Modern Lawyer

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    Texas IP Attorney Looks To Donate Study App He Patented

    McKool Smith intellectual property associate Kyle Ryman wants to donate a study app he co-developed and patented that helped him pass the Texas bar exam.

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    Duke GC To Step Down After 18 Years

    Duke University's longtime top legal mind will retire in August, closing out 18 years of leadership at the prominent research university, the school announced Monday.

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    Former FDIC Counsel Rejoins Cadwalader In NY

    A onetime Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP associate is coming back to the firm after serving as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's senior special counsel, the firm said Monday.

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    Simpson Thacher Adds Paul Hastings M&A Deal-Maker In LA

    Simpson Thacher is expanding its corporate team, announcing Monday it is bringing in a Paul Hastings mergers and acquisitions expert as a partner in its Los Angeles office.

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    Baker Donelson Opens In Charlotte With Nelson Mullins Attys

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has expanded its offerings in the Carolinas by opening a Charlotte, North Carolina, office and adding eight shareholders from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

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    Winston & Strawn Taps Jones Day Atty For Leadership Role

    Winston & Strawn LLP announced Monday that it has tapped a longtime partner from Jones Day in Houston to chair its infrastructure and projects global disputes group.

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    Another Cravath Departure As White & Case Gains M&A Pro

    White & Case LLP announced Monday that it has hired a Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP corporate partner to expand its global mergers and acquisitions practice in New York.

  • Trials Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP's trials group successfully represented major companies such as TikTok, The Hain Celestial Co., McKesson and Merck last year in courts across the country, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Trials Groups of the Year.

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    Vedder Price Adds Ex-Polsinelli Shareholder In Chicago

    Vedder Price PC announced Monday the hiring of a former shareholder at Polsinelli PC for its executive compensation and employee benefits group.

  • Dentons Brings New Real Estate Partner Into DC Office

    Dentons has hired Hogan Lovells partner Kim Pagotto for its real estate practice in its District of Columbia office, the firm announced Monday.

  • Real Estate Group Of The Year: Weil

    Real estate attorneys at Weil played key roles in Micron Technology's development of a $100 billion semiconductor factory, Kroger's proposed $24.6 billion merger with fellow supermarket giant Albertsons and Brookfield's $8 billion sale of Westinghouse Electric Co., earning their practice a spot among Law360's 2023 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Paul Weiss

    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP helped longtime client Revlon untangle its knotted bankruptcy, guiding the global beauty behemoth from a liquidity crisis and debilitating interlender dispute to a confirmed Chapter 11 plan in under a year, just one of several high-profile matters that earned the firm a place among Law360's 2023 Bankruptcy Groups of the Year.

  • Technology Group Of The Year: Irell

    Irell & Manella LLP won a $303 million judgment for a company that designs circuit boards in a patent lawsuit against Samsung, a ruling a Texas federal judge upheld later in the year, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Technology Groups of the Year.

  • Securities Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel obtained a complete victory for Elon Musk in an investor class action arising from an infamous tweet, as well as for Patrick Soon-Shiong, the owner of the LA Times who previously helmed immunotherapy company NantCell, in a series of court cases and arbitrations with rival cancer-drug companies, earning it a place among Law360's 2023 Securities Groups of the Year.

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    Alston & Bird, DEI Staffer Could Face Contempt In OT Row

    Alston & Bird LLP and a former diversity and inclusion administrator who agreed to end unpaid overtime claims might face contempt rulings after they disregarded the court's requests to submit a settlement agreement, a Georgia federal judge said.

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    ​​​​​​​Veteran Federal Prosecutor Joins Crowell & Moring In Denver

    A former federal prosecutor with a history of handling cases in New York and Colorado has moved to Crowell & Moring to build a practice focused on government and internal white collar investigations, the firm announced on Monday.

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    Medica Associate GC Returns To Fox Rothschild

    The former director of litigation for Medica, a nonprofit health plan based in Minnesota, has returned to private practice at Fox Rothschild LLP, where she worked before moving in-house.

  • 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.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in six cases this week, including highly anticipated ones over social media's ability to moderate certain content and the government's banning of bump stocks on firearms. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Employment Law Firm Sues IT Co. Over Ransomware Attack

    California-based employment law firm Mastagni Holstedt has sued an IT solutions company in Sacramento County Superior Court, saying that after hiring the company to install a network system and server, the firm suffered a ransomware attack forcing it to pay a group known as Black Basta to retrieve its data.

  • Real Estate Group Of The Year: Simpson Thacher

    Thanks to its role advising on multiple deals north of the $10 billion mark, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has earned a spot as one of Law360's 2023 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

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    Morgan Lewis Adds Otsuka Pharmaceutical Atty In DC

    An in-house attorney for drugmaker Otsuka Pharmaceutical has moved to private practice at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office.

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    Morrison Cohen Founder Among 9 Partners Departing Firm

    Morrison Cohen LLP announced Friday that nine veteran attorneys recently departed the firm for other New York offices, including founding partner and corporate practice chair Stephen I. Budow, following "changes to its infrastructure and compensation systems."

  • Bankruptcy Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP helped Revlon, Party City and LATAM Airlines get their bankruptcy cases over the finish line while moving Purdue Pharma through the appeals of its Chapter 11 plan, landing the firm a spot among Law360's Bankruptcy Practice Groups of the Year.

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    Fennemore Craig CEO On Kicking Off 2024 With Rapid Growth

    When it comes to expansion, Fennemore Craig PC came out of the gate fast this year. But the firm's rapid expansion is not just growth for growth's sake, but a push to move into another bracket of law firms, according to James Goodnow, Fennemore's CEO and president.

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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