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ANALYSIS: Survey Finds Lawyer Burnout Rising, Well-Being Falling

Details: ANALYSIS: Survey Finds Lawyer Burnout Rising, Well-Being Falling. By Jacquelyn Palmer and Linda Ouyang. June 28, 2021, 2:01 AM. In May, Bloomberg Law conducted its second iteration of the Attorney Workload & Hours Survey, which focused on lawyers’ experiences in first-quarter 2021. Results show that, while average hours worked per week and

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Lawyer Tackles Office-Return Influx for Virtual Health Startup

Details: Lawyer Tackles Office-Return Influx for Virtual Health Startup. By Brian Baxter. Aug. 16, 2021, 2:31 AM. Eden Health hired Cécile Abramowicz after $60M fundraising. She was previously top lawyer at urban mobility startup Revel. Cécile Abramowicz, who aided the restructuring that created Google parent Alphabet Inc., finds herself working

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Lawyer, Fined for Lies, Must Spread Word About Court …

Details: Lawyer, Fined for Lies, Must Spread Word About Court Rebuke (2) A Pennsylvania attorney who “lied, repeatedly” in court must pay $2,500 in sanctions in a long-running lawsuit, a federal judge said in a blistering decision that also requires the lawyer to share the …

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NYC Bar Tells Lawyers What to Do With Mistakenly Sent Docs

Details: A lawyer can withdraw from representation if the client demands the lawyer use the information but doing so would expose the lawyer to a risk of discipline, the committee said. But absent such a legal risk, the client’s wishes should prevail if the failure to use it would prejudice the rights of the client, it said.

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Holmes Wrongly Depicted as Theranos ‘Villain,’ Lawyer Tells Jury

Details: Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes isn’t the “villain” prosecutors have depicted, her lawyer told a jury, while warning that the “reality” behind the most highly anticipated criminal trial in Silicon Valley history is “technical and boring.” With the benefit of knowing that the blood-testing startup failed, prosecutors have previewed the fraud case against Holmes through a

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Job Bias Lawyer Who Sought $1 Million More in Fees Loses Appeal …

Details: An Illinois lawyer who recovered $1.3 million for a Muslim state transportation worker subjected to job bias failed to convince the Seventh Circuit the trial judge wrongly cut his attorneys’ fees request by nearly $1 million. Joseph Longo’s contention that the judge used the wrong legal framework in awarding him $774,585 in fees instead of

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Understanding Elon Musk—And What It’s Like to Be Titan’s Lawyer …

Details: The lawyer said Prescott is known for his “deep knowledge” of automotive artificial intelligence, regulatory, and safety issues, which are of critical importance to Tesla as the company looks to perfect an autopilot system for its vehicles. It remains to be seen how long Prescott will remain acting general counsel.

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Fox Rothschild Lawyer Out After Sexual Harassment Complaint (3) …

Details: Fox Rothschild Lawyer Out After Sexual Harassment Complaint (3) A New Jersey-based Fox Rothschild labor and employment attorney has been terminated after he and the firm were both named in a new lawsuit that claims a former administrative assistant at the firm was subject to unrelenting sexual harassment, including attempted rape.

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Leading White-Collar Lawyer Jessica Nall Jumps to Baker McKenzie …

Details: Jessica Nall, chair of Farella Braun & Martel’s white-collar crime and internal corporate investigations practice, has joined Baker McKenzie as a partner in its San Francisco office, aiding its Northern California expansion.

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ANALYSIS: Lawyer and Legal Jobs Fall, Bucking Economic Trends

Details: Lawyer jobs and legal occupation employment overall fell in the second quarter of 2021, but certain legal positions such as paralegals, law clerks, and title examiners made gains. A plunge in legal support role employment coupled with the drop in lawyer jobs prevented any gains from moving the needle.

