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Judge Ravi Sandill

Ravi K. Sandill | 39

At the urging of the Harris County Democratic Party in 2008, Ravi K. Sandill challenged a longtime Houston judge to become the first person of South Asian descent elected to a district court bench in Texas.

Veronica S. Lewis

Veronica Lewis | 53

Dallas litigator Veronica Lewis does such as good job for clients that one in-house lawyer would like to clone her.

Dilen Kumar

Dilen Kumar | 32

Dilen Kumar could have sat on a beach for over a year with full pay from his law firm. Instead, he took a job in the White House and helped choose, vet and usher a U.S. Supreme Court justice through confirmation.

Tahira Khan Merritt

Tahira Khan Merritt | 51

Dallas attorney Tahira Khan Merritt has represented more than 200 sexual abuse victims in civil suits against their alleged abusers since 1996. Many of her clients were abused as children.

Phyllis Y. Young

Phyllis Young | 39

Phyllis Young helps big companies with billion-dollar finances, but also did extensive pro bono work to help an Austin non-profit set up loan programs that are an alternate to payday loans.

Gordon Quan

Gordon Quan | 67

A photo in Gordon Quan's office shows a large group of skydivers in free fall with the inscription: "Dealing with immigration law is a lot like skydiving: you better know what you are doing and you better succeed on the first time!"

Mimi Coffey

Mimi Coffey | 46

It's surprising to hear DWI defense attorney Mimi Coffey—of all lawyers—make a prediction that driving under the influence will become an obsolete offense in the future. But she predicts exactly that.

Hoang “Quan” Vu

Hoang "Quan" Vu | 45

Hoang "Quan" Vu and his family were among the 130,000 refugees who fled South Vietnam when Saigon fell to communist North Vietnamese forces on April 30, 1975.

Tiffany Burks

Tiffany Burks | 44

"It's a judgment call every day. We have to use our best judgment and put our best foot forward," said Tiffany Burks, assistant district attorney in the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's office.

Ernest Gonzalez

Ernest Gonzalez | 52

Ernest Gonzalez knows what it means to confront on-the-job security risks. An assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Texas in Plano, Gonzalez has served as a federal prosecutor in Texas for two decades.

Lisa M. Tatum

Lisa Tatum | 46

It was surreal for Lisa Tatum to be the very first African-American president of the State Bar of Texas. More than a year after she completed the job, she's still reflecting on her presidency.

A. Shonn Brown

A. Shonn Brown | 42

A. Shonn Brown knew as a young girl growing up in the Dallas area that she would practice law one day.

Jas S. Braich

Jas S. Braich | 40

Shortly after an oilfield client's rig exploded in the Midland-Odessa area in February 2014, Jas S. Braich headed for the site to assess the situation and preserve evidence. His efforts likely saved his client thousands of dollars.

Brent Goudarzi

Brent Goudarzi | 46

Brent Goudarzi's desire to help accident victims who have suffered catastrophic injuries and the survivors of accident victims led him to become a plaintiffs lawyer.

Arnold Shokouhi

Arnold Shokouhi | 34

Born in Iran not long after the 1979 Revolution, Arnold Shokouhi said he owed his future to his mother, Mahin Resapour, who fled the repressive regime because she wanted a better life for her three boys.

Lacy L. Durham

Lacy Durham | 35

Lacy Durham juggles taxing job at Deloitte Tax in Dallas and a full plate of community work focused on solving problems that impact children and youth.

Albert J. Li

Albert J. Li | 44

When Albert J. Li was 12 years old, his parents made the comment that he liked to argue so much that he ought to become a lawyer.

Manuel G. Berrelez

Manuel Berrelez | 37

A lawyer's belief in him as a client is one of the reasons Manuel Berrelez wanted to become an attorney.

Edward Valdespino

Edward Valdespino | 58

Edward Valdespino decided to become a lawyer in part because of the example set by his uncle, the late Henry Valdespino, an assistant U.S. attorney in the 1960s for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio who helped implement civil rights laws.

James E. Payne

James Payne | 47

James Payne said his curiosity about attorneys developed after a television tube blew up in his hand when he was 10.

