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    Firms Trimmed Entry-Level Hiring Amid Demand Shifts In 2023

    As the legal market adjusted from the post-pandemic hiring surge, law firms across the U.S. scaled back their recruitment efforts for entry-level associates last year, a result of firms realigning talent strategies to better serve clients' demands over the long term, a report Tuesday from the National Association for Law Placement found.

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    Anatomy Of Attrition: A Look At Law's Biggest Mergers

    After a law firm announces it's adding 100 or more lawyers via a merger, what does that then look like a year, two years or more later? How many lawyers stay with the merged firm? How many leave?

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    Civil Cases On The Rise In Federal Courts

    The number of civil cases filed in the federal courts jumped significantly in fiscal 2023, led by disputes between multiple states' citizens and personal injury suits, after a decrease in civil filings the year before, the federal judiciary said Tuesday.

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    Ex-Bankruptcy Judge Cites Judicial Immunity To Escape Suit

    Former Texas bankruptcy judge David R. Jones — whose failure to disclose a romantic relationship with an ex-Jackson Walker LLP attorney ignited a major judicial ethics scandal — has moved to dismiss a disgruntled investor's suit that claims Jones gave a Jackson Walker client preferential treatment during its Chapter 11 case, citing judicial immunity.

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    Adams And Reese Gains Hartline Barger Litigator In Houston

    Adams and Reese LLP announced Tuesday that it has fortified its litigation practice group with veteran trial lawyer Jane Haas in Houston, who joined the firm from Hartline Barger LLP.

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    MoneyGram Promotes In-House Atty To Serve As Its New GC

    MoneyGram International Inc. has promoted an in-house attorney who formerly worked for Bank of America to serve as its general counsel and another employee to be its chief regulatory and public affairs officer.

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    Atty For Alex Jones' Infowars Gets OK To Bow Out Of Case

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Monday approved a request by the lead attorney for Alex Jones' media company to step away from work on its Chapter 11 case following disputes with the debtor's chief restructuring officer, who the lawyer said withheld pay in retaliation for the conflict.

  • Atty, Marketing Biz Knock Call To Continue Hurricane Ad Suit

    A legal advertising company and an attorney are objecting to a Texas federal judge's recent decision in favor of a woman pressing class claims over legal advertising to Louisiana hurricane victims, arguing that the woman still hasn't shown concrete injury.

  • Steptoe Adds Dentons' Ex-Global Security Chief As Partner

    Steptoe LLP has added a security and threat analysis expert who previously served as Dentons' global chief security officer as a partner in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.

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    Bracewell Adds Tax Pro In Dallas From Winston & Strawn

    Bracewell LLP has strengthened its tax department in Dallas with the addition of a lawyer with more than three decades of experience who came aboard from Winston & Strawn LLP.

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    With Rising State AG Action, BigLaw Responds By Beefing Up

    This year Covington & Burling LLP formalized its government litigation practice group, following others in what appears to be a race by large law firms to formalize, market and grow their state attorney general practices as the nature of the office has shifted in recent years.

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    Jackson Walker Adds Water Expert In Austin To Enviro Team

    Jackson Walker LLP is expanding its environmental regulatory team, bringing in a water policy expert, who most recently has been working at his own solo firm, as a partner in its Austin office.

  • No Sanctions Yet For 'Wrong More Than Right' BigLaw Atty

    A Harris County judge on Friday denied a Houston firm's request to sanction a former associate despite noting that the now-BigLaw partner "has been wrong more than he's been right" during a suit he brought over $32,000 in back wages.

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    Thompson Coburn Duo Lead 'Army Of Women' In Documentary

    In waging an uphill battle against the city of Austin, Thompson Coburn LLP partners Jennifer Ecklund and Elizabeth Myers secured a groundbreaking settlement for sexual assault survivors whose cases were never prosecuted, but what they discovered was that standing up for the survivors meant more to them than that legal victory.

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    After COVID Office Cuts, Firms Will Do 'More With Less'

    Things are settling back into place in the legal office space market after the great upheavals caused by COVID-19, with most law firms now focused on making the best use of their existing space after a round of pandemic-era downsizing, according to a new survey.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Mitchell Law PLLC, Gessler Blue LLC and Dhillon Law Group Inc. lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found that states can't bar former president Donald Trump from running for reelection this year based on a 14th Amendment provision.

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    Legal Industry Adds 2,700 Jobs In February

    Employment in the U.S. legal sector rebounded in February, showing a slight increase following a decline at the beginning of the year, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    By The Numbers: Why Associates Stay At Their Firms

    After a flood of associates left their firms in search of greener pastures as part of the "talent wars" of the early 2020s, the National Association for Law Placement wanted to know what made other early-career attorneys decide instead to stay put. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a look at how compensation, work-life balance, and a dozen other factors helped play a role.

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    Legal Recruitment Cos. Lippman Jungers, Johnson Downie Merge

    Legal recruiting outfits Johnson Downie and Lippman Jungers jointly announced Thursday their plan to combine under a single brand.

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    Military Spouses Are Untapped Pool Of Attorney Talent

    Service members' spouses in the legal profession present a massive well of untapped talent, though balancing a law career with their families' service to the country can be challenging, attorneys working in and with this community tell Law360 Pulse.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the beginning of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms made new hires and adjusted their practices.

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    Hinshaw Adds McGlinchey Stafford Finance Atty In Texas

    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP announced it has hired a 20-year veteran of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC who focuses his practice on a range of financial services-related and consumer finance work.

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    Norton Rose AI Leader Talks Mixed Terrain For 'Evolving' Tech

    As head of Norton Rose Fulbright's new artificial intelligence practice team in the U.S., Chuck Hollis said he and other firm attorneys are aiming to guide corporate clients through their use of the "constantly evolving" technology amid differing regulations across the globe.

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    Duane Morris Litigator Jumps To Michael Best In Austin

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is expanding its litigation team, announcing Thursday it is bringing in a Duane Morris LLP trial attorney as a partner in its Austin, Texas, office.

  • 5th Circ. Won't Revive Owner Suit Over Litigation Funding Co.

    The Fifth Circuit has affirmed a decision saying that, based on Texas law, no valid profit-sharing contract exists between parties who formed a business to provide pre-settlement medical advancement loans to litigants.

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