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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.
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.
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.
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.
Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP's managing partner since 2018 has been reelected to his third term as the firm's leader.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OpinionJudges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety
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.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media?
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.
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.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SeriesAsk A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload?
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.