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  • Winston & Strawn Launches Low-Cost Legal Services

    Winston & Strawn LLP announced Wednesday the launch of a low-cost legal solutions option to compete with alternative legal service providers.

  • BigLaw Recruiter's Bid To Ditch $6M Ruling Fails At 5th Circ.

    A BigLaw recruiter is on the hook for more than $6 million for stealing trade secrets and breaking a noncompete agreement with his former employer after the Fifth Circuit ruled client details taken by the recruiter were confidential information.

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    Firm Mergers Up In 1st Quarter Compared To Last Year

    Law firm merger activity has increased in 2024, with the uptick likely to continue, according to a new analysis.

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    Simpson Thacher Appoints 2 Banking And Credit Leads

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced Tuesday the appointment of two veteran partners as co-heads of its banking and credit practice.

  • Adams And Reese Can't Use Free Speech Law To Avoid Suit

    In finding that a Texas free speech law does not shield Adams and Reese LLP from a malpractice suit brought by an electrical subcontractor, a state appellate court said Tuesday that it was the law firm's alleged "failures to communicate" that is at issue.

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    Halliburton CLO Earned More Than $6.1M In 2023

    The chief legal officer for Halliburton Co. has made the ranks of the oil service company's highest paid executives, earning over $6.1 million in total compensation in 2023, according to the company's proxy statement filed Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    Simpson Thacher Taps Trio Of Partners To Lead In Houston

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced Tuesday that it has named three experienced deal-makers as co-managers of the firm's growing Houston shop.

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    As E-Discovery Changes, Existing Disco Clients Spend Less

    Existing customers for the e-discovery vendor CS Disco Inc. spent $11 million less in 2023 than the previous year, according to financial results released in February. This decline in customer spending occurs as experts say some law firms are switching e-discovery providers due to rising costs and frustration from industry consolidation.

  • Law School Diversity Dips Amid Affirmative Action Bans

    Racial diversity among U.S. law school students has dropped by as much as 17% following affirmative action bans in 12 states over the past 28 years, with the biggest reduction in minority shares at the country's top-ranked schools, according to a new study.

  • 4E Can Give Recovered Jackson Walker Fees To Creditors

    The agent administering the confirmed plan of bankrupt hand-sanitizer maker 4E Brands Northamerica LLC received permission Monday from a Texas judge to modify that plan, allowing the agent to distribute fees clawed back from embattled law firm Jackson Walker LLP to the debtor's unsecured creditors.

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    Baker Donelson Adds EY Tax Pro To Houston Office

    A former EY senior manager has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC's tax group in Houston as counsel, the firm announced.

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    Schumer Warns Texas Court Not To Continue Judge Shopping

    The U.S. Senate will consider legislation to curtail judge shopping after the Northern District of Texas' chief judge rejected calls for the district to take steps to end the "odious" practice on its own, the Senate leader said Monday.

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    Nelson Mullins Expands In Texas With New Houston Shop

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has opened its second location in Texas with a Houston office that will initially be made up of 11 litigation and corporate attorneys, the firm announced Monday.

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    Hunton Promotes 11 Attorneys To Partner

    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP announced Monday it elevated 11 attorneys to partner, nearly half of them within the firm's corporate practice.

  • Evidence Issues Make Election Case 'Problematic,' Court Told

    A sitting Harris County criminal district judge told a Texas state court on Monday that a Republican judicial candidate challenging the 2022 election results has built a "problematic" case riddled with evidence flaws as he fought off the woman's bid for a do-over of the election.

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    ConocoPhillips' GC Earned $5.7M Last Year

    ConocoPhillips's general counsel saw her compensation increase yet again in 2023, bringing her earnings to just over $5.7 million for the year, according to the Texas energy giant's latest proxy materials filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.

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    Fox Rothschild Names 9 New Office, Practice Group Leaders

    Fox Rothschild LLP announced new office managing partners and practice group chairs Monday as part of a leadership rotation at the firm.

  • Northern Texas Judges Won't Adopt Judge-Shopping Rule

    Judges with the Northern District of Texas have opted not to make any changes to how cases are assigned, despite a recent letter from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging the district to implement an updated policy aiming to prevent litigants from judge shopping, the district's chief judge said Friday.

  • Houston Firm Says Ex-Atty Lost Chance To Toss Poaching Suit

    A Houston personal injury firm has told a state appeals court to keep in place an order denying an ex-associate's bid to toss its poaching lawsuit under the state's anti-SLAPP law, writing that its former employee waived dismissal rights when he removed the case to federal court.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    The Digital Justice Foundation leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the Tenth Circuit set aside a fair use win for Netflix Inc. in a copyright suit brought by a former zoo employee who livestreamed the funeral of the husband of "Tiger King" star Joe Exotic.

  • KBR Escapes Sanctions Over Atty Doc Mistranslation

    A Texas appellate panel determined that the decision to intentionally mistranslate documents from English to Spanish by a global engineering company's outside counsel wasn't enough to sanction the company as a whole.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Richards Layton's representation of a former CEO with ties to Donald Trump and Best Best & Krieger's work in securing $156 million in infrastructure funding lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from March 15 to 29.

  • Dentons Europe Says Houston Co. Owes $4.7M In Legal Fees

    International law firm Dentons Europe CS LLP has accused a Houston-area company, self-described as a leader in kidnap and ransom resolution and crisis response, of failing to pay more than $4.7 million in legal fees in connection with the development of a port in Africa.

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    Female Bar Presidents On Rising Above Legal Field Barriers

    The National Conference of Bar Presidents recently hosted a webinar titled “Advice From National Women Bar Presidents on Serving the Legal Profession” in honor of Women’s History Month. Read on for advice from three top female legal leaders.

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    Munsch Hardt Shakes Up Several Leadership Positions

    The longest serving chief operating officer in the history of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC is stepping down, with the firm naming an interim replacement for him and also tapping a new general counsel. 

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Expert Analysis

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills? Author Photo

    Allison Coffin at Akin Gump discusses how summer associates going back to school can continue to develop real-world lawyering skills by leveraging the numerous law school resources that support professional development both inside and outside the classroom.

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

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    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

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