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  • Legal Teams Must Find Balance Between Humans And Tech

    Tackling a host of modern complications among in-house legal teams requires the right blend of outside legal expertise and technology, four legal innovators said during a panel discussion Thursday.

  • Biden's DOJ Antitrust Pick Kanter Headed For Senate Hearing

    Jonathan Kanter, the White House nominee for U.S. Department of Justice antitrust chief, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a confirmation hearing on Wednesday, the panel has announced.

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    IP Attys Report Lower Billable Hours In 2020

    Intellectual property attorneys working at private firms saw their billable hours decrease in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest survey from the American Intellectual Property Law Association, with some reporting decreased billing rates as well.

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    Perkins Coie Adds Ex-Mayer Brown IP Litigator In Calif.

    Perkins Coie LLP has added an intellectual property litigator who previously served as the West Coast co-chair of Mayer Brown LLP's electronic discovery and information governance practice as a partner in its Palo Alto, California, office.

  • Justices To Review Law Firm's Day-Late Tax Challenge

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear an appeal over whether the U.S. Tax Court had the authority to consider a North Dakota law firm's day-late challenge to a tax levy from the Internal Revenue Service.

  • SoftBank Leads ContractPodAi $115M Series C Round

    Contract software company ContractPod Technologies Ltd., better known as ContractPodAi, secured a $115 million Series C investment round Thursday that was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, marking that fund's first investment in legal technology.

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    Freshfields Coaxes Cravath Vet To Co-Lead Its M&A Practice

    Freshfields again displayed its focus on fortifying the firm's corporate law capabilities Wednesday when it plucked a major mergers and acquisitions attorney from Cravath to co-lead its own M&A practice in New York City.

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    Polsinelli Adds Securities Partner in Dallas From Akin Gump

    Polsinelli has hired from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP an experienced adviser on the formation and operation of investment funds for the firm's securities and corporate finance practice group in Dallas.

  • MVP: Jones Day's Daniel D. McMillan

    Jones Day's Daniel McMillan was part of a team that helped conclude the host of legal disputes over Millennium Tower — San Francisco's leaning skyscraper — this year, earning him a spot among Law360's 2021 construction MVPs.

  • MVP: Jenner & Block's Rebekah P. Goodheart

    Rebekah P. Goodheart of Jenner & Block LLP represented civil rights groups pro bono in a successful push for federal rate caps on prison and jail phone calls and helped advance a national broadband plan, making her one of Law360's 2021 Telecommunications MVPs.

  • MVP: Simpson Thacher's William B. Brentani

    William B. Brentani of Simpson Thacher has represented contract research organization Pharmaceutical Product Development in a series of capital markets and M&A transactions totaling more than $23 billion, earning him a spot among Law360's 2021 Health Care MVPs.

  • MVP: Ropes & Gray's Marc Biamonte & Lindsey Goldstein

    Marc Biamonte and Lindsey Goldstein of Ropes & Gray LLP counseled AlpInvest Partners as it raised $9 billion for AlpInvest Secondaries Program VII's closing in December 2020, which was greater than its $6.5 billion predecessor 2017 fund, earning them a spot among Law360's 2021 Fund Formation MVPs.

  • MVP: Quinn Emanuel's Victoria Maroulis

    Victoria Maroulis of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP successfully defended Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. from a suit brought by an Australian technology company seeking to block it from challenging its patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, earning her a spot among Law360's 2021 Technology MVPs.

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    Use Of GRE In Law Admissions Needs More Study, ABA Told

    The results of a nonprofit group's 2018 study of the predictive value of the Graduation Record Examination for law school applicants is insufficient for the American Bar Association to say that institutions can successfully use the GRE and the Law School Admission Test interchangeably in admissions, according to an independent review of the report. 

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    Discipline Referral Not Ripe For Appeal, Amicus Tells DC Circ.

    A Mohrman Kaardal & Erickson PA partner cannot yet challenge a district court's order referring him to a disciplinary panel over his role in a pro-Trump election lawsuit because the referral isn't an appealable final decision, a Vinson & Elkins LLP attorney tapped as amicus curiae has told the D.C. Circuit.

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    DLA Piper Elevates 2 As Diversity and Inclusion Leaders

    A director and a partner at DLA Piper have been promoted to diversity and inclusion leadership positions.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds 2 Shareholders In SoCal

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced Tuesday it has added two new shareholders in Southern California, continuing the firm's string of lateral hires in the Golden State.

  • MVP: Winston & Strawn's Michael Elkin

    Michael Elkin of Winston & Strawn LLP notched a big win for PepsiCo Inc. in a suit alleging it stole the idea for a 2016 Super Bowl commercial and defended online archive Wolfgang's Vault against some of the largest music publishers in the world, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Media & Entertainment MVPs.

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    Wilson Sonsini Nabs Trial Vet From Akin Gump in LA

    In another move to boost its commercial litigation practices, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC snagged a first-chair trial partner from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Los Angeles.

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    Sidley Austin Snags 3 Former FDA Attys From Hogan Lovells

    Sidley Austin LLP has lured three new partners, all former U.S. Food and Drug Administration attorneys, from Hogan Lovells for its global health care and FDA practice, the latest in a slew of hirings for the firm's life sciences sector in recent years, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • MVP: Mayer Brown's Sydney Mintzer

    Sydney Mintzer of Mayer Brown LLP helped win permission from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to allow a tobacco company to continue importing from Malawi and secured low tariff rates for Turkey's largest aluminum sheet producer, making him one of Law360's 2021 International Trade MVPs.

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    With Sentencing, Donziger Legal Saga To Enter New Phase

    On Friday morning, Steven Donziger will appear at the federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan, where U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska will decide if he'll go to jail for flouting court orders.

  • MVP: Fried Frank's Joshua Mermelstein

    Colleagues and clients remember Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP's Joshua Mermelstein, who died in March at age 65, as a meticulous, creative attorney who loved his job and was an inspiration to others. A look at his work over the past year, which included multiple billion-dollar financings, has landed him a spot among Law360's 2021 Real Estate MVPs.

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    Willkie Opens London Arbitration Practice With BigLaw Hires

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has launched a new international arbitration practice in London with six attorney recruits from WilmerHale, including one partner, continuing the firm's expansion of its dispute resolution services, Willkie announced Wednesday.

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    Hispanic Attys Say Opportunities Key To Boosting Diversity

    Anna María Tejada was a baby when her mother received legal status to live in the U.S., a pivotal moment Tejada marks as where her story as an attorney starts, and why she knows the importance of the law and representation. Tejada and other legal movers and shakers spoke with Law360 Pulse about how the industry should focus its diversity efforts.

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