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2017 Annual Report on Firm Finance

BRENDA SAPINO JEFFREYS | May 1, 2017

Gross revenue at the 20 highest-grossing firms in Texas improved by 3.5 percent in 2016 compared with 2015.

Editor's Note

Heather Nevitt. Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lawyer

The Money Issue

Features

Salman Bhojani, left, and Nick Nelson, right, of Bhojani and Nelson in Texas.

Big Law Defectors Make Bet on Muslim Clients

By John Council |

Salam Bhojani and Nick Nelson see opportunity in building bridges with Muslim and South Asian business owners.

Lara Pringle, back left, and Lincee Ray, in front, with four of the Child Sponsorship Officers, leaving the school and walking back to catch the bus after spending one day with the Arise Africa staff helping out at the school.

To Africa With Love: Volunteer Service Trips to Zambia Puts Life Into Perspective for Houston Litigator

By John Council |

Volunteer service trips to Zambia puts life into perspective for Houston litigator Lara Pringle.

In-House Texas

Michael P. Maslanka, assistant professor of law, UNT Dallas College of Law.

How Reading Poetry Helps You With Your Lawyering

By MICHAEL P. MASLANKA |

Feeling down as a lawyer? Seeking transcendence? Needing a mindset transplant? Here's a suggestion: read poetry.

Reese Arrowsmith, vice president and head of legal operations at Campbell Soup Co.

Digital Pillars: Essential Technologies in Corporate Legal

By Rhys Dipshan |

As modern legal departments look to become more cost-effective and efficient, many cannot do without vital management and analytic technologies.

Employees on Social Media: Avoiding Potential Litigation Traps

By Matthew Coolbaugh |

For some employers, social media can prove to be a litigation trap.

Daniel Reat, vice president and chief legal officer for operations and business affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Meet a Co-Chief Legal Officer at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Meet a Co-Chief Legal Officer at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

How to Handle Digital Damage Control

By Lee Winkelman and Alan Bush, Bush Law Firm |

How much (legal) trouble can one employee get into with a smartphone and a social media account or two? Hint, hint: It's more than most in-house counsel would want to admit.

Departments

New Perimeter trainers and DLA Piper partners Jenifer Smith, third from left, and Andrew Valentine, center, during their trip to Nepal, on March 31, 2017.

Female Nepali Lawyers Get CLE

Jenifer Smith, a partner in DLA Piper in Austin, is one of eight lawyers from the firm who recently spent six days training 60 women lawyers in Nepal, where women lawyers do not have the same opportunities for training as women do in the United States.

Steve Roberts, Patterson + Sheridan LLP

Newsmakers: Month of May

Chad Dougherty and Steven Roberts have been promoted to partners in Patterson + Sheridan in Houston.

Parties Settle Over Collision in Fog

A driver who claimed that he sustained disc hernations in a foggy collision agreed to a $25,000 settlement.

Columns

Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey

A Column That Really Ties the Room Together

By John G. Browning |

The Big Lebowski has impacted our legal system, joining the pantheon of pop culture references to pop up in judicial opinions.

The Shifting Sands of Personal Jurisdiction

By Ladd Sanger |

In the past few years, we have seen an uptick of cases addressing personal jurisdiction spurred by the United States Supreme opinions in a trio of cases: J. McIntyre Machine, Walden, and Daimler.

Jones Act Critics Care More About Personal Profit Than Protecting Our Country

By brian beckcom and kenneth b. fenelon jr. |

It's not often that you find someone like me (a plaintiff lawyer who regularly sues marine companies on behalf of injured maritime workers) agreeing with anything coming from those companies. But when it comes to attacks on the Jones Act and shadowy corporate groups spreading false propaganda with the sole aim of increasing their own profits, we both find ourselves aligned in support of the Jones Act.