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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    "Reduce" is the buzzword for May, as law firms Lathrop GPM LLP, Winstead PC, Sullivan & Worcester LLP and Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP shaved some square footage off their office footprints in Texas, New York and California, respectively.

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    Locke Lord Litigator On Why Houston Bar Is A 'Hub' For Attys

    The Houston Bar Association's new president is a "hometown guy" who brings decades of experience as a Locke Lord LLP litigator and deep ties to the city with hopes of strengthening the Houston legal community by building tighter alliances among its attorneys.

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    Gray Reed Gains Chamberlain Hrdlicka M&A Pro In Houston

    Gray Reed & McGraw LLP has strengthened its corporate practice with a Houston-based partner who boasts more than a decade of experience handling complex business matters and who came aboard from Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry.

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    More Law Firms Are Relocating, Signing New Leases In 2024

    More law firms have relocated or renewed their office leases in the first quarter of 2024 than during the same period over the last four years, continuing a post-pandemic trend that began late last year as more firms made moves, according to a recent report by real-estate services company Savills.

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    Quinn Emanuel Atty Ducks Sanctions Over Musk Deposition

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Alex Spiro beat an attempt to sanction him for alleged "astonishingly unprofessional" conduct at a deposition while defending billionaire and investor Elon Musk from a defamation suit in Texas state court, but the suit survived a motion to dismiss, according to an order signed Wednesday.

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    Once A Standard, US News Rankings Now 'Entirely Irrelevant'

    Once "the bellwether of the legal academy," the annual law school rankings published by U.S. News & World Report don't matter to today's prospective law students, a pair of law professors say in a new study.

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    Efforts To Improve Diversity On State High Courts Stagnating

    A lack of publicly available data is hampering efforts to make state Supreme Courts more representative of the populations they serve and diversity pushes appear to have stalled out, according to a recent report.

  • House Ethics Committee To Probe Indicted Rep. Cuellar

    The House Ethics Committee announced on Wednesday that it has formed a subcommittee to investigate activities of Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, who was recently charged with accepting bribes from entities in Azerbaijan and Mexico in exchange for political favors.

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    Sidley Brings On Akin's Oil And Gas Leader In Houston

    Sidley Austin LLP has fortified its energy, transportation and infrastructure group with a partner in Houston who previously led the U.S. oil and gas practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Presidential Candidate Convicted For $15.5M Tax Fraud

    A tax-preparation business owner and 2024 presidential candidate was convicted on 33 counts of tax fraud after being accused of inflating deductions in a scheme federal prosecutors said caused more than $15.5 million in tax losses, according to Texas federal court documents.

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    4 Ways Young Attys Can Balance Pro Bono And Billable Hours

    Pro Bono work is an ideal way for young associates to learn new skills while helping others. Here, Law360 Pulse asks experts the best practices on how lawyers can commit to meaningful volunteer work while keeping up with their regular responsibilities.

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    Fisher Phillips Adds Employment Pro In Dallas From GRSM50

    Fisher Phillips has strengthened its Dallas roster with a litigator experienced in representing employers in a broad array of complex labor and employment disputes who came aboard from Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP.

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    W&T Offshore Announces General Counsel's Resignation

    Houston-based oil and gas producer W&T Offshore Inc. announced in a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing that general counsel Jonathan Curth has resigned from the company after spending two years in the role.

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    American To Cut Attys Who Blamed Child Filmed In Bathroom

    Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP attorneys are on the brink of being removed as counsel for American Airlines in a Texas state lawsuit over an ex-flight attendant's secret bathroom recording of a 9-year-old girl.

  • Tech Co. Says Houston Court Set Trial Despite Atty Vacations

    A Kansas-based technology company has asked a Texas appellate court to push back a June trial date in Houston, writing that a trial court judge scheduled the proceeding despite being notified of vacation conflicts by multiple attorneys.

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    Exxon Directors Face 'No Vote' Campaign In Lawsuit Backlash

    The board and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. face a significant no-confidence vote at the annual meeting Wednesday as a result of the company's lawsuit against a shareholder for filing a climate disclosure proposal.

  • Legal Lenders Can't Avoid Hurricane Ads Suit, Plaintiff Argues

    Funding companies that lent $20 million to a Texas law firm accused of using it to deceptively solicit hurricane victims can't escape liability by claiming they didn't know how attorneys were using the money or "simply because they don't have offices in the state," according to a Louisiana woman at the forefront of a putative class action.

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    Law Firms Split On Tech Offerings For Business Dissolution

    While some law firms refer clients to new tools that help founders wind down their companies, other law firms remain steadfast in their traditional approach to handling business dissolution services.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Humetewa Talks Tribal Relations

    Before she joined the federal bench in Arizona, Judge Diane Humetewa worked as a jurist on a relatively young court, where she regularly set new legal precedent.

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    Liskow & Lewis Adds New Orleans Tax Partner

    Gulf South regional firm Liskow & Lewis APLC has added a New Orleans tax attorney as a shareholder.

  • Atty Says Loss Of BP Spill Claim Was Client's Fault, Not Firm's

    Texas attorney Brent W. Coon has told a Houston court that his firm's alleged botching of a former client's lawsuit stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill was actually the client's fault, as he failed to provide the firm with a sworn statement to attach to his complaint per a court's order.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Berger Montague's work on a suit over fallout from a $1.8 billion SPAC transaction and Benesch's representation of a North American joint venture with ABB lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from May 10 to 24.

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    It was a week of mammoth wins for petite law firms, with two intellectual property boutiques — Lex Lumina PLLC and Irwin IP LLP — leading off this week's Law360 Legal Lions list with an explosive win at the Federal Circuit throwing out "rigid" tests for design patents.

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    Squire Patton's Insurance Disputes Head Has Eye On Growth

    As she begins steering Squire Patton Boggs LLP's new insurance disputes and counseling practice, Elizabeth Ahlstrand is setting her sights on growth both across the country and abroad.

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    Sidley Atty Helps 'Carry The Load' For Vets In National Relay

    Sidley Austin LLP partner Aaron Rigby has helped nonprofit Carry The Load expand its reach to include a national relay covering thousands of miles that will culminate this Memorial Day weekend with a flagship march in Dallas to honor military service members and their families.

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Expert Analysis

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

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    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

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