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Lawyer Suspended for Demanding Large Bonus Before Releasing Client's Settlement Check

By John Council |

D. Patrick Smitherman demanded $50,000 extra from a client before releasing a large settlement check. And a trial court was correct in suspending his law license for that move, according to a recent appellate court decision.

Merger Gone South Leads to Firm Breakup, Lawsuits

By Angela Morris |

After disagreeing about how much money William "Mick" McKamie's firm was supposed to pay to Barney L. Knight in their firms' merger, the lawyers quarreled about how much to bill, which lawyers to assign to clients, and more.

T. Mark Kelly, a partner and chairman in the Houston office of Vinson & Elkins

Firm Finance: V&E Posts Second Record Year in a Row

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gross revenue and net income improved at Houston-based Vinson & Elkins in 2014 compared with 2013.

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Navigating Potential Pitfalls in Termination Provisions Software Agreements

By Julie Machal-Fulks |

Problematic provisions in a software license agreement discuss audit rights, scope of the license grant, potential third-party use, limitations of liability, indemnity, and limitations on the transfer of licenses. Licensees should be careful to negotiate these provisions during a licensing transaction.

Hurricane Katrina.

$6.2 Million in Attorney Fees, Costs Awarded in Hurricane Katrina Insurance Litigation

By Angela Neville |

Even though it's been almost 10 years since Hurricane Katrina damaged the oil and gas production facilities owned by Cox Operating, the company only recently was awarded a combined total of $6,297,903 in attorney fees, costs and expenses.

Charla G. Aldous, founder, Aldous Law Firm, Dallas

Dallas Ebola Nurse Sues Hospital's Parent Company

By Miriam Rozen |

Charla Aldous, the Dallas lawyer who represents Nina Pham, said her client's lawsuit took "guts."

Testimony: Lawyer Oath Wouldn't Create Suits Against Uncivil Lawyers

By Angela Morris |

In response to a senator's questions, a bill author and supporters say their bill, requiring new lawyers to swear to maintain civility, would not authorize people to sue or file grievances against uncivil lawyers.

J. Angelo DeSantis, UC Davis School of Law.

No One Wants to Read Your Legal Writing

By J. Angelo DeSantis |

In the judge's ideal world, your motion wouldn't exist.

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10 Things New Lawyers Should Know to Survive in the Courtroom

By The YL Editorial Board |

Failure to remember these 10 basic survival tips may not cost you the case, but it could cost you your dignity.

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An Elite Education's Going to Cost You

By Karen Sloan |

Tuition at U.S. law schools continues to increase even as demand for law degrees declines. And the increases are particularly pronounced at the elite schools that send the most graduates into the nation's largest law firms.

Aaron Streett of Baker Botts

Tough Questions at $5 Million Fee Fight Before SCOTUS

By Miriam Rozen |

Aaron Streett uttered less than two paragraphs before Justices Scalia and Sotomayor, not usually paired, jumped in and began peppering him with skeptical questions.

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Don't Look at Litigation as a Battle to Be Won

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Do you find yourself using "we" and battle analogies in litigation?

Sabina Bramlett, a partner in the Dallas office of Fox Rothschild

Newsmakers: Week of March 2

Sabina Bramlett has joined Fox Rothschild in Dallas as a partner in the firm's taxation and wealth planning practice.

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Dismissal of Complaint Against Edith Jones Stands

By John Council |

A federal committee finds the D.C. council got it right when it dismissed a complaint filed against the Fifth Circuit's former chief judge, who was accused of making comments indicating "racial bias" during a speech.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Two Bills Aimed at Busting City O&G Bans

By Angela Neville |

A group of Texas lawmakers are trying to discourage cities from restricting oil and gas drilling or hydraulic fracturing.

Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, and partner in Haynes and Boone, Richardson

Bill Proposes Special Court for Business Litigation

By Angela Morris |

A lawmaker said that Texas district courts are capable of handling complex business disputes, but it would streamline business litigation and increase efficiency for an expert court to take over.

