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    As BCLP Bleeds Attys, Leaders Say Firm Is 'Turning A Corner'

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has seen several high-profile partner departures in recent months, including multiple department and firm leaders. Despite hiring 206 lawyers globally since the start of 2023, the law firm's headcount contracted 6%, with former partners pointing to "balance sheet issues" and sluggish profitability as drivers.

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    Alston & Bird, Ex-Employee File Deal After Contempt Threat

    Alston & Bird LLP and its former diversity and inclusion administrator have presented their proposed $55,000 settlement in Georgia federal court concerning unpaid overtime claims, after a judge ordered them to appear in court to explain why they hadn't already filed one.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the Ides of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms expanded their practices and headcounts. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    'Perfect Storm' Caused 2023 Surge In Law Firm Leasing

    U.S. law firms in 2023 took on nearly 17 million square feet of office space, an unprecedented level of leasing activity driven by major law firm moves into trophy buildings in New York City, according to a report from commercial brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Littler Mendelson PC kick off this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, with a win for business groups striking down the National Labor Relations Board's joint employer rule.

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    What GCs Want To See From Firms' New AI Practices

    As artificial intelligence practice groups pop up in law firms around the country, what do general counsel want from their external lawyers when it comes to this burgeoning technology?

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    Wade Resigns From Ga. Election Case After Judge's Ultimatum

    Special prosecutor Nathan Wade resigned Friday from the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants, hours after a judge ruled that either he or Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis must do so in order for the case to move forward.

  • Ex-Drew Eckl Attys' Arbitration Fight To Get Appellate Review

    The Georgia Court of Appeals agreed Thursday to take up a bid from former Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP partners who say that the firm they helped co-found, Burke Moore Law Group LLP, should not be beholden to arbitration with Drew Eckl in a fees dispute because of agreements they signed.

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    Most States Fall Short In Disclosing Justices' Finance Reports

    The vast majority of state supreme courts make it exceedingly difficult for the public to get information about justices' financial entanglements, and the information they do give out is often scant at best, according to a report released Thursday.

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    Ex-Troutman Pepper Data Director Launches Consulting Biz

    A former director of data science, strategy and analytics at Troutman Pepper has announced that he has started his own consulting firm called Legal DnA Strategies LLC.

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    Global Payments' Legal Chief Saw Compensation Dip In 2023

    The top attorney for payments processor Global Payments Inc. saw his compensation package dip by about $400,000 in 2023 to just over $4.7 million, a Thursday U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing showed.

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    From Prosecutor To Firm Owner, Attys Start From Scratch

    Starting your own firm is a gamble for any lawyer, but it can feel particularly daunting for federal prosecutors, for whom leaving a job in the U.S. attorney's office can often feel like starting over completely.

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    Davis Wright's Managing Partner Steps Down From Post

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP's firmwide managing partner Scott MacCormack is stepping down after nearly three years at the helm, and the firm is appointing its Seattle office leader as an interim leader to guide the transition, the firm confirmed Wednesday.

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    Ex-Alston & Bird Aide Should Arbitrate Vax Suit, Judge Says

    A former Alston & Bird LLP aide fired for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 should have to take her discrimination claims against the firm to arbitration, a Georgia magistrate judge recommended Wednesday.

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    New Seyfarth Role To Help Firm And Clients Steer ESG

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP said Wednesday that it is creating a new impact and sustainability partner role to help both the firm and its clients develop business practices centered on "the increasingly regulated environmental, social, and governance (ESG) landscape."

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    How State Courts Are Improving Virtual Hearings

    State courts are improving virtual hearings by leveraging new technology, redesigning courtrooms, offering technical training to staff and improving case practices through the National Center for State Courts' Hybrid Hearings Improvement Initiative, according to a report it released this week.

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    Womble Bond Adds Parker Hudson Corporate Pros In Atlanta

    Womble Bond Dickinson has strengthened its corporate capabilities by adding two former Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs LLP attorneys in Atlanta, including a former Womble Bond partner who is returning to the firm.

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    Davis Wright's Revenue Grows, Partners Reach $1M Mark

    As the firm expands beyond its Seattle roots, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has continued a decade-long streak of income growth with a 9% increase in revenue last year.

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    Ga. Judge Tosses 6 Counts In Trump Indictment

    A Georgia judge on Wednesday threw out six counts of the indictment charging former President Donald Trump and several of his co-defendants with solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer, saying the state didn't provide enough detail in the charges to allow the defendants to properly defend themselves.

  • Atty Chided For Gun Confiscation Bid In Trump Defamation Row

    A Philadelphia attorney handling a Pennsylvania election worker's defamation case against Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and two Delaware County poll watchers improperly couched a bid to confiscate the poll watchers' guns, among other things, as a discovery motion, a state judge ruled Tuesday.

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    Firms Trimmed Entry-Level Hiring Amid Demand Shifts In 2023

    As the legal market adjusted from the post-pandemic hiring surge, law firms across the U.S. scaled back their recruitment efforts for entry-level associates last year, a result of firms realigning talent strategies to better serve clients' demands over the long term, a report Tuesday from the National Association for Law Placement found.

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    Anatomy Of Attrition: A Look At Law's Biggest Mergers

    After a law firm announces it's adding 100 or more lawyers via a merger, what does that then look like a year, two years or more later? How many lawyers stay with the merged firm? How many leave?

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    Civil Cases On The Rise In Federal Courts

    The number of civil cases filed in the federal courts jumped significantly in fiscal 2023, led by disputes between multiple states' citizens and personal injury suits, after a decrease in civil filings the year before, the federal judiciary said Tuesday.

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    Ga. Judge Says Lin Wood Did Defame Ex-Colleagues

    A Georgia federal judge handed a win to former colleagues of former attorney L. Lin Wood in their defamation suit on Tuesday, ruling that Wood falsely accused them of criminal extortion.

  • Ga. Attys Face Sanctions Bid Over 'Factually Impossible' Suit

    Companies operating vessels in a Georgia port have fired off a request to sanction a Peach State law firm that pursued claims that the businesses failed to protect a worker against COVID-19, saying the attorneys brought a "factually impossible" suit that was dismissed by a federal court last month.

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Expert Analysis

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

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