Pennsylvania Pulse

  • Lewis Brisbois Faces DQ Bid In Scooter Injury Suit

    The plaintiffs in a lawsuit over a defunct scooter-sharing service in Pittsburgh want to disqualify Lewis Brisbois from representing scooter maker Segway in the suit because the firm is also seeking to represent service operator Spin in its parent company's bankruptcy proceedings in Florida.

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    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

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    Feds Can't Pause Fla. Malpractice Suit Amid Criminal Case Yet

    A Florida federal judge on Friday shot down a bid from federal prosecutors to put a malpractice lawsuit against a New York attorney on hold while their prosecution of the lawyer's former client for securities fraud plays out in Pennsylvania.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Desmarais LLP and The Dacus Firm PC secured a $57 million trial verdict for genetic testing company Ravgen in a closely watched infringement trial, topping this week's list of Law360 Legal Lions.

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    What GCs Think About Women Associates Outnumbering Men

    In the days since data showed that women surpassed men as associates, general counsel have urged their law firm colleagues not to lose sight of the entire picture, which continues to show the genders aren't close to equal representation at higher levels.

  • Ex-Union Leader Waived Privilege In Conflict Bid, Judge Says

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has declared that former Philadelphia union leader and convicted felon John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty waived attorney-client privilege in assailing his former Ballard Spahr LLP attorneys' trial performance by making conflict of interest claims against them.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for attorneys as former President Donald Trump’s legal woes continued and BigLaw firms expanded their practices, headcounts and reach. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Steptoe & Johnson Grows In Pittsburgh With 2 Corporate Pros

    Less than two months after opening a new office in the Steel City, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC has hired two corporate lawyers from Dentons Cohen & Grigsby PC as members of the business department.

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    Linde Says 'Earnings' Isn't Ambiguous In 3rd Circ. Benefit Suit

    Linde North America told the Third Circuit this week that it shouldn't revive a retirement benefits lawsuit from the company's former general counsel-turned-whistleblower in which he claimed his former employer had ripped him off for more than $100,000 in benefits, in part because he believes ambiguity surrounds the term "earnings" in the company retirement program. 

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    20 Judicial Noms Advance To Full Senate After Heavy Debate

    Twenty of President Joe Biden's judicial nominations that were resubmitted to the Senate at the beginning of the year advanced out of committee Thursday, some with bipartisan support and others despite staunch Republican opposition — with particularly heavy debate on Third Circuit candidate Adeel Mangi.

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    SEC-Focused Philly Boutique Levan Legal Joins Dailey

    Levan Legal LLC, a Philadelphia-based boutique firm with expertise in defending U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations, is bringing its four attorneys to 10-attorney Philadelphia-based firm Dailey LLP, the firms announced this week.

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    Cohen Seglias Adds 5 Attys From Closing Nauman Smith

    Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC will expand its Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, office next month with the addition of five attorneys joining the firm following the closure of Nauman Smith.

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    Saul Ewing Cannabis Pro Takes Seat On Firm Exec Committee

    Saul Ewing LLP announced Thursday that it has elected a Chicago-based partner to its nine-member executive committee.

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    Tyson & Mendes Opens Philly Office With 4 Local Attys

    National defense firm Tyson & Mendes has launched a new Philadelphia-area office led by four seasoned litigators who moved their practices from Rawle & Henderson.

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    3 Factors Firms Must Consider Before Building Gen AI Apps

    Many legal tech companies have released generative artificial intelligence tools, but some law firms have decided the best way to leverage this technology is by creating their own tools. Law firm leaders and consultants spoke with Law360 Pulse about what firms should consider before building their own applications.

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    Flurry Of Moves Kicks Off 2024: BigLaw's January Shake-Ups

    During the first two weeks of January the legal industry was inundated with news of large group hires, law firm combinations and high profile lateral partner departures. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at the flurry of movement that kicked off 2024.

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    How Law Firms Can Build Engagement To Avoid Atty Burnout

    Former BigLaw professional development leader Tracy LaLonde founded the consultancy Joychiever in 2020 to help law firms deepen employee commitment, boost productivity and alleviate burnout.

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    Holland & Knight Adds Biz Development Pro From Goodwin

    Holland & Knight LLP announced Tuesday that it had brought on a client development director who previously advised at Goodwin Proctor LLP and Cooley LLP.

  • Ex-Nelson Levine Partner Settles Years-Old Breakup Dispute

    The eponymous Nelson of Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton LLC has agreed to drop a suit to compel arbitration amid allegations he was shorted amid the insurance law firm's 2014 breakup, entering a joint stipulation of dismissal alongside seven individual defendants about five years after a Pennsylvania federal judge first ordered that the complaint enter arbitration.

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    Widow Targets Buchanan Ingersoll Atty In $7.5M Policy Spat

    The widow of a Pittsburgh entrepreneur says the manager of her late husband's limited partnership worked with a Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney attorney to undermine her claim to a $7.5 million life insurance policy, according to a suit she filed in Pennsylvania state court.

  • McNees Wallace Adds BakerHostetler Marketing Manager

    Midsize Pennsylvania-based firm McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC has expanded its professional team with the addition of a former marketing manager for BakerHostetler.

  • Feds Say Ex-Union Leader's Jabs At Counsel Waive Privilege

    Prosecutors asked a Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday to declare that convicted embezzler and ex-Philadelphia union leader John Dougherty waived his attorney-client privilege by "attacking" his former Ballard Spahr LLP counsel's representation.

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    Why Law Firms Are Dropping Names To Rebrand

    More and more law firms are dropping names from their brands to simply be referred to by a single name, as a number of firms have made the change over the past year.

  • Judge Won't Recuse Himself Over Son-In-Law's Job At Firm

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday declined to recuse himself from a surgeon's gender discrimination case against Thomas Jefferson University Hospital after an attorney at Cozen O'Connor — where his son-in-law is an attorney and shareholder — became involved with the lawsuit last month.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

  • Opinion

    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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