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    Why This Dallas Company Took On FTC's Noncompete Rule

    When Ryan LLC, a Dallas tax software and services provider, became the first company to sue the Federal Trade Commission last week over its ban on noncompete agreements, it was simply trying to preserve the rule of law — something every tax company needs in order to operate, according to chief legal officer John Smith.

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    Bressler's Committee Chair Talks Firm's Leadership Revamp

    With the recent creation of a new management committee, Bressler Amery & Ross PC is hoping five minds will be better than just one to lead the growing firm. Law360 Pulse recently caught up with the committee chair to learn more about the new structure.

  • Schumer Reups Call For His Judge Shopping Bill

    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday that a suit filed in a controversial Texas court challenging a new firearms policy from the Biden administration underscores the need for his bill to restrict so-called "judge shopping."

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    Southwest Airlines Replacing Outgoing CLO With Split Roles

    Southwest Airlines' chief legal officer is resigning after more than a decade as its top attorney, with the company splitting his responsibilities into two roles — general counsel and chief regulatory and corporate affairs officer — following his departure.

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    Snell & Wilmer Adds Armstrong Teasdale Tech Pro In Denver

    Snell & Wilmer LLP's Denver outpost has added a new transactional partner to its corporate and securities team, bringing with him 18 years of experience including co-founding the technology transactions group for Armstrong Teasdale LLP and leading its technology industry group.

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    Husch Blackwell Gains Energy Ace From Locke Lord In Austin

    Husch Blackwell LLP has strengthened its energy practice with a partner in Austin who has expertise in regulatory matters and who came aboard from Locke Lord LLP.

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    How College GCs Are Dealing With Drama Of Protests

    New York City police descended on the Columbia University campus late Tuesday to arrest encamped protesters of the Israel-Gaza war, as general counsel for at least 20 universities across the nation grapple with how best to keep students safe while protecting everyone's free-speech rights.

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    Law Firms See Revenue Soar Amid Rate Hikes

    Law firm revenue soared by 9.5% during the first quarter of 2024, buoyed by a nearly comparable hike in billing rates compared to the similar period in 2023, according to a new report from Wells Fargo's legal specialty group.

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    CLO, Execs Ousted From Orthopedics Co. Seek Arbitration

    Three executives, including a chief legal officer whose alleged "repeated inappropriate and offensive conduct" led to his firing by spine and orthopedics company Orthofix Medical Inc. last year, have launched wrongful termination arbitration claims in California seeking severance payments and damages.

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    Willkie Lands Akin Gump M&A Pro In Houston

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is expanding its Texas team, announcing Wednesday it is bringing in a mergers and acquisitions pro and energy expert from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner for its Houston office.

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    Akerman Taps Litigators To Lead Chicago, San Antonio Shops

    Akerman LLP has selected two litigation partners to helm firm offices in San Antonio and Chicago.

  • Kirkland Rips 'Tortured' Theory In Texas Judge Romance Suit

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's inclusion in a Texas federal suit accusing it of conspiring with Jackson Walker LLP, a disgraced Texas bankruptcy judge and a former Jackson Walker partner who was his romantic partner to oust a CEO is based on "a tortured theory" and "flimsy facts," the firm declared.

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    Match Group's Ex-Legal Chief Earned $7M In 2023

    Online dating giant Match Group's former chief business affairs and legal officer, Jared Sine, who left the company to join GoDaddy in March, earned around $7 million in compensation last year, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    Toyota's New Leadership Structure Adds Duties For Execs

    Toyota Motor North America has announced executive leadership changes, including adding duties for an ex-Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP attorney who has been with the company for more than a decade.

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    Texas Bar Picks Next Prez-Elect And OKs Ethics Rule Changes

    State Bar of Texas members have chosen a San Antonio-based financial litigator as their next president-elect and approved a dozen amendments to Lone Star State attorney ethics rules, according to election results announced Tuesday evening.

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    Yoga Lawyer: A Way of Being In The (Legal) World

    More than a decade ago, a stressful job and a pile of physical ailments prompted attorney Cindy Pensoneau to take a deep dive into yoga. Today, she continues to work as both a lawyer and as a yoga teacher, illustrating the growing role that the ancient mind-body practice can play in improving attorney mental health.

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    GCs Help Companies Close The Gap On Mental Health Efforts

    While they wait for their companies to implement more wellness policies that reach the root causes of employees’ stress and burnout, some general counsel and chief legal officers are filling the gap to help their law teams feel more supported.

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    Here's Why This GC Went Public With Her Bipolar Diagnosis

    Kelly Rentzel, who has held several general counsel positions throughout her career, largely credits her law degree for giving her the confidence to talk publicly about her bipolar diagnosis — which is something she had contemplated for two decades before taking the initial steps that ultimately led her to a lectern.

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    Womble Bond Promotes UK Partner To Innovation Chief

    Womble Bond Dickinson in the U.K. has elevated partner and head of innovation Sam Dixon to chief innovation officer, the transatlantic law firm announced earlier this week.

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    Texas Appeals Panel Keeps Court Reporter's AI Case Alive

    An Austin, Texas, appeals panel on Tuesday kept alive a court reporter's attempt to pursue an administrative complaint against an artificial intelligence-powered "digital reporting firm," rejecting a state agency's argument that jurisdictional issues block the court reporter from seeking a writ of mandamus compelling the agency to consider her claims.

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    A&O Shearman Faces Challenge To Unify Distinct Markets

    As the newly combined Allen Overy Shearman Sterling launches Wednesday, so far the signs are that the biggest merger in the sector in a decade may leave two distinct markets operating on either side of the Atlantic.

  • Atty Wants Out Of 'Coup' Suit Over Judge Romance

    The former Jackson Walker LLP attorney whose secret relationship with a Texas judge ignited an ethics scandal wants out of a racketeering suit accusing her of "orchestrating a coup" in a bankruptcy case, calling the suit a "dubious" attempt to blame her for an ex-CEO's "disastrous" mismanagement of his family business.

  • ABA Knocks Down 'Implausible' Data Breach Class Action

    The American Bar Association members suing the organization over a data breach have not identified any security measures the ABA failed to take, a New York federal judge said Tuesday when nixing what the organization called the members' "implausible" proposed class action.

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    Squire Patton Taps Leader For New Insurance Disputes Group

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has created a new practice that brings together its long-standing dispute work for insurance companies, naming a partner who represents some of the largest U.S. insurance companies to lead the new practice, the firm said Tuesday.

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    Return To Office Poses Pitfalls For Atty Mental Health

    As a therapist specialized in treating lawyers, Stacey Dougan hears a lot about law firm politics, addiction and the career's overwhelming demands. But lately, her clients have been bringing up a new source of anxiety: returning to the office.

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  • Strategies For Associates Seeking Jobs Amid Hiring Slump Author Photo

    Law firms will be hiring conservatively well into 2021 and beyond, but associates eyeing a new firm or market can successfully make a move if they are pragmatic about their requirements, say Rebecca Glatzer and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

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