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    Cozen O'Connor's New Miami Leader Talks Fixing Problems

    When Jason Domark's kids ask him what lawyers do, he tells them that "we help people fix their problems." Now Domark is planning to take that approach to his new role as managing partner of Cozen O'Connor's Miami office.

  • Latham Passes Skadden As Busiest Securities Defense Firm

    Despite a downward trend in securities case filings over the past three years, Latham & Watkins LLP has remained one of the most active law firms on the defense side, taking over the top spot from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, according to reports released by Lex Machina.

  • Trump Mocks Hush Money Case As 'Deluded Fantasy'

    Counsel for former President Donald Trump has branded the hush money charges against him as a "deluded fantasy," arguing that the Manhattan district attorney is framing the New York state court case as a conspiracy to undermine the 2016 election despite it being a "narrow business records case."

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    Rimon Adds Shook Hardy And Cozen Litigators In Fla. And NJ

    Rimon Law has announced the addition of four new attorneys experienced in international arbitration, employment, corporate law and trust and estates, including a partner from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP in Florida and another partner from Cozen O'Connor in New Jersey.

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    The Firms Charging Into Secondary Cities As BigLaw Retreats

    While top-tier firms have recently tapered their migration to secondary legal markets, firm leaders and recruiters say these locations continue to hold appeal for midtier firms, citing advantages such as lower expenses and competitive billing rates.

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    Ball Janik Expands To Fort Lauderdale With Construction Pro

    Ball Janik LLP has entered the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, market with a new office that will be led by a construction defect attorney from Angius & Terry LLP.

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    Where E-Discovery Generative AI Efforts Currently Stand

    More e-discovery companies are announcing new capabilities that harness the power of generative artificial intelligence, but I'm hearing confusion among some law firm leaders about the immediate availability of the tools in a more crowded legal tech market.

  • Oro Negro Bondholders Want Quinn Emanuel Sanctioned

    Bondholders in Mexican oil and gas company Perforadora Oro Negro asked a Florida judge on Tuesday to sanction Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP for continuing to represent the company's founders in a $30 million dispute despite a disqualification order.

  • DA Defends Cohen's Credibility In Trump Hush Money Case

    The Manhattan district attorney has told a New York state judge presiding over Donald Trump's hush money case that the presidential candidate's former attorney Michael Cohen will tell the truth at trial, despite his past perjury.

  • Fla. Attorney Asks 11th Circuit To Toss Extortion Conviction

    A former criminal defense attorney on Tuesday asked the Eleventh Circuit to overturn his conviction for extorting a client for cash, arguing that the instructions sent to the jury on the Hobbs Act charge were improper.

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    Bloomin' Brands CLO's Comp Rose To $1.3M In '23

    Bloomin' Brands' chief legal officer saw her compensation increase slightly to $1.34 million in 2023, according to a proxy statement filed by the Florida-based company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

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    DLA Piper Adds Merck SVP As New Life Sciences Sector Chair

    An experienced in-house attorney with a longtime passion for life sciences and medicine has left her position as a C-suite executive at biopharmaceutical giant Merck to join DLA Piper as the chair of its life sciences sector.

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    Tully Rinckey's Atty Contracts Offer Warning To Other Firms

    The ongoing disciplinary case against the founders of Tully Rinckey PLLC over restrictions the firm placed on departing attorneys is an unusual one, but experts say it's still an important reminder for lawyers to be mindful of the ethical considerations of their employment agreements.

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    The Most Notable Numbers For 2024 Mid-Law Promotions

    Partnership promotions among Mid-Law firms ticked downward during the 2024 promotion cycle, with average class sizes falling below five partners, based on an analysis of announcements from mid-size and regional firms.

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    Southeast, Michigan Highlight Mid-Law Partner Promotions

    A survey by Law360 Pulse of Mid-Law partner promotion class announcements shows Southeastern markets like Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas started 2024 with heavy growth, while Michigan-based firms saw a substantial increase from previous years.

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    Number Of Women In Mid-Law Partner Classes Stays Stagnant

    The percentage of female attorneys in this year's partnership classes among Mid-Law firms remained constant, with experts saying that although midsize and regional firms tend to do better than their BigLaw cousins, work remains to be done if firms are to reach gender parity among their partner ranks.

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    Weber Gallagher Chair Talks 'Cautiously Aggressive' Growth

    Andrew Indeck discusses the decision making behind Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP's recent geographic and talent expansions following the additions of a new office near Miami and a six-attorney team from Vaughan Baio & Partners.

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    Trump Blasts DA's Gag Order Motion In NY Hush Money Case

    Donald Trump's attorneys on Monday slammed the Manhattan district attorney's request for a gag order in the hush money case against the former president, arguing it would be unconstitutional to silence the "leading candidate in the 2024 election" in the midst of the primary season.

  • 11th Circ. Says Broker Can't Collect Fees In Copyright Case

    The Eleventh Circuit has ruled that a Florida real estate broker cannot collect attorney fees incurred for defending himself from a copyright infringement suit by an aerial photography company because the broker was not a prevailing party once the photography company voluntarily dismissed the case.

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    'Bright Line' Recusal Rule May Be Challenging To Fed. Judges

    A new ethics opinion clarifying when federal judges should step aside from cases when they own stock in a party's parent company is a positive step toward transparency, but it also creates a lot of work for judges and may not have much practical impact, according to experts.

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    CLO Of University Operator Announces June Departure

    The chief legal officer and chief ethics and compliance officer at Laureate Education Inc., an owner and operator of universities in Mexico and Peru, announced his plans to leave the company at the end of June on Monday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    Henderson Franklin Adds Fla. Corporate Vet From Solo Shop

    Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt PA has brought on an of counsel with more than three decades of experience to its business and tax department from his own Florida firm.

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    Jacksonville University Law School In Fla. Gets ABA Approval

    Jacksonville University College of Law has received provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association, giving it the rights of a fully accredited school and making its graduates eligible to take the bar examination and become members of the bar, the school announced Monday.

  • Trump Challenges Origins Of Prosecution In Fla. Docs Case

    The special counsel's office prosecuting Donald Trump's criminal case on mishandling classified documents told the Florida federal judge overseeing the case on Friday that his attorneys don't have a viable claim challenging the origins of the prosecution team, arguing that intelligence agencies had no role in determining the charges against the former president.

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    Applebee's Atty's 'Mega-Blunder' Warrants Retrial, Court Says

    A Florida appellate panel said Friday that counsel for an Applebee's restaurant made an improper closing statement characterized by one panelist as a "mega-blunder," warranting a retrial of an injury suit accusing the restaurant of causing a customer's slip-and-fall injuries.

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Expert Analysis

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

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    Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • Opinion

    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

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