New Jersey Pulse

  • Sen. Menendez Loses Bid To Nix Corruption Charges

    A New York federal judge on Thursday rejected U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's bid to dismiss his bribery case, ruling none of the government's allegations target actions that could be considered protected activity under the U.S. Constitution.

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    Atty Rips Fox Rothschild's Gag Order Bid As 'Temper Tantrum'

    The attorney for two men suing Fox Rothschild LLP for malpractice has hit back against the firm's request for a gag order — which came after he called the firm a "corrupt organization" and threatened criminal prosecution — calling it a "temper tantrum" and claiming Fox Rothschild is merely trying to distract from the events that led him to make those comments.

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    Most States Fall Short In Disclosing Justices' Finance Reports

    The vast majority of state supreme courts make it exceedingly difficult for the public to get information about justices' financial entanglements, and the information they do give out is often scant at best, according to a report released Thursday.

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    NJ Ethics Panel Leader Among Judicial Nominees Advanced

    Five nominees for New Jersey Superior Court judgeships and two sitting judges – with backgrounds in ethics, civil litigation, family law and administrative law – saw their nominations move forward from the state Senate's judiciary committee on Thursday.

  • NJ Law Firm Avoids Malpractice Suit Over Texas Kratom Death

    A Lone Star State appeals court let the New Jersey-based Oshman Firm LLC off the hook on jurisdictional grounds Thursday in a malpractice lawsuit filed by a Texas father who faulted the firm for not filing a wrongful death lawsuit before the statute of limitations expired.

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    From Prosecutor To Firm Owner, Attys Start From Scratch

    Starting your own firm is a gamble for any lawyer, but it can feel particularly daunting for federal prosecutors, for whom leaving a job in the U.S. attorney's office can often feel like starting over completely.

  • Legal Funder Keeps $18M Claim, Loses Sanctions Bid

    A New Jersey federal judge has trimmed an $18 million breach of contract suit a Florida-based legal funder is pursuing against a personal injury lawyer, also denying a bid for sanctions against the attorney, who was accused of filing an "unmeritorious and frivolous" dismissal motion.

  • Locke Lord Must Face Oil Co.'s Malpractice Suit In NJ

    A New Jersey state judge rejected Locke Lord LLP's attempt to evade an oil company's malpractice suit alleging that the firm and one of its former attorneys mishandled a transaction involving an oil refinery project in North Dakota, causing the company to lose $2.5 million

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    Davis Wright's Managing Partner Steps Down From Post

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP's firmwide managing partner Scott MacCormack is stepping down after nearly three years at the helm, and the firm is appointing its Seattle office leader as an interim leader to guide the transition, the firm confirmed Wednesday.

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    How State Courts Are Improving Virtual Hearings

    State courts are improving virtual hearings by leveraging new technology, redesigning courtrooms, offering technical training to staff and improving case practices through the National Center for State Courts' Hybrid Hearings Improvement Initiative, according to a report it released this week.

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    Jackson Lewis Brings On Three Genova Burns Leaders In NJ

    Jackson Lewis PC scooped up three practice group leaders from Genova Burns LLC this week, bringing their expertise on a range of employment areas from compliance and human resources to employment litigation.

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    Davis Wright's Revenue Grows, Partners Reach $1M Mark

    As the firm expands beyond its Seattle roots, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has continued a decade-long streak of income growth with a 9% increase in revenue last year.

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    Anderson Kill Names Litigation Vet As Antitrust Co-Leader

    Anderson Kill PC has tapped a Philadelphia-based partner and commercial litigation specialist to co-lead the firm's antitrust and unfair competition practice group, the firm announced on Wednesday.

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    NJ Ethics Board Says Referral Fees Only For In-State Attys

    New guidance provided by the New Jersey Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics recommends against the payment of referral fees for out-of-state lawyers, reasoning that such fees, considered payment for legal services, can only be provided to attorneys licensed to practice law in the state.

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    Firms Trimmed Entry-Level Hiring Amid Demand Shifts In 2023

    As the legal market adjusted from the post-pandemic hiring surge, law firms across the U.S. scaled back their recruitment efforts for entry-level associates last year, a result of firms realigning talent strategies to better serve clients' demands over the long term, a report Tuesday from the National Association for Law Placement found.

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    Anatomy Of Attrition: A Look At Law's Biggest Mergers

    After a law firm announces it's adding 100 or more lawyers via a merger, what does that then look like a year, two years or more later? How many lawyers stay with the merged firm? How many leave?

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    Civil Cases On The Rise In Federal Courts

    The number of civil cases filed in the federal courts jumped significantly in fiscal 2023, led by disputes between multiple states' citizens and personal injury suits, after a decrease in civil filings the year before, the federal judiciary said Tuesday.

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    Hartmann Doherty Adds Another Ex-County Prosecutor In NJ

    Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman & Bulbulia LLP built out its criminal defense and litigation teams with the hire of a former Bergen County assistant prosecutor and terrorism and counterintelligence expert, the firm recently announced.

  • Head Of Rutgers Race Justice Program Defends 3rd Circ. Nom

    The director of a Rutgers University program that has drawn controversy amid a confirmation battle for a Third Circuit seat said Tuesday that she is "disappointed though not surprised" by the attacks on nominee Adeel Mangi, who would be the first Muslim federal appeals court judge if confirmed.

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    LG Assistant GC Suspended In NJ For Side-Work Misconduct

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has handed a minimum three-month suspension to an in-house attorney for LG Electronics over misconduct he committed while operating a side practice, including commingling client funds and mishandling two estates.

  • Saul Ewing Taps Over A Dozen New Practice, Dept. Leads

    Saul Ewing LLP unveiled its newest slate of leadership appointments on Tuesday, spanning two departments and seven practices.

  • 3rd Circ. Pick Affirms Muslim Lawyer Event Amid GOP Attacks

    Third Circuit nominee Adeel Mangi, who will be the first Muslim federal appeals court judge if confirmed and has been facing attacks from Republicans, has updated the Senate Judiciary Committee with an event he "inadvertently" left off his nominee questionnaire.

  • Forex Firm Wants CFTC Sanctioned For 'Bad Faith' Behavior

    A foreign exchange firm accused by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission of defrauding customers is calling on a New Jersey federal judge to sanction the agency for a "pattern of misconduct" that includes knowingly submitting false statements to the court and attempting to intrude on attorney-client privilege.

  • 3rd Circ. Finds No Reason To Disturb AbbVie Privilege Ruling

    The Third Circuit has found that AbbVie was unable to show that a Pennsylvania federal court went against precedent or made an error when ordering the drugmaker to turn over attorney communications from a "sham" patent case allegedly meant to delay AndroGel competitors.

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    Ogletree Brings On Genova Burns Privacy, Cyber Leader In NJ

    Management-side employment law powerhouse Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has added a former Genova Burns LLC partner of nearly nine years and with expertise in cybersecurity as a partner in Morristown, New Jersey, the firm announced Monday.

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Expert Analysis

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    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.

  • COVID-19 Spurs Associates To Think Bigger — Like Partners Author Photo

    What is the firm's data on profit per partner? How do the rainmakers seal deals without pre-COVID-19 pricey dinners? Is the firm financially stable? These are the kinds of partner-level questions associates are now asking before choosing a new firm, which points to a major shift in the lateral landscape, say Kate Reder Sheikh and Rebecca Glatzer at Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Guest Feature

    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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