Author Archives: Leslie Pappas

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Duane Morris Announces Leadership Change at Helm

Duane Morris Announces Leadership Change at Helm

After ten years as Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris LLP, John J. Soroko is stepping down. Matthew A. Taylor, 53, currently vice chairman and head of the firm’s trial practice group, will take over in January as Duane Morris’ ninth Chairman and CEO, the Philadelphia firm announced today. Soroko, 66, will become Chairman Emeritus and return full-time to his litigation,

Large Philadelphia Law Firms Announce Mergers

Two large Philadelphia-based law firms announced mergers on Tuesday, signaling a continuing trend of consolidation in the market for legal services. Ballard Spahr of Philadelphia and Lindquist & Vennum on Minneapolis will merge Jan. 1, 2018, the firms said. The combined firm will retain the name Ballard Spahr and have more than 650 lawyers in

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Did Del. Court Violate Shareholder Rights in TransPerfect Case?

Constitutional law attorney Alan Dershowitz has taken on a client who is arguing the Delaware Chancery Court violated shareholders’ rights by ordering the forced sale of translations services provider TransPerfect Global Inc. The retired Harvard Law School professor — whose past clients include Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst, Leona Helmsley and O.J. Simpson — represents one of

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TransPerfect Co-CEO to Pay $7.1M for Misconduct

Philip R. Shawe, co-CEO of New York-based translation company TransPerfect Global Inc., must pay more than $7.1 million to the company’s other co-CEO for misconduct during the pair’s ongoing battle for control of the company. The Delaware Chancery Court’s Aug. 19 order follows a July 20 ruling in which the court sanctioned Shawe to pay co-chief executive

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TransPerfect Co-CEO Sanctioned, Ordered to Pay Legal Fees

By Leslie A. Pappas, Bloomberg BNA The co-owner of a New York-based translation company being sold due to irreconcilable management conflicts must pay his co-founder’s legal fees because his “unusually deplorable behavior” during litigation “obstructed discovery, concealed the truth, and impeded the administration of justice,” the Delaware Chancery Court ruled on Wednesday. Philip R. Shawe, co-founder and

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With New Overtime Rules Looming, Littler Eyes Opportunity

With competition in the legal market intensifying, more and more often, law firms are creating free online portals that showcase their expertise in a particular area of law. Case in point: As the U.S. Department of Labor plans to unroll new overtime rules this Spring, Littler Mendelson launched Littler Xmpt Toolkit. Unveiled this week by the

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ESPN Veteran Joins DLA Piper

DLA Piper has added ESPN’s longtime top legal officer to its ranks, bolstering the firm’s sports media and entertainment practice. David Pahl, who spent more than 20 years as ESPN’s top legal officer and head of the legal department, will join DLA Piper’s media, sport and entertainment practice in early March as senior counsel. He’ll spend a couple days

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ALM’s InsideCounsel Discontinues Print Edition, Refocuses Digital Version

ALM Media Properties, parent company of American Lawyer and publications, announced on Tuesday it will cease to publish the print edition of InsideCounsel magazine, and will revamp the digital edition,, to focus on smaller legal departments at emerging companies. In its new form, InsideCounsel will become a digital reader, a daily newsletter and a website that offers insights on risk management and

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The Security Concerns Holding Up One Firm’s Cloud Usage

At Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., nearly all data is kept on internal servers, rather than with a cloud provider. The New Jersey-based class-action plaintiff’s firm of 112 attorneys uses the cloud for only a few things such as email filtering and payroll. “Most law firms, including ours, have tended to be technology followers, not leaders,” said Richard Rowe, executive

Will Big Law Increase Cloud-Adoption in 2016?

In 2016, as law firms look to store not only traditional documents and emails, but also voicemails, instant messages and various other formats, the cloud is an increasingly cheap, and secure option. Yet many law firms have lagged in adopting cloud solutions. At Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., many clients specifically ask that their data not be put