PricewaterhouseCoopers is set to launch a U.S. law firm in Washington, D.C., later this month, a sign that the Big Four accounting firms are continuing their push into legal services.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is set to launch a U.S. law firm in Washington, D.C., later this month, a sign that the Big Four accounting firms are continuing their push into legal services.
Mehaffy Weber, a Texas firm with offices in Austin, Beaumont and Houston, is headed to San Antonio after absorbing all five lawyers from local litigation boutique O’Connell & Avery.
The decision interpreting the Supreme Court's TC Heartland ruling will be cheered by tech companies and make it harder for patent suits to stick in the Eastern District of Texas.
More law firms are learning that they aren't immune from identity theft.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, an interagency group that reviews foreign investments for national security concerns and is chaired by the Treasury secretary is reviewing a record number of mergers and acquisitions involving foreign and U.S. companies.
On Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, Houston and surrounding communities were preparing for Hurricane Harvey, as city officials warned the storm would be more of a rain event than wind event.
Mexico City law offices were mostly unscathed by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake.
The defamation lawsuit implicates a question obsessing the nation: What was Russia's role in the 2016 American presidential election?
Three Houston lawyers who are special prosecutors in criminal case against Texas AG Ken Paxton ask Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to take action that would help them get paid.
Daniel Rodriguez will step down as dean of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law at the end of the academic year after more than six years, the school announced Tuesday.
An attorney disciplinary lawsuit is the latest consequence for an Austin attorney whose abusive litigation tactics in disability discrimination cases already brought a $175,000 sanction and three-year ban from Austin's federal court.
Wondering whether a given lawsuit will go to trial? SettlementAnalytics unveiled a new tool to predict the likelihood. But some Big Law litigators are skeptical that all the intangibles that determine the course of litigation can be factored in.
The global legal giant has offered hundreds of its support staffers in the U.S. the option of early retirement in a bid to trim its ranks of senior business services workers. Hogan Lovells has confirmed that about 400 of those who have been with the firm for at least five years will be invited to take voluntary retirement.
With a move scheduled to begin on the weekend Hurricane Harvey dumped rain in Houston, the firm's new office head made the call to delay the move.
Johnson & Johnson has filed motions to toss a record $417 million talcum powder verdict based in part on the alleged misconduct of jurors in the deliberations room.
Even though a security camera captured the incident, Brian Butcher still had a difficult task in representing a plaintiff who sought civil damages against an ex-NFL player who allegedly sucker punched him in a Target parking lot.
Texas lawyers at Latham & Watkins and Thompson & Knight met a Sept. 7 deadline for a $1.4 billion asset sale between two Houston companies.
A ruling from U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco could threaten a new litigation campaign by McKool client Eolas Technologies against Amazon, Google and Wal-Mart.
Look out, Wings of Justice. There's competition in Texas, and it's heavily armored.
Some Texas lawyers oppose a committee's recommendation for League City solo Trey Apffel to become the next executive director of the State Bar of Texas. But Apffel said that lawyers should give him a chance.
Charles Foster, chairman of Houston-based Foster, said the allegations are false.
A federal judge in Texas sentenced a woman with advanced metastatic cancer to 75 years in prison for Medicare fraud last month amid a crackdown on health care fraud by the government. Here's what we learned about the case.
Equifax Inc. has maintained that three executives were unaware of a massive data breach when they made stock trades on Aug. 1—worth more than $1 million—days after the company discovered the attack. Still, published reports about the stock sales raise "fundamental questions," two partners at the law firm Dorsey & Whitney said in an article published Friday at the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.
Texas plaintiffs firms have begun filing lawsuits on behalf of clients who live in Houston neighborhoods that flooded when the Army Corps of Engineers authorized controlled water releases from two reservoirs in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The suits allege that the intentional flooding was an unlawful government taking of property, violating the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is refusing to let a plaintiff business slip out of an arbitration decision, rejecting its $40 million breach-of-contract claim against the makers of WD-40, the popular household lubricant packaged in blue and yellow aerosol cans.
In Harris County, money is no longer required up front for release of any misdemeanor arrestee who is indigent and who is not subject to some other hold.
Casino chain Golden Nugget Inc. has announced that it will sell $1.415 million in aggregate notes and then reorganize its operations to fully combine with the restaurant chain Landry's Inc., which already owns Golden Nugget properties.
A professor’s pay raise of $666 was not the devilish misdeed of a law dean, a federal appeals court has found.
After a police officer was sued for assault after he broke up a fight while working a security job at sports bar, two Houston attorneys recently convinced a Texas appellate court to dismiss that civil case after finding that the cop's governmental immunity covered his off-duty position.
At Exterro's inFusion conference, three judges discussed how legal teams can keep up with FRCP requirements in an increasingly complex digital world.
Damaged by Hurricane Irma, one of the federal courthouses on the U.S. Virgin Islands remains closed indefinitely, officials said Tuesday.
Andrew Raish, who formerly worked at Walne Law in Houston, sued the firm for up to $1 million, alleging he is entitled to a 25 percent fee from a lawsuit.
Former State Bar of Texas President Trey Apffel is slated to become the bar's next executive director.
A Central Texas personal injury lawyer has resigned from his law firm after tweeting "I'm not wishing for it ... but I'd be ok if #BetsyDevos was sexually assaulted. #SexualAssault #TitleIX."
Everyone makes mistakes, but when attorneys misstate facts in court the ramifications may be serious for themselves, their clients and their firms.
In the months before revealing a data breach that potentially exposed the personal information of nearly half the adult U.S. population, Equifax Inc. turned to the firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington to help convince U.S. lawmakers to reduce penalties for companies that violated the federal fair credit-reporting law.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will no longer tolerate multiple, serial petitions for inter partes review that target the same patent claims.
If we are increasingly willing to consign our fortunes to the advice of artificially intelligent financial advisers and place our mortal survival in the hands of robo surgeons and driverless cars, when should we entrust our legal rights to robo-lawyers?
Maryland-based Hudson Cook opened an office in Fort Worth with three former in-house lawyers.
About 90 Baker Botts lawyers and their in-house attorney clients fielded Hurricane Harvey-related questions from 175 people calling into a legal hotline.
The court upheld a district court ruling that said grandparents of U.S. citizens and other family members of U.S. residents are exempt from President Donald Trump's travel ban executive order.
Haynes and Boone lured a Houston energy litigation team from Andrews Kurth Kenyon and an appellate lawyer in Austin.
Heartbroken. Disappointed. Stunned. Law students who took a shot at becoming lawyers with the help of an Obama-era immigration program say that’s how they feel after the news that President Donald Trump could rescind the program.
In a surprising mix of potential U.S. District judges, President Donald Trump today announced his first five judicial nominees in Texas including two people who were formerly nominated by former President Barack Obama and two lawyers who've worked for the First Liberty Legal Institute, a conservative religious freedom organization.
Technology may be enabling a whole new class of attorney first responders.
Texas lawyers are among the people who used rafts, kayaks, canoes and boats to rescue people trapped in buildings by Hurricane Harvey floodwaters.
Chief Judge Janet DiFiore has announced the formation of a task force to help Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas and assist Houston-area courts in their recovery.
James Danly, a Skadden associate who has also served as a U.S. Army officer, will take over the post.
A federal district court in Texas has granted an insurer’s motion to dismiss bad faith claims brought by plaintiffs who had been awarded more than $500,000 in a personal injury action against its insured.
In an important personal bankruptcy decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that once a Chapter 7 debtor claims an exemption for their individual retirement account, a trustee is not allowed to claim that money — even if the debtor cashes out their IRA during the bankruptcy.
Ten days after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating 80 fraud claims.
Baker Botts, DLA Piper and White & Case are advising on the record-setting $2.2 billion sale of the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets from former lawyer Leslie Alexander to casino and hospitality billionaire Tilman Fertitta.
Editor’s Note: Judge Mazzant issued a final ruling striking down the overtime rule. The Texas Federal Judge used essentially the same reasoning on which he based his temporary injunction ruling. In light of this final decision, the appeal of his temporary injunction likely becomes moot.
