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PricewaterhouseCoopers offices in Washington, D.C.

PwC to Launch US Law Firm as Big Four Expand Legal Offerings

By Chris Johnson |

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.

Texas Firm Sets Up Shop in San Antonio After Merger

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC

Federal Circuit: No More Loosey-Goosey Rules on Patent Venue

By Scott Graham |

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.

screenshot of a fake legal firm website.

Online Imposters Add to Law Firms' Cyber Risks

By Lizzy McLellan |

More law firms are learning that they aren't immune from identity theft.

National Security Reviews of Cross-Border Deals Get Slower, Tougher

By MP McQueen |

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.

Ann Latimer, left, and Daniel Baldwin, right, of Jones Walker.

Come Hell or High Water

By Ann L. Latimer and Daniel J. Baldwin |

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.

Rescue workers search for people trapped inside a collapsed building in the Del Valle area of Mexico City after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Earthquake Shakes Up Law Firms in Mexico City But Most Escape Major Damage

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Mexico City law offices were mostly unscathed by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

Attorney Roy Black.

Q&A: BuzzFeed's Defense Team on Investigating the Russia Dossier

By Celia Ampel |

The defamation lawsuit implicates a question obsessing the nation: What was Russia's role in the 2016 American presidential election?

Ken Paxton.

Texas Lawyers Seek Court's Help to Get Paid

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

‘Really Hard and Intense:’ Departing Northwestern Law Dean Says of Competition Among Top Schools

By Karen Sloan |

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.

Disciplinary Suit Filed Against Sanctioned Attorney for Alleged Misconduct in ADA Cases

By Angela Morris |

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.

Will Your Case Go to Trial? This Computer Program Might Know the Answer

By Jenna Greene |

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.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C.  October 25, 2016.

Hogan Lovells Offers Voluntary Retirement to 400 US Staffers

By Rose Walker |

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.

Lara D. Pringle, partner at Jones Walker in Houston.

Jones Walker Completes Houston Office Move After Delay Caused by Hurricane Harvey

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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's baby powder.

J&J Aims to Wipe Out $417M Talc Verdict, Citing 'Passion and Prejudice' of Jurors

By Amanda Bronstad |

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.

Brian Butcher, with Noteboom – The Law Firm, Hurst, Tx.

Litigator of the Week: Lawyer Lands $725K Verdict Against Ex-NFL Player Who Punched His Client

By John Council |

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.

Oil well

Despite Harvey, Latham & Watkins and Thompson & Knight Complete $1.4B Energy Deal On Time

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Texas lawyers at Latham & Watkins and Thompson & Knight met a Sept. 7 deadline for a $1.4 billion asset sale between two Houston companies.

Judge Jon Tigar, United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Did McKool Smith Violate Prosecution Bar in High-Profile Patent Case?

By Scott Graham |

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.

Attorney Tony Buzbee examining his new WWII tank.

Plaintiffs Bar Update: Tony Buzbee Gets a Tank

By Miriam Rozen |

Look out, Wings of Justice. There's competition in Texas, and it's heavily armored.

William R. Edwards of Edwards Law Firm in Corpus Christi.

Right-to-Vote Issue Draws Opponents to Bar Exec Director Pick

By Angela Morris |

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.

Lance Christopher Kassab, a partner in Houston’s The Kassab Law Firm.

Ex-Client of Foster Alleges Immigration Firm Mishandled Visa Application

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Charles Foster, chairman of Houston-based Foster, said the allegations are false.

Judge Melinda Harmon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston

Why Did a Federal Judge Sentence a Terminally Ill Mother to 75 Years for Health Care Fraud?

By Kristen Rasmussen |

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., offices in Atlanta.

Equifax Executives' Stock Sales Raise 'Fundamental Questions' Tied to Breach

By C. Ryan Barber |

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.

Lawsuits Allege Government Liable Under US Constitution for Damage Caused by Controlled Water Releases During Hurricane Harvey

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

U.S. Fifth Circuit Judge Stephen Higginson. HANDOUT

Slick Decision: Fifth Circuit Rules for WD-40 in Arbitration Case

By John Council |

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.

Neal Manne, managing partner of Susman Godfrey.

Neal Manne Named Texas Lawyer's Attorney of the Year

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

Golden Nugget Selling $1.4M in Notes, Will Merge Operations With Landry's

By Michael Booth |

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.

The Devil.

Law Prof’s Raise of $666 Wasn’t an Unconstitutional Sign of the Devil, Appeals Court Finds


A professor’s pay raise of $666 was not the devilish misdeed of a law dean, a federal appeals court has found.

William Helfand and Norman Ray Giles, with Lewis Brisbois

Appellate Lawyers of the Week: Lawsuit Tossed Out Against Off-Duty Cop Who Broke Up Bar Fight

By John Council |

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.

Federal Judges Give 4 Ways to Survive E-discovery Expectations

By Rhys Dipshan |

At Exterro's inFusion conference, three judges discussed how legal teams can keep up with FRCP requirements in an increasingly complex digital world.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, D.C.

US Virgin Islands Federal Court Crippled by Hurricane Irma

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Damaged by Hurricane Irma, one of the federal courthouses on the U.S. Virgin Islands remains closed indefinitely, officials said Tuesday.

William Gage of Buck Keenan in Houston.

Texas Lawyer Sues Former Firm Over Share in Fee

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Trey Apffel, solo practitioner and Former State Bar of Texas President.

SBOT Search Committee to Name Next Executive Director

By Angela Morris |

Former State Bar of Texas President Trey Apffel is slated to become the bar's next executive director.

Betsy DeVos, U.S. secretary of education, waits to speak while being introduced on her first day at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. DeVos squeaked through a history-making Senate confirmation vote yesterday to become U.S. education secretary, as Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie and Republicans staved off last-minute defections that would have killed her nomination. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Lawyer Who Tweeted He'd Be 'OK' if Betsy DeVos Was Sexually Assaulted Resigns From Law Firm

By John Council |

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."

Randy Evans, left, and Shari Klevens, right.

Misstatements in Court and Their Aftermath

By Shari Klevens and Randy Evans |

Everyone makes mistakes, but when attorneys misstate facts in court the ramifications may be serious for themselves, their clients and their firms.

U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Equifax, Before Breach, Lobbied to Limit Class-Action Damages

By C. Ryan Barber |

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.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

In Win for Patent Owners, PTAB Clamps Down on Repeat Attacks

By Scott Graham |

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will no longer tolerate multiple, serial petitions for inter partes review that target the same patent claims.

5 Things to Ask Before Hiring a Robo-Lawyer: Part 1

By Robert Kramer |

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?

Consumer Financial Services Law Firm Hudson Cook Opens Office in Texas

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Maryland-based Hudson Cook opened an office in Fort Worth with three former in-house lawyers.

Texas Lawyers Step Up to Offer Free Legal Advice in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

By Brenda Sapino JEFFREYS |

About 90 Baker Botts lawyers and their in-house attorney clients fielded Hurricane Harvey-related questions from 175 people calling into a legal hotline.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where a three-judge panel heard arguments on the halting of the immigration ban.

Ninth Circuit Sides With Hawaii, Rules Grandparents Exempt From Trump's Travel Ban

By Cogan Schneier |

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.

Left to right: Jeff Kuehnle,Craig Stahl and Mike Hatchell

Haynes and Boone Strengthens Practice Groups With Three Lateral Hires

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Haynes and Boone lured a Houston energy litigation team from Andrews Kurth Kenyon and an appellate lawyer in Austin.

'Dreamer' Law Students in Turmoil Over DACA Uncertainty

By Angela Morris |

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.

Karen Gren Scholer of Carter Scholer.

Trump Nominates 5 Texans to the Federal Bench

By John Council |

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.

Residents from Bayou Parc at Oak Forest carry their belongings while evacuating the apartment complex during the Tropical Storm Harvey, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston.

Technology, Harvey, and the Attorney ‘First Responder’

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Technology may be enabling a whole new class of attorney first responders.

Julian C. Gomez, a solo practitioner in McAllen, assisting a woman in a wheelchair onto his boat in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

After Hurricane Harvey, Texas Lawyers Come to the Rescue

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Texas lawyers are among the people who used rafts, kayaks, canoes and boats to rescue people trapped in buildings by Hurricane Harvey floodwaters.

Houston’s flooded streets due to Hurricane Harvey.

NY Forms Legal Assistance Task Force to Help Texas Hurricane Victims

By Josefa Velasquez |

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.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.

Federal Energy Panel Names Skadden Lawyer As General Counsel

By Sue Reisinger |

James Danly, a Skadden associate who has also served as a U.S. Army officer, will take over the post.

