Delaware Pulse

  • Bank Co. Says Insurers Must Cover Losses After $88M Deal

    Ally Financial, which agreed to pay $87.5 million and forgive $700 million in loan debt to settle a class action in March, has sued its excess insurers for denying coverage of the settlement and leaving Ally with a $3 million bill for defense fees.

  • Firms Seek $12M For $45M Surgery Partners Suit Settlement

    Heyman Enerio Gattuso & Hirzel LLP and Block & Leviton LLP are seeking $12.1 million for their work brokering a proposed $45 million settlement that would end a Surgery Partners stockholder's suit in Delaware Chancery Court over a $760 million acquisition of a surgery center in 2017.

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    Cole Schotz's 1st Female Co-Head Talks COVID, 2022 Plans

    After being named the first female co-managing shareholder of Cole Schotz PC, Randi Kochman spoke with Law360 Pulse about her expectations for the new role, the firm's return-to-office plans and attorney mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

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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.

  • Delaware Supreme Court Overturns Lin Wood Dismissal

    Delaware's Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously reversed a decision that controversial attorney L. Lin Wood could not represent a former Trump campaign adviser in a state defamation case, while in a separate ruling affirming the dismissal of the defamation case itself. 

  • Slights To Leave Creative Legacy At Delaware Chancery Court

    A jurist with a "keen sense of the practicalities of commercial life" who helped kill appraisal arbitrage cases and was unafraid to take creative leaps in corporate law is leaving a legacy of meticulous opinions on Delaware's Chancery Court, experts said. 

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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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    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.

  • 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.

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    Bayard Atty Elected Philly Bar Association Biz Section Chair

    Bayard PA director Evan T. Miller recently took over as chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Business Law Section, the Delaware-based firm has announced.

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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.

  • Avenatti Can't Keep Free Speech Group Out Of Fox Suit

    The Third Circuit on Friday rejected embattled attorney Michael Avenatti's effort to bar a free speech group's friend of the court brief opposing his jurisdiction-focused attempt to revive and remove to state court a dismissed federal defamation suit against Fox News in Delaware.

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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.

  • Southern Copper Opposes 2 Firms' $7.5M Fee Bid In Chancery

    Southern Copper Corp. is arguing that Delaware Chancery Court should give Andrews & Springer LLC and Friedman Oster & Tejtel PLLC roughly half of the $7.5 million in fees they requested after reaching a proposed $24.5 million settlement of a stockholder suit asserting the company was exploited by controlling investors.

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    5 Trends Corporate Boards Are Preparing For In 2022

    As general counsel help their company directors prepare for the first board meetings of 2022, the National Association of Corporate Directors has released a report highlighting five pressing governance trends.

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    In-House Attys Look To Boost Female Entrepreneurs Of Color

    The Corporate Counsel Women of Color will roll out a mentorship program for female entrepreneurs of color, providing business advice as well as a limited number of grants, the nonprofit said Thursday.

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    3 Tips For Managing Successful Firms During The Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic’s enduring impact on the legal profession has created new challenges for law firm leaders, like retaining talent. Here are five tips from a recent webinar on managing successful firms during the pandemic.

  • Senate Panel Advances Trial Court Picks, Stark For Fed Circ.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to advance U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark's nomination to the Federal Circuit and approved four of President Joe Biden's district court picks, moving them one step closer to confirmation.

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    Why Attorneys Need Law Firm Management Skills

    Brazil's Mattos Filho and Fordham Law School are once again teaming up to improve law firm management across the globe as the legal industry faces another year upended by the pandemic and myriad other challenges.

  • 2021 Ended With Overall NPE Uptick, Report Says

    Patent litigation by nonpracticing entities dipped toward the end of 2021, though the numbers are still higher last year compared to 2020, according to a new report.

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.

  • 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.

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