Nintendo of America plays no games when it gets sued for patent infringement. The company usually refuses to settle such lawsuits and tends to make life as difficult for those that dare to take them to trial. Yet Mike Wilson recently convinced a Dallas federal jury to award his client $10.1 million against the video game maker for infringing on motion detection technology used in the company's once-popular Wii gaming consoles.
The three campuses—the University of Houston Law Center, South Texas College of Law Houston and Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law—all escaped serious damage and flooding, though some law faculty, staff and students have lost homes, cars and other property.
President Donald Trump is expected in the coming weeks to announce his nominees for two openings on Delaware's federal bench, as his administration vets three candidates forwarded by the state's two Democratic senators.
We suspect it’s not the last we’ll hear from Richard Posner. But as he ends his judicial career on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, here’s a snapshot of some favorite Posner zingers.
A Dallas federal judge has delayed a planned Sept. 5 hip implant trial until later this month after a split federal appeals panel requested that he halt the proceedings due to his own "grave error."
Courthouses in the hardest-hit areas of the Texas Gulf Coast will remain closed indefinitely, but others along Hurricane Harvey's disastrous path are planning to reopen after Labor Day.
Houston lawyer Karleana Farias was touched by the help from other lawyers when she asked to use office space after her firm's office flooded with Hurricane Harvey rain. The state bar is working to help others in her situation.
Having a business continuity plan and internal communication ahead of time helped legal organizations weather the storm.
Recognizing our Lifetime Achiever, Attorneys of the Year nominees, Distinguished Leaders and Lawyers on the Rise.
I was honored to receive an invitation to speak at the 7th World Congress on Family Law & Children's Rights in Dublin, Ireland, on the topic of Marital Property Rights and Regimes Around the Globe.
Andrew Morriss, the first permanent dean since Texas A&M bought the law school from Texas Wesleyan University in 2012, is moving up to become Texas A&M University's dean of the school of innovation and vice president for economic development.
Love what you do not so much for the financial rewards, but for the intrinsic worth of service.
The concept of the servant leader resonates with me. Those who self-identify as a leader are probably not very good at it.
"Dominguez brings his legal skills to his community through his work for the national immigration law center and the hispanic scholarship fund."
You have to step up and make yourself available on those days when it's not convenient.
Ryan practices in the Lanier firm's commercial group and focuses on product defect and business disputes involving trade secret theft, breach of contract, fraud and business torts.
Reporter Kristen Rasmussen profiles Amanda Richards, general counsel of The Woodlands-based Cudd Energy Services, a domestic and international oil field service company.
In more than 35 years practicing in Houston, my proudest achievement has been the opportunity to become a team member and partner with my clients.
This month we look at an intractable issue: dealing with mental illness/cognitive impairment in the workplace.
I've been very privileged to represent some of the finest Texas companies in the U.S. Supreme Court—most recently McLane, and next fall Oil States Energy Services.
Anthony has earned impressive results for his clients this year, handling a large number of high-profile energy matters that have made a huge impact on the energy industry.
The family of an electrician who died days after a fall from a stepladder agreed to a $600,000 settlement.
My favorite thing about being in the legal industry is that I'm often called on to be a problem-solver—and the problem is usually an important one to the business needs of my client.
I am a better lawyer today because those opportunities allowed me to learn to think like my clients and ocmmunicte ... in a way that makes sense to business people.
"Dad, you're speeding. How do you want me to drive when I get my license?" asked my 10-year old daughter.
Many of us remember the old adage: "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Recently the Texas Supreme Court noted in Rogers v. Zanetti, 518 S.W.3d 394 (Tex. 2017): "Legal malpractice is a land of second chances."
Although Roxanne has only been a part of the King & Spalding team for a few short months, she already serves on [two of the] firm's committee[s].
"It's a marathon, not a sprint, and although you don't get the course map in advance, you end up where you need to be."
I've tried a lot of cases, including many where I did everything myself.
Some of that was luck, but I soon learned that there simply is no substitute for the experience you gain in the courtroom.
"The practice of law is an art, where understanding and caring about the motivations and goals of others is prioritized."
After joining Sidley Austin as Senior Counsel, I have been able to lead with some of my colleagues in conducting internal reviews of major financial issues.
The success of my clients in achieving their legal and business objectives is my proudest achievement.
Robin Gibbs, founder of the litigation boutique Gibbs & Bruns in Houston, recalled being fascinated by the stories about trials told by his uncle, Pat Maloney, a flamboyant personal injury lawyer who was based in San Antonio. "It turned on a switch for me that never reversed itself," Gibb said.
An associate in Weil's Corporate Department, David has been involved in some of the state's and nation's most prominent and complex transactions.
"Do right by our clients, our teammates, our opponents, and our profession—and it will all work out."
"Successful legal practices are not built on hard work alone, but on developing professional and human relationships with colleagues and clients."
"Maintain perspective. Deal-making is a series of urgencies, not emergencies."
Moving from U.S. Marine Corps captain, to prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney's Office, to trial lawyer at international law firm McGuireWoods, K. Knox "Lighthorse" Nunnally has consistently strived to help those in need and honor the people who have shaped him.
"Working hard and staying focused in the long term makes a big difference. Don't get bogged down in the tyranny of the moment."
Bailey focuses on representing financial institutions, corporate lenders, and businesses in all types of financing arrangements, including acquisition loans, asset-based loans, and energy loans.
Teresa Messer's own experience as the daughter of Vietnamese refugees cultivated her desire to assist other immigrants early on in her life.
"Doing different jobs and collecting different experiences before law school will serve you well in understanding the context of the law and not just the words on the paper."
"Pay close attention to the details, and don't be deterred by the tedium of working through the hard stuff."
"... a crisis is often an incredible opportunity if you give yourself a chance to think about how you can use it to advance your client's interests."
"The most rewarding days of your professional career will be those during which you use your legal skills to make a positive difference in someone else's life."
"It is important to follow your instincts, voice your ideas and put yourself out there."
Phill is Real Estate and development attorney whose practice focuses on urban development.
"I get to go to work every day with a group of talented and driven professionals operating at the top of their chosen field of specialty."
A true leader in my mind first of all possesses character and integrity. A leader assumes responsibility and moves the followers to a decision.
We've all been told that nonsense lawsuits from pro se litigants and former opponents are just "the cost of doing business."
We've all seen "clickbait" titles and maybe we've even clicked on a few in our eagerness to be wowed by "revelations" about our favorite celebrities, or perhaps just to see photos of that internet staple – adorable kittens.
The best way to survive a work crisis is not to immediately react, but instead, to invest the time to thoughtfully chart out a path forward."
The legal profession has offered me many opportunities. They have helped maintain my passion for the profession.
"I believe that leaders understand the importance of taking action and making a difference to help others. They don't wait for things to happen, they make things happen."
Being a lawyer means being a counselor first—don't get caught up in minute aspects of law and focus on building well rounded skills to be an entrusted adviser to your clients.
Big law litigator Edward Lopez laughed when he learned that students at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law were calling him "Yoda" because of his mentoring style.
Energy company general counsel dominate the top of the list of the best-paid GCs at large Texas companies in 2016.
Van Beckwith, a Dallas-based litigation partner in Baker Botts and a member of the firm's executive committee, has been named chair of its litigation department.
Erotica writer Seelie Kay’s newest published short story collection starts innocently enough. “Laura McClintock sighed as Carmen Marinaldo stalked toward the jury with the exquisite grace of a panther.” By sentence two, Kay hints a bit more at what her writing has to come: “The mass torts lawyer exuded power, sexual heat and passion. He held everyone in the courtroom in his thrall.”
Law firms are finally catching on to the social media craze after years of reluctance that saw companies in other industries strengthen their brands online. A My Case study found that 57 percent of law firms now maintain a LinkedIn presence, 35 percent are on Facebook and 21 percent are using Twitter.
With the sun shining and Hurricane Harvey moved out of Houston, some firms have reopened offices for lawyers and staff who can drive there safely. But with flooded-out Texans continuing to pour into shelters, some Houston lawyers are fitting their legal work into days filled with volunteer tasks.
Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback and Pro Hall of Famer Deoin Sanders isn't likely to be performing one of his famous touchdown dances in the wake of a Fifth Court of Appeals decision on Aug. 29.
