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    Atty Aiding Jan. 6 Panel Poised To Leave Post

    A senior investigator for the House committee looking into the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will be leaving his post this week, he confirmed to Law360 on Wednesday.

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    Snapshot: The Venable Partner Set To Become DC's Next AG

    Brian Schwalb, who's worked as partner-in-charge of Venable LLP's office in Washington for over 17 years, walked away as the top vote-getter in the district's Democratic primary for attorney general on Tuesday.

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    NFL, Snyder 'Obstructed' Sex Misconduct Probe, Memo Says

    The NFL, the Washington Commanders and team owner Daniel Snyder, with the counsel of Reed Smith LLP, obstructed and then buried attorney Beth Wilkinson's investigation into widespread sexual harassment at the franchise, according to a Wednesday memo released by a congressional committee.

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    Law School Graduate Hiring Rebounds From Pandemic Slump

    Law firms are making up for the COVID-19-driven decline in law school graduate hiring, exceeding numbers in 2021 from the last pre-pandemic year, a report released Wednesday by legal services provider Leopard Solutions says.

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    Yale Law Adds Chicago Law Professor, Human Rights Head

    Yale Law School announced on Wednesday that a University of Chicago Law School professor will join its staff as a clinical professor of law in July.

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    Akin Gump Adds 2 Private Equity Attys From Covington

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has added two private equity attorneys previously with Covington & Burling LLP as partners in its New York office, the firm announced on Wednesday.

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    McGuireWoods Taps Ex-Jones Day Defense Pro For NY Office

    McGuireWoods LLP has bolstered its New York office with an ex-Jones Day defense attorney who recently represented former U.S. Attorney General William Barr in the House's investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Rising Star: Skadden's Caroline Kim

    Caroline Kim of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has helped several companies go public and comply with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, including advising WeWork during its protracted journey to becoming publicly traded, earning her a spot among the compliance law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • Rising Star: DLA Piper's Orestis Omran

    DLA Piper partner Orestis Omran has captained many billion-euro securitizations and other financial transactions for major European parties, including recently representing loan servicer Qquant's securitization transaction involving a €1 billion portfolio of nonperforming loans by Pancreta Bank in Greece, earning him a place among the structured finance attorneys under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Sullivan & Cromwell's Morgan Ratner

    Sullivan & Cromwell special counsel Morgan Ratner has played a lead role in helping clients win appeals, including arguing seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court while either pregnant or nursing, earning her a spot among the appellate law practitioners under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Sullivan & Cromwell's Mehdi Ansari

    Mehdi Ansari of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP shepherded DraftKings Inc.'s $1.56 billion acquisition of Golden Nugget Online Gaming and helped Major League Baseball sell to Disney what would become the backbone of Disney+ in a $1.58 billion deal, earning him a spot as one of the sports and betting attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Montgomery McCracken's Robert E. O'Connor

    Robert O'Connor of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP has become one of the go-to maritime lawyers in the U.S., recently representing shipping giants Maersk and Ocean Network Express in dozens of separate disputes over the loss of thousands of shipping containers worth millions, earning him a spot among the transportation attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Steptoe & Johnson's Elizabeth Cassady

    Elizabeth Cassady of Steptoe & Johnson LLP started her career litigating high-profile residential mortgage-backed securities cases in the wake of the financial crisis and recently represented JPMorgan in litigation contending a billion-dollar syndicated loan was a security, earning her a spot among the banking attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    K&L Gates Adds Antitrust Pro From Linklaters In Brussels

    K&L Gates LLP has hired Nikolaos Peristerakis from Linklaters for its antitrust practice in Brussels, where he plans to focus on helping the firm build out its competition offerings in the European Union.

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    MoFo Partner On How Attorneys Can Support LGBTQ+ People

    The leader of Morrison & Foerster LLP's LGBTQ+ Affinity Network knows the importance of supporting his community beyond this month's Pride celebrations. He spoke with Law360 Pulse about his firm's pro bono efforts, how working as an openly gay attorney informs your perspective of the law and what the legal industry can support the LGBTQ+ community.

