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    Paul Hastings Hires 6-Partner IP Team From Allen & Overy

    Paul Hastings LLP hired a six-partner litigation team from Allen & Overy LLP to boost the firm's intellectual property practice across the country.

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    Medica Associate GC Returns To Fox Rothschild

    The former director of litigation for Medica, a nonprofit health plan based in Minnesota, has returned to private practice at Fox Rothschild LLP, where she worked before moving in-house.

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Susman Godfrey LLP and Truelove Law Firm lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after a Texas state jury awarded $287 million to Dutch telecommunications company Koninklijke KPN in a contract dispute with Samsung Electronics Co.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in six cases this week, including highly anticipated ones over social media's ability to moderate certain content and the government's banning of bump stocks on firearms. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Employment Law Firm Sues IT Co. Over Ransomware Attack

    California-based employment law firm Mastagni Holstedt has sued an IT solutions company in Sacramento County Superior Court, saying that after hiring the company to install a network system and server, the firm suffered a ransomware attack forcing it to pay a group known as Black Basta to retrieve its data.

  • Real Estate Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Thanks to its role advising on multiple deals north of the $10 billion mark, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has earned a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

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    Morgan Lewis Adds Otsuka Pharmaceutical Atty In DC

    An in-house attorney for drugmaker Otsuka Pharmaceutical has moved to private practice at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office.

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    Morrison Cohen Founder Among 9 Partners Departing Firm

    Morrison Cohen LLP announced Friday that nine veteran attorneys recently departed the firm for other New York offices, including founding partner and corporate practice chair Stephen I. Budow, following "changes to its infrastructure and compensation systems."

  • Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP helped Revlon, Party City and LATAM Airlines get their bankruptcy cases over the finish line while moving Purdue Pharma through the appeals of its Chapter 11 plan, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Bankruptcy Practice Groups of the Year.

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    Fennemore Craig CEO On Kicking Off 2024 With Rapid Growth

    When it comes to expansion, Fennemore Craig PC came out of the gate fast this year. But the firm's rapid expansion is not just growth for growth's sake, but a push to move into another bracket of law firms, according to James Goodnow, Fennemore's CEO and president.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    February ended with a bang as BigLaw made moves and the Supreme Court waded into former President Donald Trump’s legal woes. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Securities Group Of The Year: Munger Tolles

    The Munger Tolles & Olson LLP securities group's multiple victories for high-profile clients over the past year, including successfully appealing a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ruling on Grayscale Investment's bitcoin exchange-traded product, has earned it a spot among Law360's 2023 Securities Groups of the Year.

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    Clerk Database Founder On Cruel Judges, Law School Inertia

    This month, the Legal Accountability Project will launch an online clerkship database consisting of more than 800 reviews of state and federal judges. Access will be limited to law students undergoing the clerkship application process and seeking honest assessments of their would-be bosses.

  • Technology Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP blocked a Montana law from going into effect that would have banned TikTok across the state and is currently taking on a challenge lobbed at Microsoft over privacy issues stemming from artificial intelligence, earning the firm a place among Law360's 2023 Technology Groups of the Year.

  • Blank Rome Accused Of Suing Atty Over Job Change

    A trial attorney who used to defend plane parts manufacturer Avco Corp. accused the company and Blank Rome LLP Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court of pursuing "frivolous" litigation against her, claiming they sought to destroy her livelihood because she joined a plaintiffs' firm that frequently sues aviation manufacturers.

  • Black Ex-Davis Polk Atty To Appeal Loss In Retaliation Suit

    A Black former associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP will appeal a jury's finding that the firm and two other defendants didn't retaliate against him after he raised concerns about racial bias and diversity.

