Legal Ethics

  • February 16, 2024

    Texas Justices Ax ADA's Defamation Suit Against Newspaper

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday reversed a state appellate decision in a case involving a small-town newspaper, an infamous wrongful conviction and a publicly snubbed assistant district attorney, ruling that the case should have been dismissed and that the Polk County Publishing Co.'s characterization of the assistant DA was legal.

  • February 16, 2024

    Ex-Ohio Judge Indefinitely Suspended For Felony Convictions

    The Ohio Supreme Court indefinitely suspended a former judge for the Buckeye State's Marion County Court of Common Pleas Friday, after he was convicted on two felony counts arising from a car crash that occurred while he was still on the bench.

  • February 16, 2024

    Kwok Trustee Files RICO Claims As Judge Extends Deadlines

    Alleging bankruptcy fraud, money laundering and other claims, the Chapter 11 trustee overseeing the $374 million bankruptcy of Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok has filed a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations complaint against Kwok's relatives, his onetime attorney and others, including two companies connected to Donald Trump aides.

  • February 16, 2024

    NY AG Tells Firm To Stop Misleading Uber, Lyft Drivers

    New York Attorney General Letitia James' office put a New York City law firm on notice Friday, warning in a cease-and-desist letter that the firm must immediately stop proffering unnecessary legal services to "help" Uber and Lyft drivers secure funds, for a fee, stemming from a November New York Labor Law settlement.

  • February 16, 2024

    Baker Donelson Won't Owe Profits To Ponzi Scheme Victims

    A Mississippi federal judge has limited certain damages Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC may have to pay in a federal receiver's suit claiming the firm allowed a Ponzi scheme to unfold in one of its offices, but left the door open for other types of damages.

  • February 16, 2024

    Client Says NJ Atty's Math Error Cost Him $276K In Divorce

    A New Jersey lawyer and his firm have been hit with a malpractice complaint in state court alleging a mathematical error deprived their former client of around $276,000 in his divorce settlement.

  • February 16, 2024

    Paxton Prosecutor Steps Down After Row Over Pretrial Deal

    One of two appointed prosecutors overseeing a securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told a state court judge Friday that he is stepping down from the case, citing a disagreement over whether the state's chief legal officer should be allowed to resolve the charges through pretrial intervention.

  • February 16, 2024

    No Coverage For Conn. Firm's Malpractice Fight, Insurer Says

    The law firm Evans & Lewis LLC and partner Douglas J. Lewis should lose a breach of contract suit against their malpractice carrier because they were already in the early stages of battling a professional misconduct claim when the relevant policy went into effect, the insurer told the Connecticut Superior Court in seeking summary judgment.

  • February 16, 2024

    Judge Trims Ex-CFO's Sex Bias Claims Against Anderson Kill

    A New York federal judge on Thursday trimmed sex bias claims from a former chief financial officer's disability discrimination lawsuit against insurance recovery law firm Anderson Kill PC, while denying the firm's request to disqualify the former executive's counsel.

  • February 16, 2024

    Trump Atty Didn't Go 'Rogue' In Pushing Club NDA, Court Told

    A former server suing a Trump Organization golf club over a nondisclosure agreement that she was allegedly illegally induced to sign by one of Donald Trump's lawyers has urged a New Jersey state court to keep her suit alive, arguing that the club's motion to dismiss relies on "absurd" arguments.

  • February 16, 2024

    Littler Hit With DQ Bid For Wielding Mistakenly Produced Doc

    Littler Mendelson PC has gained an "unfair advantage" and should be booted from defending a Florida pharmacy services company for using an inadvertently produced, privileged document in a deposition last week, a woman suing the company for whistleblower retaliation said.

  • February 16, 2024

    Trump Owes $355M For Fraud That 'Shocks The Conscience'

    A New York state judge on Friday found Donald Trump, his adult sons, his companies and longtime executives liable for a decadelong valuation fraud conspiracy, ordering the defendants to disgorge $364 million in ill-gotten gains to the state, plus interest, with the former president on the hook for the lion's share.

  • February 16, 2024

    Fulton DA DQ Hearing Wraps With Fight Over Privilege

    The evidentiary hearing in Georgia over whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis should be removed from the case against former President Donald Trump and his allies has concluded for the time being, a judge said Friday after nearly seven hours of testimony.

  • February 16, 2024

    Ex-DOJ Official Wants Witnesses Barred From DC Ethics Case

    Jeffrey Clark, who was an assistant attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department under President Donald Trump, has asked a District of Columbia ethics panel to block fellow former DOJ officials from testifying in a disciplinary proceeding resulting from his alleged role in promoting the former president's bogus stolen election claims.

  • February 15, 2024

    Kirkland Fights Uphill To Get Atty's Info From 2 BigLaw Firms

    A California federal magistrate judge appeared skeptical Thursday of Kirkland & Ellis' bid to subpoena confidential personnel information from a former IP associate's prior employers Paul Hastings LLP and Fish & Richardson PC in Kirkland's defense against her discrimination suit, telling counsel the requests seem overbroad and "at best marginally relevant."

