Mid-Law

  • Chad Hummel

    McKool Smith Hires Ex-Sidley Litigator In Los Angeles

    McKool Smith has hired the former co-leader of Sidley Austin LLP's national trial practice initiative who has spent the last few months running a solo practice after spending almost nine years with his former platform, McKool Smith announced Monday.

  • Bankruptcy Judge's Affair Sank Barge Company, Ex-CEO Says

    The former CEO of a now-defunct barge company claims that a Houston bankruptcy judge's affair with a Jackson Walker attorney helped destroy his business, saying that Jackson Walker shouldn't escape racketeering claims because it hid its part in the lucrative relationship.

  • Michael Shonafelt

    Buchalter Hires Land-Use Atty As Shareholder For LA Office

    Buchalter has brought aboard land-use and real estate attorney Michael Shonafelt as a shareholder for the firm's real estate practice in its Los Angeles office, the firm announced on Thursday.

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    NYC Bar OKs Attys' Financial Stakes In Alternative Biz Entities

    A new ethics committee report says a New York City lawyer may hold a financial interest in alternative business structures in jurisdictions that let them provide legal services, provided the lawyer is merely a financial investor, not practicing law through the entity.

  • Lesley Hawkins

    Prince Lobel Fires Atty Following Misconduct Investigation

    A former general counsel for the Boston Cannabis Board turned chair of Prince Lobel Tye LLP's restaurant and hospitality group has been terminated by the Boston firm following an investigation, the firm confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Friday.

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    Veteran Benefits Atty Joins Amundsen Davis As Practice Head

    Amundsen Davis LLC announced that a longtime former attorney at legacy firm SmithAmundsen LLC rejoined its Milwaukee office as a partner and leader of its employee benefits, executive compensation and tax practice.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another action-packed week as BigLaw firms expanded their footprints and Donald Trump scored a court victory. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Blanche Law PLLC and Continental PLLC lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after a Florida federal judge tossed the criminal case against former President Donald Trump over his allegedly illegal retention of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

  • David Cameron

    Water Resources Atty Returns To Atkinson Andelson In Calif.

    An experienced water resources attorney has returned to Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo PLC after more than a year at Hanson Bridgett LLP.

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    Former Top Pa. Public Defender Moves To Tucker Arensberg

    A desire to get back into the courtroom led former federal public defender Heidi R. Freese to return to private practice with Pennsylvania-based firm Tucker Arensberg PC.

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    FordHarrison Accused Of Terrorizing Conn. Library Workers

    Multistate employment law firm FordHarrison LLP has been dragged into existing feuds between a Connecticut library and two of its employees, with new state court lawsuits accusing the firm of misrepresenting state law and inflicting emotional distress by demanding the employees retract claims allegedly made at a public hearing.

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    How 5 Busy Partners Juggle Work And Their Personal Lives

    Law firm partners are busy. Even as some flexibility has emerged for other lawyers in law firms, those who have taken on the partner role often have a heavy workload. Here, five busy partners on their strategies for balancing work and everything else in their lives.

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    Maynard Nexsen Hires 9 Attys From Bressler To NY, Ala. Offices

    Maynard Nexsen PC has hired a team of nine financial services attorneys from Bressler Amery & Ross PC, including six who have previously worked for Maynard Nexsen, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Farrow, Foley & Walia

    Michelman & Robinson Taps Litigation, Practice Group Heads

    Los Angeles-headquartered Michelman & Robinson LLP has tapped a trio of new leaders for its firm, including a new litigation department chair and two practice group heads.

  • David L. Cheng

    FordHarrison Taps Wage-Hour Leader To Helm LA Shop

    FordHarrison LLP named the leader of its wage and hour practice to take over as managing partner in the firm's Los Angeles office, turning to an attorney who started at the firm over a decade ago as an associate.

  • Dennis Vega

    Foley & Mansfield Adds Tanenbaum Keale Atty In NY

    Litigation-focused law firm Foley & Mansfield has added a litigation partner to its New York office, the firm announced Thursday.

  • Lauren Weisman Stein

    Balch & Bingham Hires RezLegal Corporate Atty In Florida

    Balch & Bingham LLP has hired a corporate partner in Jacksonville, Florida, who joins with a wealth of experience in complex commercial contracting, and familiarity helping clients navigate a suite of transactional matters, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Pashman Stein Gets Bankruptcy Pro From Whiteford Taylor

    Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC has added to its Wilmington, Delaware, office a bankruptcy attorney who most recently worked at Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLC and also spent more than 30 years at Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP and a predecessor firm.

