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The headquarters of the World Bank, where ICSID is housed.

Burford Claims Almost Half of $324M Argentina Arbitration Win

By Ben Hancock |

The company announced that it stands to take home roughly $140 million from an investment in a case brought on behalf of Spanish investors in two Argentinean airlines.

Scott Monge, Atlanta.

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

By Greg Land |

Two brothers in charge of a Texas-based legal advertising and referral company say they're in a "David and Goliath" battle against law firms suing them in three states over claims including deceptive trade practices and trademark infringement for online ad campaigns targeting Google users searching for the plaintiff's firms.

Defense and Indemnification Provisions: Lessons Learned from Litigation

By Thomas B. Alleman |

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

Do Law Firms Enable Alcoholism?

By Katelyn Polantz |

A culture of work-related drinking persists in many places in Big Law—and that can cause problems in a profession that is especially prone to heavy drinking.

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

By Rhys Dipshan |

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

Ty Cobb.

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

By KATELYN POLANTZ |

Ty Cobb, in his first interview since joining the team representing President Donald Trump related to the Russia investigation, explained why he agreed to work with the president and what he expects to do

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

Spotting a Disability Covered by the ADA

By Michael P. Maslanka |

Well, it's bar exam time so let's start off with a multiple choice question. Consider this list: dislocated shoulder; concussion; turf toe; severely sprained ankle; fractured arm. Where would you most likely find this list?

Danielle Joy Healey, Fish and Richardson

Transgender Attorney Finds Strong Support From Her Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Fish & Richardson, which issued a statement in support of transgender lawyer DJ Healey of Houston, helped the IP litigator plan how to inform co-workers and clients.

American Bar Association headquarters in Chicago.

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

By Angela Morris |

Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law was publicly censured and must pay $15,000 for not complying with an American Bar Association standard that prohibits schools from discriminating against faculty members.

Are Asian-Americans Fed Up With Law?

By VIVIA CHEN |

The Glass Ceiling, the Bamboo Ceiling, the Rice Swamp: If you follow the progression of Asian-American lawyers, you’ve probably heard those terms. They describe a troubling trend: While they are swelling the nation’s top law schools and the junior ranks of Big Law, Asian-Americans are rare birds in the top echelons of the profession.

Amid Delays, Politics Leave US Attorney Prospects in Limbo

By MIRIAM ROZEN |

It’s been roughly six months since a shortlist of potential nominees for U.S. attorney of the Southern District of New York began to come into focus. Since then the search has mainly gone quiet—while the politics of naming a successor for Preet Bharara and other U.S. attorneys have gotten even thornier.

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

Law School Association Ditches Texas Over Immigration, Bathroom Bill

By John Council |

The American Association of Law Schools is moving a 2018 conference from Austin to Chicago and will no longer host events in Texas, its president told state lawmakers.

Danielle Joy Healey, Fish and Richardson

Fish & Richardson IP Litigator Changes Name, Gender

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Danielle Joy "DJ" Healey, a senior principal in the IP boutique's Houston office, has announced she is transgender and now living as a woman.

Gregory Sleet

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

By Tom McParland |

Delaware's federal court on Wednesday joined several district courts across the country in ruling that the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision did not change the law governing where patent infringement cases can be filed, a blow to defendants looking to transfer cases.

Janet Dhillon.

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

By Erin Mulvaney |

Burlington Stores Inc. general counsel Janet Dhillon will leave behind her in-house role and a $1.5 million salary, if she's confirmed for an open seat on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her financial disclosure and ethics agreement were posted Thursday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

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

Baker Donelson's Latest Health Care Hire Means Business

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

Ashley Madison website

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

By AMANDA BRONSTAD |

The settlement over Ashley Madison’s data breach presents a unique conundrum: How do you find class members who don’t exactly want to be found?

Dallas Lawyer Indicted for Arranging Fake Marriage for Legal Assistant

By John Council |

Bilal Ahmed Khaleeq, an immigration attorney, helped coordinate a sham marriage to help his Pakistani legal assistant get U.S. residency, according to a newly unsealed indictment.

Texas Lawyer Announces Its Professional Excellence Honorees

By Heather D. Nevitt |

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

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

By Jason Huebinger |

It is common for lawyers to dabble in creative writing. Some writers may also dabble in the law, but there is greater risk in that arrangement.

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

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

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

Randy Evans, left, and Shari Klevens, right.

What Every Replacement Counsel Should Know

By Shari Klevens and Randy Evans |

Attorney-client relationships, like most relationships, can be good or bad. Sometimes they begin well, but circumstances can change rapidly, right in the middle of a case.

Deborah Coldwell.

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

By John Council |

Two hotel owners became reasonably upset after spending millions building out a downtown Houston Holiday Inn only to lose their franchise license agreement, so they sued the national chain in a Houston federal court.

Big Firms Bag Roles on Designer Jeans, Wedding Dress Bankruptcies

By BRIAN BAXTER |

Struggling retail chains shopping for law lawyers in what might well become the year of the retail bankruptcy saw several of their ailing brethren dip into the Big Law ranks this month for a trio of Chapter 11 cases.

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

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

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

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

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

By John Council |

Sometimes, having a "long-planned European vacation" is reason enough to get a person excused from attending to certain duties. But not at the Fifth Circuit.

Houston Debt Collection Lawyer Hit with $25 Million DTPA Judgment

By John Council |

Joseph Onwuteaku will have to pay millions for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and has been blocked from collecting against people he sued in Harris County.

Screenshot of The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Episode 3.

'The Bachelorette' Attorney Rachel Lindsay Narrows Field to Three

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

Settling Ashley Madison Data Breach Lawsuit Was Likely 'Inevitable'

By Ed Silverstein |

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

Tweeting From the Bench: Judges Discuss Social Media Pitfalls

By ROSS TODD |

Judicial retweets ≠ endorsements. That, in essence, is what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Thursday in the first federal appellate court decision to address issues raised when jurists post to social media about cases that come before them.

Todd Culwell, left, and Kip Brar

Energy Lateral Market Heats Up

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

Social Media Sleuthing of Job Candidates Could Be Risky Business

By MIRIAM ROZEN |

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

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

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

By Angela Morris |

Brian Cuban, whose billionaire brother Mark Cuban owns the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, talks about his new book focused on addiction and recovery.

Walter Rudberg, Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas.

Newsmakers Week of July 17, 2017

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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

How to Shift Your Litigation Strategies for the New IP Landscape

By Sapna W. Palla and Andrew Bochner |

Sapna W. Palla and Andrew Bochner if Wiggin and Dana write: The year 2016 and the last few months of 2017 have been characterized by many notable developments, causing sea changes in intellectual property law that shift litigation strategies more than ever. While the changes have been far reaching, this article will focus on those which most impact litigation strategies, such as venue, laches, patent exhaustion, patent damages, and extraterritoriality, and provide practical suggestions for strategies to employ, along with real-world examples of successful approaches to navigate this new landscape.

Senior U.S. District Judge David Ezra

Austin Attorney Suspended Over Stalking Allegations Against Opposing Counsel

By John Council |

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

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

By Karen Sloan |

The hoped-for law school "Trump Bump" might actually have legs. The number of people who took the LSAT in June climbed nearly 20 percent over last year—the largest percentage increase for any individual LSAT administration since September 2009.

Texas attorney Austin Tighe

Texas Attorney Going to Bat for Conn. Native American Tribe

By ROBERT STORACE |

When noted Texas attorney Austin Tighe was sought to represent the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation in the tribe's $610 million lawsuit against Connecticut, he said he jumped at the opportunity.

Catherine Stetson of Hogan Lovells

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

By MIRIAM ROZEN |

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

Gillette razors

Are Law Firms Too Sophisticated for Their Own Good?

By Hugh A. Simons |

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

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

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

By John Council |

Scott Panetti, who dressed in a cowboy costume and called Jesus Christ as a witness while on trial for murder, will get another chance to prove he is too incompetent to be executed.

Andrew Morriss.

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

By Karen Sloan |

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

Donald Trump at a campaign rally in 2016.

Twitter Users Blocked by President Trump File First Amendment Suit

By B. Colby Hamilton |

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

Law Firm Leaders' Confidence Grows Despite Demand Jitters

By Roy Strom |

A Citi Private Bank survey of managing partners’ confidence in the second half of 2017 shows they are more bullish on demand, despite meager growth in the first quarter.

Reality Winner.

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

By R. Robin McDonald |

U.S. Justice Department lawyers prosecuting former NSA contractor Reality Winner over alleged leaks of classified information regarding Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election are arguing her defense team should not be allowed to discuss any classified information, even if it was in news reports.

STP High Mileage Oil Treatment

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

By ROBERT STORACE |

The Danbury-based Armor All/STP Products Co. has filed a federal trademark infringement and counterfeiting lawsuit against one of its competitors, claiming intentional misuse of the "High Mileage" phrase and logo.

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

Federal Circuit Revives Injunction Bid in EDTX Patent Spat

By Scott Graham |

The appeals court, doubling down on its standard for proving irreparable harm, asked U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap to reconsider blocking sales of voice-over-IP products and services offered by UK-based Metaswitch Networks.

Haynes and Boone Houston associate Mini Kapoor

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

By Mary Alice Robbins |

A federal judge's "young lawyers" rule enabled Haynes and Boone Houston associate Mini Kapoor to argue for a summary judgment that dismissed a client from a suit dealing with allegedly unpaid charges for carrier transportation services.

Peter Hays.

Newsmakers: Week of July 10

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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

William A. Munck.

Munck Wilson Mandala Adds Seven IP Lawyers

By John Council |

The move to combine forces with attorneys from rival firm Howison & Arnott will make Munck Wilson one of the largest IP firms in North Texas.

DLA Piper's Hack Attack Could Cost 'Millions'

By James Booth |

The global legal giant is still recovering from last week's massive cyberattack, with insurance brokers claiming that the resulting upheaval could lead to costs "in the millions" for the firm.

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

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

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Berkshire Hathaway Energy has agreed to acquire Energy Future Holdings Corp. in $9 billion deal that will give it control of Oncor, Texas' largest public utility.

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

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

By John Council |

An Austin federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a white male lawyer who alleged the State Bar of Texas was following a "quota" system for appointing minority members to its board of directors after finding his case was mooted after the Texas Legislature changed the law.

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

By Miriam Rozen |

Civil rights private plaintiffs still plan to fight.

Austin, Texas.

Sedgwick Closes Austin Office as Number of Shuttered Cities Grows

By Roy Strom |

The San Francisco-based Am Law 200 firm, which has been dealing with a series of lateral defections in 2017, has quietly closed an office in Austin, Texas. The move by Sedgwick comes on the heels of other office closures in South Florida and Texas.

