Small Law

  • Pandemic Hasn't Hindered 2020 Law Grads, NALP Says

    Despite entering the workforce during a pandemic, most 2020 law school graduates are thriving, with high rates of employment and a dip in educational debt, but some still feel negative effects on their mental health, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement Inc.

  • Bailey & Glasser Partner To Lead LA Boutique's Title IX Team

    Los Angeles plaintiffs' boutique Clarkson Law Firm PC said Wednesday it had tapped a Bailey & Glasser LLP partner and former chairman of public interest law firm Public Justice to lead the firm's Title IX practice "and play a major role in the firm's upcoming public interest litigation."

  • NJ Atty Suspended For Using Client Funds From RICO Cases

    The New Jersey Supreme Court this week issued a three-year suspension against an attorney accused of misusing client funds from a racketeering case to buy a new computer system and pay his wife for paralegal services.

  • Pa. Judge Won't 'Chase' Deadline-Flouting ADA Case Attys

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday told attorneys in an Americans with Disabilities Act case against Tommy Bahama that he wasn't going to "chase" lawyers flouting scheduling orders, warning that the consequences might hurt more than just complying with the plan.

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    Lancaster Atty Plans Move From Solo Firm To Saxton & Stump

    A Lancaster, Pennsylvania, attorney with an established solo practice focused on representing healthcare clients is folding his firm into Saxton & Stump after 20 years in operation.

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    Thompson Coe Hires Personal Injury Atty In San Antonio

    Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP has hired a personal injury attorney in San Antonio, Texas, who is joining the firm with more than 33 years of experience defending diverse groups of individuals, organizations and corporations, the firm announced Monday.

  • Malpractice Insurer Escapes Conn. Firm's Suit For Coverage

    A Connecticut law firm and its principal will not have their legal bills reimbursed by their malpractice insurer after a state judge granted an early win to the insurance company, noting the firm admitted it was already facing a misconduct claim when its policy went into effect.

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    DeSantis Taps Prosecutor, Solo Atty For Fla. Judgeships

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed two new county court judges who work as a solo practitioner in Gainesville and a longtime assistant state attorney in Naples.

  • UPDATED: NJ Firm Malpractice Dismissal Order Filed In Error

    A New Jersey state court has deleted an order dismissing a malpractice suit against Nurick Law Group LLC, saying Tuesday it was "uploaded in error."

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    Mintz Expands In SF With Corporate Ace From Calif. Boutique

    A former managing partner of boutique Matterhorn Legal LLP has jumped to Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC's corporate practice in San Francisco.

  • Firm Says Rival's Trademark Merely 'Common Spanish Phrase'

    A Houston-based immigration law firm wants claims trimmed in a suit brought by a rival Washington state firm claiming unfair competition and trademark violation, also filing a counterclaim for declaratory judgment that calls the supposed trademark a "common Spanish phrase."

  • How Law Librarians Are Teaching Ethical Use Of AI

    Law librarians are using several strategies to teach law students and lawyers how to ethically use generative artificial intelligence tools, including reading assignments, prompt exercises and mandatory training, according to a panel at the American Association of Law Libraries' annual conference

  • Chicago Firm Seeks $2M For Ex-Atty's Alleged Client Poaching

    Chicago firm Loftus & Eisenberg Ltd. has filed suit in Illinois state court accusing a former attorney's new firm of helping the lawyer poach clients by encouraging them to leave with him, even though the new firm couldn't support his practice.

  • Wash. Atty Accused Of Offering Witness Incentive Resigns

    A Washington attorney has resigned after he was accused of offering a witness a substantial financial incentive to back his clients who were seeking millions of dollars in damages in a civil suit, according to a Washington State Bar Association document.

  • Judge Limits Girardi Clients' Injury Details In Upcoming Trial

    Jurors in former celebrity lawyer Tom Girardi's upcoming fraud trial will be spared detailed testimony about the severe injuries that drove his alleged victims to hire his law firm, a Los Angeles federal judge has ruled, saying the former clients' injuries are a key part of their stories, but graphic details are not necessary.

