New Jersey Pulse

  • Ex-McElroy Deutsch Exec Wants Amex Info In NJ Firing Suit

    A former McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP executive accused along with her husband of stealing $3.2 million from the law firm has demanded financial information about firm employees in her discrimination countersuit, shortly after a similar discovery request in a suit where she is the defendant was tossed.

  • 3rd Circ. Affirms Trimming Of Probate Claims In Estate Row

    The Third Circuit said on Wednesday that a federal court should not exercise authority over a disputed estate while a state court has custody and is adjudicating a parallel case, finding that a Pennsylvania district court got it right when it declined to intervene in an inheritance dispute connected to a law firm's alleged mismanagement of an estate.

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    Ranking NJ Judge Cited Over Secretary's Remote Work

    New Jersey Superior Court Judge Douglas Hurd, the presiding jurist of the Mercer County Civil Division, was hit with a complaint by the judicial conduct watchdog for allowing his secretary to work remotely despite a policy prohibiting that arrangement for her position.

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    Women GCs In Fortune 500 Are More Diverse Than Men

    Women in the general counsel position at Fortune 500 companies make up a more diverse group than men in the same role, according to an analysis shared with Law360 Pulse on Wednesday, although top corporate lawyers continue to be predominantly white.

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    NJ Law Firm Seeks Sanctions In Malpractice Suit Led By Rival

    Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman LLC asked a New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday to impose "a substantial monetary sanction" against former-colleague-turned-rival Bruce Nagel and his firm Nagel Rice LLP, arguing that their most recent filing in its legal malpractice suit alleging Mazie Slater overcharged clients in multidistrict litigation over the blood pressure drug Benicar contains frivolous claims and baseless conclusions.

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    Jackson Lewis Names Man Group Exec As Chief Talent Officer

    An experienced human resources manager who most recently worked at investment management company Man Group PLC has joined nationwide labor and employment firm Jackson Lewis PC.

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    'Mind-Blowing' Spending On High Court Races Follows Dobbs

    Spending on state Supreme Court elections has been rising for years, but those courts' increased role in fights over issues like abortion and gerrymandering has pushed that spending to an unprecedented level, according to a new report.

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    Offit Kurman Names New Firmwide Managing Principal

    A 12-year veteran of Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law has been tapped as firmwide managing principal, according to an announcement Tuesday.

  • NJ Suspends Pa. Atty For 2 Years Over Ethical Lapses In Court

    A Pennsylvania attorney has been handed a two-year suspension in New Jersey, preventing him from practicing law there for ethical violations including making dishonest statements in court, as reciprocal discipline for a two-year suspension ordered in the Keystone State in October 2021.

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    Attys Identify Trust As Key Barrier To Generative AI Adoption

    The overwhelming majority of legal leaders who work for law firms and corporations don't trust generative artificial intelligence tools, and there's also a divide between the two groups on the use of this innovative technology, a new survey has found.

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    What Are The AI Possibilities For Mid-Law?

    As generative artificial intelligence develops and big firms cautiously try it out, industry observers say that Mid-Law firms are also experimenting with the technology and that it will likely prove useful for midsize, midmarket and regional firms as the tech matures.

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    Rate Hikes Helped Law Firms Boost Profits By 6% In 2023

    Law firm billing rate increases of 8.3% across the industry drove profits upward by almost 6% in 2023, even as demand remained nearly flat, according to the results of a year-end survey of 130 law firms by Wells Fargo's Legal Specialty Group.

  • NJ Firm Accused Of Firing Atty In Whistleblower Suit

    An attorney formerly with Ginarte Gonzalez & Winograd LLP alleges he was fired in retaliation for attempting to document that the Newark, New Jersey-based firm committed malpractice by mishandling a client's workers' compensation claim, and in an effort to cover up the sexual harassment of a paralegal.

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    Davis Wright Taps Ex-SEC Enforcer, DOJ Atty As NY Partner

    A former federal prosecutor and long-time attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has made the move to private practice and joined Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in New York, where he will work with the firm's white collar and SEC enforcement defense teams.

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    Trump Golf Club Says Atty Pushing NDA Was On Her Own

    A former server who says a Trump Organization golf resort fraudulently induced her to sign a nondisclosure agreement after she accused a manager of sexually harassing her should have her suit tossed from New Jersey state court, the resort is arguing, saying her allegations were against a third-party attorney not working as "an employee or agent of the club."

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    Compensation Shakeup Is Pushing Some Partners To Leave

    As large law firms reportedly consider historic changes to their partnership structures and compensation systems, and the industry looks back at another mostly flat year for profits, the lateral partner job market has been thrown into flux, with many BigLaw partners wondering, "Can I find better elsewhere?"

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    Ogletree Elects Veteran Litigator As 1st Female Leader Of Firm

    Employers' side labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced Monday it has tapped a longtime litigator as its new managing shareholder. She is the sixth person, and the first woman, to serve in that role.

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    By The Numbers: Law Firms' Slow But Steady DEI Progress

    Law firms have long strived for better diversity in their ranks, but the effort to make a more organized, concentrated push to improve representation is still in its infancy, according to a recent survey of diversity professionals at major U.S. firms.

  • McCarter & English Urges Against Updating Malpractice Suit

    McCarter & English LLP has condemned a New Jersey biopharmaceutical company's latest attempt to amend its malpractice complaint against the firm, telling the court in a letter that some of the claims were time-barred or impossible to prove.

  • Locke Lord Accused Of Playing 'Cat And Mouse' To Avoid Suit

    An oil company suing Locke Lord LLP for malpractice over a refinery financing project gone wrong has told a New Jersey state court that it has jurisdiction over the Texas-based firm and asked to add an unauthorized practice of law claim.

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    Augmented Reality Could Become A Courtroom Reality

    Augmented reality in courtrooms is years away at best, but recent advancements have inspired legal experts to imagine how this technology might improve evidence presentations in courts.

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    Eckert Seamans Names Former DLA Piper Exec As Firm COO

    Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has added a chief operating officer who was previously in a senior business position at DLA Piper, the firm announced on Monday.

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    Kennedys Brings On 7 Marshall Dennehey Construction Attys

    Kennedys continued its recent growth with a seven-member construction litigation team from Marshall Dennehey in New York and New Jersey made up of one partner, who was also the former co-chair of Marshall Dennehey's maritime litigation practice, one special counsel and five associates.

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    White And Williams Promotes Two To Lead Employment Group

    White and Williams LLP has prepared for the spring retirement of one of its practice leaders with the promotion this month of two partners to co-chair the labor and employment group.

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    NJ Firm Says Beach House Purchase Was Aboveboard

    A New Jersey law firm wants an early win against claims it conspired to fraudulently transfer a beach house to its principal in order to shield its assets from a creditor, arguing the firm "briefly held bare legal title" in trust but always intended to turn it over to the attorney and his family.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    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.

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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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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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