As the courts continue to cope with the pandemic and the current delta variant surge, flexibility is the watchword of the moment for any trial lawyer.

That’s my takeaway from a conversation I had Monday with Michele Johnson, the global chair of the litigation and trial department at Latham & Watkins, and her partner Peter Wald. The pair scored a defense verdict last week for client NextGen Healthcare Inc. in Orange County, California, in an unusual state court securities case the company was facing from former board member Ahmed Hussein. You can read the details about Hussein’s novel $400 million “holder” claim against the company, which was formerly known as Quality Systems, over at the “On the Case” column my friend and former colleague Alison Frankel writes for Reuters.