With all practices busy, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr of Dallas posted big increases in gross revenue and net income in 2016 compared with the year before.
With all practices busy, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr of Dallas posted big increases in gross revenue and net income in 2016 compared with the year before.
Yvette Ostolaza, managing partner of the Dallas office of Sidley Austin, has been elected to the firm's managing committee. Ostolaza also is coleader of the firm's securities and shareholder litigations practice.
May the police be sued when they arrest the wrong person? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is currently considering that very question in a civil rights case filed by a man who spent 16 days in jail for no other reason than he shared the same name as person wanted on an assault charge.
When the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California became the first federal court in the nation to set down transparency requirements for litigation funding, it focused on a particular segment of the industry: class actions. The major funders such as Burford Capital and Bentham IMF reacted with a shrug, saying that class actions are a small or nonexistent part of their business.
If former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as Secretary of Energy, wins confirmation on the floor of the U.S. Senate, he will not be taking Tony Buzbee with him to Washington, D.C.
If energy clients want to stop too blunt of a resurrection of an energy extraction disclosure rule — which President Donald Trump killed by signing a resolution this week — they should stress its anti-competitiveness rather than its costs.
Gross revenue declined by 6.4 percent in 2016 at Dallas-based Locke Lord, but net income improved by 11.1 percent with lawyers in many practice areas very busy.
The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked the wife of an indicted exotic-used-car dealer from collecting $500,000 from the sale of their multi-million dollar Dallas luxury home after the couple tried to partition the ownership of the house one hour before her husband filed for bankruptcy.
Net income improved by 2.2 percent in 2016 at Houston-based Andrews Kurth Kenyon, which added a large group of IP lawyers late in the year.
Rachel Lindsay, a trial lawyer at Cooper & Scully in Dallas, has been selected as the bachelorette on the upcoming season of ABC's reality show "The Bachelorette."
The legal profession has long struggled with diversity and inclusion. HP Inc. took a novel step in announcing that the company may withhold legal fees from law firms that don't meet diversity staffing requirements. Kim Rivera, HP's chief legal officer and general counsel, on Tuesday detailed the genesis of the fee-holdback program—and the early responses. "I spoke to GCs and law firm partners across the country and much to my gratification, they were very open and collaborative," Rivera said.
President Donald Trump is wasting no time making a big impact on the Texas federal judiciary as a special committee is beginning the process of interviewing at least six of his candidates for two seats on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Dillard’s dog, Irish, may not hunt. But she sure can tweet.
In what's shaping up to be a historic election for Dallas County, former state district judge John Creuzot announced his Democratic candidacy for district attorney — an election in which all of the announced candidates are African-American.
Law firms are moving more often with fewer complications, but a change of address should not be undertaken without giving due consideration to the proper retention of client files.
Robert Greenspoon believed he was close. His constitutional challenge to new administrative procedures for reviewing patent validity was distributed three times at U.S. Supreme Court conferences last year before the court finally denied certiorari in October. The Flachsbart & Greenspoon partner wonders if his challenge fell one vote shy on the eight-member court.
A group of seven litigators from Anderson Tobin join Condon Thornton Sladek in Dallas.
Jennifer Littlefield, formerly a lawyer at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, has joined Haynes and Boone's Austin office as an associate. Littlefield is a member of the firm's energy, power and natural resources practice group.
Bull was off for the primetime announcement of Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination, but returned to attend an Esporting event in this week's episode. Esports are a form of high-stakes competitive video game playing on which spectators gamble huge sums of money. At this particular event, a world-renowned player named Jace underperformed.
Do President Donald Trump's "America First" policies put the US energy players, particularly exporters of natural gas to Mexico, on less certain footing? Yes, according to some lawyers and consultants who advise such clients.
Plaintiffs attorneys are catching defense lawyers off guard with this weird trick involving reverse mortgage foreclosures.
Two trial lawyers who formerly practiced at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Houston formed their own plaintiff's personal injury firm in Houston.
Houston litigator Greg Cox convinced a South Texas jury that an insurance company's treatment of his client was so bad that it amounted to malice, turning what was originally a $76,500 hail storm claim into a $1.8 million verdict recently.
It's been a year since the larger-than-life justice died unexpectedly, and in many ways, according to lawyers, the court feels like a different place.
If there's a way to respond to a president who has taken aim at the federal judiciary, it's to speak with one voice. That's just what the Ninth Circuit did on Thursday with its per curiam opinion that struck back at the notion that a president's actions are unreviewable.
President Donald Trump has been tweeting from the hip, targeting companies over their plans to move jobs overseas or, in the case of Nordstrom, over the retailer's decision this week to pull Ivanka Trump's clothing brand from shelves. All of this has the business community on edge. And that means questions for lawyers. The National Law Journal caught up with James Garland to talk about how companies are preparing for Trump's Twitter ire.
While the Lone Star State's IP Bar frets over the possibility of losing the Eastern District of Texas as the nation's most favored patent infringement jurisdiction because of a pending U.S. Supreme Court decision, they'll get no sympathy from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
"American pipelines made with American steel." That was the principle President Donald Trump announced in late January to no roaring applause from the oil and gas pipeline industry and the lawyers who advise it. Instead, they raised a flurry of questions.
If former Secretary of State James Baker, a senior partner at Baker Botts in Houston, gets his way, there may be less work for litigation lawyers suing and defending the energy industry.
Boosted by some big contingency fees and strategic investments, Houston-based Baker Botts posted a record year in 2016, with revenue up 20.2 percent compared with 2015, and profits per partner up 36.6 percent.
Trinity East Energy won an opportunity to take another crack at getting $30 million out of the city of Dallas, based on allegations that it leased mineral rights for city-owned property to the company but then refused its applications to drill for oil and gas.
Texas federal trial Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn ruled in favor Wednesday of the Labor Department in the case brought by nine plaintiffs against Labor’s fiduciary rule.
Don't credit or blame all those protestors for the screeching halt that has come to the building of new interstate natural gas pipelines nationwide. Instead, pin responsibility for that likely scenario to the Trump's administration's failure to address a dearth of Washington bureaucrats.
Lawyers prepared for Tuesday's Ninth Circuit arguments under extreme time pressure. But the judges wouldn't cut them any breaks.
Lawyers prepared for Tuesday's Ninth Circuit arguments under extreme time pressure. But the judges wouldn't cut them any breaks.
After five years of battling federal regulators over an age bias lawsuit that ended in a mistrial on Feb. 3, Texas Roadhouse Inc. general counsel Celia Catlett is gearing up to do it all over again.
A business has a value equal to the expected future economic benefits to its owner, discounted to a present value. This concept has broad acceptance and appears in multiple economic, finance and valuation texts.
In the first Hurricane Ike-related insurance case filed by a municipality, Dale Wainwright secured a take-nothing judgment and made sure it stuck on appeal.
Thomas Queen, Paul Saenz and Andrea Schutz form a business law boutique in Austin.
Before President Obama left office, the DOL issued a new fiduciary rule that imposed a fiduciary duty upon all advisers that make investment recommendations to retirement plans or accounts. This new rule became "effective" on June 7, 2016, and is scheduled to become "applicable" on April 10, 2017. The DOL created this implementation period to give the financial services industry adequate time to adjust its business model to the new rule. However, on the eve of its applicability, the Trump administration and the financial services industry are vigorously challenging the rule.
According to a new report from ALM Legal Intelligence, legal departments are bringing more work in-house, rather than relying on outside counsel.
John McMullan has joined Winstead as a shareholder in The Woodlands office, where he is in the firm's energy law practice. Among other things, he focuses on buying and selling oil and gas assets and developing, constructing and financing gas, petrochemical and power projects.
