Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld represents a conflicts committee advising Valero Energy Partners in its pending $325 million acquisition of a terminal services business from a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp. of San Antonio.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld represents a conflicts committee advising Valero Energy Partners in its pending $325 million acquisition of a terminal services business from a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp. of San Antonio.
Few outside of Texas had ever heard of Fort Worth U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor before this week when he issued a nationwide injunction preventing transgender students in public schools from using bathroom facilities that match their gender identity rather than their sex.
In a newly filed barratry suit, a Dallas city councilwoman and an Atlanta plaintiff's lawyer face allegations they improperly solicited a woman for representation in a wrongful death suit after a pack of dogs mauled her mother.
Winning sanctions to terminate a civil lawsuit—so-called death penalty sanctions—may become a little easier in the wake of an Aug. 23 ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas in Dallas.
You hire on as an associate and work 90 hours per week. Make partner and you … work even more? What the heck? Then comes the day you remember life before law and decide to hit the road, or the beach, or Kentucky.
"It is my new goal in life to use every resource available to me to reform a broken justice system," said the San Antonio plaintiffs lawyer who has earned $100s of millions in mass tort litigation during his career.
When Neal Robbins walked out of the Montgomery County Jail on Aug. 18 as a free man after spending almost 18 years in prison on a capital murder conviction, his release was due largely to revisions in Texas law and the dogged determination of Houston criminal defense solo Brian Wice.
About 114,000 attorney-hopefuls are headed to law school this month. Law.com has it covered, with details about new courses and educators, and a look back at the school where it all began. In addition, one first-year student explains why he’s entering law school, fully aware of the tough job market. We’ve also queried big-name attorneys about their experiences in law school to prove that, yes, there is life on the other side. Take a look.
If the deal receives approval following a scheduled Oct. 28 hearing before U.S. District Judge David Godbey in Dallas, then the lawyers representing the appointed receiver Ralph S. Janvey may receive as much as $14 million in attorney fees from the $65 million—less than the one-third of any settlement, which is the amount that they had previously agreed upon.
Staying the course for an association of retail liquor stores in Texas, Terrill & Waldrop's Alan Waldrop ensured that his client will have a say in Wal-Mart's attempt to challenge liquor regulations in the state.
Everyone knows about the cost of trials. A September 2008 article published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies concluded that in most of the cases studied, settling would have saved the parties money. But certainly some of those cases that go to trial cannot, will not, and should not settle. In deciding how to draw the line, lawyers should consider the cost in the 2008 study in conjunction with the cost of an analogous type of work: a documentary film.
In the fraud trial of San Antonio plaintiffs’ attorney Mikal Watts, a Mississippi federal jury listened to five weeks of testimony, heard evidence of allegations against seven defendants about a roster of 40,000 clients and payments of $10 million and was asked 462 questions.
Lawyers who want to get fit have a lot of options—running, lifting weights, cross-training, yoga. But for some attorneys, cycling is yielding more benefits than just shedding pounds.
As law students head back to school over the coming days, we decided to rewind the clock for a group of prominent attorneys and ask them to share the courses they took that stuck with them. A common thread among their answers was how those classes shaped their mindset and focus down the road.
Alimentation Couche-Tard is picking up CST Brands of San Antonio for about $4.4 billion. Fagre Baker Daniels, Willkie Farr & Gallagher and leading Canadian firms Stikeman Elliott and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg have also landed roles on the deal.
Siding with a group of states, including Texas, Alabama and Wisconsin, a federal judge imposed a nationwide injunction blocking the Obama administration's rules for bathroom facilities and transgender public school students.
A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration’s directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.
Cassidy Recruiting of Dallas seeks up to $1 million from Houston lawyer Dean Schaner, alleging he broke a promise to work with it exclusively if pursuing a job at Holland & Knight.
Those postcards you get about a class action settlement might be on their way out under a new proposed rule that would allow class notices to be sent via email and other electronic means rather than U.S. mail.
While Mark Griffith of Griffith & Associates in Waxahachie claims he's being attacked for practicing his religion, prosecutors counter that it's about preserving fairness in their jury trials.
Ken Starr is leaving the faculty of Baylor University School of Law, three months after a campus sexual assault scandal forced him from university leadership.
When the Securities and Exchange Commission approached Key Energy Services Inc. about bribery allegations in Mexico, the company went into high gear. It launched a major internal investigation and reformed its compliance efforts, including shaking up its legal department.
A federal judge Thursday rejected an $84 million settlement that would have wiped away a slew of lawsuits facing Uber Technologies Inc. over its treatment of drivers as contractors, bringing renewed uncertainty to a legal fight that has dogged an icon in the gig economy.
Cravath’s announcement that the firm would raise associate salaries has dominated water cooler talk around the legal industry for the past two months. The list of firms that immediately followed Cravath’s lead and those that didn’t was closely scrutinized.
Texas lawyer Mikal Watts and six other people each had plenty of opportunity to know they had a fake client list and were pursuing bogus claims after 2010's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, prosecutors told Mississippi jurors Wednesday in closing arguments.
Just three weeks before a trial was set to begin in Houston, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani and three partners settle a $1.8 million suit filed by former clients.
San Antonio plaintiffs' lawyer Mikal Watts was acquitted by a federal jury Thursday in Mississippi on charges he submitted the names of phony clients seeking recoevery from the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Nearly seven years after well-known plaintiffs lawyer John M. O'Quinn of Houston died in an auto accident, his firm was sued by an unhappy former client.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey last week urged a federal trial judge in Texas to dismiss Exxon Mobil Corp.'s challenge to the state's investigation into allegations the oil company misled consumers and investors about climate change.
A Texas plaintiff's attorney who is a Canadian citizen faces up to five years in prison after he recently pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal authorities concerning the ownership of his law firm.
A Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group report finds that while law firm demand increased by 0.3 percent for the first half of the year nationally, it declined by 7.1 percent in Texas.
A lawyer who founded the Austin office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in 1999 has moved to Vinson & Elkins.
According to Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod, there are certain things that residents in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s home base of New Orleans come to expect during the summer — the temperature rises, the days get longer and the lines grow outside the city’s most popular sno-ball shops.
The vast majority of partners in the U.K. expect to see law firm layoffs in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union, while over half say their firms will cut back on recruitment, according to new Legal Week research.
The firms represent two Midland companies in the Texas asset transaction.
Texas told a federal court it will spend $2.5 million, retain public relations and advertising firms, launch social media, print and broadcast campaigns, and distribute toolkits to community organizations and elected officials—all to educate voters about new voter identification rules in place for the November. Lawyers for civil rights plaintiffs who successfully challenged the existing Texas voter ID law express skepticism.
When author and screenwriter Graham Moore set out to write his next novel, he already knew he wanted to tell the story of business giant George Westinghouse’s 1880s battle with Thomas Edison over the patent for the light bulb—but he didn’t know exactly how to tell it.
Polish those resumes. We’ve matched the best places to live in the country with the largest Big Law offices in those markets. Here’s how: We took The National Law Journal’s NLJ 500 law firm branch offices info and paired it with U.S. News & World Report’s The Best Places to Live. U.S. News’ ranking was based on a strong job market and a high quality of life, among other factors. The ranking by the NLJ, a Law.com affiliate, is based on the number of full-time equivalent lawyers in each office.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation seeks sanctions against Garteiser Honea and its IP client because they wanted to keep documents filed under seal.
Hogan Lovells represents Houston-based KBR in its pending acquisition of Honeywell Technology Solutions for $266 million.
Four bar groups have asked a Texas appellate court to uphold sanctions leveled against a prominent Dallas attorney who was disciplined for attempting to use a telephone survey to influence a jury pool.
As federal regulators prepare to issue guidelines on autonomous vehicles, plaintiffs attorneys and consumer-safety groups are concerned about confusion and potential harm that could arise from the lack of federal standards.
William Caudill, a former chair of the State Bar of Texas Tax Section, became chair of the American Bar Association's Section on Taxation on Aug. 1.
You are busy, busy. You’re negotiating two super-important matters and your clients are constantly clamoring for your attention. Then bam: You get hit with a summons to show up at 9 a.m. sharp for jury duty. Defer it for another day? Not an option; you’ve already used up your chits. In fact, the summons says that you could be hauled off to jail if you fail to show up this time.
The social networking and news site Reddit is fighting back against Atlantic Records’ attempt to make it to give up information that would help the music label identify who posted a Twenty One Pilots single more than a week before its planned release.
Entering into a new chapter of your career can be exciting and overwhelming; there is so much to absorb and you want to ensure you start off on the right path. For women entering law firm life, whether from law school, a clerkship or from an in-house position, below are a few career tips we have developed to set you on a path to success.
