Florida Pulse

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    Jones Walker Adds Miami Partner To Health Care Practice

    Jones Walker LLP has added a new partner to its health care industry team in Miami with more than 25 years of experience.

  • Bressler Amery Adds 6 Insurance Litigators In Fla.

    Bressler Amery & Ross PC has added six associates in Florida, all of whom focus on insurance litigation.

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    How BigLaw's IT Hiring Woes Have Worsened

    Amid a more challenging market for the recruitment of information technology talent, some BigLaw firms have found themselves at the short end of the stick.

  • Lewis Brisbois Adds Corporate Pro To Fla., Chicago Offices

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has expanded two of its corporate-focused practice groups, with a partner who will split his time between its Florida and Chicago offices, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Stumphauzer Co-Founder Jumps To Sidley Austin In Miami

    Sidley Austin LLP picked up a Miami attorney who was a named partner and co-founder of Stumphauzer Foslid Sloman Ross & Kolaya PLLC.

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    LGBTQ Attys And Staff Talk Inclusivity In Mid-Law

    As the legal industry has placed increased focus on diversity in recent years, many firms have promoted not only efforts for more racial and ethnic diversity, but also diversity of gender identity and sexual orientation. This Pride Month, Law360 Pulse spoke to LGBTQ attorneys and staff at Mid-Law firms about how things stand regarding LGBTQ inclusion in this part of the industry.

  • Dr. Says Nelson Mullins Atty Knew Plan To Treat Kids Equally

    The patriarch of a wealthy Florida family suing its Nelson Mullins estate planning attorney took the stand Wednesday, telling jurors he took steps to minimize a windfall for one of his five children and made it clear to his attorney that he wanted to treat all of his children equally.

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    Why Some Firms Are Not Moving Fully To The Cloud

    As law firms have come to embrace storing data in the cloud since the COVID-19 pandemic normalized remote working, some firms are choosing to continue keeping data on in-house office servers.

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    Public Interest Attorney Pay Growing Faster Since 2018

    Many attorneys in public service jobs have seen their median salaries rise faster in the past four years than in the preceding decade and a half, according to a study released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.

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    Law School Graduate Hiring Rebounds From Pandemic Slump

    Law firms are making up for the COVID-19-driven decline in law school graduate hiring, exceeding numbers in 2021 from the last pre-pandemic year, a report released Wednesday by legal services provider Leopard Solutions says.

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    Holland & Knight Adds MoFo Atty To Corporate Team In Miami

    Holland & Knight LLP has added a corporate attorney in its Miami office from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Money Isn't Everything When It Comes To Making Attys Happy

    Law firms may have reached a limit on how much time and energy they can take from their attorneys, as associates and partners in a recent survey voiced displeasure with a narrow focus on profit and eagerness for more human-centered management.

  • The 2022 Law Firm Culture Survey

    Law360 Pulse partnered with Major Lindsey & Africa to survey attorneys on what the idea of law firm culture means to them, what aspects of it they think their firms are good at and struggle with. Here, we take a look at our results.

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    Fiscal Health, Client Service Keys To A Strong Firm Culture

    Firms looking to attract and retain the best legal talent should focus on financial management, high performance expectations, client service and civic-mindedness, according to the results of a new survey conducted by Law360 and Major Lindsey & Africa.

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    Why Better Law Firm Culture Must Come From The Top

    As firm leaders continue to navigate the evolving work environment, lawyers most want to see improvements that come from the top — in transparency, training and mentorship, and diversity, a recent survey found.

  • Markle's Half Sister Can't Boot Judge From Defamation Case

    A Florida federal judge refused Tuesday to remove herself from a defamation case against Meghan Markle brought by Markle's half sister, ruling that the Duchess of Sussex's purportedly close relationship with the Obamas and the fact that the judge was appointed by former President Barack Obama don't amount to grounds for recusal.

  • Expert Says Fla. Couple's Son Was Overpaid For CEO Work

    An executive compensation expert testified Tuesday that the son of a wealthy Florida couple was "excessively compensated" for the work he did as CEO of the company owned by his parents, who say their Nelson Mullins estate planning attorney mishandled trusts to heavily tip the scales in favor of the son over their other four children.

  • Fla. Lawyer Found Guilty Of Extorting Client For Cash

    Former criminal defense attorney Marion Michael O'Steen was found guilty on two charges — interfering with commerce by extortion and failing to timely file a form required for receipt of more than $10,000 — and faces up to 25 years in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Middle District of Florida announced Tuesday.

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    Tyson & Mendes Adds Ex-Trenam Law Attorney In Florida

    Tyson & Mendes LLP has added a partner in its Tampa, Florida, office who has over three decades of experience in the premises liability, construction, medical malpractice, toxic tort and other insurance defense-related fields, the firm recently announced.

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    Foley Rehires Former Atty As Partner In Orlando Shop

    After more than a decade, a former Foley & Lardner LLP attorney is returning to his old stomping grounds at the firm as a litigator in the Orlando, Florida, office.

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    It's Time For Mid-Law To Take Charge Of Managing Info

    As changes in technology and attorney work habits create new challenges for the management of documents and information, many Mid-Law firms should be thinking more proactively about information governance, including how they can overcome the difference in resources compared to BigLaw, experts say.

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    The Law360 400: Tracking The Largest US Law Firms

    As the legal market adjusted to pressures of a global pandemic and saw demand for complex legal services soar, many law firms spent 2021 locked in a fierce war for talent to meet ever-expanding client needs.

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    Will BigLaw Regret Its Hiring Spree As The Economy Softens?

    The largest 200 law firms in the U.S. boosted their headcount by an average of 5.6% in 2021 — the steepest increase in five years, according to the Law360 400. Here's a look at what those numbers mean and where firms may be headed if the economy slows in the coming year.

  • Firm's Ethics Policies Aren't Final Say, Higher-Up Testifies

    A former managing partner who supervised a Nelson Mullins lawyer accused of mishandling trusts was grilled in trial testimony played Friday on whether his office's lawyers felt compelled to follow the firm's written policies regarding conflicts reporting, engagement letters and more, and described those policies as "words on a page."

  • Fla. Firm Seeks Restart Of Fee Suit Despite Atty's Misconduct

    A Florida law firm that represented two wrongfully convicted men before one of its lawyers was caught defrauding them is continuing its fight for fees after a jury awarded the pair $75 million in a civil rights lawsuit.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

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