August 7, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:42:00 pm Is Indymac just the tip of the iceberg?
August 7, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:25:01 pm Proposed fed policy changes target toxic torts
August 6, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:19:09 pm Texas: The next legal battleground for auction-rate mess?
It's probably just a matter of time before Texas courts play hose to litigation from the $330 billion auction-rate securities collapse of 2008, says Kenneth Johnston of
August 6, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:59:55 pm Letting no good intention go untaxed
August 5, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:19:52 pm East Texas Patent News: Nintendo ponys up $38 million to keep selling Wii and Game Cube
August 1, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:51:40 pm Studies: blogs influence traditional media; search engine optimization works
A study by eMarketer has some surprising findings regarding the way news reporters use blogs in the news-gathering process. According to this survey, nearly 40
On a related note, this law.com story offers a pretty basic primer on the importance of search engine optimization for law firm Web sites. The basic message: spending some time on your website and updating content(including blogs) can pay huge dividends. The piece raises an interesting rhetorical question: if search engine optimization works then why don't more people use it?
August 1, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:38:57 pm Munck Carter expands intellectual property practice
The current state of the economy is causing all kinds of expansion and contraction in the legal world. At Munck Carter, P.C., the firm sees an opportunity to boost its
All three have impeccable credentials. House concentrates her practice in the areas of trademark, copyright, franchising and licensing and counsels clients ranging from restaurants, retail establishments, engineering firms, software companies, wireless service providers and non-profit organizations. Pham focuses on intellectual property portfolio development and patent enforcement, representing clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Roe's practice centers around intellectual property portfolio development and intellectual property litigation. He represents clients in various high-tech industries, including polymer chemistry, medical imaging devices, computer hardware and software, and semiconductor devices.
Munck Carter, P.C. has carved out a practice devoted to trials, transactions and technology. With offices in Dallas and Marshall, Texas, the firm offers full-service counsel in the areas of complex commercial litigation, intellectual property management and protection, corporate transactions and securities, and employment matters. Munck Carter represents clients from start-ups to Fortune 500TM companies.
August 1, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:02:11 pm Congratulations Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel honorees
At McKool Smith, firm principals Doug Cawley, Ted Stevenson and Robert Manley of Dallas; Gordon White and Steve Pollinger of Austin; and Robert Cote of New York are included for their work in intellectual property litigation.
At Gardere, Dallas partners Kenneth R. Glaser, Andre M. Szuwalski and Peter S. Vogel were recognized for their intellectual property work, while Houston partner Jeffrey S. Davis was featured for his civil litigation defense work.
July 30, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:49:08 pm Thompson & Knight opens new green offices at One Arts Plaza
July 28, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:48:06 pm Tapping offshore oil reserves one piece of diversified energy plan
Those waiting for a magic bullet to solve the country's energy woes better settle in for a long wait, says Renato Bertani of Thompson & Knight Global Energy Services. In the meantime, lifting the ban on U.S. offshore drilling is one component that will lead to a diversified energy plan. Despite the promise and excitement of
July 23, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:04:57 pm Subtle workplace inequities explained
Be careful of your thoughts; they become your words;
Be careful of your words; they become your actions;
Be careful of your actions; they become your habits;
Be careful of your habits; they become character;
Be careful of your character; it becomes your destiny
July 23, 2008 by Unknown at 1:31:24 pm More warnings about defective Chinese tire valve stems
We told you previously here about the collosal number of defective Chinese-made tire valve stems rolling down American roads today. The estimated number of these
July 22, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 1:51:12 pm Federal law on trade secrets causing some businesses to self report breaches
July 18, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:37:03 pm Coming soon to your annual report: `Carbox' exposure
Considering that both presumptive presidential candidates are on the record in favor of federal climate-change legislation, many U.S. corporations feel it's only a matter of
July 18, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:42:20 pm Attorney says Google AdWords is selling snake oil
July 18, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 1:40:33 pm Budweiser, King of foreign-owned American icons
Budweiser and the rest of the Anheuser-Busch empire now belong to a European company few on American soil have ever heard of. The $52 billion acquisition creates
July 17, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:31:45 pm Can the law catch up to citizen journalists?
Will the next Woodward and Bernstein be citizen journalists who get the news out via blogs? Bloggers at the political Web site, Room 8, have certainly gotten the
July 16, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:18:05 pm Would you like fries with that motion for discovery? And other fast-food life lessons
For Thompson & Knight associate Kevin Pennell, scooping ice cream at Baskin Robbins at age 14 taught him something about teamwork in a professional context that still rings home. Every time TK partner W. Mark Bennett quickly reads a crowded room or sizes up opposing counsel across a table, he's grateful for the hours he logged at a Chuck E. Cheese in Arlington, wearing a hot and unwieldy rodent costume.