Raymond Niro Sr., a seminal figure in intellectual property law whose incensed opponents dubbed him the first “patent troll,” died unexpectedly Monday while vacationing in Italy. He was 73.
Hot air balloons tend to attract attention. They’re large, colorful, and often fairly close to observers, making the encounter a real treat for those on the ground.
The first courtroom showdown is scheduled for Aug. 12 in the lawsuit pitting Texas and about a dozen other states against the Obama administration about the federal government’s transgender bathroom guidelines for schools.
Edward Vishnevetsky loved to travel. He had been to Cambodia, South Africa and Thailand. He saw Russia, the homeland of his Jewish immigrant parents. And he trekked to Croatia, Greece, Israel and Turkey. But a month ago, the K&L Gates lawyer died doing what he loved in Costa Rica.
A lawyer who was charged with securities fraud for allegedly tipping of the president of an investment firm about a big pharmaceuticals merger was hired by Arent Fox even after he was named, but not charged, in an earlier SEC suit.
Caetano "Cae" Altafin, an associate at Hogan Lovells in Rio de Janeiro, didn't spend the day of the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics in his office. Thanks to a transatlantic journey a year ago, he was busy running outside the stadium.
In a case of one love shared by two Bob Marley fans that are far from alright, the company behind Marley Coffee says it could shut down within days if a federal judge doesn’t grant a preliminary injunction that would reinstate a licensing agreement terminated by the famed reggae singer’s widow and children.
At least three Am Law 200 firms have already signed up with Krill Strategies, a new consultancy founded by the lead author of a landmark study on substance abuse in the legal profession.
Using exclusive survey data, we rank 11 American cities by their populations of big-firm lawyers. Plus, check out our list of firms that dominate those markets.
GlaxoSmithKline’s long-running campaign to eradicate the billable hour is paying off. An impressive 84 percent of the work GSK assigned to law firms in 2015 was done through an alternative fee arrangement, Bob Harchut, associate general counsel at the pharmaceutical company, said in an interview. In 2011, the number was 68 percent.
DLA Piper plans to continue its international expansion with a move into the Chilean market. The firm, which already has Latin American offices in Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, is looking at further expansion in the region, with Chile identified as a key target.
LinkedIn is seeking to unmask the creators of fake profiles who have been scraping the professional social networking site for data about its 400 million users.
A group of pro-business organizations concerned about the future of the sharing economy is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to step into an internet company’s battle with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Leading Chicago trade law firm Riggle & Craven is dissolving, and two attorneys including a founding partner have joined the Chicago office of global firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg.
An American Bar Association committee has recommended against accrediting the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law due to low Law School Admission Test scores of some students.
A fight is brewing in the Kansas and Texas courts over whether to allow advocates and opponents of the U.S. Department of Labor's fiduciary rule to state their case.
The American Bar Association’s policy-making body on Monday adopted a controversial measure that makes harassing or discriminatory conduct by lawyers an ethical violation.
When Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo’s director of legal recruiting Shannon Davis gave a presentation to the firm’s lawyers who were preparing to interview law school students this summer, she started with a slide that had some ominous facts:
An attorney’s fraud in pursuing environmental claims justified an injunction blocking plaintiffs in Ecuador from collecting a $9 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. in the United States, a federal appeals court held Monday.
A federal judge overseeing a copyright trial over Led Zeppelin’s 1971 hit song “Stairway to Heaven” has rejected music publisher Warner/Chappell Music Inc.’s request for attorney fees but chastised the plaintiff’s attorney, Francis Malofiy, about his “tasteless courtroom antics and litigation misconduct.”
A dozen suits have been filed in four U.S. states and Canada against a Georgia sperm bank over a single donor who was allegedly described as a brilliant neuroscientist and musician, but who was actually a diagnosed schizophrenic who had served time for burglary and had no college degree.
On-campus interviews are underway at law schools across the country, as students and partners engage in the summer-associate hiring equivalent of speed-dating. We’re covering the annual ritual with on-scene reaction from students coming out of the interviews and war stories from partners who’ve been in the hiring trenches for years.
Partner Neel Lane is known for handling high-stakes insurance litigation, class actions and arbitrations. Two senior associates are also making the move.
Managing partners said their firms have been busy during first and second quarters of 2016.
Several attorneys, a Texas university policy group and a number of water rights groups recently urged a Texas Senate committee to simplify state groundwater regulations, saying the regulatory framework makes it difficult for businesses to carry out projects that involve the use of groundwater.
Holland & Hart and Latham & Watkins are advising on private equity firm Riverstone Holdings' sale of Houston-based Rock Oil Holdings to SM Energy Co.
U.S. Department of Justice lawyers filed an advisory with evidence about why their shorthand references to immigration programs may have led a Brownsville, Texas, federal judge to conclude, incorrectly, that they lied to him.
According to former GCs, Delta's in-house lawyers can help minimize the fallout from Monday's computer outage that affected tens of thousands of passengers worldwide.
A look at the large law firms behind the week's most notable deals, such as the mattress maker behind Sleepy's on its sale to a South African firm; two Elon Musk-backed companies combining forces; and Uber's China exit.
FBI Director James Comey has testified on Capitol Hill this year before hostile lawmakers on issues ranging from Hillary Clinton’s emails to the battle over access to information locked on password-protected iPhones.
A federal judge was right to void a multi-billion dollar environmental judgment against Chevron Corp. because it was tainted by fraud and judicial corruption in Ecuador, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Monday.
The family of an ironworker who drowned in 2014 won a more than $19 million final judgment, based on a jury verdict against Austin Bridge & Road, a subcontractor that helped erect a football stadium project for Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
We’re on the ground at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco Aug. 4-9, where nearly 5,000 legal professionals are expected to gather for networking, policymaking and continuing education.
The American Bar Association’s policymaking body will grapple with several proposals on Aug. 8-9, some of them controversial, aimed at promoting diversity and fighting discrimination in the legal profession.
An estimated 900,000 times a year, law enforcement officers recite some version of the fabled “Miranda warning” to criminal suspects in Spanish.
When Dan Macklin, co-founder of the student loan refinancing startup SoFi, asked a room full of ABA Annual Meeting attendees “Who feels like the interest rate on their debt is too high?” nearly every hand went up. Macklin and the other participants in “Navigating the Waters of Student Debt” spent an hour on Thursday fielding money questions from a mostly youthful crowd. Here are some key takeaways from their discussion:
For lawyers who once worked at Texas state agencies but now want to challenge their terminations, Philip Durst might be an obvious person to call. In practice for 30 years, Durst has represented a number of state lawyers challenging their agencies in employment and whistleblower litigation. One of his victories for such a client has received plenty of attention recently.
Police said Judge Ben Hardin of the 23rd District Court was hit by a truck while crossing a street outside the courthouse in Angleton.
Houston-based Enbridge Energy Partners is using Norton Rose Fulbright for a joint venture deal to acquire an interest in the Bakken Pipeline System.
Dallas trial firm Godwin PC adds two shareholders to its name, marking their contributions to firm.
Attorney John Grubb knew when his paralegal did not return his text message on Saturday morning that something was very wrong. Holly Huckabee never failed to get back to him within minutes.
Quick quiz for the business executive: What is the appropriate reaction to Fox News' termination of Roger "Big Un" Ailes for allegedly fostering a locker room atmosphere?
Lawyers for Waller County, Texas, and individually named defendants in the civil rights litigation filed by Sandra Bland's mother have asked the court for a protective order sealing all the deposition testimony and barring plaintiff's counsel from giving discovery material to third parties.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld a $406 million arbitration award won by a U.S. construction company in a dispute with Pemex, Mexico's state-owned oil company.
Factions are again forming in the battle over the American Bar Association’s bar-passage standard for law schools, with diversity and consumer advocates at odds over a proposal to strengthen the rule.
In product liability litigation targeting Chrysler Group, the heirs of a man who died in an accident with a Jeep Wrangler are battling the automaker's motion to dismiss their claims as a sanction for his widow's alleged spoliation.
In March, the legal world was jolted by news that Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan, was awarded a $140 million judgment against Gawker Media, the owner of an entertainment gossip blog. The underlying facts were sensational. The lawsuit was grounded in Gawker's decision to post a sex tape of Hogan on its website. The woman in the tape was the wife of Hogan's best friend, radio personality "Bubba the Love Sponge." If that weren't enough, Hogan's suit was secretly funded by Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire who wanted revenge against Gawker for publishing a story about Thiel years earlier.
Lawyers for Uber Technologies Inc. have lost a bid to force a federal antitrust suit challenging the company’s pricing algorithms into arbitration.
The State of Texas Wednesday filed an agreement in federal court that will allow its citizens to cast regular ballots in the November 8 general election without the documents required by its controversial voter ID law.
