Small Law

  • Wells Fargo Knew Of Ex-Texas Atty's Fraud, Victims Claim

    Victims of a former Texas attorney's multimillion-dollar fraud urged a Lone Star State federal court on Monday to keep alive their lawsuit accusing Wells Fargo Bank NA of enabling the scheme, arguing the bank was aware the lawyer was misusing clients' money and profited from the arrangement.

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    CORRECTED: Ex-SDNY Clerk, Atty Get Prison For Referral Scheme

    A former court clerk in the Southern District of New York was sentenced to two years in prison Monday and a disbarred defense attorney was hit with a year-long term for an alleged cash-for-referrals scheme.

  • Ex-Paralegal Launches Whistleblower Suit Against NJ Firm

    An ex-paralegal at New Jersey personal injury law firm Brandon J. Broderick LLC says his former employer created an uncomfortable work place when he reported alleged ethical violations to management.

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    Atty Can't Slip Willkie Partner's Suit Over NY Post Story

    A Connecticut federal judge has declined to toss a Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP partner's abuse of process case against a Constitution State attorney who allegedly orchestrated an unflattering New York Post article as retaliation for an underlying disqualification bid, ruling that the suit is not blocked by litigation privilege.

  • Mo. Atty Loses Last-Ditch Bid To Dodge NC Tax Fraud Trial

    A St. Louis attorney lost a last-minute attempt to escape his upcoming tax fraud trial based on claims that the prosecution was never properly authorized, with a North Carolina federal judge finding that the government did mislead the court but nonetheless had the right stamp of approval.

  • Ex-Client Says NJ Atty To Blame For Shoddy Pandemic Deal

    A woman suing her former attorneys for allegedly forcing her into an unfavorable deal in a medical malpractice suit has urged a New Jersey state court not to dismiss claims against one of the attorneys, reiterating to the court that both attorneys were responsible for her botched case.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Gibbons PC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after helping its client, a Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney, secure an early win in a legal malpractice case alleging he botched an estate planning matter and lost his client millions in a later divorce.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the beginning of April with another busy week as law firms expanded their offerings and made new hires. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    'Eat Or Be Eaten': Mid-Law Drove Q1 Law Firm Mergers

    As firms feel the pressure to grow to meet client demands, midsize law firms appear to be more eager to gobble up small law firms and less thrilled by the idea of being acquired, according to consultants and first quarter U.S. law firm combination results collected by Law360 Pulse.

  • Beck Redden Beats Disbarred Atty's Texas Malpractice Suit

    A Texas federal judge granted Beck Redden LLP's request to end a malpractice suit against it from a disbarred attorney and former firm client who alleged the firm waived his right to a jury trial.

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    Utility Atty Who Advised Google JV Opens Environmental Firm

    An attorney who advised a Google joint venture on a group of master-planned communities and a California utility on billions of dollars in infrastructure work has launched boutique firm Forrest Environmental Law.

  • Wisconsin Bar Tweaks Diversity Definition Amid Bias Suit

    The State Bar of Wisconsin has erased a legal challenge related to its diversity clerkship program following a revision of its definition of diversity, though the federal case will continue over dues collections.

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    IP Firm Sues Florida Attorney For Using Soundalike Name

    Georgia-based intellectual property firm Bekiares Eliezer LLP has sued an attorney in Florida federal court, alleging he marketed his services with a name similar to its "Founders Legal" brand.

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    Why Texas Litigation Boutique Is Growing In The Garden State

    A similar philosophy about practicing in the mass tort space has led longtime New Jersey litigator Asim Badaruzzaman to helm Dallas-based Sbaiti & Company PLLC's new shop in the Garden State.

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    AI Assistant Offers 'Second Brain' To Small Plaintiffs Firms

    The legal tech startup Eve is specifically targeting plaintiffs firms with its new AI-native law firm program, using artificial intelligence trained by lawyers and customized to a firm’s caseload. The first firm to pilot the program, Frontier Law Center, says the comprehensive AI assistant has been a game changer.

  • Depo Conflicts Mean Pretrial Win In Malpractice Suit, Attys Say

    A Texas state court judge on Thursday said he needed to more closely review the prior deposition of a man who claimed his Houston-area property was flooded by Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Imelda before deciding whether to grant a pretrial win to a law firm the man accused of botching his damage claim.

  • Ex-NY Court Atty Found Guilty Of Official Misconduct

    A New York state jury on Thursday found a former appeals court attorney guilty of official misconduct for using her position to provide a legal opinion that helped her husband and his law firm secure a $55,000 payment from a new client.

  • W.Va. Plaintiff Drops Telemarketing Claim Against Fla. Firm

    A West Virginia woman who alleged in a putative class action that law firms had bombarded her and others with unwanted legal advertising phone calls has announced a joint dismissal with one of the firms involved.

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    The Attys Suing Over Human Trafficking At Qatar World Cup

    Attorneys at Washington, D.C.-based litigation boutique Sparacino PLLC are seeking to use their experience handling terrorism-related cases to pursue a human trafficking suit on behalf of Filipino workers who were allegedly misled and forced to work in inhumane conditions while building soccer stadiums for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

  • HK Lender Gets $8M Arbitral Awards Against Fla. Atty OK'd

    A Florida federal court has ruled to confirm and enforce international arbitral awards totaling more than $8 million against a Florida attorney and his longtime client, finding the pair should have opposed the awards favoring a Hong Kong-based lender no more than three months after the case wrapped up in 2019.

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    Atty May Be Disciplined Over Filing Cases For Media Attention

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday referred an attorney to her court's grievance committee over a pattern of filing cases to garner media attention and pressure defendants to settle quickly.

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    Despite Atty Losses, Lewis Brisbois Says '23 Was Its Best Year

    Following the exodus of over a hundred employment lawyers to the short-lived Barber Ranen last summer, a stream of attorneys has been departing Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP to join other firms that are expanding into new regions. The firm’s leader tells Law360 Pulse, however, that the firm is on solid footing and had its “best year yet.”

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    Ga. Attys Want To Use AI Power At New Tech-Focused Firm

    A former Morris Manning & Martin LLP partner and an ex-Krevolin & Horst LLC counsel have unveiled a new Atlanta-based law firm designed to wield artificial intelligence and other technologies to better serve clients' needs.

  • Houston Firm Ditches Proposed Data Breach Class Action

    A Texas federal judge threw out a proposed class action accusing Fleming Nolen & Jez LLP of waiting a month to disclose a cyberattack that exposed more than 100 clients' protected health information, citing the lead plaintiff's admission that she didn't even know if any of her data was compromised.

  • Judge Rides Denver Firm On Atty Fees In Elijah McClain Case

    A Colorado appellate judge pressed a Denver law firm Tuesday on how exactly it was entitled to millions of dollars in contingency fees in a high-profile civil rights suit after the mother of a slain man at the center of the civil rights case fired the firm before the case resulted in a $15 million settlement.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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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    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.

  • Opinion

    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.

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