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  • Structured Finance Group Of The Year: Cahill Gordon

    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP's structured finance team guided the $16 billion take-private of audience measurement company Nielsen, corralling more than 10 banks to cooperate amid difficult market conditions, earning a place among Law360's 2023 Structured Finance Groups of the Year.

  • Product Liability Group Of The Year: Lieff Cabraser

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP obtained a $230 million settlement from Walgreens over the opioid crisis in San Francisco and secured a $235 million vaping litigation settlement from tobacco giant Altria, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • Lexsoft Launches OpenAI-Powered Legal Software Tool

    Legal technology company Lexsoft Systems SL has floated a new artificial intelligence tool that uses OpenAI's technology to allow lawyers to automate parts of their workflow.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Michael Baylson

    Though his standing order on lawyers writing briefs using artificial intelligence — one of the first in the country to address the technology — is fairly broad, Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania says he's "not banning AI."

  • Sports & Betting Group Of The Year: Winston & Strawn

    Winston & Strawn LLP's sports law practice notched several high-profile wins in 2023, including helping certify a class of 184,000 college athletes who are seeking an injunction against the NCAA over their name, image and likeness rights — one of many cases earning the firm a spot as one of Law360's Sports Law Practice Groups of the Year.

  • International Trade Group Of The Year: Buchanan Ingersoll

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC's international trade practice scored crucial wins last year, shepherding bet-the-company deals through national security reviews and challenging unlawful dumping practices, earning it a spot among Law360's 2023 International Trade Groups of the Year.

  • Young Conaway Expands To NC With Charlotte Office

    Delaware-based Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP announced that it recently expanded to North Carolina with the opening of its third office location in Charlotte.

  • Real Estate Group Of The Year: Fried Frank

    Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP helped clients close deals last year for the development of prominent additions to the New York City and Las Vegas skylines, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Real Estate Groups of the Year.

  • Project Finance Group Of The Year: Sullivan & Cromwell

    A $7 billion deal to finance a liquefied natural gas facility in Texas is one of several clean or renewable energy transactions in which Sullivan & Cromwell LLP played a leading role in 2023, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Project Finance Groups of the Year.

  • Product Liability Group Of The Year: Covington

    Covington & Burling LLP's product liability group helped McKesson Corp. notch a trial win in the nationwide opioid litigation and secured a dismissal of claims against Hain Celestial Group Inc. over allegations that their baby food contained dangerous amounts of heavy metals, earning the group a spot as one of Law360's Product Liability Groups of the Year.

  • Securities Group Of The Year: Bernstein Litowitz

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP recently secured $1 billion for Wells Fargo investors who claimed losses over the bank's risk management practices and reached a $145 million settlement on behalf of investors in Allianz's Structured Alpha Funds, earning the firm a place among Law360's Securities Practice Groups of the Year.

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    Office Snapshot: Ballard Spahr Warms Up To Phoenix Digs

    In the 18 years since opening its Phoenix, Arizona, office in 2006, Ballard Spahr LLP has been steadily growing its practices there while participating in the revitalization of the city's downtown and committing thousands of hours to pro bono causes.

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    Sheppard Mullin Adds 2nd Healthcare Partner This Month

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has continued its recent growth of the firm's Chicago office and its healthcare team with the addition of a second partner within the last month.

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    King & Spalding Launches In Dallas With Gibson Dunn Leader

    King & Spalding LLP has planted its flag in Dallas with a new office "anchored" by a longtime trial attorney who co-chaired Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's global litigation practice group, the firm said Monday.

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    Bar-Takers See Accommodation Gap For Periods, Lactation

    As would-be lawyers prepare to take the bar exam, testing accommodations for those who menstruate or lactate will vary by jurisdiction. In recent years, there's been a reckoning on state bar policies that affect women and transgender test-takers, but advocates say there's more to be done.

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    Paul Hastings Adds FDA Practice Chair From King & Spalding

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that a King & Spalding partner specializing in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and life sciences has joined the firm as chair of its new FDA practice in Washington, D.C.

  • Md. Judge Won't Toss Ex-Baltimore State's Atty's Conviction

    A Maryland federal judge has refused to acquit former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby of lying on mortgage applications for a vacation home, rejecting her contention that charges were brought in the wrong venue and finding that prosecutors put forward sufficient evidence for a reasonable jury to find her guilty.

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    Reed Smith Names New Heads In Downtown LA, Century City

    Reed Smith LLP has named new managing partners at its two Los Angeles offices, with a longtime corporate attorney assuming control in the Century City office and a labor and employment attorney taking the reins in the downtown Los Angeles office.

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    Ex-Dechert Atty Can Keep Depo Confidential In Hacking Case

    A former Dechert LLP partner can keep her deposition under wraps in an airline mogul's suit seeking to prove an international hacking conspiracy, a special master in North Carolina has ruled in a blow to the tycoon, who accused the attorney of trying to shield misconduct.

  • Rutgers Law Students Rip Classmate's Bias Suit Subpoenas

    A pair of Rutgers Law School students asked a New Jersey state court to shut down subpoenas they received as part of a classmate's suit accusing the school of antisemitic bias for opening a disciplinary investigation against him after he spoke out against the same pair of students for allegedly spreading antisemitism.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The justices issued two unanimous opinions this week involving double jeopardy and maritime law, but they were in less agreement during four oral arguments, particularly one over an environmental rule on the court's emergency docket. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Polsinelli Real Estate Atty Made Co-Manager Of Chicago Office

    A Polsinelli PC shareholder and experienced real estate attorney has been tapped to co-manage the firm's 200-person Chicago office, the BigLaw firm announced.

  • International Trade Group Of The Year: Grunfeld Desiderio

    Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP continued to rack up critical wins for foreign exporters in the past year, including a major Chinese tire manufacturer for which it secured a rare 0% dumping rate, and successfully defended against fraud allegations by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 International Trade Groups of the Year.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Cunningham Bounds LLC leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos count as children.

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    Office Snapshot: Mayer Brown's Empire State Of Growth

    Having surpassed a headcount of 300 attorneys at its New York office last fall, Mayer Brown LLP says the Empire State shop is a hotbed of recruiting activity.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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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