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    McKool Smith Hires Ex-Sidley Litigator In Los Angeles

    McKool Smith has hired the former co-leader of Sidley Austin LLP's national trial practice initiative who has spent the last few months running a solo practice after spending almost nine years with his former platform, McKool Smith announced Monday.

  • 'Texit' Atty Sues State Rep., Judge Over Defamation Fees

    A civil rights attorney who has represented the group behind the "Texit" movement filed a lawsuit against a state representative and court officials in a North Texas county, accusing the group of colluding to run up attorney fees against him in a defamation case connected to the pro-Texas-secession group.

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    NYC Bar OKs Attys' Financial Stakes In Alternative Biz Entities

    A new ethics committee report says a New York City lawyer may hold a financial interest in alternative business structures in jurisdictions that let them provide legal services, provided the lawyer is merely a financial investor, not practicing law through the entity.

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    NJ Justices To Review Ban On Out-Of-State Atty Referral Fees

    The New Jersey Supreme Court will review an ethics advisory opinion that would ban Garden State-certified attorneys from paying referral fees to out-of-state attorneys, according to court orders filed Thursday.

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    Calif. Firm Beats Rival's Claims In 'Sweet Justice' TM Fight

    A California federal court on Thursday nixed a personal injury firm's countersuit against its rival in a battle over the trademark use of the term "Sweet Justice," ruling that the firm's counterclaims are a "mirror-image" of the underlying suit.

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    DC-Based Boutique Lehotsky Keller To Open Boston Shop

    Steve Lehotsky, a partner with Lehotsky Keller Cohn LLP, a litigation boutique that specializes in corporate legal defense and challenges to government regulations, announced this week that he's moving from Washington, D.C., to Boston and will open an office for the firm there.

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    Sorrels Law Lands Hoover Slovacek Appellate Pro In Houston

    A longtime trial and appellate attorney at Hoover Slovacek LLP has come aboard at Sorrels Law in Houston.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another action-packed week as BigLaw firms expanded their footprints and Donald Trump scored a court victory. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Blanche Law PLLC and Continental PLLC lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after a Florida federal judge tossed the criminal case against former President Donald Trump over his allegedly illegal retention of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

  • Texas IP Firm Fights Microsoft With Dueling Sanctions Bid

    Prolific patent litigator Bill Ramey has pushed back against Microsoft's bid to sanction his law firm in Texas federal court, filing his own sanctions motion that claims the tech giant and its attorney "gleefully" filed an improper declaration in the case to defame him and his firm.

Expert Analysis

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Career And Wellness Coach Author Photo

    Tara Rhoades at The Sanity Plea shares how she went from BigLaw partner to legal industry career and wellness coach, and explains how attorneys can use their capabilities, knowledge and professional networks to pursue coaching themselves, or bring refreshed meaning and purpose to their current roles.

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    Talking Mental Health: Tackling Stress As A Practice Leader Author Photo

    Constance Rhebergen at Bracewell discusses how she handles the stress of being a practice chair, how sources of stress have changed in the legal industry over the past decade and what law firms can do to protect attorney mental health.

  • Making Legal Cents: Engaging A Remote, Evolving Workforce Author Photo

    In the face of a dispersed and changing workforce with Generation Z entering the scene, law firms should consider some practical strategies to revitalize their cultures, provide meaningful mentorship and safeguard their knowledge bases, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • How Firms Can Effectively Evaluate Their Summer Associates Author Photo

    One of the most effective ways firms can ensure their summer associate programs are a success is by engaging in a timely and meaningful evaluation process and being intentional about when, how and by whom feedback should be provided, say Caroline Cimei and Erica Fine at Shutts & Bowen.

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    Talking Mental Health: Life As A Lawyer With OCD Author Photo

    Kelly Hughes at Ogletree discusses what she’s learned in the 14 years since she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, recounting how the experience shaped her law practice, what the legal industry and general public get wrong about the disorder, and how law firms can better support employees who have OCD.

  • 3 Innovative Ways AI May Be Used In Legal Practice
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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly be used by outside counsel to better predict the outcomes of litigation — thus informing legal strategy with greater precision — and by clients to scrutinize invoices and evaluate counsel’s performance, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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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.



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