Legal Ethics

  • March 04, 2024

    Deported Man Seeks Mass. Justices' OK For Zoom Retrial

    A man deported to the Dominican Republic due to convictions that were later vacated asked Massachusetts' high court on Monday for permission to log in via Zoom to the government's retrial of the same charges because there's no legal way for him to attend the trial physically.

  • March 04, 2024

    Vexatious Litigation Claims Can't Transfer, Conn. Court Says

    A construction supplier has no basis for vexatious litigation claims against multiple attorneys, much less a claim for early remedies from them, because the allegations are tied to the company's predecessor and current company can't pursue them, a Connecticut appeals court ruled Friday.

  • March 04, 2024

    Colo. Justices Censure Ex-Judge, Order Him To Pay Fees

    A former state court judge has been censured by the Colorado Supreme Court and ordered to pay nearly $5,000 in legal costs to a disciplinary board that recommended he be reprimanded for exploiting his judicial position for the benefit of his brother-in-law after an alleged domestic violence incident.

  • March 04, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A Swedish music producer's takeover, a proposed award payable in Tesla shares, Truth Social stock squabbles, and an unusually blunt slap down from the bench added up to an especially colorful week in Delaware's famous court of equity. On top of that came new cases about alleged power struggles, board entrenchment, consumer schemes and merger disputes.

  • March 04, 2024

    Ban Lifted On Fed Courts' Admin Staff Engaging In Politics

    The administrative arm of the federal judiciary is allowing the majority of its workers to participate in political activity in their free time, responding to a 2022 D.C. Circuit ruling that prior restrictions were unconstitutional.

  • March 04, 2024

    Suit Says Firm Wrongly Repped Two Parties In Car Crash

    A passenger injured in a car accident in Pittsburgh says attorneys from Goodrich & Geist did not advise him to find separate counsel from the driver of the car he was in and denied him the opportunity to seek damages.

  • March 04, 2024

    Prosecutor Ready To Rebut Account Of Wade-Willis Timeline

    A Cobb County, Georgia, prosecutor can attest that the former law partner of special prosecutor Nathan Wade told her that the romance between Wade and Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis began as early as 2019, one of former President Donald Trump's Georgia co-defendants said Monday.

  • March 04, 2024

    Laptop Dustup Pits Steptoe & Johnson Against Bookkeepers

    A Manhattan federal judge on Monday prodded Steptoe & Johnson PLLC to try to settle claims that it unlawfully exploited the contents of a Pennsylvania accounting and tax concern's laptop, but the law firm's counsel denied it had any such device.

  • March 04, 2024

    North Carolina Grievance Process Fixes Would Empower Attys

    The North Carolina State Bar's grievance process could soon be revamped to include new standing requirements and open-file discovery for the accused under a slate of proposals proffered Monday by a group of lawyers and judges on the State Bar Review Committee.

  • March 04, 2024

    Union Calls For Sanctions Against NLRB In 7th Circ. Dispute

    The National Labor Relations Board should face sanctions for claiming an International Union of Operating Engineers affiliate hadn't challenged the lawfulness of a punch-in policy for strike replacements, the union contended to the Seventh Circuit, saying the local raised arguments on this point during the agency proceeding.

  • March 04, 2024

    NC Law Firm CEO Dies In Crash Amid Stolen Funds Probe

    The CEO of North Carolina-based real estate law firm Washburn Law PLLC, which declared bankruptcy in the midst of an ongoing investigation into millions of dollars in stolen client funds, died in a car crash Saturday.

  • March 04, 2024

    Alston & Bird, DEI Staffer Could Face Contempt In OT Row

    Alston & Bird LLP and a former diversity and inclusion administrator who agreed to end unpaid overtime claims might face contempt rulings after they disregarded the court's requests to submit a settlement agreement, a Georgia federal judge said.

  • March 04, 2024

    Trump's Former Finance Chief Pleads Guilty To Perjury

    Allen Weisselberg, the longtime former financial chief of Donald Trump's real estate business empire, admitted Monday to lying under oath in the New York attorney general's civil fraud case as part of a plea deal to serve five months in jail.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ill. Attys Sued For Defamation Can Still Assert Privilege

    An Illinois appellate panel held Friday that an exception to attorney-client privilege for criminal or fraudulent conduct does not extend to alleged defamation by attorneys, reversing a trial court that applied it to a Chicago attorney and law firm facing a defamation suit from the former senior pastor of an Illinois megachurch.

