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  • Jeff Ranen

    After Email Scandal, Jeff Ranen Builds New Plaintiffs Firm

    Jeff Ranen, whose former firm collapsed last year following the exposure of offensive emails, is now actively working to expand the footprint of the fledgling plaintiffs firm he founded just a month after his resignation from Barber Ranen, according to an internal email obtained by Law360 Pulse.

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    Crowell & Moring Partner Named DC Bar President-Elect

    D.C. Bar members have selected a Crowell & Moring LLP employment law partner as their president-elect, the association announced Friday.

  • Lewis Brisbois Wants Ex-Partner's Pay Bias Suit In Arbitration

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has asked a Los Angeles court to force arbitration of claims lodged by a former partner in a suit accusing the firm of gender discrimination in pay and retaliation for raising concerns over its "unethical billing practices."

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    Thompson Hine Launches Team To Be On Top Of AI

    Thompson Hine LLP, a full-service business law firm with about 400 lawyers in eight offices, has launched a multidisciplinary team dedicated to artificial intelligence and its related issues.

  • Baker Donelson Can't Ax Ponzi Scheme Suit, Receiver Says

    A federal receiver has urged a Mississippi federal judge to reject Baker Donelson's summary judgment bid seeking a pretrial win on civil conspiracy claims the firm allowed a nine-figure timber business Ponzi scheme to unfold,

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Sonosky Chambers Sachse Endreson & Perry LLP, Jenner & Block LLP, Sidley Austin LLP and Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal government is required to reimburse two Native American tribes millions of dollars in administrative healthcare costs.

  • Faegre Drinker Hires K&L Gates Investment Management Head

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has hired the former head of investment management at K&L Gates LLP as a partner in the firm's investment management practice group in London, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry began June with another action-packed week as BigLaw firms expanded their offerings and made new hires. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Alston & Bird Hires Longtime Jones Day Cybersecurity Atty

    Alston & Bird LLP has hired a Jones Day partner who has spent the majority of her career working on matters related to emerging technologies, data privacy and cybersecurity.

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    'Any Judge' Should Have DQ'd In Romance Case, Attys Told

    A Texas federal judge was adamant Thursday that a former bankruptcy judge should have recused himself from an engineering company's Chapter 11 proceeding because of his relationship with a then-Jackson Walker LLP partner, but seemed torn over whether a lawsuit from a former shareholder over the secret relationship had a leg to stand on.

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    Judge Who Took Israel Trip Recuses Self From Gaza Case

    A Ninth Circuit judge on Thursday recused himself from a case over the Biden administration's support for Israel's military efforts in Gaza, suggesting he disagreed with Palestinian rights activists' claim that a sponsored trip to Israel disqualified him but nevertheless would step aside "out of an abundance of caution."

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    Eckert Seamans Adds 5-Atty Dentons IP Team In Pittsburgh

    Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has expanded its intellectual property services with the addition of a five-member team that moved its practice from Dentons Cohen & Grigsby to the firm's Pittsburgh office.

  • Ex-CFO Says McElroy Deutsch's $7M Relief Bid Is A Reach

    McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP's former chief financial officer said Thursday that his old firm's motion for partial summary judgment in a theft suit against him "seeks relief that far exceeds the scope" of his recent criminal guilty plea, defending his request that the New Jersey state court hold off ruling on the bid.

  • Penn Law Partners With Skadden On Summer Prep Program

    A new summer program announced Thursday by the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law is designed to help demystify some of the uncertainty and anxiety building up among first-year law students before they arrive at campus.

  • Kurzban Law Firm Launches DC Office In Farragut Square

    Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli & Pratt PA has launched an office in Washington, D.C., and named a Mayer Brown LLP attorney who was assistant secretary of state for consular affairs as its managing partner, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Troutman Pepper Partner Pulled Into Ex-Associate's Bias Suit

    A Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP partner has been added as a defendant in a racial discrimination lawsuit a former Black associate filed, who now claims the partner, a formerly supportive mentor, made the decision to fire her after she complained about an email the associate described as racist.

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    Crowell & Moring's Latest Ex-GC Boosts Fin Services Team

    As more general counsels look to opportunities in BigLaw, Crowell & Moring announced Thursday that it has hired the former general counsel and chief compliance officer at investment firm Commonwealth Asset Management.

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    Fisher Phillips' Management Trio Now Has Majority Of Women

    With Fisher Phillips' selection of a San Diego-based partner with experience spearheading women's advancement efforts to serve on its three-member management committee, the employer-side labor and employment firm is now led by a majority of women.

  • Shook Hardy Creates 23-Member Gov't Investigations Practice

    Civil and criminal investigations by regulatory agencies into alleged corporate misconduct are on the rise, and Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP has a new government investigations and litigation practice to help with such issues.

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    Seyfarth Adds Katten Partner To Charlotte Real Estate Team

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP has added partner John Domby to the firm's real estate department in Charlotte, North Carolina, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Young Chinese Attys Face New Hurdles In BigLaw Job Chase

    Law degrees from top U.S. universities were once prized by many Chinese students as tickets to secure jobs at major U.S. law firms. However, with these firms scaling back operations in China, aspiring lawyers face dwindling prospects and increased uncertainty about their futures.

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    Fried Frank Exec Comp Partner Moves To Paul Hastings In NY

    Executive compensation lawyer Jason Ertel has joined Paul Hastings LLP's global compensation, benefits and ERISA practice as a partner in New York, the firm said Thursday.  

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    Snell & Wilmer Brings On 'Dark Wire' Sting Ex-Prosecutor

    Snell & Wilmer LLP announced Wednesday it has hired a Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner and former prosecutor who helped lead an unprecedented sting operation that will be the focus of a Netflix film directed by Jason Bateman.

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    Atty Accused Of 'Quiet Quitting' Ends Bias Suit Against Firm

    New York-based plaintiffs firm Napoli Shkolnik PLLC and a former attorney told a federal court they've agreed to end the ex-employee's lawsuit alleging she was publicly accused of breaking her employment contract by "quiet quitting" because she challenged the racist behavior she witnessed.

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    After Judge Takes Trip To Israel, Attys Want Him Off Gaza Case

    Palestinian rights activists asked a Ninth Circuit judge to recuse himself from a case claiming that the Biden administration flouted international laws barring genocide by supporting Israel's military efforts in Gaza, noting that the judge recently took a trip to Israel sponsored by the World Jewish Congress.

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Expert Analysis

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World Author Photo

    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • Series

    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

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