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    Ex-BigLaw Atty Must Revamp Social Media Defamation Suit

    The social media influencer facing a $150 million defamation lawsuit claiming he misrepresented an ex-Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney's nightmarish divorce can breathe a sigh of relief — for now — as a Florida federal judge tossed the suit Thursday after finding it is "far longer than it needs be," but said most of it can proceed if refiled properly.

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    Kasowitz Drawn Into Supertall Tower Investor Spat

    Two LLCs tied to AmBase Corp. filed a summons against Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP in New York Supreme Court, kickstarting the latest multimillion-dollar court fight connected to Manhattan's supertall Steinway Tower.

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    Pierson Ferdinand Added 104 FisherBroyles Attys In January

    As of the end of January, a total of 104 partners had departed FisherBroyles LLP to join breakaway law firm Pierson Ferdinand LLP, according to an announcement by the new firm, which opened its doors at the beginning of the year.

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    Ex-Schnader Harrison Atty Alleges Firm Mishandled Funds

    A former partner of now-shuttered Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP has accused the firm of mismanaging funds deducted from employee pay by failing to deposit them into a retirement plan, according to a putative class action in Pennsylvania federal court.

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    Squire Patton Bankruptcy Ace Joins Baker Botts In Dallas

    Baker Botts LLP announced Thursday that it has added a new financial restructuring partner in Dallas who spent much of his career with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

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    Leveraged Finance Partner Duo Joins DLA Piper In NY

    DLA Piper announced that it hired a pair of experienced New York-based attorneys from Shearman & Sterling LLP as partners in its leveraged finance practice group.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds Former Federal Prosecutor In LA

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced Thursday that it's expanding its white collar team and bringing in a former federal prosecutor, most recently with Ellis George LLP, as a shareholder in its Los Angeles office.

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    12-Year CFPB Veteran Joins Husch Blackwell's DC Office

    Husch Blackwell LLP has hired a 12-year veteran of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to join its financial services and capital markets industry group, the firm announced this week.

  • Environmental Group Of The Year: Baron & Budd

    Baron & Budd PC attorneys wrangled a $12.5 billion settlement with 3M over contamination of public water systems — the largest settlement of its kind in U.S. history — which, among other notable legal accomplishments, earned it a spot among Law360's 2023 Environmental Groups of the Year.

  • Energy Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Attorneys at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP worked on a merger between Exxon Mobil Corp. and Pioneer Natural Resources Co., steered Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co.'s development of the world's largest renewable energy microgrid and expanded the firm's global footprint, earning it a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Energy Groups of the Year.

  • Fintech Group Of The Year: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP made waves in the fintech world last year by successfully defending venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz in a case of first impression involving so-called scam tokens as well as through its representation of Binance's CEO in ongoing enforcement actions, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Fintech Groups of the Year.

  • Fund Formation Group Of The Year: Kirkland & Ellis

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has lent its expertise to clients on the formation of some of the largest and most complex capital funds ever, earning the firm recognition as one of Law360's 2023 Fund Formation Groups of the Year.

  • Gov't Contracts Group Of The Year: Bradley Arant

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP's recent work in multiple high-stakes bid protests, including scoring a precedent-setting decision that helped secure a $2.6 billion U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement contract for its client, have earned the firm a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Government Contracts Groups of the Year.

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    MoFo Brings Bankruptcy Vet From DLA Piper To NY Office

    Morrison Foerster LLP announced the latest addition to its business restructuring and insolvency group on Wednesday, welcoming a former DLA Piper partner to its New York office.

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    Latham Overtakes Kirkland In Financial, Personnel Ranking

    Latham & Watkins LLP topped legal market intelligence provider Leopard Solutions' 2023 Law Firm Index and maintained a perfect score for over half a year on the ranking, overtaking last year's top firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which dropped to third.

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    Locke Lord Shakes Up Internal Leadership Roles

    Locke Lord LLP on Wednesday unveiled a number of new leadership shifts, appointing attorneys to new roles on its executive committee and board of directors, and adding new management to two offices.

