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    BCLP Axes 50 Jobs In US, UK Amid Headcount Declines

    Following years of declining lawyer headcount, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has confirmed that it is conducting a restructuring that will impact approximately 50 jobs in the U.S. and U.K., marking the second round of layoffs the firm has conducted in the past year.

  • Fla. Judge Can't Get Free Speech Ruling, Ethics Panel Told

    Special counsel for a Florida ethics panel is pushing back against a state judge's bid to exclude evidence from her ethics case that alleges her campaign speech about a rival amounted to ethical violations, saying such a ruling would be premature.

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    Influencer Says Ex-BigLaw Atty Can't Get Stalking Injunction

    A social media influencer urged a Florida federal court on Thursday to throw out a request from former Greenberg Traurig LLP patent attorney Allan Kassenoff for an injunction against cyberstalking as the lawyer pursues a $150 million defamation suit against him.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Keker Van Nest's representation of Meta in a suit against a former executive and Morrison Cohen's work on behalf of a venture capital fund lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from March 1 to 15.

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    As BCLP Bleeds Attys, Leaders Say Firm Is 'Turning A Corner'

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has seen several high-profile partner departures in recent months, including multiple department and firm leaders. Despite hiring 206 lawyers globally since the start of 2023, the law firm's headcount contracted 6%, with former partners pointing to "balance sheet issues" and sluggish profitability as drivers.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the Ides of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms expanded their practices and headcounts. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    'Perfect Storm' Caused 2023 Surge In Law Firm Leasing

    U.S. law firms in 2023 took on nearly 17 million square feet of office space, an unprecedented level of leasing activity driven by major law firm moves into trophy buildings in New York City, according to a report from commercial brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Littler Mendelson PC kick off this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, with a win for business groups striking down the National Labor Relations Board's joint employer rule.

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    What GCs Want To See From Firms' New AI Practices

    As artificial intelligence practice groups pop up in law firms around the country, what do general counsel want from their external lawyers when it comes to this burgeoning technology?

  • Trump Can't Duck Classified Doc Charges Over Vagueness

    The Florida federal judge overseeing the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump over the alleged mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate denied his bid Thursday to toss the indictment based on the "unconstitutional vagueness" of the Espionage Act, opting instead to punt the issue to later in the case.

  • Fla. High Court Denies Atty Reinstatement After Bar Objection

    Florida's high court on Thursday denied the reinstatement of a Jacksonville-area attorney who was suspended after filing numerous unauthorized tobacco-related claims, saying he failed to produce "clear and convincing evidence" that he was rehabilitated after selling his firm to a longtime acquaintance under whom he was to be supervised.

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    Armstrong Teasdale Taps Longtime Litigator As Miami Leader

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP has selected a complex commercial and business litigator to lead its Miami office, the firm announced Thursday.

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    Most States Fall Short In Disclosing Justices' Finance Reports

    The vast majority of state supreme courts make it exceedingly difficult for the public to get information about justices' financial entanglements, and the information they do give out is often scant at best, according to a report released Thursday.

  • Fla. Atty Disbarred For Practicing Law After Suspension

    The Florida Supreme Court has disbarred an immigration attorney for practicing law while he was suspended after an investigation found he inappropriately texted and then fired women he worked with as an elected public defender.

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    From Prosecutor To Firm Owner, Attys Start From Scratch

    Starting your own firm is a gamble for any lawyer, but it can feel particularly daunting for federal prosecutors, for whom leaving a job in the U.S. attorney's office can often feel like starting over completely.

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    Davis Wright's Managing Partner Steps Down From Post

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP's firmwide managing partner Scott MacCormack is stepping down after nearly three years at the helm, and the firm is appointing its Seattle office leader as an interim leader to guide the transition, the firm confirmed Wednesday.

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    GrayRobinson Grows With Fla. Atty From Construction Boutique

    GrayRobinson PA has brought on a former Malka & Kravitz PA partner versed in construction disputes and commercial litigation to its office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, marking another firm in that city who's strengthened their construction law skills recently.

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    How State Courts Are Improving Virtual Hearings

    State courts are improving virtual hearings by leveraging new technology, redesigning courtrooms, offering technical training to staff and improving case practices through the National Center for State Courts' Hybrid Hearings Improvement Initiative, according to a report it released this week.

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    Davis Wright's Revenue Grows, Partners Reach $1M Mark

    As the firm expands beyond its Seattle roots, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has continued a decade-long streak of income growth with a 9% increase in revenue last year.

  • Florida Inmate Indicted For Threatening To Kill Federal Judge

    An inmate serving time in a Florida state prison for violent crimes has been indicted for allegedly sending letters on three dates last year that threatened to kill a U.S. district judge, prosecutors announced this week.

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    Fla. Ex-Municipal Atty Alleges LGBTQ Discrimination

    A gay former town attorney for Pembroke Park, Florida, has launched a state lawsuit alleging that she was unlawfully fired as a result of "a campaign of discrimination and harassment" against her from a town commissioner on account of her sexual orientation.

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    The Lessons Baker McKenzie Is Learning From Its AI Practice

    Baker McKenzie officially launched its artificial intelligence transformation and machine learning group, called BakerML, in 2021, predating most other BigLaw firms that established their AI practices nearly two years later.

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    Firms Trimmed Entry-Level Hiring Amid Demand Shifts In 2023

    As the legal market adjusted from the post-pandemic hiring surge, law firms across the U.S. scaled back their recruitment efforts for entry-level associates last year, a result of firms realigning talent strategies to better serve clients' demands over the long term, a report Tuesday from the National Association for Law Placement found.

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    Anatomy Of Attrition: A Look At Law's Biggest Mergers

    After a law firm announces it's adding 100 or more lawyers via a merger, what does that then look like a year, two years or more later? How many lawyers stay with the merged firm? How many leave?

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    Civil Cases On The Rise In Federal Courts

    The number of civil cases filed in the federal courts jumped significantly in fiscal 2023, led by disputes between multiple states' citizens and personal injury suits, after a decrease in civil filings the year before, the federal judiciary said Tuesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • 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.

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