Texas Pulse

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    Simpson Thacher Taps Trio Of Partners To Lead In Houston

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced Tuesday that it has named three experienced deal-makers as co-managers of the firm's growing Houston shop.

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    As E-Discovery Changes, Existing Disco Clients Spend Less

    Existing customers for the e-discovery vendor CS Disco Inc. spent $11 million less in 2023 than the previous year, according to financial results released in February. This decline in customer spending occurs as experts say some law firms are switching e-discovery providers due to rising costs and frustration from industry consolidation.

  • Law School Diversity Dips Amid Affirmative Action Bans

    Racial diversity among U.S. law school students has dropped by as much as 17% following affirmative action bans in 12 states over the past 28 years, with the biggest reduction in minority shares at the country's top-ranked schools, according to a new study.

  • 4E Can Give Recovered Jackson Walker Fees To Creditors

    The agent administering the confirmed plan of bankrupt hand-sanitizer maker 4E Brands Northamerica LLC received permission Monday from a Texas judge to modify that plan, allowing the agent to distribute fees clawed back from embattled law firm Jackson Walker LLP to the debtor's unsecured creditors.

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    Baker Donelson Adds EY Tax Pro To Houston Office

    A former EY senior manager has joined Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC's tax group in Houston as counsel, the firm announced.

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    Schumer Warns Texas Court Not To Continue Judge Shopping

    The U.S. Senate will consider legislation to curtail judge shopping after the Northern District of Texas' chief judge rejected calls for the district to take steps to end the "odious" practice on its own, the Senate leader said Monday.

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    Nelson Mullins Expands In Texas With New Houston Shop

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has opened its second location in Texas with a Houston office that will initially be made up of 11 litigation and corporate attorneys, the firm announced Monday.

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    Hunton Promotes 11 Attorneys To Partner

    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP announced Monday it elevated 11 attorneys to partner, nearly half of them within the firm's corporate practice.

  • Evidence Issues Make Election Case 'Problematic,' Court Told

    A sitting Harris County criminal district judge told a Texas state court on Monday that a Republican judicial candidate challenging the 2022 election results has built a "problematic" case riddled with evidence flaws as he fought off the woman's bid for a do-over of the election.

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    ConocoPhillips' GC Earned $5.7M Last Year

    ConocoPhillips's general counsel saw her compensation increase yet again in 2023, bringing her earnings to just over $5.7 million for the year, according to the Texas energy giant's latest proxy materials filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.

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    Fox Rothschild Names 9 New Office, Practice Group Leaders

    Fox Rothschild LLP announced new office managing partners and practice group chairs Monday as part of a leadership rotation at the firm.

  • Northern Texas Judges Won't Adopt Judge-Shopping Rule

    Judges with the Northern District of Texas have opted not to make any changes to how cases are assigned, despite a recent letter from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging the district to implement an updated policy aiming to prevent litigants from judge shopping, the district's chief judge said Friday.

  • Houston Firm Says Ex-Atty Lost Chance To Toss Poaching Suit

    A Houston personal injury firm has told a state appeals court to keep in place an order denying an ex-associate's bid to toss its poaching lawsuit under the state's anti-SLAPP law, writing that its former employee waived dismissal rights when he removed the case to federal court.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    The Digital Justice Foundation leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the Tenth Circuit set aside a fair use win for Netflix Inc. in a copyright suit brought by a former zoo employee who livestreamed the funeral of the husband of "Tiger King" star Joe Exotic.

  • KBR Escapes Sanctions Over Atty Doc Mistranslation

    A Texas appellate panel determined that the decision to intentionally mistranslate documents from English to Spanish by a global engineering company's outside counsel wasn't enough to sanction the company as a whole.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Richards Layton's representation of a former CEO with ties to Donald Trump and Best Best & Krieger's work in securing $156 million in infrastructure funding lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from March 15 to 29.

  • Dentons Europe Says Houston Co. Owes $4.7M In Legal Fees

    International law firm Dentons Europe CS LLP has accused a Houston-area company, self-described as a leader in kidnap and ransom resolution and crisis response, of failing to pay more than $4.7 million in legal fees in connection with the development of a port in Africa.

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    Female Bar Presidents On Rising Above Legal Field Barriers

    The National Conference of Bar Presidents recently hosted a webinar titled “Advice From National Women Bar Presidents on Serving the Legal Profession” in honor of Women’s History Month. Read on for advice from three top female legal leaders.

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    Munsch Hardt Shakes Up Several Leadership Positions

    The longest serving chief operating officer in the history of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC is stepping down, with the firm naming an interim replacement for him and also tapping a new general counsel. 

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    GRSM50 Hires Munsch Hardt Shareholder In Houston

    Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP has hired a shareholder from Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC, who is continuing her commercial litigation-focused practice with the firm in Houston, the firm recently announced.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The end of March marked another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw made notable hires and shifted office locations. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Michael Best's Austin Head On Bush Family, Military Lessons

    As he begins leading Michael Best & Friedrich LLP's Austin office, George P. Bush is drawing lessons learned not only from his prominent political family and his own time as Texas land commissioner, but also from his service in the military.

  • Wells Fargo Sued Over Role In Texas Atty's Carbon Tech Scam

    Wells Fargo and an advisory group including an attorney and accountant from California facilitated a yearslong Ponzi scheme that deceived investors to put money into a fraudulent gas industry carbon capture technology venture, according to a proposed class action filed in Texas federal court.

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    What To Know About The Judge Mediating Alex Jones' Ch. 11

    After more than a year of squabbling in conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' high profile Chapter 11 case, a Texas bankruptcy judge appointed fellow jurist U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Edward Lee Morris to mediate the Infowars host's many disputes with creditors, and the mediator's lengthy tenure handling complex commercial insolvencies is likely to be fully brought to bear.

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    Littler Announces New Affinity Group Leadership

    Management-side employment firm Littler Mendelson PC announced new co-chairs for its Bollo affinity group serving Black, African American, African and Caribbean attorneys and their allies on Tuesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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