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Lawyer ‘Consistently’ in Ethical Hot Water Gets License Revoked

Details: A Wisconsin lawyer previously suspended and reprimanded over ethical lapses had his license revoked after new allegations surfaced. Christopher Petros “appears uninterested in honest, responsible advocacy, and tends to dodge or disappear altogether when called to account for his actions,” the Wisconsin Supreme Court said Wednesday, adding that he’s “consistently been in ethical trouble.”

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ABA Says Lawyers Have to Ask Clients If They Think There’s Fraud

Details: ABA Model Rule 1.2 (d) prohibits a lawyer from advising or assisting a client in conduct the lawyer “knows” is criminal or fraudulent. The opinion specifically examines what attorneys have to do to satisfy the “knowing” standard. The standard requiring further inquiry singles out a …

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ANALYSIS: Lawyer Jobs Down 15% in 6 Months; May Be Long …

Details: Lawyer employment showed the greatest decline between 1Q11 and 1Q12, with employment declining 4.6%. During the same time, legal occupations employment dropped 1.2% and non-lawyer employment increased. However, non-lawyers experienced loss of employment prior to lawyers, with a 5.3% loss between 1Q10 and 1Q11.

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California Opens Door to More Legal Tech, Non-Lawyer Roles (1)

Details: California Opens Door to More Legal Tech, Non-Lawyer Roles (1) California has taken a step towards altering the role of lawyers after a state bar task force last week advanced controversial proposals for new ethics rules that would allow non-lawyers to invest in law firms and tech companies to provide limited legal services.

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‘A Preventable Mess': How Dementia Takes Toll on Aging Lawyers …

Details: A lawyer’s duty to report or otherwise intervene when another lawyer is impaired varies by state. At least a dozen states have ethics opinions on the topic, applicable whether the impairment is due to substance abuse, mental health issues, or age-related decline, and the American Bar Association has issued its own guidance .

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OSHA’s Planned Covid Vaccine Rule Has Firms Asking, What’s Next

Details: “The question is whether workers in an organization will report their company for noncompliance,” said Karen Elliott, an employment lawyer at the management-side firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC. “That’s anybody’s guess.”

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ANALYSIS: Hours Data Show the Sweet Spot for Lawyer Satisfaction

Details: Using the results of this survey, we are now able to profile the satisfied lawyer—and a surprising amount of lawyers are, in fact, satisfied at work! Furthermore, while in-house lawyers report being more satisfied in their jobs than their law firm counterparts, more than half of law firm lawyers still report a satisfaction level of 7 or more

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Morgan Stanley Back-to-Office Call Puts Law Firms in Tough Spot …

Details: Morgan Stanley's top lawyer wants the bank's outside law firms to force their attorneys back to the office. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg . Morgan Stanley Back-to-Office Call Puts Law Firms in Tough Spot. By Brian Baxter and Ruiqi Chen. July 20, 2021, 10:01 AM.

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Legal Polygamy: Ethical Considerations Attendant to Multiple Law …

Details: A lawyer—whether a partner, associate or of counsel—has a fiduciary duty to any law firm in which the lawyer practices. When a lawyer practices at two firms, the lawyer has fiduciary duties to both firms. The lawyer and the firms involved need to have a consistent approach regarding client …

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Democrat Elections Lawyer Elias Leaves Perkins Coie, Starts Firm

Details: Marc Elias, a voting rights lawyer who has represented the Democratic National Committee and lead Biden campaign efforts to combat legal challenges to the 2020 presidential election is leaving Perkins Coie to launch his own firm.

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Wake Up Call: NYC Firm Helping Anti-Vax Group in Mandate Fight …

Details: Meanwhile, several other firms say they are keeping mask requirements in offices for now. (American Lawyer) The appeal of a losing litigant in a 2020 hybrid jury trial in Texas argues that technical snags in the part in-person, part Zoom format prevented the litigant’s counsel of choice from participating. (Texas Lawyer) Lawyers, Law Firms

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Black, Female Lawyer Team Led Adtalem’s $1.48B Walden Deal (1) …

Details: Black, Female Lawyer Team Led Adtalem’s $1.48B Walden Deal (1) When five Black women recently led Adtalem Global Education ‘s $1.48 billion acquisition of online, for-profit educator Walden University, it was a rarity in the legal industry. Adtalem general counsel Chaka Patterson hopes the move will set an example for other legal chiefs.

