Texas Pulse

  • Abbott Makes Dallas Division Selections For Business Court

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced two more appointments to the statewide business court on Wednesday, a day after announcing his first picks for the state's newest appellate courts.

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    BigLaw Talent Wars Reach Congressional Oversight Attys

    Demand for experienced congressional investigations attorneys is at an all-time high, leading to lateral hires and the launch of new practices as firms rush to compete with the handful of established oversight market leaders.

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    Behind The Scenes With The Congressional Investigations Bar

    Congressional oversight is a strange beast: part litigation, part politics and part public relations. Oversight veterans spoke to Law360 about what the process looks like and the many pitfalls they try to avoid.

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    Nature Abhors A Vacuum: The Creation Of The Oversight Bar

    Just 15 years ago, congressional investigations were barely regarded as a full-on practice area, even in the D.C. legal world. The 2008 financial crisis — and a few pioneering attorneys — changed all of that.

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    Fox GC Hired At Exxon To Replace Retiring Top Atty

    Exxon Mobil Corp. has chosen the general counsel of Fox Corp. as its next top lawyer, replacing Craig Morford, who has announced his retirement effective July 1, as vice president, general counsel and secretary.

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    Skadden Taps Fried Frank Exec As Its 1st Chief People Officer

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP announced Wednesday that it will soon welcome as its first-ever chief people officer an experienced human resources professional who spent eight years in a similar role at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

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    Law Grads Told To 'Ride The Waves Of Change'

    In debunking a familiar quote shared by Apple's Steve Jobs and comparing working with colleagues to being NFL teammates, 2024 law school commencement speakers asked their future legal colleagues to allow space for their career aspirations to change and not underestimate the impact they can make — both individually and as a community.

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    Texas Firm Accused Of Misclassifying Paralegal As Contractor

    A Texas personal injury law firm misclassified a paralegal as an independent contractor and its director constantly changed the paralegal's time sheets, resulting in unpaid wages, she told a Texas federal court.

  • Jackson Lewis Adds Fisher Phillips Labor Pro In Houston

    Jackson Lewis PC has bolstered its labor and employment practice in Houston with a litigator who came aboard from Fisher Phillips.

  • Abbott Taps General Counsel, Austin Partners For New Courts

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced his first appointments to the statewide business court and the Fifteenth Court of Appeals on Tuesday, roughly three months before the state's newest courts are set to begin taking cases.

  • Spat Over Texas Trial, Vacation Plans Ends With New Date

    A Texas appeals court has dismissed a tech company's mandamus petition stating that a Harris County court scheduled a trial in its case despite several attorney vacation letters after the parties said the trial court moved the date.

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    5th Circ. Won't Adopt Rule On AI-Drafted Docs

    The Fifth Circuit has decided this week not to adopt a proposed rule requiring attorneys to verify that documents were not written using generative artificial intelligence, or if they were, that they were checked for accuracy by humans.

  • Compliance Software Co. Mitratech Acquires HotDocs

    Legal and compliance software company Mitratech Holdings LLC announced on Monday the acquisition of HotDocs, an automated document creation and management platform.

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    Law Firms Roll Back Summer Programs In Tight Legal Market

    Law firms that can't find enough work for the deluge of prospective and newly minted attorneys already on their hands are tightening their pipelines for new talent this season, rolling back their summer associate positions for 2024, according to legal industry experts.

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    What Are Summer Associates Saying?

    Law360 Pulse asked prospective summer associates about how their top-choice firms distinguished themselves from their peers. Here are some of the ways.

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    These Law Firms Are Where Summers Want To Work

    Concerns and anxieties about future job prospects have continued to arise among law students as they find themselves facing reduced success in securing interviews for sought-after summer associateships this year, according to Law360 Pulse's 2024 Summer Associate Survey.

  • Wilson Elser Attys Officially Exit Airline Suit After Filing Gaffe

    A Texas state judge has approved American Airlines' request for the departure of its Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP legal team that blamed a young child for a then-flight attendant's alleged covert bathroom recording, a week after the same lawyers were replaced from a similar suit in North Carolina federal court.

  • Immigration Firm Says Rival Poached Workers And Stole TM

    A Washington immigration law firm specializing in visas for domestic violence and sex trafficking victims is accusing a competing Texas firm of poaching its employees and stealing a Spanish phrase it registered a trademark for — "Arreglar sin salir!" — which translates to "fix without leaving."

