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Some BigLaw firms will cover travel costs for abortions

Several larger law firms plan to cover the cost of travel for employees' abortions following the U.S. Supreme Court's June 24 decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Winning SCOTUS litigators say Kirkland gave them a choice: Abandon gun clients or leave

The appellate litigators who established a Second Amendment right to carry guns outside the home in the U.S. Supreme Court are leaving Kirkland & Ellis because of a decision by the law firm.

These law firms had ‘noteworthy moves’ in head count; which were tops for female, LGBTQ attorneys?

The National Law Journal’s latest list of the top 500 U.S. law firms by head count saw some significant changes in rankings.

Reed Smith’s pro bono report expresses ‘grave’ concerns about death row inmate’s conviction

A lawyer for an Oklahoma inmate plans to seek a stay of execution after Reed Smith released a report on its independent investigation of the case, undertaken pro bono at the request of a bipartisan group of more than 30 state lawmakers.

2 law firms add dozens of lawyers through mergers with smaller firms

Two larger law firms have announced mergers with smaller firms that add dozens of lawyers and expand their footprints.

The gap between the highest- and lowest-paid BigLaw partners is expanding

Law firms seeking to hold on to top lawyers appear willing to pay higher amounts that increase the gap between their highest- and lowest-paid equity partners.

Law firms hire experts from other disciplines to advise clients on risk and compliance

Law firms are hiring professionals, such as behavioral scientists, data experts, journalists and police officers, to help advise clients on risk and compliance.

BigLaw makes diversity gains; which firms did best?

Diversity gains among larger law firms this year were the largest since 2001, according to the American Lawyer’s 2022 Diversity Scorecard.

Former Perkins Coie partner is acquitted on lying charge in special counsel prosecution

Former Perkins Coie partner Michael Sussmann was acquitted Tuesday on a charge of lying to the FBI in a prosecution pursued by a special counsel appointed by former U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

Legal malpractice payouts reach ‘troubling new heights;’ 4 insurers contributed to claims above $300M, survey says

Legal malpractice insurers are reporting skyrocketing payouts of tens of millions of dollars, even as claims frequency remains relatively flat, according to a survey by insurance broker Ames & Gough.

BigLaw partner’s hourly billing rate of nearly $2,500 draws objection from bankruptcy trustee

A U.S. bankruptcy trustee is objecting to the hiring of a Hogan Lovells partner who would charge nearly $2,500 per hour to handle appeals in the Chapter 11 case of a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.

Weekly Briefs: McDonald’s, Wendy’s sued over burger ads; ICE is ‘a domestic surveillance agency,’ report says

Ads exaggerate size of McDonald’s, Wendy’s burgers, suit says

Food stylists for McDonald’s and Wendy’s undercook hamburger patties portrayed in advertising to make them appear 15% to 20% larger than…

Is there a way back for international law firms in Russia?

With pressure mounting on Western companies after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, some law firms realized they needed to do more than just part ways with clients and decided to wind down operations in the country altogether.

How to develop and keep associates? BigLaw firm tries embedding career coaches

Vinson & Elkins has hired seven career coaches and embedded them in firm practice groups. They will intervene as needed to get associates and partners on the right track.

LeClairRyan trustee agrees to $21M settlement with company accused of contributing to losses

The bankruptcy trustee for LeClairRyan has reached a $21 million settlement with the company that she accused of helping to further plunge the law firm into insolvency.

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