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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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    Nelson Mullins Grows In Atlanta With New Corporate Partners

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has expanded its Atlanta office, adding two seasoned corporate attorneys, one from Thompson Hine LLP and the other from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

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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.

  • Greenberg Traurig Settles ADA Claims From Ex-Legal Aide

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has reached a settlement to end disability discrimination claims from a former legal assistant who alleged she was fired after she needed to work remotely to manage chronic pancreatitis, according to an order filed in the Georgia federal lawsuit.

  • Greenberg Traurig, Attys Face Music Exec's Malpractice Suit

    A music producer has alleged in a Georgia malpractice suit that his former legal team — Greenberg Traurig LLP and a now-Barnes & Thornburg LLP attorney — actively worked against him, causing him to lose a $2.1 million deal with Warner Music Group Corp.

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    By The Numbers: Why Associates Stay At Their Firms

    After a flood of associates left their firms in search of greener pastures as part of the "talent wars" of the early 2020s, the National Association for Law Placement wanted to know what made other early-career attorneys decide instead to stay put. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a look at how compensation, work-life balance, and a dozen other factors helped play a role.

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    Scientific Games Makes Changes As CLO Set To Retire

    Scientific Games will soon say goodbye to its retiring chief legal officer amid moves by the lottery technology business to consolidate its legal and public policy departments, according to a company announcement.

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    Military Spouses Are Untapped Pool Of Attorney Talent

    Service members' spouses in the legal profession present a massive well of untapped talent, though balancing a law career with their families' service to the country can be challenging, attorneys working in and with this community tell Law360 Pulse.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the beginning of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms made new hires and adjusted their practices.

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    Norton Rose AI Leader Talks Mixed Terrain For 'Evolving' Tech

    As head of Norton Rose Fulbright's new artificial intelligence practice team in the U.S., Chuck Hollis said he and other firm attorneys are aiming to guide corporate clients through their use of the "constantly evolving" technology amid differing regulations across the globe.

  • Jurors In NY Trump Trial Will Be Anonymous Except To Parties

    A New York state judge ruled Thursday that jurors in Donald Trump's criminal hush-money case will remain anonymous to the public, but said the former president, the Manhattan district attorney and their counsel and consultants would know the jurors' names and addresses.

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    Bradley Arant Adds Insurance Atty From Barnes & Thornburg

    Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has strengthened its policyholder insurance coverage team by adding a former Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner based in Atlanta and Tampa, Florida, who has recovered more than $500 million for clients over the past three years, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    And The Oscars' Legal Questions Go To ... John Quinn

    When he was the general counsel to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Quinn Emanuel founding partner John Quinn attended the Oscars dozens of times, and he did so with a copy of the broadcast network contract tucked into his tuxedo pocket.

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    Equity Concerns Follow Mass Torts' March Into Bankruptcy

    After decades of suffering and waiting, a group of more than 82,000 childhood sexual abuse survivors recently reached a $2.5 billion bankruptcy settlement with the Boy Scouts of America and related groups. Yet the survivors may once again be in suspense.

  • Latham Passes Skadden As Busiest Securities Defense Firm

    Despite a downward trend in securities case filings over the past three years, Latham & Watkins LLP has remained one of the most active law firms on the defense side, taking over the top spot from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, according to reports released by Lex Machina.

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    Possible Willis DQ Could End Ga. Trump Election Case

    Weeks of salacious arguments over a district attorney's romantic relationship with a prosecutor has the Georgia election interference case against Donald Trump on the ropes, and experts say the prosecutor's potential disqualification could effectively end the case.

  • Trump Mocks Hush Money Case As 'Deluded Fantasy'

    Counsel for former President Donald Trump has branded the hush money charges against him as a "deluded fantasy," arguing that the Manhattan district attorney is framing the New York state court case as a conspiracy to undermine the 2016 election despite it being a "narrow business records case."

  • Ga. Public Defender's Office Beats Ex-Staffer's Bias Suit

    The Georgia Court of Appeals has overturned a 22-year-old ruling and ended a wrongful termination bid by a former public defender employee with breast cancer, saying the state didn't waive its sovereign immunity by enacting the Fair Employment Practices Act.

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    Willis DQ Theory 'Makes No Sense,' Ga. Lawmaker Says

    As a special Georgia state Senate committee continued its probe into Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis on Wednesday, a Democratic lawmaker told the attorney who first demanded Willis be kicked off her election interference case that there's "no conflict" that merits the district attorney's removal from the prosecution.

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    The Firms Charging Into Secondary Cities As BigLaw Retreats

    While top-tier firms have recently tapered their migration to secondary legal markets, firm leaders and recruiters say these locations continue to hold appeal for midtier firms, citing advantages such as lower expenses and competitive billing rates.

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    Where E-Discovery Generative AI Efforts Currently Stand

    More e-discovery companies are announcing new capabilities that harness the power of generative artificial intelligence, but I'm hearing confusion among some law firm leaders about the immediate availability of the tools in a more crowded legal tech market.

  • DA Defends Cohen's Credibility In Trump Hush Money Case

    The Manhattan district attorney has told a New York state judge presiding over Donald Trump's hush money case that the presidential candidate's former attorney Michael Cohen will tell the truth at trial, despite his past perjury.

  • Fla. Attorney Asks 11th Circuit To Toss Extortion Conviction

    A former criminal defense attorney on Tuesday asked the Eleventh Circuit to overturn his conviction for extorting a client for cash, arguing that the instructions sent to the jury on the Hobbs Act charge were improper.

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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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Expert Analysis

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • 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.

  • Law Firm Biz Development Tips For The Pandemic Era Author Photo

    Jessica Starr and Monica Ulzheimer at Alston & Bird look at four areas where business development and other law firm administrative teams can take a leadership role in driving practice growth at a time when attorney interactions with clients and peers are limited.

  • Opinion

    Reflections On My 1st Judicial Election Amid Racial Tensions Author Photo

    Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Benham looks back at the racial barriers facing his first judicial campaign in 1984, and explains how those experiences shaped his decades on the bench, why judges should refrain from taking political stances, and why he was an early supporter of therapeutic courts that deal with systemic problems.

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