A former confidant and employee of a widowed Coca-Cola executive’s wife and Atlanta-based Alston & Bird LLP have agreed to end that woman's $35 million Georgia state malpractice suit in a settlement, the plaintiff’s lawyer said Friday.
New York restaurateur Robert Malta has accused his former estate planning lawyers of “egregious” malpractice by failing to warn him about a multimillion dollar tax bill born of a property transfer and estate planning deal, according to a recent New York state court filing.
An attorney for an indicted former Massachusetts senator slammed a move by federal prosecutors to disqualify his co-counsel or examine his files related to defending the politician, telling a federal judge Friday what the government is asking for is unprecedented.
A Massachusetts attorney had his nine-month suspension from practicing law extended to 15 months on Friday after the state's Supreme Judicial Court ruled the counts against him of abuse and misconduct relating to elderly clients' estates warranted harsher penalties given the repeated nature of the acts and his failure to repay excessive fees.
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday suspended a Miami-area attorney for three years for repeatedly neglecting court deadlines and for voluntarily dismissing a lawsuit without contacting his client, who unsuccessfully tried to reach him and had to learn from a friend that her case had been dismissed.
An Indiana lawyer serving two years for bilking a bankrupt grocery store of more than $300,000 after he was appointed its receiver asked the Seventh Circuit on Friday to overturn his conviction, saying the prosecutors who charged him with mail fraud failed to prove his use of mail sought to further his scheme rather than to simply avoid its detection.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday publicly reprimanded an attorney who admitted to taking on a medical malpractice case without prior experience with malpractice cases and later exiting the suit without properly advising her clients.
A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday awarded pretrial relief to an art consultant charged with dodging taxes on a $4 million inheritance, holding that statements made by her on tax returns, as well as her lawyer's statements in a related fight over government demands for foreign bank records, can't be used against her at trial.
K&L Gates LLP and the owner of an oil and gas equipment company are both seeking the dismissal of a legal malpractice suit the executive brought against the firm and one of its partners, the parties told a state district court judge in Houston on Thursday.
As their industry gains acceptance and a greater foothold in the legal marketplace, commercial litigation financing firms are finding themselves not only helping Davids level the playing field, but also Goliaths with respect to better managing risk and deploying their resources more strategically.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is looking into the conduct of some Dentons UKMEA LLP human resources managers that came to light during a gender discrimination dispute last year, a spokesperson for the U.K. legal regulatory body confirmed on Friday.
The Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board filed a formal complaint Thursday against a downstate Illinois judge after he allegedly lied about the whereabouts of a phone that was important to police in the investigation of his ex-roommate's connection to a murder.
Michael Cohen, the personal attorney for President Donald Trump who has found himself in the sights of federal prosecutors, on Wednesday dropped his much-ballyhooed defamation suits in New York state and federal court against BuzzFeed and political intelligence firm Fusion GPS, according to court records.
A Pennsylvania state judge on Thursday lost his bid for an appeal of a decision allowing the federal courts to retain jurisdiction over a lawsuit alleging that he was defamed in a book about an infamous murder trial he presided over in Philadelphia.
Proskauer Rose LLP on Thursday told the Fifth Circuit that a Texas federal judge wrongly denied its bid to end a $1.5 billion suit brought by the receiver for the R. Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme, as the firm argues the attorney immunity doctrine should protect it from an upcoming trial.
An Arizona appeals court on Thursday awarded the bulk of a 33 percent contingency fee from a $500,000 medical malpractice settlement to the firm that originally took the case and spent two years developing it, saying the firm that brokered the deal was unjustly enriched by the original firm's work.
A Dallas-area attorney was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday following his admission to a scam under which he fraudulently obtained more than $26 million from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.
New York gun lawyer John Chambers had few male friends after transitioning from the female to the male gender, and it “broke his heart” when ex-NYPD cop David Villanueva snubbed him by not inviting him to the officer's 2015 wedding, the attorney’s wife told a jury hearing bribery charges against her husband Thursday.
The New York, California and Massachusetts attorneys general joined 17 of their counterparts in urging Congress on Thursday to reject a bill that would shield law firms and attorneys involved in debt-collection litigation from the reaches of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, saying the move would strip away critical safeguards.
A Manhattan law firm on the hook for the money a former client spent suing the firm and a one-time Los Angeles prosecutor accused of hiding the identity of an eyewitness in a death penalty case lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.