  • February 15, 2024

    Trump Asks Justices To Give Time For DC Immunity Appeal

    Donald Trump made a final plea Thursday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a D.C. Circuit panel's ruling that he is not immune from federal charges of interfering in the 2020 presidential election, slamming special counsel Jack Smith's bid to get on with the former president's trial.

  • February 15, 2024

    Ex-ArentFox Client Tentatively Denied Conflict Case Discovery

    A California state judge tentatively ruled on Thursday that government contractor Peraton Corp. cannot get discovery for ArentFox Schiff's work for a business rival around the time it represented Peraton, saying since the discovery bid relates to an arbitration provision in Peraton's retainer, what happened after it was inked is irrelevant.

  • February 15, 2024

    Atty Must Be Tried Alongside Ex-Hawaii DA, Feds Say

    Prosecutors have urged a federal judge not to sever a lawyer from a criminal case against former Honolulu top prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro and others, saying she was a "primary" facilitator of a prosecution-for-donations conspiracy.

  • February 15, 2024

    Baker McKenzie Can't Send Malpractice Suit To London

    An Illinois state appeals court has rejected a push by Chicago-based Baker McKenzie to transfer to London a legal malpractice suit accusing the international law firm of botching a client's bid to reacquire a coal mine in Russia, saying in a 2-1 decision that Cook County has an interest in deciding the case even if the alleged misconduct stems from attorneys in a Russian member firm.

  • February 15, 2024

    NJ Atty Beats Greater Damages Bid Over Hotel Project Loan

    A New Jersey attorney won't have to face an additional $9.5 million in damages in a suit over a mishandled escrow agreement related to the development of a luxury New Mexico hotel, a federal judge has ruled.

  • February 15, 2024

    Ex-Atty Who Lied To Grand Jury About Frauds Gets 6.5 Years

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced a disbarred lawyer to six and a half years in prison Thursday for his 14-year, $17 million real estate Ponzi scheme, for laundering insurance scam proceeds and for his "unheard of" step of lying to a grand jury.

  • February 15, 2024

    Reed Smith Wants To Shield Internal Probe In Bias Suit

    Reed Smith LLP urged a New Jersey federal judge Thursday to seal an internal investigation report as the firm fights a long-running age and racial discrimination suit brought by a former paralegal, arguing her pro-se motion to unseal the report was "untimely and largely nonsensical."

  • February 15, 2024

    Cole Scott Faces DQ Bid In Fla. Crash Suit Over Atty

    Cole Scott & Kissane PA should be booted from representing the defendants in a car wreck lawsuit because it failed to disclose that a firm attorney formerly represented the plaintiff in a different crash case that has become an issue in the current one, the plaintiff told a Florida federal court Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    4E Agent Floats Plan To Hand Disputed Atty Fees To Creditors

    The Chapter 11 agent for hand sanitizer maker 4E Brands Northamerica LLC has asked a Texas bankruptcy judge to approve a modified reorganization plan that would allow unsecured creditors to recover fees that Jackson Walker LLP may be forced to disgorge over an ethics scandal involving a former partner.

  • February 15, 2024

    LA Attorney Says The Barnes Firm Owes Him About $6M

    In litigation related to the now-defunct personal injury giant Cellino & Barnes, a California attorney is arguing that successor law firms defrauded him during severance negotiations and now owe him about $6 million.

Expert Analysis

  • 1st Tax Easement Convictions Will Likely Embolden DOJ, IRS

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    After recent convictions in the first criminal tax fraud trial over allegedly abusive syndicated conservation easements, the IRS and U.S. Department of Justice will likely pursue other promoters for similar alleged conspiracies — though one acquittal may help attorneys better evaluate their clients' exposure, say Bill Curtis and Lauren DeSantis-Then at Polsinelli.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • What Panama Canal Award Ruling Means For Int'l Arbitration

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    As the prevalence of international arbitration grows, the Eighth Circuit’s recent decision in Grupo Unidos v. Canal de Panama may change how practitioners decide what remedies to seek and where to raise them if claims are rejected, says Jerry Roth at FedArb.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Alleged $636M Deal Error Highlights Ethics Considerations

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    Adelman v. Proskauer, a malpractice suit that allegedly arose from a cut-and-paste error resulting in potential damages of $636 million, presents an intriguing juxtaposition of facts and legal issues — and practical ethical considerations for transactions attorneys, says Richard Leisner at Trenam Law.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Alleged $636M Deal Error Shows Value Of Old-School Methods

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    Though Proskauer Rose has now settled claims involving a copy-paste error in deal documents that could have resulted in $636 million in damages, the debacle reminds attorneys that classic revision methods using paper copies can help avoid drafting errors and actually save time in the long run, says Richard Leisner at Trenam.

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