California Pulse

  • Compliance Software Co. Mitratech Acquires HotDocs

    Legal and compliance software company Mitratech Holdings LLC announced on Monday the acquisition of HotDocs, an automated document creation and management platform.

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    Law Firms Roll Back Summer Programs In Tight Legal Market

    Law firms that can't find enough work for the deluge of prospective and newly minted attorneys already on their hands are tightening their pipelines for new talent this season, rolling back their summer associate positions for 2024, according to legal industry experts.

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    What Are Summer Associates Saying?

    Law360 Pulse asked prospective summer associates about how their top-choice firms distinguished themselves from their peers. Here are some of the ways.

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    These Law Firms Are Where Summers Want To Work

    Concerns and anxieties about future job prospects have continued to arise among law students as they find themselves facing reduced success in securing interviews for sought-after summer associateships this year, according to Law360 Pulse's 2024 Summer Associate Survey.

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    Seagate Hires Veteran Tech Atty As Legal Chief

    Data storage company Seagate Technology Holdings announced Monday that the former general counsel at space technology company Maxar Technologies Inc. has joined Seagate as its new senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary.

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    FordHarrison Makes Associate Hires Across 5 Offices

    FordHarrison LLP announced that it made associate hires across five of the employment law firm's office locations including Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

  • UPDATED: Court Says Eastman Disbarment Order Filed In Error

    A California federal court has nixed an order disbarring former Donald Trump lawyer John C. Eastman from the venue, saying in a notice filed Tuesday that the document was filed by mistake.

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    Cooley Adds Comp Partners From Cadwalader, Wilson Sonsini

    Cooley LLP announced the addition of two partners from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC on Monday, touting their combined five decades of experience in compensation and benefits.

  • Global Law Firm Experiments With 3 Generative AI Tools

    London-headquartered international firm Ashurst LLP has been experimenting with three different generative artificial intelligence tools and found these tools can help with writing first drafts more quickly and efficiently, according to a report released Monday.

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    Another Ex-Sheppard Mullin IP Atty Joins Dickinson Wright

    Dickinson Wright PLLC has added another intellectual property attorney from Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP to its Silicon Valley office, saying Monday that she arrives with more than 1,000 past U.S. and international patent matters under her belt.

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    Offit Kurman Adds Transactions Partner From Calif. Boutique

    Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law has strengthened its business law and transactions practice group with a partner in Los Angeles who came aboard from California boutique Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP.

  • Speech Pathologists Say BakerHostetler Bungled Biz Deal

    A trio of Los Angeles-based speech pathologists have filed a malpractice suit against their former BakerHostetler counsel in California state court, accusing the firm and an Ohio-based partner of negligence in failing to properly advise them amid a business deal, allegedly resulting in the therapists losing their successful practice and more than $1 million.

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    Sheppard Mullin Atty Proud Of Its LGBTQ+ Community Work

    For Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, getting involved in the LGBTQ community isn't limited to Pride month each year — the firm has an active affinity group that conducts recruiting and pro bono work throughout the year. One of its leaders, partner Jay Ramsey, joined Law360 Pulse for a conversation about the group's initiatives.

  • Calif. Atty Faces Hacking Charge In Utility Billing Scandal

    A San Fernando Valley attorney accused of scheming with lawyers representing the city of Los Angeles to settle a customer billing class action favorably for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power also plotted to access the email and phone accounts of the judge overseeing the litigation, the State Bar of California asserted in an additional disciplinary charge filed Thursday.

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    Legal Job Market Keeps Momentum With May Gains

    Following April's increases, the U.S. legal sector saw marginal job growth in May, with an increase of 400 jobs compared to the previous month, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Calif. Ex-Atty Beats $330K Malpractice Judgment On Appeal

    A former attorney escaped more than $300,000 in damages when a California appellate court ruled Friday that his former client didn't follow the proper procedure before receiving a default judgment in a case that's more than a decade old.

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    After Email Scandal, Jeff Ranen Builds New Plaintiffs Firm

    Jeff Ranen, whose former firm collapsed last year following the exposure of offensive emails, is now actively working to expand the footprint of the fledgling plaintiffs firm he founded just a month after his resignation from Barber Ranen, according to an internal email obtained by Law360 Pulse.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Beveridge & Diamond PC's successful pursuit of a writ of certiorari at the U.S. Supreme Court in a Clean Water Act case and Farella Braun & Martel LLP's work on a cannabis company business loan lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from May 24 to June 7.

  • Lewis Brisbois Wants Ex-Partner's Pay Bias Suit In Arbitration

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has asked a Los Angeles court to force arbitration of claims lodged by a former partner in a suit accusing the firm of gender discrimination in pay and retaliation for raising concerns over its "unethical billing practices."

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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.

  • Ex-Paramount Exec To Lead Skydance Business, Legal Affairs

    Skydance Media announced that an experienced entertainment executive who has held positions at Spotify, Paramount and film distributor A24 has been appointed the company's president of global business and legal affairs.

  • 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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    GRSM50 Adds Toxic Tort Specialist In Northern California

    Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP is growing its environmental/toxic tort practice group in California, bringing on a partner with diverse experience, including most recently as court operations legal analyst for the Idaho Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • Calif. Judge Pauses Wells Fargo Investor Row Over State Case

    A California federal judge has paused a pension system's proposed class action accusing top Wells Fargo & Co. officers of enabling a "culture of lawlessness," making way for a state court suit that alleges similar wrongdoing.

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    Judge Who Took Israel Trip Recuses Self From Gaza Case

    A Ninth Circuit judge on Thursday recused himself from a case over the Biden administration's support for Israel's military efforts in Gaza, suggesting he disagreed with Palestinian rights activists' claim that a sponsored trip to Israel disqualified him but nevertheless would step aside "out of an abundance of caution."

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Expert Analysis

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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.

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.

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