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    Paralegals 'A Very Hot Commodity' As Demand Soars

    Even as the legal industry scrambles to recruit and retain associates, handing out thousands in raises and bonuses in recent years, the market for paralegals, secretaries and other support professionals may be just as hot, with many law firms and corporations struggling to attract and keep experienced nonattorney staff, according to recruiters and other experts.

  • ​​​​​​​Fla. Firm's Former Bookkeeper Charged With Embezzling $3M

    A former bookkeeper at a law firm in Boca Raton, Florida, was charged with wire fraud after allegedly embezzling more than $3 million from the firm, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey announced Wednesday.

  • Ga. Atty Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Dickinson Wright Bill Row

    A Georgia attorney has asked the Eleventh Circuit to salvage his suit against Dickinson Wright PLLC, saying a federal judge was wrong to dismiss claims that the firm misled him into taking on a case he was never paid for, which he contends led to his ouster from Gregory Doyle Calhoun & Rogers LLC.

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    Atlanta-Based Taylor English To Launch New Office In Miami

    Taylor English Duma LLP has announced the opening of a brick-and-mortar Miami office, its first physical space outside Atlanta, and tapped a veteran of Spiritus Law and Fox Rothschild LLP to helm the new location.

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    Maynard Cooper Adds 5 Attorneys Across Ala., Fla.

    Maynard Cooper & Gale PC has added five attorneys across offices in Alabama and Florida, including a shareholder specializing in tax, estate planning and business planning, two of counsel, an attorney and an associate, according to an announcement Wednesday.

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    BigHand On How Law Firms Can Improve Workflow

    Resource management specialist BigHand is working with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP to help the firm redesign how its work is allocated across its offices in the U.S., the U.K, and Europe. Here, Law360 Pulse chats with BigHand’s global director for resource management and chief marketing officer about why law firms are shifting away from the partner-led work model.

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    New Miami Court Admin's Priorities Include Staffing, Tech

    As Deirdre Dunham gets set to take over as the new court administrator in Miami-Dade County, which boasts the largest circuit court system in Florida and one of the largest in the country, she says her priorities will include recruitment and retention of court employees by offering remote work options.

  • Judge Raises Payout To Unit Owners Amid $1B Surfside Deal

    The Florida state court judge overseeing consolidated litigation over the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside agreed Tuesday to increase the payouts to unit owners now that a recently announced $1 billion settlement will provide a better recovery for victims than initially expected.

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    Why So Many Practice Group Leaders Are Jumping Ship

    It's now a familiar headline: practice group leader leaves law firm and joins a competitor. New data released Tuesday supports the anecdotal evidence, demonstrating that the industry has had a marked increase in lateral moves by practice heads each of the last three years.

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    LSAT's Impact On Industry's Diversity Remains Unclear

    Whether the LSAT helps diversify the legal industry was up for discussion at a recent panel hosted by Duane Morris LLP, with some saying it has failed to increase diversity over the past few decades

  • 11th Circ. Restarts Atty Lender Suit Over Frozen Accounts

    The Eleventh Circuit revived a suit filed by two Florida personal injury lawyers against a lender that went to Maryland to freeze their bank accounts amid a repayment dispute and accusations of usury.

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    Foley & Mansfield Elects NY MP To Executive Committee

    The managing partner for Foley & Mansfield PLLC's New York office, has been elected to the executive committee, the firm recently announced.

  • Gunster Continues Expanding, Adding Six Attorneys In Fla.

    Gunster continues its expansion in Florida, bringing in six new attorneys and continuing a hiring spree that began two years ago, the firm announced Friday.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another busy week as law firms expanded their footprint with new hires. Meanwhile, a new study showed attrition rates are higher for nonwhite attorneys. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    State High Courts See Modest Rise In Judicial Diversity

    The percentage of people of color and women on state high court benches nationwide ticked up slightly over the past year, but many courts around the nation still have a long way to go before they reflect the wider population, according to a report released Friday.

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    Pietragallo's Florida Leader On Firm's State Expansion

    While the Pennsylvania-based Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP recently joined the ranks of the law firms either launching or expanding their presence in Florida, the firm chose a road somewhat less traveled as it picked a location for its new outpost.

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    Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Grant & Eisenhofer PA securing the lead counsel role in an investor suit against Peloton and Pryor Cashman LLP representing an organization owned by Kevin Durant in a soccer team investment lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from May 6 to 20.

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    Goodwin Procter Partner Joins Transform Materials As GC

    Chemicals company Transform Materials has named a Goodwin Procter LLP partner as its next general counsel and vice president of strategy, the company announced Thursday.

  • Sidley Adds More Weil Attys To Global Real Estate Practice

    Sidley Austin LLP has continued the growth of its real estate practice by adding three more Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP attorneys to its offices in Miami and New York.

  • Fla. Judge Suspended, Fined For Representing Son

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday agreed with a judicial ethics watchdog that a Tallahassee judge who acted as her son's attorney in connection with a shooting at his house should be suspended, but added a $30,000 fine after finding the recommended discipline "insufficient for the serious misconduct at issue."

  • Foley & Lardner Announces Associate Pay Raises

    Foley & Lardner LLP announced pay raises for associates effective in August, with its new salaries differing somewhat from the prevailing scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in late February, Law360 Pulse learned on Thursday.

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    Winston & Strawn Adds Miami Shop, Partners From 5 Firms

    Winston & Strawn LLP has opened a new Miami office with six new partners joining from other law firms in South Florida, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Clyde & Co. Hires Miami Maritime Partner From Lewis Brisbois

    An attorney with more than three decades' experience in the shipping and cruise line industry has moved his practice from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP to Clyde & Co. LLP's Miami office.

  • Robbins Geller Starts Fellowship For Diverse 2L Students

    Securities-focused plaintiffs' firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP announced its plans to start a fellowship program dedicated to diverse second-year law students starting in 2023, with the firm selecting two participants as summer associates.

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    How Clark Hill Makes Use Of Technology To Market Itself

    Asana, SharePoint, Wufoo, Sprout Social, Google Docs, SQL database and PowerBI are all fairly typical technologies for law firms to use in their marketing and business development efforts, but Detroit-based Clark Hill has leveraged those ordinary technologies for some interesting uses, earning it a recent international award.

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