Wake Up Call: Cyber Data-Sharing Available to Law Firms

Aug. 19, 2015, 12:35 PM

• A legal information-sharing group called The Legal Services Information Sharing and Analysis Organization will announce on Wednesday that law firms have access to a platform that allows them to share data on cybersecurity threats anonymously. (New York Law Journal)

• An attorney who once worked for the same firm representing Hillary Clinton in a legal battle over her private emails is currently overseeing the State Department’s handling of those emails. (The Washington Examiner)

• Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has agreed to reduce its $994,000 bankruptcy bill for representing the official creditors’ committee of Cal Dive International Inc. ‘s Chapter 11 case after Bank of America called it fees “excessive and unreasonable.” Still, Akin Gump said BofA’s claim was meritless. (Law360)

• Despite the recent implementation of a number of friendly workplace policies, elite companies and law firms still can be brutal places to work because of the intense competition. (The New York Times)

Legal Market

• LeClairRyan, a 380-lawyer firm with 24 offices nationwide, has opened a new office in Wilmington, Delaware . (The News Journal)

• When Latham & Watkins hired the Frankfurt-based banking and capital markets head of Clifford Chance earlier this week, it showed a battle for corporate talent between elite U.S. firms and Magic Circle rivals in Germany , with U.S. firms finding an edge with flexible compensation systems. (The American Lawyer)

• U.S. law firms are queuing up to sue banks in London , the next act in the foreign-exchange rigging scandal that saw a $2 billion lawsuit settlement in New York. (Big Law Business/ Bloomberg News)

• After two years of planning, Cozen O’Connor moved into new headquarters at One Liberty Place in Philadelphia. It occupies floors 21 through 28 as well as the seventh floor. (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Legal Education

• The American Bar Foundation announced on Tuesday that UCLA Law School Dean Emerita Rachel F. Moran will head its new research initiative on the laws and policies needed to serve the growing Latino population in the U.S. (Big Law Business)


• Dan Currell, director of client solutions at Novus Law LLC, said he sees innovation occurring in the legal profession in at least three ways : in how lawyers are using alternative fee arrangements, in staffing models at law firms, and project management. (Big Law Business)

• Nathaniel Slavin, a consultant with Wicker Park Group, said that without the voice of the client, the debate within a law firm can be endless over to manage business. (Big Law Business)


• Law firms have a long history of staffing former politicians who return from a failed bid for the presidency: Thomas Dewey, for one, lost to Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman before serving as governor of New York and then lending his name to Dewey, Ballantine Bushby, Palmer & Wood. (The American Lawyer)

• Judicial watchdog agency, The Commission on Judicial Performance, voted to censure Superior Court Judge James Petrucelli for releasing a man from jail who was an acquaintance. (The Recorder)

• Herbert Smith Freehills contract paralegal Elizabeth Nnyanzi was found dead Friday evening at her home in Harrow , a northwest London suburb. She was 31. A 23-year-old auto mechanic named Peter Kibisu has been charged with her murder. (The American Lawyer)

• The Fourth District Court of Appeal this week ruled that California judges are not entitled to both disability and regular retirement benefits . (The Recorder)


• Vetting e-Discovery vendors has become more complicated in light of the explosion of cybersecurity threats. (Legaltechnews)

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