Fort Worth Courthouse Gives Defense Lawyers Security Bypass

By John Council |

"Just because it gets me in doesn't mean it gets me to a courtroom any faster," said Fort Worth criminal defense attorney Kenny Mullen, who said a badge will get him past the courthouse's security line, but not into its busy elevators.

Fifth Circuit Vacates Jailed Lawyer's Contempt

By John Council |

"She ordered me taken hostage for my client failing to comply to what she wanted done. I don't know that any judge has the power to jail a client's lawyer until the client does what they want them to do," said Dan Sheehan.

Ken Paxton

Paxton Pleads Not Guilty, Loses Lawyer

By John Council |

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's not-guilty plea was not a surprise. The withdrawal of his lead lawyer, Joe Kendall, was.

VerdictSearch: Female Factory Worker Who Claimed Pay Disparity Gets $72,500 Settlement

A factory worker who claimed sex-based wage discrimination, disability discrimination and retaliation, agreed to a $72,500 settlement on July 31.

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Winning a Bad-Luck Case

By John Council |

"Judge Atlas actually said the case had bad luck," Robert McKnight said. "That's in the transcript when they're talking about the chalkboard. But some of the luck was good."

Glenn Ballard

Newsmakers: Week of August 31

Glenn A. Ballard Jr. has joined Dentons as managing partner of the firm's Houston office and a member of the litigation and dispute practice.

Kimbra Kathryn Ogg

Plaintiffs' Catnip: Fifth Circuit's Cat's Paw Ruling

By Miriam Rozen |

Texas plaintiffs counsel welcomed a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruling upholding employees' use of a "cat's paw" theory of liability when they allege that their employers retaliated against them for complaining about discrimination.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider

Judge Michael Schneider Takes Senior Status

By John Council |

U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider of Tyler, who is the Eastern District of Texas' most mobile jurist, will take senior status on Jan. 7, 2016.

10 Tips for Negotiating Pipelines Deals for Landowners

By Mary Barkley |

The following includes a list of factors every landowner and his or her attorney should consider when negotiating with a pipeline company.

The Age of the Vanishing Jury Trial Leaves Some Litigators Underprepared for Closing Arguments

By David Bissinger |

In the age of the vanishing jury trial, seasoned trial lawyers arguing well within the rules increasingly find themselves under attack from litigators unfamiliar with the line between proper and improper closing argument.

Free and Inexpensive Ways to Locate Information on People

By Mary Ann Wacker and Margaret Bartlett |

Often, going beyond a simple Google search and taking the time to visit various websites may yield rich results.

Judge Approves $225M Settlement With Exxon in Pollution Case

By Angela Neville |

N.J. Judge Michael J. Hogan recently approved New Jersey's $225 million settlement with Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp. that resolves the state's claims for natural resource damage against Exxon.

Breach-of-Contract Suit Against Former In-House Lawyer Will Proceed

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

An opinion from the First Court of Appeals in Houston affirms a trial judge's ruling that denies Charlotte Rutherford's request to dismiss the cause of action with Texas' Anti-SLAPP statute.

Advertisement promoting high fructose corn syrup, part of a campaign by the Corn Refiners Association  to convince people that high fructose corn syrup isn't dangerous.

Sanctions Sought Against Ex-Squire Patton Boggs Lawyer in Sugar Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

Two corn refining companies that booted Squire Patton Boggs from its high stakes lawsuit against the sugar industry are claiming one the law firm’s former attorneys is still on the case—in violation of a judge’s disqualification order.

Houston Energy Companies in $14.8B Acquisition

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker Botts and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher represent Schlumberger in planned $14.8 billion acquisition of Houston-based Cameron International.

Nominate an In-House Department for Legal Department of the Year

Texas Lawyer is seeking nominations for our Legal Departments of the Year award which recognizes the Lone Star State's top in-house departments. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Sept, 11, 2015.

Cade Bernsen, left, and David Bernsen of the Bernsen Law Firm, Beaumont.

Litigator of the Week: Case Involving Sperm Bank, Ex-Girlfriends and Rare Mental Anguish Damages

By Miriam Rozen |

Layne Hardin and Katherine LeBlanc alleged that Tobie Devall retrieved vials of Hardin's sperm from a sperm bank, had herself inseminated and gave birth to his child, all without his permission.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

Uber Subsidiary Sues to Keep Records Secret

By Angela Morris |

"Rasier is compelled to bring this action because the attorney general ruled that highly sensitive trade secrets and personal identifying information regarding its driver partners must be disclosed in response to an open records request."

