Pennsylvania Pulse

  • Pa. GOP Members Appeal No-Go of Philly DA Impeachment

    Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Thursday asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a ruling saying that the state legislature failed to show that Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner misbehaved in office by implementing "progressive" policies amid a high violent crime rate in the city.

  • Cozen O'Connor Adds Director Of Canadian Operations

    Philadelphia-based Cozen O'Connor has continued its expansion in the Great White North by bringing on the former chief operating officer at two major Canadian law firms as its new director of Canadian operations.

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    Buchanan Ingersoll Adds Ex-Cozen O'Connor Atty In Philly

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has expanded its white collar defense compliance and investigations practice in Philadelphia with a senior attorney who joined the firm from Cozen O'Connor.

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    Crowell & Moring's Sponsorship Initiative 10 Years Later

    It's been more than 10 years since Crowell & Moring LLP launched its Sponsorship Initiative — one of the first of its kind in the legal industry — to help retain and advance the careers of women, LGBTQ attorneys and attorneys of color at the firm.

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    Remote Data Collection Big Challenge For Businesses

    The hardest challenge for most corporations and service providers when collecting data during an investigation is gathering data from mobile devices, chat applications and remote employees, according to a recently released report from Israeli digital intelligence company Cellebrite Enterprise Solutions.

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    State Court Center Launches Courthouse Space Tool

    The National Center for State Courts has developed an online questionnaire to help reexamine building space and provide guidance on courthouse space planning, alongside a contest to help promote the best redesign of space, the group said in a news release Wednesday.

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    Dentons Brings On Eckert Seamans Atty In Pittsburgh

    An attorney specializing in commercial litigation has left Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC after more than 17 years to bring her practice to the larger, global platform available at Dentons' Pittsburgh office, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    How Attys Are Using AI In E-Discovery To Search For Feelings

    More e-discovery companies are building artificial intelligence tools to detect negative and positive sentiments as well as certain emotions in documents, which can help attorneys more quickly identify key communications when investigating potential wrongdoing.

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    Jones Day Appoints New Leadership To Corporate Practice

    Jones Day announced that it has appointed new leadership to the firm's corporate practice.

  • Pa. Law Firm Hit With TCPA Suit Over Debt Relief Robocalls

    A Pennsylvania law firm specializing in debt relief services has been hit with a putative class action in Colorado federal court alleging it used prerecorded robocalls to solicit clients in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

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    Philly Boutique Adds Ex-Prosecutor To Whistleblower Practice

    A former assistant U.S. attorney has joined Philadelphia law firm Youman & Caputo LLC as a partner in its whistleblower practice, bringing extensive experience in investigating and litigating cases under the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute and Controlled Substances Act.

  • EQT Says Ex-Worker's Help Should DQ Plaintiffs' Law Firms

    Natural gas producer EQT Corp. claims a former employee has aided a proposed class action's counsel by providing insider information over the company's abandoned wells, marking another reason to disqualify the plaintiffs' law firms from the West Virginia federal litigation.

  • Eckert Names New Human Resources, IT Heads

    Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has named its new chief human resources officer and chief information officer, according to an announcement by the firm.

  • Stradley Ronon Announces Leadership Changes

    Stradley Ronon ended a 13-month transition plan with major changes in its top leadership positions, including the creation of a new director of knowledge management role and the stepping down of the firm's executive director after more than 30 years.

  • Firms Squabble Over $1.8M Fees In DuPont Wage Class Action

    Pennsylvania law firm Moremarrone LLC says it never forged a contract on how to divide attorney fees when negotiating a settlement with DuPont in a Fair Labor Standards Act class action, urging a federal judge to take its side in a dispute with its former litigation partner, Stephan Zouras LLP.

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    Seven From Cohen & Grigsby Join K&L Gates In Pittsburgh

    K&L Gates LLP has expanded the firm's Pittsburgh headquarters with the addition of seven attorneys from Dentons Cohen & Grigsby's corporate and private equity practices.

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    Former Troutman Pepper Attys Launch Goodwin Philly Office

    Fourteen former Troutman Pepper attorneys have moved their practices to help Goodwin Procter LLP launch its new Philadelphia office, officially confirming rumors that started swirling around the city last week.

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    Axiom Starts Arizona Law Firm, Names Managing Partner

    Legal staffing and legal services provider Axiom launched an Arizona-based law firm called Axiom Advice & Counsel, or AA&C, on Monday, months after securing an alternative business structure license from the state.

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    Crowell & Moring Taps Ex-OFAC Chief Counsel In Latest Hire

    The former chief counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control and a key architect of U.S. sanctions against Russia has joined Crowell & Moring LLP as an international trade and financial services partner, the firm said Monday.

  • Pa. Attys Must Face Conspiracy Claims In $33M Bitcoin Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday refused to toss a Canadian investor's allegations that a pair of Keystone State attorneys scammed him out of $5.6 million in bitcoin — which would've later been worth $33 million — although she did side with the lawyers on other issues.

  • Court Beat Circus For Pa.'s 1st Female Chief Justice

    The first female chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania very nearly traded the circuit court for the circus in the summer between college and law school, according to some of the family, friends and colleagues who spoke Friday at Justice Debra Todd's formal swearing-in.

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    EY Spinoff Will Open Up World Market To Its Law Leader

    Cornelius Grossmann, EY's global law leader, has been busy lately setting up the structure that his legal group will take once it has split away from the Big Four auditing firm. It is a vision that could change the shape of legal services around the world.

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    Q&A With Gawthrop Greenwood's Managing Chair

    It was only a matter of time before Stacey Fuller would eventually take on the top leadership role at Pennsylvania-based regional firm Gawthrop Greenwood PC.

  • McCarter & English Adds Real Estate Partner In Philadelphia

    An attorney with more than 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate market has moved his practice from Kaplin Stewart to McCarter & English LLP's Philadelphia office, the firm announced this week.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal news keeps rolling in as the second half of January continues, with firms expanding their footprints through mergers and sizable group hires, and hiring prominent former government officials to strengthen their practice areas. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

Expert Analysis

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Priorities For Improving The Legal Industry In Texas Author Photo

    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

  • Opinion

    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.



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