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    Donziger's Contempt Conviction Upheld By Split 2nd Circ.

    A divided Second Circuit panel on Wednesday upheld disbarred human rights lawyer Steven Donziger's conviction for disobeying court orders in civil litigation over a since-overturned $8.7 billion Ecuadorian pollution judgment against Chevron, saying federal judges have the power to appoint special prosecutors.

  • Money Isn't Everything When It Comes To Making Attys Happy

    Law firms may have reached a limit on how much time and energy they can take from their attorneys, as associates and partners in a recent survey voiced displeasure with a narrow focus on profit and eagerness for more human-centered management.

  • The 2022 Law Firm Culture Survey

    Law360 Pulse partnered with Major Lindsey & Africa to survey attorneys on what the idea of law firm culture means to them, what aspects of it they think their firms are good at and struggle with. Here, we take a look at our results.

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    Fiscal Health, Client Service Keys To A Strong Firm Culture

    Firms looking to attract and retain the best legal talent should focus on financial management, high performance expectations, client service and civic-mindedness, according to the results of a new survey conducted by Law360 and Major Lindsey & Africa.

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    Why Better Law Firm Culture Must Come From The Top

    As firm leaders continue to navigate the evolving work environment, lawyers most want to see improvements that come from the top — in transparency, training and mentorship, and diversity, a recent survey found.

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    Exterro Appoints Two For Chief Operating And R&D Roles

    E-discovery firm Exterro Inc. saw changes in its executive staff this week, announcing Tuesday the appointment of a new chief operating officer and chief research and development officer along with the retirement of its chief customer officer.

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    Edelson Launches DC Office With Prosecutor Hire

    Plaintiffs litigation firm Edelson PC has launched its fourth office, in Washington, D.C., tapping a lawyer from the district attorney general's office to lead its public client practice there, the firm confirmed Tuesday.

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    Gordon & Rees Bay Area Leaders Say Firm's Future Is Female

    After Gordon & Rees LLP made headlines this month with the appointment of an all-female leadership team for its Bay Area offices, including its founding office in San Francisco, Law360 Pulse caught up with the pair to discuss the importance of women and minorities in leadership positions, as well as their tips for young associates.

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    Dentons' New Lobbying Leader Talks Policy Future

    After coming over as part of a four-lawyer team from Squire Patton Boggs LLP earlier this month, the new head of the U.S. policy and government relations team at Dentons sat down with Law360 Pulse to share his outlook on the potential for growth at his new firm and potential public policy shifts coming down the pike.

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    How V&E Is Using Development Coaches To Boost Its Attys

    As the practice of law becomes increasingly complex, sometimes returning to the basics is key to developing a strong and connected team of attorneys, according to Vinson & Elkins LLP's new chief talent officer Hy Pomerance.

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Expert Analysis

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    How Law Firms Can Hire And Retain More Black Attorneys Author Photo

    The pipeline of Black lawyers is limited, so BigLaw firms must invest in Black high school students, ensure Black attorneys receive origination credit and take other bold steps to increase Black representation in the industry, says Benjamin Wilson, chairman at Beveridge & Diamond.

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    BigLaw Needs More Underrepresented Attorneys As Leaders Author Photo

    Hiring more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to BigLaw positions of power is the first key to making other underrepresented attorneys believe they have an opportunity for a path to leadership, says Ernest Greer, co-president at Greenberg Traurig.

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    Advancing Racial Justice In The Legal Industry And Beyond Author Photo

    In addition to building and nurturing a diverse talent pipeline, law firms should collaborate with general counsel, academics and others to focus on injustices within the broader legal system, says Jonathan Harmon, chairman at McGuireWoods.

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    Diversity Work Doesn't Have To Be Reserved For Partners Author Photo

    Serving on my firm's diversity committee as an associate has allowed me to improve access, support and opportunity for minority attorneys at the firm, while building leadership skills and fostering meaningful relationships with firm management and industry professionals, says Camille Bent at BakerHostetler.

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