Susan Hawk, newly elected Dallas DA

Dallas DA Takes Leave Over Depression

By John Council |

"I want, and fully expect, to be able to resume my duties as district attorney once I've recovered from this illness—the extra time I am requesting is simply in an effort to assure that I'm healthy, and to give me the opportunity to make changes so this does not happen in the future," Dallas DA Susan Hawk said in a statement.

Business man and business women walk among large screens displaying information. These screens forming a labyrinth.

How Sound Information Governance Can Protect Your Organization from Risk

By Joe Garber |

While most business leaders now recognize the importance of their business data, few have taken adequate steps to properly control it and manage its inherent risk.

Three Firms Work on Shale Asset Purchase

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Kirkland & Ellis and Thompson & Knight represent GEP Haynesville in joint venture's $850 million purchase of shale assets.

Fifth Circuit Allows $46M Energy Contract Dispute to Continue

By Miriam Rozen |

The Fifth Circuit reversed a Houston trial judge and allowed Houston-based International Energy Ventures Management to continue to pursue a $46.5 million breach-of-contract dispute against Hong Kong-based United Energy Group, which purchased BP's Pakistani oil and gas assets in 2011.

Jones Day's Atlanta Office Led M&A Team for Southern Co.'s $12B AGL Deal

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Jones Day's 140-lawyer Atlanta office led the mergers and acquisitions team in the deal for Southern Co. to acquire AGL Resources for $12 billion, including $8 billion in debt.

Jury Awards $70M Verdict in O&G Fraud Case

By Angela Neville |

A jury in Fisher County handed down a $70 million verdict in connection with a case involving allegations by two groups of investors, including Lowry Hunt of Mansfield's L.W. Hunt Resources and Richard Raughton of Fort Worth, who claimed that they were conned out of sizable profits from West Texas oil and gas production leases.

Fish & Richardson Wants $1.36M From Ex-Clients

By John Council |

Lawyers from the large law firm are seeking to collect on an arbitration award in a big fee dispute—one the former clients won't pay because their new attorney believes it is "not meritorious at all."

Increased E-Filing Fee Effective Sept. 1

By Angela Morris |

Lawyers who use e-filing in civil cases will notice higher bills in September, when the e-filing fee increases to $30 from $20. That's just one of the changes in store for Sept. 1, when many new laws become effective.

Ray Lewis

Negligence Trial Begins for Ray Lewis, Santana Moss and Other Football Players Suing BB&T

By Julie Kay |

Jury selection began Tuesday in Miami federal court in the negligence trial against BB&T Bank brought by six current and former NFL players—and it quickly became clear that seating a jury would take more time than usual.

Mitratech Acquires CaseTrack from Economic Analysis Group

By Zach Warren |

The purchase expands Mitratech’s client base to over 750 clients, including more than half of the Fortune 50 and almost 40 percent of the Fortune 500.

Superlitigious Fight Continues Over Super Bowl Seating

By Miriam Rozen |

With their appeal, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the plaintiffs seek to overturn a Dallas federal judge's pretrial rulings and to schedule a new trial.

Austin Pays $480K to Settle Pregnancy Centers Suit

By Angela Morris |

The city of Austin will pay $461,000 in attorney fees to settle a case by religious-based pregnancy resource centers that won a ruling that a city ordinance was unconstitutional.

Bankrupt Prompt Pay Company Sues Lawyer, Firm

By Angela Morris |

A bankrupt company that analyzed data for firms in prompt pay litigation alleged that before bankruptcy, the Austin lawyer and firm that represented it in a sale whisked its assets away for "zero consideration."

Texas Divorce Firm Accused of Discrimination

By John Council |

Hal Gillespie, a partner in Dallas' Gillespie Sanford, said his client's allegations are a familiar age discrimination story with an unusual twist.

Fourth Court OKs Drilling Through Rival's Mineral Estate

By Angela Neville |

The Fourth Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of Anadarko E&P Onshore LLC in a subsurface trespass case brought by Lightning Oil Co.

