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  • BigLaw Coalition Debuts New Format For Cap Tables

    A coalition of BigLaw firms, including Goodwin Procter LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP and Cooley LLP, and equity management software providers have released a new standardized format for company capitalization tables to help startups and investors.

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    Rising Star: Simmons Hanly's Holly Nighbert

    Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC shareholder Holly Nighbert's work on back-to-back trials in the massive opioid litigation, including in federal multidistrict litigation and in a New York state jury trial late last year, has earned her a spot as one of the product liability attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Faegre Drinker Takes On Veteran Enviro Attorney In NY

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has hired an environmental attorney with three decades of experience from Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, adding to a team with a national and international scope of coverage on pressing issues.

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    Rising Star: Morgan Lewis' Jacob Harper

    Jacob Harper of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP represented genetic testing company 23andMe as it bought telehealth business Lemonaid Health Inc. in a $400 million cash-and-stock deal, earning him a spot among the health care practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Latham's Kelly Cataldo

    Latham & Watkins partner Kelly Cataldo represented lenders in one of the largest debt financings of a U.S. renewable energy project to date last year, and she worked on financing the largest solar and co-located battery storage project in the U.S., earning her a place among the project finance attorneys under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

  • Rising Star: Kirkland & Ellis' Kimberly McGrath

    Kimberly McGrath of Kirkland & Ellis has advised on multibillion-dollar deals, including private equity firms' purchase of data center real estate investment trust CyrusOne Inc. for about $15 billion, earning her a spot among real estate attorneys under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

  • Rising Star: Goodwin Procter's Julia White

    Julia White co-led the Goodwin Procter LLP team advising underwriters Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan in DoorDash's $3.4 billion initial public offering and played key roles in trailblazing transactions like the restructuring of PennyMac Financial Services, earning her a spot among the capital markets law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Wiley's Gary S. Ward

    Wiley Rein LLP partner Gary S. Ward has always found ways to think outside the box, whether it be in litigating high-cost bid protests, working on cases outside the field of government contracts, or developing a software tool to track information from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, earning him a spot among the government contract attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • SRA Fine Ceiling Jumps Despite Industry Pushback

    A U.K. legal regulator can now fine solicitors and firms up to 1,150% more for misconduct under new rules designed to leave only the most serious cases in the tribunals, a move that has been derided by the trade association for solicitors.

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    Finnegan Elects New Managing Partner In Leadership Shuffle

    Washington, D.C.-based intellectual property firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP announced Wednesday that it has elected a new firmwide managing partner as former leader Anand Sharma moves to become the firm's chair.

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    Winston & Strawn Adds To Miami Growth With 2 Partners

    Winston & Strawn LLP's Miami office is a little more than a month old, but it has already announced its second round of additional hires, with the latest group being made up of two new partners from Greenberg Traurig LLP as well as an of counsel and three new associates from Greenberg Traurig and Shutts & Bowen LLP.

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    IT Pro Was 'Stupid' To Obey Jones Day Atty's 'Burn' Order

    An IT manager testified at a trial on Wednesday that he was "stupid" to comply with instructions from a senior Jones Day lawyer to destroy a secure messaging system in an alleged attempt to conceal evidence of corporate espionage from supermarket group Ocado.

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    Think Inflation Is Bad? BigLaw Rate Hikes Are Worse

    BigLaw firms are almost certainly looking to ward off drooping profits this year as demand slackens and expenses increase following a series of associate raises. How will they do it? More likely than not by increasing the cost of their services.

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    BigLaw's M&A Boom Drove Hourly Rates Up Last Year

    Law firm partner billing rates across the industry rose 3.4% on average last year relative to 2020, driven by an even steeper increase in rates among large law firms and mergers and acquisitions work, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • LeClairRyan Trustee Approved For $21M UnitedLex Settlement

    A Virginia bankruptcy judge approved a $21 million settlement between the Chapter 7 trustee for defunct law firm LeClairRyan PLLC and the legal services provider she accused of bleeding the firm of millions and driving it into liquidation.

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    Rising Star: Fenwick's Jennifer Hitchcock

    Fenwick & West LLP partner Jennifer Hitchcock has helped guide major transactions involving companies across a range of industries such as technology, life sciences and banking, earning her a spot on this year's list of capital markets practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    WilmerHale Recruits NY Fed's Legal Chief

    Amid a string of high-profile revolving-door hires, WilmerHale has hired the New York Federal Reserve Bank's legal chief to join the firm's securities and financial services practice.

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    Paul Weiss, MoFo, 22 Other Firms Staff NY Abortion Hotline

    Two dozen BigLaw firms, including Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, have signed on to help with an abortion hotline, offering legal guidance to anyone seeking access to or seeking to provide abortions in New York.

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    Hogan Lovells Names Global Managing Partner For Growth

    Hogan Lovells has created a new leadership post at the law firm, global managing partner for growth, and tapped New York partner Phoebe A. Wilkinson to fill it, the firm announced on Tuesday.

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    Fight Over Trans Youth Moving From Schools To Courts

    A 10-year-old transgender girl and her mother sued the Indianapolis public schools in May claiming that a new state law barring the girl from playing school sports violates their constitutional rights.

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    Dorsey & Whitney Taps 4 Attys For Phoenix Real Estate Team

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP has added four attorneys to help launch a real estate practice in its recently opened Phoenix office, which now boasts 17 as the firm focuses on growing its presence both in the city and the broader Mountain West region.

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    Gordon Rees Hires Ex-Fox Rothschild Litigator In Philly, NJ

    A commercial litigation attorney specializing in consumer class action defense has moved her practice to Gordon & Rees LLP's offices in Philadelphia and New Jersey after spending nearly 13 years with Fox Rothschild LLP.

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    Rising Star: Seeger Weiss' Parvin K. Aminolroaya

    Seeger Weiss LLP's Parvin K. Aminolroaya was appointed co-lead counsel in multidistrict litigation against Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical unit Janssen over its Elmiron bladder cyst medication and helped a veteran win a $55 million verdict against 3M in an MDL over its earplugs, earning her a spot among the product liability attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Digital Contracting Is Growing And Moving Faster

    Since 2019, digital contract completion times have decreased and one-click contracts have boomed, suggesting that the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed businesses to move faster, according to a report Tuesday released by contract management software provider Ironclad.

  • Debevoise & Plimpton Names 8 New Partners

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has promoted eight attorneys to partner, the firm announced.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Roundup

    Ask A Mentor Author Photo

    Experts answer questions on career and workplace conundrums in this Law360 Pulse guest column series.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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