Mid-Law

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    Libertarian Groups Urge High Court To Review Bar Dues Row

    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.

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    How GCs Can Navigate A Slew Of Whistleblower Tips

    Fiscal year 2021 saw records for whistleblower complaints to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the number of tips received, the number of awards and the dollar amount of the awards. 

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    New Jan. 6 Charge Sends Message To Oath Keepers

    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.

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    Cox Castle Adds Paul Hastings Enviro Founder In California

    Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP added an attorney with over three decades of experience in environmental and energy law to its San Francisco office as a partner, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Harness IP Adds Patent Expert In DC

    Harness IP has added a patent attorney with over 35 years of experience to the firm as a special counsel in its Washington, D.C., office, the firm recently announced.

  • Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    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.

  • The Firms That Dominated In 2021

    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.

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    Conroy Simberg Elects 3 New Partners

    Insurance and litigation defense firm Conroy Simberg announced it has promoted three women as partners in three different Florida offices.

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    ABA Midyear Meeting Goes Fully Remote Due To Omicron

    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.

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    Bracewell IP Litigator Joins McKool Smith In Houston

    A former Bracewell LLP attorney has joined McKool Smith as a patent litigator in Houston, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Attys Herald Build Back Better Contingency Fee Provision

    The set of social policy proposals known as the Build Back Better bill is in a state of uncertainty, but if it were to be signed into law, it could benefit attorneys who work on a contingent basis across the nation because of a provision that would allow those attorneys to recoup expenses before a case concludes.

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    Wiggin And Dana Joins Firms Moving DEI Roles To C-Suite

    Wiggin and Dana LLP has become the latest firm to create a C-suite position focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, promoting its current director in the space to a chief officer role.

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    Venable Grabs Wolf Rifkin Entertainment Pro For LA Office

    Venable LLP has landed an entertainment litigation expert from Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin LLP to join its Los Angeles office.

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    Greenspoon Marder Snags Former Florida Bar President

    Greenspoon Marder LLP lured in a former Florida Bar president and well known trial lawyer with more than 45 years of experience as a partner in its Fort Lauderdale, Florida, office.

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    5 Trends Corporate Boards Are Preparing For In 2022

    As general counsel help their company directors prepare for the first board meetings of 2022, the National Association of Corporate Directors has released a report highlighting five pressing governance trends.

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    Weber Gallagher Taps NJ Atty As Diversity Chief

    Midsize firm Weber Gallagher has turned to a partner in its complex litigation team to become its first director of diversity, equity and inclusion, marking another step forward in its strategic inclusion plan.

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    3 Tips For Managing Successful Firms During The Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic’s enduring impact on the legal profession has created new challenges for law firm leaders, like retaining talent. Here are five tips from a recent webinar on managing successful firms during the pandemic.

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    Why Attorneys Need Law Firm Management Skills

    Brazil's Mattos Filho and Fordham Law School are once again teaming up to improve law firm management across the globe as the legal industry faces another year upended by the pandemic and myriad other challenges.

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    2021's Summer Associate Class Was Most Diverse Ever

    The number of minority summer associates made an unprecedented increase in 2021, and women filled more than half of the positions for the fourth year in a row, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.

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    Coming Commercial Litigation Rise May Boost Legal Funding

    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.

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    Freeman Mathis Expands In Ohio With Cleveland Office

    Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP opened its third Ohio office in Cleveland following a merger with litigation boutique Norchi Forbes LLC, the firm announced.

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    Lessons From An MP Who Took Over In The Pandemic

    Rhonda Tobin took over as managing partner of one of the oldest law firms in the country last March, but she's doing anything but looking back. She talked to Law360 Pulse about her goals and what values she looks to when thinking about where to take her firm next.

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    McCarter & English Chairman Emeritus Michael P. Kelly Dies

    McCarter & English LLP is mourning the death of its chairman emeritus Michael P. Kelly, a partner in its Wilmington office who was honored last year by the First State's bar association for his service to the legal community and grace amid a yearslong battle with cancer.

  • Michelman & Robinson Opens First Texas Office, Plans 2nd

    The California-based law firm Michelman & Robinson LLP opened its first ever Texas office in Dallas this month and has plans to open a second location in a matter of weeks, Law360 learned Tuesday.

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    Brownstein Hyatt Nabs Political Strategist In Sacramento

    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP has landed a longtime legislative strategist and political adviser to serve as the policy director and managing director of its Sacramento office.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    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.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    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.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World Author Photo

    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    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.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    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.

  • 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.

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