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    The Perils And Payoffs Of Cross-Border Law Firm Mergers

    Transatlantic and other cross-border combinations present enormous opportunities for U.S. law firms, however, there are a number of thorny challenges that often come along with those deals, according to Guy Adams, vice president of the legal industry group at Intapp.

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    As AI Gains Buzz, Attys See Decline In Demand For ESG Work

    When it comes to client work, lawyers are intrigued by the possibilities of artificial intelligence, but they're expecting lower demand for guidance on environmental, social and governance matters, a new survey out Wednesday shows.

  • Jailed Murdaugh Fraud Accomplice Turns In Ga. Law License

    The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted the voluntary surrender of a law license from an imprisoned attorney who helped disgraced South Carolina lawyer and convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh scam millions of dollars from his housekeeper's estate.

  • Ga. Rips Ex-DOJ Official's 'Novel' Bid To Pause Election Case

    Former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer Jeffrey Clark can't pause his election interference case while he fights to keep that prosecution in federal court under a "meritless theory" based on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Georgia prosecutors have told the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Ga. Atty Suspended Over Jan. 6 Conviction Amid Appeal

    The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended an attorney because of his conviction for storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, rejecting his argument that he should not face discipline in part because "civil rights [were] at stake" during the riot.

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    GCs Want Diverse Outside Counsel, But Most Don't Ask For It

    General counsel and their companies value diversity and expect it of their outside law firms, but they are not taking the necessary steps that would lead to diverse legal teams handling their own high stakes litigation, according to a new study released Tuesday.

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    Cox Elevates Longtime Atty To Lead Compliance And Privacy

    Cox Enterprises has selected a longtime in-house attorney in its family of companies to take over the conglomerate's compliance and privacy team, the Atlanta-based company announced this week. 

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    Prestige Leaders: The Firms In The Billionaires' Club

    With money and prestige going hand in hand in the world of BigLaw, we highlight the firms that reported more than $1 billion in gross revenue in the most recent calendar year.

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    What Can PPP Tell Us? It's Complicated.

    The metric of profits per equity partner — often referred to as PPP — has been one of the primary stand-ins for prestige in BigLaw going back decades. However, a growing chorus of voices have pointed to the measure's flaws, insisting that there are better indicators of success and clout.

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    These Firms Are The 2023 Prestige Leaders

    Clients flock to firms with prestigious reputations, and so does top talent. Here are this year's Law360 Pulse Prestige Leaders — the 100 firms the industry recognizes for their prominence, power and distinction.

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    How Law Firms Build And Protect Stellar Reputations

    Now more than ever, BigLaw firms depend on the strength of their brand to land clients, attract recruits and justify top-shelf hourly rates. But in the world of the 24/7 news cycle, where any slip-up can instantly go viral, how do firms manage their prized reputations?

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    NC Law Firm Takes Big Step With Expanding ChatGPT Use

    North Carolina-based King Law requires that its staff use ChatGPT for some tasks, and its managing partner says it's improving access to justice.

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    Ogletree Deakins Taps New Co-Chair Of Trade Secrets Group

    Management-side labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced Monday that it tapped a Houston shareholder to be its next co-chair of its national unfair competition and trade secrets practice group.

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    Meadows Fights To Move Ga. Election Case To Federal Court

    Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told the Eleventh Circuit on Friday that he is entitled as a former federal officer to move his prosecution in a sprawling election interference case to federal court, while Georgia fights to keep the case in state court.

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    Advice For Paralegals: Embrace Generative AI

    Legal tech experts have many tips for paralegals about how they can protect their jobs from generative artificial intelligence — systems that produce written and visual content — and those tips share one underlying message: Embrace the technology.

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    Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q3

    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 third quarter of this year.

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    Kelley Kronenberg Hires New Director Of Talent Acquisition

    Kelley Kronenberg has hired a former law school professional development officer as its new director of talent acquisition.

  • Former Atlanta Court Worker Sues County For Age Bias

    A woman who was fired from her administrative position at the Fulton County Juvenile Court in Atlanta when she was 60 years old and had requested medical leave due to an upcoming knee surgery has sued the county for age and disability discrimination.

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    Share Of Women Among Partner Promos Continues Growing

    Nearly 80 law firms have been recognized for having 2023 partnership promotion classes that consist of at least 50% women, with a new report Friday highlighting those shops that have had a continued growth in the number of promotions for women attorneys overall.

  • More Firms Urge Law Schools To Combat Antisemitism

    Dozens more U.S. law firms have signed a letter urging law school deans to take action on campus antisemitism in the weeks since Hamas' surprise attack on Israel, with the most recent version obtained by Law360 Pulse featuring more than 100 signatories.

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    DLA Piper Chair: From Student Athlete To Sports Strategist

    DLA Piper recently announced it had elected Frank Ryan for a second term as chair of the Americas. Here, he talks with Law360 Pulse on his goals over the next five years and how sports still plays a key role in his life.

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    Female Native American Attys Report On Barriers, Progress

    Female Native American attorneys still face significant hurdles in starting and navigating their careers, from a lack of financial resources to apply to and attend law school to pervasive levels of bias and harassment, according to a new study on their experiences in the legal profession.

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    'Emory Lifer' Tapped As Next Dean Of Ga. Law School

    Emory University has named Richard D. Freer, an expert on civil procedure with four decades on the faculty, as the next dean of its law school.

  • Another Ballot Tally Will Prove Trump Win In Ga., Judge Told

    A defendant in the Georgia election interference case against Donald Trump and others argued Friday he should be able to count Fulton County ballots to show Trump won the state's 2020 election and that he didn't lie about supposed widespread voter fraud, a request the presiding judge said would be sure to "raise some alarms."

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    Legal Sector Jobs Count Still Flat, Continuing 14-Month Trend

    The number of legal sector jobs in the U.S. has barely budged over the last 14 months and didn't move in any statistically significant way between September and October, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released on Friday.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.



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