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  • Legal Tech Co. CS Disco Authorizes $20M Stock Buyback

    To boost its deflating stock price, the legal technology company CS Disco Inc. is launching a share repurchase program.

  • 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?

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    Dykema Hires MehaffyWeber Shareholder In Houston

    Dykema Gossett PLLC has added a product liability attorney from MehaffyWeber who spent almost six years with the firm working on toxic torts, commercial litigation and a range of other liability issues, Dykema announced Thursday.

  • Judge's Loss In Primary Moots Ballot Contest, Court Told

    The winner of the Democratic nomination for a Harris County judgeship told a state court Wednesday that the current judge's lawsuit challenging her candidacy should be tossed, arguing he lost standing after he lost the March 5 primary.

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    Manning Kass Names 1st New Leader In 30-Year History

    Los Angeles-based Manning & Kass Ellrod Ramirez Trester LLP has tapped one of its name partners, a longtime trial attorney, to be the firm's first new managing partner in its 30-year history.

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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.

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    O'Melveny Elects Chair To 4th Term, Extending Role To 2029

    The longtime chair of O'Melveny & Myers will hold the position for five more years following his recent election to serve another term as the firm's leader.

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    Sorrels Law To Open Dallas Shop With Physician-Litigator

    Sorrels Law is opening a Dallas office Friday, its third after Houston and Austin, with a lawyer and practicing anesthesiologist at the helm.

  • NJ Law Firm Avoids Malpractice Suit Over Texas Kratom Death

    A Lone Star State appeals court let the New Jersey-based Oshman Firm LLC off the hook on jurisdictional grounds Thursday in a malpractice lawsuit filed by a Texas father who faulted the firm for not filing a wrongful death lawsuit before the statute of limitations expired.

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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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    Dechert Wants Its Attorneys To Be More Creative

    International law firm Dechert LLP wants its lawyers to unlearn some of what they picked up in law school about being an attorney so they can be more creative and innovative to offer better advice and services to their clients.

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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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    Atty Sanctioned Over Challenge To $60B Exxon-Pioneer Deal

    A Texas judge has sanctioned a New York lawyer with a long history of filing frivolous lawsuits almost $60,000 for litigation brought over ExxonMobil's proposed $59.5 billion merger with Pioneer Natural Resources, the largest merger announced in 2023.

  • Texas Firm Sues Filevine Over Software Contract

    A personal injury law firm in Texas is seeking $300,000 in damages and court fees from Filevine Inc., alleging in a federal complaint that the company took too long in implementing a case management software platform for the sole practitioner.

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    New Seyfarth Role To Help Firm And Clients Steer ESG

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP said Wednesday that it is creating a new impact and sustainability partner role to help both the firm and its clients develop business practices centered on "the increasingly regulated environmental, social, and governance (ESG) landscape."

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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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    Jackson Walker Adds Kirkland Energy Partner In Dallas

    Jackson Walker LLP has hired a former Kirkland & Ellis LLP energy partner, who joins the firm's Dallas office to continue his work with clients who develop and acquire a range of commercial energy projects and assets, the firm announced Tuesday.

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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.

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    Husch Blackwell's 'Long-Term Play' Boosts Revenue 10%

    Husch Blackwell LLP added 111 laterals in 2023 and boosted its revenue 10.2% year over year even as some of the firm's other financial performance metrics declined, results the law firm's chief executive, Jamie Lawless, said are part of a "long-term play."

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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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Expert Analysis

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • What Social Media Process Service May Look Like In Texas Author Photo

    The Texas Supreme Court's recently proposed rule change allowing substituted service through social media and email could take effect in December, and practitioners will need to know how to establish that the defendant received notice through a technological method, says Marcus Eason at McGinnis Lochridge.

  • Strategies For Associates Seeking Jobs Amid Hiring Slump Author Photo

    Law firms will be hiring conservatively well into 2021 and beyond, but associates eyeing a new firm or market can successfully make a move if they are pragmatic about their requirements, say Rebecca Glatzer and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

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