentives, the global firm said in an announcement Thursday.

  • Ex-Judge Not Immune In Secret Relationship Suit, Court Told

    A former Texas bankruptcy judge cannot claim judicial immunity from a lawsuit over his concealed relationship with a onetime Jackson Walker partner since the relationship and the hiding of it were not judicial acts, a man suing the ex-judge has told a Texas federal court.

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    What GCs Think About Women Associates Outnumbering Men

    In the days since data showed that women surpassed men as associates, general counsel have urged their law firm colleagues not to lose sight of the entire picture, which continues to show the genders aren't close to equal representation at higher levels.

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    Buchalter Atty Tapped To Lead Orange County Shop

    An experienced litigator who has been actively involved in Buchalter's leadership for years has been selected to helm the law firm's office in Orange County, California.

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    O'Hagan Meyer Opens Atlanta Shop With 2 Lewis Brisbois Attys

    O'Hagan Meyer on Thursday announced its plans to set up shop in Atlanta, bringing on two Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP attorneys to aid the launch.

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    Ex-McElroy Deutsch Exec's Subpoenas Nixed In Theft Suit

    McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP on Friday won a New Jersey state court ruling quashing subpoenas seeking financial information, including how firm leaders use their company credit cards, that were launched by one of the former firm executives accused of stealing over $3 million from the firm when they worked there.

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    Ex-Magellan Midstream GC Returns To GableGotwals In Tulsa

    The former longtime general counsel for Magellan Midstream Partners has returned to GableGotwals, where he worked before moving in-house at the energy company.

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    Nonprofit Founder On Mission To Diversify Appellate Bar

    The founder of the Appellate Project, which aims to increase diversity in the appellate bar, recently spoke with Law360 Pulse about the organization’s growth, the importance of clerkships, and the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last year striking down affirmative action in higher education.

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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.

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    Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • 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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