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    Law Firm Scolded For 'Misbegotten' ChatGPT Use In Fees Bid

    A Manhattan federal judge criticized a special education-focused law firm Thursday for citing ChatGPT calculations to back up its attorney fee request of more than $100,000, calling the move "utterly and unusually unpersuasive."

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    Ex-BigLaw Atty Refiles Defamation Case Against Influencer

    The $150 million defamation battle between former Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney Allan Kassenoff and the social media influencer he accuses of lying about his nightmarish divorce has entered a new phase as Kassenoff has filed a slimmed-down complaint after the previous one was dismissed for being "far longer than it needs to be."

  • Project Finance Group Of The Year: Kaplan Kirsch

    As a leader in assembling bespoke models to pay for a variety of public infrastructure projects, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP advised construction of an urban interstate in Denver, a $5 billion update at Los Angeles International Airport and planning for a transit program powered by self-driving cars, earning a spot among Law360's 2023 Project Finance Groups of the Year.

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    Shook Hardy Launches Group To Provide DEI Guidance

    Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP has kicked off a diversity, equity and inclusion advisory practice group led by the former litigation and diversity leader for Coca-Cola Co.

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    Skadden Adds Latham Capital Markets Ace In Silicon Valley

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP is expanding its Silicon Valley finance team, announcing Thursday it is bringing in a Latham & Watkins LLP capital markets expert as a partner in its office in Palo Alto, California.

  • Fordham Law's Incoming Dean Has A BigLaw Background

    After spending time early in his career as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, newly appointed Fordham University Law School Dean Joseph Landau went on to become associate dean of academic affairs at the school and contribute to the advancement of social justice through the law, with an emphasis on LGBTQ immigrant rights, according to a Thursday announcement.

  • International Trade Group Of The Year: Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring LLP saw success on both sides of the Atlantic this year, with its attorneys successfully representing Indian steel importers in a trade matter involving dozens of European enforcement agencies and winning the quick remand of American steel anti-dumping duties, landing it a spot among Law360's 2023 International Trade Practice Groups of the Year.

  • Private Equity Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has advised on more than 100 asset management M&A deals with a combined value of over $170 billion since Oct. 1, 2022, including Bridgepoint Group's acquisition of Energy Capital Partners to create a company with €57 billion ($61 billion) invested in global private markets, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Private Equity Groups of the Year.

  • Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Susman Godfrey

    Susman Godfrey LLP secured hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of Dominion Voting Systems and billionaire investor Louis Bacon in separate defamation actions against Fox News and fashion magnate Peter Nygård, cementing the firm's place among Law360's 2023 Media & Entertainment Groups of the Year.

  • Sports & Betting Group Of The Year: Jenner & Block

    Jenner & Block LLP helps its clients navigate critical moments, including guiding Caesars to victory over a change-skimming lawsuit and engineering a multibillion-dollar sports betting arbitration win for Fox FSG Services in a spat with FanDuel, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Sports & Betting Groups of the Year.

  • Healthcare Group Of The Year: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray LLP's recent work facilitating several multibillion-dollar transactions, including the largest healthcare acquisition to date by Amazon.com Inc., has earned the firm a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Healthcare Groups of the Year.

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    Taft Stettinius Adds 6 Dinsmore Attys In Detroit, Chicago

    Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP said it has hired six attorneys from Dinsmore & Shohl LLP who focus their practices on business law and litigation matters.

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    Sidley Poised To Move Offices In Downtown LA, Century City

    Sidley Austin LLP will be moving to new locations for both its Century City and downtown Los Angeles offices, with the downtown move coming within the next few weeks, but the Century City move coming in a few years.

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    Why Holland & Knight Revamped Its E-Discovery Tech

    After evaluating options and testing different tools for nearly two years, Holland & Knight LLP expanded its e-discovery technology stack with the addition of the cloud-based software Everlaw in January.

  • Morgan Stanley Bias Award Fight Belongs In NC, Judge Says

    A Morgan Stanley unit must challenge an arbitrator's conclusion that it discriminated against a white male former banker in North Carolina, where he last worked, a Georgia federal judge ruled, saying the arbitrator's presence in Atlanta during the virtual proceeding isn't enough to tether the case to the Peach State.

