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2017 New Partner Survey: Smaller First-Year Associate Classes During the Recession Leads to Fewer New Partners at Big Texas Firms

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys | March 1, 2017

Nineteen of the 25 firms with the most lawyers in Texas made fewer new Texas partners in 2017 compared with 2016.

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Features

In Litigation, Sometimes All It Takes Is Saying 'Sorry'

By John Council |

Even with a $1.6 million settlement offer on the table, an apology may be all that's needed to end a lawsuit.

Michael S. Goldberg, a partner in the Houston and New York offices of Baker Botts.

Client Faces Death Because Prosecutors Hid and Shaped Testimony, Baker Botts Lawyers Say

By Miriam Rozen |

Almost 15 years ago, a jury convicted Linda Anita Carty of capital murder and put the former teacher, who is now a grandmother, on Texas' death row. According to Houston prosecutors' allegations, Carty, who was born on the island of St. Kitts, at the time a British protectorate, and holds British citizenship and a U.S. passport, went inside a neighbor's apartment, directed the victim's kidnapping and ultimately held a bag over the victim's head, causing her death in 2001—all to get possession of the murdered woman's infant child.

In-House Texas

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

Work Matters: Employment Law Predictions for SCOTUS

By Michael P. Maslanka |

What's up with employment law? As usual, lots. Let's get up to speed on three issues heading ultimately to SCOTUS.

Oil Rebound Demands Preventive Maintenance for Contracts

By Michael J. Wray and Jacob C. Esparza |

As the recent Permian Basin buying spree and increased offshore capital expenditures by super majors reveal, the energy industry downturn of recent years may be turning a corner.

Rankin Gasaway, SVP, GC and Secretary, 7-Eleven.

Meet the GC of 7-Eleven, Rankin Gasaway

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Covering corporate law departments and in-house attorneys for Texas Lawyer and other ALM publications, reporter Kristen Rasmussen profiles Rankin Gasaway, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at 7-Eleven Inc.

Yvette Ostolaza and Penny Reid.

Tips for Being Successful in Your New Role as Partner

By Yvette Ostolaza and Penny Reid |

Most young lawyers dream of the day they will make partner. It's a monumental milestone in your career that represents years of hard work, determination and dedication.

Pipeline Safety Regs Remain in Limbo Under Trump

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Operators of pipelines transporting hazardous liquids are waiting to see if President Trump makes good on his promise to reduce regulation by 75 percent, including amendments to rules enforced by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Departments

A Shot of Red Eye

For the better part of two decades, the fight over the estate of late billionaire oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall has remained a fixture on Mike Wood's docket, a case that unwittingly turned the once little-known Houston probate jurist into the "Anna Nicole Smith" judge. And Wood has finally had enough of it.

Minor Drive-Thru Crash Yields Small Award

A jury awarded $582 to a woman who claimed several injuries in a rear-ender in a drive-thru lane at a fast-food restaurant.

Brett F. Miller of Ward, Smith & Hill.

Newsmakers: Month of March

This month's moves, awards and promotions in the Lone Star state.

Columns

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

More About Using 'Contract' Attorneys

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

This is the second article in a series about the use of contract attorneys by law firms. The previous article identified four risks associated with hiring contract attorneys: the duty to supervise; exclusive versus non-exclusive contract attorneys; contract attorneys and overtime; and documenting relationships. Those risks materialize in various ways. Wage and overtime claims, in particular, have become increasingly of interest to law firms after a number of high-profile wage and overtime claims by contract attorneys.

Dr. Bull and the Jury's Role: Strategic Misconduct

By Steve Susman and Richard Jolly |

A glass skywalk connecting two New York buildings violently collapsed and killed 15 people in the opening of this week's episode of "Bull." The construction company had used inferior materials to secure the structure. It did so because the original materials were unavailable and they needed to meet a tight deadline. The government brought 15 charges of manslaughter against the developer, a fantastically wealthy real estate magnet named Andrew Withrow.

John Browning

Straight From the Department of 'Bad Ideas'

By John G. Browning |

As lawyers, one of the most frustrating parts of the job can be when you take on a client and are stuck dealing with that client's bad facts, poor choices, or the difficult-to-defend positions that he's taken. As a result, sometimes our job becomes one of damage control instead of cavalry riding to the rescue.

Texas Supreme Court Establishes a Pipeline-Friendly Threshold

By Joseph A. "Tre" Fischer III and Benjamin R. Rhem |

This decision concludes an almost 10-year saga, with the court restoring balance to the interests of pipeline companies and landowners and making it relatively easy to establish common carrier status in many cases.

Class of 2017 Baylor Law student Lena Proft.

At Baylor Law, CLE Comes Before the JD

By Angela Morris |

Innovative program follows a nationwide trend of law schools focusing on developing students' professional identities as lawyers.