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Lawyer: City Report Makes Admissions About SXSW Safety

By Angela Morris |

"There's so many things in that report that are totally disturbing," said McKinney lawyer Keith Herbert, who represents two SXSW crash victims.

Top Bar Exam Administrator Leaving for Love

By Angela Morris |

"I've considered it an honor and privilege to serve the state, and I feel it's a fine agency," said Julia Vaughan about the Texas Board of Law Examiners.

5 Ideas to Help GCs Understand What Makes a Business Work

By Michael P. Maslanka |

General Counsel are Lawyers "Plus." Knowing the law is only part of the job. The rest is in understanding the all too human dynamics that make a company go tick-tock.

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Finding the Right Mix of Mentors in Your First Year

By Elana Baurer |

"Ask about their mentoring programs," urged a recent law school graduate and friend of mine when I began interviewing with firms during the summer before my 2L year.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, McKenna Long & Aldridge partners, and Suzanne Badawi, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton special counsel

Legal Ethics Lessons for a Digital World

By Randy Evans, Shari Klevens and Suzanne Y. Badawi |

An online presence is undeniably an effective marketing technique for attorneys and law firms. However, it is not without risk.

FINRA Proposal Confines and Confounds Plaintiff Lawyers

By Miriam Rozen |

If the SEC approves a rule change proposed this summer by FINRA, some veteran plaintiff lawyers could have fewer opportunities to serve on arbitration panels for disputes between investors and brokers.

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How to Build a Better Law Professor

A good legal education offers more than an understanding of case law.

In-house Counsel Take Stock of Work-Life Balance

By Sue Reisinger |

For most in-house lawyers who also are family caregivers, achieving a work-life balance is a significant consideration in choosing a job, according to a new study from the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Larry Gist, a Beaumont senior district judge

Bar Gives Rare Award to Trial Judge

By John Council |

"Everyone before me was the chief justice of something and I'm the first trial judge to get it," said Larry Gist of the award whose previous recipients have all been Texas Supreme Court justices. "And I think it's most important that I'm also a criminal judge."

Don't Blow: Trademark Dispute Between Lawyers Who Defend Against DWIs

By Miriam Rozen |

Dontblow.com looks a lot like Donotblow.com, but does it infringe on a trademark?

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Supremes to Decide If They Will Hear Texas $5M Fee Fight Case

By Miriam Rozen |

About $5 million hangs in the balance for the Texas lawyers who served as debtor's counsel to ASARCO, an integrated copper mining, smelting and refining company that entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2005.

Mark S. Werbner, co-founder/partner, Sayles Werbner, Dallas

Dallas Lawyer Prevails with Terrorist-Financing Claims

By Miriam Rozen |

Mark Werbner represents the survivors and family members of victims of alleged Hamas-backed terrorism. During a six-week trial, they alleged that the Jordan-based Arab Bank had provided Hamas attackers with material support.

Charlie Florsheim, a shareholder in Winstead’s corporate securities/mergers and acquisitions practice group, Fort Worth

Newsmakers: Week of Sept. 29

Charlie Florsheim has joined Winstead in Fort Worth as a shareholder in the corporate, securities and mergers and acquisition practice group.

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By David Popple |
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Doctor Can't Sue Over Criticisms of His MMR-Autism Research

By Angela Morris |

"The record contains no evidence that the allegedly defamatory articles, whether published in print or made available online, were directed or aimed at Texas," ruled the Third Court of Appeals.

Randy Sorrels, managing partner in Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston

Litigator of the Week: Ladder Accident Leads to $1.7 Million Judgment

By Miriam Rozen |

Randy Sorrels knew he had to get a judge to focus "on the beginning of the story, and not just the end." That was if his client, who fell off a ladder at his own home and injured himself severely, was to prevail on his negligence claim against a cable-installation company and its subsidiaries.

Looper Ballew Opens New Orleans Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Donald Looper's firm will add four lawyers, including new shareholder Paul J. Goodwine, in New Orleans.