Chicago-based Winston & Strawn opens an office in Dallas today with 21 lateral partners from eight firms.
Adding eight oil and gas transactional partners in a new Houston office, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher expands its Texas presence.
Adding eight oil and gas transactional partners in new Houston office, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher expands its Texas presence.
Minneapolis-based Dorsey & Whitney will open an office in Dallas on March 1 with lawyers from Schiff Hardin.
Minneapolis-based Dorsey & Whitney will open an office in Dallas on March 1 with lawyers from Schiff Hardin.
Two months ago, Houston lawyer Lexie White was handed the file for a complicated internet click-fraud dispute with two years of litigation history and was told to try it. And White, a partner in Susman Godfrey, took a trial-worthy case at the last minute and turned it into a win, this time a $2.3 million verdict from an Austin federal jury.
After three days of deliberating, the federal jury in Dallas was back, ready to answer a $6 billion question: Did Facebook Inc. steal virtual reality technology for the Oculus Rift from Skadden's client, videogame maker ZeniMax Media Inc.?
A growing number of higher education institutions are looking to their law schools to help protect and guide fellow students, faculty and staff in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order.
Oil and gas industry cheers were expected after the U.S. Senate, in the early hours of Feb. 3, passed a resolution to prevent what's known as the "resource extraction" regulation by the Securities and Exchange Commission going into effect.
If federal funding for legal aid is cut or reduced, three large legal aid organizations would be affected.
A vote could come soon, with consideration by some committees and the firms’ partnerships within the next few weeks, according to a partner at one of the firms who has been involved in the talks.
Exxon Mobil Corp. Wednesday argued that Texas courts had jurisdiction to take up its claims against the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts that they are abusing the corporations' free speech rights and seeking to unreasonably search and seize its business records in pursuing their climate-change litigation against the oil giant.
Across industries and jurisdictions, one particular challenge corporate counsel face on a consistent basis: when an employee, vendor, or party to an agreement tries to circumvent a seemingly iron clad arbitration agreement. Often, a disgruntled party (or non-party) to an agreement that contains an arbitration clause will seek to bring its claims in non-arbitration forums that it perceives to be more favorable (typically, United States courts).
Advocacy groups and state governments are beginning to coordinate their efforts, taking lessons from past court battles over immigration.
Volkswagen has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle the last of the consumer claims brought over its diesel emissions scandal.
A former Baylor University football official has sued the school and the Pepper Hamilton law firm for libel in a Dallas state court alleging he was defamed by media reports of his perceived failure to address numerous reports of sexual assaults committed by football players.
Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht advocated for better security and pay for the hundreds of judges that serve the Lone Star State, and he introduced Austin jurist Julie Kocurek as the main reason why during his annual address to lawmakers.
In a win for lawyers at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a Dallas jury found Facebook-owned Oculus with a $500 million verdict.
In recent years, state Attorney General’s offices have been increasingly active in enforcing consumer protection issues. Given the array of interesting issues currently being explored in Texas, I spoke to Attorney General Ken Paxton on his office’s recent work surrounding consumer protection. Following is a transcript of that conversation.
Lawyers volunteering at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport—more than 150 of them—just got a financial boost in the arm.
While the State Bar of Texas is normally responsible for stopping lawyers from defrauding the public, in an unusual move, the Harris County Attorney's Office has stepped in to stop the practice of a Houston immigration attorney who allegedly took $140,000 from over 50 clients and offered them no legal work in return.
What an ICE hold is like from a detainee's perspective and what rights you have against lengthy detention.
"Indivisible injuries"–The general rule in Texas is that a wrongdoer is liable only for his share of the injured party's damages. But, the rule is different when two or more wrongdoers join to produce an "indivisible injury"–an injury that cannot be apportioned with reasonable certainty to the wrongdoers.
The Dallas Bar Association ended the year by dedicating five murals in the garage of the George L. Allen, Sr. Courts Building.
A public transit bus driver wasn't liable for a crash that rendered a passenger a quadriplegic.
There is a lot more there. When you watch the movie, you will see the time clock in the Hickory High School gym. Two words, one concept, are printed on it: "Fair Play." Know where the concept comes from? The very first to use it? Shakespeare.
A review of long-pending cases and motions in 2016 shows efficient federal judges, such as Sidney Fitzwater in Dallas, slipping behind due to unfilled judicial vacancies.
Hearst's legal department has about 100 lawyers and professionals globally.
It occurs to me that a person's political orientation is not so much a choice as it is bequeathed by our origins.
The White House is gearing up to rein in regulations that impact the U.S. oil and gas industry. Danny Worrell, an Austin partner with Katten Muchin Rosenman, recently spoke about what effect the new Trump administration will have on the U.S. energy sector.
In the mandamus petition, Broden, who represents one of the indicted bikers, argues that his client will be denied due process unless Reyna is removed from the case. He alleges that the DA has a "huge" financial interest in the bikers' prosecutions.
In choosing Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump opted for a candidate with traditional credentials shared by most modern-day justices. A Colorado native with a degree from Harvard Law School, Gorsuch clerked for Justice Byron White and Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. "In our legal order, it is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives," Gorsuch said at the White House.
Narges Bayani, a Ph.D. student at New York University, was returning to New York from Iran on Jan. 28 when she was detained by authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport under President Donald Trump’s new immigration ban.
If there’s any silver lining to the first 11 days of the Trump administration, it’s this: lawyers are suddenly beloved—at least by the masses who oppose the president’s policies.
It's taken a huge emotional toll—stress, anxiety and uncertainty—for students at the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law to watch their school struggle to win accreditation.
He thought the United States would have learned its lesson from the Chinese Exclusion Act.
Litigation over the alleged dangers of the drug Reglan has reached a tentative global settlement, which could resolve thousands of cases pending across the country.
In contrast to the hit last week that the media took from the Trump administration, a Texas reporter and newspaper—and their pro bono lawyers of 13 years—have won a First Amendment victory in the Texas Supreme Court.
In his first week in the White House, President Trump penned a series of executive actions including several targeting the energy industry.
Rose Cordero Prey, partner in the Houston office of Andrews Kurth Kenyon, has been selected by the firm to be a member of the 2017 class of Fellows, a program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
This week's episode of Bull was simultaneously the show's most outrageous yet, and at the same time the first to deal meaningfully with one of the most pressing issues facing criminal justice: the explosion in plea bargaining. It opened with Dr. Bull and his team organizing a mock jury for a mundane commercial dispute.
The moot court competition was named after law firm Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst.
Vester T. Hughes, a prominent Dallas tax lawyer, died on Jan. 29 at at age 88.
From the beginning of his campaign, Trump had made it clear that a more-restrictive immigration policy would be a centerpiece issue.
Roughly 100 Texas lawyers went to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport over the weekend to help fight President Donald Trump's executive order. Organizers said they would keep up the resistance until everyone has been released.
More than 4,000 lawyers had signed up to volunteer legal services across the country by Sunday in response to the Trump administration's swift move to restrict immigration travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries. President Donald Trump's executive action Friday brought nationwide confusion—and mass protests—as lawyers, major airlines and national companies struggled to assess the scope of the travel bans.
Texas Lawyer's 2017 Legal Departments of the Year award recognizes the Lone Star State's top in-house departments in six distinct categories: 1. General; 2. Outside Counsel Management; 3. Technology; 4. Diversity and Quality of Life; 5. Pro Bono and Community Service; and 6. Corporate Compliance. To qualify, the department must be led by a GC from Texas.
It seems the U.S. Senate isn’t the only place you’ll find folks fighting about Rex Tillerson. Tillerson, the former CEO and chair of Exxon Mobil Corp. and President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, deftly avoided answering questions about climate change during confirmation hearings earlier this month.
