Texas Pulse

  • Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Susman Godfrey LLP and Truelove Law Firm lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after a Texas state jury awarded $287 million to Dutch telecommunications company Koninklijke KPN in a contract dispute with Samsung Electronics Co.

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    Trustee's Office Goes After More Jackson Walker Fees In Texas

    As fallout over the Judge David R. Jones case continues, the U.S. Trustee's Office has filed a flurry of new motions in multiple bankruptcy cases, seeking to claw back fees paid to Jackson Walker LLP and, in at least one case, to reopen proceedings. 

  • Whistleblowers Say Paxton's Bid To Duck Deposition 'Disloyal'

    Whistleblowers accusing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of firing them for reporting suspected wrongdoing urged the state Supreme Court to reject his office's attempt to "derail litigation unilaterally" and avoid deposition in their retaliation lawsuit.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    February ended with a bang as BigLaw made moves and the Supreme Court waded into former President Donald Trump’s legal woes. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Clerk Database Founder On Cruel Judges, Law School Inertia

    This month, the Legal Accountability Project will launch an online clerkship database consisting of more than 800 reviews of state and federal judges. Access will be limited to law students undergoing the clerkship application process and seeking honest assessments of their would-be bosses.

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    A&O, Shearman Name Top Leaders For Merged Firm

    Allen & Overy LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP said on Friday that they had elected the first members of their top management team ahead of their merger in May.

  • Houston Judge Again Declines Recusal In Back Wages Fight

    A Texas state judge again declined to recuse himself in a dispute between a Lewis Brisbois partner and his previous law firm after the partner filed a motion accusing the judge of allowing counsel for a Houston firm to "engage in numerous attacks" against him based on his sexuality.

  • Houston Judge Says Opponent Misstates Law In Election Row

    A Houston state judge suing a political opponent has urged the presiding state court to reject her motion for a pretrial win, arguing that it contains "several misstatements of law and fact," including her assertion that he lacks witnesses to back his claim that she is ineligible for a judgeship.

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    How Aspiring GCs Can Be Sure Their Comp Packages Are Fair

    The beginning of proxy season is upon us, which means we can gain insight into compensation packages for public companies' legal chiefs. But how can lawyers, especially those stepping into their first general counsel role, be sure their own compensation is fair and reasonable?

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    The expansion of law firm footprints in North Carolina and Florida, a couple of homecomings in Minnesota and Sarasota, Florida, and the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation in Houston were among some of the biggest real estate moves for law firms in February.

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    Judiciary Panel Sends 5 Red State Judges To Full Senate

    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance six district court judicial nominees on Thursday, including five from red states.

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    DLA Piper Names New Global Managing Partner

    DLA Piper announced Thursday that partner Richard Chesley will step into the newly created role of global managing partner to oversee the development of cross-border business initiatives and expansion of global relationships.

  • 'Lawyer Cat' Judge, Texas Attys Seek Seats On New Courts

    The state court judge behind 2021's viral "lawyer cat" video along with several prominent Houston attorneys have submitted bids for appointment to the Lone Star State's newest courts, according to records obtained by Law360. Here's a look at some of the attorneys who have thrown their names in the running for the new appointments.

  • Judge Puts Patent Biz, Not Its Lawyer, On Hook For Atty Fees

    A federal judge in Texas on Wednesday opted to punish an alleged shell company, but not its litigious attorney, for asserting patents that were already expired in another failed lawsuit, this time against television maker Vizio Inc.

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    Gov't Attys Must Mind Confidential Info Or Be DQ'd, ABA Says

    Both current and former government attorneys who take on private clients should look out for instances where their possession of "confidential government information" calls for them to be disqualified from representing a client, according to the latest guidance from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, released Wednesday.

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    Coats Rose Atty Fired Over Threatening Letter To Judge

    The Texas law firm Coats Rose PC terminated one of its attorneys believed to have sent intimidating messages on firm letterhead to an immigration judge running for a judgeship in the 151st Civil District Court of Harris County, the firm confirmed to Law360 on Wednesday.