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Covid-19 Vaccine Recipients Face Injury Payment ‘Black Hole’

Details: As he sees it, a seasoned lawyer would file paperwork that identifies the vaccine, medicine, or device from which the person is alleging harm. Having the financial resources to hire a lawyer or the wherewithal to navigate a government filing system may offer vaccine recipients a …

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Abruzzo Confirmed as NLRB Top Lawyer by Harris Tiebreak (1)

Details: The divided U.S. Senate confirmed union lawyer Jennifer Abruzzo to serve as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board on a party-line vote that reflected the deep political and legal discord over the agency’s future course. Senate Democrats needed a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris to confirm Abruzzo 51-50 on

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Coca-Cola’s GC Fiasco: The Takedown of an Audacious Black Lawyer

Details: In January, Gayton announced ambitious plans, requiring that firms involve at least 30% diverse lawyers (which include women, LGBTQ members and lawyers with disabilities) on new matters, with half of those hours going to Black lawyers. Moreover, if firms missed diversity targets for two quarters, their fees would be docked by 30%.

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Goosehead Fires Lawyer Who Livestreamed from Capitol Riot (1)

Details: Goosehead Fires Lawyer Who Livestreamed from Capitol Riot (1) Goosehead Insurance has parted ways with an associate general counsel after he appeared to participate in Wednesday’s breach of the U.S. Capitol and livestreamed video of his presence at the event. Goosehead CEO and co-founder Mark Jones confirmed Paul Davis’ firing in an

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Real Estate Billionaires Invest in Big Law for Top Legal Roles

Details: Real Estate Billionaires Invest in Big Law for Top Legal Roles. Two property titans’ real estate development firms, MV Ventures and Turnberry Associates, have picked up a pair of law firm partners to be their top lawyers. Eagan, Minn.-based MV Ventures, owned by the family of shopping mall billionaire and Minnesota Vikings owner Zygmunt

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New York State Bar Offers Website Guidance to Freelance Lawyers …

Details: New York State Bar Offers Website Guidance to Freelance Lawyers. New York lawyers seeking freelance work solely from other lawyers can set up websites with their last name and the word “esquire” that don’t have to comply with attorney advertising rules, a recent state bar association opinion said. But even if a freelancer doesn’t intend

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N.Y. Bar Warns About Fee Sharing With Out-of-State Rainmakers

Details: A New York lawyer shouldn’t share fees with another lawyer not licensed to practice law in New York if the out-of-state lawyer’s conduct would amount to the unauthorized practice of law, the New York state bar’s ethics committee advised in a January 2 opinion.

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Lawyers’ Recent Stagnant Wages Highlighted in ABA Profile

Details: Lawyer well-being is a topic that has been in the spotlight because of the pervasiveness of stress, anxiety, and substance abuse in the profession. “Recent studies show that lawyers struggle with these problems at levels substantially higher than the general population and other highly educated professionals,” the ABA report said.

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Jaguars, AEW Elevate Lawyer After Sharks Snag General Counsel

Details: By Brian Baxter. July 30, 2021, 9:41 AM. Cassie McBride named new top lawyer for NHL’s San Jose Sharks. Lauren Strackbine succeeds her at All Elite Wrestling, NFL’s Jags. With training camps underway in the National Football League, the Jacksonville Jaguars have reshuffled their in-house legal team after a raid from another sport.

