In-House

  • 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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    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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    Lewis Brisbois Adds Corporate Pro In DC From Womble Bond

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP announced Thursday that it has hired a partner for its corporate practice group who previously worked at Womble Bond Dickinson and also has prior in-house experience.

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    Tech Services Co.'s Legal Chief Made Nearly $3.3M In FY 2023

    The chief legal officer at Illinois-based cloud-based human capital and technology services provider Alight Inc. earned nearly $3.3 million in total compensation for fiscal year 2023, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission statement.

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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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    Alphabet Faces Investor Votes On More AI Oversight

    At Alphabet Inc.'s virtual annual meeting on Friday, shareholders will consider three proposals dealing with the safety and societal impacts of fostering artificial intelligence.

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    Veteran Employment Atty Joins Riker Danzig In NJ

    Riker Danzig LLP has added a longtime marketing general counsel to its labor and employment group in Morristown, New Jersey.

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    Crowell & Moring's Latest Ex-GC Boosts Fin Services Team

    As more general counsels look to opportunities in BigLaw, Crowell & Moring announced Thursday that it has hired the former general counsel and chief compliance officer at investment firm Commonwealth Asset Management.

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    American Water Elevates Atty To Take Over For Retiring GC

    American Water has promoted to serve as its general counsel an in-house attorney who has been with the water and wastewater utility company for more than four years and also previously worked more than a decade at Cozen O'Connor.

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    Ex-Real Estate Firm GC Joins Federman Steifman As Partner

    Federman Steifman LLP hired the former general counsel of real estate investment and development firm SomeraRoad as a partner for its New York City office, the law firm announced.

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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.

  • Google Legal Dept. Goes From Crisis Mode To Long Term

    As much of the major antitrust litigation against Google winds down, the company is shuffling around its in-house legal departments to add more people and settle from crisis mode into the more sustainable posture of a technology giant where lawsuits have likely become a permanent feature of its existence.

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    After Judge Takes Trip To Israel, Attys Want Him Off Gaza Case

    Palestinian rights activists asked a Ninth Circuit judge to recuse himself from a case claiming that the Biden administration flouted international laws barring genocide by supporting Israel's military efforts in Gaza, noting that the judge recently took a trip to Israel sponsored by the World Jewish Congress.

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    Arena Football League Appoints Veteran Sports Atty As GC

    The newly relaunched Arena Football League has announced that one of the co-founders and former commissioners of the original league has been appointed general counsel and senior adviser of player operations.

  • Cannabis Co. Stiiizy Hires Ex-Aerojet Rocketdyne Atty As GC

    Los Angeles-based cannabis brand Stiiizy announced it has hired an in-house counsel with experience at companies like Aerojet Rocketdyne and Samsung to lead its legal department amid a period of rapid growth for the 7-year-old company.

  • Brand Reputation, Compliance, AI Named Top Privacy Risks

    The top three privacy risks for companies and their compliance professionals in 2024 are artificial intelligence, brand reputation and compliance, according to a survey released Tuesday.

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    Ex-McKesson Atty Set To Be Security Co.'s Next Global GC

    A seasoned in-house attorney who has been with Change Healthcare Inc. and McKesson Corp. is set to start later this month as global general counsel at Allied Universal, the security company said Wednesday.

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    5th Circ. Private Funds Ruling Could Rewrite SEC Agenda

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday vacated U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations that would have required private fund advisers to provide detailed disclosures to investors, in a sweeping decision that could upend the regulator's approach to promised rules on climate, artificial intelligence and crypto assets.

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    How To Work On Legal Generative AI's Black Box Problem

    Many legal technology providers have boasted that their generative artificial intelligence tools were incapable of "hallucination." That illusion shattered in May when an academic study, originally criticized and eventually revised, reported alarming rates at which some industry tools produce false or misleading information.

  • Judiciary Panel Clears 1st MDL Rule, Eyes 'Mouthpiece' Amici

    Top rulemaking gatekeepers for the federal judiciary Tuesday capped off seven years of strife in the defense and plaintiffs bars by backing a milestone measure aimed at optimizing multidistrict litigation, and then promptly greenlighted an entirely different war of words over new efforts to ferret out amicus briefs from "paid mouthpieces" masquerading as independent experts.

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    Skanska Elevates Atty To USA Building Unit General Counsel

    Construction and development company Skanska this week said it has promoted one of its attorneys to lead the legal department at Skanska USA Building Inc., following the recent move of its former general counsel to president.

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    AdMarketplace Hires Walmart Atty As New GC

    Adam Epstein, the longtime general counsel of adMarketplace who became co-CEO in March, has filled his vacated position with a senior attorney from Walmart Inc.

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    Josh Gibson's Atty Prevails After 30-Year Labor Of Love

    Corporate lawyer and former general counsel Edward Schauder worked over 30 years trying to get sports fans and pro baseball's brass to pay attention to great Negro League players of the past. Now, he's got their attention.

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    Former Covington Atty Joins AI Biz As GC

    Generative artificial intelligence company Zapata Computing Holdings Inc. has hired as its general counsel an attorney with prior in-house experience at other technology companies who also formerly worked at Covington & Burling LLP.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • 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.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

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    Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

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