Small Law

  • Law Firm Can't Represent Ex-DLA Piper Atty In Cannabis Row

    A California state appeals court on Tuesday upheld the disqualification of an attorney who used emails his client provided him in a tort dispute over a cannabis company, finding that the emails were improperly acquired since they were protected by spousal privilege.

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    The Case For Law Firms Collaborating With ALSPs, Big Four

    The growing presence of alternative legal service providers and the Big Four accounting firms in the legal industry has some law firms working with them to serve clients, a panel of experts said on Wednesday.

  • Florida Bar Balks At Atty Suspensions After Felony Charges

    The Florida Bar Board of Governors has told the Florida Supreme Court that it opposes a potential change to the emergency suspension rule for attorneys, citing concerns over whether lawyers who have been arrested for a felony would have due process.

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    Cooling Lateral Associate Market Good News For Small Firms

    Small law firms that struggled to compete with BigLaw for new talent in 2021 were able to take advantage of the lack of lateral associate positions at larger firms last year, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.

  • NY Woman Sues Ga. Attys For Behavior In Car Crash Suit

    A New York woman has lodged a federal court complaint against four Georgia attorneys claiming their behavior forced her to abandon a state court suit over a car collision.

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    Trust And Estate Litigators Join Hanson Bridgett In Calif.

    Hanson Bridgett LLP is expanding its litigation practice by bringing on a team of trust and estates litigators for its Sacramento office.

  • Mo. Court Won't Disbar Atty It Found Sexually Abused 6 Clients

    In a split decision that dissenting judges called "inconceivable," the Missouri Supreme Court held on Tuesday that it won't disbar a defense attorney it found had sexually assaulted six clients, including some who were incarcerated, instead suspending his license indefinitely and allowing him to apply for reinstatement after one year.

  • Freeman Normand, Boies Schiller Beat DQ Bid In Bitcoin Fight

    A Florida federal magistrate judge on Monday rejected an attempt by self-professed bitcoin inventor Craig Wright to disqualify Freedman Normand Friedland LLP and Boies Schiller Flexner LLP from a dispute that resulted in a $143 million verdict against him, finding that Wright does not have standing to disqualify the firms.

  • Firms Urge Justices To Nix 6th Circ. OK Of IRS Summonses

    The U.S. Supreme Court should reverse a Sixth Circuit decision permitting the IRS to go ahead with summonses for the banking records of two law firms and the wife of a man owing $2 million in taxes, the firms and the woman told the justices.

  • Troubled California Debt Law Firm Seeks Ch. 11 Protection

    A California consumer debt law firm that's allegedly run by a disbarred attorney has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, adding to a complex set of troubles that already includes a receivership, multiple investor and client lawsuits, and hundreds of consumer complaints.

  • Billing Software Co. LeanLaw Raises $4M In Series A

    Idaho-based legal billing software provider LeanLaw announced on Tuesday that it completed a $4 million Series A led by venture capital firm Fintop Capital.

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    Calif. Boutique Adds Finance Pros From Weil, McDermott

    Massumi + Consoli LLP, a boutique private equity transactional law firm, is expanding its team by adding debt financing attorneys from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and McDermott Will & Emery LLP as partners.

  • Atty Tries To Regain License Via Ousted Fla. Prosecutor Case

    A permanently disbarred Florida lawyer has asked the Eleventh Circuit to join the appeal of a former state attorney ousted by Gov. Ron DeSantis to get his law license back, saying that his case is similar and cited the Dobbs abortion ruling to argue that the lifetime ban is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment.

  • Beach Boys Singer's Ex-Atty Sanctioned For 'Dumping' Docs

    A Nevada federal magistrate judge has granted Beach Boys singer Michael Love's motion for sanctions against his former lawyer, finding the attorney had been "dumping" large swaths of unorganized documents on Love in a long-running dispute between the two over attorney fees and related documents.

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    Meet Attys For Hunter Biden, Shop Owner In Defamation Battle

    Attorneys from The Poliquin Firm LLC, Compass Law Partners, Dalton & Associates PA and Winston & Strawn LLP are representing Hunter Biden and a computer repair shop owner in their defamation battle in Delaware federal court.

  • Conn. Atty Looks To Boot Ex-Partner's Suit

    A lawyer has asked a Connecticut federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by his former partner of more than 20 years, arguing that a dispute over a law firm's name is a matter of state contract law and not a trademark issue.

  • Man Accused Of Masquerading As Attorney In North Carolina

    A North Carolina man is facing criminal charges after local law enforcement said he took money from a woman while impersonating an attorney.

  • NJ Sidelines Atty For Helping Suspended Colleague Practice

    New Jersey has benched an attorney for six months for allowing another suspended attorney to illegally practice law out of his office as a supposed file assistant for about two years, during which time he helped generate about 7% of the firm's revenue.

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    Most Attorneys Don't Currently Use Generative AI For Work

    Lawyers and students are more aware of generative artificial intelligence than legal consumers, but they are also less likely to use this technology for legal purposes, according to a new survey Monday.

  • Texas Firm Faces Class Suit Over Hurricane Claim Solicitation

    A Houston-based law firm already in trouble with Louisiana officials for claiming to represent hurricane damage victims it didn't really represent has been hit with a class action accusing it of illegal barratry connected to lawsuits following a series of hurricanes that caused billions in damage in Louisiana in 2020.

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    Calif. Bar Trustees Rarely Disclosed Outside Income, Gifts

    Most members of the State Bar of California's governing board did not report their outside financial interests on public disclosure forms, even as they worked for law firms and lobbying groups, Law360 has found. And they likely were not required to. The bar, facing scrutiny over alleged corruption among past officials, plans to close a policy loophole that may have allowed this.

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    How Lawyers Can Make Wellness A Habit At Work

    Legal department staffers can be advocates of employee well-being for all other departments within a corporation, a top lawyer for tech protection company Likewize said during a webinar on how corporate lawyers can integrate wellness into their everyday work lives.

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    Meet The Candidates For Georgia Superior Court Judgeship

    A Georgia commission has nominated a DeKalb County Juvenile Court judge and a Robbins Alloy Belinfante Littlefield LLC partner to replace a longtime Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge who announced his retirement in January.

  • Philly Vision Center Whistleblower Atty Escapes Conflict DQ

    A federal judge ruled Friday that an attorney can continue representing his client in a whistleblower complaint, even though they were both ordered to pay damages by a state jury for wrongfully using the civil process after a federal court dismissed several of the claims.

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    New York Bar Will No Longer Ask About Juvenile Arrests

    Prospective lawyers will no longer be required to disclose juvenile arrests and other encounters with police that did not result in formal criminal charges or convictions, the presiding justices of the New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division have announced.

Expert Analysis

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.



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