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    'Eat Or Be Eaten': Mid-Law Drove Q1 Law Firm Mergers

    As firms feel the pressure to grow to meet client demands, midsize law firms appear to be more eager to gobble up small law firms and less thrilled by the idea of being acquired, according to consultants and first quarter U.S. law firm combination results collected by Law360 Pulse.

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    Duane Morris Names Philly Atty As White Collar Co-Leader

    Duane Morris LLP has named a former supervisor in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement as co-chair of the white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations and regulatory compliance division of its trial practice group.

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    Utility Atty Who Advised Google JV Opens Environmental Firm

    An attorney who advised a Google joint venture on a group of master-planned communities and a California utility on billions of dollars in infrastructure work has launched boutique firm Forrest Environmental Law.

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    AI Assistant Offers 'Second Brain' To Small Plaintiffs Firms

    The legal tech startup Eve is specifically targeting plaintiffs firms with its new AI-native law firm program, using artificial intelligence trained by lawyers and customized to a firm’s caseload. The first firm to pilot the program, Frontier Law Center, says the comprehensive AI assistant has been a game changer.

  • 9th Circ. Unconvinced Judge's Past Job Hurt Tesla Investor

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday refused to revive claims brought by a short-seller accusing Tesla Inc. and CEO Elon Musk of using social media to artificially inflate the company's stock, ruling that the plaintiff wasn't prejudiced by a district judge's former employment with the predecessor of a firm that represented Tesla for a portion of the litigation.

  • Stanford Lecturer Says Mideast War Talk Got Him Suspended

    A Black Muslim Stanford University lecturer said the school refused to renew his contract after he discussed the Israel-Hamas war in class and had students take part in a profiling and policing simulation, despite him being cleared of wrongdoing.

  • John Eastman Says Inactive Status Hampers Livelihood

    Former Donald Trump attorney John Eastman asked the State Bar Court of California on Wednesday to delay placing him on inactive enrollment while he appeals the recommendation for his disbarment, saying he can't sustain the loss of his livelihood representing clients like Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene.

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    Buchanan Taps Procopio Atty As Corporate Leader In Calif.

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC is expanding its West Coast corporate team with a pair of attorneys from Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP in its San Diego office, one of whom will head the firm's corporate practice in California.

  • Ghostwriting Undercut Bar Conflict Safeguards, Report Says

    The State Bar of California's former deputy executive director "violated the spirit and undermined the purpose of the Rule 2201 Program," according to a report the state bar commissioned investigating the former director's "ghostwriting" of reports connected to attorney discipline cases where conflicts arise, including one concerning embattled ex-attorney Tom Girardi.

  • Lexitas Acquires Calif. Records Retrieval Co. Kopy Kat

    Litigation services company Lexitas announced on Wednesday its acquisition of Brea, California-based Kopy Kat, marking the second purchase of a records retrieval business by Lexitas this year.

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    Skadden Promotes 21 Attorneys In 2024 New Partner Class

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has promoted 21 of its attorneys to partner, a 12.5% decrease from 2023, when 24 attorneys became partners.

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    Withers Adds Former In-House Corp. Atty In San Francisco

    Withers has hired the former in-house general counsel for a financial software company, who joins the firm to continue his practice working with entrepreneurs in the technology, e-commerce and digital publishing industries, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Contract Tool Latch Rebrands To Ivo, Raises $4.8M Investment

    Latch, a contract software company that uses generative artificial intelligence, changed its name to Ivo and secured $4.8 million in new funding on Thursday.

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    From BigLaw To MLB, Lucchino Recalled As Master Negotiator

    Before he helped build stadiums, lead three Major League Baseball front offices and end the "Curse of the Bambino," Larry Lucchino, who died Tuesday at 78, was a driven, formidable litigator and negotiator with exceptional legal skill, a former Williams & Connolly LLP colleague told Law360.

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    Despite Atty Losses, Lewis Brisbois Says '23 Was Its Best Year

    Following the exodus of over a hundred employment lawyers to the short-lived Barber Ranen last summer, a stream of attorneys has been departing Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP to join other firms that are expanding into new regions. The firm’s leader tells Law360 Pulse, however, that the firm is on solid footing and had its “best year yet.”

  • Beekeeper Groups Seek Fees From EPA After 9th Circ. Appeal

    Attorneys for beekeeper groups in an appeal over a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision on insecticides have asked the Ninth Circuit to award nearly $750,000 in legal fees after a ruling that hammered the EPA but left the agency's decision intact.

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    Pillsbury Adds BakerHostetler Data Privacy Duo In SF

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is growing its data security team, announcing Wednesday it is bringing in a pair of BakerHostetler data privacy and technology experts as partners in its San Francisco office.

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    Epstein Becker Adds 6-Atty Healthcare Team From Nossaman

    Epstein Becker Green announced Wednesday that it has bolstered its healthcare and life sciences practice with a six-attorney team from Nossaman LLP, including two who served as co-chair of their former firm's healthcare practice group.

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    Ex-Prosecutor Joins Manatt From BakerHostetler In San Diego

    An ex-federal prosecutor has moved his litigation practice from BakerHostetler to Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP's recently opened Southern California office to reunite with a former colleague from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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    Procopio Adds IP Pros From Perkins Coie, Maschoff Brennan

    Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP has announced the addition of a pair of experienced California-based patent attorneys from Perkins Coie LLP and Maschoff Brennan as partners in its intellectual property practice.

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    Task Force Releases New AI Guidance For Courts

    The National Center for State Courts' artificial intelligence rapid response team has released more interim guidance on how courts can start experimenting with AI and what they should consider about platforms using the technology, the center said Wednesday.

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    Mintz Adds Trademark Pro From Winston & Strawn In Calif.

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has hired an attorney for its intellectual property practice group who worked for more than a decade at Winston & Strawn LLP and spent brief in-house stints at Nike and video game company Capcom.

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    Former MoFo IP Trial Pro Joins JAMS In San Francisco

    The alternative dispute resolution service JAMS has expanded its mediation team, announcing Tuesday it added a former Morrison Foerster LLP intellectual property litigator as one of its mediators.

  • Winston & Strawn Launches Low-Cost Legal Services

    Winston & Strawn LLP announced Wednesday the launch of a low-cost legal solutions option to compete with alternative legal service providers.

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    Firm Mergers Up In 1st Quarter Compared To Last Year

    Law firm merger activity has increased in 2024, with the uptick likely to continue, according to a new analysis.

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Expert Analysis

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills? Author Photo

    Allison Coffin at Akin Gump discusses how summer associates going back to school can continue to develop real-world lawyering skills by leveraging the numerous law school resources that support professional development both inside and outside the classroom.

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

  • Opinion

    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

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