New Jersey Pulse

  • Menendez Seeks To Block Info On Lifestyle, Political Donors

    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is seeking to have evidence about his and his wife's lifestyle and spending habits and information about his campaign donors excluded from the bribery trial that the couple and two business associates are facing on May 6, according to court documents.

  • NJ County Prosecutor Exits Office, AG Platkin Takes Over

    New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced Friday evening that he'd assumed Warren County's law enforcement duties amid the departure of prosecutor James Pfeiffer — a takeover that Platkin's office characterized as the result of a misconduct probe and Pfeiffer explained as protocol due to his retirement. 

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    Legal Industry Sheds 3,000 Jobs In March After Modest Gains

    Following a modest uptick in February, the U.S. legal sector shed more jobs in March, with a loss of 3,000 jobs compared with the previous month, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Ex-Client Says NJ Atty To Blame For Shoddy Pandemic Deal

    A woman suing her former attorneys for allegedly forcing her into an unfavorable deal in a medical malpractice suit has urged a New Jersey state court not to dismiss claims against one of the attorneys, reiterating to the court that both attorneys were responsible for her botched case.

  • Ex-Cognizant Execs' Trial Moved Over Atty Schedule Woes

    A New Jersey federal judge has agreed to reschedule the trial of two former Cognizant Technology Solutions executives accused of authorizing a bribe to an Indian official, answering the call by a Gibbons PC counsel who has another high-profile white-collar trial on his schedule the same day his Cognizant case client was also set to go before a jury.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Gibbons PC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after helping its client, a Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney, secure an early win in a legal malpractice case alleging he botched an estate planning matter and lost his client millions in a later divorce.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the beginning of April with another busy week as law firms expanded their offerings and made new hires. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    'Eat Or Be Eaten': Mid-Law Drove Q1 Law Firm Mergers

    As firms feel the pressure to grow to meet client demands, midsize law firms appear to be more eager to gobble up small law firms and less thrilled by the idea of being acquired, according to consultants and first quarter U.S. law firm combination results collected by Law360 Pulse.

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    Duane Morris Names Philly Atty As White Collar Co-Leader

    Duane Morris LLP has named a former supervisor in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement as co-chair of the white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations and regulatory compliance division of its trial practice group.

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    Why Texas Litigation Boutique Is Growing In The Garden State

    A similar philosophy about practicing in the mass tort space has led longtime New Jersey litigator Asim Badaruzzaman to helm Dallas-based Sbaiti & Company PLLC's new shop in the Garden State.

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    McElroy Deutsch Construction Pro Joins Peckar & Abramson

    Peckar & Abramson PC added a McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP construction law partner of nearly 30 years this week with a specialty in heavy civil construction and public works.

  • Ex-Manager Wants Sills Cummis Atty Depo In Musician Row

    The former manager for Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Nile Rodgers asked a New Jersey state court Thursday to depose a Sills Cummis & Gross PC attorney in a suit accusing the firm of overbilling him in a contract dispute against the musician.

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    Quintairos Prieto Expands Workers' Comp Practice To NJ

    Quintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer PA has opened a new office in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, to bolster its national workers' compensation practice, and has turned to two former Testan Law attorneys to lead the new shop.

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    Despite Atty Losses, Lewis Brisbois Says '23 Was Its Best Year

    Following the exodus of over a hundred employment lawyers to the short-lived Barber Ranen last summer, a stream of attorneys has been departing Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP to join other firms that are expanding into new regions. The firm’s leader tells Law360 Pulse, however, that the firm is on solid footing and had its “best year yet.”

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    Office Snapshot: Duane Morris Eyes Collaboration In NJ Move

    By moving its northern New Jersey shop from Newark to the nearby suburbs, Duane Morris LLP was looking for a space that would stay true to the firm's culture of hands-on collaboration and mentorship.

  • Rutgers Law Student Fights Bid To Trim Antisemitic Bias Suit

    An Orthodox Jewish Rutgers law student who is suing the school in New Jersey state court, alleging antisemitic discrimination in the wake of the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, opposed motions to trim claims and remove some individual defendants as an improper attempt to "do surgery on an opposing litigant's pleading."

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    Cole Schotz Launches Life Sciences Practice Group

    Cole Schotz PC has launched a life sciences practice group led by two attorneys with intellectual property expertise, with the firm saying the practice formalizes and structures work the firm is already doing for clients.

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    Task Force Releases New AI Guidance For Courts

    The National Center for State Courts' artificial intelligence rapid response team has released more interim guidance on how courts can start experimenting with AI and what they should consider about platforms using the technology, the center said Wednesday.

  • Backlash To 3rd Circ. Nom Could Hamper More Muslim Picks

    Only two Muslims serve on the federal bench, well below the prevalence of people practicing the faith within the U.S., and the recent travails of a third picked to serve on the court might bode ill for adding more.

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    Firm Mergers Up In 1st Quarter Compared To Last Year

    Law firm merger activity has increased in 2024, with the uptick likely to continue, according to a new analysis.

  • Feds Back The Retooled Bribery Case Against Sen. Menendez

    Federal prosecutors on Monday hit back at a "meritless" bid by Sen. Robert Menendez and his wife and business associates to ditch a superseding indictment for an elaborate bribery scheme, citing a plenitude of case law in an effort to knock down the defendants' assertions the retooled charges are "duplicitous" and lodged in the wrong court.

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    Day Pitney Announces Leadership Changes

    A host of Day Pitney LLP attorneys have become firm heads following elections to its executive committee and board, as well as several department appointments, according to a Tuesday statement. 

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    Ex-Valley National Bank Counsel Joins Chiesa Shahinian In NJ

    Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC announced that a former in-house transactional lending counsel with Valley National Bank has joined the New Jersey-based firm's corporate and securities group and banking and finance team as of counsel.

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    Becker Adds Hill Wallack Community Association Leader In NJ

    Becker & Poliakoff is building out its community association practice group with the addition of a multidecade community association law expert — one of the field's earliest practitioners — and former Hill Wallack LLP practice leader in New Jersey.

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    Saul Ewing Hires CFO From Wiley In DC

    Saul Ewing LLP has brought on a Washington, D.C.-based chief financial officer who has more than 20 years of financial management experience in professional services, the firm announced Tuesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

  • Series

    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.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

  • Opinion

    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

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