With eight attorneys on the roster, David Wise and Francis Morrissey never expected to see their firm’s name at the top of the Jury Verdict Reporter rankings. But, after the January 2020 addition of their mentor, Robert Bingle, personal injury firm WiseMorrissey now claims the top spot in the 2021 Jury Verdict Reporter’s Settlements Report.
A full year of the courts operating remotely with only the rare jury trial due to COVID-19 has resulted in a significant decrease in the number of cases settled. Overall, there were 502 settlements with a total value surpassing $812 million, which are the lowest numbers in 10 years.
Drew Nieman understands law firms — as well as other industries — continue to fight for young talent throughout the market. Between salary, benefits, and workload, he knows it’s a tough fight.
In diversity, equity, and inclusion circles, “diversity fatigue” is used to describe the weariness and exhaustion so many people experience from shouldering the burden of responsibility for DEI progress.
Early this summer, we thought life would be pretty much back to normal by now. The kids would be in school and a lot of us would be back in our offices. We were wrong. The coronavirus continues to outsmart us all and, as a result, we continue to grapple with its effect on our lives. The pandemic has changed all of us, one way or another. Whether you lost someone from the illness, suffered from it yourself or struggle from the isolation it causes, you’ve been changed.
Whether we realize it or not, as lawyers, we begin to form our professional identity in law school. It may start as early as the first day of orientation.
Salute! Women in Law - June 2021Chicago Lawyer is proud to present the June 2021 Salute! Women in Law special section.
40 Under Forty 2020Congratulations to this year's 40 Under Forty class of attorneys.