Florida Pulse

  • Fla. Judge Resigns Amid Ethics Charges Over Ex Parte Chat

    A Florida state judge has resigned, ending an ethics case triggered by his allegedly biased ex parte comments to a prosecutor following a Zoom hearing in August.

  • DeSantis Blasts Ousted Florida Atty's Bid To Speed Up Appeal

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed back Friday against an ousted prosecutor's request that the Eleventh Circuit expedite consideration of the governor's petition for a rehearing en banc with respect to a decision reviving the attorney's lawsuit against DeSantis, saying the case has "sweeping implications" for the state.

  • 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.

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    Cozen O'Connor's New Boca Raton Leader Wants To Listen

    While Ellen S. Morris was recently named head of Cozen O'Connor's Boca Raton, Florida, office, a key element of her management style won't change: She'll continue being a good listener. Law360 Pulse spoke with Morris recently to learn more about her approach to leadership.

  • 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.

  • Trump Says 'Fair' Docs Case Trial Must Happen After Election

    Donald Trump on Thursday asked a Florida federal court not to schedule a trial in the criminal classified documents case against him until after this year's presidential election, arguing that a fair trial "cannot be conducted this year in a manner consistent with the Constitution."

  • DeSantis Signs Bill Releasing Epstein Grand Jury Docs

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a bill that expands the exceptions for grand jury secrecy, paving the way for the release later this year of the 2006 grand jury investigation into serial sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

  • Atty Not Bound By Settlements In Fla. Breach Of Contract Suit

    A Florida appellate panel on Thursday reversed a lower court ruling that a Mississippi attorney violated agreements prohibiting him from publicly disparaging parties and disseminating filings in prior cases, saying he wasn't obligated to follow the settlements despite the parties' intentions of having them apply to him.

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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?

  • Feds Want To Ask Trump Jurors If 2020 Election Was 'Stolen'

    Florida federal prosecutors want to ask potential jurors in Donald Trump's classified documents case if they believe the 2020 election was "stolen" and if they hold opinions about how the FBI executed a highly publicized search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

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    Day Pitney Absorbs 2-Atty Real Estate Boutique In Miami

    Day Pitney LLP announced Thursday that it had absorbed a South Florida land use boutique, adding a partner who has been involved in numerous development projects in Miami's arts-focused Wynwood neighborhood.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    The expansion of law firm footprints in North Carolina and Florida, a couple of homecomings in Minnesota and Sarasota, Florida, and the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation in Houston were among some of the biggest real estate moves for law firms in February.

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    Inside BigLaw's 'Tremendous' Hunger For Restructuring Attys

    Even as the economy appears poised to pick up steam in 2024, BigLaw firms are still aggressively adding restructuring capabilities, with a number of recent lateral hires reflecting the glut of work still to be found in the practice area.

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    DLA Piper Names New Global Managing Partner

    DLA Piper announced Thursday that partner Richard Chesley will step into the newly created role of global managing partner to oversee the development of cross-border business initiatives and expansion of global relationships.

  • Senate Brings This Week's Fla. Judge Confirmations To Four

    The Senate on Wednesday confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judges Julie Sneed and Melissa Damian to the Middle and Southern districts, respectively, of Florida, bringing the total of Florida judges confirmed this week to four.

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    Gov't Attys Must Mind Confidential Info Or Be DQ'd, ABA Says

    Both current and former government attorneys who take on private clients should look out for instances where their possession of "confidential government information" calls for them to be disqualified from representing a client, according to the latest guidance from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, released Wednesday.

  • Full 11th Circ. Won't Rethink Meadows' Failed Removal Bid

    The Eleventh Circuit declined Wednesday to give former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows another shot at removing his Georgia election interference prosecution to federal court, rejecting Meadows' bid for an en banc review of his unsuccessful appeal.

  • Classified Docs Out Of Defense's Reach In Mar-A-Lago Case

    The Florida federal judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's criminal case over allegedly mishandling secret documents after leaving office ruled Wednesday that defense counsel can't see government motions asking to restrict classified information produced in discovery, a day after Trump's two co-defendants were prohibited from reviewing 5,100 pages of classified material.

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    Behind Benesch's Strategy To Add And Keep BigLaw Laterals

    Mid-sized Ohio-based firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP has become an attractive destination for a certain type of BigLaw lateral partner, attracting a notable number over the past six months from firms such as Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Jenner & Block LLP.

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    Baker Donelson Hires Dickinson Wright IP Atty In Florida

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has announced the hiring of a former Dickinson Wright PLLC member who spent more than 5½ years in that firm's Florida offices.

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    Cannabis Company Puts CLO On Unpaid Leave To Cut Costs

    The chief legal officer of Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. has been placed on a mandatory unpaid leave of absence along with the CEO and other employees as part of a rapid cost-cutting effort to save the company, which has been battered by legal expenses, according to recent securities filings.

  • OpenAI 'Fails to Explain' Away Fee Bid, 11th Circ. Told

    A Georgia radio host is continuing to press his case that OpenAI owes him legal fees for its abortive bid to remove his defamation suit against the company to federal court, telling the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday that there's ample grounds to send the case back to the district court level for the explanation he's owed.

  • Ousted Fla. Atty Eyeing Potential Run After 11th Circ. Ruling

    Suspended state prosecutor Andrew Warren said Monday he may revisit his decision not to seek reelection in light of the Eleventh Circuit ruling reviving his lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, asking the appeals court to speed up the appeal.

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    Law Firm Leasing Activity Reaches Pre-Pandemic Level

    Major firm relocations in late 2023, including Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's December deal for a 20-year lease in a midtown Manhattan skyscraper, helped fuel the hottest legal office space market since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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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