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Legal Ethics

  • July 30, 2018

    Firm Didn't Explain Settlement, Rights To Client, Suit Says

    A former Chicago Public Schools principal who claims she was fired after participating in a rally for school funding sued Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym Ltd. in Illinois federal court Monday, accusing the firm of facilitating her removal when it was supposed to be defending her.

  • July 30, 2018

    DNA Data Co. Wants Cooley Out Of Trade Secrets Suit

    A health and genetics data company has urged a California federal court to disqualify Cooley LLP from representing a former executive in a trade secrets suit, arguing Cooley has a conflict of interest because it represented the company in a previous trade secrets dispute.

  • July 30, 2018

    Philly Atty Admits To Stealing From Client's Estate

    A Philadelphia attorney from the firm of Schmidt & Schmidt has pled guilty to bank fraud and tax charges in federal court following her indictment for stealing more than $300,000 from a deceased client’s estate, the IRS announced Monday.

  • July 30, 2018

    ESPN Seeks Sanctions For Ex-Analyst's Twitter Bot Claims

    ESPN Inc. wants a former employee suing over sexual harassment to be sanctioned for accusing it of using Twitter bots to defame and harass her online, telling a Connecticut federal court that those allegations "are utterly lacking in factual support."

  • July 30, 2018

    Houston Firm Asks Court To End Dead Firefighter Benefit Row

    Houston law firm The Hall Law Group PLLC has filed a lawsuit asking a Harris County district court judge to settle a dispute between the mother of a firefighter killed in the line of duty in 2013 and the city of Houston over $302,404 in benefits paid following his death.

  • July 30, 2018

    Hotel Co. Can't DQ Lewis Roca In Best Western Breach Suit

    A Kansas hotel company lost its bid to disqualify Best Western International Inc.'s counsel from a breach of contract suit for allegedly letting a Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP paralegal review privileged information, with an Arizona federal judge saying that the supposed slip-up didn’t give Best Western a meaningful edge in the case.

  • July 27, 2018

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    The 168 attorneys selected as Law360's 2018 Rising Stars are lawyers whose accomplishments belie their age. From guiding eye-popping deals to handling bet-the-company litigation, these elite attorneys under 40 are leading the pack.

  • July 27, 2018

    In 'Rare Case,' Law Firm Beats Atty's Defamation Suit

    A New York federal judge dismissed an attorney’s defamation suit alleging law firm Ressler & Ressler convinced a third party to dump her as counsel, finding that "in this rare case," the attorney failed to diligently pursue discovery and that her current discovery requests would only yield speculative communications.

  • July 27, 2018

    8th Circ. Upholds Tax Court’s Refusal To Hear Atty FICA Row

    An Eighth Circuit panel on Friday affirmed the U.S. Tax Court’s finding that it lacked jurisdiction to hear a Minnesota law firm’s challenge to an IRS bill of nearly $47,000 in unpaid employment taxes and penalties.

  • July 27, 2018

    Michael Cohen Likely Can't Silence Stormy Daniels' Attorney

    A California federal judge on Friday expressed skepticism about a request by Michael Cohen to impose a media gag order against Michael Avenatti, who represents porn star Stormy Daniels in her suit against Cohen and his longtime client, President Donald Trump, saying Cohen hadn’t shown his right to a fair trial would be jeopardized.

  • July 27, 2018

    Dentons And USAE Investors Get OK For $12.2M Deal

    A California federal judge gave final approval to a $12.2 million settlement between Dentons and U.S. Aerospace Inc. shareholders who claimed the company's value was wrongly transferred by an attorney at a law firm acquired by a predecessor of Dentons.

  • July 27, 2018

    Malpractice Suit Against Atty Tossed For Lack Of Expert

    A Virginia state appellate court has tossed a woman’s malpractice claim against her attorney, saying that she needs at least an expert witness to testify as to whether the lawyer botched her underlying personal injury case and that the legal questions involved are too complex to be handled by her pro se.

  • July 27, 2018

    Ex-Court Worker Gets Redo On Judge Harassment Damages

    A Tenth Circuit panel ruled Friday that a former Utah state court clerk who claimed that a judge sexually harassed her should be able to ask a jury for punitive damages, saying the judge knew he was breaking the law.

  • July 27, 2018

    Calif. Court Clears Pepper Hamilton In Mediation Breach DQ

    A trial court’s removal of Pepper Hamilton LLP from a dispute over a road project was unwarranted because the law firm didn’t break a confidentiality deal penned in a failed mediation, a California state appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • July 27, 2018

    NJ Atty Cops To Stealing Millions From Elderly Clients

    A New Jersey attorney and radio host admitted Friday that he stole millions from elderly clients, some of whom suffered from dementia and had no close relatives to guard their interests, state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced.

  • July 27, 2018

    Silver Gets Shorter Sentence Of 7 Years After Graft Retrial

    A Manhattan federal judge hit former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver with a seven-year prison sentence for political corruption on Friday, calling the 12-year sentence she handed to the 73-year-old former Albany power broker after his first trial in 2016 "longer than necessary."

  • July 27, 2018

    Ex-Stoel Rives Partner Dropping Age Discrimination Suit

    A former Stoel Rives LLP transactional partner who accused the firm of sidelining him and then cutting him loose after learning his age is dropping his lawsuit.

  • July 27, 2018

    Pa. Judge Must Face Suit Claiming Retaliation After Affair

    A probation officer can move forward with claims that a Pennsylvania state judge retaliated against her after she broke off a sexual relationship she says she felt forced into, a federal judge has ruled.

  • July 27, 2018

    NJ Atty Must Face Suit Over Disclosure In Priest Sex Case

    A New Jersey appeals court on Friday ruled that a Catholic order cannot pursue a legal malpractice claim against an attorney for publicly disclosing information about a decades-old settlement over a priest's alleged sexual misconduct, but said the lawyer must face other claims related to a confidentiality clause in the agreement.

  • July 27, 2018

    Morgan Stanley Atty's $10M Tax Fine Upheld In ​​​​​​​2nd Circ.

    A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit on Friday upheld a $10 million fine for a former Morgan Stanley counsel's tax evasion, noting than an earlier $233,000 penalty was a “slap on the wrist” that failed to stop him from defrauding the Internal Revenue Service for years.

Expert Analysis

  • Ethical Advocacy In Mediation: You May Need A New Plan

    Jeff Kichaven

    To discharge their ethical obligations to their clients during a mediation, lawyers must not allow mediators to take on inappropriate responsibilities. Lawyers should not sign whatever agreement a mediator puts under their nose, and should conduct as much of the face-to-face settlement negotiations as possible, says Jeff Kichaven, an independent mediator.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Opinion

    There Is Middle Ground For US Lawyers On AML Regimes

    Matthew O'Hara

    The American Bar Association continues to oppose legislation that would impose certain European Union and U.K. anti-money laundering requirements on U.S. lawyers. The ABA should further consider its approach to this issue as there is a viable middle ground that protects privileged communications and confidential information while advancing the interests of the legal profession, says Matthew O’Hara of Freeborn & Peters LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • Attys Must Remember Duty Of Confidentiality When Online

    Trisha Rich

    In a recent opinion on lawyers' public online commentary, the American Bar Association noted that even when attorneys don't name clients, a breach of confidentiality can occur if a third party could deduce the client's identity. But state laws can differ, so lawyers must know their own jurisdictions' rules, say Trisha Rich and Allison Martin Rhodes of Holland & Knight LLP.