Mid-Law

  • 2nd Circ. Told To Revive $620M Montgomery McCracken Suit

    The Second Circuit has been urged to revive a suit seeking $620 million from Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP for allegedly botched efforts to collect toxic tort damages, which a proposed class said belongs in state court.

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    How Firms Handled 'Pressing' COVID-19, Social Justice Issues

    Nearly three in four law firms started programs or initiatives to address racial injustice in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and last summer's civil unrest, according to a Monday report from the NALP Foundation and the National Business Institute.

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    UK Firm Osborne Clarke Appoints US Managing Partner

    London-based Osborne Clarke has appointed its first United States managing partner in its 20-year history of operating on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the firm announced Monday.

  • GrayRobinson Hires Greenspoon Marder Real Estate Atty

    Florida law firm GrayRobinson PA announced Monday the addition of a former shareholder at Greenspoon Marder LLP to its real estate team in Orlando.

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    Male Attys Avoid Women's Groups Out Of Fear, Report Says

    A large majority of men in the legal profession don't actively support gender equity efforts out of fear, according to a report released on Monday by the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.

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    Stephanie Zane Named Chair Of Archer Family Law Group

    Archer Law PC has named partner Stephanie J. Zane the chair of its family law group, making her the first woman to hold the position.

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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.

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    Taylor English Adds Partner With Film, TV Industry Expertise

    Taylor English Duma LLP has brought on a partner with over 25 years of experience in state and local tax issues and economic development incentives to strengthen its entertainment, sports and media practice in the firm's headquarters in Atlanta.

  • Jones Skelton Promotes Two Attorneys To Partner

    Phoenix-based law firm Jones Skelton & Hochuli PLC has elected two new partners who are part of its insurance coverage and third-party liability practice group.

  • 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.

  • Retired General Back At Warner Norcross After Deployment

    The co-chair of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP's aerospace and defense and government services industry group has returned to the firm after spending nearly a year on active duty as a major general in the Michigan Army National Guard helping to fight COVID-19, the firm said.

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    NJ Litigation Boutique Team Joins Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer

    New Jersey-based Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA announced that a litigation boutique with deep experience in personal injury and complex litigation has joined the firm.

  • Balch & Bingham Creates New Diversity Officer Role

    Balch & Bingham LLP has hired a former assistant director of admissions at the University of Alabama School of Law as its newly created chief diversity and inclusion officer and director of talent management to spearhead the firm's strategy on diversity.

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    Brownstein Hyatt, Rubin Turnbull Form Fla. Lobbying Alliance

    National firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP on Thursday announced a strategic alliance with Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based government relations firm Rubin Turnbull & Associates to boost each other's lobbying efforts.

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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.

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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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    NJ Firm Forms Practice Group Amid Tax Incentive Revamp

    New Jersey-based Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP has created a multidisciplinary financial incentives and economic development practice group to help clients navigate the state's recently updated corporate tax break programs.

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    Weiss Serota Nabs Real Estate Atty From Greenberg Traurig

    Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman PL has recruited a new partner from Greenberg Traurig LLP to join its real estate practice out of Miami, adding an attorney with experience working on hospitality deals in the U.S. as well as the Caribbean and Latin America.

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    The Leadership Dilemma Law Firms Face Amid COVID-19

    Law firms of all sizes are grappling with whether to keep leaders on longer to maintain a sense of consistency and normalcy amid the global crisis or to implement a transition to bring in new perspectives and ideas.

  • 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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    Herrick Feinstein Announces New Nordic Practice

    Herrick Feinstein LLP has launched a new practice focused on legal services for Nordic companies and business interests that are pursuing business opportunities in the U.S., spearheaded by a partner fluent in Norwegian with contacts in the region.

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    Bailey Glasser Opens Philly Office With New Partner

    West Virginia-based Bailey Glasser LLP has opened a new location in Philadelphia and brought in a securities and class action specialist to lead the office, the firm announced Monday.

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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.

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    PepsiCo, Others Make List Of 135 'Most Ethical' Companies

    Ethisphere Institute, a for-profit organization that recognizes companies that promote best practices in corporate ethics, on Tuesday released its 15th annual list of the World's 135 Most Ethical Companies, including PepsiCo, International Paper and four others that have made the list every year from the beginning.

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    Meet The Duo Suing Fox News For $2.7B Over Election Claims

    The two Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP attorneys leading the $2.7 billion defamation suit against Fox News and its on-air hosts over claims of election fraud have already won what is said to be the biggest defamation victory in history.

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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