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    Leader Of 'Aggressive' Firm On Cautious Approach To Growth

    Although litigator Christopher Frost founded his firm Frost LLP promising an "unapologetically aggressive" approach, he's approaching the firm's growth with far more conservative consideration.

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    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    This U.S. Supreme Court term featured high-stakes oral arguments on issues including gerrymandering, abortion and federal agency authority, and a hot bench ever more willing to engage in a lengthy back-and-forth with advocates. Here's a look at the law firms that argued the most cases and how they fared.

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    Legal Jobs Continued To Tick Up In June

    The U.S. legal sector added 1,400 jobs in June, continuing an uptick that began this spring, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Ex-Schnader Harrison Atty Fights Bid To Ax Class Action

    A motion by Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP seeking to toss a putative class action used "linguistic alchemy" to argue for the case's dismissal, according to a filing opposing the motion.

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    Armstrong Teasdale To Leave UK, Close 2 US Offices

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP's managing partner said the firm "will likely no longer have a direct physical presence in the U.K. or Europe" as it ceases future financial support for its U.K. subsidiary, while aiming to wrap up business in Boston and Salt Lake City by the end of September.

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    Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked Independence Day with another busy week as BigLaw adjusted practices and the U.S. Supreme Court ended a historic term. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    How A Mayer Brown-Led Coalition Secured 143 Asylum Grants

    A Mayer Brown LLP-led coalition of 20 law firms celebrated a major pro bono victory after recently securing asylum for 143 Asian University for Women students who the firm helped evacuate from Afghanistan in 2021.

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    Pennsylvania Was A Hotbed For First-Half Law Firm Mergers

    Pennsylvania was the nexus for a good deal of law firm combination activity during the first six months of 2024, with more combination announcements involving firms based in the state than in any other state, according to the Law360 Pulse Merger Tracker.

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    Law School Pros On 'Evolving' AI Shifts Noted In ABA Study

    The American Bar Association and the ABA Task Force on Law and Artificial Intelligence recently released the results from their survey of law school deans and faculty members about AI in legal education. Here is a deeper look at the survey results.

  • High Court Rulings Thwart Judge Romance Suit, Firm Says

    Jackson Walker LLP urged a Texas federal court Wednesday to consider its argument that two recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on standing prevent a former shareholder in an engineering company from pursuing a racketeering lawsuit over a bankruptcy judge's concealed romantic relationship with an ex-firm attorney.

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    Judge OKs Bid To End FindLaw Trade Secrets Lawsuit

    A New York federal judge has approved a deal to resolve a trade secrets dispute between West Publishing Corp. and RizeUp Media Inc. stemming from the departure of several key employees from West.

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    DLA Piper Adds McGuireWoods' Downtown LA Shop Lead

    McGuireWoods LLP's former Los Angeles downtown office head is taking her class action and complex litigation-focused practice in finance, technology, aerospace and oil industries to DLA Piper, the firm announced this week.

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    Fox Rothschild Hires Pryor Cashman Nonprofit Leads

    Fox Rothschild LLP announced Wednesday the hiring of two Pryor Cashman LLP partners for its corporate department in New York.

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    Morgan Lewis Benefit Plan Exits Atty's ERISA Suit

    An attorney at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP agreed to drop claims against her employee benefit plan in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit in Pennsylvania federal court alleging her long-term disability benefits were abruptly terminated after applying criteria irrelevant to her work.

  • Coffey Modica Promotes 2 Partners, 1 Counsel In NY

    New York litigation boutique Coffey Modica LLP announced the promotion of two attorneys to partner, including the firm's first hire in 2021, as well as the elevation of another lawyer to counsel.

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    How Kilpatrick's New Chair Found His Passion For The Law

    Like his father and uncles before him, Wab Kadaba appeared headed for a career in engineering. But an interest in intellectual property law instead has now led him to become chair of Kilpatrick.

