Texas Pulse

  • Ethics Panel Douses Judge DQ Talk In 5th Circ. CFPB Case

    A judicial ethics panel has concluded that recusal isn't automatically required for the Fifth Circuit judge whose financial disclosures have fueled calls for his disqualification from litigation challenging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's $8 credit card late fee rule.

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    Porter Hedges Adds Real Estate Pro From Munsch Hardt

    Porter Hedges LLP is expanding its Texas team, bringing in a Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC real estate pro as a partner in its Houston office.

  • Longtime Nossaman Infrastructure Pro Joins Norton Rose

    Norton Rose Fulbright announced that it has hired an experienced attorney who has spent the last 20 years with Nossaman LLP as the firm's new co-head of its U.S. and North American infrastructure teams.

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    Law Firm Lateral Movement Expected To Fall Again In 2024

    After a 31% decline in 2023, lateral law firm movement is expected to dip further in 2024, both at the partner and associate levels, to return closer to prepandemic norms following a period of atypically high movement, according to a new report by Decipher Investigative Intelligence.

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    Acclaimed Legal Scholar Earns ABA Ethics Award

    The American Bar Association on Wednesday announced that this year's recipient of its Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award will be Susan Fortney, a Texas A&M University School of Law professor and ethics expert whose research has earned her international recognition.

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    Akerman Taps Longtime Fla. Partner As Bankruptcy Co-Chair

    Akerman LLP has named a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, partner with nearly three decades and a long history of leadership at the firm to co-chair its bankruptcy and reorganization group.

  • Appeals Court Won't Block 3M 'Fishing Expedition' Deposition

    A state appeals court on Tuesday declined to halt a presuit deposition requested by 3M Co. against a Texas attorney to investigate claims that the lawyer was aware of false statements his co-counsel made in a coal-related lung disease suit out of Kentucky.

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    Digital Sports League CLO Joins Spencer Fane In Texas

    Spencer Fane LLP is growing its business transactions practice, announcing Tuesday it is bringing in the chief legal officer of fantasy sports and gaming website SimWin Sports as of counsel in its Plano, Texas, office.

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    Sheppard Mullin Adds Attys From Greenberg Traurig, Loeb & Loeb

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has hired a labor and employment attorney in Houston from Greenberg Traurig LLP and an entertainment attorney in New York from Loeb & Loeb LLP, Sheppard Mullin announced Tuesday.

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    Litigation Finance Becoming Commonplace In BigLaw

    When Michael Lackey first pitched others at Mayer Brown about using litigation funding for a matter, he got a less-than-positive response, he recalled.

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    IHeartMedia GC's Comp Remains Stable At $2.3M In '23

    iHeartMedia general counsel Jordan Fasbender, who has been in the role since 2021, earned over $2.3 million in total compensation in 2023, a slight decrease from 2022's $2.5 million, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

  • Texas State Bar Eyes First Dues Hike In Over 30 Years

    The State Bar of Texas is considering its first increase for membership dues in over three decades, citing inflation and concerns that increases in the organization's expenses are outpacing its revenue.

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    Lathrop Grows In Dallas With Ford O'Brien White Collar Pro

    Lathrop GPM LLP continued a recent growth spurt in its Dallas office with the addition this week of an experienced white collar defense partner from white collar boutique Ford O'Brien Landy LLP.

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    Dentons Appoints New ESG Leaders In US, South Africa

    Dentons announced Tuesday that it has appointed two new co-chairs of the firm's global environmental, social and governance practice leadership team.

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    Orthopedics Co. Recruits Stryker Atty As CLO After Probe

    Orthofix Medical Inc. has hired a longtime in-house lawyer from Stryker Corp. to be its next chief legal officer, about seven months after the spine and orthopedics company ousted its top attorney and two other executives following an investigation into "repeated inappropriate and offensive conduct."

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    Arbitrator Ken Feinberg Doesn't Shy From Litigation Funders

    Well-known arbitrator Kenneth Feinberg, speaking at a conference on Monday, said that he doesn't automatically wrinkle his nose when he hears that a litigation funder is part of a complex legal matter that he is attempting to find a resolution to.

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    Maynard Nexsen Boosts IP And Insurance Teams With Hires

    Maynard Nexsen PC has added an intellectual property shareholder in Nashville and an insurance shareholder and counsel in Austin, Texas, the firm said last week.

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    Orrick Adds Kramer Levin Life Sciences Head In NY

    The former head of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP's life sciences practice has jumped to the intellectual property litigation team at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in New York, Orrick said Monday. 