Plaintiffs Won $500,000+ And Sued Defendant’s Insurer To Collect. Their Bad Faith Claims Just Got Tossed

By Steven A. Meyerowitz |

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.

Judge Edward Prado, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Fifth Circuit Rules Bankruptcy Trustees Can't Have Chapter 7 Debtors' IRA Funds

By John Council |

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.

Residents of Sienna Plantation Houston suburb in ride a canoe in high waters, Missouri City, Texas - August 29, 2017.

Fraud Investigations Begin in Wake of Hurricane Harvey, Officials Warn Fraudsters to Stay Away

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Ten days after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating 80 fraud claims.

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder's Enes Kanter defends during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Three Am Law 100 Firms Lift Off With Big Houston Rockets Sale

By Brian Baxter |

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.

Federal Judge Rules on the Overtime Salary Rule

By Tim K. Garrett, The Corporate Counselor |

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.

Mike Wilson, partner in Dallas' Munck Wilson Mandala.

Dallas Lawyer Beats Nintendo at Its Own Game With $10M Verdict

By John Council |

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.

University of Houston, College of Law.

Post-Harvey, Houston Law Schools Reopen, With Challenges

By Karen Sloan |

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.

Tom Carper (D-DE), left, and Chris Coons (D-DE), right.

White House Vetting Del. Senators' Picks for District Court Seats

By Tom McParland |

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.

Richard Posner.

A Judge Who Speaks His Mind: Richard Posner's Greatest Quips

By Mike Scarcella and Vanessa Blum |

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.

Judge Jerry Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. HANDOUT.

Judge Postpones Hip Implant Bellwether After Panel Cites His 'Grave Error'

By Amanda Bronstad |

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."

Houston’s flooded streets due to Hurricane Harvey.

Update on the Courthouses Affected by Hurricane Harvey

By Angela Morris |

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.

Flooded office of The Farias Law Firm in Houston, TX.

As Flooded Files Dry and Servers Reboot, Lawyers Share Other Firms' Space

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Houston’s flooded streets due to Hurricane Harvey.

Technology Lets Workday Continue for Houston Law Firms, Legal Tech Companies Despite Flooding

By Ed Silverstein |

Having a business continuity plan and internal communication ahead of time helped legal organizations weather the storm.

2017 Texas Lawyer Professional Excellence Awards

Recognizing our Lifetime Achiever, Attorneys of the Year nominees, Distinguished Leaders and Lawyers on the Rise.

Randall Wilhite of Fullenweider Wilhite.

Distinguished Leader: Randall Wilhite

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.

Texas A&M University School of Law Dean Andrew Morriss.

Leadership Change at Texas A&M

By Angela Morris and Mary Alice Robbins |

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.

Neal Manne, managing partner of Susman Godfrey.

Neal Manne: The Just Fight

By Miriam Rozen |
Robert Walters of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

Distinguished Leader: Robert C. Walters

Love what you do not so much for the financial rewards, but for the intrinsic worth of service.

Tom Leatherbury of Vinson & Elkins.

Distinguished Leader: Thomas S. Leatherbury

The concept of the servant leader resonates with me. Those who self-identify as a leader are probably not very good at it.

Rodrigo Dominguez, Partner and Co-Head of Latin America practice with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Rising Star: Rodrigo Dominguez Sotomayor

"Dominguez brings his legal skills to his community through his work for the national immigration law center and the hispanic scholarship fund."

David Runnels of King &  Spalding.

Distinguished Leader: David G. Runnels

You have to step up and make yourself available on those days when it's not convenient.

Ryan Ellis of The Lanier Firm.

Rising Star: Ryan D. Ellis

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.

Christine Stetson.

Christine Stetson: A Big Win

By Miriam Rozen |
Amanda Richards, general counsel of Cudd Energy Services

Meet the GC of Cudd Energy Services

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Reporter Kristen Rasmussen profiles Amanda Richards, general counsel of The Woodlands-based Cudd Energy Services, a domestic and international oil field service company.

Christine LaFollette of Akin Gump.

Distinguished Leader: Christine B. LaFollette

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.

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

Social Anxiety: The Invisible Elephant in the Room

By Michael P. Maslanka |

This month we look at an intractable issue: dealing with mental illness/cognitive impairment in the workplace.

Allyson Ho of Morgan Lewis.

Distinguished Leader: Allyson N. Ho

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 Speier of Kirkland & Ellis.

Distinguished Leader: Anthony Speier

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.

Electrician's Family Gets $600K for His Fatal Fall From Ladder

The family of an electrician who died days after a fall from a stepladder agreed to a $600,000 settlement.

Jesus Castillon of Baker Hostetler.

Rising Star: Jesús J. Castillón

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.

Alison Chen of Akin Gump.

Rising Star: Alison L. Chen

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.

HR Legal Needs Heart

By Alan Bush and Marianne Gooch |

"Dad, you're speeding. How do you want me to drive when I get my license?" asked my 10-year old daughter.

The Challenges of Proving Causation in a Litigation Malpractice Claim

By Bruce A. Campbell |

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."

Roxanne Almarez of King & Spalding.

Rising Star: Roxanne Almaraz

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].

Sara Garcia Dunn, partner at Sidley Austin.

Rising Star: Sara Garcia Duran

"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."

Douglas Cawley.

Distinguished Leader: Douglas A. Cawley

I've tried a lot of cases, including many where I did everything myself.

Brad Caldwell of Caldwell Cassady & Curry.

Rising Star: Bradley W. Caldwell

Some of that was luck, but I soon learned that there simply is no substitute for the experience you gain in the courtroom.

Matthew Einbinder of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Rising Star: Matthew P. Einbinder

"The practice of law is an art, where understanding and caring about the motivations and goals of others is prioritized."

D. Gilbert

Distinguished Leader: D. Gilbert Friedlander

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.

Mary Emma Karam of Jackson Walker.

Distinguished Leader: Mary Emma Karam

The success of my clients in achieving their legal and business objectives is my proudest achievement.

Robin Gibbs of Gibbs & Bruns.

Lifetime Achiever: Robin Gibbs, Founder, Gibbs & Bruns, Houston

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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.

Heather Nevitt. Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lawyer

Leading By Example

Mikal Watts, partner at Watts Guerra poses Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at his office in San Antonio. Photographed for Texas Lawyer Magazine. Photo©Mark Sobhani Photography

Mikal Watts: Pro Se Victory

By Miriam Rozen |
David Gail of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Rising Star: David B. Gail

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.

David Sheeren of Gibbs & Bruns.

Rising Star: David Sheeren

"Do right by our clients, our teammates, our opponents, and our profession—and it will all work out."

Taylor Evans.

Rising Star: Taylor Evans

"Successful legal practices are not built on hard work alone, but on developing professional and human relationships with colleagues and clients."

John Pitts of Kirkland & Ellis.

Rising Star: John D. Pitts

"Maintain perspective. Deal-making is a series of urgencies, not emergencies."

K. Knox Nunnally, associate, McGuireWoods, Houston

Rising Star: K. Knox Nunnally

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.

Craig Stanfield of Morgan Lewis.

Rising Star: Craig A. Stanfield

"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 Pham of Vinson & Elkins.

Rising Star: Bailey Pham

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.

Theresa Messer of The Law Offices of Theresa Messer.

Rising Star: Teresa Messer

Teresa Messer's own experience as the daughter of Vietnamese refugees cultivated her desire to assist other immigrants early on in her life.

Adam Milasincic, associate with Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.

Rising Star: Adam Milasincic

"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."

Rachel Smith of Baker Hostetler.

Rising Star: Rachel M. Smith

"Pay close attention to the details, and don't be deterred by the tedium of working through the hard stuff."

Krystal Scott of Jones Walker.

Rising Star: Krystal Pfluger Scott

"... 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."

Andrew LeGrand of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Rising Star: Andrew LeGrand

"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."

Amanda Zimmerman of Jackson Walker.

Rising Star: Amanda Zimmerman

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"It is important to follow your instincts, voice your ideas and put yourself out there."

Philip Geheb of Munsch Hardt.

Rising Star: Phillip J. F. Geheb

Phill is Real Estate and development attorney whose practice focuses on urban development.

Julian Seiguer of Vinson & Elkins.

Rising Star: Julian Seiguer

"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."

Charles Hall of Norton Rose Fulbright.

Distinguished Leader: Charles W. Hall

A true leader in my mind first of all possesses character and integrity. A leader assumes responsibility and moves the followers to a decision.

So You've Been Sued by Someone You've Never Represented—Now What?

By Gregg Weinberg |

We've all been told that nonsense lawsuits from pro se litigants and former opponents are just "the cost of doing business."