'Apparent Gamesmanship' Leads to Sanction

By Miriam Rozen |

Order issued by magistrate in long-running case pending from bankruptcy-related fraudulent transfer allegations.

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Firm Finance: Chamberlain Hrdlicka Numbers for 2014

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gross revenue and net income were up 9.2 percent and 15.3 percent, respectively, in 2014 at Houston-based Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry.

House Budget Writer Wants to Fund Public Integrity Unit

By Angela Morris |

The chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee for the judiciary's budget said he doesn't like how some public integrity cases are being prosecuted after former Gov. Rick Perry vetoed public integrity unit money.

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For Online 'Unboxers' Earning Money From Endorsements, Old School Marketing Rules Still Apply

By Steve Thomas |

Whether vlogger, blogger, podcaster, or mere social-media butterfly, if they receive compensation of any kind for touting a product, endorsers they are.

The Career Advice You Probably Didn't Get

By Kathleen J. Wu |

Before there can be confidence there must be expertise, knowledge and mastery.

Ross A. Sears II of Houston's Williamson, Sears & Rusnak

Is a Firm/Client Arbitration Clause Unconscionable?

By John Council |

The Texas Supreme Court will decide whether an agreement drawn up by a law firm to make sure its client's malpractice claim never sees a jury is fair.

Case Summaries

By David Popple |
From left: Charles 'Chuck' Herring Jr., a partner in Herring & Irwin in Austin, with newlywed clients Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant

The Wedding Planner: A Step-By-Step Legal Analysis of State's First Same-Sex Marriage

By Angela Morris |

Attorneys who watched the legal hurricane surrounding the state's first legal same-sex marriage said that the newlyweds' lawyers "beautifully" executed a creative legal strategy.

Houston Lawyer Hit With Disciplinary Suit Over Bankruptcy Work

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Commission for Lawyer Discipline filed a disciplinary suit against Houston lawyer Calvin C. Braun Jr. alleging he filed documents without obtaining his client's signature.

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht

Chief Justice Hecht Outlines Plan for Affordable Fee Study Group

By Angela Morris |

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht wrote, "People who need legal services and can't get them risk losing important rights. … At the same time the justice gap is widening, more and more lawyers are looking for work."

David Bernsen of the Bernsen Law Firm in Beaumont

LOTW: 'Deliberate Indifference' Leads to $2.4 Million Verdict

By Miriam Rozen |

Civil rights litigator David Bernsen knew he had to persuade the jury that Orange County officials had shown "deliberate indifference" to Robert Montano, a county prisoner who died of renal failure in jail after spending days in a cell without running water or a toilet.

Despite Support, US LNG Exports on Shaky Ground

By Natalie Regoli and Brian Polley |

Despite a renewed and vocal support for LNG exports on Capitol Hill, many proposed export projects—including those in Texas—face significant challenges and uncertain futures if the current energy economic environment continues.

Pennzoil Beats Miller Oil in Trademark Tug of War

By Angela Neville |

Pennzoil-Quaker State Company won its trademark infringement case on Feb. 23, against Miller Oil and Gas Operations in a case involving a long-standing collaboration between the two companies.

Tim Powers, Haynes and Boone partner in Dallas, MP as of Jan. 1, 2015

Firm Finance: Haynes and Boone's Gross Revenue Grows

By John Council |

Strong IP and real estate practices helped the Dallas-based law firm bring in $339 million in gross revenue in 2014, up by 8.9 percent from the previous year.

Pearland Lawyer Sues Former Firm Over Fees

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

James Burnett sued Whitley LLP Attorneys at Law of Houston, alleging he's owed nearly $100,000.

T. John 'Johnny' Ward Jr. is a partner in Longview's Ward & Smith

NPE Wins $532.9 Million in Patent Suit Against Apple

By John Council |

The big verdict proves once again that Eastern District of Texas jurors do not care if a plaintiff is a "nonpracticing entity"—a company that owns a patent but produces no products—according to lawyers.

