Modern Lawyer

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    Orrick Hires Ex-Winston & Strawn Tax Partner In Chicago

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced the hiring of a former partner at Winston & Strawn LLP for its renewables tax equity and tax credit team.

  • How Law Librarians Are Teaching Ethical Use Of AI

    Law librarians are using several strategies to teach law students and lawyers how to ethically use generative artificial intelligence tools, including reading assignments, prompt exercises and mandatory training, according to a panel at the American Association of Law Libraries' annual conference

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    Polsinelli Eyes Expansion Into Philly With 20-Plus New Attys

    National law firm Polsinelli PC announced Tuesday it planned to expand its footprint into Philadelphia by opening a new office in the city with more than 20 shareholders.

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    Former DC Chief Deputy AG Joins Hogan Lovells

    A former chief deputy attorney general for the District of Columbia has joined Hogan Lovells as a partner after more than two years at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, where he helped co-lead its state attorneys general practice group.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds McDermott Atty As Philanthropy Lead

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has hired a McDermott Will & Emery LLP partner to chair its tax-exempt organizations and philanthropy practice, the firm said Monday.

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    Holland & Knight Brings On Former Verily In-House Attorney

    Holland & Knight LLP announced Monday that it has added to its public policy and regulation group an attorney who previously led the product and corporate counsel legal teams and was interim chief privacy officer at Verily, a health research company within Google's parent, Alphabet Inc.

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    McGuireWoods Taps Consulting Director As Innovation Lead

    McGuireWoods LLP announced Monday that the director of its in-house consulting group, MWAccel, will additionally take on the role of chief innovation and artificial intelligence officer at the firm.

  • Croke Fairchild Adds Litigation Attys Including Ex-Ill. Justice

    Chicago-based Croke Fairchild Duarte & Beres LLC has added a former Illinois Supreme Court justice and a former Hinshaw & Culbertson attorney as litigation partners.

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    Baker Donelson's 'Growing' Atlanta Office Hires 2 Of Counsel

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has brought on two attorneys from FordHarrison LLP and Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP to its Atlanta office, strengthening its labor and employment group and its complex litigation and class actions group, the firm announced Monday.

  • Law Firm Recruiter Ambition Opening 1st US Office In NYC

    Australian-headquartered law firm recruiter Ambition announced Monday that it is opening its first U.S. location in New York City, citing demand from U.K. clients to use its services for their U.S. offices.

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    Exec Comp Atty Returns To Wilson Sonsini As Practice Leader

    A San Francisco-based attorney from Freshfields, known for his work on some of the highest-profile deals of the past several years, is returning to Wilson Sonsini to co-lead its employee benefits and compensation practice, the firm announced Monday.

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    Haynes Boone Hires Dallas-Based Pro Bono Head

    Haynes and Boone LLP has tapped an attorney who spent the last six years leading the legal department of a women's shelter nonprofit as the new head of the firm's pro bono efforts.

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    Former Judge On Trump Assassination Attempt Panel

    A former federal judge who previously sat on an oversight panel for the Secret Service was among those the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on Sunday would conduct an independent review of the July 13 assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump.

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    How Texas Is Central To A&O Shearman's Post-Merger Plans

    Law360 Pulse caught up with Doreen Lilienfeld, co-managing U.S. partner for A&O Shearman, and Emily Westridge Black, managing partner of the firm’s Austin shop, to discuss their post-merger plans for Texas

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    BDB Pitmans Moves To Launch International Firm Network

    BDB Pitmans LLP and consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal are joining forces to launch an international law firm, more than a year after the U.K. legal business walked away from talks about a proposed merger with Womble Bond Dickinson.

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    Rising Star: Covington's Ross Demain

    Ross Demain of Covington & Burling LLP has represented and advised tech giants in several multibillion-dollar deals, including Amazon's $8.5 billion purchase of MGM and Salesforce's $27.7 billion acquisition of Slack, earning him a spot among the technology law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Weil's Pravin Patel

    Pravin Patel of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP successfully defended refrigerator maker Dometic Corp. against multiple class actions asserting billions in damages filed in Florida and California, defeating allegations its refrigerators for RVs leaked coolant and had design defects, earning him a spot among the class action practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Jones Day's Jim Saywell

    James R. "Jim" Saywell of Jones Day has a passion for all aspects of his issues and appeals practice, and recently prevailed before the Third Circuit as lead counsel in defense of Whirlpool against a large consumer class, earning him a spot among appellate practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Filippatos' Tanvir H. Rahman

    Tanvir Rahman of Filippatos PLLC secured a $12 million settlement for a former Fox News producer who said she was used as a scapegoat during the network's legal battle with Dominion Voting Systems, earning him a spot among the employment law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Goodwin's Lynette Elam

    Lynette Elam of Goodwin Procter LLP guided the $16.5 billion fundraise for private equity firm TA Associates on its TA XV fund, which the firm has identified as one of 2023's biggest private equity funds, in the latest chapter of her work with the longtime client. This accomplishment and others have arned her a place among the fund formation attorneys honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    After Kindred Case, Questions Linger About Clerk Safeguards

    When Alaska federal Judge Joshua Kindred resigned, it was the culmination of an 18-month inquiry into a hostile and inappropriate work environment he'd fostered in chambers. During that investigation, it seems he continued to supervise law clerks. Experts say that may signal a gap in protections for clerks.

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    LA Superior Court Closed Monday Due To Ransomware Attack

    The Superior Court of Los Angeles County was forced to close Monday as the court continued to work to repair and reboot network systems that were severely impacted by a ransomware attack that occurred on the same day as an unrelated global tech outage.

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    Paul Hastings Lands New GC From Kirkland

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that Kirkland & Ellis LLP's former deputy assistant general counsel has joined its roster and will serve as its general counsel.

  • Calif. Bar Backs Creating New Virtual Bar Exam To Cut Costs

    The State Bar of California's Board of Trustees has signed off on plans to negotiate a potentially $8 million, five-year deal with Kaplan North America LLC to replace the Multistate Bar Exam with its own state exam that could be taken remotely, according to a statement issued Friday.

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    NYC Bar OKs Attys' Financial Stakes In Alternative Biz Entities

    A new ethics committee report says a New York City lawyer may hold a financial interest in alternative business structures in jurisdictions that let them provide legal services, provided the lawyer is merely a financial investor, not practicing law through the entity.

Expert Analysis

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Career And Wellness Coach Author Photo

    Tara Rhoades at The Sanity Plea shares how she went from BigLaw partner to legal industry career and wellness coach, and explains how attorneys can use their capabilities, knowledge and professional networks to pursue coaching themselves, or bring refreshed meaning and purpose to their current roles.

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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.

  • 3 Innovative Ways AI May Be Used In Legal Practice
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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.



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