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Deal of the Week: Baker Botts Works on Kimberly-Clark Spinoff

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Kimberly-Clark Corp. of Dallas spins off its health care business.

Bills Would Outlaw a Grand Jury Selection Method

By Angela Morris |

In the so-called key man system, a judge chooses a group of three to five jury commissioners who are responsible for recruiting qualified candidates to become grand jurors. New bills would outlaw it.

Richard Mithoff

Houston Non-Profits Benefit From Agreed Judgment

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Harris County probate judge signed an agreed judgment on Nov. 24 giving $6.9 million to 19 non-profits.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

Surface Operations: To Accommodate or Not to Accommodate

By Timothy D. Howell and David A. Palmer |

Surface owners and mineral owners or lessees are likely to have disparate opinions concerning the reasonableness of surface operations, especially when those operations impact or interfere with existing surface structures or uses.

Felicity Fowler, partner, Haynes and Boone, Dallas

Minorities Making Slow Headway Into Big Law Hierarchy

By Jeanne Graham |

While minorities make up 15.1 percent of the lawyers at the firms in the survey, they are 9.7 percent of the partners and only 8.2 percent of the equity partners. Those percentages are slightly higher than the statistics for the same firms for 2013 when the numbers were 14.3 percent, 9.5 percent and 7.8 percent, respectively.

Jonathan B. Skidmore, a partner in the Dallas office of Norton Rose Fulbright

Defense Shows How to Beat Motion for New Trial

By John Council |

Jon Skidmore and his client won a defense victory in a products liability case that was erased by a trial court over juror misconduct allegations. He got that ruling thrown out at Dallas' Fifth Court of Appeals.

Reduced Rate Legal Services as an Alternative to Pro Bono

By Sigrid Irias |

An option to be considered, rather than taking on a pro bono case in an area completely unfamiliar to you, is the provision of services in the area you normally practice in, but for a substantially reduced fee for clients of limited means who otherwise could not afford legal services.

3 Tips for Better Social Media Information Governance

By Rebekah Mintzer |

There’s no need to look any further than this week’s accidental tweet by Anthony Noto, Twitter’s CFO, to understand why social media can be a simultaneous blessing and curse for companies.

Bill Would Limit Lawyers' Liability Over Fee Agreements

By Angela Morris |

Jason Panzer, who represents clients in legal malpractice lawsuits against lawyers, said that the bill is "potentially unfair to the client."

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Improvements Suggested for State's Administrative Law Agency

By Angela Morris |

The State Office of Administrative Hearings should provide managerial training for supervisors to better oversee and evaluate judges' work, according to a report by the Sunset Advisory Commission.

FSU Shooter Myron May Had Bright Legal Career

By John Council |

Alfonso Kennard hired Myron May, a former Texas big-firm lawyer who died after being killed by police during a Florida State University campus shooting. "This wasn't anything that anyone could have foreseen as a possibility," Kennard said of May.

Appeals Court Reduces Jail Time for Attorney

By Mary Alice Robbins |

On Nov. 21, Austin's Third Court reversed and vacated Walter Demond's conviction for theft by deception but upheld his convictions for misapplication of fiduciary property and money laundering.

David Greenstone, partner in Dallas' Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett

Dallas firm sets up cancer scholarship fund

By John Council |

"We wanted to help all cancer victims and those who don't have the ability to file a lawsuit," David Greenstone said of reasons his plaintiffs law firm established a scholarship fund for Dallas students who are impacted by the disease.

Plaintiffs Lawyers in Fee Fight

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Houston lawyer Joby Hughes sues Houston lawyer and firm, alleging that they owe him fees.

Accident Victim Sues Guardrail Maker Trinity Industries

By Miriam Rozen |

First lawsuit filed after Dallas-based company hit last month with $175 million jury verdict in favor of whistleblower, according to plaintiffs lawyers.

Senator-Elect Proposes Appeals Deadlines, Judge Term Limits

By Angela Morris |

A new bill proposed deadlines for appellate courts and punishments for justices who don't meet deadlines. A resolution proposes two-term limits for Supreme Court justices and eight-year limits for other judges as well as county and district attorneys.