  • Real Estate Group Of The Year: Kasowitz

    Recent legal victories by the real estate practice at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, such as confirming SL Green Realty Corp.'s $185 million arbitral award against Chinese conglomerate HNA Group and keeping the Hotel Chelsea's suit over a revoked building permit alive, earned the team a spot among Law360's 2023 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

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    Wilson Sonsini, Fenwick West Back Atty-Founded Equity Tool

    Global equity platform Slice Global Inc., which uses artificial intelligence to ensure that companies issuing equity to international employees stay in compliance with laws and regulations, secured a $7 million seed funding round on Thursday.

  • Ex-McElroy Deutsch Exec Seeks Docs In NJ Retaliation Suit

    A former McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP executive, who is accused with her husband of stealing more than $3 million from the firm, has taken up another discovery fight in her lawsuit against the firm, arguing she should have access to memos from the exit interviews of ex-employees alleging gender disparities at the firm.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    The expansion of law firm footprints in North Carolina and Florida, a couple of homecomings in Minnesota and Sarasota, Florida, and the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation in Houston were among some of the biggest real estate moves for law firms in February.

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    Senate Confirms First Woman To Top IRS Attorney Post

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed a former director at EY who previously served as associate chief counsel, international, at the Internal Revenue Service to be the agency's chief counsel, making her the first woman to be confirmed for the role.

  • Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Brown Rudnick

    The bankruptcy department at Brown Rudnick LLP has coalesced into a powerful team able to fight for the rights of commercial and tort creditors in large Chapter 11 cases, including securing the dismissal of insolvency cases for Johnson & Johnson's talc unit — twice — and forging a resolution for the sprawling case of cryptocurrency player BlockFi Inc., earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Bankruptcy Groups of the Year.

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    Structured Finance Group Of The Year: Milbank

    Milbank LLP's structured finance team last year crafted unique solutions to allow capital markets to access rated notes, to securitize a fiber-optic network and to finance an acquisition of Subway Restaurants, earning it a place among Law360's Structured Finance Groups of the Year.

  • Securities Group Of The Year: Latham

    Latham & Watkins successfully helped Oracle company executive Lawrence J. Ellison and CEO Safra Catz beat a derivative challenge to a $9.4 billion acquisition deal, one of the largest challenges against a corporate deal to go to trial before the Delaware Court of Chancery, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Securities Groups of the Year.

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    Dechert Hires Schulte Roth's M&A, Securities Group Co-Chair

    Dechert LLP has hired the co-chair of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP's M&A and securities group as a partner to continue his work focused on a range of corporate legal issues, the firm announced Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Recruiter Author Photo

    Self-proclaimed "Lawyer Doula" Danielle Thompson at Major Lindsey shares how she went from Columbia Law School graduate and BigLaw employment associate to a career in legal recruiting — and discovered a passion for advocacy along the way.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Balance Social Activism With My Job? Author Photo

    Corporate attorneys pursuing social justice causes outside of work should consider eight guidelines for finding equilibrium between their beliefs and their professional duties and reputation, say Diedrick Graham, Debra Friedman and Simeon Brier at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Personality Tests And Machine Learning Applications In Law Author Photo

    Mateusz Kulesza at McDonnell Boehnen looks at potential applications of personality testing based on machine learning techniques for law firms, and the implications this shift could have for lawyers, firms and judges, including how it could make the work of judges and other legal decision-makers much more difficult.

  • AI Is Reshaping Lawyering: What To Expect In 2024 Author Photo

    The future of lawyering is not about the wholesale replacement of attorneys by artificial intelligence, but as AI handles more of the routine legal work, the role of lawyers will evolve to be more strategic, requiring the development of competencies beyond traditional legal skills, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Embrace Active Voice In Legal Writing — In Most Cases Author Photo

    Legal writers should strive to craft sentences in the active voice to promote brevity and avoid ambiguities that can spark litigation, but writing in the passive voice is sometimes appropriate — when it's a moral choice and not a grammatical failure, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

  • How AI Legal Research Tools Are Shifting Law Firm Processes Author Photo

    Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Use Social Media Responsibly? Author Photo

    Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.

  • Yada, Yada, Yada: The Magic Of 3 In Legal Writing Author Photo

    Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.

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