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  • 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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    MVP: Willkie's Rachel C. Strickland

    Over the last year, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's Rachel Strickland has represented such diverse parties as retail wholesaler Global Brands Group, noteholders of car rental giant Hertz and talc injury claimants in the Imerys Talc America Chapter 11, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Bankruptcy MVPs.

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Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • 7 Tips For Predeposition Meetings Under New Federal Rule Author Photo

    Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

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    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers Author Photo

    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

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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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    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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    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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    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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