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    'There Will Be Blood': Musk Eyes Legal War In Help Wanted Ad

    Elon Musk is beefing up Tesla Inc.'s litigation department, and he's seeking a team of "hardcore streetfighters" down for some blood and who will report directly to him. What he's not looking for: the "white-shoe" lawyers over at Perkins Coie LLP or Cooley LLP, according to Musk's Twitter announcement.

  • 'Seriously, We Are Done': Judge Quits Trial, Says Atty Lied

    A California judge abruptly declared a mistrial in a sex trafficking case and recused himself after defense counsel complained that jurors may have seen the defendant's feet shackled, telling an attorney from the Federal Public Defender's Office that he is stepping down because he thinks "intentional misrepresentations" are being made.

  • Wynn Settles Defamation Suit Over Atty's Press Release

    Court records filed Thursday show billionaire Steve Wynn has agreed to drop his lawsuit accusing civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom of defaming him by publishing a press release that accused him of pressuring casino dancers to strip down.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another busy week as law firms expanded their footprint with new hires. Meanwhile, a new study showed attrition rates are higher for nonwhite attorneys. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    State High Courts See Modest Rise In Judicial Diversity

    The percentage of people of color and women on state high court benches nationwide ticked up slightly over the past year, but many courts around the nation still have a long way to go before they reflect the wider population, according to a report released Friday.

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    Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Grant & Eisenhofer PA securing the lead counsel role in an investor suit against Peloton and Pryor Cashman LLP representing an organization owned by Kevin Durant in a soccer team investment lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from May 6 to 20.

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    DocuSign GC Moves To Databricks As Legal Chief

    California-based data analytics company Databricks has welcomed its new senior vice president and general counsel from DocuSign.

  • Alston & Bird Adds Steptoe & Johnson Enviro Atty In LA

    Alston & Bird LLP has hired an environmental law partner who joins the Los Angeles office after two decades at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Judge Cuts 'Unreasonable' Atty Fee Bid In $98M Mattel Deal

    A California federal judge has granted final approval to a $98 million settlement between investors and toymaker Mattel Inc. and PwC, but slashed the requested $24.5 million in attorney fees, saying it was too high.

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    Procopio Adds Life Sciences IP Attorney From Snell & Wilmer

    Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP said Thursday that it is expanding its intellectual property team by adding a former Snell & Wilmer LLP attorney specializing in patents as a partner in San Diego.

  • Foley & Lardner Announces Associate Pay Raises

    Foley & Lardner LLP announced pay raises for associates effective in August, with its new salaries differing somewhat from the prevailing scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in late February, Law360 Pulse learned on Thursday.

  • Binance.US Adds Top Uber Compliance Atty As Head Of Legal

    Cryptocurrency exchange Binance.US said Thursday it had tapped a veteran of Uber's legal department and the U.S. Department of Justice to lead its day-to-day legal operations.

  • Robbins Geller Starts Fellowship For Diverse 2L Students

    Securities-focused plaintiffs' firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP announced its plans to start a fellowship program dedicated to diverse second-year law students starting in 2023, with the firm selecting two participants as summer associates.

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    How Clark Hill Makes Use Of Technology To Market Itself

    Asana, SharePoint, Wufoo, Sprout Social, Google Docs, SQL database and PowerBI are all fairly typical technologies for law firms to use in their marketing and business development efforts, but Detroit-based Clark Hill has leveraged those ordinary technologies for some interesting uses, earning it a recent international award.

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    Littler Picks Shareholder To Be First Chief Data Officer

    Littler Mendelson PC said Thursday that it has picked a shareholder from its Miami office who founded Littler CaseSmart and Littler onDemand to be its first chief data officer.

  • Littler Adds Wood Smith Employment Litigator In LA

    Littler Mendelson PC is expanding by adding a Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP labor and employment litigator as a shareholder in its Los Angeles office.

  • Senate Confirms Biden's NY And Calif. Trial Court Judge Picks

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed three of President Joe Biden's trial court picks, backing two judges in California and one nominee in New York.

  • Gibson Dunn Boosts Silicon Valley Chops With Cooley Hire

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has hired a 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley securities litigation practice who joins its partnership from Cooley LLP, the firm has announced.

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    Gunderson Hires Ex-Andreessen Horowitz Compliance Head

    Gunderson Dettmer announced Tuesday it has hired Andreessen Horowitz's former chief compliance officer as a partner in its corporate and securities practice, where he'll focus on the regulatory and compliance aspects of companies and funds targeting the financial technology industry.

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    Wilson Sonsini Accused Of Stiffing Recruiter Over Atty Hire

    A legal recruiting outfit has accused Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC in California federal court of refusing to pay up after the firm hired an attorney that the recruiter had offered up as a job candidate.

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    Reed Smith Promises 20% Carbon Reduction By 2024

    Reed Smith LLP announced a two-year plan on Wednesday that promised a 20% reduction in its carbon footprint by 2024 and that would provide its attorneys with billable hour credits to work on sustainability initiatives.

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    Legal Malpractice Payouts More Costly In Hot Lateral Market

    Firms are facing higher payouts on legal malpractice insurance claims this year because of an increasingly active lateral recruitment market and rapidly changing laws, according to a new report by insurance broker Ames & Gough.

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    States Evolve On Mental Health As A Question Of 'Fitness'

    Mental health questions on character and fitness questionnaires are meant to safeguard the future clients of would-be attorneys, but they’ve also drawn criticism for being invasive and irrelevant. Could the pandemic usher in a sea change as it alters attitudes toward mental illness?

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    New Sidley Brass On How Firm Is Thriving Amid Disruption

    Yvette Ostolaza, who took the reins of Sidley Austin LLP's management committee earlier this month, says the law firm is poised to hit $3 billion in revenue this year even as the industry continues to face unprecedented disruption.

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    Mid-Law's Run Of Small Mergers In '22 Hints At More To Come

    Since the beginning of 2022, more than a dozen Mid-Law firms have announced mergers, all of them with smaller firms with fewer than 50 attorneys, with experts saying they expect many more tie-ups to come to fruition this year.

Expert Analysis

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

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