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    'Mass Market' Tax Shelter Era Still Dogging BigLaw

    A long-tail malpractice suit against Proskauer Rose LLP now at Georgia's top court evokes an era of labyrinthine tax schemes promoted by prestigious accounting firms, eye-popping fines — and plenty of criticism of BigLaw's role in hiding wealthy clients from the taxman.

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    How GCs Can Navigate A Slew Of Whistleblower Tips

    Fiscal year 2021 saw records for whistleblower complaints to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the number of tips received, the number of awards and the dollar amount of the awards. 

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    New Jan. 6 Charge Sends Message To Oath Keepers

    When prosecutors charged the founder of the Oath Keepers for his involvement in last January's siege of the U.S. Capitol, the indictment made headlines for two reasons.

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    Former Gibson Dunn Atty Joins Calif. Green Tech Co. Board

    A Kraft Heinz vice president and general counsel and former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner is joining the board of directors of the San Diego-based green energy technology company Nuvve Holding Corp.

  • Ironclad Hits $3.2B Valuation With $150M Series E Investment

    Contract software giant Ironclad Inc. secured a $150 million Series E investment on Tuesday and is now worth $3.2 billion.

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    Perkins Coie Moves Office Opening Back To Feb. 28

    Perkins Coie LLP, one of the country's largest law firms, informed its staff that its official office return date has been pushed back to Feb. 28 due to the state of the pandemic with the emergence of the omicron variant, a spokesperson for the firm told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • Firm Wrongly Trying To Monopolize 'Metaverse,' Rival Says

    A California law firm cannot "monopolize" a phrase as general as "metaverse law," especially given the growing market for legal services in the emerging digital space, a rival New York firm said Monday as it asked a federal court to dismiss the trademark allegations.

  • Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its 2021 Practice Groups of the Year awards, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • The Firms That Dominated In 2021

    Nine law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 52 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, having steered complex deals and won high-profile victories including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • An Intro To Calif. Fed. Judge Nominee Jacqueline Scott Corley

    President Joe Biden's promise to bolster the diversity of the nation's federal courts has brought a wave of nominees with a range of life experiences, among them U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley, whose nomination was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

  • Calif. Atty Sanctioned In Suit Against Airbnb, Workers

    A California lawyer is facing another round of sanctions after a "baseless" attempt to sue Airbnb and three of its employees over other sanctions against him in an underlying action.

  • Senate Judiciary Panel Tees Up A Dozen Judge Nominee Votes

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a meeting for Jan. 20 to consider advancing a dozen of President Joe Biden's judicial nominees, including U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan for the Second Circuit and federal trial court picks in seven states.

  • Buchalter Moving To New Offices in San Francisco

    With its lease expiring, Buchalter PC has announced plans to move to new offices in San Francisco with what firm leaders said was a slightly smaller but more functional footprint by the end of March.

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    ABA Midyear Meeting Goes Fully Remote Due To Omicron

    The American Bar Association on Thursday announced that its planned in-person Midyear Meeting in Seattle will instead be held entirely online due to the precipitous rise of COVID-19 cases in the country.

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    Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Greenspoon Marder LLP's work on a tech unicorn's funding round and Wiley's handling of a Georgia election law challenge lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Dec. 27, 2021, to Jan. 14, 2022.

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    Attys Herald Build Back Better Contingency Fee Provision

    The set of social policy proposals known as the Build Back Better bill is in a state of uncertainty, but if it were to be signed into law, it could benefit attorneys who work on a contingent basis across the nation because of a provision that would allow those attorneys to recoup expenses before a case concludes.

  • Snell & Wilmer Promotes 16 Attys To Partner

    Arizona-based law firm Snell & Wilmer on Monday announced the promotion of 16 of its attorneys to partnership status, as well as the appointment of two to the role of counsel, effective March 1, 2022.

  • Health Hires: Manatt, Oscar Health

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP has snapped up two health industry-focused consultants in New York and California, and insurer Oscar Health Inc. announced a new legal chief, headlining Law360's latest roundup of personnel moves in the health care and life sciences arena.

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    Calif. Entertainment Media GC Returns To Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has hired back a former Los Angeles partner after five years in-house at entertainment company Madison Wells Media, the firm has announced.

  • Avenatti Seeks $94M Over Solitary Confinement 'Retaliation'

    Michael Avenatti has filed a $94 million injury claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act, alleging President Donald J. Trump and former Attorney General William Barr threw him into the most restrictive part of a New York jail as retaliation for his public criticisms of the Trump administration.

  • Calif. Bill Aimed At Diversifying Federal Juries Advances

    The California Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to advance a proposed bill that would enable federal courts to use state tax filings to summon jurors in an effort to diversify jury pools, according to state records.

  • Elevate Wins Ariz.'s OK For Law Services Via Affiliated Firm

    Arizona's high court has granted Elevate a license to provide legal services through a merger with its affiliated law firm, making it the first nonlawyer-owned law business in the U.S. with an integrated law firm, the company said.

  • Judge Says Trump Can't Merge Big Tech Censorship Lawsuits

    Former President Donald Trump has failed to persuade a California federal court to combine his proposed class actions accusing Facebook, Twitter and YouTube of unconstitutional censorship after a judge concluded that Trump's request for consolidation "is premature."

  • Biden Gets More Appeals Picks With 5th, 9th Circ. Openings

    Two more appeals court judges announced their retirements this week, giving President Joe Biden even more opportunity to reshape the federal bench.

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    Venable Grabs Wolf Rifkin Entertainment Pro For LA Office

    Venable LLP has landed an entertainment litigation expert from Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin LLP to join its Los Angeles office.

Expert Analysis

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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