Texas Pulse

  • Lexitas Acquires Calif. Records Retrieval Co. Kopy Kat

    Litigation services company Lexitas announced on Wednesday its acquisition of Brea, California-based Kopy Kat, marking the second purchase of a records retrieval business by Lexitas this year.

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    Skadden Promotes 21 Attorneys In 2024 New Partner Class

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has promoted 21 of its attorneys to partner, a 12.5% decrease from 2023, when 24 attorneys became partners.

  • Sen. Durbin Urged To Pass Legislation To Curb Judge Shopping

    A coalition of more than 20 organizations have called on Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to curtail the use of judge shopping through legislation and oversight because they believe more is needed beyond the Judicial Conference of the United States' latest action to curb "right wing" influence over the courts. 

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    Despite Atty Losses, Lewis Brisbois Says '23 Was Its Best Year

    Following the exodus of over a hundred employment lawyers to the short-lived Barber Ranen last summer, a stream of attorneys has been departing Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP to join other firms that are expanding into new regions. The firm’s leader tells Law360 Pulse, however, that the firm is on solid footing and had its “best year yet.”

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    Kirkland Lands Former SEC Enforcement Leader In Dallas

    A former leader in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's regional office in Fort Worth, Texas, has moved to Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Dallas office, the firm announced on Wednesday, strengthening Kirkland's government, regulatory and internal investigations practice group.

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    Epstein Becker Adds 6-Atty Healthcare Team From Nossaman

    Epstein Becker Green announced Wednesday that it has bolstered its healthcare and life sciences practice with a six-attorney team from Nossaman LLP, including two who served as co-chair of their former firm's healthcare practice group.

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    Cole Schotz Launches Life Sciences Practice Group

    Cole Schotz PC has launched a life sciences practice group led by two attorneys with intellectual property expertise, with the firm saying the practice formalizes and structures work the firm is already doing for clients.

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    Task Force Releases New AI Guidance For Courts

    The National Center for State Courts' artificial intelligence rapid response team has released more interim guidance on how courts can start experimenting with AI and what they should consider about platforms using the technology, the center said Wednesday.

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    Akin Adds Former Hunton Energy Leader In Houston

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced Wednesday that it has bulked up its Houston roster with a partner who previously led the energy transactions practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Houston Firm Ditches Proposed Data Breach Class Action

    A Texas federal judge threw out a proposed class action accusing Fleming Nolen & Jez LLP of waiting a month to disclose a cyberattack that exposed more than 100 clients' protected health information, citing the lead plaintiff's admission that she didn't even know if any of her data was compromised.

  • Winston & Strawn Launches Low-Cost Legal Services

    Winston & Strawn LLP announced Wednesday the launch of a low-cost legal solutions option to compete with alternative legal service providers.

  • BigLaw Recruiter's Bid To Ditch $6M Ruling Fails At 5th Circ.

    A BigLaw recruiter is on the hook for more than $6 million for stealing trade secrets and breaking a noncompete agreement with his former employer after the Fifth Circuit ruled client details taken by the recruiter were confidential information.

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    Firm Mergers Up In 1st Quarter Compared To Last Year

    Law firm merger activity has increased in 2024, with the uptick likely to continue, according to a new analysis.

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    Simpson Thacher Appoints 2 Banking And Credit Leads

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced Tuesday the appointment of two veteran partners as co-heads of its banking and credit practice.

  • Adams And Reese Can't Use Free Speech Law To Avoid Suit

    In finding that a Texas free speech law does not shield Adams and Reese LLP from a malpractice suit brought by an electrical subcontractor, a state appellate court said Tuesday that it was the law firm's alleged "failures to communicate" that is at issue.

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    Halliburton CLO Earned More Than $6.1M In 2023

    The chief legal officer for Halliburton Co. has made the ranks of the oil service company's highest paid executives, earning over $6.1 million in total compensation in 2023, according to the company's proxy statement filed Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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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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Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Law Firm Cybersecurity Should Not Get Lost In The Cloud Author Photo

    A recent data leak at Proskauer via a cloud data storage platform demonstrates key reasons why law firms must pay attention to data safeguarding, including the increasing frequency of cloud-based data breaches and the consequences of breaking client confidentiality, says Robert Kraczek at One Identity.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Opinion

    Attorneys Should Have An Ethical Duty To Advance DEI Author Photo

    National and state bar associations are encouraging attorneys to apply diversity, equity and inclusion practices in the legal profession and beyond, and these associations should take it one step further by formally recognizing ethical duties for attorneys to promote DEI, which could better the legal profession and society, says Elena Mitchell at Moore & Van Allen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • Mentorship Is Key To Diversity In The Legal Industry Author Photo

    Not only can effective mentorship have a profound impact on women and people of color entering the legal field, but it also benefits mentors and the legal profession as a whole, creating a true win-win situation for all involved, says Natasha Cortes at Grossman Roth.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

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