Legal Ethics

  • February 08, 2024

    Ga. DA Moves To Quash Trump Co-Defendant Subpoenas

    Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has moved to quash subpoenas that would require her, members of her staff and the attorney who represented special prosecutor Nathan Wade in his divorce to testify during a hearing on whether she should be disqualified from prosecuting the Georgia election interference case.

  • February 07, 2024

    Hose Co. Says Patent Battle Raises Ethical Questions

    A company that sells flexible, retractable hoses has told the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that a rival's latest legal maneuver in their decadelong patent war "presents a substantial threat to the integrity of the patent system."

  • February 07, 2024

    Giuilani Says Unpaid Bills Mounted As Legal Career Sputtered

    Rudy Giuliani laid out his downward financial spiral in acute personal detail over three hours on Wednesday, answering questions from a government bankruptcy watchdog about his approximately $10.6 million of assets, offset by unpaid bills for everything from golf club memberships to condo fees and credit cards.

  • February 07, 2024

    Judge Newman's Options Dwindle After Suspension Is Upheld

    Following Wednesday's decision by the national panel that reviews judicial misconduct cases upholding Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman's suspension, she faces a difficult path to getting reinstated without complying with an investigation into her mental fitness, experts say.

  • February 07, 2024

    Coupang Says Ex-Atty's Suit Doesn't Work Outside US

    South Korean e-commerce giant Coupang said a former in-house compliance attorney's case against it for firing him after he reported it for allegedly doing business with the Iranian government should be thrown out because he was working outside the U.S. for a foreign company when he made his whistleblowing complaint.

  • February 07, 2024

    Dish's Bid For More Fees Called 'Nightmare' By Fed. Circ. Judge

    A Federal Circuit judge told counsel for Dish Network LLC on Wednesday that to secure more fees after the cable giant defeated a patent case in district court that was found to be "exceptional" to cover the costs of challenging the patent at the patent board would create "an effing nightmare."

  • February 07, 2024

    Fla. Ex-Judge Seeks Lighter Penalty Over Inflated Finances

    A former Florida county court judge urged the state's high court on Wednesday to impose a minimum one-year rehabilitative suspension for inflating campaign finances rather than disbarment, arguing that other attorneys have received lighter punishments under comparable circumstances.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fla. Judge Won't Toss Miami City Atty Real Estate Scheme Suit

    A Florida judge on Wednesday refused to toss claims accusing the husband of Miami's city attorney of running a scheme to pressure homeowners into below-market sales, rejecting arguments that the suit was filed too late.

  • February 07, 2024

    Texas Bar, Sidney Powell Trade Jabs Over Each Other's Errors

    The Texas bar's disciplinary arm on Wednesday sought to keep alive its efforts to sanction embattled former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, as both sides told a Texas appeals court that while the other had made fatal errors, their own mistakes were innocent flubs.

  • February 07, 2024

    Trump Trial Judge Gets Little Info On Exec's Alleged Perjury

    An attorney for Donald Trump and his companies' former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg told the New York state judge presiding over their civil fraud trial Wednesday that she could not respond to "unsubstantiated" reports that the ex-CFO was in plea negotiations for allegedly lying on the stand, citing her ethical obligations.

  • February 07, 2024

    Haynes Boone Partner Faces Suit Over Fund Transfer In Ch. 7

    The Chapter 7 trustee of a bankrupt New York diversity consulting firm has filed a suit in a New York bankruptcy court accusing the firm's president — a Haynes and Boone partner — of improperly transferring more than $623,000 to a different company under her control.

  • February 07, 2024

    GOP Sens. Probe 3rd Circ. Pick's Ties To Rutgers Program

    Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are looking into a Rutgers Law School program at the center of their objections to the president's nominee for the Third Circuit, who would be the first Muslim federal appeals court judge if confirmed.

  • February 07, 2024

    Ill. Atty's Conviction Over Embezzlement Scheme Sticks

    A former attorney who cried "wolf" over the government preventing him from adequately preparing for trial cannot unwind his conviction for misappropriating a now-shuttered bank's embezzled funds and lying about his assets, an Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • February 07, 2024

    Jackson Walker Steps Down From 4E Ch. 11 Amid Fees Probe

    Jackson Walker LLP, the firm at the center of a legal ethics scandal over the undisclosed relationship between a lawyer and a bankruptcy judge, has stepped down as Chapter 11 counsel to hand sanitizer maker 4E Brands Northamerica LLC as a Texas bankruptcy judge considers revoking $800,000 in legal fees paid to the firm in the case.