A federal jury in Camden has issued a verdict that would require Lockheed Martin Corp. to pay $51.5 million, including $50 million in punitive damages, in an age discrimination suit by an engineer, according to court records.
Even though it previously ruled than an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against former U.S. District Judge Walter Smith was warranted, a Judicial Conference Committee has decided that no further punishment of the disgraced Waco jurist is neccesary because he retired from the bench. Smith was originally punished by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit's Judicial Council in 2015 after they concluded he made unwanted sexual advances against a female court employee in 1998. The Fifth Circuit ordered Smith to undergo sensitivity training and suspended his new case assignments for a year.
U.S. senators aren't the only ones with questions for President Donald Trump's State Department nominee. Bay Area plaintiffs firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy wants a chance to grill Rex Tillerson in litigation over climate change.
Group of four patent lawyers leave McDermott, Will & Emery to join Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.
Recent Delaware cases continue to emphasize that well-drafted board minutes are crucial to surviving and defeating challenges from shareholders in derivative and securities class actions. Although corporate counsel or the corporate secretary may be responsible for drafting board minutes as a matter of good corporate governance, the board minutes may well become the center of litigation.
The case that put him in the spotlight had become a trial for him, said Houston probate Judge Mike Wood.
Pro bono appellate criminal defense lawyers from Baker Botts have labeled allegations against their client, Linda Carty, a British woman on death row in Texas, as a "story" that the Harris County District Attorney's Office created.
The head of the Florida DEP is leaving to work for Foley & Lardner amid scrutiny over how much the state agreed to pay in legal fees, just months after the firm won a state contract to handle money Florida received from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
Fifteen partners are splitting from Sedgwick in the New York region and Texas, forming a boutique in the Northeast and launching a new office for Drinker Biddle & Reath in Dallas.
We invite you to participate in the Texas Lawyer Litigation Departments of the Year contest.
Texans for Lawsuit Reform's proposal has drawn objections not just from Steve Mostyn but also a Haynes and Boone lawyer.
Intellectual property lawyers do more than just defend patents and copyrights. Some 75 percent of in-house IP counsel in a recent life sciences survey say they are also involved in company efforts on mergers and acquisitions.
Philip Robert Brinson has been promoted to partner in the Houston office of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani. A trial lawyer, Brinson focuses on a variety of practice areas, including entertainment, hospitality and dram shop, intellectual property and professional liability.
Two more big acquisitions in the Permian Basin announced this week, with Texas lawyers handling a lot of the work.
The moves coincide with the vast turnover of federal government employees that's typical for a presidential transition. But lucky for this group, the new president has already placed the land use and natural resources issues they specialize in — such as the development of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines — in his crosshairs.
Dr. Bull and his team tackled a case involving an affair between a high school teacher named Susan and her 17 year-old, football-playing student, Jordan. The episode, titled "Teachers Pet," opened with the exposure of the illicit relationship during one of Jordan's games.
The patent spat involves two competing devices that can fill multiple water balloons at a time.
Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has moved to the front of the pack among possible nominees to the Supreme Court, according to several news reports Tuesday.
Two days after the inauguration, liberal lawyers huddled in downtown Washington to issue a call to action to scour President Donald Trump’s web of businesses for any conflicts of interest that could provide fodder for a lawsuit.
House Bill 93, filed in the current legislative session by Fort Worth state representative Matt Krause, would remove insupportability as a reason to grant a divorce. Once again, litigants would have to go to court and prove that one of them was at fault.
Sally Pretorius and Jenny Lee Smith, candidates for president-elect of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, share a common goal: to encourage young attorneys to focus on more than just work and to take better care of themselves.
At a four-day trial, Midwestern Cattle, represented by Chris Trowbridge, alleged that the parents and their son engaged in a check-kiting scheme that involved the purchase and sale of cattle — animals , as it was discovered, were fictitious.
Jones Day, whose lawyers served key positions in the Trump presidential transition and litigated against the nation’s health insurance law and for other major Republican objectives, will count 12 members in the new Trump administration.
Lean and mean? Or strength in numbers? Competition to lead data-breach litigation against Yahoo Inc. is highlighting different strategies for divvying up work on complex class actions as well as the spin law firms put on their pitches when they seek lucrative lead counsel appointments.
Winstead and Ajamie LLP are doing work for the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee prior to the big game in Houston on Feb. 5.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision Monday declining to hear Texas' appeal of a lower court's ruling that deemed the state's voter ID law, one of the strictest in the nation, as discriminatory.
Bobby Majumder has become managing partner of the Dallas office of Perkins Coie. He is a partner in the firm's corporate practice and also co-chairs its India practice.
Of the thousands of political appointments awaiting President Donald Trump's attention, none are more important in Texas than the 11 U.S. District Court vacancies and four U.S. attorney positions that must be filled. That's why the day before he was sworn into office on Jan. 20, Texas Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz put out a call for qualified lawyers to fill those positions.
In a win for Jenner & Block, the court let stand a $4.4 million fee award for work performed in a patent suit before the firm withdrew and new lawyers secured a settlement.
In defining his role as chief justice, John Roberts Jr. in 2005 famously compared the job to that of an umpire, and he added, “Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire.”
New Orleans firm Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann opens Houston office with five lateral hires from Cogan & Partners.
After issuing a scathing order sanctioning U.S. Department of Justice lawyers attempting to implement former President Barack Obama's immigration plan, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville decided to drop his punishment of the government attorneys in a decision issued the day before Donald J. Trump was sworn into office.
Computer graphics technology company Nvidia Corp. announced Wednesday that seasoned patent litigator Tim Teter is filling the general counsel role, effective Jan. 23. Teter is taking over for David Shannon, who informed the company of his intention to retire last June, according to the announcement.
In lengthy litigation over the treatment of performing animals, the real circus was in the courtroom. Lawyers for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey wrestled for 14 years with attorneys representing animal rights activists who accused the circus of abusing its elephants.
Donald Trump has tapped into our primal insecurities about our looks, and how our physical flaws can diminish our professional success.
Brian Loncar, the well-known plaintiffs lawyer known in Texas for his "Strong Arm" television commercials who was found dead a week after his daughter's suicide, died of an accidental cocaine overdose, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office.
With its energy transactions lawyers busy in Houston and elsewhere, Latham & Watkins adds two energy regulatory partners in Washington, D.C.
The employment-based-immigration practice — and one of the founding partners — of Miami immigration firm Bernstein Osberg-Braun has moved to Arnstein & Lehr to expand that firm's EB-5 practice.
Bio-Rad executives were disinterested in conducting robust training in the Federal Corrupt Practices Act and shut down his efforts to report suspected violations, Sanford Wadler testified Wednesday in his whistleblower retaliation trial.
It was no secret during the presidential race that Donald Trump trailed Hillary Clinton in financial donations from the legal industry. Lawyers and firms gave Clinton and affiliated groups more than $39.3 million, while they gave Trump and his groups $1.4 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
It looks like the Asian-American rock band The Slants will get what it has wanted for years: a registered trademark—or as Justice Stephen Breyer put it, “a little circle with an R in it.”
Donald J. DeGabrielle, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas, has joined Lewis Brisbois as a partner in its Houston office.
Mary Turner's difficult life ended when she was mowed down by an 18-wheeler driver who didn't see her as she crossed a street. But what would normally be a straightforward legal claim against a trucking company was complicated by the fact that Turner suffered from mental illness and drug addiction. Not only did Houston appellate attorney Dave George help preserve a wrongful death jury verdict recently by convincing a court that Turner's mental illness and drug use did not belong in evidence, he also convinced the judges to add $400,000 to his clients' recovery.
