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    MVP: Nossaman's Andrée Blais

    Nossaman LLP's Andrée Blais structures innovative procurement contracts for public agencies spearheading ambitious infrastructure projects such as L.A. Metro's Sepulveda Pass rail transit project, earning her a spot among Law360's 2022 Transportation MVPs.

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    In Their Words: What It's Like To Start A Boutique Law Firm

    Boutique law firms appear to be having a moment, with a number of new ones launching in recent months led by former partners at large and midsize law firms.

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    Crowe & Dunlevy Trial Attorney Elected ABF President

    Crowe & Dunlevy senior trial attorney Jimmy K. Goodman has been elected president of the American Bar Foundation for the 2022-24 term.

  • Squire Patton Adds Commercial Disputes Pro From Eversheds

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has hired commercial litigation specialist Lucy Webster from Eversheds Sutherland as a partner to focus on the clean energy, sports and media sectors.

  • LDF Launches New Initiative, Appoints DC Head

    The Legal Defense Fund has both announced the launch of a new program that will pool together certain initiatives that integrate its advocacy tools, as well as the appointment of a new head at its Washington, D.C., office.

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    How Attys' Ethical Obligations Factor Into Cloud Computing

    MyCase legal technology evangelist Nicole Black said Tuesday at a New York City Bar Association virtual event that legal ethics in cloud computing can feel like a maze, but jurisdictions are getting clearer about attorneys' obligations.

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    Newsom OKs Bill Blocking Bar's Legal Service Reform Plans

    Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill temporarily blocking the State Bar of California from moving forward with plans for a so-called regulatory sandbox to experiment with proposals aimed at reducing the cost and expanding the availability of legal services, such as allowing paralegals to perform limited legal work.

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    Attorneys Eye Early Signs Of Distress In Real Estate Market

    Today's unique confluence of geopolitical strife, rising inflation, an uneven emergence from the pandemic and, in the U.S., a historically tight labor market and dire housing crisis make for a mixed economic picture, but real estate players have started to spot signs of trouble and are beginning to shift their strategies, said multiple industry attorneys. 

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    Polsinelli Adds Ex-Armstrong Teasdale Attys As Shareholders

    Polsinelli has added three attorneys previously with Armstrong Teasdale LLP who work in areas such as labor and employment, cybersecurity and commercial litigation as shareholders in its Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, Utah, offices, the firm said Tuesday.

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    Wiley Telecom Partner Joins Hogan Lovells In DC

    Hogan Lovells added a new partner in Washington, D.C., from Wiley Rein LLP to boost its global regulatory and intellectual property, media and technology practice group.

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    Paul Hastings Parts Ways With Former Co-Managing Partner

    Amid a leadership change-up at the law firm, U.K. Paul Hastings LLP partner Ronan O'Sullivan has left the law firm about a year after he was replaced as firmwide co-managing partner and just weeks before a new chairman takes the reins at the firm for the first time in two decades.

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    Fish & Richardson Eliminates Litigation Secretary Role

    Fish & Richardson PC has eliminated its litigation secretary position at all 14 offices, the global IP firm said Tuesday. 

  • MVP: Latham's Jean Pawlow

    Latham & Watkins LLP's Jean Pawlow has represented Netflix as tax counsel in its string of successes in class actions across federal and state courts against claims that it was liable for state-based franchise fees, earning her a spot among Law360 2022 Tax MVPs.

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    MVP: Robins Kaplan's Tara Sutton

    Robins Kaplan partner Tara Sutton's work as a lead negotiator on securing a nearly $590 million settlement for Native American tribes in multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis secured her spot on the list of Law360's 2022 Product Liability MVPs.

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    MVP: Gibson Dunn's Orin Snyder

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner Orin Snyder has guided entertainment giants like AMC Networks Inc. through multimillion-dollar litigation, including helping AMC come out on top of a profit participation suit lodged by producers of the hit show "The Walking Dead," earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Media & Entertainment MVPs.

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    MVP: Ropes & Gray's Jason Freedman

    Jason Freedman of Ropes & Gray LLP's private equity practice led the team representing TPG Capital in its purchase of a 30% stake in DirecTV as it was carved out from AT&T Inc. into a new $16.25 billion entity, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Private Equity MVPs.  

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    MVP: Morgan Lewis' Levi McAllister

    Levi McAllister of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP helped Nuvve Holding Corp. establish a first-of-its kind deal with school districts for an electric bus fleet that puts power back into the grid and represents Evergo as it tries to set up its first vehicle charging stations in the United States, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Transportation MVPs.

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    MVP: Jones Day's Melissa Stear Gorsline

    As co-lead counsel for a Canadian gold mining company seeking nearly $1 billion in arbitration against Kazakhstan, Melissa Stear Gorsline of Jones Day helped obtain a landmark ruling last year recognizing the Kazakh government as a legal successor to the Soviet Union, earning her a spot among Law360's 2022 International Arbitration MVPs.

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    MVP: King & Spalding's Norman 'Norm' Armstrong

    Norm Armstrong of King & Spalding LLP led teams throughout the year in successful trial cases and resolutions to regulatory investigations, including a jury win in Delaware federal court that favored his client, German chemical company BASF, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Competition MVPs.

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    SEC M&A Regulatory Expert To Join Latham

    A senior leader at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will join Latham & Watkins LLP in Washington, D.C., as a partner to help strengthen the firm's global public company mergers and acquisition practice.

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    Law Firms Need To Do More To Keep Business Execs Happy

    Hiring and retaining top business professionals has become increasingly challenging for large law firms as the lateral market for those professionals heats up. And those executives have a big effect on law firms' success and their bottom lines.

  • MVP: Davis Wright's Rachel Strom

    Rachel Strom of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has spent the past year representing media organizations like Vice, which faced defamation claims from a company that detects gunshots, and Netflix, which was sued by Alan Dershowitz over its Jeffrey Epstein biography, earning her a spot among Law360's 2022 Media & Entertainment MVPs.

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    Ex-US Atty Now With Polsinelli Sees FCA Prosecution Boom

    After joining Polsinelli PC's office in Atlanta last month, the former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia told Law360 Pulse that he expects a continued uptick of False Claims Act cases from the government, including fraud involving the Paycheck Protection Program and COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

  • Willkie Adds New Co-Head To Growing Digital Works Practice

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced the hire of a digital asset attorney from Perkins Coie LLP on Monday as the firm seeks to expand and bolster the leadership of its digital works group.

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    McDermott Adds 2 Trial Lawyers To Dallas Litigation Group

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP announced Monday it has hired two first-chair trial lawyers from Jones Day and Baker Botts LLP to bring their experience handling complex disputes to its litigation practice group.

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Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World Author Photo

    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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