New York Pulse

  • Kasowitz Sues Ex-BigLaw Atty Client For Unpaid $470K Tab

    Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP says its former client, who previously worked at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, owes more than $420,000 in legal fees for Kasowitz's work defending him in a criminal case, according to a suit filed in New York state court.

  • Objectors Want $1M Atty Fees In $5.6B Swipe Fees Settlement

    Class members who initially objected to a $5.6 billion settlement with Visa and Mastercard have told a New York federal judge they are seeking nearly $1 million in legal fees for "enhancing the adversary process, sharpening the debate, and pursuing meritorious appeals in this litigation over the past eleven years."

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    Ousted Roche Freedman Atty Wants Ex-Partners Sanctioned

    The ousted partner of the law firm formerly known as Roche Freedman LLP asked a New York federal judge to impose sanctions on his former colleagues, claiming the partners destroyed evidence when they communicated through an application that auto-deleted their messages in the lead-up to voting him out of the firm.

  • Intercept, Others Hit OpenAI, Microsoft With Copyright Suits

    The Intercept and two other news publications filed nearly identical complaints against OpenAI and Microsoft Wednesday, accusing them of removing author and copyright information from material used to train ChatGPT.

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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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    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.

  • Trump Can't Freeze $465M Penalty But Can Seek Loans

    A New York state appellate judge on Wednesday refused to freeze the $465 million civil fraud judgment against Donald Trump while he appeals the award, but said the former president could take out loans to cover the cost of the judgment.  

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    Why This Bank GC Wears Two Hats And Loves It

    Republic Capital Group general counsel Jim Collins kept using his skills beyond lawyering to help out his small investment bank. The bank appreciated his efforts so much it recently gave him the added title of chief operating officer.

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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.

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    Lippes Mathias Hires 4-Atty Offit Kurman IP Team In NYC

    Buffalo, New York-based Lippes Mathias LLP has hired a team of intellectual property attorneys from Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law in New York City, growing the firm's bench of IP lawyers to more than 30 practitioners, the firm has announced.

  • Kilpatrick Moving NY Office To 'Crossroads Of The World'

    Commercial real estate company Rudin said it has finalized a lease with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP to relocate its New York City office to 3 Times Square.

  • Bankman-Fried Urges No More Than 6.5 Years For FTX Fraud

    FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried asked a Manhattan federal judge late Tuesday for a sentence that releases him "promptly" after his conviction for stealing billions from customers of the now-collapsed crypto exchange, arguing that federal sentencing guidelines recommend no more than six-and-a-half years in prison.

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    Katten Can't Drop Madoff Ch. 7 Clawback Client, Court Rules

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP must keep representing French investment fund Access International Advisors in a $2 billion lawsuit filed by the Chapter 7 trustee for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, a New York bankruptcy judge has ruled, explaining that the potential fallout from dropping AIA ahead of discovery in the case overshadows Katten's concerns that it won't be paid.

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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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    Law Firm Leasing Activity Reaches Pre-Pandemic Level

    Major firm relocations in late 2023, including Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's December deal for a 20-year lease in a midtown Manhattan skyscraper, helped fuel the hottest legal office space market since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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    Norton Rose Fulbright Taps Atlanta Atty To Lead AI Practice

    Norton Rose Fulbright announced Tuesday that it had formally created an artificial intelligence practice team in the U.S., and that it would be helmed by an Atlanta-based partner who came aboard last year from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • 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.

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    Blank Rome Adds White Collar Team From Akerman

    Blank Rome LLP has added a four-attorney team from Akerman LLP to its white collar defense and investigations group, continuing the practice group's recent expansion.

  • Feds Want Classified Info Shield In Menendez Bribery Case

    Prosecutors asked a Manhattan federal judge to shield classified information they plan to introduce in the bribery case against Sen. Robert Menendez.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Michael Baylson

    Though his standing order on lawyers writing briefs using artificial intelligence — one of the first in the country to address the technology — is fairly broad, Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania says he's "not banning AI."

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    Pryor Cashman Adds Immigration Atty To New York Office

    Pryor Cashman LLP added an attorney with experience handling both legal immigration matters and diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, efforts to its New York immigration group.

  • Stimwave Prosecutors Accused Of Brady Violation Mid-Trial

    The former CEO of Stimwave Technologies has alleged in the middle of her criminal fraud trial that the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office withheld key evidence about proffer meetings, teeing up a potential Brady fight before a skeptical judge.

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    Akerman Hires Real Estate Atty From Vinson & Elkins In NYC

    Akerman LLP added another partner this month to its New York office, hiring a counsel at Vinson & Elkins LLP for its real estate practice in the city Monday.

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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