Five Ways This Column Will Amuse You (And You'll Never Believe Number Four)!

By John Browning |

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.

Carter Dugan with Norton Rose Fulbright.

Rising Star: Carter Walker Dugan

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."

Billie Ellis of Winston Strawn.

Distinguished Leader: Billie Ellis

The legal profession has offered me many opportunities. They have helped maintain my passion for the profession.

William Munck of Munck Wilson Mandala.

Distinguished Leader: William A. Munck

"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."

David Conrad of Fish & Richardson.

Rising Star: David B. Conrad

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.

Edward Lopez, right, partner in Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson in Dallas, speaks to SMU law students.

SMU Law Embraces Innovative Flash Mentoring


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.

Pay for Texas Big-Company GCs Up in 2016

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Energy company general counsel dominate the top of the list of the best-paid GCs at large Texas companies in 2016.

C. Thomas

Newsmakers: Month of September

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.

Kinky Briefs Too

The Sexy Associate and the Seductive Partner? Ex-Lawyer Has Written Them All


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.”

Alisha Marks Tischler, Executive Vice President of Schwartz Media Strategies.

Instagram: The Next Frontier for Law Firm Branding


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.

(l-r) Kelly Rose, Kate Cornelius, and Michael Bernick.

Lawyers Set Up Cots, Pick Up Trash at Harvey Shelters

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Appeals Court Tosses Out Deion Sanders' Victory in Defamation Suit


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.

Residents of Sienna Plantation Houston suburb in ride a canoe in high waters, Missouri City, Texas - August 29, 2017.

Harvey's Destruction Will Test Employers' Pay, Leave Policies

By Erin Mulvaney |

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.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of the Western District of Texas

San Antonio Federal Judge Blocks Texas 'Sanctuary Cities' Law

By John Council |

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.

Melissa Luckman, director of the Touro Law Center’s Disaster Relief Clinic.

Harvey Victims and Lawyers Take Note: 5 Years After Hurricane Sandy, Lawyers Still Working on New York Hurricane Cases

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Michelle Schulz, co-chairwoman of Gardere International Practice Group.

Duty Savings Under NAFTA: How US Importers Benefit

By Michelle Schulz and Elsa Manzanares |

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.

Lone Star Legal Aid staff and a volunteer lawyer.

Legal Aid Begins Offering Legal Advice to Harvey Victims at Houston Shelters

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Legal aid staffers and volunteer lawyers are giving out legal aid informational flyers to Hurricane Harvey victims at large shelters in Houston.

Steve Mostyn of Houston’s Mostyn Law Firm

Hurricane Harvey Victims Should File Insurance Claims Before Sept. 1, Hurricane Attorney Advises

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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."

Residents from Bayou Parc at Oak Forest carry their belongings while evacuating the apartment complex during the Tropical Storm Harvey, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston.

Lawyers Gear Up to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Houston’s flooded streets due to Hurricane Harvey.

Law Dean Describes Houston Convention Center-Turned-Shelter

By Karen Sloan |

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.

Sylvester Turner

Sylvester Turner, Houston's Mayor, Was First a Lawyer (and Harvard Law Alum)

By C. Ryan Barber and Cheryl Miller |

"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.

Randy Evans, left, and Shari Klevens, right.

You Made a Mistake – Now What?

By Shari Klevens and Randy Evans |

Sooner or later, every lawyer makes a mistake.

Legal Aids and Firms Start Mobilizing to Help Houston Compadres

By Meredith Hobbs |

Legal aids and law firm pro bono coordinators in Atlanta and elsewhere are mobilizing to help their compadres in Texas.

People climbing out of dump truck at George R. Brown Convention Center, which is a shelter in Houston.

Hurricane Harvey Record Rainfall Floods Lawyers' Homes, Shutters Law Firms

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

A teenager rides a paddle board in the flooded streets of Houston on Aug. 27, 2017.

How Houston's GCs Are Coping With Record Rain and Floods

By Sue Reisinger |

General counsel in Houston are trying to keep employees safe and companies operating smoothly in spite of Hurricane Harvey.

Watch Your Mouth, Your Honor: Lessons for Judges on Social Media

By Celia Ampel |

Judicial social media use is a growing topic of concern for legal ethics experts.

Residents from Bayou Parc at Oak Forest carry their belongings while evacuating the apartment complex during the Tropical Storm Harvey, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston.

Houston-Area Courts Crippled by Hurricane Harvey

By Angela Morris |

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.

Mike Huddleston.

Hurricane Harvey Victims Facing Huge Insurance Deadline This Week, Warn Lawyers

By John Council |

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 Anthony of Locke Lord

Newsmakers: Week of Aug. 28

By Suzanne Tullo |

Arthur E. Anthony, partner at Locke Lord, was named one of National Diversity Council's Top 50 Multicultural Lawyers in Dallas.

Houston, Aug. 27.

'Horrific' Storm Shutters Houston-Area Law Schools

By Karen Sloan |

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 of Irell & Manella. HANDOUT.

Irell's Andrei Iancu Is Trump's Choice for PTO Director

By Scott Graham |

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.

Tom Vick Jr.

Names of Seven Candidates for State Bar's Top Job Released

By MAry Alice Robbins |

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.

Hole & Alvarez website.

Court Upholds Sanctions Against Law Firm That Failed to Change Name

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Shannon Liss-Riordan.

Lawyers Sanctioned for Filing Confidential Information in Grubhub Suit


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.

Douglas Lumish, Latham & Watkins partner

Latham Avoids DQ in Amazon Case

By Scott Graham |

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.

Litigator and NFL Nemesis Quinn Trains Barbs at Football Establishment

By Todd Cunningham |

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.

Chad Dunn.

Voter ID's Worst Enemy: Houston Lawyer Who Stopped the Law Twice on How He Did It

By John Council |

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.

Law School Whiz Kids: Where Are They Now?

Calpine signage.

White & Case, Latham Advise on $5.6B Sale of Power Producer Calpine

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Calpine Corp. of Houston turned to White & Case for its pending $5.6 billion acquisition by Energy Capital Partners and other investors.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Fifth Circuit, Rejecting New York Rulings, Holds That Asbestos Is A Pollutant Under Texas Law

By Steven A. Meyerowitz |

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.

Houston Law Firm Sued for $1M in Case Alleging Conflict of Interest

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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, of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton in Dallas.

Newsmakers: Week of Aug. 21

By Suzanne Tullo |

David Elrod joined Shackelford Bowen McKinley & Norton as partner in the firm's Dallas office.

Archaic Technology and Failure of Education Led to Wells Fargo's Discovery Disaster

By Casey Sullivan and Todd Eastman |

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.

Federal Judge Halts Houston's Homeless Ordinance Banning Public Camping

By John Council |

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.

Robert Crain, of Crain Lewis Brogdon, and current president of the Dallas Bar Association.

How Diverse Dallas Lawyers United to Call for Healing After Charlottesville

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

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, Telecoms Edge Toward Win in Long-Running Infringement Case

By Tom McParland |

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.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Special Prosecutors Expected to Seek Writ of Mandamus in Paxton Case Pay Dispute

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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.

Kirkland & Ellis Advising on New Deal to Buy Oncor

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The fourth proposed acquisition of Dallas' Energy Future Holdings Corp., owner of Oncor Electric Delivery Co., provides more work for EFH counsel Kirkland & Ellis.

Bill Carmody of Susman Godfrey has joined Uber's team of lawyers as it gears up for trial.

Uber Tries to Whittle Waymo's Case, as Susman Godfrey Joins Fray

By Ben Hancock |

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.

Jeff Tillotson.

Appeals Court Awards $4.4 Million Against Yahoo for Backing Out of $1B NCAA Bracket Contest

By John Council |

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.

Bronze memorial statue of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney on the grounds of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, MD.

Post-Charlottesville, Justice Roger Taney Statues Are Removed, but Not at the Supreme Court

By Tony Mauro |

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?

Cade Bernsen, Beaumont TX.

Litigator of the Week: Beaumont Lawyer Tastes Sweet Victory in a Town Known for Ice Cream

By John Council |

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.

Evan R. Chesler, a partner and the Chairman of  Cravath, Swaine and Moore, is a New York Law Journal finalist for Attorney of the Year.  ..(Photo by David Handschuh/NYLJ)

Apple Has Upper Hand at First Skirmish in All-Out War With Qualcomm

By Scott Graham |

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.”

Let's Talk About Charlottesville and Lawyering in the Age of Trump


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.”

Why Turning Your Back on a Growing Practice Area Is Sometimes the Right Thing To Do

By Chris Johnson |

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.

