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Will Donald Trump's Candidacy Impact Texas Judicial Races?

John Council | July 1, 2016

Maybe there will be no moment in the Donald Trump presidential campaign that is outrageous enough to sully the Republican Party's brand in Texas or harm its candidates' chances at the ballot box.

Editor's Note

Heather Nevitt. Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lawyer

Editor's Note: The Trump Effect

By Heather D. Nevitt, Esq. |

To be honest, the idea putting an image of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on the cover seemed a bit cliche and overdone in our current media environment.

Features

Grounds for Measured Optimism on Job Prospects

By James Leipold |

Despite the endless publicity about the poor job market for law school graduates since the recession, the entry-level legal job market has actually been improving for the past three years.

Michael Abcarian

Dallas Lawyer Mike Abcarian Has Won 97 Suits Over the Last 20 Years

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dallas lawyer Mike Abcarian, who does employment litigation, has secured a win for his clients in 97 suits over the last 20 years.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville

The Judge Who Tried to School the Feds

By Miriam Rozen |

Hanen issued a sanctions order calling for five years of ethics training for a broad swath of DOJ lawyers May 19, after he concluded that the DOJ lawyers had made intentional misrepresentations to his court in bad faith. But that has not been the only Hanen ruling to generate national press attention.

Larry Macon, partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, San Antonio & Dallas, runs marathons all over the country.

Guinness World Record Holder Larry Macon Knows How to Go the Distance

By Miriam Rozen |

If you want to catch Larry Macon, try looking for the San Antonio lawyer at the finish line of a marathon race.

In-House Texas

The Main Chorus: Accountability

By Gene R. Besen |

The days of individual executives avoiding responsibility for corporate fraud through the payment of massive corporate penalties (paid with shareholder dollars) are ending.

How GCs Can Help Mitigate Fraud and Corruption

By Kristen Rasmussen |

In 2014, Joel Squadrito's company incurred $3 million in losses from economic crime. By 2015, Squadrito and his security team at Steel Dynamics Inc. had reduced that figure to less than $50,000.

Mike Maslanka

5 Insights to Help You Be the Best Version of Yourself

By Mike Maslanka |

Let's cue up some MÖtley CrÜe: "All bad things must end/all bad things must die."True enough, and it's our job as lawyers to speed along the process when it comes to inculcating the clause of honesty and ethical conduct in our firms and companies.

David DeVeau is VP and GC, for Kinder Morgan in Houston, Tx.

David DeVeau Had to Dabble in Family Law for a $3 Billion Deal

By Mary Alice Robbins |

When Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. was trying to acquire Hiland Partners in 2015, David R. DeVeau, the company's vice president and general counsel, had to bone up on an area of law that previously had been unfamiliar to him.

David DeVeau is VP and GC, for Kinder Morgan in Houston, Tx.

Q&A with David DeVeau, VP and GC, for Kinder Morgan

What criteria do you consider most important when selecting outside counsel? Subject matter expertise, familiarity with the particular jurisdiction (especially in litigation matters), performance in past KM engagements...

Departments

Jury Awards Plaintiff
 Claiming Several Injuries; Plus Other Verdict News

A driver who claimed a wide range of injuries—from neck and back pain to anxiety and nervousness—was awarded $5,211.

Richard Mithoff, Houston Texas. Climbing Mount Olympus.

Scaling New Heights: Richard Mithoff

By Miriam Rozen |

Houston litigator went to Mount Olympus in Greece for spring, but got snow.

James Ruiz, Winstead, Austin Texas

Austin Shareholder Appointed Chair of Firm's Litigation Department; Plus Other 'On The Move' News

James Ruiz, an Austin shareholder in Winstead, has been appointed chair of the firm's litigation and dispute resolution department. The department has more than six practice groups with more than 100 attorneys.

Columns

Selecting The Arbitrator

By Penny P. Reid & Tiffanie N. Limbrick |

The ability to select the ultimate decision-maker is one of the key advantages of arbitration. Unlike trial, where the decision-maker is an assigned judge or an unknown jury, in arbitration the parties get to choose the arbitrator.

Harmonizing Soriano, Citgo, and Patterson

By J. Price Collins & Ashley F. Gilmore |

In Texas, an insurer owes a duty of ordinary care in handling a demand to settle a third-party liability claim against its insured—known as the Stowers duty, derived from the 1929 case by that name.

The Impact of New Overtime Rules on the Texas Oil and Gas Sector

By Angela Neville |

Laura Gibson, a partner with the firm of Dentons, explains what impact the new federal overtime rules will have on the Texas oil and gas sector.

Corporate Counsel Checklist for International Arbitrations

By Nancy Geenen |

International arbitration proceedings share many key characteristics with arbitrations held in the United States, yet they require very different preparation efforts.

Text Mining For Lawyers

By David Oliver |

Parsing legal opinions, testimony, documents and arguments for themes, patterns and premises that might otherwise go unnoticed is one of the few things learned in law school that I still find myself doing.

Know Your Cybersecurity Options

By Rick Anderson & Amy VanHoose |

Just about any organization using technology to do business faces potentially devastating cybersecurity risk and data breaches.