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  • 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.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP guided Exxon Mobil Corp. in its agreement to buy Permian Basin shale producer Pioneer Natural Resources for $59.5 billion, the largest deal announced in 2023, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

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    Clifford Chance Names New Global CFO From Accenture

    Clifford Chance LLP announced on Tuesday that it has hired a new global chief financial officer from professional services giant Accenture, as the law firm aims for a ninth consecutive year of revenue growth and a return to rising profits.

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    Nixon Peabody Picks Paul Weiss Exec To Lead DEI Initiatives

    DEI stalwart Nixon Peabody LLP is redoubling its dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion with the hiring of a new senior executive who brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, including most recently leading diversity efforts for Paul Weiss.

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    DHS Trade Official Joins Squire Patton In DC

    A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official has joined Squire Patton Boggs LLP as the firm continues to focus on growing in the areas of national security, trade and international investigations.

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    Former Federal Prosecutor Returns To McDermott In Chicago

    Nearly two decades after he began his legal career at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, a former assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the criminal division at the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has returned to the firm.

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    Longtime Jones Day Antitrust Atty Joins Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring LLP announced Tuesday that a veteran Jones Day antitrust attorney with nearly 25 years of experience working on major cartel investigations and class actions joined the firm's Los Angeles office as a partner.

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    Hogan Lovells Targets NY Expansion Amid Strong Financials

    Hogan Lovells said Tuesday it is targeting further expansion in New York and other key U.S. markets, as it recorded another year of growing revenue and profits on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    Veteran Financial Services Partner Joins Steptoe In DC

    Steptoe LLP announced that a financial services attorney with more than 20 years of experience working at a variety of firms joined its government affairs and public policy practice groups as a partner in Washington, D.C.

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    Law Firms Prioritized Nonequity Partner Growth In 2023

    Even as demand lagged and expenses went up last year, law firms took an aggressive approach to expanding their non-equity partner headcounts, according to the results of a survey by Citi Global's Wealth at Work Law Firm Group.

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    Fish & Richardson Launches Life Sciences Group

    Fish & Richardson PC announced Monday it has kicked off a 140-attorney life sciences industry team led by principals Martina Hufnal and Todd Garcia.

  • Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells convinced the U.S. Government Accountability Office that a $1 billion contract for services supporting the Office of Refugee Resettlement's program for unaccompanied children was awarded based on a flawed evaluation, making it one of Law360's 2023 Government Contracts Practice Groups of the Year.

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    Ventura County Office Extends GRSM50's Golden State Reach

    San Francisco-founded Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP has opened an office in Ventura County, California — its 10th physical presence in the Golden State and its 78th locale overall, the firm said Monday.

  • Environmental Group Of The Year: Keller Rohrback

    Keller Rohrback LLP attorneys secured a nearly $700 million deal on behalf of the state of Oregon in environmental contamination litigation against Monsanto, as well as a first-of-its-kind jury verdict against PacifiCorp for its role in the Beaver State's wildfire disaster, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2023 Environmental Groups of the Year.

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    Illinois Supreme Court Forms Generative AI Task Force

    The Illinois Supreme Court launched a task force investigating uses of generative artificial intelligence, with a roster that includes judges, administrators and attorneys, a spokesperson at the courts has confirmed to Law360 Pulse.

  • Fintech Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Within one month, the fintech practice group at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP secured the dismissal of class actions against Coinbase — one of the largest U.S. digital asset platforms — and MakerDAO, a leading decentralized finance system, earning it a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Fintech Groups of the Year.

  • Energy Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP attorneys advised Magellan Midstream Partners LP on the largest U.S. energy M&A deal of the year, coming in at $18.8 billion, and were also involved in seeing through four of five industry initial public offerings finalized last year, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2023 Energy Groups of the Year.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Cravath

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP guided the Snyder family through a tense environment to seal the $6.05 billion sale of the Washington Commanders and advised WestRock's complicated $20 billion combination with Smurfit Kappa, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Mergers and Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • Insurance Group Of The Year: Carlton Fields

    After a year of achieving precedential wins defending the travel insurance industry in COVID-19-related class actions and other complex litigation, Carlton Fields has secured its first Law360 Practice Group of the Year award.

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    From Childhood 'Lawyer' To Leading Paul Weiss' DC Office

    Reflecting on her journey from a child advocating for her immigrant family to a legal career that’s spanned both government and BigLaw, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP’s Jeannie Rhee recently spoke with Law360 Pulse as she settles into her new role as head of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

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    Hogan Lovells Builds Out Corp. Group With 2 Partners

    Hogan Lovells announced Monday it has bolstered its corporate and finance group with the hiring of new partners in New York and Boston.

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    Paul Hastings Adds Corporate Trio From Akin Gump In Texas

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that it has brought on a three-member team of corporate lawyers in Houston from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP who boast more than 70 combined years of mergers and acquisitions and securities experience between them.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World Author Photo

    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

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    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.



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