The destruction wreaked by Hurricane Harvey on Houston and greater southeast Texas will close businesses for an undetermined amount of time and potentially leave out of work tens of thousands of people stuck in shelters or grappling with flooded homes.
A San Antonio federal judge has blocked the implementation of Texas' so-called "sanctuary cities" law which would have allowed local police to check the immigration status of detainees and imposed criminal penalties on local officials who refuse to cooperate in efforts to remove people from the country.
The director of a law school clinic advising victims of Hurricane Sandy said volunteer lawyers should advise clients to take a lot of photos of damages.
As the first round of the NAFTA negotiations among the United States, Canada and Mexico got underway in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 16, it is not likely the negotiators will do away with the agreement altogether.
Legal aid staffers and volunteer lawyers are giving out legal aid informational flyers to Hurricane Harvey victims at large shelters in Houston.
Houston lawyer Steve Mostyn who won millions for hundreds of cliients with hail-related insurance claims, files a wind damage claim beating out effective date of new "Hailstorm Bill."
With Hurricane Harvey rains continuing to drench Houston, bar associations and legal aid organizations are gearing up to provide legal help to hurricane victims, and firms have pledged money to support aid even as their Houston offices remain closed.
Donald Guter, dean of the South Texas College of Law Houston, has spent the past several days at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which has transformed into an emergency shelter for people displaced by flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
"He's a litigator by nature, and a fighter," a former law partner of Sylvester Turner, the Houston mayor, once recalled. Turner, a Harvard Law School graduate who previously worked at then-Fulbright & Jaworski, before co-founding his own firm, is the public face now of Houston's response to Hurricane Harvey. His resiliency is being tested in ways his law partner couldn't have envisioned. Catastrophic flooding from the storm has crippled courts and shuttered law firms. Here are highlights from Turner's ties to the law.
Sooner or later, every lawyer makes a mistake.
Legal aids and law firm pro bono coordinators in Atlanta and elsewhere are mobilizing to help their compadres in Texas.
The torrential rain in Houston from Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in South Texas on Aug. 25, is disrupting the nation's fourth-largest city, has led to eight reported deaths and is prompting Houston lawyers to work from home, if they are lucky enough to have power.
General counsel in Houston are trying to keep employees safe and companies operating smoothly in spite of Hurricane Harvey.
Judicial social media use is a growing topic of concern for legal ethics experts.
Federal and state courts along the Texas Gulf Coast have closed their doors and suspended all operations, grinding to a near halt one of the busiest jurisdictions in the country.
Texas lawyers have some crucial advice for victims of Hurricane Harvey: notify your insurance company of home or business damage before Sept. 1 or suffer the consequences of a new state law that reduces the penalties insurers pay for delaying or denying claims.
Arthur E. Anthony, partner at Locke Lord, was named one of National Diversity Council's Top 50 Multicultural Lawyers in Dallas.
The city's three schools are closed, and likely will remain so for the rest of the week as flooded waterways turn streets and freeways into rivers.
Andrei Iancu, a heavy-hitting patent litigator and managing partner of Irell & Manella has been tapped to replace Michelle Lee as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
A former State Bar of Texas president, the executive director of a prosecutors' association, a former executive director of a nonprofit that promotes ethics in the legal profession and a past managing partner of a firm's Houston office are among candidates to be interviewed for the bar's top staff post.
A Texas appeals court affirmed judgments that Cheryl and Ronald Hole violated Texas disciplinary rules by continuing to practice as Hole & Alvarez after Micaela Alvarez left the firm to become a federal judge.
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal magistrate judge on Thursday sanctioned a law firm for publicly filing documents containing Grubhub Inc.’s confidential information in a lawsuit claiming the delivery service misclassified workers as contractors.
A patent case filed against Amazon in Texas and transferred to California raised an interesting choice-of-law question for U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, who ruled it's too late to disqualify Latham from the case.
As the NFL enters a new season less than two weeks from now, it's never spun more cash nor spun off more controversy. And legendary litigator and antitrust specialist James Quinn, one of the country's most experienced sports lawyers, has no shortage of observations to make, and work to do, in football-related matters.
Houston lawyer Chad Dunn has twice prevented Texas from implementing one of the strictest voter ID laws in the nation. He tells the Texas Lawyer how he pullled it off.
Calpine Corp. of Houston turned to White & Case for its pending $5.6 billion acquisition by Energy Capital Partners and other investors.
Deciding an issue that has divided courts across the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, applying Texas law, has ruled that asbestos is a pollutant for purposes of an insurance policy’s pollution exclusion.
Signet Interactive of Houston seeks more than $1 million from Christian Smith & Jewell of Houston and former partner Stephen Cagle Jr., alleging they failed to inform it of a conflict of interest.
David Elrod joined Shackelford Bowen McKinley & Norton as partner in the firm's Dallas office.
On July 20, a lawyer for Wells Fargo was informed that she had mistakenly produced confidential information on some of the bank's wealthiest clients.
A federal judge has put a temporary halt to a Houston homeless ordinance banning public camping after ruling the law may criminalize the status of people who can't find permanent shelter.
The diverse group of Dallas lawyers who came out with a forceful denunciation of white supremacy and antisemitism within days of the violence in Charlottesville had actually been talking about their concerns much longer.
AT&T Corp. and other phone service providers on Tuesday moved closer to ending a long-running infringement suit over systems for transmitting high-frequency data signals over telephone networks.
The state's highest criminal court will get a chance to decide whether the special prosecutors appointed in the criminal cases against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton can be paid the $300-an-hour rate they were promised.
The fourth proposed acquisition of Dallas' Energy Future Holdings Corp., owner of Oncor Electric Delivery Co., provides more work for EFH counsel Kirkland & Ellis.
Uber is seeking to knock out Waymo's only remaining patent claim and one trade secret claim, as the two sides gear up for trial in October.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ordered Yahoo to pay a Dallas promotions company $4.4 million after it backed out of a deal to offer a $1 billion prize for any person who correctly predicted the winners of all 63 games during the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
Is it time to say goodbye to the marble bust and portrait of Chief Justice Roger Taney, who authored the 1857 Dred Scott decision endorsing slavery?
Known for Blue Bell ice cream and its conservative juries, Brenham, Texas, is a tough place for a plaintiffs lawyer to get a taste of victory.
Lawyers for Apple and Qualcomm faced off Aug. 18 in a clash over $4 billion in annual royalty payments. Cravath chairman Evan Chesler described client Qualcomm as under worldwide assault: “We are standing in a boxing ring with our gloves up, with the biggest boxer in the world punching away at us.”
Recent events in Charlottesville and the White House response have put the nation on edge and compelled leaders of U.S. businesses and law firms to speak out. The New York Times wrote last week that we’re witnessing a “broad recasting of the voice of business in the nation’s political and social dialogue.”
It's always interesting when Big Law firms take opposing views on a matter of strategy, whether it's their approach to equity and compensation, or the merits of a particular practice area or geography.
Latham & Watkins; Haynes and Boone; Bracewell; Kirkland & Ellis; and Durham Jones & Pinegar represent parties in the transaction.
“If he thinks I’m scared. He should think again,” Texas U&M regent Tony Buzbee said after squaring off with the organizer of a planned white nationalist rally at the university.
Something dramatic usually happens at the beginning of every divorce: one of the parties goes on the move, away from the marital residence.
Harold Henderson, who has been tapped to preside when Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott's appeal of his six-day suspension is heard on Aug. 29, has become NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's go-to guy for arbitrations.
In lobbying and litigation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Johnson & Johnson often draw from the same playbook. One major connection is John Beisner, head of mass torts at Skadden Arps.
The Commission for Lawyer Discipline is seeking to take the law license of an Austin solo who was indicted in a murder-for-hire plot, but instead received deferred adjudication for possessing and intending to deal heroin.
Should Texas lawyers make public statements against white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other extremists in the wake of violence in Charlottesville?
Amazon wants to buy Whole Foods. But will it wind up picking up extra lawyers and extra liability in the deal?
Adolf Hitler’s personal attorney was named Hans Frank. He was one of 10 war criminals hanged at Nuremberg.
Many law schools across the country run programs to help stressed out or depressed students, some of whom struggle with alcohol or drug problems.
