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    King & Spalding Adds Gov't Investigations Partner In NY

    King & Spalding LLP has hired a compliance and anti-corruption partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP who formerly managed that firm's New York office, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Davis Wright Expands LA Footprint With Culver City Office

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, a top firm for serving media, entertainment and technology clients, announced Wednesday that it has opened an office in Culver City, California — its second Los Angeles-area office — to be nearer those media clients.

  • Deloitte Legal Hires Ex-Freshfields Legal Innovation Officer

    Deloitte Legal, the legal arm of Big Four accounting firm Deloitte, announced Wednesday the hiring of a former executive at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP for its legal management consulting team.

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    Michael Best Adds Ex-Texas Official, Bush Scion As Partner

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and its lobbying arm, Michael Best Strategies LLC, announced Wednesday that they have brought on a former Texas land commissioner and member of one of the most prominent political families in the U.S.

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    BigLaw's 2022 Diversity Gains Expected To Continue This Year

    Ethnic and gender diversity at the top 200 U.S. law firms ticked up in 2022, and that momentum is unlikely to slow despite the current economic uncertainty, with industry experts anticipating firms will pick up more diverse hires in 2023.

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    Holland & Hart Appoints Patent Agent To New Principal Role

    Holland & Hart LLP said Wednesday it has chosen one of its patent agents to fill a newly created principal role.

  • M&A Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP steered clients through some of the most talked-about deals of 2022, including the record-breaking $68.7 billion agreement between Activision Blizzard Inc. and Microsoft Corp. and Elon Musk's blockbuster $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, earning the firm a spot on Law360's 2022 Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

  • Securities Group Of The Year: Robbins Geller

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP secured a record-breaking $809.5 million settlement for class members the day before jury selection was set to commence in a trial between Twitter Inc. and its investors, ending a suit that dated back to 2016 and earning the firm a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Securities Groups of the Year.

  • IP Group Of The Year: Erise

    Erise IP's intellectual property group secured several consecutive victories in the Eastern District of Texas this past year, successfully defending major companies like Sony and NetScout Systems against millions in potential damages and earning the group a spot among Law360's 2022 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • Employment Group Of The Year: Lieff Cabraser

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP has advocated for thousands of clients in workers' rights disputes, winning a $118 million gender bias settlement against Google and $11.5 million in a race bias case against Kaiser Permanente, earning it a spot among Law's 2022 Employment Groups of the Year.

  • Tax Group Of The Year: Akerman

    Akerman LLP's tax practice group has been involved in major decisions across the country over the past year, including successfully arguing that Massachusetts couldn't tax the capital gains of a company domiciled in another state and that a Target subsidiary isn't liable for Florida income tax, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2022 Tax Groups of the Year.

  • M&A Group Of The Year: Cravath

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP guided data center real estate investment trust CyrusOne in its acquisition by two private equity firms for $15 billion and is aiding Johnson & Johnson in its planned spinoff of its consumer health business, landing it a spot among Law360's Mergers & Acquisitions Groups of the Year.

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    Kramer Levin Names New Land Use Practice Co-Chair

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP has chosen longtime New York-based partner Elise Wagner to serve as co-chair of the firm's land use practice, the firm said Wednesday.

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    Constangy Adds 32-Atty Team From Lewis Brisbois

    Employment and labor law firm Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP is bulking up its cybersecurity and data privacy practice with a 32-attorney team from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Norton Rose's Frankfurt Office Raided Amid Cum-Ex Probes

    Norton Rose Fulbright's Frankfurt office was the subject of an investigation by German authorities Tuesday, as a probe into the European cum-ex tax evasion scandal continues.

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    How To Avoid Atty Fee Disputes In Firm Spinoffs And Splits

    Law firms and departing lawyers can take steps to avoid costly litigation and disputes over attorney fees when clients change hands following spinoffs and splits, according to experts who stress the importance of communication in sidestepping any legal battles over bills.

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    So Your Outside Counsel Was Hacked. Now What?

    General counsel can take preventive measures now to avoid panicking when their outside counsel is hacked, like knowing the kinds of data the company shares with external lawyers and how it's stored and writing data security requirements into their contracts, experts say.

  • Norton Rose Fulbright Reappoints EMEA Managing Partner

    Norton Rose Fulbright LLP has reelected its managing partner for Europe, the Middle East and Asia to a second term, the firm announced Monday.

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    Former SDNY Judge Joins Paul Weiss From Cravath

    Former U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the Southern District of New York has left Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP to become a partner in Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's antitrust litigation department in New York, effective Tuesday.

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    BakerHostetler Lands Ex-US Rep. From Sidley As Policy Chief

    BakerHostetler has added a former U.S. congressman who most recently worked as a Sidley Austin LLP partner, to head its federal policy practice team, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    New York Fed Deputy GC Moves To WilmerHale As Partner

    WilmerHale has hired a 23-year veteran of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as a partner in its financial institutions group, the firm said Tuesday.

  • Tax Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's tax team last year helped broker the largest merger deal ever in the video gaming industry, between independent studio Activision Blizzard and tech giant Microsoft, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2022 Tax Groups of the Year.

  • Employment Group Of The Year: Littler

    Littler Mendelson PC helped net big wins for IT company Wipro and convenience store chain Circle K, as well as for Viking River Cruises in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2022 Employment Groups of the Year.

  • Securities Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Securities law practitioners at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP secured a precedential appellate victory on behalf of hotel chain Marriott International Inc., and successfully argued for the dismissal of shareholder claims on behalf of Facebook's parent company Meta, earning the group a place among Law360's 2022 Securities Groups of the Year.

  • IP Group Of The Year: Finnegan

    Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP defended BMW against patent infringement claims before the U.S. International Trade Commission, and also took Amazon to task over counterfeits sold on its platform, earning the firm a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

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Expert Analysis

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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.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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