5 Firms Get Piece of $3.8B Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Latham & Watkins; Haynes and Boone; Bracewell; Kirkland & Ellis; and Durham Jones & Pinegar represent parties in the transaction.

Tony Buzbee

'I Fully Expect to Be Sued': Buzbee Eyes Fallout Over Scrapped ‘White Lives Matter’ Rally

By Miriam Rozen |

“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.

Jurisdictional Challenges More Complex in Divorce and Child Custody Actions

By Carson Epes Steinbauer |

Something dramatic usually happens at the beginning of every divorce: one of the parties goes on the move, away from the marital residence.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) rests during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. The Rams won the game, 13-10. (Greg Trott via AP)

Cowboys Star's Appeal Won't Be Arbitrator Henderson's First Rodeo

By Todd Cunningham |

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.

John Beisner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

For Plaintiffs Bar, Taking on J&J Means Battling a Shadow Foe

By Amanda Bronstad |

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.

Austin Solo's License in Jeopardy After Pleading Guilty to Heroin Possession

By Angela Morris |

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.

Left to right: George Gibson, shareholder with Nathan Sommers, Mark Lanier of the Lanier Law Firm and  Nicole Soussan Caplan, Senior associate with Reed Smith, in Houston.

In Wake of Charlottesville, Texas Attorneys Comment on Lawyers' Duty to Speak Out

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Should Texas lawyers make public statements against white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other extremists in the wake of violence in Charlottesville?

Amazon's Whole Foods Cart Could Include In-House Lawyers, Liabilities

By Stephanie Forshee |

Amazon wants to buy Whole Foods. But will it wind up picking up extra lawyers and extra liability in the deal?

This Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 image shows s white supremacist carrying a NAZI flag into the entrance to Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Your Move, Trump Lawyers. The Country Is Watching


Adolf Hitler’s personal attorney was named Hans Frank. He was one of 10 war criminals hanged at Nuremberg.

Some Law Schools Take the Lead in Students' Well-Being, Report Finds

By Angela Morris |

Many law schools across the country run programs to help stressed out or depressed students, some of whom struggle with alcohol or drug problems.

University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone.

Look Out, University GCs, White Supremacists May Want to Speak on Your Campus

By Sue Reisinger |

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 Dallas Lawyers Denounce White Supremacy and Anti-Semitism

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

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.

Eastern District of Texas, Sam B. Hall in Marshall Texas

After 'TC Heartland,' Lawyers, Courts and Clients Race to Shape New Venue Rules

By Scott Graham and Tom McParland |

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.

Mark Lanier, The Lanier Firm.

J&J Urges Halt to Hip Implant Trial in Dallas

By Amanda Bronstad |

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.

Norton Rose Fulbright, Milbank Land Roles in $220M Tesco Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Partners in Houston and Calgary lead Norton Rose Fulbright's deal team for Tesco Corp., which has agreed to be acquired by Nabors Industries.

This Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 image shows s white supremacist carrying a NAZI flag into the entrance to Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Your Move, Trump Lawyers. The Country Is Watching

By Jenna Greene |

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...

Bree Buchanan, J.D., Director, Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, State Bar of Texas.

How Law Firms Can Help Their Lawyers' Well-Being

By Angela Morris |

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.

Richard Spencer.

University of Florida Bans Appearance by White Supremacist; Lawsuit Likely

By Sue Reisinger |

The public university denies a request for Richard Spencer to speak on the Gainesville campus next month.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Fifth Circuit Revives Defamation Suit Against NYT Over Slavery Quotes

By John Council |

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 of Baker Mckenzie.

Newsmakers: Week of Aug. 14

By Suzanne Tullo |

Melinda Phelan was named Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America tax practice group.

David Elrod, left, and Worthy Walker, right, of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton in Dallas.

Trial Lawyer David Elrod, 3 Others Move to Shackelford Bowen

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Scott Mckeown

Oblon's Scott McKeown to Take Over PTAB Practice at Ropes & Gray

By Scott Graham |

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 Invictus

Alt-Right Lawyer Who Organized Charlottesville Rally Launches Senate Bid

By Scott Flaherty |

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.

Nothing 'Negative' About Philadelphia Lawyers? Texans Talk It Over in Duane Morris Case

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

L-R David West and Rene Ruiz, Dykema Cox Smith, San Antonio.

Texas Lawyers Win Asylum for Family Threatened by Taliban

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Neal Katyal, of Hogan Lovells, during judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court. March 20, 2017.

Hogan's Katyal Aims to End the Death Penalty in Arizona SCOTUS Case

By Tony Mauro |

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.


Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Dallas Attorney Preserves Family Law Ruling in Stabbing Case

By John Council |

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.

MDL Sought in Patent Cases in Wake of SCOTUS Decision Limiting Venue

By Amanda Bronstad |

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.

Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other alt-right factions during a

Can an Employer Fire a White Supremacist?

By Erin Mulvaney |

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.

U.S. Judge Robert L. Pitman of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Austin Federal Judge Orders Baylor to Turn Over Pepper Hamilton Investigation to Plaintiffs

By John Council |

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

Law Firm Mourns Loss of Legal Assistant Killed in Charlottesville Protest


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.

Recognizing and Helping Attorneys at Risk

By Shari Klevens and Randy Evans |

Addiction, depression, and mental health problems are very real risks to lawyers and their law firms.

What's the Next Hot Market for Law Firm Mergers?

By Roy Strom |

In recent months, the Midwest has seen a spurt of law firm combinations. Smaller firms are joining forces.

Mike McGee of Miller Canfield.

Smaller Firms' Message to Big Law on Alternative Fees: Join the Club

By Miriam Rozen |

For many firms, anxieties about alternative fees highlight a billable hour-based business model they’ve already left behind.

Tony Buzbee

Investors' Lawyer Says $750M Suit Could 'Bankrupt' Duane Morris

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

CITI: First Half Marked by Slow Growth At Large Law Firms

Layne Walker of the Provost Umphrey Law Firm.

Fifth Circuit Dismisses Another Suit Filed Against Ex-Beaumont Judge

By John Council |

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.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Paul Manafort Splits with Wilmer Lawyers in Russia Probe

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.

Fifth Circuit Allows Family to Sue Fort Worth Police Over Taser Arrest Death

By John Council |

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.

Judge: Single Apple Store Makes Delaware Venue Proper for Patent Litigation Against Tech Giant

By Tom McParland |

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.

Donald Trump.

5 Transgender Military Members Sue Trump Over Ban

By P.J. D’Annunzio |

Backlash over President Donald Trump’s tweeted intention of banning transgender people from military services has now culminated in a federal lawsuit.

Nationwide Reaches $5.5M Data Breach Settlement With 33 AGs

By B. Colby Hamilton |

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.

Shira Scheindlin, retired United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York (Photo by Matt Furman).

Why Aren’t More Lead Counsel Women? Here Are Former Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin's Thoughts

By Josefa Velasquez |

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.

After Another Clean Power Plan Delay, Environmental Groups Ponder Next Step

By Marcia Coyle |

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.

CITGO Agrees to Settle Text Message Class Action

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An $8.3 million agreement would resolve complaints over unsolicited text messages triggered by sweepstakes entries.

Amy Witherite

Dallas Plaintiffs Lawyer Arrested After Allegedly Attacking People at Valet Stand

By John Council |

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.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn

Federal Judge's Incentive Gives Women Lawyers More Speaking Roles in Court

By Angela Morris |

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.

Meghan Griffiths, Michael Shaw and Jay Dewald

Jackson Walker Launches White-Collar Group With Andrews Kurth Hires

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Gregory Novak, left, and Tracy Druce, right. April 17, 2012.

Citibank Sues Polsinelli Partners Over $10M Novak Druce Loan

By Katelyn Polantz |

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.

Takata airbag components

Nissan Agrees to $98M Takata Air Bag Settlement

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Nissan joins four other automakers that have agreed to settle claims by owners of vehicles with faulty Takata air bags.

Disciplinary Suit Filed Against Lawyer for Filing Frivolous Legal Mal Case

By Angela Morris |

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.

Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Fifth Circuit Allows Employer to Force Workers to Sign Class Action Waivers

By John Council |

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.

The Bachelorette.

Bachelorette Star Returns to Law Firm Life, at Least for Now

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Dale Jefferson.

Plaintiffs Say Houston's Kwok Daniel Bungled $1M Wrongful Death Case

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Former clients of plaintiffs firm Kwok Daniel sued the Houston firm and four lawyers, alleging they filed a wrongful death suit too late.

Third-Party Cybersecurity Strategies Critical to Preparedness


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).

Monkey See, Monkey Settle: Deal in the Works to Resolve Famous Selfie Case

By Scott Graham |

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.

Todd Hughes.

