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  • Tully Rinckey's Employment Terms Violated Rules, Panel Says

    The founders of Tully Rinckey PLLC should be suspended for 90 days for placing improper employment restrictions on people who worked in its Washington, D.C., office, an attorney ethics committee has recommended.

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    Mark Geragos Owes LA Times $218K In Fees Over Libel Suit

    Attorney Mark Geragos must pay the Los Angeles Times $218,000 in attorney fees and costs after the paper defeated his libel suit challenging its coverage of a settlement for Armenian genocide victims, a California state judge said, rejecting Geragos' contention that the defendants "are seeking a windfall."

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    Rapid Response Team Releases AI Guidance For State Courts

    An artificial intelligence rapid response team created by state judiciary leaders has released interim guidance and resources to help state courts navigate AI technologies, the National Center for State Courts said Wednesday.

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    MoFo Brings On Simpson Thacher Private Equity Ace In SF

    Morrison Foerster LLP is bolstering its finance team, announcing Wednesday it is bringing in a Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP private equity pro as a partner in its San Francisco office.

  • Rutgers Seeks Trim Of Suit Alleging Antisemitic Discrimination

    Rutgers University is seeking to pare down a law student's lawsuit alleging antisemitic discrimination by asking a New Jersey state court to strike nearly 60 paragraphs of allegedly irrelevant allegations from the complaint and to dismiss claims against the law school and several individual defendants.

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    Boies Schiller Hires White & Case Int'l Arbitration Atty In DC

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP announced Wednesday that it has added a longtime White & Case LLP partner to its international arbitration group in Washington, D.C.

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    Law Firms Rip Cuomo Subpoenas As 'Abusive' And 'Wasteful'

    Law firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Vladeck Raskin & Clark PC said in a letter Tuesday filed in federal court that former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's subpoena regarding their sex harassment investigation "is plainly improper and is another in a string of abusive and wasteful tactics."

  • Ex-Bank CEO Ends Holland & Knight Overbilling Suit

    Republic First Bancorp's former CEO Vernon Hill II ended his lawsuit accusing Holland & Knight LLP of overcharging him with a $7 million bill for what he claimed was "ineffective and unsatisfactory" representation in legal matters over his ouster from the bank.

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    Lewis Brisbois Adds 2 Professional Liability Pros In Portland

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has hired two employment and professional liability attorneys previously with Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP as partners in its Portland, Oregon, office, the firm has announced.

  • Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Davis Wright

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP notched a win for the publishing industry when a New York federal judge in March ruled it was illegal for the Internet Archive to scan and lend out books without payment or permission, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Media and Entertainment Groups of the Year.

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    Selendy Gay Founder Unveils 3 More Partners In Opening Firm

    A co-founder of the firm now known as Selendy Gay PLLC and two former practice leaders at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP launched their new trial firm on Wednesday, announcing the hiring of three additional founding partners from Selendy Gay and LTL Attorneys LLP.

  • Healthcare Practice Group Of The Year: McDermott

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP helped complete several high-profile healthcare-related deals last year, including the acquisition of Geisinger Health by Kaiser Permanente, achievements that landed the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Healthcare Groups of the Year.

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    White & Case Lateral Spree Includes SEC Atty, 2 M&A Leaders

    White & Case LLP said it has hired three notable lateral partners, adding a cryptocurrency and cybersecurity specialist from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as former practice heads within the mergers and acquisitions realm from Paul Hastings LLP and Hogan Lovells.

  • Sports & Betting Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells advised Major League Soccer's Inter Miami CF on its groundbreaking acquisition of international soccer icon Lionel Messi and was lead counsel for a group led by Josh Harris in its purchase of the NFL's Washington Commanders for the highest sale price in North American sports history, placing it among Law360's 2023 Sports & Betting Groups of the Year.

  • International Trade Group Of The Year: White & Case LLP

    White & Case LLP successfully countered antidumping tariffs on lemon juice imports from Brazil for agriculture giant Louis Dreyfus Co. Sucos, scored a rare suspension agreement to halt the U.S. government's antidumping and countervailing duty investigations into imports of white grape juice concentrate from Argentina, and it helped Mercedez-Benz escape political instability in Russia, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • Private Equity Group Of The Year: Ropes & Gray

    Ropes & Gray LLP recently steered deals for clients such as New Mountain Capital, BPEA EQT and TPG Capital Inc., including TPG's sale of high-profile talent agency Creative Artists Agency and BPEA EQT's $6.5 billion merger of its Hong Kong-based business services firms Vistra and Tricor, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Private Equity Groups of the Year.