Does Texas Clean Air Act Trump Houston Air Quality Law?

By Angela Neville |

That is the question that has been put before the Texas Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear oral arguments in 'BCCA Appeal Group v. Houston' on March 25, 2015.

Kevin A. Sullivan, chairman and CEO, Winstead

Firm Finance: Gross Revenue, Net Income Up at Winstead

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gross revenue improved by 11 percent and net income by 11.9 percent in 2014 at the Dallas-based Winstead.

Woman Wins 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Verdict

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Tarrant County jury found Jennifer Lynn Pedroza was a partner in company that first published books in the "Fifty Shades" trilogy.

VerdictSearch: Bar Patron Settles for $75,000 After Fracturing Ankle

A patron at a bar/restaurant who fractured her ankle while salsa dancing agreed to a $75,000 settlement.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville

Feds Ask Texas Judge to Stay Immigration Ruling

By John Council |

The federal government's emergency motion argues a stay is needed because U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's ruling impairs its ability to secure the borders and set priorities on who is—and isn't—deported from the country.

Immigration Lawyer Indicted for Identity Theft, Fraud

By John Council |

"Sherin Thawer submitted the fraudulently completed and forged Law Enforcement Certification forms for the purpose of obtaining the U-Visas for the aliens she represented," according to a recent federal indictment.

Winstead Fights Legal Mal Suit Over $62 Million Loan

By John Council |

The law firm will vigorously defend a lawsuit filed by former clients who allege it made "countless errors and misrepresentation" in a complicated loan workout and foreclosure.

A ship floats amongst a sea of spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

Navigating the Post-Gulf Oil Spill Insurance and Indemnity Landscape

By Stephany Olsen-LeGrand |

Key decisions in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill litigation have highlighted the evolving legal landscape in assessing liability and financial responsibility in a major accident.

Opportunities for Texas Lawyers in an Uncertain Texas Economy

By Bill McDonald |

While clients sort out the effects of current commodity prices, lawyers must consider how the drop in oil prices will affect demand for legal services across the state in 2015 and 2016.

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New Rules Concerning Pipeline Permit Applications

By Mark A. Mathews and Stephanie N. Murphy |

Although the new rules have a limited impact on the applicable Texas law regarding eminent domain, they do require parties to provide the RRC with more specific information in order for an applicant to obtain a pipeline permit.

The Career Advice You Probably Didn't Get

By Kathleen J. Wu |

Before there can be confidence there must be expertise, knowledge and mastery.

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For Online 'Unboxers' Earning Money From Endorsements, Old School Marketing Rules Still Apply

By Steve Thomas |

Whether vlogger, blogger, podcaster, or mere social-media butterfly, if they receive compensation of any kind for touting a product, endorsers they are.

John Minor Wisdom U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit building, New Orleans, LA.

5th Circuit Anti-Plaintiff? Not So Fast ...

By Michael P. Maslanka |

The Fifth Circuit gets a bad rap on being anti-plaintiff in employment cases. But it did a lot to nuke that image by denying en banc review (by an 11-4 vote) in 'Thompson v. Waco'.

George Fleming, of Houston's George Fleming and Associates

Plaintiffs Lawyer's Claims Dismissed Against Lawyers, Firms

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Houston judge dismisses claims brought by Houston lawyer George Fleming against two Houston firms and five lawyers.

Baker Botts Spends $3 Million, 10 Years on Death Row Case

By Miriam Rozen |

Michael Goldberg, a partner at the firm, who helped lead a team that persuaded the CCA to send death row defendant Linda Carty's case for a review by the trial court, said the representations has altered his attitude about capital punishment.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Sharon Keller

Sharon Keller, Lone Dissent on High-Profile Death Row Case

By Miriam Rozen |

The CCA presiding judge wrote in her dissenting opinion that death row defendant Linda Carty would have been able to raise prosecutorial allegations the first time she filed a habeas application—and she didn't.

