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
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