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Law.com Radar: What's Happening in New Jersey Litigation?

Mon, 2021-02-01 23:00

A suit against 3M by Pequannock Township, and a products liability case involving Gilead Sciences, among others, highlight items flagged for New Jersey this week by Law.com Radar.

         

Legal Market In 'Best Health It Has Been In Years,' Report Says

Mon, 2021-02-01 23:00

A combination of aggressive cutting and "sky-high" worked rates in the final months of 2020 propelled law firm market performance to near-record levels, a new report says.

         

Law.com Trendspotter: The Pandemic Has Made Lateral Hiring Easier to Do, but Harder to Do Well

Mon, 2021-02-01 21:00

The rise of remote work has, in a number of ways, eased the logistical burden of lateral hiring. But it's also created new concerns: namely, how can firms integrate new partners and make them stick when books of business are arguably more portable than ever?

         

$4 Million Verdict in First Virtual Patent Jury Trial

Mon, 2021-02-01 17:38

The number is on the low end of the damages range sought by Ironburg Inventions, but jurors also found Valve Corp.'s infringement was willful, raising the possibility of enhancements. Valve had argued there was no infringement.

         

'Facts Matter': Finding Accused Capitol Rioter Likely to Deny Court Legitimacy, Judge Orders Detention

Mon, 2021-02-01 17:35

"I don't believe he will believe those orders are to be respected or followed," Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui said of his future court rulings.

         

Pennsylvania Litigators Say Castor Is 'Perfect for the Job' of Trump Impeachment Defense Counsel

Mon, 2021-02-01 17:01

Bruce L. Castor Jr., who is well known for not shying away from controversial clients, is a sharp litigator, unafraid to buck the establishment and no stranger to the spotlight, said attorneys who know him. Trump won't be able to "boss around" the veteran litigator, one said.

         

Will Coke's New Guidelines Move the Needle for Law Firms?

Mon, 2021-02-01 16:52

Skeptics said 20 years of Fortune 500 legal department exhortations haven't budged the low percentage of Black partners in Big Law.

         

After Profits Soared in 2020, Firms Optimistic About Revenue Uptick This Year

Mon, 2021-02-01 15:39

Net income growth was up an average 9.9% in 2020, while Am Law 50 firms saw a 12.7% rise, according to a Wells Fargo survey of 130 firms.

         

Latham & Watkins Pipeline to Biden Administration Expands With Another Exit for DOJ

Mon, 2021-02-01 14:25

Latham is among a handful of law firms that have seen more than one partner leave for posts at the U.S. Justice Department and Biden White House. The arrival of Kevin Chambers at the DOJ comes as a former Latham colleague settles in as the acting head of the criminal division.

         

Want to Hire Minority Lawyers? Look Beyond the T-14 Law Schools

Mon, 2021-02-01 14:23

A new report from AccessLex Institute identifies several ways that the pipeline of minority students into law school is breaking down, and its author says the numbers highlight how the legal industry's narrow focus on recruiting from the so-called "T-14" is perpetuating those inequities.

         

How I Made Partner: 'I Set the Goal, Then Pushed the Goalpost,' Says Jenna McBain of Weil Gotshal & Manges

Mon, 2021-02-01 10:33

"The path to partnership may look linear from a distance but it can be far from that. Persevere through setbacks and the growing pains of being an associate — we all go through it."

         

Seth Waxman, Wilmer Prepare for a Busy 2021

Mon, 2021-02-01 09:00

Waxman discusses how Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr's appellate practice is preparing for 2021 amid the pandemic.

         

Shearman's Global Arbitration Heads Lead Mass Defection to Start New Firm

Mon, 2021-02-01 08:46

The new arbitration boutique will have offices in Paris, London and New York.

         

Perkins Coie's Marc Elias Became Every Democrat's Favorite Lawyer. Now He Wants to Reform Democracy Itself.

Mon, 2021-02-01 04:00

Perkins Coie's Marc Elias won 62 election cases for Democrats in two months. His next task—restoring faith in voting—may be more difficult.

         

The Pandemic Has Catalyzed Big Law's Embrace of Localized Leadership

Mon, 2021-02-01 04:00

"What the pandemic brought home was that the office managing partners actually depend on communication among each other," Ballard Spahr chairman Mark Stewart says.

         

The Game of Trump: Jones Day Outplays Kirkland & Ellis

Mon, 2021-02-01 01:00

Timing is everything. No wonder Jones Day alums seem to be landing on their feet, while Kirkland's are scrambling.

         

For Impeachment Defense, Trump Hires Pa. Lawyer Known for Repping Controversial Clients

Sun, 2021-01-31 18:34

Former President Donald Trump has selected Pennsylvania lawyer Bruce Castor, along with Alabama lawyer David Schoen, to lead his impeachment defense.

         

Leveraging Data to Drive Innovation in A Post-Pandemic (We Hope) World

Sun, 2021-01-31 17:46

With a new year and fresh outlook for the future, the time is ripe for legal technologists and innovators to take the delivery of legal services and client experience to the next level. One key is recognizing that successful innovation — be it turning best practices into standard operating procedures, or reinventing the law firm business model altogether — is equal parts mindset, method and message.

         

Jurors Begin Virtual Deliberations in 1st Remote Patent Jury Trial

Sat, 2021-01-30 17:56

"We're all learning on this remote jury approach, but I think it's worked well," Judge Thomas Zilly told the parties following a weeklong trial.

         

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