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    Husch Blackwell's 'Long-Term Play' Boosts Revenue 10%

    Husch Blackwell LLP added 111 laterals in 2023 and boosted its revenue 10.2% year over year even as some of the firm's other financial performance metrics declined, results the law firm's chief executive, Jamie Lawless, said are part of a "long-term play."

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    The Lessons Baker McKenzie Is Learning From Its AI Practice

    Baker McKenzie officially launched its artificial intelligence transformation and machine learning group, called BakerML, in 2021, predating most other BigLaw firms that established their AI practices nearly two years later.

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    Coblentz Patch Adds Tax Pro From Saul Ewing In SF

    Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP has strengthened its tax practice in San Francisco with partner Jacob Lager, who previously practiced with Saul Ewing LLP.

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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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    Robins Kaplan Elevates Trial Pro To Managing Partner, Chair

    In a first for the firm, Robins Kaplan LLP has tapped a longtime litigator to serve as both managing partner and chair, with the attorney telling Law360 Pulse on Tuesday that he looks forward to focusing his energy on continuing to grow the trial-focused firm and steer it into a new leadership era.

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    Davis Wright Adds 3rd MoFo Litigator This Month In Calif.

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has added its third litigator this month from Morrison Foerster LLP with the addition of an employment and labor partner in Los Angeles, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Paul Weiss' Digital Tech Chair On AI's Promises And Perils

    While generative artificial intelligence promises to increase access to justice and kill the billable hour, we don't know how to prevent it from unleashing misinformation and disinformation on the electorate, says Katherine Forrest, a former Manhattan federal judge who is now chair of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's digital technology group.

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    Womble Bond Adds Calif. Litigators From Severson & Werson

    Womble Bond Dickinson has bolstered its business litigation group with a pair of cyber-savvy attorneys focused on the financial sector who joined in Irvine, California, from Severson & Werson.

  • Saul Ewing Taps Over A Dozen New Practice, Dept. Leads

    Saul Ewing LLP unveiled its newest slate of leadership appointments on Tuesday, spanning two departments and seven practices.

  • Woodsford Affiliate Prevails In Fee Feud With SF Firm

    An affiliate of British litigation funder Woodsford has secured a $1.8 million arbital award and $1.2 million in interest from a San Francisco law firm following the 2019 settlement of a lawsuit against Google, a Delaware federal judge confirmed Monday.

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    Sidley Gains Finance Ace From Paul Hastings In California

    Sidley Austin LLP has strengthened its global finance practice with the addition of a partner who came aboard after practicing at Paul Hastings LLP for more than two decades and will be based in the firm's office in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles.

  • 3 Firms Seek To Lead, Combine Axos 'Bait And Switch' Cases

    Two consumers who separately sued Axos Bank over its handling of interest rates on savings deposit accounts offered through one of its online divisions have urged a California federal judge to consolidate their lawsuits and appoint three law firms representing them as interim co-lead counsel in the combined case.

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    Robinhood Promotes Ex-SEC Attorney To General Counsel

    Financial services platform and fintech brokerage Robinhood has promoted an in-house counsel to the position of general counsel, expanding his duties to overseeing the entire legal department.

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    Willkie Adds DOJ Antitrust Lead In LA, DC

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced Monday the hiring of a former antitrust section chief at the U.S. Department of Justice as a partner in its Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., offices.

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    O'Melveny Lands Private Equity Ace From Kirkland In Calif.

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP announced Monday that it has strengthened its private equity group with the addition of a Century City-based partner who came aboard from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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    Hughes Hubbard Splits Leadership Role As Firm Head Retires

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP elected Neil Oxford and Robb Patryk to succeed current chair and managing partner Ted Mayer, splitting the leadership role as the head of the firm retires this year.

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    With Rising State AG Action, BigLaw Responds By Beefing Up

    This year Covington & Burling LLP formalized its government litigation practice group, following others in what appears to be a race by large law firms to formalize, market and grow their state attorney general practices as the nature of the office has shifted in recent years.

  • Amid Recall, Calif. DA Price Calls Job Political 'Punching Bag'

    San Francisco's ousted District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Friday defended his progressive prosecution stance during a contentious panel discussion at a UC Berkeley School of Law event co-hosted by The Heritage Foundation while another Bay Area district attorney currently facing recall said she and Boudin have become conservatives' "punching bag."

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    After COVID Office Cuts, Firms Will Do 'More With Less'

    Things are settling back into place in the legal office space market after the great upheavals caused by COVID-19, with most law firms now focused on making the best use of their existing space after a round of pandemic-era downsizing, according to a new survey.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Mitchell Law PLLC, Gessler Blue LLC and Dhillon Law Group Inc. lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found that states can't bar former president Donald Trump from running for reelection this year based on a 14th Amendment provision.

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    Calif. Bar's Bid To Hike License Fees Raises Atty Eyebrows

    California attorneys seem largely skeptical of the state bar's insistence that a "substantial" hike in its attorney licensing fees is necessary to stave off financial disaster, questioning the reasons for a potential fee increase and its impact on solo lawyers.

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    Loeb & Loeb Co-Chairs Eye Strategic Growth

    The new co-chairs of Loeb & Loeb LLP are acutely aware of the challenges and opportunities in store for the firm just a month into the job.

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    Legal Industry Adds 2,700 Jobs In February

    Employment in the U.S. legal sector rebounded in February, showing a slight increase following a decline at the beginning of the year, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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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.

  • How Attys Can Guard Against Rising Settle-And-Sue Claims Author Photo

    Certain precautions can help lawyers avoid post-settlement malpractice claims and create a solid evidentiary defense, as settle-and-sue lawsuits rise amid pandemic-induced dispute settlements, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher at Munger Tolles.

  • What I Learned As A Virtual Summer Associate Author Photo

    It is necessary in a virtual law firm summer program to think twice about asking questions you may be able to answer on your own, but this independence and other aspects of a remote internship may help to instill habits that would be useful for future full-time associates, says law student Kelley Sheehan, who interned at Patterson & Sheridan this summer.

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