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    Why Law Firm M&A Surge May Be More Blip Than Rebound

    There's been a flurry of law firm combination activity so far in January, but in the two years since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, sluggish merger numbers have yet to see a substantial and sustained rebound. Some say a full recovery isn't likely until the pandemic is behind us.

  • Senate Panel Advances 9 Judge Noms, Deadlocks On 3 Others

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nominations of Judge Alison J. Nathan for the Second Circuit along with eight district court picks Thursday, but deadlocked on three trial court nominees who received no Republican support.

  • Trump Spokesman Loses Bid To Reclaim Jan. 6 Bank Docs

    A D.C. federal judge on Thursday denied an emergency request by a spokesman for former President Donald Trump to force the Jan. 6 committee to stop using and return his private financial records that it obtained from JPMorgan last month, saying the court lacks the authority to tell Congress what to do with subpoenaed documents.

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    King & Spalding Adds DLA Piper Atty In DC

    King & Spalding LLP has nabbed a DLA Piper attorney whose practice focuses on securitization and other financial law in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Justices Deny Trump Bid To Block Release Of Jan. 6 Records

    In a blow to Donald Trump, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday evening rejected the former president's request to block his White House documents from a House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot amid his claims of executive privilege to protect confidential records.

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    Justices Unsure Cruz Campaign's 'Self-Inflicted' Case Is Faulty

    The U.S. Supreme Court seemed unconvinced by the Federal Election Commission's argument Wednesday that Sen. Ted Cruz has no standing to challenge a campaign finance law because his monetary injury was "self-inflicted" to establish a case. "Where does this come from?" asked one justice of such a theory.

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    Michael Best Launches White Collar Practice With DC Atty Duo

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP announced Wednesday that it hired a pair of veteran attorneys with decades of experience working in the U.S. government as partners in Washington, D.C. to launch the firm's new regulatory defense, compliance and white collar practice group.

  • Ex-WH Counsel Fielding Joins Cipollone's Boutique In DC

    Fresh off opening a Washington, D.C., office, the California-based litigation boutique Ellis George Cipollone O'Brien Annaguey LLP has added a former Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner and alum of three Republican presidential administrations to the firm's Beltway outpost, according to an announcement Wednesday.

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    Holland & Knight Adds Former State Dept. Member In DC

    Holland & Knight LLP has hired a former federal legal adviser in its international trade practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    He Spreads Seeds Of Knowledge So A Legal Giant Might Grow

    ​Former privacy lawyer Mark Ford's new job with the EY law group straddles several fields – he's part in-house counsel, part librarian, and part legal tech expert. Here, Ford talks about his career and his current responsibilities.

  • Cooley Nabs Government Enforcement Team From Buckley

    Cooley LLP on Wednesday announced the hiring of a financial services team from Buckley LLP, with the group focusing on defending clients in government enforcement actions and litigation.

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    Roberts, Sotomayor Deny Asking Gorsuch To Mask Up

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor has not asked her colleague Justice Neil Gorsuch to wear a mask during oral arguments, nor has Chief Justice John Roberts requested masks be worn on the bench, according to Wednesday statements.

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    3rd Circ., Trial Court Picks Include BigLaw, Civil Rights Vets

    President Joe Biden announced his first judicial nominees of 2022 on Wednesday, tapping a veteran public defender for the Third Circuit and naming trial court picks in four states, including several veteran civil rights attorneys and attorneys at Jones Day and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • LA Dodgers Snag Washington Football Team's Top Atty

    The top attorney for the professional football team in Washington, D.C., is saying goodbye to snow flurries and hello to the bright sunshine of Los Angeles as he joins the Dodgers baseball team as assistant general manager.

  • Justices Unsure If Nazi-Plundered Art Case Should Be Revived

    Technical issues relating to a choice-of-law analysis dominated arguments on Tuesday at the U.S. Supreme Court, as a California man tries to revive his lawsuit asking a Spanish museum to return a painting that the Nazis stole from his great-grandmother.

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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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    COVID Derails Boies' In-Person Supreme Court Arguments

    David Boies became the third lawyer this month to dial into U.S. Supreme Court arguments by phone after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result, which prevented his first return to the high court lectern in nearly 10 years.

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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.

  • WilmerHale Adds 2 Ex-Top FTC Officials To Antitrust Bench

    WilmerHale has made a big splash in the antitrust arena, hiring a pair of former high-ranking officials at the Federal Trade Commission who specialize in litigation and mergers and acquisitions as partners in its Washington, D.C., office.

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    Wilson Sonsini Adds Ex-Netherlands Ambassador In DC

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC has added a senior of counsel with significant international relations experience to its government investigations practice, the firm announced Tuesday.

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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.

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    Harness IP Adds Patent Expert In DC

    Harness IP has added a patent attorney with over 35 years of experience to the firm as a special counsel in its Washington, D.C., office, the firm recently announced.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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