The Permian Basin continues to be a hot area for energy deals, keeping lawyers busy this week with two multibillion acquisitions involving companies linked to legendary Texas wildcatters.
A Senate panel is set to consider Wednesday a bill to overhaul Delaware's system for collecting unclaimed property, a significant source of state revenue that has recently come under attack.
Vaughn Walker, the retired chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, made waves last fall when he teamed up with Bentham IMF as a member of its investment vetting committee.
In a legal battle unfolding in state court in Houston, four white Bengal tigers, a billionaire, an aquarium, a restaurant, a very small pool and a few artificial tree branches all figure into the allegations.
Zuckerberg insisted that Facebook's 2014 purchase of the virtual reality developer Oculus wasn't tainted by stolen technology.
A few days after Willkie Farr hired two energy partners from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Allen & Overy and Haynes and Boone have picked up three more partners from the firm. The moves come as Cadwalader seeks to refocus itself on financial services work, a process that will see the Wall Street firm close its Houston office.
Anadarko unloads shale assets in South Texas to Sanchez Energy and Blackstone, roping in deal lawyers from at least four firms.
The obstruction of justice charge filed against Volkswagen AG on Wednesday pertains not only to lies by employees to federal regulators, but also to actions by VW’s in-house legal team, according to statements attached to the plea agreement.
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider for the first time requirements laid out in a 2010 law that created a fast track for the approval of biosimilar medications.
Just as Cowboy Bourbon was becoming recognized as one of the nation's finest whiskeys, Garrison Brothers became the target of a trade infringement lawsuit filed in a Northern District of California federal court by Allied Lomar, an international liquor distributor. Allied Lomar alleged they had registered a trademark for "Cowboy Little Barrel" in 2001 and that Garrison Brothers were infringing on their product.
Elimination of the so-called "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy that gave Cuban immigrants an automatic path to citizenship once they reached U.S. shores will deal a heavy blow to many small and solo immigration law firms in South Florida and other places where many Cubans live.
Takata's $1 billion settlement with the U.S. government over defective air bags will not affect the nationwide class action against the company and automakers, according to plaintiffs counsel in the civil case.
The day after Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president the United States, hundreds of attorneys and activists are slated to gather in Washington to strategize on how best to resist “bad government” and coordinate pro bono efforts to protect civil rights.
The firm gained two shareholders in Dallas from dissolving Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller.
When Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil Corp. chairman and CEO, appeared before the U.S. Senate for the hearings about his nomination to serve as Secretary of State, economic sanctions against Russia dominated the dialogue.
Greenberg Traurig expanded its litigation strength in Austin this month with three lateral hires from dissolving firm Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller.
Trial lawyer Jay Old and five others from his firm join Houston-based litigation firm Hicks Thomas.
Dr. Bull and his team returned from vacation to tackle a deadly accident involving a self-driving car.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Jason Boatright, a lawyer who once served as chief of the opinion division during Abbott's tenure as Texas Attorney General, to fill a vacant seat on Dallas' Fifth Court of Appeals.
Neill Fuquay has been promoted to shareholder in McGuire, Craddock & Strother in Dallas. Fuquay is in the firm's real estate and commercial and mortgage lending sections.
The notion that an individual who identifies as transgender or a woman who has sought to terminate a pregnancy could be denied as miniscule a request for medical care as asking for a Band-Aid rankles ACLU lawyer Joshua Block.
A U.S. Supreme Court case that was touted as a significant retail business dispute with First Amendment ramifications seemed to fizzle fast Tuesday as justices questioned whether freedom of speech was involved at all.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a superhero to Michele Threefoot, an 8-year-old girl in Columbia, MD, who dressed as the Supreme Court justice for her school’s “Superhero Day.”
Strasburger & Price has added six lateral hires in three Texas offices, including five lawyers from Fort Worth-based Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, which had begun to shutter its doors at the end of 2016.
Kristen Brauchle Hawkins made history on Jan. 9 when she was administered the oath of office as judge of the 11th District Court in Houston.
Much is expected of attorneys these days, but they cannot be expected to "guarantee a perfectly functioning judiciary or an error-free trial."
Sweeping reforms in Mexico's energy sector are luring billions in investment, keeping lawyers busy.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has rejected the appeal of a confessed Houston serial killer who had his trial counsel request a jury sentence him to death, only to change his mind later and file an appeal alleging the attorney failed to present mitigating evidence.
In advance of a Senate confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson also agreed to relinquish roles with the Ford's Theatre Society, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Boy Scouts of America.
New Year's resolutions are not just for your personal life. You can make important resolutions that will drastically improve your law practice in the coming year. And despite statistics that suggest resolutions fail more often than not, you can be successful in developing new and improved habits for your legal practice. You can protect your professional resolutions from failure if you plan them right.
Gardere's Mexico City office has hired five international trade attorneys from local firms. Mexican trade attorneys expect Trump administration will mean more work for lawyers.
State Bar of Texas members would no longer vote on bar membership fee changes under a recommendation submitted to the Legislature by the state's Sunset Advisory Commission.
A two-lawyer trademark and copyright firm based in Washington, D.C., merged into intellectual property firm Pirkey Barber of Austin.
Elyse Lyons, Dallas associate with Jones Day, has been chosen to join the Dallas Regional Chamber's LEAD YP Class of 2017. This is a leadership development program for young professionals.
Labor unions usually take on the role of defending a worker's legal rights if their employer decides to terminate them while on sick leave. But Dallas lawyer Brian Sanford took on that job for a worker and ended up beating the union that fired him before a Texas appellate court.
A Dallas federal judge has slashed a $1.04 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson nearly in half, a month after a jury punished the company over a hip implant device made by its DePuy Orthopaedics division.
Apache's defense counsel, led by John Zavitsanos of Houston's Ahmad Zavitsanos Anapaikos, pledged to appeal.
Marianne Auld, a partner who heads Kelly, Hart & Hallman's appellate practice group, is the new managing partner effective Jan. 1.
R. Laurence "Larry" Macon left Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld after 25 years to open his own firm in San Antonio, where he plans to try a lot of suits.
It's time to make those New Year's resolutions, when waistbands are tight, wallets are empty and even a dry martini has lost its appeal.
The State Bar of Texas board of directors that will decide Jan. 20 whether to approve two nominees for the position of president-elect includes the husband and law partner of one of the nominees.
Davis, Gerald & Cremer, a Midland energy firm, hired lateral shareholders Shannon Ratliff and Lisa Paulson for its Austin office.
With over 1.7 billion people worldwide using Facebook, roughly a billion tweets processed every 48 hours, and folks Snapchatting, Instagramming, and YouTubing away, it's hardly surprising that law enforcement has found social media to be a rich treasure trove of people incriminating themselves.
After 18 years at the energy giant, Jack Balagia retires as general counsel with respect and admiration.
A jury awarded $46,240 to a paving worker who injured his knee when he jumped out of the way of a runaway cement truck.
If you are relying on your teenager to help you, the time is now to learn.
Derek Mergele was already out of the closet for 20 years when he moved to Lubbock to study at Texas Tech University School of Law. The openly gay, married law student's mission was to knock down LGBT stereotypes in the conservative West Texas community and to be so visible that anyone questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity knew that Mergele was a friend and available to talk.
Local law school makes good on job placement.
By nature, divorces are traumatic for spouses. However, with the introduction of litigation involving questions such as whether property will be characterized as separate or community, valuing that property, litigating which parent will provide the primary residence for the child, and whether the parent may move away with the child, the proceedings will quickly take on a very high-stakes tenor.
Perhaps no federal judge has ruled more often to stall the recent pace of acceptance of the LGBTQ community than O'Connor.
Texas firms with energy transactional and bankruptcy/restructuring practices are reaping business from the sales of distressed assets both inside and outside of bankruptcy court.
