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    The Biggest Legal Ethics Cases Of 2022

    It was a big, bad year for legal ethics news at the U.S. Supreme Court, with the ground-shaking Dobbs decision leak and revelations that the wife of a sitting justice had backed White House efforts to overturn the result of a presidential election.

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    Brownstein Hyatt Adds Diversity Specialist In Denver

    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP announced that it has appointed a Denver-based diversity and inclusion specialist to further support its firmwide DEI efforts.

  • Proskauer Rose Among Firms Matching Latest Bonus Round

    Several firms of all sizes have announced they intend to pay bonuses that match those from BigLaw.

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    Saxton & Stump Name Shareholder Retiring At End Of Dec.

    The co-founder and name shareholder of central Pennsylvania law firm Saxton & Stump has announced his retirement from the firm at the end of the year.

  • Patterson Belknap Partners Discuss FTX Task Force

    Three Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler partners talk with Law360 Pulse about the firm's decision to launch an FTX task force, potential long-term impacts of the cryptocurrency exchange's collapse, and the challenges in advising clients in the midst of uncertainty

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry news rolled in during the first week of December, with a new report on law firm financial results, a bevy of bonus announcements and a notable in-house hire. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    BigLaw Trio Join The Bonus Bandwagon

    Mayer Brown LLP, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Sidley Austin LLP are the latest BigLaw firms to announce year-end bonuses, joining a growing number of firms to match the prevailing scale first set by Baker McKenzie and Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

  • Leech Tishman Names In-House Vet As Entertainment Head

    Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC announced it has named a veteran lawyer with over 25 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry as counsel and the new leader of the firm's entertainment industry practice.

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    Michael Best Lobbying Group Launches Defense Practice

    Michael Best Strategies LLC, the lobbying arm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, has launched a new practice dedicated to defense and national security spearheaded by a former special assistant for legislative affairs to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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    Americans' Confidence In The Judiciary Is In Steep Decline

    From state courts up to the top of the federal system, Americans' confidence in the judicial system is falling fast. That was the grim takeaway from a recent survey by the National Center for State Courts, an independent nonprofit that researches state court trends and supports administrators.

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    3 Ways Firms Can Be More Efficient In A Down Economy

    As the legal industry faces declining demand and the prospect of a recession, there are some strategic ways law firms can manage their profitability without slash-and-burn cuts, consultants at HBR Consulting told attendees during a recent webinar.

  • Gerard Fox Litigator Jumps To Munck Wilson In LA

    Technology-focused law firm Munck Wilson Mandala LLP is expanding its litigation team by adding a Gerard Fox Law PC commercial and entertainment litigator as a principle attorney in its Los Angeles office.

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    86% Of Firms Expect Legal Tech Spending To Increase

    Eighty-six percent of law firms predict that spending on legal technology will increase in the next three years, according to a survey by legal network Meritas.

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    Ex-BellRock, Brownstein Hyatt Atty Joins Stonebridge As GC

    Hotel owner, developer and operator Stonebridge tapped a former Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP attorney with commercial real estate expertise to be its new general counsel as the company continues a management hiring push.

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    Kramer Levin's US Associates To See Up To $115K In Bonuses

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP's U.S. associates will see bonuses of up to $115,000, as the New York-based firm confirmed Wednesday it's matching the year-end bonus scales set by Baker McKenzie and Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

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    Winston & Strawn Names 19 New Partners

    International law firm Winston & Strawn LLP said Tuesday that it promoted 19 of its attorneys to partner in the U.S. and France.

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    As Demand Lags, Talent Growth Still On Firm Leaders' Minds

    Even as demand for law firms' services declined year-on-year during the first nine months of 2022, firm leaders grew attorney head count and revealed midyear plans to expand their associate ranks even further, according to a report released Wednesday.

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    Chamberlain Hrdlicka Adds Ex-IRS Trial Atty In Atlanta

    Continuing a nearly year-long streak of concerted growth in Atlanta, Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry has hired a former special trial attorney for the Internal Revenue Service's Office of Chief Counsel who has spent the bulk of her career in public sector roles.

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    Meet The Attys Arguing Election Theory At The High Court

    In its last hearing of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday about whether state lawmakers have exclusive authority to craft election procedures and voter rules without the possibility of state court review.

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    Winstead Elects Dallas Atty As New Chair

    Business law firm Winstead PC elected Dallas-based real estate attorney Jeff Matthews as chairman and CEO, according to an announcement Tuesday.

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    Pa. Firm Saxton & Stump To Add Kegel Kelin In Lancaster

    Pennsylvania law firm Saxton & Stump's steady growth for the last few years will continue into 2023 with the acquisition of Lancaster regional firm Kegel Kelin Litts & Lord LLP, including its six attorneys and professional staff.

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    Bonus Wave Continues As Firms Add Funds For Top Billers

    Bonus season continued Tuesday with several more BigLaw firms and boutiques matching the year-end bonus scales set by Baker McKenzie and Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP. But top-billing associates at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP will be rewarded with a bigger check, the two firms confirmed to Law360 Pulse.

  • Fuel Co. Seeks $14M From Polsinelli In Texas Negligence Suit

    A fuel services company has alleged that Polsinelli PC's failure to target the proper parties as it attempted to collect $14 million in debt from a customer as part of a Texas bankruptcy proceeding resulted in the company being forced to accept a settlement worth much less than it was owed.

  • Samsung Says Law Firm Seeks To 'Bury' It In Arbitration Fees

    Samsung told an Illinois federal judge Monday that Labaton Sucharow LLP has made an "aggressive threat to bury Samsung under the weight of hundreds of millions of dollars in arbitration fees absent payment to them" after individual arbitration claims were filed against it on behalf of nearly 50,000 Samsung Galaxy device users over alleged unlawful collection of their biometric data.

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    Former Pa. State Sen. Joins Stevens & Lee Lobbying Affiliate

    Stevens & Lee PC's lobbying subsidiary GSL Public Strategies Group has added a former state senator to its staff in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, days after his final term in office ended.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

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