"When you're walking out and you could see the little kid whose birthday it was, you learned how to read a face really fast to know whether they were going to run and hide or run and hug," Bennett told Davis. "Now that's part of my job - to read people, to give clients the best advice we can based on instincts."
That's what I call valuable professional experience. Great journalism? I didn't spit out my Cheerios and yell `Hey Martha!' but the piece made me think a little and sparked some office conversations. And that's more than can be said for many articles that I read. Me? I'm struggling to recall any redeeming life lessons from slinging burgers at Wendy's, except that the long hot and underpaid Austin summer was powerful motivation to finish college. And don't eat the chili.
July 11, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 10:32:28 am Go Forth and Network: More proof that LinkedIn is fast becoming king of the legal directory world
Just a few weeks ago, we reported here about how wildly popular LinkedIn has become among lawyers and law firms, adding roughly tens of thousands of attorneys to its roles each month in 2008. Here's further proof that LinkedIn has emerged as
Finally, a survey of 650 lawyers released last week found that nearly half are already members of some type of online social media network, and more than 40 percent believe online professional networking has great potential. The survey, which was bankrolled by Martindale-Hubbell, concludes that a need exists for a private, online legal network. The survey reports that lawyers are primarily interested in generating client and peer referrals(big surprise there) and are generally frustrated with their ability to stay connected with peers and colleagues. Fifty-four percent of in-house counsel and 41 percent of private-practice attorneys indicated that the ability to link to other attorneys and expand their networks as the most important feature of social media networks like LinkedIn.
July 9, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:56:35 pm Nationally Known Immigration Attorney Kathleen Walker Joins Heady Company to Influence Policy Debate
Attorney Kathleen Campbell Walker has long been an important voice in the national debate over immigration reform through more than 20 years working as an El Paso
July 9, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 11:23:24 am Ruling Upholding Employee Electronic Privacy May Not Have Legs
July 8, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 11:09:18 am Journal of the American Medical Associaton Says `Whoa' to Increasing Use of Wireless Chips in Hospitals
July 3, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:00:37 pm Study: Employers don't need to fear `Cyberslacking'
Whether you're the guy with the name on the door or the one who sorts the mail, chances are you use the Internet connection at work for personal matters, according
July 3, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 1:25:19 pm Distinguished international bar association elects Thompson & Knight attorney as president
A distinguished crowd was on hand as Thompson & Knight partner Jorge G. De Presno-Arizpe was inaugurated as President of the Inter-American Bar Association during a
Mr. De Presno focuses his practice on advising corporations on labor, employment, and Social Security law, including privatization procedures for public corporations. He also has broad experience in collective bargaining negotiations and strike procedures, labor litigation, and counseling at both the state and federal levels.
July 3, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 11:32:56 am Recalled tire valves a hidden risk for millions of motorists
The U.S. Department of Transportation has opened an investigation into faulty replacement tire valves made in China that are now the focus of a nationwide recall. The
According to Consumer Reports, Robert Monk of Orlando, Fla. died when the right rear tire of his 1998 Ford Explorer failed, triggering a rollover crash. The failure of the tire, which was installed in the fall of 2006, has been linked to a cracked Dill TR-413 valve stem manufactured by a subsidiary of Shanghai Baolong Industries for Dill Air Control Products. In March, the Monk family filed suit against Dill Air Control Products, alleging that the defective tire valve stem caused the crash.
To interview Mr. Laird about tire safety issues, contact Bruce Vincent at 800-559-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 2, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:47:00 pm So who reads those law review articles anyway?
Now for the
Texas connection: a law review article on such public nuisance litigation co-authored by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP partners Richard O. Faulk and John S. Gray had an enormous effect on the court’s ruling. You won’t find Alchemy in the Courtroom? The Transmutation of Public Nuisance Litigation and the Michigan State Law Review on the
news rack at Barnes & Noble, but the Supreme Court justices were obviously very familiar with it. The justices referenced the paper on four different occasions in their ruling. Faulk, who chairs Gardere's Litigation Department, calls the ruling a conclusive defeat for the expansion of public nuisance torts that will likely influence a wide range of other industries. "Advocates pursuing public nuisance lawsuits in other contexts, such as climate change, should take special notice of the court's rejection of an activist approach," he says.
July 2, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 1:49:17 pm Scratching the surface of airline industry troubles
July 1, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:25:27 pm A David v. Goliath win for McKool Smith attorneys against a video industry giant
July 1, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 1:25:19 pm Attorney Jane Taber Receives State Bar Writing Award
June 30, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:55:32 pm Philosophically speaking, finding career inspriation in Obama's White House quest
June 30, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:54:54 pm MS Legal Search Among Houston's "Best Places to Work"
June 27, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:30:32 pm Whopper patent settlement of the week: McKool Smith
Intellectual property attorneys at Dallas-based McKool Smith, PC have reached an $83.3 million settlement on behalf of Dallas-based inventory management software
For more information, please contact Bruce Vincent at 800.559.4534 or email@example.com.
