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    Calif. Bar's New Top Prosecutor On Building Back Trust

    The State Bar of California’s credibility plummeted over the past year, thanks to a combination of new problems emerging and old ones coming to light. Under pressure from legislators to hire a new chief prosecutor to lead its lawyer disciplinary system, the bar chose former acting U.S. Attorney George Cardona. He recently spoke with Law360 about his experience and goals.

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    Nonprofit Challenges NY Rules On Free Non-Atty Legal Advice

    Legal tech nonprofit Upsolve Inc. and a South Bronx pastor have hit New York Attorney General Letitia James with a federal lawsuit that challenges the state's ban on free legal advice from non-attorneys as unconstitutional.

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    Ex-Hogan Lovells Atty To Co-Lead Jenner & Block Tech Group

    A veteran technology and telecommunications lawyer whose career has included stops at the Federal Communications Commission and in the private sector at Sprint is joining Jenner & Block as the co-chair of its communications, internet and technology practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    'Just Do Your Job': Justice Breyer's Legacy Of Pragmatism

    With the coming retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer, the U.S. Supreme Court loses not only a core member of its liberal bloc, but also a judicial thinker who cares deeply about making the law work on a practical level, those who worked with him said.

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    Ex-Breyer Clerks Praise Jurist As Consensus Builder

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, whose impending retirement was revealed Wednesday, has gained a reputation among his former clerks as a consensus-builder, a "statesman" who has looked to build bridges with the overarching goal of preserving the integrity of both the courts and democracy.

  • Girardi Used Client Cash On Diamonds For Wife, Trustee Says

    Reality television star Erika Girardi must surrender $750,000 diamond earrings that her husband, former trial attorney Thomas V. Girardi, bought with money he embezzled from his injured clients, a bankruptcy trustee told a Los Angeles judge this week.

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    Jones Walker Nabs Back Former US Marshals Director

    Jones Walker LLP has snagged the former director of the U.S. Marshals Service back to the firm's litigation group in its Lafayette, Louisiana office.

  • 2022 Associate Salary And Bonus Tracker

    Large law firms ushered in associate pay raises for the second time in two years this January, the latest in a flurry of pay raises and bonuses aimed at keeping and attracting talent.

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    Half Of Norton Rose's US Management Board Now Women

    Norton Rose Fulbright's U.S. management committee saw the replacement of two members this month, which also brought the representation of women on the board up to 50%, according to the firm.  

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    Redgrave Opens Data Unit To Help Clients With Legal Tech

    Law firm Redgrave LLP launched an affiliated company on Wednesday to help clients in areas such as information governance, e-discovery, internal investigations, cybersecurity, forensics and business intelligence.

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    Blank Rome Adds Corporate Litigation Partner In Philly

    An attorney with more than two decades of experience in health care and antitrust matters has moved his practice to Blank Rome LLP's Philadelphia office from Troutman Pepper, Blank Rome has announced.

  • Banking Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP deterred a push by Citibank to claw back $500 million in accidentally wired funds from a group of asset managers and helped secure a pivotal $50 million deal for investors to wrap up a gold price-fixing case, landing the firm a place among Law360's 2021 Banking Groups of the Year.

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    DLA Piper, Duval & Stachenfeld Bump Up Associate Pay

    BigLaw firm DLA Piper and New York City real estate boutique Duval & Stachenfeld LLP both informed their attorneys this week they would adopt the associate salary pay scale recently set by Milbank LLP, Law360 Pulse confirmed Wednesday.

  • Elias Testified To Grand Jury In Sussmann Case, Durham Says

    Former Perkins Coie attorney and Hillary Clinton campaign counsel Marc Elias testified to a grand jury as part of the special counsel's case accusing fellow ex-firm partner Michael Sussmann of lying to the FBI in the run-up to the 2016 election, according to Tuesday court filings.

  • Jones Day Announces 3 New Leadership Appointments

    Jones Day announced three leadership appointments, including a new global leader for its business restructuring and reorganization practice and new partners-in-charge of its Cleveland and Melbourne offices.

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    5 Breyer Opinions You Need To Know

    Justice Stephen Breyer, who was confirmed Wednesday to be stepping down from the court after 27 years, was a pragmatist who thought about the real-world implications of the high court’s decisions. Here, Law360 looks at some of the cases that epitomize his career.

  • Sullivan & Cromwell Opens 2022 With New DC Office Head

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP opened 2022 with a new partner taking the reins of its 67-lawyer Washington, D.C., outpost, and she comes into the role bullish on the prospect of expanding the firm's capabilities in areas such as antitrust and appellate litigation.

  • ​Trials Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP proved once again in 2021 why it's a top trial firm, winning tough cases for Revlon lenders in a Citibank case with national coverage and a bet-the-company patent case for key duplication startup KeyMe LLC, becoming one of Law360's Trials Groups of the Year.

  • White Collar Group Of The Year: Latham

    Latham & Watkins LLP won a full defense verdict for an engine maker's CEO and narrowed what the feds described as a multibillion-dollar trade secret case against a Taiwanese chipmaker to a one-count guilty plea and nominal fine, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2021 White Collar Groups of the Year.  

  • Real Estate Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    The real estate practice group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP completed several major deals in 2021, including Blackstone's $10 billion acquisition of data center solutions company QTS Realty Trust and its $7.3 billion acquisition of several AIG real estate assets, landing it a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • Insurance Group Of The Year: O'Melveny

    Insurance attorneys at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in the last year scored wins for Chubb in pandemic coverage and reinsurance suits, including a $137 million victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, landing the firm among Law360's 2021 Insurance Groups of the Year.

  • Energy Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP recently represented clients including Devon Energy and PPL Corporation in some of the largest transactions in the oil, gas and electric energy sectors, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2021 Energy Groups of the Year.

  • International Trade Group Of The Year: Kelley Drye

    With wins in two of the largest international trade remedy cases ever, filed on behalf of the U.S. Aluminum Association and producers of steel wire, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP secured its place among Law360's 2021 International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Group Of The Year: Wachtell

    Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz guided medical supplies corporation Medline's $31 billion June sale of its majority interest to major private equity firms including Blackstone and also represented Square Inc. in its $29 billion buy of payment corporation Afterpay Ltd., which helped land the New York law firm on the list for Law360's Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

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    Justice Breyer To Retire From High Court

    Justice Stephen Breyer, one of the longest-serving liberal members of the U.S. Supreme Court, will resign his post after more than 27 years on the bench.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World Author Photo

    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

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