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    'There Will Be Blood': Musk Eyes Legal War In Help Wanted Ad

    Elon Musk is beefing up Tesla Inc.'s litigation department, and he's seeking a team of "hardcore streetfighters" down for some blood and who will report directly to him. What he's not looking for: the "white-shoe" lawyers over at Perkins Coie LLP or Cooley LLP, according to Musk's Twitter announcement.

  • K&L Gates Adds Ex-State Street, Fintech Compliance Pro

    K&L Gates LLP has added a former Goodwin Procter LLP associate who has held in-house roles with private companies as a partner in its Boston office, joining its payments, banking regulation and consumer financial services practice.

  • Wynn Settles Defamation Suit Over Atty's Press Release

    Court records filed Thursday show billionaire Steve Wynn has agreed to drop his lawsuit accusing civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom of defaming him by publishing a press release that accused him of pressuring casino dancers to strip down.

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    Snapshot: Legal Tech Co.'s Suit Aims To Shield Debtor Advice

    A legal tech nonprofit is fighting in New York federal court for the right to coach low-income debtors through debt collection proceedings, repped by a team of attorneys from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, in a closely watched case that touches on tensions over laws regulating who can practice law.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The justices this week returned to a semblance of their normal routine in the wake of an unprecedented leak of a majority opinion earlier this month, issuing two opinions that underscored the ongoing divisions at the court. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another busy week as law firms expanded their footprint with new hires. Meanwhile, a new study showed attrition rates are higher for nonwhite attorneys. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    State High Courts See Modest Rise In Judicial Diversity

    The percentage of people of color and women on state high court benches nationwide ticked up slightly over the past year, but many courts around the nation still have a long way to go before they reflect the wider population, according to a report released Friday.

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    Ex-Morgan Lewis IP Co-Lead Moves To DLA Piper

    DLA Piper has added the co-leader of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's trademark and copyright litigation practice to its own trademark copyright and media group.

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    Ice Miller Tax Atty Joins DLA Piper In Atlanta

    DLA Piper recently announced the growth of its corporate tax team in Atlanta with the hiring of a former Ice Miller LLP partner who specializes in advising private equity companies.

  • Texas Appeals Court Nixes Atty Fees Award

    An appellate court in Texas partially overturned a jury verdict in a breach of contract dispute Thursday, ruling that Houston firm Ramey LLP didn't have to pay $90,000 in legal expenses to its opponent.

  • Legal Tech Roundup: MyCase, Case Works

    A legal technology company disclosing its fourth acquisition in less than two years leads this roundup of recent industry news.

  • Alston & Bird Adds Steptoe & Johnson Enviro Atty In LA

    Alston & Bird LLP has hired an environmental law partner who joins the Los Angeles office after two decades at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Sidley Adds More Weil Attys To Global Real Estate Practice

    Sidley Austin LLP has continued the growth of its real estate practice by adding three more Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP attorneys to its offices in Miami and New York.

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    WFW Hires ESG Expert From DLA Piper For Disputes Team

    Watson Farley & Williams LLP has hired a disputes lawyer, who specializes in the growing field of environmental, social and governance litigation, from DLA Piper.

  • Funder Says Mining Investor Still Owes For Egypt Arbitration

    A litigation funder has sued a Finnish mining investor who won some $100 million in arbitration against Egypt after his iron ore project was shut down, arguing that the investor owes as much as £16.74 million ($20.7 million) under their deal to fund the proceedings.

  • Foley & Lardner Announces Associate Pay Raises

    Foley & Lardner LLP announced pay raises for associates effective in August, with its new salaries differing somewhat from the prevailing scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in late February, Law360 Pulse learned on Thursday.

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    Winston & Strawn Adds Miami Shop, Partners From 5 Firms

    Winston & Strawn LLP has opened a new Miami office with six new partners joining from other law firms in South Florida, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Clyde & Co. Hires Miami Maritime Partner From Lewis Brisbois

    An attorney with more than three decades' experience in the shipping and cruise line industry has moved his practice from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP to Clyde & Co. LLP's Miami office.

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    Pinnacle Eyes US Expansion With Newly Promoted COO

    Legal information technology and consulting company Pinnacle promoted recent hire Val Reece on Thursday to become its first U.S. chief operating officer.

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    Snell & Wilmer Plans For Growth With New Dallas Office Lease

    Dallas newcomer Snell & Wilmer LLP announced this week that it has found a long-term home in the city's Uptown neighborhood, giving it room to grow as it continues to add new attorneys to the office.

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    Ex-FBI Atty Says Sussmann Said He Was Acting On His Own

    The FBI's former top lawyer told a D.C. federal jury on Thursday he is "100% confident" that ex-Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann told him he was not representing any clients when he brought suspicions to him ahead of the 2016 election about a possible connection between then-candidate Donald Trump and a Russian bank.

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    Kirkland & Ellis Opens New Office In Miami

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP will open the doors to its 19th office this summer in Miami, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Littler Picks Shareholder To Be First Chief Data Officer

    Littler Mendelson PC said Thursday that it has picked a shareholder from its Miami office who founded Littler CaseSmart and Littler onDemand to be its first chief data officer.

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    20 NYC Judges Test Positive For COVID-19 After Retreat

    A national spike in COVID-19 cases has involved a notable group of people in recent days: a large contingent of New York City judges.

  • UK Attys Face Health Woes From Stress And Burnout

    Lawyers in the U.K. feel so stressed and burned out from work that it is causing mental and physical health ailments, according to the results of a new survey released on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • 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.

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