Mid-Law

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as a New York federal judge ruled in favor of a pair of photographers who launched separate but related copyright infringement suits alleging that well-known appropriation artist Richard Prince stole their work.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Wiggin and Dana handling a $1.8 billion aerospace acquisition and Morgan & Morgan winning an interim lead counsel battle lead off this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Jan. 12 to 26.

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    How Clients Are Contributing To Law Firm Well-Being

    Outside counsel are often trained to respond to email at all hours and deliver on requests from corporate clients posthaste, a culture of on-demand service that has played a part in mental health challenges in the profession. In recent years, though, some clients have begun to push for a paradigm shift.

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    New Meritas Chair Aims To Raise Profile Of Network

    As he prepares to step into his new role as board chair of the global legal network Meritas, which connects small and midsize firms to trusted counterparts in other jurisdictions, the Vancouver-based attorney Luca Citton told Law360 Pulse in a recent interview how he plans to raise the organization’s profile.

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    Procopio Cory Managing Partner Elected To 3rd Leadership Term

    Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP's managing partner since 2018 has been reelected to his third term as the firm's leader.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry’s busy January continued this week as BigLaw firms elevated attorneys and expanded their reach into growing markets. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    January saw a string of notable office moves by national and regional firms across the country as outfits including Blank Rome LLP, Duane Morris LLP and others announced changes to their footprints.

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    Parsons Behle Adds Directors To Better Reflect Firm's Reach

    Citing its recent growth wave of the last few years, Parsons Behle & Latimer PC announced that its shareholders have approved the addition of two new members to the firm's board of directors, which now consists of seven attorneys.

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    Armstrong Teasdale Adds Trademark Partner In Philly

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP has added the chair of the intellectual property practice at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP to its Philadelphia office, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Why Lawyers Would Benefit From Honing Their 'Rest Ethic'

    The legal field is brimming with people who are intimately familiar with work ethic, but often don't know how to adequately and effectively rest in order to be their most effective selves, according to a Thursday presentation at the Institute for Well-Being in Law's 2024 Virtual Annual Conference.

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    Law Firms Expanded Recruiting Reach Even As Hiring Slowed

    As overall lateral hiring slowed in 2023, a new report from Leopard Solutions found that the top 200 U.S. law firms have continued to extend their recruitment efforts beyond their usual networks, bringing in attorneys from smaller firms at the same rate as their BigLaw counterparts.

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    Robinson & Cole Adds Ex-Eversheds Sutherland Atty In Conn.

    The former head of Eversheds Sutherland's distressed debt and special situations fund group has returned to Connecticut, where he practiced early in his career, as a partner at Robinson & Cole LLP.

  • Benesch Taps Partners From Kirkland & Ellis, Sheppard Mullin

    Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP has added both a prominent Kirkland & Ellis LLP private equity partner, who will help spearhead its private equity group, as well as an accomplished commercial litigator from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, according to announcements made by the firm.

  • 5 Firms Get $3.4M For Scoring Securities Fraud Deal

    A Connecticut state court judge has awarded five law firms nearly $3.2 million in legal fees and close to $215,000 in costs after attorneys spent nearly a decade litigating a $6.75 million securities fraud case across several federal and state trial and appellate court dockets on behalf of an investment banking firm.

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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.

  • Verrill Dana Adds Healthcare Trio In Boston

    Verrill Dana LLP announced that it has hired a trio of Boston-based healthcare attorneys, led by a partner with more than 15 years of experience working with major industry players on a wide range of matters such as corporate governance and transactions.

  • Wilson Elser Accused Of Botching Service In Shoe Biz Dispute

    A New Jersey-based shoe industry executive filed suit against Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker and one of the firm's partners in state court this week alleging they mishandled serving a complaint on a Chinese shoe company and spoiled its chances of collecting over $1 million in damages from the company.

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    Mullen Coughlin Expands To UK With London Partner Hire

    Pennsylvania-based cybersecurity firm Mullen Coughlin LLC announced its expansion into the U.K. with the hire of a London-based cybersecurity partner who's spent over a decade working on data security and incident response matters.

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    Barclay Damon Partners Talk 100% Pro Bono Participation

    In 2023, New York-based Barclay Damon LLP saw 100% of its attorneys do pro bono work for the seventh year in a row, with two of its partners saying this high level of participation is the result of efforts to make pro bono work both easy to do and a central part of the firm's culture. 

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    Retired Jones Day Litigator Joins FisherBroyles In Chicago

    Weeks after announcing his retirement from Jones Day, longtime trial attorney William Dolan joined virtual law firm FisherBroyles LLP as a Chicago-based partner, according to a firm announcement.

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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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    Verrill Adds New Energy, Telecom Partner To Boston Office

    Verrill has welcomed Verizon's long-time East region deputy general counsel as a partner in its Boston office, strengthening the firm's energy, telecommunications and natural resources practice group.

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    Dilworth Paxson Absorbs Philly-Area Trust And Estate Firm

    Philadelphia-based Dilworth Paxson LLP announced Tuesday that it's absorbing the small firm Yorkway Law Group, a step that expands the firm's trust and estate practice and bolsters its presence in Bucks County and Montgomery County, areas outside Philadelphia with large numbers of wealthy estate planning clients.

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    Tax Atty With Big 4 Experience Rejoins Eckert Seamans In Pa.

    An attorney who has specialized in tax matters her entire career has returned to Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC in Pennsylvania, nearly four years after she left the firm for PricewaterhouseCoopers, the law firm announced Tuesday.

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Expert Analysis

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    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • 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.

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    Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • 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.

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