  • March 01, 2024

    Plaintiffs Blast Prison Health Co.'s 'Potemkin Village' Case

    An attorney for plaintiffs seeking the dismissal of prison health care company Tehum Care Services Inc.'s "Texas Two-Step" bankruptcy case assailed on Friday what he called the "Potemkin village" nature of the debtor during the first day of a trial unfolding in Texas bankruptcy court.

  • March 01, 2024

    Trump Challenges Origins Of Prosecution In Fla. Docs Case

    The special counsel's office prosecuting Donald Trump's criminal case on mishandling classified documents told the Florida federal judge overseeing the case on Friday that his attorneys don't have a viable claim challenging the origins of the prosecution team, arguing that intelligence agencies had no role in determining the charges against the former president.

  • March 01, 2024

    Justices' Trump Immunity Ruling Could Delay Trial Indefinitely

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review former President Donald Trump's claim that he's immune from prosecution for allegedly interfering in the 2020 presidential election could indefinitely delay a trial in the case, attorneys say, by raising additional questions that the courts must answer first.

  • March 01, 2024

    Pa. Supreme Court Snapshot: Judge's Side Gig Vexes Tax Row

    In its first argument session of 2024, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will once again have seven justices on the bench to hear cases concerning issues like a judge taking a second job, following last year's elevation of Superior Court Judge Daniel D. McCaffery to fill the vacancy left by the death of former Chief Justice Max Baer in 2022.

  • March 01, 2024

    Applebee's Atty's 'Mega-Blunder' Warrants Retrial, Court Says

    A Florida appellate panel said Friday that counsel for an Applebee's restaurant made an improper closing statement characterized by one panelist as a "mega-blunder," warranting a retrial of an injury suit accusing the restaurant of causing a customer's slip-and-fall injuries.

  • March 01, 2024

    Fla. Judge Resigns Amid Ethics Charges Over Ex Parte Chat

    A Florida state judge has resigned, ending an ethics case triggered by his allegedly biased ex parte comments to a prosecutor following a Zoom hearing in August.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ga. Judge Will Rule Within 2 Weeks On Bid To DQ Fulton DA

    The Fulton County, Georgia, judge overseeing the election interference case against former President Donald Trump said Friday that, after days of salacious testimony about District Attorney Fani T. Willis' alleged improper relationship, he wants to hear legal arguments about whether the prosecutor should be disqualified.

  • March 01, 2024

    DeSantis Blasts Ousted Florida Atty's Bid To Speed Up Appeal

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed back Friday against an ousted prosecutor's request that the Eleventh Circuit expedite consideration of the governor's petition for a rehearing en banc with respect to a decision reviving the attorney's lawsuit against DeSantis, saying the case has "sweeping implications" for the state.

  • March 01, 2024

    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. 

  • March 01, 2024

    3 Firms Seek $80M In Fees From Real Estate Brokerage Deal

    Class counsel for homeowners who say they paid artificially inflated broker commissions when they sold their homes are asking for about $80 million in attorney fees and $12 million in expenses after they settled with major real estate brokerages.

  • March 01, 2024

    NJ Firm Loses Early Bid To Toss Atty's Fee-Split Row

    A New Jersey state judge on Friday refused to toss an attorney's claims that she's entitled to a nearly $425,000 cut of a foreclosure case settlement from when she served as an of counsel for Katz & Dougherty LLC, ruling that the firm's dismissal motion targeting an alleged "made-up" contract was premature.  

Expert Analysis

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

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    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Verizon Benefits Ruling Clears Up Lien Burden Of Proof

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    A Rhode Island federal court recently ruled that a Verizon benefits plan could not recoup a former employee’s settlement funds from the attorney who represented her in a personal injury case, importantly clarifying two Employee Retirement Income Security Act burden of proof issues that were previously unsettled, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

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    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

  • Opinion

    High Court's Gifts Problem Taints Public Corruption Cases

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    A history of U.S. Supreme Court justices failing to disclose luxurious gifts from wealthy donors coincides with a troubling line of court precedent overturning jury convictions in public corruption cases, indicating that perhaps justices aren't presently fit to be making these decisions, says Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

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    Playing Competitive Tennis Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My experience playing competitive tennis has highlighted why prioritizing exercise and stress relief, maintaining perspective under pressure, and supporting colleagues in pursuit of a common goal are all key aspects of championing a successful legal career, says Madhumita Datta at Lowenstein Sandler.

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    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

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