Small Law

  • 50 Judges Open Up About Law Clerk Selection And Diversity

    Landing a judicial clerkship can open many doors for recent law school graduates, but a new study based on confidential interviews with 50 federal appeals court judges provides a rare glimpse into how jurists fill those clerkships and why there is a persistent lack of diversity in law clerk hiring.

  • Judge Boots Atty Irking Court With 'Unnecessary Problems'

    A North Carolina federal judge has pulled approval for an out-of-state attorney to represent a real estate investment firm found in a civil trial to have rigged foreclosure sales after she said he failed to give his client requests for information and vexed the court with illegible briefs and personal attacks on opposing counsel.

  • Atty Avoids Sanctions For Tossed Time Records In Client Row

    A Georgia attorney and his firm once again avoided sanctions in a dispute with a client over $600,000 in unpaid fees, after having thrown out his scrap notes detailing the nearly 2,000 hours he allegedly spent representing the client, a Georgia business court ruled.

  • NJ Atty Aims To Escape Discriminatory Firing Claims

    A New Jersey personal injury attorney is seeking to dodge a discrimination suit that alleges he pressured a former employee to lie in an affidavit and fired her for not doing so, on the grounds that he was never the plaintiff's employer.

  • Ex-Counsel For Macau Billionaire Wins $1.9M In Fees

    Attorney Hugh H. Mo has won his requested $1.9 million in legal fees from former billionaire client Ng Lap Seng in relation to Mo's representation of him in a bribery case, a New York federal judge has ruled.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The end of November marked another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms announced a bevy of hires, associate bonuses and even layoffs. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Experts Say Overcommunication Is Key In Remote Hearings

    Overcommunicating before, during and after a remote hearing is key to ensuring participants gain the most from these more frequently occurring proceedings, according to panelists featured in a webinar hosted by the National Center for State Courts.

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    Del. Stands Out Among States In Curbing 'Unjust' Fines, Fees

    The national outlook for doing away with "unjust" judicial fines and fees remains grim, but Delaware showed significant strides by making key reforms during the past year, an access to justice watchdog said in a report released Thursday.

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    Freeman Mathis Acquires Chicago Litigation Boutique

    Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP announced Thursday that it would be adding the lawyers of litigation and appellate boutique Purcell & Wardrope to its Chicago office.

  • Marshall Dennehey Hit With Pregnancy Bias Suit From Atty

    A former Delany Law attorney has launched a discrimination lawsuit in New Jersey state court alleging that her pregnancy was the reason she was not considered for a position at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin when the firms merged this fall.

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    Thompson Coe Adds 11-Atty Taylor Book Team In Houston

    The 11 attorneys of Houston litigation boutique Taylor Book Allen & Morris LLP are joining Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP effective Jan. 1, the firm announced on Thursday.

  • Philadelphia Attorney Dodged Taxes On $8 Million In Income

    A Philadelphia-based personal injury lawyer has pled guilty to not paying income tax for three straight years, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced, during which he generated more than $8 million in revenue at his one-man firm, according to his indictment.

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    The 9 Firms GCs Most Recommended To Peers In 2022

    Even amid inflation and growing economic concerns, BigLaw firms have continued to provide superior client services, with nine standing out from the crowd as the most recommended firms by corporate leaders, according to a report released Wednesday.

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    After Several Firsts, GC Brings Her Skills To Pro Lacrosse

    Ellen Zavian, the first general counsel of USA Lacrosse, the association that governs men's and women's pro lacrosse teams in the U.S., remembers having to change all the sports agent references in contracts from "he" to "she" in her days as the first female sports agent in the NFL in the 1990s. 

  • Fla. Justices Suspend Atty In 1st Hurricane Ian-Related Case

    The Florida Supreme Court has suspended a Gauthier Murphy & Houghtaling LLC attorney following accusations that she helped try to solicit clients following Hurricane Ian this fall out of a vehicle deceptively designed to look as if it were operated by federal emergency responders or insurance agents.

  • NJ Investor Accuses Atty Of Malpractice Over Property Sale

    A Newark, New Jersey, resident is suing his former attorney for malpractice, alleging he failed to advise him about the zoning of an investment property he was attempting to buy, ultimately costing him about $80,000 in lost deposits.

  • Ga. Atty Says Ex-Partner's Final Fraud Claim Must Be Tossed

    A trial attorney told a Georgia State-wide Business Court judge Wednesday he didn't trick his former co-counsel out of contacting shared clients when they ended their yearslong working relationship, arguing that the court should dismiss the remaining claim in a client-theft case brought against him.

  • Ex-Pa. Atty Pleads Guilty To $1M-Plus Client Theft

    A disbarred attorney in the Philadelphia suburbs will be sentenced after pleading guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $1 million from multiple clients, including $990,000 from a divorce settlement.

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    How Firms Can Fight 'Diversity Fatigue'

    In an environment where Black and Latino women each make up less than 1% of all partners at law firms nationwide, the road to diversity in the legal profession exists but requires dedicated funding and concrete measurements on progress to fight against complacency.

  • Lawyer In ADA Suits Admits Hiding $1M In Settlement Income

    A Sacramento attorney who filed thousands of lawsuits against California businesses for violating construction standards meant to protect people with disabilities admitted to hiding over $1 million in settlement income from the IRS and agreed to serve home confinement, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • Don't Blame Atty For Uncontested Arbitral Loss, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge refused to vacate a roughly $865,000 judgment in an unpaid wage dispute against a nursing home and a subcontractor, ruling that the companies could not blame their stressed attorney for their failure to contest a bid to confirm an arbitral award.

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    Katten Mentorship Pro Talks Strategies, Successes

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP recognized partner Becky Lindahl, the head of its Charlotte, North Carolina, litigation practice, as the first recipient of its John P. Sieger Excellence in Mentoring Award. Lindahl, who has been with Katten since 2007, discussed her approach to good mentorship with Law360 Pulse.

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    Calif. Boutique Founder Among Biden's Latest US Atty Picks

    President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he has selected Ismail Ramsey, a founding partner with Ramsey & Ehrlich LLP in Berkeley, California, and Kate E. Brubacher, who most recently worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the prosecuting attorney's office in Jackson County, Missouri, as his latest nominees for U.S. attorney.

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    Small Firms Face Big Challenges In Addressing Mental Health

    As BigLaw has responded to the rising tide of mental health issues in the legal profession with in-house wellness programs and other benefits, legal industry groups like local bar associations are working to fill the gap for smaller practices where attorneys face unique stressors without the kind of resources larger firms are able to provide for dealing with anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

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    Why Attorneys Are Jumping To The Mastodon Social Platform

    In case Twitter kicks the bucket due to the upheaval from its new ownership and concerns that it could cease operations, some attorneys are already setting up camp in a different type of online community to keep the social media experience alive.

Expert Analysis

  • 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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