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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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    Restructured Crypto Miner Rewards CLO With 1M Stock Units

    Months after he guided Core Scientific through Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the cryptocurrency miner has rewarded its chief legal and administrative officer with a new employment agreement featuring a guaranteed $500,000 bonus and a one-time grant of 1 million stock units, vesting over four years.

  • 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.

  • Atty Who Put Settlement In Spouse's Account Loses Appeal

    A Texas appellate court ruled Wednesday against an attorney seeking to overturn a ruling from a trial court barring him from practicing law for 18 months, saying the man clearly breached his ethical obligations by moving settlement funds through his spouse's personal bank account.

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    Texas Bankruptcy Court Gets New Judge For Biggest Cases

    A former Weil Gotshal & Manges partner has started work as the newest judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas at a critical time for the popular Chapter 11 venue, taking the place of former Judge David R. Jones whose ethics scandal last year rocked the court.

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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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    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.

  • Firm Says Water District Advice Was 'Black And White' Good

    A Houston law firm told a state judge Wednesday that its recommendation that a local water district turn down a more than $1 million deal to get rid of hundreds of acres within its boundaries was "black and white" good advice as it fought off a malpractice suit the district lodged against the firm.

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    Vroom Compliance Chief To Replace Outgoing CLO

    Texas-based Vroom Inc.'s chief legal officer will leave the former used car company in late August, with its chief compliance officer set to succeed her, according to a Wednesday U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    How This Legal Head Sidestepped The 1st-Time GC 'Cleanup'

    Earlier in her career, Carly Duvall Le Riche witnessed startups operate without a general counsel and saw other businesses add their first-ever lawyer, as well as the challenges that accompany that role. But since she became the first general counsel at caregiver support platform Cariloop in June, she said her experience has been different from what she's seen.

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    Egan Nelson Gains Ace Litigator In Dallas From Reed Smith

    Egan Nelson LLP, a boutique corporate law firm, has bolstered its commercial litigation group with a partner in Dallas who came aboard from Reed Smith LLP.

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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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    US Market Fuels Clifford Chance Revenue Growth

    Clifford Chance LLP said Wednesday that revenue has climbed by 9% to £2.3 billion ($3 billion) in the financial year to April 30, fueled by a 28% growth in the U.S., where the firm enjoyed its best performance yet in the world's largest legal market.

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    X's Tesla Ties Could Require Judge's Recusal, Watchdog Says

    Elon Musk's X Corp. wants to avoid disclosing its financial links with Tesla in the social media company's defamation lawsuit against Media Matters for America because the Texas federal judge overseeing the case likely holds Tesla stock and would need to recuse himself, the progressive media watchdog said.

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    Thompson Coe Hires Personal Injury Atty In San Antonio

    Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP has hired a personal injury attorney in San Antonio, Texas, who is joining the firm with more than 33 years of experience defending diverse groups of individuals, organizations and corporations, the firm announced Monday.

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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.

  • Firm Says Rival's Trademark Merely 'Common Spanish Phrase'

    A Houston-based immigration law firm wants claims trimmed in a suit brought by a rival Washington state firm claiming unfair competition and trademark violation, also filing a counterclaim for declaratory judgment that calls the supposed trademark a "common Spanish phrase."

  • Texas Legal Services Biz Escapes Most Data Breach Claims

    A Texas federal judge has trimmed most claims in a proposed class action over a legal services company's data breach, leaving a negligence claim lodged by one plaintiff who alleges he was a victim of identity theft due to the breach.

  • Lexitas Says IT Consulting Co. Didn't Finish $2M Project

    Litigation services company Depositions Solutions LLC, which does business as Lexitas, said in a Texas county complaint Monday that a Philadelphia-based information technology company hired to upgrade its web services failed to complete a more than $2 million project.

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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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    Haynes Boone Hires Dallas-Based Pro Bono Head

    Haynes and Boone LLP has tapped an attorney who spent the last six years leading the legal department of a women's shelter nonprofit as the new head of the firm's pro bono efforts.

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    Greyhound Lines' Parent Co. Hires New General Counsel

    The parent company of bus service provider Greyhound on Monday named a seasoned in-house attorney to start next month as its new general counsel.

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    After Kindred Case, Questions Linger About Clerk Safeguards

    When Alaska federal Judge Joshua Kindred resigned, it was the culmination of an 18-month inquiry into a hostile and inappropriate work environment he'd fostered in chambers. During that investigation, it seems he continued to supervise law clerks. Experts say that may signal a gap in protections for clerks.

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.

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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.

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