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  • Husch Blackwell Adds Ex-Perkins Coie Energy Co-Chair

    Husch Blackwell LLP has added the former co-chair of Perkins Coie LLP's nationwide energy industry group and another energy regulatory and environmental attorney from that firm as partners in its Madison, Wisconsin, office, it announced Wednesday.

  • Intellectual Property Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP scored a directed verdict of noninfringement for Dell during a $435 million patent trial in front of U.S. District Judge Alan Albright and shielded SharkNinja from any business interruption during proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission, earning the firm a spot in Law360's 2023 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

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    Orrick Hit By Exodus To Hogan Lovells, BonelliErede In Italy

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's Italian arm this week has seen nearly 40 lawyers — around half its Italian cohort — jump ship to rival firms Hogan Lovells and BonelliErede, in a blow to the U.S. firm's European presence.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Latham

    Latham & Watkins LLP had a strong year bringing companies and assets together for their clients, from the UFC's $21 billion merger with the WWE to guiding the years' largest energy transaction in the U.S., earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Mergers And Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • Insurance Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP cemented an appellate court victory for Merck in a $1.2 billion dispute over the applicability of a war exclusion in the health giant's property policies this past year, topping a remarkable list of wins that earned the firm a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Insurance Groups of the Year.

  • Energy Group Of The Year: Vinson & Elkins

    Vinson & Elkins LLP won a $280 million judgment for an Antero Midstream Corp. subsidiary in a water treatment facility dispute with Veolia, successfully defended Aera Energy LLC in an oil field development fight in California and also advised on billions of dollars of projects, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Energy Groups of the Year.

  • International Arbitration Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP was able to convince an international tribunal last April to order Russia to pay $5 billion to Naftogaz after the Kremlin seized the Ukrainian state-owned oil and gas company's Crimean assets, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 International Arbitration Groups of the Year.

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    Dechert Hires Weil Middle-Market Financing Partner In NY

    Dechert LLP has hired a Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP partner with over 25 years of experience to continue working on private credit and securities law matters, Dechert announced Wednesday.

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    How Associates Can Handle Romance At The Office

    Perhaps he maintained eye contact during the boring meeting for a bit longer than expected. Or maybe when other lawyers rolled their eyes at the corny joke, she actually laughed.

  • Judge Says Latham Deserves Default Win Over Scam Domains

    Latham & Watkins LLP should be handed a default win against an unknown scammer it accused of registering dozens of domain names to impersonate the firm and one of its attorneys in an attempt to defraud clients, a federal magistrate judge in Virginia recommended Tuesday, determining the firm has a protectable interest in a valid trademark.

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    AI-Generated Fake Case Law Leads To Sanctions In Wage Suit

    The owner of a Missouri-based technology business that was ordered to pay an ex-employee roughly $311,000 in unpaid wages, damages and legal costs was sanctioned Tuesday by an appellate court for briefing "deficiencies," including submitting fake cases generated by artificial intelligence.

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    Decades After Repping MLK Jr., This Tenn. Atty Is Still Going

    As a young lawyer, Walter Bailey was on the team of attorneys who fought for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during his final, fatal visit to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968. More than 50 years later, Bailey still practices law — and he has no plans to stop.

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    Few Legal Organizations Are Currently Adopting AI

    Despite the hype and growing interest in artificial intelligence, few legal professionals belong to organizations that are adopting AI tools, according to the results of a new survey on Tuesday.

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    Milbank, Perlmutter Center Pair Up To Fight Injustices In Court

    Milbank LLP has pledged $1 million to create an exoneration and resentencing review unit at Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law's Perlmutter Center for Legal Justice as part of an alliance aimed at fighting inequities in the criminal justice system, the firm said Tuesday.

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    Fired McElroy Deutsch Exec Pursues Firm Leaders' Amex Info

    A former executive at McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP, who is accused with her husband of stealing over $3 million from the firm, doubled down on her discovery request this week for corporate credit card statements from several firm leaders, rejecting the argument that their credit card use is not comparable to hers.

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    Jones Day Adds Proskauer Privacy Group Head In DC

    The head of the privacy and cybersecurity group at Proskauer Rose LLP has moved to Jones Day in Washington, D.C., the firm said Tuesday.

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    How Legal Work Can Feed Attorneys' Suicidal Thoughts

    Studies show time and again that attorneys are at greater risk for suicide and suicidal ideation than peers in other industries. Law360 spoke with eight attorneys who shared their personal stories about how the legal profession encourages behavior that can lead to suicidal ideation and how they found help.

  • Fintech Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's fintech group led some of 2023's most headline-grabbing crypto cases, from steering the bankruptcy of FTX to defending Coinbase in a landmark securities registration suit, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Fintech Groups of the Year.

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    Ex-Wilson Elser Atty Can't Get Benefits For Chronic Fatigue

    A former Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP partner is not entitled to long-term disability benefits, as he did not prove that his chronic fatigue syndrome kept him from doing his job, a Nevada federal judge has ruled.

  • Intellectual Property Group Of The Year: Baker Botts

    Baker Botts LLP lawyers got PepsiCo Inc. out of a trademark dispute with a small nitro cold brew startup and pulled a $278.9 million jury verdict against a Chinese drone maker out of the Western District of Texas, earning their law firm a place as one of Law360's 2023 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

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    Ex-FERC Chair Returns To Skadden As Energy Group Head

    James Danly, former Republican Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member and onetime chairman, is returning to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP as the head of its energy regulatory group, the firm announced Tuesday amid growing private sector demand for energy attorneys in the nation's capital.

  • Insurance Group Of The Year: Cohen Ziffer

    Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna's attorneys won a rare, pro-policyholder reversal in COVID-19 insurance litigation and secured an even rarer reversal of a jury verdict in a dispute over coverage for a settlement of Medicaid fraud claims, landing the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Insurance Groups of the Year.

  • Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Seyfarth

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP continues to defend a historic $367 million award it secured for the city of Anchorage, Alaska — one of the largest monetary judgments ever entered against the U.S. government in a contract dispute — landing the firm among Law360's 2023 Government Contracts Groups of the Year.

  • Energy Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP was a strong force in the energy sector in 2023, guiding Duke Energy in the $2.8 billion sale of its renewables subsidiary and aiding Venture Global LNG in the largest liquid natural gas project financing in history at $21.1 billion, earning it a spot among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • Environmental Group Of The Year: Kelley Drye

    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP's attorneys over the past year have helped Guam wrestle tens of millions of dollars in environmental cleanup costs from the federal government, worked on two multibillion-dollar settlements to resolve "forever chemicals" pollution claims, and assisted New Jersey in obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars to deal with industrial contamination there, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Environmental Groups of the Year.

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Expert Analysis

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Priorities For Improving The Legal Industry In Texas Author Photo

    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

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