New York Pulse

  • Doctor In NBA Fraud Case Can Ditch Atty Over Plea Squabble

    A Seattle physician accused of taking part in a healthcare fraud scheme orchestrated by former NBA players may drop his court-appointed attorney and represent himself in the New York criminal trial, a federal judge in Manhattan ordered, approving the move after the doctor claimed the lawyer refused to withdraw his guilty plea.

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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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    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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    Norton Rose Fulbright Adds IP Partner From Kirkland

    Norton Rose Fulbright recently welcomed to its New York office an experienced intellectual property attorney who previously worked at Kirkland & Ellis and O'Melveny & Myers.

  • Factor, Big Tech GCs Form GenAI Learning Collective

    Alternative legal service provider Factor announced on Thursday it was launching a new legal community aimed at accelerating the adoption of generative artificial intelligence in the corporate space, with founding members from Microsoft, Adobe, Ford and others.

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    Greenspoon Marder Moves To Larger NY Office, Citing Growth

    After recruiting a number of diverse attorneys in New York last year, Greenspoon Marder LLP has moved its midtown Manhattan office to a larger space, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Cuomo Accuser Wants Social Media Gag Order Bid Blocked

    A former Andrew Cuomo aide who accused the ex-governor of sexual harassment asked the New York federal magistrate judge overseeing another accuser's case to block a request from two Cuomo staffers to restrain her social media use, saying it would "take away the most basic" First Amendment rights.

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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.

  • NY Judge Scolds Trump Attys For Response To Perjury Query

    The New York state judge overseeing Donald Trump's civil fraud trial on Thursday chastised defense attorneys for their "misleading" response to his demands for information about reports of possible perjury by defendant and key trial witness Allen Weisselberg.

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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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    Giuilani Says Unpaid Bills Mounted As Legal Career Sputtered

    Rudy Giuliani laid out his downward financial spiral in acute personal detail over three hours on Wednesday, answering questions from a government bankruptcy watchdog about his approximately $10.6 million of assets, offset by unpaid bills for everything from golf club memberships to condo fees and credit cards.

  • Trump Trial Judge Gets Little Info On Exec's Alleged Perjury

    An attorney for Donald Trump and his companies' former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg told the New York state judge presiding over their civil fraud trial Wednesday that she could not respond to "unsubstantiated" reports that the ex-CFO was in plea negotiations for allegedly lying on the stand, citing her ethical obligations.

  • NRA Upped Compliance After AG Probe, Auditor Tells NY Jury

    An outside auditor for the National Rifle Association told jurors Wednesday in the New York fraud case against the gun rights group and its executives that the NRA is "very transparent" and has taken steps to address compliance deficiencies since the state's investigation began.

  • Haynes Boone Partner Faces Suit Over Fund Transfer In Ch. 7

    The Chapter 7 trustee of a bankrupt New York diversity consulting firm has filed a suit in a New York bankruptcy court accusing the firm's president — a Haynes and Boone partner — of improperly transferring more than $623,000 to a different company under her control.

  • 6 Charged With Defrauding Court-Appointed Attorneys

    Six defendants were charged in Brooklyn federal court with stealing and cashing checks that were meant for court-appointed attorneys' legal work, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

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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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    Pashman Stein Names 3 NJ Attys To Executive Committee

    Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC has tapped three attorneys from the bankruptcy, construction and litigation practice groups to move up to the firm's executive committee, effective the beginning of 2024.

  • NY-Licensed Atty Says NC Bar Lacks Power To Disbar Him

    A New York-licensed immigration attorney has urged the North Carolina Court of Appeals to stay a disciplinary order disbarring him for embezzlement, saying the state bar can't discipline him because he's not licensed there.

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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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    Cozen Promotes 3 In NY, DC, Philly To Lead Lobbying Group

    Cozen O'Connor announced Wednesday it elevated three public affairs group principals based in New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia as new leaders of the firm's lobbying arm.

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    Moritt Hock Names First-Ever Chairman In Leadership Shuffle

    Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP announced a shift in its leadership structure Tuesday, appointing name partner Marc Hamroff to become the firm's first-ever chairman following his 25-year tenure as its managing partner.

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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.

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    Hunton Taps Mayer Brown Energy Ace As US Oil & Gas Leader

    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP announced Wednesday that it has brought on the former leader of Mayer Brown LLP's Houston corporate group to lead the firm's U.S. oil and gas practice.

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    Legal Tech Companies Raise Pay To Attract BigLaw Attorneys

    Legal technology companies have discovered their secret sauce for selling their software to lawyers: recruit other lawyers as sellers.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • 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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