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    Meet The ABA's Honorees For Commitment To Diversity

    The American Bar Association has selected four history-making legal professionals to receive its 2023 Spirit of Excellence award, which recognizes commitment to ethnic and racial diversity in the legal profession.

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    Girardi Thefts A Tough Lift For Client Restitution Funds

    In recent years, the legal business has seen some ambitious liars, grifters and embezzlers — and the ripped-off victims left in their wake. But the scale of Los Angeles lawyer Thomas Girardi's alleged theft promises to surpass the financial limitations of client restitution funds.

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    Legal Industry Continued Job Growth In January

    Despite recession worries and law firm layoffs, employment in the legal industry is continuing to grow, with the sector adding 2,400 jobs in January, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Ritz-Carlton Fights To Keep Fla. Atty On In Class Suit

    Counsel for plaintiffs in a proposed class suit accusing Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. LLC of hiding automatic tipping charges urged a Florida federal magistrate judge on Friday to disqualify Ritz-Carlton's local counsel, arguing that the hotel company had failed to show an "overriding need" for the retention of the attorney, whose entering the case caused a judge's recusal.

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    Chicago Firms Croke Fairchild, Prendergast Layden Merge

    Chicago firms Croke Fairchild Duarte & Beres LLC and Prendergast Layden Ltd. have said they are merging and will operate under Croke Fairchild's name.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    February is off to a sobering start for the legal industry with new federal criminal charges against attorney Tom Girardi, more legal tech company layoffs and a report revealing that law firm profits were lower in 2022 than the previous year. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

  • Kyle Roche's Ex-Firm Must Sit For Depo Over Financial Ties

    A California federal judge overseeing allegations that crypto company Dfinity sold unregistered securities ordered a representative of the plaintiff investors' law firm to sit for a deposition on Dfinity's claim that secretly recorded comments from ex-firm partner Kyle Roche reveal financial ties that require disqualifying the firm, formerly called Roche Freedman.

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    Becker Adds Community Associations Pro From Fla. Boutique

    Becker & Poliakoff PA has boosted its community association and real estate practices with a new shareholder in Miami who ran a boutique real estate practice for 17 years and was also a director at a bank.

  • NJ Client Fund Says Ch. 7 Can't Erase Disbarred Atty's Debt

    The New Jersey Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection is moving to have $10,800 returned to the client of an attorney who botched the appeal of the client's son's criminal conviction after taking his money, and who has since been disbarred and declared bankruptcy.

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    Law Firm COO On How AI Can Be Used In Divorce Cases

    Chatbots are creating buzz about robots replacing lawyers, but STG Divorce Law’s chief operating officer says that attorneys are not going to be supplanted yet. Here, he talks about using AI in divorce cases and when an attorney is needed.

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    Clyde & Co. Combines With Boston Insurance Boutique

    London-founded Clyde & Co. LLP has opened its 15th U.S. office by combining with boutique Hermes Netburn O'Connor & Spearing PC to establish a presence in the key Boston insurance market, the firms announced Thursday.

  • Ex-Attys For Beach Boys Lead Singer Sanctioned In Discovery

    A Nevada federal magistrate judge on Wednesday granted Beach Boys singer Mike Love's bid for sanctions against his former lawyers, whom he accused of withholding documents and preventing him and his family from contacting key witnesses in a long-running dispute over attorney fees related to earlier representation of the musician.

  • From Star Litigator To Criminal Defendant: A Girardi Timeline

    Over the last four years, the plaintiffs bar has been rocked by the swift collapse of the once-bustling Los Angeles plaintiffs firm Girardi Keese and the disbarment of founder Thomas V. Girardi, who now faces criminal charges of misappropriating millions of dollars in client settlement funds.

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    NY Atty Denies Ties To Ga. In Row Over Ex-Fugee's Music

    An entertainment lawyer and his firm urged a Georgia federal judge to let them off the hook in a suit alleging they helped engineer the fraudulent purchase of ex-Fugees rapper Prakazrel Samuel "Pras" Michel's music catalogs, arguing that the "scorched earth action" puts forth "baseless and unsupportable allegations."

  • Girardi's Mental State Emerges As Early Legal Battleground

    Now that federal grand juries in California and Illinois have indicted Girardi Keese founder Tom Girardi, who is 83 and diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, on charges stemming from his firm's theft of millions from clients, the stage is set for a court battle over the former legal titan's fitness to stand trial.

  • Hinshaw Taps Ex-Jones Swanson Head To Lead ESG Team

    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP announced it hired a former managing member from New Orleans firm Jones Swanson Huddell & Daschbach LLC as a partner in its government relations practice and as head of its new environmental, social and governance team.

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    Clark Hill Combines With Philly-Based Conrad O'Brien

    Clark Hill PLC has continued its expansion in Philadelphia by joining forces with commercial litigation boutique Conrad O'Brien, adding 18 attorneys and doubling its overall headcount in the city since January, the international firm said Wednesday.

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    Massachusetts Lawyers Burned Out On Legal Profession

    Nearly half of Massachusetts lawyers are considering leaving their employer or the legal profession entirely, and many are also not seeking help for depression, anxiety and hazardous alcohol use, a study released Wednesday found.

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    Braverman Greenspun Merges With Real Estate Boutique

    Braverman Greenspun PC, a New York firm that advises cooperatives, condominiums, shareholders and unit owners, is combining with New York boutique Finder Novick Kerrigan LLP, which specializes in residential and commercial real estate law and litigation, the firms said Wednesday.

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    National Judicial College Chair Talks Bench Independence

    Miami trial attorney and former Florida Bar president Edward R. Blumberg hopes to reinforce a message for judges while leading the National Judicial College's board of trustees this year: An independent judiciary is critical for the nation's democracy.

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    6 Key Votes To Watch At The ABA Midyear Meeting

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body is expected to consider 29 proposals at its semiannual meeting Monday, including a resolution urging the government not to increase regulation of the legal profession over concerns that attorney-client privilege is being narrowed.

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    Tom Girardi Indicted In Calif., Ill. Over Client Theft Scandal

    Federal grand juries in Los Angeles and Chicago have indicted Girardi Keese founder Tom Girardi on 13 counts of wire fraud and four counts of criminal contempt stemming from his firm's theft of millions from its clients, prosecutors announced Wednesday, saying their criminal investigation into the once-legendary law firm is not yet finished.

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    Chamber, ACLU Urge Justices To Limit IRS Summons Power

    The Internal Revenue Service infringed on the civil rights of taxpayers by expanding its summons power to obtain taxpayer records from third parties without warning, groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Civil Liberties Union said in amicus briefs filed at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Murtha Cullina Adds Business, Finance Counsel In Conn.

    Murtha Cullina LLP has hired an attorney for its Stamford, Connecticut, office as counsel for its business and finance department and the emerging companies group, the law firm said Tuesday.

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    Why Law School Clinics Must Better Secure Client Data

    As technology becomes an evermore present aspect of the legal profession, law schools have an obligation to both prepare students to use software in their practices and ensure data is secured with the same vigilance as a professional firm, argues University of the District of Columbia professor Andrew Budzinski.

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