Legal Ethics

  • February 15, 2018

    Ex-Foley & Lardner Atty Should Get Prison Time, Feds Say

    Prosecutors on Thursday urged a New York federal judge to ignore a request from former Foley & Lardner LLP partner Walter “Chet” Little that he be sentenced to community service and time served after pleading guilty to an insider trading scheme using the firm’s client information.

  • February 15, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Appeal Or Retrial: Can't Have Both, Ex-Cozen Atty Argues

    A Pennsylvania attorney facing part of a $2.3 million verdict for abusive probate litigation against a former Cozen O'Connor partner should not receive a new trial, the winner of that verdict argued in a state court filing Wednesday, saying a pending appeal in the case invalidated claims that an expert committed perjury.

  • February 15, 2018

    1st Circ. Says Ex-Atty Can’t Duck Obstruction Convictions

    The First Circuit on Wednesday rejected a former attorney’s attempt to overturn his convictions for tampering with a witness and obstructing justice, shooting down his contention that the underlying evidence against him was too weak.

  • February 15, 2018

    Law360's The Week In Discipline

    A Michigan lawyer disbarred after a long series of sanctions and a New York divorce lawyer who used client cash for pay her own bills lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.

  • February 15, 2018

    7th Circ. Halts Order For Instant Access To Cook County Suits

    One day after a federal judge refused to stay his order requiring the Cook County Circuit Court to make electronically filed suits immediately available to the public, the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday gave Clerk Dorothy Brown time to implement the necessary systems or craft an argument to bypass the order altogether.

  • February 15, 2018

    Pa. Judge's Defamation Suit Over Book To Stay In Fed Court

    A judge on the Philadelphia County bench suing over his portrayal in a book about the murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnel had a legal setback Wednesday when a Pennsylvania federal judge decided to keep the case in federal court, upending her earlier decision to move the case back to the judge's home court.

  • February 15, 2018

    Fake Atty Convicted In Pa. Of Bogus Nationwide Practice

    A fake attorney has been convicted in Pennsylvania federal court of running a bogus nationwide law practice out of his New Jersey home and defrauding more than 100 victims from around the world, authorities announced on Wednesday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Prince Estate Wants Atty Held In Contempt For Missed Depo

    Prince’s estate asked a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to hold an attorney in contempt for failing to appear at a deposition for a case in Minnesota federal court over control of several unreleased tracks recorded by the artist before his death.

  • February 15, 2018

    Illinois Judge Guilty Of $1.4M Mortgage Scheme, Jury Says

    Chicago circuit court Judge Jessica Arong O’Brien is guilty of running a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme before she took the bench, an Illinois federal jury said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells LLP.

  • February 14, 2018

    7th Circ. Wants Extra Briefing On Fees In TCPA Cruise Deal

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday sharply questioned the ripeness of an appeal claiming that an award of attorneys’ fees in a $56 million-plus settlement of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action was potentially $3 million too high, and demanded supplemental briefing.

  • February 14, 2018

    Trenk DiPasquale Email Probe Ordered In Water Agency Suit

    A New Jersey federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday ordered an inspection of electronic devices used by Trenk DiPasquale Della Ferra & Sodono PC and two former firm attorneys for discovery purposes in a lawsuit alleging the firm and others enabled unlawful and wasteful conduct at a defunct Newark water agency.

  • February 14, 2018

    Judge Accused Of $1.4M Fraud Knew What To Say: Feds

    A Chicago circuit court judge had been an attorney and realtor for years when she allegedly orchestrated a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme involving two homes she owned, prosecutors told an Illinois federal jury Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Name Partner's Son Forged To Steal $827K From Pa. Firm

    A former office manager and son of a name partner at Pittsburgh bankruptcy firm Calaiaro Valencik pled guilty in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to using forgery to plunder more than $827,000 from the firm’s accounts.

  • February 14, 2018

    TD Bank Dodges Repayment Bid Over NJ Atty's Check Fraud

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday refused to revive claims aimed at forcing TD Bank to pay back Levy Baldante Finney & Rubenstein PC after a former partner fraudulently endorsed and cashed a string of checks totaling more than a quarter million dollars.

  • February 14, 2018

    Midas Parent's GC Sanctioned For Practicing On Suspension

    The general counsel for car parts giant and Midas parent TBC Corp. got a two-year stayed suspension in Ohio on Tuesday for practicing out-of-state amid previous suspensions for failing to keep up with his continuing legal education obligations.

  • February 14, 2018

    Pa. Panel Won't Release AG's Unredacted Lewd Email Report

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday agreed that state law protects the identities of public officials whose names appeared in a report commissioned by the Office of Attorney General on pornographic and otherwise inappropriate material shared via government email accounts.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-Simpson Thacher Clerk Upends Insider Trading Sentence

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday vacated a 46-month prison sentence for a former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP managing clerk convicted over his role in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme, on the same day that a district court judge reduced the civil penalty sought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from $2 million to $25,000.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-ICE Attorney Charged With Stealing Immigrant IDs

    A former top attorney at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Seattle branch has been charged with stealing the identity of seven immigrants and attempting to use that information to defraud several major financial institutions, according to Washington federal court documents.

  • February 14, 2018

    NJ Justices To Determine If Malpractice Suit Was Barred

    The New Jersey Supreme Court will review an appeals court’s decision that a malpractice complaint against Borrus Goldin Foley Vignuolo Hyman & Stahl PC was rightly dismissed because the suit should have been filed as a counterclaim in previous litigation, according to a judiciary notice made public Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Meaninglessness Of 'Disinterested'

    Richard Roth

    The Black Elk bankruptcy — related to the criminal indictment and upcoming trial of seven former Platinum Partners and Black Elk executives — involved a claimed disinterestedness that seems to indicate that the Bankruptcy Code’s disinterested requirement is something seasoned counsel can work around, says Richard Roth, a corporate and securities attorney.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Florida Waiver Ruling Reinforces Substance Over Form

    Tirzah Lollar

    A Florida federal court's recent ruling that Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP had waived work-product protection over witness interview notes compiled during an internal investigation of client General Cable Corp. eliminates — as other courts have — the distinction between providing an oral summary to the government and providing similar information in written form, say Tirzah Lollar and Kristen Eddy of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • When Attorneys Get Ensnared In FCPA Misconduct

    Louis Ramos

    The prosecutions of veteran lawyers at two multinational corporations — Keppel and PetroTiger — offer a sobering truth: Those responsible for protecting their companies from corruption-related risks can be held criminally accountable for their lapses in judgment. Recently unsealed court documents shed light on potential pitfalls for both legal and compliance professionals, say Louis Ramos and Benjamin Klein of DLA Piper.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • When And How To Communicate With Pro Se Litigants

    David Northrip

    Given the surprisingly large volume of pro se litigation in the United States, there will inevitably be times when you need to communicate with self-represented litigants. Following Model Rule of Professional Conduct 4.3 can help you minimize risks and maximize payoff, say attorneys at Shook Hard & Bacon LLP.