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  • Ex-Conn. Real Estate Atty Gets Prison For Fraud Scheme

    A former real estate attorney in Stamford, Connecticut, was sentenced Wednesday to just over a year in prison after admitting to running a fraud scheme that ripped off his clients for more than $720,000, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

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    3 Associates On Leaving BigLaw To Join A Smaller Firm

    An uptick in lateral movement in the third quarter of 2023 was driven by vigorous hiring on the part of small and midsize law firms, with nearly 40% of all attorneys who made a move from large firms joining one outside the 200 largest in the U.S. by revenue, according to a recent report.

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    Law Firms See Revenue Growth Amid Soaring Billing Rates

    As of the end of the third quarter of 2023, U.S. law firms had increased their revenues, on average, by 4.6% year-over-year as a result of "the highest growth in billing rates we've seen," according to a new report from Wells Fargo Legal Specialty Group.

  • Atty Denies Being Bound By Settlement Confidentiality Clause

    A Connecticut personal injury attorney being sued by a group of sex-trafficking survivors denies that he was bound by a confidentiality clause included in the settlement agreement with the man accused of abusing them. 

  • Family Wants Docs Redacted In NJ Malpractice Suit

    Parties on either side of a New Jersey legal malpractice suit have filed dueling letters arguing over the release of settlement documents in the underlying litigation from which the case arose, with the attorney facing the malpractice claims saying the documents' disclosure is critical to her defense.

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    Professor Wins Grant To Develop AI Tool Kit For Legal Writing

    A law professor at the University of Louisville has won a teaching grant from the Association of Legal Writing Directors to create a free tool kit that law professors can use for incorporating generative artificial intelligence into legal writing courses, the university has announced.

  • Pennsylvania Court Says Atty's CBD Oil Is Covered Med Supply

    Employment and personal injury law firm Schmidt Kirifides and Rassias PC has to cover the cost of cannabidiol oil used to treat one of its attorneys' back pain from a work injury because, even if federally illegal, the substance is a "medical supply," a split Pennsylvania state appeals court ruled.

  • Ex-Atty Avoids Jail Time For Contempt In Fla. Homestead Suit

    A Florida state judge declined to jail a disbarred tax lawyer for alleged contempt on Tuesday, but ordered her to provide information pursuant to an attorney fee ruling by next month in a long-running case in which she says her house was unconstitutionally taken to pay creditors.

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    NC Law Firm Wants Insurance Coverage For Phishing Hack

    A North Carolina real estate firm is suing its insurance carrier, saying in a complaint moved Monday to North Carolina federal court that its policy should pay for its legal defense after a hacker broke into its system and sent a phishing email that resulted in closing counsel wiring a six-figure sum to the hacker's bank account.

  • Ozy CEO Spars With Ford O'Brien Over Insurance Proceeds

    Ozy Media's CEO urged a California federal court to reconsider its decision to allow a New York law firm to intervene in a coverage dispute and recover legal fees relating to its defense of the company in underlying litigation, saying it could harm his defense in an upcoming trial.

  • Atty Admits Scheming To Poach $2M Parcel Of Imported Pants

    A suspended lawyer copped Tuesday to conspiracy and identity theft charges in New York state court, telling a Manhattan judge he conspired to assume the identity of an import business to intercept $2 million worth of pants.

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    Muslim Bar Groups Say Law Firms Have Stoked Islamophobia

    The National Association of Muslim Lawyers, the American Muslim Bar Association and regional Muslim bar groups have blasted law firms for being "one-sided" in regard to the war in Israel and Gaza, accusing firms of adding to the environment of Islamophobia and anti-Arab sentiment and saying some legal professionals are "afraid to reveal their heritage."

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    Buchanan Ingersoll Combines With Pennsylvania IP Boutique

    An increased need for integrated intellectual property services has led Philadelphia-based boutique firm RatnerPrestia to join with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC's wider platform in 2024.

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    Veteran Labor Attorney Joins Miller Nash In Oregon

    Miller Nash LLP has brought on an experienced attorney with over 40 years spent representing employers in a wide range of labor disputes as a partner in Portland, Oregon, adding to the firm's addition of talent from labor and employment boutique Bullard Law. 

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    Greenspoon Brings On Land Use Pro From Fla. Boutique

    Greenspoon Marder LLP has added a land use and zoning partner to its Fort Lauderdale, Florida, office from boutique real estate firm Dunay Miskel and Backman LLP.

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    Ex-Hyatt Counsel Leads Kabat Chapman's New Chicago Office

    Atlanta-headquartered Kabat Chapman & Ozmer LLP said Tuesday that it was opening a Chicago office to be led by a longtime in-house counsel for Hyatt Hotels Corporation who is also heading the firm's hospitality law practice.

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    Michigan Atty Advocates For Disabled Clients — And Herself

    Ashley Jacobson became severely ill during her senior year of college in Michigan and has lived with a disability ever since, an experience that motivated her to advocate for other people with disabilities, first as a counselor, then as a lawyer.

  • Fired Finazzo Cossolini Atty Says Cause Was Asthma, Divorce

    Finazzo Cossolini O'Leary Meola & Hager LLC has been slammed with a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit in New Jersey state court from a former associate who was fired for his asthma, his divorce and his familial status in violation of the state's Law Against Discrimination.

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    Bell Nunnally Adds IP Ace In Dallas From Texas Boutique

    Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP has strengthened its litigation and intellectual property practices with an attorney in Dallas who joined from Creedon LLP, a small IP litigation firm that recently merged with Scale LLP.

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Inducts Phillips Lytle Atty As Prez

    Phillips Lytle LLP has announced that a longtime partner who focuses her practice on data security, privacy, e-discovery and related issues has been inducted as the next president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

  • Fla. Atty, 81, Gets 2 Years For $7.5M Real Estate Fraud Scheme

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday sentenced an attorney to two years in prison after he pled guilty to advising clients and friends to invest in real estate development opportunities in the town where he served as town attorney and using those funds for his personal expenses and his law firm's benefit.

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    ABA Shines Spotlight On 3 Champions Of LGBT Causes

    The American Bar Association is honoring three longtime advocates for LGBT rights in the legal community in February with its annual Stonewall Award.

  • 2nd Circ. Backs Atty's Loss In Traffic Court Expulsion Fight

    The Second Circuit declined Monday to revive a New York lawyer's suit over his ban from practicing in front of the state Department of Motor Vehicles, ruling that a private security guard he allegedly assaulted is not a state actor.

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    Law Firms Are Getting Attys Ready For Generative Text

    As generative text tools arrive in the legal field, law firms are educating their attorneys about how to use them and their ethical obligations.

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    When Should Firms Redo Their Websites?

    Law firms tend to be less willing to refresh their websites than other types of organizations, according to experts, and to get the most value from their online presence, firm leaders should learn to recognize when the website needs attention.

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