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  • Lexitas Acquires Calif. Records Retrieval Co. Kopy Kat

    Litigation services company Lexitas announced on Wednesday its acquisition of Brea, California-based Kopy Kat, marking the second purchase of a records retrieval business by Lexitas this year.

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    Skadden Promotes 21 Attorneys In 2024 New Partner Class

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has promoted 21 of its attorneys to partner, a 12.5% decrease from 2023, when 24 attorneys became partners.

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    Even As Offices Shutter, BigLaw Is Still Hedging On China

    As a growing number of large, international law firms close offices and conduct layoffs in China, many continue to emphasize their commitment to maintaining a presence in the country in a legal sector fraught with hurdles but also ripe with opportunities for global legal giants.

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    Reed Smith Aims To Spearhead Innovation With Novel Role

    In an effort to reevaluate how it conducts traditional business operations and offers legal services, Reed Smith LLP is hiring a director of change leadership to support the firm's goal of creating a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.

  • Antitrust Suits Remain Low Despite Slight 2023 Spike

    Federal enforcers and private plaintiffs filed more new antitrust cases last year than the year before but the slight uptick still kept 2023 as the second lowest in a decade, according to a new Lex Machina report.

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    Despite Atty Losses, Lewis Brisbois Says '23 Was Its Best Year

    Following the exodus of over a hundred employment lawyers to the short-lived Barber Ranen last summer, a stream of attorneys has been departing Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP to join other firms that are expanding into new regions. The firm’s leader tells Law360 Pulse, however, that the firm is on solid footing and had its “best year yet.”

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    Office Snapshot: Duane Morris Eyes Collaboration In NJ Move

    By moving its northern New Jersey shop from Newark to the nearby suburbs, Duane Morris LLP was looking for a space that would stay true to the firm's culture of hands-on collaboration and mentorship.

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    UBS, Freshfields To Be Honored As Pro Bono Collaborators

    The City Bar Justice Center will honor Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and UBS tonight for their longtime pro bono service and philanthropy with the New York-based organization, especially in asylum advocacy.

  • Rutgers Law Student Fights Bid To Trim Antisemitic Bias Suit

    An Orthodox Jewish Rutgers law student who is suing the school in New Jersey state court, alleging antisemitic discrimination in the wake of the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, opposed motions to trim claims and remove some individual defendants as an improper attempt to "do surgery on an opposing litigant's pleading."

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    King & Spalding Hires Ex-Capital One Assoc. GC As Partner

    King & Spalding LLP said Wednesday it has added a former associate general counsel at Capital One as a partner in its finance and restructuring practice group in New York.

  • Ex-Saul Ewing Paralegal Gets 2 Years For $600K Fraud

    An Illinois federal judge sentenced a former Saul Ewing LLP paralegal to two years in prison for embezzling more than $600,000 from the firm's bankruptcy practice over nine years, which she used to make mortgage payments, buy a car and partially fund her son's college education.

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    Ex-DaVita IKC General Counsel Joins Crowell & Moring

    A former group general counsel and longtime employee at the integrated care subsidiary of DaVita Inc. is transitioning into private practice as a partner in Crowell & Moring's healthcare group, the law firm said Wednesday.

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    Akin Adds Former Hunton Energy Leader In Houston

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced Wednesday that it has bulked up its Houston roster with a partner who previously led the energy transactions practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

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    Mintz Adds Trademark Pro From Winston & Strawn In Calif.

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has hired an attorney for its intellectual property practice group who worked for more than a decade at Winston & Strawn LLP and spent brief in-house stints at Nike and video game company Capcom.

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    Paul Hastings Adds Group Co-Chair With Finance Duo Hire

    Following group hires in the finance space, Paul Hastings LLP announced Wednesday it is hiring two attorneys from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, one of whom will co-chair its asset-backed finance practice.

  • Winston & Strawn Launches Low-Cost Legal Services

    Winston & Strawn LLP announced Wednesday the launch of a low-cost legal solutions option to compete with alternative legal service providers.

  • Backlash To 3rd Circ. Nom Could Hamper More Muslim Picks

    Only two Muslims serve on the federal bench, well below the prevalence of people practicing the faith within the U.S., and the recent travails of a third picked to serve on the court might bode ill for adding more.

  • BigLaw Recruiter's Bid To Ditch $6M Ruling Fails At 5th Circ.

    A BigLaw recruiter is on the hook for more than $6 million for stealing trade secrets and breaking a noncompete agreement with his former employer after the Fifth Circuit ruled client details taken by the recruiter were confidential information.

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    Firm Mergers Up In 1st Quarter Compared To Last Year

    Law firm merger activity has increased in 2024, with the uptick likely to continue, according to a new analysis.

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    King & Spalding Lands 3 Kasowitz Partners For Biz Litigation

    King & Spalding LLP announced Tuesday that it had hired three partners for its business litigation practice from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, including the co-chair of Kasowitz's real estate litigation practice group. 

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    Holland & Knight Litigator Shares Lessons From 'Life On Trial'

    Daniel Small, a veteran Holland & Knight LLP litigator, shares tips from his more than 40-year career in a new book, "Lessons Learned from a Life on Trial," published by the American Bar Association.

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    Simpson Thacher Appoints 2 Banking And Credit Leads

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced Tuesday the appointment of two veteran partners as co-heads of its banking and credit practice.

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    Major Lindsey Accused Of Targeting Atty Who Sued Troutman

    Legal recruiter Major Lindsey & Africa was hit with a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming it internally "blackballed" a midlevel associate who sued Troutman Pepper for racial discrimination, thereby putting the lie to Major Lindsey's "claims to champion diversity" and making the firm an "accomplice" to "systemic race discrimination" in the legal industry.

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    Simpson Thacher Taps Trio Of Partners To Lead In Houston

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced Tuesday that it has named three experienced deal-makers as co-managers of the firm's growing Houston shop.

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    BCLP Joins Forces With Trial Lawyer Boutique In Seattle

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP announced Tuesday it has combined with a litigation group of 12 lawyers who formerly practiced together as Harrigan Leyh Farmer & Thomsen LLP in Seattle.

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Expert Analysis

  • Series

    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.

  • Series

    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.

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