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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.

  • Littler Picks Up Arbitration Pact Expert From Vinson & Elkins

    Littler Mendelson added a senior counsel from Vinson & Elkins to fill out its Austin office, expanding its ranks with an attorney who brings 20 years of experience and an interest in developing and enforcing arbitration agreements.

  • AG Paxton Says He Won't Fight Austin Whistleblower Suit

    The Texas attorney general's office said Thursday that it will stop fighting an employment retaliation lawsuit brought by four of Ken Paxton's former aides-turned-whistleblowers, telling a Travis County court that the office's resources "are more appropriately dedicated to the business of the state of Texas and not the personal, political agenda of four rogue, former employees."

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    Smith Gambrell Revamps International Arbitration Practice

    Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP announced a reorganization and relaunch of its international arbitration and dispute resolution practice following last year's merger with Chicago firm Freeborn & Peters.

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Expert Analysis

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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. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • What Social Media Process Service May Look Like In Texas Author Photo

    The Texas Supreme Court's recently proposed rule change allowing substituted service through social media and email could take effect in December, and practitioners will need to know how to establish that the defendant received notice through a technological method, says Marcus Eason at McGinnis Lochridge.

  • 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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