Six months into my career, a senior partner submitted a highly critical evaluation of me, reporting that I was “too nice” and my voice was “too soft” to succeed as a litigator. I challenged him to give me another assignment so I could prove myself to him. So began a very successful 15-year collaboration, says Melissa Tearney, co-chairwoman of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP's hiring committee and summer program.
Developing business takes constant effort, but at the end of the day, an expanding portfolio of clients will do more to secure your future and a seat at the table than just about any other activity, says Lisa Schreter, co-chairwoman of Littler Mendelson PC's wage-and-hour practice group and chairwoman of the firm's board of directors.
Opponents of the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday continued to challenge the health care law in the D.C. Circuit, renewing their argument that the Internal Revenue Service lacks the authority to provide tax subsidies to shoppers purchasing coverage on federal health insurance exchanges.
Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration argued Tuesday that petitioners looking to strike down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage in state court could not rely on the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in U.S. v. Windsor to challenge the constitutionality of the state’s own version of the Defense of Marriage Act.
The former president of a Houston condominium owner’s association fired the latest shot Tuesday in his war with a real estate blog when he slapped the website, Doyle Raizner LLP and Amerisure Insurance Co. with a $10 million lawsuit alleging violation of a litigation settlement.
The New York Court of Appeals' about-face Tuesday in the closely followed K2 Investment Group LLC insurance dispute highlights the growing power of public outcry to convince top-level courts to back down from their controversial stances on coverage, experts say.
A Delaware court on Wednesday refused to disqualify Parkowski Guerke & Swayze PA from representing bankrupt nightclub insurer Indemnity Insurance Corp. RPG, over a purported conflict of interest, in a state seizure proceeding, finding an attorney’s prior representation of a related company doesn’t prejudice the current action.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked an Oklahoma federal court Wednesday to rule against the Obama administration's implementation of the Affordable Care Act for allegedly contradicting itself by levying unfair Internal Revenue Service penalties on states.
Roy Woodall, the insurance expert on the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council, said Tuesday he had gained observer status at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors, of which the Federal Reserve Board is now a provisional member.
A coalition of more than 200 health care industry stakeholder organizations on Tuesday called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to rescind its proposal unveiled last month to reform Medicare Part D, asserting that the changes will have disastrous consequences for beneficiaries.
The Fourth Circuit ruled Wednesday that Evanston Insurance Co. has a duty to defend and indemnify Cornerstone Title & Escrow Inc. in an underlying suit launched by the Maryland attorney general accusing Cornerstone of scheming to defraud homeowners on the brink of foreclosure.
The National Association of Mutual Insurance Cos. on Wednesday praised the Financial Accounting Standards Board's decision not to change financial reporting of insurance contracts, which the industry group had argued would create unnecessary challenges and costs.
The Florida House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday advanced a bill linking an existing statute prohibiting property and automobile insurers from discriminating against gun owners to the state's unfair trade practice law to give individuals the right to sue if they're denied coverage.
Prudential Financial Inc. appears to be nearing a conclusion in centralized New Jersey cases that accused the insurance giant of handing Leeds Morelli & Brown PC a commercial bribe to cap its exposure to employee claims, with a slew of voluntary dismissals in the litigation last month.
A New York federal judge Tuesday ordered Century Indemnity Co. to pay $5.5 million to Narragansett Electric Co. for defense costs stemming from litigation over the cleanup of gas byproduct released during excavation at a Massachusetts landfill, finding that the suit had been filed on time.
A Virginia federal judge on Tuesday squashed a lawsuit asserting that Affordable Care Act tax subsidies can only be used in states that run their own ACA insurance marketplaces, saying there's no indication Congress meant to exclude states with federally run exchanges from the subsidy scheme.
Life Partners Holdings Inc. said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission improperly revised its claims in a suit alleging the company artificially inflated stock prices, telling a Texas federal judge on Tuesday that the agency is using unsubstantiated arguments in a bid to uphold a recent jury verdict.
The New Jersey Supreme Court will consider a ruling that Trenton's board of education has no obligation to indemnify an indicted elementary school security guard in a student's civil suit alleging inappropriate sexual conduct, according to an order released Wednesday.
Sexism is not something I dwell on. One judge recently remarked that I've likely argued more cases at the Federal Circuit than any other woman — I hadn't given it much thought. Your career is what you make it, says Meredith Martin Addy, managing partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP's Chicago office.
A first-year associate made frequent comments that I was only in charge of the deal because the firm needed to put a woman out there to look good. I told him he was mistaken and that offended me, but he did not stop. So I ignored him — and then dropped him from working on any of my deals. That worked, says Mary Mullany, leader of Ballard Spahr LLP's securities group and a member of the firm's board.