Is the Talent War Over?

Since March 2020, the data privacy team at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith has worked remotely, handling client breaches from a variety of locations and only going into the office on an as-needed basis. This is because of the diffuse nature of cybersecurity legal services, says practice group chair Sean Hoar, which relies on the group operating around the clock from a variety of locations.

When Hoar’s 44-member group relocated to Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete at the beginning of this year, the team’s virtual work preference was a “unique” arrangement that leaders at labor and employment-focused Constangy were happy to agree to.

“We’re treating this group as both a virtual office and a practice group,” says Neil Wasser, chairman of the executive committee at Constangy. “It’s going to be fully integrated group that works together daily as a virtual office. We think it is reflective of how we’re going to see law firms work in the future.”

The Lewis Brisbois to Constangy move, one of the largest lateral group moves in the first month of 2023, indicates that, under the right circumstances, firm leaders are still willing to allow the kind of workplace flexibility that firms had no choice but to accept over the past several years. If the COVID-19 pandemic showed that remote work was a viable stop-gap solution, the frenzied pace of deal work that prompted 2021′s hiring boom kept it going by tilting labor market dynamics in candidates’ favor.

Neil Wasser, chairman of the executive committee at Constangy;. Courtesy photo

However, as receding demand for legal services and correspondingly legal talent sends the seesaw tilting in the opposite direction, the willingness of law firm leaders to accommodate the workplace preferences of candidates is now an open question. Industry observers and firm leaders say the visible manifestations 

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Professional Independence of a Lawyer

Law Firms And Associations

(a) A lawyer or law firm shall not share legal fees with a nonlawyer, except that:

(1) an agreement by a lawyer with the lawyer’s firm, partner, or associate may provide for the payment of money, over a reasonable period of time after the lawyer’s death, to the lawyer’s estate or to one or more specified persons;

(2) a lawyer who purchases the practice of a deceased, disabled, or disappeared lawyer may, pursuant to the provisions of Rule 1.17, pay to the estate or other representative of that lawyer the agreed-upon purchase price;

(3) a lawyer or law firm may include nonlawyer employees in a compensation or retirement plan, even though the plan is based in whole or in part on a profit-sharing arrangement; and

(4) a lawyer may share court-awarded legal fees with a nonprofit organization that employed, retained or recommended employment of the lawyer in the matter.

(b) A lawyer shall not form a partnership with a nonlawyer if any of the activities of the partnership consist of the practice of law.

(c) A lawyer shall not permit a person who recommends, employs, or pays the lawyer to render legal services for another to direct or regulate the lawyer’s professional judgment in rendering such legal services.

(d) A lawyer shall not practice with or in the form of a professional corporation or association authorized to practice law for a profit, if:

(1) a nonlawyer owns any interest therein, except that a fiduciary representative of the estate of a lawyer may hold the stock or interest of the lawyer for a reasonable time during administration;

(2) a nonlawyer is a corporate director or officer thereof or occupies the position of similar responsibility in any form of association other

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NY lawyer sued after company claims she ‘quiet quit’ her job

A US company has sued one of its former employees over allegations she “quiet quit” her job despite still raking in her $400,000 salary – a move that has prompted the ex-staffer to file her own lawsuit in response.

New York personal injury litigation firm Napoli Shkolnik has taken legal action against one of its own former lawyers, Heather Palmore, accusing her of taking advantage of the company’s remote work options to promote her own legal firm, The Palmore Group P.C.

In the New York Supreme Court filing, Napoli Shkolnik accused Palmore, who was the company’s chief trial counsel, of breach of contract, along with breach of fiduciary duty of loyalty, aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty of loyalty, injurious falsehood, unjust enrichment, declaratory judgment, and constructive trust.

A picture of Heather Palmore.
New York personal injury litigation firm Napoli Shkolnik accused Heather Palmore of “quiet quitting.”

