Legal Ethics

  • December 5, 2017

    Ex-Dolphins Coach Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Paul Weiss Suit

    An attorney for former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner told an Eleventh Circuit panel Tuesday that attorney Ted Wells and his firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP distorted facts in an investigative report that blamed him for fostering a culture of bullying and taunting a player who ended up leaving the team.

  • December 5, 2017

    Tressler Partner Sues Atty For Bungling Move From Old Firm

    A former Freeman Freeman & Smiley LLP partner has filed suit in California state court alleging attorney Daniel O'Reilly and his firm O'Reilly & Roche LLP, which specializes in partner departures, bungled negotiations during his exit from FFS.

  • December 5, 2017

    Morgan Lewis May Face DQ Over 'Sticky' Conflict In Wage Suit

    A California federal judge said Tuesday he’s considering disqualifying Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP from representing Interstate Hotels & Resorts Inc. in a wage suit after three potential class members testified that the firm represented both them and Interstate during their depositions, creating a conflict the judge called “a sticky mess.”

  • December 5, 2017

    Allentown Mayor Can't Dodge Corruption Charges

    A Pennsylvania federal court judge denied an attempt by the mayor of Pennsylvania’s third largest city to throw out corruption charges against him on Tuesday, ahead of his trial in January.

  • December 5, 2017

    Fugitive $550M Social Security Fraudster Returned To US

    Honduran officials announced Tuesday that they have extradited Eric C. Conn, a fugitive Kentucky lawyer who fled the U.S. after pleading guilty to his role in a $550 million Social Security fraud scheme and was recently captured following six months on the run.

  • December 5, 2017

    ND Tribe Member Fights Fee, Interest Bids In Royalty Beef

    A Three Affiliated Tribes member and his current attorney are challenging a pair of requests made by Enerplus Resources Corp. in its $3 million royalty overpayment dispute, telling a North Dakota federal court Monday that the requested attorneys' fees are excessive and the oil and gas exploration company isn’t entitled to prejudgment interest.

  • December 5, 2017

    Crocs Wants Apology For Repeated Lawsuits

    Crocs Inc. asked a Nevada federal judge for sanctions on Monday against a Canadian footwear company, including an apology, arguing that this is the third time it has improperly sued Crocs to obtain litigation leverage in separate proceedings and a “free pass” for disparaging media coverage.

  • December 4, 2017

    Level Global Exec Fights Insider-Trading Raid At 2nd Circ.

    Level Global Investors LP founder David Ganek asked the Second Circuit on Friday to rethink its October dismissal of his claim that a 2010 insider-trading raid violated his rights, saying evidence used to justify the raid was fabricated and shouldn’t be shielded by probable cause established from other information.

  • December 4, 2017

    High Court Won't Hear Ex-Kan. AG's Suspension Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline's challenge to the indefinite suspension of his law license for misconduct in probing abortion providers, marking the second time the high court has declined to weigh in on the issue.

  • December 4, 2017

    Immigrant-Duping Calif. Atty Charged With Felony Theft

    A disbarred immigration attorney on Monday pled guilty in a California state court to 15 felony counts of grand theft for defrauding citizenship-seeking clients and agreed to pay them $371,709 in restitution, according to an announcement from state attorney general Xavier Becker.

  • December 4, 2017

    NJ Atty Sued After Appeal Nixing $102M Child Abuse Verdict

    A New Jersey lawyer has been slammed with a state court lawsuit alleging that he mishandled litigation in which a state appeals court tossed a $102 million verdict issued against the state’s child protection agency over severe injuries suffered by a boy at the hands of his father.

  • December 4, 2017

    Fla. Bar Wants Ex-President Off $11.4M Antitrust Suit

    A former Florida Bar president should not continue representing a traffic ticket services startup suing the organization and a law firm for $11.4 million for allegedly undermining its business, the bar told a Florida federal court, arguing the use of confidential legal information he received in that role violates a fiduciary duty.

  • December 4, 2017

    Blasingame Burch Freed From Ex-Client's Pelvic Mesh Suit

    A West Virginia federal judge on Monday tossed a suit against Blasingame Burch Garrard & Ashley PC by a pelvic mesh class member who said she was pushed into a settlement and the money became property of her bankruptcy estate, saying a different court already settled the question of whose property it was.

  • December 4, 2017

    Judge With Alzheimer's Who Let Clerk Hear Cases Pushed Out

    The Illinois Courts Commission on Friday retired a Cook County judge who revealed her Alzheimer's diagnosis after an incident in which she allowed her law clerk to don a judge’s robe and adjudicate several traffic cases, rejecting her argument that she was “effectively retired” and that such a removal action is unnecessary.

  • December 4, 2017

    UF Blocked Law Professor's Sabbatical Pay, Jury Told

    Counsel for a University of Florida law professor told a Florida jury during Monday opening statements that the school promised the professor a paid sabbatical to settle a discrimination lawsuit, but violated the deal by blocking Boston University from paying him $102,000 to teach during the sabbatical.

  • December 4, 2017

    Prosecutor Accuses Texas County Of Racial Discrimination

    A former prosecutor with the Tarrant County, Texas, district attorney's office sued the county in state court Monday claiming she was consistently passed over for promotion because she is black.

  • December 4, 2017

    FBI Pressured Witness With Surprise Visit, Greebel Atty Says

    An attorney for former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel told the New York federal judge overseeing his fraud trial Monday that federal agents had improperly pressured a potential defense witness by arriving unannounced at his apartment door.

  • December 4, 2017

    3rd Circ. Upholds Fees To Atty In Pa. Gaming Inquiry Row

    The Third Circuit on Monday upheld a ruling requiring two businessmen associated with a Pennsylvania casino project to pay the legal fees of an attorney who they accused in an ultimately unsuccessful lawsuit of sabotaging their dealings with state gaming regulators.

  • December 4, 2017

    Accused Film Scammer Says No Atty Conflict Over Trump Ally

    A California man accused in Manhattan federal court of stealing $12 million from film investors said Monday he is sticking with his lawyer, Walter Mack of Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack, despite a prosecution letter suggesting Mack could face a conflict because of his work representing President Donald Trump's ex-lobbyist Rick Gates in Washington, D.C.

  • December 1, 2017

    New Docs Dispute 'Not Qualified' Rating For 8th Circ. Pick

    In documents Eighth Circuit nominee L. Steven Grasz has provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Husch Blackwell LLP senior counsel denies he ever violated a state statute in a Nebraska judicial selection process, a claim made at a hearing last month by the American Bar Association, which also deemed Grasz "not qualified" for the post.

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.

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • Testing Judicial Control Over Attorney Conduct At Depositions

    Mark Shifton

    While few depositions feature such entertaining colloquies by counsel as are found in Corsini v. U-Haul, obstructive conduct at depositions continues to run rampant in many circles. And courts are increasingly open to taking a greater role in policing improper conduct, say Mark Shifton and Mila Shtelmakher of Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.