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Legal Ethics

  • December 6, 2018

    Law360's The Week In Discipline

    A disbarred Louisiana lawyer dogged by a history of stealing from law firms and a Utah lawyer facing multiple disbarments lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.

  • December 6, 2018

    NJ Firm Ducks Ex-Client's Malpractice Suit Over Biz Deal

    New Jersey firm Morris Downing & Sherred LLP scored appellate victories Thursday against a former client who was also a business partner of one of its attorneys, with a state appeals panel sinking the client’s malpractice suit and affirming that he owed the firm fees for decades of services.

  • December 6, 2018

    Pa. Justices Snub Duane Morris Malpractice Suit Revival Bid

    In an order made public Thursday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court shot down a Philadelphia-based attorney's bid to revive a lawsuit accusing Duane Morris LLP of botching its work on a case over a failed deal to acquire an undersea fiber optic network.

  • December 6, 2018

    NJ Atty Suspended For Doing Little To No Work For Clients

    New Jersey’s highest court has suspended an immigration attorney for three months following allegations the lawyer collected tens of thousands of dollars from clients over long periods of time while performing little to no work on their cases.

  • December 6, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Ogletree's Evan Moses

    Ogletree's Evan Moses uses unconventional strategies to boost the firepower of his class action practice, including a homegrown Monte Carlo algorithm, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 5, 2018

    3 Men Connected To Global Pump & Dump To Plead Guilty

    Three defendants connected with the alleged mastermind of a global pump-and-dump scheme are expected to plead guilty in Boston federal court to conspiring to commit securities fraud, according to plea agreements that have been filed. 

  • December 5, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Wants Part Of Stanford Ponzi Claim Axed

    Greenberg Traurig LLP told a Texas federal judge on Tuesday that recent precedent from the Fifth Circuit dooms a claim that it actively participated in convicted Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford’s plan to dupe investors out of billions of dollars.

  • December 5, 2018

    Baker McKenzie Botched Bid To Reclaim Russian Mine: Suit

    Baker McKenzie fumbled a U.K. private equity firm's attempt to reclaim a coal mine that was illegally transferred a family close to a Russian governor and failed to mention that having well-connected clients would compromise the firm's best interest, a suit filed in Illinois state court claims.

  • December 5, 2018

    Firm Doc Supports Claims In $18B Award Row: Saudi Heirs

    A group of Saudi individuals have continued to argue that their suit seeking to enforce a nearly $18 billion arbitral award issued in a dispute over oil fields should be preserved, telling a Texas federal court that a publication from King & Spalding LLP shows that their suit against a unit of Saudi Aramco is not frivolous.

  • December 5, 2018

    Atty Wants To Send Ex-Partner Fee Row To Mass. State Court

    An attorney sued over unpaid fees by a former partner who was suspended after serving time for an assault conviction filed a motion Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court to remand the case to state court after retaining new counsel that argues federal courts no longer have jurisdiction over the matter.

  • December 5, 2018

    Robert Shapiro Faces Deposition Over LegalZoom Claims

    Courtroom star Robert Shapiro will have to answer deposition questions about ads in which he claimed to have “created” LegalZoom.com, a San Francisco arbiter said Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    US Trustee Faults Fee Info In Sears' Request For IP Law Firm

    The U.S. Trustee’s Office has asked a New York bankruptcy court to reject Sears Holding Corp.'s request to retain boutique law firm McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd. to handle intellectual property matters unless it gets more information on what the firm will be paid.

  • December 5, 2018

    Fla. Court Sanctions Atty For 'Egregious' Attacks On Judges

    A Florida state appeals court sanctioned a foreclosure defense attorney Wednesday for filing briefs that digressed into an attack on the court's integrity, which they said violated not just Florida Bar rules but also “the most elementary norms of civility and professionalism.”

  • December 5, 2018

    2nd Circ. Backs Cowan Liebowitz In Ticket Inventor Appeal

    An inventor-attorney “unequivocally” started the clock on filing a malpractice suit against Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC when she accused the firm of misusing her ideas for a "premium" concert event ticket and threatened legal action 16 years ago, a Second Circuit panel said Tuesday.

  • December 5, 2018

    Hospital Plan Rips 'Overreaching' $2.4M Fee Bid In ERISA Suit

    The retirement plan for a Montana hospital told a federal judge Tuesday that a request for $2.4 million in attorneys’ fees was “grossly excessive” after a $293,946 settlement resolving claims that the plan flouted the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • December 5, 2018

    Yacht Co. Blasts Comerica Sanctions Bid In $4.4B Suit

    An attorney and a Canadian yacht-building company accused by Comerica Bank of pursuing a "scurrilous" $4.4 billion racketeering lawsuit sought to sink the bank's sanctions bid in Florida federal court Tuesday, labeling it a "ludicrous submission" that plays with facts that pushed the company to seek bankruptcy protection.

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Canning Whistleblower Wasn't A Fiduciary Breach: 9th Circ.

    A Ninth Circuit panel offered a mixed ruling Tuesday in a U.S. Department of Labor suit against a union's former business manager accused of conspiring with his lover — the union benefit funds' attorney — to force out a whistleblower, deciding that retaliation occurred but not a fiduciary breach.

  • December 4, 2018

    Ark. Judge Cut From Death Penalty Cases Turns To High Court

    An Arkansas state court judge blocked from hearing death penalty cases after he participated in two anti-death penalty events has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging procedural points in the Eighth Circuit’s decision to toss his suit.

  • December 4, 2018

    Objector Atty Targeted With RICO Suit Says Edelson Set Trap

    A Texas attorney facing a lawsuit filed by Edelson PC in Illinois federal court over claims that he uses the class action objection process to extort class counsel slapped the plaintiffs’ firm with counterclaims Monday, accusing Edelson of running its own fraudulent scheme.

Expert Analysis

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • How Employers Can Address Secret Workplace Recordings

     Jackie Ford

    Secret recordings allegedly made by President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen and former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman provide a useful vehicle for reviewing the ethics and legality of surreptitious taping, and may be instructive for employers concerned about limiting such recording in the workplace, says Jackie Ford of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.