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    Law Firm Mergers Hold Steady Despite Recession Talk

    U.S. law firms have continued to merge at a steady pace this month. However, with a recession looming, legal experts are anticipating firm leaders to be more cautious going forward, but they don't necessarily see the merger talks slowing down anytime soon.

  • Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Kasowitz Benson representing the Chapter 7 trustee of a ticket broker suing Citibank over a Ponzi scheme and Robbins Geller's representation of a GoDaddy shareholder suing the company over an $850 million tax pact buyout lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from June 3 to 20.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This week in legal industry news, Holland & Knight acquired a real estate boutique and former New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara headed back to private practice at a BigLaw firm. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    McDermott Adds Health Care Senior Counsel In Miami

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has added a senior counsel in health care and a former executive within the industry to its Miami shop from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Dunkin' Wants Troutman Pepper DQ'd From Slogan Suit

    Dunkin' Brands Group wants a Florida federal court to disqualify Troutman Pepper from representing a company accusing the coffee and doughnut chain of trademark infringement, saying the law firm also represents a Dunkin' subsidiary in a separate case.

  • Nelson Mullins Atty's Work Was 'Conflict Ridden,' Jury Hears

    A legal ethics expert testified Thursday that a Nelson Mullins lawyer's work for a wealthy Florida family was rife with conflicts of interest, and a waiver letter he asked them to sign was an ethical minefield.

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    Judges Call For Greater Security Amid Attacks, Threats

    A panel of judges Thursday said there's a growing need to protect judicial officers and their families amid threats and deadly attacks, with one Louisiana federal judge warning that American democracy may deteriorate if judges are afraid to implement the rule of law.

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    Cadwalader Litigator Karen Dyer Dies At 58

    Karen Dyer, a New York litigation partner at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP died Wednesday evening after a battle with brain cancer. She was 58.

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    BigLaw's 2022 Associate Raises 'Like Playing Chicken'

    In every previous year that Cravath, Milbank or Davis Polk announced associate raises, the rest of BigLaw fell in line within weeks. This year has been a different story, with a slow trickle of matches drawn out over nearly five months.

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    Winston & Strawn Adds 2 More Partners In New Miami Shop

    Winston & Strawn LLP has added two more corporate partners to its month-old Miami office from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Jones Day, making the duo the first new additions to the shop since its launch.

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    7 Legal Tech Companies To Watch In 2022

    When asked to identify the most important legal technology companies, 10 experts provided Law360 Pulse with more than 30 names and seven top picks emerged.

  • Nelson Mullins Atty Says Client Melted Down After Family Rift

    A Nelson Mullins lawyer facing trial over a wealthy family's trusts depicted its patriarch Wednesday as having "fallen off a cliff" emotionally after a son erased him from a trusteeship, demanding the lawyer delete records.

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    Meet The 6 Nominees For The Vacant Fla. Supreme Court Seat

    The newest addition to the Florida Supreme Court will be one of six potential justices recommended to Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this week, including five Sunshine State judges, one of whom had a failed nomination to the court in 2020, and a senior attorney with a conservative legal organization.

  • More Than 60 Cos. Say Reversing Roe Is 'Against Our Values'

    Lyft Inc., Levi Strauss & Co. and Ben & Jerry's Homemade Holdings Inc. are among the dozens of companies that have signed a statement saying abortion restrictions "go against" their values and "are bad for business," as the fate of the constitutional right to abortion established nearly 50 years ago remains in question.

  • Objector Tells 11th Circ. Atty Fees Too High In $8M Class Deal

    An attorney who purchased an allegedly misleading brain performance supplement has asked the Eleventh Circuit to reverse approval of an up to $8 million class settlement against its makers, saying the $2.9 million attorney fee component is too high and the settlement is not worth what it purports to be.

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    Amid BigLaw Data Attacks, Breaches Surge For Smaller Firms

    A Law360 Pulse analysis finds that law firms' data breach reports nearly doubled in 2021 compared with 2020, and have continued to rise this year. While BigLaw firms have been high-profile targets, small and midsize law firms are more likely to fall prey to cybercriminals.

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    Law Firms' Biggest Cybersecurity Liability: Senior Partners

    Senior partners often represent law firms' biggest and highest-profile clients and have access to their sensitive intel, such as trade secrets and financial information, making them prime targets for data breaches, according to cybersecurity experts.

  • Nelson Mullins Atty Tells Jury Trust Work Sits In 'Gray' Area

    A Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP lawyer accused of mishandling a wealthy Florida family's trusts acknowledged on the stand on Tuesday that estate lawyers "don't always have legal authority" for the strategies they use, and their work "can be gray."

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    GC Spending Moves More In-House, Mostly At Smaller Cos.

    A new survey shows that general counsel, especially at smaller companies, are spending more of their legal budget in-house and less on outside counsel, with increases mostly in the areas of due diligence and labor and employment.

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    'Extreme' Staff Shortages Delay Cases And Close Courts

    Delayed hearings, shortened hours, a lack of security, closed courthouses: Many state judiciaries are finding it difficult to return to normal operations in the face of staffing shortages that courts have called "unprecedented" and "extreme."

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    GrayRobinson Adds Litigator In Fort Lauderdale

    GrayRobinson PA has added a litigator from Dickinson Wright PLLC specializing in real estate, financial services and creditors' rights matters as a shareholder in the firm's Fort Lauderdale, Florida, office, according to an announcement Tuesday.

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    Weiss Serota Picks Up Education Boutique In North Fla.

    South Florida-based firm Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman has acquired a Florida education law boutique, the firm announced Monday.

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    5 Firms Get Kudos From Accenture For Diversity Efforts

    Accenture on Tuesday named five law firms as winners in the latest round of its annual diversity awards, which recognize "tangible progress" in diversity, equity and inclusion among the information technology company's outside counsel.

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    What's Behind Microsoft's Prominence At Law Firms

    The rapid adoption of Teams serves as another example of Microsoft’s ubiquity in the legal industry, but opinions differ on what's driving the tech giant's push to woo law firms.

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    Reed Smith Expands RE Practice In Miami

    Reed Smith LLP has expanded its Miami real estate practice with the addition of a former DLA Piper partner who spent almost five years with his former firm, at a time when the city's real estate market is one of the hottest in the nation.

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Expert Analysis

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

  • Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

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    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

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