Florida Pulse

  • 11th Circ. Denies Atty DQ Bid From Gold Star Wives

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday denied a request from Gold Star Wives of America Inc. to disqualify an attorney representing a former president of the organization in an appeal over a trademark suit settlement, rejecting its argument that the lawyer's time serving the group should prevent him from guiding its former leader.

  • Longtime Hogan Lovells Transport Head Joins Morgan Lewis

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has hired the former head of Hogan Lovells' transportation practice as a Washington, D.C.-based partner and co-leader of its global automotive and mobility practice.

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    Law Firms Slowed Pace Of Hiring In First Quarter of 2024

    Despite a modest recovery in the latter half of last year, law firm lateral recruitment tapered off once again in the first quarter of 2024, with the hiring of associate candidates dropping the most during that period, according to Firm Prospects LLC.

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    Burr & Forman Adds Longtime In-House Leader To Fla. Office

    Burr & Forman LLP has brought on an in-house pro with more than $60 billion of transaction experience to its office in Jacksonville, Florida, adding the former general counsel of public company Cannae Holdings Inc. in Las Vegas to its corporate and tax practice.

  • Fla. Lawyer Seeks 'Compassion' After Loan Fraud Conviction

    Fresh off a failed bid to have her wire fraud conspiracy conviction nixed, a Florida attorney found guilty of fraudulently obtaining federal COVID-19 relief loans asked a Georgia federal judge for leniency in her upcoming sentencing.

  • Fla. Atty Gets 8 Years For Fraudulent Tax Shelter Scheme

    A Florida attorney was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to tax evasion and defrauding the U.S. government through a tax shelter scheme he pitched to clients that involved making purported charitable contributions so his clients could claim millions of dollars in tax deductions they weren't qualified to receive.

  • Fla. Judge Cops To Trimmed Charges Over Campaign Talk

    A Florida county circuit court judge may face a shorter 25-day suspension over public statements he made favoring law enforcement during his 2022 campaign for his seat after the Florida Supreme Court rejected a 30-day suspension agreement because of an incorrect reading of the rules of conduct.

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    Associate Hiring And Attrition Fell In '23 For 2nd Straight Year

    Law firms' hiring of new associates and the rate at which associates moved on both declined in 2023 for the second consecutive year, while more female associates were hired than male, according to a study released Wednesday.

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    Henderson Franklin Grows With Litigator From Fla. Boutique

    Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt PA has added a seasoned litigator to its Naples, Florida, office who previously was a co-founder of his own firm, Goddy & Donnelly PLLC.

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    30 Law Firms Lead On Client Service Amid Wider Decline

    When interviewed about client service, corporate legal decision-makers praised a select few law firms, even as the overall satisfaction of corporate clients has fallen in recent years, according to a report released Wednesday by BTI Consulting Group.

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    BigLaw Real Estate Varies Widely On Gender Diversity

    In March, Women's History Month, Law360 looked at gender diversity among the real estate groups at 20 large law firms and found that those firms vary widely on that point.

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    Chicago Bears Recruit Miami Heat Atty For CLO Spot

    The NFL's Chicago Bears announced a changeup in its legal leadership Tuesday with a high-level leader in sports and media law joining the organization as its legal chief from the NBA's Miami Heat.

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    Hertz's Outgoing GC Saw Compensation Drop $4.2M In 2023

    The top lawyer at Hertz Global Holdings, who is set to step down from her position this week, earned about $2.3 million in 2023, down from $6.5 million in the previous year, the car rental giant said in a securities filing Tuesday.

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    Fla. Boutique Expands Roster With Veteran Litigator

    Miami-based commercial litigation boutique Sanchez Fischer Levine LLP has picked up a veteran litigator with experience including in private practice and in-house at Ernst & Young LLP and mortgaging service company Ocwen Financial Corporation.

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    Legal Lags Behind Other Professionals Using AI

    Despite increased demand for artificial intelligence, most professionals are not using this technology at work, with legal professionals lagging behind other sectors, according to a new survey on Tuesday.

  • Attys Have Duty To Defend Judges, ABA President Says

    The American Bar Association's president on Monday warned that attacks on judges and the U.S. court system have skyrocketed in recent years and urged lawyers to stand up for the judicial process by defending judges who are unjustly criticized.

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    Ex-BigLaw Atty Takes Stalking Injunction Bid To State Court

    A former Greenberg Traurig LLP partner suing a social media influencer in a $150 million case alleging the influencer falsely accused the attorney of abuse in online videos on Monday moved to Florida state court an injunction petition to have the videos taken down. 

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    Cozen O'Connor Estates Pro Jumps To Porter Wright In Fla.

    Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP announced Monday that a former Cozen O'Connor member joined the firm's corporate department and trust, estate planning and personal wealth practice group as an of counsel in Naples, Florida.

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    GRSM50 Adds 3rd Construction Pro From Sandberg Phoenix

    Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP, now known as GRSM50, continued recent growth in its construction practice group Monday with the hire of two new partners joining the nationwide firm in its St. Louis and Tampa, Florida, offices from Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard PC.

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    Legal Industry Sheds 3,000 Jobs In March After Modest Gains

    Following a modest uptick in February, the U.S. legal sector shed more jobs in March, with a loss of 3,000 jobs compared with the previous month, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Gibbons PC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after helping its client, a Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney, secure an early win in a legal malpractice case alleging he botched an estate planning matter and lost his client millions in a later divorce.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the beginning of April with another busy week as law firms expanded their offerings and made new hires. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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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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    Duane Morris Names Philly Atty As White Collar Co-Leader

    Duane Morris LLP has named a former supervisor in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement as co-chair of the white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations and regulatory compliance division of its trial practice group.

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    IP Firm Sues Florida Attorney For Using Soundalike Name

    Georgia-based intellectual property firm Bekiares Eliezer LLP has sued an attorney in Florida federal court, alleging he marketed his services with a name similar to its "Founders Legal" brand.

Expert Analysis

  • 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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    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.

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