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  • Legal Ethics Cases To Watch In 2023

    The professional responsibility bar will benefit from a long winter's nap as we head into a busy 2023. On deck is a slew of ethics cases for election "big lie" lawyers and a U.S. Supreme Court case addressing the attorney-client privilege. Here, Law360 looks at these and the other big legal ethics cases to watch in the coming year.

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    4 Worries For Managing Partners Heading Into 2023

    Although the legal industry has fared well with pandemic-induced uncertainties over the past few years, worries about a global business slowdown and a looming recession have again sent law firm leaders back to the drawing board as they prepare for 2023.

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    Discrimination Cases Against Law Firms To Watch In 2023

    Jones Day, Davis Polk and Levi & Korsinsky are among the legal industry players embroiled in discrimination and harassment cases brought from within their ranks that will see major developments in the coming year. Here, Law360 looks at five ongoing employment suits against law firms worth keeping track of in 2023.

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    Irell Rolls Out Above-Market Year-End Bonuses

    Irell & Manella LLP is the latest law firm to announce year-end bonuses higher than the prevailing BigLaw scale set by Baker McKenzie, offering up to $168,000 for the most senior associates.

  • Ex-Dentons Atty Seeks Redo Of Order Requiring Arbitration

    A former Dentons partner who claims he was unjustly fired over a $34 million contingency fee has asked California's highest court to review a decision sending the dispute to arbitration in New York, saying the lower court provided a "roadmap" for employers looking to evade state labor law.

  • Ill. Court Affirms Morgan Lewis Win In BDO Tax Shelter Case

    An Illinois appellate panel has affirmed Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's win over claims the firm conspired to help cover up illegal tax shelters that landed some former executives at accounting firm BDO in prison, saying the former BDO clients who brought the suit knew about their injury roughly a decade prior.

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    Latham Attys Stress Gov't Chops Amid Enforcement Ramp-Up

    As Latham & Watkins LLP expands its white collar defense and investigations team, two attorneys who recently joined the firm from the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice say their kind of government experience will be crucial as clients anticipate an uptick in enforcement actions and investigations.

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    Elon Musk's Attorney Alex Spiro Is Restless, Literally

    Trial attorney and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Alex Spiro has developed a reputation for his high-profile cases, pro bono work and eccentric clientele, including Elon Musk and Jay-Z.

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    Ga.'s 1st Jewish US Rep. Remembered As 'Brilliant' Litigator

    A retired Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP partner who helped Native American landowners secure a $3.4 billion settlement in 2011 of a class action alleging the U.S. mismanaged resources on tribal lands, and who served as Georgia's first Jewish congressman, is being remembered after his death last week as a professional litigator who was tough as nails.

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    Hogan Lovells Taps DC Partner As Global DEI Lead

    A Hogan Lovells intellectual property partner in Washington, D.C., has been named the firm's global managing partner for diversity, equity and inclusion, the firm has announced.

  • Orrick Giving Associates The Gift Of Time As Well As Money

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP associates will receive year-end bonuses that mostly match the scale set by Baker McKenzie in November, according to news reports Thursday.

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    4 Places Where BigLaw Firms Flocked In 2022

    Larger law firms increasingly expanded their turf into locales such as Miami, Chicago and Washington, D.C., in 2022, following the business generated by emerging companies and industries expanding into new terrain.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    As we wrap up 2022, the penultimate week in December marked another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms announced leadership changes, year-end bonuses and partner promotions. Here, test how closely you've been reading Law360 Pulse's coverage of the week's biggest news in our five-question quiz, Voir Dire.

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    Jones Day Taps New Managing Partner For Madrid Office

    Jones Day has promoted an antitrust and intellectual property partner to the head of its Madrid office, the firm announced Thursday.

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    SEC Promoting Ex-WilmerHale Atty To Be New GC

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday that Dan Berkovitz will step down as general counsel next month to be replaced by the agency's deputy general counsel, who once overlapped with him at law firm WilmerHale.

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    Seyfarth To Add 22 Partners Before New Year

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP will promote 22 attorneys to partner, with promotions taking effect Dec. 31, the firm said in a news release Wednesday.

  • Veteran IP Atty Takes Over As Mattermost's Legal VP

    Mattermost, the open source online messaging platform aimed at technology companies, has hired an intellectual property attorney who worked at Latham & Watkins LLP and later Lumos Law to be its new vice president of legal.

  • Ex-Shkreli Atty Tells Justices 401(k) Cash Is Off Limits

    Former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to take up his challenge to a ruling allowing his retirement funds to be used to satisfy a $10.4 million restitution order stemming from his time as counsel to notorious pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli.

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    Fox Rothschild, Ex-Aide Settle Sex Harassment Suit

    Fox Rothschild LLP wrapped up a lawsuit Wednesday from a former aide who claimed the firm ignored her complaints that one of its then-associates sent her lewd text messages and tried to rape her.

  • Va. Schools' Legal Audit Reveals Hunton Andrews' $6M Tab

    A Virginia public school system allowed outside counsel to rack up more than $9 million in legal fees, including more than $6 million for Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, and needs to tighten its oversight procedures, according to an audit released Wednesday. 

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    Quarles & Brady Expands Into Calif. Via Paul Plevin Merger

    San Diego-based labor and employment boutique Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP will join national firm Quarles & Brady LLP at the start of the new year, the two firms announced Wednesday.

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    Legal Recruiters' Predictions For The Hiring Market In 2023

    Following last year's hiring frenzy, law firm lateral recruitment activity remained strong in 2022, with firms investing heavily in partner hires. But with a recession looming and deal work expected to slow in 2023, legal recruiters are anticipating moves to return to a "normal" rate in the upcoming year.

  • A&O, Kirkland, Perkins Coie Set Associate Bonuses

    Allen & Overy LLP and Perkins Coie LLP have doled out year-end associate bonuses matching the prevailing scale for BigLaw this year, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP will pay bonuses of unspecified amounts that exceed the market rate by 10% to 15%, according to news reports Wednesday.

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    Raines Feldman's Managing Partner On Building Culture

    Raines Feldman LLP managing partner Jonathan Littrell was elected to lead the Los Angeles-based law firm in 2017 at age 35, making him one of the youngest managing partners in California. Littrell spoke with Law360 Pulse about his leadership style, the firm's growth in New York and his goals for the next five years.

  • Shearman, Hogan Lovells Duck Direct Remark On Merger Talk

    Hogan Lovells and Shearman & Sterling LLP both responded Wednesday to a German-language report that said the two firms were in the midst of merger discussions, but did not confirm or deny the report.

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