Gabriel Salinas, a senior associate with Mayer Brown in Houston

Mexican O&G Sector: Now Open for Business

By Angela Neville |

Now that Mexico has finally opened its energy sector to private investment, U.S. energy companies undoubtedly will be champing at the bit for the chance to tap the country's rich oil and gas reserves.

Defendant to Appeal Judge-Murder-Plot Conviction

By Angela Morris |

"It's like taking a stick of dynamite to kill a fire ant mound: You might be effective—but you might have overdone it," said defense lawyer Stan Schwieger. "Nothing ever would have happened from this."

U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes

5th Circuit Takes Case Away From Judge Lynn Hughes

By John Council |

The appellate court reversed the Houston federal court judge twice after he dismissed a qui tam action against Shell—and this time they ordered the case reassigned to a different court.

From left: Toni Weinstein, Donald Hammett Jr. and X. Lane Folsom

Dentons Picks Up Three REIT Partners

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Three lawyers with a REIT practice and an associate join Dentons' Dallas office.

Pearland Lawyer Sues Former Firm Over Fees

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

James Burnett sued Whitley LLP Attorneys at Law of Houston, alleging he's owed nearly $100,000.

ExxonMobil Protests Penalty in Pipeline Spill Case

By Angela Neville |

ExxonMobil Corp. appealed a $1,045,000 penalty imposed by the federal pipeline safety agency against the oil company in relation to a 2011 pipeline failure that caused a 63,000 gallon-oil spill into the Yellowstone River in Montana.

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht

Chief Justice Hecht Outlines Plan for Affordable Fee Study Group

By Angela Morris |

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht wrote, "People who need legal services and can't get them risk losing important rights. … At the same time the justice gap is widening, more and more lawyers are looking for work."

Pennzoil Beats Miller Oil in Trademark Tug of War

By Angela Neville |

Pennzoil-Quaker State Company won its trademark infringement case on Feb. 23, against Miller Oil and Gas Operations in a case involving a long-standing collaboration between the two companies.

Houston Lawyer Hit With Disciplinary Suit Over Bankruptcy Work

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Commission for Lawyer Discipline filed a disciplinary suit against Houston lawyer Calvin C. Braun Jr. alleging he filed documents without obtaining his client's signature.

OAG Warns of Scam Email

By Miriam Rozen |

Stumbling vocabulary should wave a red flag for Texans to not respond to fraudulent email using his name, Ken Paxton's office said.

Tim Powers, Haynes and Boone partner in Dallas, MP as of Jan. 1, 2015

Firm Finance Numbers for Haynes and Boone

By John Council |

Strong IP and real estate practices helped the Dallas-based law firm bring in $339 million in gross revenues in 2014, up by 8.9 percent from the previous year.

University of Texas School of Law in Austin.

In Texas, One Go-To Law School Dominates the Rest

By Karen Sloan |

They say that everything is bigger in Texas. So, apparently, is the University of Texas School of Law’s influence on the state’s law firms.

Left to right: Lindsey Berg and Jean L. Bertrand, Schiff Hardin

Countdown to Trial Checklist: Part Two

By Jean L. Bertrand and Lindsey N. Berg |

Whether your trial is simple or complex, whether you represent the plaintiff or defendant, whether your case is document-intensive or a matter of "he says, she says," the following checklist will help you to be ready on the day of the trial.

Suggestions for How to Work Smarter, Not Harder: Part II

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

Working smarter is not a panacea, but it certainly can help. Last month, five ideas were offered that promote greater efficiency. Five more are discussed this month.

T. John 'Johnny' Ward Jr. is a partner in Longview's Ward & Smith

NPE Wins $532.9 Million in Patent Suit Against Apple

By John Council |

The big verdict proves once again that Eastern District of Texas jurors do not care if a plaintiff is a "nonpracticing entity"—a company that owns a patent but produces no products—according to lawyers.

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright, now a partner in Bracewell & Giuliani in Austin

Bracewell Picks New Head of Austin Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dale Wainwright, a partner who is a former Texas Supreme Court justice, is the office's new managing partner.