Federal Circuit Weighs $1.4M Fee Award in the Original 'Octane Fitness' Case

By Scott Graham |

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.


Don’t Know What Blockchain Is? You Should. This Law Prof Can Help.


Bitcoin. Ethereum. Blockchain. It sounds like a foreign language, clouded in mystery.

What Law Firms and Judges Can Do to Increase Role of Women Litigators


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 Most 'Excellent' Judge in Dallas?

By John Council |

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.

Joe K. Longley of the Law Offices of Joe K. Longley in Austin, Texas.

Bid to Have State Bar Executive Director Wannabes Interviewed Openly Fails

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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.

South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX.

Newsmakers: Week of Aug. 7, 2017

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C.

Podcast Concept Isn't Patentable, Court Rules

By Scott Graham |

The Electronic Frontier Foundation scored a win Monday in its assault on a patent that claimed to cover the very idea of a podcast.

Randy Evans, left, and Shari Klevens, right.

Engagement Letters, Laying the Groundwork for Client Relationships

By Shari Klevens and Randy Evans |

Engagement letters may be viewed as merely administrative items, which sometimes results in attorneys giving them little thought.

Archrock Names New GC in Houston, Discloses FCPA Probe

By Sue Reisinger |

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.

Texas Appeals Court Tosses Legal Malpractice Case Against Fried Frank and New York Partner

By John Council |

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.

The Law Firm Value Proposition


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.

Courtroom Study Finds Women Lawyers Eclipsed in Complex Cases

By Christine Simmons |

A study of New York courtrooms shows women attorneys account for only 25 percent of lead counsel roles.

Litigator of the Week: The King of Texas' Animal Anti-SLAPP Kingdom

By John Council |

For the second time this year, Adam Milasincic wiped out a defamation suit involving critical remarks about animal rights.

Kremlin complex in Moscow

New VPN Ban in Russia Latest Step in Increasing Cyber Risk for US Companies

By Ed Silverstein |

Recent Russian cyber actions, such as the restrictive use of VPN technology, may make it more difficult for companies to conduct routine business activities.

U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

In Big Leap, SCOTUS Announces E-Filing Is Coming Soon

By Tony Mauro |

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.

Big Law Associate Hiring Picked Up For Class of 2016


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.

Ex-Chadbourne Group Leaves Norton Rose Fulbright for Winston & Strawn


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.

Judge Allows Another Lawsuit Over Hoosick Falls Contamination to Proceed

By Josefa Velasquez |

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.

The towers of the Detroit Renaissance Center, the world headquarters of the General Motors Corporation in Detroit, Michigan.

GM's Bellwether Victory in NY May Not Predict Future of Ignition Switch Litigation

By Andrew Denney |

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.

Coats Rose Opens in Ohio, Shutting Down Jones Walker Outpost

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Judge Hammers DOL on Fiduciary Rule’s BICE

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.

Greg Abbott.

Big Law Leaders Join Opposition to Texas 'Bathroom Bill'

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

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

Follow the Golden Rule: Model Rule 5.6, That Is

By Michael P. Maslanka |

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.

From the left to right: Elise Carter (Paralegal), Michelle Holloway (Collections), Anthony Lowenberg (Corporate Counsel), UG (HVA’s Mascot), Bonnie DePasse (General Counsel), Sherry Wallace (Legal Assistant), Dawn Williams (Audits), of HomeVestors of America, Inc.

Homevestors of America: Managing Business Growth

My most important function as general counsel is handling the challenge of making sure our legal department keeps pace with the company's growth.

Heather Nevitt. Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lawyer

The Work Family

Ciara Perritano, second-year law student at St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio

Surviving Law School: Advice From Those Who Know

By Angela Morris |

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.

Nightmare on 14th Street

By Ben Major |

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.

Xome’s legal team, including General Counsel, Arash Mostafavipour, front row, second from right, and Jason Little, VP of Real Estate Counsel & Associate General Counsel, front row left.

Xome Holdings: Focusing Through the Business Lens

Our essential function is to partner with Xome's business units to devise sustainable, compliant and profitable business outcomes.

John Meredith, Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

Newsmakers: Month of July

John Meredith has become chief operating officer of Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry.

Getting a Bigger Bang for Your Litigation Buck

By Charlie Armstrong and Kacy Miller |

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.

The Imposter Syndrome: Successful People Can Feel Dogged by Feeling of Falseness

By James H. Dolan |

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.

Girl Locked In Store During Attempted Shoplifting Awarded $145K

An innocent bystander who was locked in a convenience store by an employee trying to stop an attempted shoplifting was awarded $145,000.

How to Determine When Litigation Costs Include Attorney Fees

By Trey Cox and Jason Dennis |

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.

Christina Ibrahim, EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Weatherford.

Weatherford International: One Team

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.

Ernest A. Raba Building at the St. Mary’s University School of Law

2 St. Mary's University School of Law Alumni Donate $1M

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.

Sandra Phillips Rogers, Group Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. in Plano, Texas. June 27, 2017.

GC Impact Player: Toyota Motor North America GC Sandra Phillips Rogers

By Angela Morris |

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.

Buckle Up: Seat Belt Evidence Now Admissible

By Quentin Brogdon |

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.

Leslie Moore

Meet the GC at the American College of Emergency Physicians

By Kristen Rasmussen |

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.

Brad Caldwell, Austin Curry, and Jason Cassady, with Caldwell Cassady & Curry

Caldwell Cassady & Curry: Preparation is the Key

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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.

Left to right: Brandon Allen, Lindsey Raspino, Jean Frizzell, Chris Reynolds and Cory Liu, Reynolds Frizzell

Reynolds Frizzell: Small Firm, Big Year

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Working for clients of all sizes, the 13 lawyers at Reynolds Frizzell focus on one area of practice.

King & Spalding lawyers. from left to right, standing, Bruce Hurley, Elizabeth L. Taber and Tracie Renfroe. Seated, Carol Wood and Shawn Stephens.

King & Spalding: Environmental Litigation Is a Science

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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.

From left: Ty Buthod; Bill Kroger, co-chair of the firmwide energy litigation practice; Macey Reasoner Stokes; and Aaron Streett, of Baker Botts.

Baker Botts: The Evolution of Energy

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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.

From left: Christopher Bovenkamp, Samuel F. Baxter, David Sochia, Lewis T. LeClair, and Robert M. Manley, of McKool Smith.

McKool Smith: A Trial Firm

By Mary Alice Robbins |

McKool Smith, headquartered in Dallas, describes itself as a trial firm, not a litigation firm.

From left: Stephen B. Crain, Blair Loocke, Richard Whiteley, Jeff Vaden, Brian Mitchell, and Sean R.D. Gorman, of Bracewell.

Bracewell: A Unified Team Equals Success

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Founded in Houston in 1945 by lawyers who tried cases, Bracewell has always had a strong focus on litigation.

From left: John Zavitsanos, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Todd Mensing, and Joe Ahmad of AZA.

Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing: Labor & Employment

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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.

Jamba Juice legal department.

Jamba Juice: A Recipe For Teamwork

The majority of Jamba's legal work is done internally by our legal department compared to utilizing outside counsel.

Texas Lawyer's 2017 Departments of the Year Honorees

By Heather D. Nevitt, Esq. |

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.

Dee Kelly, founder of Kelly Hart & Hallman, Fort Worth

Newsmakers: Week of July 31, 2017

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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.

Seattle Man Charged with Cyberattack on Dallas Legal Website

By John Council |

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.

Major Law Firm Names Populate GOP Shortlist for Del. Federal Court Vacancies

By Tom McParland |

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.

James Boasberg.

Judge Busts Banking Agency for 'Excessive' Footnotes, Strikes Court Brief

By C. Ryan Barber |

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 Lindenmayer, Kelley Drye & Warren, partner, Houston

Kelley Drye Launches Corporate Practice in Texas With K&L Gates Hire

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Bryce Linsenmayer, who joined Kelley Drye & Warren as a corporate partner, will be based in Houston and Austin.

Texas Executes Inmate Who Cited Disbarred Lawyer, Wikipedia Advice in Last-Minute Appeals

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital II LLC, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Scaramucci, economic adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, discussed the accuracy of polls in the U.S. presidential election and Trump's economic policy and support of free trade. Photographer: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Tongues Wagging About Scaramucci's Time at Harvard Law

By Karen Sloan |

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.

In 'Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat,' DC Circuit Grounds FAA

By Cogan Schneier |

The appeals court sided with a passengers' group that the FAA should reconsider a petition to regulate aircraft seat sizes.

Brent Coon.

Litigator of the Week: No Experience? No Problem. Plaintiffs Lawyer Lands $7M Win in Unfamiliar Territory

By John Council |

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.