For many corporations, the end of the year signifies that it is time to look to the coming year and identify a corporate or department budget for technology expenditures.
When the divorce decree is signed, most litigants assume the legal process is finally over. Unfortunately, that is not the case when one party fails to comply with the decree's property terms.
Is sexual orientation a protected classification under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? The answer was once a "no." But there were two November surprises that will likely start to change the answer to "yes."
Rob Crain, partner in Crain Lewis Brogdon, is serving as the 108th president of the Dallas Bar Association.
Ten years ago, Leighton Durham, Kirk Pittard and Thad Spalding gladly left their downtown Dallas office buildings behind and headed due west across the Trinity River to set up their law practice a mile and a half away in a cozy Oak Cliff rent house.
Even prior to the presidential election, this was an interesting and tumultuous year for securities litigators.
Donald Trump's election and the continuing energy industry slump in Texas will change how many attorney practice law in the state.
Apple Inc., known worldwide for its iPhones, holds another, less favorable distinction: The company ranks as one of the most popular targets for patent infringement plaintiffs nationwide and particularly in the Eastern District of Texas, where more of these cases have been filed than in any other federal district, and where courts, lawyers and even former judges have big stakes in the litigation.
Richard Nichols, a Dallas-based lawyer who once worked at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and K&L Gates predecessor Hughes & Luce, has been let go from his role as executive director of the U.S. women's national soccer team. The move comes as the team seeks a new collective bargaining agreement.
The technology to kill it off is there. But there still might be a place for it.
A judge handling a civil rights suit orders the state to disclose the number of heat-related prison deaths since 1990.
A newly released dashcam video appears to show the shooting of a black man as he walked away from two off-duty officers. The shooting victim was paralyzed.
Top priorities for the Donald Trump transition team and cabinet nominees include rolling back eight years of Obama administration climate regulations and restrictions on coal, oil and gas development.
Halliburton Co. agreed to a $100 million securities fraud settlement in a case brought by Boies Schiller & Flexner.
Evidently some lawyers and litigants don’t understand what it means to be “on the record” during a deposition. Either that or they don’t mind being caught saying or doing something untoward, ridiculous or downright horrible
Three Chinese nationals face federal charges for allegedly hacking into two major U.S. law firms in a scheme to trade on information about imminent mergers and acquisitions.
Laughter in U.S. Supreme Court arguments is usually not of the belly-shaking kind, but more of the quick quip or self-deprecating moment. In 2016, the court, as several justices said, was a "grayer place" partly because of the absence of the quickest quipper on the bench, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. But there were some notable moments. Here are some of the highlights.
I know it’s a milestone for women, but I can’t summon much excitement. In fact, no one I know (male or female) feels anything close to exhilaration. Most of us just shrug our shoulders. Here’s what we’re not excited about: Women have crossed the 50 percent mark in the nation’s law schools: 50.32 percent of all law students, to be exact.
Texas Lawyer recently spoke with David Patton, a Houston partner at Locke Lord and co-chairman of the firm's energy practice group, about what the selection of E. Scott Pruitt could mean for lawyers in the oil and gas space.
Several months ago, Felipe Berer's longtime plastics manufacturing client came to him with a rough draft of a marketing plan for what turned out to be the most fascinating—and geographically far-flung—deal Berer has worked on in his 15-year career.
Now that the Oval Office expects a new Republican occupant, the question arises: What will happen to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's brand as a White House challenger and --more significantly--to all those lawsuits?
Two Texas law firms that represented hundreds of New Jersey owners in property damage suits after Hurricane Sandy have reached a confidential settlement in a proposed class action accusing them of using runners and charging excessive fees.
Why not learn from winners? Texas Lawyer asked Texas litigators who won at trial in 2016 what they would each recommend as three litigation tips for 2017.
Apple claims Nokia is using nonpracticing entities to harass the company with exorbitant patent royalty claims.
The Delaware Supreme Court has dismissed a shareholder lawsuit that left the energy company Kinder Morgan liable for the bulk of a $171 million damages award related to its acquisition of El Paso Corp. and its affiliates, finding that the claims involved were derivative and thus transferred to the buyer.
Maria Ivañez recently received the Law Student Pro Bono Award and a $2,000 stipend from the Texas Access to Justice Commission for her dedication and commitment to pro bono services for low-income and underserved people.
Between the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia and election year politics, it's been far from business as usual at the U.S. Supreme Court.
'Tis the season for cramped airplanes – and lawsuits. Luggage falling on heads and hot tea spilling in laps &ndash are just some of the routine incidents on today's flights that sometimes end up in injury suits.
What is a family violence protective order?
As the first openly lesbian mayor of Houston, Annise Parker was clearly stung in 2015 when voters rejected an equal rights ordinance known as HERO, which protected LGBT people from discrimination in city services after opponents claimed the measure would effectively open women's bathrooms to men. But at least Parker doesn't have to pay the legal fees of a group of pastors who sued her in state court to get the ordinance repealed, according to a recent ruling won on her behalf.
John Zavitsanos never intends to return to the old-fashioned style of jury selection. The partner in Houston's Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing won last September a $5.3 million verdict against a union for his employer, based on allegations of wrongful disparagement and tortious interference.
Aaron J. Rigby and Tim Chandler have been promoted to partners in Sidley Austin.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday issued an opinion concluding that an American Bar Association Rule of Professional Conduct barring discriminatory conduct by its members would violate First Amendment rights if applied in his state.
The year's best devices and accessories for your loved ones—or you.
A Dallas federal judge offered no explanations for multiple orders he issued on his own this month in Exxon Mobil Corp.'s battle with Massachusetts and New York Attorneys General. But the effect of those orders could be that when Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson seeks Senate confirmation as secretary of state, the process will not be competing for attention with his company's battle with the attorneys general.
Texas Lawyer recently spoke with David Patton, a Houston partner at Locke Lord and co-chairman of the firm's energy practice group, about what the selection of E. Scott Pruitt could mean for lawyers in the oil and gas space.
An explosion at a small-town diner opens this week's episode of Bull. The arsonist had rigged the propane stove so that it would erupt late at night. Unfortunately, the owner happened to stop in at the wrong time and died by the blast. The explosion further sparked a wildfire that destroyed cabins and lowered property values.
A deal approved Friday to launch Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan into the international arena wasn't something even contemplated by the firm a year ago, its managing partner said.
The firm is advising Stone Energy Corp. and Illinois Power Generating Co. on their recent Chapter 11 filings in Houston. Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Porter Hedges are working with Latham on both new cases, the latest so far this year as the U.S. energy industry copes with sagging oil and gas prices.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review the much-watched TC Heartland patent venue decision comes as unwelcome news to Texas intellectual property lawyers who've made a profitable living off filing and defending cases in the Eastern District of Texas.
Reid Collins & Tsai, with offices in Austin and New York, boasted bonuses of up to $150,000 for associates, with salaried junior partners getting as much as $229,000.
Pepper Hamilton is experiencing the backlash of its Title IX internal investigations work at Baylor University, as a former associate athletics director who blames the firm for his abrupt firing has filed a lawsuit.
A Texas federal judge got it wrong and overlooked controlling precedents when he determined employers should evaluate job duties alone to decide if an employee is exempt from the nation's overtime laws, according to an appeal brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by the Obama administration's Department of Labor.
A busy year continues for Texas deal lawyers.
Texas tort reformers couldn't have hoped for more favorable confluence of events. One month before Texas lawmakers are scheduled to start a new session, during which tort reformers are expected to lobby to curb hail-damage lawsuits filed against insurers, a Texas federal judge issued a stern warning to Steve Mostyn, a well-known Houston plaintiffs lawyer who files such suits and financially supports Democratic candidates. And then on Thursday the American Tort Reform Association issued its annual report on "judicial hellholes."
