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  • Texas-Based Malone Frost Unveils New Fla. Outpost

    Dallas-based Malone Frost Martin PLLC has ventured into Florida with a new satellite office location in Jacksonville with the addition of a senior associate attorney who will head up the new shop.

  • Trump's Social Media Co. Names Ex-DHS Official As GC

    The new social media platform championed by former President Donald Trump after he was banned by Twitter listed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security official as general counsel, amid the outfit's pending merger with a special-purpose acquisition company.

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    Kirkland & Ellis Opens New Office In Miami

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP will open the doors to its 19th office this summer in Miami, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Littler Picks Shareholder To Be First Chief Data Officer

    Littler Mendelson PC said Thursday that it has picked a shareholder from its Miami office who founded Littler CaseSmart and Littler onDemand to be its first chief data officer.

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    Holland & Knight Latest Firm To Add Fla. Real Estate Talent

    Holland & Knight LLP has added the former director and counsel of a West Palm Beach real estate management company as a partner, the latest in a number of recent hires by Florida firms to boost their real estate practices.

  • Polsinelli Must Face Negligence Claims In $35M Crypto Fraud

    Polsinelli PC must face a defunct cryptocurrency trading club's argument that the law firm and a former partner failed to detect illegal activity that ultimately drained the club's coffers, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • Fla. Panel Finds Atty Fees Error In Irma Coverage Suit

    A Florida state appellate panel on Wednesday reversed a lower court's award of attorney fees to counsel for homeowners suing underwriters at Lloyd's of London for coverage of damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017.

  • Judge Wants Streamlined Claim Process In $1B Surfside Deal

    The judge overseeing the consolidated litigation over the collapse of Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida, told the plaintiffs' attorneys Wednesday to streamline the forms victims will have to submit to get their share of a nearly $1 billion settlement, stressing that he does not want to burden the victims or create a lengthy process.

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    Carnival CCO Who Steered Pollution Overhaul Resigns

    Carnival Corp. & PLC's chief compliance officer, a former U.S. prosecutor who was brought in to clean up the company's act as part of a $20 million plea deal tied to environmental violations, has resigned, the company confirmed Wednesday.

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    Reed Smith Promises 20% Carbon Reduction By 2024

    Reed Smith LLP announced a two-year plan on Wednesday that promised a 20% reduction in its carbon footprint by 2024 and that would provide its attorneys with billable hour credits to work on sustainability initiatives.

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    Legal Malpractice Payouts More Costly In Hot Lateral Market

    Firms are facing higher payouts on legal malpractice insurance claims this year because of an increasingly active lateral recruitment market and rapidly changing laws, according to a new report by insurance broker Ames & Gough.

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    States Evolve On Mental Health As A Question Of 'Fitness'

    Mental health questions on character and fitness questionnaires are meant to safeguard the future clients of would-be attorneys, but they’ve also drawn criticism for being invasive and irrelevant. Could the pandemic usher in a sea change as it alters attitudes toward mental illness?

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    Mid-Law's Run Of Small Mergers In '22 Hints At More To Come

    Since the beginning of 2022, more than a dozen Mid-Law firms have announced mergers, all of them with smaller firms with fewer than 50 attorneys, with experts saying they expect many more tie-ups to come to fruition this year.

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    Pennsylvania-Based Pietragallo Opens First Florida Office

    Pennsylvania-based Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP has opened its first Florida office and sixth shop overall in Palm Beach Gardens.

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    In Their Words: BigLaw Leaders On Why They Merged

    Law firm combinations have begun to tick back up after a slowdown early on in the pandemic. Here, leaders of some of the biggest recent law firm mergers talk with Law360 Pulse about why they decided to move ahead with a merger, what they looked for in a merger partner and how they handled challenges along the way.

  • 11th Circ. Won't Let Law Office Biz Pin Issues On Building Sale

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday shut down a space-sharing company's claim that the sale of the office building it works out of shouldn't have been approved by a Florida federal court as part of the U.S. government's efforts to seize properties connected to a Ukrainian money laundering scheme.

  • Telemundo Can't Pull Plug On Sex Harassment Suit

    A Florida federal judge opted to keep a former Telemundo advertising saleswoman's sexual harassment suit alive Tuesday but denied her bid to sanction the network based on her claims that it intimidated a witness and hid evidence.

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    Sidley Hauls In Sports Industry Duo From O'Melveny

    Sidley Austin LLP has snagged new co-chairs for its entertainment, sports and media industry group from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where they served in a similar capacity.

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    BigLaw May Regret Its Retreat From Remote Hiring

    A year ago in the height of the pandemic, a number of law firms expressed interest in hiring attorneys to work remotely in far-flung locations, but today recruiters say BigLaw is largely shunning remote hiring, even as the appetite for such jobs among talent is high.

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    Cozen Lands Proskauer Trusts And Estates Atty In Fla.

    Cozen O'Connor has hired a new member in its Boca Raton, Florida office for its private client, trusts and estates group from Proskauer Rose LLP.

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    Quinn Emanuel's Co-Managing Partners On Their New Roles

    Last week, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP named two new co-managing partners as co-founder John Quinn stepped into a new chairman role. Here, Law360 Pulse speaks with the new leaders about how they will run the law firm alongside Quinn and what lies ahead.

  • Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q1

    A promotion to partner or election to practice group chair means a slew of new responsibilities and also lots of well-deserved recognition. Law360 reveals the list of attorneys whose commitment to legal excellence earned them highly coveted spots in the law firm leadership ranks. Find out if your old legal friends — or rivals — moved up in the first quarter of the year.

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    Attrition Rates Higher For Diverse Attys, ABA Finds

    About two of every 10 Black or Asian attorneys left their law firms in 2020, with incremental increases in diversity figures for the legal workforce coming up against the challenge of retaining attorneys after they are hired, according to an American Bar Association study released Monday.

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    Fed. Prosecutors See 'Staggering' Range Of Telework Policies

    A survey of federal prosecutors released Monday found a "staggering" variety in approaches to telework at U.S. attorney's offices across the country.

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    Sidley Brings On 2 Akerman Litigation Partners In Miami

    Sidley Austin LLP has added a two-partner litigation team in Miami from Akerman LLP that works in commercial litigation and antitrust litigation and counseling.

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