Erik Osterrieder, Rao DeBoer Osterrieder

Houston Firm Settles Dispute With Former Lawyer Accused of Stealing Information, Operating Own Practice on the Side

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Matthews, Lawson, McCutcheon & Joseph has setlled a suit it filed against former lawyer Erik Osterrieder.

Ross Brooks, partner with Sanford Heisler Sharp.

Appeals Court Revives FCA Case Over Faulty Hip Implants

By Cogan Schneier |

The court allowed allegations that DePuy Orthopaedics sold defective hip implants to doctors who sought government reimbursement for them.

University of Southern California

Reports on USC Probe Spotlight Gibson Dunn Ties

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

Robert Thackston, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, Dallas.

New Texas Leader Takes Reins at Atlanta's Hawkins Parnell

By Meredith Hobbs |

Texas-based Robert Thackston, defense litigation firm Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young's new chairman, is also its first leader from outside its Atlanta headquarters.

Judge Brett Busby.

Mixing Guns and Alcohol Isn't Enough for Liability, Court Rules

By John Council |

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.

Regine Corrado

A Former Part-Timer Now Leads Baker McKenzie's Home Office

By Meghan Tribe |

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.

James Mathew Bradley Jr., left, arrives at the federal courthouse for a hearing, Monday, July 24, 2017, in San Antonio. Bradley was arrested in connection with the deaths of multiple people packed into a broiling tractor-trailer. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Trucker in Texas Smuggling Case Unlikely to Face Death, Former Prosecutors Say

By John Council |

Whether prosecutors seek the death penalty will depend in large part on whether trucker James Matthew Bradley intended to kill the victims.

After Day 1 of Bar Exam, Tweeters Be Like: ‘I Bet Starbucks is Hiring’

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.

Left to right: Neal Manne, Christine Stetson and  Mikal Watts

Texas Lawyer Announces 2017 Nominees for Attorney of the Year

By Heather D. Nevitt |

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.

Beyonce with twins Sir and Rumi in an announcment on Instagram with over 9 Million likes

Beyonce, Jay-Z Want to Trademark Twins’ Names. What Could Possibly Stand in Their Way?

By Scott Graham |

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.

Pillsbury Hires Biotech Firm COO in Austin, Was Former University of Texas GC

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Fifth Circuit Judge E. Grady Jolly.

Fifth Circuit Rules T-Mobile/MetroPCS Policy Banning Employee Photography Violates Labor Law

By John Council |

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.

Judge Martha Warner

16-Year Sentence Upheld for Wellington Millionaire in Drunken Crash

By Catherine Wilson |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal affirms the conviction of polo millionaire John Goodman after a retrial in a 2010 fatal collision.

Bar Exam Test-Takers Get Some Tweet Relief


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…

Boston Scientific.

Consolidated Trials Drawing Fire From Defense as Unfair

By Amanda Bronstad |

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, from ABC’s

Dad of 'The Bachelorette,' a Judge, Doesn't Meet Her Suitors on Camera

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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, center, speaking to the media after the Naruto v. Slater hearing.

Small Practices, Big Impacts: Meet the Lawyers Behind Two Major-League IP Cases


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.

VW Plaintiffs Team Awarded Another $125M in Fees and Costs


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 headquarters of the World Bank, where ICSID is housed.

Burford Claims Almost Half of $324M Argentina Arbitration Win

By Ben Hancock |

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.

Scott Monge, Atlanta.

Multi-State Suits Target 'Bait & Switch' Online Legal Ads

By Greg Land |

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.

Defense and Indemnification Provisions: Lessons Learned from Litigation

By Thomas B. Alleman |

Contracts requiring one or more of the parties to indemnify the other and to provide insurance to support the indemnity obligation are ubiquitous.

Do Law Firms Enable Alcoholism?

By Katelyn Polantz |

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.

I Fell for a Phishing Email, and the Law Couldn't Help Me

By Rhys Dipshan |

Despite regulating spam emails, the federal CAN-SPAM Act may do little to prevent phishing spam from reaching your inbox.

Ty Cobb.

Trump Lawyer Cobb Describes Role, Says He Took Job With Rocks in My Head and Steel Balls


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

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

Spotting a Disability Covered by the ADA

By Michael P. Maslanka |

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?

Danielle Joy Healey, Fish and Richardson

Transgender Attorney Finds Strong Support From Her Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

American Bar Association headquarters in Chicago.

ABA Fines, Publicly Censures Law School for Noncompliance With Anti-Discrimination Standard

By Angela Morris |

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.

Are Asian-Americans Fed Up With Law?


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.

Amid Delays, Politics Leave US Attorney Prospects in Limbo


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.

Paul Marcus, law professor at William & Mary Law School and president of the American Association of Law Schools.

Law School Association Ditches Texas Over Immigration, Bathroom Bill

By John Council |

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 Healey, Fish and Richardson

Fish & Richardson IP Litigator Changes Name, Gender

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Gregory Sleet

Del. Judge Rules ‘TC Heartland’ Did Not Change Law for Venue

By Tom McParland |

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.

Janet Dhillon.

Burlington GC Janet Dhillon, Trump's Pick for EEOC, Discloses Ethics Pledge, Salary

By Erin Mulvaney |

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 K. Maruca of Baker Donelson's Health Law Group in Houston.

Baker Donelson's Latest Health Care Hire Means Business

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Matthew Maruca, who has straddled the in-house/law firm divide through his career, is now adding a new element.

Ashley Madison website

Ashley Madison Class Accord Raises Question: How Do You Find Claimants Who Don't Want to Be Found?


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?

Dallas Lawyer Indicted for Arranging Fake Marriage for Legal Assistant

By John Council |

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 Announces Its Professional Excellence Honorees

By Heather D. Nevitt |

Texas Lawyer is proud to announce the winners of our 2017 Professional Excellence Awards including Lifetime Achiever, Distinguished Leaders, and Lawyers on the Rise.

On Writing: From King to Garner, the Differences and Similarities Between Strong Legal and Creative Writing

By Jason Huebinger |

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.

A hydraulic fracturing operation in Northern Pennsylvania near Binghamton, New York.

V&E, Baker Botts Take Lead Roles on $1.3B Oil and Gas Services Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins represents Select Energy Services of Gainesville in its pending merger with Rockwater Energy Solutions of Houston, which turned to Baker Botts.

Randy Evans, left, and Shari Klevens, right.

What Every Replacement Counsel Should Know

By Shari Klevens and Randy Evans |

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.

Deborah Coldwell.

Checking Out: Dallas Lawyer Convinces Judge to Toss Suit Against Holiday Inn

By John Council |

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.

Big Firms Bag Roles on Designer Jeans, Wedding Dress Bankruptcies


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.

Kathleen Campbell Walker a shareholder in Cox Smith Matthews in El Paso

As One Detroit-Based Firm Closes in El Paso, Another Opens

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

With Dykema Cox Smith closing its El Paso office, four lawyers switch firms and join Dickinson Wright in El Paso.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Vacation Is 'Lame' Excuse for Class Objector Missing Deadline, Court Rules

By John Council |

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.

Houston Debt Collection Lawyer Hit with $25 Million DTPA Judgment

By John Council |

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.

Screenshot of The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Episode 3.

'The Bachelorette' Attorney Rachel Lindsay Narrows Field to Three

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Dallas trial lawyer visited the families of her suitors in the most recent episode.

Settling Ashley Madison Data Breach Lawsuit Was Likely 'Inevitable'

By Ed Silverstein |

Experts say that the settlement, announced for $11.2 million earlier this month, made sense for all parties involved.

Tweeting From the Bench: Judges Discuss Social Media Pitfalls


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.

Todd Culwell, left, and Kip Brar

Energy Lateral Market Heats Up

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Like the temperature, the market for energy lawyer laterals is heating up in Texas.

Social Media Sleuthing of Job Candidates Could Be Risky Business


When a hiring partner learns something revealing about job candidates by scouring their social media accounts, is that a good thing?

Dallas lawyer Brian Cuban speaks at a 2015 addiction recovery conference in Washington, D.C.

'I Spent Every Cent I Had on Cocaine': Lawyer's Struggle Revealed

By Angela Morris |

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 Rudberg, Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas.

Newsmakers Week of July 17, 2017

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Walter "Zev" Rudberg has joined Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas as an associate in Dallas.

How to Shift Your Litigation Strategies for the New IP Landscape

By Sapna W. Palla and Andrew Bochner |

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.

Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra

Austin Attorney Suspended Over Stalking Allegations Against Opposing Counsel

By John Council |

Omar Rosales has been barred from the Western District of Texas for three years and will have to complete counseling before being re-admitted.

