In-House

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    Clifford Chance Names New Global CFO From Accenture

    Clifford Chance LLP announced on Tuesday that it has hired a new global chief financial officer from professional services giant Accenture, as the law firm aims for a ninth consecutive year of revenue growth and a return to rising profits.

  • Frank Execs Say JPMorgan Is Withholding Communications

    Charlie Javice and Olivier Amar, the indicted former executives of student loan startup Frank, asked a Manhattan federal judge Saturday for an extension of time to decide on raising an advice-of-counsel defense at their trial, saying they can't make a decision yet because JPMorgan is withholding discovery of their communications with Frank's general counsel.

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    Law Firms Prioritized Nonequity Partner Growth In 2023

    Even as demand lagged and expenses went up last year, law firms took an aggressive approach to expanding their non-equity partner headcounts, according to the results of a survey by Citi Global's Wealth at Work Law Firm Group.

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    First GC Of U.S. Space Force To Head Legal At Starlab Space

    Starlab Space, a joint venture between Voyager Space and Airbus, announced a new leadership team on Monday as the company gears up to build a commercial space station, including a legal chief who previously served as general counsel of the U.S. Space Force and Air Force.

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    HPE's Top Atty Saw Pay Package Climb In '23

    The chief operating and legal officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. earned $9.1 million in 2023, a $1.2 million increase over 2022, according to an annual U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    These Cos. Are In The Hot Seat As Proxy Season Approaches

    At least four high-profile corporations and their general counsel are gearing up for a tougher-than-usual 2024 proxy season — those three months in the spring when most companies hold their annual meetings.

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    Spero Therapeutics' Chief Legal Officer To Soon Step Down

    Spero Therapeutics has announced that its chief legal officer, an attorney with in-house experience at numerous biopharmaceutical companies, will be stepping down next month.

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    FEMA Atty Says Bias, Retaliation Plagued Workplace

    An Asian attorney for the Federal Emergency Management Agency was pushed out of her job after complaining that a male colleague harassed her, and she was given clerical work stereotypical of her gender and race, she told a California federal court.

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    USPTO Says AI-Assisted Invention Patents Hinge On Humans

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Monday issued guidance on how it will determine whether inventions developed with the assistance of artificial intelligence can be patented, explaining that a human must have made a "significant contribution."

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    Nutanix Legal Chief To Retire In June

    The chief legal officer of cloud computing software company Nutanix has informed the company that he plans to retire, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    Legal Event Organizers Stress Efforts To Deter Harassment

    Legal conference organizers have told Law360 Pulse that they are committed to fostering safe and inclusive events, and some changes have been made following recent accusations of sexual harassment and assault at legal events.

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    GoDaddy Taps Match Group's Top Lawyer To Fill CLO Seat

    The head lawyer at Match Group will soon leave the online dating app creator for the chief legal officer position at GoDaddy, both companies said Thursday.

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    AccuWeather Elevates Attorney To General Counsel

    Weather forecasting company AccuWeather Inc. has promoted an associate general counsel to the company's top legal position.

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    Kaufman Dolowich Adds Ex-Financial Services CLO In Fla.

    Kaufman Dolowich has added the former chief legal and compliance officer for accounts receivable management firm Vengroff Williams Inc., one of the firm's clients, to its Orlando, Florida, office.

  • Ex-Goodwin Procter Atty Now Fidelity's GC Amid Staff Moves

    A former longtime Goodwin Procter LLP partner who has worked in-house at Fidelity Investments for nearly two years has been promoted to general counsel at the financial services giant, a company representative confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Friday.

  • GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Big Tech general counsel are among those who have launched a legal community aimed at accelerating the adoption of generative artificial intelligence in the corporate space, and a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of a UBS whistleblower solidified protections across a wide range of industries. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

  • Workday Bias Case Should Stay In Calif., Md.-Based Atty Says

    A Black senior counsel at Workday urged a California federal court to keep alive his race and disability discrimination suit against the human resources services company and a deputy general counsel, saying his claims under California law are valid despite his living in Maryland.

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    Tyson & Mendes Adds Mercury Insurance Trial Atty In LA

    Insurance and civil litigation defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP has expanded its California team, bringing in a former Mercury Insurance in-house counsel and trial attorney as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw expanded its reach and big names made headlines after court. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    New Crowell & Moring Int'l President Shares 'Story Of Hope'

    Geralyn Ritter on Monday became the new president and CEO of Crowell & Moring International LLC, the law firm's global public affairs affiliate. Here, she speaks with Law360 Pulse about her journey to overcome the trauma stemming from surviving a 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers.

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    CLO Of Epilepsy Treatment Biz NeuroPace To Depart

    NeuroPace Inc.'s chief legal officer will resign from her role next month, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week from the epilepsy treatment company.

  • Factor, Big Tech GCs Form GenAI Learning Collective

    Alternative legal service provider Factor announced on Thursday it was launching a new legal community aimed at accelerating the adoption of generative artificial intelligence in the corporate space, with founding members from Microsoft, Adobe, Ford and others.

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    Exelixis GC Joins Board Of Biocom California Organization

    Biocom California, the association representing hundreds of players in the state's life sciences industry, has appointed Exelixis general counsel Jeffrey Hessekiel to its board of governors, the nonprofit announced Wednesday.

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    How Ex-Silicon Valley Bank GC Moved From Law To Business

    Catherine Ngo has risen from a self-described shy high school student who sat in the back of the class to a private practice attorney in Texas and California, to general counsel at Silicon Valley Bank and to CEO of Central Pacific Bank. And she believes the challenging times — the failures of companies, even — are when people learn the most.

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    Most In-House Counsel In Asia Use GenAI, But Lack Guidance

    Generative artificial intelligence has been widely adopted by in-house legal counsel in Asia, according to a report by FTI Consulting Inc. and the Association of Corporate Counsel Singapore, though a majority of respondents also note a lack of guidance by companies regarding such technologies.

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Expert Analysis

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

  • Opinion

    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills? Author Photo

    Allison Coffin at Akin Gump discusses how summer associates going back to school can continue to develop real-world lawyering skills by leveraging the numerous law school resources that support professional development both inside and outside the classroom.

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

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