Legal documents allege that “in the pursuit of personal pecuniary gain,” Palmore misrepresented her skill set, experience, and “book of business” in order to obtain her position at Napoli Shkolnik.

The documents claim that, once in the role, she “took advantage of the new remote work environment to ‘quiet quit’ her job, and simultaneously worked for two law firms at once, both Plaintiff and the Defendant Palmore Law Group, in violation of her Employment Agreement and New York law.”

The “quiet quitting” workplace trend has become immensely popular in recent times and is essentially a rejection of the idea that work has to take over your life and that you, as an employee, should be going above and beyond in your role.

Instead, people following the trend are encouraged to do the bare minimum by only performing the duties outlined in their job description and politely declining to take on any more responsibilities outside of that or

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‘Robot lawyer’ faces lawsuit for practicing without license

(NewsNation) — The world’s first “robot lawyer” is facing a new lawsuit for practicing without a license.

The app called “DoNotPay” uses artificial intelligence (AI) and claims it can “fight corporations, beat bureaucracy and sue anyone at the press of a button.”

Joshua Browder, a 2018 Thiel fellow, invented DoNotPay. He said he started the company by accident.

The Chicago-based law firm Edelson PC stated in a proposed class action that DoNotPay “is not actually a robot, a lawyer, nor a law firm.”

Edelson filed the case on behalf of California resident Jonathan Faridian, who said he used DoNotPay to draft demand letters, a small claims court filing and LLC operating agreements and got “substandard and poorly done” results.

Browder responded to the claims via Twitter, saying they have “no merit” and that Faridian has “had dozens of successful consumer rights cases with DoNotPay.”

Browder also said Edelson founder Jay Edelson inspired him “to start DoNotPay.”

“Bad news! Jay Edelson, America’s richest class action lawyer, is suing my startup @DoNotPay in California. Mr Edelson, who has made billions suing companies, is attacking us for “unauthorized practice of law” and seeking a court order ending any A.I. product,” Browder tweeted.

Edelson responded in an email that Browder and DoNotPay are trying to “distract from their misconduct in any way possible” and that “the problem for them is that DoNotPay has scammed so many people.”

The promise of generative artificial intelligence tools for applications such as legal work has gained steam with the rise of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and other AI “chatbots” in recent months. DoNotPay generated buzz earlier this year when Browder said on Twitter the company had plans to use an AI chatbot to advise

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The Good Doctor Season 6 Episode 16 Review: The Good Lawyer

Was that The Good Doctor? There was very little medicine involved in this story.

The Good Doctor Season 6 Episode 16 was a backdoor pilot for its spinoff, The Good Lawyer. The entire hour was devoted to a new law firm and the lawyer with OCD that Shaun wanted to take his case.

This new series was only tangentially related to the original but was relevant enough to keep viewers’ attention.

Putting HIs Faith in a Lawyer - The Good Doctor

Most of the hour was devoted to introducing the new characters and creating a parallel situation to Shaun’s situation at St. Bonaventure.

Like Shaun, Joni is a neurodivergent person whose condition may interfere with her ability to do her job — and her mentor has played a similar role throughout her life as Glassman has for Shaun.

Oddly, Glassman never mentioned this, even though he’s known Janet Stewart for years and relies on her for all his legal needs.

Glassman: She’s good. She’s smart. She’s been helpful whenever I need it.
Shaun: How many times have you been sued?

Since Glassman’s relationship with Janet is strictly professional, he might not have been aware. But I’d think the two would have compared notes when Glassman referred Shaun to Janet’s law firm!

Janet should have been prepared for her new client’s idiosyncracies, and it would have been the perfect time to share her similar history with Glassman.

Glassman was more or less there only to support Shaun. He didn’t try to advise him in any way or explain to Janet how to handle Shaun’s insistence that Joni tries his case.