Number of LSAT Test-Takers Surges. Is It a Trump Bump?

By Karen Sloan |

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.

Texas attorney Austin Tighe

Texas Attorney Going to Bat for Conn. Native American Tribe


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.

Catherine Stetson of Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells Argues Disbarred Lawyer's 'Mouthpiece' Doomed Death Row Inmate


A planned Texas execution may hinge on how effectively TaiChin Preyor's current lawyers can criticize their predecessors.

Gillette razors

Are Law Firms Too Sophisticated for Their Own Good?

By Hugh A. Simons |

The dangerous path Big Law is headed down and what it has to do to change course.

Fifth Circuit Senior Judge Patrick Higginbotham authored the majority opinion ordering the appointment of counsel and funding for a mental health expert in schizophrenic death row inmate Scott Panetti's long-running case to avoid execution.

Panetti Case Continues as Fifth Circuit Orders New Lawyer, Mental Health Expert for Death Row Inmate

By John Council |

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.

Andrew Morriss.

Law Dean Who Helped Texas School Shine Takes on 'Innovation' Role

By Karen Sloan |

A&M's Andrew Morriss will lead the university's new School of Innovation starting Aug. 1.

Donald Trump at a campaign rally in 2016.

Twitter Users Blocked by President Trump File First Amendment Suit

By B. Colby Hamilton |

A group of Twitter users blocked by President Donald Trump are suing after a request to be unblocked on First Amendment grounds went unheeded.

Law Firm Leaders' Confidence Grows Despite Demand Jitters

By Roy Strom |

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.

Reality Winner.

Prosecutors in Reality Winner Case Push for News Reports to Be 'Classified'

By R. Robin McDonald |

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.

STP High Mileage Oil Treatment

Armor All/STP Says Competitor Stole 'High Mileage' Trademark


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.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC

Federal Circuit Revives Injunction Bid in EDTX Patent Spat

By Scott Graham |

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.

Haynes and Boone Houston associate Mini Kapoor

Court's 'Young Lawyers' Rule Allows Associate to Argue Summary Judgment Motion

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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.

Newsmakers: Week of July 10

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Peter Hays, a transactional oil and gas lawyer, has joined King & Spalding as a partner in the firm's Houston office.

William A. Munck.

Munck Wilson Mandala Adds Seven IP Lawyers

By John Council |

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.

DLA Piper's Hack Attack Could Cost 'Millions'

By James Booth |

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.

High-tension power transmission towers at twilight in North texas. September 26, 2009. Photo: David R. Tribble via Wikimedia Commons.

Kirkland, Gibson Dunn and Cravath Advise on $9B Oncor-Berkshire Hathaway Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

U.S. Judge Robert L. Pitman of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Austin Federal Judge Tosses White Male Lawyer's 'Quota' Lawsuit Against Texas Bar

By John Council |

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.

In Voter ID Case, Brief by DOJ Says New Texas Law Eliminates Bias at Polls

By Miriam Rozen |

Civil rights private plaintiffs still plan to fight.

Austin, Texas.

Sedgwick Closes Austin Office as Number of Shuttered Cities Grows

By Roy Strom |

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.

Baker & Hostetler

Houston IP Litigator Leaves McDermott, Joins Baker & Hostetler

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Steven Spears, who was head of the McDermott, Will & Emery office in Houston, moved to Baker & Hostetler's much larger Houston office.

U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Attorney General nominee for the state of California. December 8, 2016.

Becerra, Arguing EPA Inadequacy, Dives Into Energy Case

By Cheryl Miller |

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.

Monogram Residential, 615 W. 7th St., Austin, Texas.

Goodwin Procter, Jones Day and Morrison & Foerster Advise on $3B REIT Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A real estate M&A team from Goodwin Procter represents Monogram Residental Trust of Plano in its pending $3 billion acquisition.

Martin Shkreli hears advice from attorney Benjamin Brafman during a 2016 hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

From Martin Shkreli to Donald Trump, Surviving Clients Who Won't Listen

By Christine Simmons |

In the age of at-your-fingertips social media, some defense attorneys are struggling with a new challenge: controlling their own clients.

Bill Luyties of Lorance & Thompson in Houston, Texas.

Houston Lawyer Helps Chicago Law Firm Get Out of Texas Bank Scam Case

By John Council |

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.

Professor Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School

Newegg Overcomes Acacia in Attorney Fee Fight

By Scott Graham |

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."

U.S. Supreme Court

Justices' Broad View of 'Families' Is Tested in Trump Travel Ban

By Marcia Coyle |

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.

South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX.

Discrimination Suit Against South Texas Law School Tossed

By Karen Sloan |

A black law librarian who sued South Texas College of Law—Houston has lost his lawsuit filed in 2014.

Sidley Austin partner Paige Montgomery of Dallas holds a Costa Rican boy in January after helping build a home for the boy's family and gifting them each a handmade quilt.

This Big Law Partner's Hobby Is Sew Cool

By Angela Morris |

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.

Cliff Vrielink, co-managing partner with Sidley Austin in Houston.

Sidley Strengthens Energy Practice With Hire of Two Partners in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

David Asmus and Brian Bradshaw have moved to Sidley Austin's Houston office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman

Texas Supreme Court Sides With Democrats in Upholding Corporate Campaign Ban

By John Council |

The all-Republican Texas high court said it was bound to follow U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence allowing restrictions on corporate campaign contributions.

Carrie Marker of Dechert.

Confused About Your Career? Try Your Firm's Career Coach

By Gina Passarella |

More firms are offering in-house career counseling to their lawyers. (And no, they're not there to coach you out the door.)

Houston Family Lawyer Settles Legal Malpractice Suit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

James Rodney Gilstrap, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. July 27, 2011. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL..

Texas Judge Sets Patent Venue Test for a Post-TC Heartland World

By Scott Graham |

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.

Fort Worth Attorney Bryan Wilson, the Texas Law Hawk

Texas' Loudest Lawyer Celebrates Fourth of July With Exploding Hat of Fireworks

By John Council |

Brian Wilson blows up the internet, again — this time with bottle rockets.

Donald Trump

Feds Will Now Target Relatives Who Smuggled in Children

By Garance Burke |

The head of an El Paso shelter says painting the policy change as an anti-smuggling effort is disingenuous.

John Raley, partner in Raley & Bowick in Houston

Newsmakers: Week of July 3

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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.

Why Associates Leave and How You Can Get Them to Stay

By Tina Cohen and Jennifer Henderson, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report |

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.

After Years of Setbacks, Patent Owners Try to Turn Tide in Congress

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.

Chadbourne Is No More as Deal With Norton Rose Fulbright Goes Live

Global giant Norton Rose Fulbright and Manhattan-based Chadbourne & Parke finalized their merger Friday, ending Chadbourne’s 115-year run as an independent firm.

Uber headquarters, located at 1455 Market St. in San Francisco, CA.

Austin's Lobbyists Ride High With Uber and Lyft

By Miriam Rozen |

"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.

Heather Nevitt. Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lawyer

Locally Grown

U.S. Supreme Court building

Interruption Study Is About More Than SCOTUS

By Kathleen J. Wu |

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.

Tragedy Can Follow When Criminal Law and Family Law Collide

By Marie Briner |

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.

Midsize Texas Firms Growing in Texas Alongside National Firms

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

A Look at the Current Texas Legal Job Market

By Angela Morris |

Not to be Debbie Downer, but numbers don't lie—the legal job market in Texas isn't getting better yet.

Scott Carlson, general counsel at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).

Meet Dallas Area Rapid Transit's GC: Scott Carlson


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, Sidley Austin LLP, Dallas.

Newsmakers: Month of July

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.

3 Things In-House Counsel Need to Know Now About Defending Against Cybersecurity Threats

By John Ansbach |

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.

Shadow IT: Enterprise Risk of Hidden Technology in the Workplace

By Eddie Block |

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.

Avoiding the Cybersecurity Chopping Block

By Lori S. Nugent |

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.

Ironworkers' Fall From Lift Yields $16.5M Verdict

Two ironworkers who fell from a scissor lift when it was struck by a window during its removal were awarded $16.5 million.

As Gray Divorces Increase, Social Security Benefits Become More Important

By Aubrey Connatser and Guy Rodgers |

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.

Uber Gets Red Light in Bid to Settle Drivers' Wage Claim

By Amanda Bronstad |

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.

DLA Piper Slowly Recovers After Ransomware Attack

By Katelyn Polantz |

After three days without phones and email following a cyberattack across Europe, DLA Piper's U.S. operation is back up and running. 

U.S. Labor Department in Washington, D.C.

Trump's Labor Dept. Tells Court It Will Revise Obama's Overtime Rule

By Erin Mulvaney |

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.