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Another Trio of Texas Judge Nominees Announced

By John Council |

David Pritchard, who chairs a committee charged with review of judicial nominees, said the White House and Texas senators have been working well together choosing diverse and qualified candidates for the federal bench in the state.

Timothy B. Garrigan, Lone Star Legal Aid, Nacogdoches

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: 'Terror Babies' and the First Amendment

By John Council |

East Texas lawyer wins ruling on behalf of client who alleges his refusal to be associated with U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert cost him his job at a state university.

George Fleming, attorney, Fleming, Nolen & Jez, Houston

George Fleming's Firm Sues Two Houston Firms, Five Lawyers

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Fleming, Nolen & Jez allege that the defendants sought to "intimidate and harass" George Fleming into settling civil litigation they filed against him and Fleming & Associates.

Firm Battling Client Over Yelp Review Sues Second Client for Fees

By Angela Morris |

"In all the years I've worked with Bill and Don—including Browning—this is really like the fourth time we've had to go to this extreme," said Goldthwaite solo Kirk Fulk.

Inadmissible: Fracking Ban

VerdictSearch: Wal-Mart Worker Prevails on Age Discrimination Claim

A Wal-Mart worker was awarded $335,515 on her claim that she was fired based on her age.

David Gonzalez, Sumpter & Gonzalez, Austin

Austin Lawyer Joins Team Prosecuting Gov. Perry

By Angela Morris |

Special prosecutor Michael McCrum said of the new recruit, "He's a brilliant mind. He's got a very strong work ethic. He's got a passion for justice and doing what is right. I think he is extremely well qualified."

Settling the Substantial Factor Question

By David A. Oliver |

When the plaintiff appealed Bostic v. Georgia-Pacific it presented to the Texas Supreme Court an opportunity to tie together all the threads of several decades of its substantial factor causation jurisprudence into a coherent theory.

Bitcoin: Daylight Between Definitions Used by Federal Court and State Agency?

By Miriam Rozen |

Texas Department of Banking GC plans to review federal judge's ruling calling for $40 million disgorgement by McKinney-based bitcoin investment company and owner.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Brown

The Two Newest SCOTX Justices Discuss the Unpredictable Nature of Their Court

By John Council |

The Texas Supreme Court's term brings heated dissents from a variety of justices with no particular pattern. And it may be a good time to start presenting the court with even more questions, appellate lawyers say.

Should Texas Fear Legacy Litigation?

By L. Bradley Hancock and Neeraj "Neil" Verma |

Studies have discovered a direct correlation between the proliferation of legacy litigation and a decrease in the rate new wells were drilled, resulting in an economic loss for Louisiana of approximately $10.5 billion dollars as of 2010. Is Texas next?

Increasing Stat Analysis in Lower Courts

By Justin S. Levy |

Analytics is a multidiscipline approach to identifying meaningful patterns in data for the purposes of quantifying performance and predicting outcomes. In short, analytics could eventually change the way lawyers litigate.

Finding Lawyers Ineffective, CCA Grants New Trial to Woman

By Angela Morris |

In the case centered around the child's death of salt intoxication, the five-lawyer defense team for Hannah Ruth Overton failed to show the jury deposition testimony by a salt intoxication expert.

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Public Peek Into Supreme Court Procedures

By Angela Morris |

Seven of the high court's nine justices answered questions on Sept. 20 at the Texas Tribune Festival.

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Work Matters: Claim or no claim? Terminated employee sues for religious discrimination after skipping work to attend church groundbreaking

By Michael P. Maslanka |

The Fifth Circuit said that the tenets of a faith mattered zip in determining whether the ground breaking/lunch was a religious practice.

Court Administrator's Termination Draws Judge's Ire

By Angela Morris |

"They didn't even tell the judges at the time they were going to fire her. The judges were the last to know," said Susan Criss, former judge of Galveston County's 212th District Court.

Robert S. 'Bob' Bennett

Robert S. Bennett's Former Firm Drops Suit Against Him

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Bennett Law Firm of Houston non-suits lawsuit filed against Robert S. Bennett and three firms he managed.

