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    LegalZoom Legal Chief's Compensation Rose To $4M In 2023

    The general counsel at online legal services provider LegalZoom earned $4 million in 2023, according to proxy documents filed Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    Office Snapshot: Buchalter Grows At Swift Pace In San Diego

    Law360 Pulse takes a look at Buchalter PC's makeover of the firm's San Diego office, where the growth in its attorney roster since the shop opened six years ago has far exceeded expectations.

  • Lyft Denied $1M Fees In Patent Suit Because Of Previous Deal

    A California federal judge on Tuesday denied Lyft Inc.'s request for $1 million in attorney fees in its patent dispute against Quartz Auto Technologies LLC, saying the parties' agreement to dismiss certain claims clearly stated that each party would "bear its own costs and attorneys' fees."

  • Ex-Autonomy GC Tells Jurors He Wanted To Be 'Helpful' To HP

    Autonomy's former U.S. general counsel conceded Wednesday in the criminal trial of former CEO Michael Lynch that he told an HP lawyer he wanted to be as "helpful" as possible to the company as it was investigating Autonomy-related issues that popped up after the Silicon Valley giant purchased the British company, and that he was told he could face liability for his work at Autonomy.

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    Sidley Marketing Chief Scott L. Kilburg Dies At 51

    Sidley Austin LLP Chief Marketing Officer Scott L. Kilburg died last week, the firm has confirmed. He was 51.

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    Latham's AI And Innovation Director On His New Role

    Latham and Watkins LLP recently hired John Scrudato from Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP to be its director of artificial intelligence and innovation. Here, Scrudato spoke with Law360 Pulse about what he wants to accomplish in his new job.

  • BakerHostetler Renews Office Lease In SF Skyscraper

    BakerHostetler has signed a five-year lease renewal for office space on the entire 31st floor of San Francisco's Transamerica Pyramid, located at 600 Montgomery Street, the firm announced April 24.

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    Stradley Ronon Opens Calif. Office With Keesal Young Team

    Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP has opened its first West Coast office with the addition of a 10-attorney team from Keesal Young & Logan, including the former chair of the firm's executive committee, Stradley Ronon said Wednesday.

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    Akerman Launches New Breed Of Equine Sector Legal Team

    Akerman LLP has formed one of the largest multistate and multidisciplinary legal teams in the equestrian community, the firm said Wednesday.

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    The Top Tips Senior Staff Want Junior Associates To Know

    Even as junior associates gain sophisticated legal skills, it’s important for them to also gain practical knowledge related to the inner workings of their law firm. Here, six longtime staff offer their tips to new associates for navigating life in a large law firm like a pro.

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    Biden's Latest Judge Picks Include Blocked US Atty Nom

    President Joe Biden announced seven judicial nominee picks on Wednesday, including one for the Northern District of Illinois, which covers Chicago, whom he previously nominated to be U.S. attorney for the district, but has been held up by a Republican senator.

  • California Atty Must Face Defamation Claims Over Texts

    An Orange County attorney cannot hide behind claims of litigation privilege and must face defamation claims over disparaging text messages he sent about a contractor working on his home, a California state appeals court said Tuesday.

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    Baker McKenzie Adds 17-Atty Deals Team From Munger Tolles

    A team of 11 transactional partners and six associates in Los Angeles is heading to Baker McKenzie from Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, according to an announcement Wednesday.

  • JAMS Implements Rules For AI-Related Disputes

    JAMS announced Tuesday that it has implemented new rules governing disputes involving artificial intelligence, making it the first organization in the alternative dispute resolution industry to establish an AI-tailored legal framework.

  • Benesch Adds New Head Of Benefits & Comp Practice

    The leader of Honigman LLP's employee benefits and executive compensation practice has moved to Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP as the new chair of its equivalent practice group, Benesch announced Monday.

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    Womble Bond Names New DEI, Women's Group Leadership

    Womble Bond Dickinson LLP has named new leaders for its diversity, equity and inclusion committee and a new chair for its Women of Womble group, a network of women who support the professional success of Womble Bond's female attorneys, according to a Monday announcement.

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    Hunton Hires Martin Marietta Assistant GC In San Francisco

    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP said Tuesday it is growing its environmental team by bringing in a land use and mining expert as a partner in the firm's San Francisco office from building supply company Martin Marietta Materials Inc., where he was assistant general counsel.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Rosenberg Fosters Young Talent

    Soon after U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg of the Southern District of Florida began presiding over her first multidistrict litigation — a case alleging the heartburn medication Zantac caused cancer — she took a novel approach to selecting leadership on the plaintiffs' side.

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    Veteran GC Joins Capstone Green Energy As It Rebuilds

    The longtime general counsel for Jafra Cosmetics International Inc. has moved to Capstone Green Energy Holdings Inc., as the generator manufacturer pushes forward after filing for Chapter 11 protection in 2023.

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    Where Lawyers Stand On Generative AI Tools

    Lawyers are approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution, despite its promised advantages, and the use of legal AI tools is only slowly catching on, according to a new survey.

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    How Law Firms Can Create Winning Generative AI Policies

    Relatively few firms are encouraging their lawyers to use generative AI, according to a new survey by Law360 Pulse, and many do not seem to have policies about AI use in place.

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    What Lawyers Really Think Of AI

    Most lawyers aren't worried about being replaced by robots, but they are broadly concerned about the accuracy and ethical implications of generative artificial intelligence, a new survey shows.

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    Miller Nash Taps Seattle Pair As Insurance Recovery Leaders

    Miller Nash LLP has tapped two attorneys in its Seattle office — each of whom joined the firm five years ago — to be co-chairs of its insurance recovery team.

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    Law Firm Billing Rates Rose At 'Record Setting Pace'

    Average law firm partner billing rates rose 5.4% in 2023, higher than any other year in the last decade, with the largest law firms hiking prices the most, according to a report released Tuesday by LexisNexis' CounselLink.

  • Exec In Insider Trading Case Says Feds Denied Him Counsel

    The former CEO at the center of a novel insider trading case is asking that the California jury deciding his fate not be allowed to hear evidence obtained during a pre-indictment interrogation, arguing he was denied access to an attorney despite insisting on speaking to counsel at least a dozen times.

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