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    'Eat Or Be Eaten': Mid-Law Drove Q1 Law Firm Mergers

    As firms feel the pressure to grow to meet client demands, midsize law firms appear to be more eager to gobble up small law firms and less thrilled by the idea of being acquired, according to consultants and first quarter U.S. law firm combination results collected by Law360 Pulse.

  • Tax Expert Joins Faegre Drinker Insurance Practice In Philly

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP expanded its Philadelphia office this week with the addition of an attorney whose practice focuses on advising clients on the intricacies of federal insurance and investment policies.

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    Duane Morris Names Philly Atty As White Collar Co-Leader

    Duane Morris LLP has named a former supervisor in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement as co-chair of the white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations and regulatory compliance division of its trial practice group.

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    Ex-CNX GC Rejoins Leech Tishman As Corporate Co-Chair

    Leech Tishman announced this week that the former general counsel at Pittsburgh-based natural gas company CNX Resources has rejoined the firm as a partner and co-chair of its corporate practice group.

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    Pierson Ferdinand Brings On Morgan Lewis Litigator In Philly

    Newly formed Pierson Ferdinand LLP has added a high-stakes employment litigator to its Philadelphia office from Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

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    Barley Snyder Adds Employee Benefits Atty In Lancaster

    An attorney with more than two decades of experience in employee and executive compensation arrangements has moved her practice to Barley Snyder's Lancaster, Pennsylvania, office.

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    Reed Smith Aims To Spearhead Innovation With Novel Role

    In an effort to reevaluate how it conducts traditional business operations and offers legal services, Reed Smith LLP is hiring a director of change leadership to support the firm's goal of creating a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.

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    Despite Atty Losses, Lewis Brisbois Says '23 Was Its Best Year

    Following the exodus of over a hundred employment lawyers to the short-lived Barber Ranen last summer, a stream of attorneys has been departing Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP to join other firms that are expanding into new regions. The firm’s leader tells Law360 Pulse, however, that the firm is on solid footing and had its “best year yet.”

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    Veteran Atty Joins Saxton & Stump To Co-Chair Estates Group

    A seasoned attorney with more than 40 years of experience in tax law and estate planning has joined Saxton & Stump in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after practicing for four years with local firm Johnson Duffie Stewart & Weidner.

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    Task Force Releases New AI Guidance For Courts

    The National Center for State Courts' artificial intelligence rapid response team has released more interim guidance on how courts can start experimenting with AI and what they should consider about platforms using the technology, the center said Wednesday.

  • Backlash To 3rd Circ. Nom Could Hamper More Muslim Picks

    Only two Muslims serve on the federal bench, well below the prevalence of people practicing the faith within the U.S., and the recent travails of a third picked to serve on the court might bode ill for adding more.

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    Firm Mergers Up In 1st Quarter Compared To Last Year

    Law firm merger activity has increased in 2024, with the uptick likely to continue, according to a new analysis.

  • McNees Wallace Welcomes IP Attorney To Pittsburgh Office

    Regional firm McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC announced Tuesday it has added intellectual property attorney Cara Mia Pinto — meaning the firm has now added two attorneys in two days, expanding its IP practice in Pittsburgh.

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    GRSM50 Adds 11-Atty Burns White Team In Pittsburgh

    Nearly a dozen litigators have moved their practices from Burns White LLC to Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP's Pittsburgh office.

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    Saul Ewing Hires CFO From Wiley In DC

    Saul Ewing LLP has brought on a Washington, D.C.-based chief financial officer who has more than 20 years of financial management experience in professional services, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • 100-Plus Groups Rally Behind Adeel Mangi For 3rd Circ.

    Over 100 federal and state advocacy groups sent a letter to senators on Tuesday urging them to support Adeel Mangi, nominee for the Third Circuit, who would be the first Muslim federal appellate judge if confirmed, amid increasing opposition to him.

  • Law School Diversity Dips Amid Affirmative Action Bans

    Racial diversity among U.S. law school students has dropped by as much as 17% following affirmative action bans in 12 states over the past 28 years, with the biggest reduction in minority shares at the country's top-ranked schools, according to a new study.

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    Burns White To Open Office In Pittsburgh Suburb

    Pennsylvania-based firm Burns White LLC announced Monday that it will open an office at the start of May in the town of Indiana, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, following a combination with a local firm.

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    Corporate Atty Leaves Archer & Greiner for McNees Wallace

    A corporate attorney with more than 20 years experience advising U.S. and international clients on multimillion-dollar transactions has moved his practice to McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC's office in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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    Ex-Ballard Spahr Atty Moves Practice To Holland & Knight

    A veteran litigator and one-time Justice Department trial attorney has moved his corporate practice to Holland & Knight's Philadelphia office after more than 20 years with Ballard Spahr LLP.

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    Fox Rothschild Names 9 New Office, Practice Group Leaders

    Fox Rothschild LLP announced new office managing partners and practice group chairs Monday as part of a leadership rotation at the firm.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    The Digital Justice Foundation leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the Tenth Circuit set aside a fair use win for Netflix Inc. in a copyright suit brought by a former zoo employee who livestreamed the funeral of the husband of "Tiger King" star Joe Exotic.

  • Klehr Harrison Exits Athlete-Poaching Claims, Citing Conflict

    Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP has ended its representation of sports memorabilia brokers ensnared in two sports agencies' battle in Pennsylvania federal court over a contract with former Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay, citing concerns about an unspecified conflict of interest.

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    Forward Party Runs In-House Counsel For Pa. AG

    Eric Settle left his job as senior counsel at AmeriHealth Caritas this week so that he can run for attorney general of Pennsylvania. By doing so, he is helping to build a new, bipartisan political party.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Richards Layton's representation of a former CEO with ties to Donald Trump and Best Best & Krieger's work in securing $156 million in infrastructure funding lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from March 15 to 29.

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Expert Analysis

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

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    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic Author Photo

    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • What Hiring Law Firms Should Consider Instead Of Grades Author Photo

    With law schools forgoing traditional grading due to the pandemic, hiring firms that have heavily weighted first-year grades during the on-campus interview process should turn to metrics that allow a more holistic view of a candidate, says Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

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