June 26, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:09:10 pm News Flash: Family law can be nutty in any country
It was so easy to snicker at this seemingly ridiculous story out of Quebec with the headline, "Court overturns father's grounding of 12-year-old," when the article had just a few graphs and no context. Consider:
A Canadian court has lifted a 12-year-old girl's grounding, overturning her father's punishment for disobeying his orders to stay off the Internet, his lawyer said
The girl had taken her father to Quebec Superior Court after he refused to allow her to go on a school trip for chatting on websites he tried to block, and then posting "inappropriate" pictures of herself online using a friend's computer.
But it's rarely so black-and-white and now a little more difficult to beat up on the judge after Canada's Globe and Mail filled in some of the details that explain this judge's head-scratching ruling. Some of the `complicating factors' can be found here, but suffice to say Canada's family laws are perhaps even more complicated than the ones we enjoy here, and apparently adults going through divorce act just as crazy north of the border.
June 26, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:28:26 pm XM-Sirius merger, so what's the holdup?
It's been a long 16 months and a wild and bumpy ride for stockholders of Sirius and XM since the two satellite radio companies began merger talks. Recent news
June 25, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:28:09 pm $4 Gas Causing Employers to Rethink the Work Week
While folks at The Legal Intelligencer have reported an interesting non-story related to the relentless rise in fuel prices – that lawyers in an unscientific
June 24, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:51:55 pm Barnett Shale Drilling: Some See Green, Some See Red.
June 23, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:58:59 pm Sky-high fuel prices have airline business plans grounded
The painfully high price of oil has really limited the bailout options for airlines on the brink of bankruptcy, says Steve Stapleton, a bankruptcy and aviation industry attorney at Cowles & Thompson. "Airlines have already taken extreme measures and cut their expenses to the bone, but they're still losing money," says Stapleton,
June 23, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:38:47 pm Tossing the bell curve, some law schools opt for new grading system
Stanford Law School soon joins the University of California and Yale University in abandoning traditional A-Fs. The new law school grading method will use a quota system both to recognize academic performance and shift students and professors away from obsessing about grades.
"It reduces the pursuit of grades as the chief concern of students - they're learning for the sake of learning, without choosing courses based on worries whether a professor is a tough grader or not," Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer told the San Jose Mercury News. "Students were too focused on grades, and choosing courses based on grades."
But don't expect most other law schools to follow suit, says legal recruiter Elaine Makris Williams of MS Legal Search. "Only the very top schools can afford to do this," says Williams. "Because Yale, Stanford and Berkeley are among the country's top schools, their graduates are highly recruited by employers. A graduate of a top-tier school is usually more sought after by employers than a ‘top grades' graduate of a lower-tier school." To interview Ms. Williams about trends in legal recruiting, contact Barry Pound at 800-559-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 20, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 11:13:54 am The Advocates, The Hit Men...You Decide
June 19, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:06:54 pm When Don Quixote attacks, call Trey Cox
June 19, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 2:26:24 pm The Social Networking Frontier
So what's an attorney to do? Should you care about Twitter and the opportunity to keep a network of contacts apprised of daily happenings in no more than 140-character messages?. Should a business litigator stoop to the level of Facebook or MySpace?
A confluence of recent news reports indicate that at least one social networking site has emerged as a dominant and potentially useful networking tool that no law firm
• According to legal blogger Steve Matthews, LinkedIn is adding tens of thousands of attorneys to its membership rolls each month.
• Kevin O'Keefe at Real Lawyers Have Blogs reports that there are now more attorneys in the LinkedIn directory than in Martindale.com, lawyers.com and findlaw.com. Many law firms have separate LinkedIn profiles as well.
• Finally, there was news Tuesday that LinkedIn had secured $53 million in venture capital and will likely be rolling out new services in the coming months.
According to the New York Times, LinkedIn is now valued at $1 billion and has seen its membership swell in the last year to 23 million members. The Times reports: "...The average age of a LinkedIn user is 41, the point in life where people are less likely to build their digital identities around dates, parties and photos of revelry. LinkedIn Gives professionals, even the most hopeless wallflower, a painless way to follow the advice of every career counselor: build a network. Users maintain online resumes, establish links with collegues and business acquaintances and then expand their networks to the contacts of their contacts."
June 18, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 9:49:33 am They are the Defenders
Reporters and editors at the Dallas Business Journal recently set out to answer a variation of one of the eternal questions that inevitably surfaces when two or more attorneys are present at a cocktail party: Who's the best business-litigation defense attorney out there?
