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    Ex-Legal Adviser To Md. Gov. Hogan Rejoins Venable In DC

    Venable LLP has rehired Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's chief legal counsel, who previously spent over nine years with the firm, Venable said in a news release Monday.

  • CLE Provider Launches New Diversity Council

    The continuing legal education nonprofit Practising Law Institute has established a council to help create diversity, equity and inclusion programming and develop resources to support DEI professionals, the PLI announced Monday.

  • Legal Placement Firm Wins $3.6M In Clash With Recruiter

    A Texas federal court has concluded that a BigLaw recruiter who signed a noncompete agreement with his former employer must fork over $3.6 million, largely in placement fees he earned recruiting for law firms like Latham & Watkins LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Roche Freedman Asks 11th Circ. To Nix DQ Bid In Crypto Suit

    Roche Freedman LLP says it should not be disqualified from an appeal over a strained partnership with the self-professed inventor of bitcoin, despite remarks its partner Kyle Roche made in secretly recorded videos calling jurors "idiots" while he was allegedly intoxicated.  

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    MVP: Dechert's Eduardo Silva Romero

    Eduardo Silva Romero of Dechert LLP helped shape his firm's approach to the complex interplay between arbitration and European Union law while serving as lead counsel for the Republic of Poland's defense against investor claims before the Paris Court of Appeal, earning him a spot among Law360's 2022 International Arbitration MVPs.

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    MVP: Eversheds Sutherland's Jeff Friedman

    Eversheds Sutherland tax partner Jeffrey Friedman led Comcast and Verizon's challenge to Maryland's novel digital advertising tax, and he helped SiriusXM secure a key victory in Texas in a sourcing dispute, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Tax MVPs.

  • MVP: Mayer Brown's John Nadolenco

    John Nadolenco of Mayer Brown LLP has helped get General Motors Co. wins in separate suits over privacy and defective air bags, and helped Waymo LLC keep its trade secrets under wraps following a public record request, earning a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Transporation MVPs.

  • MVP: Kirkland's Hariklia 'Carrie' Karis

    Hariklia "Carrie" Karis of Kirkland & Ellis LLP's trials practice won 3M's first bellwether trial dealing with allegations it sold faulty earplugs to the military, and she successfully represented pharmaceutical company Allergan in settling opioid-related litigation, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Trials MVPs.

  • MVP: Jones Day's David C. Kiernan And Jeffrey A. LeVee

    David C. Kiernan and Jeffrey A. LeVee of Jones Day helped Sutter Health secure a complete win at trial in a massive class action seeking $1.2 billion in damages over allegations that it used restrictive insurance contracts to raise prices, earning them a spot among Law360's 2022 Competition MVPs.

  • MVP: Lieff Cabraser's Elizabeth Cabraser & Richard Heimann

    Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP helped obtain a landmark $26 billion settlement over allegedly improper opioid marketing practices, while fellow partner Richard Heimann helped win a key bellwether trial over the opioid crisis in San Francisco, earning them a spot among Law360's 2022 Product Liability MVPs.

  • MVP: Paul Weiss' Matt Abbott

    Matt Abbott of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP led Clearlake Capital in the $5.3 billion acquisition of English soccer team Chelsea Football Club and worked with longtime client General Atlantic on more than $4 billion in transactions, earning him a spot among Law360's 2022 Private Equity MVPs.

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    O'Melveny Adds Financial Crimes Deputy Chief As Partner

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP has hired a career public servant whose most recent position was as second in command of the U.S. Treasury Department's financial crimes enforcement network, the firm announced Monday.

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    NALP Taps Quarles & Brady's DC Office Chief As New Leader

    The National Association for Law Placement has tapped the managing partner of Quarles & Brady LLP's Washington, D.C, office as its next executive director for North America.

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    Attys Navigate IPO Drought: 'Just Part Of The Cycle'

    Despite a significant drop in the volume of initial public offerings this year, capital market lawyers at several BigLaw firms are still looking to train aspiring young attorneys to bolster their practice, saying there is plenty of work in the pipeline.

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    Less Than 30% Of Legal Personnel Are Early Tech Adopters

    Despite the cost efficiency and workflow improvement that comes with technology adoption, less than a third of legal department professionals describe themselves as early adopters of technology, according to survey results released Monday.

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    Foley Real Estate Atty Joins Greenberg Traurig In Calif.

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has added a real estate finance attorney who formerly worked at Foley & Lardner LLP to its Orange County office, following a string of California hires that stand to bolster the firm's real estate reach on the West Coast, according to an announcement.

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    Meet The Attys Leading Philly's Newest Mass Tort Programs

    Three new mass tort programs have recently been established in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas to coordinate hundreds of pending personal injury complaints against companies including Monsanto, Syngenta and Pfizer.

  • BakerHostetler Blasts 'Misguided' Subpoena In Board Battle

    BakerHostetler urged the Delaware Chancery Court on Friday to reject biopharmaceutical company AIM ImmunoTech Inc.'s request for it to turn over documents in litigation over an alleged entrenchment effort by the company's board, calling the bid an "attempt to circumvent well-established case law precedent."

  • Office Snapshot: Reed Smith's Upgraded Houston Outpost

    After opening its first Texas office nearly 10 years ago in Houston and expanding from a roster of 12 partners to a robust staff of 68 attorneys, Reed Smith LLP has announced plans to relocate to a recently renovated state-of-the art building in the heart of the city's downtown.

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    Ropes & Gray Designates 3 Days Lawyers Must Be In Office

    Ropes & Gray LLP will require all firm lawyers to work from the office on its "anchor days" of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday starting the week of Oct. 3, ending a more flexible remote work policy, according to an internal memo made public Friday.

  • ALA Hires New Executive Director

    The Association of Legal Administrators has hired a new executive director to help carry out its mission of providing professional development and business partner connections to managers of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies.

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    Departing Mich. Chief Justice Calls For More Diverse Bench

    Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, set to lead a major arbitration group next year, called Friday for younger and more diverse appointments to the Michigan Supreme Court as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer decides whom she will select as her replacement.

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    MVP: Cravath's Lauren Angelilli

    Lauren Angelilli — the first woman to lead Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP's tax department — advised Canadian National Railway Co. in a proposed $33.6 billion combination with Kansas City Southern, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Tax MVPs.

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    MVP: Ballard Spahr's David L. Axelrod

    David Axelrod of Ballard Spahr LLP helped The New York Times beat Sarah Palin's libel suit, and he's since taken on another high-profile defamation case involving Amber Heard, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Media & Entertainment MVPs.

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    MVP: Arnold & Porter's Maria Chedid

    Arnold & Porter partner Maria Chedid led the team representing South Korean power producer POSCO Energy in a pair of arbitrations initiated by a U.S. fuel cell technology company in which $1 billion in claims were resolved in a favorable settlement, earning her a spot among Law360's 2022 International Arbitration MVPs.

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Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

  • Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • Opinion

    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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