Modern Lawyer

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    Quinn Emanuel Atty Ducks Sanctions Over Musk Deposition

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Alex Spiro beat an attempt to sanction him for alleged "astonishingly unprofessional" conduct at a deposition while defending billionaire and investor Elon Musk from a defamation suit in Texas state court, but the suit survived a motion to dismiss, according to an order signed Wednesday.

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    White & Case Hires DOJ Russian Sanctions Prosecutor

    White & Case LLP announced Wednesday it had hired a veteran U.S. Department of Justice attorney who helped oversee an interagency task force that prosecuted violations of economic sanctions and restrictions placed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.

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    Once A Standard, US News Rankings Now 'Entirely Irrelevant'

    Once "the bellwether of the legal academy," the annual law school rankings published by U.S. News & World Report don't matter to today's prospective law students, a pair of law professors say in a new study.

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    Efforts To Improve Diversity On State High Courts Stagnating

    A lack of publicly available data is hampering efforts to make state Supreme Courts more representative of the populations they serve and diversity pushes appear to have stalled out, according to a recent report.

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    Wilson Sonsini Adds 2 Attys in Salt Lake City From Kirkland

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC has continued to expand its growing, three-year-old Salt Lake City, Utah, office with the recent addition of two experienced litigators who moved their practices from Kirkland & Ellis.

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    Non-Atty Legal Advice For Debtors Is Unprotected, 2nd Circ. Told

    New York urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to find that stopping a nonprofit focused on bankruptcy education and the South Bronx pastor it's working with from advising low-income debtors represents a content-neutral regulation on who can practice law that does not violate the First Amendment.

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    3 More Burns & Levinson Attys Join Blank Rome In Boston

    Less than one month after Blank Rome LLP announced it had opened its Boston office with 25 corporate and finance attorneys from Burns & Levinson LLP, another three Burns & Levinson partners have joined the firm.

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    BakerHostetler, Crowell On Verge Of Settling Client Scam Suit

    BakerHostetler and Crowell & Moring LLP appear close to settling a malpractice suit claiming the firms aided and abetted a network of predatory websites, just days after a Florida federal judge authorized discovery into the former client's Slack messages.

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    Baker McKenzie Grows Tax Practice With Ex-KPMG Adviser

    Baker McKenzie announced the hiring of an experienced Chicago-based tax adviser as a principal who most recently spent sixteen and a half years at Big Four accounting firm KPMG.

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    Sidley Brings On Akin's Oil And Gas Leader In Houston

    Sidley Austin LLP has fortified its energy, transportation and infrastructure group with a partner in Houston who previously led the U.S. oil and gas practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

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    Lewis Brisbois Trial Ace Joins Thomas, Thomas & Hafer In NJ

    A former Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP partner of 15 years with experience defending architects and engineers at trial has joined Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP in New Jersey, the firm announced this week.

  • Greenberg Traurig Gets 30-Year Tax Break From Saudi Arabia

    Greenberg Traurig LLP is among the first law firms to get licensed as a regional headquarters, or RHQ, company in Saudi Arabia, allowing the firm to take advantage of a major tax break, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Womble Bond Adds Veteran Energy Transaction Atty In Mass.

    An experienced corporate transactional attorney has moved stateside from Thailand to join Womble Bond Dickinson in Boston.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds Jackson Lewis Litigator In Orlando

    Jackson Lewis PC's former Orlando litigation manager has joined Greenberg Traurig LLP as a labor and employment shareholder.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds IP Atty From Eversheds Sutherland

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has bolstered its California bench of attorneys with an Eversheds Sutherland lawyer who has years of experience advising digital health and medical device companies on intellectual property issues.

  • Linklaters Promotes 2 Partners In US And Germany

    Linklaters LLP announced two key promotions of partners to capital markets leadership roles on Wednesday.

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    Ex-BigLaw Associate On Starting Legal Tech Co. Robin AI

    Richard Robinson, a former BigLaw associate and founder and CEO of contract review software company Robin AI, believes artificial intelligence can help reduce attorney burnout, increase diversity in the legal profession and change society's perception of lawyers.

