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  • 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.

  • No More Shady Trading For Ex-FBI Trainee After BigLaw Theft

    The former FBI trainee who secretly traded nonpublic information that he stole from his BigLaw associate ex-girlfriend has agreed to a civil judgment against him permanently barring him from violating securities laws, a judgment entered just months after he pled guilty to insider trading.

  • Appellate Group Of The Year: WilmerHale

    WilmerHale spent 2023 bringing home major appellate wins in the tech world for Twitter, Apple, Intel and Cisco, as well as in the automobile competition space, with a Delaware Supreme Court victory for Tesla, earning it a spot among Law360's Appellate Groups Of The Year.

  • Government Contracts Group Of The Year: Covington

    Successfully defending against a bid protest over the U.S. Army's award of an $8 billion contract for helicopter development, Covington & Burling LLP's government contracts team was able to secure the "largest and most complex competitive procurement" in Army aviation history for Bell Textron, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2023 Government Contracts Groups of the Year.

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    Pa. Atty Aims To Escape Litigation Funding Scheme Suit

    A Pennsylvania lawyer has called on a federal court to toss a former client's claims that an attorney from the lawyer's firm improperly used his workplace injury case as collateral to secure litigation funding and then transferred the high-interest-rate loans to his legal fees.

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    'Not Walmart': Ex-McElroy Deutsch CFO Must Face Theft Suit

    A New Jersey state judge on Friday declined to remove McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP's former chief financial officer from a suit accusing him and his wife of stealing more than $3 million, noting that the heightened ethical duty imposed on law firms justifies keeping the claims alive. 

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    Legal Event Organizers Stress Efforts To Deter Harassment

    Legal conference organizers have told Law360 Pulse that they are committed to fostering safe and inclusive events, and some changes have been made following recent accusations of sexual harassment and assault at legal events.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued two rulings this week, but both were overshadowed by the week's only oral argument, over whether or not former President Donald Trump is eligible to appear on the 2024 presidential ballot. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Conn. Justices Asked To Rule On McCarter Damages Dispute

    A Connecticut federal judge has granted McCarter & English LLP more than $680,000 in prejudgment interest after the firm's victory on claims a former client refused to pay legal fees in an underlying suit.

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    Kaufman Dolowich Adds Ex-Financial Services CLO In Fla.

    Kaufman Dolowich has added the former chief legal and compliance officer for accounts receivable management firm Vengroff Williams Inc., one of the firm's clients, to its Orlando, Florida, office.

  • Environmental Group Of The Year: Hunton

    Attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP won a hard-fought contest over the future of a controversial West Virginia gas pipeline, got a Trump-era regulation reinstated at the Ninth Circuit and shepherded a major Florida mine through permitting, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2023 Environmental Groups of the Year.

  • DLA Piper Adds Structured Finance Atty To NY Office

    DLA Piper hired Joo Kim, a structured finance attorney with more than 23 years of experience, as a new partner for its structured finance practice in its New York office, the firm announced.

  • Willkie Opens Munich Office, 20 Frankfurt Attys To Join

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced Thursday the expansion of its footprint in Germany with the launch of an office in Munich.

  • Fund Formation Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's fund formation practice advised private equity behemoth Blackstone in 2023 on a $30.4 billion successor real estate fund, one of the milestones earning the group a spot in Law360's Fund Formation Groups of the Year.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw expanded its reach and big names made headlines after court. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Energy Group Of The Year: King & Spalding LLP

    King & Spalding LLP won a $16 billion judgment for investors suing Argentina over its nationalization of YPF SA and a nearly $2 billion award for Colombia's Refinería de Cartagena SA in a high-profile construction dispute, while also helping clients advance billions of dollars in projects, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Energy Groups of the Year.

  • Fintech Group Of The Year: Morrison Foerster

    Morrison Foerster LLP's fintech team counseled technology startups as well as financial agencies on handling cyberattacks, strategic partnerships and acquisitions, guiding a client's $220 million digital asset recovery effort and advising Experian on the launch of a full-service digital banking platform, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Fintech Groups of the Year.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Trial and appeals boutique Lehotsky Keller Cohn LLP topped this week's list of Legal Lions, with a victory for client FedEx at the Fifth Circuit that slashed a $366 million verdict to $250,000.

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    New Crowell & Moring Int'l President Shares 'Story Of Hope'

    Geralyn Ritter on Monday became the new president and CEO of Crowell & Moring International LLC, the law firm's global public affairs affiliate. Here, she speaks with Law360 Pulse about her journey to overcome the trauma stemming from surviving a 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers.

  • Dechert Pushes To Deep-Six Hacking Cover-Up Suit

    Dechert LLP, its former white collar practice leader and others on Thursday urged a New York federal judge to find that alleged concealment of a hacking campaign to discredit a critic of a firm client isn't enough to support a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act case.

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Expert Analysis

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    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.

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    Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    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.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    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.

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    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    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.

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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.

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