When a white supremacist wants to come to campus, there's sure to be controversy. But many general counsel don't seem interested in talking about it.
Diverse groups of Dallas lawyers have come together to forcefully denounce the white supremacy, anti-Semitism and violence that led to the death of legal assistant Heather Heyer and the injury of 19 others last weekend.
The Supreme Court set off a patent law earthquake with its venue decision TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands. Three months later it's still unclear how far the shock waves will spread.
In court filings this month, Johnson & Johnson attorney John Beisner has sought to halt a Sept. 5 trial. But he also wants to remand more than 9,300 products liability cases pending in Dallas over DePuy's Pinnacle device back to the courts from whence they came.
Partners in Houston and Calgary lead Norton Rose Fulbright's deal team for Tesco Corp., which has agreed to be acquired by Nabors Industries.
Big law firms, the ones billing Trump full-freight—can make moral decisions about whom they choose to represent, whose agenda they want to help advance. Their response to the violence in Charlottesville? Crickets...
As a follow-up to a shocking 2016 report showing that one in three lawyers are problem drinkers and one in four have depression, a national task force has made recommendations for law firms, judges, bar associations and law schools to address widespread lawyer well-being issues.
The public university denies a request for Richard Spencer to speak on the Gainesville campus next month.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has slapped the New York Times by reviving a defamation lawsuit filed against it by a Louisiana economics professor and libertarian who sued the newspaper for defamation after he was quoted in an article stating that slavery was "not so bad."
Melinda Phelan was named Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America tax practice group.
Litigator David Elrod of Dallas, who has practiced at litigation boutiques for many years, said he expects to build his energy litigation practice at regional firm Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton.
McKeown, an active litigator before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, fills a gap left by Steven Baughman who moved to Paul Weiss earlier this year to launch a PTAB practice.
Augustus Sol Invictus, a retired Florida lawyer, was one of the organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally that erupted in violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Is running a trial practice at a corporate Phlia. firm "kind of like being the second-best ballerina in Galveston"? Maybe to these Houston litigators.
Four lawyers from Dykema Cox Smith with no background in immigration law secured asylum for members of a family that opened co-ed, secular schools in Afghanistan.
A Hogan Lovells team is asking the court to decide whether "the death penalty in and of itself violates the Eighth Amendment." A sharp drop in death sentences and executions makes capital punishment "rare and freakish," the brief contends.
After Charles Douglas Mitchell awoke in bed one morning to his girlfriend--who suffered from bipolar disorder--stabbing him in the neck, he quickly won an order from a family law court that prevented her from having access to the child. But he needed Chad Baruch's appellate skills to make that tragic ruling enforceable.
A federal judicial panel will hear arguments next month on whether to coordinate about a dozen patent infringement lawsuits brought by the same company into multidistrict litigation, the first such request since a pivotal U.S. Supreme Court decision this year changed venue rules.
The naming and shaming of a number of participants in the weekend's "Unite the Right" rally has underscored some tricky questions about how discriminatory views should be treated in the workplace.
An Austin federal judge has ordered Baylor University to turn over to 10 female plaintiffs suing the school materials related to a Pepper Hamilton investigation that concluded that its administrators failed to protect women from sexual assault.
Heather Heyer, killed Saturday while protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., was an “empathetic” worker with a dry sense of humor, according to an attorney for whom she worked.
Addiction, depression, and mental health problems are very real risks to lawyers and their law firms.
In recent months, the Midwest has seen a spurt of law firm combinations. Smaller firms are joining forces.
For many firms, anxieties about alternative fees highlight a billable hour-based business model they’ve already left behind.
Plaintiffs in a 2-year-old lawsuit against Philadelphia’s Duane Morris filed an amended petition that ups their damage calculations to over three-quarters of a billion dollars, according to Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee, who represents the investor group behind the suit.
Former Beaumont state District Judge Layne Walker has won another ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit throwing out a civil case filed against him — this time by a lawyer and political rival who alleged she was banned from Walker's courtroom hallway after campaigning against him.
Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, is no longer being represented by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as special counsel and former Wilmer partner Robert Mueller continues his investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties.
The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed the family of an obese man to sue two Fort Worth police officers after they allegedly caused him to have a fatal heart attack by throwing him to the ground and used a Taser on him twice while serving a no-knock drug warrant.
A federal judge on Thursday allowed an infringement case against Apple Inc. to proceed in Delaware, ruling that the presence of a single Apple Store in the state is enough to establish proper venue.
Backlash over President Donald Trump’s tweeted intention of banning transgender people from military services has now culminated in a federal lawsuit.
The settlement came after the states claimed Nationwide and a subsidiary failed to apply a critical security patch to its network that could have protected it from the cyberattack.
Former federal Judge Shira Scheindlin, who is now of counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, discusses what she thinks are the causes of the courtroom gender gap.
Environmental advocacy groups are considering their next step after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit allowed another 60-day delay in a decision in the lawsuit.
An $8.3 million agreement would resolve complaints over unsolicited text messages triggered by sweepstakes entries.
A Dallas plaintiffs lawyer and her wife are facing multiple misdemeanor assault charges after police allege she attacked a valet and several other people at a popular entertainment district.
Chief Judge Barbara Lynn in Texas' Northern District has indirectly increased opportunities for female attorneys by encouraging firms to send young lawyers to argue at hearings.
Jackson Walker has launched a miniraid on Andrews Kurth Kenyon in Texas, hiring a quartet of partners that includes a onetime federal prosecutor who will launch a white-collar criminal defense practice for the firm.
Citibank is attempting to recoup more than $3.2 million from the defunct intellectual property boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday against a pair of its former partners.
Nissan joins four other automakers that have agreed to settle claims by owners of vehicles with faulty Takata air bags.
Mark Womack, a Houston solo who beat back a legal malpractice case after eight years of litigation, said he's gratified that the State Bar of Texas filed a disciplinary lawsuit against the lawyer who represented the plaintiff who sued him.
In a major win for employers, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has shot down a National Labor Relations Board ruling forcing the Convergys Corporation to stop requiring its job applicants to sign class action waivers that prevent them from suing the company.
Rachel Lindsay, the Dallas trial lawyer who starred in "The Bachelorette," said she used her training to cross-examine three suitors before settling on a mate.
Former clients of plaintiffs firm Kwok Daniel sued the Houston firm and four lawyers, alleging they filed a wrongful death suit too late.
Understanding third-party service provider relationships and the security risks they present to any organization is an essential element of cybersecurity planning. Bad actors continue to exploit the risks presented by third-party service providers that maintain access to corporate-owned information systems. Over the last several years, companies have found themselves the victim of costly and high profile data breaches occurring as a result of a third-party service provider’s security failures. See, e.g., In re Target Corp. Data Sec. Breach Litig., 66 F. Supp. 3d 1154 (D. Minn. 2014); In re: The Home Depot, Inc., Customer Data Sec. Breach Litig., No. 1:14-MD-2583-TWT, 2016 WL 2897520, at 1 (N.D. Ga. May 18, 2016).
A new monkey may have to bring a test case to get a definitive answer on whether animals can be “authors” under copyright law. Naruto, the crested macaque from Indonesia, is talking settlement.
Three years after the U.S. Supreme Court eased the standard for awarding “exceptional case” attorney fees in patent litigation, the parties in that case are still fighting about—and incurring—fees.
Bitcoin. Ethereum. Blockchain. It sounds like a foreign language, clouded in mystery.
All the women’s initiatives and committees at large law firms in New York can’t mask the figures in a study announced this month showing a lack of women as lead counsel in courtrooms across the state.
Who is the best judge in Dallas? Unfortunately, there's no scientific way to tell. But a recently released judicial evaluation poll from the Dallas Bar Association at least gives the public a look at which judges lawyers believe are doing an "excellent" job of running the city's courtrooms.
When the State Bar of Texas search committee for a new executive director meets Aug. 29 to interview persons who have expressed an interest in becoming the bar's next executive director, the meeting will take place behind closed doors.
Michelle Earley, an Austin partner in Locke Lord, and Scott Hastings, a Dallas partner in the firm, have been elected to membership in the American Law Institute.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation scored a win Monday in its assault on a patent that claimed to cover the very idea of a podcast.
