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The legal industry saw another busy week as firms merged and BigLaw continued to lavish associates with raises and bonuses before the end of the year. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP are the latest law firms announcing year-end bonuses for associates and 2024 raises that meet or exceed the scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP last month.
WilmerHale and Morrison Foerster LLP secured spots on top of this week's legal lions list, one by toppling a $2 billion patent infringement verdict against its client and the other for its work on a groundbreaking abortion decision out of Texas.
A Second Circuit panel ruled Thursday that an insurer need not cover a legal malpractice suit brought against an attorney and his former firm, rejecting the attorney's argument that some acts the underlying suit alleged circumvented the policy's exclusions.
A Connecticut attorney grievance committee has found "clear and convincing evidence" that an attorney who responded to a state professional misconduct investigation with a message indicating that he had gone fishing violated professional conduct rules, according to the state's lawyer discipline office.
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and boutique private equity firm Massumi & Consoli LLP announced 2024 salary figures on Thursday that are in line with the prevailing scales set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
Connecticut law firm Silver Golub & Teitell LLP has elected two of its longtime associates to the firm's partnership in the new year, the firm said Thursday.
Arunan Arulampalam, the mayor-elect of Hartford, Connecticut, has made four key staff appointments as he prepares to head into his inaugural term, including his top attorney.
Vincent "Vin" Mauro Jr., a longtime Connecticut Senate Democrats staffer, is leaving the public sector after nearly three decades to join McCarter & English LLP's government affairs practice in Hartford. He recently spoke with Law360 Pulse about his interest in government and career, his decision to attend law school and why he's moving to private practice.
The Fairfield Judicial District will be renamed in the new year following state legislation enacted in June, the Connecticut Judicial Branch said.
New York-based white collar and commercial litigation boutique Ford O'Brien Landy LLP has added a former Connecticut federal prosecutor with more than two decades of experience as counsel.
Commercial contracts litigation has slowed down considerably in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with new case filings reaching their lowest level in a decade last year before beginning to rebound in 2023, following a brief but dramatic spike in 2020, according to a new report Thursday.
Fox Rothschild LLP has moved to withdraw from representing a solar company accused of unfair trade practices by the Connecticut attorney general's office by citing a professional conduct rule that can apply, among other things, to withdrawals involving a case's financial burden or a client's repugnant activities.
The number of law firms offering their associates year-end bonuses and 2024 raises in line with or exceeding those put forward by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP last month has continued to tick upward, with at least three more joining in as of Wednesday.
Top corporate lawyers are spending more on outside counsel, and many think they will increase that amount further in 2024 because of their various legal needs, from new matters to regulatory headwinds to employee activism, according to a report released Wednesday.
A primary concern for large law firms for the next year is how to continue to get bigger, whether that's through lateral hiring or combinations, even as the geopolitical and macroeconomic environments remain volatile, according to a report released Wednesday.
The wave of bonus announcements continued Tuesday as several more law firms followed suit in matching the prevailing year-end bonuses and 2024 associate salaries set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, with Ropes & Gray LLP topping the list by adding a tier for associates from the class of 2015 and earlier.
Diversity Lab, the company behind the Mansfield Rule certification — which aims to ensure more attorneys from historically underrepresented groups win leadership positions and consideration for development opportunities — is recommending 10 new actions that law firms and legal departments can take to promote inclusion for people with disabilities in the legal profession.
Many of us have seen the recent headlines that law firm net income was up around 3% year-over-year through the first nine months of 2023, but what do those numbers mean when you really break them down at the high and low end?
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and Clifford Chance LLP are among the latest firms to release their year-end bonus and 2024 salary figures, matching the prevailing scales set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
The story of an Olympic gymnast-turned-lawyer illustrates the emotional and psychological challenges that trauma survivors can face, how these challenges can play out in litigation, and how people who have experienced trauma can bounce back.
BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.
A trial judge incorrectly threw out a pro se plaintiff's challenge to the appointment of the law firm Brown Jacobson PC as corporation counsel for the city of Norwich, a panel of the Connecticut Appellate Court ruled Friday in one of two victories for the same self-represented real estate broker.
UPDATED DEC. 8 -- Large law firm associates are feeling the cheer this year with a round of both bonuses and base pay raises announced by market leaders starting in late November.
Covington & Burling LLP and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after a Montana federal judge granted TikTok and its users' bid to block a new law that would ban the Chinese social media app within the state's borders.
Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.
Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.
With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.
With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.
The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.
Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.
Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.
In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.
Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.
Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.
Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.
ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.
OpinionWe Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds
Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.
Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.
Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.