Mid-Law

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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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    Familiar Face Helps Morris Manning Restock Bankruptcy Team

    A former Burr & Forman LLP partner experienced in bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters has returned to Morris Manning & Martin LLP's Atlanta office, just as Morris Manning lost a group of bankruptcy attorneys to Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

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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.

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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.

  • Leech Tishman Tells 6th Circ. Time Ran Out On Fraud Suit

    A former Leech Tishman attorney was not party to a tolling agreement between his law firm and investors caught in a Ponzi scheme he allegedly should have warned them away from, so the firm should escape vicarious liability once the time limit expired for the investors to sue him, counsel for the firm told the Sixth Circuit Tuesday.

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    Taylor English Picks Up Corporate Ace From Fla. IP Boutique

    Taylor English Duma LLP has brought on a seasoned corporate attorney who has represented prominent entertainment clients and was most recently a counsel with intellectual property firm 500law.

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    Miller Canfield Names IP Litigator As Next CEO

    Michigan-based firm Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC has named a co-head of both its litigation and intellectual property practices as its next CEO, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Michael Best Strategies Adds Ex-Capitol Hill Chief Of Staff

    Michael Best Strategies LLC, the lobbying arm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, has hired a former congressional staffer who most recently helped lead the office of Nebraska Republican Sen. Pete Ricketts, the group announced Tuesday.

  • 2 Arbitration Bodies Donate $750K For Diversity Efforts

    Two nonprofits focused on the alternative dispute resolution field — the American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation and the JAMS Foundation — jointly announced on Monday a $750,000 grant to support efforts to increase diversity among arbitrators and mediators.

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    Philly Atty Moves Toxic Tort Practice To Marshall Dennehey

    A litigator who has specialized in representing clients in toxic tort matters has moved her practice to Marshall Dennehey's Philadelphia office after more than five years at Goldberg Segalla LLP.

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    McGlinchey Stafford Opens Seattle Office With 3 Attorneys

    McGlinchey Stafford PLLC has opened a downtown Seattle office managed by member Heidi Urness, who is co-chair of the firm's cannabis practice group.

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    Kirkland Wants To Escape Suit Over Ex-Judge's Relationship

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP wants to bring down the hammer on a racketeering lawsuit claiming the firm "conspired" to profit from a Texas bankruptcy judge's secret romance scandal, saying the "flimsy" suit should be dismissed, and both the plaintiff and his attorneys at Bandas Law Firm PC should be sanctioned for filing it.

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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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    5 Women Attys Named Influential Legal Tech Leaders

    Leaders from Crowell & Moring LLP, Gilbert & Tobin and Gowling WLG were among the five honored Monday by the International Legal Technology Association as part of its 2024 list of Influential Women in Legal Technology.

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    Legal Groups Seek Update On What It Takes To Be A Lawyer

    The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System has announced a "major update" to its 2014 survey, this time teaming up with the Law School Admission Council to tap thousands of attorneys to get an updated view of what it takes to be a successful lawyer.

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    Shutts & Bowen Launches Alcohol Industry Practice Group

    Florida business law firm Shutts & Bowen LLP has brought on a team of experienced alcohol industry attorneys to help launch an alcohol and regulatory practice, including the co-founders of South Florida boutique alcohol regulation firm Spiritus Law, the firm announced Monday.

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    Benesch Gains Former Kirkland Corporate Partner In Chicago

    A Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner who's spent his entire career with the firm has joined Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP in Chicago to work with its corporate and securities practice group, the firm recently announced.

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    Barnes & Thornburg Lands Morris Manning Bankruptcy Team

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP picked up a former Morris Manning & Martin LLP bankruptcy group in Atlanta, the firm announced Monday.

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    Office Snapshot: Hinshaw's Commitment To Coral Gables, Fla.

    With Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP's recent move to The Plaza Coral Gables building in South Florida, the firm has shown its area clients that it isn't going anywhere.

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    Segal McCambridge Adds Husband-And-Wife Litigation Duo

    Scott and Diane Pompei Emery were "an item" when they first started working together in 2009. Now, after 15-years of marriage and working together as a husband-and-wife business litigation team, they're leaving the firm where their relationship grew into a partnership to join Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Ltd. as shareholders.

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    Lambda Legal Elects New Board Of Directors Chair

    LGBTQ+-focused legal charity Lambda Legal has announced that the former vice chair of its board of directors has been elevated to the role of chair following an election by the board's members.

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    Carlton Fields Gains Litigation Pro In LA From Boutique Shop

    Carlton Fields has strengthened its national mass tort and product liability practice with the addition of Stephen Beke, a Los Angeles-based senior counsel who arrived from boutique litigation firm Doyle Law APC.

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    Vedder Price Adds Dorsey & Whitney Finance Pro In Dallas

    An experienced finance attorney has joined Vedder Price PC's Dallas office after spending seven years at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

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    Former Trail Blazers GC Joins Schwabe Williamson In Portland

    Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC has hired the former general counsel for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, who is slated to help lead a newly created practice subgroup focused on sports and entertainment clients, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • 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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Expert Analysis

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • 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.

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    Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • 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.

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