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    DOJ, House Jan. 6 Probes Put The Squeeze On Trump Attys

    Federal investigators probing the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol have turned up the heat on former lawyers and legal advisers to former President Donald Trump, with bold investigative steps and explosive congressional testimony revealing the extent of their legal exposure.

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    What Gun Rights Attorneys Are Focused On Post-Bruen

    Attorneys at the law firm of Katz & Phillips PA in Florida take their work home with them like most lawyers — they just happen to be armed with more than briefs.

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    Baker McKenzie Promotes Class Of 75 To Partner

    Baker McKenzie LLP has promoted 75 attorneys to partner over the past 12 months, making for an 11% bigger partner class than the previous year, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Ex-Baker Botts IP Team Joins McDermott's New Austin Office

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has launched an office in Austin, Texas, the firm's 22nd location in total, with a group of eight intellectual property partners from Baker Botts LLP, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Ex-Apple Legal Bigwig Cops To Insider Trading

    The former director of corporate law at Apple admitted Thursday to an insider-trading scheme that netted him hundreds of thousands of dollars, New Jersey federal prosecutors said.

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    Reed Smith CIO On Making Innovation Choices

    Reed Smith LLP is set to launch a new innovation lab. Law360 Pulse chatted with the firm’s first chief innovation officer, David Cunningham, about the goals of the project, how it came about and how it can ease work for partners.

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    Rising Star: WilmerHale's Zachary Goldman

    WilmerHale partner Zachary Goldman has helped cryptocurrency companies secure regulatory approval to issue new types of assets and guided clients on how to navigate the shifting world of financial technology, earning him a spot as one of the fintech attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Latham's Alison Haggerty

    Latham & Watkins LLP capital markets partner Alison Haggerty has steered some of the most intriguing and largest initial public offerings over the last few years, including Rivian Automotive's $11.9 billion IPO in 2021, earning her a spot as one of the capital markets attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: MoFo's Ann Lilienthal

    Ann Lilienthal of Morrison Foerster LLP has taken the lead in high-profile deals, including a team that advised the U.S. International Development Finance Corp. on aspects of $190 million in financing a 12-fiber pair subsea cable system, earning her a spot among the project finance law practitioners under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Jonathan Cooper

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Jonathan Cooper played a lead role in defending pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts in a breach of contract case and obtaining the dismissal of a $14.8 billion claim, earning him a spot among the health care attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Skadden's Alec J. Jarvis

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner Alec Jarvis has played a lead role in counseling some of the country's prominent companies on the tax aspects of their mergers and acquisitions, earning him a spot among the tax attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Winston & Strawn's Bryce Cooper

    Bryce Cooper of Winston & Strawn LLP is the case managing partner representing Abbott Laboratories in multidistrict litigation over the company's preterm infant formula and was on the team that brought the first Monsanto Roundup case to trial, earning him a spot among the product liability law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Skadden's Matthew H. Nemeroff

    Matthew H. Nemeroff of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP helped Nasdaq spin off its private market trading platform and guided credit card company Fair Square through its acquisition by Ally Financial, earning him a spot among the fintech practitioners under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Kramer Levin's Seth Niedermayer

    Seth Niedermayer of Kramer Levin has represented the United States' largest owner of experiential real estate in several landmark multibillion-dollar transactions in the past year, earning him a spot among the real estate attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: WilmerHale's Philip E. Beshara

    Philip Beshara of WilmerHale has successfully defended multibillion-dollar defense contract awards, including engineering company Fluor Corp.'s place on an $82 billion military logistics contract, earning him a spot among the government contract attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Norton Rose Fulbright Names New Employment, Tax Heads

    Norton Rose Fulbright has reshuffled the leadership of its employment and tax practices, respectively promoting the head of the firm's Houston office and its head of tax for Europe, the Middle East and Africa to the top roles.

  • Ex-Jones Day Atty Cops To Giving 'Burn' Order In Ocado Suit

    A former senior Jones Day lawyer testified at trial Thursday that he gave an order to "burn" a messaging application to protect his politician wife from being dragged into litigation brought by online grocer Ocado without considering the need to preserve communications.

  • Rising Stars: Simpson Thacher's Sophie Staples

    Sophie Staples of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has guided major clients in technology, health care and private equity on tax law implications of business deals, earning her a spot among tax law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Wilson Sonsini Grows LA Office With Addition Of Ex-US Atty

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC continues expanding its litigation team in California by adding a former assistant U.S. attorney as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

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    13 Ballard Spahr Attorneys Make Partner This Week

    More than a dozen attorneys at Ballard Spahr LLP will be promoted to partner effective Friday, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Venable In LA Recruits 3 Land Use Attys From Ervin Cohen

    Venable LLP said Wednesday it has hired three former Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP attorneys to join the firm's land use and zoning practice group in Los Angeles.

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    Spotlight Grows On Cipollone's Absence From Jan. 6 Hearings

    A firsthand account of intense anxiety among White House lawyers about criminal charges stemming from former President Donald Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally has put the spotlight on who isn't testifying before the House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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    Mintz Managing Partner On Prepping For A Weaker Economy

    While the legal industry had a banner year in 2021 in terms of profits and hires, many firms are looking at 2022 and beyond with a wearier eye, concerned about a potential economic downturn and the effect it may have on their bottom lines.

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    GWU Rejects Call To Fire Thomas After Abortion Ruling

    Justice Clarence Thomas will remain a professor at George Washington University Law School after university officials rejected calls to terminate him over his controversial concurrence in the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the right to abortion in which he questioned the constitutional foundation for other recognized rights, including same-sex marriage and access to birth control.

  • BigLaw Coalition Debuts New Format For Cap Tables

    A coalition of BigLaw firms, including Goodwin Procter LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP and Cooley LLP, and equity management software providers have released a new standardized format for company capitalization tables to help startups and investors.

Expert Analysis

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

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    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • 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.

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