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  • Elevate Services Nabs $20M Capital Commitment

    Software-based legal services company Elevate Services Inc. closed a $20 million commitment from Runway Growth Capital LLC, according to an announcement from the investment firm on Thursday.

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    $50K Referral Bonuses In BigLaw Signal Hiring Optimism

    The $50,000 referral bonuses being offered by Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Allen Overy Shearman Sterling are viewed by industry observers as reflecting growing optimism in the legal hiring market and an expected uptick in corporate work.

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    Littler Mendelson Names New Office Leaders In 5 Cities

    Labor and employment firm Littler Mendelson PC is getting some new office heads, announcing Wednesday it has named new office managing shareholders for five of its U.S. offices — San Diego, San Jose, Indianapolis, Denver and Portland, Oregon.

  • Pandemic Hasn't Hindered 2020 Law Grads, NALP Says

    Despite entering the workforce during a pandemic, most 2020 law school graduates are thriving, with high rates of employment and a dip in educational debt, but some still feel negative effects on their mental health, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement Inc.

  • SF DA Sued By Staffer Fired Over 'Panties' Reply-All Snafu

    A San Francisco District Attorney's Office staffer who says he was fired after accidentally sending a risqué reply-all email at work has filed a state court lawsuit accusing his former boss and the county of defamation and standing in the way of his getting future employment.

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    Lyft's GC-Turned-President To Depart Next Month

    Lyft's longtime general counsel, who rose from one of its first employees to be its president — and is credited with being a "driving force" behind the growth of both the company and the transportation network industry — plans to step down from her leadership position at the ride-hailing business in August.

  • Bailey & Glasser Partner To Lead LA Boutique's Title IX Team

    Los Angeles plaintiffs' boutique Clarkson Law Firm PC said Wednesday it had tapped a Bailey & Glasser LLP partner and former chairman of public interest law firm Public Justice to lead the firm's Title IX practice "and play a major role in the firm's upcoming public interest litigation."

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    In Uncertain Economy, GCs' Cash Compensation Takes Rare Dip

    Despite their expanded duties, pay for corporate general counsel and chief legal officers has fallen — by 4% — for the first time in at least 12 years, according to the latest survey from legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa.

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    Nixon Peabody Adds Veteran GC With IP, Korean Biz Focus

    The longtime general counsel of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency's Los Angeles office has joined Nixon Peabody LLP, continuing the firm's recent growth of its intellectual property team on the West Coast.

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    Baker McKenzie Promotes 2 Attys In Leadership Shake-Up

    Baker McKenzie announced Wednesday that it has promoted the head of its California offices to be the new chair of its North American employment and compensation practice, and elevated a tax attorney to take over as head of its three California offices.

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    Record Retrieval Co. Compex Discloses April Data Breach

    Compex Legal Services Inc., a record retrieval and litigation support services provider, said Wednesday it had a data breach in April that exposed the personal identifiable information of "certain individuals," and the company is currently conducting an investigation into the event.

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    Mintz Reelects Bodian To Final Term As Managing Member

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC announced Wednesday that Bob Bodian, who was already the longest-serving managing member in the firm's 91-year history, has been elected to a sixth and final three-year term.

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    Dentons Brings On Former Big 4 Exec As New Global CEO

    Global law firm Dentons, which has made a name for itself by aggressive growth through combinations, has tapped a new global chief executive officer with leadership experience at accounting giant EY, the firm's first change at the top in over a decade.

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    Litigation Funder Says Apple Doc Request Is 'Mere Suspicion'

    Apple Inc. is trying to make an "end run" around a California trial court by demanding that Omni Bridgeway LLC turn over documents explaining its financial interest in patent litigation against Apple based on "mere suspicion," the litigation funder has told a Delaware federal judge.

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    Brownstein Hyatt Leads In Second-Quarter Lobbying Revenue

    Washington, D.C., lobbying shops report being as busy as ever as this fall's elections approach, with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP again posting the highest quarterly revenue.

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    Legal Ops Teams Feel Friction With In-House Legal Leaders

    Legal technology helps drive innovation and efficiency across the corporate law department, but many legal ops professionals often clash with in-house legal teams, according to survey results released Tuesday.

  • GM Says $100M Fee Request In Engine Defect Suit Is Too Much

    General Motors LLC is urging a California federal court not to grant more than $100 million in fees and $1 million in costs to counsel for a class of car buyers who won a $100 million trial in 2022, saying many of the fees and costs can't be recovered under the law.

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    Snell & Wilmer Hires Longtime Procopio Group Leader In Calif.

    Snell & Wilmer LLP has hired a more than 20-year veteran of Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP who led his former firm's emerging growth and venture capital practice group in California.

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    Mintz Expands In SF With Corporate Ace From Calif. Boutique

    A former managing partner of boutique Matterhorn Legal LLP has jumped to Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC's corporate practice in San Francisco.

  • LegalForce Says Legal Finance Group Is Infringing Its Logo

    LegalForce RAPC Worldwide PC has filed a federal trademark infringement suit against Law Finance Group Inc. in the San Francisco Bay Area, accusing it of violating the firm's "LF" trademark in providing legal services.

  • Judge Limits Girardi Clients' Injury Details In Upcoming Trial

    Jurors in former celebrity lawyer Tom Girardi's upcoming fraud trial will be spared detailed testimony about the severe injuries that drove his alleged victims to hire his law firm, a Los Angeles federal judge has ruled, saying the former clients' injuries are a key part of their stories, but graphic details are not necessary.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds McDermott Atty As Philanthropy Lead

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has hired a McDermott Will & Emery LLP partner to chair its tax-exempt organizations and philanthropy practice, the firm said Monday.

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    How Much Do Law Firms Pay For Acquisition Targets?

    It's a story law firm merger consultants say they've encountered time and time again: The founding partner of a small law firm nears retirement and approaches them to ask, "How much can I get for my law firm?"

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    McGuireWoods Taps Consulting Director As Innovation Lead

    McGuireWoods LLP announced Monday that the director of its in-house consulting group, MWAccel, will additionally take on the role of chief innovation and artificial intelligence officer at the firm.

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    Exec Comp Atty Returns To Wilson Sonsini As Practice Leader

    A San Francisco-based attorney from Freshfields, known for his work on some of the highest-profile deals of the past several years, is returning to Wilson Sonsini to co-lead its employee benefits and compensation practice, the firm announced Monday.

Expert Analysis

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Career And Wellness Coach Author Photo

    Tara Rhoades at The Sanity Plea shares how she went from BigLaw partner to legal industry career and wellness coach, and explains how attorneys can use their capabilities, knowledge and professional networks to pursue coaching themselves, or bring refreshed meaning and purpose to their current roles.

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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 Author Photo

    Not every law degree leads to a law practice. In this Law360 Pulse series, former practicing attorneys share the stories of how they went from practicing corporate law to using their knowledge and background to carve out a nontraditional career path in the legal industry.

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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.

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