In an immigration case in a Brownsville, Texas, federal court, which pits Texas and 25 other states against the Obama administration, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers this week filed, under seal, their submissions responsive to presiding U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's May 19 sanctions order calling for them to undergo ethics training.
Divorce leaves both sides looking for someone to blame, someone to sue, for all the pain they felt through the divorce process and the dissatisfaction they still feel over the result.
What are some best practices from Patrick Tagtow, the GC of BMC Software?
Waco law partners Will Hutson and Chris Harris both like to sing, play guitar and ponder the absurd nature of some of Texas criminal laws. So they created a minor hit—so to speak—when they wrote and uploaded "Don't Eat Your Weed" to YouTube a few months ago.
Forget about death and taxes being the only certainties in life. It's summertime, and you can count on two more sure things: stifling Texas heat, and enough oddities in the legal system to keep us entertained until the fall. If you don't believe me, just meander through the following examples.
The U.S. oil and gas sector is now paying attention to cybersecurity threats and working to defend its networks and physical assets. Randy Sabett, special counsel at Cooley in Washington, D.C., who specializes in privacy and data protection practice, discusses trends in protecting the oil and gas sector from cyberattacks.
In the super-heated trucking industry, a shortage of qualified drivers and fierce competitive forces motivate carriers and drivers to take short cuts and violate the regulations. All too often, the result is a predictable and preventable tragedy. Each year, about 4,000 people are killed in crashes involving large trucks. This shocking number of deaths is equal to all of the passengers in 10 fully loaded 747s. Yet the carnage on the roads continues unabated, year after year.
John Arnold has rejoined Locke Lord as a partner in the firm's Houston office and other newsmakers.
The five big firms that grew the fastest in Texas in 2015 are all based out of state.
Texas Lawyer spoke to practitioners about what corporate legal departments can do to favorably resolve data breach class actions. Here are three things they say general counsel need to know.
When preparing for voir dire in a personal injury case the first thing you must do is take a hard look at your case and determine if you need a liability jury or a damages jury.
Did geographical distance, or the dazzle of his roster of professional baseball and football playing clients--including former New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, San Francisco Giants' Jake Peavy, and former Texas Rangers' Roy Oswalt—allow an investment advisor to hide from his management for more than half a decade an alleged pyramid scheme?
A pilot was awarded $1.49 million for a crash that permanently damaged one of his vocal cords.
With slumping commodities prices continuing to strap the energy sector, there's talk among some lawyers experienced in the industry that companies are increasingly looking to their intellectual property to generate income and position themselves ahead of rivals.
What better way to clamp down on the practice than simply giving victims the ability to sue the very lawyers who'd improperly solicited them?
Viktor Lim and his family got lucky twice after they were deported from Kazakhstan because of Lim's work as a Baptist missionary.
When Pat Tagtow heard the general counsel for a major corporation speak at a Chicago middle school's "Career Day" about his international law career and the traveling he did on the job, Tagtow made the decision to become a lawyer.
The "business of divorce" should be conducted outside the courtroom to minimize the negative emotional and financial effects. This can be accomplished by embracing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods and openly discussing the options with the client.
Collaborative divorce once seemed like the perfect way for litigants to save money on the dissolution of a family, reduce nasty mudslinging, turn important decisions over to financial and mental health experts and unclog court dockets. It was the civilized way to divorce.
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Major League Baseball's top prospect, 22-year-old infielder Alex Bregman, recently made his debut. While Bregman tries to become a star for the Houston Astros, his late grandfather, a prominent lawyer, already played a dramatic part in the league's story off the field.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a race-based employment discrimination complaint in San Antonio federal court against two oil-patch services companies.
A Florida-based energy company has announced an $18.4 billion deal that would give it an 80 percent stake in Texas' largest electric utility.
Two lawyers who have long spent time in the Texas political scene are teaming up to create a new law firm aimed at representing businesses and government entities on public policy and election law issues.
Even though the federal government took a pass, a whistleblower has secured a settlement in excess of $11 million over a case where artery stents were allegedly marketed improperly by a device maker.
After 20 years with a nonlawyer executive director managing the firm, the Dallas-based trial firm has a lawyer as managing principal.
A Texas law firm has decided to sue a former auto accident client for defamation after she posted negative comments on Yelp and other social media sites alleging their "pushy" lawyers signed her up while she was sleeping in her underwear.
In its response to the infringement suit the University of Houston filed June 27, the school formally known as South Texas College of Law denied that its recent name change is an attempt to associate with the University of Houston’s law school or confuse prospective students.
A Miami rapper suing gossip site Worldstar Hip Hop over a leaked sex tape hopes to replicate wrestler Hulk Hogan’s big win against Gawker Media—but the case may turn on differences in how the law treats sites hosting user-generated content.
How a Reed Smith Lawyer Began Marathon Training With a Gitmo Detainee
The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has issued a public admonition against a Texas jurist who repeatedly identified himself as a judge to a sheriff's deputy who arrested him for driving while intoxicated.
A current nonequity partner at Sedgwick has accused the firm of systemic discrimination against women in a class action suit filed Tuesday in a California state court.
A state district judge in Houston signed an agreed order for Houston solo Newton Schwartz to turn over custody of two rubies to a receiver.
A Galveston, Texas, judge tossed a more than $400 million judgment, which an ex-wife had previously won against her former spouse and his family's business, based in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The judge tossed the judgment after the ex-husband's lawyer alleged she engaged in incessant forum shopping.
Six regions of the U.S. face federal scrutiny into luxury cash real estate deals as a cover for money laundering, the Treasury Department announces.
A leading provider of well services to the U.S. and Canadian oil and gas industry filed for bankruptcy last week in Houston after reaching a debt-restructuring agreement with its lenders.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges represents Silver Run Acquisition Corp. of Houston in its pending acquisition of a controlling interest in a Denver-based oil and natural gas company that turned to Vinson & Elkins.
Texas Lawyer is proud to announce the nominees for our 2016 Professional Excellence Award: Attorney of the Year.
Dickinson Wright, based in Detroit, opened an Austin office with three lateral hires from Greenberg Traurig's Austin office.
Small firms have smaller staffs and smaller budgets, but their cybersecurity risk may not be proportional. One small boutique recently dealt with that problem by merging with a large firm, but industry watchers said there are ways for firms to manage cyberrisk while remaining small.
San Antonio plaintiffs' lawyer Mikal Watts attempted at his federal criminal trial in Mississippi to marshal evidence to counter the testimony against him provided by well-known claims fund administrator Ken Feinberg on a key point: Did Watts' firm provide Feinberg when asked with client contracts for the BP claimants it purported to represent?
The federal judge presiding in the case brought by challengers of Texas' voter ID law issued an order allowing Bexar County voters to use a wide range of identification options when casting ballots in a special election for Texas House 120. The orders allows for voters to sign an affidavit with their birthdate and last four digits of their Social Security numbers as a way of identifying themselves before they cast a provisional ballot.
A Houston mass tort lawyer has sued his former law firm alleging they stiffed him for millions in promised bonus payments because the firm's president had taken out a $20 million loan to purchase multiple condo vacation homes and a jet airplane.
Gabriel Salinas, who is licensed in the United States and Mexico, leaves Mayer Brown to join the Houston office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
Mexico made amendments this week to its anti-corruption laws that will affect those doing business in Mexico and strives to change the way its people, and the world, perceive how business works there.
On Sunday, Kim Kardashian West posted a recording of a conversation on Snapchat between her husband Kanye West and Taylor Swift that was allegedly recorded without Swift’s consent — a potential violation of California state law requiring both parties to consent to the recording of communications.
A day after handing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed Texas a startling defeat over its voter I.D. because it discriminates against minority voters, a trial judge assigned to the case gave the state its marching orders: come up with a plan that allows those without the proper papers to vote before the November general election.
A gas and power company has no recourse in federal court to interrupt ongoing administrative proceedings as regulators pursue claims of manipulation of the natural gas market, a Texas judge said.
A Midland landman and his companies seek $1 million or more from Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, a current shareholder, and a former shareholder for how they handled lawsuits for them in three Texas counties.
James Burnett of Sugar Land and his former firm, Whitley LLP Attorneys at Law of Houston, agree to a take-nothing judgment in a fee dispute.
Well-known victim funds administrator testified that he sought, but failed to receive, retention agreements showing Watts and his firm represented the 25,000 to 40,000 BP oil spill claimants, which the firm had identified on a spreadsheet as being represented by it.
Even with the dominance of Washington-based lawyers at the U.S. Supreme Court lectern, these advocates are familiar faces at the high court.
The demands of parenthood are intense for all working mothers and fathers, but litigators have the extra pressures of mandatory court appearances despite pregnancy or new-parent responsibilities. As Law.com reported on July 20, a rule under consideration in Florida would require judges to grant motions for continuance for parental leave, barring exceptional circumstances.
