Hiring at Law Firms on the Rise

Debbie MONTERO

By DOTTIE PARIS, The Florida Law Journal MIAMI -- One in four lawyers plans to add legal staff in the next three months, while just 1 percent plan to cut personnel, according to a national survey by Robert Half Legal, a legal staffing firm. Florida is seeing growth in the areas of litigation and bankruptcy law, and Miami is experiencing a significant increase in corporate law, according to the survey, The Robert Half Legal Hiring Index. Nationally the net 24 percent increase in hiring activity is down six points from the previous quarter’s forecast but remains above the average for all occupations surveyed by Robert Half for its Professional Employment Report. Much of the hiring is expected at law firms. The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 100 lawyers at law firms with 20 or more employees, and 100 corporate … [Read more...]

Top Five Celebrity Legal Stories of 2011

5. Charlie Sheen sues Warner Bros. for firing him. Is there anyone in the US who doesn’t know that actor Charlie Sheen is filled with tiger blood and is—duh!—winning? After a much-publicized public meltdown in February, Sheen was fired from his hit CBS show Two and a Half Men. Sheen struck back with a $100 million wrongful-termination lawsuit against Warner Bros. and the show’s creator Chuck Lorre. In September, the two sides reached a settlement and agreed to dismiss the lawsuit. Although the terms of … [Read more...]

Do your Social Media accounts belong to your Business?

The world is closely watching a federal case in the Northern District of California where a mobile news and reviews resource company,PhoneDog, is suing a former employee Noah Kravitz (or independent contractor, depending on what news report you read) over who owns a Twitter account that was started in association with PhoneDog, and is now being used by Kravitz as his own Twitter account. Read More: http://www.socialmedialawupdate.com/2011/12/articles/recent-media-law-cases/do-your-social-media-accounts-belong-to-your-business-why-worry-when-there-are-safeguards-you-can-take-now/ … [Read more...]

Cal Supreme Court Reverses Horrific Decision on Administrative Exemption

The California Supreme Court issued the long-awaited decision in Harris v. Superior Court, addressing how to interpret the administrative exemption under California law.  The case reverses a decision of the court of appeal that effectively narrowed the exemption to employees who make company policy. At its narrowest, the Harris decision addresses the limited question of whether insurance adjusters can qualify as exempt under California's administrative exemption as it has existed at least since 2001 with the issuance of Wage Order 4-2001. Even on that limited question, the Cal Supremes declined to provide a definitive answer except to say that the court of appeal's analysis had been wrong. Read more: … [Read more...]

Adelson named Partner at Arnstein & Lehr

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Lori Adelson has joined Arnstein & Lehr in Ft. Lauderdale as a partner. Adelson focuses on labor and employment litigation. Prior to joining Arnstein & Lehr, Ms. Adelson was of counsel at Ruden McClosky in Fort Lauderdale. Adelson has extensive labor and employment litigation experience having represented both private and public sector entities on matters arising under federal, state and local employment and civil rights laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Federal Constitutional claims asserted under 42 U.S.C. 1981 and 1983 and the Florida Civil Rights Act. She has handled a broad range of discrimination matters including race, national origin, pregnancy, gender, religion, and disability discrimination and retaliation, … [Read more...]