Baker & Hostetler

Houston IP Litigator Leaves McDermott, Joins Baker & Hostetler

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

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

Becerra, Arguing EPA Inadequacy, Dives Into Energy Case

By Cheryl Miller |

California and seven other states on Thursday moved to defend Obama-era ozone pollution standards that Attorney General Xavier Becerra said may be left to die under Scott Pruitt's leadership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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

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

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

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

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

By Christine Simmons |

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

Bill Luyties of Lorance & Thompson in Houston, Texas.

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

By John Council |

Houston lawyer Bill Luyties represents a small Chicago law firm that does no business in Texas, other than when it unwittingly attempted to deposit a huge counterfeit check drawn off an account in the Lone Star State as part of a bank scam. And Luyties recently convinced Houston's First Court of Appeals that the mere act of depositing a phony check is not enough reason to allow a bank to sue the Illinois law firm in a Texas court. And that ruling will be a great relief to other out-of-state law firms who get used by crooks in illegal Texas financial schemes, he said.

Professor Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School

Newegg Overcomes Acacia in Attorney Fee Fight

By Scott Graham |

The Federal Circuit on Wednesday ordered Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas to award attorney fees to Newegg, writing that deference to district court judges "is not absolute."

U.S. Supreme Court

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

By Marcia Coyle |

The Trump administration may not view grandparents, aunts, uncles and others as having close enough family relationships in the United States to be excluded from the government’s travel ban, but the U.S. Supreme Court on at least two occasions, in different contexts, has recognized the importance of those family bonds.

South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX.

Discrimination Suit Against South Texas Law School Tossed

By Karen Sloan |

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

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

This Big Law Partner's Hobby Is Sew Cool

By Angela Morris |

She's a Big Law litigator by profession, but in her personal time, Sidley Austin partner Paige Montgomery of Dallas pieces together a hobby that provides serenity for her and comfort for those in need.

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

Sidley Strengthens Energy Practice With Hire of Two Partners in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman

Texas Supreme Court Sides With Democrats in Upholding Corporate Campaign Ban

By John Council |

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

Carrie Marker of Dechert.

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

By Gina Passarella |

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

Houston Family Lawyer Settles Legal Malpractice Suit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A mediator notified a judge on June 29 that John F. Nichols Sr. and his firm settled a suit seeking up to $10 million in damages.

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

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

By Scott Graham |

U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap would allow suits to stay in the Eastern District of Texas even if a defendant has no physical presence there.

Fort Worth Attorney Bryan Wilson, the Texas Law Hawk

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

By John Council |

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

Donald Trump

Feds Will Now Target Relatives Who Smuggled in Children

By Garance Burke |

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

John Raley, partner in Raley & Bowick in Houston

Newsmakers: Week of July 3

By Mary Alice Robbins |

John Raley, a partner in Raley & Bowick in Houston, received the Clarence Darrow Award from the Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association during a June 19 event at the ZaZa Hotel.

Why Associates Leave and How You Can Get Them to Stay

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

When a seemingly happy and successful associate announces the decision to move on, his or her firm can be left feeling shocked and confused. This article provides insight behind these moves, and what law firms can do to make their top associates want to stay.

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

Patent owners have taken control of the patent reform debate in the 115th Congress, but it’s not clear yet who’s supposed to be listening.

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

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

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

Austin's Lobbyists Ride High With Uber and Lyft

By Miriam Rozen |

"Biggest lobbying operation I've seen for a long time. They started early and worked hard." That's how William Miller, a longtime Austin lobbyist who represents the City of Houston, characterized the lawyers and consultants tapped by Uber and Lyft for the most recent regular Texas legislative session.

Heather Nevitt. Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lawyer

Locally Grown

Kathleen J. Wu, a partner in Andrews Kurth in Dallas

Interruption Study Is About More Than SCOTUS

By Kathleen J. Wu |

Back in April, a team of researchers at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law released a study showing that female justices on the U.S. Supreme Court were interrupted significantly more than their male counterparts.

Tragedy Can Follow When Criminal Law and Family Law Collide

By Marie Briner |

Sudden tragedy in a high-conflict family matter is the nightmare scenario for both attorneys and judges when criminal law and family law interact in Texas.

Midsize Texas Firms Growing in Texas Alongside National Firms

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

While some national firms with Texas operations continued as some of the fastest-growing in Texas in 2016, some midsize Texas firms joined the group.

A Look at the Current Texas Legal Job Market

By Angela Morris |

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

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

Meet Dallas Area Rapid Transit's GC: Scott Carlson

By BY KRISTEN RASMUSSEN |

J. Scott Carlson, general counsel of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), home to the USA's largest light-rail system, is profiled by reporter Kristen Rasmussen.

Marc Rose, Sidley Austin LLP, Dallas.

Newsmakers: Month of July

Marc Rose has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in the firm's Dallas office. A member of the mergers and acquisitions practice group, Rose focuses on M&A, joint ventures and other energy transactions, as well as private equity investments.

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

By John Ansbach |

More and more these days, organizations are looking to their in-house counsel–their skilled risk managers–to not only assist in those fights, but often to direct, organize and lead those efforts.

Shadow IT: Enterprise Risk of Hidden Technology in the Workplace

By Eddie Block |

It is no secret that cybersecurity, data breach and phishing attacks against corporations and law firms have increased over the past several years. Barely a day goes by without news of a "hack" or loss of customer data.

Avoiding the Cybersecurity Chopping Block

By Lori S. Nugent |

If it were easy to avoid cybersecurity incidents like data breaches and ransomware attacks, most organizations happily would apply whatever the solution and protect the sensitive information in their care.

Ironworkers' Fall From Lift Yields $16.5M Verdict

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

As Gray Divorces Increase, Social Security Benefits Become More Important

By Aubrey Connatser and Guy Rodgers |

Dramatic increases in the number of older people getting divorced these days have brought to light social security rules that provide additional benefits to divorced people who qualify.

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

By Amanda Bronstad |

In its attempt to settle wage claims affecting more than 1 million of its drivers, Uber just slid off the road. At a hearing on Friday, a Los Angeles judge tentatively rejected a $7.75 million settlement that would have resolved claims that its drivers have been misclassified under California law as independent contractors, rather than employees. At a hearing on Friday, lawyers for both Uber and the plaintiffs in the case vehemently fought back against Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson's concerns that the deal might have been the result of collusion.

DLA Piper Slowly Recovers After Ransomware Attack

By Katelyn Polantz |

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

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

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

By Erin Mulvaney |

The U.S. Labor Department told a federal appeals court Friday that while it intends to revise the Obama-era rule that made millions of workers eligible for overtime pay the agency will continue to defend its authority to create and enforce such a regulation.

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

By Heather D. Nevitt |

As part of Texas Lawyer's annual Litigation and Legal Departments of the Year awards, we requested attorneys across the state to tell us about the great work their department did this past year.

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

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

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

LinkedIn Spars With Data-Mining Company Over Access to Profiles

By Ross Todd |

Lawyers for social media site and data-mining startup hiQ Labs Inc. jousted in court Thursday afternoon in a case that likely will determine hiQ's fate.

Three Decisions, Three Strikes: SCOTUS Redefines Jurisdiction

By Stan Perry |

In the span of 30 days, the United States Supreme Court issued three vital decisions changing the landscape for jurisdiction challenges in state and federal courts. These three decisions – TC Heartland, BNSF Railway, and Bristol-Myers Squibb – were from the October 2016 term, argued in March and April 2017, and decided between May 22 and June 19, 2017.

Alistair Dawson of Beck Redden.

Houston Bar Sues to Shut Down 'Fictitious' Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

After a Houston lawyer learned his photo is on the website of a fictitious estate planning firm in Houston, the firm is hit with a lawsuit and an investigation.

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

By John Council |

Todd Prins forged judges' signatures and tapped into a client's $2.4 million trust fund for his own personal use, according to an indictment.

Janet Dhillon

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

By Erin Mulvaney and Mike Scarcella |

Janet Dhillon, a veteran corporate in-house lawyer who led the legal departments at US Airways and JCPenney and now oversees Burlington Stores Inc.'s team, was picked Wednesday for a seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In a recent talk, Dhillon, who got her start at Skadden Arps, gave advice to law firms that want to do business with her company. Here are the highlights.

Computer Hacker.

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

By Ian Lopez |

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

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

By ROY STROM |

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

The Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

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

By Scott Graham |

The STRONGER Patent Act of 2017, sponsored by Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, would undo recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that have weakened patents. But lawmakers may have other priorities.

Ransomware Attack

Your Law Firm Got Hacked. What Do You Do Now

By RHYS DIPSHAN |

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

Scott McDonald, Littler Mendelson shareholder

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

By John Council |

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

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

By Max Mitchell |

A husband and wife's legal malpractice suit against the Bracewell law firm will be dismissed if they don't submit to arbitration by mid-July, a federal judge has ruled, rejecting the couple's contentions that they cannot afford the arbitration fees.

screenshot of ABC’s Bachelorette 2017 page.

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

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Rachel Lindsay, the Dallas trial lawyer and daughter of a federal judge who is starring in "The Bachelorette," eliminated six suitors during an episode last night, including the last lawyer in the bunch.

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

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

By Miriam Rozen |

The fire that killed 79 people in London's Grenfell Tower was a U.K. tragedy, but it's also getting the attention of the securities plaintiffs bar in the United States. That could spell legal trouble for Arconic, the New York-based company that made the exterior paneling being blamed for the fire's ferocity­—and potentially for its directors and officers.

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

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

By John Council |

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a $2 million civil rights award an "actually innocent" plaintiff won against Texas police officers for hiding exculpatory evidence in his criminal case because he pleaded guilty to assault on a public servant.

Rachel Lindsay

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

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Sparks were not flying between Dallas lawyer Rachel Lindsay, who is starring on "The Bachelorette," and another Dallas lawyer who is among the bachelors on the show.

U.S. Justice Department headquarters in Washington.

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

By Kristen Rasmussen |

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

Clay Brett was hired as general counsel for Millennial Energy Partners

Millennial Energy Partners Hires Clay Brett as GC

By David Ruiz |

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

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

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

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday partially allowed President Donald Trump's executive order suspending immigration from six Muslim-majority nations and the U.S. refugee program to take effect and agreed to hear arguments on the order’s legality in the fall.

U.S. Supreme Court building.

Justices Revive Suit Against US Agent Who Fatally Shot Mexican Teenager

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived a Mexican family's attempt to hold a U.S. Border Patrol officer liable for the shooting death of their unarmed teenage son on foreign soil, and ordered reargument next term in two unrelated immigration cases. The justices, in an unsigned opinion in which three justices dissented for different reasons, vacated an appellate court ruling that had protected the border agent in the family's lawsuit.