The End of the Rambo Boys: John Bickel Joins Fish & Richardson

By John Council |

Bickel, who founded Bickel & Brewer 30 years ago with William A. Brewer III, earned the "Rambo" moniker with his former law partner after articles about their aggressive litigation tactics were featured in Texas Lawyer and The Dallas Morning News.

T. Boone Pickens, chair of BP Capital Management, Dallas

T. Boone Pickens Weighs In on Mexico's Energy Reforms

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Dallas businessman known for predicting oil prices said anyone who makes accurate predictions is lucky.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown

The Two Newest SCOTX Justices Discuss the Unpredictable Nature of Their Court

By John Council |

The Texas Supreme Court's term brings heated dissents from a variety of justices with no particular pattern. And it may be a good time to start presenting the court with even more questions, appellate lawyers say.

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Preventing the Leak of Embarrassing Information Online

By Hayes Hunt and Jillian R. Thornton |

You are general counsel to a company, and your CEO steps into your office, clutching his iPhone in one hand and wiping sweat from his brow with the other.

If Unchanged, Legal Education Will Remain a Business in Decline

By The YL Editorial Board |

Without changes and a renewed sense of accountability, the decline will continue.

Randy Sorrels, managing partner in Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend in Houston

Litigator of the Week: Ladder Accident Leads to $1.7 Million Judgment

By Miriam Rozen |

Randy Sorrels knew he had to get a judge to focus "on the beginning of the story, and not just the end." That was if his client, who fell off a ladder at his own home and injured himself severely, was to prevail on his negligence claim against a cable-installation company and its subsidiaries.

Settling the Substantial Factor Question

By David A. Oliver |

When the plaintiff appealed Bostic v. Georgia-Pacific it presented to the Texas Supreme Court an opportunity to tie together all the threads of several decades of its substantial factor causation jurisprudence into a coherent theory.

Increasing Stat Analysis in Lower Courts

By Justin S. Levy |

Analytics is a multidiscipline approach to identifying meaningful patterns in data for the purposes of quantifying performance and predicting outcomes. In short, analytics could eventually change the way lawyers litigate.

2014 Texas Legal Departments of the Year

By Heather Nevitt |

Texas Lawyer's editorial department is pleased to announce the winners of our 2014 Legal Departments of the Year awards.

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Stakeholders Discuss Potential Fracking Ban

By Angela Morris |

There's an "interesting discussion" going on in Denton, which could become the first city in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking." Denton residents will vote on the ban in November.

Should Texas Fear Legacy Litigation?

By L. Bradley Hancock and Neeraj "Neil" Verma |

Studies have discovered a direct correlation between the proliferation of legacy litigation and a decrease in the rate new wells were drilled, resulting in an economic loss for Louisiana of approximately $10.5 billion dollars as of 2010. Is Texas next?

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Doctor Can't Sue Over Criticisms of His MMR-Autism Research

By Angela Morris |

"The record contains no evidence that the allegedly defamatory articles, whether published in print or made available online, were directed or aimed at Texas," ruled the Third Court of Appeals.

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Supremes to Decide If They Will Hear Texas $5M Fee Fight Case

By Miriam Rozen |

About $5 million hangs in the balance for the Texas lawyers who served as debtor's counsel to ASARCO, an integrated copper mining, smelting and refining company that entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2005.

Finding Lawyers Ineffective, CCA Grants New Trial to Woman

By Angela Morris |

In the case centered around the child's death of salt intoxication, the five-lawyer defense team for Hannah Ruth Overton failed to show the jury deposition testimony by a salt intoxication expert.

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In a Selfie Situation, Who Owns the Shot?

By Peter Perkowski |

For selfies, the ownership question appears to have an easy answer.

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There's More to Life Than Billable Hours

By Robert J. Foster |

The other kids were dressed as princesses, firemen, athletes and other idolized professions. On that day, Raymond put on a suit and tie, walked confidently into class with his briefcase and, while handing his teacher a business card, announced he was there to represent her.

