Connecticut Pulse

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    'Eat Or Be Eaten': Mid-Law Drove Q1 Law Firm Mergers

    As firms feel the pressure to grow to meet client demands, midsize law firms appear to be more eager to gobble up small law firms and less thrilled by the idea of being acquired, according to consultants and first quarter U.S. law firm combination results collected by Law360 Pulse.

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    Wiggin And Dana Adds More IP Attys In New York

    Three intellectual property attorneys from litigation boutique LTL Attorneys LLP have joined Connecticut-based firm Wiggin and Dana LLP in its New York office, joining an LTL Attorneys partner who moved to Wiggin and Dana last month. 

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    Halloran & Sage Appoints Atty To Litigation Leadership Roles

    Connecticut-based Halloran & Sage LLP has made changes to the leadership of its litigation team, appointing a partner as chair of its commercial litigation practice.

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    Carmody Torrance Atty On Volunteer Work, Starting Nonprofit

    Thomas Sansone, a partner at Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, has spent his career doing volunteer work in New Haven and beyond, leading him to receive this year's Citizen of the Law Award from the Connecticut Bar Association.

  • Conn. Atty Disbarred For Theft Seeks Early Reinstatement

    A former Connecticut attorney has asked the state bar to reinstate him after he was disbarred in 2016 following his conviction in connection with charges that he stole from his employer, requesting the bar set aside an order stating he must wait 20 years to apply for reinstatement.

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    Despite Atty Losses, Lewis Brisbois Says '23 Was Its Best Year

    Following the exodus of over a hundred employment lawyers to the short-lived Barber Ranen last summer, a stream of attorneys has been departing Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP to join other firms that are expanding into new regions. The firm’s leader tells Law360 Pulse, however, that the firm is on solid footing and had its “best year yet.”

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    Task Force Releases New AI Guidance For Courts

    The National Center for State Courts' artificial intelligence rapid response team has released more interim guidance on how courts can start experimenting with AI and what they should consider about platforms using the technology, the center said Wednesday.

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    Firm Mergers Up In 1st Quarter Compared To Last Year

    Law firm merger activity has increased in 2024, with the uptick likely to continue, according to a new analysis.

  • Conn. Firm Defends Infant Death Probe In Sanctions Feud

    A Connecticut firm is defending its investigation leading up to a product liability lawsuit against two companies it claims produced and sold an infant lounger linked to a number of baby deaths, asking a Connecticut federal court to quash motions for Rule 11 sanctions accusing it of pursuing frivolous claims.

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    Day Pitney Announces Leadership Changes

    A host of Day Pitney LLP attorneys have become firm heads following elections to its executive committee and board, as well as several department appointments, according to a Tuesday statement. 

  • McCarter & English's Client Contract Win Heads To Mediation

    The law firm McCarter & English LLP will hold settlement talks in June with an ex-client who has already lost a jury trial over $2 million in unpaid legal bills and potentially faces $3.6 million in punitive damages after an anticipated decision by Connecticut's highest court, a federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday.

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    GCs See Tough Year Of Budget, Tech, Talent Struggles Ahead

    A new study released Tuesday paints a bleak picture of general counsel seeing their legal departments stretched to the limit while facing complex new financial, cybersecurity, privacy, AI and other laws, with no new resources in sight.

  • Law School Diversity Dips Amid Affirmative Action Bans

    Racial diversity among U.S. law school students has dropped by as much as 17% following affirmative action bans in 12 states over the past 28 years, with the biggest reduction in minority shares at the country's top-ranked schools, according to a new study.

  • Loophole Ties Conn. Firm To Home Sale Row, Judge Told

    A narrow exception to Connecticut's unfair trade practices law means an estate lawyer can be sued over how his firm handled money after the seller of a Vermont home suddenly died and his significant other was left in the lurch, an attorney for the girlfriend told a Connecticut judge on Monday.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    The Digital Justice Foundation leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the Tenth Circuit set aside a fair use win for Netflix Inc. in a copyright suit brought by a former zoo employee who livestreamed the funeral of the husband of "Tiger King" star Joe Exotic.

  • Epiq Says Chubb Owes Costs In Clergy Abuse Data Leak Case

    Epiq Corporate Restructuring LLC has sued Chubb-affiliated insurers in Connecticut federal court seeking to be reimbursed for $2.5 million in settlement costs and roughly $1.8 million for its defense of litigation over Epiq's disclosure of sex abuse survivors' names in a Chapter 11 case.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Richards Layton's representation of a former CEO with ties to Donald Trump and Best Best & Krieger's work in securing $156 million in infrastructure funding lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from March 15 to 29.

  • 2nd Circ. Revives Conn. Atty's Suit Over Gun Ban In Parks

    The Second Circuit has revived the lawsuit of a Connecticut attorney challenging the state's ban on firearms in state parks, finding that the state did not meet its burden to show it didn't intend to enforce the law.

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    Female Bar Presidents On Rising Above Legal Field Barriers

    The National Conference of Bar Presidents recently hosted a webinar titled “Advice From National Women Bar Presidents on Serving the Legal Profession” in honor of Women’s History Month. Read on for advice from three top female legal leaders.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The end of March marked another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw made notable hires and shifted office locations. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Littler Announces New Affinity Group Leadership

    Management-side employment firm Littler Mendelson PC announced new co-chairs for its Bollo affinity group serving Black, African American, African and Caribbean attorneys and their allies on Tuesday.

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    2nd Circ. Judge, Pullman Litigator Among Conn. Bar Honorees

    The Connecticut Bar Association will hold its annual awards event next Wednesday honoring judges, attorneys and professionals for their work, with a Second Circuit judge and former bar association president among the 12 honorees.

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    Legal Acumen Helped Lieberman In Senate, Colleagues Say

    While Joe Lieberman was best known for his political career, where he ran for vice president, supported the Iraq war and cast the deciding vote approving the Affordable Care Act, those who knew him as a practicing attorney recalled his integrity, kindness and respect for the legal process.

  • McCarter & English Wins Extra $1.8M In Client Billing Suit

    A Connecticut federal judge has found that McCarter & English LLP is entitled to another $1.8 million on top of the $1.85 million it has already been granted as a prejudgment remedy in a contract dispute, saying the former client on the hook for the award must also disclose assets under oath that could support the total $3.65 million award.

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    In Their Words: Founders On Being A Woman In Legal Tech

    Recently, the legal tech community was rocked by a LinkedIn post detailing sexual harassment claims by anonymous women attending industry conferences. Law360 Pulse spoke with five women founders about their work experiences and finding support from other women in the industry.

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Expert Analysis

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • 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.

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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.

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