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    Greenberg Traurig Adds Former SEC Regional Director In SF

    A former regional director for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Salt Lake City office has left the public sector to join Greenberg Traurig LLP in San Francisco.

  • 2nd Circ. Upholds Ax Of Ex-Ropes & Gray Clerk's Bar Exam Suit

    A former Ropes & Gray LLP attorney who was fired after twice failing the New York bar exam can't sue the state agency that administers the test for failing to accommodate her disabilities, the Second Circuit ruled Friday, finding the agency is protected by sovereign immunity.

  • Dentons Hires Foley & Lardner Bankruptcy Partner

    Dentons said Friday it has hired a bankruptcy partner in Chicago who spent the past 25 years at Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another action-packed week as BigLaw firms expanded their footprints and Donald Trump scored a court victory. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Blanche Law PLLC and Continental PLLC lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after a Florida federal judge tossed the criminal case against former President Donald Trump over his allegedly illegal retention of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

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    Rising Star: BCLP's Barbara A. Smith Tyson

    Barbara A. Smith Tyson of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP claimed wins in two First Amendment cases involving Courthouse News Service and successfully convinced the Kansas Court of Appeals to dismiss personal injury claims accusing Walmart of administering a COVID-19 vaccine to a 15-year-old girl without parental consent, earning her a spot among the appellate attorneys under the age of 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Davis Wright's Adam Sieff

    Adam Sieff of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has defended social media and technology companies like Yelp, Google and TikTok against attempts to limit their speech, helping to block a California law that would have restricted how online content is created and published and earning him a spot among the technology law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Jackson Lewis' Douglas J. Klein

    Douglas J. Klein of Jackson Lewis PC has defended employers against class and collective actions, including federal court cases involving a "naked" class waiver at Insomnia Cookies and wage-and-hour claims against New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, earning him a spot among employment law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Latham's Oliver Prakash-Jenkins

    Oliver Prakash-Jenkins of Latham & Watkins LLP advised infrastructure investment manager American Triple I on its fundraise for the $4.2 billion development of a new terminal at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, and in just the past month has seen two projects that both involved investments of over $1 billion close, earning him a place among the fund formation law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Cohen Milstein's Eric A. Kafka

    Eric Kafka of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC has secured major clients wins in high-dollar consumer protection cases, including a recent $40 million settlement for advertising purchasers in a case over Facebook's alleged inflation of advertising performance metrics, earning him a spot among the class action law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • Nelson Mullins Gains Md. Estate Atty From Baker Donelson

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP announced the 16th estate planning and trusts attorney to join the firm, this time from Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • A&O Shearman's $50K Referral Bonus Reflects 'Tough' Market

    Allen Overy Shearman Sterling said Friday that it's paying a $50,000 bonus to employees who refer an associate or counsel who is hired at the firm, in a move that reflects the "tough" recruitment market for legal employers.

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    Florida Opts To Use NextGen Bar Exam Starting In 2028

    Florida will adopt a new bar exam test component, known as the NextGen Bar Exam, from the National Conference of Bar Examiners beginning July 2028, the state's board of bar examiners announced Thursday.

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    Blank Rome Adds Reed Smith Trio In Houston, Pittsburgh

    A team of three former Reed Smith attorneys specializing in financial transactions in the energy sector have recently moved their practices to Blank Rome LLP's Houston and Pittsburgh offices.

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    Federal Judges Walk Ethics Tightrope With Clerk Boycotts

    Federal judges may be running afoul of ethics rules in boycotting law clerks from certain schools over political activity related to the Israel-Hamas war, a move that could erode confidence in the courts, exacerbate inequities in the clerk-hiring process, and ripple out to law firms and their clients, experts say.

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    Reed Smith IT Pro Named Firm's New Chief Information Officer

    Reed Smith LLP announced Thursday that it has promoted an information technology pro who has been with the firm for more than two decades to be its chief information officer.

  • Womble Bond Adds Finance Atty With Latin America Focus

    Womble Bond Dickinson's growing New York office is welcoming a capital markets and structured finance attorney after his more than 10 years with Hogan Lovells, most recently in Brazil.

