Texas Pulse

  • 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.

  • Texas Judge Slashes Nike Atty Fee Request In Trademark Suit

    A Texas federal judge was not convinced Nike's attorneys and staff spent more than 750 hours to defend a trademark infringement suit brought by a digital creator, awarding them $25,000 instead of the $570,000 in attorney fees the company requested.

  • Texas Court Urged To Keep Alive Judge Romance Suit

    In a flurry of filings, a former shareholder in an engineering company has pushed a Texas federal court to reject bids to throw out his lawsuit over an ex-bankruptcy judge's secret relationship with a former Jackson Walker LLP attorney.

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    Norton Rose Adds To Int'l Arbitration Bench In Houston, DC

    Norton Rose Fulbright is one of numerous firms bolstering their international arbitration teams, welcoming three attorneys in Houston and Washington, D.C., from Vinson & Elkins LLP, Sidley Austin LLP and Baker McKenzie LLP.

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    Office Snapshot: Faegre Drinker Brightens Up In Dallas

    At the firm's single shop in the Lone Star State, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP's team in Dallas has left behind the "'Matlock' style" of law office design — known for dark wood finishes and legal tome-lined walls — for a bright, open space in the city's Ross Tower.

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    As Debt Rises, New Grads More Likely To Pick Law Firm Jobs

    More than half of recent law school graduates are choosing jobs at law firms, an uptick from recent years, and some students and administrators say there’s a simple reason: mounting student loan debt.

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    Electric Motor Maker Adds Ex-Apple Atty As General Counsel

    Electric motor maker Infinitum has hired as its general counsel an attorney who previously worked in-house at Apple, travel technology company Mondee and financial services business NetSpend.

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    Yetter Coleman Adds Baker Botts Litigation Ace In Texas

    Yetter Coleman, a Houston-based litigation boutique, has added an experienced intellectual property trial lawyer to its roster who came aboard from Baker Botts LLP.

  • Winstead Moves Austin Office To New Horizon Bank Site

    Winstead PC has relocated to Horizon Bank's newly completed office building in downtown Austin, Texas, moving from the Frost Tower, which the firm had called home for more than two decades.

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    ABA Directs Attys To Avoid Sharing Client Info On Listservs

    It is in the best interest of clients for their legal counsel to avoid sharing information related to representation while seeking advice in an online listserv forum, if the comments or questions could be connected to a client's identity, according to American Bar Association guidance published Wednesday.

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    Texas Broadband Satellite Co. Names New CLO

    Texas-based AST SpaceMobile Inc. announced that a longtime executive at 3D printing company 3D Systems Co. has joined the telecommunications company as its new chief legal officer.

  • Hurricane Ads Suit Paused For Law Firm Amid Ch. 11 Case

    In light of its recent bankruptcy filing, a Texas federal judge has paused class claims against a beleaguered Texas law firm accused of misconduct in soliciting clients in hurricane-related property damage cases, but the case remains active against a legal funding outfit and other defendants.

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    Reed Smith Lands Kirkland Corporate Pro In Houston

    A former Kirkland & Ellis partner has joined Reed Smith LLP's Houston office as a capital markets and corporate lawyer, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    ABA Will Study Rape Questions' Necessity For Bar Applicants

    An American Bar Association commission will issue a report and recommendations by August on the practice of requiring would-be lawyers to disclose and discuss their experiences of sexual violence during the attorney licensure process.

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    Lewis Brisbois Atty Fatally Shot In McDonald's Altercation

    A Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP attorney was fatally shot at a McDonald's in Houston after reportedly stepping in as a good Samaritan and attempting to calm down an irate customer who'd been arguing with staff at the fast food restaurant.

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    Skadden Taps SoFi Bank, Shearman Attys For Co-Lead Roles

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has hired two new co-leaders of its financial institutions regulatory group to advise banks, financial institutions and other market participants on regulatory and legislative developments, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    DLA Piper Taps Danske Bank Officer For New AI Leader Role

    Global law firm DLA Piper has brought on the former group chief data officer for Danske Bank A/S — Denmark's largest bank — as its inaugural chief data and artificial intelligence officer, making it the latest BigLaw firm to have created an AI-related leader role to focus on the emerging technology.

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    These Law Schools Are The Tops For BigLaw

    The law schools at Georgetown, Harvard and Columbia are renowned for effectively serving as training grounds for BigLaw. But while they may consistently send the most graduates, other law schools are sending a higher percentage of their grads to larger firms.

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    Top Law Schools For Legal Industry Careers: By The Numbers

    Despite a growing interest in alternative career paths, most law students still gravitate towards joining private law firms, according to the American Bar Association's latest data. Find out which schools came out on top for job placements in BigLaw, federal and state court clerkships, public interest and more.

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    The Law School Legal Industry Job Tracker: Class Of 2023

    Want to know which schools are sending the highest percentage of graduates to BigLaw? How big a slice are landing those prized clerkships in federal or state courts? Explore the ins and outs of law school graduate placement in our interactive graphic.

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    Norton Rose Adds Foley & Lardner Private Equity Pro In Texas

    Norton Rose Fulbright has added a Dallas-based private equity lawyer with decades of experience to its corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities practice who came aboard from Foley & Lardner LLP.

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    How In-House Leaders Are Deploying Generative AI

    Corporate legal department leaders are using and planning to use generative artificial intelligence to automate legal tasks, manage contracts and eliminate duplicate data, panelists said at the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium's annual conference in Las Vegas.

  • Nossaman Gains 2 Benefits Partners In Los Angeles, Texas

    Nossaman LLP is expanding its pensions team, bringing in a Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP benefits expert as a partner in its Los Angeles office and a Texas Municipal Retirement System pension pro as a partner in its Austin, Texas, office.

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    Steptoe Adds SEC Enforcement Head From Miller & Chevalier

    Steptoe LLP has hired a former Miller & Chevalier Chtd. member, who joins the firm to lead its U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement practice in the firm's Washington and New York offices.

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Expert Analysis

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

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