Pennsylvania Pulse

  • Pa. Judge Eyes Ex-SEC Lawyer's Bias Suit With Skepticism

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday appeared skeptical of a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer's age and race bias lawsuit against the agency as her counsel struggled to provide the judge with hard evidence that her client was denied a promotion because of discrimination.

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    Saltz Mongeluzzi Seeks $125K In Fees From Post-Hack OT Suit

    Attorneys from Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky PC are seeking more than $125,000 in fees and expenses for more than 150 hours of representation for a class of rehab facility workers who claimed they were underpaid for overtime when their company's timekeeping system was hacked.

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    Frost Brown Reelects Chairman, CEO For Another Term

    Frost Brown Todd LLC is betting on the same leadership to guide the firm over the next three years that in previous terms shepherded it through a pandemic, added offices, and sealed a merger that made its footprint national.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    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.

  • Pittsburgh Man Charged For Knife In Court, Harassing Judge

    A Pittsburgh man is facing criminal charges for allegedly carrying a knife past security at the Allegheny County Courthouse and threatening to follow a judge to his car in order to talk about his case, according to court documents released Friday.

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    Pa. Public Utility Commission Atty Elevated To Top Counsel

    The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has named a new top lawyer, elevating its acting executive deputy chief counsel to the role of chief counsel.

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    4 Ways Young Attorneys Can Find The Perfect Mentor

    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.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    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.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    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.

  • Judge OKs $8M BofA Overdraft Settlement, $2.6M Atty Fee

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday granted final approval to a $8 million settlement secured for a proposed class of Bank of America customers who claim they were charged multiple fees for bad checks, including an award of $2,666,666.66 in attorney fees.

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    NYC Bar Leader Takes On 'Epic' Challenge For Parkinson's

    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.

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    Coming Soon: The 2023 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard Rankings

    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.

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    UPMC's Top Lawyer For 12 Years Will Retire At End Of 2023

    The head of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's legal department has announced his plans to retire from his position at the end of the year.

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    Why Law Firms Are Poaching So Many In-House Cyber Pros

    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.

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    Gfeller Laurie Leader On New Practice Area, First Year In Role

    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.

  • Paralegals Want Collective Cert. In OT Suit Against Philly

    Paralegals working for Philadelphia in its district attorney's office performed similar jobs and should collectively pursue claims against the city that they were misclassified as overtime-exempt, a current and a former employee said, urging a Pennsylvania federal court to grant certification in their suit.

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    Outside GC Practices Are A Potential Mid-Law Opportunity

    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.

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    Equal Justice Works CEO On Diversifying Public Interest Law

    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.

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    After Closure, Schnader Harrison Attys, Staff Move On

    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.

  • Firm's Privilege Row Among 'Strangest' For 3rd Circ. Judge

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday pondered what happens when state attorney-client privilege law intersects with federal judicial estoppel in the case of a gambling machine company that sued its former counsel, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC, for representing a casino it considered adverse to its interests, with one judge placing it among the "strangest" matters he's ever mulled.

  • Post & Schell Grows Pittsburgh Office With Health Care Atty

    Post & Schell PC expanded its health care practice in Pittsburgh with the recent addition of an attorney with more than 25 years of experience navigating complex contracts and the intricate web of government regulations.

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    Klehr Harrison Names Two New Litigation Co-Chairs

    Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP has announced that it will expand the role of its litigation practice chair at the start of 2024 by naming two co-chairs to share the job with the incumbent, Jonathan Krause.

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    Barley Snyder Adds Trusts And Estates Pro In Central Pa.

    An attorney with more than two decades of experience in estate planning has moved her practice to Barley Snyder's office in southern Pennsylvania after a year with Mette Evans & Woodside.

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    DLA Piper's Space Leader On Serving 'Crowded' Industry

    As head of DLA Piper's new space exploration and innovation practice, Christian Ford said he and fellow firm attorneys are gearing up to meet the needs of clients in what he expects will be a "crowded" commercial space industry.

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    Shaky Economy Spurs GCs To Seek Savings And Shift Costs

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    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.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    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.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    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.

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    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    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 Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    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.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    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.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    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.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    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.

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    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.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    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.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    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.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    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.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    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.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    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.



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