  • 2 Lewis Brisbois Executives Leave Amid Back-Office Shakeup

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP confirmed Wednesday that its chief financial officer and chief client relations officer are departing the firm as part of ongoing efforts to streamline back-office operations.

  • Tully Rinckey's Employment Terms Violated Rules, Panel Says

    The founders of Tully Rinckey PLLC should be suspended for 90 days for placing improper employment restrictions on people who worked in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, an attorney ethics committee has recommended.

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    Mark Geragos Owes LA Times $218K In Fees Over Libel Suit

    Attorney Mark Geragos must pay the Los Angeles Times $218,000 in attorney fees and costs after the paper defeated his libel suit challenging its coverage of a settlement for Armenian genocide victims, a California state judge said, rejecting Geragos' contention that the defendants "are seeking a windfall."

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    Rapid Response Team Releases AI Guidance For State Courts

    An artificial intelligence rapid response team created by state judiciary leaders has released interim guidance and resources to help state courts navigate AI technologies, the National Center for State Courts said Wednesday.

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    MoFo Brings On Simpson Thacher Private Equity Ace In SF

    Morrison Foerster LLP is bolstering its finance team, announcing Wednesday it is bringing in a Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP private equity pro as a partner in its San Francisco office.

  • Rutgers Seeks Trim Of Suit Alleging Antisemitic Discrimination

    Rutgers University is seeking to pare down a law student's lawsuit alleging antisemitic discrimination by asking a New Jersey state court to strike nearly 60 paragraphs of allegedly irrelevant allegations from the complaint and to dismiss claims against the law school and several individual defendants.

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    Boies Schiller Hires White & Case Int'l Arbitration Atty In DC

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP announced Wednesday that it has added a longtime White & Case LLP partner to its international arbitration group in Washington, D.C.

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    Law Firms Rip Cuomo Subpoenas As 'Abusive' And 'Wasteful'

    Law firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Vladeck Raskin & Clark PC said in a letter Tuesday filed in federal court that former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's subpoena regarding their sex harassment investigation "is plainly improper and is another in a string of abusive and wasteful tactics."

  • Ex-Bank CEO Ends Holland & Knight Overbilling Suit

    Republic First Bancorp's former CEO Vernon Hill II ended his lawsuit accusing Holland & Knight LLP of overcharging him with a $7 million bill for what he claimed was "ineffective and unsatisfactory" representation in legal matters over his ouster from the bank.

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    Lewis Brisbois Adds 2 Professional Liability Pros In Portland

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has hired two employment and professional liability attorneys previously with Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP as partners in its Portland, Oregon, office, the firm has announced.

Expert Analysis

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Recruiter Author Photo

    Self-proclaimed "Lawyer Doula" Danielle Thompson at Major Lindsey shares how she went from Columbia Law School graduate and BigLaw employment associate to a career in legal recruiting — and discovered a passion for advocacy along the way.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Balance Social Activism With My Job? Author Photo

    Corporate attorneys pursuing social justice causes outside of work should consider eight guidelines for finding equilibrium between their beliefs and their professional duties and reputation, say Diedrick Graham, Debra Friedman and Simeon Brier at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Personality Tests And Machine Learning Applications In Law Author Photo

    Mateusz Kulesza at McDonnell Boehnen looks at potential applications of personality testing based on machine learning techniques for law firms, and the implications this shift could have for lawyers, firms and judges, including how it could make the work of judges and other legal decision-makers much more difficult.

  • AI Is Reshaping Lawyering: What To Expect In 2024 Author Photo

    The future of lawyering is not about the wholesale replacement of attorneys by artificial intelligence, but as AI handles more of the routine legal work, the role of lawyers will evolve to be more strategic, requiring the development of competencies beyond traditional legal skills, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Embrace Active Voice In Legal Writing — In Most Cases Author Photo

    Legal writers should strive to craft sentences in the active voice to promote brevity and avoid ambiguities that can spark litigation, but writing in the passive voice is sometimes appropriate — when it's a moral choice and not a grammatical failure, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

  • How AI Legal Research Tools Are Shifting Law Firm Processes Author Photo

    Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Use Social Media Responsibly? Author Photo

    Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.

  • Yada, Yada, Yada: The Magic Of 3 In Legal Writing Author Photo

    Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.

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