Mid-Law

  • Elliott Greenleaf Beats Ex-Atty's Bid For $11M Referral Fee

    A Pennsylvania state court judge has ruled that a former attorney with Elliott Greenleaf PC is not entitled to a cut of an $11.3 million referral fee in a catastrophic injury case he alerted Elliott Greenleaf to before leaving for another firm, ruling that the attorney had not been able to establish any claim on the fee.

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    Law360 MVP Awards Go To 188 Attys From 78 Firms

    The attorneys chosen as Law360's 2022 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

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    After Steady Growth, Legal Sector Shed 9K Jobs In August

    The U.S. legal services sector saw an 8,900-job loss in August, a sharp decline after five months of consecutive growth, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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    Morrison Mahoney Partner Takes Over As Mass. Bar Prez

    Morrison Mahoney LLP partner Grace V.B. Garcia, the new president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, started her term Sept. 1 with a plan to focus on lawyer wellness and diversity within the bar.

  • The Top In-House Hires Of August

    Legal department hires last month included high-profile appointments at Tesla, Kellogg and McAfee. Here, Law360 looks at some of the top in-house announcements from the final full month of summer.

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    Porter Wright Announces New Litigation Head

    Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP's long-time litigation director has stepped down, replaced with a partner with a 28 year tenure at the firm.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The end of August marked another action-packed week for the legal industry as attorneys for former President Donald Trump saw increased scrutiny and BigLaw made moves with lateral hires and new office space. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    What Law School Should Teach, But Often Doesn't

    Law school focuses on teaching how to practice law. But for Osato F. Chitou, it should also emphasize how to be a healthy human being who practices law. Here, Chitou and other attorneys share with Law360 Pulse the lessons they wished they had received in law school, but instead had to learn on their own once they entered the workplace.

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    Shutts & Bowen Partner Joins Morgan & Morgan In Fla.

    A former Shutts & Bowen LLP attorney who defended insurance companies jumped to Morgan & Morgan's West Palm Beach shop.

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    Chamberlain Hrdlicka Brings On Trio From Procopio Cory

    Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry has bulked up its San Antonio office and the firm's international tax practice with the addition of a shareholder and two associates who joined from Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP.

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    Ex-Quinn Emanuel IP Pro Heads To Benesch In San Francisco

    Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff has expanded its San Francisco office by adding a former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP intellectual property litigator as a partner.

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    To Build The Internet's Future, Meta's CLO Looks To The Past

    In her first profile since becoming Meta's legal chief in 2019, Jennifer Newstead talked with Law360 Pulse about user privacy, the company's civil rights organization and the potential of the metaverse to create change in areas such as diversity, equity and inclusion.

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    Taylor English Promotes Atlanta RE Atty Pair To Partner

    The Atlanta-headquartered Taylor English Duma LLP has elevated two of its real estate attorneys in the city to the firm's partnership ranks.

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    Burns & Levinson Absorbs 5-Atty Enviro Boutique

    Massachusetts-based firm Burns & Levinson LLP has absorbed all five attorneys from Boston environmental boutique Mackie Shea Durning PC, according to an announcement Thursday.

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    Brown Rudnick Nabs Anderson Kill Crypto, E-Commerce Team

    Brown Rudnick LLP announced on Thursday that it has picked up a team of attorneys from Anderson Kill LLP to join its digital commerce practice, marking the latest in a series of hires for the firm this year. 

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    Crowe & Dunlevy Expands IP Team With Houston Office

    Crowe & Dunlevy has launched a Houston office focused primarily on intellectual property matters, with a trio of veteran IP attorneys at the helm.

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    Armstrong Teasdale Picks Up Finance Atty In Kansas City

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP announced Wednesday that Caroline Mudd has joined the firm as of counsel in its finance and real estate group in Kansas City, Missouri.

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    Thompson Coe Elects 6 New Partners In 3 Texas Offices

    Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP has elevated six attorneys to partner in its Houston, Dallas and Austin, Texas, offices.

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    New Miller Canfield Leader Aims To Boost Growth, Talent

    Miller Canfield PLC named principal and managing director Danielle Mason Anderson as the firm's new chair of managing directors, after her predecessor, Amy Johnston, stepped down from the role after a year. Here, Anderson speaks with Law360 Pulse about her new role and the firm's growth since she first joined.

  • Schnader Again Beats $8M Malpractice Suit At The 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit refused Wednesday to revive a Canadian private equity company's $8 million malpractice lawsuit blaming Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP for losses in a joint venture to develop electric vehicle technology.

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    Sandberg Phoenix Opens New Offices In Missouri, Florida

    Midwest firm Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard PC announced that it opened a pair of new offices in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, Missouri and Gainesville, Florida, with the latter serving as the firm's first location outside Missouri and Illinois.

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    Armstrong Teasdale Grows In Philly With IP Of Counsel

    An intellectual property attorney specializing in the life sciences industry has joined two colleagues in their move from Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP to Armstrong Teasdale LLP's Philadelphia office.

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    Honigman Launches Israeli Subsidiary With 5 US Lawyers

    Honigman LLP announced Wednesday that it has created a subsidiary in Israel with five U.S.-educated and licensed attorneys who wished to relocate their transactional practices to Israel, including lawyers from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Goodwin Procter LLP, among others.

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    Hall Booth Adds 2 Attys To New White Plains Office In NY

    Hall Booth Smith PC has brought on two attorneys, including a former Manhattan assistant district attorney, with experience handling medical malpractice and general liability matters for the firm's newly opened office in White Plains, New York.

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    FordHarrison Lands 4-Atty Allen Norton Team In Orlando

    National labor and employment firm FordHarrison LLP bolstered its Orlando shop with three new partners and a senior associate from Allen Norton & Blue PA.

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Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • 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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