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

SCOTUS Ends Term With Blow to Class Action Plaintiffs

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court put another hurdle in the path of class action plaintiffs Monday with a 5-4 ruling that strictly interpreted deadlines for opting out of ongoing securities litigation.

Robin Apostolakis of Martin, Earl & Stilwell.

Newsmakers: Week of June 26

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Robin L. Apostolakis has been named an equity partner in Martin, Earl & Stilwell in The Woodlands. She focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, guardianship and business transactions.

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Can Payday Lenders Force Arbitration After Having Borrowers Arrested?

By John Council |

The Texas Supreme Court will decide this issue of whether a payday lender waived the civil litigation arbitration agreements it had with its customers by filing criminal charges against them and landing some of the borrowers in jail.

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

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

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

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

By Carolyn Southerland, Morae Global |

Through In re State Farm Lloyds, Relator, the court provided a road map for resolution of parties’ disputes regarding form of production in e-discovery.

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

By Katherine E. David |

Under new legislation and Department of Treasury audit regulations, partners can be stuck paying a higher tax rate or—worse—someone else's tax liability.

T. Gerald Treece, professor at South Texas College of Law.

Treece Will Resign as O'Quinn Estate Executor

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

T. Gerald Treece, executor of John M. O'Quinn's estate since shortly after O'Quinn died in an automobile accident in 2009, filed a petition to resign from the role.

Texas Supreme Court building.

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

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

In a significant insurance coverage ruling, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled that plaintiffs’ judgment against an insured had not been the product of a “fully adversarial proceeding” because the parties had “entered into an agreement” that had “eliminated any meaningful incentive” for the insured to contest the claims.

Four SCOTUS Page-Turners for Your Summer Reading List

By Tony Mauro |

Tony Mauro highlights the best of this year's Supreme Court fiction, where justices have lives, including sex lives, and get caught up in all kinds of mayhem. In between the heart-pounding action, you might find some useful insights about the court.

Houston Trial Lawyer Hit With More Barratry Claims

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Houston lawyer Michael Pohl, sued last week in connection with a "barratry pyramid scheme," has been sued twice again, this time for participating in a barratry scheme for automobile accidents.

Judge Jerry E. Smith

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

By JOHN COUNCIL |

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

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

Wilson Elser Lawyer Helps Clooney Close $1B Tequila Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Larry Waks is representing an investment group that includes George Clooney on the roughly $1 billion sale of the premier Casamigos Tequila brand to global spirits giant Diageo plc, which is being advised by Sullivan & Cromwell.

Mitch Williams

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

By Charles Toutant |

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Mitch Williams was awarded $1.5 million by a state court jury in Camden Tuesday in his breach of contract suit against MLB Network.

James C.

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

By John Council |

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

Microsoft Corporation Campus Sign .Redmond Washington.

Who's Afraid of EDTX? Not Microsoft

By Scott Graham |

Sidley Austin partner Michael Bettinger secured an against-the-odds defense win for Microsoft last week even after failing to wipe out the asserted videoconferencing patents before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

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

By Miriam Rozen |

Even though it could idle some lawyers, partners from Baker Botts, Jackson Walker and Haynes and Boone voiced tentative support this week for legislation that would tax carbon emissions while gutting environmental regulation.

Charles Batchelor, left, and Dan Woodall of Woodall Batchelor

2 Houston-Area Attorneys Launch New Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dan Woodall and Charles Batchelor strike out on their own and open Woodall Batchelor in The Woodlands, where they will do transactional work and litigation.

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'The Bachelorette' Judges Brains As Well As Brawn

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Rachel Lindsay, a civil trial lawyer in Dallas who stars in "The Bachelorette," acknowledges during the show that she is feeling pressure from many sides on choices she is making as the first African-American bachelorette.

Former Dallas Court of Appeals Justice David Lewis.

Police Find Former Dallas Appeals Court Justice Dead in His Home

By John Council |

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

10 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Employee Handbook

By Franklin Z. Wolf |

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

U.S. Supreme Court building

Gerrymandering Trial Looms in Texas as SCOTUS Takes on Redistricting

By Miriam Rozen |

Don’t expect new voting district boundaries to be drawn in time for the mid-term elections, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s agreement Monday to consider the constitutionality of extreme partisan redistricting&and despite a quickly-approaching trial on the drawing of congressional maps in Texas.

Justice Don Willett, of the Texas Supreme Court.

Attorneys Blocked from Taking Client's Business in Fee Dispute

By John Council |

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

Peter Broderick of Jackson Walker in San Antonio

Newsmakers: Week of June 19

By Mary Alice Robbins |

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

Robert Schick, partner with Vinson & Elkins in Houston.

Trial Lawyer Robert Schick Returns to Vinson & Elkins

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

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

By Tony Mauro |

In a unanimous decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court made numerous references to the importance of social media as a source of news and a forum for the exchange of views.

Priscilla Owen.

Fifth Circuit Reverses $4.5M Award in School Molestation Case

By John Council |

The court determined the school couldn't be held liable under Title IX because the only school official who knew of the abuse was the perpetrator.

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

A three-month investigation into the corporate culture at Uber Technologies Inc. culminated Tuesday at an all-hands meeting with the release of a 13-page document of recommendations on how to move the San Francisco-based ride-hailing giant forward. Though there were a few distractions–such as CEO Travis Kalanick’s announcement that he’s taking personal leave–focus seemed to be on how the embattled company can fix its culture and repair its reputation.

Whole Foods.

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

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

Five Firms Involved in Permian Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

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

Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, Kuhn Hobbs

ConocoPhillips Smacked with $11.7M Oil, Gas Royalties Decision

By John Council |

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

American Airlines.

US Lawyers Who Spurred Cuba Investments Await Trump Changes

By Miriam Rozen |

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

David Eastlake, with Greenberg Traurig

Newsmakers Week Of June 12

By Mary Alice Robbins |

David R. Eastlake, a Houston associate in Greenberg Traurig, is the 2017 recipient of the Romina L. Mulloy-Bossio Achievement Award as the outstanding young bankruptcy lawyer in Texas.

Are You My Fiduciary? Informal Fiduciary Litigation in Texas

By Ashley Senary Dahlberg |

My work as business litigator and parent collided one evening while reading "Are You My Mother?" a popular children's book by P.D. Eastman. Plaintiffs in business litigation—sometimes less earnestly—ask a similar question of defendants with whom they may share a business, or even familial relationship. The Question: Are you my fiduciary?

Richard Warren Mithoff and Joe Jamail.

Houston Lawyer Endows Fund Honoring Joe Jamail

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Houston lawyer Richard Mithoff endows a fund that will support free legal services for Texas veterans in honor of longtime friend Joe Jamail.

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Bachelor in Paradise: What Went Wrong?

By Ryan McConnell, Stephanie Bustamante and Erica Rose |

This week it was widely reported that filming of "The Bachelor" series spin-off, "Bachelor in Paradise," was canceled after allegations of sexual misconduct involving two cast members. Both of whom were reported to have been drinking heavily during filming. The conduct was reported to occur with cameras rolling and no intervention by Warner Bros. (owned by Time Warner). Bachelor spokesman and Final Rose (no pun intended) chaperone, Chris Harrison, urged patience during the investigation.

Happy Birthday Law Firm Advertising: A Retrospective

Nowhere is the great divide between the plaintiffs bar and Big Law perhaps more obvious than in attorney advertising. Forty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in U.S. v. Arizona Bar that lawyers had a constitutionally protected right to advertise their services.

Gibson Dunn Continues European Hiring Spree

Herbert Smith Freehills’ co-head of energy, Anna Howell, is set to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in London as the Am Law 100 firm continues to expand its operations in Europe.

J. Caleb Boggs Federal Courthouse in Wilmington, DE. May 17, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Venue Dispute Highlights Unanswered Question in 'TC Heartland'

By Tom McParland |

A developer of online video games is trying to transfer a patent infringement suit from Delaware to its home state of Washington, setting up an early test of how the Delaware's federal court will respond to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark TC Heartland decision.

The Justices Don't Have Much Guidance for Handling Trump's Tweets

By Marcia Coyle |

Lower courts don't offer much guidance on how to resolve clashes between presidential speech and the U.S. Justice Department's litigation positions, Kate Shaw of Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law found in a forthcoming article. In "Beyond the Bully Pulpit: Presidential Speech in the Courts," Shaw undertook what she called "the first systematic examination of presidential speech in the courts." Shaw talks about her review in this Q&A with senior Washington correspondent Marcia Coyle.

U.S. Supreme Court building

Anticipation Builds for Huge SCOTUS Ruling on Forum-Shopping

By Tony Mauro |

Civil litigators and corporate counsel can almost taste victory in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California, seen as the term's most important case on jurisdiction.

Court OKs Fracking Technique Challenged as 'Abnormally Dangerous'

The Commonwealth Court has approved the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s decision to allow a unique drilling process that a challenger argued is an “abnormally dangerous activity” occurring too close to an active oil refinery.

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

Houston Lawyers Accused of Running a 'Barratry Pyramid Scheme'

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Texas trucker alleges Houston plaintiff's lawyers used case runners to identify about 10,000 clients.

Andrew Weissman.

Enron Vet Defends Weissmann, Says Firing Mueller 'Dumber Than a Bucket of Hair'

By Miriam Rozen |

Andrew Weissmann and Robert Mueller can be fair and "the Trump administration's worst nightmare" at the same time, says defense lawyer Dan Cogdell.

Clarence Thomas.

3 Things to Know After US Supreme Court's Biosimilar Drug Decision

By Scott Graham |

Drugmakers who introduce a "highly similar" version of an existing biological drug saw an across-the-board win Monday.

Trump's Travel Ban Suffers New Loss in Ninth Circuit

A federal appellate court on Monday handed President Donald Trump his second major defeat in a month after finding his executive order suspending immigration from six Muslim nations and the U.S. refugee program violated federal law.

Joe Larsen, of the Houston office of Sedgwick.

Barratry Case with Rival Lawyers Inches to Resolution in Texas

By John Council |

The underlying case looks at whether an attorney can set up a competing lawyer for barratry.

U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court: States Will Decide if 'Patent Dance' is Mandatory

By Scott Graham |

The Supreme Court ruled that the patent dance might be mandatory, but that it's up to state law to determine whether and how to enforce it.

Trump's Tweets Are 'Authority' in Advocates' New Travel Ban Filings

In what may be a first at the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald Trump’s Twitter account was identified Monday as an “authority” along with the cases, law review articles and news citations that lawyers typically use to bolster their arguments.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Supreme Court Turns Guns on Patent Office's Post-Grant Proceedings

By Scott Graham |

The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether inter partes review proceedings are constitutional.

