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    Md. Atty Seeks En Banc Review By 4th Circ. On Defense Costs

    A Maryland attorney asked the Fourth Circuit to reconsider a panel's decision saying he is not entitled to defense costs from his firm's insurer after being indicted on allegations he seized $13 million in Somalian government funds, arguing the decision undermines "the very purpose" of professional liability insurance.

  • Developer Tells NC Court To Toss $463,000 Atty Fee Bid

    A housing developer pushed the North Carolina state appeals court on Friday not to support a worker's bid for nearly $500,000 in attorney fees and costs in an unpaid commissions case, contending a state trial court rightly found the fee bid was excessive.

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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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    Texas Non-Atty Ownership Plan Fizzles As Justice Gap Fix

    As the legal industry struggles to find ways to bridge the wide gap between those who can afford civil legal services and those who cannot, a proposal in Texas to allow non-attorney ownership of firms providing low- or no-cost services faces an uncertain future following opposition from lawyers who say it would create an ethical quagmire.

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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.

  • 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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    Miles & Stockbridge Adds DC White Collar Boutique Founders

    Miles & Stockbridge PC has added two veteran white collar attorneys who founded a Washington-area litigation boutique to its white collar team, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Malpractice Case Is Too Old To Hold Up, IP Firm Says

    A Boston intellectual property law firm defending against claims of betraying a business partner-turned-legal rival of one of its clients says it never really represented the company now suing it, and any emails saying otherwise are too old to hold up in court anyway.

  • Conn. Panel Probes Line Between Lawyering, Debt Settlement

    A Connecticut appeals court has ordered merits briefs to explain whether a superior court judge wrongly applied case law when ruling against the Connecticut Department of Banking last summer, specifically asking if the judge incorrectly determined that regulators "failed to overcome" a legal presumption that an attorney is "actively engaged in the practice of law" when negotiating a client's debts.

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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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    McCarter & English Adds RE Duo From Miami Boutique

    McCarter & English LLP announced this week that it is strengthening the firm's presence in Miami with the addition of a pair of real estate partners joining together from a boutique where they led the real estate transactions team.

  • Florida Justices Disbar Suspended Miami Defense Atty

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred a suspended Miami criminal defense attorney for speaking with and taking actions on behalf of his client's co-defendant without notifying co-defendant's counsel and for sending unsolicited text message advertisements.

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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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    McCollom D'Emilio Adds Trust And Estate Pro From Boutique

    Delaware law firm McCollom D'Emilio Smith Uebler LLC has announced the hiring of an experienced trusts and estates attorney who was the founding partner of Martin & Lunger PA, bringing its attorney roster to 16.

  • Bronx Law Firm Must Face UPS Worker's Malpractice Suit

    A New York appeals court on Wednesday said a Bronx law firm has to face a legal malpractice suit over its alleged bungling of a $255,000 judgment connected to a UPS worker's workplace injury, ruling that a lower state court shouldn't have granted the firm's summary judgment motion, which was based on inconsistent claims its former client allegedly made.

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    Steptoe, Smyser Kaplan Combine 2 'Rocket Ships' In Houston

    Washington, D.C.-based Steptoe LLP has opened an office in Houston with 24 lawyers and 21 other staff members from trial boutique Smyser Kaplan & Veselka LLP.

  • Ga. Atty Disbarred For Stealing Clients' Settlement Money

    The Supreme Court of Georgia on Wednesday disbarred an attorney who was accused by former clients of stealing their money through fraud and "systematic violations" of the proper protocols for handling their settlement funds.

  • Willkie Partner's Critique Doesn't Back Claim, Atty Says

    A Connecticut attorney has asked a federal judge to toss a Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP partner's lawsuit accusing him of orchestrating a negative news story in retaliation for an attempt to disqualify him from handling a lease lawsuit, arguing he did nothing wrong while representing the BigLaw partner's landlord.

  • Fla. Contractors May Get Another Chance In Malpractice Suit

    A Florida storm-damage contractor should get "one last chance to file a proper complaint" in a $1 million dispute over a soured relationship between the business and its lawyers, a Florida federal judge recommended Tuesday.

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    Porzio Bromberg Lands Father-Son Med Mal Litigators In NJ

    Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC has strengthened its personal injury and medical malpractice team this week with the addition of a father-son pair of attorneys with backgrounds in medicine and county-level prosecution to the firm's Morristown, New Jersey, office.

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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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    Cipollone Among Ex-Trump Admin Attys Joining Bill Barr's Firm

    Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and other top Trump administration attorneys have joined the firm founded last year by former Attorney General Bill Barr and former Facebook general counsel Ted Ullyot.

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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.

  • Lewis Brisbois Atty Wants New Trial In Texas Back Wages Row

    A Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP partner has asked a Texas state court for a new trial in his $32,000 back wages dispute against a Houston commercial litigation firm, writing that counsel for his former employer improperly mentioned his sexuality during trial and that the jury was improperly instructed about the existence of an employment agreement.

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    Colo. Justices Say Firm's Departing Atty Fee Is Unenforceable

    The Colorado Supreme Court has found a family law firm's contract requiring a departing attorney to pay a fee for every client he took with him is unenforceable, ruling Tuesday in a unanimous decision that such a provision would improperly limit the attorney's practice and incentivize attorneys to drop clients with less lucrative claims.

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