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    Acclaimed Legal Scholar Earns ABA Ethics Award

    The American Bar Association on Wednesday announced that this year's recipient of its Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award will be Susan Fortney, a Texas A&M University School of Law professor and ethics expert whose research has earned her international recognition.

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    Akerman Taps Longtime Fla. Partner As Bankruptcy Co-Chair

    Akerman LLP has named a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, partner with nearly three decades and a long history of leadership at the firm to co-chair its bankruptcy and reorganization group.

  • Appeals Court Won't Block 3M 'Fishing Expedition' Deposition

    A state appeals court on Tuesday declined to halt a presuit deposition requested by 3M Co. against a Texas attorney to investigate claims that the lawyer was aware of false statements his co-counsel made in a coal-related lung disease suit out of Kentucky.

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    Digital Sports League CLO Joins Spencer Fane In Texas

    Spencer Fane LLP is growing its business transactions practice, announcing Tuesday it is bringing in the chief legal officer of fantasy sports and gaming website SimWin Sports as of counsel in its Plano, Texas, office.

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    Sheppard Mullin Adds Attys From Greenberg Traurig, Loeb & Loeb

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has hired a labor and employment attorney in Houston from Greenberg Traurig LLP and an entertainment attorney in New York from Loeb & Loeb LLP, Sheppard Mullin announced Tuesday.

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    Litigation Finance Becoming Commonplace In BigLaw

    When Michael Lackey first pitched others at Mayer Brown about using litigation funding for a matter, he got a less-than-positive response, he recalled.

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    IHeartMedia GC's Comp Remains Stable At $2.3M In '23

    iHeartMedia general counsel Jordan Fasbender, who has been in the role since 2021, earned over $2.3 million in total compensation in 2023, a slight decrease from 2022's $2.5 million, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

  • Texas State Bar Eyes First Dues Hike In Over 30 Years

    The State Bar of Texas is considering its first increase for membership dues in over three decades, citing inflation and concerns that increases in the organization's expenses are outpacing its revenue.

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    Lathrop Grows In Dallas With Ford O'Brien White Collar Pro

    Lathrop GPM LLP continued a recent growth spurt in its Dallas office with the addition this week of an experienced white collar defense partner from white collar boutique Ford O'Brien Landy LLP.

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    Dentons Appoints New ESG Leaders In US, South Africa

    Dentons announced Tuesday that it has appointed two new co-chairs of the firm's global environmental, social and governance practice leadership team.

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    Orthopedics Co. Recruits Stryker Atty As CLO After Probe

    Orthofix Medical Inc. has hired a longtime in-house lawyer from Stryker Corp. to be its next chief legal officer, about seven months after the spine and orthopedics company ousted its top attorney and two other executives following an investigation into "repeated inappropriate and offensive conduct."

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    Arbitrator Ken Feinberg Doesn't Shy From Litigation Funders

    Well-known arbitrator Kenneth Feinberg, speaking at a conference on Monday, said that he doesn't automatically wrinkle his nose when he hears that a litigation funder is part of a complex legal matter that he is attempting to find a resolution to.

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    Maynard Nexsen Boosts IP And Insurance Teams With Hires

    Maynard Nexsen PC has added an intellectual property shareholder in Nashville and an insurance shareholder and counsel in Austin, Texas, the firm said last week.

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    Orrick Adds Kramer Levin Life Sciences Head In NY

    The former head of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP's life sciences practice has jumped to the intellectual property litigation team at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in New York, Orrick said Monday. 

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    Haynes Boone Expands In Texas With New San Antonio Digs

    Haynes and Boone LLP said Monday that it has relocated its San Antonio office to a larger, newly designed space in the same building.

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    Insiders See Litigation Funding's Appeal Overcoming Its Risks

    With higher interest rates and fights over disclosure rules on the horizon, the litigation finance industry is in a tenuous place, but it's not slowing down, a series of experts said at the International Legal Finance Association 2024 Conference on Monday.

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    Microsoft, Walmart CLOs Recognized For Integrity, Creativity

    The legal chiefs at Microsoft and Walmart are among about a dozen leading corporate lawyers who soon will be recognized at the Burton Awards as "Legends in Law" for their track records of addressing complex matters and creativity in solving challenges.

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    Simpson Thacher Corporate Pro Rejoins Weil In Houston

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP announced Monday that it has welcomed back an infrastructure lawyer who has rejoined the firm in Houston after six years with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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    V&E Gains Finance Specialist In Houston From White & Case

    Vinson & Elkins LLP announced Monday that it has fortified its finance practice with an energy savvy partner in Houston who came aboard from White & Case LLP.

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    Squire Patton Names Global Litigation Practice Co-Chair

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP announced Monday that partner Scott A. Kane, who previously managed its Cincinnati office, has been appointed a co-chair of the firm's global litigation practice.

  • Berry Appleman Faces Disability Bias Suit By Ex-Tech Lead

    Global immigration law firm Berry Appleman & Leiden is facing a disability discrimination suit filed Friday in Texas federal court by its former software tech lead, who says the firm set him up to fail when he sought reasonable accommodations for a coding project due to side effects from his medication.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Reichman Jorgensen Lehman & Feldberg LLP and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after an Illinois federal jury found that Amazon owes $525 million in damages for infringing three patents covering cloud data storage technology.

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    Nelson Mullins Lands Spencer Fane, K&L Gates Litigators

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has added two new partners to its litigation practice from K&L Gates LLP and Spencer Fane LLP, one who practices franchise and distribution law and the other who handles healthcare enforcement matters.

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    Ex-Comerica, Exxon Atty Joins W&T Offshore's Board

    W&T Offshore Inc. announced that an experienced in-house attorney who has served in general counsel roles with companies such as ExxonMobil and Comerica Bank has been appointed to its recently expanded board of directors.

  • Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Hagens Berman being named interim lead counsel of a rent price-fixing proposed class action and Seward & Kissel's work on a finance industry acquisition lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from March 29 to April 12.

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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.

  • 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.

  • What Social Media Process Service May Look Like In Texas Author Photo

    The Texas Supreme Court's recently proposed rule change allowing substituted service through social media and email could take effect in December, and practitioners will need to know how to establish that the defendant received notice through a technological method, says Marcus Eason at McGinnis Lochridge.

  • Strategies For Associates Seeking Jobs Amid Hiring Slump Author Photo

    Law firms will be hiring conservatively well into 2021 and beyond, but associates eyeing a new firm or market can successfully make a move if they are pragmatic about their requirements, say Rebecca Glatzer and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

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