New Texas data on law enforcement shootings reflects a national trend that could help plaintiff lawyers who pursue civil rights claims against law enforcement. Specifically, there are a growing number data banks that make it possible to compare police shootings by specific police departments, as well as by the race of the injured and killed. Such information could ultimately help such lawyers develop litigation strategies based on patterns and practices of police departments.
In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a trial court in part and found it discriminates against minority voters. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on a 9-5 vote asked for a fix of Texas' voter ID law.
A Houston man seeks more than $1 million from a firm that once represented him, alleging it is negligent for representing his father in a lawsuit the son filed.
A group of Latino voters is challenging the way Texas selects members of its Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals, aiming to establish single-member districts that would represent a broader range of Texans.
The prosecution's arguments took less than 20 minutes and Mike McCrum, a San Antonio criminal defense lawyer who represents Mikal Watts' co-defendant, his brother David Watts, spoke for 90 minutes--presenting the two Watts brothers' case.
Sunoco Pipeline will pay the U.S. government $850,000 in civil penalties to resolve environmental claims tied to crude oil spills from the company's Barbers Hill, Texas facility and from the Cromwell, Oklahoma, facility. Sunoco Pipeline is a subsidiary of Sunoco Logistics Partners Operations.
What's McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna's reaction to defendants' attempt to have the courts remove him from Waco biker melee criminal cases? Reyna denies the allegations upon which the motions are based, but adds about the efforts: "I find it quite flattering."
The window is quickly closing for President Barack Obama to fill 12 judicial vacancies in Texas—a state which leads the nation in empty seats on the bench and faces judicial emergencies in all four of its federal district.
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After Yale University expelled Jack Montague, a former basketball team captain determined by school officials to have sexually assaulted a female student, his lawyers went out on the offensive.
As his wife went into labor last year, it never occurred to attorney Marc Daffner that the judge might deny his motion for continuance of a preliminary hearing. Daffner even took a humorous approach to the motion, joking that “defense counsel will be killed by his wife if he does not get to the hospital immediately.”
When chaos broke out on the floor on the opening day of the Republican National Convention as anti-Trump delegates attempted to force a vote to break the binding pledges of delegates to vote for Donald Trump, an Austin lawyer was at the center of the storm.
A Texas lawyer and six co-defendants are now facing a reduced indictment of 73 charges, instead of 95, at federal trial on accusations that they faked more than 40,000 damage claims after the BP oil spill in 2010.
"The lawyers have each served only their own interests, fighting amongst each other like Indiana Jones and his French nemesis Rene Belloq," the plaintiffs allege in a lawsuit against Houston solos Newton Schwartz and Benton Musslewhite.
In talking to young lawyers who went into business for themselves during the past few years, Law.com found that some had no choice:
The prosecutor has a personal and financial interest in the prosecutions of the bikers because if those succeed, the convictions will bolster his arguments against court awarding damages against him for his alleged violations of civil rights, a motion filed by criminal defense counsel argues.
Houston litigation shop Beirne, Maynard & Parsons is dissolving after nearly 30 years, with 30 trial lawyers joining Florida's Akerman and 10 others forming a new boutique.
The U.S. Justice Department on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rehear a challenge to the Obama administration's plan to delay the deportation of nearly five million undocumented immigrants.
Texas A&M University School of Law has joined a national trend by providing an incubator program to help graduates transition into solo and small-firm practices.
The arbitration process has been a thorough nightmare for Tom Loose's energy company client. But Loose recently convinced Dallas Fifth Court of Appeals that his clients had a legal right to have their money back — including a finding that opposing counsel was jointly and severally liable for pre- and post-judgment interest in the case.
On the first day of what is expected to unfold as his lengthy criminal trial, Mikal Watts, a well-known San Antonio, Texas, plaintiffs lawyer, filed a motion seeking to halt the prosecutors from presenting testimony and witnesses.
Texas Lawyer is proud to announce the winners of our 2016 Professional Excellence Award: Lifetime Achievers.
A Houston federal judge has sentenced a former high-ranking official with Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals to a 46-month prison sentence after he pleaded to five counts stemming from his hacking into computer accounts of the Houston Astros.
When Cravath, Swaine & Moore announced in June that it was increasing starting salaries for first-year associates to $180,000, firms around the country began to follow suit, either matching Cravath or increasing associate compensation by a lower amount, impacting markets across the country in unique ways. Not all firms jumped on the bandwagon, however.
Federal energy regulators this week fined BP America Inc. more than $20 million for allegedly manipulating the natural gas market in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Waco law partners Will Hutson and Chris Harris both like to sing, play guitar and ponder the absurd nature of some of Texas criminal laws. So they created a minor hit—so to speak—when they wrote and uploaded "Don't Eat Your Weed" to YouTube a few months ago.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Thursday said she regretted her recent comments about the candidacy of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and vowed to be “more circumspect” in the future.
Fewer Texas and Florida plaintiffs and their counsel attempt to pursue civil rights cases against law enforcement officers when compared with their counterparts in other populous states such as California, New York and New Jersey. Plaintiffs and defense counsel offer a long list of reasons for the differences.
The New York attorney general's office on Wednesday, responding to Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith's demand for information about a state investigation of Exxon Mobil and climate change, said the use of congressional subpoena power is "courting constitutional conflict." Smith's office issued subpoenas to New York AG Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts AG Maura Healey on Wednesday after the two offices refused to turn over the requested information.
Lawyers who deal with videos as evidence say that often a case rises or falls on what the camera didn’t capture.
Texas Republican Lamar Smith has set up a rare clash on Capitol Hill between conservative lawmakers and Democratic state attorneys general, including New York’s Eric Schneiderman, who face a noon deadline Wednesday to disclose information about their investigations of Exxon Mobil Corp.’s statements to investors about climate change.
A plaintiffs attorney doubled down on his allegations with a filing in Austin federal court this week that Jim Harrington, a 43-year veteran civil rights lawyer, used a racial slur against him and should therefore be sanctioned.
Law school faculty and students swapped memories and condolences this week upon learning of Stephen Zamora's death at 72. He joined the law faculty in 1978 and served as dean from 1995 to 2000. He retired from teaching in 2014 but remained involved in the law school's Center for U.S. and Mexican Law.
Texas Lawyer recently spoke separately to Mark Barron, a Denver partner at BakerHostetler, and with Jeffrey Reeser, a member at Sherman & Howard in Denver who practices in the firm's energy and natural resources group, about a recent Wyoming federal court ruling that struck federal fracking regulations.
Alcoholism is rampant in the legal profession. One in three lawyers struggles with a drinking problem, and that rate is worse than for physicians and other highly educated workers.
In the wake of five police officers being shot to death in Dallas Thursday night and two years worth of mounting outrage and social unrest over the deaths of black civilians at the hands of police, attorneys with law enforcement backgrounds expressed dismay and sadness at recent events, lamented it could get worse after the Dallas shootings, and chalked up many of the deaths to a combination of stress, blind spots in training and for some, racial bias.
A group of attorneys from Jones Day, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Troutman Sanders and Balch & Bingham are representing Southern Co. in the planned acquisition from Kinder Morgan of a 50 percent equity interest in the Southern Natural Gas pipeline system.
The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is set to take another look at sexual harassment allegations against U.S. District Judge Walter Smith of Waco after his chief accuser complained that the jurist's one-year suspension of new case assignments was far too lenient a punishment. The second look was ordered last Friday by the Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
Two criminal defense lawyers from Fort Worth and Dallas who represent Mark Hughes, an African-American man identified initially in a Dallas police department tweet as a suspect in the shootings that led to the deaths of five officers this month, want answers from Dallas police officials to multiple questions.
Our editorial department reviewed more than 100 nominations of attorneys 40 and under who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.
The federal judge in Texas overseeing the three lawsuits filed in the state against the rule sets a date to hear oral arguments
This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court may become the next front for contentious and costly litigation over where challenges to the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule should be fought.
Dallas criminal defense attorney Pete Schulte was out for dinner with friends last night when he learned that a police officer friend, Jesus Retana, had been shot in a downtown sniper ambush Thursday evening.
Until the shooting deaths this week of five Dallas police officers, and the wounding of seven others, there had been 14 shootings of law enforcement officers in Texas in 2016. None of those shootings led to deaths. And none involved officers from the Dallas Police Department, according to data that the Texas attorney general's office began collecting from police departments statewide Sept. 1, 2015.
The federal judge in Texas overseeing the three lawsuits filed in the state against the rule sets a date to hear oral arguments.
The U.S. Department of Justice is asking for a court order forcing Facebook Inc. to provide information to the IRS related to its transfer of many of its global assets to its Irish holding company.