Alison Moore, left, and Ellen Van Meir, right, of Thompson Coe.

Thompson Coe Among Top Firms on Women's Scorecard; 43 Percent of Firm's Lawyers Are Women

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dallas firm Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons is ranked 12th among 261 U.S. firms for percent of women lawyers and partners.

Texas Lawyer Announces Its 2017 Litigation and Legal Departments of the Year

By Heather D. Nevitt |

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.

LinkedIn Spars With Data-Mining Company Over Access to Profiles

By Ross Todd |

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.

Three Decisions, Three Strikes: SCOTUS Redefines Jurisdiction

By Stan Perry |

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.

Former San Antonio Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Scamming Clients With Fake Court Rulings

By John Council |

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.

Alistair Dawson of Beck Redden.

Houston Bar Sues to Shut Down 'Fictitious' Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

Janet Dhillon, Ex-Big Law Turned Longtime GC, Lands Trump Nod for EEOC

By Erin Mulvaney and Mike Scarcella |

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.

Computer Hacker.

DLA Piper Isn’t Alone—40 Percent of Law Firms Unaware of Breaches

By Ian Lopez |

A survey of 200 U.S. firms found that many law firms are unprepared for cyberattacks, and it’s hurting their standing with clients.

Ransomware Attack on DLA Piper Puts Law Firms, Clients on Red Alert


By now, every managing partner has heard the warning: Law firms and their clients’ sensitive information are a treasure trove for hackers.

The Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

After Years of Setbacks, Patent Owners Try to Turn Tide in Congress

By Scott Graham |

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.

Ransomware Attack

Your Law Firm Got Hacked. What Do You Do Now


A four-step guide to how law firms can limit their exposure to further cyber theft and legal liabilities after an attack.

Scott McDonald, Littler Mendelson shareholder

Dallas Lawyer Preserves $12.2M Trade Secrets Verdict at the 5th Circuit

By John Council |

Scott McDonald represented Quantlab in a case that involved a former employee and an attorney.

Legal Mal Suit Against Bracewell Must Be Arbitrated, Despite Plaintiffs' Plea of Poverty

By Max Mitchell |

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.

screenshot of ABC’s Bachelorette 2017 page.

More Drama, Fewer Men as Lawyer-Turned-'Bachelorette' Seeks Mate

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-story building.

US Lawyers Set Sights on Manufacturer in UK High-Rise Fire

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

Rachel Lindsay

Dallas Lawyer Fails to Make a Winning Case in 'The Bachelorette'

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Fifth Circuit Reverses $2 million Brady Violation Case Against Police Because Plaintiff Pleaded Guilty

By John Council |

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.

U.S. Justice Department headquarters in Washington.

Cardiac Monitoring Cos. to Pay Nearly $13.5M in Whistleblower Settlement

By Kristen Rasmussen |

A group of cardiac monitoring companies and an executive have agreed to pay a combined $13.45 million to settle allegations they overbilled Medicare.

Clay Brett was hired as general counsel for Millennial Energy Partners

Millennial Energy Partners Hires Clay Brett as GC

By David Ruiz |

Houston-based Millennial Energy Partners has hired Clay Brett as vice president and general counsel.

A large crowd rallies on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, led by top Democrat lawmakers, to denounce President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from 7 Muslim-majority countries, on January 30, 2017.

Supreme Court Narrows Travel-Ban Injunctions, Puts Case on October Calendar

By Marcia Coyle |

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.

U.S. Supreme Court building.

Justices Revive Suit Against US Agent Who Fatally Shot Mexican Teenager

By Marcia Coyle |

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.

Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court speaking during the Supreme Court budget hearing for the year 2012 before the House Approps Subcommittee on the Financial Services and General Government. April 14, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

SCOTUS Ends Term With Blow to Class Action Plaintiffs

By Tony Mauro |

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 Apostolakis of Martin, Earl & Stilwell.

Newsmakers: Week of June 26

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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.

Virgil Ochoa, Ferdose al-Taie and Ian Pesses, Dykema Cox Smith, Dallas.

Dykema Cox Smith Continues Expansion of Dallas Office With Three Lateral Hires

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Dallas office of Dykema Cox Smith brings on three lateral special counsel, expanding in litigation and transactions.

Texas Supreme Court building

Can Payday Lenders Force Arbitration After Having Borrowers Arrested?

By John Council |

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.

The Texas Supreme Court Provides a ‘Form of Production’ Road Map for Litigants

By Carolyn Southerland, Morae Global |

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.

BEWARE! Tax Law Changes Are a Game-Changer for Your Partnership

By Katherine E. David |

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, professor at South Texas College of Law.

Treece Will Resign as O'Quinn Estate Executor

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Texas Supreme Court building.

Texas Supreme Court Explains When Judgment Against Insured is Recoverable from Insurer

By Steven A. Meyerowitz, Esq., Director, FC&S Legal |

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.

Four SCOTUS Page-Turners for Your Summer Reading List

By Tony Mauro |

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 Trial Lawyer Hit With More Barratry Claims

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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 E. Smith

Fifth Circuit Ends Injunction Against Nation's Harshest Anti-Gay Law


Judge Jerry Smith wrote that the plaintiffs lacked standing because they could not prove they'd been injured by the law.

George Clooney and friends, presumably celebrating the sale of Casamigos Tequila

Wilson Elser Lawyer Helps Clooney Close $1B Tequila Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Mitch Williams

'Wild Thing' Mitch Williams Secures $1.5M Verdict in Case Over Firing From MLB Network

By Charles Toutant |

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.

James C.

Texas High Court Picks Up Oil Family's $7.2M Attorney Fee Fight

By John Council |

Shamoun & Norman sued former client Albert G. Hill Jr. in state court alleging he owed them a multimillion-dollar "performance incentive bonus."

Microsoft Corporation Campus Sign .Redmond Washington.

Who's Afraid of EDTX? Not Microsoft

By Scott Graham |

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.

Carbon Tax Plan Could Mean Less Work for Some Lawyers, More for Others

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

Charles Batchelor, left, and Dan Woodall of Woodall Batchelor

2 Houston-Area Attorneys Launch New Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

screenshot of ABC’s Bachelorette 2017 page.

'The Bachelorette' Judges Brains As Well As Brawn

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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.

Former Dallas Court of Appeals Justice David Lewis.

Police Find Former Dallas Appeals Court Justice Dead in His Home

By John Council |

University Park police found David Lewis' body in his home after friends hadn't heard from him in days.

10 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Employee Handbook

By Franklin Z. Wolf |

Employee handbooks can be useful tools, and employers should be careful in crafting them to suit their business and legal needs.

U.S. Supreme Court building

Gerrymandering Trial Looms in Texas as SCOTUS Takes on Redistricting

By Miriam Rozen |

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.

Justice Don Willett, of the Texas Supreme Court.

Attorneys Blocked from Taking Client's Business in Fee Dispute

By John Council |

The attorneys claimed they were entitled to take a piece of their client's business under a contingent fee agreement.

Peter Broderick of Jackson Walker in San Antonio

Newsmakers: Week of June 19

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Peter Broderick, James M. McDonough and William J. McDonough Jr. have joined the San Antonio office of Jackson Walker as partners.

Robert Schick, partner with Vinson & Elkins in Houston.

Trial Lawyer Robert Schick Returns to Vinson & Elkins

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Robert Schick, who left Vinson & Elkins in 2014 to form a litigation boutique in Houston with Morgan Copeland, returned to V&E.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

In First-of-Its-Kind Ruling, SCOTUS Strikes Down Law Barring Social Media Use by Sex Offenders

By Tony Mauro |

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.

Priscilla Owen.

Fifth Circuit Reverses $4.5M Award in School Molestation Case

By John Council |

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.

After Covington Report, Busier Times Ahead for Uber's Legal Department

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.

Whole Foods.

Sullivan & Cromwell and Wachtell Advise on Amazon's Purchase of Whole Foods

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Wachtell represents Whole Foods Market in its pending $13.7 billion acquisition by Amazon, which turned to Sullivan & Cromwell.

Five Firms Involved in Permian Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Five firms represent parties involved in joint venture deal for energy gathering and processing infrastructure system in the Delaware Basin section of the Permian.

Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, Kuhn Hobbs

ConocoPhillips Smacked with $11.7M Oil, Gas Royalties Decision

By John Council |

The underlying case lingered for nearly seven years in Texas courts after the oil and gas joint repeatedly raised procedural hurdles.

American Airlines.

US Lawyers Who Spurred Cuba Investments Await Trump Changes

By Miriam Rozen |

American Airlines' lawyer weighs in, carefully, on the looming changes in U.S.-Cuba relations.