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    Thompson Hine Taps Former OSU Basketball Star As Next MP

    Thompson Hine LLP announced Wednesday that it is transitioning its leadership from one of the first women to lead a large firm to one of a handful of African Americans currently in the top role of a BigLaw outfit.

  • Kirkland Can't Get 'Invasive' Atty Info From 2 BigLaw Firms

    A California federal magistrate judge barred Kirkland & Ellis LLP from subpoenaing confidential personnel information from a former intellectual property associate's prior employers, Paul Hastings LLP and Fish & Richardson PC, in its defense against her discrimination suit, ruling that Kirkland's subpoena requests are "invasive," irrelevant and "amazingly broad."

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    Akin Hires Top BIS Commerce Department Counsel In DC

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has hired the former U.S. Department of Commerce's chief counsel for the Bureau of Industry and Security, who has joined the firm as a partner in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Sullivan & Cromwell Accused Of Aiding FTX Fraud

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has been accused of knowing about and helping facilitate the massive fraud that brought down cryptocurrency exchange FTX while serving as FTX's outside counsel, and profiting on the back end by overseeing FTX's ongoing bankruptcy, according to a racketeering lawsuit filed last week.

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    Simpson Thacher Adds 5 Skadden Financial Institutions Attys

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is adding a team of five former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP attorneys as partners to its financial institutions practice in New York and Washington, D.C., including the onetime co-leader of Skadden's financial institutions group, the firm confirmed on Tuesday.

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    Orrick Lands Crowell & Moring ITC Practice Co-Leader In DC

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced Tuesday that it has added the co-leader of Crowell & Moring LLP's International Trade Commission Section 337 practice to its intellectual property litigation team in Washington, D.C.

  • International Trade Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP scored important wins across the international trade space last year, including shepherding bet-the-company deals through national security review, challenging fertilizer tariffs and guiding Seagate Technology LLC through a record-breaking export control settlement, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 International Trade Groups of the Year.

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    Fennemore Craig's 3rd Merger Of '24 Focuses On Tax Practice

    Fennemore Craig PC announced on Tuesday it is continuing its rapid growth this year through a merger with Sacramento-based tax-focused firm Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP.

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    Former EDNY Prosecutor, Bomb Expert Joins McGuireWoods

    McGuireWoods LLP has added a former federal prosecutor with the Eastern District of New York as counsel in the government investigations and white collar litigation department in North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Garen Marshall — a former bomb expert with the U.S. Navy — spoke to Law360 Pulse about joining the military-friendly firm.

Expert Analysis

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Recruiter Author Photo

    Self-proclaimed "Lawyer Doula" Danielle Thompson at Major Lindsey shares how she went from Columbia Law School graduate and BigLaw employment associate to a career in legal recruiting — and discovered a passion for advocacy along the way.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Balance Social Activism With My Job? Author Photo

    Corporate attorneys pursuing social justice causes outside of work should consider eight guidelines for finding equilibrium between their beliefs and their professional duties and reputation, say Diedrick Graham, Debra Friedman and Simeon Brier at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Personality Tests And Machine Learning Applications In Law Author Photo

    Mateusz Kulesza at McDonnell Boehnen looks at potential applications of personality testing based on machine learning techniques for law firms, and the implications this shift could have for lawyers, firms and judges, including how it could make the work of judges and other legal decision-makers much more difficult.

  • AI Is Reshaping Lawyering: What To Expect In 2024 Author Photo

    The future of lawyering is not about the wholesale replacement of attorneys by artificial intelligence, but as AI handles more of the routine legal work, the role of lawyers will evolve to be more strategic, requiring the development of competencies beyond traditional legal skills, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Embrace Active Voice In Legal Writing — In Most Cases Author Photo

    Legal writers should strive to craft sentences in the active voice to promote brevity and avoid ambiguities that can spark litigation, but writing in the passive voice is sometimes appropriate — when it's a moral choice and not a grammatical failure, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

  • How AI Legal Research Tools Are Shifting Law Firm Processes Author Photo

    Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Use Social Media Responsibly? Author Photo

    Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.

  • Yada, Yada, Yada: The Magic Of 3 In Legal Writing Author Photo

    Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.

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