Breaking Up With An Employee Is Hard, but These Tips for Contract Provisions Should Make It Less Complicated

By Laurence Stuart and Cheri Thomas |

To make break-ups more straightforward and slightly less painful, employers should carefully review all provisions of their severance agreements with the following guidance in mind.

Chris Bell

Chris Bell Wins $12K Judgment, Sanctions Against Former Client

By Miriam Rozen |

Bell's attorney, about why Bell represented plaintiff in the first place: "You don't get to design the client who walks in the door."

Matt Strock, partner, Vinson & Elkins, Houston

Interview Tips From Big-Firm Campus Interviewer

By Miriam Rozen |

V&E's Matt Strock, who interviews law school students seeking to work at his firm, provides some answers before the on-campus interview season begins after the holidays.

Police could collect payment for court fines?

By Angela Morris |

The bill doesn't discuss whether a person would have to enter any plea to pay immediately. Could the person talk to a lawyer first? If the person paid up, could he still fight a charge in court?

Bills Would Outlaw a Grand Jury Selection Method

By Angela Morris |

In the so-called key man system, a judge chooses a group of three to five jury commissioners who are responsible for recruiting qualified candidates to become grand jurors. New bills would outlaw it.

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

Five Things to Avoid When Facing a Legal Malpractice Claim

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

Many attorneys respond in a way that makes them worse, causing legal malpractice claims to become nightmares.

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Knowing When You Are Not Prepared to Offer Legal Advice

By The YL Editorial Board |

So you recently graduated from law school and just found out you passed the bar. You must be able to jump right in and practice law, right?

Expanding Corporate Pro Bono Partnerships

By Marie Ma and Hilary Gevondyan |

For in-house attorneys, finding quality pro bono opportunities is not always easy.

Dannye R. Holley, dean and professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University in Houston

TSU Law Is No. 1 for Diversity Nationwide

By Angela Morris |

Diversity at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law "changes the tenor and nature of the classroom discussion because inherent in every class are a diverse set of cultures," said Dean Dannye Holley.

Dominic Braus of Waco's Carlson Law Firm was injured in the collapse of the traditional, student-built bonfire stack at Texas A&M University on November 18, 1999.

Career Out of Calamity: Aggie's Passion for Law Arises Out of A&M Bonfire Tragedy

By Angela Morris |

Dominic Braus was on the third stack of the Texas A&M bonfire, hanging from a swing to wire the tops of newly added logs, when the bonfire collapsed, killing 12 and injuring 27. The tragedy changed the course of Braus' life.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Judge: McCrum Has Authority to Prosecute Gov. Perry

By Angela Morris |

"The actions taken by Michael McCrum as attorney pro tem are valid and ... Mr. McCrum has the authority to act in his capacity as attorney pro tem in this case," Judge Bert Richardson wrote.

Ken Paxton, Republican candidate for attorney general

Paxton Assembles AG Team, Faces Election Lawsuit

By Angela Morris |

As Ken Paxton assembles a team to help him transition into the Texas Office of Attorney General, the A.G.-elect also faces a civil lawsuit by a losing A.G. candidate.

Texas' Appeal-Bond Limits Don't Always Apply to Federal Judgments

By Miriam Rozen |

In antitrust litigation, appeals court panel denies steel distribution company's motion for stay of execution of $150 million final judgment. Judge Edith Jones dissents.

Case Summaries

By David Popple |

EnergyBuzz: Opportunities, Challenges in Mexican Energy Reform

By Nicolas Borda |

There are very high expectations for the success of this historic reform. However, there are also a number of challenges, particularly related to its implementation, interpretation and timing.

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Plaintiff Who Sued Singer Patti LaBelle Won't Get New Trial

By Miriam Rozen |

The plaintiff's lawsuit stems from an altercation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

W. Mike Baggett, shareholder and chairman emeritus, Winstead, Dallas

Policy Group Sues Winstead, Mike Baggett

By John Council |

The National Center For Policy Analysis alleges that Winstead and Mike Baggett represented its former CEO against sexual harassment allegations without telling them.