Glassman’s not usually shy about trying to help Shaun, so it was weird how hands-off he was. It would have added something to the story for Glassman to put his

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Irmo ex-lawyer sentenced to 18 months for more than $1.5M in COVID-19 relief fraud | Columbia Business

COLUMBIA — A former lawyer from Irmo was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he was convicted of defrauding two federal COVID-19 relief funds for at least $1.5 million.

Ray Lord was sentenced March 14 in U.S. District Court in Columbia for submitting fraudulent information about at least three Midlands businesses he operated plus two parcels of farmland, claiming hugely outsized relief checks.

All the money has been refunded to the government, U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis noted. In addition to the prison time, she fined Lord $100,000.

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Lewis rejected arguments from Lord’s attorneys that probation would be sufficient punishment, citing the large amount of money involved and the need to show that defrauding the COVID-19 relief program comes with consequences.

“It will be a sign that you cannot do this,” Lewis said.

Lord, a former sheriff’s deputy in Richland County who agreed to plead guilty, apologized for his actions.

“I hurt innocent people who trusted me,” Lord said in court. “I have no excuse for my conduct.”

Lewis did sentence Lord to less time than what federal guidelines for the single count of wire fraud call for, which would have been 51 to 63 months in prison.

She noted Lord has been upfront since being confronted by federal Secret Service agents about the fraud and that the money was repaid. In addition to protecting government VIPs, the Secret Service investigates bank and wire fraud.

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According to the federal indictment, Lord illegally received the money from two federal loan programs under the CARES Act, which sought to cushion businesses from the worst effects of COVID-19 lockdowns and economic downturn.

Lord in 2020 and 2021 submitted fraudulent loan claims on behalf of his law firm, a business he owned called Palmetto Safety Supply and

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‘Robot lawyer’ DoNotPay is being sued by a law firm because it ‘does not have a law degree’

DoNotPay founder Josh Browder

DoNotPay founder and CEO Joshua Browder said that the lawsuit has “no merit.”Stephen Lam

  • DoNotPay, which uses AI to provide legal services, is facing a proposed class action lawsuit.

  • The complaint claims that DoNotPay has been practicing law poorly and lacks a license.

  • DoNotPay CEO Joshua Browder pledged to fight the lawsuit that he said had “no merit.”

DoNotPay, which describes itself as “the world’s first robot lawyer,” has been accused of practicing law without a license.

It’s facing a proposed class action lawsuit filed by Chicago-based law firm Edelson on March 3 and published Thursday on the website of the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of San Francisco.

The complaint argues: “Unfortunately for its customers, DoNotPay is not actually a robot, a lawyer, nor a law firm. DoNotPay does not have a law degree, is not barred in any jurisdiction, and is not supervised by any lawyer.”

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jonathan Faridian, who said he’d used DoNotPay to draft various legal documents including demand letters, a small claims court filing, and a job discrimination complaint.

Per the complaint, Faridian believed he’d purchased legal documents “from a lawyer that was competent to provide them,” but got “substandard” results.

DoNotPay claims to use artificial intelligence to help customers handle an array of legal services without needing to hire a lawyer. It was founded in 2015 as an app to help customers fight parking tickets, but has since expanded its services. DoNotPay’s website claims that it can help customers fight corporations, beat bureaucracy, find hidden money, and “sue anyone.”

DoNotPay told Insider: “DoNotPay respectfully denies the false allegations.” It added: “We will defend ourselves vigorously.”

Joshua Browder, the CEO of DoNotPay, said on Twitter that the claims had “no

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Practicing Law Institute (PLI) and Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Partner to Provide Educational Resources to Legal Marketers

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Practicing Law Institute (PLI), a leading nonprofit learning organization serving the legal community, and the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), the premier organization for professionals in legal marketing and business development, have announced a new partnership.

Legal Marketing Association and Practicing Law Institute

Through this initiative, PLI will offer LMA members exclusive complimentary access to select educational programs. Curated for LMA members with their professional development goals in mind, these programs will provide legal marketing professionals with relevant, useful information on the business of law and substantive legal issues, presented by PLI’s faculty of leading industry experts.

