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Firms Match Biglaw Associate Bonuses, But One Firm Raises the Bar

Firms Match Biglaw Associate Bonuses, But One Firm Raises the Bar

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Above the Law has put together a collection of reports on Biglaw’s generosity for associates, with firm after firm matching Cravath’s season-end scale of $100,000 for top associates.

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Fewer Lawsuits for Corporations, But More Oversight on Data andTax Risk

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Norton Rose Fulbright’s 2018 Litigation Trends Annual Survey polled 365 senior corporate counsel representing US-based organizations on disputes-related issues and concerns.

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Legal Departments Sending Less Cash to Big Law, Survey Says

Legal Departments Sending Less Cash to Big Law, Survey Says

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Bloomberg Law is reporting that corporate law departments are spending more, but less of that that money is landing in Big Law coffers, according to a new survey.

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Be Unique for Better Law Firm Marketing

Be Unique for Better Law Firm Marketing

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When your marketing efforts are met with obstacles based on time, money or other factors, one of the best and most-underutilized ways to make sure you are seen and heard is to be unique, advises Bruce Vincent of Muse Communications.

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Biglaw Widow Says Firm Bears Some of the Blame for Husband’s Suicide

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The widow of Sidley Austin partner Gabe MacConaill has some harsh words for the stress that her husband endured while working at the firm before he took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot in October.

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Law Firm Associate Signing Bonuses Take a Dive, Recruiter Finds

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Special Counsel found that the average signing bonus this year so far is about $17,000, Bloomberg Law reports.

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New Survey Rates Big Law Policies to Build Gender Equality

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A new survey aims to move forward the conversation about equality in Biglaw by examining which firms are taking key steps to close persistent gender gaps.

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Access to Law Firm Data ‘Just Too Easy,’ Worrying Clients

Access to Law Firm Data ‘Just Too Easy,’ Worrying Clients

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General counsels’ offices have been expressing renewed concern about whether even the biggest law firms are adequately protecting highly sensitive data.

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Foley & Lardner Hit With Cybersecurity Incident

Foley & Lardner Hit With Cybersecurity Incident

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Foley & Lardner LLP experienced a cybersecurity incident earlier this month, but said there was “no unauthorized access to client data.”

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Biglaw Firm Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit That Alleged Attorney Called Assistant ‘Our Slave’

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Above the Law reports that the Biglaw firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath has settled a racial discrimination case filed against them earlier this year.

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Vexed by Budget Uncertainty? When – and How – to Use Fixed Fees

Vexed by Budget Uncertainty? When – and How – to Use Fixed Fees

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Lurking in every legal department budget is a giant uncertainty: the outside counsel spend, warns a post on the website of Xakia.

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Biglaw Firm Admits It Botched Handling of Sexual Assault Allegation Against a Partner

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Above the Law reports that Baker McKenzie released a joint report last week that admits the way the firm handled the alleged sexual assault by a partner at the firm involved “a number of shortcomings … which we very much regret.”

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Legal Fight Erupts Over Lawyer’s Advertising Slogan

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The ABA Journal reports that a Florida attorney is suing San Antonio lawyer Heather Clement Tessmer for using “Ever Argue With A Woman?” on billboards, the internet and business cards to pitch her legal services.

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Law Firm Admits ‘Unjust Enrichment,’ Agrees to $23 Million Settlement

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Stan Chesley, who was disbarred in Kentucky over his actions, was the sole owner of the firm, Waite Schneider Bayless & Chesley.

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Biglaw Practice Leader Encourages Women to Tell Him If They Plan on Becoming Pregnant – For ‘Budgetary Reasons’

Biglaw Practice Leader Encourages Women to Tell Him If They Plan on Becoming Pregnant – For ‘Budgetary Reasons’

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Above the Law reports that women in the Jones Day Business and Tort Litigation group have been “encouraged” to tell management if they were pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant within the next year.

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Biglaw Firm Reverses Course on Associate Raises, Now With $190,000 Starting Salary

Biglaw Firm Reverses Course on Associate Raises, Now With $190,000 Starting Salary

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Seventh-year associates at Fish & Richardson can look forward to salaries of $325,000 on the new scale, reports Above the Law.

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Former Partner Hits Biglaw Firm With Explosive Gender Discrimination Charge

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Rebecca Torrey’s filing details allegations of a “boys’ club” an environment that weighs “heavily in the favor of male partners.”

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Partners Forced Out As Biglaw Firm Considers Strategic Shift, It’s Reportedly A ‘Bloodbath Over There’

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Above the Law reports that four partners in the London office of Ropes & Gray are being forced out following a strategic shift in the firm’s direction.

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Bay Area Law Firm Archer Norris to Shutter, Costing 124 Jobs

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A court-approved interim operations will allow the firm’s employees to be paid to keep working with clients until mid-September.

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Law Firms Post Best Revenue Performance Since Recession

Law Firms Post Best Revenue Performance Since Recession

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Bloomberg Law reports that rising demand and rates pushed law firm revenue up 5.5 percent in the first half of 2018, the strongest performance since the recession.

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