Deal of the Week: Trio of Firms Involved in $7.6 Billion Deal

By Brenda Sapino jeffreys |

Baker Botts of Houston and two other firms represent Houston-based Dresser-Rand Group in its pending acquisition by Siemens for about $7.6 billion.

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Marketing 101: Take Action Now, Thank Yourself Later

By Matthew H. Haverstick and Shannon Duffy |

Shouldn't the first couple of years of hands-on experience for an associate be focused primarily on research and brief writing and, in turn, proving your intellectual worth to your superiors?

Training New Lawyers More Like New Doctors

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney |

Students also should be spending time with practicing lawyers, as new doctors do during medical rotations, and learning practical business skills such as public speaking, corporate management and spreadsheet basics.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

In Context: Gov. Rick Perry's Indictment

The following timeline details the events that unfolded in Texas courts following Travis County D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg's drunk driving conviction in April 2013 through Gov. Rick Perry's booking Aug. 19.

David Gonzalez, Sumpter & Gonzalez, Austin

Austin Lawyer Joins Team Prosecuting Gov. Perry

By Angela Morris |

Special prosecutor Michael McCrum said of the new recruit, "He's a brilliant mind. He's got a very strong work ethic. He's got a passion for justice and doing what is right. I think he is extremely well qualified."

Women in the Law Survey

Texas Lawyer gathers the latest big-firm data for its annual Women in the Law Survey. See what top Texas firms have women leadership and the percentage of women in those firms.

Mark S. Werbner, co-founder/partner, Sayles Werbner, Dallas

Dallas Lawyer Prevails with Terrorist-Financing Claims

By Miriam Rozen |

Mark Werbner represents the survivors and family members of victims of alleged Hamas-backed terrorism. During a six-week trial, they alleged that the Jordan-based Arab Bank had provided Hamas attackers with material support.

Buena Vista Lyons, a shareholder in the Dallas office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

Vista Lyons Joins Ogletree Deakins in Dallas

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Buena Vista Lyons left Ford & Harrison, where she was managing partner of the Dallas office, to join another labor and employment firm.

Bitcoin: Daylight Between Definitions Used by Federal Court and State Agency?

By Miriam Rozen |

Texas Department of Banking GC plans to review federal judge's ruling calling for $40 million disgorgement by McKinney-based bitcoin investment company and owner.

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010.

Court Divides Over Agency's Subpoena Power in Deepwater Probe

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal appeals court Thursday divided over the power of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board to issue administrative subpoenas in the investigation of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The panel majority upheld enforcement of the subpoenas.

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Another Trio of Texas Judge Nominees Announced

By John Council |

David Pritchard, who chairs a committee charged with review of judicial nominees, said the White House and Texas senators have been working well together choosing diverse and qualified candidates for the federal bench in the state.

Public Peek Into Supreme Court Procedures

By Angela Morris |

Seven of the high court's nine justices answered questions on Sept. 20 at the Texas Tribune Festival.

Three Steps for Finding an Ideal Job Fresh Out of Law School

By Justin J. Koterba |

Sitting in front of your computer and applying to jobs is easy, but it rarely works.

Law Schools Continue to Build Out

By Karen Sloan |

Legal education's slump hasn't stopped a small boom in construction on campus.

Looper Ballew to Open New Orleans Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Donald Looper's firm will add four lawyers, including new shareholder Paul J. Goodwine, in New Orleans.

Eugene R. Egdorf, managing attorney, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston

Newsmakers: Week of Sept. 22

Eugene R. Egdorf has become managing partner for commercial litigation in The Lanier Law Firm in Houston.

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Unsigned Contract Leads to $18.8 Million Verdict

By John Council |

After a new jury panel is called a litigant earns a big win in a energy trade secrets trial.

Lawyer Files Civil Suit Alleging Two Men Beat Him, Posted Video to Snapchat

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Houston trial lawyer files civil suit against two men, alleging that he suffered "extensive and permanent brain damage" after they assaulted him outside his house.

