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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.

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    Rising Star: Kirkland's Jim Dolphin

    James Dolphin of Kirkland & Ellis LLP's success in helping clients navigate the nuances of environmental law and the energy industry in complex agreements, projects and transactions — including a first-of-its-kind agreement between Chestnut Carbon and Microsoft — has earned him a spot among the environmental law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • High Court Rulings Don't Nix Judge Romance Suit, Court Told

    An investor suing Jackson Walker LLP over an ex-employee's secret romantic relationship with a former Texas bankruptcy judge told the court Tuesday that, despite what the firm says, recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on standing do not change the fact that he suffered real harm from the firm.

  • KPMG Australia To Shut Commercial Law Shop, Eye Alliances

    KPMG Australia announced on Tuesday that it will "no longer [be] operating a separate and distinct commercial law practice," focusing instead on building alliances with firms in the nation.

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    K&L Gates Employment Attys Join Shook Hardy In LA

    Shook Hardy announced Wednesday it hired a pair of longtime K&L Gates employment litigators as partners in the firm's fast-growing Los Angeles office.

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    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Andrew Kaplan

    Andrew Kaplan of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP handles high-stakes mergers and acquisitions such as advising VMware when it was bought by Broadcom Inc., earning him a spot among the mergers and acquisitions practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • Latham Adds Ex-Kirkland Private Equity Pro In Boston

    An experienced private equity attorney has jumped from Kirkland & Ellis LLP to Latham & Watkins LLP in Boston.

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    Haynes Boone's Office Moves Put Spotlight On Atty Wellness

    In relocating eight of its 19 locations over the past two years, international law firm Haynes and Boone LLP developed a set of standards for the new spaces that prioritize efficiency and attorney wellness. Law360 Pulse recently sat down with Chief Operating Officer Dave Boden to discuss the relocations and the firm's priorities for their design.

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    Haynes Boone Grows Fund Finance Group With NY Counsel

    Haynes and Boone LLP hired commercial finance attorney Meghan O'Reilly to build on more than 500 years of combined experience in the firm’s fund finance group.

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    Baker Donelson Adds Ex-DXC Tech GC To Public Policy Team

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC is adding a former general counsel of IT service provider DXC Technology Co. as a senior public policy adviser and of counsel in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, it announced Wednesday.

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    Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's AnnElyse Scarlett Gains

    AnnElyse Scarlett Gains of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has represented ad hoc lender groups for debtors facing off against such companies as Amazon seller Thrasio, podcast company Audacy Inc., chemical manufacturer Venator Materials PLC and drugmaker Akorn Inc., earning her a spot among the bankruptcy law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Cravath's Kiran Sheffrin

    Kiran Sheffrin of Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP has advised companies from Anheuser-Busch InBev to Valvoline on multibillion-dollar deals, including a $50 billion combination resulting in the formation of pharmaceutical giant Viatris, earning her a spot among the tax law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Covington's Charlotte May

    Charlotte May co-chairs Covington & Burling LLP's fintech initiative and assists a wide range of corporate clients in mergers and acquisitions, including representing CFBanc Corp. in its merger with Broadway Financial Corp. to create one the largest Black-led minority depository institutions in the nation, earning her a spot among the banking law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Ognjen 'Ogi' Zivojnovic

    Ognjen "Ogi" Zivojnovic of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP successfully represented a small tech company in a patent dispute with Meta Platforms Inc. and got Salesforce Inc. a summary judgment victory when it was sued for allegedly infringing patents, earning him a spot among the intellectual property attorneys under the age of 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Winston & Strawn's Kevin Simpson

    Kevin Simpson of Winston & Strawn LLP has represented major companies including Wal-Mart and Hertz in Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits, earning him a spot among the cybersecurity attorneys under the age of 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Baker McKenzie Adds EY Partner To Mexico City Office

    Baker McKenzie has appointed a new partner from EY Mexico to its North American tax practice group in Mexico City.

  • Squire Patton Expands To Switzerland With Geneva Office

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has opened its 17th European location and its first in Switzerland with the launch of a new office in Geneva, the firm said Wednesday.

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    Law Firms Upsizing M&A Teams For Expected Deals Rebound

    With the deals market showing signs of recovery, law firms are once again actively hunting top corporate lawyers, especially those skilled in mergers and acquisitions and private equity, as they seek to get ahead of the anticipated uptick in transactional activity.

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    Tesla Swaps Cravath Out, WilmerHale In For Antitrust Defense

    WilmerHale has taken over from Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP as counsel for Tesla in a proposed class action in California federal court alleging the company runs an unlawful monopoly on parts for its electric vehicles.

  • $4.5M Davis Wright Deal In Ore. Fraud Suit Gets Final OK

    An Oregon federal judge has fully adopted a magistrate judge's recommendation to sign off on a $4.5 million deal resolving investor claims against law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP for its work representing entities involved in an alleged real estate securities fraud scheme, while two banks were dismissed from the case.

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    Jackson Lewis Adds Tech Officer From Citrin Cooperman

    Jackson Lewis PC has brought aboard a new chief technology officer with decades of law firm-focused information technology and management experience, who most recently held the role of chief digital officer for professional services firm Citrin Cooperman.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.



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