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Boies, Kissinger, Mattis Make Witness List in Holmes Prosecution

Details: “But the lawyer as witness can’t help but try to be a lawyer and analyze the question before being a witness.” Lawyers May Take Stand The witness list in Holmes’ case also includes former Theranos general counsel Heather King , who returned to Boies Schiller as a litigation partner in 2016 after spending a …

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Trump-Era Special Counsel Indicts Lawyer Tied to Hillary Clinton

Details: A private lawyer with links to Democrats and Hillary Clinton was indicted Thursday by Justice Department Special Counsel John Durham over allegations that he made a false statement to the FBI in 2016, as an inquiry into the origins of the bureau’s Russia probe grinds on.. The lawyer, Michael Sussmann, met with the FBI’s then-general counsel in September 2016 to convey information that

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Floyd’s Accused Killer Counts on Lawyer Known for DWI Defense …

Details: The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association selected Nelson, the managing partner of Halberg Criminal Defense, to represent Derek Chauvin who faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Floyd died May 25, 2020, moments after Chauvin knelt on his neck while apprehending him outside of a convenience store for allegedly using a

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Microsoft Compliance Chief Jumps to TikTok as Top U.S. Lawyer

Details: The software giant hired the former Holland & Knight lawyer in 2002, the same year Microsoft reached a landmark settlement with U.S. antitrust regulators that reshaped the technology industry. “There was something magical about arriving at Microsoft in 2002,” Penarczyk recently wrote on LinkedIn.

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Coca-Cola Legal Chief Change Is Part of Larger Reshuffling (1)

Details: Coca-Cola Co. ’s surprising decision to replace its general counsel after nearly eight months on the job is one of several recent changes involving the company’s legal and compliance personnel. The company also parted ways earlier this year with veteran in-house lawyer C. Benjamin Garren Jr., a former Baker Botts and Cravath, Swaine & Moore associate who spent 25 years in a variety of in

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OneTeam, JMI Sports Add Lawyers in Changing Athletic Landscape …

Details: OneTeam received more than $31.3 million last year from the MLB Players Association, as well as $41.3 million from the NFL Players Association. Davis reports to OneTeam managing director and chief legal officer Timothy Slavin, a former baseball union lawyer hired by the company in early 2020.

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Wake Up Call: Axed Netflix Lawyer Alleges Bias, Tax Avoidance

Details: Wake Up Call: Axed Netflix Lawyer Alleges Bias, Tax Avoidance. By Rick Mitchell. July 15, 2021, 5:15 AM. In today’s column, signing bonuses for former SCOTUS clerks could reach $450,000 this year; Gibson Dunn is emphasizing a flexible approach to remote work post-pandemic; Paul Hastings issued a second office-return policy memo after its

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Uber’s ‘Elite’ Legal Team Plays Long Game in California Courts

Details: The problem, said a former Uber lawyer who requested anonymity to preserve relationships inside the company, is that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and a growing number of city attorney offices are turning their attention to AB-5. A provision tucked into the new worker classification law authorizes local government lawyers, not just

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In the World of Big Law Dealmaking, Black Lawyers Are Scarce

Details: In the World of Big Law Dealmaking, Black Lawyers Are Scarce. When Jill Louis started her legal career in Dallas several decades ago, she would often find herself as the only Black dealmaker—and the only Black woman dealmaker—in the room. “The lawyers would gather at a long conference table, and everyone—lawyers and clients—was a

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GameStop Veteran Lawyer Quits to Join Chicken Restaurant Chain …

Details: GameStop Veteran Lawyer Quits to Join Chicken Restaurant Chain. By Brian Baxter. June 24, 2021, 2:35 AM. Mike Burgoyne joined Raising Cane’s this month as legal chief. He spent 11 years at GameStop, now under new management. After more than a decade at GameStop Corp., Michael Burgoyne is on the move to a restaurant chain.

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There’s a New Episode of ‘Mommy Wars’ at the American Bar …

Details: There’s a New Episode of ‘Mommy Wars’ at the American Bar Association. By Vivia Chen. July 16, 2021, 8:00 AM. All nine female presidents of the ABA have condemned a recent article that urges lawyer-moms to be mindful about their careers. But did that article really undermine women?

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