Engagement letters may be viewed as merely administrative items, which sometimes results in attorneys giving them little thought.
Houston-based Archrock Partners has named Stephanie Hildebrandt as senior vice president and general counsel, effective Aug. 7. Archrock supplies natural gas contract compression services.
A Texas appellate court has thrown out a legal malpractice case against Fried Frank and one of its New York-based tax partners after finding a former client could not establish jurisdiction in the Lone Star State.
How to Successfully Hire Lateral Partners Every firm the author meets with has a long list of must-haves when it comes to potential lateral hiring, yet very few have defined their value proposition or can live up to an equally long list of offerings for a lateral partner to considerthem. Here are his suggestions for successfully hiring laterals.
A study of New York courtrooms shows women attorneys account for only 25 percent of lead counsel roles.
For the second time this year, Adam Milasincic wiped out a defamation suit involving critical remarks about animal rights.
Recent Russian cyber actions, such as the restrictive use of VPN technology, may make it more difficult for companies to conduct routine business activities.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that electronic filing of case documents will be required beginning on November 13 and virtually all new filings will be available free of cost to the public. The system will not be part of PACER, the longstanding operation used by lower federal courts, which charges for documents by the page.
New associate hiring at the nation’s largest law firms offered a rare bright spot in an otherwise ho-hum 2016 entry level legal job market.
In its latest group hire, Winston & Strawn has brought on 10 partners in New York from Norton Rose Fulbright, just weeks after Norton Rose cemented its merger with the group’s former firm, Chadbourne & Parke.
Northern District Judge Lawrence Kahn partially dismissed claims from Saint-Gobain and Honeywell lawyers who filed motions seeking the dismissal of consolidated cases stemming from the contamination of groundwater with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the village of Hoosick Falls. But he allowed claims for liability and negligence to survive.
As General Motors is scheduled later this year to face yet another bellwether trial over allegations it covered up a deadly ignition switch flaw, it can take some comfort from its generally-successful trial record. But critics of the bellwether system are saying that way of lining up trials does not provide an accurate way of keeping score.
The hires in Cincinnati expand Houston-based Coats Rose's affordable housing and community development practice. Jones Walker will close its office in the city.
Republican circuit court Judge Edith Jones on Monday “relentlessly peppered” the Department of Labor on what she viewed as trouble spots in its fiduciary rule’s controversial best interest contract exemption during oral arguments in the case brought by nine plaintiffs against the rule, according to Miller & Chevalier attorney Erin Sweeney.
There's no shortage of high-profile Houston lawyers among the 55 industry leaders who signed a July 31 letter pleading with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to halt passage of controversial legislation regulating which restrooms transgender people can use in the state.
It's easier to comply with the law than to circumvent it. This summer I am teaching this simple yet profound lesson to the students in our Professional Responsibility class.
My most important function as general counsel is handling the challenge of making sure our legal department keeps pace with the company's growth.
Before Texas law schools open their doors for a new school year in late August, Texas Lawyer reached out to members of law school communities across the Lone Star State, asking for their advice for new and returning students. Students, deans, professors, career services deans and student affairs professionals answered the call.
I hate watching horror movies. When not covering my eyes, I futilely plead with the characters to flee and escape death at the hands of the villain. As the viewer, I know that Michael Myers is hiding in the closet, that the shark is much bigger than the hero's boat, and that eerie music foreshadows the villain's attack. I read court opinions from a similar perspective, and when sneaky procedural issues aim to gut a party's otherwise meritorious case, I tend to pull for that party.
Our essential function is to partner with Xome's business units to devise sustainable, compliant and profitable business outcomes.
John Meredith has become chief operating officer of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry.
Litigation is time-consuming, stressful and – in our experience – can produce early onset gray hair. But most of all, it's expensive. Oftentimes, very expensive. But there are steps companies can take to control litigation costs and maximize the value of outside counsel.
Imposter Syndrome is that condition wherein the successful person feels that he or she will at any moment be found to be a fraud, and will be 'outed' as such.
An innocent bystander who was locked in a convenience store by an employee trying to stop an attempted shoplifting was awarded $145,000.
Under the American Rule, a party may only recover attorney fees on certain narrow claims. When a party has some claims that support the award of attorney fees and some claims that do not, then the party must segregate the recoverable attorney fees from the nonrecoverable attorney fees.
Challenges are many for oil field service lawyers and compliance professionals as we remain in a down market with an ever increasing and evolving set of regulatory requirements globally.
Two alumni of St. Mary's University School of Law have donated $1 million to their alma mater for a program that helps law students succeed in class, ace finals and pass the all-important bar exam.
As general counsel of one of the country's largest auto makers, Sandra Phillips Rogers oversees very busy legal happenings every day, yet she always sets aside time for her passion: making the legal profession more diverse.
In 'Nabor Well Services v. Romero' in 2015, the Texas Supreme Court upended more than 40 years of precedent when it allowed evidence of a plaintiff's nonuse of seat belts to reduce a plaintiff's recovery in a car crash case.
In addition to managing the American College of Emergency Physicians' legal department, Leslie Moore also oversees the human resources and office services departments and helps handle ethics complaints brought by members against other physician members who may have violated the group's code of ethics.
The lawyers at Caldwell Cassady & Curry in Dallas might be justified if they felt like Bill Murray's character in the movie "Groundhog Day" in 2016.
Working for clients of all sizes, the 13 lawyers at Reynolds Frizzell focus on one area of practice.
King & Spalding's environmental lawyers regularly square off against plaintiffs' attorneys who have made their careers suing companies in industries in which the firm's clients operate.
Baker Botts has played a significant role in the evolution of the energy industry since the discovery of oil on Spindletop Hill in 1901 changed the Texas economy.
McKool Smith, headquartered in Dallas, describes itself as a trial firm, not a litigation firm.
Founded in Houston in 1945 by lawyers who tried cases, Bracewell has always had a strong focus on litigation.
When Joe Ahmad and John Zavitsanos formed their firm in 1993, much of their work involved representing employees as plaintiffs in labor and employment cases.
The majority of Jamba's legal work is done internally by our legal department compared to utilizing outside counsel.
Meet the firms and legal departments recognized for their outstanding work this past year. An event for the honorees will be held Sept. 6 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas.
The Dee J. Kelly Foundation, named for the late Dee Kelly Senior, has presented a $1.25 million gift to Kelly's alma mater, George Washington University School of Law, to support its operations.
Kamyar Jahanrakhshan, also known as Andy Rakhshan, of Seattle, is accused of launching a cyberattack against a website that refused to remove a negative link to a court case involving him.
A group of top Delaware Republicans have forwarded to the White House the names of three attorneys they favor to fill two openings on the state's federal bench.
Citing court rules, but perhaps also sympathizing with regular readers of legal filings, a federal judge in Washington found 48 reasons to send a regulatory agency back to the drawing board on a motion to dismiss. Judge James Boasberg ordered a motion to dismiss be "stricken" for violating a local rule that prohibits "excessive footnoting." The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's bottom-of-the-page verbosity, Boasberg wrote, "appears to be an effort to circumvent page limitations."
Bryce Linsenmayer, who joined Kelley Drye & Warren as a corporate partner, will be based in Houston and Austin.
Texas executed death-row inmate TaiChin Preyor on Wednesday, ending frantic legal efforts by a Hogan Lovells team and others who pointed to alleged incompetence on the part of Preyor's former counsel.
Long before Anthony Scaramucci was dropping F-bombs at his boss's perceived enemies, he was just another aspiring attorney studying at Harvard Law School. So what was The Mooch, a 1989 Harvard Law grad, like during his time on campus? Well, that depends on whom you ask. As Scaramucci's first week working for Trump ended in spectacular fashion, we rounded up some highlights about him as a 1L, his advice for current law students, and how a former professor feels about him today.
The appeals court sided with a passengers' group that the FAA should reconsider a petition to regulate aircraft seat sizes.
Brent Coon usually handles cases that involve explosions. But even in a comparatively dry contract law case, he found a way to bring in drama.
Matthews, Lawson, McCutcheon & Joseph has setlled a suit it filed against former lawyer Erik Osterrieder.
The court allowed allegations that DePuy Orthopaedics sold defective hip implants to doctors who sought government reimbursement for them.
