Florida Pulse

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    Cybersecurity Co. Promotes Attys To GC, Chief People Officer

    Florida-based cybersecurity company ReliaQuest announced it has promoted two of its in-house attorneys to general counsel and chief people officer.

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    Military Spouses Are Untapped Pool Of Attorney Talent

    Service members' spouses in the legal profession present a massive well of untapped talent, though balancing a law career with their families' service to the country can be challenging, attorneys working in and with this community tell Law360 Pulse.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the beginning of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms made new hires and adjusted their practices.

  • Jurors In NY Trump Trial Will Be Anonymous Except To Parties

    A New York state judge ruled Thursday that jurors in Donald Trump's criminal hush-money case will remain anonymous to the public, but said the former president, the Manhattan district attorney and their counsel and consultants would know the jurors' names and addresses.

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    Bradley Arant Adds Insurance Atty From Barnes & Thornburg

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has strengthened its policyholder insurance coverage team by adding a former Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner based in Atlanta and Tampa, Florida, who has recovered more than $500 million for clients over the past three years, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    And The Oscars' Legal Questions Go To ... John Quinn

    When he was the general counsel to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Quinn Emanuel founding partner John Quinn attended the Oscars dozens of times, and he did so with a copy of the broadcast network contract tucked into his tuxedo pocket.

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    Equity Concerns Follow Mass Torts' March Into Bankruptcy

    After decades of suffering and waiting, a group of more than 82,000 childhood sexual abuse survivors recently reached a $2.5 billion bankruptcy settlement with the Boy Scouts of America and related groups. Yet the survivors may once again be in suspense.

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    Akerman Cannabis Atty Jumps To Saul Ewing In Fla.

    Saul Ewing LLP has added a former Akerman LLP partner with experience as general counsel for a cannabis operator, strengthening its Fort Lauderdale, Florida, office, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Legal Sales Platform Propense.ai Raises $3M

    Propense.ai, which provides software that identifies cross-selling opportunities for professional services companies, has announced a seed funding round of $3 million as it moves into production from an invite-only beta test.

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    Cozen O'Connor's New Miami Leader Talks Fixing Problems

    When Jason Domark's kids ask him what lawyers do, he tells them that "we help people fix their problems." Now Domark is planning to take that approach to his new role as managing partner of Cozen O'Connor's Miami office.

  • Latham Passes Skadden As Busiest Securities Defense Firm

    Despite a downward trend in securities case filings over the past three years, Latham & Watkins LLP has remained one of the most active law firms on the defense side, taking over the top spot from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, according to reports released by Lex Machina.

  • Trump Mocks Hush Money Case As 'Deluded Fantasy'

    Counsel for former President Donald Trump has branded the hush money charges against him as a "deluded fantasy," arguing that the Manhattan district attorney is framing the New York state court case as a conspiracy to undermine the 2016 election despite it being a "narrow business records case."

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    Rimon Adds Shook Hardy And Cozen Litigators In Fla. And NJ

    Rimon Law has announced the addition of four new attorneys experienced in international arbitration, employment, corporate law and trust and estates, including a partner from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP in Florida and another partner from Cozen O'Connor in New Jersey.

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    The Firms Charging Into Secondary Cities As BigLaw Retreats

    While top-tier firms have recently tapered their migration to secondary legal markets, firm leaders and recruiters say these locations continue to hold appeal for midtier firms, citing advantages such as lower expenses and competitive billing rates.

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    Ball Janik Expands To Fort Lauderdale With Construction Pro

    Ball Janik LLP has entered the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, market with a new office that will be led by a construction defect attorney from Angius & Terry LLP.

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    Where E-Discovery Generative AI Efforts Currently Stand

    More e-discovery companies are announcing new capabilities that harness the power of generative artificial intelligence, but I'm hearing confusion among some law firm leaders about the immediate availability of the tools in a more crowded legal tech market.

  • Oro Negro Bondholders Want Quinn Emanuel Sanctioned

    Bondholders in Mexican oil and gas company Perforadora Oro Negro asked a Florida judge on Tuesday to sanction Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP for continuing to represent the company's founders in a $30 million dispute despite a disqualification order.

  • DA Defends Cohen's Credibility In Trump Hush Money Case

    The Manhattan district attorney has told a New York state judge presiding over Donald Trump's hush money case that the presidential candidate's former attorney Michael Cohen will tell the truth at trial, despite his past perjury.

  • Fla. Attorney Asks 11th Circuit To Toss Extortion Conviction

    A former criminal defense attorney on Tuesday asked the Eleventh Circuit to overturn his conviction for extorting a client for cash, arguing that the instructions sent to the jury on the Hobbs Act charge were improper.

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    Bloomin' Brands CLO's Comp Rose To $1.3M In '23

    Bloomin' Brands' chief legal officer saw her compensation increase slightly to $1.34 million in 2023, according to a proxy statement filed by the Florida-based company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

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    DLA Piper Adds Merck SVP As New Life Sciences Sector Chair

    An experienced in-house attorney with a longtime passion for life sciences and medicine has left her position as a C-suite executive at biopharmaceutical giant Merck to join DLA Piper as the chair of its life sciences sector.

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    Tully Rinckey's Atty Contracts Offer Warning To Other Firms

    The ongoing disciplinary case against the founders of Tully Rinckey PLLC over restrictions the firm placed on departing attorneys is an unusual one, but experts say it's still an important reminder for lawyers to be mindful of the ethical considerations of their employment agreements.

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    The Most Notable Numbers For 2024 Mid-Law Promotions

    Partnership promotions among Mid-Law firms ticked downward during the 2024 promotion cycle, with average class sizes falling below five partners, based on an analysis of announcements from mid-size and regional firms.

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    Southeast, Michigan Highlight Mid-Law Partner Promotions

    A survey by Law360 Pulse of Mid-Law partner promotion class announcements shows Southeastern markets like Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas started 2024 with heavy growth, while Michigan-based firms saw a substantial increase from previous years.

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    Number Of Women In Mid-Law Partner Classes Stays Stagnant

    The percentage of female attorneys in this year's partnership classes among Mid-Law firms remained constant, with experts saying that although midsize and regional firms tend to do better than their BigLaw cousins, work remains to be done if firms are to reach gender parity among their partner ranks.

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Expert Analysis

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • The Pandemic's Long-Term Impact On Law Firm Operations Author Photo

    Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.

  • Opinion

    Fla. Jury Selection Success Shows Viability Of Remote Trials Author Photo

    The success of a Broward County, Florida, court earlier this month in conducting jury selection online is a true testament of faith in the jury system, and there is no doubt trials can be conducted via a video platform during the pandemic, says Chief Judge Jack Tuter of Florida's 17th Judicial Circuit.

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