Legal Ethics

  • February 2, 2018

    Fla. Judge Resigns Amid Ethics Investigation

    A Broward County judge resigned Thursday amid an investigation by the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission into whether she steered lucrative mediations to an attorney who volunteered as her campaign manager.

  • February 2, 2018

    Ex-Mintz Levin Atty’s Suit Against Divorce Judge Tossed

    A New York federal court on Friday threw out a suit by a former Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC patent attorney against the state court judge who oversaw his divorce, ruling that the judge was not protected by judicial immunity but the suit was barred nevertheless, as it would have relitigated the judge’s sanction order against the attorney.

  • February 2, 2018

    Ex-Venable Atty Gets 7 Years For Laundering $2M

    A Virginia federal judge on Friday sentenced a former Venable LLP and Arent Fox LLP patent attorney to seven years in prison after he pled guilty to laundering more than $2.1 million while employed at another firm as part of a catfishing scheme uncovered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

  • February 2, 2018

    Attys In SeaWorld Ad Row Slammed For ‘Lack Of Civility’

    A California federal judge on Friday chastised counsel for both parties in a suit brought by consumers accusing SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. of lying about the health and treatment of its orcas to induce them into purchasing tickets and merchandise, saying there has been an “utter lack of civility exercised among counsel.”

  • February 2, 2018

    Fla. Swingers Club Fights Bid To Freeze Assets, DQ Atty

    A Tampa-area swingers club and its owners told a Florida federal court Thursday that there is no merit to a request to freeze their assets and disqualify their attorneys in litigation brought by a group of Playboy Playmates and other models who claim the club used their likenesses without permission.

  • February 2, 2018

    Madoff Investors Can't Get All SDNY Judges Off Their Case

    A New York federal judge on Friday dismissed motions by a group of investors in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme asking that a $1 billion settlement be reconsidered and that every judge in the Southern District of New York be recused for conflicts of interest, saying she's the judge who matters for the case and she has no conflicts.

  • February 2, 2018

    Ill. Judge's Fraud Trial A Rare Moment For The Bench

    A Cook County, Illinois, circuit court judge is set to face a federal jury Monday on charges she fraudulently obtained $1.4 million in mortgage and commercial loans before she took the bench, the first time in years that a sitting Illinois judge has been tried on criminal charges in federal court.

  • February 2, 2018

    Law Firm Wants Trump Panama Hotel Row In State Court

    A Panamanian law firm on Thursday urged a Delaware federal judge to remand its suit accusing Trump Organization's international hotel arm and an affiliate of improperly responding to arbitration over a “mismanaged” hotel by dragging the firm itself into the fight, arguing that no arbitration agreement exists between the firm and Trump’s businesses.

  • February 2, 2018

    Florida PI Firm Sheds Never-Served Overtime Suit

    A Florida federal court on Friday dismissed one of a pair of proposed wage-and-hour class actions against personal injury law firms, saying the employee bringing the case, who claimed she was not properly paid overtime, failed to notify the firm she was suing.

  • February 2, 2018

    Brooklyn Prosecutor Who Wiretapped Ex-Lover Gets 1 Year

    A Brooklyn prosecutor who copped to forging judges' signatures to illegally wiretap a married police detective with whom she’d had an affair and his new romantic interest was sentenced Friday to a year in federal prison.

  • February 2, 2018

    Ex-King & Spalding Atty Says Firing Suit Should Go On

    A former King & Spalding LLP attorney pressed a New York federal judge Thursday to keep alive his wrongful termination suit, saying enough evidence exists for potential jurors to decide he was let go for making an internal complaint about two partners’ ethical conduct.

  • February 1, 2018

    9th Circ. Says High Court Ruling Dooms Milberg Suit

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday it didn’t have jurisdiction over an appeal of a class certification denial for investors suing their former Milberg LLP lawyers, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Microsoft v. Baker in a decision that may completely kill the investors’ case.

  • February 1, 2018

    Ex-NY Assembly Speaker Hires New Lawyers For Graft Retrial

    Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver checked in with a new defense team Thursday before Manhattan U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni, but the 73-year-old defendant's counsel switch did not earn him more time to prepare for his April retrial.

  • February 1, 2018

    Gates' Attys Quit Conspiracy Case After Reported Sidley Hire

    Attorneys for Richard W. Gates III, the indicted business partner of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, on Thursday asked to pull out of representing him in the case a week after reports that Gates had hired a white collar trial and investigations pro from Sidley Austin LLP.

  • February 1, 2018

    FOIA Atty Loses DC Circ. Bid For More Info On FBI Probe

    The D.C. Court of Appeals declined on Wednesday to revive an attorney’s Freedom of Information Act suit against the FBI, upholding a lower court ruling that the bureau had complied with his request for information about its investigation into classified intelligence he received in two underlying suits.

  • February 1, 2018

    Cook County Clerk Appeals Order On Access To E-Filed Suits

    Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown is appealing an injunction that would have required her office to provide instant access to lawsuits filed electronically in the Chicago-area circuit courts by next week, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

  • February 1, 2018

    Board Says Ill. Atty Dishonestly Took Funds From Client

    An Illinois review board has increased sanctions against an attorney who admitted to taking client funds without permission, ruling that the hearing board that initially determined the attorney’s penalty was wrong to say there was no evidence of dishonesty.

  • February 1, 2018

    3rd Circ. Says Lawyer Must Disclose Client List To IRS

    A Third Circuit panel affirmed on Thursday a Pennsylvania district court’s order enforcing two IRS administrative summonses for a lawyer to share client and settlement lists related to his unpaid taxes, rejecting his contentions that the information was protected under Pennsylvania’s attorney-client privilege or under rules of professional conduct.

  • February 1, 2018

    Law360's The Week In Discipline

    A Georgia attorney hit with a six-figure judgment in a civil racketeering suit and a Louisiana lawyer disbarred for misconduct in his previous job as a pill-dispensing doctor lead Law360’s The Week in Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.

  • February 1, 2018

    Bankruptcy Trustee Defends Crane Heyman Malpractice Suit

    The trustee for bankrupt World Marketing LLC told an Illinois federal court Wednesday that World Marketing’s former counsel Crane Heyman Simon Welch & Clar couldn’t duck a malpractice case alleging it gave the company bad advice about the need to warn employees about looming layoffs.

Expert Analysis

  • Increased FARA Enforcement May Lie Ahead

    Daniel Pickard

    The indictment of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates on Monday brings into focus a federal statute not often employed by prosecutors. The Foreign Agents Registration Act, once a little-known law, is now front and center in the national media, say Daniel Pickard and Madeline Cohen of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • The Non-Arbitration Alternative To New York ADR

    Edmund O'Toole

    Corporate transactional attorneys drafting dispute resolution provisions in New York commercial agreements should consider using a provision that would require any dispute arising under the agreement to be determined in accordance with the NY Supreme Court’s Commercial Division and its rules applicable to accelerated adjudication actions, says Ed O’Toole of Venable LLP.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Why Board Certification For Bankruptcy Lawyers Matters

    Michael Fielding

    Given the sheer number of rankings and awards for attorneys, how can a potential buyer of legal services sort the wheat from the chaff? In bankruptcy law, the American Board of Certification provides a readily available layer of protection for both practitioners and their clients, says Michael Fielding of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.