Small Law

  • Atty Ends Defamation Suit Over False Background Check

    Connecticut attorney Dori B. Hightower and an acquaintance who allegedly disseminated a false background check report about her have settled a defamation lawsuit in state court, according to a judicial notice filed on the case docket.

  • Ga. Judge Won't Recuse Over Closed-Door Chat In YSL Case

    A Georgia state judge on Tuesday denied a motion to disqualify himself from continuing to preside over Atlanta rapper Young Thug's racketeering trial, calling the bid "insufficient" and rejecting the rapper's claim that the judge had "joined the prosecutors' team" by unethically having a closed-door conversation with prosecutors and a witness.

  • J&J Fights Law Firm's Bid To Nix Subpoenas In Talc Brawl

    Information about the Beasley Allen Law Firm's litigation funding and settlement communications is relevant and necessary to resolving long-running multidistrict litigation over Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products and so should be turned over, the pharmaceutical giant has told a New Jersey federal court.

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    Meet The Philly Atty Tapped To Prosecute Public Transit Crime

    A litigator with a long history of practicing in the public sector is returning to some familiar surroundings as the Pennsylvania attorney general's pick to prosecute crimes on Philadelphia's transit system.

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    What Attorneys Really Think About Their Profession

    Law360 Pulse asked respondents to our Lawyer Satisfaction Survey for their thoughts on misconceptions about being a lawyer, what the best parts of the job are and what they would tell newer lawyers. Here's what they said.

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    Are Attorneys Happy On The Job?

    The legal industry is notoriously high-pressure and competitive. But most attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction, even with pervasive stress in the profession, according to a new survey.

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    Attys Aren't Loving Their Firms' Tech. AI Aims To Change That.

    Lawyers' satisfaction with their firms' investment in technology has declined over the past year, a new Law360 Pulse survey shows, but new artificial intelligence tools could provide a solution.

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    Collegiality Is Now The Norm At Law Firms

    In books, television shows, and perhaps a few news articles, law firms are dens of treachery — places where, as one California federal judge recently put it, "partners stab each other in the back every day and move on to the next one." But reality for most lawyers does not reflect that cynical view, Law360 Pulse's new survey shows.

  • Smokeball Offers Billing Software Free To Texas Bar

    Legal practice management software provider Smokeball struck up a partnership with the State Bar of Texas that will give all members free access to the company's trust accounting billing software, according to an announcement Tuesday.

  • Conn. Worker Gets $144K Counsel Fee After Bias Trial Win

    The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection must pay nearly $139,000 in attorney fees to W. Martyn Philpot Jr. after a Black employee won a federal jury verdict on racial hostility claims, including accusations that he found a noose hanging near his desk in a state office building.

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    Dykema Adds Texas Insurance Trio From Chasnoff Valkenaar

    Dykema Gossett PLLC announced that it has hired three Texas-based insurance attorneys from Chasnoff Valkenaar & Stribling LLP in some of the state's biggest markets.

  • Ga. Judge Shuts Down Bond Bid From Convicted Fla. Atty

    A Georgia federal judge has denied a Florida attorney's request to remain free on bond while she appeals her conviction and more than six-year prison sentence for fraudulently obtaining federal pandemic-relief loans meant for businesses, calling her request "the latest chapter in her attempt to dodge the consequences of her malevolence."

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    Clients Say McGrath Kavinoky 'Bullied' Them Into Abuse Deal

    California firm McGrath Kavinoky LLP, which inked more than $374 million in settlements for women who say they were sexually abused by a UCLA Health gynecologist, misled its clients and "bullied" them into accepting far smaller amounts than they were promised, according to a lawsuit in state court by two ex-clients.

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    Boutique Calcagni & Kanefsky Grows With Ex-NJ Prosecutor

    New Jersey-based litigation and white collar boutique Calcagni & Kanefsky LLP added as a partner this week a former prosecutor with 14 years of experience at the New Jersey U.S. attorney's office and the Union County prosecutor's office and with dozens of jury trials tried to verdict.

  • Florida Attorney, Philly Firm Settle Pay Dispute

    A Florida-based attorney who ran a side business as a litigation fee expert while also working for a Philadelphia-based personal injury law firm has settled her allegations that the firm stiffed her on a referral fee.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Williams & Connolly LLP and Littler Mendelson PC lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court made it tougher for the National Labor Relations Board to win injunctions against employers.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms expanded their reach and the U.S. Supreme Court term heated up. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

  • Goetz Fitzpatrick To Merge With Platzer Swergold Next Year

    Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP and Platzer Swergold Goldberg Katz & Jaslow LLP will combine forces next year to create a single New York City firm.

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    Law Scholars Hope 5th Circuit Decision Deters More AI Rules

    Several law scholars who spoke with Law360 Pulse agree with the Fifth Circuit's recent decision not to adopt a proposed rule on the use of artificial intelligence in court filings and hope the decision will influence other courts to take a similar approach.

  • NJ Judge Tosses Disbarred Atty's Suit Against State Panel

    A New Jersey federal judge has tossed a disbarred civil rights attorney's lawsuit against the state's legal ethics board, ruling that the board and individual attorneys named in the case are immune from most of its claims and that the suit lacks enough detail to proceed on others.

  • Cyclist's Widow Can Seek Punitive Award From Crashing Atty

    A Colorado federal judge is allowing a bicyclist's widow to revise her lawsuit against the attorney whose car fatally crashed into her husband as he rode, granting a bid to include punitive damages under state law.

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    2 Firms Seek Lead Roles In Suit Over Shuttered Philly College

    Attorneys from Philadelphia-area law firms Edelson Lechtzin LLP and Willig Williams & Davidson have asked for appointment as interim co-lead counsel for a potential class of former University of the Arts employees who say the school's sudden closure violated federal statutes.

  • 'Solid' Ethics Master Gets Closer To New Jersey Bench

    The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced the nomination of a Garden State Supreme Court-appointed special ethics master to the state court bench, as well as the reappointment of 14 sitting judges.

  • Ga. Justices Pause Jail For YSL Atty For Contempt Appeal

    The Georgia Supreme Court said Wednesday that a defense lawyer for Atlanta rapper Young Thug doesn't have to head to jail Friday, ruling that he can appeal the criminal contempt charge lodged against him for refusing to divulge how he knew of a closed-door conversation between prosecutors, a witness and the judge presiding over the racketeering case.

  • Man Accused Of Posing As Immigration Atty Cops To Larceny

    A New York City man who was accused by city prosecutors of posing as an immigration attorney and fraudulently raking in legal fees pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of petit larceny and was sentenced to time served.

Expert Analysis

  • 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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    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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