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Energy Buzz: P3's as the Future for U.S. Infrastructure Investment

By Natalie Regoli, Brian Polley, and Kaitlyn Pennington-Hill |

As the Texas population has grown, and especially with the current energy industry boom, funding has failed to keep pace with the public need for basic infrastructure.

Deborah Williamson, managing director, Cox Smith Matthews, San Antonio

Leading Ladies: More Women Are Running Large Law

By Jeanne Graham |

Nineteen of the state's 25 largest firms shared data showing that overall women make up 30 percent of the firms' lawyers, 20 percent of the partners and 16 percent of the equity partners.

44th State Civil District Court Judge Carlos R. Cortez

Carlos Cortez Recused After Unusual Hearing

By John Council |

Cortez is recused from hearing a business dispute after a legal malpractice lawyer at odds with the judge makes an appearance in the case.

Case Summaries

By David Popple |

Businesses Divided on Need for State Patent Reform

By Angela Morris |

Senators said they want tort reform groups Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Texas Civil Justice League to help draft state legislation.

Hart Green, a partner in Beaumont’s Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell

Hurricane Ike Claim Leads to $254,000 in Attorney Fees

By Miriam Rozen |

State Farm defendants vigorously fought the fee-shifting element of the plaintiffs' claim, their lawyer Hart Green said. "State Farm tried this as nothing but a battle over attorney fees," Green said.

Judge: Gun-Toting Veterinarian Can Pursue Civil Rights

By Miriam Rozen |

Gary Frakes, from Magnolia, may pursue a civil rights complaint with which he alleges two police officers violated his Second Amendment rights, according to a Houston federal judge's Sept. 9 ruling.

Deal of the Week: Plano's Alliance Data Systems Plans to Buy California Marketing Company for Around $2.3 Billion

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld represents Alliance Data Systems Corp. of Plano in pending acquisition of Conversant Inc., which turned to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

$770,000 Judgment in Sexual Harassment Suit Against Firm, Management Company

By Miriam Rozen |

Judge orders firm and its management company to pay $770,000, including $26,000 in attorney fees, to a former employee who alleged she suffered gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

Law Firm Retirement Plans Don't Follow One Trend, Set Another

By Miriam Rozen |

Don't expect law firms' retirement plans to pioneer sustainable and socially responsible investment strategies, but count on them for doing so with the "cash-balance" defined-benefit structure, which allow participants to park much more than under 401(k)s in deferred tax accounts.

Michael McCrum, McCrum Law Office, San Antonio

CCA Clears Way for Contempt Hearing Against Michael McCrum

By Angela Morris |

"I'm going to see how this contempt proceeding plays out. I think it's independent. I don't think it should affect the Perry case or any other case I work on," said Michael McCrum, the special prosecutor in Gov. Rick Perry's felony case, who faces contempt proceedings in an unrelated matter.

Stanford's 'Net Winners' Lose at Fifth Circuit

By John Council |

Defendants who made interest on investments in R. Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme are defeated on appeal by receiver charged with recovering millions in investors money.

VerdictSearch: Crop Duster Loses Claim That Plane's Engine Failed in Flight

An aircraft engine repair company wasn't to blame for a pilot's emergency landing, a jury found.

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Dallas Solo Prepares Minors to Represent Themselves in Immigration Court

By Miriam Rozen |

Paul Zoltan led a two-hour training session for some 25 unaccompanied minors who face immigration court removal hearings in the next few weeks.

Inadmissible: Rule 12 Access

Lawyers might be interested in a little-known tool to request copies of courts' administrative records such as emails, calendars and payroll records.

Court Orders Arbitration in Lawsuit Against Firms, Lawyer

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Fourteenth Court of Appeals reverses trial judge's order denying arbitration in suit filed against two firms and a Dallas lawyer.

Practicing Parents: Four Partner-Moms Offer Insight

By Angela Fontana, Michelle Hartmann, Yvette Ostolaza and Penny Reid |

Raising a family and practicing law are not mutually exclusive. Certainly, doing both takes time, attention and hard work, but each one can strengthen the other.