  • Weil Adds Mayer Brown Corporate Partner In New York

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP has hired a former Mayer Brown LLP partner, who joins the firm's New York office to work on private funds issues and with investors, according to an announcement Tuesday.

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    Dechert To Close Offices In Beijing, Hong Kong, Chicago

    Dechert LLP is the latest BigLaw firm to announce it is dissolving operations in Beijing and Hong Kong, and the Philadelphia-founded firm also plans to close its 12-year-old Chicago office, a Dechert spokesperson told Law360 Pulse on Wednesday.

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    What AI Contract Tools Can — And Still Cannot — Do

    Artificial intelligence-written contracts have seen recent advancements from intelligent contract analysis to automated drafting. However, you still can't completely trust an artificial intelligence-written contract without human review.

  • Debevoise Can't Avoid Testifying In Ex-Cognizant Execs' Trial

    A New Jersey federal judge denied Tuesday a bid by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP to quash a subpoena seeking testimony from a firm partner for the coming bribery trial of two former Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. executives.

  • Northwestern Hires 'Mediocre' Minorities Over Men, Suit Says

    Northwestern University's law school favors hiring women and minority faculty candidates with "mediocre and undistinguished records" over better-credentialed white men, a conservative group claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chicago federal court, a year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down affirmative action in higher education admissions.

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    Armstrong Teasdale Pulls Back From SLC As 7 Join Dentons

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP told Law360 Pulse on Tuesday that it plans to redirect resources from Salt Lake City, saying it is "not the right time for us to be there" after a Dentons member firm announced the day prior that it had hired seven of Armstrong Teasdale's Utah-based litigators.

  • Seton Hall Says Ex-Prez's Whistleblower Suit Must Be Axed

    A New Jersey trial court was urged to toss retaliation, sexual harassment and discrimination claims against Seton Hall University and its board of regents by its former president, with the school arguing the whistleblower suit is rife with "gamesmanship," ignoring both case law and the underlying facts.

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    Littler Adds Partner, 4 Associates In Toronto Office

    Littler Mendelson PC has added three attorneys from Sherrard Kuzz LLP to its Toronto office, another attorney from Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP and a recent articling student to join its employment law-focused firm, according to a Tuesday news release.

  • Quinn Emanuel Expands Asia Offerings With Singapore Office

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has expanded its international offerings by opening a new office location in Singapore, the firm said Tuesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • 7 Tips For Predeposition Meetings Under New Federal Rule Author Photo

    Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

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    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers Author Photo

    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

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    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law Author Photo

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

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    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic Author Photo

    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

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    BigLaw Cannot Reap Diversity Rewards Without Inclusion Author Photo

    BigLaw firms often focus on increasing their diversity numbers, but without much attention to equity and inclusion, minority lawyers face substantial barriers after they get their foot in the door, says Patricia Brown Holmes, managing partner at Riley Safer.

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    Ideas For Closing BigLaw's Diversity Gap Author Photo

    If enough law firms undertake some universal diversity best practices, such as connecting minority lawyers to key client relationships and establishing accountability for those charged with spearheading progress, the legal industry could look a lot different in the foreseeable future, says Frederick Nance, global managing partner at Squire Patton.

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    How Law Firms Can Hire And Retain More Black Attorneys Author Photo

    The pipeline of Black lawyers is limited, so BigLaw firms must invest in Black high school students, ensure Black attorneys receive origination credit and take other bold steps to increase Black representation in the industry, says Benjamin Wilson, chairman at Beveridge & Diamond.

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    BigLaw Needs More Underrepresented Attorneys As Leaders Author Photo

    Hiring more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to BigLaw positions of power is the first key to making other underrepresented attorneys believe they have an opportunity for a path to leadership, says Ernest Greer, co-president at Greenberg Traurig.

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    Advancing Racial Justice In The Legal Industry And Beyond Author Photo

    In addition to building and nurturing a diverse talent pipeline, law firms should collaborate with general counsel, academics and others to focus on injustices within the broader legal system, says Jonathan Harmon, chairman at McGuireWoods.

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