  • February 07, 2024

    Ward & Smith Nabs $170K Fee In NC Trade Secrets Fight

    North Carolina's business court awarded Ward & Smith PA nearly $170,000 in fees for representing medical equipment providers in a trade secrets fight, finding its attorneys' rates were reasonable but shaving about $20,000 off their original request for lumping hours together on timesheets.

  • February 08, 2024

    CORRECTED: Atty Stuck With Sanctions In Trade Secrets Feud

    A California federal judge has hit a CDF Labor Law LLP attorney with sanctions after finding that he recklessly questioned a former Individual Food Service employee about approaching the company's CEO concerning a settlement despite objections to entering text messages to the CEO into evidence, but determined she would hold off on deciding the amount until later in the case.

  • February 07, 2024

    Investor Wants Fla. CBD Co.'s Atty DQ'd In Fraud Suit

    An investor in a Florida health goods company asked a federal judge Wednesday to disqualify an attorney from representing a company principal, saying the attorney should instead testify at trial because he knows about relevant contract negotiations.

  • February 07, 2024

    Ex-NJ Judge Says Femininity Bias Keeps Workplace Suit Alive

    A former New Jersey state judge called on a federal court Tuesday to reject court officials' bid to dismiss the remaining claims in her workplace discrimination lawsuit, arguing that her superiors' attitude about her pricey handbags and jewelry amounts to gender bias.

  • February 07, 2024

    Manatt Sued For Allegedly Botching $31M Dealership Row

    The owner of a Los Angeles car dealership has filed suit in California state court against Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, accusing the firm of legal malpractice that ultimately cost him a $31 million judgment stemming from a business dispute.

  • February 07, 2024

    Mass. Atty Gets 2 Years For 'Corruptly' Pushing Pot Bribe Plot

    A former Massachusetts attorney "violated his oath corruptly" by bribing a police chief with payments to his brother to win a local marijuana license for a client, a federal judge said Wednesday as he handed down a two-year prison term.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Must Face Visa Malpractice Suit, Court Told

    Two men who claim they were scammed after hiring Fox Rothschild LLP for immigration work have asked a New Jersey federal court to reject the firm's dismissal bid, saying their racketeering suit should proceed because the firm's "culture of corruption" allegedly led to such brazen fraud that it may even merit criminal prosecution. 

  • February 07, 2024

    NY-Licensed Atty Says NC Bar Lacks Power To Disbar Him

    A New York-licensed immigration attorney has urged the North Carolina Court of Appeals to stay a disciplinary order disbarring him for embezzlement, saying the state bar can't discipline him because he's not licensed there.

  • February 07, 2024

    Trump Renews Push For DA Disqualification In Ga. Case

    Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday opposed Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' argument that she should not be disqualified from prosecuting the Georgia election interference case after it was confirmed that she is involved in a romantic relationship with one of the special prosecutors she hired.

  • February 07, 2024

    Third-Party Litigation Funding Rule Gets Cold Shoulder In NJ

    A New Jersey Supreme Court committee has shot down a proposal to mandate disclosure of third-party litigation funding agreements in civil cases, saying drafting such a rule could be difficult.

  • February 07, 2024

    GOP Sens. Blast Ill. Judges' Moves For Diversity In Oral Args

    Two Republican senators are questioning what they say are "unethical and unconstitutional" standing orders issued by at least three judges in the Southern District of Illinois that aim to promote participation by newer, female and minority attorneys.

Expert Analysis

  • A Midyear Look At How AI Is Affecting Lawyers

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    The past six months have been a notable period for advancements in artificial intelligence and generative AI, and as we head into the second half of the year, we must review the implications that AI has for the legal industry, including how lawyers will be advising clients on use of AI technology, says Natasha Allen at Foley & Lardner.

