In-House

  • DOJ, VW Ask 9th Circ. To Void Jones Day Docs Release Order

    The U.S. Department of Justice and Volkswagen have told the Ninth Circuit that forcing them to release confidential Volkswagen documents that were part of a Jones Day investigation into the automaker's 2015 emissions-cheating scandal would have far-reaching, chilling implications for federal criminal prosecutions.

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    Is The Sky The Limit For BigLaw Billing Rates?

    Data continues to pile up demonstrating large law firms' success in raising their billing rates at a historic pace while also continuing to command ever-larger portions of in-house legal departments' spending, which seems to point to a seemingly unfettered ability to raise rates.

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    Strategic Hiring Was The New Normal For BigLaw In 2023

    The 400 largest law firms by headcount in the U.S. grew more slowly in 2023 than in the previous two years, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP surpassed the 3,000-attorney threshold, according to the latest Law360 ranking.

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    The Law360 400: Tracking The Largest US Law Firms

    The legal market expanded more tentatively in 2023 than in previous years amid a slowdown in demand for legal services, especially in transactions, an area that has been sluggish but is expected to quicken in the near future.

  • Atlanta Housing Authority Taps GC For Leadership Role

    The Atlanta Housing Authority announced Friday it has named general counsel Dwayne Vaughn as its new chief operating officer, saying the transition coincides with an authority-wide priority shift.

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    Courts' 'Wait And See' On Deepfake Rule Gets Mixed Reviews

    A new evidentiary rule for dealing with artificial intelligence-generated deepfakes is unnecessary right now, according to a federal judiciary committee, but the courts' "wait and see" approach may be too cautious, some experts told Law360 Monday.

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    Legal Affairs VP For Boat Dealer Cruises Into GC Role

    Recreational boat and yacht dealer MarineMax Inc. announced Monday that it elevated its vice president of legal affairs to general counsel.

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    SunPower CLO Moves To Top Legal Spot At Infinera

    Telecom equipment company Infinera Corp. announced a new legal chief on Monday whose resume includes close to 25 years of in-house experience, including most recently as executive vice president and chief legal officer of SunPower Corp.

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    This New Michael Best Atty Chose A 'Strange Detour' Into HR

    Michael Best has hired a former in-house lawyer, who also spent several years focusing on human resources, to join its privacy and cybersecurity practice. Here, Sam Facey explained to Law360 Pulse why he thought focusing on HR for some time would make him a better attorney.

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    Dude, You're Getting Stock Awards: Dell GC's Pay Tops $6.9M

    The top attorney for Dell Technologies Inc. saw his compensation reach nearly $7 million last fiscal year, with stock awards making up the bulk of that pay package, the technology company said in a recent securities filing.

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    Latham Adds Former Chief Legal Officer Of REIT In NY

    Latham & Watkins LLP announced Monday that the former chief legal officer for real estate investment trust Safehold Inc. has joined the firm's New York office as a partner in the real estate practice.

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    Paychex Legal Chief To Retire In August

    The chief legal officer at payroll and human resources platform Paychex Inc. announced her decision to retire at the start of August after 24 years with the company, according to a recent securities filing.

  • IP Firm Fross Zelnick Launches Data Privacy Group

    Intellectual property shop Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC has launched a data privacy group led by a partner who recently joined the firm from an in-house position at a women's retailer.

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    Nestle Assistant GC Joins Mayer Brown's IP Practice In LA

    Mayer Brown LLP has hired Nestle's U.S. head of brand intellectual property as counsel for its global IP practice in Los Angeles.

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    Microsoft Outlines AI Global Governance Goals

    As Microsoft homes in on policies around artificial intelligence, the company published a report Friday featuring external perspectives and its own views on goals and frameworks for global AI governance.

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    Gen Z Women Are Shunning BigLaw Partnership. Here's Why.

    A recent survey of Generation Z lawyers at large law firms found that significantly more men than women say their ultimate career goal is to make partner, while far more women than men say their goal is to transition in-house.

  • GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The SEC adopted cybersecurity rules to require investment advisers and broker-dealers to put procedures in place for detecting data breaches and for notifying customers when their personal information may have been compromised, and lawyers said SPACs won't get sought-after relief from a new 1% tax on stock buybacks under a recent Treasury Department proposal. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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    Maryland Hospitality Co. Finds Replacement For Retiring GC

    Maryland-based DiamondRock Hospitality Company announced it has picked a new general counsel to succeed current legal chief Bill Tennis, who said in March that he plans to retire this summer.

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    Seasoned In-House Atty Becomes Atlas CLO

    An experienced in-house attorney who previously worked at companies such as Skillsoft Corp. and National CineMedia Inc. is now the top attorney for Atlas Technical Consultants Inc.

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    Ex-Alpine Summit Energy CLO Joins Holland & Knight

    Holland & Knight LLP has added Alpine Summit Energy Partners Inc.'s former chief legal officer as a partner to bolster its corporate practice group.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The middle of May marked another action-packed week for the legal industry as former President Donald Trump's hush money trial continued and BigLaw firms expanded their reach in the U.S. and abroad. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Burr & Forman Adds Former In-House Atty To Corporate Team

    Burr & Forman LLP has added a partner focused on transactional work to its corporate and tax practice in the Orlando, Florida, office, touting his experience in private practice and in-house as a general counsel for a managed technology services provider.

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    Climate Is On The Agenda, But It's Safety On Boeing's Mind

    Safety is not on the business agenda, but that topic will permeate Friday's annual meeting of the Boeing Co., which is under heavy scrutiny by the Department of Justice and the Federal Aviation Administration for its planes' recent safety issues.

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    Patient Software Biz's GC Gets Comp Bump To $3M

    The general counsel for patient intake software company Phreesia Inc. received about $3 million in total compensation for the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31, up from about $2.8 million a year earlier, according to a public filing.

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    Deepfake Rule Proposals Navigate 'Perfect Evidentiary Storm'

    As federal judiciary officials explore how to handle evidence faked by artificial intelligence, attorneys are divided over the need to change evidence rules, with some worried that current rules are not up to the challenges posed by deepfakes, and others fearful that altering them might do more harm than good.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How To Thrive As A New Legal Operations Manager Author Photo

    To make their first 90 days on the job a success, new legal operations managers should focus on several key objectives, including aligning priorities with leadership and getting to know their team, says Ashlyn Donohue at LinkSquares.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

  • How In-House Counsel Can Prepare For Generative AI Risks Author Photo

    To safeguard against the many risks posed by generative artificial intelligence legal tools, in-house counsel should work with their information security teams to develop new data security questions for prospective vendors, vet existing applications and review who can utilize machine guidance, says Diane Homolak at Integreon.

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