The 2008 list of "The Defenders"(subscription only) in this week's edition was compiled based on outside nominations followed by an internal vetting by the DBJ staff.
Congratulations to this year's honorees:
Rodney Acker, Fulbright & Jaworski
Chris Akin, Carrington Coleman
Jerry Beane, Andrews Kurth
George Bramblett, Haynes and Boone
Trey Cox, Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox
David Elrod, Elrod PLLC
Gregory Huffman, Thompson & Knight
Kenneth Johnston, Kane Russell Coleman & Logan
James Jordan, Munsch Hardt
Lewis LeClair, McKool Smith
Tom Melsheimer, Fish & Richardson
Retta Miller, Jackson Walker
Yvette Ostolaza, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Joel Reese, Winstead PC
Marcos Ronquillo, Godwin Pappas & Ronquillo
June 13, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:54:28 pm Barnett Shale Oil Fight: Sayles Werbner attorneys cry foul over treatment of minority contractor
ICC Energy is the largest African-Amderican-owned marketer of natural gas in Texas and had invested more than $3 million in the bidding process. The lawsuit charges that D/FW Airport's longstanding policy of awarding contracts only to companies that commit to utilizing minority-and women-owned businesses made Chesapeake's association with ICC Energy vital to securing the drilling lease, among other things.
June 11, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 11:24:47 am Stranger than Fiction: Attorney Mark Werbner on Short List for Legal Writing Contest
Werbner, cofounder of Dallas-based Sayles Werbner, is a veteran trial attorney who has handled some of the country's most notable cases during his 30 years of practicing law. His courtroom victory in a $200 million contract dispute between members of the de Boule mining family was been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the top defense victories last year. I can see a screenplay-in-the-making for his efforts to strike a blow against terrorism by going after their financing sources, a case that has already received national media attention.
June 6, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 10:51:50 am Thompson & Knight climate change attorney: cap-and-trade legislation down but not out
Federal climate-change legislation may be dead in the water this year following today's Senate vote, but attorney SCOTT DEATHERAGE says it's now only a matter of time before Congress passes such a cap-and-trade system for U.S. industries to limit carbon emissions. Deatherage, who leads the Climate Change
June 5, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 4:09:36 pm E-mails confirm a child welfare system unprepared for FLDS challenge
Even outsiders sensed that the state's child welfare system was wholly unprepared to handle the seizure of hundreds of children following the raid on a polygamist ranch in Eldorado. Recently released e-mails between Texas child welfare, law enforcement and other government officials following the raid paint a picture of a state system in disarray, says attorney BETSY BRANCH of Dallas-based McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing. Branch and other attorneys at the Dallas family law firm
June 3, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:13:27 pm Silent for generations, Attorney Marcos Ronquillo unearths ranching dynasty secret
May 22, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 10:53:20 am Dallas Lawyer Steve Stodghill Hits the Big Screen Again
Location scouts for "Karma Police" were searching for the quintessential big-city law office for filming when they approached attorney STEVEN H. STODGHILL, widely known for the ecclectic collection of art and memorabilia he maintains in his downtown office. By the time the discussions wrapped up, Steve had negotiated his way into a speaking part in the movie, his name in the closing credits and even got to name his character, Buddy Love, in honor of his all-time favorites, Jerry Lewis's character in "The Nutty Professor." This marks Steve's second role in a feature film. In the 2006 movie, "The Wendell Baker Story," starring Luke and Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and Eva Mendes, Steve played the part of a lawyer, Otto Brinker. In real life, Steve embraces the role of a successful attorney. He is a principal in the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson P.C., where he represents companies and individuals in a variety of complex commercial litigation and intellectual property matters.
April 18, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:22:56 pm NFL Draft: Windfalls for Young Players Now, Financial Headaches Later
Dallas sports attorney DARYL WASHINGTON has some sobering advice for the young and gifted collegiate football players soon to be offered piles of money and a chance at NFL stardom. The massive windfalls that the select few collegiate players receive may seem like plenty of dough, but studies show that only a fraction of pro football players end their careers with their fortunes intact, says Washington of Dallas' Shackelford, Melton & McKinley. "When they finally hang up their cleats, some 80 percent of professional football players are heavily in debt or broke, on drugs or facing other major life hurdles, usually because they've never been taught how to manage their lives," he says. "The NFL should require business internships and teach them about collective bargaining. They should teach players how to win in life, not just on the field." To interview Mr. Washington about professional athletes, contact Rhonda Reddick at 800-559-4534 or email@example.com.
April 18, 2008 by Robert Tharp at 3:05:31 pm Jet Fuel Prices Cause Turbulence for Struggling Airlines
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