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A legal funding company is fighting a $25,000 fine imposed by Connecticut's banking regulator for unlicensed operation, telling a state court that the agency doesn't control the matter because the transactions are investments and not loans.
Stone Hilton PLLC, The Buzbee Law Firm, Cogdell Law Firm and Scheef & Stone LLP lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after they worked to unhook Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton from impeachment allegations.
Having a mentor can be a crucial boost to a young attorney’s career. Here are four tips on how new associates can go about finding the ideal mentor.
Pryor Cashman's work on a $440 million music catalog sale and Irell & Manella's patent suit against Samsung lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight on Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Sept. 8 to 22.
Summer ended with another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms expanded their practices and reach. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.
New York City Bar Executive Director Bret Parker will be taking part this weekend in a 4x4x48 challenge — which involves running/walking four miles, every four hours, for 48 hours — to raise awareness and money for Parkinson's disease research. Here, Parker spoke to Law360 about his work with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and his own experience with Parkinson's.
What combination of attributes adds up to a firm that stands above the rest? On Tuesday, we will publish the first of our Leaderboard rankings, providing analysis and insights into what it means to be a successful law firm.
Large law firms have had a big appetite this spring and summer for cybersecurity and privacy experts, and one way they've met the demand for that talent is by hiring attorneys from in-house legal departments.
Gfeller Laurie LLP, based in West Hartford, Connecticut, has been focused on strategic growth for some time, according to its managing partner, Melicent B. Thompson, as shown by its recent addition of a health care and professional liability group.
An experienced in-house attorney for multiple financial institutions has joined Connecticut-based Webster Financial Corporation as general counsel.
As more Mid-Law firms create dedicated practice areas for their outside general counsel services, those in the industry see the area as a potential sweet spot for mid-size and regional firms.
A California dietary supplement company is renewing its bid to see a Connecticut federal judge supersede a jury's decision in a breach of contract suit filed against it by its onetime counsel, McCarter & English LLP, arguing the nearly $6.5 million in damages a jury awarded should be reduced to roughly $859,000.
Verna Williams of Equal Justice Works says she remains committed to diversifying public interest law, even as the legal industry deals with challenges to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Six weeks after storied Pennsylvania firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP announced it would be shutting down, the majority of its attorneys and staff have moved to new firms — alone or with a group — retired or secured other employment, though not all have found new homes.
On the heels of a June survey in which three in four general counsel or other top in-house lawyers predicted an increase in litigation over the next two years, Burford Capital has released a report with most respondents reporting delays and partial payments of litigation and arbitration judgments, necessitating cost-saving strategies.
Business leaders across sectors are increasingly relying on their chief legal officers to serve as strategic advisers to the company. And general counsel at law firms are no exception to that, as they join the C-suite and discussions at the executive table.
Gov. Ned Lamont's newest nominee for a seat on the Connecticut Supreme Court is likely to elude the level of political scrutiny that felled a previous candidate, experts said, despite the newcomer's brief involvement in the investigation that led to a report criticizing the FBI's 2016 U.S. presidential election probe.
It's been 20 years since Massachusetts U.S. District Judge William Young penned an open letter to his colleagues on the federal bench warning the American jury trial was "withering away," and that this signaled judges had "lost focus on our prime mission." But in a recent interview with Law360, he seemed optimistic about the future.
Companies are moving cautiously in these economic times, but a just-released report on in-house counsel still found a steady flow of hiring, with an increase especially in the life sciences and renewable energy sectors.
Deepfakes — fabricated audio and visual recordings created with generative artificial intelligence tools — will continue to surface in courts and lengthen e-discovery, increase litigation costs and reduce the number of cases that go to trial, according to legal scholars and judges.
The NextGen bar exam is set to debut in July 2026. Law360 Pulse spoke to two bar exam educators about what legal employers and law schools should know about the new exam.
The Senate voted 53-44 on Tuesday to confirm Connecticut Superior Court Judge Vernon Oliver to be a U.S. district judge for the District of Connecticut.
A plant nursery that was overcharged by roughly $375,000 to fund the U.S. Trustee Program during its bankruptcy case asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss a challenge by the Office of the U.S. Trustee to the refund the debtor was awarded, saying repayment is "the proper remedy."
While everyone has implicit bias, judges, lawyers and court staff can be particularly susceptible to unconscious prejudices, and their biases can have a greater impact on the people they encounter, according to a webinar held Monday.
The current job market is particularly challenging for associates to navigate, with law firms hiring less, taking longer to recruit for positions, and generally giving the most junior lawyers a cold shoulder when they do hire, recruiters tell Law360 Pulse.
Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.
Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.
Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.
ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.
OpinionWe Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds
Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.
Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.
Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.
In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.
Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.
A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.
There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.
Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.
Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.
Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.
To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.