Texas Pulse

  • Haynes Boone Task Force Tackles New Texas Business Courts

    Haynes and Boone LLP has launched a task force to help clients navigate the business court and additional court of appeal created last year by the Texas Legislature and set to begin operations Sept. 1.

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    Is A Hyperfocus On Profits Hurting Some BigLaw Firms?

    The story has become all too familiar: A large law firm wants to improve its profitability ranking and so pushes out partners at lower billing rates and makes equity partnership increasingly elusive for associates.

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    Akin Elects US, London Duo To Take Over From Veteran Chair

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP said on Tuesday that it has elected the partner in charge of its New York office and a corporate specialist in London to jointly lead the firm as its longtime chair prepares to step down next year.

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    Paul Hastings Continues Texas Growth With V&E Trial Pro

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Tuesday that it has continued its rapid Lone Star State expansion with the addition of a trial and regulatory enforcement partner in Dallas who came aboard after 15 years with Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Smokeball Offers Billing Software Free To Texas Bar

    Legal practice management software provider Smokeball struck up a partnership with the State Bar of Texas that will give all members free access to the company's trust accounting billing software, according to an announcement Tuesday.

  • Microsoft Renews Sanctions Bid Against Texas IP Law Firm

    Microsoft asked a Texas federal court Friday to order Ramey LLP to pay its $100,000 attorneys' fees tab for "vexatiously" pursuing infringement litigation against it, even when the patent plaintiffs firm's now-former client CTD Networks LLC called for it to end.

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    Dykema Adds Texas Insurance Trio From Chasnoff Valkenaar

    Dykema Gossett PLLC announced that it has hired three Texas-based insurance attorneys from Chasnoff Valkenaar & Stribling LLP in some of the state's biggest markets.

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    BigLaw Partner Tours With Punk Band Something Corporate

    Two decades after parting ways with his pop-punk band Something Corporate, Snell & Wilmer commercial finance partner Joshua Partington is going back on the road for the piano rock ensemble’s “Out of Office” reunion tour.

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    Foley Adds 3 Texas Attys From Jackson Walker, Jones Walker

    Foley & Lardner LLP announced Monday that it hired three Texas attorneys including a pair of media and entertainment partners from Jackson Walker LLP.

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    UnitedLex CEO Focuses On Organic Growth, Not Acquisitions

    UnitedLex CEO James Schellhase recently joined the legal services company after serving as the top executive at data management consulting firm Breakwater Solutions. He spoke with Law360 Pulse about his plans for the company.

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    It's A Match! Bumble Promotes Atty To Chief Legal Officer

    Bumble Inc., the parent company of the dating app Bumble, said Monday it had promoted its former assistant general counsel to chief legal officer. 

  • Texas Bar Proposes Limits On Services From In-House Attys

    The State Bar of Texas said in-house lawyers working for companies owned by nonattorneys are barred from providing legal services to the businesses' customers unless the work meets specific criteria because otherwise, the companies run afoul of rules forbidding the unauthorized practice of law, according to a proposed ethics opinion.

  • Ex-OAG Deputy Picked For Houston Division Of Biz Court

    A former Texas deputy assistant attorney general and a Diamond McCarthy LLP partner are among Gov. Greg Abbott's latest picks for the statewide business court, according to a Friday announcement.

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    The Art Of Co-Lawyering For Small Firms And Solo Attys

    Whether it's a peer, a contract lawyer or a robot, small firms need to be cautious and proactive about selecting and working with co-counsel on big litigation, panelists at the California Lawyers Association Solo and Small Firm Summit said on Thursday.

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    Littler Aims To End Theft Suit After $1M Deal With Ex-Firm Atty

    Littler Mendelson PC this week moved to drop a lawsuit accusing a former associate of stealing confidential documents following a settlement in which the firm agreed to pay her nearly $1 million, though a separate, newer case in which the lawyer accuses Littler of violating that deal remains open.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Williams & Connolly LLP and Littler Mendelson PC lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court made it tougher for the National Labor Relations Board to win injunctions against employers.

  • Texas Justices To Weigh Ethics Claims Against Paxton Deputy

    The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to review a lower court's decision to revive an ethics charge against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's first assistant over a failed lawsuit challenging the results of the 2020 election.

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    Anatomy Of A Remote BigLaw Office: Lessons From The Link

    Four years since it launched in 2020, Husch Blackwell LLP's remote office, called The Link, has grown from 50 attorneys and business professionals to more than 700, with around a quarter of the law firm's attorneys practicing as part of the office.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms expanded their reach and the U.S. Supreme Court term heated up. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

  • Chamblee Ryan Gets $1M Legal Malpractice Verdict Tossed

    Chamblee Ryan PC has escaped a $1.1 million jury verdict in a malpractice suit brought by former client JBS Carriers Inc., with a Texas appeals court finding that the food transportation giant failed to submit expert testimony showing that the firm was negligent in failing to settle an underlying car crash lawsuit.

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    All The World's A Stage For Tony-Nominated Dechert Co-Chair

    Mark Thierfelder is not only a Dechert LLP co-chair and partner; he’s also a Tony-nominated Broadway producer up for an award this June 16. Here, Law360 Pulse talks to Thierfelder on how he balances his legal work with his creative pursuits.

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    Law Scholars Hope 5th Circuit Decision Deters More AI Rules

    Several law scholars who spoke with Law360 Pulse agree with the Fifth Circuit's recent decision not to adopt a proposed rule on the use of artificial intelligence in court filings and hope the decision will influence other courts to take a similar approach.

  • Texas Biz Wants $4.7M Fee Dispute With Dentons Tossed

    A Houston-area crisis response business wants a Texas federal court to toss international law firm Dentons Europe CS LLP's complaint accusing it of failing to pay more than $4.7 million in legal fees, arguing the action is deficient and that the dispute belongs in England.

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    Spencer Fane Adds 5-Atty Litigation Team From Sheehy Ware

    Spencer Fane LLP announced Thursday that it has expanded its Houston roster with a team of five litigators who came aboard from Sheehy Ware & Pappas PC, a Texas firm now known as Pappas Grubbs Price PC.

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    Proskauer Business Dev Head Joins McGuireWoods

    McGuireWoods LLP announced that the business development officer at Proskauer Rose LLP joined the firm's Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, offices as its chief marketing and business development officer.

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Expert Analysis

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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.

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.

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