  • Opinion

    Bar Score Is Best Hiring Metric Post-Affirmative Action

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    After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down affirmative action admissions policies, law firms looking to foster diversity in hiring should view an applicant's Multistate Bar Examination score as the best metric of legal ability — over law school name or GPA, says attorney Alice Griffin.

  • New Health Data Compliance Considerations For Pa. Lawyers

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    Given the regularity with which attorneys handle private health information, it is important for Pennsylvania firms to understand recent significant amendments to the state's data breach law, which address information not currently covered by federal law, says Mark Mattioli at Post & Schell.

  • Ghosting In BigLaw: How To Come Back From Lack Of Feedback

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    Junior associates can feel powerless when senior colleagues cut off contact instead of providing useful feedback, but young attorneys can get back on track by focusing on practical professional development and reexamining their career priorities, says Rachel Patterson at Orrick.

  • Steps To Success For Senior Associates

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    Adriana Paris at Rissman Barrett discusses the increased responsibilities and opportunities that becoming a senior associate brings and what attorneys in this role should prioritize to flourish in this stressful but rewarding next level in their careers.

  • Legal Profession Must Do More For Lawyers With Disabilities

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    At the start of Disability Pride month, Rosalyn Richter at Arnold & Porter looks at why lawyers with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in private practice, asserting that law firms and other employers must do more to conquer the implicit bias that deters attorneys from seeking accommodations.

  • Opinion

    Appellate Funding Disclosure: No Mandate Is Right Choice

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    The Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules' recent decision, forgoing a mandatory disclosure rule for litigation funding in federal appeals, is prudent, as third-party funding is only involved in a minuscule number of federal cases, and courts have ample authority to obtain funding information if necessary, says Stewart Ackerly at Statera Capital.

  • Case Law Is Mixed On D&O Coverage For Gov't Investigations

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    As the Fourth Circuit’s recent decision in Brown Goldstein v. Federal Insurance Co. demonstrates, federal appeals courts take different approaches to determine whether government investigations are covered by directors and officers liability insurance, so companies and individuals must review their policy language, say Chloe Law, Jan Larson and Caroline Meneau at Jenner & Block.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Exposing Their Firms To Cyberattacks

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    Attorneys are the weakest link in their firms' cyberdefenses because hackers often exploit the gap between individuals’ work and personal cybersecurity habits, but there are some steps lawyers can take to reduce the risks they create for their employers, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy & Protection.

  • Virginia 'Rocket Docket' Slowdown Is Likely A Blip

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    After being the fastest or second-fastest federal civil trial court for 14 straight years, the Eastern District of Virginia has slid to 18th place, but the rocket docket’s statistical tumble doesn't mean the district no longer maintains a speedy civil docket, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Indemnification In Exec Separation Deals: Read The Fine Print

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    The Delaware Chancery Court’s recent decision denying the former CEO of space infrastructure company Momentus the advancement of legal fees highlights the importance of considering post-employment indemnification and advancement rights in executive separation agreements, says Daniel Morgan at Blank Rome.

  • 5 Management Tips To Keep Law Firm Merger Talks Moving

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    Many law firm mergers that make solid business sense still fall apart due to the costs and frustrations of inefficient negotiations, but firm managers can increase the chance of success by effectively planning and executing merger discussions, say Lisa Smith and Kristin Stark at Fairfax Associates.

  • Rethinking In-Office Attendance For Associate Retention

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    The hybrid office attendance model doesn't work for all employees, but it does for many — and balancing these two groups is important for associate retention and maintaining a BigLaw firm culture that supports all attorneys, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • The Crucial Privilege Exception At Play In Trump Indictment

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    Following Donald Trump’s recent indictment for retaining classified documents, Hilary Gerzhoy at HWG explains how his attorney’s notes of their conversations became admissible in the case, what it means for the attorney's representation of Trump, and what obligations lawyers have in similar circumstances.

  • Murdaugh Trials Offer Law Firms Fraud Prevention Reminders

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    As the fraud case against Alex Murdaugh continues to play out, the evidence and narrative presented at his murder trial earlier this year may provide lessons for law firms on implementing robust internal controls that can detect and prevent similar kinds of fraud, say Travis Casner and Helga Zauner at Weaver and Tidwell.

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