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    Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes Prosecutor Joins Cooley In Calif.

    Cooley LLP announced Wednesday it has brought in as a partner in its Silicon Valley office a former assistant U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted biotechnology entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes in the Theranos trial.

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    Meet The Ex-WilmerHale Atty Who Is NY's Latest Fed. Judge

    The latest addition to New York's federal bench is a meticulous, hardworking attorney who has litigated high-profile cases at WilmerHale and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and is known for his generous mentorship, commitment to public service and exceptional civil procedure expertise, former colleagues say.

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    Simpson Thacher Hires US Treasury Alum From Blackstone

    An experienced fund transactions attorney has moved from an in-house role at Blackstone to private practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, the firm said Tuesday.

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    Davis Wright Recruits Kelley Drye FDA Practice Chair In DC

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP said Tuesday that the head of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP's Food and Drug Administration practice group has joined the firm as an advertising and food and drug law partner in Washington, D.C.

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    Holland & Knight Adds BCLP Corporate Pro, Marine Veteran

    Holland & Knight LLP is continuing its corporate practice growth with the addition of a Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP counsel and U.S. Marine Corps veteran in New York, the firm announced on Tuesday.

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    Reed Smith Gets Digital Music Pro From Calif. Boutique Firm

    Reed Smith LLP announced Tuesday it has hired a music and entertainment attorney in Los Angeles who worked at boutique entertainment law firm Granderson Des Rochers LLP, Universal Music Publishing Group and Google.

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    Littler Brings On Ogletree Pay Equity Leader In NYC

    Employment and labor law giant Littler Mendelson PC announced Tuesday that it has grown its New York team with the addition of a pay transparency law expert and former pay equity practice group co-chair at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

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    Law Firms Split On Tech Offerings For Business Dissolution

    While some law firms refer clients to new tools that help founders wind down their companies, other law firms remain steadfast in their traditional approach to handling business dissolution services.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Innovative Ways AI May Be Used In Legal Practice
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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly be used by outside counsel to better predict the outcomes of litigation — thus informing legal strategy with greater precision — and by clients to scrutinize invoices and evaluate counsel’s performance, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Librarian Author Photo

    Lisa A. Goodman at Texas A&M University shares how she went from a BigLaw associate who liked to hang out in the firm's law library to director of a law library herself in just over a decade, and provides considerations for anyone interested in pursuing a law librarian career.

  • Legal Briefs Can Benefit From Cleaned Up Case Citations Author Photo

    Federal courts have recently been changing the way they quote decisions to omit insignificant details and string cites, and lawyers should consider adopting this practice to enhance the readability of their briefs — as long as accuracy stays top of mind, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

  • 5 Best Practices For Firms Designing DEI Programs Author Photo

    Nikki Lewis Simon, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Greenberg Traurig, discusses best practices — and some pitfalls to avoid — for law firms looking to build programs aimed at driving inclusion in the workplace.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs Author Photo

    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Juggle Billables And Other Activities? Author Photo

    While involvement in internal firm initiatives can be rewarding both personally and professionally, associates' billable time requirements don’t leave much room for other work, meaning they must develop strategies to ensure they’re meeting all of their commitments while remaining balanced, says Melanie Webber at Fisher Phillips.

  • Making Legal Cents: How To Adapt As Clients Tighten Budgets Author Photo

    Amid a dip in corporate legal spending and client pushback on bills, Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants highlights specific in-house counsel frustrations and explains how firms can provide customized legal advice with costs that are supported by undeniable value.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents Author Photo

    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • General Counsel And Legal Ops Must Work Together Author Photo

    It is critical for general counsel to ensure that a legal operations leader is viewed not only as a peer, but as a strategic leader for the organization, and there are several actionable ways general counsel can not only become more involved, but help champion legal operations teams and set them up for success, says Mary O'Carroll at Ironclad.

  • 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.

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