Modern Lawyer

  • Securities Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    The securities litigation team at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP played a central role in winning a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Slack Technologies LLC, putting in place new barriers to shareholder suits against companies that go public via direct listings, winning it a spot on Law360's 2023 Securities Practice Groups of the Year.

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    Gov't Attys Must Mind Confidential Info Or Be DQ'd, ABA Says

    Both current and former government attorneys who take on private clients should look out for instances where their possession of "confidential government information" calls for them to be disqualified from representing a client, according to the latest guidance from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, released Wednesday.

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    Judge's Ethics Case Over Aide's Remote Work Raises Doubts

    An ethics complaint against a New Jersey state judge for allowing his secretary to work remotely shows Garden State jurists are on a short leash in running their chambers, but the unusual case has left some questioning whether the conduct merits disciplinary charges.

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    Anderson Kill Litigator To Co-Lead GRSM50 Antitrust Group

    Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP has tapped a former Anderson Kill PC litigator with more than three decades of civil and criminal experience to co-chair its antitrust practice group, the firm announced on Wednesday.

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    Seyfarth Taps Ex-Fenwick DEI Leader For C-Suite Role

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced it has appointed a former Fenwick & West LLP attorney who instructs on corporate culture at New York University to serve as the firm's chief inclusion and diversity officer.

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    US Trustee Taps Ex-Prosecutor To Be FTX Examiner

    The U.S. Trustee's Office has urged a Delaware bankruptcy judge to allow Robert Cleary, a former U.S. attorney who is now with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, to investigate FTX's finances as an examiner in the defunct cryptocurrency company's Chapter 11 case.

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    Husch Blackwell Launches AI Practice Group

    Husch Blackwell has launched a cross-practice artificial intelligence group focused on advising clients on regulatory and legal matters related to the burgeoning technology.

  • Structured Finance Group Of The Year: Dentons

    Dentons helped rescue the banking industry in 2023 by securing a $50 billion deal financing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s receivership of First Republic Bank following the second-largest bank failure in the U.S., earning the firm a spot among Law360's Structured Financing Groups of the Year for the third consecutive year.

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    WilmerHale Adds Ex-Medtronic Legal Leader To Its DC Office

    WilmerHale has hired for its Washington, D.C., office an attorney who helped build the global trade legal department at healthcare technology company Medtronic.

  • Product Liability Group Of The Year: Seeger Weiss

    Seeger Weiss LLP's work on securing a landmark $6 billion deal to end the massive litigation brought by veterans and service members who alleged that 3M's combat earplugs harmed their hearing made it one of Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year.

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    Behind Benesch's Strategy To Add And Keep BigLaw Laterals

    Mid-sized Ohio-based firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP has become an attractive destination for a certain type of BigLaw lateral partner, attracting a notable number over the past six months from firms such as Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Real Estate Group Of The Year: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells oversaw a busy 2023 that included successfully defending real estate investment trust Life Storage from a hostile takeover attempt, advising on billions in transactions in the real estate investment trust space and guiding clients to a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

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    DOJ Atty, University Of Chicago Prof Returns To MoloLamken

    National boutique firm MoloLamken said Tuesday that legal scholar and University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner will return to the firm after a stint as counsel in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division.

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    BakerHostetler Launches Tech Offering For Estate Planning

    National law firm BakerHostetler announced this week that its private wealth group has created an estate planning app called FinClar, short for Financial Clarity, making it one of the latest firms to launch a technology offering.

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    Multiple Female Law Profs Get Bizarre Text Messages

    The FBI is investigating a series of strange, unsolicited text messages sent to female law school professors and students across the country, which complain that "feminism has triumphed" and "women have won the battle of the sexes," before asking to purchase their dirty socks.

  • Ex-CFPB Senior Counsel Joins White & Case

    White & Case LLP announced Tuesday that a former counsel with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau joined the firm's white collar team as a partner in Washington, D.C.

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    Sidley Adds Weil's Privacy And Cybersecurity Head In NY

    The leader of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's privacy and cybersecurity group has joined Sidley Austin LLP after spending nearly her entire career at her previous firm, the firm said Tuesday.

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    McDermott Appoints 4 Real Estate Leaders in US, Germany

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP announced four new real estate practice leaders on Monday, elevating a longtime partner in Germany and three newer hires in the U.S.

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    Atty's Suit Says Thompson Hine Allowed 'Toxic Boys Club'

    Thompson Hine LLP has become the latest law firm to face discrimination allegations, as a former income partner filed a pro se lawsuit Monday against the firm in New York federal court alleging she was sexually harassed by a senior partner in the New York office and then retaliated against for reporting the misconduct.

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    Sheppard Mullin Adds Snell & Wilmer IP Leader In San Diego

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP expanded its intellectual property services on the West Coast this week with the addition of a patent prosecutor specializing in the life sciences industry.

  • Arnold & Porter Transactions Vet Joins Foley & Lardner

    Foley & Lardner LLP announced it has brought on a former Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP attorney with over 30 years of experience working on transactional matters as a partner in its Silicon Valley, California, office.

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    Ex-Kirkland Atty Named Wealth Management Firm's 1st CLO

    Wealth management firm Diversify Advisor Network announced Tuesday that a longtime Kirkland & Ellis attorney has been appointed to the newly created role of chief legal officer.

  • Securities Group Of The Year: Cohen Milstein

    Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC's securities team made headlines last year by securing one of the largest securities class action recoveries of all time for Wells Fargo investors and by introducing major corporate governance reforms at several financial institutions after their alleged attempts to obstruct the stock loan market, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Securities Groups of the Year.

  • Cleary And Vladeck Raskin Must Face Cuomo's Subpoena Bid

    Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo can continue his effort to force Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Vladeck Raskin & Clark PC to turn over information about the women whose sexual misconduct accusations forced him to resign, a New York federal judge has said.

  • Real Estate Group Of The Year: Greenberg Traurig

    Greenberg Traurig LLP attorneys helped the Metropolitan Transportation Authority complete the development of a major train terminal in New York City and advised a $2 billion transaction in which a Japanese real estate firm bought a 50% stake in a Manhattan office tower, landing the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

Expert Analysis

  • 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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    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.

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