Marie Munier, a former assistant district attorney in Harris County, Texas, earned the dubious distinction of having a 2014 letter she wrote informing a woman she had been erroneously prosecuted and convicted of a drug offense appear on the front cover for The New York Times Magazine issued this week.
Three coal mining trade associations are raising concerns about the criminal conviction of ex-Massey Energy Chief Executive Officer Donald Blankenship for conspiracy to willfully violate mine health and safety regulations.
Dallas lawyers who have known each other for years merged their firms on July 1, forming Loewinsohn Flegle Deary Simon.
Option buyers only get to stay in a hotel—then pay room rates—if they guess the Oval Office winner correctly. The SEC has filed an unrelated complaint against two executives and the former director of the ticket-selling company.
Justice Carol Hunstein, writing for the unanimous court, rejected arguments that the law interferes with constitutionally protected speech.
When David Hill joined NRG Energy Inc. as the company's executive vice president and general counsel in September 2012, it was right in the middle of a big merger, and so Hill says he immediately "had to figure out how to put together two legal departments, both of which were composed of lawyers I didn't know."
Texas health agency released data on the number of abortions taking place in that state, notably, three days after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling striking the Lone Star State's law restricting where and how abortions could take place.
A unanimous Philadelphia jury today handed down a $70 million verdict against Janssen Pharmaceuticals in the latest trial over the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.
Parsing legal opinions, testimony, documents and arguments for themes, patterns and premises that might otherwise go unnoticed is one of the few things learned in law school that I still find myself doing.
A driver who claimed a wide range of injuries—from neck and back pain to anxiety and nervousness—was awarded $5,211.
Just about any organization using technology to do business faces potentially devastating cybersecurity risk and data breaches.
In 2014, Joel Squadrito's company incurred $3 million in losses from economic crime. By 2015, Squadrito and his security team at Steel Dynamics Inc. had reduced that figure to less than $50,000.
The days of individual executives avoiding responsibility for corporate fraud through the payment of massive corporate penalties (paid with shareholder dollars) are ending.
If you want to catch Larry Macon, try looking for the San Antonio lawyer at the finish line of a marathon race.
Dallas lawyer Mike Abcarian, who does employment litigation, has secured a win for his clients in 97 suits over the last 20 years.
To be honest, the idea putting an image of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on the cover seemed a bit cliche and overdone in our current media environment.
Maybe there will be no moment in the Donald Trump presidential campaign that is outrageous enough to sully the Republican Party's brand in Texas or harm its candidates' chances at the ballot box.
Hanen issued a sanctions order calling for five years of ethics training for a broad swath of DOJ lawyers May 19, after he concluded that the DOJ lawyers had made intentional misrepresentations to his court in bad faith. But that has not been the only Hanen ruling to generate national press attention.
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James Ruiz, an Austin shareholder in Winstead, has been appointed chair of the firm's litigation and dispute resolution department. The department has more than six practice groups with more than 100 attorneys.
When Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. was trying to acquire Hiland Partners in 2015, David R. DeVeau, the company's vice president and general counsel, had to bone up on an area of law that previously had been unfamiliar to him.
International arbitration proceedings share many key characteristics with arbitrations held in the United States, yet they require very different preparation efforts.
Laura Gibson, a partner with the firm of Dentons, explains what impact the new federal overtime rules will have on the Texas oil and gas sector.
Let's cue up some MÖtley CrÜe: "All bad things must end/all bad things must die."True enough, and it's our job as lawyers to speed along the process when it comes to inculcating the clause of honesty and ethical conduct in our firms and companies.
In Texas, an insurer owes a duty of ordinary care in handling a demand to settle a third-party liability claim against its insured—known as the Stowers duty, derived from the 1929 case by that name.
Despite the endless publicity about the poor job market for law school graduates since the recession, the entry-level legal job market has actually been improving for the past three years.
The ability to select the ultimate decision-maker is one of the key advantages of arbitration. Unlike trial, where the decision-maker is an assigned judge or an unknown jury, in arbitration the parties get to choose the arbitrator.
Tim McConn has joined Yetter Coleman as a partner in Houston. He is a commercial trial lawyer who represents plaintiffs and defendants in disputes in the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.
On June 23, in Austin, the Texas Legislature's Sunset Advisory Commission held a hearing on the state agencies that are currently under Sunset review.
Houston litigator went to Mount Olympus in Greece for spring, but got snow.
Two days after a Dallas federal bankruptcy judge ordered former billionaire and Texan Sam Wyly to pay the Internal Revenue Service $1.1 billion, the same judge issued a memorandum allowing him to claim only a $155,000 homestead exemption on his home. Wyly values the home at $12 million and the local tax appraisal district values it at $9 million.
Haynes and Boone announced Thursday that it has agreed merge with Curtis Davis Garrard, a 20-lawyer London firm that has clients in the shipbuilding and offshore oil and gas industries and handles both transactional work and litigation.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld ranked the highest among Texas Am Law 200 firms on The American Lawyer's Pro Bono report.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has declined to overturn the convictions of formerly married San Antonio lawyers who were convicted of theft after the wife had sexual liaisons with four men whom the husband subsequently threatened with litigation unless they compensated him for his emotional distress.
The board of directors and administrators of newly-named Houston College of Law maintain law school on "firm legal ground" in name change, despite infringement suit filed by University of Houston.
In Texas, hearing-impaired persons under the age of 25, who use sign language to communicate, face special obstacles to obtaining a driver's license and therefore from equal access to public benefits, according to plaintiffs who won on June 28 the right to argue their case before the U.S. Supreme Court during its next term.
If lawyers are going to make a mistake and send a text message to a reporter with attorney-client privileged information, the scenario may play out better for them in disciplinary terms when the client is as famous as ex-pro football player Johnny "Football" Manziel.
Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Kent Rutter recently convinced the Texas Supreme Court that a railroad had no liability to a worker who contracted the West Nile virus while repairing track on a mosquito-infested worksite.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused executives at a Dallas oil and gas energy company, including the CEO and general counsel, of a "long-lasting and egregious fraud" that included spending investors' money at gentlemen's clubs.
Shortly after Volkswagen announced a $14.7 billion deal to settle claims in the United States with consumers and the federal government related to its alleged diesel emissions deceptions, Texas unveiled a partial settlement, calling for the German carmaker to pour some $50 million into state coffers.
We use the term "goodwill" to identify the intangible but valuable asset of a business arising from its reputation and customer relationships.
Energy Transfer Equity may escape its merger agreement with Williams Companies, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III ruled in a closely watched case June 24, finding Energy Transfer’s desire to avoid potential tax liability was genuine and not a malicious effort to sandbag the deal, once valued at over $30 billion.
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ruled 5-3 in favor of abortion rights, striking down restrictions imposed by Texas on abortion clinics that the court said posed an “undue burden” on a woman’s access to abortion.
The University of Houston board of regents filed a federal infringement suit against the newly named Houston College of Law.
In abortion ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court majority's reliance on that data throws into high relief a pending controversy: Did the state agency's general counsel delay release of additional, updated data from the same sources?
Dallas-based Thompson & Knight is the latest large Texas firm to increase base salaries for its U.S. associates.
Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller, who spent his recent Mondays and Thursdays like most other Supreme Court watchers — glued to social media — reflects on his first year as Texas' top advocate before the U.S. Supreme Court, which was capped Tuesday by a defeat on abortion restrictions but was also marked by an effective victory that stopped enforcement of the Obama administration's executive actions on immigration.
In 43 years of fighting on behalf of minority voters, farm workers and people with disabilities, Austin civil rights lawyer Jim Harrington says he's been called plenty of derogatory names, but never this one: Racist.
Remember studying for the bar exam? Flashcards, prep courses, outlines. So fun! As thousands of law graduates across the country are preparing for the test this summer, we asked prominent lawyers who made it through to the other side to share their quirky rituals or behaviors that helped them succeed.
Law firms across the U.K. and beyond are facing an uncertain future after Britain voted to leave the European Union. Clifford Chance senior partner Malcolm Sweeting said the so-called Brexit will have "serious implications," while K&L Gates' European managing partner Martin Lane said it will "create shockwaves across the globe."
Volkswagen AG will pay more than $10 billion dollars to settle a wave of consumer litigation that has enveloped the company since its emissions cheating scandal erupted, and a further $4 billion to address the environmental impact it has caused, according to news reports.
Earlier this morning, the U.K. took the unprecedented step of voting to leave the European Union. The so-called Brexit will not happen for at least two years, but the shock result has already resulted in widespread market turmoil.
Just three months after George Mason University faced a barrage of criticism for renaming its law school in honor of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the South Texas College of Law has raised the ire of the nearby University of Houston Law Center by renaming itself the Houston College of Law.
