Texas Pulse

  • Texas Commission Accuses 2 Of Illegally Repping Immigrants

    A Texas state bar committee accused two Houston residents of representing noncitizens in immigration proceedings, saying in a lawsuit that the pair are not licensed to practice law.

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    Crowell & Moring's Sponsorship Initiative 10 Years Later

    It's been more than 10 years since Crowell & Moring LLP launched its Sponsorship Initiative — one of the first of its kind in the legal industry — to help retain and advance the careers of women, LGBTQ attorneys and attorneys of color at the firm.

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    7 Things To Know About Reed Smith's New Managing Partner

    Reed Smith LLP announced Tuesday that it is appointing its global head of legal personnel to become the firm's global managing partner, making her the first woman in its history to hold that position.

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    Hawkins Parnell Appoints New Labor & Employment Chair

    Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP announced Thursday that it has chosen one of its longtime partners to become chair of its labor and employment practice group.

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    White & Case Adds 3 Top Litigators From Bracewell In Texas

    A trio of experienced litigation attorneys, including a practice group co-chair, have decamped from Bracewell LLP to White & Case LLP in Houston.

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    Remote Data Collection Big Challenge For Businesses

    The hardest challenge for most corporations and service providers when collecting data during an investigation is gathering data from mobile devices, chat applications and remote employees, according to a recently released report from Israeli digital intelligence company Cellebrite Enterprise Solutions.

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    BCLP Adds Ex-Baker McKenzie Diversity Leader As I&D Head

    The former North American manager of diversity recruiting strategies at Baker McKenzie has joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP as its U.S. head of inclusion and diversity.

  • Personal Injury Atty Won't Pay Client's Medical Bill, Suit Says

    A Texas medical provider says it is owed north of $336,000 by a personal injury attorney and his client for procedures incurred based on promises of payment with the eventual settlement money, claiming in court that the lawyer reversed course by refusing to pay while profiting from the treatment provided.

  • Harris County Prosecutor Resigns After Racist Tweets Surface

    A Harris County, Texas, prosecutor who came under fire earlier this month after past offensive tweets resurfaced has resigned from the district attorney's office, saying that his presence in the office has become a "distraction" and "larger than the office itself" and has prevented Black women, in particular, from feeling protected.

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    State Court Center Launches Courthouse Space Tool

    The National Center for State Courts has developed an online questionnaire to help reexamine building space and provide guidance on courthouse space planning, alongside a contest to help promote the best redesign of space, the group said in a news release Wednesday.

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    Insurance Attys Join Thompson Coe In Houston, San Antonio

    Business litigation firm Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP has strengthened its Texas offices with the addition of two partners who boast extensive experience in the insurance sector.

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    How Attys Are Using AI In E-Discovery To Search For Feelings

    More e-discovery companies are building artificial intelligence tools to detect negative and positive sentiments as well as certain emotions in documents, which can help attorneys more quickly identify key communications when investigating potential wrongdoing.

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    Jones Day Appoints New Leadership To Corporate Practice

    Jones Day announced that it has appointed new leadership to the firm's corporate practice.

  • Foe Calls Lewis Brisbois' Motion In TM Case 'Embarrassment'

    A man being sued by Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP told a federal court Tuesday that its bid to revoke his Pacer access was a "profound embarrassment to anyone who calls themself a lawyer" and was indicative that the firm's attorneys "do not know what they are doing."

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    Reed Smith Leader Moves To Nonprofit For Migrant Children

    Reed Smith LLP's longtime managing partner is leaving the firm to become the top lawyer for Kids In Need of Defense, a nonprofit that represents children who are unaccompanied migrants or separated from their families, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • Jerry Jones' Atty In Paternity Suit, A State Senator, Gets Stay

    A Texas state legislator who is also the attorney for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a paternity lawsuit won a stay of the proceedings while a Lone Star State appeals court considers whether he should have time to meet his state Senate obligations this spring.

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    Winstead Adds Real Estate Pro From Wick Phillips

    Winstead PC is growing its real estate team with a Wick Phillips PC real estate development expert as a shareholder in its Fort Worth, Texas, office.

