Modern Lawyer

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    Atty Facing Gag Order Bid Says He's Not 'Ambulance-Chasing'

    Tyrone Blackburn, the attorney for two men suing Fox Rothschild LLP for malpractice, has hit back at the firm after it called attention to a recent ruling referring him to a grievance committee, saying he is "not an ambulance-chasing attorney who lives in front of a camera."

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    Revenue, Rates Up Amid Flat Demand At DC Firms

    Revenue was up significantly at Washington, D.C., law firms in the first quarter of 2024, though the growth lagged slightly behind the national average for firms, according to survey results released Thursday.

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    Holland & Knight Taps M&A Pro As Jacksonville, Fla., Leader

    Holland & Knight LLP announced a leadership change in Florida this week with a mergers and acquisitions partner of more than 11 years and expert in venture capital law taking charge in Jacksonville.

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    Davis Wright Brings On MoFo Appellate Litigator In San Fran

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has brought on a former Morrison Foerster LLP partner in San Francisco, strengthening its appellate practice with an experienced appellate litigator who clerked for a U.S. Supreme Court justice, a California Supreme Court justice and other judges, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Quinn Emanuel's Steig D. Olson

    When Steig D. Olson was about 7 years old, his mother served as a juror in the trial of an Oklahoma man accused of having a gun in a bar, and Olson's parents took him to see part of the trial.

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    Snell & Wilmer Adds Armstrong Teasdale Tech Pro In Denver

    Snell & Wilmer LLP's Denver outpost has added a new transactional partner to its corporate and securities team, bringing with him 18 years of experience including co-founding the technology transactions group for Armstrong Teasdale LLP and leading its technology industry group.

  • Sullivan & Cromwell Creates National Security Practice Group

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has launched a national security practice to help clients with matters stemming from the increased use of economic sanctions, anti-money laundering laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, foreign investment regulations, export controls and import restrictions, the firm said Thursday.

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    Goodwin Procter Uses Tech To Promote In-Office Attendance

    Goodwin Procter LLP's chair and managing partner told lawyers and business professionals in an email that the firm would be using new technology to monitor time spent in the office as it looks to promote compliance with its hybrid work policy, the firm confirmed to Law360.

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    Sidley PE Atty Tapped To Lead Paul Hastings' Boston Office

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Thursday that it has added a former Sidley Austin LLP partner to its growing private equity team who will serve as chair of the firm's new Boston office.

  • Median Patent Damages Awards Are Shrinking

    A New York accounting firm that provides damages experts for intellectual property cases has found in a new study that median damages awards in patent cases have declined over the last 15 years.

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    Ga. Bar Exam's February Pass Rate Hits 8-Year High

    People who sat for Georgia's February bar exam drove up the overall passage rate from last year to 51.7%, the highest rate for a February exam since 2016 when the overall pass rate was 54.3%, according to state officials.

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    Holland & Knight Hires Ex-Choate Healthcare Chair In Boston

    Concentrating her practice more on representing healthcare providers spurred the former co-chair of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP's healthcare group to move her practice to Holland & Knight LLP's Boston office.

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    Law Firms See Revenue Soar Amid Rate Hikes

    Law firm revenue soared by 9.5% during the first quarter of 2024, buoyed by a nearly comparable hike in billing rates compared to the similar period in 2023, according to a new report from Wells Fargo's legal specialty group.

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    Willkie Lands Akin Gump M&A Pro In Houston

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is expanding its Texas team, announcing Wednesday it is bringing in a mergers and acquisitions pro and energy expert from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner for its Houston office.

  • Kramer Levin Boosts Appellate, Litigation Team With DOJ Atty

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP has hired an appellate attorney from the U.S. Department of Justice, who joins the firm's litigation department as partner and will also serve as deputy chair of the firm's U.S. Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Akerman Taps Litigators To Lead Chicago, San Antonio Shops

    Akerman LLP has selected two litigation partners to helm firm offices in San Antonio and Chicago.

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    Skadden Atty To Join Simpson Thacher's New Boston Office

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced Wednesday it will open an office in Boston later this year with the help of a new registered funds partner who recently left Skadden's investment management group.

  • Ex-Seton Hall President Fights Bid To Toss Whistleblower Suit

    Seton Hall University's former president is fighting to keep his explosive whistleblower suit against the school alive, arguing that he should be allowed to pursue his claims in court despite terms in his severance agreement stating otherwise because Seton Hall already violated that agreement by slashing his salary.

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    DLA Piper Adds Ex-Sidley Atty To New Funds Team

    DLA Piper on Tuesday announced another addition to its newly formed stand-alone investment funds group, this time a former Sidley Austin LLP partner focused on advising private funds sponsors.

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    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Baron & Budd's Scott Summy

    Fighting early in his career on behalf of two North Carolina trailer parks across the street from a gas station that was leaking a gasoline additive, Scott Summy of Baron & Budd PC had an idea that would reshape drinking water litigation in the United States and even lead to him being called "the most important water lawyer in American history" by his co-counsel.

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    Yoga Lawyer: A Way of Being In The (Legal) World

    More than a decade ago, a stressful job and a pile of physical ailments prompted attorney Cindy Pensoneau to take a deep dive into yoga. Today, she continues to work as both a lawyer and as a yoga teacher, illustrating the growing role that the ancient mind-body practice can play in improving attorney mental health.

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    GCs Help Companies Close The Gap On Mental Health Efforts

    While they wait for their companies to implement more wellness policies that reach the root causes of employees’ stress and burnout, some general counsel and chief legal officers are filling the gap to help their law teams feel more supported.

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    Here's Why This GC Went Public With Her Bipolar Diagnosis

    Kelly Rentzel, who has held several general counsel positions throughout her career, largely credits her law degree for giving her the confidence to talk publicly about her bipolar diagnosis — which is something she had contemplated for two decades before taking the initial steps that ultimately led her to a lectern.

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    Former A&O Vet Leaves As Shearman Megamerger Lifts Off

    A former long-time Allen & Overy LLP veteran who was leading Shearman's finance team has not joined the newly-formed A&O Shearman, it emerged, as the megamerger went live Wednesday.

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    Womble Bond Promotes UK Partner To Innovation Chief

    Womble Bond Dickinson in the U.K. has elevated partner and head of innovation Sam Dixon to chief innovation officer, the transatlantic law firm announced earlier this week.

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Expert Analysis

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • 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.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World Author Photo

    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

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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.

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