As a result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued today in an immigration case, many more eyes will be trained on U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen who will preside at trial. At that trial, which the high court ruled may now take place, Texas and 25 other states will be pitted against the Obama administration's proposed immigration reforms. A portrait below, scheduled for print publication in the July issue of Texas Lawyer, shows Hanen's performance last month as he wrestled from the bench with arguments that he had overstepped his authority by issuing sanctions requiring ethics training for U.S. Department of Justice lawyers. At the hearing, Hanen reversed his own sanctions order, but his expressions from the bench before doing so, may shed light on how he will preside at the scheduled trial.
A Wyoming federal judge's decision Tuesday striking down the Obama administration's hydraulic fracturing rules was a significant victory for the oil and gas industry as federal, state and local governments clash over the authority to impose regulations.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s surprise ruling on Thursday upholding the affirmative action program at the University of Texas may bring a pause—but not an end—to decades of attacks on race-conscious admissions policies nationwide.
Abid Qureshi, a partner at Latham & Watkins and the global chairman of the firm’s pro bono practice, is being vetted by the White House for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, according to four sources familiar with the process.
Midsize and regional firms are eyeing a wave of salary increases for associates at big law firms as a way to reinforce their long-touted message: We're in tune with the economic realities facing clients and do high-quality work for less money.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday deadlocked in a challenge to an Obama administration program that would defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, issuing a 4-4 ruling that keeps in place an injunction blocking the immigration directives.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a controversial race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas, in a 4-3 ruling written by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
A Wyoming judge on Tuesday struck down as unlawful a set of federal rules that regulate the extraction of oil and gas by hydraulic fracturing, delivering a setback to the Obama administration and environmental advocates.
A report released Wednesday by the American Constitution Society confirmed what anyone who has set foot in a courtroom may have noticed: judges are mostly white men, while the people appearing before them are much more diverse.
Call him the American Ninja Law Student. Brian Burkhardt, who just completed his first year at Texas Tech University School of Law, made his debut Monday on American Ninja Warrior—the supersized obstacle-course TV show that sends buff and nimble contestants scurrying up walls, shimmying across balance beams, and swinging from a Rube Goldberg-esque lineup of ropes, poles and moving contraptions.
Affirmative action advocates applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. University of Texas — a decision they believe that will go a long way in preserving racially diverse student bodies on college campuses across the United States.
The Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct was forced to suspend one of its former memebrs from the bench without pay after he was indicted for allegedly violating open meetings laws.
Looking for some "fun cases," trial lawyer James Edward "Jim" Maloney left Andrews Kurth to open a solo practice in Houston.
Dallas-based Haynes and Boone announced raises for U.S. associates effective July 1, ranging from a $180,000 starting base salary to $325,000.
A four-day trial in federal court in Tyler,Texas, this month led to a $34.4 million verdict for a young mother from nearby Marshall and her toddler son, who suffered life-altering head and back injuries while in a front-facing car seat during a crash.
As of June 22, the 93-year-old South Texas College of Law is rebranded as Houston College of Law.
Dear Ex-Employee: Remember that job you left a couple weeks back, downloading the company's product designs and customer list and bringing them to its hottest competitor? Congratulations, here's a federal lawsuit.
As someone famously said, "We live in a material world." After the Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar decision, this is particularly true in at least two ways.
Shortly after the Super Bowl last February, two partners in Houston's Baker Botts and principals with their client, a Dallas-based investment advisory firm, reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission concerns about likely problems with investments in a ticket-selling business that an adviser had initiated for a number of clients, including major league sports stars. This week, prompted by that reporting, the SEC announced it had filed a complaint against Ash Narayan, an adviser who previously worked from a Newport Coast, California, office of RGT Capital Management, the Dallas-based firm and others.
Even though a lawyer acted as an escrow agent — and not in the role of an attorney — in a business deal gone sour, Dallas' Fifth Court of Appeals reversed a take-nothing judgment against him and his firm after finding they had a fiduciary duty to a client who paid $250,000 for a beer store that turned out to have $260,000 in tax liens looming over it.
Some 400 Houston-area homeowners who claimed their properties suffered flood damages because of upstream development allowed by the local government officials won no relief from the Texas Supreme Court. In a 5-4 ruling, the court's majority determined that local officials would not have known that particular properties downstream would flood.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away challenges to assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York which were enacted after the mass shooting of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook elementary school.
A Brazilian state governor’s declaration of a state of emergency and request for federal money to meet obligations in hosting the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is being questioned on constitutional grounds and may lead to lawsuits, attorneys say.
Dallas-based Locke Lord opens an office in Cincinnati on June 20, which is staffed by two public finance laterals.
Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Dallas Lawyer Convinces Supreme Court to Toss Defamation Case with Shocking Allegation.
The gig economy — specifically, the short-term rental industry that includes HomeAway, Airbnb, and VRBO — is under attack by the city of Austin, Texas, according to a lawsuit filed in state court June 20, which was sponsored by the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, appeared at a fundraising party in Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee's home.
Houston-based Andrews Kurth is the latest large Texas firm to raise associate salaries to the new, higher market rate set by Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
In a case that may be a replay of one of the most notorious tort cases in American history, a Houston attorney recently filed a case against Starbucks alleging that she was seriously burned by hot coffee that was served to her from a drive-thru window.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday turned down an oil company's bid for a large tax exemption and held that Southwest Royalties Inc.'s purchases of casing, tubing, other well equipment and associated services were not exempt from sales taxes available to certain manufacturers.
Mexico, as part of the country's initiative to attract outside investors, recently agreed to use the American Petroleum Institute's safety standards in its energy programs to promote worker safety at offshore drilling sites.
In exactly a week’s time, the U.K. public will undertake arguably its most important vote in generations, on whether the country will remain within the European Union. The repercussions of Brexit, as it is called, could resonate at a global level. Even the mere possibility of a U.K. withdrawal has already taken a toll on law firms and the financial markets.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday recalibrated the law of copyright fee shifting, telling the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that it was placing too much weight on the objective reasonableness of parties’ litigation positions.
Labor lawyers on both the employer and employee side of the aisle predict some heavy lifting for Austin, Texas-based former Uber and Lyft drivers targeting the ride-hailing companies with twin class-action lawsuits.
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will officiate his first same-sex wedding this weekend, marrying his former law partner Scott Segal, who leads Bracewell's policy resolution group in its Washington, D.C. office, to Travis Hatch, an interior designer.
Has Donald Trump, as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, recently refined his rhetoric enough to satisfy a well-known Texas litigator who has long his hung well-financed his hat on advocating for religious freedoms?
Three women have filed a federal lawsuit against Baylor University in a Waco U.S. District Court, alleging that the university ignored their allegations of sexual assault while they were students.
You know the name if you work in the energy sector. The Texas Railroad Commission, around since 1891, regulates exploration, production and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas.
"I'm a former Marine recon officer who served in the Persian Gulf and Somalia," the Houston lawyer said.
The same week Houston-based Bracewell said it would move to the new Cravath market rate for salaries for its U.S. associates, the firm laid off a group of support staff.
Yelp.com, Koch Industries' CEO Charles Koch, and a Dallas couple who own a dog and pet fish all have chosen the same side in a growing debate about the free-speech rights of online reviewers.
Oral arguments in a closely watched antitrust suit by a pharmacy chain against three drugmakers became weighed down in a procedural morass in a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit courtroom Monday.
A 2013 Harvard graduate who twice failed the bar exam has sued the New York State Board of Law Examiners, claiming its refusal to provide testing accommodations derailed her career at Ropes & Gray.
Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Houston attorney convinces Fifth Circuit that immigrant's case was botched over a wrong address.
Following the market rate set by Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Houston-based Bracewell will raise salaries of U.S. associates on July 1.
Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller might be taking multiple victory laps when he makes a July 6 scheduled speaking appearance at a conservative Washington, D.C. think tank's post-term symposium review of U.S. Supreme Court rulings. If the high court rules in the Lone Star state's favor in two pending cases, Keller will have achieved in his first 18 months as Texas' top appellate lawyer a 4-to-1 record before the justices. The cases he has argued are about controversial legal questions, which have generated plenty of nationwide attention.
Baker Botts, based in Houston, joins Texas firm Vinson & Elkins in raising the base salary for entry-level U.S. associates to $180,000.
Houston-based Vinson & Elkins hires five litigators who do IP work, with four coming from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and one from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
In his bankruptcy case, onetime billionaire and Texan Sam Wyly asked the court this week to exempt from the clutches of claimants, including the Internal Revenue Service, his annuities, his 401(k), his religious books and his $9 million-appraised Dallas home. Federal prosecutors, however, argue that because Wyly had been found liable in a New York federal court for securities fraud, he should not get to keep such a high-priced abode away from claimants.
Locke Lord will move to new $180,000 market base salary rate for beginning associates in large markets as of July 1 and increase to $155,000 in smaller markets.