Mueller Enlists Top Criminal Law Expert for Russia Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has recruited the Justice Department’s top criminal law expert to help with his investigation of ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian officials.

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

Fifth Circuit Rejects Energy Company's Attempt to Avoid $216M in Potential Civil Penalties

By John Council |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has swatted back an attempt by one of the world's largest energy companies to avoid over $216 million in potential federal civil penalties for allegedly attempting to manipulate the natural gas markets.

Texas Lawyer Accused of Filing Suits for Homeowners He Never Met

By John Council |

The Tarrant County grand jury's indictment alleges that Richard Kent Livesay engaged in organized crime by submitting lawsuits against insurers without first getting the homeowners' consent.

Screenshot of The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Episode 3.

'The Bachelorette' Pre-empted by NBA Finals, but Fans Can See Dallas Suitor Make a Move on ABC Website

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A bachelor vying for the affections of Rachel Lindsay, a Dallas trial lawyer starring on "The Bachelorette," put some wrestling moves on her.

Big Law Labor Firms on Hook in Joe's Crab Bankruptcy

By Meghan Tribe |

The choppy seas of the restaurant industry have swamped another eatery in Joe’s Crab Shack, whose Houston-based parent company owes nearly $220,000 to a pair of high-powered, Atlanta-based labor and employment firms. Ignite Restaurant Group Inc., owner of the popular seafood establishment and casual dining chain Brick House Tavern + Tap, filed for bankruptcy in Houston on June 6.

Where Should Firms Draw Line on Contract Lawyers?

By Miriam Rozen |

Susman Godfrey has a policy when it comes to contract lawyers: The high-flying litigation firm discloses to clients exactly how much the temporary attorneys cost, and that's exactly what the client pays. In other words: No surcharge.

3 Big Moments for Attorneys in Comey Hearing

Former FBI Director James Comey’s much-anticipated testimony before Congress Thursday offered a buffet of legal details for attorneys.

J&J Brings Big Law Firepower for Talc Trials

To combat its growing talcum powder problem, Johnson & Johnson has expanded its team of lawyers to fight a two-front battle. On the heels of last month’s $110 million jury verdict, jury selection began on Monday in the sixth talcum powder trial in Missouri. A separate trial is set to begin in Los Angeles in early July.

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Susman Godfrey Offers $25K Signing Bonuses to Entice Recruits

By Miriam Rozen |

Houston's Susman Godfrey, which jolted the market last year when it hiked starting associate salaries to $190,000, just crammed another lure on its hiring hook: a $25,000 signing bonus.

Lit Funding Opponents Play Long Game in Bid for Transparency

When the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week announced its renewed push to force litigation funding deals into the sunlight through a civil rules change, the headline on its press release trumpeted an air of inevitability. “Are the Days of Undisclosed Third-Party Litigation Funding Numbered?” it asked.

Trump Tweets King & Spalding Lawyer to Head FBI

President Donald Trump tweeted his choice for the new FBI director Wednesday morning—former prosecutor Christopher Wray, now with Atlanta’s King & Spalding.

Read James Comey's Prepared Testimony

The Senate Intelligence Committee released former FBI director James Comey’s prepared testimony today. Comey will testify in a public session June 8 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

Anastasia Tonello, of Laura Devine Solicitors.

Top Immigration Lawyer Conference Pulling Out of Texas

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Texas' new "sanctuary city" law prompts the American Immigration Lawyers Association to move 2018 convention out of Texas.

Jack Wade Nowlin.

Texas Tech School of Law Gets New Dean

By Angela Morris |

There's a new leader coming to West Texas's law school. Lubbock's Texas Tech University School of Law named Jack Wade Nowlin as its new dean, replacing former dean Darby Dickerson, who scooted over to John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier walks to the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa., Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

With Brief Jail Sentence, Was Spanier Prosecution Worth the Effort?

By Max Mitchell |

For each month Graham Spanier, the former Penn State university president, was sentenced to spend in jail, the state Attorney General's Office spent 28 months prosecuting the case against him.

Judge Grants Death Penalty Sanction in Suit Against Houston Lawyer

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A state district court judge in Harris County strikes pleadings of a former client who sued Houston lawyer Jason Gibson and his firm.

The American Bar Association's offices in Washington, D.C.

ABA Inches Toward Overhaul of Law School Accreditation Process

By Leigh Jones |

The American Bar Association's system for accrediting the nation's law schools is one step closer to a major overhaul.

Left to right: William McDonough, Peter Broderick and James McDonough of Jackson Walker's San Antonio office.

Jackson Walker Expands in San Antonio

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Four lawyers leave Dykema Cox Smith and move to Jackson Walker in San Antonio.

Screenshot of The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Episode 3.

Dallas Lawyer Looking for Love on Reality TV Rejects Dallas Suitor

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Rachel Lindsay, the Dallas trial lawyer starring in "The Bachelorette," sends home four bachelors, including a Dallas man who has had a crush on her since elementary school.

Dr. Bull and the Jury's Role: A Fitting Conclusion

By Steve Susman and Richard Jolly |

This week's finale of Bull proved a fitting conclusion to the procedural-drama's first season. While the show often verges on unbelievable, each week it still manages to base its foundation in some real-ish jury-related concept. For this reason, we have been able to explore in depth each episode's themes and Dr. Bull's trial strategies.

UNT Dallas College of Law

Accreditation Decision Reached for UNT Law

By Angela Morris |

UNT Dallas College of Law has won provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, said UNT Law Dean Royal Furgeson.

Texas Bar Foundation Grant Funds Legal Tech Training

By Mary Alice Robbins |

A $23,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to the Harris County Law Library has provided computers and other equipment that lawyers and nonlawyers can use to learn technical skills needed to do legal work.

Jack M. Erskine

Law Firms That Bet on Lobbying Win Big in Austin

By Miriam Rozen |

Law firms' market share may have diminished as many big firms pulled away from Austin lobbying, but opportunities have abounded for lobbyists in the Texas capitol.

giant rhodendron owned by a Texas lawyer.

Texas Lawyer's Giant Rhododendron Becomes Tourist Attraction

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Conroe lawyer Tom Trott said "Lady Cynthia" rhododendron bush on his property on Vancouver Island is the largest in North America.

Kevin Fine.

Former Judge Kevin Fine Resigns Law License As Part of Plea Deal in Drug Case

By ANGELA MORRIS |

In a public fall from grace, former district judge Kevin Fine has resigned his law license in an attorney discipline case as one condition of a plea deal in a felony drug case. But he's still facing a second drug charge and he's incarcerated in Kerr County as it winds its way through the court system.

Murray Fogler, a partner with Fogler, Brar, Ford, O’Neil & Gray in Houston.

Seyfarth Shaw, Two Lawyers Settle Legal Malpractice Suit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Houston judge granted the plaintiff's agreed motion to dismiss with prejudice all claims against the defendants.

2017 Corporate Scorecard

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A listing of 10 of the biggest acquisitions and mergers announced in 2016 and involving at least one Texas company.

Cyber Insurance 2017: 3 Lessons Learned

By Amy Elizabeth Stewart |

Cybersecurity and privacy risks are on every business-savvy lawyer's mind–or (heads up!) they should be.

Kate Swint of Pirkey Barber in Austin, Texas.

Newsmakers: Month of June

Anna Kuhn has joined Pirkey Barber in Austin as senior counsel and Kate Swint has joined the firm as an associate.

Melissa Pifko, vice president and chief legal officer for health care and clinical affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Meet Melissa Pifko: Co-CLO at UTHealth Science Center at Houston

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Reporter Kristen Rasmussen profiles Melissa Pifko, one-half of a duo of chief legal officers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Pifko is VP and CLO for health care and clinical affairs at the center; her colleague Daniel Reat was previously profiled.

Ben DuBose of the DuBose Law Firm in the courtyard of the renovated Adelfa B. Callejo Building that houses his firm in Dallas, Texas. May 1, 2017.

History in the Making—Ben DuBose Pays Homage to Dallas's First Hispanic Female Lawyer

By John Council |

Ben DuBose had just about given up buying a property in which to relocate his plaintiffs personal injury law practice last year when he spotted a shuttered office building on North Central Expressway. The empty, white, one-story 1954-era brick building wasn't listed for sale. But the faded sign above the entrance read "Adelfa B. Callejo" --- a name that any native Dallas lawyer instantly recognizes.

Job Applicant Claiming Religious Discrimination Gets $150K

A job applicant who claimed his offer to work at U.S. Steel Tubular Products Inc. was rescinded because he refused a hair-follicle drug test on religious grounds agreed to a $150,000 settlement.

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

Military Ideas That Can Help Lawyers Fight the Good Fight

By Micahel P. Maslanka |

I hope all enjoyed a reflective Memorial Day. There is much lawyers can learn from the military experience.

Tips to Help Stressed-Out Law Students Unclinch

By Angela Morris |

TLAP knows that students are anxious at bar exam time, and offer some advice to help.

Six Texas Firms Among Nation's Busiest Dealmaking Firms

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Six firms in Texas are among the U.S. firms included in The American Lawyer's Corporate Scorecard 2017.

Kimberly Kreider-Dusek, McMullen County Attorney in Texas.

America's Richest County Has 800 People—and One Lawyer

By Miriam Rozen |

Kimberly Kay Kreider-Dusek is the only lawyer in McMullen County, Texas. She likes it that way.

Heather Nevitt. Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lawyer

Let's Make a Deal!

South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX.

Texas Law School Receives $1.27M Gift

By ALM staff |

South Texas College of Law Houston has received a $1.27 million gift aimed at launching a criminal defense certification program, which is meant to train defense lawyers to more effectively represent indigent defendants in the city's courts.

Winston & Strawn.

Conflict Delays Lateral Move to Winston & Strawn

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Scott Thomas has delayed a move to the Dallas office of Winston & Strawn because of a client conflict.

Sexting Teacher Loses Bid for Insurance Coverage for Student's Lawsuit Against Him

By Steven A. Meyerowitz |

An Oklahoma teacher who had requested and had received nude pictures of a student via text messages was not entitled to have his homeowner's insurance company defend him in a civil lawsuit the student later brought against him, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has ruled.

Will In-House Lawyers Change Patent Strategies Post-'TC Heartland'?

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

With many celebrating the recent TC Heartland decision as a shake-up that may loosen the Eastern District of Texas' grip on patent infringement suits, in-house lawyers are faced with questions around if–and how–patent strategies should change.

Texas State Senator Kirk Watson

State Bar of Texas Bill Approved by Legislature

By Mary Alice Robbins |

The State Bar of Texas sunset bill has cleared its final legislative hurdle with a provision still attached that is meant to protect the free exercise of religion for those seeking admission to the bar.

