In-House

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    Locke Lord Welcomes Offshore Wind Pro In DC

    The former vice president for offshore wind at the American Clean Power Association has joined Locke Lord LLP, the firm announced Thursday, saying the addition will further strengthen its renewable energy capabilities.

  • Ex-Geico Staff Atty Says Insurer Broke Mass. Wage Law

    A former staff attorney for Geico says the insurer is violating the Massachusetts Wage Act by failing to give her and other terminated workers their final paycheck on their last day, according to a proposed class action filed Wednesday in state court.

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    Kraken Picks Ex-Coinbase GC To Lead Global Regs Strategy

    Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken said on Thursday that it had hired a former Coinbase general counsel to be its global head of regulatory strategy as the company fights the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a lawsuit over alleged securities laws violations and the crypto industry at large grapples with increased regulatory scrutiny.

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    Quarles & Brady Adds Former ColorArt GC In St. Louis

    An in-house attorney experienced in corporate matters and transactions has returned to private practice in Quarles & Brady LLP's St. Louis, Missouri, office following a stint as general counsel at marketing company ColorArt.

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    How 6 States Are Addressing Lawyer Well-Being

    In the years since a groundbreaking 2016 study on lawyer well-being found alarming rates of mental health problems in the legal profession, state bars and supreme courts have amped up efforts to improve lawyer mental health. Well-being leaders in six states shared details of their work at the IWIL 2024 Virtual Annual Conference on Wednesday.

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    Is A Boom In Remote Work Tempering Virtual Firms' Growth?

    Following a period of rapid expansion, the headcount growth at some virtual-oriented law firms has leveled off in recent years, a shift some attribute to the widespread adoption of remote work policies by traditional brick-and-mortar law firms and increased productivity fueled by integrating new technologies.

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    Newmont Picks Veteran Legal Leader As New CLO In Denver

    Newmont Corp. has brought on Schneider Electric's former longtime chief legal officer, who has been recognized for his deep in-house experience, to serve as its new legal chief, the gold mining corporation said Wednesday.

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    How This London GC 'Birthed' A Fully Grown Business

    Group general counsel Melissa Hetherington spent nearly three months helping give birth to Aptia, a major new health and employment benefits company that launched on Jan. 1 with 1,100 corporate clients needing to be served on day one.

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    Atty For Blackstone Cos. Set For Howard Hughes' GC Spot

    Howard Hughes Holdings has added the former general counsel of two Blackstone-owned companies to serve as its new in-house counsel and corporate secretary, the company said Wednesday.

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    Natural Gas Co. Taps Veteran DC Atty To Lead Gov't Affairs

    Tulsa, Oklahoma-based natural gas company Williams has hired the former undersecretary for Minority Business Development at the U.S. Department of Commerce to lead the company's government affairs and outreach teams, the company announced Thursday.

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    Former CBS, DocuSign Atty Now Trust & Will's CLO

    San Diego-based Trust & Will, a digital estate planning platform, announced a slew of executive-level hires Monday following a year of significant revenue growth, including a former attorney at DocuSign and CBS as its chief legal officer.

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    Some BigLaw Firms Post Highest Lobbying Revenues Ever

    Some BigLaw firms generated their highest annual lobbying revenues ever last year, with activity in the nation's capital remaining high amid the divided Congress and the lead-up to this year's elections.

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    Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Names In-House Vet As First GC

    California-based personal care company Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps named a veteran in-house attorney with nearly two decades spent working at a wide range of companies as its first general counsel, according to a recent LinkedIn post.

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    EY's Legal AI 'Whisperer' Guides GCs In Changing World

    EY lawyer Liban Jama envisions the technology of artificial intelligence evolving in two or three years so that in-house counsel will be interacting comfortably and seamlessly with generative AI, as though they were talking to another human being.

  • Ex-Cognizant Exec Says 2nd Bribe Evidence Essential To Defense

    The former legal chief of Cognizant Technology Solutions urged a New Jersey federal judge on Monday to allow evidence of a second alleged bribe of an Indian government official, saying it could help exonerate him and a co-defendant at a trial scheduled this spring.

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    Former Bloomin' Brands Atty Joins Advent Allen As CLO

    Entertainment venue developer Advent Allen International LLC said Tuesday it had brought on the former legal chief of Bloomin' Brands as its new chief legal officer, reuniting him with a former colleague from their time at the restaurant company.

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    Ex-Dinsmore Atty Moves In-House With Alta Equipment

    A longtime external counsel for Alta Equipment Group Inc. has joined the company as its top attorney from Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

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    Former Crowell & Moring Partner Rejoins Firm From Paradigm

    Crowell & Moring LLP has rehired a corporate partner from Paradigm, a financial services company that is one of the firm's clients, who previously spent nearly two decades working on mergers and acquisitions and related corporate legal issues, the firm has announced.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Chu On Pioneering Virtual Trials

    In the summer of 2020, Nick Chu, a young justice of the peace in Austin, Texas, made history by presiding over the nation's first virtual criminal jury trial.

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    More Law School Graduates Are Shouldering Loan Debt

    Most law graduates finance their graduate education through loans, and the proportion of law graduates borrowing for law school has increased, according to a Tuesday report from AccessLex Institute.

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    Why Client Service Is The Most Valued Firm Culture Trait

    When asked about the qualities that inspire positive feelings about their firms' cultures, lawyers pointed to a high priority on client service above all else in a recent survey by legal recruiting firm Major Lindsey & Africa and Law360 Pulse.

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    What Lawyers Really Think About Law Firm Culture

    Here are a few things lawyers had to say when asked to describe their firm’s culture and whether their firms were focusing on the most important cultural priorities.

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    Younger Attys Are Looking For More From Law Firm Culture

    Younger attorneys are looking for better policies around attorney well-being and work-life balance, more diversity, and more mentorship and training from their law firms, according to the results of a new survey.

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    NJ Biopharma Names New Legal Chief From Demant

    Biopharmaceutical company Tris Pharma said Monday that it would bring on an attorney with in-house experience in the medical industry as its new general counsel as it continues to develop drugs that treat ADHD and other neurological conditions.

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    Micron Hires Western Digital's Ex-Top Atty As Legal Chief

    Idaho-based Micron Technology Inc. said Monday that the former chief legal officer at computer drive manufacturer and data storage company Western Digital joined the company as its new legal head.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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