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  • MVP: Quinn Emanuel's Jonathan Pickhardt

    Jonathan Pickhardt led a Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP team that earned a favorable settlement for MBIA Insurance Corp. in a $140 million lawsuit featuring accusations of fraud and promissory estoppel. His deft cross-examination of the plaintiff and his ability to identify new critical witnesses and case theories in this long-running litigation landed him a spot as one of Law360s 2022 Structured Finance MVPs.

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    Ex-Jones Atty Fined Over 'Burn' Text In Ocado Suit

    A former senior Jones Day lawyer has been spared a prison sentence for instructing a client to delete a secure messaging app as a judge said Wednesday that the consequences he has already suffered should be a sufficient deterrent for other attorneys.

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    Legal Marketing Pro On Navigating Economic Downturns

    Jay Harrington is president at public relations and marketing agency Harrington Communications LLC, which specializes in helping law firms and lawyers with branding. He talks to Law360 Pulse about how the pandemic affected law firms' marketing plans and how firms and individual attorneys can market themselves during economic uncertainty.

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    Skadden Energy Group Chief Jumps To Jenner & Block In DC

    Jenner & Block LLP has brought on a seasoned attorney who headed the energy regulatory group at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, the firm said Wednesday.

  • Hastings Law School Descendants Sue Over Name Change

    A group of alumni from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and six descendants of the college's namesake filed suit on Tuesday against state and school officials to stop them from changing the 144-year-old law school's name.

  • Willkie Rehires Judge Who Oversaw Lehman Bankruptcy

    The former New York federal judge who oversaw the Lehman Brothers Holdings bankruptcy case and hundreds of other Chapter 11 matters will rejoin Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as a senior counsel, the firm announced Monday.

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    Patomak Picks Up Ex-CFPB Deputy From Alston & Bird

    Financial services consulting firm Patomak Global Partners has grown its banking supervision and regulation group, adding as a managing director the former deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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    Recruiting Firm Wants DLA Piper, Tauler Smith To Pay Fees

    Citing what it said was their "vexatious" and "unreasonable" conduct in the case, a legal recruiting firm that recently won a $3.6 million judgment against an ex-employee has asked a federal judge to force DLA Piper and Tauler Smith LLP to pay a portion of the nearly $2 million it's seeking in fees.

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    National Politics Cast Long Shadow On State High Courts

    As the U.S. Supreme Court has punted hot-button issues like gerrymandering and abortion back to the states, formerly insular state supreme court elections are being turbocharged by national politics.

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    In State Court Elections, Few Step Up To Take On Incumbents

    After record cash was spent in state high court elections two years ago, contentious issues like COVID-19 health rules, state gun laws, and the right to abortion promise to keep public attention on dozens of seats up for grabs this November. But nationwide, a heavy advantage for sitting judges, sky-high campaign costs, and other factors discourage challengers, leaving voters without a choice in thousands of races.

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    Girardi Victims Hit NY Law Firm With $6.3M Conversion Suit

    Girardi Keese founder Tom Girardi illegally gave $6.3 million from a burn victim's settlement to a New York lawyer who founded a litigation lending company, the victim's family says in a new lawsuit filed in Los Angeles.

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    In-House Leaders Can't Agree On Top Titles, Changing Roles

    Leading in-house counsel are divided over whether the top lawyer in a company should be a general counsel or a chief legal officer, but expect technology to be part of the role, according to a new report released Tuesday.

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    Baker McKenzie Brings On Data Leader From Taylor Wessing

    The former co-chair of Taylor Wessing LLP's international technology and data practice has joined Baker McKenzie's London office. 

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    Fennemore Craig Absorbs Calif. Agribusiness Boutique

    Phoenix-based Fennemore Craig PC announced Monday that it has merged with Orange County, California, agribusiness boutique Rynn & Janowsky LLP, adding three attorneys to its portfolio and opening its 15th office in the process.

  • Linklaters Latest To Credit Billable Hours For Diversity Work

    Linklaters LLP said Tuesday it will implement a new policy next month to recognize attorneys' diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by giving them billable hour credit and performance bonuses.

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    Reed Smith Kicks Off New Associate Training Program

    Reed Smith LLP plans to launch a new three-year professional development program that will prepare associates for litigation and transactional work, the firm announced on Tuesday.

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    State Supreme Court Races To Watch This Election

    State Supreme Court elections are more important than ever this year, thanks to the current redistricting cycle and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which gave state high courts the last word on abortion. Here, Law360 Pulse breaks down the four most closely watched state Supreme Court races ahead of November's midterm elections.

  • MVP: Paul Weiss' Bob Zochowski

    Bob Zochowski of Paul Weiss helped introduce music as a new asset class in the structured finance world, representing Guggenheim Securities as the underwriter of Northleaf Capital Partners' $304 million purchase of a music catalog containing the rights and income streams for nearly 53,000 songs from more than 1,300 artists, including Taylor Swift, The Who, Chicago and Tim McGraw, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Structured Finance MVPs.

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    MVP: Fox Rothschild's Sean Coyle

    Sean Coyle of Fox Rothschild LLP spearheaded Trulieve Cannabis Corp.'s $2.1 billion purchase of Harvest Health & Recreation, creating the country's most profitable multistate cannabis operator and earning him a spot among Law360's 2022 Cannabis MVPs.

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    MVP: Sidley Austin's Timothy J. Treanor

    Timothy J. Treanor of Sidley Austin LLP helped steer $201 million worth of victim payouts to global soccer organizations in the FIFA corruption probe and negotiated a $90 million foreign bribery settlement for waste management company Stericycle, earning him a spot among Law360's 2022 White Collar MVPs.

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    MVP: DLA Piper's Peter Karanjia

    DLA Piper's Peter Karanjia helped a major internet trade association win an injunction against a Florida law regulating social media companies' abilities to ban some political candidates, leading Karanjia to be named one of Law360's 2022 Telecommunications MVPs.

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    MVP: Latham & Watkins' Rachel S.K. Bates

    Rachel S.K. Bates of Latham & Watkins LLP in the last year advised Hyatt on the $2.7 billion acquisition of Apple Leisure Group and also represented the hotel giant in the acquisition and subsequent sale of iconic resort Ventana Big Sur, winning her a place among Law360's 2022 Hospitality MVPs.

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    MVP: Sullivan & Cromwell's Camille Orme

    Camille Orme, a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's financial services practice and co-head of the firm's bank regulatory practice, manages the firm's relationship with the Bank Policy Institute and advised Raymond James Financial on an approximately $1.1 billion acquisition, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Compliance MVPs.

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    MVP: Keller Postman's Warren Postman

    Warren Postman, the managing partner of Keller Postman LLC, pursued over 75,000 individual arbitrations against Amazon on behalf of Amazon Alexa users who alleged they were recorded without permission and filed the first class action against the technology giant after the elimination of their arbitration clause, earning him a spot among Law360's 2022 Technology MVPs.

  • MVP: Paul Weiss' Amran Hussein

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's Amran Hussein led a massive fundraise for General Atlantic Investment Partners that resulted in $7.8 billion in commitments and advised on an impressive slate of other complex, big-name funds, earning her a spot among Law360's 2022 Fund Formation MVPs.

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Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • Opinion

    NY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal Author Photo

    New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • Roundup

    Ask A Mentor Author Photo

    Experts answer questions on career and workplace conundrums in this Law360 Pulse guest column series.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

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