Experts said that while Gibson Dunn's connections to the University of Southern California don't mean it can't adequately investigate a brewing scandal there, public perception may be another matter.
Texas-based Robert Thackston, defense litigation firm Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young's new chairman, is also its first leader from outside its Atlanta headquarters.
Guns and booze are a notoriously dangerous combination. But a host's decision to allow both at a barbecue wasn't negligent, a Texas court has ruled.
Baker McKenzie announced Wednesday the appointment of parental leave policy advocate Regine Corrado, a partner in its corporate and securities group, as managing partner of its office in Chicago, where the global legal giant has its roots.
Whether prosecutors seek the death penalty will depend in large part on whether trucker James Matthew Bradley intended to kill the victims.
The bar exam is underway across the country with thousands of wannabe lawyers amassed in convention centers and hotel ballrooms for the Multistate Bar Examination portion of the test. Yesterday, we consulted Twitter to see how test takers were feeling before the exam. (Spoiler alert: they were very, very anxious) Today we checked in on how those who started the essay section of the exam Tuesday were feeling after Day 1, and found a mixed bag.
Their profiles will be published in the September issue of Texas Lawyer magazine. The winner will be announced at the Professional Excellence recognition event held on Sept. 6 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas.
The musicians want to prevent others from profiting off their kids' names. But to be successful, trademark applicants have to have a true intent to use the mark, says Knobbe Martens partner Ian Gillies.
Barry Burgdorf, former GC of The University of Texas System, left a job at a venture capital company in Dallas to return to firm life in Austin.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has partially upheld a National Labor Relations Board ruling that workplace rules by cell phone carriers T-Mobile and MetroPCS banning photography or recording on corporate premises illegally restricts its employees from exercising their right to unionize.
The Fourth District Court of Appeal affirms the conviction of polo millionaire John Goodman after a retrial in a 2010 fatal collision.
There’s no getting around the fact that taking the bar exam stinks. The test is grueling, stressful, and high-stakes for aspiring lawyers. But at least Twitter is there to help bar takers blow off some steam and pump themselves up. We compiled our 10 favorite bar exam tweets from the 24 hours before the test, which runs this week. This was a big year for Game of Thrones memes, as well as perennial favorites Yoda and The Hunger Games. May the odds be ever in your favor, or the force be with you, or whatever…
In a trial involving four women suing over an allegedly defective transvaginal mesh device, a Miami jury was faced with an assortment of claims. Some of the women felt like they had a ball between their legs. Some had pain during sex, while others didn't. They all went to different doctors, at different times, for different surgeries. But the jury's verdict showed little difference. Each woman got more than $6.5 million.
Rachel Lindsay, a trial lawyer in Dallas who is starring in "The Bachelorette," brings three suitors home to meet her family in Dallas.
Andrew Dhuey, a solo practitioner in Berkeley, California, has the kind of practice a lot of lawyers dream of. He left a Big Law job years ago but still makes it into big intellectual property showdowns year in and year out.
SAN FRANCISCO — The lawyers handling private lawsuits against Volkswagen AG related to its diesel emissions scandal got judicial sign-off on an additional $125 million in fees and costs Friday.
The company announced that it stands to take home roughly $140 million from an investment in a case brought on behalf of Spanish investors in two Argentinean airlines.
Two brothers in charge of a Texas-based legal advertising and referral company say they're in a "David and Goliath" battle against law firms suing them in three states over claims including deceptive trade practices and trademark infringement for online ad campaigns targeting Google users searching for the plaintiff's firms.
Contracts requiring one or more of the parties to indemnify the other and to provide insurance to support the indemnity obligation are ubiquitous.
A culture of work-related drinking persists in many places in Big Law—and that can cause problems in a profession that is especially prone to heavy drinking.
Despite regulating spam emails, the federal CAN-SPAM Act may do little to prevent phishing spam from reaching your inbox.
Ty Cobb, in his first interview since joining the team representing President Donald Trump related to the Russia investigation, explained why he agreed to work with the president and what he expects to do
Well, it's bar exam time so let's start off with a multiple choice question. Consider this list: dislocated shoulder; concussion; turf toe; severely sprained ankle; fractured arm. Where would you most likely find this list?
Fish & Richardson, which issued a statement in support of transgender lawyer DJ Healey of Houston, helped the IP litigator plan how to inform co-workers and clients.
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law was publicly censured and must pay $15,000 for not complying with an American Bar Association standard that prohibits schools from discriminating against faculty members.
The Glass Ceiling, the Bamboo Ceiling, the Rice Swamp: If you follow the progression of Asian-American lawyers, you’ve probably heard those terms. They describe a troubling trend: While they are swelling the nation’s top law schools and the junior ranks of Big Law, Asian-Americans are rare birds in the top echelons of the profession.
It’s been roughly six months since a shortlist of potential nominees for U.S. attorney of the Southern District of New York began to come into focus. Since then the search has mainly gone quiet—while the politics of naming a successor for Preet Bharara and other U.S. attorneys have gotten even thornier.
The American Association of Law Schools is moving a 2018 conference from Austin to Chicago and will no longer host events in Texas, its president told state lawmakers.
Danielle Joy "DJ" Healey, a senior principal in the IP boutique's Houston office, has announced she is transgender and now living as a woman.
Delaware's federal court on Wednesday joined several district courts across the country in ruling that the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision did not change the law governing where patent infringement cases can be filed, a blow to defendants looking to transfer cases.
Burlington Stores Inc. general counsel Janet Dhillon will leave behind her in-house role and a $1.5 million salary, if she's confirmed for an open seat on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her financial disclosure and ethics agreement were posted Thursday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.
Matthew Maruca, who has straddled the in-house/law firm divide through his career, is now adding a new element.
The settlement over Ashley Madison’s data breach presents a unique conundrum: How do you find class members who don’t exactly want to be found?
Bilal Ahmed Khaleeq, an immigration attorney, helped coordinate a sham marriage to help his Pakistani legal assistant get U.S. residency, according to a newly unsealed indictment.
Texas Lawyer is proud to announce the winners of our 2017 Professional Excellence Awards including Lifetime Achiever, Distinguished Leaders, and Lawyers on the Rise.
It is common for lawyers to dabble in creative writing. Some writers may also dabble in the law, but there is greater risk in that arrangement.
Vinson & Elkins represents Select Energy Services of Gainesville in its pending merger with Rockwater Energy Solutions of Houston, which turned to Baker Botts.
Attorney-client relationships, like most relationships, can be good or bad. Sometimes they begin well, but circumstances can change rapidly, right in the middle of a case.
Two hotel owners became reasonably upset after spending millions building out a downtown Houston Holiday Inn only to lose their franchise license agreement, so they sued the national chain in a Houston federal court.
Struggling retail chains shopping for law lawyers in what might well become the year of the retail bankruptcy saw several of their ailing brethren dip into the Big Law ranks this month for a trio of Chapter 11 cases.
With Dykema Cox Smith closing its El Paso office, four lawyers switch firms and join Dickinson Wright in El Paso.
Sometimes, having a "long-planned European vacation" is reason enough to get a person excused from attending to certain duties. But not at the Fifth Circuit.
Joseph Onwuteaku will have to pay millions for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and has been blocked from collecting against people he sued in Harris County.
The Dallas trial lawyer visited the families of her suitors in the most recent episode.
Experts say that the settlement, announced for $11.2 million earlier this month, made sense for all parties involved.
Judicial retweets ≠ endorsements. That, in essence, is what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Thursday in the first federal appellate court decision to address issues raised when jurists post to social media about cases that come before them.
Like the temperature, the market for energy lawyer laterals is heating up in Texas.
When a hiring partner learns something revealing about job candidates by scouring their social media accounts, is that a good thing?
Brian Cuban, whose billionaire brother Mark Cuban owns the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, talks about his new book focused on addiction and recovery.
Walter "Zev" Rudberg has joined Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas as an associate in Dallas.
Sapna W. Palla and Andrew Bochner if Wiggin and Dana write: The year 2016 and the last few months of 2017 have been characterized by many notable developments, causing sea changes in intellectual property law that shift litigation strategies more than ever. While the changes have been far reaching, this article will focus on those which most impact litigation strategies, such as venue, laches, patent exhaustion, patent damages, and extraterritoriality, and provide practical suggestions for strategies to employ, along with real-world examples of successful approaches to navigate this new landscape.
