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    Nelson Mullins Adds M&A Pro In Dallas From Bradley Arant

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP announced Tuesday that it has added an experienced transactional attorney to its Dallas team who came aboard from Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Chu On Pioneering Virtual Trials

    In the summer of 2020, Nick Chu, a young justice of the peace in Austin, Texas, made history by presiding over the nation's first virtual criminal jury trial.

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    More Law School Graduates Are Shouldering Loan Debt

    Most law graduates finance their graduate education through loans, and the proportion of law graduates borrowing for law school has increased, according to a Tuesday report from AccessLex Institute.

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    Why Client Service Is The Most Valued Firm Culture Trait

    When asked about the qualities that inspire positive feelings about their firms' cultures, lawyers pointed to a high priority on client service above all else in a recent survey by legal recruiting firm Major Lindsey & Africa and Law360 Pulse.

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    What Lawyers Really Think About Law Firm Culture

    Here are a few things lawyers had to say when asked to describe their firm’s culture and whether their firms were focusing on the most important cultural priorities.

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    Younger Attys Are Looking For More From Law Firm Culture

    Younger attorneys are looking for better policies around attorney well-being and work-life balance, more diversity, and more mentorship and training from their law firms, according to the results of a new survey.

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    Willkie Nabs Ex-Gibson Dunn Partner As WC Co-Leader

    Former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner Michael Li-Ming Wong has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP to serve as co-chair of Willkie's national white collar defense group, bringing with him years of experience defending white collar defendants and tech companies, including Uber and Yahoo in high-stakes litigation over data breaches and other claims, the firm announced Monday.

  • Fed Reserve OIG Clears 2 Ex-Bank Heads Over Trades

    The results of a probe into the trading activities of the former heads of the Federal Reserve banks in Dallas and Boston, released Monday, found no violations of "laws, rules, regulations or policies," while criticizing the appearance of a conflict of interest that undercuts confidence in the policymakers' "impartiality and integrity."

  • White & Case Can Be Special Counsel In Alpine Ch. 11 Action

    A Texas judge agreed on Monday to allow bankrupt oil and gas driller Alpine Summit Energy Partners to retain White & Case LLP as special litigation counsel, noting that the firm's use of higher priced attorneys could be challenged later, particularly since a tentative settlement has been reached in the adversary action at issue.

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    Mayer Expands Southwest Presence With San Antonio Shop

    Mayer LLP has widened its Southwest footprint to San Antonio with a team of a dozen attorneys who represent clients in various types of litigation, in the firm's third office in Texas and fifth overall.

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    Hunton Gains Environmental Pro From Texas AG's Office

    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP strengthened its environmental team in Houston with a counsel who boasts more than a decade of combined service with the Texas Attorney General's Office and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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    Sheppard Mullin White Collar Pro Takes Lead At Dallas Bar

    A Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP partner whose white collar practice focuses on the healthcare and securities industries was inaugurated this past weekend as president of the Dallas Bar Association.

  • Supreme Court Says Feds Can Cut Texas Border Wire

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that federal border agents can remove razor wire fencing installed by Texas along the Mexico border, vacating a Fifth Circuit order that the Biden administration argued led to the deaths of several migrants.

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    Exxon Skirts SEC To Sue Shareholders Over Climate Proposal

    Exxon Mobil Corp. is suing activist investors trying to force a shareholder vote over the company's greenhouse gas emission targets, sidestepping the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by requesting that a Texas federal judge decide whether the activists' proposal amounts to unwarranted interference in the company's business operations. 

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    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • Judge Says Beirut Bombing Row 'Doesn't Reflect Well' On Bar

    A Houston federal judge said Friday that a contract dispute between two law firms involved in litigation over the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing "doesn't reflect well upon the bar" as he weighed whether to move the case to Maryland or dismiss it in its entirety.

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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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    3 Attorneys Face DC Ethics Charges Over 2020 Election Suits

    Three attorneys who filed lawsuits challenging the results of the 2020 election now face ethics charges in Washington, D.C., as bar regulators allege they committed professional misconduct by making claims with "no basis in fact."

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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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    Bracewell Gets Ex-Deloitte, Alliantgroup Atty For Its Tax Group

    Bracewell LLP has added an attorney with prior in-house experience at Deloitte and Alliantgroup as a partner in Houston to help bolster its efforts assisting clients in qualifying for and monetizing energy tax incentives, the global firm said in an announcement Thursday.

  • Ex-Judge Not Immune In Secret Relationship Suit, Court Told

    A former Texas bankruptcy judge cannot claim judicial immunity from a lawsuit over his concealed relationship with a onetime Jackson Walker partner since the relationship and the hiding of it were not judicial acts, a man suing the ex-judge has told a Texas federal court.

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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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    King & Spalding Adds Bechtel Energy In-House Atty In Texas

    King & Spalding LLP has grown its Houston roster with a partner who boasts decades of experience as an in-house lawyer for energy companies including Bechtel Energy, Chevron and Halliburton.

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Expert Analysis

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 



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