Three litigators from SNR Denton's Dallas office, including former U.S. Attorney Matthew Orwig, have joined Jones Day as partners in the litigation group, bringing with them experience in white collar crime, securities and patent law, Jones Day announced Tuesday.
The former head of Cox Smith Matthews Inc.'s privacy and data security practice has joined Locke Lord LLP as an intellectual property partner in the firm's Austin, Texas, office, the firm announced last week.
The former co-head of Vinson & Elkins LLP's securities litigation and enforcement practice group has joined Schiffer Odom Hicks & Johnson PLLC as a partner in its Houston office, Schiffer Odom confirmed Thursday.
Longview, Texas-based intellectual property firm Ward & Smith on Wednesday announced the opening of a new office in Tyler, Texas.
Expanding intellectual property and corporate litigation boutique McDole Kennedy & Williams PC has lured a former Jones Day attorney to join its Dallas office as a partner, the firm announced Monday.
Thompson & Knight LLP on Monday announced the addition of three attorneys hailing from Storm LLP and Day Pitney LLP to its intellectual property practice in Dallas.
Jackson Walker LLP has lured a former Hunton & Williams LLP commercial and securities litigation associate to join its Dallas office as a litigation partner, the firm said Wednesday.
At least 14 attorneys from Vinson & Elkins LLP's public finance and tax practice will be joining Bracewell & Giuliani LLP's Texas and District of Columbia offices as partners in January 2012, the firm announced Tuesday.
Corporate energy, transactions and securities attorney Darrell Taylor, formerly with Baker Botts LLP, has signed on as partner of Jones Day's Houston capital markets practice, the firm announced Tuesday.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has brought former U.S. Rep. Tom Loeffler, R-Texas, onboard as a partner in its public law and policy practice, the firm announced Wednesday.
K&L Gates LLP has brought two Jones Day attorneys, including a former intellectual property lawyer and in-house counsel for Sprint Corp., over to its Dallas office to bolster the firm's outsourcing and commercial transactions practice, the firm announced Tuesday.
Energy transactions attorney Douglas F. Pedigo has rejoined Thompson & Knight LLP as a partner in its corporate and securities practice group in Houston, the firm announced Thursday.
Jones Day of counsel Keith C. McDole has joined the Dallas intellectual property and corporate litigation boutique firm Kennedy Clark & Williams PC, which will now be known as McDole Kennedy & Williams PC, the firm announced Tuesday.
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has lured two environmental lawyers from Vinson & Elkins LLP to join its environmental strategies practice group in Austin, Texas, the firm announced Tuesday.
Former U.S. District Judge T. John Ward, who was instrumental in making the Eastern District of Texas a venue of choice for intellectual property disputes, has joined his son's Longview, Texas-based firm Ward & Smith to lead its new mediation practice, the firm announced last week.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has added former Haynes and Boone LLP energy and transactions partner Thomas McCaffrey to its Houston office, the firm revealed Wednesday.
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced Tuesday it had lured a former Foley & Lardner LLP partner and patent examination specialist with experience in technology matters to bolster its intellectual property team in Texas.
Former Fulbright & Jaworski LLP partner Darrell R. Windham joined Greenberg Traurig LLP in early October to co-manage its Austin, Texas, office and chair its corporate and securities practice in that state, the firm said.
Haynes and Boone LLP said Wednesday it had bolstered its energy-related transactions practice in Houston with the addition of a partner from Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP said Wednesday it had snagged a longtime Texas trial attorney with experience in bankruptcy, insurance and energy matters to beef up its litigation practice.
This year has seen a spike in lateral movement among partners and senior associates in the legal profession. A survey from The Closers Group has revealed that many attorneys want business development training and are willing to apply what they learn — and law firms that provide it are more likely to keep their lawyers professionally satisfied, says Steven Taylor, a legal journalist.
In Gann v. Anheuser-Busch Inc., a plaintiff who was injured by a longneck beer bottle during a barfight asserted liability against the maker of the bottle. But mere foreseeability that a legal product might be used in a crime does not create a manufacturer's duty that overshadows the intervening criminal act, says Sean Wajert of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.
In a trailblazing decision, a Minnesota court has ruled that a partner in a same-sex marriage may receive full spousal inheritance rights under the state’s intestacy statutes — despite the fact that same-sex marriages are not lawful in Minnesota. The decision highlights the importance of companies staying current on the developing law of same-sex inheritance rights, say Janet Evans and Matt Frerichs of Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP.
The Federal Circuit decision in Sciele Pharma Inc. v. Lupin Ltd. reinforces the practice of carefully drafting jury instructions to correctly differentiate between the burden of proof and the proper weight of various facts. Two districts where this is especially important are the Northern District of California and the Eastern District of Texas, say Bill Blonigan and Eric Gill of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.
For the past two years, state legislatures have been authorizing corporations to form a hybrid corporate legal structure called the benefit corporation. This much legislative action — nine states have passed legislation and 11 states are currently considering it — would seemingly produce an equal reaction, but this part for-profit/part-nonprofit corporation has not garnered much public or corporate awareness, say attorneys with Herrick Feinstein LLP.
The Fifth Circuit's decision in Little v. Shell Exploration & Production Co. suggests that government employees can bring whistleblower actions under the False Claims Act even if their agency superiors do not find the alleged misconduct worthy of further investigation. This could increase the number of meritless qui tam suits brought by disgruntled and self-interested government employees, say attorneys with Wiley Rein LLP.
In Peleg v. Neiman Marcus Group Inc., a California appeals court recently held that the arbitration agreement between Peleg and his former employer, Neiman Marcus, was illusory and unenforceable under Texas law. This decision may have broad implications for the way in which arbitration agreements are drafted, says Leigh Tinmouth of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.
The Fifth Circuit’s decision in Flagship Credit Corp. v. Indian Harbor Ins. Co. highlights the significance of the insurance contract and the manner in which terms are used within that contract, say Patrick McDermott and Michael Levine of Hunton & Williams LLP.
Two recent cases — Asadi v. GE Energy USA LLC and Leshinsky v. Telvent GIT SA — provide some useful whistleblower guidance for companies regarding the retroactive and extraterritorial applicability of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provision, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
Texas HB 300, which takes effect Sept. 1, significantly expands patient privacy protections for Texas covered entities, including out-of-state companies that use and/or disclose protected health information in the state, beyond the requirements outlined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, says Pamela Tyner of Epstein Becker Green PC.