$3.5 Million Sought in Negligence Suit Against Lawyer, Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Eagle Jewelry and Loan #2 files negligence, gross negligence and breach of professional duties suit against Houston lawyer and his professional corporation.

Case Filings Dip in Hip Replacement MDL

By Miriam Rozen |

In the month after a take-nothing verdict, fewer plaintiffs filed cases against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary in Dallas federal court.

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Bob Wise

By John Council |

Bob Wise successfully defended no-evidence summary judgment rulings by tossing out the plaintiffs' theories that his electrical company caused a fire through either faulty equipment or a smoking employee.

Henry S. May Jr., special counsel, Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler in Houston

Newsmakers: Week of Nov. 24

Henry S. May Jr., an energy lawyer, has joined Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler in Houston as special counsel.

Danny Sheena, partner, The Sheena Law Firm, Houston

Litigator of the Week: Shalom to a $2.2 Million Final Judgment

By Miriam Rozen |

A Houston lawyer who is fluent in Hebrew helped his corporate client win a $2.2 million final judgment in a fraud case against an Israeli lawyer whose law license had been suspended.

Inadmissible: Resolution for Indigent Parents

The Texas Judicial Council has approved a resolution to ask the Texas Legislature to pass a bill that would ensure that indigent parents battling the state in child custody lawsuits would get court-appointed lawyers sooner.

VerdictSearch: County's Three Terminations Were Justified, Jury Finds

A jury sided with Galveston County that was sued by three information technology employees who claimed they were fired in retaliation.

Michael McCrum, McCrum Law Office, San Antonio

No Contempt Finding Against Michael McCrum

By Angela Morris |

"It removes a huge cloud that had been hanging over me," said criminal defense lawyer Michael McCrum, also the district attorney pro tem prosecuting Gov. Rick Perry.

Bill Wirskye, incoming Dallas County first assistant district attorney

Incoming DA Susan Hawk Chooses First Assistant

By John Council |

"A D.A.'s office can be two things at once. You can be hard on the people you need to be hard on. But you recognize that the majority of people that come through the criminal justice system don't need to be warehoused," said Bill Wirskye.

Halliburton, Baker Hughes in Big Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Halliburton and Baker Hughes announce agreement for Halliburton to acquire Baker Hughes for $34.6 billion.

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$23.6 Million Verdict Against Apple in Patent Infringement Case

By Miriam Rozen |

The iPhone manufacturer loses after a one-week trial in East Texas to plaintiff MTel, a Lewisville-based company known for pager technology.

Gordon J. Quan, managing partner, Quan Law Group, Houston

Q&A: Immigration Lawyer Discusses Impact of Order on Texas

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gordon Quan, managing partner of Quan Law Group in Houston, concentrates his practice on representing individuals with immigration issues. On the morning after President Obama announced his executive order on immigration, Quan answered these questions from Texas Lawyer.

Steven J. Goode, W. James Kronzer Chair in Trial and Appellate Advocacy and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas School of Law

High Court Adopts New Texas Rules of Evidence

By John Council |

It took two-and-a-half years for Steven Goode, a UT Law School professor, and others to complete the tedious job of reformatting the Texas Rules of Evidence so that they are easier to read.

Marcos Ronquillo

Friedman & Feiger Hires Three Laterals

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Marcos Ronquillo and Jose Gonzalez continue long working relationship with move to Friedman & Feiger of Dallas.

Clearing the Contemporaneous Perception Hurdle in Bystander Cases

By Quentin Brogdon |

In a "bystander" case—a case involving the witnessing of serious injuries to a third party—three specific foreseeability factors must be satisfied.

Big Defense Win in Environmental Pollution Case

By John Council |

Winn Carter took his client International Paper Co. in front a civil jury, hours after his codefendants settled with the plaintiff, and got a victory in a water pollution case.

