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  • Ex-Drew Eckl Attys' Arbitration Fight To Get Appellate Review

    The Georgia Court of Appeals agreed Thursday to take up a bid from former Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP partners who say that the firm they helped co-found, Burke Moore Law Group LLP, should not be beholden to arbitration with Drew Eckl in a fees dispute because of agreements they signed.

  • Calif. County's Indigent Defense System Is Illegal, Atty Says

    A criminal defense program for indigent people run by the bar association in San Mateo County, California, violates a state law prohibiting trade associations from engaging in legal practice and provides constitutionally deficient representation, a member of the association says in a suit in state court.

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    Sorrels Law To Open Dallas Shop With Physician-Litigator

    Sorrels Law is opening a Dallas office Friday, its third after Houston and Austin, with a lawyer and practicing anesthesiologist at the helm.

  • NJ Law Firm Avoids Malpractice Suit Over Texas Kratom Death

    A Lone Star State appeals court let the New Jersey-based Oshman Firm LLC off the hook on jurisdictional grounds Thursday in a malpractice lawsuit filed by a Texas father who faulted the firm for not filing a wrongful death lawsuit before the statute of limitations expired.

  • Disbarred Del. Atty Wants Court-Appointed Receiver Tossed

    A longtime Delaware attorney disbarred last year by the state's Supreme Court for professional misconduct has asked the Chancery Court to dismiss a receiver appointed to supervise the wind-down of his legal practice, accusing her of making "multitudinous falsehoods" in reports filed about the process.

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    From Prosecutor To Firm Owner, Attys Start From Scratch

    Starting your own firm is a gamble for any lawyer, but it can feel particularly daunting for federal prosecutors, for whom leaving a job in the U.S. attorney's office can often feel like starting over completely.

  • Legal Funder Keeps $18M Claim, Loses Sanctions Bid

    A New Jersey federal judge has trimmed an $18 million breach of contract suit a Florida-based legal funder is pursuing against a personal injury lawyer, also denying a bid for sanctions against the attorney, who was accused of filing an "unmeritorious and frivolous" dismissal motion.

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    Dinsmore Adds Ex-Lewis Brisbois Employment Pro In LA

    Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has expanded its West Coast team, bringing in a former Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP labor and employment expert as a partner in its Los Angeles office while also adding three associates, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • Ex-Law Firm Office Manager Gets 3 Years For Embezzlement

    A 42-year-old California man who pled guilty to bank fraud after embezzling close to $1.2 million from the San Francisco-based law firm where he worked as an office manager for more than 20 years was sentenced to three years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

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    Calif. Boutique Sanders Roberts Absorbs Lafayette & Kumagai

    Sanders Roberts LLP, a Los Angeles-based boutique that has represented major corporate clients including Ford Motor Co. and Comcast, is absorbing Lafayette & Kumagai LLP, an Oakland-based firm that represents corporate giants such as Shell — and both firms are owned and led by Black lawyers.

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    GrayRobinson Grows With Fla. Atty From Construction Boutique

    GrayRobinson PA has brought on a former Malka & Kravitz PA partner versed in construction disputes and commercial litigation to its office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, marking another firm in that city who's strengthened their construction law skills recently.

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    Atty Sanctioned Over Challenge To $60B Exxon-Pioneer Deal

    A Texas judge has sanctioned a New York lawyer with a long history of filing frivolous lawsuits almost $60,000 for litigation brought over ExxonMobil's proposed $59.5 billion merger with Pioneer Natural Resources, the largest merger announced in 2023.

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    Insurance Firm Lavin Rindner Duffield Adds Wiley Rein Vets

    Lavin Rindner Duffield LLC has added two attorneys to its growing boutique insurance team, bringing on a former Washington, D.C., assistant U.S. attorney who is also a Wiley Rein LLP vet, and a former partner at Wiley who will enhance its offerings, the firm said Wednesday.

  • Texas Firm Sues Filevine Over Software Contract

    A personal injury law firm in Texas is seeking $300,000 in damages and court fees from Filevine Inc., alleging in a federal complaint that the company took too long in implementing a case management software platform for the sole practitioner.

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    Former Cosby Prosecutor Moves Practice to Anapol Weiss

    A litigator who previously helped lead the prosecution of actor Bill Cosby has recently moved her practice to Anapol Weiss' Philadelphia office from Saltz Mongeluzzi & Benedesky PC.

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    NJ Ethics Board Says Referral Fees Only For In-State Attys

    New guidance provided by the New Jersey Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics recommends against the payment of referral fees for out-of-state lawyers, reasoning that such fees, considered payment for legal services, can only be provided to attorneys licensed to practice law in the state.

  • Startup Founder's Attys Come 'Very Close' To More Sanctions

    A Colorado federal judge has said a geothermal startup founder's arguments for why one of his attorneys should not be sanctioned for discovery violations were "preposterous" and warned his lawyers that they came "very close" to being penalized again.

  • Ohio Atty Disbarment Sparks Call For Criminal Rule Change

    The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday disbarred an attorney convicted of joining her boyfriend in the sexual abuse of his young daughter, rejecting as too lenient a state ethics board's recommendation that the attorney be suspended, and resurfacing a call for criminal justice reform from one justice of the court.

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    Firms Trimmed Entry-Level Hiring Amid Demand Shifts In 2023

    As the legal market adjusted from the post-pandemic hiring surge, law firms across the U.S. scaled back their recruitment efforts for entry-level associates last year, a result of firms realigning talent strategies to better serve clients' demands over the long term, a report Tuesday from the National Association for Law Placement found.

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    NC Criminal Defense Boutique Joins Maynard Nexsen

    Maynard Nexsen PC has merged with a four-attorney white collar boutique in Raleigh, North Carolina, in a move that comes a year after the firm was created from the merger of Maynard Cooper & Gale and Carolinas firm Nexsen Pruet.

  • Philly Firm Says 'Education Lawyers' TM Is Incontestable

    A Philadelphia law firm says its use of "The Education Lawyers" to market its service is an incontestable trademark, rendering a rival's challenge completely groundless, according to a motion to dismiss filed in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • Ga. Attys Face Sanctions Bid Over 'Factually Impossible' Suit

    Companies operating vessels in a Georgia port have fired off a request to sanction a Peach State law firm that pursued claims that the businesses failed to protect a worker against COVID-19, saying the attorneys brought a "factually impossible" suit that was dismissed by a federal court last month.

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    Paris-Based Pinna Legal Launches 1st US Office In DC

    Pinna Legal, a Paris-based litigation and international arbitration boutique, has opened a Washington, D.C., office and named a former White & Case LLP attorney as the founding partner of its first American location.

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    Atty For Alex Jones' Infowars Gets OK To Bow Out Of Case

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Monday approved a request by the lead attorney for Alex Jones' media company to step away from work on its Chapter 11 case following disputes with the debtor's chief restructuring officer, who the lawyer said withheld pay in retaliation for the conflict.

  • Atty, Marketing Biz Knock Call To Continue Hurricane Ad Suit

    A legal advertising company and an attorney are objecting to a Texas federal judge's recent decision in favor of a woman pressing class claims over legal advertising to Louisiana hurricane victims, arguing that the woman still hasn't shown concrete injury.

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