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  • Md. Judge Won't Toss Ex-Baltimore State's Atty's Conviction

    A Maryland federal judge has refused to acquit former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby of lying on mortgage applications for a vacation home, rejecting her contention that charges were brought in the wrong venue and finding that prosecutors put forward sufficient evidence for a reasonable jury to find her guilty.

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    Reed Smith Names New Heads In Downtown LA, Century City

    Reed Smith LLP has named new managing partners at its two Los Angeles offices, with a longtime corporate attorney assuming control in the Century City office and a labor and employment attorney taking the reins in the downtown Los Angeles office.

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    Ex-Dechert Atty Can Keep Depo Confidential In Hacking Case

    A former Dechert LLP partner can keep her deposition under wraps in an airline mogul's suit seeking to prove an international hacking conspiracy, a special master in North Carolina has ruled in a blow to the tycoon, who accused the attorney of trying to shield misconduct.

  • Rutgers Law Students Rip Classmate's Bias Suit Subpoenas

    A pair of Rutgers Law School students asked a New Jersey state court to shut down subpoenas they received as part of a classmate's suit accusing the school of antisemitic bias for opening a disciplinary investigation against him after he spoke out against the same pair of students for allegedly spreading antisemitism.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The justices issued two unanimous opinions this week involving double jeopardy and maritime law, but they were in less agreement during four oral arguments, particularly one over an environmental rule on the court's emergency docket. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Polsinelli Real Estate Atty Made Co-Manager Of Chicago Office

    A Polsinelli PC shareholder and experienced real estate attorney has been tapped to co-manage the firm's 200-person Chicago office, the BigLaw firm announced.

  • International Trade Group Of The Year: Grunfeld Desiderio

    Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP continued to rack up critical wins for foreign exporters in the past year, including a major Chinese tire manufacturer for which it secured a rare 0% dumping rate, and successfully defended against fraud allegations by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 International Trade Groups of the Year.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Cunningham Bounds LLC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos count as children.

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    Office Snapshot: Mayer Brown's Empire State Of Growth

    Having surpassed a headcount of 300 attorneys at its New York office last fall, Mayer Brown LLP says the Empire State shop is a hotbed of recruiting activity.

  • Healthcare Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP's recent work overcoming antitrust challenges to major healthcare transactions, including its victory at a federal bench trial over the government's attempt to block a $13 billion acquisition by UnitedHealth Group, has earned the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Healthcare Groups of the Year.

  • Sports & Betting Practice Group Of the Year: Paul Weiss

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP guided World Wrestling Entertainment to a better deal for shareholders in a $21 billion merger with the parent company of Ultimate Fighting Championship while conducting an internal investigation of the Northwestern University athletics department in the wake of a hazing scandal, earning it a spot in Law360's 2023 Sports and Betting Groups of the Year.

  • Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Williams & Connolly

    Williams & Connolly LLP pulled off a hat trick at the U.S. Supreme Court in May 2023 when it secured three victories on issues of tech company liability and photography ownership on the same day, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Media and Entertainment Groups of the Year.

  • Project Finance Group Of The Year: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP guided financing for a Pennsylvania bridge replacement project of unrivaled proportions and navigated a first-of-its-kind tax credit transfer transaction amid a renewable energy portfolio buy, landing the firm a spot among Law360's 2024 Project Finance Groups of the Year.

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    How Jenner & Block Is Living Up To $250M Pro Bono Pledge

    After pledging four years ago to provide $250 million in free legal assistance through 2025, the co-chair of Jenner & Block LLP’s pro bono committee told Law360 recently that the firm was already 80% of the way toward its goal as attorneys tackle matters involving immigration, humanitarian parole, voting access and more.

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    DLA Piper International Names New Leader For 2025

    United Kingdom-based DLA Piper International LLP announced Friday that it had elected corporate partner Charles Severs as its next managing partner, taking the reins from Simon Levine in 2025 as he concludes his 10-year tenure.

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    Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as law firms expanded their practices and attorneys made moves. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Law Firm Scolded For 'Misbegotten' ChatGPT Use In Fees Bid

    A Manhattan federal judge criticized a special education-focused law firm Thursday for citing ChatGPT calculations to back up its attorney fee request of more than $100,000, calling the move "utterly and unusually unpersuasive."

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    Ex-BigLaw Atty Refiles Defamation Case Against Influencer

    The $150 million defamation battle between former Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney Allan Kassenoff and the social media influencer he accuses of lying about his nightmarish divorce has entered a new phase as Kassenoff has filed a slimmed-down complaint after the previous one was dismissed for being "far longer than it needs to be."

  • Project Finance Group Of The Year: Kaplan Kirsch

    As a leader in assembling bespoke models to pay for a variety of public infrastructure projects, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP advised construction of an urban interstate in Denver, a $5 billion update at Los Angeles International Airport and planning for a transit program powered by self-driving cars, earning a spot among Law360's 2023 Project Finance Groups of the Year.

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    Shook Hardy Launches Group To Provide DEI Guidance

    Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP has kicked off a diversity, equity and inclusion advisory practice group led by the former litigation and diversity leader for Coca-Cola Co.

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    Skadden Adds Latham Capital Markets Ace In Silicon Valley

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP is expanding its Silicon Valley finance team, announcing Thursday it is bringing in a Latham & Watkins LLP capital markets expert as a partner in its office in Palo Alto, California.

  • Fordham Law's Incoming Dean Has A BigLaw Background

    After spending time early in his career as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, newly appointed Fordham University Law School Dean Joseph Landau went on to become associate dean of academic affairs at the school and contribute to the advancement of social justice through the law, with an emphasis on LGBTQ immigrant rights, according to a Thursday announcement.

  • International Trade Group Of The Year: Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring LLP saw success on both sides of the Atlantic this year, with its attorneys successfully representing Indian steel importers in a trade matter involving dozens of European enforcement agencies and winning the quick remand of American steel anti-dumping duties, landing it a spot among Law360's 2023 International Trade Practice Groups of the Year.

  • Private Equity Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has advised on more than 100 asset management M&A deals with a combined value of over $170 billion since Oct. 1, 2022, including Bridgepoint Group's acquisition of Energy Capital Partners to create a company with €57 billion ($61 billion) invested in global private markets, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Private Equity Groups of the Year.

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    Cravath Exits Show No Firm Is Immune To Retention Concerns

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP is historically known for its rarity in partner exits, but three partners left the firm in January alone to join BigLaw rivals, a number that may end up jibing with prior years' departures but that some say could signal fresh challenges for the storied firm as it looks to retain talent.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    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.

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