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    3 BigLaw Firms Partner On Southern U. Legal Workshop

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP, DLA Piper and Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC recently took part in a three-day legal academy for students at the Southern University Law Center, partnering with pharmaceutical company AbbVie as it considers launching a series of similar workshops.

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    Eversheds Fills Executive Role, Promotes 20 Attys Across US

    Eversheds Sutherland has elected a New York partner to its executive team, promoted one attorney to partner and elevated 19 others to counsel, the firm said Monday.

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    Orrick, Buckley Firm Heads Talk Merger Decision

    After announcing a merger last week, the heads of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and financial services, government enforcement and litigation firm Buckley LLP spoke with Law360 Pulse about how the merger came to be, the benefits that clients can expect, and what they are looking forward to in 2023.

  • Legal Tech Cos. Disco, Icertis Lay Off Staff

    Layoffs have continued to spread in the legal technology sector, with two of the largest and most well-known software players recently downsizing their workforces.

  • High Court Won't Take On Texas Atty's Tax Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a Texas attorney's fight to escape a conspiracy conviction connected to a client's $1.1 million in unpaid taxes despite his claims that the federal jury didn't receive instructions on how the Internal Revenue Service goes about collections, according to a denial issued Monday.

  • Texas Pain Clinic Says Personal Injury Attys Never Paid Up

    A pain clinic in Dallas is suing a group of personal injury attorneys who it says owe it hundreds of thousands of dollars the attorneys won in judgments or settlements representing uninsured injury victims who deferred payment for medical care they received.

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    Axiom Starts Arizona Law Firm, Names Managing Partner

    Legal staffing and legal services provider Axiom launched an Arizona-based law firm called Axiom Advice & Counsel, or AA&C, on Monday, months after securing an alternative business structure license from the state.

  • Litigation Funding Co. Sues Texas Firm Over $2M Debt

    A Houston-based litigation funding company is taking one of its former customers to court on the grounds the law firm failed to pay back roughly $2 million it borrowed nearly a decade ago.

Expert Analysis

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Priorities For Improving The Legal Industry In Texas Author Photo

    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Relay Shortcomings To Associates? Author Photo

    Michael Cohen at Duane Morris discusses the best ways to articulate how an associate is not meeting expectations, and why documentation of performance management is crucial for their growth and protecting the firm from discrimination suits.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • Why Interdisciplinarity Is Key To Designing The Future Of Law Author Photo

    The legal profession faces challenges that urgently demand new solutions, and lawyers and firms can address this by leaning on other industries that have more experience practicing, teaching and incorporating innovation into their core business and service models, says Jennifer Leonard at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Incorporating ADA Guidance Into Lawyer Wellness Movement Author Photo

    The Americans with Disabilities Act and rules of professional conduct may help the legal profession promote lawyer well-being by focusing on mental conditions' actual impact, rather than on associated stereotypes, says Alex Long at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can New Partners Generate Business? Author Photo

    Christine Wong at MoFo discusses how newly elected partners can prioritize business development by creating a strategic plan with the firm's marketing team and strengthening relationships with professional and personal networks.

  • 9 Writing Tips From The Justices' Opinions Last Term Author Photo

    Hidden in the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions from the last term are each justice’s talents for crafting choice turns of phrase, highlighting best practices for attorneys to jump-start their own writing, says Ross Guberman at BriefCatch.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

  • Opinion

    Law Firms Stressing Work-Life Balance Are Missing The Mark Author Photo

    Law firms struggling to attract and retain lawyers are institutionalizing work-life balance through hybrid work models, but such balance is elusive in a client services and tech-dependent world, underscoring the need for firms to instead aim for attorney empowerment and true balance within — not outside — the workplace, says Joe Pack at Pack Law.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • Burnout Prevention Requires Effort From Attys And Firms Author Photo

    To avoid physical and emotional exhaustion, attorneys must respect their own and their colleagues' personal and professional boundaries, but law firms must also play a role in discouraging burnout culture — especially if they are struggling with attorney retention, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

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