New Jersey Pulse

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    Reed Smith Ties Associate Raises To Billable Hours

    Reed Smith LLP is reportedly raising associate salaries in a range similar to those first announced by Milbank LLP last November, with an associate's place on the scale depending on their billable hours.

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    Sen. Menendez's Wife Keeps Attys After Feds Allege Conflict

    Nadine Menendez, the wife of New Jersey's U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, told a Manhattan federal judge Thursday that she will stick with her Schertler Onorato Mead & Sears LLP lawyers ahead of their corruption trial after prosecutors alleged an ethical conflict.

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    Chiesa Shahinian, Pashman Stein Name Family Law Leaders

    New Jersey's family law bar gained new faces in leadership this week with Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC and Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC both promoting longtime specialists to head their family law practice groups.

  • 'Sibling Squabbles' At NJ Law Firm Sent Back To State Court

    A woman formerly employed as an administrator at her sister's New Jersey law firm won her bid to have her suit alleging an anticipatory breach of her retirement plan and retaliatory firing sent back to state court this week.

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    Quintairos Prieto Taps Atlanta Atty To Lead New Tax Group

    Quintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer PA said it had created a tax division that will be led by an Atlanta-based partner who has guided clients on civil and criminal tax law, reinforcing its national expertise in litigation, regulatory and corporate law matters.

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    Proxy Snapshot: Johnson & Johnson

    Johnson & Johnson, a major medicine and medical technologies company based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has filed its 136-page annual proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in preparation for its annual meeting. That meeting will be held virtually online on April 25.

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    Hinshaw AI Policy Embraces New Tech, With 'Guardrails'

    As generative AI platforms rapidly advance, law firms are hastening to develop policies that address ethical and legal concerns arising from the new technology — including the latest firm to jump into the fray, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Here, Law360 Pulse talks with general counsel Steven Puiszis about Hinshaw's new policy and how it took shape.

  • Study Sees Promise For Gen AI Tools In Closing Justice Gap

    Widespread access to generative artificial intelligence tools could help increase access to justice for low-income Americans, according to a new study that found these tools largely boosted productivity for legal aid lawyers.

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    ABA Gives Advice To Avoid Atty Conflict Hitting Whole Firm

    An American Bar Association ethics opinion released Wednesday offers new guidance on when a lawyer's conflict of interest after meeting with a prospective client should be considered to impact the whole firm and how lawyers can try to avoid sparking that whole-firm conflict.

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    Top Attorney For Bristol-Myers Squibb Earned $5.9M In '23

    The longtime general counsel for biopharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb earned more than $5.9 million in compensation for last year, a figure that was down slightly from $6.1 million in 2022 but still buoyed by her work on its recent CEO transition and other matters.

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    Retired NJ Judge Talks Courts' Role In Preserving Democracy

    Retired U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman, who is now leading Gibbons PC’s alternative dispute resolution group, joined Law360 Pulse for a conversation about his return to private practice and how the judiciary branch is largely responsible for maintaining “the greatest democracy in the world.”

  • Counterclaim Tossed In Attys' Fight Over Broken Biz Alliance

    A federal judge has handed one victory in a larger battle to a lawyer and his Philadelphia-based law firm suing another attorney over a business relationship gone south, agreeing that a counterclaim from the defendant for breach of contract can't stand.

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    Former Rutgers GC Tapped As New President Of American U.

    A former top attorney for Rutgers University in New Jersey and onetime associate with Morgan Lewis has a new title elsewhere in the world of higher education — president of American University.

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    New York Red Bulls GC Now Also Soccer Team's HR Chief

    The general counsel of the New York Red Bulls has been promoted to also serve as chief administrative officer of the Major League Soccer team, which plays its home games in New Jersey, the team announced this week.

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    US Chamber's Litigation Funding Concerns Spur 2 State Laws

    Amid concerns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about third-party litigation funding, including from potentially hostile foreign entities, state legislatures in Indiana and West Virginia have recently passed bills imposing restrictions on the practice.

  • Nevada Dem. Says She Can't Support 3rd Circ. Nom.

    U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, on Tuesday became the first Democrat to publicly say she cannot support Adeel Mangi, nominee for the Third Circuit, who would be the first Muslim federal appellate judge, if confirmed.

  • CFTC Decries Forex Firm's 'Strong-Arm' Sanctions Bid

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has admitted in a court filing that it made an error in a lawsuit accusing a foreign exchange firm of defrauding its customers but said the now-corrected error does not merit sanctions, and the defendants appear to be abusing the sanctions process to "strong-arm" their way into a better settlement.

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    Future Of Judge-Shopping Reform Hazy After Rule Proposal

    The policymaking body for U.S. courts provoked a stir last week when it proposed a rule designed to curb "judge shopping," with observers saying that the policy does address one type of the practice but that it remains to be seen if individual federal district courts will be willing to adopt even that limited reform.

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    O'Toole Scrivo Construction Pros Join Murphy Schiller

    Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLP, which is headquartered in New Jersey, has tapped new partners Anthony D. Capasso and R. Brant Forrest to lead its construction law and litigation practice groups as the pair departs O'Toole Scrivo LLP.

  • NJ Family Atty Suspended For Sexual Relationship With Client

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has handed down a one-year suspension to a divorce attorney for having a sexual affair with a client while representing her in a divorce case and manipulating her despite knowing that the client suffered from depression because of a previous car accident.

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    Legal Ops Pay Gap Has Widened For Women Since 2023

    Despite heavy representation in the legal operations field, women in this area continue to be underpaid compared to men, earning as much as 25% less total compensation than their peers, a new survey has found.

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    Seton Hall Aims To Erase Ex-President's 'Sensational' Suit

    Seton Hall University has called on a New Jersey state court to throw out its former president's claims he was forced out for blowing the whistle on alleged misconduct by former board chair and prominent criminal defense attorney Kevin Marino, saying the suit is "what can best be described as gamesmanship, and at worst sheer dishonesty."

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    Rise In Civil Case Filings Mostly Driven By MDLs In 4 Districts

    The number of civil lawsuits filed in federal court grew significantly in 2023, but much of that growth was deceptive, as it was driven by a small number of mass torts in just a handful of individual districts.

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    NJ Vacancy Crisis Is 'Over' With 12 New Judges Confirmed

    The leader of the New Jersey Senate said Monday that the state's judicial vacancy crisis has been declared "over" after senators confirmed 12 new judges for the Superior Court and approved two sitting judges to remain on the bench, bringing the number of judicial vacancies to their lowest level in about five years.

  • Attorney For Sen. Menendez's Wife Conflicted, Feds Say

    Nadine Menendez, the wife of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and his co-defendant in a federal corruption trial in Manhattan, may be disadvantaged at trial due to her counsel's having "personal knowledge of certain facts relevant to this matter" that could compel him to testify as a witness, federal prosecutors said.

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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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