Mid-Law

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    Attys Identify Trust As Key Barrier To Generative AI Adoption

    The overwhelming majority of legal leaders who work for law firms and corporations don't trust generative artificial intelligence tools, and there's also a divide between the two groups on the use of this innovative technology, a new survey has found.

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    What Are The AI Possibilities For Mid-Law?

    As generative artificial intelligence develops and big firms cautiously try it out, industry observers say that Mid-Law firms are also experimenting with the technology and that it will likely prove useful for midsize, midmarket and regional firms as the tech matures.

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    Rate Hikes Helped Law Firms Boost Profits By 6% In 2023

    Law firm billing rate increases of 8.3% across the industry drove profits upward by almost 6% in 2023, even as demand remained nearly flat, according to the results of a year-end survey of 130 law firms by Wells Fargo's Legal Specialty Group.

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    Fennemore Craig Growing In Calif. With Sullivan Hill Merger

    In its latest West Coast expansion, Fennemore Craig PC announced Tuesday it is widening its footprint in San Diego through a merger with Sullivan Hill, with the latter's experts in insurance, construction, commercial bankruptcy and employment law joining Fennemore's existing four-attorney team in the city.

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    Boutique Litigators Join Stradley Ronon In Philly, NY

    Mid-sized firm Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP has expanded its litigation services in the Philadelphia suburbs with the recent addition of an attorney formerly from Kang Haggerty LLC who specializes in complex commercial cases.

  • Law Firms Turn To Tech To Tackle Legal Project Management

    Legal project management software helps law firms keep tasks organized during key processes such as e-discovery and tracking production, a trio of panelists said Tuesday.

  • Gilbert LLP Debuts Legal Tech Co. Tesseract Data Services

    Gilbert LLP, a litigation firm based in Washington, D.C., announced on Tuesday the launch of Tesseract Data Services, a legal technology subsidiary that will both assist with matters at the firm and independently advise clients.

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    Watchdog Wants Ch. 11 Fee Nixed Over Attorney-Judge Ties

    The U.S. Trustee's Office told a Texas bankruptcy court Tuesday that a $257,000 fee application submitted by a former Jackson Walker attorney working for IEH Auto Parts Holding LLC should be denied in its entirety because the lawyer did not disclose a personal relationship with a since-resigned judge serving as a mediator in the proceedings.

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    Spencer Fane Adds Tampa Tax Partner From Gunster

    Spencer Fane LLP has added a partner focused on corporate and tax matters from Florida firm Gunster to its Tampa office.

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    What Makes A Generative AI Rollout Successful At A Law Firm

    Law firms should go through an extensive procurement process before acquiring generative artificial intelligence tools, including checking with clients on the use of those specific technologies, a panel of experts said Monday.

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    Balch & Bingham Hires Williams Mullen Environmental Partner

    Balch & Bingham LLP announced it has hired a Williams Mullen attorney to join the firm as a partner in its environmental and natural resources practice in its Washington, D.C., office.

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    Small And Midsize Law Firms Cautious About AI

    More than half of lawyers at midsize and small law firms believe that artificial intelligence isn't reliable yet and distrust the technology, according to a report on midsize law firm trends released Tuesday by law practice management platform Clio.

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    By The Numbers: Law Firms' Slow But Steady DEI Progress

    Law firms have long strived for better diversity in their ranks, but the effort to make a more organized, concentrated push to improve representation is still in its infancy, according to a recent survey of diversity professionals at major U.S. firms.

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    Texas Bar AI Task Force Offers Glimpse At Early Proposals

    A preliminary report from the Texas bar's artificial intelligence task force offered a sweeping look at the challenges and opportunities the technology presents for the legal profession in the state, with possible recommendations touching on attorney ethics, the use of AI in the court system, and other topics.

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    Augmented Reality Could Become A Courtroom Reality

    Augmented reality in courtrooms is years away at best, but recent advancements have inspired legal experts to imagine how this technology might improve evidence presentations in courts.

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    Compliance Specialist Joins Tucker Arensberg In Pittsburgh

    Tucker Arensberg PC expanded its Pittsburgh office with this week's addition of a former Hogan Lovells attorney who specializes in corporate and compliance law.

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    Eckert Seamans Names Former DLA Piper Exec As Firm COO

    Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has added a chief operating officer who was previously in a senior business position at DLA Piper, the firm announced on Monday.

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    Shumaker Can't Get Double Fees For Appeal, Wilkes Says

    An unpersuasive argument doesn't make an appeal frivolous or sanctionable, Wilkes & Associates PA has told a Florida federal court, urging it to reject Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP's request to double a bankruptcy court's fee award.

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    Chicago Litigation Boutique Founder Joins FisherBroyles

    FisherBroyles LLP announced Monday that the founder of a Chicago boutique firm joined its litigation practice as a partner.

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    White And Williams Promotes Two To Lead Employment Group

    White and Williams LLP has prepared for the spring retirement of one of its practice leaders with the promotion this month of two partners to co-chair the labor and employment group.

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    Akerman Health Pro Jumps To Carlton Fields In Atlanta

    An Akerman LLP partner with more than three decades of life sciences experience under his belt has joined Carlton Fields in Atlanta, the firm announced Monday.

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    Stevens & Lee Adds Wells Fargo Elder Fraud Protection Pro

    The former head of aging client services for Wells Fargo has joined Stevens & Lee PC's litigation department and its senior investor compliance services team in its Bergen County, New Jersey, office.

  • Nelson Mullins' Rates Spark Coverage Spat Over Builder's Suit

    An insurance policy battle between an exterior building product manufacturer and its insurer over who should pay for a law firm's services in a separate lawsuit spilled into Ohio federal court this week after the insurer removed the company's case from state court to the federal arena.

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    Partners Take the Lead as Law Firm Rates Continue to Rise

    Law firms have continued to raise billing rates in 2023, according to a report released Friday that broke down average billable rates across timekeeper roles, including partners, associates and paralegals.

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    FisherBroyles Expands IP Capabilities With Kilpatrick Duo

    Virtual law firm FisherBroyles LLP announced Friday that it hired a pair of Los Angeles-based intellectual property partners from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

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Expert Analysis

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

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    Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

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