McKool Smith of Dallas and Houston-based Susman Godfrey raise associate salaries in the wake of Cravath, Swaine & Moore's move last week.
Three lawyers left Beirne, Maynard & Parsons in Houston to form litigation firm Hicks Davis Wynn.
The announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that it plans to open an offshore legal operations center illustrates a growing trend, according to industry experts.
In a nationally watched case that set limits on the kind of genetic information employers can compel from employees, a federal judge in Atlanta has awarded more than $500,000 in legal fees to the lawyers who brought the federal discrimination case.
Companies operating in Brazil, India and Russia face heightened ethics and compliance risks, according to a global survey of 13 countries.
Who knew lawyers have such moral scruples? According to research by business school faculty members at Toronto, Harvard and Northwestern universities, lawyers approach networking with absolute dread because they feel guilty that they’re doing it for purely selfish reasons.
Reagan Bradford, a former deputy general counsel at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Corp., has joined Lanier Law Firm of Houston to do commercial litigation.
Such original lawsuits rank as a rare breed at SCOTUS.
Vinson & Elkins, based in Houston, notified U.S. associates on June 9 that it will raise associate salaries starting July 1.
As business leaders in her hometown to call for her resignation, Williamson County District Attorney Jana Duty was put by the State Bar of Texas' Commission for Lawyer Discipline on probated suspension for 18 months, ending November 30, 2017.
Austin's Slack & Davis represents both suits and, if the law firm's proposed class actions succeeds, it hopes plenty of others who once drove in Austin, Texas for the ride-hailing companies will follow. In twin law suits filed in San Francisco federal court on June 9, Johnston, Thornton, and their Slack & Davis lawyers have crafted a novel approach to pursue Uber and Lyft.
Five trial lawyers in Houston move to Deans & Lyons' new Houston office.
Despite the outrage it’s not easy to unseat a judge—and not all are calling for it.
Rachel S. Giani has joined the Austin office of Winstead as of counsel in the firm's corporate, securities and mergers and acquisitions practice group. Plus other On the Move News.
By now, the statistics are well-known throughout Texas: domestic crude oil prices have fallen over 50 percent since mid-2014; domestic natural gas prices have fallen over 50 percent over the same period.
LDR Holding Corp., of Austin and Troyes, France, is using Andrews Kurth for its pending $1 billion acquisition by Zimmer Biomet, an Indiana company that turned to White & Case.
A federal judge in San Jose on Monday threw out a $200 million patent infringement verdict against Gilead Sciences Inc. over its hepatitis C treatment. And she ripped into Merck, a former in-house patent prosecutor for the company, and Merck’s outside counsel at Williams & Connolly for “egregious misconduct” that tainted the March trial.
In a cease and desist letter, first assistant to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office overreached, according to ethics experts and other lawyers familiar with the specifics.
Houston litigator Tony Buzbee has scheduled June 17 fund raising event for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
During much of a June 7 hearing, U.S. District Judge Hanen and DOJ lawyers revisited what communication had taken place between each other. Both sides addressed the question of whether the DOJ lawyers lied to the judge about number of immigrants who had participated in Obama administration waiver to work programs at various. The DOJ said they hadn't lied or misrepresented. Hanen concluded they did.
The Brownsville, Texas, federal judge who presides in the immigration battle between Texas and 25 other states agreed to stay until at least Aug. 22 an order he issued last month requiring, among other things, five years of ethics training for U.S. Department of Justice lawyers.
In April, a new breed of bank robber hit 24 U.S. and Canadian banks, scooping up $4 million in less than two weeks before heading to Europe and stripping millions more from 17 Polish banks and one major Portuguese bank.
Three bankruptcy lawyers leave Winstead to join Haynes and Boone as partners in Dallas.
William "Bill" Helfand leads a group of six labor and employment lawyers who moved to Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith from Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry of Houston.
Ashley W. Anderson has joined Thompson & Knight as a partner in the firm's Dallas and Fort Worth offices; Plus other 'On The Move' News
The intersection of intellectual disability and race with capital punishment lies at the heart of two appeals that the court on Monday agreed to review next term.
U.S. Department of Justice lawyers filed on Friday evening a petition for writ of mandamus, seeking to overturn a sanctions ruling issued against them by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas.
Making Informed Choices About the Deep Dark Web Individuals and organizations that intend to operate in the Dark Web space should seek expert counsel…
Some of their most integral software applications businesses use are under another party's control.
A Connecticut court determined that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") and its implementing regulations "may be utilized to inform the standard of care applicable to ... claims arising from allegations of negligence in the disclosure of patient's medical records pursuant to a subpoena."
The Brownsville, Texas, federal judge who on June 7 stayed his sanctions order calling for U.S. Department of Justice lawyers to undergo ethics training said he would never send "the entire DOJ to school again."
A jury sided with an apartment owner that was accused of covering up evidence in its investigation of a grease fire.
Billions around the world have felt the death of Muhammad Ali, a legendary boxer who turned himself into a global icon. Not surprisingly, a man who made a living with his fists—but became known for his words—employed more than a few lawyers in his lifetime.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently approved the approximately $2 billion Elba Liquefaction Project, which will be constructed and operated by the Kinder Morgan subsidiaries Elba Liquefaction Co. and Southern LNG Co.
In a negligence and breach of fiduciary duty petition filed on June 2, a Houston company alleges Kelley Kronenberg and two Houston lawyers mishandled a lawsuit and overbilled them.
U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. is leaving office on June 24 and will be replaced as acting SG by Ian Gershengorn the principal deputy the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business and financial industry groups sued in federal court Wednesday to block a new U.S. Labor Department rule that raises the standards stockbrokers must meet when they give retirement guidance.
Dog and fish owners told a Dallas court on June 2 that the breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by a pet-sitting company violates their free-speech rights. The pet owners asked the court to toss the lawsuit.
Great Plains Energy, the parent of regulated power utility Kansas City Power & Light has turned to Bracewell for assistance with its pending acquisition of Westar Energy, the largest electric company in Kansas.
Norton Rose Fulbright adds 17 public finance laterals from Sidley Austin on June 2.
Akin Gump oil and gas partner Steven Otillar, who works in the firm's Houston office, was recently nominated to serve as the president-elect of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Real eatate partner Vicky Gunning is now managing partner of the Locke Lord Dallas office, and is one of four new office leaders the firm announced on June 1.
"I haven't really seen any immediately appealable issues of the sort that we had in the Perry case," Buzbee wrote.
Chalk up a win for hospitals over insurers in the fight over out-of-networking billing.
A Look Into Top Dealmaking Firms And Biggest Deals in 2015
The Texas Supreme Court recently expanded the accommodation doctrine—an important concept in oil and gas law—to groundwater estates and extends, for the first time, the same surface protections to landowners dealing with a severed groundwater estate.
Everyone who uses email should be aware of the man-in-the-email scam. In this scheme, a hacker compromises a user's email and gains access to the email traffic. The attacker can view some or all of the email traffic depending on the method of compromise.
James T. Thompson has joined Porter Hedges in Houston as a partner in the firm's energy section.
I have noticed many times over the years when speaking with an attorney that he is often not all there, that although he is right in front of me, the gaze is 1,000 yards behind me.
When Dallas-based Dave & Buster's Entertainment Inc. made its $100 million initial public offering in 2014, Jay L. Tobin, the company's senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, had to stop handling the myriad of legal matters that usually keep him busy.
Here is a Chief Financial Officer's truth: numbers don't lie. Here is a poet's truth: Sustainable and real numbers result from the right leadership.
Otway Denny, a litigation partner in Norton Rose Fulbright in Houston, has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas A&M University.
Relying on his extensive experience in the Latin American energy sector, Luis Gomar, a Dallas partner at Thompson & Knight, provides an in-depth look at what to expect in connection with the approaching auction of deepwater oil blocks to be hosted by the Mexican government in December.
Since January, well-known Houston plaintiff lawyer Richard Mithoff filed on behalf of clients three petitions against medical providers in state court in Houston—more than the total number of such claims he filed in the previous seven years.
Frank Stevenson, incoming president of the State Bar of Texas, is launching a legal incubator to teach young attorneys to serve low- and middle-income Texans in family, probate, consumer and landlord-tenant law.
Baylor University School of Law won the horse race of finding jobs for law school graduates in 2015, while Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law came in last. Detailed data shows each school's strengths.
Like foam from a shaken can, the craft beer industry has exploded in Texas.
Six Texas firms are among the top dealmaking firms in several areas of corporate finance on The American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard 2016.
Excuse the pun, but mergers and acquisitions work in Texas is a big deal. So we bring you our cover story which features our long-standing report on the world of corporate finance and capital markets work.
