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    Winston & Strawn Grows In NY With Ex-Ambassador To Spain

    The first woman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra is rejoining Winston & Strawn LLP, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Rising Star: Skadden's Melinda Gammello

    Melinda Gammello of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has advised numerous clients before the U.S. Tax Court and elsewhere on complex tax matters, including transfer pricing issues and the treatment of financial transactions within a company, earning her a spot among the tax law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Cassandra Gaedt-Sheckter

    Cassandra Gaedt-Sheckter of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP served as lead counsel for DoorDash in settling allegations of California Consumer Privacy Act violations and also advises Workday on artificial intelligence programs, placing her among the cybersecurity and privacy law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

    Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

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    Rising Star: Morrison Foerster's Allyson Bennett

    Allyson Bennett of Morrison Foerster LLP has been on the front lines of legal efforts to expand fair use laws in cases involving large tech companies, including shielding Instagram from copyright lawsuits and defending OpenAI, earning her a spot among the intellectual property practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Napoli Shkolnik's Coral Odiot

    Coral Odiot-Rivera of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC has worked on major leading environmental justice lawsuits, including her efforts to help successfully secure a $13.6 billion settlement with manufacturers 3M and DuPont over alleged PFAS contamination in public water systems, earning her a spot among the environmental law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: Representation in the Ranks

    Attorneys of color now represent 27.6% of nonpartners at law firms, a new high-water mark for the industry. But progress has lagged higher up. Here's a more detailed look at the representation of minority attorneys at the associate and partner levels.

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    Rising Star: Wachtell's Eric M. Feinstein

    Eric Feinstein of Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz has advised various companies on highly complex M&A transactions, including Fidelity National Information Service's $18.5 billion carve-out sale of its Worldpay merchant solutions business to private equity giant GTCR, earning him a spot among the mergers and acquisitions law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Kirkland's Emily Geier

    Emily Geier of Kirkland & Ellis LLP has shepherded distressed companies through some of the largest and most complex restructurings in recent history, including leading the wind-downs of toy retailer Toys R Us and clothing seller Express Inc. in challenging global circumstances, earning her a spot among the bankruptcy attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: How Firms Stack Up

    Data from Law360 Pulse's law firm survey reveals that while firms are continuing to diversify their attorney ranks, progress has slowed. Just 15.6% of firms top the benchmarks for the 2024 Diversity Snapshot ranking — a lower percentage than last year. Here’s the latest look at how diversity in law firms' headcounts compares with what it could be based on the potential marketplace of new hires.

  • Ex-Armstrong Teasdale Solicitor Fined £20K Over AML Failure

    A former Armstrong Teasdale compliance officer has been fined over £19,600 ($25,400) for failing to ensure her firm had policies to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said.

  • Dentons To Offer AI-Powered IP Risk Analysis With Tech Firm

    Law firm Dentons said Tuesday it has partnered up with an AI startup as part of its intellectual property service, saying the software will be able to speed up IP risk assessments for clients and flag when they need to speak further with a Dentons lawyer.

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    DLA Piper Adds Artificial Intelligence Policy Adviser In DC

    DLA Piper LLP has hired a new artificial intelligence policy adviser, who will join the firm in Washington, D.C., as part of the firm's government affairs and public policy team, the firm announced Monday.

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    JD Vance's Wife Leaves Munger Tolles As Campaign Launches

    Usha Chilukuri Vance, the wife of vice presidential candidate J. D. Vance, has resigned as a litigator at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, her now-former law firm told Law360 on Monday afternoon, presumably to trade her Washington, D.C.- and San Francisco-based litigation career for the campaign trail.

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    Clark Hill Breaks Into Atlanta With 8 Taylor English Attys

    International law firm Clark Hill PLC has made its first foray into Atlanta, announcing Monday that it has brought on eight lawyers from Taylor English Duma LLP, including a former real estate practice co-chair and former employment practice chair, to help establish the new outpost, its 29th office.

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    'Cellino V. Barnes' Play Brings Infamous Breakup To The Stage

    “Cellino v. Barnes” follows the tumultuous legal partnership between plaintiffs attorneys Ross Cellino and Steve Barnes as they form a personal injury shop in the '90s, put out catchy ad jingles and make millions, only to part ways in a public feud.

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    Seyfarth Adds 5-Atty Labor Team From Hunton In Calif., Texas

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced Monday that it has brought on a five-member team of labor and employment lawyers who previously practiced with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

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    McElroy Deutsch Fights 'Malicious' Claim In Exec Fraud Case

    McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP and its former business development director, who is accused of stealing millions from the firm partially via fraudulent credit card use, are at odds over whether the firm's ex-employee should be allowed to bring a malicious prosecution counterclaim in New Jersey state court.

