California Pulse

  • AI Practices Law 'At The Speed Of Machines.' Is It Worth It?

    The latest version of the artificial intelligence technology that powers ChatGPT recently reached a milestone that aspiring attorneys strive for: It passed the Uniform Bar Exam.

  • Remaining Attys At Barber Ranen Launch New Firm

    In the aftermath of the resignation of Barber Ranen founders John Barber and Jeff Ranen, the remaining attorneys who had recently followed the duo from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP have opened a new firm called Daugherty Lordan LLP.

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    NYC Landlord Wants Law Firm's $9M Rent Bill Enforced In Pa.

    The owner of a towering Manhattan glass office building has asked a Pennsylvania trial court to enforce a $9.2 million judgment that a New York court ordered Gerard Fox Law PC to pay earlier this year in a lease breach suit, even as the firm appeals the judgment.

  • UC Law Can't Toss Name Change Suit With Anti-SLAPP Law

    The University of California College of the Law, San Francisco — recently changed from UC Hastings, over the namesake's purported financing of murderous anti-Native American raids — can't use an anti-SLAPP statute to bat away a lawsuit that seeks to undo the name change, a California appeals court has ruled.

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    Most Law Firms Believe They Are Secure Despite Gaps

    The majority of law firms in a survey believe they are more or much more secure than their industry peers, despite "significant" security gaps across firms of all sizes, according to a report released Tuesday by Conversant Group and the International Legal Technology Association.

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    Calif. Bar Referred 7 Ex-Employees To Political Watchdog

    The State Bar of California has reported seven former employees to a political watchdog agency for failing to disclose cash or gifts from the scandal-marked Girardi Keese law firm, according to records obtained by Law360.

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    Lewis Roca Relocates Bay Area Office To San Francisco

    Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP announced that it will be relocating its Bay Area office from a location in Silicon Valley to downtown San Francisco, in a move the firm said reflects its growing client base and the wider diversity of industries the office serves.

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    Milbank Corporate Attorney Moves To Eisner For Partner Role

    Natalie Chitayat has joined Eisner LLP as a corporate partner based in the firm's Los Angeles office, telling Law360 on Tuesday that she will continue to focus on helping clients invest and grow in the sports and entertainment industries.

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    Employment Atty Sexually Assaulted Associate, Court Told

    A worker's-side employment law partner fostered a "toxic cesspool" of harassment at the firm where he worked with a female attorney before sexually assaulting and firing her, she told a New York court Tuesday.

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    Why In-House Counsel Are Taking Historic Rate Hikes In Stride

    As several law firms have significantly increased their rates over the past year amid a slowing economy, the relative silence from corporate clients has been deafening.

  • Nixon Peabody Real Estate Pro Joins BH Properties As GC

    Commercial real estate investment firm BH Properties has hired a veteran Nixon Peabody LLP real estate attorney to serve as its general counsel.

  • Buchalter Wins Bid To Arbitrate Worker's Sex Harassment Suit

    A California judge on Monday granted a request from Buchalter APC and its former products liability group chair to send an employee's sexual harassment claim to arbitration, rejecting her argument that her case falls under a new federal law prohibiting employers from requiring workers to arbitrate sexual harassment claims.

  • How A Kansas Court Is Leveraging Tech To Fast-Track Cases

    Legal software company Immediation announced last week that it worked with the Johnson County District Court in Olathe, Kansas, to create a solution for speeding up the resolution of family court cases.

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    Armstrong Teasdale Elects Five To Exec Committee

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP announced Monday that five partners have been newly elected to its executive committee, and that the firm has also added a partner to its compensation committee.

  • DC Courts Not State Courts Under Habeas Law, 9th Circ. Says

    The District of Columbia's Superior Court is not considered a "state court" for purposes of appealing habeas petitions, the Ninth Circuit held in a published opinion, allowing a prisoner to appeal a denial of his habeas petition and breaking from five other circuit courts.

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    Atty Hounded Girardi Keese Victim For Money, Judge Told

    An Egyptian attorney linked to Girardi Keese has recently sent troubling messages demanding money from a family whose plane-crash settlement was looted by the scandal-plagued firm, the victims' former counsel at Edelson PC told a Chicago federal judge Monday.

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    Biopharma Co. Entices New General Counsel With Stock

    Ambrx Biopharma Inc. used several million dollars' worth of share options to help attract a Lowenstein Sandler LLP partner to be Ambrx's senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, the company said Monday.

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    Shearman IP Litigator Jumps To Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has brought on a Shearman & Sterling LLP partner in its San Francisco office, strengthening its intellectual property practice, the firm said Monday.

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    Insurer Says It Controls Defense In Fox's Asbestos Injury Row

    Twentieth Century Fox must allow an AIG unit to select defense counsel in an underlying asbestos injury suit, the insurer told a California federal court, saying it has a right to control the defense of a suit that it has agreed to cover.

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    Why Few Women Are In C-Suite Tech Roles In BigLaw

    At the largest U.S. law firms, few tech-focused C-suite positions — like chief information officer, chief innovation officer and chief knowledge officer — are held by women, a Law360 Pulse analysis found.

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    Looming Retirement Wave Puts Succession On Front Burner

    As the legal industry grapples with the impending wave of baby-boomer lawyer retirements, many law firms are coming face to face with a challenge that has bedeviled the profession for years: succession planning.

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    Asset Seizure Targets Offices Linked To Consumer Debt Firm

    Under a police watch, a bankruptcy trustee and his employees in California seized property from a set of offices on Friday with ties to the now-bankrupt law firm Litigation Practice Group and its leader, disbarred attorney Tony Diab, the firm's court-appointed bankruptcy trustee confirmed.

  • Atty Hit With Sanctions Over 'Frivolous' Calif. Ruling Appeal

    The would-be developer of a wind energy project in Hawaii and his attorney were slammed with sanctions by a California state appellate panel for pursuing a "frivolous" appeal of a lower court ruling in a suit over the project.

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    Legal Industry Job Growth Lags Behind The Wider Economy

    Even as the wider economy saw more robust job growth in May, the legal sector continued to post scant employment increases, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Kelley Drye's work on multiple states' lawsuits over "forever chemicals" and Foley Hoag's work on a biotechnology deal lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from May 19 to June 2.

Expert Analysis

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.



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