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Several libertarian legal and media groups have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Fifth Circuit ruling that determined the State Bar of Texas can't require lawyers to join and pay dues that are used to fund "nongermane" activities.
A long-tail malpractice suit against Proskauer Rose LLP now at Georgia's top court evokes an era of labyrinthine tax schemes promoted by prestigious accounting firms, eye-popping fines — and plenty of criticism of BigLaw's role in hiding wealthy clients from the taxman.
When prosecutors charged the founder of the Oath Keepers for his involvement in last January's siege of the U.S. Capitol, the indictment made headlines for two reasons.
A Kraft Heinz vice president and general counsel and former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner is joining the board of directors of the San Diego-based green energy technology company Nuvve Holding Corp.
Billtrust, a New Jersey based provider of payment cycle management services to businesses, said Tuesday it has hired a former top attorney for ATM operator Cardtronics PLC to become its new chief legal officer.
Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its 2021 Practice Groups of the Year awards, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.
Nine law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 52 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, having steered complex deals and won high-profile victories including at the U.S. Supreme Court.
The American Bar Association on Thursday announced that its planned in-person Midyear Meeting in Seattle will instead be held entirely online due to the precipitous rise of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Atlanta-based real estate investment trust Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc. has grown its board of directors by adding the chief legal officer for Target Corp., tapping a seasoned in-house leader who's also served at public companies such as Xerox Corp. and also boasts private practice experience in securities and mergers and acquisitions, the trust announced Thursday.
For cryptocurrency to succeed, a federal regulator said rules are needed that link tokens' value to traditional flat currency. And the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a broad vaccine mandate, but approved another aimed solely at health care workers.
Cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX said Thursday it has hired the former general counsel of Coinbase to be its chief risk officer, a move that comes months after it paid a $100 million fine over claims that it operated illegally in the U.S. and evaded anti-money laundering rules.
The Corporate Counsel Women of Color will roll out a mentorship program for female entrepreneurs of color, providing business advice as well as a limited number of grants, the nonprofit said Thursday.
Canadian cannabis-focused biopharma company Avicanna Inc. has hired a chief legal officer whose experience includes stints at Suboxone-maker Indivior, cancer drug specialist Celgene and Pryor Cashman LLP.
Private equity real estate firm CREC has hired a former member of Frost Brown Todd to become its top attorney.
The lull in commercial litigation caused by the pandemic is beginning to recede and attorneys now expect those disputes to begin ramping back up, leading to a greater demand for litigation funding, according to a Wednesday panel discussion.
Sean Greaney, a partner in the technology and life sciences group for Goodwin Procter LLP, is joining legal technology startup HyperDraft Inc. as its first general counsel.
As the demand for legal talent continues into 2022, a related trend has arisen: a growing call for chief legal officers.
Affordable housing investor WNC has hired former Nixon Peabody LLP attorney Edward Campbell to become its senior vice president of legal affairs.
Cooley LLP has hired a former in-house counsel at home appliance giant Carrier Corp. who specializes in export controls and economic sanctions, the firm said Tuesday, continuing a slate of hiring in its Washington, D.C., office focused on national security, export controls and government contracts.
Longtime Arnold & Porter partner John D. Hawke Jr., who died on Jan. 3 at 88, is remembered by former colleagues as the dean of the banking bar and the father of the modern banking practice.
Building on its recent expansion into the contract lifecycle management space, legal workflow and business process automation software company Onit Inc. on Tuesday announced the acquisition of software company SecureDocs.
A compliance industry nonprofit group on Monday urged regulators, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, to focus on the "larger context" of the compliance function at financial firms when making decisions on whether to hold chief compliance officers accountable for violations.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC has hired away the Federal Trade Commission associate director for privacy and identity protection to become a partner in its Washington, D.C.-based privacy and cybersecurity practice.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has hired EY's former vice chair and general counsel as the co-chair of its new accounting firm advisory and defense practice, the law firm said Monday.
Midsize Central Pennsylvania law firm Saxton & Stump LLC has brought in the former manager of The Hershey Co.'s legal operations to take on the newly created role of director of success.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.
OpinionLawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform
Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.
First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.
Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.
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.
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.
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.
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.