California Pulse

  • $9.7M Financial Network Telemarketing Deal Gets Final OK

    A California federal judge granted final approval Friday to a $9.75 million class action settlement against a debt consolidation company and its subsidiaries for telemarketing calls that plaintiffs say violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • Smirnov Loses Bid For Freedom In Biden Bribery Lies Case

    A California federal judge Monday ordered former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov to remain jailed on charges he fabricated reports that President Joe Biden and his son took bribes from a Ukrainian company, saying he takes "no comfort" in Smirnov's promises not to flee given his history of false statements.

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    Acting Past Leads Adobe Atty To Protect Future Of Creativity

    Years after professionally acting, J. Scott Evans is in-house at Adobe working to protect artists from people misusing AI tools to intentionally impersonate their likeness for commercial gain. In a recent interview with Law360 Pulse, he shared how he continues to be drawn to the creative space, now advocating for protections and policies that support artists.

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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.

  • Smirnov's Attys May Be Trying To Help Him Flee, Judge Says

    A California federal judge indicated Thursday that counsel for Alexander Smirnov, the former FBI informant charged with fabricating reports that President Joe Biden and his son took bribes from a Ukrainian company, are trying to get Smirnov released ahead of trial "likely to facilitate his absconding from the United States."

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    New Group Aims To Help Attys Meet Middle Class Legal Needs

    For middle-class Americans who may make too much money to qualify for legal aid services, affording an attorney to assist with civil matters like divorces and estate planning can still be a financial impossibility. The recently launched Above The Line Network, however, is on a mission to promote cost-conscious lawyering models to put legal services within economic reach for a big and underserved middle market.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds Real Estate Shareholders In Fla., LA

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has added two shareholders to its global real estate practice, with one attorney based in Florida while the other is based in California and Texas.

  • Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Pryor Cashman's handling of a suit against Pandora over royalty payments and Nutter's work on a healthy-snacks company acquisition lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from Feb. 9 to 23.

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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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    3 Common Barriers As Law Firms Embrace Upward Reviews

    Upward reviews, in which associates provide feedback on partners' performance as their managers, have become increasingly popular in the legal industry in recent years, but according to consultants who help implement them, the potential upsides can be muted if firms fail to avoid some common mistakes.

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    How Jenner & Block Is Living Up To $250M Pro Bono Pledge

    After pledging four years ago to provide $250 million in free legal assistance through 2025, the co-chair of Jenner & Block LLP’s pro bono committee told Law360 recently that the firm was already 80% of the way toward its goal as attorneys tackle matters involving immigration, humanitarian parole, voting access and more.

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    LegalZoom COO To Depart Next Month

    Online legal services provider LegalZoom Inc. is parting ways with its chief operating officer next month, according to a recent government filing, four months after announcing plans to layoff more than 100 sales employees in Austin, Texas.

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    Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as law firms expanded their practices and attorneys made moves. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    These Are The Hottest Trends In Law Firm Design

    Out with the law library and in with Zoom rooms? Law360 Pulse recently talked to architects and legal employers to find out what the biggest trends are in law firm design.

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    Haynes Boone Adds Sheppard Mullin Real Estate Pro In Calif.

    Haynes and Boone LLP has continued the expansion of its Orange County office, announcing Thursday it is bringing in its fifth new partner there in the past six months.

  • Calif. Judges Get Guidance On When To Report Atty Misconduct

    California judges need not always report attorney misconduct to the state bar, according to the latest opinion issued by the California Supreme Court's ethics watchdog on Thursday, advising when judges are compelled to report attorney misdeeds.

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    US Can't Appeal Order To Give Avenatti's Tax Info To Trustee

    A California federal judge declined Wednesday to allow the U.S. to appeal a bankruptcy court's decision ordering Michael Avenatti's tax returns to be released to the trustee overseeing the estate of Eagan Avenatti LLP's bankruptcy, finding the decision to be unappealable, and Avenatti himself hasn't objected to the disclosure.

  • Paramount Faces Wolfman's 'Top Gun: Maverick' IP Dogfight

    The actor who played Henry "Wolfman" Ruth in the original "Top Gun" claims Paramount Pictures used his image in key scenes of the recent sequel "Top Gun: Maverick" without his permission and compensation, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in California federal court.

  • DraftKings Says Ex-Exec's $310K Attys Fees Bid Is Excessive

    DraftKings has told a California federal court that the "whopping" $310,000 in attorney fees requested by a former executive after the company shuffled the case back and forth between state and federal court is an unreasonable fee no "reasonable client" would pay.

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    Longtime Nixon Peabody Fashion Partner Joins DLA Piper

    DLA Piper has hired a longtime Nixon Peabody LLP fashion law partner who focuses her practice on intellectual property issues related to apparel and other industries, joining the firm's trademark, copyright and media practice, DLA Piper announced Wednesday.

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    Hanson Bridgett's Managing Partner On Her Second Term

    Hanson Bridgett's newly re-elected managing partner spoke to Law360 Pulse about taking over the firm during the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm's decision to provide maximum remote work flexibility, and why she thinks the future is bright for a midmarket firm in California.

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    'Loosey-Goosey' Standing Rulings Pose Threats To Judiciary

    Federal courts from the U.S. Supreme Court down are expanding their definition of standing, particularly in disputes over politically charged issues, with potentially troublesome results, creating privileged categories of plaintiffs, undermining public confidence in the judiciary, and enabling policymaking from the bench, according to experts.

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    Shook Hardy Launches Group To Provide DEI Guidance

    Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP has kicked off a diversity, equity and inclusion advisory practice group led by the former litigation and diversity leader for Coca-Cola Co.

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    Skadden Adds Latham Capital Markets Ace In Silicon Valley

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP is expanding its Silicon Valley finance team, announcing Thursday it is bringing in a Latham & Watkins LLP capital markets expert as a partner in its office in Palo Alto, California.

  • Intapp Acquires Berlin-Based AI Co. Delphai

    Professional services company Intapp Inc. announced on Thursday the acquisition of delphai, a Berlin-based artificial intelligence company used for data automation, structure and analysis.

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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