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    Seyfarth Taps Ex-Fenwick DEI Leader For C-Suite Role

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced it has appointed a former Fenwick & West LLP diversity leader who currently instructs on corporate culture at New York University to serve as the firm's chief inclusion and diversity officer.

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    Husch Blackwell Launches AI Practice Group

    Husch Blackwell has launched a cross-practice artificial intelligence group focused on advising clients on regulatory and legal matters related to the burgeoning technology.

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    Behind Benesch's Strategy To Add And Keep BigLaw Laterals

    Mid-sized Ohio-based firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP has become an attractive destination for a certain type of BigLaw lateral partner, attracting a notable number over the past six months from firms such as Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Jenner & Block LLP.

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    MG+M Adds Asbestos Pro In Texas And Calif. From Solo Shop

    Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP has added a partner to its Dallas and San Francisco rosters who boasts extensive experience in asbestos litigation, personal injury and products liability, and who came aboard after more than five years as a solo practitioner.

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    Jackson Walker, Kirkland Again Sued Over Judge's Romance

    Jackson Walker and Kirkland & Ellis LLP have been hit with another lawsuit alleging they were aware of a former Texas bankruptcy judge's relationship with a onetime partner of the former firm and failed to disclose it during proceedings worth millions of dollars.

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    Law Firm Leasing Activity Reaches Pre-Pandemic Level

    Major firm relocations in late 2023, including Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's December deal for a 20-year lease in a midtown Manhattan skyscraper, helped fuel the hottest legal office space market since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    McDermott Appoints 4 Real Estate Leaders in US, Germany

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP announced four new real estate practice leaders on Monday, elevating a longtime partner in Germany and three newer hires in the U.S.

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    Norton Rose Fulbright Taps Atlanta Atty To Lead AI Practice

    Norton Rose Fulbright announced Tuesday that it had formally created an artificial intelligence practice team in the U.S., and that it would be helmed by an Atlanta-based partner who came aboard last year from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Michael Baylson

    Though his standing order on lawyers writing briefs using artificial intelligence — one of the first in the country to address the technology — is fairly broad, Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania says he's "not banning AI."

Expert Analysis

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Recruiter Author Photo

    Self-proclaimed "Lawyer Doula" Danielle Thompson at Major Lindsey shares how she went from Columbia Law School graduate and BigLaw employment associate to a career in legal recruiting — and discovered a passion for advocacy along the way.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Balance Social Activism With My Job? Author Photo

    Corporate attorneys pursuing social justice causes outside of work should consider eight guidelines for finding equilibrium between their beliefs and their professional duties and reputation, say Diedrick Graham, Debra Friedman and Simeon Brier at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Personality Tests And Machine Learning Applications In Law Author Photo

    Mateusz Kulesza at McDonnell Boehnen looks at potential applications of personality testing based on machine learning techniques for law firms, and the implications this shift could have for lawyers, firms and judges, including how it could make the work of judges and other legal decision-makers much more difficult.

  • AI Is Reshaping Lawyering: What To Expect In 2024 Author Photo

    The future of lawyering is not about the wholesale replacement of attorneys by artificial intelligence, but as AI handles more of the routine legal work, the role of lawyers will evolve to be more strategic, requiring the development of competencies beyond traditional legal skills, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Embrace Active Voice In Legal Writing — In Most Cases Author Photo

    Legal writers should strive to craft sentences in the active voice to promote brevity and avoid ambiguities that can spark litigation, but writing in the passive voice is sometimes appropriate — when it's a moral choice and not a grammatical failure, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

  • How AI Legal Research Tools Are Shifting Law Firm Processes Author Photo

    Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Use Social Media Responsibly? Author Photo

    Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.

  • Yada, Yada, Yada: The Magic Of 3 In Legal Writing Author Photo

    Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.

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