Pennsylvania Pulse

  • Flaster Greenberg Adds Atty From Transportation Boutique

    For the second time in a week, Flaster Greenberg PC has added an attorney to its suburban Philadelphia office — this time welcoming a litigator who left his own transportation law boutique to join the firm.

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    Saxton & Stump Adds Ex-Burns White Atty To Trucking Group

    Saxton & Stump continued to grow its commercial transportation group with the recent addition of an experienced litigator who joined its Harrisburg office after nearly two years with Burns White LLC.

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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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    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.

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    Philly, Dallas Feds Name New Top Attys

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Tuesday announced it has promoted its deputy general counsel to senior vice president and general counsel, following a similar announcement from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas about its former interim general counsel.

  • Judge's Side Job Invalidates Tax Rulings, Pa. Justices Told

    Pennsylvania's constitution has barred judges from holding second jobs since 1776, counsel for a Delaware County hospital told the state Supreme Court during an oral argument Tuesday, so a senior judge who started collecting pay from a Philadelphia tax appeals board had effectively resigned and his rulings on the hospital's tax appeals were invalid.

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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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    '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.

  • Suit Says Firm Wrongly Repped Two Parties In Car Crash

    A passenger injured in a car accident in Pittsburgh says attorneys from Goodrich & Geist did not advise him to find counsel separate from that of the driver of the car he was in and denied him the opportunity to seek damages.

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    Gibbons Brings On Retired NJ Federal Judge As ADR Leader

    Gibbons PC has added recently retired U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman from the District Court of New Jersey to take charge of its alternative dispute resolution practice, the Newark, New Jersey-based firm announced.

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    Medical Malpractice Attorney Rejoins Post & Schell In Philly

    Post & Schell PC has welcomed back a medical malpractice attorney who started her career with the firm, returning to the Philadelphia office 12 years after her departure.

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Susman Godfrey LLP and Truelove Law Firm lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after a Texas state jury awarded $287 million to Dutch telecommunications company Koninklijke KPN in a contract dispute with Samsung Electronics Co.

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    Royer Cooper Adds Former Philly Bar Leader

    One of Philadelphia's most prominent mass tort and business litigators, who also once served as the head of the Philadelphia Bar Association, said Friday he moved his practice to Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC and reunited with several of his colleagues from the recently closed Fineman Krekstein & Harris.

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    Atty Censured Over Conduct In NFL Concussion MDL

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has rejected objections from a law firm and its principal and affirmed a special masters' determination that the attorney be censured for engaging in "questionable behavior" while trying to secure monetary awards for clients from the NFL players' concussion injury litigation settlement.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    February ended with a bang as BigLaw made moves and the Supreme Court waded into former President Donald Trump’s legal woes. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Former Pa. Assistant DA Moves To GRSM50's Philly Team

    Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP has hired an attorney with nearly a decade of experience working as an assistant district attorney in Pennsylvania to join the firm's office in Philadelphia as a partner, the firm recently announced.

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    Clerk Database Founder On Cruel Judges, Law School Inertia

    This month, the Legal Accountability Project will launch an online clerkship database consisting of more than 800 reviews of state and federal judges. Access will be limited to law students undergoing the clerkship application process and seeking honest assessments of their would-be bosses.

  • Blank Rome Accused Of Suing Atty Over Job Change

    A trial attorney who used to defend plane parts manufacturer Avco Corp. accused the company and Blank Rome LLP Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court of pursuing "frivolous" litigation against her, claiming they sought to destroy her livelihood because she joined a plaintiffs' firm that frequently sues aviation manufacturers.

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    How Aspiring GCs Can Be Sure Their Comp Packages Are Fair

    The beginning of proxy season is upon us, which means we can gain insight into compensation packages for public companies' legal chiefs. But how can lawyers, especially those stepping into their first general counsel role, be sure their own compensation is fair and reasonable?

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    Troutman Pepper Launches Team To Address Cyberattacks

    Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP is addressing the threat to businesses from cyberattacks and data breaches with a new incidents and investigations team led by firm veterans on both sides of the country with deep expertise in data security and privacy issues.

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Expert Analysis

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

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