Ross A. Sears II of Houston's Williamson, Sears & Rusnak

Is a Firm/Client Arbitration Clause Unconscionable?

By John Council |

The Texas Supreme Court will decide whether an agreement drawn up by a law firm to make sure its client's malpractice claim never sees a jury is fair.

Does Texas Clean Air Act Trump Houston Air Quality Law ?

By Angela Neville |

That is the question that has been put before the Texas Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear oral arguments in 'BCCA Appeal Group v. Houston' on March 25, 2015.

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Good Review at Work? Thank Your Spouse!

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Valentine's Day has come and gone. But an interesting piece in a recent issue of the Harvard Business Review illuminates the importance at work of being in a relationship.

Brooklyn Law School.

Go-To Law Schools: Half a Percentage Point Makes the Difference

By Karen Sloan |

Ten law schools came tantalizingly close to landing on The National Law Journal’s Go-To Law Schools list for 2015.

To Correct or Not To Correct Social Media Misinformation

By Alan G. Minsk |

While the draft guidance is not legally binding, it offers insight into the FDA's expectations and issues for industry to consider as it continues to develop social media campaigns.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville

Feds Ask Texas Judge to Stay Immigration Ruling

By John Council |

The federal government's emergency motion argues a stay is needed because U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's ruling impairs its ability to secure the borders and set priorities on who is—and isn't—deported from the country.

Former 4th Court of Appeals Chief Justice Catherine Stone

21-Year Appellate Chief Settles Back Into Private Practice

By Angela Morris |

"They want me to head up their appellate practice, and form it in a way … we think would be most beneficial for clients and the firm," said Former Fourth Court of Appeals Chief Justice Catherine Stone.

'Apparent Gamesmanship' Leads to Sanction

By Miriam Rozen |

Order issued by magistrate in long-running case pending from bankruptcy-related fraudulent transfer allegations.

Winstead Fights Legal Mal Suit Over $62 Million Loan

By John Council |

The law firm will vigorously defend a lawsuit filed by former clients who allege it made "countless errors and misrepresentation" in a complicated loan workout and foreclosure.

Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, and partner in Haynes and Boone, Richardson

Bill Proposes Special Court for Business Litigation

By Angela Morris |

A lawmaker said that Texas district courts are capable of handling complex business disputes, but it would streamline business litigation and increase efficiency for an expert court to take over.

Woman Wins 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Verdict

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Tarrant County jury found Jennifer Lynn Pedroza was a partner in company that first published books in the "Fifty Shades" trilogy.

Kevin A. Sullivan, chairman and CEO, Winstead

Gross Revenue, Net Income Up at Winstead

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gross revenue improved by 11 percent and net income by 11.9 percent in 2014 at the Dallas-based Winstead.

Immigration Lawyer Indicted for Identity Theft, Fraud

By John Council |

"Sherin Thawer submitted the fraudulently completed and forged Law Enforcement Certification forms for the purpose of obtaining the U-Visas for the aliens she represented," according to a recent federal indictment.

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How to Have a More Successful Career by Knowing Yourself

By Dena Lefkowitz |

As Joseph Campbell said, "The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."

University of Iowa College of Law.

Law School Without the LSAT in Iowa, Buffalo

By Karen Sloan |

The University of Iowa College of Law and the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School will henceforth accept high-performing undergraduates who have not taken the Law School Admission Test.

From 3L to In-house

By David Hechler |

Not many companies have embraced this model, but HP seems very happy with the results.

10 Tips for Crafting a Document Retention Policy

By Michael Murphy |

Breakdowns in document retention put companies at incredible risk for penalties and sanctions from regulatory agencies and courts in litigation. It is important for every company to develop a policy that curbs that risk.

VerdictSearch: Supervisor Claiming Sexual Harassment Awarded $427,000

A sanitation supervisor at a chicken-processing plant who claimed that he was sexually harassed by a female USDA inspector was awarded $427,000.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville

Who Is Judge Andrew Hanen?

