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Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz last year successfully fended off Elon Musk's attempt to renege on his promised $44 billion acquisition of Twitter and won a Delaware high court ruling that erased a $690 million judgment for its client, earning the firm a spot on Law360's 2022 Securities Groups of the Year.
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP won more than $2 billion for a software company that had its trade secrets stolen, prevented a generic version of Janssen's schizophrenia drug Invega Sustenna and cracked down on counterfeit surgical devices, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2022 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP had another banner year in 2022 representing clients on blockbuster deals, including guiding General Electric Co. in its spinoff into three public companies and advising global investment firm 3G Capital in its $7.1 billion acquisition of Hunter Douglas, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2022 Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.
Drawing on a deep bench of legal experts and a reputation for digging into complex employment law issues, Jones Day helped avert a potentially devastating work stoppage for the U.S. railroad industry and secured a win for IBM in a novel COVID-19 expenses class action, landing it a spot among Law360's 2022 Employment Groups of the Year.
Senior U.S. Circuit Judge Diane P. Wood has been appointed director designate of the American Law Institute's Council — the first woman to hold the position at the independent research and advocacy group of judges, lawyers and legal scholars.
A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday approved the appointment of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP — which had come under fire from several directions and from members of Congress — as Chapter 11 counsel for FTX, dismissing arguments by a pair of FTX customers that the firm was conflicted because of its prior work for the cryptocurrency exchange.
Generative artificial intelligence that produces text and images is getting a lot of buzz, but what impact will it have on the legal industry? Here, Evisort’s CEO talks about his company’s generative AI and how the technology will change the legal profession.
Senior trial attorney Jimmy K. Goodman is winding down his practice at Crowe & Dunlevy, but he's keeping busy in his new role as president of the American Bar Foundation. Goodman talked to Law360 Pulse this week on his goals for the ABF.
Investment management boutique firm Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP is launching a cybersecurity law practice and bringing back a former partner and cybersecurity expert to head it.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Christy Goldsmith Romero has accused attorneys lured by promises of wealth of failing to speak up when their crypto clients behaved badly, helping to create a "crisis of trust" in the wake of the FTX collapse.
McGuireWoods LLP announced Thursday that a former managing director of regulatory affairs at Duke Energy had joined the firm's energy law practice as a partner in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Pennsylvania-based firm Saxton & Stump expanded its environmental and business practice groups this week by adding an attorney with nearly two decades of experience handling public utility matters in the public and private sectors, including more than three years as executive director of the state's Public Utility Commission.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is set to combine with Buckley LLP and its roster of 100 attorneys specializing in areas ranging from financial services to government enforcement matters and litigation, the firms announced Thursday.
Eversheds Sutherland is opening a new office in downtown San Francisco's financial district.
Younger attorneys expect employers to be upfront about progression in their career path, and are seeking flexibility in moving up the ranks at a firm, according to a recent panel discussion held by the Managing Partner Forum.
After adding 32 cybersecurity attorneys from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, the managing partner of labor and employment firm Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP spoke to Law360 Pulse about bringing the group aboard, the increasing importance of cybersecurity to clients, and the firm's plans for the future.
The days of fully remote work are coming to an end, with 90% of Am Law 100 firms now encouraging or mandating a set number of days in the office, according to a new report from property brokerage firm Savills Inc.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP represented clients involved in some of the highest-profile deals of the year, including longstanding client Microsoft in its $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard and the Twitter board of directors as they navigated the Elon Musk takeover, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2022 Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP recovered billions of dollars for investors last year, most prominently through a series of settlements with German financial firm Allianz, earning it a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Securities Groups of the Year.
Desmarais LLP secured a $272 million patent infringement verdict against LabCorp and helped Cisco beat a $371 million infringement case, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2022 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.
Eversheds Sutherland secured several significant tax victories in 2022, including convincing a judge to side with Comcast and Verizon to invalidate Maryland's first-in-the-nation digital advertising tax and winning Sirius XM a $2.5 million Texas franchise tax refund, earning it a spot on Law360's 2022 Tax Groups of the Year.
An interdisciplinary employment law practice with a motto of handling the most sensitive matters for the largest employers, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP shut down a former Amazon manager's misclassification lawsuit and successfully booted Lowe's workers' wage claims to arbitration, earning the team a place among Law360's 2022 Employment Groups of the Year.
The former leader of Jones Day's mergers and acquisitions practice is joining Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as a partner in its mergers and acquisitions group in New York, Davis Polk has confirmed.
Courts should embrace remote proceedings to improve access to justice in rural communities because participants don't have to drive hours to a courthouse, take time off work or arrange child care, according to a virtual panel hosted by the National Center for State Courts.
Jenner & Block LLP is bulking up its government controversies and public policy litigation practice with the addition of a legal counsel for Vice President Kamala Harris, the firm said Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 FeaturePreparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers
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.