Connecticut Pulse

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    Gfeller Laurie Names 2 Attys As Counsel In Conn.

    Gfeller Laurie LLP has named two of its civil defense litigators as counsel, the firm said Wednesday.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    The expansion of law firm footprints in North Carolina and Florida, a couple of homecomings in Minnesota and Sarasota, Florida, and the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation in Houston were among some of the biggest real estate moves for law firms in February.

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    McCarter & English Wants Ex-Client To Cough Up Extra $1.8M

    McCarter & English LLP on Thursday asked a federal judge in Connecticut to hike a prejudgment remedy order against a former client by $1.8 million, which would nearly double the original remedy of $1.85 million, arguing that interest on subsequent jury awards continues to add up as the dispute spills from federal court to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

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    Inside BigLaw's 'Tremendous' Hunger For Restructuring Attys

    Even as the economy appears poised to pick up steam in 2024, BigLaw firms are still aggressively adding restructuring capabilities, with a number of recent lateral hires reflecting the glut of work still to be found in the practice area.

  • Photronics GC Sees Comp. Top $2M In 2023

    The top attorney for Photronics Inc., a Connecticut-based semiconductor photomask manufacturer, saw her compensation increase slightly in 2023, pushing it to just over $2 million.

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    Meet The Attys In Suit Over Toll Brothers Deal

    A home security subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based building firm Toll Brothers has sued two Connecticut-based security companies, accusing them of failing to disclose a $5 million consumer protection settlement while negotiating the purchase of its customer accounts. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a look at the attorneys representing the parties.

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    Gov't Attys Must Mind Confidential Info Or Be DQ'd, ABA Says

    Both current and former government attorneys who take on private clients should look out for instances where their possession of "confidential government information" calls for them to be disqualified from representing a client, according to the latest guidance from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, released Wednesday.

  • Conn. State Worker Wants Atty Fees After Noose Trial Win

    A Black employee of Connecticut's state energy and environmental regulator is asking a federal judge to award more than $200,000 in attorney fees after he prevailed in a lawsuit alleging that he was racially tormented and exposed to nooses in a hostile work environment.

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    Behind Benesch's Strategy To Add And Keep BigLaw Laterals

    Mid-sized Ohio-based firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP has become an attractive destination for a certain type of BigLaw lateral partner, attracting a notable number over the past six months from firms such as Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Jenner & Block LLP.

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    Law Firm Leasing Activity Reaches Pre-Pandemic Level

    Major firm relocations in late 2023, including Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's December deal for a 20-year lease in a midtown Manhattan skyscraper, helped fuel the hottest legal office space market since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Connecticut Atty's Fishy Email Prompts Trust Account Audit

    A Connecticut Superior Court judge has ordered an attorney to cooperate with an official audit of his Webster Bank lawyer trust account after he responded to an overdraft notice and a commensurate disciplinary inquiry with an email saying the issue wasn't a priority because he was on a fishing trip.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Michael Baylson

    Though his standing order on lawyers writing briefs using artificial intelligence — one of the first in the country to address the technology — is fairly broad, Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania says he's "not banning AI."

  • Conn. Client Pans Firm's Late Reveal Of Prior Email Mess

    An optometrist who claims a fraudster infiltrated her lawyer's email system and tricked her into wiring $90,586 to an incorrect account has challenged the firm's "very late post-trial disclosure" of five pages of emails about an alleged earlier incident, saying the messages are relevant to her own case.

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    Bar-Takers See Accommodation Gap For Periods, Lactation

    As would-be lawyers prepare to take the bar exam, testing accommodations for those who menstruate or lactate will vary by jurisdiction. In recent years, there's been a reckoning on state bar policies that affect women and transgender test-takers, but advocates say there's more to be done.

  • Up Next At High Court: Social Media Laws & Bump Stocks

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments related to three big-ticket cases this week in a pair of First Amendment challenges to Florida and Texas laws prohibiting social media platforms from removing content or users based on their viewpoints and a dispute over the federal government's authority to ban bump stocks.

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    New Group Aims To Help Attys Meet Middle Class Legal Needs

    For middle-class Americans who may make too much money to qualify for legal aid services, affording an attorney to assist with civil matters like divorces and estate planning can still be a financial impossibility. The recently launched Above The Line Network, however, is on a mission to promote cost-conscious lawyering models to put legal services within economic reach for a big and underserved middle market.

  • Judge Nixes McCarter & English Client's Relief Bid In Fee Row

    A Connecticut federal judge rejected a bid for Second Circuit relief from a supplement company that lost a billing battle with its former lawyers at McCarter & English LLP, concluding Friday that the Connecticut Supreme Court should offer guidance on whether state law allows punitive damages awards in contract disputes.

  • Conn. Attys Agree To Arbitrate Their Twin Conversion Claims

    Two Connecticut attorneys who sued each other over defamation, secretly accepting home improvement projects as payment for legal services and neglecting business responsibilities at a joint firm they agreed to dissolve in 2021, have dropped their dueling state court claims.

  • Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Pryor Cashman's handling of a suit against Pandora over royalty payments and Nutter's work on a healthy-snacks company acquisition lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Feb. 9 to 23.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Cunningham Bounds LLC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos count as children.

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    3 Common Barriers As Law Firms Embrace Upward Reviews

    Upward reviews, in which associates provide feedback on partners' performance as their managers, have become increasingly popular in the legal industry in recent years, but according to consultants who help implement them, the potential upsides can be muted if firms fail to avoid some common mistakes.

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    Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as law firms expanded their practices and attorneys made moves. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    These Are The Hottest Trends In Law Firm Design

    Out with the law library and in with Zoom rooms? Law360 Pulse recently talked to architects and legal employers to find out what the biggest trends are in law firm design.

  • Kwok Owed Records About CCP Targeting, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge ordered the Justice Department to hand over evidence it possessed of the Chinese Communist Party's targeting of bankrupt and jailed Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok, but didn't require the government to hand over other evidence sought by Kwok about Chinese government targeting of his alleged victims.

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    'Loosey-Goosey' Standing Rulings Pose Threats To Judiciary

    Federal courts from the U.S. Supreme Court down are expanding their definition of standing, particularly in disputes over politically charged issues, with potentially troublesome results, creating privileged categories of plaintiffs, undermining public confidence in the judiciary, and enabling policymaking from the bench, according to experts.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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