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Former Dentons Associate Arrested on Extortion Charges

Former Dentons Associate Arrested on Extortion Charges

A former Dentons litigation associate was arrested in Los Angeles Thursday on charges that he tried to extort the firm for $210,000 and a piece of artwork from the office. Michael Potere, 32, accessed one of his partner’s email accounts, downloaded sensitive documents, and then threatened to leak them to Above the Law if the

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How to Successfully Negotiate Your Salary (Perspective)

By Mark Yacano and Sonya Som, Major, Lindsey & Africa Many lawyers spend their careers negotiating deals on behalf of clients, taking pains to prepare in advance so that they can reach an agreement that leaves both parties feeling whole. These negotiation skills are honed throughout their careers and further developed at home, with spouses,

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FBI Agent Shares Cybersecurity Tips For Big Law

Corporate clients are now checking to ensure their law firms are taking steps to secure valuable information. In April, the Association of Corporate Counsel issued its first-ever guidance on what data security measures in-house counsel should expect from their firms, Bloomberg BNA reported. Aristedes Mahairas, special agent-in-charge in the cyber division of the New York

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Wake Up Call: Cravath Tops Law Firms on ‘Prestige’ Ranking

• Cravath, Swaine & Moore stayed atop the Vault 100 prestige rankings for law firms for a second-straight year, as law firm “associates clearly haven’t forgotten that the firm is responsible for industry-wide associate raises last year.” to $180,000. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, which Cravath supplanted at No. 1 last year, stayed at No. 2

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Jackson Lewis Teams Up With Data Breach Management Firm

The law firm Jackson Lewis has struck an agreement with Merchants Information Solutions to pair their services for businesses that suffer data breaches. Under the arrangement, subscribers to Merchants’ SmartIDentity for Business Program can contact Jackson Lewis’ cybersecurity experts and breach coaches for legal counsel if a data incident occurs. This arrangement is “the first program in

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Hunton & Williams Replaces D.C. Leadership Following Exits

Hunton & Williams’ on Monday announced several leadership changes in Washington, D.C. following the departure of its former office managing partner for Shearman & Sterling. The firm’s new D.C. managing partner Wendell L. Taylor has replaced antitrust lawyer David A. Higbee, who recently left the firm with four other Hunton & Williams attorneys for Shearman

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DOJ Seeks ‘Compliance Whisperer’ With Experience

By Liz Crampton, Bloomberg BNA The Justice Department’s fraud section is looking for a replacement compliance counsel as the current employee’s contract is set to expire later this year. Hui Chen, the current compliance counsel, was the first person to assume the position when she was hired two years ago to bring a private sector

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Men Six Times Less Likely to Say Gender Pay Gap ‘Definitely’ Exists

Women lawyers working in-house are far more likely than men to make lower salaries, and yet in a recent survey of over 1,800 in-house counsel, 34 percent of men said they do not “at all” believe a gender compensation gap exists. According to the report published this week by the Association of Corporate Counsel, there

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GC Requires Outside Law Firms to Encrypt Communications

Law firms seeking to protect client and firm communications from outside hackers should consider one simple form of security. Peter Beshar, general counsel of Marsh & McLennan Companies, says he has required many of his outside law firms to use what’s known as Transport Layer Security. Transport Layer Security, or TLS, is a form of encryption that

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