New Jersey Pulse

  • Feds Say Sen. Menendez Knew 'Loans' Were Bribes

    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and his wife were charged with obstruction of justice in a superseding indictment unsealed Tuesday in New York federal court, raising the stakes in the corruption trial facing the New Jersey Democrat.

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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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    MG+M Opens In NJ, Adds 4-Atty Team From McElroy Deutsch

    Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP announced Tuesday that it has launched an office in northern New Jersey and brought on a team of four attorneys who came aboard from McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP.

  • NJ Atty Aims To Duck Claims He Botched Suit Amid Pandemic

    A New Jersey attorney has asked a state court to dismiss a former client's legal malpractice claims against him arising out of the confusion of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that the allegations show "duplicity" in repudiating an underlying medical malpractice settlement he negotiated for her.

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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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    Office Snapshot: Blick Law Makes Room For More NJ Growth

    Entering its fifth year on the New Jersey legal scene, Blick Law LLC is expanding its profile by more than doubling the office space at its Somerset headquarters as the firm gears up for further growth ahead.

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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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    'Bright Line' Recusal Rule May Be Challenging To Fed. Judges

    A new ethics opinion clarifying when federal judges should step aside from cases when they own stock in a party's parent company is a positive step toward transparency, but it also creates a lot of work for judges and may not have much practical impact, according to experts.

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    Gibbons Brings On Retired NJ Federal Judge As ADR Leader

    Gibbons PC has added recently retired U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman from the District Court of New Jersey to take charge of its alternative dispute resolution practice, the Newark, New Jersey-based firm announced.

  • NJSBA Awards $6.4M In Grants To Fund Law School Clinics

    The charitable arm of the New Jersey State Bar Association announced Monday it has awarded nearly $6.5 million in multiyear grants to fund 14 law school clinics at Seton Hall Law School and Rutgers Law Schools in both Camden and Newark, the largest investment in its history.

  • Menendez Loses Bid To Suppress Gold Bars In Bribery Case

    A New York federal judge on Monday refused to suppress explosive evidence — including gold bars, cash and an engagement ring — the federal government unearthed in its second bribery case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and his associates, reasoning that the omissions the embattled New Jersey Democrat targeted in prosecutors' affidavits weren't material.

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    Houser Reports Data Breach Affected 325,000 People

    Houser LLP experienced a data breach beginning in May that affected more than 325,000 people, the law firm said in a regulatory filing with the Office of the Maine Attorney General posted Wednesday.

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Susman Godfrey LLP and Truelove Law Firm lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after a Texas state jury awarded $287 million to Dutch telecommunications company Koninklijke KPN in a contract dispute with Samsung Electronics Co.

  • NJ Firm Loses Early Bid To Toss Atty's Fee-Split Row

    A New Jersey state judge on Friday refused to toss an attorney's claims that she's entitled to a nearly $425,000 cut of a foreclosure case settlement from when she served as an of counsel for Katz & Dougherty LLC, ruling that the firm's dismissal motion targeting an alleged "made-up" contract was premature.  

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    Golf Club Settles Claims Trump Atty Illegally Pushed NDA

    A Trump Organization golf club has settled a former server's claims that she was illegally induced to sign a nondisclosure agreement by one of Donald Trump's lawyers, Alina Habba, reopening the door for the ex-employee to pursue claims that she was sexually harassed on the job.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    February ended with a bang as BigLaw made moves and the Supreme Court waded into former President Donald Trump’s legal woes. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Clerk Database Founder On Cruel Judges, Law School Inertia

    This month, the Legal Accountability Project will launch an online clerkship database consisting of more than 800 reviews of state and federal judges. Access will be limited to law students undergoing the clerkship application process and seeking honest assessments of their would-be bosses.

  • Menendez Associate Pleads Guilty In Bribe Case

    A New Jersey insurance broker pled guilty Friday to bribing Sen. Bob Menendez and his wife, Nadine, by buying her a Mercedes-Benz convertible, under an agreement to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

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    Walsh Pizzi Adds 2nd Retired NJ Federal Judge To ADR Group

    Walsh Pizzi O'Reilly Falanga LLP announced Friday that it has strengthened the firm's mediation and arbitration lineup with former U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas Arpert, marking the second time in recent years that the firm has brought on a retired New Jersey federal magistrate judge.

  • NJ Gaming Enforcer Cashes Out, Retiring After 13 Years

    After guiding New Jersey's gambling industry through 13 years of change, including the start of legal internet casino gambling and sports wagering, David L. Rebuck is retiring as director of the state's Division of Gaming Enforcement, or DGE, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced Thursday.

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    How Aspiring GCs Can Be Sure Their Comp Packages Are Fair

    The beginning of proxy season is upon us, which means we can gain insight into compensation packages for public companies' legal chiefs. But how can lawyers, especially those stepping into their first general counsel role, be sure their own compensation is fair and reasonable?

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    Fox Rothschild Wants Atty Gag Order In NJ Malpractice Suit

    Fox Rothschild LLP asked a New Jersey federal court Thursday to impose a gag order on an attorney who recently called it a "corrupt organization" and threatened criminal prosecution, claiming those comments — made in a malpractice lawsuit over allegedly botched immigration work — are a cynical ploy to extort the firm into "a lucrative settlement."

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    Troutman Pepper Launches Team To Address Cyberattacks

    Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP is addressing the threat to businesses from cyberattacks and data breaches with a new incidents and investigations team led by firm veterans on both sides of the country with deep expertise in data security and privacy issues.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • COVID-19 Spurs Associates To Think Bigger — Like Partners Author Photo

    What is the firm's data on profit per partner? How do the rainmakers seal deals without pre-COVID-19 pricey dinners? Is the firm financially stable? These are the kinds of partner-level questions associates are now asking before choosing a new firm, which points to a major shift in the lateral landscape, say Kate Reder Sheikh and Rebecca Glatzer at Major Lindsey & Africa.

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    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law Author Photo

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

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