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  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    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.

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    Texas' Naman Howell Expands Footprint With Houston Shop

    Naman Howell Smith & Lee PLLC, a Texas firm with a long history in the state, has expanded its footprint with a Houston office.

  • Judge Wants To Get Lewis Brisbois IP Row 'Back To Normal'

    A Houston federal judge gave the parties being sued for trademark infringement by Lewis Brisbois five days to respond with proposed revisions to a protective order governing billing records the BigLaw behemoth has generated in the case as the judge tried to bring the lawsuit "back to normal litigation."

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    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.

  • AG Paxton Hits Back At Reassignment Of Whistleblower Suit

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has said that Travis County is an unfair venue for an employment retaliation suit brought by four of his former senior aides, calling the fate of his office "predetermined by the court's political leanings" following the reassignment of the lawsuit to a different judge.

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    Littler Adds 5 Board Members In US And Europe

    Management-side labor and employment firm Littler Mendelson PC announced five additions to its board of directors, elevating three women and two men in four U.S. offices and one European location.

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    Why Lawyers Would Benefit From Honing Their 'Rest Ethic'

    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.

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    Law Firms Expanded Recruiting Reach Even As Hiring Slowed

    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.

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    Skadden Adds Haynes Boone Energy Litigator In Houston

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP announced Thursday that it had added a litigator in Houston with extensive energy-sector experience who came aboard from Haynes and Boone LLP.

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    MoFo Launches Support Network For Parents, Caregivers

    When Robert May joined Morrison Foerster LLP in 2014, the attorney recalls not knowing any co-workers in his work area who had school-age children. Nearly 10 years later, he says his co-workers on his San Francisco office floor alone are raising more than 20 young kids.

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    Latham Ducks Sanctions In Sorrento Ch. 11

    A Texas bankruptcy judge Wednesday declined to level sanctions against Latham & Watkins LLP over their disclosures about their work with a lawyer who was dating the judge overseeing Sorrento Therapeutics Inc.'s Chapter 11, but did not yet rule on sanctioning Jackson Walker LLP in the same case, saying further inquiry was needed.

  • Texas Criminal Court Won't Touch Fee Order In Paxton Case

    Texas' highest criminal court refused Wednesday to enforce an order from the judge overseeing state Attorney General Ken Paxton's securities fraud case that would require the court-appointed prosecutors be paid $300 per hour.

  • Simpson Thacher Appoints Tax Partner From Kirkland

    The Houston office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has a new tax partner, formerly of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    O'Melveny Forms Security Task Force With Ex-Gov't Attys

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP has announced the launch of its national security enforcement task force, putting together a team of former public sector attorneys to help clients navigate what the firm calls "increasingly aggressive national security enforcement priorities" at various federal agencies and Congress.

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    How 6 States Are Addressing Lawyer Well-Being

    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.

  • AG Paxton Aims To Block Depositions In Whistleblower Case

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told a state court he and his top aides shouldn't have to sit for depositions in a whistleblower suit after not contesting the allegations, saying the former employees behind the case "continue to pretend they must litigate undisputed issues."

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    Is A Boom In Remote Work Tempering Virtual Firms' Growth?

    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.

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    Winston & Strawn Joins Long List Of Firms Forming AI Teams

    Winston & Strawn LLP is the latest major law firm to create a committee dedicated to artificial intelligence, saying in a Wednesday announcement that its new strategy group will place a particular focus on generative AI.

  • Red State Judicial Noms Get Easy Hearing From Senate Panel

    Five district court judicial nominees, who hail from red states and have the blessing of their senators, appeared along with a nominee for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in what turned out to be a relatively smooth hearing.

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    Akerman Adds Ace Litigator In Dallas From Cozen O'Connor

    Akerman LLP has strengthened its insurance coverage practice with a litigator in Dallas who came aboard from Cozen O'Connor.

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    Atty For Blackstone Cos. Set For Howard Hughes' GC Spot

    Howard Hughes Holdings has added the former general counsel of two Blackstone-owned companies to serve as its new in-house counsel and corporate secretary, the company said Wednesday.

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    Seyfarth Starts Restructuring Practice, Adds 3 BCLP Partners

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced Wednesday that three former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partners have joined the firm, two of them to launch its restructuring and insolvency practice.

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    Nelson Mullins Names New Leaders Of Bankruptcy Group

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP tapped partners Shane Ramsey and Dylan Trache to co-chair the bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice group, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Texas Firm Can't Intervene In Injury Suit For Unrelated Fees

    A Texas appeals court won't let a South Texas law firm intervene in a personal injury suit seeking legal fees for more than 60 other cases, saying the fees it seeks are not related to the case at issue and the firm should instead file a separate action.

  • 'Major Accomplishment': Arkema Fire Class Reach $23M Deal

    A class of plaintiffs is one step closer to resolving claims stemming from a chemical fire at an Arkema Inc. plant in the wake of Hurricane Harvey after a Houston federal judge indicated Tuesday that he would grant preliminary approval to a more than $23 million settlement, a deal he called a "major accomplishment" after six years of litigation.

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Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    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.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    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.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    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.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    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.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    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.

  • 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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