Mid-Law

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    How Attorneys Are Celebrating Pride Month In 2024

    This June, LGBTQ+ attorneys around the country at law firms big and small shared with Law360 how they — and their firms — are celebrating Pride Month.

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    Walden Macht Appoints Veteran Litigator As Name Partner

    Walden Macht Haran & Williams LLP announced Thursday that litigation partner Milton L. Williams Jr.'s name has been added to the firm's masthead in recognition of his nearly 40 years of legal experience, including the last seven at the New York-based white collar boutique.

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    Lowenstein Pro Bono Head On Guiding NJ Public Interest Law

    Law360 Pulse caught up with Alexander Shalom, head of the Lowenstein Center for Public Interest as of the beginning of June, to discuss his plans for the influential pro bono center’s future and his reflections on his time at the ACLU-NJ.

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    Spencer Fane Lobbying Pro Joins Holland & Knight In Austin

    Holland & Knight LLP has brought on a veteran lobbyist and lawyer in Austin, who previously led the government affairs group at Spencer Fane LLP, to helm the firm's new Texas government advocacy team.

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    McNees Wallace Adds Select Medical Leader As CFO

    McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC has hired a new chief financial officer from Select Medical who spent around 17 years there in a range of roles, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Most New Attys Don't See 'Flashy Lawyer Salary'

    While some new attorneys earn top dollar right out of their Juris Doctor program, that isn't actually the norm, according to a new study from Georgetown University, which found that when factoring in student loan debt, the median earnings for all law graduates land at just $72,000 four years after graduation.

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    Squire Patton Adds Epstein Becker Healthcare Atty In DC

    An experienced healthcare and life sciences industries attorney has jumped from Epstein Becker Green PC to Squire Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, D.C., the latter firm has announced.

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    The Case For BigLaw Being More Transparent About Suicides

    While BigLaw's suicide prevention efforts emphasize open communication around mental health, firms are largely less transparent about how they'd respond to the suicide of an employee.

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    Akerman Adds Foley Hoag Corporate Atty In DC

    Akerman hired a competition counsel from Foley Hoag LLP in Washington who spent the past four and half years representing clients in a range of antitrust matters.

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    Thompson Hine Adding LA Office With 11 Attys From Boutique

    Ohio-based Thompson Hine LLP announced Wednesday it is expanding to the West Coast, establishing a Los Angeles office by adding 11 lawyers from a Santa Monica litigation boutique, which will cease operations.

  • Plaintiffs Firms Appealing $2.1B Fee Order In Opioid Case

    Motley Rice LLC, Weisman Kennedy & Berris Co. LPA, Stranch Jennings & Garvey PLLC, Crueger Dickinson LLP, Goldstein & Russell PC, Kelley & Ferraro LLP, Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP and Meyers & Flowers LLC are appealing $2.13 billion in attorney fees stemming from opioid settlements awarded earlier this month.

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    Schouest Bamdas Opens Dallas Office With 6-Partner Hire

    Schouest Bamdas Soshea BenMaier & Eastham PLLC has expanded its footprint in Texas by launching a new office in Dallas with six new partners from Hartline Barger LLP, it said in an official announcement Tuesday.

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    Bankruptcy Vet Joins Saxton & Stump As Practice Chair

    Saxton & Stump LLC announced Tuesday that an attorney with over 35 years of experience working with banks and other corporate entities has become a shareholder and chair of the firm's bankruptcy and financial restructuring group.

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    Lowenstein Sandler Picks Up Kilpatrick Bankruptcy Duo

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP built out its bankruptcy department on Tuesday by bringing on two attorneys from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, one of them Kilpatrick's former bankruptcy co-head and both with years of experience in bankruptcy matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars of debt.

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    Legal Office Leasing Stayed Strong In Q1, Cushman Says

    Cushman & Wakefield said in a report Tuesday that the legal sector continued to take on real estate at a strong clip in the first quarter of 2024 after reaching records among office leases in both 2022 and 2023.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Nazarian Touts Mentorship

    Judge Douglas Nazarian of the Appellate Court of Maryland has given a lot of thought to clerkships since he took the bench more than 11 years ago.

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    Ex-DOJ Atty Among New Trio At Chamberlain Hrdlicka

    Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry has strengthened its tax controversy and litigation practice with the addition of three attorneys in Atlanta, including a former senior trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for more than three decades.

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    Brach Eichler Litigation Chair Talks 'Groundswell' Of Hires

    Keith Roberts, head of litigation at Brach Eichler LLC, joined Law360 Pulse for a conversation about how the group has been able to nearly double in the past year and a half and what it means for the firm as a whole.

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    More Law Schools Boosting AI In Curricula

    Law schools are increasingly incorporating artificial intelligence into their curricula, including dedicated AI courses and opportunities for students to use AI tools, signaling a trend that the technology is becoming essential for future lawyers, according to results from an American Bar Association survey released Monday.

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    Michelman & Robinson Hires 1st Chief Growth Officer In NY

    Los Angeles-headquartered Michelman & Robinson LLP is focusing on its expansion goals with the addition of its first-ever chief growth officer, a seasoned law firm leader whose resume includes a stint serving as chief talent officer for Greenberg Traurig LLP, according to a Monday announcement.

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    Morris Manning Elevates Tech Team Leader To Co-Chair

    Morris Manning & Martin LLP has appointed its corporate technology practice founder and leader as the firm's co-chairman, turning to a longtime Atlanta-based partner who has led the practice in closing more than 950 venture capital, growth equity and merger and acquisition deals in the past three years, the firm announced Monday.

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    McDonald Hopkins Adds Partner, Counsel To Privacy Group

    McDonald Hopkins LLC has added two privacy- and cybersecurity-focused attorneys, a partner from Marshall Dennehey and a counsel from Dykema Gossett PLLC, to its Detroit and Chicago offices, respectively.

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    Eckert Seamans Taps Employment Partner As Pro Bono Chair

    Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has appointed a longtime employment law attorney as the leader of its pro bono committee, the firm said Monday.

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    GrayRobinson Hires Family Law Atty As Shareholder In Miami

    GrayRobinson PA has expanded its litigation sector by hiring a marital and family law attorney as a shareholder in its Miami office, the firm said Monday.

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    Winstead Adds Real Estate Pro From Fried Frank In Dallas

    Winstead PC announced Monday that it has bolstered its real estate development and investment group with a shareholder in Dallas who came aboard from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

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Expert Analysis

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

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    NY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal Author Photo

    New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

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