By John Council |

For the past 13 years, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen operated under the radar as a federal judge on the Texas/Mexico border. That changed this week, when he issued an immigration ruling impacting the lives of more than 4 million people.

Buckle Up: High Court Changes Seat Belt Rule in Car Accident Cases

By John Council |

For more than 40 years, a Texas Supreme Court Rule has made a plaintiff's failure to use a seat belt inadmissible in car accident cases. The high court has now done away with the rule which is a "vestige of a bygone legal system and an oddity in light of modern societal norms," according to Justice Jeff Brown.

Seismic Data Firm Stabilizes After Bankruptcy

By Angela Neville |

After experiencing fiscal tremors in recent years, Global Geophysical Services (GGS), a seismic data company in the oil and gas industry, recently completed its balance sheet restructuring and successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Ken Paxton

Texas Governor, AG Claim Immigration Victory

By John Council |

While state leaders are praising a controversial decision from U.S. Distict Judge Andrew Hanen that thwarts a plan to allow over 4 million in the United States to remain, a Texas lawyer involved in the case believes the decision lacks some critical analysis.

Case Summaries

By David Popple |
Vessels equipped with water cannons try to fight the devastating Deepwater Horizon fire.

High Court: BP's $750 Million Insurance Claim Denied

By John Council |

The Texas Supreme Court decision denies BP coverage in $750 million insurance policies written for the owner of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

From left to right: Dawn Goodfriend (older daughter), Sarah Goodfriend, Suzanne Bryant, Travis County clerk Dana DeBeauvoir and Ting Goodfriend (younger daughter)

High Court Issues Stay Against Same-Sex Marriages

By Angela Morris |

The Texas Supreme Court's ruling was in response to the attorney general's request to stay any further same-sex marriage activity after a probate judge issued a marriage license to a lesbian couple in Travis County.

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht

Hecht: Group to Study Ways to Lower Attorney Fees

By Angela Morris |

Addressing a Feb. 18 joint session of the Texas House and Senate, Hecht said that the middle-class, not only the poor, struggle to afford legal services because the high cost separates them from attorneys who are looking for work. He said this "justice gap" is growing.

Landowner Overpowers Oncor Electric in Easement Dispute

By Angela Neville |

Jury awards landowner Edward K. Clack a $393,165 judgment, plus costs, against Oncor Electric Delivery Company.

Policy Bars Plea Deals Without Drug Lab Results

By Angela Morris |

Some Houston criminal defense lawyers are balking at a new policy that prohibits Harris County prosecutors from making deals or accepting pleas in felony drug cases until crime lab results come back.

Dee J. Kelly Jr., managing partner in Fort Worth's Kelly Hart

Come to Texas, Y'all: Texas Lawyer's Lateral Moves Survey Shows Firm Growth in 2014

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The 19 firms that participated in the Lateral Hiring Survey hired 6 percent more Texas laterals in 2014 than in 2013.

Michael McCrum, McCrum Law Office, San Antonio

State: Perry 'Stymied' Public Integrity Unit

By Angela Morris |

"Perry did not approve of historical and current management decisions regarding the operation of the public integrity unit and therefore wanted to coerce Ms. [Rosemary] Lehmberg into resigning," alleged the state.

In Texas, Litigants Have These Two Options for Post-Divorce Support Payments

By Jonathan J. Bates |

Although the Texas Family Code does not authorize alimony as that concept exists in other states, two options exist for post-divorce support payments for Texas litigants.

Barack Obama.

Obama's Multi-Pronged Plan to Regulate Methane

By Sandra Y. Snyder and Timothy A. Wilkins |

The president's climate change agenda focused first on the largest category of emitters: power plants. The next sector on the administration's radar is oil and gas.

Defendants Deny Allegations in Ex-Prosecutor's Lawsuit

By Angela Morris |

Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka and his office denied all of the allegations in a lawsuit that alleged that a former prosecutor was fired for refusing to withhold exculpatory evidence from a criminal defense lawyer.