Georgia Pulse

  • Steven H. Lee

    Ex-Prosecutor Who Joined Lewis Brisbois On Toughest Cases

    The new vice chair for the government investigations and white collar defense practice at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP says that the most challenging cases he handled as a federal prosecutor involved national security violations and trade secret theft. Here, Steven H. Lee talks with Law360 Pulse about why he thinks his experience as an assistant U.S. attorney will inform him at the firm.

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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.

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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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    BakerHostetler Adds 5-Atty McGuireWoods Real Estate Team

    BakerHostetler has strengthened its national real estate practice with the addition of a five-attorney team from McGuireWoods LLP in Atlanta.

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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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    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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    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.

  • Alston & Bird Adds Hodgson Russ, McGuireWoods Attys

    Alston & Bird LLP has hired two finance attorneys from Hodgson Russ LLP and McGuireWoods LLP, the firm announced Monday. 

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    Barr Says He Told Trump Election Fraud Claims Were 'Bullshit'

    Former President Donald Trump grew "indignant" when now-former U.S. Attorney Bill Barr told him that his campaign's claims of election fraud were "bullshit," according to testimony aired Monday by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

  • Ga. DA's Office Can't Halt Pregnancy Bias Case, Ex-Aide Says

    The Fulton Judicial Circuit district attorney's office waited too long to claim a former top aide wasn't technically an "employee" in an attempt to end her pregnancy bias suit, she argued Friday in a response to the office's motion for summary judgment. 

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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.

  • 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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    McGuireWoods Adds Ex-Squire Patton Atty In Public Finance

    McGuireWoods LLP announced Monday that it had added a former Squire Patton Boggs LLP principal to bolster its Atlanta office, bringing on a partner in its public finance practice who previously advised a client on developing and financing an NFL stadium.

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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. 

  • Atty's Time-Bar Error Can't Restore Ga. Wrongful Death Claims

    A lawyer's allegedly mistaken agreement to dismiss wrongful death claims as time-barred is still binding even after a subsequent attorney argued that the claims could still be pressed, the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled.

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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.

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    BitPay Names Remote Atty As GC And Compliance Officer

    BitPay, a global bitcoin payment processing company headquartered in Atlanta, has named a former partner from Arkansas-based Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard PLLC as its new general counsel and chief compliance officer.

  • 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.

  • FINRA Fraud Claim 'Flailing Around The Edges,' Court Told

    Wells Fargo defended on Thursday a 2019 arbitration ruling in its favor by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, as an attorney for the bank slammed a Georgia judge who vacated that decision over corruption allegations for "flailing around the edges" of the case.

  • Ex-Ga. Law Firm Staffer Gets Shorter Embezzlement Sentence

    A Georgia federal judge has shaved more than four years off a prison sentence imposed on a former accountant of a defunct Georgia law firm for her part in a firm founder's multi-million dollar embezzlement, effectively releasing her on time served.

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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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Expert Analysis

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

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