Disrupted: Exploring the Five Forces Changing the Legal Landscape

By Zach Warren |

Futurists and e-discovery experts talk changing legal processes, new e-discovery technologies and more at Legaltech West panel.

Texas Lawyer Announces 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards

By Heather D. Nevitt |

This list recognizes lawyers who have made their mark on the legal profession in the Lone Star State. In addition, we have named three nominees for Attorney of the Year. The winner of that award will be announced at an event in Houston on Nov. 2.

Fifth Circuit Resurrects Nuisance Case for O&G Drilling

By Angela Neville |

The Fifth Circuit recently dealt with an appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas involving a nuisance suit brought by several homeowners in Parker County, Texas, claiming that Devon Energy Corp. carried out oil and gas drilling activities in their neighborhood that were noisy and disruptive and inhibited their use of their land.

Lawyer Faces Legal Malpractice for Suing Too Late

By Angela Morris |

The underlying lawsuit would have succeeded if Austin attorney Frank B. Lyon filed it on time, but instead the claims "have been forever lost," claimed plaintiff Thomas Hoskins in a legal malpractice lawsuit.

Kayla Kupcakes

South Florida Judge Gets Eyeful from Porn Star in Court

By Celia Ampel |

A Broward judge got an unexpected show Thursday from a porn star appearing in bond court.

Brian White (booking photo)

Lawyer Faces Felony Indictment for Hit-and-Run

By Angela Morris |

Michael M. White faces a charge of failure to stop and render aid, a third-degree felony, for allegedly striking a pedestrian, seriously injuring him and leaving the scene without helping the victim.

Despite SCOTUS Ruling, Texas Must Pay Voting Rights Plaintiffs' Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is disappointed and evaluating options after a federal appeals court ruled that the state must pay roughly $1 million in attorney fees to plaintiffs who intervened in Voting Rights Act litigation, according to Cynthia Meyer, an Office of the Attorney General spokeswoman.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville

Brownsville Courtroom No Fun for DOJ Defending Immigration Reforms

By Miriam Rozen |

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen in Brownsville stopped short of ordering the federal government to unwind work permits it issued to 108,000 immigrants under an immigration reform program.

William Powers Jr.

Newsmakers: Week of August 24

William Powers Jr., former University of Texas at Austin president and a former dean of the University of Texas School of Law, has joined the Austin office of Jackson Walker as of counsel.

VerdictSearch: Car Owner Awarded $4,878 for Escalade That She Claims is a Total Loss

On May 19, 2011, the husband of plaintiff Crissy Stephens was driving a 2006 Cadillac Escalade on the exit ramp connecting North West Freeway to the Sam Houston Tollway in Houston when he was involved in a collision with a 2007 Mercedes Benz C230 driven by Michael Shipes.

New Statutory Changes in Family Code Improve Uniformity in Evaluations

By Ryan Kirkham |

The new statutory scheme found in Chapter 107 of the Texas Family Code has the potential to make Texas a leader on child custody evaluations.

Texas Attorneys Discuss Newly Adopted SEC Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules and Address O&G Clients' Concerns

By Miriam Rozen |

The Securities and Exchange Commission finally adopted this month long-debated pay ratio disclosure rules. Texas Lawyer asked three Texas lawyers, David Kirkland of Baker Botts, Amy Curtis of Thompson & Knight and Stephen Jacobson of Vinson & Elkins, all of whom advise the O&G industry, to respond to questions about the SEC's new rules.

Former Dallas Lawyer Gets One Year in Prison

By John Council |

Andrew Lee Siegel took $410,000 from a client and investors for starting a vodka business but used it to support his expensive lifestyle.

What 'Obergefell' Means for Same-Sex Surrogacy in Texas

By David W. Dummer |

Before the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges earlier this year, same-sex couples were treated differently under Texas law if they chose to move forward with a pregnancy via surrogacy.

Yodit Tewolde

Is She Dallas' Most Beautiful Lawyer?

By John Council |

"It's about my building a brand," Yodit Tewolde said of being a semifinalist for D Magazine's 2015 10 Most Beautiful Women contest.

Judge Sanctions State Fair in Open Records Tiff

By Angela Morris |

"It was an act of intimidation for someone to never ask for their records again, and I'm glad it failed," said Austin solo Bill Aleshire, who represented defendant law firm Riggs & Ray.

