Legal Ethics

  • January 16, 2018

    Justices Won’t Hear Fla. Firm's Tribal Immunity Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take Lewis Tein PL’s bid to overturn a Florida appeals court ruling that the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida didn’t have to face malicious prosecution claims because of its tribal sovereign immunity, locking a win for the tribe in place.

  • January 16, 2018

    NY's Silver Loses High Court Attempt, Clearing Retrial Path

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, meaning the former lawmaker’s spring retrial on corruption charges will likely proceed as planned.

  • January 16, 2018

    Ogletree Atty Hits Firm With $300M Gender Bias Class Action

    An Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC attorney has hit the management-side powerhouse with a $300 million proposed class action in California federal court alleging the firm’s male-dominated leadership disproportionately favors men over women in pay, promotions and business development opportunities.

  • January 12, 2018

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2017 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 12, 2018

    The Firms That Dominated In 2017

    Law360’s Firms of the Year rose above the competition with a combined 24 Practice Group of the Year awards after helping their clients win game-changing judgments and close record-breaking deals in 2017. Here’s a closer look at how they landed at the top.

  • January 12, 2018

    Up Next At High Court: Betraying A Client, Appellate Rules

    A lawyer’s courtroom betrayal of his client in a Louisiana murder trial is likely the juiciest item on the Supreme Court’s oral argument calendar this week, but other cases involving the right of appeal in consolidated cases and a controversial question under the Fair Labor Standards Act could have major implications for the appellate and employment bars. Here's what to expect.

  • January 12, 2018

    NJ Atty Suspended After Disbarment In Fla. Over Land Deals

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has imposed a three-year suspension on an attorney over his allegedly dishonest and fraudulent conduct on behalf of a convicted felon in Costa Rican real estate deals where buyers lost more than $2.5 million in deposits.

  • January 12, 2018

    Arbitrator Promised Win For Fees, Ill. Regulator Says

    A Chicago arbitrator allegedly told attorneys involved in a dispute over a law business that he would decide in their favor if they brought a related case to him, according to a complaint from the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

  • January 12, 2018

    Harvey Class Attys Hit Back At Royal Caribbean Sanctions Bid

    Lawyers for a proposed class alleging Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. failed to cancel a trip as Hurricane Harvey descended told a Florida federal judge Thursday that their current case should be treated as an argument for extending or reversing existing law, undercutting the company’s recent argument for sanctions.

  • January 12, 2018

    Paragon Seeks Sanctions For Meddlesome Equity Holder

    Reorganized debtor Paragon Offshore PLC asked a Delaware judge late Thursday to impose sanctions on a former shareholder of the company for filing motions making the same arguments that have been repeatedly denied by the court and causing the company to incur legal fees.

  • January 12, 2018

    Disbarred Atty Can Recoup Fees From Med Mal Case

    A New York state appeals court has affirmed a fee award for a disbarred attorney who was suspended during the pendency of a medical malpractice case he was handling and replaced by another firm, ruling he could collect compensation for the work he had performed in the matter.

  • January 12, 2018

    Texas Atty Drops Suit Against Ex-Firm Over Fee Agreement

    A Houston-area lawyer has dropped the suit against his former law firm Walne Law PLLC, in which he alleged the firm violated a fee agreement and denied his right to a share of fees from an underlying contract dispute that could yield millions of dollars in damages. 

  • January 12, 2018

    Shkreli Hits Back At Feds' $7.3M Forfeiture Bid

    Controversial former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli urged a New York federal judge Thursday to reject the government’s demands that he forfeit $7.3 million following his August conviction on securities fraud and conspiracy charges, arguing that he made no profit from the alleged crimes.

  • January 12, 2018

    Atty's Malpractice Jurisdiction Fight Dies At Texas High Court

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to take up a challenge brought by a Rhode Island attorney who argued that a lower appellate ruling wrongly found that Texas is where he must face a former client’s legal malpractice lawsuit over her hernia mesh litigation.

  • January 12, 2018

    Final Dewey Cooperator Gets No Jail Time

    The final cooperator in the Manhattan district attorney's criminal case against former executives at the once prominent law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP was sentenced to unconditional release on Friday, presumably ending the saga that absorbed the legal industry.

  • January 12, 2018

    Judge Won't Recuse Self From Suit Against Ark. High Court

    An Arkansas federal judge on Thursday declined a request from a state judge for him to step aside from a suit targeting the state Supreme Court that alleges religious and racial discrimination in a decision to pull the state judge off death penalty cases.

  • January 12, 2018

    Ex-VP Can't Help Comcast In IP Row, Tech Firm Says

    A technology company accusing Comcast Corp. of infringement of voice-recognition patents urged a Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday to bar a former vice president from continuing to serve as a litigation consultant for the cable giant.

  • January 12, 2018

    New Group To Probe Workplace Harassment In Federal Courts

    The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has launched a working group to examine the policies in place to protect employees of the federal judiciary from workplace harassment, the office announced on Friday.

  • January 11, 2018

    Ex-State Street Exec Can Try To Depose Clifford Chance Atty

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday granted a former State Street Global Markets LLC executive’s motion to depose a Clifford Chance attorney in the Netherlands before his trial on securities fraud charges, agreeing with the executive that the attorney’s testimony could swing his defense.

  • January 11, 2018

    Gilbride Tusa Gets Quick Win Axed In $85M Malpractice Suit

    A New York state appellate panel on Thursday reversed a quick win given to two Genesis Merchant Partners investment funds against Gilbride Tusa Last & Spellane LLC on the question of the firm's liability for legal malpractice in an $85 million suit alleging it mishandled security interests in life insurance policies backing three loans made by the funds.

Expert Analysis

  • The Legal Case Against Weinstein’s Suppression Efforts

    Lynne Bernabei

    A recent lawsuit in the Southern District of New York alleged a criminal conspiracy to stop disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein’s victims from coming forward. Authorities in the U.S. and the U.K. may have grounds to look behind the veil of attorney-client privilege at communications between Weinstein and lawyer David Boies, say Lynne Bernabei and Kristen Sinisi of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Taking And Defending Depositions You Can Actually Use

    Bethany Kristovich

    All too often, lawyers just think about “getting through” the deposition phase without fully taking advantage of the opportunity to develop their story. But following a few basic rules on the front end can help maximize the impact of a deposition at trial, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Ethical Landmines For Counsel To Closely Held Entities

    Chris Blazejewski

    Representing closely held entities can present an array of ethical dilemmas for in-house or outside counsel, especially with regard to fiduciary duties and conflicts of interest. These challenges can be particularly onerous where in-house counsel wears two hats for the entity: lawyer and executive, say Christopher Blazejewski and Jessica Kelly of Sherin and Lodgen LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.