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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Sonosky Chambers Sachse Endreson & Perry LLP, Jenner & Block LLP, Sidley Austin LLP and Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court held that the federal government is required to reimburse two Native American tribes millions of dollars in administrative healthcare costs.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry began June with another action-packed week as BigLaw firms expanded their offerings and made new hires. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    'Any Judge' Should Have DQ'd In Romance Case, Attys Told

    A Texas federal judge was adamant Thursday that a former bankruptcy judge should have recused himself from an engineering company's Chapter 11 proceeding because of his relationship with a then-Jackson Walker LLP partner, but seemed torn over whether a lawsuit from a former shareholder over the secret relationship had a leg to stand on.

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    Paxton Blasts Firing Suit Probe As 'Lobbying' Move

    The Texas Attorney General's Office has asked the state's Supreme Court to shut down whistleblowers' attempt to depose Attorney General Ken Paxton and several high-ranking staffers, saying the tactic is designed to persuade lawmakers to fund a judgment in the case when he is not contesting their claims.

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    How GCs Are Supporting GenAI At Their Companies

    When it comes to generative artificial intelligence, general counsel Virginia Chavez Romano tries to stay away from saying, "No," outright to her business partners, and instead works with them to find a solution moving forward, she said during a panel discussion in New York City on Wednesday evening.

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    Fisher Phillips' Management Trio Now Has Majority Of Women

    With Fisher Phillips' selection of a San Diego-based partner with experience spearheading women's advancement efforts to serve on its three-member management committee, the employer-side labor and employment firm is now led by a majority of women.

  • Shook Hardy Creates 23-Member Gov't Investigations Practice

    Civil and criminal investigations by regulatory agencies into alleged corporate misconduct are on the rise, and Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP has a new government investigations and litigation practice to help with such issues.

  • Bell Nunnally Adds Ex-Munsch Hardt Real Estate Ace In Dallas

    Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP has strengthened its real estate practice with a partner in Dallas who came aboard from Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

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    Young Chinese Attys Face New Hurdles In BigLaw Job Chase

    Law degrees from top U.S. universities were once prized by many Chinese students as tickets to secure jobs at major U.S. law firms. However, with these firms scaling back operations in China, aspiring lawyers face dwindling prospects and increased uncertainty about their futures.

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    Spencer Fane Partner Discusses Summer Associate Class

    Stephanie Lovett-Bowman, co-head of Spencer Fane's summer associate program, talked to Law360 about how the firm approaches the program, how law school recruiting fits into the firm's overall growth, and plans for the program in the future.

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    Federal Judges Facing Scrutiny For Clerk-Hiring Boycotts

    The federal judiciary must take a look at its judges' hiring practices in the wake of some jurists' public refusal to hire students from certain law schools over on-campus political activity over the Israel-Hamas war, a nonprofit government watchdog said Wednesday.

  • Houston Law Firm Can't Arbitrate 'Excessive' Fees Claims

    A homeowners' association can proceed with its lawsuit against Vethan Law Firm PC in a Texas state court over allegedly "needless and excessive fees" because the firm failed to prove the existence of an arbitration agreement, a Texas state appellate court has ruled.

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    Texas Atty Accuses Ex-Partner Of 'Unilaterally Doubling' Comp

    A Houston-area attorney is suing Bergquist Law Firm PLLC and its owner for nearly $7 million for "unrelenting" violations of their partnership agreement and fiduciary duties.

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    How BigLaw Approaches Suicide Prevention

    BigLaw's approach to suicide prevention emphasizes overall well-being, education and counseling as many firms focus less on the underlying causes of suicidal ideation among attorneys — if they're willing to discuss these efforts at all.

  • Removal Of Poaching Suit Backed By Congress, Atty Argues

    A former associate of a Houston personal injury firm accused of stealing client files and recording hours of private conversations told the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday that Congress provides "the luxury of a bright-line rule" that allowed him to remove the firm's state court case against him to federal court after he filed a motion to dismiss.

  • Legal Tech Co. Wants Ex-Exec's $1M Stock Suit Out Of NY

    A former legal tech executive's lawsuit claiming she was sexually harassed, fired and then cut out of $1 million in stock options should be moved from New York to either Texas or arbitration, or dismissed entirely, her former colleagues said Tuesday, calling the allegations against them "vague and conclusory."

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    $20M Partner Comp: Who's Earning It, Who's Paying It

    Word of the occasional $20 million lateral partner move has made its way into the legal press as a talent war between the richest of the rich law firms heats up. But how common is it, and which law firms are offering up top-of-market partner pay?

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    Willkie Brings On Sidley M&A Pro To Lead New Dallas Shop

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP announced Tuesday that it has tapped an experienced private equity attorney with deep energy-sector experience who came aboard from Sidley Austin LLP to helm the shop the firm launched in Dallas last month.

  • Paxton Asks Texas Justices To End Bar's Political 'Lawfare'

    The Texas bar's ethics lawsuit against Attorney General Ken Paxton over his challenge to the 2020 presidential election violates the state constitution's separation of powers and is barred by sovereign immunity, Paxton told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, calling the case "politically motivated lawfare" in an announcement.

  • Houston IP Firm Settles Trade Secrets Case With Ex-Law Clerk

    Houston-based intellectual property law firm Lloyd & Mousilli PLLC and a former law clerk accused of stealing confidential information while working virtually from California reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the firm in a Texas federal court.

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    Hinshaw's Chair Will Steer Firm's Strategy For Another Term

    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP has reelected a partner who has been with the firm for more than 40 years to a new three-year term as its chair.

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    Jones Day, Littler, Ogletree Attys Among Clients' 'All Stars'

    Jones Day, Littler Mendelson PC and Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC head BTI Consulting Group's annual list of law firms with the most "all star" attorneys, with each having seven attorneys highlighted by in-house leaders for their service to clients.

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    Fish & Richardson Grows Austin IP Team With Solo Patent Pro

    Fish & Richardson PC has strengthened its intellectual property practice with the addition of Gabriel J. González, previously a solo practitioner, as of counsel in Austin.

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    Mayer Brown Chair Reelected To A Second 3-Year Term

    Mayer Brown announced Tuesday that a partner who has spent almost his entire three-decade legal career at the firm has been reelected to a second three-year term as its chair.

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    5th Circ. Mulls Acts Vs. Belief In Anti-Abortion Worker's Firing

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday seemed torn over whether it should "split hairs" between religious conduct and religious belief as it weighed whether to uphold a Southwest flight attendant's win in a wrongful termination suit over graphic anti-abortion messages she sent her union president.

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Expert Analysis

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

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    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.

  • Law Firms Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

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    Attorneys Should Have An Ethical Duty To Advance DEI Author Photo

    National and state bar associations are encouraging attorneys to apply diversity, equity and inclusion practices in the legal profession and beyond, and these associations should take it one step further by formally recognizing ethical duties for attorneys to promote DEI, which could better the legal profession and society, says Elena Mitchell at Moore & Van Allen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

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