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    Firms Fall Short On Occupancy Goals Amid Downsizing Trend

    U.S. law firms have been working to reduce the amount of office space allocated per attorney. Despite these efforts, a recent report by the real estate services company Savills Inc. found that the average square footage per attorney still remains higher than the occupancy ratios most firms aim for.

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    Goodwin Sponsor Finance Atty Joins Davis Polk In NY

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP picked up a Goodwin Procter LLP partner of four years with experience representing a wide range of private equity-related clients in leveraged finance transactions in New York, the firm announced Monday.

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    Quinn Emanuel Barred From Repping X In Scraping Case

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP can no longer represent social media giant X Corp. in the company's lawsuit against Bright Data Ltd., with a California federal judge finding the law firm violated its duty of loyalty to Bright Data after previously representing it in a "substantially related" case.

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    Saul Ewing Adds 2 Ex-Moritt Hock Litigators In New York

    Saul Ewing LLP has added two litigators previously with Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP as partners in its New York office, the firm announced Monday.

  • Posner Can't Win Most Severe Sanctions In Ex-Staffer's Suit

    An Indiana federal judge stopped short of granting the most serious sanctions requested by retired Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner in his defense of a $170,000 breach of contract suit brought by a pro se litigation "expert," including the dismissal of the case and a "significant monetary" penalty.

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    Morgan Lewis Atty Returns To Princeton As Undergrad Dean

    A former assistant general counsel at Morgan Lewis is the new dean of undergraduate students at Princeton University, where she previously held several administrative positions for about a decade, the New Jersey Ivy League school said Monday.

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    Gibson Dunn Grows NY Office With Proskauer Exec Comp Pro

    Gibson Dunn is continuing to grow its New York office, announcing Monday that it has brought a former Proskauer Rose LLP attorney to its executive compensation and employee benefits practice group.

Expert Analysis

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    Talking Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorneys and other legal professionals share insights on mental health and well-being in this Law360 Pulse Expert Analysis series.

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    Talking Mental Health: Tackling Stress As A Practice Leader Author Photo

    Constance Rhebergen at Bracewell discusses how she handles the stress of being a practice chair, how sources of stress have changed in the legal industry over the past decade and what law firms can do to protect attorney mental health.

  • Making Legal Cents: Engaging A Remote, Evolving Workforce Author Photo

    In the face of a dispersed and changing workforce with Generation Z entering the scene, law firms should consider some practical strategies to revitalize their cultures, provide meaningful mentorship and safeguard their knowledge bases, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • How Firms Can Effectively Evaluate Their Summer Associates Author Photo

    One of the most effective ways firms can ensure their summer associate programs are a success is by engaging in a timely and meaningful evaluation process and being intentional about when, how and by whom feedback should be provided, say Caroline Cimei and Erica Fine at Shutts & Bowen.

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    Talking Mental Health: Life As A Lawyer With OCD Author Photo

    Kelly Hughes at Ogletree discusses what she’s learned in the 14 years since she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, recounting how the experience shaped her law practice, what the legal industry and general public get wrong about the disorder, and how law firms can better support employees who have OCD.

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly be used by outside counsel to better predict the outcomes of litigation — thus informing legal strategy with greater precision — and by clients to scrutinize invoices and evaluate counsel’s performance, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Librarian Author Photo

    Lisa A. Goodman at Texas A&M University shares how she went from a BigLaw associate who liked to hang out in the firm's law library to director of a law library herself in just over a decade, and provides considerations for anyone interested in pursuing a law librarian career.

  • Legal Briefs Can Benefit From Cleaned Up Case Citations Author Photo

    Federal courts have recently been changing the way they quote decisions to omit insignificant details and string cites, and lawyers should consider adopting this practice to enhance the readability of their briefs — as long as accuracy stays top of mind, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

  • 5 Best Practices For Firms Designing DEI Programs Author Photo

    Nikki Lewis Simon, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Greenberg Traurig, discusses best practices — and some pitfalls to avoid — for law firms looking to build programs aimed at driving inclusion in the workplace.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs Author Photo

    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Juggle Billables And Other Activities? Author Photo

    While involvement in internal firm initiatives can be rewarding both personally and professionally, associates' billable time requirements don’t leave much room for other work, meaning they must develop strategies to ensure they’re meeting all of their commitments while remaining balanced, says Melanie Webber at Fisher Phillips.

  • Making Legal Cents: How To Adapt As Clients Tighten Budgets Author Photo

    Amid a dip in corporate legal spending and client pushback on bills, Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants highlights specific in-house counsel frustrations and explains how firms can provide customized legal advice with costs that are supported by undeniable value.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents Author Photo

    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • General Counsel And Legal Ops Must Work Together Author Photo

    It is critical for general counsel to ensure that a legal operations leader is viewed not only as a peer, but as a strategic leader for the organization, and there are several actionable ways general counsel can not only become more involved, but help champion legal operations teams and set them up for success, says Mary O'Carroll at Ironclad.

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

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