Texas Pulse

  • Jackson Walker Wants Out Of Texas Judge Romance Suit

    Law firm Jackson Walker told a Texas federal court it wants out of a lawsuit accusing it of harming a tug boat company whose case was pending before a bankruptcy judge engaged in a romantic relationship with a firm attorney.

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    Frost Brown Gains V&E Bankruptcy Ace In Dallas

    Frost Brown Todd LLP has fortified its bankruptcy and restructuring practice with a partner in Dallas who came aboard after more than 16 years at Vinson & Elkins LLP.

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    What's Behind 'Nuclear' Verdicts? Skeptical Juries, Attys Say

    Jurors becoming more skeptical of corporations are handing down sky-high verdicts, and trial attorneys say it's forcing a shift in the strategies they employ as they aim to score — or prevent — so-called nuclear verdicts.

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    Texas' Willis Law Group CEO Talks Northeast Expansion

    Following its official acquisition of Pennsylvania-based Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers, Texas firm Willis Law Group is looking to continue growing in the Northeast once the two firms are fully integrated. Willis Law Group founder and CEO Kirk D. Willis recently spoke with Law360 Pulse about the transition, the landscape for minority-owned law firms, and the firm's growth plans.

  • Airline Mogul Says FBI Won't Give Docs In North Carolina Suit

    Airline tycoon Farhad Azima has asked a Texas federal court to force the FBI's Houston office to comply with a subpoena for documents related to its criminal investigation of the businessman, writing that the bureau has stonewalled his "basic discovery rights" in connection with a federal lawsuit against a Dechert LLP-hired private investigator.

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    Jackson Walker Seeks Sanctions Over Judge Romance Suit

    Jackson Walker LLP asked a Texas federal court Monday to sanction lawyers and their "disgruntled millionaire" client for leveling racketeering allegations in a lawsuit over a former bankruptcy judge's romantic relationship with a former firm lawyer, saying the claims are "frivolous" and "conclusory."

  • Suspect Wanted In Killing Of Lewis Brisbois Atty Arrested

    The suspect named in the shooting death of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP attorney Jeffrey Limmer turned himself in on Friday, the Houston Police Department announced Monday.

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    Akin Brings On Sidley Energy Pro In Houston

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced Monday that it is continuing the expansion of its energy transactions practice in Houston with a partner who arrived from Sidley Austin LLP.

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    Once A Refugee From Vietnam, Attorney To Lead Houston Bar

    Shaped by his experiences fleeing war-torn Vietnam and living in an Indonesian refugee camp, Vinh Ho is approaching his new position as the Houston Bar Association's executive director with a desire to "pay forward" the help and kindness of others that allowed his family to thrive in Texas.

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    Ogletree Opens Workplace Violence Prevention Group

    Management-side labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC is launching a new practice group of more than two dozen attorneys focused on workplace violence and threat assessment and response, the firm recently announced.

  • High Court Skips White Law Prof's Bias Suits Against HBCU

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it won't review a white former law professor's unsuccessful suits alleging she was harassed out of her job for challenging race-and-gender-based wage inequities at a historically Black university, despite her argument that the Fifth Circuit flouted precedent when it axed her complaints.

  • Justices Reject Incarcerated Man's Atty Abandonment Claim

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the case of a Texas man incarcerated on death row who says his court-appointed lawyer deprived him of a fair chance at challenging his conviction in a 2005 double homicide.

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    Husch Blackwell Hires First-Ever CPO From Software Co.

    Husch Blackwell announced the appointment of its inaugural chief people officer on Monday, welcoming an executive who held that same role at software development company ConnectWise.

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    Law's Up And Coming Job Title? Coach.

    A title that once belonged to the athletic field is now increasingly common in the legal industry, with law firms expanding the ways in which they use coaches and building out their in-house coaching departments.

  • Atty's Remarks On Race And Gender Sink $12M Texas Verdict

    The Supreme Court of Texas on Friday threw out a $12.45 million jury verdict awarded to a couple who were rear-ended on a highway, citing the plaintiffs' counsel's "inflammatory" and "unprovoked" accusation that the defendants wanted a lower award because one of the plaintiffs is a Black woman.

  • Dem Lawmakers Call For 5th Circ. Judge To Exit CFPB Case

    Six Democratic lawmakers sent a letter admonishing the Judicial Conference, saying Friday it was "undermining the integrity of the judiciary" by allowing a Fifth Circuit judge to participate in a matter in which he has a significant conflict of interest.

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    Former Akin Chairman R. Bruce McLean Dies At 77

    Former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Chairman R. Bruce McLean — who helped transform Akin into an international powerhouse — died Thursday, the firm said. He was 77.

  • Legal Tech Co. IDocket Settles $5M Claim With IT Co. IncluIT

    Government case management and court record search provider iDocket.com has asked a Texas bankruptcy court to approve a settlement between itself and Florida software company IncluIT concerning a disputed claim of $5.3 million.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Benesch's handling of a $354 million aerospace initial public offering and Hinckley Allen's handling of a suit against Red Bull lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from April 26 to May 10.

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    Austin Boutique Stone Hilton Sees Rapid Growth In First Year

    Since its founding last fall by two former members of the Texas Attorney General's Office, Stone Hilton PLLC has expanded to include previous "top dogs" from the office for what its founders believe will be a bright future for the Lone Star State firm.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, Lewis Law PLLC and Kleppin Firm PA lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court determined that plaintiffs in copyright ownership disputes can recover damages beyond the three-year statute of limitations for bringing a claim.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw made new hires across offices and practices. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

  • Houston Firm Can't Escape Litigation Funder's $2M Loan Suit

    A Houston-based law firm doesn't have to turn over financial documents to a litigation funder that has alleged the firm failed to pay back a more than $2 million debt, but it does have to continue litigating the underlying matter, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • At-Large Suspect Charged With Murder Of Lewis Brisbois Atty

    The Houston Police Department announced Thursday that it has charged a man in connection with the shooting death of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP attorney Jeffrey Limmer, although the suspect remains at large. 

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    Porter Hedges Adds Ex-Mayer Brown Finance Atty In Houston

    Porter Hedges LLP announced that a former Mayer Brown LLP transactional attorney joined the firm's Houston office as a partner in its commercial lending and finance practice group, the firm announced Tuesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

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