Mid-Law

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    Health Hires: Bass Berry & Sims, Curebase

    Bass Berry & Sims PLC has added a new health care member from Butler Snow LLP, while life sciences businesses Curebase and Vertex have added new legal heads, highlighting Law360's latest roundup of personnel moves in health care and life sciences.

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    How To Be A Good Office Leader Amid Role's Dramatic Shift

    For law firms, the concept of an office has shifted dramatically in the last few years. As pandemic restrictions showed lawyers they could work efficiently from home, firms pulled back from physical office space and, at the same time, expanded to smaller markets where attorneys were migrating.

  • Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Robbins Geller and Milberg's handling of a biometric data proposed class action against Google and Youtube and Choate's work on a $24 million health care startup funding round lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Aug. 26 to Sept. 9.

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    Uncertainty Seems To Pause Firms' Hiring Of In-House Attys

    While many in-house lawyers jumped to private practice in 2021 and 2022, likely influenced by better pay, stability, predictability and other factors missing from some law departments during the pandemic, that micro-trend appears to have cooled as law firm leaders monitor the unsettled market, legal experts say.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The first week of September marked another action-packed week for legal news with the Law360 2022 MVP awards, multiple new office openings, and layoffs at a legal technology company. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Ex-TIAA Bank Counsel Joins Balch & Bingham In Fla.

    Corporate law firm Balch & Bingham LLP added a new partner in its Jacksonville, Florida, office with plenty of general counsel experience, serving in-house at both the American Challenger Development Corp. and TIAA Bank.

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    How Burns & Levinson, Mackie Shea View Recent Tie Up

    Leaders from Burns & Levinson LLP and the Boston environmental boutique it absorbed earlier this month, Mackie Shea & Durning PC, spoke to Law360 Pulse about how the firms decided to join forces, how the boutique fits into the firm's larger plans, and why they expect to see an uptick in environmental legal needs.

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    Depp Attorneys Among Brown Rudnick Firmwide Promotions

    Johnny Depp co-counsels Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew are among 12 new Brown Rudnick LLP leaders appointed as part of a firmwide succession management plan.

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    Atty Says Legal Tech Co. Ignored Bias, Sexual Assault Claims

    A lawyer who works as a consultant for CS Disco Inc. has accused it of fostering "an environment that was unwelcoming and hostile towards women" and failing to take seriously her reports of demeaning treatment from a colleague and sexual assault by a law firm client.

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    Bowman And Brooke Partner Discusses Expansion In Austin

    After adding six attorneys and four other legal professionals in the past year, the leader of Bowman and Brooke LLP's Austin office is crediting the expansion to a deep pool of legal talent in the Lone Star State and a post-pandemic demand for litigators.

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    How New Attys Can Use Legal Tech Skills To Gain An Edge

    Legal technology encompasses everything from blockchain and artificial intelligence to Microsoft Word and Excel, but if new lawyers can master the spectrum of tools, they will be a vital part of their teams, panelists at a Thursday virtual event said.

  • Motley Rice Says Robbins Geller Undercut Client In Stock Suit

    Motley Rice LLC and Saxena White PA were appointed lead counsel in a securities fraud class action against online education company Chegg Inc. after accusing Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP of undermining its own client in order to win the lead position for itself.

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    Taylor English's Miami Shop Adds Bailey Duquette Attorney

    Taylor English Duma LLP bolstered its new Miami office with the hiring of a partner for its litigation and dispute resolution department from Bailey Duquette PC.

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    Innovation Takes Hold With Firms And Summer Associates

    Law firms are integrating technology training and innovation projects into their summer associate programs, with more than half of law students saying they'd been given the opportunity to work in that area, according to the results of a new Law360 Pulse survey.

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    Summer Programs Close In On Pre-COVID Way Of Life

    Law firm summer associate programs are beginning to return to pre-COVID norms with many more being conducted in person, according to a recent Law360 Pulse survey, although firms say some of the adjustments they made to their programs as a result of the pandemic could prove to be long-term changes.

  • Big Picture, Brevity Vital For Outside Counsel In Litigation

    The best outside counsel engage with their client's business and its culture, offer practical advice in a simple and concise fashion, and understand that one case is part of a larger strategy that may determine how the company addresses such claims in the future.

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    Ex-SUNY Exec Joins Cullen And Dykman As Partner In Albany

    Cullen and Dykman LLP has added an Albany-based former director of employee relations at the State University of New York as a partner in its higher education and labor and employment practices.

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    Maptician CEO On Law Firm Office Design In The Hybrid Era

    Maptician CEO Alaa Pasha talks to Law360 Pulse about law firm office design in the hybrid era, challenges that law firms face when it comes to real estate management and the top workspace preferences for lawyers.

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    All You Need To Know About Summers' Winning Firms

    Which firms offer the best programs to their summer associates? How do they compare in four key areas, which we asked summers to rate based on their satisfaction? Explore firms' ability to deliver on the summer associate work experience with our interactive graphic.

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    These Firms Were The Top For Their Summer Associates

    BigLaw summer programs got more high marks from lawyers-in-training this year, with many praising firms for copious in-person learning opportunities in the wake of the pandemic and the chance to dedicate their time to innovation projects.

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    Summer Associates Gain More Hands-On Training In Court

    Despite the widespread adoption of remote training, law students still long for hands-on, real-world practical work experience, according to a survey by Law360 Pulse that found more summer associates were able to accompany firm attorneys in courtroom proceedings this year.

  • Bass Berry 'Lacked Courtesy' As Atty Grieved, DOJ Says

    U.S. Department of Justice attorneys are aggressively contesting a hospital system's discovery demands in a $350 million False Claims Act case by publicizing email correspondence in which defense counsel at Bass Berry & Sims PLC balked at flexibility for a DOJ lawyer who abruptly learned that a close family member was near death.

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    Dilworth Paxson Welcomes Bankruptcy And Real Estate Duo

    A pair of bankruptcy and real estate attorneys who have worked closely together for years are bringing their teamwork to Dilworth Paxson in Philadelphia, the firm announced on Tuesday.

  • 4 Key Paths For Legal Depts. To Stay Ahead Of New Regs

    With unprecedented levels of regulatory change led by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, increasing regulatory oversight and renewed international tensions, Connecticut-based company Gartner Inc. has identified four ways legal and compliance leaders can stay ahead of the curve.

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    What Attorneys With Burnout Should Do To Get Help

    All professionals can have burnout, but many attorneys struggle to seek help because of the demands of the legal profession. As the coronavirus pandemic exacerbates workplace stress, experts urge attorneys and law firms to address the underlying causes of burnout on the job.

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Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

  • Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • Opinion

    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

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