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    Greenberg Traurig Adds Jackson Walker FDA Pro In Houston

    Greenberg Traurig LLP's most recent Houston addition is a shareholder who came aboard from Jackson Walker LLP, where he established and led its U.S. Food and Drug Administration practice.

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    Hinshaw AI Policy Embraces New Tech, With 'Guardrails'

    As generative AI platforms rapidly advance, law firms are hastening to develop policies that address ethical and legal concerns arising from the new technology — including the latest firm to jump into the fray, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Here, Law360 Pulse talks with general counsel Steven Puiszis about Hinshaw's new policy and how it took shape.

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    Faegre Drinker Adds Former Honigman Construction Pro

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has strengthened its construction and real estate litigation group in Chicago with Raj Patel, previously a partner with Honigman LLP, the firm said Wednesday.

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    Husch Blackwell Hires 5 Attorneys From Lewis Brisbois

    Husch Blackwell LLP announced Wednesday it is welcoming a five-attorney litigation team from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP to an expanding Minneapolis office, following Husch Blackwell's addition of a transportation practice leader and others from the same rival early this year.

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    4 Legal Tech Cos. Make List Of Most Innovative Businesses

    Four legal technology businesses secured spots on an annual list of the world's most innovative companies, which featured more than 600 companies and covered nearly 60 industries.

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    Mayer Brown Draws Energy Deals Pro From Clifford Chance

    Mayer Brown LLP has hired an energy transition and project finance expert, as the international firm looks to strengthen its energy transactions practice across Europe.

  • Law Firms Weathered Economic Storm In 2023, Report Finds

    Despite steep increases in operating costs and reduced billable hours, law firms experienced only a slight decline in profits last year, as the sector continues to show resilience in the face of economic adversity, according to a Wednesday report.

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    Eversheds Sutherland Plans To Stay Put In London

    Eversheds Sutherland will keep its office in London for the foreseeable future after ruling out other alternatives in the city, the firm said Wednesday.

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    ABA Gives Advice To Avoid Atty Conflict Hitting Whole Firm

    An American Bar Association ethics opinion released Wednesday offers new guidance on when a lawyer's conflict of interest after meeting with a prospective client should be considered to impact the whole firm and how lawyers can try to avoid sparking that whole-firm conflict.

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    Stanford Law School Picks Professor As Its Next Dean

    Stanford Law School has looked within for its new dean, tapping a professor and associate vice provost for research for the role.

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    Office Snapshot: Wilson Sonsini Debuts New London HQ

    The antique-looking American flag and the collection of weathered baseball bats are impossible to ignore in the main conference room of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC's new London offices.

  • Clifford Chance Pulls Offers From Trainees Who Failed Exam

    Clifford Chance LLP has withdrawn offers from U.K. trainees who failed to pass the solicitors' qualifying exam on their first attempt as the new system continues to prove challenging for aspiring lawyers.

  • Slaughter And May Cuts Partner Promotions By Half In 2024

    Slaughter and May said on Wednesday that it is adding to its bench of up-and-coming leaders by promoting five lawyers to its partnership — only half the number it elevated in 2023.

  • King & Spalding Adds Ex-PwC Tax Pro As Partner In NY

    An experienced tax attorney has joined King & Spalding LLP in New York after working at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for six years.

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    Pillsbury Energy Ace Jumps To Baker Botts In NY

    A former Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP partner with close to 20 years of experience has made the leap to Baker Botts LLP, bolstering the energy, projects and transactions section of the firm's global projects department.

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    US Chamber's Litigation Funding Concerns Spur 2 State Laws

    Amid concerns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about third-party litigation funding, including from potentially hostile foreign entities, state legislatures in Indiana and West Virginia have recently passed bills imposing restrictions on the practice.

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    Paul Hastings Adds Longtime White & Case Arbitration Pro

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Wednesday that it has recruited the longtime leader of White & Case LLP's Latin America arbitration practice to serve as global co-chair of its international arbitration practice.

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    Ex-Lewis Brisbois Atty Sues Firm, Pointing To Racist Emails

    A former Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP lawyer filed race and disability discrimination claims against the firm on Tuesday, alleging that he was forced to resign after dealing with medical issues that prompted the firm to take away his cases and wrongfully withhold his pay.

  • Kirkland Restructuring Ace To Join Hilco Global As Vice Chair

    James H.M. Sprayregen, the founder of Kirkland & Ellis' restructuring practice group and a well-known deal-maker in the corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions community, is set to join Hilco Global as a vice chair, the financial services holding company announced Tuesday.

  • Herbert Smith Names 4 Lawyers To Head Global ESG Team

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has appointed a senior associate in its office in London to one of four new roles leading its global environmental, social and governance practice as clients increasingly seek advice on areas including human rights and responsible investing.

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    Future Of Judge-Shopping Reform Hazy After Rule Proposal

    The policymaking body for U.S. courts provoked a stir last week when it proposed a rule designed to curb "judge shopping," with observers saying that the policy does address one type of the practice but that it remains to be seen if individual federal district courts will be willing to adopt even that limited reform.

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    WilmerHale Elevates 5 Leaders Known For High-Stakes Work

    WilmerHale unveiled five major firmwide and office leadership appointments on Monday, elevating practice and department leaders on both coasts as the firm continues making its mark on headline-grabbing disputes.

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    Crowell & Moring Hires Allen & Overy IP Litigator In Brussels

    Crowell & Moring LLP has added a new partner to its Brussels office, strengthening its European intellectual property practice as clients increasingly seek advice to navigate rapidly changing liability regulations.

  • 2 Arbitration Bodies Donate $750K For Diversity Efforts

    Two nonprofits focused on the alternative dispute resolution field — the American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation and the JAMS Foundation — jointly announced on Monday a $750,000 grant to support efforts to increase diversity among arbitrators and mediators.

  • Alston & Bird, Ex-Staffer Dodge Ga. Judge's Contempt Threat

    A Georgia federal judge in a hearing Tuesday backed off a threat to hold in contempt lawyers for Alston & Bird LLP and a former diversity staffer who sued the firm, alleging unpaid overtime claims, over their repeated failures to file a $55,000 settlement agreement with the court.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 7 Tips For Predeposition Meetings Under New Federal Rule Author Photo

    Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

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    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers Author Photo

    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

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