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After two months of growth, the U.S. legal sector saw a decline in job numbers in January, shedding 4,400 positions, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Denver-based litigation firm Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP has announced a new securities litigation and enforcement defense practice, launched with the addition of a new of counsel from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.
Mid-Law firm McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC continued to expand its real estate team with the addition of an attorney with more than two decades of transactional experience to its office in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Lathrop GPM LLP announced it has hired three former Moye White LLP attorneys with practices focusing on franchise law as partners in its Denver office.
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, Friedman Oster & Tejtel PLLC and Andrews & Springer LLC lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as Delaware's chancellor struck down Elon Musk's proposed $55 billion Tesla pay package.
The American Bar Association's policymaking body is expected to consider 31 proposals at its semiannual meeting Monday, including a resolution urging all legal employers to continue diversifying their workforces.
BigLaw began February with a slew of appointments as the industry continued to respond to shifting trends in the legal landscape this week. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP said on Thursday that it has opened a new labor and employment-focused office in Los Angeles following the addition of an employment attorney team that joined the firm from Krieger & Krieger.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP announced that an experienced strategist with in-house experience in the energy industry and California state government joined the firm's state government relations practice as a senior policy adviser.
Regional plaintiffs firm Stark & Stark has elevated two longtime shareholders to lead its personal injury practice from their offices in Philadelphia and South Jersey.
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has hired four government affairs principals to join the firm's Washington, D.C., office, most of whom worked in public service roles during Barack Obama's presidency, according to a Wednesday announcement.
Current advances in generative AI have the potential to alter legal practice. Still, attorneys must follow ethical guidelines to minimize risk and ensure compliance when using this new technology in litigation, a panel of experts said Wednesday.
FisherBroyles LLP has added an employment-focused corporate partner based in Detroit, who joins from local firm Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC.
Gibbons PC announced on Thursday that a longtime leader who shepherded the firm through a merger, expansions and a rebranding has departed after more than three decades with the firm, including the past 20 years in leadership posts.
A former McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP executive accused along with her husband of stealing $3.2 million from the law firm has demanded financial information about firm employees in her discrimination countersuit, shortly after a similar discovery request in a suit where she is the defendant was tossed.
Saul Ewing LLP has grown its office in the Philadelphia suburbs this week by adding an attorney formerly from Brach Eichler LLC who specializes in transaction and regulatory work in the healthcare industry.
Williams Mullen has hired an intellectual property partner to join the firm's office in Tysons Corner, Virginia, where he will focus on patent rights and other matters.
Adams and Reese LLP has added a litigator in Houston who rejoined the firm after serving in-house at the Hartford and Farmers Insurance.
Morris James LLP has added an attorney who previously worked at Higbee & Associates and a lawyer who recently completed a Maryland state court clerkship to bolster its bankruptcy practice.
Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP announced that it hired a Delaware-based partner with over 25 years of experience working on a wide range of intellectual property litigation matters.
The widow of a Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP partner who died last year of brain cancer says the firm has refused to pay an estimated $2 million in compensation and a bonus for his final year of work there, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Massachusetts state court.
Rawle & Henderson LLP announced that a longtime McGivney Kluger Clark & Intoccia PC civil defense litigator joined the firm's Philadelphia office as a partner after more than 15 years with his former firm.
Foster Garvey PC has opened a new office in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, aimed at enhancing the firm's services for Native American tribes and tribal entities, the firm said Wednesday.
The Pennsylvania-based Chartwell Law Offices LLP has made its first steps into Texas with the recent opening of new offices in Austin and Dallas.
A 12-year veteran of Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law has been tapped as firmwide managing principal, according to an announcement Tuesday.
Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.
Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review?
Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.
In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.
Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices?
Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.
Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.
Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.
The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.
OpinionLawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform
Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work?
First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.
Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.
As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work?
Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.