Omar Rosales has been barred from the Western District of Texas for three years and will have to complete counseling before being re-admitted.
The hoped-for law school "Trump Bump" might actually have legs. The number of people who took the LSAT in June climbed nearly 20 percent over last year—the largest percentage increase for any individual LSAT administration since September 2009.
When noted Texas attorney Austin Tighe was sought to represent the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation in the tribe's $610 million lawsuit against Connecticut, he said he jumped at the opportunity.
A planned Texas execution may hinge on how effectively TaiChin Preyor's current lawyers can criticize their predecessors.
The dangerous path Big Law is headed down and what it has to do to change course.
Scott Panetti, who dressed in a cowboy costume and called Jesus Christ as a witness while on trial for murder, will get another chance to prove he is too incompetent to be executed.
A&M's Andrew Morriss will lead the university's new School of Innovation starting Aug. 1.
A group of Twitter users blocked by President Donald Trump are suing after a request to be unblocked on First Amendment grounds went unheeded.
A Citi Private Bank survey of managing partners’ confidence in the second half of 2017 shows they are more bullish on demand, despite meager growth in the first quarter.
U.S. Justice Department lawyers prosecuting former NSA contractor Reality Winner over alleged leaks of classified information regarding Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election are arguing her defense team should not be allowed to discuss any classified information, even if it was in news reports.
The Danbury-based Armor All/STP Products Co. has filed a federal trademark infringement and counterfeiting lawsuit against one of its competitors, claiming intentional misuse of the "High Mileage" phrase and logo.
The appeals court, doubling down on its standard for proving irreparable harm, asked U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap to reconsider blocking sales of voice-over-IP products and services offered by UK-based Metaswitch Networks.
A federal judge's "young lawyers" rule enabled Haynes and Boone Houston associate Mini Kapoor to argue for a summary judgment that dismissed a client from a suit dealing with allegedly unpaid charges for carrier transportation services.
Peter Hays, a transactional oil and gas lawyer, has joined King & Spalding as a partner in the firm's Houston office.
The move to combine forces with attorneys from rival firm Howison & Arnott will make Munck Wilson one of the largest IP firms in North Texas.
The global legal giant is still recovering from last week's massive cyberattack, with insurance brokers claiming that the resulting upheaval could lead to costs "in the millions" for the firm.
Berkshire Hathaway Energy has agreed to acquire Energy Future Holdings Corp. in $9 billion deal that will give it control of Oncor, Texas' largest public utility.
An Austin federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a white male lawyer who alleged the State Bar of Texas was following a "quota" system for appointing minority members to its board of directors after finding his case was mooted after the Texas Legislature changed the law.
Civil rights private plaintiffs still plan to fight.
The San Francisco-based Am Law 200 firm, which has been dealing with a series of lateral defections in 2017, has quietly closed an office in Austin, Texas. The move by Sedgwick comes on the heels of other office closures in South Florida and Texas.
Steven Spears, who was head of the McDermott, Will & Emery office in Houston, moved to Baker & Hostetler's much larger Houston office.
California and seven other states on Thursday moved to defend Obama-era ozone pollution standards that Attorney General Xavier Becerra said may be left to die under Scott Pruitt's leadership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
A real estate M&A team from Goodwin Procter represents Monogram Residental Trust of Plano in its pending $3 billion acquisition.
In the age of at-your-fingertips social media, some defense attorneys are struggling with a new challenge: controlling their own clients.
Houston lawyer Bill Luyties represents a small Chicago law firm that does no business in Texas, other than when it unwittingly attempted to deposit a huge counterfeit check drawn off an account in the Lone Star State as part of a bank scam. And Luyties recently convinced Houston's First Court of Appeals that the mere act of depositing a phony check is not enough reason to allow a bank to sue the Illinois law firm in a Texas court. And that ruling will be a great relief to other out-of-state law firms who get used by crooks in illegal Texas financial schemes, he said.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday ordered Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas to award attorney fees to Newegg, writing that deference to district court judges "is not absolute."
The Trump administration may not view grandparents, aunts, uncles and others as having close enough family relationships in the United States to be excluded from the government’s travel ban, but the U.S. Supreme Court on at least two occasions, in different contexts, has recognized the importance of those family bonds.
A black law librarian who sued South Texas College of Law—Houston has lost his lawsuit filed in 2014.
She's a Big Law litigator by profession, but in her personal time, Sidley Austin partner Paige Montgomery of Dallas pieces together a hobby that provides serenity for her and comfort for those in need.
David Asmus and Brian Bradshaw have moved to Sidley Austin's Houston office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
The all-Republican Texas high court said it was bound to follow U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence allowing restrictions on corporate campaign contributions.
More firms are offering in-house career counseling to their lawyers. (And no, they're not there to coach you out the door.)
A mediator notified a judge on June 29 that John F. Nichols Sr. and his firm settled a suit seeking up to $10 million in damages.
U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap would allow suits to stay in the Eastern District of Texas even if a defendant has no physical presence there.
Brian Wilson blows up the internet, again — this time with bottle rockets.
The head of an El Paso shelter says painting the policy change as an anti-smuggling effort is disingenuous.
John Raley, a partner in Raley & Bowick in Houston, received the Clarence Darrow Award from the Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association during a June 19 event at the ZaZa Hotel.
When a seemingly happy and successful associate announces the decision to move on, his or her firm can be left feeling shocked and confused. This article provides insight behind these moves, and what law firms can do to make their top associates want to stay.
Patent owners have taken control of the patent reform debate in the 115th Congress, but it’s not clear yet who’s supposed to be listening.
Global giant Norton Rose Fulbright and Manhattan-based Chadbourne & Parke finalized their merger Friday, ending Chadbourne’s 115-year run as an independent firm.
"Biggest lobbying operation I've seen for a long time. They started early and worked hard." That's how William Miller, a longtime Austin lobbyist who represents the City of Houston, characterized the lawyers and consultants tapped by Uber and Lyft for the most recent regular Texas legislative session.
Back in April, a team of researchers at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law released a study showing that female justices on the U.S. Supreme Court were interrupted significantly more than their male counterparts.
Sudden tragedy in a high-conflict family matter is the nightmare scenario for both attorneys and judges when criminal law and family law interact in Texas.
While some national firms with Texas operations continued as some of the fastest-growing in Texas in 2016, some midsize Texas firms joined the group.
Not to be Debbie Downer, but numbers don't lie—the legal job market in Texas isn't getting better yet.
J. Scott Carlson, general counsel of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), home to the USA's largest light-rail system, is profiled by reporter Kristen Rasmussen.
Marc Rose has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in the firm's Dallas office. A member of the mergers and acquisitions practice group, Rose focuses on M&A, joint ventures and other energy transactions, as well as private equity investments.
More and more these days, organizations are looking to their in-house counsel–their skilled risk managers–to not only assist in those fights, but often to direct, organize and lead those efforts.
It is no secret that cybersecurity, data breach and phishing attacks against corporations and law firms have increased over the past several years. Barely a day goes by without news of a "hack" or loss of customer data.
If it were easy to avoid cybersecurity incidents like data breaches and ransomware attacks, most organizations happily would apply whatever the solution and protect the sensitive information in their care.
Two ironworkers who fell from a scissor lift when it was struck by a window during its removal were awarded $16.5 million.
Dramatic increases in the number of older people getting divorced these days have brought to light social security rules that provide additional benefits to divorced people who qualify.
In its attempt to settle wage claims affecting more than 1 million of its drivers, Uber just slid off the road. At a hearing on Friday, a Los Angeles judge tentatively rejected a $7.75 million settlement that would have resolved claims that its drivers have been misclassified under California law as independent contractors, rather than employees. At a hearing on Friday, lawyers for both Uber and the plaintiffs in the case vehemently fought back against Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson's concerns that the deal might have been the result of collusion.
After three days without phones and email following a cyberattack across Europe, DLA Piper's U.S. operation is back up and running.