Class Action Alleges Jail Policy Unconstitutional

By Angela Morris |

"The defendants' actual intent [is] to regulate and limit the ability of [Pamela] McGraw, and other attorneys, to practice law and to provide legal advice when solicited to the detainees," said the "McGraw v. Gary" complaint.

Paul R. Bessette

Third Circuit Rules on Behalf of Former O&G CEO in Investor Fraud Case

By Angela Neville |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit entered a permanent injunction forbidding the group of former limited partners of SemCrude from proceeding in state court in their shareholder derivative lawsuit against SemCrude.

Two Grand Juries Likely to Investigate Biker Shootings in Waco

By Miriam Rozen |

Two separate grand juries will conduct investigations into the shootings that occurred outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco in May, according to McLennan County District Attorney Abelino "Abel" Reyna.

Commentary: Jared Fogle's Case Reminds Us, How Should We Deal With Those Caught With Child Porn?

By Neal Davis |

Society understandably abhors the growing epidemic of child pornography, but is the way the criminal justice system deals with these offenders disproportionate in severity to the offender's psychological behavior?

Plains Hit With Shareholders' Class Action Over Pipeline Spill

By Angela Neville |

Plaintiff Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund and other members of the class brought the shareholders' lawsuit against Plains in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in the wake of the May 19, 2015, oil spill that occurred after an onshore pipeline operated by Plains ruptured.

Family Law Litigants: Your Smartphone Might Be Betraying You

By Cindy Diggs |

The very features that make smartphones useful for users' daily lives also make them vulnerable to prying eyes.

Judge Sued for Alleged Sexual Harassment

By John Council |

The woman, a 22-year county employee, alleges in a graphic 26-page petition filed in a Fort Worth U.S. district court on Aug. 16 that she was sexually harassed for five years by Russ Casey, a Tarrant County justice of the peace.

Ken Paxton

Prosecutors Reword Paxton Charges in New Indictments

By Angela Morris |

The reindictments include the same basic allegations, but use new wording that Paxton "unlawfully and intentionally" sold securities fraudulently by intentionally not disclosing facts so that investors would buy stock.

Fifth Circuit Decision Fails to End Huge Fee Case

By John Council |

"Both sides implore us to decide this appeal. While we sympathize with their desire for resolution, we lack the power to do so," wrote Fifth Circuit Senior Judge Patrick Higginbotham.

Arnold & Itkin, Two Partners Settle Negligence Suit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Days before trial, Arnold & Itkin and partners Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin settled a suit filed by Dallas businessman Thomas P. Muse, who was seeking more than $2 million in damages.

Donald Trump

Is Fear of Losing to a Woman the Root of Trump's Misogyny?

By Kathleen J. Wu |

The world always provides ample opportunity to witness vile, sexist treatment of women in the public sphere, but the kick-off of the 2016 presidential campaign reminds us that women are never so threatening as when they play a part in the political process.

Trial by Combat: Truly An Alternative Dispute Resolution

By John G. Browning |

Even though modern trials evolved from the trial by combat of the Middle Ages, today our chosen champions wear suits instead of armor, wield laptops instead of swords, and face off in courtrooms rather than courtyards. Recently, however, a "Game of Thrones"-inspired lawyer from New York actually filed a motion in court seeking trial by combat.

Sally Evans Lockwood

Georgia Doesn't Plan Changes in Wake of ABA Push Against Mental Health Inquiries on Bar Applications

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A resolution passed by the American Bar Association's House of Delegates asking bar admissions authorities to steer away from questions about applicants' mental health does not call for a re-evaluation of Georgia's bar admissions procedures, according to Georgia Office of Bar Admissions Director Sally Lockwood.

From left: Austin Kaplan, Pat O'Connell, Jan Soifer, Jim Cato, Jody

County Settles Same-Sex Marriage License Lawsuit

By Angela Morris |

Hood County paid nearly $43,900 in attorney fees—half covered by insurance—to settle a lawsuit by a gay couple that sued County Clerk Katie Lang for repeatedly refusing to issue them a marriage license.

Timothy Lee

$400M Fraud Case Against JPMorgan Remanded

By Angela Neville |

Orca Assets is suing JPMorgan Chase Bank, alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract in relation to six oil and gas leases and seeking approximately $400 million in lost profits.


