Texas Pulse

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    Thompson Coe Atty Is Starting His Own Plaintiffs Firm

    Houston trial lawyer Will Moye, who has defended clients such as the Houston Astros, Chevron and Ford Motor Co. against personal injury and product liability claims, announced he's switching sides and will launch his own firm representing injured plaintiffs.

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    Texas Litigation Firm Watts Guerra Splits Up In 'Restructuring'

    Texas-based mass tort and personal injury law firm Watts Guerra LLP announced that it has split into separate entities as of this week as part of "a strategic and collaborative restructuring."

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    Legal Event Organizers Stress Efforts To Deter Harassment

    Legal conference organizers have told Law360 Pulse that they are committed to fostering safe and inclusive events, and some changes have been made following recent accusations of sexual harassment and assault at legal events.

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    GoDaddy Taps Match Group's Top Lawyer To Fill CLO Seat

    The head lawyer at Match Group will soon leave the online dating app creator for the chief legal officer position at GoDaddy, both companies said Thursday.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw expanded its reach and big names made headlines after court. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Trustee Balks At Retroactive Atty Hire In Infowars Ch. 11 Case

    The Office of the U.S. Trustee opposed a retroactive retention of a law firm for the bankruptcy trustee in the Chapter 11 case of Alex Jones' Infowars radio show production company, saying there is no justification for failing to file a retention application for more than a year.

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    These Firms Are Leading In Patent Litigation Work

    A Houston-based intellectual property firm filed the most patent suits over the last three years in the U.S., while a well-established boutique again took the top spot as the firm defending the most patent litigation during the same period, according to a new Lex Machina report.

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    Pierson Ferdinand Added 104 FisherBroyles Attys In January

    As of the end of January, a total of 104 partners had departed FisherBroyles LLP to join breakaway law firm Pierson Ferdinand LLP, according to an announcement by the new firm, which opened its doors at the beginning of the year.

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    Squire Patton Bankruptcy Ace Joins Baker Botts In Dallas

    Baker Botts LLP announced Thursday that it has added a new financial restructuring partner in Dallas who spent much of his career with Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

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    How Ex-Silicon Valley Bank GC Moved From Law To Business

    Catherine Ngo has risen from a self-described shy high school student who sat in the back of the class to a private practice attorney in Texas and California, to general counsel at Silicon Valley Bank and to CEO of Central Pacific Bank. And she believes the challenging times — the failures of companies, even — are when people learn the most.

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    Jackson Walker Adds Real Estate Pro In Austin From Winstead

    Jackson Walker LLP has strengthened its land use practice group in Austin, Texas, with the addition of a senior counsel who came aboard from Winstead PC.

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    Latham Overtakes Kirkland In Financial, Personnel Ranking

    Latham & Watkins LLP topped legal market intelligence provider Leopard Solutions' 2023 Law Firm Index and maintained a perfect score for over half a year on the ranking, overtaking last year's top firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which dropped to third.

  • Texas Bar, Sidney Powell Trade Jabs Over Each Other's Errors

    The Texas bar's disciplinary arm on Wednesday sought to keep alive its efforts to sanction embattled former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, as both sides told a Texas appeals court that while the other had made fatal errors, their own mistakes were innocent flubs.

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    Jackson Walker Steps Down From 4E Ch. 11 Amid Fees Probe

    Jackson Walker LLP, the firm at the center of a legal ethics scandal over the undisclosed relationship between a lawyer and a bankruptcy judge, has stepped down as Chapter 11 counsel to hand sanitizer maker 4E Brands Northamerica LLC as a Texas bankruptcy judge considers revoking $800,000 in legal fees paid to the firm in the case.

  • 5th Circ. Makes Case Holds For Rehearing Publicly Available

    Holds issued in cases before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will now be visible to the public, according to an order issued by the court this week.

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    Locke Lord Shakes Up Internal Leadership Roles

    Locke Lord LLP on Wednesday unveiled a number of new leadership shifts, appointing attorneys to new roles on its executive committee and board of directors, and adding new management to two offices.

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    Lathrop GPM Adds 8-Person IP Team In Dallas

    Lathrop GPM LLP is continuing its wave of recent expansion this winter by hiring an eight-person intellectual property team in Dallas from Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC.

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    Baker Botts Gains IP Litigators In Houston, SF From Orrick

    Baker Botts LLP announced Wednesday that it has fortified its intellectual property department with patent litigators in Houston and San Francisco, both of whom are joining from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

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    Hunton Taps Mayer Brown Energy Ace As US Oil & Gas Leader

    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP announced Wednesday that it has brought on the former leader of Mayer Brown LLP's Houston corporate group to lead the firm's U.S. oil and gas practice.

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    Legal Tech Companies Raise Pay To Attract BigLaw Attorneys

    Legal technology companies have discovered their secret sauce for selling their software to lawyers: recruit other lawyers as sellers.

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    Compensation, Work-Life Balance Keep Associates At Firms

    Above all else, associates value compensation, work-life balance and career path opportunities when they're deciding whether to remain at their firms, according to a new study conducted by the NALP Foundation that was unveiled Tuesday.

  • Houston Firm Lied About Document Retention, Appraiser Says

    A state court judge on Tuesday agreed to extend the discovery period in a $115,000 contract dispute between an insurance appraiser and a Houston law firm but declined to rule on whether the office should be sanctioned over allegations that it lied about how long it retained client files.

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    Ex-Bankruptcy Judge Taps McKool Smith Amid Ethics Scandal

    Former Texas bankruptcy Judge David R. Jones has hired McKool Smith to represent him in the lawsuit that revealed his longtime romantic relationship with a Jackson Walker LLP attorney and sparked a major judicial ethics scandal.

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    Client Conflicts Drive BigLaw Vets To Form Texas Boutique

    Frustrated by client conflicts hampering their opportunities, a group of BigLaw oil and gas attorneys from Alston & Bird LLP and Holland & Knight LLP have launched Texas litigation boutique Vartabedian Hester & Haynes LLP, with the growing firm already having more work than lawyers available.

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    Dechert Elevates Product Liability Leaders On Both Coasts

    Dechert LLP has appointed two partners in New York and Los Angeles to lead its product liability and mass torts practice, elevating Douglas Fleming and Jay Bhimani to co-chair roles.

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Expert Analysis

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    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.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • 3 Reasons To Embrace Jargon In Legal Marketing Content Author Photo

    Ignore what you've been told about jargon — adding insider industry terms to your firm's marketing and business development content can persuade potential clients that you have the specialized knowledge they can trust, says Wayne Pollock at Law Firm Editorial Service.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Law Students Build Real-World Skills? Author Photo

    Allison Coffin at Akin Gump discusses how summer associates going back to school can continue to develop real-world lawyering skills by leveraging the numerous law school resources that support professional development both inside and outside the classroom.

  • How Firm Leaders Can Build And Sustain Culture Author Photo

    In uncertain and challenging times, law firm leaders can build and sustain culture by focusing attention on mission, values and leadership development, and applying a growth mindset across their firms, says Scott Westfahl at Harvard Law.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

  • Opinion

    CLE Accreditation Should Be Tied To Learning Outcomes Author Photo

    Given the substantial time and money lawyers put toward mandatory continuing legal education, CLE regulators and providers should be held to accreditation standards that assess learning outcomes, similar to those imposed on law schools and continuing medical education providers, says Rima Sirota at Georgetown Law.

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