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    Rising Star: Latham's Eric Kamerman

    Eric Kamerman of Latham & Watkins LLP in recent years handled the tax aspects of several multibillion-dollar acquisitions of powerhouses in British soccer and American fashion, earning him recognition as one of the tax attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Robins Kaplan's Emily Niles

    Emily Niles of Robins Kaplan LLP helped lead the trial team that scored a $71.4 million jury verdict on behalf of Taiwanese Christmas lights company Willis Electric against a rival in Hong Kong that is the world's largest maker of artificial Christmas trees, earning her a spot among the intellectual property law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Brown Rudnick's Kenneth Aulet

    Kenneth Aulet of Brown Rudnick LLP has represented creditors in major bankruptcies like that of crypto giant Blockfi Inc. and has also represented that company's wind-down administrator, earning him a spot among the bankruptcy law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Morgan & Morgan's Francesca Burne

    Francesca Burne of Morgan & Morgan PA has served as class counsel for plaintiffs alleging violations of data security laws, working to get major wins for her clients that include a $68.2 million settlement with Morgan Stanley and a $190 million settlement with Capital One, earning her a spot among the cybersecurity practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Davis Polk's Shanu Bajaj

    The same year she made partner, Shanu Bajaj was on Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP's lead M&A team advising Exxon Mobil Corp. in the largest merger announced in 2023, earning her a spot among the mergers and acquisitions practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: V&E's Corinne Snow

    Corinne Snow of Vinson & Elkins LLP has been at the forefront of the field of environmental regulation throughout her young career, serving in the U.S. Department of Justice and working with water associations in challenging recent regulatory mandates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and earning her a spot among the environmental practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • HSF's Profits Surge By 15% As Revenue Hits Record £1.3B

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has posted its best set of financial results on record as revenue hit an all-time high of £1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) and the firm also delivered its largest-ever profits and partners' profits.

  • Ex-Cognizant Execs Bemoan Access Woes In Bribery Case

    Former Cognizant executives accused of authorizing a bribe to a government official in India have told a New Jersey federal court that obstacles to their access to evidence and overseas witnesses undermine their right to a fair trial and could warrant the dismissal of the case.

Expert Analysis

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    Talking Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorneys and other legal professionals share insights on mental health and well-being in this Law360 Pulse Expert Analysis series.

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    Talking Mental Health: Tackling Stress As A Practice Leader Author Photo

    Constance Rhebergen at Bracewell discusses how she handles the stress of being a practice chair, how sources of stress have changed in the legal industry over the past decade and what law firms can do to protect attorney mental health.

  • Making Legal Cents: Engaging A Remote, Evolving Workforce Author Photo

    In the face of a dispersed and changing workforce with Generation Z entering the scene, law firms should consider some practical strategies to revitalize their cultures, provide meaningful mentorship and safeguard their knowledge bases, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • How Firms Can Effectively Evaluate Their Summer Associates Author Photo

    One of the most effective ways firms can ensure their summer associate programs are a success is by engaging in a timely and meaningful evaluation process and being intentional about when, how and by whom feedback should be provided, say Caroline Cimei and Erica Fine at Shutts & Bowen.

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    Talking Mental Health: Life As A Lawyer With OCD Author Photo

    Kelly Hughes at Ogletree discusses what she’s learned in the 14 years since she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, recounting how the experience shaped her law practice, what the legal industry and general public get wrong about the disorder, and how law firms can better support employees who have OCD.

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly be used by outside counsel to better predict the outcomes of litigation — thus informing legal strategy with greater precision — and by clients to scrutinize invoices and evaluate counsel’s performance, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Librarian Author Photo

    Lisa A. Goodman at Texas A&M University shares how she went from a BigLaw associate who liked to hang out in the firm's law library to director of a law library herself in just over a decade, and provides considerations for anyone interested in pursuing a law librarian career.

  • Legal Briefs Can Benefit From Cleaned Up Case Citations Author Photo

    Federal courts have recently been changing the way they quote decisions to omit insignificant details and string cites, and lawyers should consider adopting this practice to enhance the readability of their briefs — as long as accuracy stays top of mind, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

  • 5 Best Practices For Firms Designing DEI Programs Author Photo

    Nikki Lewis Simon, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Greenberg Traurig, discusses best practices — and some pitfalls to avoid — for law firms looking to build programs aimed at driving inclusion in the workplace.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs Author Photo

    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Juggle Billables And Other Activities? Author Photo

    While involvement in internal firm initiatives can be rewarding both personally and professionally, associates' billable time requirements don’t leave much room for other work, meaning they must develop strategies to ensure they’re meeting all of their commitments while remaining balanced, says Melanie Webber at Fisher Phillips.

  • Making Legal Cents: How To Adapt As Clients Tighten Budgets Author Photo

    Amid a dip in corporate legal spending and client pushback on bills, Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants highlights specific in-house counsel frustrations and explains how firms can provide customized legal advice with costs that are supported by undeniable value.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents Author Photo

    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • General Counsel And Legal Ops Must Work Together Author Photo

    It is critical for general counsel to ensure that a legal operations leader is viewed not only as a peer, but as a strategic leader for the organization, and there are several actionable ways general counsel can not only become more involved, but help champion legal operations teams and set them up for success, says Mary O'Carroll at Ironclad.

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

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