An Austin attorney seeking signatures to get his name on the 2017 ballot for election of the next president-elect of the State Bar of Texas has filed an open records suit against the bar.
In a win for the tech industry, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to hear a case that could move patent cases out of the Eastern District of Texas.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has affirmed sanctions leveled against two Texas civil defense attorneys who failed to initially disclose recorded phone conversations they later used to impeach a plaintiff who alleged she was sexually assaulted by an employee while incarcerated in a privately-run jail.
Innocenti Jones will offer "startup in a box" packages to fledgling tech companies in the region.
The high court on Dec. 13 granted a request by UNT Law to waive a requirement that people who take the Texas bar exam must have graduated from law schools approved by the American Bar Association. Graduates now may sit for the July 2017, February 2018 and July 2018 bar exams in Texas only.
In Texas, if you are 17 and older and commit a criminal offense you will, if sentenced to serve time, go to an adult rather than juvenile facility. That could change.
Tort reformers and trial lawyers have drafted competing wish lists for the 85th legislative session set to begin for Texas lawmakers the second week in January.
The Houston-based litigation boutique is doing its part this month in showing that many things are bigger in Texas, such as associate bonuses.
When wealthy people ask jurors to settle their battles, their lawyers run the risk of running headlong into popular sentiment against the "one percent."
The Texas AFL-CIO wants to intervene as a defendant in the challenge over the U.S. Labor Department's overtime-pay rule, fearing that federal agencies under Donald Trump will not adequately defend the Obama administration regulations.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently reversed a $16.7 million patent infringement verdict a Dallas federal jury awarded to a French citizen who alleged he owned the rights to a camshaft that is widely used in Chrysler vehicles.
Vinson & Elkins has cinched another energy industry megadeal to round out 2016, representing Patterson-UTI Energy in the Houston company's pending acquisition of Seventy Seven Energy for close to $1.76 billion. Seventy Seven Energy, based in Oklahoma City, turned to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
In a terse ruling, a McAllen federal judge described well-known Houston plaintiff lawyer Steve Mostyn's firm and its actions in far from flattering terms. But, significantly, the judge stopped short of sanctioning the Mostyn Law Firm, as an insurance industry defendant had requested.
Courtney Jamison Roane, an associate in Thompson & Knight's corporate and securities practice group in Dallas, has been named to the Mi Escuelita board of directors.
Unsure what to give the law student in your life this holiday season? Not to worry. We’ve got you covered with this handy list of ideas for presents that will warm their hearts, or at least help them survive the rigors of legal education.
The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked efforts by a group of retired professional football players to challenge the NFL’s $1 billion settlement over concussion-related litigation.
A Dallas federal judge today canceled a scheduled deposition of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that Exxon Mobil had planned to conduct in the attorney general’s climate-change litigation against the oil giant.
I had hoped that the passage of time would improve the rates at which women succeed in the profession, but if a recent study titled "The Leaky Pipeline for Women Entering the Legal Profession" is any indication, we may actually lose ground in the coming years.
In addition to tipping their bartenders this month, drinkers in East Texas might be thanking a local personal injury firm for getting them home safely.
China's top court has ruled that former NBA star Michael Jordan owns the trademark rights to his name in Chinese characters.
In a scathing 47-page order, a U.S. magistrate judge in Austin granted motions for sanctions against an attorney filed in six cases and awarded $175,672 in fees and expenses.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted an expedited hearing for the Department of Labor in the overtime litigation.
Two judges signaled the patents claim ineligible subject matter under Section 101 of the Patent Act.
The high court's Commission to Expand Civil Legal Services recommends creating a statewide referral system to send modest-means clients to lawyers whom they can afford.
To expand civil legal services for Texans of modest means: Bolster resources at law libraries, collect more information about pro se litigants, and promote technologies that will help make it easier for more people to identify affordable legal counsel.
Corporate restructuring lawyer Michael Warner, who lives on a ranch near Fort Worth, works as special equine counsel in a Chapter 7, tasked with advising the trustee on equine assets.
The chief executives of AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. defended their proposed $85.4 billion merger in the face of skeptical U.S. lawmakers Wednesday, telling an antitrust panel that the deal would bring added competition to the media industry and widely benefit consumers.
News flash: A number of not-so-highly ranked schools managed to get a high percentage (70 percent or more) of their graduates into full-time jobs that require JDs or are JD-advantaged.
Escargot and employee lawsuits—both are often best gulped down, holding your nose. Squaring off against a single employee is tougher than it sounds. Damages may be relatively low. But defensive attorney fees can eat in-house counsel alive, which might make larger settlement numbers look tempting.
The unanimous decision by Justice Sonia Sotomayor wipes out Apple's $399 million in design patent damages and sends the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra wrote in his Dec. 2 opinion in Lloyd v. Birkman that Robert Lloyd's equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment were violated when he was asked about those issues during an interview conducted March 18, 2013, by the Williamson County Commissioners Court.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed former district judge Faith Johnson as Dallas County's new district attorney, replacing Susan Hawk, who resigned from office in September after a long battle with mental illness.
Quentin Brogdon, partner in Crain Lewis Brogdon, is the new president of the Dallas chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The chapter's other new officers are Richard Capshaw, founding principal of Capshaw & Associates, vice president; James W. Grau, managing partner of Grau Law Group, treasurer; and Marquette Wolf of Ted B. Lyons & Associates, membership chairman.
After his latest trial win against Johnson & Johnson, Houston's Mark Lanier says he has as much as $13 billion in verdicts under his belt. But who's counting?
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey was ordered Monday to appear in a Texas federal court to submit to deposition questions asked by Exxon Mobil Corp. lawyers
Whether through yoga, meditation sessions or therapy animals, law schools nationwide are stepping up their efforts to reduce the stress of finals.
The case hinges on Lexmark International's use of patent law to bar recycling and reselling of its used printer cartridges.
A Delaware federal judge has sent back to the Delaware Court of Chancery a proposed class and derivative action over an alleged $1 billion "Ponzi-like scheme" at Texas-based limited partnership United Development Funding III, finding that claims for fiduciary breaches, waste and unjust enrichment called for state, and not federal, review.
Greg Gegenheimer, an Austin solo practitioner, on Monday filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against members of the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas, alleging they have violated the Equal Protection Clause of the constitution by maintaining a race- and sex-based quota scheme for the composition of their panel.
Dallas plaintiff lawyer Brian Loncar, well known in Texas for his "Strong Arm" television commercials, was found dead at his law office on Sunday a week after his teenage daughter died by suicide.
Since the U.S. Department of Labor secured favorable rulings from two federal judges preserving its new fiduciary rule, which is aimed at curbing retirement investment advisers' potential conflicts, many lawyers' eyes are trained on a third judge: U.S. District Chief Judge Barbara Lynn of the Northern District of Texas, before whom a challenge of the proposed regulation is pending.
In a win for Becton Dickinson and its lawyers at Paul Weiss, a unanimous panel held that patent infringement can't give rise to antitrust liability.
In an era when demand for legal services is softening, the country's largest firms are increasingly going to courts and arbitration against their former clients to collect fees in what consultants say is the "new normal."
Though important, cybersecurity for law firms takes a back seat to business and profit demands, according to Novitex and the Association of Legal Administrators' (ALA) "2016 Report on Trends Impacting the Legal Industry," a survey of over 800 law firms and legal administration professionals worldwide.
More than 30 law firms have asked a federal judge to award them legal fees and costs associated with a $14.7 billion class action settlement with Volkswagen, most filing after an order last week that barred attorneys from submitting liens against their clients' awards.