  • Mark D. Collins and Bernard J. "Bernie" Kelley

    Richards Layton Names New Bankruptcy, Biz Dept. Chairs

    Delaware firm Richards Layton & Finger PA has appointed two seasoned attorneys who have each been with the firm for more than three decades to serve as chairs for its bankruptcy and corporate restructuring department and business department.

  • Benesch Accused Of Summons Error In Hospital Challenge

    Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP and two of its attorneys are facing a malpractice lawsuit by a nonprofit hospital alleging they failed to issue timely summonses in a lawsuit, leading to hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses.

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    Burr & Forman Accused Of Aiding Health Insurance Fraud

    Burr & Forman LLP has been hit with a malpractice suit in Georgia federal court by the liquidating trustees of two purported health insurance companies after the firm allegedly aided in a scheme to defraud customers by charging exorbitant fees and denying promised coverage, saying the attorneys helped create a web of LLCs to which it siphoned off millions.

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    Connell Foley Adds Wilson Elser Tax Pro In Group Upgrade

    Connell Foley LLP strengthened its tax and estate team this week with the promotion of several attorneys up to partner and the addition of a mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring tax expert previously of counsel at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • 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.

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    Leech Tishman Adds IP Attorney In Pittsburgh

    A seasoned attorney who spent more than 25 years providing in-house intellectual property counsel to industrial tool supplier Kennametal Inc. has retired from the company and joined Leech Tishman's Pittsburgh office.

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    Lewis Brisbois Litigator Jumps To Diaz Reus In Miami

    Diaz Reus LLP picked up a new partner for its Miami headquarters who handles complex commercial litigation, class action defense and securities and fraud litigation from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

Expert Analysis

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    Talking Mental Health: Tackling Stress As A Practice Leader Author Photo

    Constance Rhebergen at Bracewell discusses how she handles the stress of being a practice chair, how sources of stress have changed in the legal industry over the past decade and what law firms can do to protect attorney mental health.

  • Making Legal Cents: Engaging A Remote, Evolving Workforce Author Photo

    In the face of a dispersed and changing workforce with Generation Z entering the scene, law firms should consider some practical strategies to revitalize their cultures, provide meaningful mentorship and safeguard their knowledge bases, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • How Firms Can Effectively Evaluate Their Summer Associates Author Photo

    One of the most effective ways firms can ensure their summer associate programs are a success is by engaging in a timely and meaningful evaluation process and being intentional about when, how and by whom feedback should be provided, say Caroline Cimei and Erica Fine at Shutts & Bowen.

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    Talking Mental Health: Life As A Lawyer With OCD Author Photo

    Kelly Hughes at Ogletree discusses what she’s learned in the 14 years since she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, recounting how the experience shaped her law practice, what the legal industry and general public get wrong about the disorder, and how law firms can better support employees who have OCD.

  • 3 Innovative Ways AI May Be Used In Legal Practice
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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly be used by outside counsel to better predict the outcomes of litigation — thus informing legal strategy with greater precision — and by clients to scrutinize invoices and evaluate counsel’s performance, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Librarian Author Photo

    Lisa A. Goodman at Texas A&M University shares how she went from a BigLaw associate who liked to hang out in the firm's law library to director of a law library herself in just over a decade, and provides considerations for anyone interested in pursuing a law librarian career.

  • Legal Briefs Can Benefit From Cleaned Up Case Citations Author Photo

    Federal courts have recently been changing the way they quote decisions to omit insignificant details and string cites, and lawyers should consider adopting this practice to enhance the readability of their briefs — as long as accuracy stays top of mind, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

  • 5 Best Practices For Firms Designing DEI Programs Author Photo

    Nikki Lewis Simon, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Greenberg Traurig, discusses best practices — and some pitfalls to avoid — for law firms looking to build programs aimed at driving inclusion in the workplace.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs Author Photo

    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Juggle Billables And Other Activities? Author Photo

    While involvement in internal firm initiatives can be rewarding both personally and professionally, associates' billable time requirements don’t leave much room for other work, meaning they must develop strategies to ensure they’re meeting all of their commitments while remaining balanced, says Melanie Webber at Fisher Phillips.

  • Making Legal Cents: How To Adapt As Clients Tighten Budgets Author Photo

    Amid a dip in corporate legal spending and client pushback on bills, Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants highlights specific in-house counsel frustrations and explains how firms can provide customized legal advice with costs that are supported by undeniable value.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents Author Photo

    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • General Counsel And Legal Ops Must Work Together Author Photo

    It is critical for general counsel to ensure that a legal operations leader is viewed not only as a peer, but as a strategic leader for the organization, and there are several actionable ways general counsel can not only become more involved, but help champion legal operations teams and set them up for success, says Mary O'Carroll at Ironclad.

  • 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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