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  • Orrick Hires 2 Trial Attys From BakerHostetler

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has hired two partners from BakerHostetler with nearly 50 years of combined experience in matters including intellectual property and pharmaceuticals to boost its trial litigation teams on both coasts.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds Public Finance Atty To Atlanta Office

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has bolstered its public finance and infrastructure practice in Atlanta with the addition of a former King & Spalding LLP partner who helped guide a client in financing a new $500 million tax-exempt convention center and hotel in the city.

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    51 Firms Named Among Best For Women In 2022

    Professional services and research firm Seramount announced on Thursday the results of its latest Best Law Firms for Women survey, touting the firms that earned spots on its 2022 list.

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    Law Firms Have Options To Grow Without Mergers

    Revamping billing, offering technology services to clients, and attracting and retaining top talent are some of the ways that U.K. law firms can grow without having to engage in mergers and acquisitions, according to a report released Thursday by LexisNexis Legal & Professional.

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    Clement Exits Kirkland After Firm Drops Gun Cases

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP announced Thursday the firm will no longer handle gun rights cases just hours after notching a U.S. Supreme Court victory that knocked down a gun control law in New York. The move led partners Paul Clement and Erin Murphy to depart from Kirkland to open their own appellate firm.

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    Jones Walker Adds Miami Partner To Health Care Practice

    Jones Walker LLP has added a new partner to its health care industry team in Miami with more than 25 years of experience.

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    Ashurst Opens 3rd US Office In Austin, Texas

    International law firm Ashurst has opened its third U.S. office in Austin, Texas, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Latham Adds International Arbitration Expert From WilmerHale

    Latham & Watkins LLP has hired a former WilmerHale partner to serve as the global co-chair of its international arbitration practice, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Kennedys' Revenue Gain Buoyed By US Growth, Del. Launch

    Global law firm Kennedys is reporting its highest revenue ever, saying gains in the past year were fueled largely by growth in the U.S., including the launch of a Delaware office.

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    Steptoe & Johnson Cuts Pay For Underperforming Associates

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP confirmed Wednesday that as part of its latest compensation updates, it will move some associates who aren't meeting the firm's "utilization expectation" to a prorated pay cut through the end of the year.

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    Tucker Arensberg Adds Family Law To Harrisburg Office

    Tucker Arensberg PC recently announced the launch of its new family law practice, bringing in an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in family law to lead the practice in the firm's Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, office.

  • Rising Star: Mayer Brown's Darius Horton

    Darius Horton of Mayer Brown LLP was lead counsel to purchases on seven securitizations of residential transition, or "house-flipping," loans worth more than $1.9 billion total, including the first repackaging of nonperforming house-flipping loans into capital markets securities, earning him a spot among the structured finance law practitioners under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

  • Foley & Lardner Launches AI Contract Review Tool

    Foley & Lardner LLP on Wednesday announced the launch of a new tech tool that uses artificial intelligence to review contracts.

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    Cleary Gottlieb Launches Legal Tech Incubator ClearyX

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP on Thursday announced the launch of an internal entity called ClearyX whose job will be to explore the use of existing and emerging legal technologies with the goal of innovating legal services delivery.

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    How BigLaw's IT Hiring Woes Have Worsened

    Amid a more challenging market for the recruitment of information technology talent, some BigLaw firms have found themselves at the short end of the stick.

  • Lewis Brisbois Adds Corporate Pro To Fla., Chicago Offices

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has expanded two of its corporate-focused practice groups, with a partner who will split his time between its Florida and Chicago offices, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • Rising Star: Sullivan & Cromwell's James McDonald

    James McDonald hit the ground running when he joined Sullivan & Cromwell LLP after heading up the enforcement division of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and his various cryptocurrency cases and a key role in a recent $6 billion Allianz SE settlement have earned him a spot among the compliance attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Winston & Strawn's Jeanifer Parsigian

    Over the past year, Winston & Strawn LLP partner Jeanifer Parsigian has helped the U.S. Women's National Team players secure a landmark equal pay deal with U.S. Soccer, won a U.S. Supreme Court victory that blew apart the NCAA's "amateurism" pay model and is pressing forward on another case that could further alter college sports, earning her a spot as one of four sports and betting attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Nossaman's Shant Boyajian

    Shant Boyajian of Nossaman LLP has advised transit agencies in Massachusetts and Los Angeles on sprawling capital improvement projects, earning him a spot among the top transportation law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Sullivan & Cromwell's Michelle Chen

    Michelle Chen of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP shepherded M&T Bank's $8.3 billion acquisition that vaulted it to "superregional" status, steered MUFG's $8 billion exit from the U.S. retail banking market and advised on Fiserv's mammoth $22 billion buy of First Data, landing a spot among the banking law attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Jones Day's Marta Lahuerta Escolano

    Jones Day's Marta Lahuerta Escolano provided key legal advice in opening Ethiopia's telecom market to competition, likely leading to billions of dollars in new investments, helping earn her a spot among the telecom attorneys under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

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    Stumphauzer Co-Founder Jumps To Sidley Austin In Miami

    Sidley Austin LLP picked up a Miami attorney who was a named partner and co-founder of Stumphauzer Foslid Sloman Ross & Kolaya PLLC.

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    Rising Star: Hogan Lovells' George John

    Hogan Lovells senior associate attorney George V. John has been involved in helping major aerospace and telecommunications clients such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin navigate Federal Communications Commission regulations when it comes to obtaining spectrum for their launch vehicles, earning him a spot among the telecommunications attorneys under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

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    Why Some Firms Are Not Moving Fully To The Cloud

    As law firms have come to embrace storing data in the cloud since the COVID-19 pandemic normalized remote working, some firms are choosing to continue keeping data on in-house office servers.

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    Public Interest Attorney Pay Growing Faster Since 2018

    Many attorneys in public service jobs have seen their median salaries rise faster in the past four years than in the preceding decade and a half, according to a study released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.

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Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • 7 Tips For Predeposition Meetings Under New Federal Rule Author Photo

    Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

  • Guest Feature

    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers Author Photo

    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

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    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law Author Photo

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

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    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic Author Photo

    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • Series

    BigLaw Cannot Reap Diversity Rewards Without Inclusion Author Photo

    BigLaw firms often focus on increasing their diversity numbers, but without much attention to equity and inclusion, minority lawyers face substantial barriers after they get their foot in the door, says Patricia Brown Holmes, managing partner at Riley Safer.

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    Ideas For Closing BigLaw's Diversity Gap Author Photo

    If enough law firms undertake some universal diversity best practices, such as connecting minority lawyers to key client relationships and establishing accountability for those charged with spearheading progress, the legal industry could look a lot different in the foreseeable future, says Frederick Nance, global managing partner at Squire Patton.

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