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A federal judge in Washington, D.C., laid out a series of deadlines Tuesday for further proceedings in a partner’s gender bias lawsuit against Proskauer Rose and also directed the two sides into a mediation process to see if they might reach a settlement.

In a scheduling order related to discovery and other deadlines, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia ordered a mediation between Proskauer and the Jane Doe plaintiff, a Washington-based partner at the firm who has accused Proskauer of discrimination in a $50 million lawsuit.

The two sides had told Jackson in a joint filing on April 13 that they were “amenable” to mediation with a senior judge under an alternative dispute resolution proceeding established in the court’s local rules. The parties noted that they had previously held settlement talks but couldn’t reach an agreement. David Sanford of Sanford Heisler Sharp serves as lead counsel for Doe in the lawsuit, while Proskauer’s Kathleen McKenna leads the team defending the law firm.

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Scott Flaherty

Scott Flaherty, based in New York, covers the business of law with a focus on legal ethics, lawyer misconduct, conflicts-of-interest and litigation involving law firms. He can be reached at [email protected] On Twitter: @sflaherty18

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