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    Haynes Boone Expands In Texas With New San Antonio Digs

    Haynes and Boone LLP said Monday that it has relocated its San Antonio office to a larger, newly designed space in the same building.

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    Insiders See Litigation Funding's Appeal Overcoming Its Risks

    With higher interest rates and fights over disclosure rules on the horizon, the litigation finance industry is in a tenuous place, but it's not slowing down, a series of experts said at the International Legal Finance Association 2024 Conference on Monday.

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    Microsoft, Walmart CLOs Recognized For Integrity, Creativity

    The legal chiefs at Microsoft and Walmart are among about a dozen leading corporate lawyers who soon will be recognized at the Burton Awards as "Legends in Law" for their track records of addressing complex matters and creativity in solving challenges.

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    Squire Patton Names Global Litigation Practice Co-Chair

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP announced Monday that partner Scott A. Kane, who previously managed its Cincinnati office, has been appointed a co-chair of the firm's global litigation practice.

  • Berry Appleman Faces Disability Bias Suit By Ex-Tech Lead

    Global immigration law firm Berry Appleman & Leiden is facing a disability discrimination suit filed Friday in Texas federal court by its former software tech lead, who says the firm set him up to fail when he sought reasonable accommodations for a coding project due to side effects from his medication.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Reichman Jorgensen Lehman & Feldberg LLP and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after an Illinois federal jury found that Amazon owes $525 million in damages for infringing three patents covering cloud data storage technology.

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    Nelson Mullins Lands Spencer Fane, K&L Gates Litigators

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has added two new partners to its litigation practice from K&L Gates LLP and Spencer Fane LLP, one who practices franchise and distribution law and the other who handles healthcare enforcement matters.

Expert Analysis

  • Legal Briefs Can Benefit From Cleaned Up Case Citations Author Photo

    Federal courts have recently been changing the way they quote decisions to omit insignificant details and string cites, and lawyers should consider adopting this practice to enhance the readability of their briefs — as long as accuracy stays top of mind, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

  • 5 Best Practices For Firms Designing DEI Programs Author Photo

    Nikki Lewis Simon, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Greenberg Traurig, discusses best practices — and some pitfalls to avoid — for law firms looking to build programs aimed at driving inclusion in the workplace.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs Author Photo

    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Juggle Billables And Other Activities? Author Photo

    While involvement in internal firm initiatives can be rewarding both personally and professionally, associates' billable time requirements don’t leave much room for other work, meaning they must develop strategies to ensure they’re meeting all of their commitments while remaining balanced, says Melanie Webber at Fisher Phillips.

  • Making Legal Cents: How To Adapt As Clients Tighten Budgets Author Photo

    Amid a dip in corporate legal spending and client pushback on bills, Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants highlights specific in-house counsel frustrations and explains how firms can provide customized legal advice with costs that are supported by undeniable value.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents Author Photo

    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • General Counsel And Legal Ops Must Work Together Author Photo

    It is critical for general counsel to ensure that a legal operations leader is viewed not only as a peer, but as a strategic leader for the organization, and there are several actionable ways general counsel can not only become more involved, but help champion legal operations teams and set them up for success, says Mary O'Carroll at Ironclad.

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Recruiter Author Photo

    Self-proclaimed "Lawyer Doula" Danielle Thompson at Major Lindsey shares how she went from Columbia Law School graduate and BigLaw employment associate to a career in legal recruiting — and discovered a passion for advocacy along the way.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Balance Social Activism With My Job? Author Photo

    Corporate attorneys pursuing social justice causes outside of work should consider eight guidelines for finding equilibrium between their beliefs and their professional duties and reputation, say Diedrick Graham, Debra Friedman and Simeon Brier at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Personality Tests And Machine Learning Applications In Law Author Photo

    Mateusz Kulesza at McDonnell Boehnen looks at potential applications of personality testing based on machine learning techniques for law firms, and the implications this shift could have for lawyers, firms and judges, including how it could make the work of judges and other legal decision-makers much more difficult.

  • AI Is Reshaping Lawyering: What To Expect In 2024 Author Photo

    The future of lawyering is not about the wholesale replacement of attorneys by artificial intelligence, but as AI handles more of the routine legal work, the role of lawyers will evolve to be more strategic, requiring the development of competencies beyond traditional legal skills, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Embrace Active Voice In Legal Writing — In Most Cases Author Photo

    Legal writers should strive to craft sentences in the active voice to promote brevity and avoid ambiguities that can spark litigation, but writing in the passive voice is sometimes appropriate — when it's a moral choice and not a grammatical failure, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

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