  • New State Appeals Court Is Constitutional, Texas Says

    The Texas Health and Human Services Commission asked the state's high court to reject a petition by Dallas County seeking a declaration that the newly created Fifteenth Court of Appeals is unconstitutional, saying the legislature indeed can create an appeals court with subject-matter jurisdiction.

  • Amid FBI Probe, Troubled Law Firm Gets Fees Win At 5th Circ.

    An embattled Texas law firm has won another shot to secure fees for its work on hurricane-related cases in Louisiana, the Fifth Circuit ruled, one day after the FBI revealed it was investigating the firm over its client solicitation practices.

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    Tesla Investors Gearing Up For Thursday Vote On Musk Pay

    Among several hot issues coming up at Thursday's annual meeting of Tesla Inc., investors are preparing for possible confrontation over CEO Elon Musk's pay package.

  • Global Law Firm Experiments With 3 Generative AI Tools

    London-headquartered international firm Ashurst LLP has been experimenting with three different generative artificial intelligence tools and found these tools can help with writing first drafts more quickly and efficiently, according to a report released Monday.

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    McKesson CLO Earned $8.8M In First 3 Months

    McKesson Corp.'s new chief legal officer earned more than $8.8 million in the first few months of her current stint at the healthcare company.

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    Tesla Rips 'Unprecedented' $5.6B Fee Bid In Musk Pay Fight

    Tesla urged Delaware's Chancery Court on Friday to reject a $5.6 billion stock-based fee request by counsel representing investors who blocked Elon Musk's record Tesla pay package, arguing the "unprecedented" fee bid is unreasonable, unwarranted and 17 times larger than any fee award in Delaware history.

  • Judge Agrees To DQ Houston Firm In Fight Over MMA Law

    A Texas bankruptcy judge sided with troubled Houston firm MMA Law and agreed this week that another Houston firm, Okin Adams Bartlett Curry LLP, had received confidential information from MMA Law and should be disqualified from representing its creditors.

Expert Analysis

  • How Firms Can Effectively Evaluate Their Summer Associates Author Photo

    One of the most effective ways firms can ensure their summer associate programs are a success is by engaging in a timely and meaningful evaluation process and being intentional about when, how and by whom feedback should be provided, say Caroline Cimei and Erica Fine at Shutts & Bowen.

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    Talking Mental Health: Life As A Lawyer With OCD Author Photo

    Kelly Hughes at Ogletree discusses what she’s learned in the 14 years since she was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, recounting how the experience shaped her law practice, what the legal industry and general public get wrong about the disorder, and how law firms can better support employees who have OCD.

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly be used by outside counsel to better predict the outcomes of litigation — thus informing legal strategy with greater precision — and by clients to scrutinize invoices and evaluate counsel’s performance, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Librarian Author Photo

    Lisa A. Goodman at Texas A&M University shares how she went from a BigLaw associate who liked to hang out in the firm's law library to director of a law library herself in just over a decade, and provides considerations for anyone interested in pursuing a law librarian career.

  • Legal Briefs Can Benefit From Cleaned Up Case Citations Author Photo

    Federal courts have recently been changing the way they quote decisions to omit insignificant details and string cites, and lawyers should consider adopting this practice to enhance the readability of their briefs — as long as accuracy stays top of mind, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

  • 5 Best Practices For Firms Designing DEI Programs Author Photo

    Nikki Lewis Simon, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at Greenberg Traurig, discusses best practices — and some pitfalls to avoid — for law firms looking to build programs aimed at driving inclusion in the workplace.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs Author Photo

    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Juggle Billables And Other Activities? Author Photo

    While involvement in internal firm initiatives can be rewarding both personally and professionally, associates' billable time requirements don’t leave much room for other work, meaning they must develop strategies to ensure they’re meeting all of their commitments while remaining balanced, says Melanie Webber at Fisher Phillips.

  • Making Legal Cents: How To Adapt As Clients Tighten Budgets Author Photo

    Amid a dip in corporate legal spending and client pushback on bills, Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants highlights specific in-house counsel frustrations and explains how firms can provide customized legal advice with costs that are supported by undeniable value.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents Author Photo

    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • General Counsel And Legal Ops Must Work Together Author Photo

    It is critical for general counsel to ensure that a legal operations leader is viewed not only as a peer, but as a strategic leader for the organization, and there are several actionable ways general counsel can not only become more involved, but help champion legal operations teams and set them up for success, says Mary O'Carroll at Ironclad.

  • 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.

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