Legal Ethics

  • February 6, 2018

    Kozinski Case Highlights Need For Deep Judicial Reforms

    The quiet dismantling Monday of a sexual harassment investigation into former U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, which was prompted by his resignation from the Ninth Circuit, came as no surprise to many judiciary experts, who say the case highlights a need for significant rule reforms by both judicial officials and Congress.

  • February 6, 2018

    Kirkland Says Ex-US Trustee Is Isolated From Ch. 11 Case

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP will not use a new hire to gain an unfair advantage as it represents creditors in Breitburn Energy Partners LP’s Chapter 11, the firm told a New York bankruptcy court on Tuesday, referring to a new attorney who previously oversaw the same case for the US Trustee.

  • February 6, 2018

    Duane Morris Malpractice Suit Deserves 2nd Shot, Atty Says

    A Philadelphia lawyer on Tuesday asked the Pennsylvania Superior Court to revive a malpractice suit accusing Duane Morris LLP of botching a federal appeal over a failed corporate deal to acquire a submarine fiber-optic network.

  • February 6, 2018

    6th Circ. Revives Ohio Atty's Malpractice Coverage Suit

    The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday revived a lawyer's coverage suit against a malpractice carrier in connection with a real estate deal, saying the underlying claim brought against the lawyer was not “reasonably foreseeable” after he investigated and decided there would likely not be a claim against him.

  • February 6, 2018

    Gibson Dunn Settles Billing Workers’ Age Bias Suit

    A California judge closed the book Tuesday on a lawsuit alleging Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP maintains a hostile work environment for older workers in its billing department, following a notice in November that said the parties reached a settlement.

  • February 6, 2018

    Mattis Fires Guantanamo Military Commission Chief

    Defense Secretary James Mattis has removed the head of military commissions for Guantanamo Bay prisoners less than a year after appointing him, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday.

  • February 6, 2018

    Ill. Judge Lied Repeatedly In $1.4M Scheme, Gov't Says

    Cook County, Illinois, Circuit Judge Jessica Arong O'Brien lied over and over as she applied for loans related to her two Chicago income properties, conning lenders out of more than $300,000, prosecutors said at the start of Judge O'Brien's fraud trial Tuesday.

  • February 6, 2018

    Ballard Spahr Sued For Malpractice Over IP Rental Advice

    Ballard Spahr LLP is facing malpractice claims over allegedly bad advice that a Philadelphia-area medical supply company says it received from attorneys with the former Lindquist & Vennum LLP, which merged with Ballard Spahr in September, over its ability to rent patented laser technology.

  • February 6, 2018

    Ex-Arsenal Investor Says Linklaters Error Cost Her £11.6M

    A former Arsenal shareholder is suing law firm Linklaters LLP and accounting firm Deloitte LLP for up to £11.6 million ($16.2 million) she says she lost after the firms failed to advise her of tax liabilities she would face in selling her shares in the Premier League soccer club to its U.S.-based majority owner.

  • February 6, 2018

    New ABA Policy Takes Aim At Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

    The American Bar Association’s policy-making arm on the last day of its midyear meeting Monday passed a trove of resolutions, including a policy change aimed at how sexual harassment and retaliation claims are handled at legal industry employers.

  • February 5, 2018

    Ex-Sutherland Partner Competent To Stand Trial, Judge Rules

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday ruled a former Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP attorney accused of stealing millions from a wealthy family is competent to stand trial, finding evidence presented to the court of the 76-year-old lawyer's alleged cognitive decline “inconsistent and suspect.”

  • February 5, 2018

    Texas Judge Caught In FBI Sting Accused Of Accepting Bribes

    A Texas state judge was arrested Friday on charges he took bribes to give favorable rulings after he was caught in an FBI sting operation that involved a wired criminal defense attorney.

  • February 5, 2018

    Ohio Justice Gets Ethics Complaint Over Dad's AG Cases

    An Ohio Supreme Court justice whose father is the state attorney general violated judicial ethics codes by not stepping aside from cases involving his dad’s office, according to a recently filed disciplinary complaint.

  • February 5, 2018

    Judiciary Ends Kozinski Inquiry Due To His Retirement

    An investigation into accusations that former U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski exhibited sexual misconduct toward multiple former staffers has been called off, as the Second Circuit Judicial Council said Monday that Judge Kozinski's resignation removes him from the scope of judicial conduct proceedings.

  • February 5, 2018

    Kazakh Firm Can Continue Fraud Claims Against Ex-Director

    An English appeals court will let Kazakhstan-based law firm Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd. pursue new, albeit narrowed claims against a former director found to have conspired to lure lucrative oil and gas clients away to his new firm, but barred the firm from pursuing claims already settled at arbitration over a partnership dispute in the firm. 

  • February 5, 2018

    Ford Fends Off Patent Atty's 'No Poaching' Suit

    A suit from a Michigan lawyer casting herself as the victim of a conspiracy led by a Ford Motor Company lawyer to keep her from getting hundreds of potential jobs should be thrown out, a federal magistrate said Monday.

  • February 5, 2018

    Tax Scammer's Wife Pleads With 2nd Circ. Over Seized Funds

    The wife of an attorney who helped set up illegal tax shelters sought Monday to convince a Second Circuit panel to overturn a lower judge’s ruling that allowed the feds to seize funds he gave to her, but the judges gave little hint as to how they might rule.

  • February 5, 2018

    Israeli Court Officials Immune From NJ Suit, Panel Says

    New Jersey courts cannot hear lawsuits against foreign officials after the U.S. Department of State has found they were acting in their official capacities and are thus entitled to immunity, a state appellate panel said Monday in a published opinion related to a child custody battle in Israel.

  • February 5, 2018

    Atty Scolded For '#Killinnazis' Exits Pa. Xarelto Cases

    A Florida attorney who was chided by a Philadelphia judge last month for posting courtroom photos on social media with the inflammatory hashtag “#killinnazis" will not be involved in six upcoming trials over injuries allegedly caused by Bayer AG’s blood thinner Xarelto, according to an order docketed Friday.

  • February 2, 2018

    Polsinelli Pair Can't Change Venues For $10M Loan Suit

    A bid by two Polsinelli PC attorneys who are former leaders of the defunct Novak Druce intellectual property firm to get a Citibank suit seeking to recoup millions in loans they personally guaranteed thrown out “borders on being frivolous,” a D.C. federal judge said Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • How Calif.’s Anti-SLAPP Law Affects Amended Complaints

    Felix Shafir

    Horvitz & Levy LLP partners Felix Shafir and Jeremy Rosen examine two complex subjects implicated by California's anti-SLAPP statute — whether the statute prevents a plaintiff from filing an amended complaint after an anti-SLAPP motion challenges the initial complaint, and whether anti-SLAPP challenges can be marshaled against amended complaints.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.