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  • Securities Group Of The Year: Wachtell

    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.

  • IP Group Of The Year: Patterson Belknap

    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.

  • M&A Group Of The Year: Paul Weiss

    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.

  • Employment Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    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.

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    7th Circ. Judge Wood Named American Law Institute Director

    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.

  • Sullivan & Cromwell Gets Green Light To Rep FTX In Ch. 11

    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.

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    Evisort CEO On How Generative AI Will Change Legal Sector

    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.

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    New ABF President On Zest For Pro Bono Work, Tribal Law

    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.

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    Calif. Boutique Firm Launches Cybersecurity Practice

    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.

  • CFTC Commissioner Says Crypto Attys Failed Customers

    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. 

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    Ex-Duke Energy Director Joins McGuireWoods In Charlotte

    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.

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    Ex-Pa. Utility Commision Director Joins Saxton & Stump

    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.

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    Orrick, Buckley Merge With Eye On Financial Services Work

    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.

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    Eversheds Opens New Office In San Francisco

    Eversheds Sutherland is opening a new office in downtown San Francisco's financial district.

  • What Do Young Attorneys Want? Transparency, Flexibility

    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.

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    Constangy Head Talks Arrival Of 32-Atty Cybersecurity Group

    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.

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    BigLaw Cracking Down On Return-To-Office

    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.

  • M&A Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    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.

  • Securities Group Of The Year: Bernstein Litowitz

    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.

  • IP Group Of The Year: Desmarais

    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.

  • Tax Group Of The Year: Eversheds Sutherland

    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.

  • Employment Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    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.

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    Former Jones Day M&A Practice Leader Joins Davis Polk

    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.

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    Remote Proceedings Can Improve Justice In Rural Areas

    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.

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    VP Harris' Top Legal Counsel Joins Jenner & Block

    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.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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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