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    Cooley Adds Comp Partners From Cadwalader, Wilson Sonsini

    Cooley LLP announced the addition of two partners from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC on Monday, touting their combined five decades of experience in compensation and benefits.

  • Global Law Firm Experiments With 3 Generative AI Tools

    London-headquartered international firm Ashurst LLP has been experimenting with three different generative artificial intelligence tools and found these tools can help with writing first drafts more quickly and efficiently, according to a report released Monday.

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    Another Ex-Sheppard Mullin IP Atty Joins Dickinson Wright

    Dickinson Wright PLLC has added another intellectual property attorney from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP to its Silicon Valley office, saying Monday that she arrives with more than 1,000 past U.S. and international patent matters under her belt.

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    Offit Kurman Adds Transactions Partner From Calif. Boutique

    Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law has strengthened its business law and transactions practice group with a partner in Los Angeles who came aboard from California boutique Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP.

  • Speech Pathologists Say BakerHostetler Bungled Biz Deal

    A trio of Los Angeles-based speech pathologists have filed a malpractice suit against their former BakerHostetler counsel in California state court, accusing the firm and an Ohio-based partner of negligence in failing to properly advise them amid a business deal, allegedly resulting in the therapists losing their successful practice and more than $1 million.

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    Sheppard Mullin Atty Proud Of Its LGBTQ+ Community Work

    For Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, getting involved in the LGBTQ community isn't limited to Pride month each year — the firm has an active affinity group that conducts recruiting and pro bono work throughout the year. One of its leaders, partner Jay Ramsey, joined Law360 Pulse for a conversation about the group's initiatives.

  • Calif. Atty Faces Hacking Charge In Utility Billing Scandal

    A San Fernando Valley attorney accused of scheming with lawyers representing the city of Los Angeles to settle a customer billing class action favorably for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power also plotted to access the email and phone accounts of the judge overseeing the litigation, the State Bar of California asserted in an additional disciplinary charge filed Thursday.

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    Legal Job Market Keeps Momentum With May Gains

    Following April's increases, the U.S. legal sector saw marginal job growth in May, with an increase of 400 jobs compared to the previous month, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Calif. Ex-Atty Beats $330K Malpractice Judgment On Appeal

    A former attorney escaped more than $300,000 in damages when a California appellate court ruled Friday that his former client didn't follow the proper procedure before receiving a default judgment in a case that's more than a decade old.

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    After Email Scandal, Jeff Ranen Builds New Plaintiffs Firm

    Jeff Ranen, whose former firm collapsed last year following the exposure of offensive emails, is now actively working to expand the footprint of the fledgling plaintiffs firm he founded just a month after his resignation from Barber Ranen, according to an internal email obtained by Law360 Pulse.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Beveridge & Diamond PC's successful pursuit of a writ of certiorari at the U.S. Supreme Court in a Clean Water Act case and Farella Braun & Martel LLP's work on a cannabis company business loan lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from May 24 to June 7.

  • Lewis Brisbois Wants Ex-Partner's Pay Bias Suit In Arbitration

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has asked a Los Angeles court to force arbitration of claims lodged by a former partner in a suit accusing the firm of gender discrimination in pay and retaliation for raising concerns over its "unethical billing practices."

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Sonosky Chambers Sachse Endreson & Perry LLP, Jenner & Block LLP, Sidley Austin LLP and Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal government is required to reimburse two Native American tribes millions of dollars in administrative healthcare costs.

  • Ex-Paramount Exec To Lead Skydance Business, Legal Affairs

    Skydance Media announced that an experienced entertainment executive who has held positions at Spotify, Paramount and film distributor A24 has been appointed the company's president of global business and legal affairs.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry began June with another action-packed week as BigLaw firms expanded their offerings and made new hires. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    GRSM50 Adds Toxic Tort Specialist In Northern California

    Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP is growing its environmental/toxic tort practice group in California, bringing on a partner with diverse experience, including most recently as court operations legal analyst for the Idaho Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • Calif. Judge Pauses Wells Fargo Investor Row Over State Case

    A California federal judge has paused a pension system's proposed class action accusing top Wells Fargo & Co. officers of enabling a "culture of lawlessness," making way for a state court suit that alleges similar wrongdoing.

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    Judge Who Took Israel Trip Recuses Self From Gaza Case

    A Ninth Circuit judge on Thursday recused himself from a case over the Biden administration's support for Israel's military efforts in Gaza, suggesting he disagreed with Palestinian rights activists' claim that a sponsored trip to Israel disqualified him but nevertheless would step aside "out of an abundance of caution."

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    How GCs Are Supporting GenAI At Their Companies

    When it comes to generative artificial intelligence, general counsel Virginia Chavez Romano tries to stay away from saying, "No," outright to her business partners, and instead works with them to find a solution moving forward, she said during a panel discussion in New York City on Wednesday evening.

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    Alphabet Faces Investor Votes On More AI Oversight

    At Alphabet Inc.'s virtual annual meeting on Friday, shareholders will consider three proposals dealing with the safety and societal impacts of fostering artificial intelligence.

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    Brownstein Shareholder Tapped To Co-Lead Litigation Team

    A 15-year Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP litigator has been named co-chair of the firm's litigation department, where he plans to focus on growth and fostering attorney development from within.

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    Fisher Phillips' Management Trio Now Has Majority Of Women

    With Fisher Phillips' selection of a San Diego-based partner with experience spearheading women's advancement efforts to serve on its three-member management committee, the employer-side labor and employment firm is now led by a majority of women.

  • Shook Hardy Creates 23-Member Gov't Investigations Practice

    Civil and criminal investigations by regulatory agencies into alleged corporate misconduct are on the rise, and Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP has a new government investigations and litigation practice to help with such issues.

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    Manatt Rehires Corporate Atty After 5-Year Solo Stint

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP has rehired a former associate turned solo practitioner for a counsel position handling a range of corporate governance and transactional issues, the firm announced on Wednesday.

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    Young Chinese Attys Face New Hurdles In BigLaw Job Chase

    Law degrees from top U.S. universities were once prized by many Chinese students as tickets to secure jobs at major U.S. law firms. However, with these firms scaling back operations in China, aspiring lawyers face dwindling prospects and increased uncertainty about their futures.

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Expert Analysis

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    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.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    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.

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    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    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 Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    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.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    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.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

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