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Legal Ethics

  • 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.

  • July 26, 2018

    Victim In Chicago Police Beating Case Gets $310K In Fees

    An Illinois federal judge awarded $310,000 in fee recoveries Wednesday to a man who successfully sued Chicago police after an encounter that left him in an intensive care unit, though the judge imposed a haircut because he said there were too many lawyers representing the man at trial.

  • July 26, 2018

    Firms Waived Right To Object To Bankruptcy Deal: 9th Circ.

    A Ninth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday that attorneys from Reid & Hellyer APC and Walter Wilhelm Bauer forfeited their right to appeal a court-approved settlement of an involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy, finding they had previously only objected on behalf of their clients, not “explicitly” on their own behalf.

  • July 26, 2018

    NY Atty Beats Suit Over Unsuccessful Med Mal Case

    A New York appeals court on Thursday tossed a suit accusing an attorney of deceiving a client after allegedly bungling a medical malpractice case, saying the client didn’t properly allege that false emails were the reason he lost the case.

  • July 26, 2018

    Texas Power Agency's $1.8M Win Against Lawyer Will Stand

    A Texas power authority's mixed $1.8 million win at trial against its longtime lawyer can't be increased, a state appeals court ruled Thursday, refusing to intercept tens of millions of dollars the lawyer will reap from deals that the utility claims were duplicitous.

Expert Analysis

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funding Bill Lacks Policy Rationale

    Matthew Harrison

    Republican senators recently introduced "The Litigation Funding Transparency Act of 2018" with the purported goal of keeping the civil justice system honorable and fair. However, it would do exactly the opposite by imposing more barriers to entry for claimants trying to bring meritorious lawsuits against massive corporations, says Matthew Harrison of Bentham IMF.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • How To Deal With Insurers’ Litigation Management Guidelines

    Daniel Wolf

    Courts around the country have found insurers' litigation management guidelines to be improper and unenforceable when they impair defense counsel's ability to defend a claim. Policyholders receiving such guidelines should respond promptly to their insurers and proceed to litigation if necessary, says Daniel Wolf of Gilbert LLP.

  • Calif. Attorney-Officials Must Heed AG's Ethics Warning

    Gary Schons

    The California attorney general recently issued an opinion on the conflicts posed when an attorney who serves as a city councilmember has a client with interests adverse to the city. The opinion illustrates that ethical conflicts can arise when a lawyer has a fiduciary relationship, but not an attorney-client relationship, with a person or legal entity, says Gary Schons of Best Best & Krieger LLP.

  • 5 Tips For Defending An Accounting Malpractice Claim

    Nathan Novak

    Having a client who owes the IRS more money than expected because they relied on faulty advice is every tax adviser's worst fear, but nobody's perfect. Tax advisers should consider five factors before conceding liability and reaching for their checkbooks, says Nathan Novak at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.