Legal Ethics

  • 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.

  • February 14, 2018

    Utes Can't Force Judge's Recusal In Dispute With Ex-Worker

    The Ute Indian Tribe on Tuesday lost its bid to force the recusal of a federal judge from a suit that is part of a sprawling contract dispute involving a former employee of its energy and minerals department who had sued the tribe to stop it from pursuing a case against him in tribal court.

  • February 14, 2018

    Manafort And Gates Deserve Day In Court, Judge Says

    A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday expressed impatience with snags in setting a trial date for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates III, and also the extent to which the criminal case has so far been kept under wraps.

  • February 13, 2018

    Ex-Fugitive Beau Ordered To Testify At NJ Judge's Trial

    A New Jersey state judge on Tuesday ordered a fellow jurist’s former boyfriend to testify at her trial on charges of hindering his apprehension when he was wanted for armed robbery, declaring invalid his assertion of his constitutional privilege against self-incrimination.

  • February 13, 2018

    SEC Pushes Gibson Dunn Out Of Woodbridge Ch. 11

    The Woodbridge Group of Cos. told the Delaware bankruptcy court Tuesday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission did not agree to allow Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP to continue representing the debtor after a settlement that resolved the agency’s bid for a court-appointed trustee to take over the case.

  • February 13, 2018

    Rolls-Royce Should Win FCA Suit Toss, Atty DQ: Magistrate

    Rolls-Royce shouldn’t have to face a False Claims Act suit over allegedly billing the U.S. Air Force for uncertified parts, according to a Texas magistrate’s report Tuesday that found the whistleblower was repeating claims from an old suit and that he was represented by an ex-Rolls attorney.

  • February 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Botched Sanctions Ruling, Startup Argues

    Indiezone Inc. asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to rethink its decision that a lower court correctly sanctioned the startup and its lawyer for bringing a “sham” company into its case alleging that former employees conspired to steal its $1 billion e-commerce processing software.

  • February 13, 2018

    Rawle & Henderson Fired Worker Claiming Harassment: Suit

    A former legal secretary for Rawle & Henderson LLP launched a lawsuit in New York state court Monday, alleging that members of the law firm fabricated workplace performance problems to push her out after she complained of a partner’s sexual harassment.

  • February 13, 2018

    LeClairRyan Can't Toss Malpractice Suit

    LeClairRyan is stuck defending against a malpractice suit brought by a disgruntled client, after a newly assigned Illinois federal judge refused to toss the case despite harsh words from a previous judge who called the client’s claims “bizarre” and “extraordinarily troubling.”

  • February 13, 2018

    Fox Rothschild, MRI Cos. Founders Sued By Investors

    The receiver for a pair of New Jersey MRI businesses and investors sued Fox Rothschild LLP and those businesses' founders on Tuesday, accusing the founders of fraud and a long-running scheme to squander investments and enrich themselves.

  • February 13, 2018

    SEC Wants Sanctions After Call Recordings Thrown Away

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has asked a New York federal court to sanction a former broker and his attorney over the alleged destruction of call recordings that the broker was supposed to turn over to the agency for use in its suit accusing him of ripping off customers with excessive trading in their accounts.

  • February 13, 2018

    Bristol-Myers Hit With Sanctions Bid Over Abilify Notebooks

    A class of consumers suing drugmakers over side effects of the antipsychotic drug Abilify asked a Florida federal judge Monday to sanction defendant Bristol-Myers Squibb, alleging a pattern of obstructing discovery in the case and accusing the company’s counsel of making false statements to the court.

  • February 13, 2018

    Proskauer Says No Evidence Ex-Partner Aided Stanford Scam

    The review of tens of millions of pages of documents and a slew of other discovery work has not unearthed “a shred of evidence” that Proskauer Rose LLP and a former partner knew about onetime client Robert Stanford’s massive Ponzi scheme, the firm told a Texas federal judge on Monday.

  • February 13, 2018

    Make New E-Filed Suits Public Now, Cook County Clerk Told

    An Illinois federal judge won’t wait any longer for the Cook County Circuit Court clerk to implement a system to make new electronically filed lawsuits immediately available to the public and media outlets, the judge said Tuesday, rejecting the clerk’s request for a stay while she appeals his order.

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.