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Andrew Smulian, left, and Martin Beirne, right.

Akerman Expands in Four Cities as Houston's Beirne Maynard Shuts Its Doors

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Houston litigation shop Beirne, Maynard & Parsons is dissolving after nearly 30 years, with 30 trial lawyers joining Florida's Akerman and 10 others forming a new boutique.

Texas Lawyer Announces 2016 Lifetime Achievement Honorees

By Heather D. Nevitt |

Texas Lawyer is proud to announce the winners of our 2016 Professional Excellence Award: Lifetime Achievers.

Prosecutors Violated Brady Rule, Mikal Watts Alleges

By Miriam Rozen |

On the first day of what is expected to unfold as his lengthy criminal trial, Mikal Watts, a well-known San Antonio, Texas, plaintiffs lawyer, filed a motion seeking to halt the prosecutors from presenting testimony and witnesses.

A well drilling rig works in the eastern plains of Colorado to reach the Niobrara Shale formation.

Predictions on Fallout from the Fracking Ruling in Wyoming

By Angela Neville |

Texas Lawyer recently spoke separately to Mark Barron, a Denver partner at BakerHostetler, and with Jeffrey Reeser, a member at Sherman & Howard in Denver who practices in the firm's energy and natural resources group, about a recent Wyoming federal court ruling that struck federal fracking regulations.

Midland Firm, 2 Lawyers Sued for Alleged Forum Shopping

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Midland landman and his companies seek $1 million or more from Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, a current shareholder, and a former shareholder for how they handled lawsuits for them in three Texas counties.

What's Behind the Fewer Civil Rights Lawsuits Against Law Enforcement in Texas and Florida?

By Miriam Rozen |

Fewer Texas and Florida plaintiffs and their counsel attempt to pursue civil rights cases against law enforcement officers when compared with their counterparts in other populous states such as California, New York and New Jersey. Plaintiffs and defense counsel offer a long list of reasons for the differences.

Stephen Zamora.

Houston Law Center Mourns Former Dean's Death

By Karen Sloan |

Law school faculty and students swapped memories and condolences this week upon learning of Stephen Zamora's death at 72. He joined the law faculty in 1978 and served as dean from 1995 to 2000. He retired from teaching in 2014 but remained involved in the law school's Center for U.S. and Mexican Law.

Attorneys Newton B. Schwartz, Sr., left, and Benton Musslewhite, right, at Frost National Bank in Houston, Texas. May 31, 2016. Courtesy photo

Battle Over Giant Rubies Spawns $25 Million Negligence Suit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

"The lawyers have each served only their own interests, fighting amongst each other like Indiana Jones and his French nemesis Rene Belloq," the plaintiffs allege in a lawsuit against Houston solos Newton Schwartz and Benton Musslewhite.

Jim Harrington.

What's in a Word: Attorneys Tangle Over Whether Civil Rights Lawyer Used Slur or 'Border Slang'

By Miriam Rozen |

A plaintiffs attorney doubled down on his allegations with a filing in Austin federal court this week that Jim Harrington, a 43-year veteran civil rights lawyer, used a racial slur against him and should therefore be sanctioned.

Feinberg Testifies at Watts' Trial Over BP Claim Fraud Allegations

By Miriam Rozen |

Well-known victim funds administrator testified that he sought, but failed to receive, retention agreements showing Watts and his firm represented the 25,000 to 40,000 BP oil spill claimants, which the firm had identified on a spreadsheet as being represented by it.