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Ireland's McCann FitzGerald Names New York Partners as Part of International Push

Law news - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 21:01

The move marks the first time partner appointments have been made outside of Dublin and London and comes as the firm has been expanding its international presence.

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Former Lawyer Loses Key Battle in Paul Weiss Discrimination Claim

Law news - Mon, 05/20/2019 - 07:50

A nondisclosure agreement is in the spotlight after former Paul Weiss lawyer Anna Christie had appealed a tribunal's decision stopping her from calling another woman as a witness.

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Kirkland Sees Rare London Exits As Heavyweight PE Duo Quit for Willkie

Law news - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 14:45

The private equity partner exits are a rare departure from Kirkland's London base.

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Loses 10 Lawyers in Germany to Addleshaws

Law news - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 12:00

Legacy Bryan Cave leadership in Germany are leaving to start Addleshaws first continental European office.

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Microsoft Deputy General Counsel Reflects on GDPR, 1 Year On, With Top EU Regulator

Law news - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 21:35

Microsoft deputy general counsel Julie Brill spoke with European Data Protection Board chairwoman Andrea Jelinek about lessons learned from the GDPR one year in and what comes next at an IAPP Global Privacy Summit session Friday.

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Clifford Chance Aims to Scrap Billable Hours to Measure Performance

Law news - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 07:00

The firm is piloting a scheme to move away from basing lawyer compensation on the metric.

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In Long-Running Dispute Over Nazi-Looted Masterpiece, Judge Reluctantly Rules Against Heirs

Law news - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 03:06

U.S. District Judge John Walter wrote that he had "no alternative but to apply Spanish law and cannot force the Kingdom of Spain or TBC to comply with its moral commitments."

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Clifford Chance Adds US-Based Global Antitrust Co-Chair From GE

Law news - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 18:28

Sharis Pozen is a former Skadden partner.

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Pro Se Plaintiff's Claim for Excessive Legal Fees Against Small Manhattan Law Firm Will Go Forward, Appeals Court Rules

Law news - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 00:28

In a lawsuit that alleges fee churning, redundant charges and failure to provide billing statements against the three lawyers making up the firm Joshua L. Dratel, P.C., an Appellate Division, First Department panel ruled on Thursday that plaintiff Debra Cascardo's excessive legal fees claim should go forward and not be dismissed.

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2nd Circuit Enters Circuit Split Over Foster Care Payment Enforcement

Law news - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:24

The panel majority held that the Child Welfare Act contained clear language that allowed for federal suit over payments to foster families, creating a 3-1 circuit split over the issue.

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Bernstein Liebhard Still Seeking $13 Million in Fire Insurance Suit

Law news - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:02

The plaintiffs firm argues that a New York appellate decision left the door open for it to recover more than $13 million from its insurer after a fire ripped through its office.

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Big NY Firms Increase New Partner Classes, As Female Promotions Steadily Rise

Law news - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 23:00

The largest New York firms grew the percentage of newly promoted partners who are women to a new high of 36 percent.

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Making Mistakes: A Normal Part of Learning the Practice of Law

Law news - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:30

Because work expectations at firms run so high, the distinction between pursuing excellence and expecting perfection (i.e., zero mistakes) can get blurry. Blurring this distinction, however, can erode a firm's morale and increase its exposure to liability.

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Can Your Law Firm COO Improve Service Delivery AND Profits? They Should. This One Does.

Law news - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:20

In a time when corporate demand for outside legal counsel is critically low, firms that cling fervently to outdated models of service delivery are bound to lag behind. In contrast, firms that are bold enough to buck tradition are much more likely to flourish.

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Reconsidering Lateral Partner Moves After 60

Law news - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:10

A growing number of Big Law firm partners are choosing to continue working well into their 60s and beyond—even if doing so requires a lateral move. And while a popular old tale holds that investing in senior laterals is an overly risky and expensive growth strategy, we beg to differ.

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Deliver Value and Improve Efficiency With Legal Technology in Litigation

Law news - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 22:00

An interesting intersection between law firms and corporate legal departments continues to evolve. Legal technology plays a key role in “directing traffic at this intersection, serving the needs of both law firms and corporate legal departments.

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Ways and Means Retirement Bill Would Adversely Affect IRA Charitable Gifts

Law news - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:45

In his Estate Planning and Philanthropy column, Conrad Teitell discusses various provisions of the Ways and Means Committee's bill.

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Statutory Interest Rates in a Low Interest World

Law news - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:30

Statutory interest rates in New York are fixed at nominal amounts, usually according to the monetary environment in which the statutes were enacted (or last amended). Given the drastic changes in monetary policy, these statutory rates are anachronisms in today's low interest world.

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Get Ready to Rumble When Crisis Strikes Your Law Firm

Law news - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:27

Mike France, a former Big Law attorney-turned-partner at advisory firm Brunswick Group, talks about the fight—yes, fight—that he says law firms need to prepare for when reporters come calling.

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Where's the Zeal?

Law news - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:00

If lawyers only knew of the shift in what is expected of them, they might feel a sense of relief which, in itself, could improve their physical and mental health even before adjusting their approach to practice.

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