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    The Other Talent War: Firms Vying For Tech Pros In Hot Market

    Just as the talent war for associates and lateral hires continues to ramp up, the more intrepid firms are also now competing for different kinds of hires — technology and sales talent.

  • LegalTech Fund Raises $28.5M From Orrick, DocuSign, Others

    The LegalTech Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on legal tech investments, closed at $28.5 million with investments from firms and companies like McDermott Will & Emery and DocuSign, according to an announcement Tuesday.

  • Nelson Mullins Atty Tells Jury His Trusts Were 'Perfect'

    A Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP lawyer facing claims over trusts that put the children of a prominent Florida family on unequal financial footing took the stand on Monday to say the instruments were precisely what the parents asked for and "worked perfectly."

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    Black Attorney Population Has Stayed Flat For A Decade

    The percentage of Black attorneys in the United States has remained flat since 2012 despite a decade of increased visibility for diversity and inclusion issues, according to the 2022 National Lawyer Population Survey conducted by the American Bar Association.

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    Firms More Unified On Billable Expectations For Associates

    Midsize law firms have a wide range of expectations for billable hours for equity partners but are much more unified around expectations for nonequity partners and associates, according to a recent survey by the Managing Partner Forum.

  • 6 Finalists Named To Fill Fla. High Court Vacancy

    Five current state judges and a senior attorney with the conservative legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom were among the six finalists named by a state nominating commission on Monday for Gov. Ron DeSantis to choose from as he prepares to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court.

  • Finance Company Claims Georgia Rival's GC Defamed It

    The general counsel of a Georgia financing company defamed a Florida competitor and its parent company's CEO in an effort to regain a customer's business and discourage an employee who jumped ship, the competitor has alleged in a Georgia federal court.

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    Akerman Adds Litigation Partner In Tampa

    Akerman LLP said on Monday that it has picked up a new partner for its Tampa, Florida, office from Older Lundy Alvarez & Koch, where he founded its civil litigation department.

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    Immediation Founder On Future Of Online Dispute Resolution

    Though the coronavirus pandemic may have hastened the adoption of digital court proceedings and arbitrations, those technologies are now here to stay, Laura Keily, founder and CEO of the Australia-based online dispute resolution platform Immediation, told Law360 Pulse in a recent interview. 

  • Nelson Mullins Atty Caused Jumbo Trust Payout, Jury Hears

    A Florida jury heard Friday that allegedly poor wealth planning work by a Nelson Mullins attorney caused a trust vehicle to give a client's son more than 10 times the $3 million she had intended.

  • Florida Court's 'Byzantine' Filing System Is Unconstitutional

    A Florida state court violated a news organization's First Amendment right to timely access court documents by operating a "byzantine" filing system with outdated "no access before process" policies, a Florida federal judge said Friday.

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    Here's Where BigLaw Is Focused On Opening Up Shop

    Fueled by another year of strong financial growth, large law firms have continued to expand into new territories through mergers and lateral hires in 2022, with metropolitan cities such as Miami, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., being the top destinations.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This week in legal industry news, attorneys at one BigLaw firm achieved a first after successfully serving a temporary restraining order to a defendant in a hacking case via nonfungible token. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • 3M Earplug MDL Sent To Mediation To Avoid 'Flooding' Courts

    The federal judge overseeing the massive multidistrict litigation over 3M's Combat Arms Earplugs ordered the parties on Friday to begin mediation next month and attempt to reach a good faith settlement before district courts are "flooded" with cases from the MDL.

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    Akerman Taps Ex-Prosecutor To Lead Miami Litigation Team

    Akerman LLP selected a veteran former federal prosecutor and current white collar defense partner as its next chair of the Miami office's litigation practice.

  • Fla. Doctor Denied Mistrial In Fight With Nelson Mullins Atty

    The wealthy Florida doctor suing Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and Oshins & Associates LLC over his son's trust asked for — and was denied — a mistrial Thursday afternoon after a defense attorney brought up a related arbitration proceeding between the doctor and his son over the trust at issue.

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    For Depp Atty, Sudden Fame Can Bring Rewards — And Risk

    Camille Vasquez was a relatively obscure associate at Brown Rudnick LLP before her representation of Johnny Depp in his defamation case against Amber Heard landed her on the fast track to partner — and made her a minor pop culture icon.

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    Will ALSPs Be Wary After UnitedLex, LeClairRyan Bust Up?

    Alternative legal service provider UnitedLex has agreed to pay $21 million to settle claims it accelerated the demise of a dying law firm through its partnership with now-defunct LeClairRyan. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a look at the settlement and impacts it could have on the relationship between BigLaw and ALSPs.

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    How GCs Can Thwart Funding For Bribery Schemes

    In most corporate bribery schemes, employees use their knowledge of the company's finance and other systems to procure funds, according to two experts who described details of recent funding schemes on Thursday to show in-house counsel and compliance professionals how to better manage the risks.

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    Ex-DeSantis Aide On Move From Gov't To Greenberg Traurig

    Roger "Beau" Beaubien, a former deputy chief of staff for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, is in the midst of transitioning his career back to private practice after a busy stint in government and politics. Law360 Pulse caught up with Beaubien to learn more about his new role and how he sees government affairs work evolving.

  • Nelson Mullins Atty Says Trust Moves Were Approved

    Attorneys at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and Oshins & Associates LLC told jurors Wednesday that the trusts they set up for a prominent Florida doctor and his family were all aboveboard and done with the approval of the doctor who now claims the attorneys helped one of his sons manipulate the $250 million estate to get a larger share than his siblings.

  • Female-Led Law Firms Settle 'Woman' Slogan TM Fight

    Two female-led law firms on Wednesday announced they'd settled a yearslong dispute over use of the slogan "Ever Argued With A Woman?" and a slight variation of that same phrase.

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    GOP-Picked Jurists Less Likely To Require Masks, Study Says

    Republican-appointed judges were less likely to implement mask mandates during the height of the pandemic, but they were also more likely to shut down in-person trials, a recent study has found.

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    Rimon Opens Orlando Office With Life Science Atty

    Continuing to expand its footprint, Rimon PC has opened a new office in Orlando, adding a Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP life sciences attorney to serve in the office as partner.

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    Survey Shows In-House Counsel Pay Jumped 21% In 2021

    Calling 2021 "an unprecedented year in recruiting and retaining talent," a new survey of in-house counsel released Wednesday shows that in-house lawyers' median compensation increased 21% from 2020 for all industries and across all positions.

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Expert Analysis

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • The Pandemic's Long-Term Impact On Law Firm Operations Author Photo

    Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.

  • Opinion

    Fla. Jury Selection Success Shows Viability Of Remote Trials Author Photo

    The success of a Broward County, Florida, court earlier this month in conducting jury selection online is a true testament of faith in the jury system, and there is no doubt trials can be conducted via a video platform during the pandemic, says Chief Judge Jack Tuter of Florida's 17th Judicial Circuit.

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