Ex-Client Nonsuits Houston Lawyer in Suit Filed Over Divorce

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A woman nonsuited Houston lawyer James Patrick Smith in suit alleging that he mishandled her divorce, but a related suit against Houston lawyer Paul Nugent set for trial in 2016.

Rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, on the day of oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  February 27, 2013.

Texas Ordered to Pay $1M in Legal Fees in Voting Rights Case

By Zoe Tillman |

Texas must pay more than $1 million in legal fees to groups that challenged the state’s redistricting plans, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled Tuesday. Perkins Coie, among the firms involved in the litigation, will receive $597,715, according to the fee award.

L&E Plaintiff Lawyers Served Treat From Fifth Circuit

By Michael P. Maslanka |

For employment lawyers, this case is like double frosted chocolate cake: Rich and deliciious. Here are two yummy bites.

Judge Tim Wright of Georgetown

Former Judge Gets 18 Months in Prison

By John Council |

"I asked him to Judge Tim Wright as he'd judged others—with understanding and kindness," said Joe Turner, who represented the former judge before U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks during sentencing. "And he did."

Texas Women GCs Rank High on Best-Paid List

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Women who are general counsel of large Texas companies hold three of the top five spots on the best-paid GC list included in Texas Lawyer's annual Corporate Roster report on GC compensation.

V&E, Latham Work on Fertilizer Deal

Vinson & Elkins represents CVR Partners of Sugar Land and Latham & Watkins represents Los Angeles-based Rentech Nitrogen Partners in deal valued at about $839 million.

Glenn Ballard

Houston Litigator Glenn Ballard Set to Join Dentons

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Glenn Ballard, a former head of the trial section at Bracewell & Giuliani, will join Dentons on Aug. 17 as managing partner of the Houston office.

Bank of America Claims Akin Gump's Legal Fees Excessive

By Angela Neville |

In the application, the law firm is seeking total compensation of $973,628 for its work on the case during this period. In addition, the firm is seeking $20,000 for expense reimbursement.

Maureen F. “Mo” Moore

Newsmakers: Week of August 17

Maureen F. "Mo" Moore, former vice president of corporate labor relations at Xerox Corp. in Dallas, has joined the recently opened Fort Worth office of Dowell Pham Harrison as of counsel.

VerdictSearch: Plaintiff Awarded $198,119 for Alleged Injuries in Rear-Ender

On July 24, a jury awarded $198,119 to a woman who claimed lumbar injuries in a collision.

Baker Hughes Accuses Small Family Business of Trademark Infringement

By Angela Neville |

Alleging trademark infringement, Baker Hughes Inc. is suing Thor's Oil Products Inc.—a company with one employee—contending that the North Dakota family business is using the Texas oil services giant's trademark-protected brand names for its products used in hydraulic fracturing.

V&E, Latham Work on Fertilizer Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins represents CVR Partners of Sugar Land and Latham & Watkins represents Los Angeles-based Rentech Nitrogen Partners in deal valued at about $839 million.

4 Ways Appellate Counsel Can Help in a Litigation Support Role

By D. Todd Smith |

Litigators who resist including appellate counsel on their trial teams miss an opportunity to increase their own effectiveness and better serve their clients. Consider the following areas in which an appellate lawyer may play a significant supporting role in the trial court, particularly in jury cases.

Jeff Blackburn

Jeff Blackburn: Potter County Misdemeanor Prosecutions Need Reform

By Miriam Rozen |

Potter County should hire a nonprofit organization to audit its Class A and B misdemeanor justice system and create a public defender office to handle those cases, Amarillo criminal defense lawyer Jeff Blackburn argues in a report issued this month.

Francisco Mendez, partner, Mayer Brown, Mexico City and Houston

Mayer Brown Opens Mexico City Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Mayer Brown, which has an office in Houston, just got approval from the Mexican government to open a Mexico City office.

Ethical Considerations for Outsourcing Legal Services

By Kelley A. Conaty |

Before doing so, attorneys should remind themselves of the ethical obligations imposed by the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct with respect to consent, communication, fee arrangements, and the supervision of outsourced employees, including maintaining confidentiality and avoiding conflicts of interest.