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Godwin Bowman Closing Houston Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

With managing shareholder and chief operating officer Alan York leaving Godwin Bowman & Martinez, the firm is closing its Houston office.

U.S. District Judge Walter Smith.

Waco Federal Judge Walter Smith Retires Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal

By John Council |

In the midst of a sexual harassment scandal, Waco, Texas-based U.S. District Judge Walter Smith stepped down from the bench this week. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is still weighing potential harsher punishment for the judge's misconduct.

Judge Resigns Amid Allegations He Sexted During Judicial Conduct Commission Meeting

By John Council |

A former member of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct has voluntarily resigned from the bench in lieu of discipline after the agency investigated whether he sexted with a woman during a commission hearing.

In Legal Malpractice Case, Dallas Appellate Lawyer Gives Client Shot at Exemplary Damages

By John Council |

Michael Jung of Strasburger & Price guided a commerical real estate client toward a chance at securing exemplary damages in a legal malpractice case.

Mikal Watts, partner at Watts Guerra. Photo©Mark Sobhani Photography

Mikal Watts, Firm Nonsuited in Barratry Suit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The plaintiffs who seek millions in penalties for civil barratry in a Houston suit have nonsuited Mikal Watts and his firm because of a similar suit pending in San Antonio.

Houston Shooter, a Lawyer, Was Wearing Uniform With Nazi Symbol

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

At a press conference Monday afternoon, Houston police officials said a man who shot nine people earlier in the day, identified by media outlets and the Houston mayor as lawyer Nathan DeSai, was wearing a vintage uniform with a Nazi symbol on it.

Longview Lawyer Will be Remembered in Iconic 'Kissing Sailor' Photo

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Howard P. Coghlan of Longview, who died Sept. 15 at age 89, had a long career as an oil and gas attorney in Texas, and he appears in the famous 1945 "Kissing Sailor" photograph.

Stephen Susman, partner at Susman Godfrey (Photo by C2 Photography).

Susman Godfrey Boosts Bonuses for Ex-Federal Clerks

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The firm announced Wednesday that it's sweetening its bonuses for incoming associates, with new lawyers eligible to get as much as $100,000 if they've clerked for more than one judge.

Wealthy Dallas Oil Heir Wins Ruling in Selective Prosecution Case

By John Council |

Although he just won a favorable ruling from Texas' highest criminal court, the legal struggles are still not over for wealthy Dallas oil heir Albert G. Hill III, who alleges he was selectively prosecuted for mortgage fraud charges as a favor to his former lawyer, Lisa Blue Baron.

BNSF General Counsel Leaves for Thompson & Knight

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Charles Shewmake leaves BNSF Railway Corp. to join Thompson & Knight as a partner in Dallas.