In-House

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    Nokia Gives Interim CLO Permanent Title

    Nokia Corp., a technology company known for mobile phones and fixed and cloud networks, has appointed its interim chief legal officer to the role permanently.

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    Atty For 2 US Governors Joins Gambling Site As First CLO

    Fantasy sports operator PrizePicks has found as its first-ever legal chief a lawyer who previously was in-house counsel for two U.S. governors, the company said Thursday.

  • Ex-GC Can't Duck Trade Secrets Suit By Energy Co.

    A New York federal judge has refused to toss a solar company's trade secrets suit against its former general counsel over thousands of allegedly stolen documents, finding that the allegations are adequate to survive the pleading stage.

  • CCOs Offer 'Shocking' Take On Lack Of Corp. Involvement

    Compliance professionals aren't properly empowered at the organizations that they're paid to protect from risk, and those businesses stand to suffer if that direction isn't reversed, according to a report released Thursday.

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    Crowell & Moring's Sponsorship Initiative 10 Years Later

    It's been more than 10 years since Crowell & Moring LLP launched its Sponsorship Initiative — one of the first of its kind in the legal industry — to help retain and advance the careers of women, LGBTQ attorneys and attorneys of color at the firm.

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    Remote Data Collection Big Challenge For Businesses

    The hardest challenge for most corporations and service providers when collecting data during an investigation is gathering data from mobile devices, chat applications and remote employees, according to a recently released report from Israeli digital intelligence company Cellebrite Enterprise Solutions.

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    Why A Health Care Legal Team Needed To Adopt Tech Quickly

    Faced with rapid growth during the COVID-19 pandemic, the legal department of DispatchHealth adopted new technology to improve its contracting process.

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    Calif. Boutique Firm Hires Hedge Fund Pro As First GC

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP, a boutique firm based in San Francisco specializing in corporate and litigation matters, announced Wednesday it had hired a hedge fund veteran as its latest partner and first general counsel.

  • Chancery Says Officers, Directors Both Have Oversight Duties

    In a decision clarifying who owes fundamental duties of care and oversight under Delaware's corporation laws, a Delaware vice chancellor on Wednesday found that Caremark-type obligations extended to a former top McDonald's Corp. officer accused of ignoring and committing sexual harassment.

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    Noom's General Counsel Steps Down

    Weight loss company Noom's general counsel has announced her immediate departure from the company, citing a "need to step back" in an announcement on her LinkedIn page.

  • EasyJet Legal Ops Head Says Cost Mgmt Starts With People

    While managing budgets, cutting costs and increasing efficiency is at the heart of any legal operations role, the secret to doing any of it effectively lies in people skills and communication, the head of easyJet's legal operations team said during a webinar Wednesday.

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    How Attys Are Using AI In E-Discovery To Search For Feelings

    More e-discovery companies are building artificial intelligence tools to detect negative and positive sentiments as well as certain emotions in documents, which can help attorneys more quickly identify key communications when investigating potential wrongdoing.

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    Ex-DOJ Prosecutor, FCA Expert Rejoins Crowell & Moring

    A False Claims Act specialist and federal fraud prosecutor has exited the U.S. Department of Justice and returned to Crowell & Moring LLP as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office.

  • Kraken Hires Former SEC Enforcer To Head Compliance

    Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken announced Tuesday it hired a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcer to head its compliance efforts in the wake of a 2022 settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of the Treasury that saw the firm commit to further investing in compliance measures.

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    Female Attys Promoted As Citigroup Builds Diversity

    In a significant move toward diversity, eight of the 11 members of Citigroup's legal department recently promoted to managing director are female.

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    Ex-Bayer US Legal Chief Launches Dispute Resolution Group

    The former general counsel of Bayer U.S. has launched a dispute resolution firm in New Orleans, leveraging his decades of legal experience to help advise clients on federal and state legal issues and resolve litigation. 

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    Reed Smith Leader Moves To Nonprofit For Migrant Children

    Reed Smith LLP's longtime managing partner is leaving the firm to become the top lawyer for Kids In Need of Defense, a nonprofit that represents children who are unaccompanied migrants or separated from their families, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    FTC's Proposed Noncompete Ban Is 'A Wake-Up Call' For GCs

    While the Federal Trade Commission's new proposal seeking to ban essentially all noncompete agreements is months away from taking effect — if at all — legal experts say general counsel should see the announcement as a wake-up call to reevaluate and tailor their restrictive covenants programs and update existing agreements.

  • ​​Atty Asks Full 2nd Circ. To Rehear Fraud, Bias Suit

    An attorney asked the full Second Circuit on Monday to consider reviving her claims that an esports startup used a false promise of an equity stake to lure her from her higher-paying job at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, arguing that the panel "eschewed analysis" of her wrongful termination cause of action and did not address alleged factual and legal errors in the lower court's opinion.

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    FINRA Enforcement Chief To Step Down

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's head of enforcement will step down from her position in February after nearly two decades with the regulator, the investor protection nonprofit announced Tuesday.

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    Former In-House Cigna Atty Rejoins Troutman Pepper In Philly

    Troutman Pepper has announced the return of an attorney specializing in health care matters to its Philadelphia office days after the departure of more than a dozen partners who left the firm to launch a Philadelphia office for Goodwin Procter LLP.

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    Greenberg Traurig Hires Ex-BNY Mellon Compliance Official

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has announced that the former chief compliance officer of two BNY Mellon units is now a shareholder in the firm's financial regulatory and compliance practice, where he advises a range of clients from broker-dealers to cryptocurrency businesses.

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    CLO Role Is Growing With Focus On Privacy And Regulations

    A new report anticipates that 2023 will be the year of the multifaceted, privacy- and data-focused chief legal officer as the scope of corporate oversight that CLOs take on and how much organizations depend on them increases.

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    Stoel Rives Adds 2 Ex-Perkins Coie Lawyers In Portland

    Two former Perkins Coie LLP attorneys, including a chair of its Portland, Oregon, litigation group and an attorney who served as general counsel to former Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, have joined Stoel Rives LLP as litigators in the firm's Portland office.

  • $2.3M In Fees Granted In Atty's Retaliation Suit Against Insurer

    A California judge ordered Farmers Insurance to pay nearly $2.3 million in attorney fees for a former in-house attorney who said his potential role in a sex bias suit got him fired, adding to the $18.95 million in damages handed to him in June.

Expert Analysis

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Priorities For Improving The Legal Industry In Texas Author Photo

    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

  • Opinion

    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

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