Baylor University, Waco Texas.

Baylor Adds Officers, Counselors Amid Sex Assault Lawsuits

In the wake of more than a dozen lawsuits, Baylor University is adding staff to deal with sexual assault complaints.

screenshot of ABC’s Bachelorette 2017 page.

Rachel Lindsay Displays Her Lawyerly Skills on 'The Bachelorette'

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Rachel Lindsay, the Dallas lawyer looking for love on "The Bachelorette," grilled a suitor about his relationship with another woman.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Federal Audit Finds More Lapses in Texas Foster Care System

The inspector general's report adds to criticism of the state's troubled foster care system.

Michelle Alden has been named as the new Director of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.

Newsmakers: Week of May 29

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Michelle Alden has been named the next director of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. Alden, a 10-year veteran of the DVAP, previously served as the managing attorney for the program.

Randy Evans, left, and Shari Klevens, right.

What To Do If A Computer Hacker Breaches Your Trust Account

By Shari Klevens and Randy Evans |

Whether you are aware of it or not, hackers might be attempting to access your computer every day. Attempted cyber attacks are becoming more common, and recent technological advances give them the potential to cause more damage, but they may start with something as simple as an email.

Breaking Out of the 'Model Minority' Rut

By Kathleen J. Wu |

Recent studies show that Asian-Americans—the so-called "model minority"—aren't thriving in the legal profession to the extent that our "model-ness" might warrant.

Denise Gilman, clinical law professor, University of Texas School of Law, Austin

Texas Immigration Lockdowns Holding Some Families Too Long

By MEREDITH HOFFMAN |

The Legislature adjourned without passing a bill to license immigration detention centers as childcare providers to get around a 20-day limit for holding children.

UPS Hit With $247M Judgment Over Cigarette Shipments

By Andrew Denney |

A federal judge in Manhattan has awarded a combined $247 million in penalties and damages in favor of New York City and New York State against the United Parcel Service in a dispute over shipments of untaxed cigarettes into the state.

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

'Yes, at Google,' a Fiduciary Rule Compliance Checklist, and CFPB Faces New Challenge in 9th Circuit

By C. Ryan Barber |

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau faces a new challenge in the Ninth Circuit over the Obama-era agency's structure. Uber's paying tens of millions to drivers in New York who were shortchanged on the amount they received for rides. Lobbyists prepare to ramp up a new fight against against the Obama administration's retirement-savings rules that put a new focus on client interest ahead of profit. And Google employees are sharing workplace complaints on an anonymous bulletin board. This is a roundup of regulatory and compliance news from ALM and other publications.

The FTC sent letters to companies and celebrities reminding them of their obligation to disclose the business relationships behind product promotions on social media.

How In-House Lawyers Responded to the FTC's 'Influencer' Letters

By C. Ryan Barber |

The National Law Journal obtained several responses from companies that received letters from the FTC this year urging greater disclosures of any paid relationships that involve so-called social media "influencers." The agency and consumer advocacy groups have raised concern that influencer advertising can give the impression of an organic endorsement when, in fact, there is a business relationship behind the product promotion.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Judge Tosses Racial Discrimination Suit Against Cleary

By Cogan Schneier |

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., dismissed the suit, brought by former Cleary Gottlieb project attorney Lyle Silva.

Austin solo Joe Longley

Austin Attorney Elected State Bar of Texas President-Elect

By MARY ALICE ROBBINS |

Austin solo practitioner Joe K. Longley has been elected president-elect of the State Bar of Texas in a record-setting runoff election.

Attorney Rachel Ambler of Odessa, Texas.

Lawyer and Former Firm in Dispute Over Clients

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The deportation of attorney Rahul Malhotra, founder of Malhotra Law Firm, has led to an unusual dispute over the representation of clients.

Former President Barack Obama.

When Michelle Wanted Barack to Be a SCOTUS Law Clerk

By Tony Mauro |

Former President Barack Obama rejected a pathway to a Supreme Court clerkship, saying that's not how you make change.

Law Firms, Staff Wait for Answers on Employee Overtime Rules

By Miriam Rozen |

By this time next month, law firm staff and other U.S. workers may know whether the Trump administration wants them paid overtime pay for overtime hours, even if they haven't qualified previously.

Robert S.

Robert S. Bennett Gets Probated Suspension

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A judge imposes a sanction that means Houston lawyer Robert S. Bennett will have six months of probated suspension for violating a Texas disciplinary rule.

Seven BigTex Firms Appear on the 2017 Am Law 200

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Seven large Texas firms are among the 200 highest-grossing U.S. firms included in the Am Law 200 list.

Josh Zive, Bracewell

In New Podcast, a Bracewell Lobbyist Reports from the Swamp

By Miriam Rozen |

"It's been a hell of a week," Josh Zive, a lobbyist and senior principal in the Washington, D.C., office of Bracewell, told his podcast audience last week.

Mobile phone Telecommunication Radio antenna Tower with sunset sky, silhouette

Fifth Circuit: No Expectation of Privacy in Cell Tower Records

By Ross Todd |

Police can use real-time cell tower records to track a suspect’s location without a warrant, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Monday.

How Much Do Clients Care About Law Firm Layoffs?

By Miriam Rozen |

"A smart firm would be reaching out to their clients and getting ahead of the story," said one former GC.

Target to Pay $18.5M to States Over Data Breach

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

California will receive more than $1.4 million from the settlement, the largest share of any state.

Tech Wins Big in TC Heartland, but ‘A Lot of Fighting’ Remains

By Scott Graham |

The TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group decision means many tech companies won't have to defend patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas.

Law School Mulls Pioneering Approach to Boost Enrollment

Will relocating South Dakota’s only law school to the state’s largest city help reverse an enrollment slide? Officials at the University of South Dakota are exploring the possibility that new environs would equate to more students. University president James Abbott announced May 19 that it will create a task force to examine moving the school from Vermillion, a town of less than 11,000 people on the state’s southeast border with Nebraska, to Sioux Falls, about 63 miles to the north. Sioux Falls, which lies near South Dakota’s border with Iowa, has a population of about 168,000.

Morgan Lewis Expands Latin America Practice with Two Hires in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

New partners come from King & Spalding.

The Bachelorette.

Dallas Lawyer Drops Houston Law Student and Others on Season Opener of 'The Bachelorette'

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Rachel Lindsay, a trial lawyer in Dallas who is starring on "The Bachelorette" reality TV show, gave her "first impression" rose to a chiropractor from Miami who impressed her by complimenting her in Spanish.

US and Swiss Law Firms Advise on Big Chemical Company Merger

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Huntsman Corp., based in The Woodlands, plans to merge with Swiss specialty chemical company Clariant.

Patent Suits May Target Retailers to Stay in Texas

By Scott Graham |

The U.S. Supreme Court’s "TC Heartland" decision will limit where companies can file patent suits, a ruling that could undercut Texas’ Eastern District.

'Speaking the Same Language': Leaders From Big Law Make the Case for Metric Sharing

By Ian Lopez |

Companies and their outside counsel are both collecting useful information that they're not sharing with one another. Should both parties be more transparent to achieve their goals?

U.S. Supreme Court building

Supreme Court Limits Venue Shopping in Patent Litigation

By Tony Mauro |

Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for an 8-0 court in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, said “a domestic corporation ‘resides’ only in its state of incorporation for purposes of the patent venue statute.”

Transgender ADA Case Against Cabela's OK'd

The first known transgender rights lawsuit alleging Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination based on the condition of gender dysphoria can move forward, a federal judge has ruled.

Dallas Real Estate Attorney Julie Pettit of The Pettit Law Firm.

Newsmakers: Week of May 22

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Julie Pettit, founder and managing partner of The Pettit Law Firm in Dallas, has received the 2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.

Server Room

Dr. Bull and the Jury's Role: Search and Seizure

By Steve Susman and Richard Jolly |

The penultimate episode of Bull's first season deals with a privacy issue not unlike that which Apple Computers faced in 2016. A computer server company called Heptix is in possession of encrypted computer servers that likely contain information leading to terrorists.

Richard Warren Mithoff, founder, Mithoff Law, Houston

'Powerful Story' Wins $27.7M Judgment for Family of Man Killed in Bicycle Accident

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Topping the list of what Richard Mithoff has learned in 46 years as a trial lawyer is this useful gem: "I always believe the plaintiff is exhibit A."

Rachel Lindsay

Texas Lawyer Finds Love on Reality TV Show 'The Bachelorette'

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Trial lawyer Rachel Lindsay stars on Season 13 of "The Bachelorette, " an ABC reality television program.

As Clients Press for Discounts, Are Firms Too Quick to Show Their Cards?

By Miriam Rozen |

Are some law firms making a mistake by handing clients their billable hour data despite working for flat or fixed fees?

JAMS' principal outside counsel, Long & Levit partners Joseph McMonigle and Jessica MacGregor

Jury Clears JAMS in Resume-Padding Trial

By Scott Graham |

The jury couldn’t decide if retired appeals judge Sheila Sonenshine made misrepresentations on her JAMS bio, but they decided that didn’t cause harm to venture capitalist Kevin Kinsella.

Appeals Court Grounds FAA Registration for Hobby Drones, Planes

By Cogan Schneier |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled the FAA's registration rule for personal drones and model planes violates federal law.

U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno.

4 Automakers Agree to Pay $553M on Takata Air Bag Claims

Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW agreed to pay $553 million to settle consumer claims over recalled Takata air bags in multidistrict litigation consolidated in Miami federal court, plaintiffs counsel announced Thursday.

Fantasy Sports Operators Eye Calif. Ruling on Horse Racing

By Todd Cunningham |

A federal judge’s decision this week that entry fees paid to play on the fantasy horse racing website Derby Wars are wagers could be a warning signal to the booming fantasy sports industry.

Mark Lanier.

Plaintiffs Lawyer Lanier Makes Tit-for-Tat Attack in $500M Hip Implant Appeal

By Amanda Bronstad |

Accused of not disclosing payments to two expert witnesses, Houston plaintiffs attorney W. Mark Lanier is throwing a similar charge at Johnson & Johnson's defense.

What Happens When Your Practice Management Software Goes Dark?

Buying new software comes with the risk of developing a relationship with a vendor who might not always necessarily be there. While attorneys may be perfectly content to use the same software forever, vendors routinely update, retool, or even shutter their platforms.

Paul Hanly of Hanly Conroy Bierstein Sheridan Fisher & Hayes, a firm that has now merged with Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd to form Simmons Hanly Conroy. HANDOUT.

Meet the Plaintiffs Lawyers Signing on to Help Gov'ts Sue Big Pharma Over Opioid Epidemic

By Kristen Rasmussen |

A growing wave of plaintiffs lawyers are joining state and local governments in filing lawsuits against big pharmaceutical companies blaming them for the prescription opioid addiction epidemic and trying to recover taxpayer funds spent dealing with it.