Johnson & Johnson lost a $1 billion verdict on Thursday in a closely watched trial over a hip implant device made by its DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. division.
Talmage Boston, a civil litigator for 40 years, spoke with Texas Lawyer and about his perspective on Donald Trump's upcoming presidency, seen through a historical lens.
Kelley Drye & Warren has entered the Texas market through the acquisition of a 14-lawyer environmental litigation boutique.
The litigation firm picked up a pair of Big Law alums to open in Boca Raton.
A jury awarded $18.6 million to a woman who fell off a motorcycle and claimed post-traumatic stress disorder. Breisha Bell was a passenger on the bike operated by her then-boyfriend Kevin Genter.
We are proud to profile the honorees of our 2016 Top Women in Energy awards. The following women are recognized for their work in the area of energy law—an area that has been particularly volatile this past year.
In an effort to create more efficiency in trademark trial proceedings and to lend clarity to the process, particularly following the 2015 Supreme Court ruling in B&B Hardware, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has amended its Rules of Practice.
Want to feel grateful at work? It is the place where we spend the most time other than being with loved ones. Ask not whether you are "happy" with your job but rather, as did the ancient Greeks, ask whether you are fulfilled in it.
The Dallas Women Lawyers Association has presented trial lawyer and philanthropist Lisa Blue with the 2016 Louise B. Raggio Award.
Q&A with Tracy Preston, general counsel of Neiman Marcus.
This article examines key pros and cons to self-reporting potentially unlawful behavior to the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Let's face it—lawyers don't get enough credit for their creativity. Sure, we're supposed to be zealous advocates, but when it comes to mounting a defense against a seemingly insurmountable mountain of evidence incriminating our clients, attorneys who come up with the most ridiculous (or ridiculous-sounding) defenses are all too often overlooked or ridiculed.
In recent years, Texas and other central U.S. states have experienced a surprising jump in the number of earthquakes. That has led scientists and regulators on a quest to determine whether the earthquakes are being caused by human activities or are occurring naturally.
Trade secret protection and patent protection have always overlapped. The question owners of these intellectual property rights always have to ask themselves is which protection would better suit their intellectual property needs, if in fact not both.
On Aug. 3, 2015, President Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan, an EPA regulation imposing carbon dioxide limits on existing coal- and gas-fired power plants. It is likely the most impactful and most contentious rule ever issued by the EPA.
Tracy Preston is one of very few people who knows what Neiman Marcus will offer as "fantasy gifts" in The Christmas Book long before the catalogue comes out.
The DOJ's new one-year pilot enforcement program, announced in April, encourages companies to self-report illegal payments under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Bruce W. Bowman Jr. has been named president and managing shareholder of Dallas-based Godwin Bowman & Martinez.
Davis Polk, Fried Frank and Kirkland & Ellis landed roles in creating a new North American land pressure pumping company called BJ Services.
Yesterday was a big day for Big Law, with news of no fewer than three transatlantic mergers. Eversheds and Holman Fenwick Willan—the U.K.’s 13th- and 29th-largest law firms by revenue—both ended their long-running search for a U.S. combination, while Dentons emerged as a possible savior for the struggling European arm of King & Wood Mallesons.
Nigeria, Angola and Yemen are the countries with the highest risk of bribery, according to a report released today from the anti-bribery group TRACE International.
Few would consider $2.44 million and $440,000 in attorney fees in a prisoner's rights case as a bad haul for a newcomer to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Following her first appearance there, Christine Stetson, an associate in Beaumont's Bernsen Law Firm, bolstered the odds that her clients, family members of detainee who died in an Orange County, Texas, jail, will win a final judgment of that size.
The campaign for the 2017 election of the next president-elect of the State Bar of Texas kicked off Tuesday when Austin solo Joe Longley sent emails to more than 60,000 bar members seeking signatures on his petition to get on the ballot.
In this digital age, technology forces us to evolve in how we communicate with each other. It's not an easy task, but it's imperative that, as a society, we must learn to combat behaviors that can lead to tragic consequences.
Donald Trump's most memorable moment on the campaign trail regarding people with disabilities occurred when he appeared to mimic the physical appearance and distinctive movements of a reporter with a disability. In a report on Aug. 11, 2016, NBC News called it Trump's "worst offense" during the campaign, and during the Democratic convention Time magazine quoted Iowa Senator Tom Harkin to say, "Never has the issue of disability rights and inclusion been this prominent in an election." Trump denied that he had any intention to mock the reporter.
On Dec. 5, a trial is scheduled to start before U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of the Western District of Texas to settle a dispute between two alcohol distilling companies, which each claim ownership to trademarks with the word "cowboy" as part of each of their marks.
Atlanta-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan is in talks to combine with Eversheds, one of the U.K.'s largest firms, the two firms announced Tuesday.
Houston's Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown has agreed to merge with London-based Holman Fenwick Willan, one of the U.K.'s 30 largest law firms by revenue, according to leaders at both firms.
Latham & Watkins, Kelly Hart & Hallman and Weil, Gotshal & Manges are handling an $855 million, two-step asset purchase.
The Office of Legal Counsel often has the last word on murky areas of the law — and there are plenty trailing President-elect Donald Trump into the White House.
Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig sparked a national debate with a Nov. 24 Washington Post op-ed arguing that members of the electoral college should choose as president popular vote winner Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump on the grounds that everyone’s vote should count equally.
The agenda for the meeting of the Capital Area Muslim Bar Association on Nov. 29 is not what the group had originally planned. It all changed after Donald Trump won the election.
On Sunday afternoon, Cleveland labor and employment lawyer Peter Kirsanow unexpectedly found himself face-to-face with President-elect Donald Trump.
This week's episode of Bull dealt with a politically motivated prosecution. The State brought a vehicular manslaughter charge against a man whose wife was killed when the car he was driving collided with a car that stopped suddenly in front of it.
Disgraced Texas financier R. Allen Stanford will remain in federal prison after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied his petition to reverse his conviction stemming from a $7 billion Ponzi scheme.
Sam Peca, Dallas associate with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, has been named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year in recognition of, among other things, his more than 360 hours of pro bono legal service during his two-month tenure as a lend-a-lawyer with the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.
Even a labor lawyer who typically represents employers expressed surprise about the pre-Thanksgiving ruling issued by U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant. Mazzant, who presides in a Sherman, Texas, courtroom, granted Texas and other states their request for a preliminary injunction to halt the Obama administration's proposed regulatory revisions that would have doubled for most employees the salary threshold for overtime pay.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has asked U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade of the Northern District of Texas to vacate his order requiring her to appear in a Dallas courtroom to submit to deposition questions posted by Exxon Mobil Corp. lawyers.
Donald McGahn II served as general counsel to Donald Trump's campaign and has continued as an advisor for the transition.
For nearly eight years under President Barack Obama, labor and employment practitioners have been kept busy by a host of new federal policies, largely promulgated through regulations, that have changed everything from the legal definition of "joint employer" to how federal contractors report alleged labor violations.
ALM's recently released report highlights the progress law firms have made over the past several years at incorporating non-lawyer executives into their leadership teams. It also highlights some of the challenges law firms are still struggling with to get the most out of their C-suites.
A few months after he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, Houston construction lawyer Thomas Barber decided to wind down his practice at Coats Rose. Six years later, after his cancer went into remission, the newly married Barber joined a new firm and has spent the last year embarking on the demanding task of rebuilding his practice.
Ronald C. Green, who spent a total of 12 years on Houston City Council and as Houston city controller, joined the Houston office of Greenberg Traurig.
From ever-changing technical demands to security and access considerations, mobile discovery can be an intricate and arduous task.
There are strategies to maximize your company's recovery.