“PLI and the LMA have a shared goal of contributing to the legal industry by ensuring that professionals have access to best-in-class training opportunities,” says Sharon L. Crane, President of PLI. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to connect with LMA’s members and help legal marketers and business development professionals build their expertise and deepen their understanding of the legal market. Through this training, these professionals will strengthen their abilities to support attorneys, practices, and firms.”

Beginning this month, PLI will make the program Improving Law Firm Profitability available at no cost to LMA members. This 70-minute, interactive online course will help legal marketers develop a basic knowledge of the key financial drivers in a law firm to understand the business of law and how a law firm achieves financial profitability. Over the next year, LMA members will receive complimentary access to programs on practice areas, industries, and trending topics, from corporate law, IP, and litigation to cybersecurity and data literacy.

“We are excited to launch this collaboration between LMA and PLI,” says Danielle Holland Gorash, Chief Executive Officer of LMA. “Over two years ago, we realized the synergy of our audiences and offerings, and have been working on this

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Jason Williams, other moonlighting DAs have faced legal questions about their side jobs | Courts

Two weeks after Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams was acquitted on federal tax evasion charges, he made headlines for another reason: He accepted a side job with the law firm that successfully defended him in his criminal trial.

Williams might not end up joining Schonekas, Evans, McGoey and McEachin after all, his office said last week, after legal questions arose about potential conflicts of interest. Louisiana law forbids DAs “or their law partners” to handle criminal defense work, meaning that Williams’ arrival could force the Schonekas firm to give up a chunk of its business.

But the news prompted some of Williams’ critics to question why the full-time elected prosecutor in perhaps the state’s busiest courthouse would seek a side legal job at all.

Turns out, DAs regularly moonlight. In fact, 30 of Louisiana’s 42 district attorneys maintain a private practice, state reports show.

Experts say the arrangements can present ethical questions if a district attorney’s firm is hired for any reason other than its qualifications. And they said DAs with side practices must closely monitor their caseloads for conflicts of interest.

Rafael Goyeneche, president of the nonprofit watchdog Metropolitan Crime Commission, said problems can arise if a DA’s firm were to take on a client who also faced charges in the prosecutor’s district. It could also lead to an ethical gray area if relatives of criminal defendants were to hire the DA’s law firm.

“Unless you really drill down and interview your prospective civil client, there could be conflict bombs in your office,” Goyeneche said.

Williams said he is seeking legal guidance on whether his association with the Schonekas firm would create problems. He told Robin Pittman, chief judge for Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, that his employment with the firm has been put on hold for

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Trademark Attorney Ticora Davis Shares What Business Owners Should Do To Protect Their Intellectual Property

With every passing day, there seems to be a different story about intellectual property being stolen, co-opted, and capitalized upon. In every industry, there is evidence of this phenomenon, but one could argue that it’s more pervasive and prevalent when it comes to the Black community. More discussions need to be had about how the contributions of Black Americans throughout history have often been denied, ignored, and erased. To elucidate how this has manifested in present-day, Ticora Davis, Esq. sat down to discuss her work as a business and trademark attorney, and the ways that everyone can protect their business by securing their intellectual property.

Janice Gassam Asare: Ticora, could you share a little bit about yourself for the Forbes readers who are not familiar with you?

Ticora Davis: Sure. I’m attorney Ticora Davis, I’m the founder and managing attorney at The Creator’s Law Firm. I launched The Creator’s Law Firm in 2017, sometime after being fired from a previous law firm. I was let go was because I became a new mom and the supervising attorney felt that my commitment to being a good lawyer would interfere with my commitment to being a great lawyer. That was cited for his reason for letting me go. But that really birthed in me this commitment and this drive to continue to serve entrepreneurs and small business owners within my purpose, especially Black women and mothers who are really trying to establish brands so that they can have the flexibility and the freedom that they desire to live the life that they

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