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Legal Ethics

  • October 15, 2018

    Why Is There So Much Bullying In The Legal Industry?

    Mounting evidence shows the legal industry has a serious problem with bullying and harassment, a reality that some say is caused by structural inequality, while others point to a culture of aggression.

  • October 12, 2018

    Supreme Court Women: A Vet & 1st-Timer Talk Gender Disparity

    In exclusive on-camera interviews with Law360, the most prolific female U.S. Supreme Court advocate of the past decade and a first-timer reflect on the status of women in a field still dominated by men.

  • October 12, 2018

    Will The Future Of The Supreme Court Bar Be Female?

    While women have made significant inroads into the elite world of U.S. Supreme Court advocacy, last term the number of women arguing at the court hit a decade low. Was it an off year? Or a sign of progress stalled?

  • October 12, 2018

    Ill. Lawyer's $25M Deal Was Misleading, Commission Says

    An Illinois lawyer who settled a quadriplegic man's personal injury suit for $25 million charged his client dishonest fees and improperly withheld details he learned about a jury note before accepting the deal minutes later, according to a complaint made public Friday.

  • October 12, 2018

    W.Va. High Court Halts Impeachment Of Chief Justice

    The acting West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals justices struck down the articles of impeachment issued against Chief Justice Margaret Workman, saying the accusations against her concerned matters under the authority of the court system and not the legislature and calling the impeachment process rushed.

  • October 12, 2018

    Boston Globe Sues To Access 'Secret Court' Docs

    Massachusetts residents deserve access to records from the "secret courts" that determine whether criminal cases will be brought, The Boston Globe said Thursday in a petition urging the state's highest court to look into the question.

  • October 12, 2018

    W.Va. Ex-Justice Who Took Famous Desk Guilty Of Fraud

    Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was convicted Friday on 11 counts of fraud, witness tampering and false statements after prosecutors said he helped himself to government transportation and court furniture, including a historic desk associated with an early celebrity architect.

  • October 12, 2018

    Landowners' Counsel DQ'd In Okla. Pollution Suit

    An Oklahoma federal judge has disqualified an entire law firm from a pollution case against Kinder Morgan in which one plaintiff-side lawyer formerly working on it had a conflict from a seven-year-old matter.

  • October 12, 2018

    NJ Atty Disbarred For Stealing $19K In Legal Fees

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has stripped an attorney of her license to practice law in the state for pocketing about $19,000 in legal fees owed to a firm where she worked as an associate and took steps to conceal her misconduct.

  • October 12, 2018

    Pa. Firm Can't Split Legal, Medical Malpractice Cases

    A Pittsburgh law firm can’t separate a legal malpractice suit accusing its attorneys of missing the statute of limitations for a Virginia teen’s misdiagnosed sports injury from the underlying medical malpractice case, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Friday.

  • October 12, 2018

    Class Attys Defend 'Boss, Give Money' Notice On WeChat

    Attorneys bringing a proposed class action accusing a New York City car service of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act have argued that they should not be sanctioned for posting a notice of the case on the Chinese social media site WeChat in a post titled “Boss, Give Money.”

  • October 12, 2018

    McDonald's Slams Ex-Bush Atty's Call For NLRB Recusals

    McDonald’s has told the National Labor Relations Board to ignore a call by President George W. Bush's chief ethics lawyer for members John Ring and Bill Emanuel to sit out a closely watched joint employment case, saying his legal arguments are flawed and possibly motivated by his opposition to President Donald Trump.  

  • October 12, 2018

    Attys Spar Over Sanctions Bids In Appeal Of $7.5M Uber Deal

    Attorneys representing objectors to a $7.5 million settlement in a California suit alleging Uber Technologies Inc. violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by conducting background checks without drivers' knowledge told the Ninth Circuit that the settling class counsel’s “unethical” and “outrageous” actions are muddying their appeal.

  • October 12, 2018

    Texas Atty Suspended During Workers' Comp Fraud Appeal

    A Texas disciplinary board has suspended the license of an attorney sentenced to 10 years in prison for a scheme to defraud $26 million from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers' Compensation Programs while he appeals his criminal case.

  • October 12, 2018

    Charges Over $18M Offshore Tax Scheme Too Late, Atty Says

    A Houston-based attorney has asked a Texas federal judge to dismiss an indictment accusing him of conspiracy and tax evasion for his role in a scheme to repatriate more than $18 million in untaxed earnings from the Isle of Man, arguing the indictment came too late.

  • October 11, 2018

    NJ Atty Disbarred For Gross Neglect, Misuse Of Client Funds

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred an attorney, who had been licensed to practice in the state for more than 25 years, on a variety of ethics violations, including gross neglect, misappropriation of funds and failing to communicate with his client.

  • October 11, 2018

    NY Judge Stays Deposition In Madoff Victims' Law Firm Suit

    A New York federal magistrate judge on Thursday granted Chaitman LLP and Becker & Poliakoff LLP's motion for a stay on deposition discovery in a suit by victims of Bernie Madoff against their former attorney, saying it is appropriate given the costs of the deposition and the firms' pending motions to dismiss.

  • October 11, 2018

    Lieff Cabraser Balks At Paying More In State Street Fee Fight

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP told a Massachusetts federal judge late Thursday it should not have to continue paying for a multimillion-dollar probe into a $75 million attorney fee awarded following a settlement with State Street Corp., arguing much of the money has been spent looking into conduct tied to its fellow class counsel, Labaton Sucharow LLP.

  • October 11, 2018

    Ex-Associate Sues Chicago Firm Over Fee-Sharing Deal

    A former associate at a small Chicago-area firm has alleged in an Illinois state court suit that the firm's owner violated their fee-sharing agreement by withholding a share of fees from a whistleblower suit against IBM Corp.

  • October 11, 2018

    Pa. Atty Wants Insurer's 'Extortion' Claim Thrown Out

    A Pennsylvania attorney is urging the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas to throw out a case accusing him of pursuing a frivolous lawsuit against his client’s insurance provider, pointing to another judge’s recent statement that the underlying insurance case had merit.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • Why Michael Cohen's Campaign Law Violations Are Crimes

    Ann Ravel

    With Michael Cohen's plea deal last week, campaign finance law has suddenly become a hot topic. But few people understand the intricacies or even the purpose of campaign finance laws. The assertion that other campaigns have had similar violations is completely erroneous, says Ann Ravel, former chair of the Federal Election Commission.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • Opinion

    A Case For Impeaching President Trump

    Barbara Radnofsky

    U.S. impeachment practice permits the strategic combination of claims in “omnibus” or “catch-all” articles. With that in mind — and considering precedent set by the Clinton impeachment and others — attorney Barbara Radnofsky offers her version of an omnibus article of impeachment against the current U.S. president.

  • Navigating Counsel Conflicts Of Interest In Bankruptcy

    Claire Wu

    A recent New York federal court ruling in the bankruptcy case of Relativity Media highlights the importance of disqualification of counsel disputes in bankruptcy matters. Attorneys must proceed with care when duties owed to both parties create a conflict of interest, says Claire Wu of SulmeyerKupetz PC.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • Mediation Tips For Settling Big-Dollar Business Disputes

    Robert Fairbank

    Throughout a mediation, there are times of heightened uncertainty when something might happen to swing the leverage in one side’s favor. These windows of opportunity can be maximized by a number of methods other than in-person mediation sessions and formal exchanges of settlement numbers, say Robert Fairbank and Kimberly West of Fairbank ADR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.