Georgia Pulse

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    Norfolk Southern CLO On Derailment Lesson Of Transparency

    When Norfolk Southern Corp. announced a $600 million settlement Tuesday to resolve a putative class action over its 2023 train derailment and toxic chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio, chief legal officer Nabanita Nag saw a culmination of over a year's worth of intense work and even more intense communication efforts.

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    BigLaw Real Estate Varies Widely On Gender Diversity

    In March, Women's History Month, Law360 looked at gender diversity among the real estate groups at 20 large law firms and found that those firms vary widely on that point.

  • Court OKs Decision Clearing Contractor Of Missed IP Deadline

    A patent docketing contractor used by major remote law firm FisherBroyles can't be held liable for a "clerical mistake" that led to a missed patent application deadline and then a neurosurgeon's lawsuit potentially seeking nearly $102 million, with a Georgia appeals court affirming a lower court decision that the surgeon never should have relied on those dates in the first place.

  • Fund Managers Want Ga. Attys' Tax Shelter Fraud Suit Tossed

    A fund manager accused of misleading investors into an illegal tax shelter want a Georgia federal court to throw out the proposed class action against them, claiming the facts alleged in an updated complaint still aren't specific enough for court.

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    Ga. Firm Fights Sanctions Bid For Pursuing COVID-19 Suit

    A Georgia law firm has urged a federal court to reject a sanctions motion against it for pursuing claims that businesses failed to protect a worker against catching COVID-19, arguing the bid is untimely and saying the companies made misleading statements about the case in their request.

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    Legal Lags Behind Other Professionals Using AI

    Despite increased demand for artificial intelligence, most professionals are not using this technology at work, with legal professionals lagging behind other sectors, according to a new survey on Tuesday.

  • Attys Have Duty To Defend Judges, ABA President Says

    The American Bar Association's president on Monday warned that attacks on judges and the U.S. court system have skyrocketed in recent years and urged lawyers to stand up for the judicial process by defending judges who are unjustly criticized.

  • Ga. Puts New Citizens In Voting 'Purgatory,' Judge Told

    For the second time this year, lawyers for the Georgia Secretary of State's office began a federal bench trial Monday by defending the state against allegations that key election protocols serve to disenfranchise voters, this time brought by advocacy groups who say the state is shutting newly minted citizens out of the democratic process.

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    Trump Allies Rip 'Odor Of Mendacity' In Pushing Willis DQ

    A Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group has urged the Georgia Court of Appeals to remove Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis from prosecuting former President Donald Trump and other defendants in the 2020 election interference case, saying her romantic relationship with a since-resigned special prosecutor created "an odor of mendacity."

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    Trump Seeks Appeal On 1st Amendment Grounds In Ga. Case

    Former President Donald Trump and his remaining 13 co-defendants asked a Georgia state court judge for permission to appeal a decision in which he refused to drop the criminal charges leveled against them in the state's election interference case on free speech grounds.

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    Atlanta's Graphic Packaging GC Saw Pay Rise To $2.6M In '23

    An executive vice president and general counsel for Atlanta-based Graphic Packaging Holding Co. received one of the highest base salary increases of all the company's executives at 5.1%, contributing to her total compensation of more than $2.6 million in 2023, according to a new securities filing.

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    Legal Industry Sheds 3,000 Jobs In March After Modest Gains

    Following a modest uptick in February, the U.S. legal sector shed more jobs in March, with a loss of 3,000 jobs compared with the previous month, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Gibbons PC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after helping its client, a Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney, secure an early win in a legal malpractice case alleging he botched an estate planning matter and lost his client millions in a later divorce.

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    Judge From Murdaugh Financial Case Talks Biz Litigation

    Law360 Pulse talked with retired South Carolina state Judge Clifton B. Newman, who oversaw a financial crimes case against disgraced lawyer and convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh, about his new role as a panelist for alternative dispute resolution service JAMS in Atlanta.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the beginning of April with another busy week as law firms expanded their offerings and made new hires. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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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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    IP Firm Sues Florida Attorney For Using Soundalike Name

    Georgia-based intellectual property firm Bekiares Eliezer LLP has sued an attorney in Florida federal court, alleging he marketed his services with a name similar to its "Founders Legal" brand.

  • Young Thug Can't DQ Prosecutor Over Questions To Witness

    An Atlanta judge on Thursday denied a motion to disqualify the lead prosecutor in the racketeering trial against rapper Young Thug and five others after weighing claims that she had made herself a witness, according to defense counsel.

  • Ga. Says Listening to Atty-Client Calls Not Unconstitutional

    The state of Georgia has told the state's Supreme Court that prosecutors didn't trample on the Sixth Amendment rights of a man convicted of assault, because they didn't intentionally seek to listen to privileged phone calls between the man and his lawyer and because the phone calls weren't evidence at trial.

  • HK Lender Gets $8M Arbitral Awards Against Fla. Atty OK'd

    A Florida federal court has ruled to confirm and enforce international arbitral awards totaling more than $8 million against a Florida attorney and his longtime client, finding the pair should have opposed the awards favoring a Hong Kong-based lender no more than three months after the case wrapped up in 2019.

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    Trump's Free Speech Challenge Rejected In Ga. Election Case

    A state court judge on Thursday refused to dismiss the indictment charging former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants in the Georgia election interference case on First Amendment grounds, saying the charges did not violate their constitutional right to free speech.

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    Beloved Georgia Judge Writes His Own Obituary

    Senior U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson Jr., a revered Georgia jurist known for his humor and lack of pretense, died Friday at 82, leaving behind an obituary in which he described himself as a religious man whose "last conscious thought" would be his wife's name and who considered all his children to be his "favorite."

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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.”

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    Ga. Attys Want To Use AI Power At New Tech-Focused Firm

    A former Morris Manning & Martin LLP partner and an ex-Krevolin & Horst LLC counsel have unveiled a new Atlanta-based law firm designed to wield artificial intelligence and other technologies to better serve clients' needs.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • Law Firm Biz Development Tips For The Pandemic Era Author Photo

    Jessica Starr and Monica Ulzheimer at Alston & Bird look at four areas where business development and other law firm administrative teams can take a leadership role in driving practice growth at a time when attorney interactions with clients and peers are limited.

  • Opinion

    Reflections On My 1st Judicial Election Amid Racial Tensions Author Photo

    Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Benham looks back at the racial barriers facing his first judicial campaign in 1984, and explains how those experiences shaped his decades on the bench, why judges should refrain from taking political stances, and why he was an early supporter of therapeutic courts that deal with systemic problems.

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