Modern Lawyer

  • Securities Group Of The Year: Bernstein Litowitz

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP recently secured $1 billion for Wells Fargo investors who claimed losses over the bank's risk management practices and reached a $145 million settlement on behalf of investors in Allianz's Structured Alpha Funds, earning the firm a place among Law360's Securities Practice Groups of the Year.

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    Office Snapshot: Ballard Spahr Warms Up To Phoenix Digs

    In the 18 years since opening its Phoenix, Arizona, office in 2006, Ballard Spahr LLP has been steadily growing its practices there while participating in the revitalization of the city's downtown and committing thousands of hours to pro bono causes.

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    Sheppard Mullin Adds 2nd Healthcare Partner This Month

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has continued its recent growth of the firm's Chicago office and its healthcare team with the addition of a second partner within the last month.

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    King & Spalding Launches In Dallas With Gibson Dunn Leader

    King & Spalding LLP has planted its flag in Dallas with a new office "anchored" by a longtime trial attorney who co-chaired Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's global litigation practice group, the firm said Monday.

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    Bar-Takers See Accommodation Gap For Periods, Lactation

    As would-be lawyers prepare to take the bar exam, testing accommodations for those who menstruate or lactate will vary by jurisdiction. In recent years, there's been a reckoning on state bar policies that affect women and transgender test-takers, but advocates say there's more to be done.

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    Paul Hastings Adds FDA Practice Chair From King & Spalding

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that a King & Spalding partner specializing in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and life sciences has joined the firm as chair of its new FDA practice in Washington, D.C.

  • Md. Judge Won't Toss Ex-Baltimore State's Atty's Conviction

    A Maryland federal judge has refused to acquit former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby of lying on mortgage applications for a vacation home, rejecting her contention that charges were brought in the wrong venue and finding that prosecutors put forward sufficient evidence for a reasonable jury to find her guilty.

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    Reed Smith Names New Heads In Downtown LA, Century City

    Reed Smith LLP has named new managing partners at its two Los Angeles offices, with a longtime corporate attorney assuming control in the Century City office and a labor and employment attorney taking the reins in the downtown Los Angeles office.

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    Ex-Dechert Atty Can Keep Depo Confidential In Hacking Case

    A former Dechert LLP partner can keep her deposition under wraps in an airline mogul's suit seeking to prove an international hacking conspiracy, a special master in North Carolina has ruled in a blow to the tycoon, who accused the attorney of trying to shield misconduct.

  • Rutgers Law Students Rip Classmate's Bias Suit Subpoenas

    A pair of Rutgers Law School students asked a New Jersey state court to shut down subpoenas they received as part of a classmate's suit accusing the school of antisemitic bias for opening a disciplinary investigation against him after he spoke out against the same pair of students for allegedly spreading antisemitism.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The justices issued two unanimous opinions this week involving double jeopardy and maritime law, but they were in less agreement during four oral arguments, particularly one over an environmental rule on the court's emergency docket. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Polsinelli Real Estate Atty Made Co-Manager Of Chicago Office

    A Polsinelli PC shareholder and experienced real estate attorney has been tapped to co-manage the firm's 200-person Chicago office, the BigLaw firm announced.

  • International Trade Group Of The Year: Grunfeld Desiderio

    Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP continued to rack up critical wins for foreign exporters in the past year, including a major Chinese tire manufacturer for which it secured a rare 0% dumping rate, and successfully defended against fraud allegations by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 International Trade Groups of the Year.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Cunningham Bounds LLC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos count as children.

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    Office Snapshot: Mayer Brown's Empire State Of Growth

    Having surpassed a headcount of 300 attorneys at its New York office last fall, Mayer Brown LLP says the Empire State shop is a hotbed of recruiting activity.

  • Healthcare Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's recent work overcoming antitrust challenges to major healthcare transactions, including its victory at a federal bench trial over the government's attempt to block a $13 billion acquisition by UnitedHealth Group, has earned the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Healthcare Groups of the Year.

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    3 Common Barriers As Law Firms Embrace Upward Reviews

    Upward reviews, in which associates provide feedback on partners' performance as their managers, have become increasingly popular in the legal industry in recent years, but according to consultants who help implement them, the potential upsides can be muted if firms fail to avoid some common mistakes.

  • Sports & Betting Practice Group Of the Year: Paul Weiss

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP guided World Wrestling Entertainment to a better deal for shareholders in a $21 billion merger with the parent company of Ultimate Fighting Championship while conducting an internal investigation of the Northwestern University athletics department in the wake of a hazing scandal, earning it a spot in Law360's 2023 Sports and Betting Groups of the Year.

  • Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Williams & Connolly

    Williams & Connolly LLP pulled off a hat trick at the U.S. Supreme Court in May 2023 when it secured three victories on issues of tech company liability and photography ownership on the same day, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Media and Entertainment Groups of the Year.

  • Project Finance Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP guided financing for a Pennsylvania bridge replacement project of unrivaled proportions and navigated a first-of-its-kind tax credit transfer transaction amid a renewable energy portfolio buy, landing the firm a spot among Law360's 2024 Project Finance Groups of the Year.

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    How Jenner & Block Is Living Up To $250M Pro Bono Pledge

    After pledging four years ago to provide $250 million in free legal assistance through 2025, the co-chair of Jenner & Block LLP’s pro bono committee told Law360 recently that the firm was already 80% of the way toward its goal as attorneys tackle matters involving immigration, humanitarian parole, voting access and more.

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    DLA Piper International Names New Leader For 2025

    United Kingdom-based DLA Piper International LLP announced Friday that it had elected corporate partner Charles Severs as its next managing partner, taking the reins from Simon Levine in 2025 as he concludes his 10-year tenure.

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    Snapshot: Toledo Law Facing Grading Complaint At ABA

    The University of Toledo College of Law acted unethically in concealing the origin of a grading mishap involving a legal ethics class, two law students allege in a complaint they have filed with the American Bar Association. Here, Law360 Pulse breaks down the dispute.

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    Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as law firms expanded their practices and attorneys made moves. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    These Are The Hottest Trends In Law Firm Design

    Out with the law library and in with Zoom rooms? Law360 Pulse recently talked to architects and legal employers to find out what the biggest trends are in law firm design.

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Expert Analysis

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.

  • How To Thrive As A New Legal Operations Manager Author Photo

    To make their first 90 days on the job a success, new legal operations managers should focus on several key objectives, including aligning priorities with leadership and getting to know their team, says Ashlyn Donohue at LinkSquares.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

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    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.

  • Law Firms Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

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