Woman Seeks Dismissal of $123 Million 'Revenge Porn' Suit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A federal judge signed an order on Nov. 17 granting stipulation of dismissal with prejudice of all claims against Facebook in the lawsuit.

Family Law Judges Talk Social Media, Default Judgments

By John Council |

Family Law Judges Talk Social Media, Default Judgments On Sept. 28, Texas Lawyer hosted "Best Practices as Seen from the Bench: Family Law." Panelists included Tarrant County Judges Judith Wells, Mike Sinha and Jesus Nevarez Jr. and Parker County Judge Graham Quisenberry. This is Part II of this discussion. Part I ran in our Nov. 17 issue. The following has been edited for clarity, length and style.

A solitary worker in the oil and gas field stands next to a pump jack.

Why Innovation, Not Plunging Oil Prices, Caused the $34.6 Billion Halliburton-Baker Hughes Deal

By Scott D. Marrs |

It is easy to assume that the recent drop in oil prices resulted in the Halliburton-Baker Hughes deal, but that is far from the truth.

Police Identify FSU Gunman as Former Texas BigLaw Associate

By Mark Bauer |

A man who opened fire at a Florida State Univerisity library was identified by police as a Texas lawyer.

Winn Carter of Morgan Lewis

Big Defense Win in Environmental Pollution Case

By John Council |

Winn Carter took his client International Paper Co. in front a civil jury, hours after his codefendants settled with the plaintiff, and got a victory in a water pollution case.

Houston law school announces oil & gas institute

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

South Texas College of Law wants to better prepare lawyers for oil and gas industry work.

W. Mike Baggett, shareholder and chairman emeritus, Winstead, Dallas

Policy Group Sues Winstead, Mike Baggett

By John Council |

The National Center For Policy Analysis alleges that Winstead and Mike Baggett represented its former CEO against sexual harassment allegations without telling them.

A solitary worker in the oil and gas field stands next to a pump jack.

Why Innovation, Not Plunging Oil Prices, Caused the $34.6 Billion Halliburton-Baker Hughes Deal

By Scott D. Marrs |

It is easy to assume that the recent drop in oil prices resulted in the Halliburton-Baker Hughes deal, but that is far from the truth.

Dannye R. Holley, dean and professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University in Houston

TSU Law Is No. 1 for Diversity Nationwide

By Angela Morris |

Diversity at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law "changes the tenor and nature of the classroom discussion because inherent in every class are a diverse set of cultures," said Dean Dannye Holley.

W. Mark Lanier, founder, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston

Case Filings Dip in Hip Replacement MDL

By Miriam Rozen |

In the month after a take-nothing verdict, fewer plaintiffs filed cases against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary in Dallas federal court.

Resolution seeks quickly appointed lawyers in CPS cases

By Angela Morris |

"The hearing is the first opportunity really where everyone involved in the case will discuss the state's evidence for removing the child," said Children's Commission executive director Tina Amberboy.

$3.5 Million Sought in Negligence Suit Against Lawyer, Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Eagle Jewelry and Loan #2 files negligence, gross negligence and breach of professional duties suit against Houston lawyer and his professional corporation.

Ken Paxton, Republican candidate for attorney general

Paxton Assembles AG Team, Faces Election Lawsuit

By Angela Morris |

As Ken Paxton assembles a team to help him transition into the Texas Office of Attorney General, the A.G.-elect also faces a civil lawsuit by a losing A.G. candidate.

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Judge: McCrum Has Authority to Prosecute Gov. Perry

By Angela Morris |

"The actions taken by Michael McCrum as Attorney Pro Tem are valid and ... Mr. McCrum has the authority to act in his capacity as Attorney Pro Tem in this case," Judge Bert Richardson wrote.

Texas' Appeal-Bond Limits Don't Always Apply to Federal Judgments

By Miriam Rozen |

In antitrust litigation, appeals court panel denies steel distribution company's motion for stay of execution of $150 million final judgment. Judge Edith Jones dissents.