Expect little sleep, lots of takeout and maybe even some 2 a.m. milkshakes. But if all goes smoothly with the initial public offering, general counsels helping to guide their company through the process also should prepare for a very rewarding experience unlike any in their career, experienced in-house lawyers say.
The first step for any good plan is to know the rules and law for TROs. While it is not critical to recall every detail, it is important to know how to quickly access them and review them with specificity every time a TRO appears on the radar.
With the opening of the energy market and other recent business reforms, Mexico continues to build opportunities for multinational investment and merger activity.
Mexico kicked off its historic public bidding to open its power sector to private foreign investors this spring, awarding rights to 11 international and Mexican companies in a move that energy lawyers called a huge step toward transforming its aging electric grid.
Round Rock-based Dell’s pending acquisition of computer storage company EMC for an estimated $67 billion tops the list of the 10 biggest Texas deals announced in 2015.
Only one week passed between when Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration about its directive on transgender people's bathroom access in public schools and he used the litigation to beat the drum for campaign contributions.
After being demoted last week from his job as Baylor University's president for not doing enough to stop rape on campus, Ken Starr has now announced that he's also leaving his job as the school's chancellor.
One of the recurring motifs in gender politics is that "women are just as hard on other women as men are, maybe even harder."
Even the Texas Supreme Court is a sucker for a good lost dog story. And in a decision that will warm the hearts of canine lovers everywhere, they recently issued a decision that returned Monte the dog to his owners in Houston.
If testimony at a public hearing on April 5 is any indication, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals might find support for a criminal e-filing mandate from court clerks, but opposition from judges and district attorneys.
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that an Australian businessman has standing to sue DLA Piper, giving him a shot at recovering a $1.29 million jury verdict he won against the huge multinational law firm after the judgment was thrown out by an intermediate court of appeals.
Robert and Brenda Hogan and Spring First Church seek up to $10 million in damages from John Floyd Nichols Sr. and Nichols Law, alleging the defendants missed a filing deadline.
On May 31, the federal government asked for a stay of Brownsville federal judge's order, calling for ethics training for DOJ lawyers.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld will close its five-lawyer Austin office at the end of June, because the two intellectual property partners in that office plan to leave the firm.
A 53-year-old graduate is 30 years older than four 23-year-old women who graduated from South Texas College of Law on May 21.
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens gave a brief lesson in civil procedure when telling Republicans in White County how the state would fight the federal government's recent pronouncement on civil rights for transgender public school students.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe recently represented BlueJack Energy in connection with the Dallas-based company's efforts in securing an initial private equity commitment of up to $100 million from Energy Spectrum Capital, which was represented by Baker Botts.
Judge Phyllis Lister Brown kept her problems to herself. So it was a shock to many in the Dallas civil courthouse when they learned she died Wednesday morning. Brown, judge of Dallas County's 162nd District Court, was 54 years old.
The U.S. Department of Labor filed on May 25 a lawsuit alleging that the world's second largest chicken producer, Pilgrim's Pride Corp.,systematically discriminated against women, African-American and white job seekers at its plant in Mount Pleasant, Texas.
A nurse who filed sex discrimination and retaliation claims against her former employer, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, won on May 24 a final judgment that includes $115,000 in damages and $84,000 in attorney fees. She alleged she witnessed a supervisor giving a colleague a pop-up penis doll.
An Austin federal judge has ruled that an amateur photographer can pursue a civil rights case against four police officers after they detained and handcuffed him for filming the Round Rock Police Department building.
Baylor University President Ken Starr, who is best known as the special prosecutor for investigating former President Bill Clinton's affair with an intern, was demoted from his job as president after the school's governing board found he didn't do enough to stop rape on campus.
Judge Catharina Haynes raised the prospect of Texas lawmakers meeting this summer for a special session to fix any flaws in the controversial statute.
An Austin judge appointed Houston plaintiffs lawyer Richard Mithoff as lead counsel for the Texas counties that have sued Volkswagen Group of America and Audi of America, alleging violations of the Texas Clean Air Act.
A Houston couple sued a Rosharon Vizsla breeder, alleging she failed to return their family pet after taking him to a dog show.
Hunton & Williams is in merger talks with midmarket U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard, Legal Week has learned, with Addleshaw managing partner John Joyce expected to discuss the negotiations with partners Tuesday evening. Joyce visited the U.S. last week to speak to Hunton & Williams alongside a delegation that included his executive team and Addleshaw’s divisional managing partners.
Baylor University President Ken Starr, who is best known as the special prosecutor for investigating former President Bill Clinton's affair with an intern, has reportedly been dismissed from his post by the school's Board of Regents—a move that shocked many prominent alumni of the school.
The Supreme Court of Texas recently handed down a decision in favor of M-I SWACO, a subsidiary of oil technology giant Schlumberger, which had charged National Oilwell Varco with stealing trade secrets.
Marc Calvert remembers when he recognized that his client, family physician Lilette Daumas, would have the stamina to defend herself successfully against a negligence claim at a trial.
For Buddy Clark, what started as an acceptance to speak before a group of lawyers, ballooned into a five-year project and ultimately led to his new book about the history of the financing of the oil industry.
Hogan Lovells represents KBR in the Houston-based company's pending acquisition of Wyle in a deal valued at $600 million. Wyle, of El Segundo, California, is using a team from Dechert.
Chesapeake Energy and Total E&P USA recently reached a global settlement under which they will pay out a combined total of $52.5 million to more than 13,000 clients of two Texas-based law firms who claimed they were shortchanged related to their natural gas royalties.
Dallas-based Haynes and Boone is the Texas firm with the highest ranking on The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard 2016.
In a decision that's a huge favor for Wal-Mart, the Texas Supreme Court recently ruled that state's tort reform laws that limit plaintiffs' noneconomic damages also apply to civil penalties—including $3.9 million in penalties a federal jury leveled against the nation's largest retailer.
A Houston state court has allowed discovery to proceed in a civil lawsuit against John Cracken from Dallas and Bob Hilliard from Corpus Christi, despite the two plaintiffs lawyers' motion to seek a stay in the litigation.
As city leaders in Houston continue to work out the city's notorious flooding problems, commercial property damage and business interruption insurance is more critical than ever in an effort to recover and rebuild in the event of flooding.
David Carlson was allegedly burned so badly by an infrared medical treatment device that it caused him to have part of his leg and foot amputated. He also lost his products liability case before a Houston federal jury after the defense presented one expert witness—the chiropractor who thought the treatment was a good idea.
Latham & Watkins represents FMC Technologies in the Houston company's pending merger with French company Technip, creating a $13 billion company.
After she missed several planned public meetings, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk announced she is seeking additional treatment for her mental illness.
Statistics show it's a good time for a healthy shot in the arm for risk management, and there are some simple steps that organizations can take protect patient information.
Take a deep breath before agreeing to binding arbitration because the Texas Supreme Court has just ruled that trial courts cannot vacate an award because an arbitrator manifestly disregarded the law.
Seven Texas firms were among the second hundred highest-grossing firms in 2015 and appear on The American Lawyer's The Second Hundred.
Eighteen Texas support positions at Norton Rose Fulbright are among 170 worldwide that will be moved to The Phillippines this year.
The Florida Supreme Court rejects a state Public Service Commission decision putting Florida Power & Light customers on the hook for Oklahoma natural gas drilling.
A federal district judge on Thursday excoriated U.S. Department of Justice lawyers who are defending the Obama administration's immigration plan, issuing an extraordinary order that questioned the department's policing of attorney ethics and ordered certain government lawyers to take an annual ethics class.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is winning praise for re-energizing the movement toward mandatory pro bono for lawyers with her recent remarks on the subject, but some advocates in Big Law think the requirement poses significant challenges and won't work for everyone.
The First District of Appeals in Texas recently dealt with a tangled business partnership between BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., ConocoPhillips Transportation Alaska Inc., Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. and former partner Unocal Pipeline Co. involving Trans-Alaska Pipeline business operations.
Texas federal bankruptcy courts finally have surpassed others in the nation, including those in Delaware and New York, in terms of the cumulative debt they are administering in oil and gas bankruptcies, according to a report issued by Dallas' Haynes and Boone.
Sean M. Whyte has joined Gardere Wynne Sewell in Dallas as a partner. Whyte has a multifaceted litigation practice that involves complex commercial litigation, consumer class actions and products liability.
A West Palm Beach lawyer is at the center of a new sexual battery lawsuit against Bill Cosby and Hugh Hefner.
Get ready for a rematch between Samsung Electronics and Japanese inventor Masakazu Ushijima.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's list for potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees is heavy on federal appellate judges and former clerks for conservative justices but light on big names in politics and private practice.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor this week said she's in favor of "forced labor"—mandatory pro bono. Not a new concept, sure, but the justice's remarks generated considerable buzz. Tell us what you think. Good idea, or bad? How would it work? Join the conversation.