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Supporting Women in Law Is Good for Business

By Melanie Okon, Dawn Estes and Susan Hannagan |

When it comes to promoting and supporting other women, there is simply no room for women who refuse to help other women.

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Winning: What Lawyers Can Learn From Competitive Shooters

By J. Mitchell Little |

In his book, "With Winning in Mind," competitive shooter Lanny Bassham writes: "If you can define a thing, you can duplicate it. If you can duplicate it, you can achieve mental consistency. If you have mental consistency, you can win."

The Secret Is Out: Texas Is Good for Women in Law

By Nancy MacKimm |

Texas is a pretty amazing place for women in law, if you think about it. And we are helping one another succeed in ways that were unimaginable 20 years ago.

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Ghostwriting Appellate Briefs: The Rules Aren't So Clear

By Martin J. Siegel |

No procedural or disciplinary rule directly addresses ghostwriting, though several seem to come close.

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Portal helps indigent defense lawyers report work time

By Angela Morris |

If lawyers fail to report their work time by Oct. 15, a criminal court judge could assess a penalty, including removal from the list of attorneys eligible to receive future court appointments.

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3 top women in Texas' largest firms share thoughts on path to partnership today

By Jeanne Graham |

If you were starting your legal career today, what would you do differently than you did 10, 20 or 30 years ago?

George Fleming, attorney, Fleming, Nolen & Jez, Houston

George Fleming's Firm Sues Two Houston Firms, Five Lawyers

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Fleming, Nolen & Jez allege that the defendants sought to "intimidate and harass" George Fleming into settling civil litigation they filed against him and Fleming & Associates.

Sayles Werbner's Mark Werbner

Picture Dallas' Mark Werbner Closing Arguments in Big Brooklyn Trial

By Miriam Rozen |

In a drawing posted on the blog of courtroom illustrators, the partner in Sayles/Werbner appears attentive and forceful as he questions a witness. Attention has focused on Werbner since he began serving as lead plaintiffs lawyer in a high-profile case filed by alleged victims of terrorist attacks against the Arab Bank. On Sept. 18, closing arguments were scheduled to begin in that precedent-setting case.

Rule 12 Grants Access to Judges' Emails, Payroll Info

By Angela Morris |

The public can use Rule 12 of the Rules of Judicial Administration to gain access to judicial administrative records like payroll records, emails or calendar entries, explained Houston solo Joel White, who helped write Rule 12 in 1998.

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P3's as the Future for U.S. Infrastructure Investment

By Natalie Regoli, Brian Polley, and Kaitlyn Pennington-Hill |

As the Texas population has grown, and especially with the current energy industry boom, funding has failed to keep pace with the public need for basic infrastructure.

Michael McCrum, McCrum Law Office, San Antonio

CCA Clears Way for Contempt Hearing Against Michael McCrum

By Angela Morris |

"I'm going to see how this contempt proceeding plays out. I think it's independent. I don't think it should affect the Perry case or any other case I work on," said Michael McCrum, the special prosecutor in Gov. Rick Perry's felony case, who faces contempt proceedings in an unrelated matter.

Practicing Parents: Four Partner-Moms Offer Insight

By Angela Fontana, Michelle Hartmann, Yvette Ostolaza and Penny Reid |

Raising a family and practicing law are not mutually exclusive. Certainly, doing both takes time, attention and hard work, but each one can strengthen the other.

Law Firm Retirement Plans Don't Follow One Trend but Set Another

By Miriam Rozen |

Don't expect law firms' retirement plans to pioneer sustainable and socially responsible investment strategies, but count on them for doing so with the "cash-balance" defined-benefit structure, which allow participants to park much more than under 401(k)s in deferred tax accounts.

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Deal of the Week: Plano's Alliance Data Systems Plans to Buy California Marketing Company for Around $2.3 Billion

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld represents Alliance Data Systems Corp. of Plano in pending acquisition of Conversant Inc., which turned to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.