6 Things We Learned About JAMS During Resume Padding Trial

Evidence is complete in venture capitalist Kevin Kinsella’s fraud trial against JAMS Inc. and neutral Sheila Sonenshine over their alleged padding of her online resume.

Ex-Prosecutors at Big Firms Weigh Costs of Speaking Out on Trump

By Miriam Rozen |

Did the president expose himself to obstruction of justice charges in the unfolding scandal involving James Comey? If anyone has an opinion on that burning question, it's the country's pool of former federal prosecutors. But not all of them are willing to share it.

Discrimination Complaints Against Frontier Airlines by Employee Moms Mount

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday broadened its legal battle on behalf of pregnant and breast-feeding mothers by filing another discrimination complaint against Frontier Airlines.

Alistair Dawson, partner with Beck Redden.

Houston Bar Association President to Launch Program to Help Individuals with Special Needs

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Incoming Houston Bar Association president Alistair Dawson plans to launch an initiative to help special needs students get pro bono assistance for getting accommodations at school.

IBM Says New Watson Tool Could Dramatically Reduce Outside Counsel Spend

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

A new tool from IBM, called "Outside Counsel Insights," uses the power of Watson to reveal billing insights to legal departments.

Morgan Lewis Takes the Heat, but Who Gets the Last Laugh?

All publicity is good publicity, right? For the right kind of celebrity, maybe. For a law firm? Not so much. Still, some law firm marketing experts said that Morgan, Lewis & Bockius shouldn’t be overly concerned about its unusual turn in the public eye last week, when its ties to President Donald Trump and its past work in Russia were again in the news.

Napping Pods: One Firm's Solution for Tired Lawyers

By Leigh Jones |

White & Case has installed two "energy pods" at its office in Washington, D.C.

Young Lawyers Demand More Feedback, Firms Deliver

Large law firms have been seeking feedback about how they give feedback. And what they’re finding is that associates want to know whether they’re doing well, far more than once per year.

The State Bar of Texas, Austin.

Protecting Religious Beliefs Becomes Tense Issue in State Bar Sunset Bill Debate

By MARY ALICE ROBBINS |

At one point during the debate, Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, asked Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, "Do you believe homosexuality is a sin?" "Yes, I do," responded Schaefer, a supporter of the amendment.

BigTex Firms Advise on Eagle Ford Shale Acquisition

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Three Texas firms represent WildHorse Resource Development of Houston in its pending purchase of Eagle Ford assets from Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

Orly Lobel, a professor of employment and labor law at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Use of Noncompete Clauses Grows Even as More States Move to Limit Them

By Sue Reisinger |

Companies and law firms increasingly are inserting noncompete clauses into employment contracts but more of those contracts are winding up in litigation and more states in the United States are passing laws to restrict their use.

Buyer Beware: Former Foley & Lardner Partner Arrest Reveals Lateral Hiring Risks

Insider trading charges and an arrest on Thursday of lawyer Walter “Chet” Little set off a quick dismissal from his most recent law firm, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. But Little’s alleged misconduct relates back to his days at Foley & Lardner. Did that firm, or the federal government, have a duty to warn Bradley Arant about an investigation before it hired Little?

Sabina Walia, Caldwell Boudreaux, Houston.

Newsmakers: Week of May 15

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Sabina Walia has joined Houston-based oil and gas pipeline firm Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler as an energy regulatory partner. Among other things, Walia has represented natural gas pipelines in a variety of matters before the Federal Energy Commission.

Dr. Bull and the Jury's Role: Rules of Evidence

By Steve Susman and Richard Jolly |

As the curtain on Bull's first season starts to close, certain subplots are coalescing. This week, prosecutors finally brought charges against Dr. Bull's in-house counsel, Benny, for allegedly fabricating evidence while working at the District Attorney's office nearly a decade ago.

Texas Capitol building in Austin Texas.

Lawyers Take Aim at Texas Law Capping Punitive Damages

By Amanda Bronstad |

Five plaintiffs who saw a $502 million jury verdict cut to $150 million last year say the state law unconstitutionally discriminates against the old and the poor.

John Zavitsanos.

Jury Awards $40M to Offshore Oil Well Owner in ‘Message’ to Insurer

By Greg Land |

The six-week trial revolved around claims by Houston-based equity firm Prime Natural Resources that the well’s insurer, Lloyd’s of London, improperly refused to reimburse some of the expenses it incurred to repair and replace it.

AMC movie theater.

What’s Next in Antitrust Probe of Mega Movie Theaters?

By Todd Cunningham |

Makan Delrahim, nominated to head the DOJ Antitrust Division, is a Los Angeles lawyer with ties to the film industry, stirring talk in Hollywood that the investigation may be all but dead.

Law Grad Employment Rate Rose, As 2016 Class Shrank

A smaller class of law graduates in 2016 once again helped bolster new lawyer employment rates. According to new jobs data released Thursday by the American Bar Association, 78.6 percent of 2016 law graduates had secured jobs that either require a law degree or for which a law degree is an advantage within 10 months of leaving campus. That’s up more than 2 percent from the previous year.

Christopher Mohr and Jack Simms.

Long-Term Friendship Helps Austin Firm Land Client

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Friendship between partners in Austin firm and a lawyer at a trade association gets firm put on short list for contract.

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

Who's in the Mix for Delaware's Federal Judgeships

By Tom McParland |

With the court nearing a vacancy crisis, at least five Republican lawyers have expressed interest. But one prominent state Republican said the process is "very much in limbo."

Computer Scientist Sues Facebook, Alleging It Purloined His Ideas

By Andrew Denney |

A computer scientist who in 2010 received a $625 million jury award in a patent infringement dispute with Apple is now turning his sights on another major Silicon Valley player: Facebook, which he said ripped off a concept he invented for features like Timeline and News Feed.

Ken Starr

Ken Starr: Accusations Against Lanier ‘Way Off Base’

By Kenneth W. Starr |

Corporate opponents who Houston plaintiffs attorney Mark Lanier "vanquished, fair and square, in the courtroom" concocted allegations that he concealed payments to expert witnesses, writes Kenneth Starr.

Allen & Overy Drops Performance Reviews, and Everyone Cheers (Especially Women)

Anyone who says that performance reviews are useful is full of it. Really, who comes out of a review feeling the least bit enlightened or empowered? Certainly not the employee.

Ashish Mahendru of Mahendru PC in Houston.

What's In a Name? Houston Firms in Dispute Over Use of 'P&M Law'

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Paranjpe & Mahadass sued P&M Law Firm, seeking a declaratory judgment that is it not infringing on any of P&M Law Firm's common law trademarks.

Left to right: David Wilson, Mike Magee and Preston Hutson, MehaffyWeber

MehaffyWeber Adds 5 Litigators in Houston; Opens Office in Las Vegas

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A group led by shareholders David Wilson and Michael Magee move to MehaffyWeber from LeClairRyan's Houston office.

Two Kasowitz Litigators Join McKool Smith in NY

By Scott Flaherty |

The hire of Christopher Johnson and Zachary Mazin continues McKool Smith's expansion in New York, currently its largest office, and will bolster McKool Smith's financial litigation group, the firm said.

Treating Meeting Addiction: How a Legal Team Cut Back on Meetings—and Found Happiness

By Anna Zhang |

The team of lawyers, from Herbert Smith Freehills and Australia's Telstra Corp., cut back on unnecessary meetings, freeing them up to do actual work.

Michelle Haws and Clinton J. Kuykendall.

Meet the Top Scorers of the February Texas Bar Exam

By MARY ALICE ROBBINS |

According to Susan Henricks, executive director of the Texas Board of Law Examiners, 1,253 individuals took the exam in February. The top score that could have been made was 1,000 and exam takers had to score at least 675 to pass, Henricks said. Kuykendall and Haws each scored 842.

Robert S.

Judge Denies Bob Bennett’s Request For Mediation Before Sanction Hearing

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Houston lawyer Robert S. Bennett asked a judge to order mediation before he holds a hearing to determine the sanction against Bennett in a disciplinary suit.

James Comey

What's Next For Ex-FBI Director James Comey?

By Cogan Schneier |

Citing his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey. His actions may weigh heavy on his future employment prospects, as big law firms may be wary of questions that would accompany his hiring. Still, as a prominent attorney with high-level experience in government and business, he may find a home at a law firm, as some other former FBI directors have.

Law Firms Take Notice as Salary Gag Rules Loom

By Miriam Rozen |

A look at how wage history laws brewing in Texas and recently passed in NYC and Philly will and (mostly) won’t affect big law firms in those places.

Drone Law Practices Taking Off — Again

Drone law practices may finally be taking off. After an initial flurry of activity that saw the proliferation of drone law practice groups several years ago, the anticipated steep trajectory of drone-related legal work failed to come to pass as regulations on the commercial use of the unmanned aerial vehicles restricted industry growth.

5 Takeaways from JAMS Fraud Trial: Frequent Objections, Vetting

The fraud trial against JAMS Inc. and retired appellate justice Sheila Sonenshine for allegedly padding her online resume is through its first week, and it already appears the judge is having some regrets about the case.

Making the Future Now: Corporate Legal Operations Experts on How They Use AI

The opening keynote of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium’s (CLOC) 2017 institute showed a live demo of various technologies using Amazon .com, Inc.’s Alexa. But while the automated file and contract searches elicited “oohs” and “ahhs” from the assembled crowd, one question remained: How exactly does artificial intelligence (AI) technology apply practically in the legal department?

LSAT-Maker Gets New CEO, Eyes Additional Test Dates

University of Washington School of Law Dean Kellye Testy will be the next president and chief executive officer of the Law School Admission Council—the nonprofit organization that administers the Law School Admission Test and runs the central clearinghouse for law school applications.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

Joint Defense and Common Interest Agreements: The Basics

By Shari Klevens and Randy Evans |

Complex litigation and multi-party negotiations may result in unique dynamics, with groups of parties aligned. Counsel in such cases should recognize the potential benefits of joint defense and common interest agreements.

When Organizations Fall Short on Cybersecurity, Do Law Firms Pick Up the Slack?

By Ian Lopez |

BakerHostetler’s cybersecurity report highlights the nature of company cybersecurity while illustrating the law firm’s changing role in the tech age.

Denis Braham.

Newsmakers: Week of May 8

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Denis Braham, a shareholder in Winstead's Houston office and the firm's chairman emeritus, has been appointed to the Mayor's International Advisory Council in Houston.

Fourth Circuit Grills Trump Administration on Travel Ban

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

Richard Roper.

