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    Quinn Emanuel Fights Sanctions Bid Over Musk Deposition

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP protested a move by a man suing Elon Musk for defamation to sanction partner Alex Spiro for his conduct during a deposition of Musk, telling a Texas state court Spiro was simply speaking up to protect Musk's interests and that the plaintiff was taking part in "school-yard antics."

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    Polsinelli Adds Shareholder To Tax Credit Practice In Dallas

    An attorney who spent more than a decade developing a niche practice specializing in tax credit financing has moved her practice to Polsinelli PC's Dallas office after five years at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

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    Paxton Can't Duck Ethics Suit Over 2020 Election Challenge

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton must face the State Bar of Texas' ethics lawsuit over his attempts to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election since the suit is against Paxton in his personal capacity and does not violate the separation of powers, a Texas appellate court has ruled.

  • Atty In Tax Fraud Case Gets Supervised Release, $25K Fine

    A former Houston lawyer whose conviction in connection with an $18 million tax scheme was overturned told a federal judge Friday that not testifying in his 2019 trial was "one of the worst mistakes" of his life as he was sentenced to a year of supervised release as part of a plea deal.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another busy week with more lateral hires, partner promotions, new practice group launches, in-house moves and the passing of a trailblazing former Connecticut Supreme Court chief justice. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    More GCs Champion Legal Operations Amid Tight Budgets

    As in-house legal departments see increases in work and demand while dealing with persistent budget constraints, general counsel are looking to invest in technology and delegate more work to the legal operations role, a new survey found.

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Winston & Strawn LLP and attorney Richard Reinthaler lead this week's U.S. Supreme Court-dominated edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the high court ruled that a corporation's failure to disclose certain information about its future business risks cannot, under certain circumstances, be the basis of a private securities fraud claim.

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    State High Court Shadow Dockets Raise Secrecy Concerns

    Like their counterparts on the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices on some state high courts are working in the shadows when issuing certain decisions, raising fears that their time-saving measures are not worth the cost in transparency.

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    Troutman Pepper, Locke Lord Eye Merger To Buff Focus Areas

    Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP and Locke Lord LLP are in merger talks to create a combined firm with more than 1,600 attorneys and nearly $1.6 billion in revenue, in what appears to be an effort to lock in both firms' leadership in six industry sectors.

  • Atty In Tax Fraud Must Pay Full $2.5M Per Plea Deal, Feds Say

    A former Houston attorney set to be sentenced Friday for his role in an $18 million offshore tax scheme is trying to limit the government's ability to collect $2.5 million in restitution he promised to pay in a plea agreement last year, prosecutors told a Texas federal court Thursday.

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    Constangy Names Partner As DEI Practice Group Co-Leader

    Labor and employment firm Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP has named a longtime partner with over 25 years of experience representing employers as the new co-leader of its diversity, equity and inclusion practice.

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    Why Are More BigLaw Firms Falling Prey To Cybercriminals?

    BigLaw saw a significant uptick in reporting data breaches, while law firms of all sizes continue to be prime targets for cybercriminals, according to data compiled by Law360 Pulse via extensive public record requests.

  • Sidney Powell Dodges Sanctions From Texas Bar

    Embattled Trump attorney Sidney Powell has dodged sanctions from the Texas state bar's disciplinary wing, with a state appellate court ruling Thursday that the Commission for Lawyer Discipline didn't bring enough solid arguments to the table to merit a redo of the case.

  • Ethics Panel Douses Judge DQ Talk In 5th Circ. CFPB Case

    A judicial ethics panel has concluded that recusal isn't automatically required for the Fifth Circuit judge whose financial disclosures have fueled calls for his disqualification from litigation challenging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's $8 credit card late fee rule.

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    Porter Hedges Adds Real Estate Pro From Munsch Hardt

    Porter Hedges LLP is expanding its Texas team, bringing in a Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC real estate pro as a partner in its Houston office.

  • Longtime Nossaman Infrastructure Pro Joins Norton Rose

    Norton Rose Fulbright announced that it has hired an experienced attorney who has spent the last 20 years with Nossaman LLP as the firm's new co-head of its U.S. and North American infrastructure teams.

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    Law Firm Lateral Movement Expected To Fall Again In 2024

    After a 31% decline in 2023, lateral law firm movement is expected to dip further in 2024, both at the partner and associate levels, to return closer to prepandemic norms following a period of atypically high movement, according to a new report by Decipher Investigative Intelligence.

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    Acclaimed Legal Scholar Earns ABA Ethics Award

    The American Bar Association on Wednesday announced that this year's recipient of its Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award will be Susan Fortney, a Texas A&M University School of Law professor and ethics expert whose research has earned her international recognition.

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    Akerman Taps Longtime Fla. Partner As Bankruptcy Co-Chair

    Akerman LLP has named a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, partner with nearly three decades and a long history of leadership at the firm to co-chair its bankruptcy and reorganization group.

  • Appeals Court Won't Block 3M 'Fishing Expedition' Deposition

    A state appeals court on Tuesday declined to halt a presuit deposition requested by 3M Co. against a Texas attorney to investigate claims that the lawyer was aware of false statements his co-counsel made in a coal-related lung disease suit out of Kentucky.

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    Digital Sports League CLO Joins Spencer Fane In Texas

    Spencer Fane LLP is growing its business transactions practice, announcing Tuesday it is bringing in the chief legal officer of fantasy sports and gaming website SimWin Sports as of counsel in its Plano, Texas, office.

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    Sheppard Mullin Adds Attys From Greenberg Traurig, Loeb & Loeb

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has hired a labor and employment attorney in Houston from Greenberg Traurig LLP and an entertainment attorney in New York from Loeb & Loeb LLP, Sheppard Mullin announced Tuesday.

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    Litigation Finance Becoming Commonplace In BigLaw

    When Michael Lackey first pitched others at Mayer Brown about using litigation funding for a matter, he got a less-than-positive response, he recalled.

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    IHeartMedia GC's Comp Remains Stable At $2.3M In '23

    iHeartMedia general counsel Jordan Fasbender, who has been in the role since 2021, earned over $2.3 million in total compensation in 2023, a slight decrease from 2022's $2.5 million, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

  • Texas State Bar Eyes First Dues Hike In Over 30 Years

    The State Bar of Texas is considering its first increase for membership dues in over three decades, citing inflation and concerns that increases in the organization's expenses are outpacing its revenue.

Expert Analysis

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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.

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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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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