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    Troutman Pepper Atty Goes In-House As Kafene's GC

    Kafene, a fintech platform that offers lease-to-own options to consumers, on Tuesday announced that it has hired a Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP attorney and in-house legal veteran as its general counsel.

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    Orrick Adds Ex-Greenberg Traurig Energy Pro In Chicago

    A former Greenberg Traurig LLP shareholder has reunited with her mentor after jumping to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's energy and infrastructure team in Chicago.

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    Fox Rothschild Begins Italy Group With Raines Feldman Atty

    Fox Rothschild LLP announced Wednesday that it has added a partner from Raines Feldman Littrell LLP to chair its new Italy practice group.

  • Appellate Group Of The Year: Williams & Connolly

    Securing intellectual property victories for Jack Daniel's Properties Inc. in a suit against a novelty toy manufacturer, and for the photographer behind an Andy Warhol painting of Prince, are among the accomplishments that earned Williams & Connolly LLP's appellate team a spot among Law360's 2022 Appellate Groups of the Year.

  • Construction Group Of The Year: Tannenbaum Helpern

    Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP worked on the reconstruction of major New York landmarks like Rockefeller Center and on office buildings in the city's Penn District business campus, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Construction Groups of the Year. 

  • Energy Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP helped ExxonMobil Corp. pull off the largest deal of 2023 with a $60 billion acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources Co., earning the firm a place among Law360's Energy Groups of the Year.

  • Fund Formation Group Of The Year: Fried Frank

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP attorneys counseled on the formation of multibillion-dollar funds, including five totaling $37 billion for Goldman Sachs, a €16.7 billion ($18 billion) fund for Permira and a $17 billion fund for Brookfield Asset Management, landing the firm among Law360's 2023 Fund Formation Groups of the Year.

  • Environmental Group Of The Year: Baker Botts

    Baker Botts LLP successfully defended utility Washington Gas Light Co. in a "first-of-its-kind" consumer protection suit alleging so-called greenwashing for advertising natural gas as "clean," just one in a string of wins for the firm's environmental, safety and incident response practice group, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Environmental Groups of the Year.

  • Fintech Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP secured a win for Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd. in a suit challenging the cryptocurrency company's decision to terminate a proposed $1.2 billion merger, while also serving as lead counsel on one of the largest-ever private credit deals in history, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Fintech Groups of the Year.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • 7 Tips For Predeposition Meetings Under New Federal Rule Author Photo

    Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

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    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers Author Photo

    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

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    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law Author Photo

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

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    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic Author Photo

    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

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    BigLaw Cannot Reap Diversity Rewards Without Inclusion Author Photo

    BigLaw firms often focus on increasing their diversity numbers, but without much attention to equity and inclusion, minority lawyers face substantial barriers after they get their foot in the door, says Patricia Brown Holmes, managing partner at Riley Safer.

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    Ideas For Closing BigLaw's Diversity Gap Author Photo

    If enough law firms undertake some universal diversity best practices, such as connecting minority lawyers to key client relationships and establishing accountability for those charged with spearheading progress, the legal industry could look a lot different in the foreseeable future, says Frederick Nance, global managing partner at Squire Patton.

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    How Law Firms Can Hire And Retain More Black Attorneys Author Photo

    The pipeline of Black lawyers is limited, so BigLaw firms must invest in Black high school students, ensure Black attorneys receive origination credit and take other bold steps to increase Black representation in the industry, says Benjamin Wilson, chairman at Beveridge & Diamond.

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    BigLaw Needs More Underrepresented Attorneys As Leaders Author Photo

    Hiring more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to BigLaw positions of power is the first key to making other underrepresented attorneys believe they have an opportunity for a path to leadership, says Ernest Greer, co-president at Greenberg Traurig.

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    Advancing Racial Justice In The Legal Industry And Beyond Author Photo

    In addition to building and nurturing a diverse talent pipeline, law firms should collaborate with general counsel, academics and others to focus on injustices within the broader legal system, says Jonathan Harmon, chairman at McGuireWoods.

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