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K&L Gates Adds ‘Mini-MBA’ Offering for Associates

Feb. 11, 2020, 12:59 PM

K&L Gates is taking a page out of some Wall Street firms’ playbooks and launching a “mini-MBA” program to build its associates’ business skills.

Talent War: While most Big Law firms pay their associates on a similar scale, competition has been heating up around the perks firms provide their junior lawyers. Executive-style business training has been a popular offering among high-profit Wall Street firms.

Repeat Cycle: Some firms launched associate training programs in 2011 after cost-conscious general counsel complained about the high price of first-year lawyers. Similar grumbling took place after a round of associate salary hikes in 2018. Roy Strom has the story.

DAILY BRIEF


Law Firms

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Davis Polk & Wardwell moved to dismiss parts of a black former associate’s complaint alleging retaliation and bias Monday, and said his termination was based on performance issues and not his race.

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In-House

Lawyers’ Committee Taps Ex-Judge, DuPont Lawyer to Helm Board
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Business of Law

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Ethics

Alaska Attorney Suspended for Not Filing Tax Returns
An Alaska attorney who pleaded guilty to not filing tax returns for three years and spent time in prison now faces an 18-month suspension for breaching his ethical obligations as an attorney.

Judiciary

D.C. Circuit Adopts New Plan for Workplace Misconduct Disputes
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WAKE-UP CALL

Law Firm Revenues ‘Solid’ in 2019, Citi Report Says
In today’s column, DLA Piper grabbed a team of litigators with crypto and blockchain expertise from Squire Patton Boggs in Northern California. U.K. elite firm Allen & Overy became the latest Big Law firm to offer a 12-week parental leave policy; and Orrick announced double-digit revenue and PEP growth.

PRACTITIONER INSIGHTS

INSIGHT: California’s Rebuke of Forced Arbitration in Limbo, Full of Uncertainty
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INSIGHT: CCPA Compliance Strategies for Financial Institutions
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INSIGHT: Burning Garbage Is No Part of a Cleaner Future
A recent House proposal says burning municipal waste is a form of clean energy, but Roger Ballentine, president of Green Strategies, begs to differ. He says burning trash isn’t a way to get to net zero energy and hurts the already declining recycling industry.

INSIGHT: Gender Equity in BigLaw Partner Compensation—What Firms Should Do
Senior women partners are paid less than male partners with the same practice metrics, and a supermajority of all women feel undercompensated, according to legal consultant Hugh Simons’ analysis of compensation surveys by Major, Lindsey & Africa. He outlines simple and responsive steps that firms should take to address these issues.

ORKFLOWS

Ogletree Deakins added shareholders Paloma Peracchio and Mitch Wrosch in its Los Angeles and Orange County offices from Burke, Williams & Sorensen LLP, and Donald (Doni) Bulea joins as shareholder in Cleveland | Troutman Sanders’ Charlotte office added partners William Mayberry, Jason Evans and Joshua Davey to its Business Litigation practice from McGuireWoods | Simpson Thacher & Bartlett hired legal technologist and innovation evangelist Oz Benamram from White & Case; he’ll serve as the firm’s first chief knowledge and innovation officer | Morgan Lewis expanded its worklaw group grabbing Sidley Austin’s labor and employment practice head Ami Wynne and litigator Jonathan Lotsoff in Chicago | Cole Schotz said that Seth Van Aalten has joined its Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring practice in New York from Cooley LLP | Holland & Knight has expanded its Florida offices, adding Alaine Greenberg in Miami and Brian Koch in Fort Lauderdale; they previously practiced at Greenberg Traurig | Latham & Watkins added Anupama (Anu) Yerramalli as a counsel in the Restructuring & Special Situations Practice within the Finance Department in New York from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP | Perkins Coie hired Michael Hanahan as a partner in the Construction practice in Chicago from Schiff Harden | Butler Snow added Franklin D. Rosenblatt to the commercial litigation group in Ridgeland, Miss. | Blank Rome LLP hired Dean S. Nordlinger as a partner in the Corporate, M&A, and Securities group in Washington from Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Bruce Kaufman in Washington at bkaufman@bloomberglaw.com

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