Texas Pulse

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    How Associates Can Handle Romance At The Office

    Perhaps he maintained eye contact during the boring meeting for a bit longer than expected. Or maybe when other lawyers rolled their eyes at the corny joke, she actually laughed.

  • Texas Appeals Court Grants Medical Coding Co.'s Atty Fee Bid

    A Texas appellate panel has ordered a diagnostics business to pay a medical coding company's attorney fees following a contract dispute between the companies, issuing a judgment Tuesday that also affirmed a trial court's decision to grant the coding company summary judgment.

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    Decades After Repping MLK Jr., This Tenn. Atty Is Still Going

    As a young lawyer, Walter Bailey was on the team of attorneys who fought for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during his final, fatal visit to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968. More than 50 years later, Bailey still practices law — and he has no plans to stop.

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    HF Sinclair GC Steps Down In Wake Of Holly Energy Merger

    The general counsel of Dallas-based energy company HF Sinclair announced in a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing that she will resign in mid-March to pursue another opportunity.

  • Lexitas Acquires Record Retrieval Co. MLR

    Litigation services company Lexitas announced on Tuesday its first acquisition of the year, purchasing Philadelphia-based record retrieval company Medical Legal Reproductions.

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    How Legal Work Can Feed Attorneys' Suicidal Thoughts

    Studies show time and again that attorneys are at greater risk for suicide and suicidal ideation than peers in other industries. Law360 spoke with eight attorneys who shared their personal stories about how the legal profession encourages behavior that can lead to suicidal ideation and how they found help.

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    Baker Donelson's Houston Chief On Leading Hometown Shop

    Valerie Henderson grew up in Houston. Now she's bringing her drive to lead to the position of managing shareholder of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC's Space City operation.

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    Ex-FERC Chair Returns To Skadden As Energy Group Head

    James Danly, former Republican Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member and onetime chairman, is returning to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP as the head of its energy regulatory group, the firm announced Tuesday amid growing private sector demand for energy attorneys in the nation's capital.

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    Ex-Jones Day Partner With FERC Past Joins Baker Botts

    Baker Botts LLP announced Monday that the former head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Division of Investigations joined the firm's energy litigation practice as a partner in Houston.

  • Prosecutors Say Paxton Can't Alter History To 'Dodge' Fraud Case

    Prosecutors have urged a Texas state court to reject a bid from state Attorney General Ken Paxton to dismiss a 2015 securities fraud case against him on speedy trial grounds, saying he is attempting to rewrite history and use delays he helped create to "dodge prosecution."

  • Discord Stock Traders Say Prosecutors' Evidence Is Faulty

    A group of men accused of operating a multimillion-dollar pump-and-dump scheme on Discord and other social media asked a Texas federal judge to sanction the government, saying that prosecutors had cherry-picked evidence to create exhibits that are misleading at best and inaccurate at worst.

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    Law Firms Prioritized Nonequity Partner Growth In 2023

    Even as demand lagged and expenses went up last year, law firms took an aggressive approach to expanding their non-equity partner headcounts, according to the results of a survey by Citi Global's Wealth at Work Law Firm Group.

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    Fish & Richardson Launches Life Sciences Group

    Fish & Richardson PC announced Monday it has kicked off a 140-attorney life sciences industry team led by principals Martina Hufnal and Todd Garcia.

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    First GC Of U.S. Space Force To Head Legal At Starlab Space

    Starlab Space, a joint venture between Voyager Space and Airbus, announced a new leadership team on Monday as the company gears up to build a commercial space station, including a legal chief who previously served as general counsel of the U.S. Space Force and Air Force.

  • Colo. Personal Injury Firm Ditches TM Suit Against Texas Firm

    A prominent Denver personal injury firm has dropped its suit against a Texas rival for allegedly violating a trademark territory agreement, according to an order approved last week by a Colorado state judge.

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    These Cos. Are In The Hot Seat As Proxy Season Approaches

    At least four high-profile corporations and their general counsel are gearing up for a tougher-than-usual 2024 proxy season — those three months in the spring when most companies hold their annual meetings.

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    Paul Hastings Adds Corporate Trio From Akin Gump In Texas

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Monday that it has brought on a three-member team of corporate lawyers in Houston from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP who boast more than 70 combined years of mergers and acquisitions and securities experience between them.

  • Texas City Challenges $8M Race Discrimination Verdict

    A Texas city that lost a multimillion-dollar discrimination case brought by its Black former city manager appealed the jury verdict to the Fifth Circuit just as the manager's attorneys moved for $1.2 million in fees in federal court.

  • Texas Justices Toss Petition In Houston Ballot Challenge

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition filed by a Harris County judicial candidate whose candidacy is being challenged by the seat's incumbent, writing that her requests, which include having the assigned judge be deemed disqualified, are unripe.

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    Thompson Coe Atty Is Starting His Own Plaintiffs Firm

    Houston trial lawyer Will Moye, who has defended clients such as the Houston Astros, Chevron and Ford Motor Co. against personal injury and product liability claims, announced he's switching sides and will launch his own firm representing injured plaintiffs.

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    Texas Litigation Firm Watts Guerra Splits Up In 'Restructuring'

    Texas-based mass tort and personal injury law firm Watts Guerra LLP announced that it has split into separate entities as of this week as part of "a strategic and collaborative restructuring."

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    Legal Event Organizers Stress Efforts To Deter Harassment

    Legal conference organizers have told Law360 Pulse that they are committed to fostering safe and inclusive events, and some changes have been made following recent accusations of sexual harassment and assault at legal events.

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    GoDaddy Taps Match Group's Top Lawyer To Fill CLO Seat

    The head lawyer at Match Group will soon leave the online dating app creator for the chief legal officer position at GoDaddy, both companies said Thursday.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw expanded its reach and big names made headlines after court. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Trustee Balks At Retroactive Atty Hire In Infowars Ch. 11 Case

    The Office of the U.S. Trustee opposed a retroactive retention of a law firm for the bankruptcy trustee in the Chapter 11 case of Alex Jones' Infowars radio show production company, saying there is no justification for failing to file a retention application for more than a year.

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Expert Analysis

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Priorities For Improving The Legal Industry In Texas Author Photo

    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

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