Frank D'Amore

Five Essential Components to Becoming a Winning Lawyer

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

I had asked the leader of a major law firm what separated the highest achievers in his firm from their peers. The memories of that discussion with my coaching mentor came flooding back, as the managing partner reeled off a list of traits that mirrored, in many respects, the qualities that my coach had espoused.

Law Firm Thefts

By Harvey Kleinman |

I was surprised to learn from bank officers and insurance claim agents that theft (a.k.a., embezzlement) at law firms (and other entities) was a fairly common happenstance.

Teamwork works together to build a gear system

Changing the Outside Firm Business Model

By William C. Cobb |

Most law firms are almost 60 years behind their clients!

stagelights

Plaintiff Who Sued Singer Patti LaBelle Won't Get New Trial

By Miriam Rozen |

The plaintiff's lawsuit stems from an altercation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Work Matters: Take pressure off achieving a goal and you just might reach it

By Michael P. Maslanka |

By focusing on the process, victory is always achievable in the moment.

Woman Seeks Dismissal of $123 Million 'Revenge Porn' Suit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A federal judge signed an order on Nov. 17 granting stipulation of dismissal with prejudice of all claims against Facebook in the lawsuit.

Texas A&M Bonfire Memorial

Aggie's Passion for Law Arises out of A&M Bonfire Tragedy

By Angela Morris |

Dominic Braus was on the third stack of the Texas A&M bonfire, hanging from a swing to wire the tops of newly added logs, when the bonfire collapsed, killing 12 and injuring 27. The tragedy changed the course of Braus' life.

EnergyBuzz: Opportunities, Challenges in Mexican Energy Reform

By Nicolas Borda |

There are very high expectations for the success of this historic reform. However, there are also a number of challenges, particularly related to its implementation, interpretation and timing.

Michael McCrum, McCrum Law Office, San Antonio

No Contempt Finding Against Michael McCrum

By Angela Morris |

"It removes a huge cloud that had been hanging over me," said criminal defense lawyer Michael McCrum, also the district attorney pro tem prosecuting Gov. Rick Perry.

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Seven Career Paths for Lawyers in the New Norm

By Chere Estrin |

Here are some ways attorneys are making their skills work for them in "the new norm" law firms.

Practice Management Takes Hold in Small and Mid-Size Firms

By Joel A. Rose |

Lawyer management needs to review all of the factors contributing to profitability and to address the following questions.

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Norton Rose Fulbright sets target for women partners

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

By 2020, the firm hopes to have 30 percent women partners globally.

Appellate Lawyer of the Week: Bob Wise

By John Council |

Bob Wise successfully defended no-evidence summary judgment rulings by tossing out the plaintiffs' theories that his electrical company caused a fire through either faulty equipment or a smoking employee.

Halliburton, Baker Hughes in Big Energy Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Halliburton and Baker Hughes announce agreement for Halliburton to acquire Baker Hughes for $34.6 billion.

Bill Wirskye, incoming Dallas County first assistant district attorney

Incoming DA Susan Hawk Chooses First Assistant

By John Council |

"A D.A.'s office can be two things at once. You can be hard on the people you need to be hard on. But you recognize that the majority of people that come through the criminal justice system don't need to be warehoused," said Bill Wirskye.

Royal Mullins Case: Autopsy Shows 11 Gunshot Wounds

By Miriam Rozen |

Eddie Coley, the victim's family spokesman, said the Greenville police had told the family initially that Gray had only been shot three times and that he had not suffered a long death.

Jamie Yarbrough, University of Texas School of Law graduate and associate with Baker Botts in Houston

Pitch Perfect: Musician Gets the Top Score on July Bar Exam

By Angela Morris |

"It was a shock to me: I had no idea. I wasn't aiming to have the top score. I was just hoping to pass the bar exam like anyone else," said Jamie Yarbrough.

