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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    January saw a string of notable office moves by national and regional firms across the country as outfits including Blank Rome LLP, Duane Morris LLP and others announced changes to their footprints.

  • AG Paxton Hits Back At Reassignment Of Whistleblower Suit

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has said that Travis County is an unfair venue for an employment retaliation suit brought by four of his former senior aides, calling the fate of his office "predetermined by the court's political leanings" following the reassignment of the lawsuit to a different judge.

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    Littler Adds 5 Board Members In US And Europe

    Management-side labor and employment firm Littler Mendelson PC announced five additions to its board of directors, elevating three women and two men in four U.S. offices and one European location.

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    Why Lawyers Would Benefit From Honing Their 'Rest Ethic'

    The legal field is brimming with people who are intimately familiar with work ethic, but often don't know how to adequately and effectively rest in order to be their most effective selves, according to a Thursday presentation at the Institute for Well-Being in Law's 2024 Virtual Annual Conference.

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    Law Firms Expanded Recruiting Reach Even As Hiring Slowed

    As overall lateral hiring slowed in 2023, a new report from Leopard Solutions found that the top 200 U.S. law firms have continued to extend their recruitment efforts beyond their usual networks, bringing in attorneys from smaller firms at the same rate as their BigLaw counterparts.

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    Skadden Adds Haynes Boone Energy Litigator In Houston

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP announced Thursday that it had added a litigator in Houston with extensive energy-sector experience who came aboard from Haynes and Boone LLP.

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    MoFo Launches Support Network For Parents, Caregivers

    When Robert May joined Morrison Foerster LLP in 2014, the attorney recalls not knowing any co-workers in his work area who had school-age children. Nearly 10 years later, he says his co-workers on his San Francisco office floor alone are raising more than 20 young kids.

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    Latham Ducks Sanctions In Sorrento Ch. 11

    A Texas bankruptcy judge Wednesday declined to level sanctions against Latham & Watkins LLP over their disclosures about their work with a lawyer who was dating the judge overseeing Sorrento Therapeutics Inc.'s Chapter 11, but did not yet rule on sanctioning Jackson Walker LLP in the same case, saying further inquiry was needed.

  • Texas Criminal Court Won't Touch Fee Order In Paxton Case

    Texas' highest criminal court refused Wednesday to enforce an order from the judge overseeing state Attorney General Ken Paxton's securities fraud case that would require the court-appointed prosecutors be paid $300 per hour.

  • Simpson Thacher Appoints Tax Partner From Kirkland

    The Houston office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has a new tax partner, formerly of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    O'Melveny Forms Security Task Force With Ex-Gov't Attys

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP has announced the launch of its national security enforcement task force, putting together a team of former public sector attorneys to help clients navigate what the firm calls "increasingly aggressive national security enforcement priorities" at various federal agencies and Congress.

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    How 6 States Are Addressing Lawyer Well-Being

    In the years since a groundbreaking 2016 study on lawyer well-being found alarming rates of mental health problems in the legal profession, state bars and supreme courts have amped up efforts to improve lawyer mental health. Well-being leaders in six states shared details of their work at the IWIL 2024 Virtual Annual Conference on Wednesday.

  • AG Paxton Aims To Block Depositions In Whistleblower Case

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told a state court he and his top aides shouldn't have to sit for depositions in a whistleblower suit after not contesting the allegations, saying the former employees behind the case "continue to pretend they must litigate undisputed issues."

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    Is A Boom In Remote Work Tempering Virtual Firms' Growth?

    Following a period of rapid expansion, the headcount growth at some virtual-oriented law firms has leveled off in recent years, a shift some attribute to the widespread adoption of remote work policies by traditional brick-and-mortar law firms and increased productivity fueled by integrating new technologies.

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    Winston & Strawn Joins Long List Of Firms Forming AI Teams

    Winston & Strawn LLP is the latest major law firm to create a committee dedicated to artificial intelligence, saying in a Wednesday announcement that its new strategy group will place a particular focus on generative AI.

  • Red State Judicial Noms Get Easy Hearing From Senate Panel

    Five district court judicial nominees, who hail from red states and have the blessing of their senators, appeared along with a nominee for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in what turned out to be a relatively smooth hearing.

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    Akerman Adds Ace Litigator In Dallas From Cozen O'Connor

    Akerman LLP has strengthened its insurance coverage practice with a litigator in Dallas who came aboard from Cozen O'Connor.

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    Atty For Blackstone Cos. Set For Howard Hughes' GC Spot

    Howard Hughes Holdings has added the former general counsel of two Blackstone-owned companies to serve as its new in-house counsel and corporate secretary, the company said Wednesday.

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    Seyfarth Starts Restructuring Practice, Adds 3 BCLP Partners

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced Wednesday that three former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partners have joined the firm, two of them to launch its restructuring and insolvency practice.

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    Nelson Mullins Names New Leaders Of Bankruptcy Group

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP tapped partners Shane Ramsey and Dylan Trache to co-chair the bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice group, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Texas Firm Can't Intervene In Injury Suit For Unrelated Fees

    A Texas appeals court won't let a South Texas law firm intervene in a personal injury suit seeking legal fees for more than 60 other cases, saying the fees it seeks are not related to the case at issue and the firm should instead file a separate action.

  • 'Major Accomplishment': Arkema Fire Class Reach $23M Deal

    A class of plaintiffs is one step closer to resolving claims stemming from a chemical fire at an Arkema Inc. plant in the wake of Hurricane Harvey after a Houston federal judge indicated Tuesday that he would grant preliminary approval to a more than $23 million settlement, a deal he called a "major accomplishment" after six years of litigation.

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    Ballard Spahr Privacy Team Co-Leader Jumps To Blank Rome

    Blank Rome LLP announced Tuesday it had hired the co-leader of Ballard Spahr LLP's privacy and data security group to take on a similar leadership role in its Philadelphia office. 

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    CS Disco Promotes 2 To C-Suite

    CS Disco announced on Tuesday the promotion of two senior leaders to the positions of chief customer officer and chief human resources officer, two weeks after the embattled company suddenly parted with its former sales leader.

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    Dinsmore Adds 5-Atty Cybersecurity Team In Cleveland

    Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has added a five-attorney cybersecurity and data privacy team in Cleveland to keep up with the escalating demands of national business clients, the firm said Tuesday.

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Expert Analysis

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    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

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    Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

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    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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