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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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    Murdaugh Jurors Will Testify Publicly In Tampering Hearing

    Jurors who convicted South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh of murder will testify in open court during an upcoming multiday hearing concerning allegations that a clerk tampered with them, a judge ruled Tuesday.

  • Verbal Deal Not Enough To Warrant Atty Fee, NC Panel Finds

    A North Carolina law firm is out almost $14,000 after the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a father's alleged verbal agreement to pay his son's legal bills needed to be in writing.

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    Ga. Atty Says Firm Wrongly Fired Him After Military Leave

    A Georgia attorney is suing the Atlanta-based intellectual property firm where he used to work, claiming the firm cut his hours and then fired him after he returned from his annual two-week tour of duty with the Air Force Reserve, in violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

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    Trump Atty Tacopina Exits Ahead Of Hush-Money Trial

    New York defense attorney Joseph Tacopina said he is no longer representing Donald Trump, including in the former president's upcoming criminal hush-money trial and a federal sexual assault lawsuit.

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    Anti-BLM Posts Case Shows Difficulty Of Policing Atty Speech

    A Los Angeles employment attorney has prevailed over the California State Bar in a disciplinary case that accused her of inciting violence by calling for Black Lives Matter protesters to be shot, an unsurprising end to a long-shot case that highlights the difficulty of going after attorneys for outside-the-courtroom speech, experts said.

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    Phelps Dunbar Expands To Tenn. With Firm Combination

    New Orleans-headquartered Phelps Dunbar LLP is set to combine with Memphis, Tennessee-based Farris Bobango PLC next month, the two announced Friday, creating a 400-attorney commercial law firm with outposts in 14 Southern cities.

  • 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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    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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    Inside Barclay Damon's 'Almost Too Good To Be True' Merger

    Law360 Pulse caught up with leaders at the center of Barclay Damon LLP’s recent acquisition of Washington, D.C., boutique Shapiro Lifschitz & Schram PC to talk about why the firms are such a good match and what makes for a seamless merger.

  • Ill. Atty Accused Of Pocketing $375K Faces Disbarment

    Illinois' attorney discipline board has recommended disbarment for a Belleville lawyer who allegedly stole more than $375,000 from a series of clients while falsifying court documents in a futile attempt to cover his tracks.

  • NJ Attorneys Settle $250K Split Fee Dispute

    Starr Gern Davison & Rubin PC and attorney David S. Rochman have settled their contentious dispute over fees stemming from a $250,000 judgment obtained in a personal injury case they both worked on, according to a Thursday filing in Burlington County Superior Court.

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