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A Stacked Week of Litigator of the Week Runners-Up

Fri, 02/05/2021 - 07:25

Featuring a long-awaited result in an antitrust challenge to a 2013 merger that went to trial in bankruptcy court in 2019.


Why This New York Litigation Boutique Is Bringing an Executive Coach Onto Client Service Teams

Thu, 02/04/2021 - 07:30
Harris St. Laurent & Wechsler managing partner Jonathan Harris says the 20-lawyer firm brought on Dr. Monica Delgado as a client resource and to help lawyers keep a focus on the end goal for clients.

How a Potential Wave of Biden Appointees Could Reshape California's Federal Courts

Thu, 02/04/2021 - 00:00
A handful of federal judges in California have announced plans to go senior in the wake of President Joe Biden's inauguration. Some experts say the vacancies open the door for more diverse candidates on the bench.

If a Remote Trial Can Work in a Patent Case

Wed, 02/03/2021 - 07:30
U.S. District Senior Judge Thomas Zilly, who this fall became the first federal judge to conduct a virtual civil jury trial, earlier this week tried a patent case remotely to a jury verdict. "We as judges feel patent cases are as difficult and complex and as hard to manage as any are. I thought this case went smoothly," Zilly said.

A (Hopeful) Case Study in Juror Group Dynamics During the Pandemic

Tue, 02/02/2021 - 07:30
What can we all learn from this case study of a federal criminal jury that navigated the complicated early days of the pandemic?

Litigator of the Week (Updated) FAQs

Mon, 02/01/2021 - 19:00
An overview of the weekly Litigator of the Week feature.

Justice in the Pandemic: In Praise of Trial by 'In-Person' Jury

Mon, 02/01/2021 - 15:13
A lawyer and trial consultant reflect on their conversations with Kentucky jurors in the wake of a trial that was profoundly affected by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

'Poetic Justice': Gibson Dunn Client Goes from Suing the Federal Agency Behind Voice of America to Being Its Interim Leader

Mon, 02/01/2021 - 07:30
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher client Kelu Chao, a veteran Voice of America journalist, joined a lawsuit fighting political interference at the U.S. Agency for Global Media during the Trump administration only to be named the agency's interim head by President Biden.

Litigators of the Week: The Beveridge & Diamond Team that Made Sure Newark Didn't Face the Same Safe Drinking Water Act Woes as Flint

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 07:30
A Beveridge & Diamond team led by Bina Reddy, Eric Klein, and Roy Prather fended off two preliminary injunction efforts by the Natural Resources Defense Council before favorably settling the case for the New Jersey city this week.

Another Week of Lit Daily Runners-Up and Shout Outs

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 07:25
Husch Blackwell convinced the Eighth Circuit a Missouri politician wasn't user her Twitter feed fo "official governmental activity," but as communication "akin to a campaign newsletter" leaving her free to select her audience as she sees fit.

How and Why Schulte Signed onto the Public Nuisance Suit Over the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 07:30
Schulte Roth & Zabel this week announced that the firm is joining the legal team in a lawsuit seeking to "remedy the ongoing nuisance" caused by the mob attack which leveled the Greenwood community in Tulsa, left hundreds of Black residents dead, and thousands homeless.

If This Early Ruling Is Any Indicator, Plaintiffs Are Going to Have a Rough Time Getting COVID-Related Securities Claims to Stick

Wed, 01/27/2021 - 07:30
A federal judge found plaintiffs hadn't alleged that real estate finance company Velocity Financial could have known the extent of the coronavirus pandemic at the time of its January 2020 IPO—meaning there was no need for any disclosures about the pandemic.

Litigation Leaders: Fish & Richardson's Kurt Glitzenstein on Being the Busiest Patent Litigation Firm in the Land and Keeping it That Way

Mon, 01/25/2021 - 07:30
"When you are number one, you want to stay number one, and that means constantly improving how we service clients and how we help them meet their business objectives."

Litigator of the Week: The Debevoise Partner Who Inked Major White Collar Settlements for 2 Name Brands on Back-to-Back Days

Fri, 01/22/2021 - 07:30
Helen Cantwell of Debevoise & Plimpton closed deals this week wrapping up federal investigations into Capital One and Toyota without any criminal charges against her clients.

A Stellar List Runners-Up and Shout Outs for Litigator of the Week

Fri, 01/22/2021 - 07:25
A Kirkland & Ellis team got sign-off this week from a bankruptcy judge in the Southern District of Texas for client Chesapeake Energy Corporation's reorganization plan, which trims $7 billion of debt from the oil and gas company's balance sheet.

Alston & Bird Snags Former Atlanta US Attorney

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 17:41
Byung Jin "BJay" Pak, former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, will join Alston & Bird in February as a litigation partner in Atlanta.

Latham's Nicholas McQuaid Tapped for Leading Role in Biden DOJ's Criminal Division

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 10:04
McQuaid, named acting leader of the U.S. Justice Department's criminal division, earlier spent more than five years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York before joining the Obama White House in 2013.

Judging: What's Kindness Got to Do With It?

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 07:30
Pardon the allusion to Tina Turner, but two leading lights in the judicial training are making a compelling case that kindness should be a core competency of candidates for the bench.

Plexiglass, Microphones and 65-inch TVs: How One Queens Court Handled Its First Criminal Trial During COVID-19

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 00:15
It was challenging to "get a feel for [jurors], because not only are they 50 feet away from you, but they also had masks on," one lawyer said. Still, the judge and lawyers were largely complimentary of the trial and how it went.