Attorney Fees Sought in Patent Infringement Suit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

After a judge dismisses a patent infringement suit, defendants seek reimbursement for attorney fees and costs.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

Dallas County Judge Attempted to Halt 'High-Profit' Jail-Phone Contract

By Miriam Rozen |

After a vote at the Dallas Commissioners Court on Nov. 11, Jenkins concluded he had managed with his advocacy and voter support only to reduce the impact of the jail-phone contract but not prevent it completely.

Potential Privilege Traps in the Already High-Stakes Game of False Claims Act Litigation

By Lorinda Holloway |

In this aggressive FCA environment, the last thing practitioners need is a privilege headache, but a few rulings this year sent some lawyers running for the medicine cabinet.

Plaintiff Lawyer: Feds Brought Knife to Gun Fight

By Miriam Rozen |

In a response filed Nov. 11, the federal government objected to the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and individual plaintiffs motion for a summary judgment.

Dane Ball (left) and Shaun Clarke, partners in Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, Houston

Smyser Kaplan Expands White-Collar Practice

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dane Ball and Shaun Clarke leave Quinn Emanuel and join Smyser Kaplan & Veselka in Houston.

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

Judge Rules Against BP's Motion to Remove Claims Administrator

By Miriam Rozen |

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled against BP's motion in the oil spill litigation to remove the claims administrator.

Christopher Dupuy

Former Judge Christopher Dupuy Gets Reprimand

By John Council |

Former Galveston County Court-at-Law Judge Christopher Dupuy is reprimanded by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct after three strange years on the bench.

Family Law Judges Talk TROs, Indigent Court Costs, Annulments

By John Council |

On Oct. 21, Texas Lawyer hosted "Best Practices as Seen from the Bench: Family Law." Panelists included Tarrant County judges Judith Wells, Mike Sinha and Jesus Nevarez Jr. And Parker County judge Graham Quisenberry.

Avoiding the Legal Traps of an Unethical Client

By James Dolan |

Unethical decisions aren't the byproduct of one bad day, but the persistent cultivation of a negative environment that makes an attorney susceptible to unethical behavior.

Judge Declares Mistrial in Lawmaker's Barratry Trial

By Angela Morris |

A judge declared a mistrial in Rep. Ron Reynolds' barratry trial after a juror confessed that outside information provided by another juror had "influenced" her decision.

A fracking operation in southwestern Pennsylvania

EnergyBuzz: Hydraulic Fracturing: Nationwide Results From November Ballot

By Barclay Nicholson and Johnjerica Hodge |

Because Texas courts have yet to address this issue, it is unclear whether it and other cities have the authority to pass bans on hydraulic fracturing.

VerdictSearch: Jury Sides With School Board's Firing

A school board was justified in its termination of a teacher, a jury found.

Frank S. Wu, a partner in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone and co-chair of the firm's greater China practice group

Newsmakers: Week of Nov. 17

Frank S. Wu has joined Haynes and Boone as a partner in Houston. Wu is cochairman of the firm's greater China practice group.

Handshake with building in background

Deal of the Week: V&E Works on $437 Million Refinery Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins represents Alon USA Energy of Dallas in its pending acquisition of the Krotz Springs refinery.

Lawyer, Firm Sued Over Alleged 'Ponzi' Scheme

By John Council |

The petition filed against Gregory G. Jones and his firm alleges that he represented plaintiffs in purchase of mining and exploration company interests that plaintiffs say turned out to be a "Ponzi scheme."

Company Seeks $3.4 Million From Lawyer, Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Millionway International files $3.4 million negligence and breach of professional duties suit against Houston lawyer and his firm.

Defense and Coverage Conflict: Important Considerations for Selection of Counsel

By Mike A. Orlando, Jr. |

Insured's are worried the insurer-appointed and insurer-compensated counsel would steer their defense towards a finding of "no coverage."

Texas Governor Rick Perry

State: Perry Case About 'Criminal Acts,' Not Vetoes

By Angela Morris |

"This case is not merely a matter of whether a veto is proper. It is a matter of whether the defendant committed criminal acts in abusing the power that had been bestowed upon him," the state alleged in Gov. Rick Perry's felony case.