Mid-Law

  • Gunster Continues Expanding, Adding Six Attorneys In Fla.

    Gunster continues its expansion in Florida, bringing in six new attorneys and continuing a hiring spree that began two years ago, the firm announced Friday.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another busy week as law firms expanded their footprint with new hires. Meanwhile, a new study showed attrition rates are higher for nonwhite attorneys. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    State High Courts See Modest Rise In Judicial Diversity

    The percentage of people of color and women on state high court benches nationwide ticked up slightly over the past year, but many courts around the nation still have a long way to go before they reflect the wider population, according to a report released Friday.

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    Neal Gerber Adds Benefits Partner From Reed Smith

    Chicago-based Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP added a Reed Smith LLP lawyer, who formerly chaired a practice group at Polsinelli PC, to its employee benefits and executive compensation team.

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    Epstein Becker Taps Wilentz Cannabis, Health Care Pro

    Epstein Becker Green has hired a former Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA shareholder and chair of an American Health Law Association practice group for the firm's health care and life sciences group in Newark, New Jersey, where she will also advise cannabis industry clients.

  • Robbins Geller Starts Fellowship For Diverse 2L Students

    Securities-focused plaintiffs' firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP announced its plans to start a fellowship program dedicated to diverse second-year law students starting in 2023, with the firm selecting two participants as summer associates.

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    New Stevens & Lee Leader On Serving With Ex-3rd Circ. Judge

    Karl S. Myers recently left the appellate practice he launched and led for more than 16 years at Stradley Ronon to practice alongside former Third Circuit Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie at Stevens & Lee. In a recent conversation with Law360 Pulse, Myers talks about the move and what comes next.

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    Morris Manning Taps Atlanta Atty As Firm's First Female GC

    Morris Manning & Martin LLP has tapped an Atlanta-based partner in its commercial litigation practice to serve as its new general counsel, the first woman to serve in the role in the firm's history.

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    Tyson & Mendes Adds Construction Partner In Las Vegas

    Civil litigation defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP has added the Las Vegas managing partner at Litchfield Cavo LLP who specializes in construction liability, products liability and employment matters, among other areas.

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    Legal Malpractice Payouts More Costly In Hot Lateral Market

    Firms are facing higher payouts on legal malpractice insurance claims this year because of an increasingly active lateral recruitment market and rapidly changing laws, according to a new report by insurance broker Ames & Gough.

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    States Evolve On Mental Health As A Question Of 'Fitness'

    Mental health questions on character and fitness questionnaires are meant to safeguard the future clients of would-be attorneys, but they’ve also drawn criticism for being invasive and irrelevant. Could the pandemic usher in a sea change as it alters attitudes toward mental illness?

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    Mid-Law's Run Of Small Mergers In '22 Hints At More To Come

    Since the beginning of 2022, more than a dozen Mid-Law firms have announced mergers, all of them with smaller firms with fewer than 50 attorneys, with experts saying they expect many more tie-ups to come to fruition this year.

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    Prince Lobel Expands Into NY With Cannabis Law Trio

    Boston law firm Prince Lobel Tye LLP has announced the launch of a New York expansion under the leadership of three Empire State cannabis lawyers.

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    Ex-Maine Assistant US Atty Rejoins Wiley's Insurance Group

    Washington, D.C., firm Wiley Rein LLP announced that it has rehired a former insurance attorney as of counsel who spent a little under three and a half years working as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maine.

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    Ex-HHS Atty Joins Foley Hoag's DC Office

    A former attorney with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has moved from public service to private practice with Foley Hoag LLP, the firm recently announced.

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    In Their Words: BigLaw Leaders On Why They Merged

    Law firm combinations have begun to tick back up after a slowdown early on in the pandemic. Here, leaders of some of the biggest recent law firm mergers talk with Law360 Pulse about why they decided to move ahead with a merger, what they looked for in a merger partner and how they handled challenges along the way.

  • Leech Tishman Absorbs 24-Attorney NYC Business Firm

    Pittsburgh-based firm Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC has added New York business law firm Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck PC, expanding its existing New York City presence by adding 24 attorneys. 

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    Hawkins Parnell Adds Ex-Drew Eckl Atty In Atlanta

    Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP has grown its Atlanta presence by adding a former Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP attorney to advise clients in transportation, product liability and other legal matters.

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    Gfeller Laurie's First Managing Partner On Firm's Road Ahead

    Gfeller Laurie LLP selected litigation partner Melicent Thompson last week to become its first managing partner. She recently spoke to Law360 Pulse about how to best develop young attorneys, the economy's impact on the firm, and the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on her practice work.

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    Adams And Reese Hires Alcohol, Hospitality Team In Nashville

    Adams and Reese LLP announced Monday that it had hired a four-person team from Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis LLP in Nashville, Tennessee, led by two experienced partners who launched the firm's alcohol and hospitality team.

  • Hanson Bridgett Announces 2 New Office Heads

    California firm Hanson Bridgett has named new leaders of its San Francisco and Sacramento offices, saying that the two new market leaders will help support the firm's plans for growth.

  • Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q1

    A promotion to partner or election to practice group chair means a slew of new responsibilities and also lots of well-deserved recognition. Law360 reveals the list of attorneys whose commitment to legal excellence earned them highly coveted spots in the law firm leadership ranks. Find out if your old legal friends — or rivals — moved up in the first quarter of the year.

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    McGlinchey Stafford Adds New Cannabis Chair In Seattle

    McGlinchey Stafford PLLC announced today that it hired an experienced attorney as a Seattle-based member and the new chair of the firm's cannabis practice.

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    Attrition Rates Higher For Diverse Attys, ABA Finds

    About two of every 10 Black or Asian attorneys left their law firms in 2020, with incremental increases in diversity figures for the legal workforce coming up against the challenge of retaining attorneys after they are hired, according to an American Bar Association study released Monday.

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    Reinhart Grows Benefits, Real Estate Groups In 2 States

    Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC announced that it hired a pair of attorneys to its employee benefits and real estate practice groups in Minneapolis and Madison, Wisconsin.

Expert Analysis

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • Opinion

    NY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal Author Photo

    New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

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