The U.S. Labor Department told a federal appeals court Friday that while it intends to revise the Obama-era rule that made millions of workers eligible for overtime pay the agency will continue to defend its authority to create and enforce such a regulation.
Dallas firm Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons is ranked 12th among 261 U.S. firms for percent of women lawyers and partners.
As part of Texas Lawyer's annual Litigation and Legal Departments of the Year awards, we requested attorneys across the state to tell us about the great work their department did this past year.
Lawyers for social media site and data-mining startup hiQ Labs Inc. jousted in court Thursday afternoon in a case that likely will determine hiQ's fate.
In the span of 30 days, the United States Supreme Court issued three vital decisions changing the landscape for jurisdiction challenges in state and federal courts. These three decisions – TC Heartland, BNSF Railway, and Bristol-Myers Squibb – were from the October 2016 term, argued in March and April 2017, and decided between May 22 and June 19, 2017.
Todd Prins forged judges' signatures and tapped into a client's $2.4 million trust fund for his own personal use, according to an indictment.
After a Houston lawyer learned his photo is on the website of a fictitious estate planning firm in Houston, the firm is hit with a lawsuit and an investigation.
Janet Dhillon, a veteran corporate in-house lawyer who led the legal departments at US Airways and JCPenney and now oversees Burlington Stores Inc.'s team, was picked Wednesday for a seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In a recent talk, Dhillon, who got her start at Skadden Arps, gave advice to law firms that want to do business with her company. Here are the highlights.
A survey of 200 U.S. firms found that many law firms are unprepared for cyberattacks, and it’s hurting their standing with clients.
By now, every managing partner has heard the warning: Law firms and their clients’ sensitive information are a treasure trove for hackers.
The STRONGER Patent Act of 2017, sponsored by Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, would undo recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that have weakened patents. But lawmakers may have other priorities.
A four-step guide to how law firms can limit their exposure to further cyber theft and legal liabilities after an attack.
Scott McDonald represented Quantlab in a case that involved a former employee and an attorney.
A husband and wife's legal malpractice suit against the Bracewell law firm will be dismissed if they don't submit to arbitration by mid-July, a federal judge has ruled, rejecting the couple's contentions that they cannot afford the arbitration fees.
Rachel Lindsay, the Dallas trial lawyer and daughter of a federal judge who is starring in "The Bachelorette," eliminated six suitors during an episode last night, including the last lawyer in the bunch.
The fire that killed 79 people in London's Grenfell Tower was a U.K. tragedy, but it's also getting the attention of the securities plaintiffs bar in the United States. That could spell legal trouble for Arconic, the New York-based company that made the exterior paneling being blamed for the fire's ferocity—and potentially for its directors and officers.
Sparks were not flying between Dallas lawyer Rachel Lindsay, who is starring on "The Bachelorette," and another Dallas lawyer who is among the bachelors on the show.
The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a $2 million civil rights award an "actually innocent" plaintiff won against Texas police officers for hiding exculpatory evidence in his criminal case because he pleaded guilty to assault on a public servant.
A group of cardiac monitoring companies and an executive have agreed to pay a combined $13.45 million to settle allegations they overbilled Medicare.
Houston-based Millennial Energy Partners has hired Clay Brett as vice president and general counsel.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday partially allowed President Donald Trump's executive order suspending immigration from six Muslim-majority nations and the U.S. refugee program to take effect and agreed to hear arguments on the order’s legality in the fall.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived a Mexican family's attempt to hold a U.S. Border Patrol officer liable for the shooting death of their unarmed teenage son on foreign soil, and ordered reargument next term in two unrelated immigration cases. The justices, in an unsigned opinion in which three justices dissented for different reasons, vacated an appellate court ruling that had protected the border agent in the family's lawsuit.
The U.S. Supreme Court put another hurdle in the path of class action plaintiffs Monday with a 5-4 ruling that strictly interpreted deadlines for opting out of ongoing securities litigation.
Robin L. Apostolakis has been named an equity partner in Martin, Earl & Stilwell in The Woodlands. She focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, guardianship and business transactions.
The Dallas office of Dykema Cox Smith brings on three lateral special counsel, expanding in litigation and transactions.
The Texas Supreme Court will decide this issue of whether a payday lender waived the civil litigation arbitration agreements it had with its customers by filing criminal charges against them and landing some of the borrowers in jail.
Through In re State Farm Lloyds, Relator, the court provided a road map for resolution of parties’ disputes regarding form of production in e-discovery.
Under new legislation and Department of Treasury audit regulations, partners can be stuck paying a higher tax rate or—worse—someone else's tax liability.
T. Gerald Treece, executor of John M. O'Quinn's estate since shortly after O'Quinn died in an automobile accident in 2009, filed a petition to resign from the role.
In a significant insurance coverage ruling, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled that plaintiffs’ judgment against an insured had not been the product of a “fully adversarial proceeding” because the parties had “entered into an agreement” that had “eliminated any meaningful incentive” for the insured to contest the claims.
Tony Mauro highlights the best of this year's Supreme Court fiction, where justices have lives, including sex lives, and get caught up in all kinds of mayhem. In between the heart-pounding action, you might find some useful insights about the court.
Houston lawyer Michael Pohl, sued last week in connection with a "barratry pyramid scheme," has been sued twice again, this time for participating in a barratry scheme for automobile accidents.
Judge Jerry Smith wrote that the plaintiffs lacked standing because they could not prove they'd been injured by the law.
Larry Waks is representing an investment group that includes George Clooney on the roughly $1 billion sale of the premier Casamigos Tequila brand to global spirits giant Diageo plc, which is being advised by Sullivan & Cromwell.
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Mitch Williams was awarded $1.5 million by a state court jury in Camden Tuesday in his breach of contract suit against MLB Network.
Shamoun & Norman sued former client Albert G. Hill Jr. in state court alleging he owed them a multimillion-dollar "performance incentive bonus."
Sidley Austin partner Michael Bettinger secured an against-the-odds defense win for Microsoft last week even after failing to wipe out the asserted videoconferencing patents before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Even though it could idle some lawyers, partners from Baker Botts, Jackson Walker and Haynes and Boone voiced tentative support this week for legislation that would tax carbon emissions while gutting environmental regulation.
Dan Woodall and Charles Batchelor strike out on their own and open Woodall Batchelor in The Woodlands, where they will do transactional work and litigation.
Rachel Lindsay, a civil trial lawyer in Dallas who stars in "The Bachelorette," acknowledges during the show that she is feeling pressure from many sides on choices she is making as the first African-American bachelorette.
University Park police found David Lewis' body in his home after friends hadn't heard from him in days.
Employee handbooks can be useful tools, and employers should be careful in crafting them to suit their business and legal needs.
Don’t expect new voting district boundaries to be drawn in time for the mid-term elections, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s agreement Monday to consider the constitutionality of extreme partisan redistricting&and despite a quickly-approaching trial on the drawing of congressional maps in Texas.
The attorneys claimed they were entitled to take a piece of their client's business under a contingent fee agreement.
Peter Broderick, James M. McDonough and William J. McDonough Jr. have joined the San Antonio office of Jackson Walker as partners.
Robert Schick, who left Vinson & Elkins in 2014 to form a litigation boutique in Houston with Morgan Copeland, returned to V&E.
In a unanimous decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court made numerous references to the importance of social media as a source of news and a forum for the exchange of views.
The court determined the school couldn't be held liable under Title IX because the only school official who knew of the abuse was the perpetrator.
A three-month investigation into the corporate culture at Uber Technologies Inc. culminated Tuesday at an all-hands meeting with the release of a 13-page document of recommendations on how to move the San Francisco-based ride-hailing giant forward. Though there were a few distractions–such as CEO Travis Kalanick’s announcement that he’s taking personal leave–focus seemed to be on how the embattled company can fix its culture and repair its reputation.
Wachtell represents Whole Foods Market in its pending $13.7 billion acquisition by Amazon, which turned to Sullivan & Cromwell.
Five firms represent parties involved in joint venture deal for energy gathering and processing infrastructure system in the Delaware Basin section of the Permian.
The underlying case lingered for nearly seven years in Texas courts after the oil and gas joint repeatedly raised procedural hurdles.
American Airlines' lawyer weighs in, carefully, on the looming changes in U.S.-Cuba relations.