Florida Pulse

  • 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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    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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    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.

  • 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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    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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    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

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