As Obama's US Attorneys Find Homes, Advice from a Veteran

By Miriam Rozen |

Wondering how all those federal prosecutors entering private practice are coping with the transition to private practice? Ask Thompson & Knight's Richard Roper.

Dr. Bull and the Jury's Role: Reading Minds

By Steve Susman and Richard Jolly |

Bull has touched on almost every legal cliché imaginable, which makes it surprising that this week was the show's first foray into temporary insanity.

Johnson & Johnson's baby powder.

J&J Takes $110M Hit in Talc Trial, Adding to String of Losses

By Amanda Bronstad |

Johnson & Johnson was hit with a record $110 million verdict Thursday in the fifth trial over the safety of its talcum powder.

Emojis taken from Surveying the Law of Emojis paper, published by Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University - School of Law.

What You Need to Know About Emoji Law (Yes, That's a Thing)

By Ross Todd |

How will the courts deal with questions of interpretation raised by emojis?

Mark Lanier.

Elite Plaintiffs Lawyer Accused of Concealing Payments to Expert Witnesses

By Amanda Bronstad |

Hoping to reverse a $502 million loss, lawyers for Johnson & Johnson are attacking Houston attorney W. Mark Lanier. But he says the campaign "fails to tell the whole story."

South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX.

Law School Receives $1.27M Gift for Indigent Defense From Anonymous Donor

By Michael Booth |

South Texas College of Law Houston has received a $1.27 million gift aimed at launching a criminal defense certification program, which is meant to train defense lawyers to more effectively represent indigent defendants in the city's courts.

Kevin Fine.

Ex-District Judge Gets Arrested Again in Drug Bust

By ANGELA MORRIS |

For the second time in two years, former district judge Kevin Fine was arrested in a sting operation and charged with felony attempted drug possession.

Attorney Phil C. Appenzeller Jr. of Munsch Hardt in Dallas.

Munsch Hardt Hires Ex-Dallas City Councilmember for Land Use Practice; Gardere Wynne and Akerman Also Make Lateral Hires

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Angela Hunt, who served on Dallas City Council from 2005 through 2013, will revive a zoning and land use practice at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr.

Samuel Dibble, Farella Braun & Martel partner..courtesy photo

In Rare Departure, Farella Braun Partner Joins Baker Botts

By Rebecca Cohen |

Baker Botts, an Am Law 100 firm that has been busy expanding in the Bay Area in recent months, has hired Farella Braun + Martel business transactions chair Samuel Dibble as a partner in San Francisco.

State Bar Race for President-Elect Heads for a Runoff

By Mary Alice Robbins |

With 27,190 votes cast, the race for State Bar of Texas president-elect is headed for a runoff.

Five Big Texas Firms Among Nation's Highest-Grossing

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Five Texas firms are among the 100 firms on the Am Law 100 2017 ranking of the nation's highest-grossing firms.

Neal Manne, managing partner of Susman Godfrey.

Houston Lawyer Wins Ruling Stopping Harris County from Jailing Poor People

By John Council |

It's always admirable when a lawyer works to free a single person from prison who shouldn't be there. But Neal Manne just won a monumental ruling from a Houston federal judge that will release thousands of people jailed for minor offenses who are stuck behind bars for no other reason than they are poor.

David James and mark Freeman.

Strasburger & Price Opens Office in Beaumont

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dallas-based Strasburger & Price expands in the Gulf Coast region with an office in Beaumont and two lateral partner hires who do admiralty and maritime work.

Oral Argument in Federal Court Becoming a Lost Art

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Oral argument—the once commonplace art of making one's case before the judge—is slipping into obscurity in the nation's federal courtrooms after steadily going out of fashion.

Stuart Bumpas, of Locke Lord, standing next to an Andy Warhol painting at the firm’s offices in Dallas, TX. April 5, 2017.

Art Law May Be the Next Big Thing in Texas

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

While lawyers in Texas and elsewhere have been doing art law for many years, the multi-disciplinary practice is gaining more attention.

Dallas Lawyer Shocks GE With Verdict Expected to Be Worth More Than $130M in Antitrust Damages

By John Council |

A Dallas lawyer convinced an Eastern District of Texas federal jury that General Electric had monopoly power over an anesthesia gas machine repair business and won $43.8 million in damages for 17 plaintiffs. Under the Sherman Act, the recovery is subject to trebling to $131.4 million.

Beck Redden co-founder and partner David J, Beck.

Newsmakers: Week of May 1

By Mary Alice Robbins |

David J. Beck, partner in and co-founder of Beck Redden in Houston, has been selected for inclusion in the inaugural Legal 500 U.S. Hall of Fame in the Dispute Resolution—Leading Trial Lawyers Category.

Parties Settle Over Collision in Fog

A driver who claimed that he sustained disc hernations in a foggy collision agreed to a $25,000 settlement.

Steve Roberts, Patterson + Sheridan LLP

Newsmakers: Month of May

Chad Dougherty and Steven Roberts have been promoted to partners in Patterson + Sheridan in Houston.

The Shifting Sands of Personal Jurisdiction

By Ladd Sanger |

In the past few years, we have seen an uptick of cases addressing personal jurisdiction spurred by the United States Supreme opinions in a trio of cases: J. McIntyre Machine, Walden, and Daimler.

2017 Annual Report on Firm Finance

By BRENDA SAPINO JEFFREYS |

Gross revenue at the 20 highest-grossing firms in Texas improved by 3.5 percent in 2016 compared with 2015.

Daniel Reat, vice president and chief legal officer for operations and business affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Meet a Co-Chief Legal Officer at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Meet a Co-Chief Legal Officer at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

New Perimeter trainers and DLA Piper partners Jenifer Smith, third from left, and Andrew Valentine, center, during their trip to Nepal, on March 31, 2017.

Female Nepali Lawyers Get CLE

Jenifer Smith, a partner in DLA Piper in Austin, is one of eight lawyers from the firm who recently spent six days training 60 women lawyers in Nepal, where women lawyers do not have the same opportunities for training as women do in the United States.

Reese Arrowsmith, vice president and head of legal operations at Campbell Soup Co.

Digital Pillars: Essential Technologies in Corporate Legal

By Rhys Dipshan |

As modern legal departments look to become more cost-effective and efficient, many cannot do without vital management and analytic technologies.

Jones Act Critics Care More About Personal Profit Than Protecting Our Country

By brian beckcom and kenneth b. fenelon jr. |

It's not often that you find someone like me (a plaintiff lawyer who regularly sues marine companies on behalf of injured maritime workers) agreeing with anything coming from those companies. But when it comes to attacks on the Jones Act and shadowy corporate groups spreading false propaganda with the sole aim of increasing their own profits, we both find ourselves aligned in support of the Jones Act.

Lara Pringle, back left, and Lincee Ray, in front, with four of the Child Sponsorship Officers, leaving the school and walking back to catch the bus after spending one day with the Arise Africa staff helping out at the school.

To Africa With Love: Volunteer Service Trips to Zambia Puts Life Into Perspective for Houston Litigator

By John Council |

Volunteer service trips to Zambia puts life into perspective for Houston litigator Lara Pringle.

Heather Nevitt. Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lawyer

The Money Issue

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

How Reading Poetry Helps You With Your Lawyering

By MICHAEL P. MASLANKA |

Feeling down as a lawyer? Seeking transcendence? Needing a mindset transplant? Here's a suggestion: read poetry.

Employees on Social Media: Avoiding Potential Litigation Traps

By Matthew Coolbaugh |

For some employers, social media can prove to be a litigation trap.

How to Handle Digital Damage Control

By Lee Winkelman and Alan Bush, Bush Law Firm |

How much (legal) trouble can one employee get into with a smartphone and a social media account or two? Hint, hint: It's more than most in-house counsel would want to admit.

Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey

A Column That Really Ties the Room Together

By John G. Browning |

The Big Lebowski has impacted our legal system, joining the pantheon of pop culture references to pop up in judicial opinions.

Staton M. Childers, Adams and Reese, Houston, TX

Adams and Reese Picks Up Five Litigators in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A group, led by partner Staton Childers, joins Adams and Reese in Houston.

Salman Bhojani, left, and Nick Nelson, right, of Bhojani and Nelson in Texas.

Big Law Defectors Make Bet on Muslim Clients

By John Council |

Salam Bhojani and Nick Nelson see opportunity in building bridges with Muslim and South Asian business owners.

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price

Dallas Federal Jury Hands Major Defeat to Government in Public Corruption Case

By John Council |

In a stinging defeat to federal prosecutors in a major public corruption case, a Dallas jury Friday acquitted John Wiley Price of bribery and conspiracy charges.

Students taking a simulated multi-state bar examination in 2014 at the Jacob J. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Texas Bar Exam Results Unveiled

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Texas Board of Law Examiners has posted the list of individuals who passed the February 2017 bar exam.

Bad News: Rainmakers Aren't Lounging in Their PJs

Can we get real? The idea that lawyers can drop out of the rat race, run off with the firm’s clients and make buckets of money, all from their cozy apartment, beach house or suburban manse, is a fantasy.

America's Richest County Has 800 People—and One Lawyer

By Miriam Rozen |

Kimberly Kay Krieder-Dusek does a little bit of everything in McMullen County, Texas.

Richard

Legendary Texas Lawyer Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes Dies

By John Council |

Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, the famed Houston lawyer whose dramatic courtroom style made him one of the most famous criminal defense attorneys in the nation, died today at the age of 90.

For Big Law Partners, a Trump Tax Giveaway?

Details surrounding the tax plan that President Donald Trump announced Wednesday are still sketchy. But one thing’s for sure: Partners at the country’s biggest law firms would enjoy a massive cut if the plan becomes reality.

Client Sues Divorce Lawyer Alleging Job Negotiations With Firm Representing Wife Was Conflict

By ANGELA MORRIS |

A client alleges that he accepted his divorce lawyer's self-serving advice and took a low-ball settlement in his divorce, not knowing that the lawyer was secretly negotiating a lucrative job offer with the law firm that represented the wife. But the lawyer, James "Jake" Gilbreath and other defendants have denied everything.

Uber Takes to the Air, and Lawyers Take Notice

By Miriam Rozen |

Three years ago the legal issues surrounding drones had law firms creating new practice groups. Now some lawyers are seeing glimmers of a future when VTOLs—vertical takeoff and landing aircraft—may be both a transport option and a business opportunity for their firms.

Akin Gump partner James Tysse

Fifth Circuit OKs $600,000 in Attorney Fees for Akin Gump's Texas Marriage Equality Win

By JOHN COUNCIL |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ordered Texas to pay nearly $600,000 in attorney fees to Akin Gump lawyers who defeated the state's same-sex marriage ban nearly a year ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Obergefell v. Hodges decision.

