After more than an hour behind closed doors today in Lubbock, the State Bar of Texas board of directors voted 42-to-1, with one abstention, to name Trey Apffel, the bar's president in 2014-2015, as the its next executive director.
An attorney disciplinary lawsuit is the latest consequence for an Austin attorney whose abusive litigation tactics in disability discrimination cases already brought a $175,000 sanction and three-year ban from Austin's federal court.
Some Texas lawyers oppose a committee's recommendation for League City solo Trey Apffel to become the next executive director of the State Bar of Texas. But Apffel said that lawyers should give him a chance.
Heartbroken. Disappointed. Stunned. Law students who took a shot at becoming lawyers with the help of an Obama-era immigration program say that's how they feel after the news that President Donald Trump could rescind the program.
A federal district court in Texas has granted an insurer's motion to dismiss bad faith claims brought by plaintiffs who had been awarded more than $500,000 in a personal injury action against its insured.
Editor's Note: Judge Mazzant issued a final ruling striking down the overtime rule. The Texas Federal Judge used essentially the same reasoning on which he based his temporary injunction ruling. In light of this final decision, the appeal of his temporary injunction likely becomes moot.
Many of us remember the old adage: "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Recently the Texas Supreme Court noted in Rogers v. Zanetti, 518 S.W.3d 394 (Tex. 2017): "Legal malpractice is a land of second chances."
We've all seen "clickbait" titles and maybe we've even clicked on a few in our eagerness to be wowed by "revelations" about our favorite celebrities, or perhaps just to see photos of that internet staple – adorable kittens.
Moving from U.S. Marine Corps captain, to prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney's Office, to trial lawyer at international law firm McGuireWoods, K. Knox "Lighthorse" Nunnally has consistently strived to help those in need and honor the people who have shaped him.
Andrew Morriss, the first permanent dean since Texas A&M bought the law school from Texas Wesleyan University in 2012, is moving up to become Texas A&M University's dean of the school of innovation and vice president for economic development.
Robin Gibbs, founder of the litigation boutique Gibbs & Bruns in Houston, recalled being fascinated by the stories about trials told by his uncle, Pat Maloney, a flamboyant personal injury lawyer who was based in San Antonio. "It turned on a switch for me that never reversed itself," Gibb said.
Law firms are finally catching on to the social media craze after years of reluctance that saw companies in other industries strengthen their brands online. A My Case study found that 57 percent of law firms now maintain a LinkedIn presence, 35 percent are on Facebook and 21 percent are using Twitter.
As the first round of the NAFTA negotiations among the United States, Canada and Mexico got underway in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 16, it is not likely the negotiators will do away with the agreement altogether.
"He's a litigator by nature, and a fighter," a former law partner of Sylvester Turner, the Houston mayor, once recalled. Turner, a Harvard Law School graduate who previously worked at then-Fulbright & Jaworski, before co-founding his own firm, is the public face now of Houston's response to Hurricane Harvey. His resiliency is being tested in ways his law partner couldn't have envisioned. Catastrophic flooding from the storm has crippled courts and shuttered law firms. Here are highlights from Turner's ties to the law.
A former State Bar of Texas president, the executive director of a prosecutors' association, a former executive director of a nonprofit that promotes ethics in the legal profession and a past managing partner of a firm's Houston office are among candidates to be interviewed for the bar's top staff post.
Deciding an issue that has divided courts across the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, applying Texas law, has ruled that asbestos is a pollutant for purposes of an insurance policy's pollution exclusion.
The diverse group of Dallas lawyers who came out with a forceful denunciation of white supremacy and antisemitism within days of the violence in Charlottesville had actually been talking about their concerns much longer.
The state's highest criminal court will get a chance to decide whether the special prosecutors appointed in the criminal cases against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton can be paid the $300-an-hour rate they were promised.
The Commission for Lawyer Discipline is seeking to take the law license of an Austin solo who was indicted in a murder-for-hire plot, but instead received deferred adjudication for possessing and intending to deal heroin.
Diverse groups of Dallas lawyers have come together to forcefully denounce the white supremacy, anti-Semitism and violence that led to the death of legal assistant Heather Heyer and the injury of 19 others last weekend.
As a follow-up to a shocking 2016 report showing that one in three lawyers are problem drinkers and one in four have depression, a national task force has made recommendations for law firms, judges, bar associations and law schools to address widespread lawyer well-being issues.
Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, is no longer being represented by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as special counsel and former Wilmer partner Robert Mueller continues his investigation into the Trump campaign's Russia ties.
Mark Womack, a Houston solo who beat back a legal malpractice case after eight years of litigation, said he's gratified that the State Bar of Texas filed a disciplinary lawsuit against the lawyer who represented the plaintiff who sued him.
Understanding third-party service provider relationships and the security risks they present to any organization is an essential element of cybersecurity planning. Bad actors continue to exploit the risks presented by third-party service providers that maintain access to corporate-owned information systems. Over the last several years, companies have found themselves the victim of costly and high profile data breaches occurring as a result of a third-party service provider's security failures. See, e.g., In re Target Corp. Data Sec. Breach Litig., 66 F. Supp. 3d 1154 (D. Minn. 2014); In re: The Home Depot, Inc., Customer Data Sec. Breach Litig., No. 1:14-MD-2583-TWT, 2016 WL 2897520, at 1 (N.D. Ga. May 18, 2016).
When the State Bar of Texas search committee for a new executive director meets Aug. 29 to interview persons who have expressed an interest in becoming the bar's next executive director, the meeting will take place behind closed doors.
How to Successfully Hire Lateral PartnersEvery firm the author meets with has a long list of must-haves when it comes to potential lateral hiring, yet very few have defined their value proposition or can live up to an equally long list of offerings for a lateral partner to considerthem. Here are his suggestions for successfully hiring laterals.
Litigation is time-consuming, stressful and – in our experience – can produce early onset gray hair. But most of all, it's expensive. Oftentimes, very expensive. But there are steps companies can take to control litigation costs and maximize the value of outside counsel.
Republican circuit court Judge Edith Jones on Monday “relentlessly peppered” the Department of Labor on what she viewed as trouble spots in its fiduciary rule's controversial best interest contract exemption during oral arguments in the case brought by nine plaintiffs against the rule, according to Miller & Chevalier attorney Erin Sweeney.
Before Texas law schools open their doors for a new school year in late August, Texas Lawyer reached out to members of law school communities across the Lone Star State, asking for their advice for new and returning students. Students, deans, professors, career services deans and student affairs professionals answered the call.
As general counsel of one of the country's largest auto makers, Sandra Phillips Rogers oversees very busy legal happenings every day, yet she always sets aside time for her passion: making the legal profession more diverse.
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