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Prosecutors in murder trial of ex-lawyer Murdaugh can introduce evidence of alleged financial crimes, judge rules

Prosecutors in the double murder trial of once-prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh may introduce evidence of his alleged financial crimes to rebut defense evidence of good character, a judge ruled Thursday.

Disbarred lawyer and estranged husband of ‘Real Housewives’ star is charged with stealing $18M; is he competent for trial?

Disbarred plaintiffs’ lawyer Tom Girardi has been federally indicted in Chicago and Los Angeles for allegedly embezzling more than $18 million from clients. Girardi is the estranged husband of Erika Girardi of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Baker McKenzie can be sued in Chicago for work performed in Russia by possibly defunct outpost, judge rules

Updated: Baker McKenzie can be sued for malpractice in Chicago for work in Russia on behalf of a client seeking to reclaim a Siberian coal mine said to be worth more than $200 million, a Cook County, Illinois, judge has ruled.

Does legal recruiting career of chief justice’s wife create ethics issues? Critic sends details of her pay to Congress

A former legal recruiter who sued over his firing is alleging that the paychecks earned by his former colleague and lawsuit defendant, Jane Sullivan Roberts, raise ethics issues for her husband, Chief Justice John Roberts.

Judge’s failure to conduct ‘lodestar cross-check’ dooms Quinn Emanuel’s $185M fee award

A trial judge should not have awarded $185 million in fees to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan without conducting a “lodestar cross-check” that considers hours worked and billing rates, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday.

Is crypto payment a good deal for law firms?

Adoption of crypto among law firms is still slow, though some big firms, such as Steptoe & Johnson, have publicized that they accept it.

Why is Shearman & Sterling reportedly looking for a merger partner?

Shearman & Sterling didn’t keep up with its BigLaw counterparts after the 2008 financial downturn. Shearman’s head count and gross revenues lagged behind that of growing competitor law firms.

Alternative legal services providers hit $20.6B share of legal market, new report says

Alternative legal services providers, or ALSPs, have shown accelerated growth and now make up $20.6 billion of the legal market, according to a report published Tuesday.

Citing show-cause order against Reed Smith partner, judge allows firm to withdraw from case

A federal judge in Maryland is allowing four Reed Smith lawyers to withdraw from the representation of former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby because of possible contempt proceedings against one of them.

Ex-Pryor Cashman associate with 3 foster children gets prison time in Molotov cocktail attack

A former associate at Pryor Cashman was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison for helping a friend who tossed a Molotov cocktail into a vacant police car during 2020 protests in New York.

After seeing attitude shifts about opiate addiction, MDL lawyer targets Facebook

In 2022, a multidistrict litigation lawyer brought a federal action against Meta Platforms Inc. alleging that the algorithms are designed to be addictive.

Husch Blackwell told to pay $62M for engineering firm’s loss in airport bidding process

An arbitration panel has ordered Husch Blackwell to pay $62 million to an engineering firm in Kansas City, Missouri, that claimed it lost a contract to build the city’s new airport because of attorney ethical misconduct.

As more law firms adopt 3-day-per-week schedule, one ties attendance to cash

As more law firms mandate or encourage three days per week in the office, one is using the threat of reduced bonuses to get associates back in the building.

Legal services company Axiom opens ‘reimagined law firm’ to directly serve clients, thanks to Arizona approval

A subsidiary of legal services provider Axiom Global will open as an Arizona law firm, thanks to its approval of as an alternative business structure by the Arizona Supreme Court.

‘Routine performance management’ can’t be basis for fired associate’s bias suit, BigLaw firm argues

Kirkland & Ellis is arguing that a fired associate’s lawsuit against the firm should be tossed partly because a harassment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act can’t be based on “routine performance management.”

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