Florida Pulse

  • 11th Circ. Says Broker Can't Collect Fees In Copyright Case

    The Eleventh Circuit has ruled that a Florida real estate broker cannot collect attorney fees incurred for defending himself from a copyright infringement suit by an aerial photography company because the broker was not a prevailing party once the photography company voluntarily dismissed the case.

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    'Bright Line' Recusal Rule May Be Challenging To Fed. Judges

    A new ethics opinion clarifying when federal judges should step aside from cases when they own stock in a party's parent company is a positive step toward transparency, but it also creates a lot of work for judges and may not have much practical impact, according to experts.

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    CLO Of University Operator Announces June Departure

    The chief legal officer and chief ethics and compliance officer at Laureate Education Inc., an owner and operator of universities in Mexico and Peru, announced his plans to leave the company at the end of June on Monday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    Henderson Franklin Adds Fla. Corporate Vet From Solo Shop

    Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt PA has brought on an of counsel with more than three decades of experience to its business and tax department from his own Florida firm.

  • Trump Challenges Origins Of Prosecution In Fla. Docs Case

    The special counsel's office prosecuting Donald Trump's criminal case on mishandling classified documents told the Florida federal judge overseeing the case on Friday that his attorneys don't have a viable claim challenging the origins of the prosecution team, arguing that intelligence agencies had no role in determining the charges against the former president.

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    Applebee's Atty's 'Mega-Blunder' Warrants Retrial, Court Says

    A Florida appellate panel said Friday that counsel for an Applebee's restaurant made an improper closing statement characterized by one panelist as a "mega-blunder," warranting a retrial of an injury suit accusing the restaurant of causing a customer's slip-and-fall injuries.

  • Fla. Judge Resigns Amid Ethics Charges Over Ex Parte Chat

    A Florida state judge has resigned, ending an ethics case triggered by his allegedly biased ex parte comments to a prosecutor following a Zoom hearing in August.

  • DeSantis Blasts Ousted Florida Atty's Bid To Speed Up Appeal

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed back Friday against an ousted prosecutor's request that the Eleventh Circuit expedite consideration of the governor's petition for a rehearing en banc with respect to a decision reviving the attorney's lawsuit against DeSantis, saying the case has "sweeping implications" for the state.

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Susman Godfrey LLP and Truelove Law Firm lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after a Texas state jury awarded $287 million to Dutch telecommunications company Koninklijke KPN in a contract dispute with Samsung Electronics Co.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    February ended with a bang as BigLaw made moves and the Supreme Court waded into former President Donald Trump’s legal woes. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Clerk Database Founder On Cruel Judges, Law School Inertia

    This month, the Legal Accountability Project will launch an online clerkship database consisting of more than 800 reviews of state and federal judges. Access will be limited to law students undergoing the clerkship application process and seeking honest assessments of their would-be bosses.

  • Trump Says 'Fair' Docs Case Trial Must Happen After Election

    Donald Trump on Thursday asked a Florida federal court not to schedule a trial in the criminal classified documents case against him until after this year's presidential election, arguing that a fair trial "cannot be conducted this year in a manner consistent with the Constitution."

  • DeSantis Signs Bill Releasing Epstein Grand Jury Docs

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a bill that expands the exceptions for grand jury secrecy, paving the way for the release later this year of the 2006 grand jury investigation into serial sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

  • Atty Not Bound By Settlements In Fla. Breach Of Contract Suit

    A Florida appellate panel on Thursday reversed a lower court ruling that a Mississippi attorney violated agreements prohibiting him from publicly disparaging parties and disseminating filings in prior cases, saying he wasn't obligated to follow the settlements despite the parties' intentions of having them apply to him.

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    How Aspiring GCs Can Be Sure Their Comp Packages Are Fair

    The beginning of proxy season is upon us, which means we can gain insight into compensation packages for public companies' legal chiefs. But how can lawyers, especially those stepping into their first general counsel role, be sure their own compensation is fair and reasonable?

