As 2024 begins, law firms across the country are reflecting on the major trends of the previous year and what challenges and opportunities the next may bring to the legal profession. Law360 recently asked Neil Wasser, the Chair of Constangy's Executive Committee, what surprised him most about 2023 and what he expects for 2024. It should come as no surprise that artificial intelligence was one of the most predominant themes of the year and, as Neil described it, "one of the biggest technological leaps in history." AI offers the opportunity to maximize efficiency and improve the quality of attorneys' work but also introduces new legal risks that are still coming to light as the technology evolves.

"This is a technology that comes with its own legal issues that employers must consider and address," Neil told Law360. "The expansion of the use of AI, and the unintended consequences of AI, will continue at a breakneck pace." Neil also predicts that the looming presidential election will bring up challenges for employers, including state requirements for voting time, and that law firm talent acquisition will remain competitive.

Neil has been the Chair of Constangy's Executive Committee since 2006. He focuses his practice primarily in the areas of occupational safety and health law, equal employment opportunity law, and wage-hour law. Neil has assisted employers with their compliance obligations in the United States and in establishing and improving employee safety and health programs in Europe and Latin America. He is a thought leader in the labor and employment legal space, speaking frequently on trending legal topics impacting HR departments, c-suite professionals, and in-house legal teams. 

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