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    Blank Rome Adds Balch & Bingham Litigation Leader In Texas

    The former leader of Balch & Bingham LLP's Texas litigation practice has jumped to Blank Rome LLP's Houston office.

  • 2 Defendants Cut Deal With DOJ In Houston Fraud Suit

    Two co-defendants in a multimillion dollar healthcare kickback case out of Houston that ended in a mistrial have reached a plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that scaled back the allegations by more than $100 million.

  • Houston Judicial Candidate Urges Court To Toss Election Suit

    A primary candidate for a Texas judgeship said a county court should reject an opponent's challenge to her campaign, arguing the public record clearly shows she has sufficient recent legal experience to qualify for the ballot.

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    Greenberg Traurig Nabs Space Pro From Sherman & Howard

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced Monday that it has hired former U.S. Air Force director of space law and chair of Sherman & Howard LLC's aerospace practice group Milton "Skip" Smith to head its space and satellite industry group.

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    ABA Passes Historic Law School Free Speech Proposal

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body on Monday adopted a proposal to require ABA-approved law schools to have free speech policies, the first resolution of its kind, along with a slate of other new regulations.

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    Cozen O'Connor Hires Wiley Atty As Gov't Contracts Lead

    Cozen O'Connor has hired a more-than 25-year veteran of Wiley Rein LLP, who joins the firm to help co-chair its government contracts practice from its Washington, D.C., office, according to a Monday announcement.

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    Clifford Chance Adds Kirkland Energy Pros In Houston, DC

    Clifford Chance LLP announced Monday that it has strengthened its global energy and infrastructure team in the U.S. with the addition of partners in Houston and Washington, D.C., who both came aboard from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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    Steptoe Adds IP Trial Partner From Orrick

    Steptoe LLP picked up an intellectual property litigation partner from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in its latest step to grow its new Houston-based practice, the firm said Monday.

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    Rape Questions Could Be Next Focus Of Bar App Reforms

    New Jersey will change its character and fitness questionnaire to ask less invasive questions of sexual assault survivors, after a Law360 inquiry about the form. With nearly every state asking would-be lawyers questions that could dredge up sexual traumas, some attorneys are calling for other states to follow New Jersey's lead.

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    Musk Pay Ruling Highlights Missteps By Tesla GC, Board

    When a Delaware chancellor rescinded Tesla CEO Elon Musk's $56 billion pay package last week, her opinion cited a "deeply flawed" compensation process, marred by apparent conflicts of interest, and led by a former general counsel so beholden to Musk that the lawyer cried during his testimony.

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    Office Snapshot: Thompson Coe Catapults To Houston Shop

    With a Houston attorney roster that has skyrocketed from three to more than 75 lawyers since the firm launched there more than two decades ago, Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP has expanded its Space City shop to a larger location in the 5POP office building.

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    Ex-White House Counsel Rejoins Gibson Dunn In DC

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has welcomed back ex-White House counsel Stuart Delery to co-chair its crisis management and its administrative law and regulatory practice groups.

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    Jackson Walker Adds Fort Worth Assistant City Attorney

    Jackson Walker LLP has hired a former Fort Worth assistant city attorney as a senior counsel in the firm's trial and appellate litigation practice. 

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    Arbitration Experts Test Generative AI Tools Amid Skepticism

    Generative artificial intelligence's rise has gradually progressed within the legal sector in the past year, extending its potential influence to arbitration and dispute resolution.

  • Norton Rose Sued For Firing Worker Over COVID Vax Mandate

    A former Norton Rose IT worker has accused the firm of discrimination for refusing to accommodate his religious belief against getting a COVID-19 vaccination, alleging in a complaint filed in Texas federal court that the firm fired him after he said he didn't feel peace from the Holy Spirit about receiving the vaccine.

  • Meet The Attys Tackling The FCC's Digital Discrimination Rule

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations have launched an anticipated challenge in the Fifth Circuit to the Federal Communications Commission's recently adopted directive against digital discrimination.

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    Holland & Knight Adds Hunton Andrews Energy Ace In Texas

    Holland & Knight LLP is expanding its regulatory team, bringing in a Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP environmental and natural resources expert — and a former federal prosecutor — as a partner in its Houston office.

  • Texas Law Firm Aims To Keep 'Click-To-Call' Suit Intact

    A Texas law firm says it has standing to bring trademark claims against a legal referral outfit that operated an alleged "click-to-call" scheme that pilfered clients and business from the firm, asking a Texas federal court Thursday not to dismiss claims against the referral company.

  • Colo. Firm Says Texas Rival Is Encroaching On 'Strong Arm' Turf

    A prominent Colorado personal injury firm has sued a Texas-based personal injury firm in Denver District Court for allegedly violating an agreement to only use the phrase "the strong arm" for marketing in Texas.

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    Neiman Marcus Makes Interim CLO Its Permanent Top Atty

    Neiman Marcus Group LLC has removed the interim title from its chief legal officer roughly a month after he stepped into the role following the departure of the company's previous top attorney for Chicago-based market research company Circana.

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    US Legal Sector Drops 4,400 Jobs In January

    After two months of growth, the U.S. legal sector saw a decline in job numbers in January, shedding 4,400 positions, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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    Ogletree's 1st Woman Leader Reflects On Her 'Greatest Idol'

    Liz Washko of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC chatted with Law360 Pulse about her path to managing shareholder, how it feels to be a woman heading up a top 100 firm, and her plans for the firm and her advice to young women attorneys.

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    Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, Friedman Oster & Tejtel PLLC and Andrews & Springer LLC lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as Delaware's chancellor struck down Elon Musk's proposed $55 billion Tesla pay package.

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    6 Key Votes To Watch At The ABA Midyear Meeting

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body is expected to consider 31 proposals at its semiannual meeting Monday, including a resolution urging all legal employers to continue diversifying their workforces.

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    Baker Donelson Has New Heads For 4 Offices, 7 Practice Groups

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has made multiple changes in leadership, including naming new office managing shareholders in four offices — Houston; Atlanta; Jackson, Mississippi; and Chattanooga, Tennessee — and new practice group leaders in eight practices, the firm announced Thursday.  

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

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