In-House

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    DLA Piper Hires Ex-QIA Atty, Eyes Gulf-Area Opportunities

    DLA Piper LLP's corporate practice in New York has snagged a long-time legal counsel to the Qatar Investment Authority, one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, in a move to capitalize on the rising economic power center that is the Persian Gulf region, the firm has confirmed.

  • Conn. Gov. Lamont Picks Ex-Prosecutor As General Counsel

    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has picked a former prosecutor from the state's U.S. Attorney's Office who was deeply involved in a probe into the origins of an investigation into Russia election meddling as his new general counsel.

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    Simpson Thacher Hiring Spree Continues With Blackstone GC

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is bringing on Blackstone's Europe, Middle East and Africa general counsel as a partner in its London office, the firm announced Tuesday, the latest high-profile addition in a string of transactional hires the firm has made in recent months.

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    Former Top Gov't Trade Atty Returns To Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has welcomed back a former acting deputy U.S. trade representative and general counsel who handled the Trump administration's trade policy with China, according to the firm's Monday announcement.

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    Has Lathrop Merged Its Way Into BigLaw?

    Following the merger of two Midwestern Mid-Law firms in 2020, industry observers appear divided about whether the combined firm, Lathrop GPM, will break into the BigLaw space when it comes to profitability, client profile and ability to attract talent.

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    Ex-Robinhood Lawyer Joins Rally As 1st General Counsel

    Nili Moghaddam is the first general counsel of Rally, whose app allows ordinary people to invest in rare collectible items like art or high-end cars, and she's also the first woman on the fintech firm's management team.

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    UnitedHealth Counsel Joins NJ Boutique Health Care Firm

    The former chief compliance and ethics officer for UnitedHealth Group has made the switch to Frier Levitt LLC, a national boutique health care and life sciences law firm based in Pine Brook, New Jersey.

  • Cummins Names Ex-Commerce Dept. Counsel As Its New GC

    Global power technology company Cummins Inc. announced Monday that it has hired Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale, former deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce, to serve as its new GC beginning in May.

  • The Top In-House Hires Of February

    Legal department hires during the second month of 2021 included high-profile appointments at the National Labor Relations Board, Disney and Burger King operator Carrols Restaurant Group. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top in-house announcements from the past few weeks.

  • Texas Justices To Hear Apache's Fight With Fired Paralegal

    The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to review Apache Corp.'s challenge of a Houston jury's finding that it retaliated against a paralegal after she complained of a hostile work environment, a finding the energy company argues isn't supported by the evidence.

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    Black Judges On Building A More Diverse Bench

    Six barrier-breaking Black judges speaking at a panel discussion Friday credited Black legal organizations like the National Bar Association for giving them the support they needed to make it onto the bench, and they stressed that Black jurists will play an essential role in building the Black legal community of the future.

  • GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A new study says gender and ethnic diversity in the appointment of Fortune 500 general counsel has increased steadily since 2013, and the acting chair of the SEC has directed the agency to step up its focus on climate-related disclosures. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • GC Ranks Are More Diverse Since 2013, Study Says

    A new study from management consultants Russell Reynolds Associates shows gender and ethnic diversity in the appointment of Fortune 500 general counsel has increased steadily since 2013.

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    COVID-19 Hasn't Forced An Exodus Of Women From BigLaw

    Even with the COVID-19 pandemic placing extra burdens on working mothers and other caretakers, the legal industry did not see a wave of female attorneys leaving BigLaw last year, according to legal recruiters and data provided to Law360 Pulse.

  • SEC To Drill Down On Cos.' Climate-Related Risk Disclosures

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's acting chair directed the agency on Wednesday to step up its focus on climate-related disclosures, starting with a review of the existing guidance on the issue that was published over 11 years ago.

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    Reps. Want To Add Lower Court Judges, But Divided On How

    A House hearing Wednesday showcased bipartisan interest in boosting the number of federal judges on busy lower courts, but also illustrated potential snags, from partisan fights over timing to the thorny question of adding appellate seats, especially in the Ninth Circuit.

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    Judiciary Wants More Money For Security, Videoconferencing

    Enhanced security in the nation's courthouses and additional capacity for videoconferencing in the continued era of COVID-19 are some of the components in the judiciary's $8.1 billion budgetary request for the upcoming fiscal year, a proposed 5.2% increase.

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    BioXcel Therapeutics Nabs Ex-Indivior Chief Legal Officer

    Indivior's former chief legal officer, who has 20 years of experience handling legal affairs for major pharmaceutical companies including Bayer, has joined New Haven, Connecticut-based biopharmaceutical company BioXcel Therapeutics Inc.

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    PBGC Hires Ex-AIG Atty For General Counsel Seat

    The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., the federal agency that insures struggling pension plans, announced Tuesday that it has tapped a former AIG in-house lawyer as its next general counsel.

  • Future ABA Resolutions Must Stick To New Limits

    Future resolutions by the American Bar Association House of Delegates must advance at least one of the association's four primary goals, the policymaking body has decided, responding to criticism that some past resolutions lacked focus and were not directly related to the practice of law.

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    Pandemic Worsens Career Barriers For Marginalized Attorneys

    The move to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic has attorneys juggling their jobs and household tasks and family care, with an especially devastating effect on the careers of women, attorneys of color and those in other marginalized or minority groups.

  • 9 Names To Watch As Biden Picks EDNY's Next Top Cop

    Several veterans of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York are in the running to be President Joe Biden's pick to lead the office, a contingent that includes lawyers who also have BigLaw, in-house and other government experience.

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    Legal Tech Cos. Tackle Diversity Gaps

    As some legal technology companies address diversity and inclusion, experts say there's still more work to be done.

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    DWF Names New GC, Hiring From Finance Co. Ranks

    DWF Group PLC has hired a new general counsel and company secretary, the global law firm said Monday, naming a former top lawyer for a number of financial services companies.

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    Asian Grocery Delivery Startup Weee! Announces First GC

    Weee! Inc., an online grocery delivery company specializing in Asian food, has hired its first general counsel and its first CFO as it likely prepares to go public with an initial stock offering.

Expert Analysis

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

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