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Legal Ethics

  • November 14, 2018

    Avenatti Arrested On Felony Domestic Violence Charge

    Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her now-dismissed defamation suit against President Donald Trump, was arrested on a felony domestic violence charge, the Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    9th Circ. Judge Doubts Bio-Rad Appeal Of Ex-GC's $11M Win

    A Ninth Circuit judge appeared skeptical Wednesday of Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.'s arguments in favor of overturning an $11 million whistleblower judgment against the company, repeatedly questioning its counsel during a hearing on how an erroneous jury instruction would change the outcome of the verdict.

  • November 14, 2018

    Gibson Dunn Bows Out Of Pharma RICO Suit Amid DQ Bid

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has withdrawn as counsel for Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the company’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit against two former executives amid their pending motions to disqualify the firm over its prior ties to them, according to a letter sent by co-counsel to a New Jersey federal judge.

  • November 14, 2018

    7th Circ. OKs Sanctions Over Atty's Post-Settlement Fee Filing

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday agreed with a lower court that an Indiana lawyer's request for fees in a copyright suit was sanctionable because he did not reveal in his filing that his client had paid to settle the case with prejudice.

  • November 14, 2018

    Insurance Trustee Fined $370K For Suing Life Partners

    A Texas bankruptcy court on Tuesday imposed more than $370,000 in fines and held in contempt a life insurance trustee who violated a court order not to launch new litigation over the ownership of insurance policies that were bought by Life Partners Holdings Inc.

  • November 14, 2018

    Colo. DA Asks State High Court For Atty Fees In Ethics Row

    The former district attorney for a pair of Colorado counties asked the state’s Supreme Court on Wednesday to revive his lawsuit for $300,000 in attorneys’ fees he incurred while fighting ethics complaints brought by the attorney regulatory council, saying the counties must pay for expenses related to his job.

  • November 14, 2018

    Timeshare Co. Fights Attys' Bid To Withdraw From Suit

    Timeshare resort company Orange Lake Country Club Inc. has urged a Florida federal court to deny two attorneys' request to withdraw as counsel to a lawyer mired in the company's suit claiming illegal interference in its contracts, saying the pair have too much unfinished business in court.

  • November 14, 2018

    9th Circ. Creates New Role To Tackle Workplace Harassment

    In a first for the federal judiciary, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has created the new position of director of workplace relations to confront workplace harassment issues in the appellate, trial and bankruptcy courts within the circuit’s jurisdiction.

  • November 14, 2018

    Ex-Dewey Exec Trying To Ax $1M Fine Deserves Jail, DA Says

    Counsel for Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's former chief financial officer will square off Thursday in Manhattan with prosecutors who claim the ex-executive should be jailed after asking a New York state judge to toss or reduce the $1 million fine he was sentenced to pay following his fraud conviction last year.

  • November 14, 2018

    NJ Attys Duck Malpractice Suit After Clients' Filing Delay

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Wednesday refused to revive a malpractice action against lawyers and accountants over the administration of an estate and trusts, saying co-executors of the estate could not pursue their claims after failing to refile them within 360 days of a consent order dismissing the case.

  • November 14, 2018

    Most Law Firms' Cybersecurity Not Up To Par As Risk Grows

    Most law firms are underprepared for cybersecurity threats, despite a sharp spike in cyberattacks against the industry in 2017, according to a new report from information technology consulting firm LogicForce. 

  • November 14, 2018

    Judge Won't DQ Fla. Prosecutors In $1B Health Fraud Case

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied a Miami businessman's bid to dismiss or disqualify the prosecution team in a $1 billion health care fraud case against him, but despite criticizing federal prosecutors' and agents' performance, the court rejected a magistrate's findings that they had acted in bad faith.

  • November 14, 2018

    Acting AG Whitaker’s Appointment Legal, DOJ Counsel Says

    The U.S. Department of Justice defended the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general on Wednesday, reasoning in a memo from the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel that his appointment followed the law and Constitution and was consistent with past practice.

  • November 13, 2018

    Dems Up Ante As Fla. Recount Litigation Piles Up

    With Florida's 67 counties hurrying to recount the votes in the races for U.S. senator, governor and agriculture commissioner, related litigation kept mounting Tuesday as Democrats sought extended deadlines and challenged rules for determining voter intent in two new suits.

  • November 13, 2018

    Mom Of 'Frack Master' Sanctioned $10K Over Receiver Suit

    The mother of self-described "frack master" Christopher Faulkner will pay a $10,000 sanction after misrepresenting a state lawsuit she filed against a court-appointed receiver that already resulted in a contempt finding against her, a Texas federal judge said Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Settlement Ends Porn Email Revenge Suit Against Ex-Pa. AG

    One current and one former Pennsylvania state investigator have agreed to accept a $75,000 settlement to end claims that Kathleen Kane, the state's convicted ex-attorney general, retaliated against them by publicly linking them to a scandal over pornographic and other lewd material swapped over government email accounts.

  • November 13, 2018

    Justices Turn Away LabMD's Appeal In Tiversa Fraud Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down an appeal from LabMD Inc., which had taken issue with the Eleventh Circuit blocking the company from implicating a Pepper Hamilton LLP lawyer for fraud in an underlying cybersecurity case because he wasn’t listed on the docket.

  • November 13, 2018

    Law Students Urged To Shun Kirkland Over Arbitration Pacts

    More than two dozen Harvard Law School students are asking their peers to boycott Kirkland & Ellis LLP over the international law firm’s use of mandatory arbitration agreements, and on Tuesday the group promised to expand the movement to other firms and law schools in the near future.

  • November 13, 2018

    Law Firm Says Staffer's Prior Employment Doesn't Warrant DQ

    A Texas law firm defended its involvement Monday in an insurer client's coverage dispute with a seed company, saying one of the firm’s support staff had indeed previously worked for the seed company but left long before the grounds for a coverage dispute were even known.

  • November 13, 2018

    Man Acquitted Of Conspiring On Bribery With Texas Lawmaker

    A man accused of conspiring with a now-convicted former Democratic Texas state senator to bribe a county official to secure a medical services contract at a prison has been cleared of wrongdoing by a federal jury.

Expert Analysis

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • How Employers Can Address Secret Workplace Recordings

     Jackie Ford

    Secret recordings allegedly made by President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen and former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman provide a useful vehicle for reviewing the ethics and legality of surreptitious taping, and may be instructive for employers concerned about limiting such recording in the workplace, says Jackie Ford of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.