  • Feds Want To Ask Trump Jurors If 2020 Election Was 'Stolen'

    Florida federal prosecutors want to ask potential jurors in Donald Trump's classified documents case if they believe the 2020 election was "stolen" and if they hold opinions about how the FBI executed a highly publicized search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

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    Day Pitney Absorbs 2-Atty Real Estate Boutique In Miami

    Day Pitney LLP announced Thursday that it had absorbed a South Florida land use boutique, adding a partner who has been involved in numerous development projects in Miami's arts-focused Wynwood neighborhood.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    The expansion of law firm footprints in North Carolina and Florida, a couple of homecomings in Minnesota and Sarasota, Florida, and the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation in Houston were among some of the biggest real estate moves for law firms in February.

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    Inside BigLaw's 'Tremendous' Hunger For Restructuring Attys

    Even as the economy appears poised to pick up steam in 2024, BigLaw firms are still aggressively adding restructuring capabilities, with a number of recent lateral hires reflecting the glut of work still to be found in the practice area.

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    DLA Piper Names New Global Managing Partner

    DLA Piper announced Thursday that partner Richard Chesley will step into the newly created role of global managing partner to oversee the development of cross-border business initiatives and expansion of global relationships.

  • Senate Brings This Week's Fla. Judge Confirmations To Four

    The Senate on Wednesday confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judges Julie Sneed and Melissa Damian to the Middle and Southern districts, respectively, of Florida, bringing the total of Florida judges confirmed this week to four.

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    Gov't Attys Must Mind Confidential Info Or Be DQ'd, ABA Says

    Both current and former government attorneys who take on private clients should look out for instances where their possession of "confidential government information" calls for them to be disqualified from representing a client, according to the latest guidance from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, released Wednesday.

  • Full 11th Circ. Won't Rethink Meadows' Failed Removal Bid

    The Eleventh Circuit declined Wednesday to give former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows another shot at removing his Georgia election interference prosecution to federal court, rejecting Meadows' bid for an en banc review of his unsuccessful appeal.

  • Classified Docs Out Of Defense's Reach In Mar-A-Lago Case

    The Florida federal judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's criminal case over allegedly mishandling secret documents after leaving office ruled Wednesday that defense counsel can't see government motions asking to restrict classified information produced in discovery, a day after Trump's two co-defendants were prohibited from reviewing 5,100 pages of classified material.

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    Behind Benesch's Strategy To Add And Keep BigLaw Laterals

    Mid-sized Ohio-based firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP has become an attractive destination for a certain type of BigLaw lateral partner, attracting a notable number over the past six months from firms such as Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Jenner & Block LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Recruiter Author Photo

    Self-proclaimed "Lawyer Doula" Danielle Thompson at Major Lindsey shares how she went from Columbia Law School graduate and BigLaw employment associate to a career in legal recruiting — and discovered a passion for advocacy along the way.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Balance Social Activism With My Job? Author Photo

    Corporate attorneys pursuing social justice causes outside of work should consider eight guidelines for finding equilibrium between their beliefs and their professional duties and reputation, say Diedrick Graham, Debra Friedman and Simeon Brier at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Personality Tests And Machine Learning Applications In Law Author Photo

    Mateusz Kulesza at McDonnell Boehnen looks at potential applications of personality testing based on machine learning techniques for law firms, and the implications this shift could have for lawyers, firms and judges, including how it could make the work of judges and other legal decision-makers much more difficult.

  • AI Is Reshaping Lawyering: What To Expect In 2024 Author Photo

    The future of lawyering is not about the wholesale replacement of attorneys by artificial intelligence, but as AI handles more of the routine legal work, the role of lawyers will evolve to be more strategic, requiring the development of competencies beyond traditional legal skills, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Embrace Active Voice In Legal Writing — In Most Cases Author Photo

    Legal writers should strive to craft sentences in the active voice to promote brevity and avoid ambiguities that can spark litigation, but writing in the passive voice is sometimes appropriate — when it's a moral choice and not a grammatical failure, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

  • 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.

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