Pennsylvania Pulse

  • Philly Firm Says 'Education Lawyers' TM Is Incontestable

    A Philadelphia law firm says its use of "The Education Lawyers" to market its service is an incontestable trademark, rendering a rival's challenge completely groundless, according to a motion to dismiss filed in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • Head Of Rutgers Race Justice Program Defends 3rd Circ. Nom

    The director of a Rutgers University program that has drawn controversy amid a confirmation battle for a Third Circuit seat said Tuesday that she is "disappointed though not surprised" by the attacks on nominee Adeel Mangi, who would be the first Muslim federal appeals court judge if confirmed.

  • Saul Ewing Taps Over A Dozen New Practice, Dept. Leads

    Saul Ewing LLP unveiled its newest slate of leadership appointments on Tuesday, spanning two departments and seven practices.

  • 3rd Circ. Pick Affirms Muslim Lawyer Event Amid GOP Attacks

    Third Circuit nominee Adeel Mangi, who will be the first Muslim federal appeals court judge if confirmed and has been facing attacks from Republicans, has updated the Senate Judiciary Committee with an event he "inadvertently" left off his nominee questionnaire.

  • 3rd Circ. Finds No Reason To Disturb AbbVie Privilege Ruling

    The Third Circuit has found that AbbVie was unable to show that a Pennsylvania federal court went against precedent or made an error when ordering the drugmaker to turn over attorney communications from a "sham" patent case allegedly meant to delay AndroGel competitors.

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    Rawle & Henderson Welcomes Back Litigator In Pittsburgh

    A litigator specializing in corporate insurance and liability matters has returned to Rawle & Henderson LLP's Pittsburgh office after an 11-month stint with neighboring firm Hardin Thompson PC.

  • Philly DA Can't Escape Sanctions Over Lack Of Candor

    A Third Circuit panel has ruled that Philadelphia's district attorney, Larry Krasner, must apologize to the family of two 1984 murder victims after his office was less than forthcoming in proceedings over post-conviction relief sought by one of the killers.

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    With Rising State AG Action, BigLaw Responds By Beefing Up

    This year Covington & Burling LLP formalized its government litigation practice group, following others in what appears to be a race by large law firms to formalize, market and grow their state attorney general practices as the nature of the office has shifted in recent years.

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    After COVID Office Cuts, Firms Will Do 'More With Less'

    Things are settling back into place in the legal office space market after the great upheavals caused by COVID-19, with most law firms now focused on making the best use of their existing space after a round of pandemic-era downsizing, according to a new survey.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Mitchell Law PLLC, Gessler Blue LLC and Dhillon Law Group Inc. lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found that states can't bar former president Donald Trump from running for reelection this year based on a 14th Amendment provision.

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    Legal Industry Adds 2,700 Jobs In February

    Employment in the U.S. legal sector rebounded in February, showing a slight increase following a decline at the beginning of the year, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    Dunn DeSantis Expands Eastward With Pittsburgh Office

    San Diego-based Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick expanded its commercial litigation and business services to the mid-Atlantic region with the launch of an office in downtown Pittsburgh, which the firm said was prompted by client demand.

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    By The Numbers: Why Associates Stay At Their Firms

    After a flood of associates left their firms in search of greener pastures as part of the "talent wars" of the early 2020s, the National Association for Law Placement wanted to know what made other early-career attorneys decide instead to stay put. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a look at how compensation, work-life balance, and a dozen other factors helped play a role.

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    Military Spouses Are Untapped Pool Of Attorney Talent

    Service members' spouses in the legal profession present a massive well of untapped talent, though balancing a law career with their families' service to the country can be challenging, attorneys working in and with this community tell Law360 Pulse.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the beginning of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms made new hires and adjusted their practices.

  • Pa. County Officials Can't Escape Sex Discrimination Claims

    A Pennsylvania federal judge denied Thursday three government workers' bids to toss claims brought in a sex harassment suit by four women who said a county commissioner regularly subjected them to inappropriate jokes and coerced one into a sexual relationship, ruling the disputes are best fit for a jury's review.

  • Pa. Panel Chides Court For Sealing Murder Case Docket

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled in a precedential opinion that a county judge violated the First Amendment in sealing the docket in a criminal case and denying access to local media trying to report on the alleged murder-for-hire of a man in Westmoreland County.

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    And The Oscars' Legal Questions Go To ... John Quinn

    When he was the general counsel to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Quinn Emanuel founding partner John Quinn attended the Oscars dozens of times, and he did so with a copy of the broadcast network contract tucked into his tuxedo pocket.

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    Former TD Bank Atty Joins Stevens & Lee In Valley Forge, Pa.

    A bankruptcy litigator left has moved back to private practice by joining Stevens & Lee PC's office in the Philadelphia suburbs after 18 months as in-house counsel for TD Bank.

  • Latham Passes Skadden As Busiest Securities Defense Firm

    Despite a downward trend in securities case filings over the past three years, Latham & Watkins LLP has remained one of the most active law firms on the defense side, taking over the top spot from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, according to reports released by Lex Machina.

  • Flaster Greenberg Adds Atty From Transportation Boutique

    For the second time in a week, Flaster Greenberg PC has added an attorney to its suburban Philadelphia office — this time welcoming a litigator who left his own transportation law boutique to join the firm.

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    Saxton & Stump Adds Ex-Burns White Atty To Trucking Group

    Saxton & Stump continued to grow its commercial transportation group with the recent addition of an experienced litigator who joined its Harrisburg office after nearly two years with Burns White LLC.

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    The Firms Charging Into Secondary Cities As BigLaw Retreats

    While top-tier firms have recently tapered their migration to secondary legal markets, firm leaders and recruiters say these locations continue to hold appeal for midtier firms, citing advantages such as lower expenses and competitive billing rates.

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    Where E-Discovery Generative AI Efforts Currently Stand

    More e-discovery companies are announcing new capabilities that harness the power of generative artificial intelligence, but I'm hearing confusion among some law firm leaders about the immediate availability of the tools in a more crowded legal tech market.

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    Philly, Dallas Feds Name New Top Attys

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Tuesday announced it has promoted its deputy general counsel to senior vice president and general counsel, following a similar announcement from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas about its former interim general counsel.

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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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