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Susan Hawk, newly elected Dallas DA

Shocking Changes at Dallas DA Office Concern Lawyers

By John Council |

Two of Susan Hawk's top assistants have departed three months into her first term in office. The Dallas District Attorney's Office staff "deserve a leader who is stable and competent," said Bill Wirskye, who recently parted ways with Hawk as her first assistant.

District Judge Arrested, Jailed for DWI

By Angela Morris |

Austin police arrested 200th District Judge Gisela Triana of Austin for driving while intoxicated at 10:05 p.m. on March 20.

Lawyer Disbarred After Repeated Sanctions

By John Council |

"I am on somebody's hit list,'' said Charles Septowski, who was disbarred after the Commission for Lawyer Discipline concluded that he had practiced law with a suspended license and filed pleadings in a U.S. bankruptcy court using the name of an Alaska family lawyer.

44th State Civil District Court Judge Carlos R. Cortez

Carlos Cortez Disciplined by Conduct Commission

By John Council |

The former Dallas judge, whose controversial final term in office was the subject of widespread media reports, was issued a public warning by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct months after voters ousted him from office.

David Dow

Support Swells for Death Row Defense Counsel David Dow

By Miriam Rozen |

The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association filed friend of court brief and more than 250 defense counsel signed Dow's petition seeking to have the state's highest civil court reverse the state's highest criminal court's suspension of David Dow.

Aaron M. Kaufman, shareholder, Cox | Smith, Dallas

New Partner Survey: Largest Firms in Texas Make 102 New Partners

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The number of new partners in 2015 at 22 of the 25 firms with the most lawyers in Texas down by 7.3 percent compared with 2014.

Courtroom War Stories: When These High-Profile Litigators Had Their Mettle Tested

By Miriam Rozen |

Michael Goldberg, Jane Webre and Sam Baxter talk about the time and place they recognized they had the right stuff.

Justice Nora Longoria of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals (booking mugshot)

Judicial Discipline for Intermediate Appellate Justice's DWI Arrest

By Angela Morris |

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a public admonition over the summertime arrest for driving while intoxicated of Thirteenth Court of Appeals Justice Nora Longoria.

Lawmakers Target Lawyers' 'Prompt Pay' Practice

By Angela Morris |

In recent years, some plaintiffs lawyers have created a lucrative new practice area by representing medical providers suing insurance companies that failed to pay the health care claims on time. Now lawmakers are trying to put an end to the "prompt pay" practice.

Lawyer Sanctioned in Home Remodel Dispute

By Angela Morris |

A judge has sanctioned an Austin lawyer in litigation with his home remodeler that is increasingly contentious, swirling with allegations of destruction of key evidence, witness tampering, forged affidavits and more.