Dallas lawyers are mourning the loss of George Bramblett, a well-known civil trial lawyer and founding partner of one of the city's largest law firms, Haynes and Boone. Bramblett, who had a heart attack in his home on Monday, was 76.
Continued lack of access in public schools to bathrooms matching transgender persons' gender identity won't cause them irreparable harm, a Texas federal judge has ruled.
The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on an all-stock megamerger that will unite a network of oil and gas pipeline giants controlled by Dallas-based billionaire Kelcy Warren.
A Texas federal judge issued an preliminary injunction halting the Obama administration's proposed regulatory revisions that would have doubled for most employees the salary threshold for overtime pay.
The love story behind the U.S. Supreme Court case that struck down state laws banning interacial marriages ensures the movie appeals to lawyers and their families.
Did your legal department feel pressure to reduce spending in 2016? If so, you're far from alone, according to a report released by the consultancy CEB Global.
Did Texas lawmakers intend to discriminate when they passed a voter identification law? Yes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. No, according to the Office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that Texas-based power company Energy Future Holdings Corp. must pay hundreds of millions of dollars for early redemption of notes in its bankruptcy.
Anthem Inc. drew the battle lines Monday in defense of its proposed purchase of Cigna Corp., faulting the U.S. Justice Department for refusing to see any benefit in the $48 billion deal as the blockbuster megamerger trial opened in Washington federal district court.
President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January with the unusual situation of owning or co-owning companies that are involved in disputes with federal agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, including at least two open matters at the board.
A settlement was announced Friday in three suits that claimed President-Elect Donald Trump improperly promoted the now-defunct “university” through which he promised to teach people his real estate secrets.
The first major litigation effect of the election of Donald Trump took place in a Texas federal district court Friday when the lawyers in the case against the Obama administration's plan to delay deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants asked the judge to postpone proceedings until Feb. 20.
Lawyers who attended the oral arguments Thursday in a Texas federal district court in the case challenging the U.S. Labor Department's fiduciary rule had differing views about which way U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn was leaning.
In choosing Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions as his nominee for U.S. attorney general, President-elect Donald Trump selected a reliably conservative and outspoken critic of some the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent and most controversial liberal-leaning rulings.
Sen. Ted Cruz dedicated his address Friday at the Federalist Society convention to the legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia—and the "great hope," for conservatives, that Donald Trump's presidential win delivered. What about the possibility that Cruz will serve on the Supreme Court? "History is long and can take unexpected paths," Cruz, a former Big Law partner, said in response to a question.
President-elect Donald Trump has offered Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, the position of U.S. attorney general, according to multiple news reports Friday morning.
A subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co. ran a nepotism program on a grand scale in China, Justice Department officials said Thursday, as the bank agreed to pay $264.4 million to settle allegations it hired the sons and daughters of government officials to bribe its way to investment deals.
After more than 80 years, Fort Worth's Shannon Gracey Ratliff & Miller will close at the end of the year, one current and two former partners said.
Dallas attorney Casey Griffith beat the government at its own game in more ways than one when he recently convinced the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to deny review to five out of his client's six patents that the U.S. Department of Justice wanted invalidated.
Although Trump's campaign speeches lacked substance, his position on immigration as set out in his immigration position paper is very detailed and specific.
In 2011, the Obama administration’s U.S. Justice Department ignited controversy over its decision to stop defending a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that it found unconstitutional.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Court affirmed a $30 million judgment against an insurance company after it refused to pay off a Houston law firm's legal malpractice claim by pointing to exclusion in a liability policy that was so broad it covered "every single thing an attorney does or does not do, wrongful or not."
Are you a law firm executive? Do you feel underutilized by the partnership you serve? You’re not alone. A survey released Wednesday by ALM Intelligence found 39 percent of the growing law firm executive ranks did not feel they played a pivotal role affecting the future of their firms.
Litigator Dean Siotos is leaving local firm Macdonald Devin to manage the office.
That decision leaves current third-year students in limbo as to whether they will be eligible to sit for the July 2017 bar exam.
Among the priorities Donald Trump spells out in his "America First Energy Plan," he promises to open untapped shale, oil and natural gas reserves, as well as onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands. Washington-based Baker Botts partners Steven Leifer, chairman of the firm's environmental team, and Megan Berge, this week shared their perspective about the Trump administration's agenda and its potential effect on the U.S. energy sector.
A Chicago lawyer acquitted on sexual assault charges can pursue a defamation lawsuit against Gawker Media after an appeals court found that a comment posted to its former online site Jezebel “unequivocally” accused him “of committing a crime (rape).”
President-elect Donald Trump offered few specifics on the campaign trail about student debt and the government’s role in aiding those saddled with massive educational loans.
China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce has fined Swedish packaging giant Tetra Pak International S.A. $97 million for abusing market dominance.
Texas lagged in revenue growth and demand growth during the first nine months of the year, according to a Citi Private Bank survey of law firms, but excelled in expense containment.
U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings of the Northern District of Texas Wednesday issued a permanent injunction holding unlawful a federal Department of Labor regulation that would require employers seeking legal advice on labor issues to abide by additional reporting obligations.
Texas and 13 other states challenging new public school bathroom policies affecting transgender students said a delay in their implementation would cause no harm to individuals. The argument was made in response to the U.S. government's motion to stay a nationwide injunction on introducing the new policy, which would require that transgender student be allowed to use the bathroom matching their gender identity.
Panic might be an initial reaction when the Internal Revenue Service comes calling, but some residents in Fort Worth have a new helping hand from law students who will gain hands-on tax law experience.
The plaintiffs who sued Baker Botts and a Houston partner, alleging the defendants negligently failed to maintain privileged communication, settled their claims for an undisclosed amount of money.
A new survey report suggests that social media isn’t just for cat photos and political arguments anymore. The inaugural Bloomberg Law Labor and Employment Practice Benchmarks Report highlights the use of Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter “as business development activities.”
In her final House Financial Services panel testimony, White said that the agency is still ‘significantly’ underfunded.
There are plenty of reasons why insurance companies aren't supposed to be third-party defendants in tort cases under Texas law. And Jamie Carsey used all of them to convince Houston's First Court of Appeals to severe her insurer client from a personal injury lawsuit involving an amputated finger.
Prominent Houston trial lawyer Tony Buzbee hasn't yet tried to call President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him, but he has told texas Lawyer he doesn't view the soon-to-be president-elect as bad news for plaintiffs' lawyers.
A recent decision by the American Bar Association to allow alternatives nationwide to the Law School Admission Test and a successful experiment by a major law school to accept the GRE indicate the LSAT may have to learn to share.
Eight of President-elect Donald Trump's 21 potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees will find themselves in a sea of enthusiastic faces later this week during the Federalist Society's annual national convention in Washington.
A federal judge has tentatively denied President-elect Donald Trump’s motion to bar plaintiffs lawyers from using statements he made during his presidential campaign at a trial later this month in a fraud case brought by former Trump University students.
Change is coming to the regulatory environment and to the nation’s courts that will reverberate across the legal industry. We have the forward-looking analysis you need to advise clients, manage your business and respond to the new political forces.
Brian Bradigan and Jennifer Cheek have joined Hermes Law in Dallas as attorneys.
Baker Botts represents Hines Real Estate Investment Trust of Houston in its sale of West Coast office assets to an affiliate of Blackstone for $1.162 billion as part of a liquidation.
President-elect Donald Trump has asked to delay a trial scheduled this month in a high-profile fraud case until after he gets inaugurated but has offered to undergo a video deposition or recorded trial testimony – as long as it's all confidential.
Although the general election is in the rear-view mirror, battles over voting rights in Texas appear set to remain on federal court dockets for at least the rest of the year.