New York Pulse

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    DLA Piper Hires Ex-QIA Atty, Eyes Gulf-Area Opportunities

    DLA Piper LLP's corporate practice in New York has snagged a long-time legal counsel to the Qatar Investment Authority, one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, in a move to capitalize on the rising economic power center that is the Persian Gulf region, the firm has confirmed.

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    Orrick Boosts Capital Market Practice With 3rd Hiring Of 2021

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has brought on Marsha Mogilevich, bolstering its capital market practice with its third hire of the year, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Simpson Thacher Hiring Spree Continues With Blackstone GC

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is bringing on Blackstone's Europe, Middle East and Africa general counsel as a partner in its London office, the firm announced Tuesday, the latest high-profile addition in a string of transactional hires the firm has made in recent months.

  • Cuomo Hires Elkan Abramowitz For Nursing Home Probe

    Experienced white-collar attorney Elkan Abramowitz and his firm Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC have been tapped to represent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration related to claims that the state Health Department undercounted COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%.

  • Ex-Boies Schiller Attys' New Firm Sues 'Bullying' Co-Founder

    Roche Cyrulnik Freedman LLP, which was formed last year by former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP attorneys, has sued in New York federal court to oust one of the new firm's founding partners, whom it called "erratic," "bullying," "combative" and verbally abusive.

  • NY Attorney General Granted Power To Investigate Cuomo

    New York Attorney General Letitia James was formally invested with the power to investigate sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a task that will be carried out by an outside law firm, James' office said Monday.

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    How Firms Handled 'Pressing' COVID-19, Social Justice Issues

    Nearly three in four law firms started programs or initiatives to address racial injustice in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and last summer's civil unrest, according to a Monday report from the NALP Foundation and the National Business Institute.

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    Ex-Robinhood Lawyer Joins Rally As 1st General Counsel

    Nili Moghaddam is the first general counsel of Rally, whose app allows ordinary people to invest in rare collectible items like art or high-end cars, and she's also the first woman on the fintech firm's management team.

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    UK Firm Osborne Clarke Appoints US Managing Partner

    London-based Osborne Clarke has appointed its first United States managing partner in its 20-year history of operating on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the firm announced Monday.

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    Male Attys Avoid Women's Groups Out Of Fear, Report Says

    A large majority of men in the legal profession don't actively support gender equity efforts out of fear, according to a report released on Monday by the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.

  • Ex-NY Court Worker Pleads Not Guilty To AOC, Pelosi Threats

    A former New York state Office of Court Administration employee pled not guilty Monday to making threats on social media to kill Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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    Why BetterCloud's GC Favors A US Federal Privacy Law

    BetterCloud general counsel Manuel Martinez-Herrera hopes the U.S. eventually passes federal data privacy legislation, and he acknowledges that some of his in-house peers might not agree. Here, he speaks to Law360 Pulse about the policy issues that could change under the Biden administration and how he might go about more publicly expressing his opinion about a privacy law.

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    Law Student Activism Heats Up: Is BigLaw Listening?

    More than 200 law students have pledged to boycott Seward & Kissel LLP over what they called the "unethical private" prosecution of attorney Steven Donziger, the latest salvo in a growing movement from students and activists to place pressure on corporate law firms over their representation and internal policies.

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    Black Judges On Building A More Diverse Bench

    Six barrier-breaking Black judges speaking at a panel discussion Friday credited Black legal organizations like the National Bar Association for giving them the support they needed to make it onto the bench, and they stressed that Black jurists will play an essential role in building the Black legal community of the future.

  • BigLaw Firms On Fence About Mandatory Atty Vaccination

    When the time comes to head back to the office, law firms are still on the fence about whether to require attorneys to be vaccinated, according to honchos at Winston & Strawn LLP and DLA Piper LLP.

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    King & Spalding Opens Global Human Capital Practice

    King & Spalding announced Thursday it launched a new global human capital and compliance practice to help its major multinational clients with workforce issues.

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    BigLaw Eyes HBCUs, But Rankings Mindset Still Prevails

    Last year's racial justice movement translated into an outpouring of law firm commitments to advance diversity and more BigLaw recruiting at law schools at historically Black colleges and universities. But the new interest appears to have been limited, and increased recruiting activity did not always translate into jobs.

  • GC Ranks Are More Diverse Since 2013, Study Says

    A new study from management consultants Russell Reynolds Associates shows gender and ethnic diversity in the appointment of Fortune 500 general counsel has increased steadily since 2013.

  • Apollo Stole Litigation Funder's Valuation Secrets, Suit Says

    Legal action financier Greenpoint Capital Management LLC is accusing a fund of private equity giant Apollo Global Management Inc. of stealing proprietary litigation funding valuation methods shared during investment deal talks and sharing that information with a Greenpoint competitor, in a suit filed Wednesday in New York federal court.

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    Hard Rock Atlantic City Books Ex-Empire Resorts Atty As GC

    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City said that it has tapped a veteran gaming attorney, who worked in-house at a New York gaming property and as a regulator in Pennsylvania, as general counsel.

  • Latham & Watkins Elects 19 New Partners

    Latham & Watkins LLP elevated 19 counsel in nine cities across the world to partner, the firm announced this week.

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    COVID-19 Hasn't Forced An Exodus Of Women From BigLaw

    Even with the COVID-19 pandemic placing extra burdens on working mothers and other caretakers, the legal industry did not see a wave of female attorneys leaving BigLaw last year, according to legal recruiters and data provided to Law360 Pulse.

  • Manhattan DA Gets Trump Tax Docs In Criminal Probe

    The Manhattan district attorney's office received copies of years of former President Donald Trump's tax and business records after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Trump's request to halt enforcement of a grand jury subpoena for the records.

  • Vendor Loses Bid To Remake NRA Ch. 11 Creditor Group

    An attempt by a vendor of the National Rifle Association to reconstitute the official committee of unsecured creditors in the organization's Chapter 11 case failed Wednesday when a Texas judge said the current committee adequately represents the interests of all unsecured creditors.

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    Reps. Want To Add Lower Court Judges, But Divided On How

    A House hearing Wednesday showcased bipartisan interest in boosting the number of federal judges on busy lower courts, but also illustrated potential snags, from partisan fights over timing to the thorny question of adding appellate seats, especially in the Ninth Circuit.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: The Path To A More Diverse Bench Author Photo

    To close the diversity gap between the judiciary and the litigants that regularly appear in criminal courts, institutions including police departments, prosecutor offices and defense law firms must be committed to advancing Black and Latino men, says New York Supreme Court Justice Erika Edwards.

  • The Unique Challenges Of Protecting A Law Firm Brand Author Photo

    Recent law firm trademark disputes highlight how the tension between legal ethics rules and trademark law can make it difficult for firms to select brands that are distinctive and entitled to protection, say Kimberly Maynard and Tyler Maulsby at Frankfurt Kurnit.

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