Delaware Pulse

  • CBS Investors Rip Report Over Redstone-Cleary Email

    Investors want the Delaware Chancery Court to reject a report recommending the court deny a bid to force Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP to turn over a 2019 email sent by media mogul Shari E. Redstone seeking legal advice on CBS' $30 billion merger with Viacom.

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    Legal Sector Left Waiting For Industry Cloud Platforms

    Industry-specific cloud platforms appear to be bypassing the legal industry, which may underscore a lack of uniform technical needs among would-be users in the market and a smaller pool of such users in general compared to other sectors.

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    Incoming Faegre Drinker Chair On Where The Firm Is Headed

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP recently announced that Gina M. Kastel, who has been with the firm since joining as a summer associate more than two decades ago, will be the next chair of the firm effective April 2023.

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    How Small Firms Can Trim The Burden Of Administrative Work

    Solo practitioners and smaller firms face a constant balancing act between the legal work that’s their bread and butter and the unpaid but equally important administrative tasks that keep their operations running smoothly. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at ways to relieve the crunch of administrative responsibilities.

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    Norton Rose Chief Strategy Partner On Getting It Done

    Gina Shishima has been the chief strategy and operations partner for Norton Rose Fulbright in the U.S. for nearly three years. Here, she talks to Law360 about all the roles she has stepped into along the way and about Norton Rose's growth plans amid the uncertain economic climate.

  • Ex-Neustar Exec Sues For Fees Incurred In Trump's RICO Suit

    An ex-Neustar Inc. officer is asking the Delaware Chancery Court to order the technology company to pay his legal fees in defense of claims lodged by former President Donald Trump in a federal suit that accused Hillary Clinton and others of making false claims about his ties to Russia during the 2016 election.

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    US News Fallout Persists As Duke, Northwestern Join Exodus

    Duke University School of Law and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law are the latest top-ranked institutions to drop out of U.S. News & World Report's law school rankings, joining Yale Law School and Harvard Law School, among others.

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    Will BigLaw Follow Baker McKenzie's Lead On Bonuses?

    Baker McKenzie announced year-end associate bonuses on Friday, and as of Tuesday afternoon, there were crickets from the rest of BigLaw on whether they would follow the global giant's lead.

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    The 2022 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard Rankings

    What qualities do attorneys, clients and industry stakeholders value in a law firm? What combination of attributes adds up to a firm that stands above the rest? Over the next three weeks, we'll deliver the latest results to you, our readers, with analysis and insights into what it means to be a successful law firm.

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    Small Firms Need Cyber Protection As Much As Large Ones

    Small law firms need cybersecurity protection as much as large firms do, because they are also high-value targets for cybercriminals seeking sensitive client information, according to attorneys and security consultants.

  • Class Attys Seek $26M For CVR Buyback Suit Deal In Del.

    Counsel for former unitholders of Carl Icahn-affiliated CVR Refining LP have told the Delaware Chancery Court they are seeking roughly $26.2 million in connection with the proposed $78.5 million settlement of a lawsuit claiming that an involuntary buyback in 2019 cost the unitholders $148 million.

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    Democratic AGs Push Back On GOP Anti-ESG Efforts

    Democratic attorneys general from around the nation pushed back Monday against Republican efforts to target ESG investing, telling the leaders of key congressional committees that the consideration of a company's environmental, social and governance factors can be "part of a sound investment strategy."

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    Leech Tishman Turns To Ex-Offit Atty To Rekindle Del. Office

    Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC is reviving its Delaware office, bringing on an attorney who most recently worked at Offit Kurman to oversee operations in Wilmington.

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    Incoming Blank Rome Chair On Where The Firm Is Headed

    Maintaining a carefully curated close-knit community is the toughest task ahead for the incoming chair of Blank Rome LLP as the firm returns to the office and works to expand across new practices and markets.

  • Chancery Denies DQ Motion For Stroock In Hotel Control Suit

    A Delaware judge denied on Monday a motion to disqualify Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP from a suit filed by a limited liability company with an indirect ownership stake in a Colorado hotel, saying the arguments for disqualification lack merit.

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    As Tech Turbulence Grows, Brace For More Law Firm Layoffs

    As major tech companies prune their workforces to cut costs amid a potential economic downturn, those cuts may ultimately translate into more reports of law firm layoffs as well, according to experts.

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    In-House Atty Layoffs Rise, But Some Say It's Not All Gloomy

    As the hits just keep on coming, the number of tech company layoffs so far in November alone reached at least 51,683 employees by Monday afternoon, with many lawyers among those affected.

  • Law360 Explores: The Law School Promise

    Law360 Explores: The Pipeline To The Legal Profession

    The law school journey begins with a rigorous admissions process that includes not just letters of recommendation and statements of purpose, but also the notoriously arduous LSAT exam. An exceptional score can open doors at the nation's most prestigious universities, but is it the fairest way to measure candidates' potential? On the first episode of our two-part podcast series, "Law360 Explores: The Law School Promise," we investigate whether the law school admissions process makes sense.

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    Baker McKenzie Ushers In 2022 Year-End Associate Bonuses

    Baker McKenzie became the first BigLaw firm on Friday to announce year-end bonuses, kicking off the holiday season with cash infusions for its associates ranging from $20,000 to $115,000 based on seniority, a firm spokesperson confirmed, besting last year's BigLaw bonus scale by a modest margin.

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    COVID Leaves Lasting Ethics Lessons For Small Law Attys

    While risk managers and bar groups have long urged firms to use the copious guidance available on attorney successions, the COVID-19 pandemic drove home the importance of emergency planning for solos and small firms, including as a bulwark against client complaints and lawsuits.

  • ABA Moves One Step Closer To Making LSAT Optional

    An American Bar Association panel on Friday advanced a proposal to drop the requirement that aspiring lawyers take a standardized test like the LSAT to get into law school, according to the association.

  • Firms Set To Seek $6.75M Fee For MultiPlan SPAC Suit Deal

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, Bragar Eagel & Squire PC and RM Law PC are set to seek up to $6.75 million in connection with a proposed $33.75 million settlement that would end a Delaware Chancery Court suit challenging data analytics firm MultiPlan Corp.'s merger with a special purpose acquisition company.

  • Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Robbins Geller and Labaton Sucharow's roles in obtaining a $1 billion Dell stock suit deal and Susman Godfrey's role in obtaining a $2 billion arbitration award for FanDuel lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Nov. 4 to 18.

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    Value Over Vanity: How Small Firms Buy Legal Tech

    BigLaw firms typically have the budget, the resources and the time to pursue cutting-edge technologies, but solos and small firms growing their books of business need to remain savvy and focus on practical tools, while still buying enough tech, experts say.

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    In Their Words: Top Lawyers On How To Cope With Losing

    For many young attorneys, the idea of a loss on a client matter can be frightening and overwhelming, but many experienced attorneys say they've learned to embrace losses as an opportunity to better themselves and their legal skills.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

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    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills? Author Photo

    Allison Coffin at Akin Gump discusses how summer associates going back to school can continue to develop real-world lawyering skills by leveraging the numerous law school resources that support professional development both inside and outside the classroom.

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.



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