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    Rising Star: King & Spalding's Tristan Pelham Webb

    Tristan Pelham Webb of King & Spalding has helped put together deals for Axium Infrastructure US Inc. for the development of renewable energy transmission lines and massive battery storage in California, earning him a spot among the top project finance practitioners under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

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    Steptoe & Johnson Adds Oil And Gas Attorney In Woodlands

    Steptoe & Johnson PLLC has added an attorney with about two decades of legal experience to its energy and natural resources group, the firm recently announced.

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    MoFo Elects Corporate Leader As New Firm Chair

    Morrison Foerster LLP said Monday that it has elected corporate partner Eric McCrath as the firm's new chair, succeeding longtime leader Larren Nashelsky as he steps down this fall.

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    Morgan Lewis Opens 34-Person Office In Seattle

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced the opening of an office in Seattle on Monday as part of the BigLaw firm's first foray into the Pacific Northwest, including hiring away more than a dozen attorneys from litigation boutique Calfo Eakes LLP.

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    Dobbs Casts Shadow On Gay Rights, Birth Control

    As other conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices sought to blunt a political firestorm by emphasizing that their decision to overturn women's constitutional abortion rights on Friday was not an attack on other rights, like those protecting birth control and same-sex couples, Justice Clarence Thomas made it clear that the door should be wide open.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    This week was marked by several high-profile, split decisions highlighting the ideological divide on the U.S. Supreme Court, including one much-anticipated and highly controversial ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Women Lawyers Look Past Men For Legal Heroines

    Delving into the sources of bias against women, several female legal chiefs explored how literature, myths and their own experiences have shaped their roles in the legal profession in a webinar on Thursday.

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    Akerman Brings On Ex-CFPB Senior Counsel To DC Office

    A former senior counsel with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has joined Akerman LLP's consumer financial services, data and technology practice group in Washington, D.C., where she will focus on defending financial services providers, the firm announced.

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    Kirkland Unlikely To Regret Split With Clement, Experts Say

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's decision to shun Second Amendment cases, and by extension famed appellate lawyer Paul Clement, appears to be the latest example of how client selection has become an increasingly important strategy for law firms when it comes to honing their brand.

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    Office Snapshot: Baker McKenzie's Growing LA Outpost

    Dating back to 1949, Baker McKenzie boasts nearly 80 offices worldwide, and although its location in Los Angeles is just four years old, it's already proving to be one of the firm's most important.

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    Rising Star: Dechert's Jonathan Tam

    Jonathan Tam of Dechert LLP has worked on large-scale mass torts, including representing 3M in multiple recent trials over allegations that its earplugs damaged U.S. military service members' hearing, earning him a place among the product liability attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    5 Tips For Making The Jump From Law Firms To Legal Tech

    Thinking of joining the exodus of talent from law firms to legal technology companies? While some say it's the best decision they've ever made, you should look before you leap, experts agree.

  • Rising Star: Cravath's Andrew T. Davis

    Andrew T. Davis of Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP has played a lead role in structuring billion-dollar acquisitions across the globe, including transactions involving companies based in Australia and the Netherlands, earning him a spot among the tax attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The U.S. Supreme Court continued to rock the legal world this week, with rulings overturning the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, striking down a longtime New York gun law and more. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Snell & Wilmer Adds Rutan & Tucker Partner In Calif.

    Snell & Wilmer LLP has added a corporate and securities partner from Rutan & Tucker LLP to its Orange County office, the firm has announced.

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    Jackson Lewis Adds Littler Atty To Run Houston Office

    Employment law firm Jackson Lewis PC has brought on board a former shareholder from Littler Mendelson PC to run its Houston office as managing principal, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Rising Star: Mayer Brown's Rohith George

    Rohith George of Mayer Brown LLP helped negotiate a partnership deal between Google and Groupon and has guided bank-fintech partnerships such as InspereX's licensing deal with Goldman Sachs, earning him a spot among the fintech practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 Rising Stars.

  • Rising Stars: Bracewell's Patrick K. Johnson

    Patrick K. Johnson of Bracewell LLP advised energy giant Equinor through a $1.1 billion deal that saw BP acquire a partial stake in two offshore wind projects and represented Global Infrastructure Partners in forming a joint venture geared towards U.S. offshore wind project development, earning him a spot among the project finance law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • Rising Star: Foley & Lardner's Thomas Ferrante

    Thomas Ferrante of Foley & Lardner LLP has helped numerous health-related businesses expand their platforms, including primary and urgent care business Carbon Health, earning him a spot among the health care attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • Rising Star: Cahill Gordon's Meghan McDermott

    Meghan McDermott of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP has guided several landmark deals, including Eldorado's blockbuster $17.3 billion acquisition of Caesars' casino business and helping online dating giant Match revamp its balance sheet through a trailblazing $1.4 billion debt-and-equity offer, earning her a spot among capital markets law practitioners under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Blank Rome's Elizabeth Jochum

    Blank Rome LLP partner Elizabeth Jochum's work to successfully defend Riva Solutions' position on an unusual $2 billion information technology contract, fending off protests in the process, has earned her a position among the government contracts attorneys under 40 honored as a Law360 Rising Star.

  • Vinson & Elkins Names 3 Int'l Dispute Resolution Heads

    Vinson & Elkins LLP announced Friday it has named three new leaders in its international arbitration practice based in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and North Africa, reflecting the internationalization of the practice.

  • Hogan Lovells Teams Up With Nonprofit To Fight Online Hate

    Hogan Lovells said that it has created an interactive map of online hate speech laws around the world, including in the U.S., the U.K., Europe and China, as part of its three-year partnership with the international nonprofit PeaceTech Lab.

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    Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday upheld a Mississippi abortion ban and overturned the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, setting the stage for a widespread rollback of abortion rights in many statehouses around the country.

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    Rising Star: Williams & Connolly's Luke McCloud

    Williams & Connolly LLP partner Luke McCloud has successfully tried several cases to judgment in federal and state courts before making his U.S. Supreme Court debut in January, earning him a spot among the appellate attorneys under age 40 honored this year by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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Expert Analysis

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

  • Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • Opinion

    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

  • 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.

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