Pennsylvania Pulse

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Kessler Topaz beating out two firms to become lead counsel in a proposed class action against Wells Fargo and Fredrikson & Byron's lobbying arm's new relationship with a cooperative business interest group lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Jan. 1 to 12.

  • Ex-Atty Sentenced To Prison In Services-For-Sex Case

    Former Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, criminal defense attorney Corey Kolcharno has been sentenced to four to 23 months in prison for providing legal services in exchange for sexual acts, according to the state Attorney General's Office.

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    Researchers Find Legal Errors 'Pervasive' In Top AI Models

    Large language models regularly give incorrect responses when asked legal questions, making it crucial for this technology to be supervised when used in law practice, according to a recently published study by researchers at Stanford University's RegLab and Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after getting Google off the hook from facing a proposed class action alleging it raked in over $2 billion from unauthorized advertisements by trespassing on website owners' property.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms appointed new leaders and expanded their practices. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    New Barley Snyder CEO On Raising The Bar For DEI Progress

    Raised by a Black father who grew up in the segregated South, Jennifer Craighead Carey takes her appointment as the first woman and first person of color to be managing partner at Barley Snyder LLP as a strong sign of progress for racial and gender diversity, but she said she knows there is always more work to be done.

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    Philly Firm's Ex-Miami Leader Fights Claims Over Side Gig

    A Florida-based attorney who ran a side business as a litigation fee expert while also working for a Philadelphia-based personal injury law firm has urged a federal court in the Sunshine State to toss the firm's counterclaim and affirmative defenses, saying her outside work didn't amount to "self-dealing."

  • Ex-CEO Can't Sue Attys For Feds' Jewel Seizure, 3rd Circ. Says

    The former CEO of a Pennsylvania bottling company sentenced to 20 years in prison for a $660 million fraud scheme cannot pursue claims against his onetime legal counsel after federal prosecutors reneged on a deal to return precious gemstones, the Third Circuit has affirmed, refusing to revive the executive's contract suit.

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    Unified Atty Admission To All Fed. District Courts Unlikely

    A proposal being considered by the federal judiciary to do away with state bar admission requirements for U.S. district courts is likely to fail, just as similar efforts before it have, according to experts.

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    Gross McGinley Adds New Atty In Stroudsburg, Pa.

    Regional Pennsylvania firm Gross McGinley LLP has expanded its services to a fourth location in the state with the addition of a seasoned attorney specializing in family law.

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    Buchanan Ingersoll Names Newell To Be New Chairman, CEO

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has started to transition its firm leadership this week with the announcement of a new CEO and chairman who will take the reins in the spring.

  • Trump Campaign Out Of Pa. Poll Worker's Defamation Suit

    A Philadelphia judge let out former President Donald Trump's campaign from a Pennsylvania election worker's defamation lawsuit and paused the remainder of the case pending the outcome of criminal proceedings against Trump himself, according to court records made available Thursday.

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    Path To Inclusion: BigLaw's Road To Embrace Neurodiversity

    With a number of large law firms only recently creating disability and neurodiversity affinity groups, the active embrace and inclusion of lawyers with neurological differences like autism, ADHD and dyslexia are still in their infancy for much of BigLaw.

  • Philly Education Law Firm Says Rival's TM Can't Stand

    A Philadelphia law firm filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking a federal court to strike down a trademark registered by another local firm, arguing the rival's mark for "The Education Lawyers" is too generic to stay on the books.

  • 3rd Circ. Nixes Avco Corp.'s Suit Against Ex-Atty

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday declined to revive a suit filed by aerospace manufacturer Avco Corp. against its former attorney accusing her of breaching her fiduciary duty when she represented parties that later brought product liability claims against it over a plane crash.

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    Armstrong Teasdale Healthcare Leader Named Firm's GC

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP announced Wednesday that the head of its healthcare and life sciences team had been named general counsel following predecessor Richard Engel's recent election as managing partner.

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    Here's Who Wants To Be GC, And What They're Doing About It

    Some 42% of corporate managing counsel — those in-house lawyers who have other attorneys reporting to them — said in a survey that they have been identified by management as a potential successor to the sitting general counsel.

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    Duane Morris Partner, Ex-U.S. Atty To Co-Lead White-Collar Work

    Duane Morris LLP has tapped a partner who was once U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to co-chair the white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations and regulatory compliance division of the firm's trial practice group.

  • Steptoe & Johnson Brings On Team From IP Boutique In Pa.

    A group of three attorneys and a paralegal from a boutique intellectual property firm in Pennsylvania has joined Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.

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    Ex-Pa. State Court Judge Joins MacElree Harvey

    A former Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas judge has signed on as a partner in the litigation department of West Chester-based MacElree Harvey Ltd.

  • Creditor Brings Law Firm Fraud Payout Fight To 3rd Circ.

    A creditor of a defunct factoring company on Tuesday urged the Third Circuit to give him a cut of a bankruptcy settlement ending the business's fraud claims against its former consultant and law firm Reger Rizzo & Darnall LLP, arguing that a district court erred in determining that his money wasn't among the funds allegedly stolen.

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    Attys Violating Solicitation Rules In OT Suit, Energy Co. Says

    A Pennsylvania coal company facing an overtime compensation suit is accusing the plaintiffs' counsel of circumventing the court by soliciting other employees for the collective action claim before gaining certification, according to a brief filed Monday.

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    Women Associates Outnumber Men For First Time

    The number of women and people of color among lawyers reached new all-time highs in 2023, but they remain significantly underrepresented in the partnership ranks, according to a report released Tuesday.

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    Ex-Pittsburgh Controller Joins McNees Public Policy Team

    Pittsburgh's former city controller has brought his more than 30 years of local government experience to McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC's Pittsburgh office, where he will use his expertise to work on public finance and policy matters.

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    Eckert Seamans Adds To Utilities, Estates Practice Leadership

    Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC recently tapped two attorneys from its Pennsylvania offices to join the leadership teams of its estates and utilities practices.

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Expert Analysis

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • 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. 

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