New Jersey Pulse

  • Locke Lord Must Face Oil Co.'s Malpractice Suit In NJ

    A New Jersey state judge rejected Locke Lord LLP's attempt to evade an oil company's malpractice suit alleging that the firm and one of its former attorneys mishandled a transaction involving an oil refinery project in North Dakota, causing the company to lose $2.5 million

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    Davis Wright's Managing Partner Steps Down From Post

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP's firmwide managing partner Scott MacCormack is stepping down after nearly three years at the helm, and the firm is appointing its Seattle office leader as an interim leader to guide the transition, the firm confirmed Wednesday.

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    How State Courts Are Improving Virtual Hearings

    State courts are improving virtual hearings by leveraging new technology, redesigning courtrooms, offering technical training to staff and improving case practices through the National Center for State Courts' Hybrid Hearings Improvement Initiative, according to a report it released this week.

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    Jackson Lewis Brings On Three Genova Burns Leaders In NJ

    Jackson Lewis PC scooped up three practice group leaders from Genova Burns LLC this week, bringing their expertise on a range of employment areas from compliance and human resources to employment litigation.

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    Davis Wright's Revenue Grows, Partners Reach $1M Mark

    As the firm expands beyond its Seattle roots, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has continued a decade-long streak of income growth with a 9% increase in revenue last year.

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    Anderson Kill Names Litigation Vet As Antitrust Co-Leader

    Anderson Kill PC has tapped a Philadelphia-based partner and commercial litigation specialist to co-lead the firm's antitrust and unfair competition practice group, the firm announced on Wednesday.

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    NJ Ethics Board Says Referral Fees Only For In-State Attys

    New guidance provided by the New Jersey Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics recommends against the payment of referral fees for out-of-state lawyers, reasoning that such fees, considered payment for legal services, can only be provided to attorneys licensed to practice law in the state.

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    Firms Trimmed Entry-Level Hiring Amid Demand Shifts In 2023

    As the legal market adjusted from the post-pandemic hiring surge, law firms across the U.S. scaled back their recruitment efforts for entry-level associates last year, a result of firms realigning talent strategies to better serve clients' demands over the long term, a report Tuesday from the National Association for Law Placement found.

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    Anatomy Of Attrition: A Look At Law's Biggest Mergers

    After a law firm announces it's adding 100 or more lawyers via a merger, what does that then look like a year, two years or more later? How many lawyers stay with the merged firm? How many leave?

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    Civil Cases On The Rise In Federal Courts

    The number of civil cases filed in the federal courts jumped significantly in fiscal 2023, led by disputes between multiple states' citizens and personal injury suits, after a decrease in civil filings the year before, the federal judiciary said Tuesday.

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    Hartmann Doherty Adds Another Ex-County Prosecutor In NJ

    Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman & Bulbulia LLP built out its criminal defense and litigation teams with the hire of a former Bergen County assistant prosecutor and terrorism and counterintelligence expert, the firm recently announced.

  • Head Of Rutgers Race Justice Program Defends 3rd Circ. Nom

    The director of a Rutgers University program that has drawn controversy amid a confirmation battle for a Third Circuit seat said Tuesday that she is "disappointed though not surprised" by the attacks on nominee Adeel Mangi, who would be the first Muslim federal appeals court judge if confirmed.

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    LG Assistant GC Suspended In NJ For Side-Work Misconduct

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has handed a minimum three-month suspension to an in-house attorney for LG Electronics over misconduct he committed while operating a side practice, including commingling client funds and mishandling two estates.

  • Saul Ewing Taps Over A Dozen New Practice, Dept. Leads

    Saul Ewing LLP unveiled its newest slate of leadership appointments on Tuesday, spanning two departments and seven practices.

  • 3rd Circ. Pick Affirms Muslim Lawyer Event Amid GOP Attacks

    Third Circuit nominee Adeel Mangi, who will be the first Muslim federal appeals court judge if confirmed and has been facing attacks from Republicans, has updated the Senate Judiciary Committee with an event he "inadvertently" left off his nominee questionnaire.

  • Forex Firm Wants CFTC Sanctioned For 'Bad Faith' Behavior

    A foreign exchange firm accused by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission of defrauding customers is calling on a New Jersey federal judge to sanction the agency for a "pattern of misconduct" that includes knowingly submitting false statements to the court and attempting to intrude on attorney-client privilege.

  • 3rd Circ. Finds No Reason To Disturb AbbVie Privilege Ruling

    The Third Circuit has found that AbbVie was unable to show that a Pennsylvania federal court went against precedent or made an error when ordering the drugmaker to turn over attorney communications from a "sham" patent case allegedly meant to delay AndroGel competitors.

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    Ogletree Brings On Genova Burns Privacy, Cyber Leader In NJ

    Management-side employment law powerhouse Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has added a former Genova Burns LLC partner of nearly nine years and with expertise in cybersecurity as a partner in Morristown, New Jersey, the firm announced Monday.

  • Philly DA Can't Escape Sanctions Over Lack Of Candor

    A Third Circuit panel has ruled that Philadelphia's district attorney, Larry Krasner, must apologize to the family of two 1984 murder victims after his office was less than forthcoming in proceedings over post-conviction relief sought by one of the killers.

  • Menendez Must Face May 6 Trial Despite Likely Appeal

    A Manhattan federal judge on Monday refused to push back U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's May 6 corruption trial after the New Jersey Democrat and his wife pled not guilty to newly added obstruction of justice charges.

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    NJ Integrity Office Chief Passing Torch To AG Counsel

    After five years as the first executive director of the New Jersey Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, Thomas J. Eicher will retire having guided the office through major police reforms and overseen high-profile investigations of fatal police encounters and public corruption, the state attorney general announced Monday.

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    With Rising State AG Action, BigLaw Responds By Beefing Up

    This year Covington & Burling LLP formalized its government litigation practice group, following others in what appears to be a race by large law firms to formalize, market and grow their state attorney general practices as the nature of the office has shifted in recent years.

  • NJ Firm Resolves Former Atty's Gender, Race Bias Suit

    Brach Eichler LLC told a New Jersey federal court Friday it had agreed to end a Hispanic former attorney's lawsuit alleging she was treated worse than white male colleagues and targeted for a layoff under the guise of financial difficulties.

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    After COVID Office Cuts, Firms Will Do 'More With Less'

    Things are settling back into place in the legal office space market after the great upheavals caused by COVID-19, with most law firms now focused on making the best use of their existing space after a round of pandemic-era downsizing, according to a new survey.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Mitchell Law PLLC, Gessler Blue LLC and Dhillon Law Group Inc. lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously found that states can't bar former president Donald Trump from running for reelection this year based on a 14th Amendment provision.

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Expert Analysis

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

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    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

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