Partners, Gibson Dunn; Houston office..Bottom Row: left to right:  Mike Darden and Shalla Prichard. Top Row:  left to right:  James Chenoweth, Gerry Spedale, Hillary Holmes, Justin Stolte, and Tull Florey.

Gibson Dunn Nabs Six Baker Botts Energy Partners for New Houston Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A group of six energy transactional partners in Baker Botts today joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new Houston office.

Texas Supreme Court building

5 Rules of Insurance Bad Faith, According to the Texas Supreme Court

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

The Texas Supreme Court has issued a decision setting forth five rules about statutory bad faith under the state’s Insurance Code.

Do Women Really Choose the Pink Ghetto?

I know some people cringe when I use the term “pink ghetto.” I’ve been told it’s degrading, misleading, misunderstood. Maybe it’s not a politically sensitive term, but isn’t that an apt description for low-prestige, low-paying practice areas where women lawyers tend to flock?

Ronald Machen Jr., left, and David Ogden, right.

Wilmer Partners Win Tenet Health Care Work as Monitor Gigs Stay Hot

By Katelyn Polantz |

In another sign that independent monitorships are attracting top-shelf legal talent, Tenet Healthcare Corp. has tapped David Ogden and Ronald Machen to monitor its compliance under a non-prosecution agreement.

Should You 'Facebook' the Jury? Yes. No. Probably.

By Ben Hancock |

Social media is now a fixture in our lives. But court rules around researching jurors online still vary from state to state and judge to judge.

Rehan Alimohammad, partner at Wong Fleming in Sugar Land, Texas.

New Texas State Bar Chairman of the Board is First Asian and Immigration Attorney to Hold the Post

By Angela Morris |

The State Bar of Texas' board of directors accomplished a "first" recently by electing Rehan Alimohammad as its chairman of the board.

Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners.

FDCPA Ban on Deceptive Collections Practices Extends to Conduct by Lawyers in Court

By Shari Klevens and Randy Evans |

The Federal Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA"), which bans deceptive and abusive debt collection practices, is often viewed as a regulation targeting only debt collection agencies. However, a recent ruling in the Eleventh Circuit clarifies that an attorney's conduct in court may also violate the Act.

Tony Buzbee.

Houston Lawyer Tony Buzbee Donated $500,000 to Trump's Inauguration Committee

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The donation from Tony Buzbee, of the Buzbee Law Firm, came weeks after he said he could no longer support Donald Trump.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, Northern District of California

Breyer Denies Fee Motions in VW Diesel Fraud Case, But Opens Door for Lawyer to Seek Payment From Clients

By Amanda Bronstad |

The federal judge in the Volkswagen diesel emissions litigation has denied 244 motions for attorney fees but lifted an earlier injunction which had prevented law firms from suing their own clients for payment.

Judge James E. Graves, Jr., of the U.S.  Circuit Court for the Fifth Circuit.

Fifth Circuit Allows Woman to Sue Police For Five-Hour Warrantless Interrogation

By John Council |

A woman who witnessed her mentally ill father's fatal shooting by police officers—and was only narrowly missed herself—will be able to sue a Texas Ranger who later interrogated her for five hours about the incident without a warrant, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has said.

Left to right: Kevin Jordan, Walter Lynch and Michael Cancienne, partners of Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne in Houston.

Three Baker Botts Partners Form Litigation Boutique

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Baker Botts civil litigators Kevin Jordan, Walter Lynch and Michael Cancienne—partners in the firm's Houston office—have left to start Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne.

Dr. Bull and the Jury's Role: Proceeding Pro Se

By Steve Susman and Richard Jolly |

Abraham Lincoln is supposed to have once said, "He who represents himself has a fool for a client." That legal adage is precisely the subject of this week's episode of Bull.

Symphony Tower at 1180 Peachtree St. in Atlanta, where King & Spalding has its offices.

King & Spalding Nabs Tort, Medical Device Group in Austin

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Six lawyers, including three partners, are leaving Norton Rose Fulbright for King & Spalding's office in Austin, Texas.

From Bridgegate to Bill O'Reilly, Probes Put Law Firms in the Hot Seat

For American media audiences, the Bill O’Reilly saga had pretty much everything, from sex and celebrity to money and politics.

Would Big Law Boot Bill O'Reilly?

First, I did a happy dance when I heard that Bill O’Reilly was getting booted from Fox News. Look, it’s been a brutal year for women—and, sadly, a fabulous one for male chauvinists of the “Mad Men” vintage. I won’t revisit all the indignities, but let’s just say that electing a man to the presidency who boasts about grabbing women’s genitals wasn’t exactly uplifting.

Tom Melsheimer of Winston and Strawn’s Dallas office.

Newsmakers: Week of April 24

By Mary Alice Robbins |

Tom Melsheimer, one of the managing partners of the recently opened Dallas office of Winston & Strawn, has been elected to the firm's executive committee.

Jason Bloom, a partner in Dallas' Haynes and Boone.

Dallas Lawyer Gets Defamation Case Over Alleged 'Party-Crashing' Tossed on Appeal

By John Council |

A former Dallas Symphony Orchestra volunteer may have had reason for hurt feelings after D Magazine published an article implying he was a "party-crasher" who "blustered" his way into society photographs. But Jason Bloom recently convinced Dallas' Fifth Court of Appeals that the man who allegedly duped his way into Dallas society could not sue the magazine because the rhetorical flourishes used in the article did not amount to defamation.

Lobbyists Enjoy the Ride as Uber, Lyft Push Texas Law

By Miriam Rozen |

"Biggest lobbying operation I've seen for a long time. They started early and worked hard," said a lobbyist for the City of Houston.

Back row from left: Jackson Gorski, Sarah Kelly, Mary Rios, Crystal Fletcher, Andrew Bernick, Mario Cantu, and TOJI Director Anne-Marie Rabago. Front row from left: Carolyn Cadena, Kori Martin, DeVondolyn Arrington, and Claire Vaho

First Participants in the State Bar Legal Incubator Program Help to Close the Justice Gap

By Angela Morris |

It's the first day of the rest of the lives of 10 lucky lawyers who are the first group of participants in the State Bar of Texas's new legal incubator.

David Wille of Baker Botts.

Dallas Attorney Secures $12.2 Million Award in Medical Device False Advertising Case

By John Council |

For 13 years, a small medical device company named Lexion Medical has relied on Dallas attorney David Wille to protect its intellectual property rights. And after building a case that a competitor's false statements caused Lexion's sales to tank, Wille persuaded a Delaware jury to award $12.2 million in damages in favor of his client.

Jeff Dorrill, third from the left, is pictured with some fellow members of the University of Alabama triathlon team at the Rocketman Triathlon in Huntsville, Alabama, in August 2016.

Tax Lawyer, 55, to Compete on University’s Triathlon Team

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Jeff Dorrill, a partner in Haynes and Boone in Dallas, will compete against athletes half his age in a national championship.

David Sochia.

McKool Smith MP on Market Doldrums, Winning on a Budget and Why Alternative Fees Aren’t the Answer

By Jenna Greene |

These are not the best of times for the business of litigation. Multiple reports in recent years have painted a similar, lackluster picture: the market is stagnant, with clients shying away from bringing new suits, keeping more work in-house and pushing back hard on costs.

(Clockwise from top left) Brian Martinotti, Vince Chhabria, Kentanji Brown Jackson, Paul Engelmayer, Indira Talwani, Gary Feinerman, Andre Birotte, and Lorna Schofield.

Meet the Next Generation of MDL Judges

By Amanda Bronstad |

Here’s a look at eight judges who are handling their first multidistrict litigation assignments and why they’re likely to be tapped again.

Houston IP Lawyer Sued by Former Firm Calls Allegations 'Baseless'

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Erik Osterrieder, facing a suit filed by his former firm, alleges in an answer that claims that he "stole" client information and sent it to his personal firm are "baseless."

Houston IP Firm Sues Ex-Lawyer, Alleging She Steered Clients to Other Firms

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

JL Salazar Law Firm, an intellectual property firm in Houston, seeks up to $1 million in damages from former member Valerie Friedrich, who departed the firm on March 1.

Layne Walker of the Provost Umphrey Law Firm.

Fifth Circuit Tosses Malicious Prosecution Case Against Ex-Beaumont Judge

By John Council |

While a similar state law claim against him has been allowed to go forward, the Fifth Circuit has dismissed a federal malicious prosecution case filed against a former Beaumont state district judge who allegedly had a process server arrested for showing up at the courthouse to serve a lawsuit on him.

Addicted or Depressed Lawyers Need More than ‘Wellness’

Diet, exercise and stress-management activities are great, but they’re not a substitute for substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Plagiarism: Following the Rules Can Prevent Litigation

By Rogge Dunn |

We learn at an early age not to copy someone else's paper. Teachers mention this from the time we first learn to write. But plagiarism is more than just a moral or educational issue.

Austin, Texas.

Jackson Walker Poaches Energy Practice Trio in Austin

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Three lawyers from Hays & Owens, an energy regulatory and litigation boutique in Austin, joined Jackson Walker's office in the city.

Wall or No Wall, Cross-Border Pipelines Keep Texas Lawyers Busy

By Miriam Rozen |

"A bunch of the anti-Mexico rhetoric that you heard from the president has now faded," says King & Spalding's James Bowe.

Jason Van Dyke

Attorney in Revenge Porn Twitter War Sues DA over Rescinded Job Offer

By John Council |

Plano attorney Jason Van Dyke thought he'd be starting a new job this month as an assistant district attorney in Victoria County so he shut down his solo law office and placed a contract on a house in what he thought would be his new hometown. But two weeks before Van Dyke was to start his new position, the job offer was rescinded with no explanation, he said.

Derek Potts, Potts Law Firm, Houston.

Houston's Potts Law Firm Opens Florida Outpost

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The 20-lawyer trial firm chose Orlando for its first East Coast office.

Dallas Lawyer Gets Greyhound Out of Case Over Crash Caused by Passenger Takeover

By John Council |

While United Airlines is facing major heat for kicking passengers off flights, Scott Self's bus company client got sued for allowing one to board: namely, a paranoid meth user who screamed "Everybody's going to die!" before grabbing the wheel from the bus driver and causing a crash that injured several people.

Will Law Schools’ LL.M Programs Suffer from Trump’s ‘America First’ Stance?

Law school administrators say concerns are growing from foreign students about how the myriad immigration and travel policies emerging from Washington could impact their plans to obtain LL.M degrees in the United States.

SCOTUS Takes Up Key Timing Question in Securities Suits

One of the first cases that Justice Neil Gorsuch will hear on Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court involves a procedural issue in securities class actions, an area of law that the new justice once criticized as a “free ride to fast riches” for the plaintiffs bar.