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FBI Agent Shares Cybersecurity Tips For Big Law

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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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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LexisNexis Acquires Ravel Law

LexisNexis announced Thursday that it has acquired Ravel Law, a legal analytics company perhaps best known for striking a deal to digitize Harvard Law School’s library. Terms of the acquisition, including price, were not disclosed in the press release. “I view this not as a finish line but as a more of a next step,”

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E-Discovery Giants Feud Over Trade Secrets in SDNY

For a sense of how competitive the fast-growing e-Discovery services sector has become, consider the accusations flying in a federal lawsuit in Manhattan between one vendor and its former top salesmen. DTI Global, which provides e-Discovery services such as document review, is accusing its rival, LDiscovery, of dangling a total of $24 million in potential bonus

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Big Law Business Summit in 5 Minutes

  Highlights from the 3rd Annual Big Law Business Summit held last week in New York City. In order of appearance: Sona Pancholy of Bloomberg BNA; Eric Grossman, Chief Legal Officer of Morgan Stanley; Jon Lindsey of Major, Lindsey & Africa; Peter Beshar, General Counsel of Marsh & McLennan; Matthew Cooper, Head of Legal at Capital

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Wake Up Call: Associate Pay Stagnates, Despite Cravath Bump

• Last year’s Cravath-inspired wave of Big Law firms hiking junior lawyer pay to $180,000 does not appear to have benefited first-year associate pay at smaller firms. First-year wages stagnated at a median of $135,000 at firms nationwide, according to new data. ( • An accountant who tipped off the IRS to alleged tax evasion by Caterpillar Inc. stands to make $600

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Wake Up Call: D.C. Discrimination Suit Has Lasted 27 Years and Counting

• Deborah Jean Bryant’s sexual discrimination suit against the District of Columbia has been heard by nine judges and this week is scheduled to go before a 10th. At 27 years and counting, the suit by the former Department of Corrections typist is probably the longest in D.C. history. (Washington Post) • President Donald Trump needs a good