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Texas Lawyer Ordered to Repay $35.7 M

A big-name Houston plaintiffs lawyer has been ordered by an arbitration panel to repay $35.7 million in improper legal fees he charged to some 3,000 plaintiffs he represented in breast…

V&E Matches N.Y. Associate Pay

Vinson & Elkins is the first Texas law firm to announce it will increase pay for new associates to $160,000 a year, matching big firms on the coasts.

Associates get…

Texas Firms Pay $447 K to Defend Judge

Law firms and attorneys in Texas donated $447,000 to help an embattled state supreme court justice defend his integrity, according to recently revealed expense reports.

With the help of these…

DA Wants Judge Investigated

A district attorney in Conroe, Texas, says he will seek a special prosecutor to investigate a judge who jailed a lawyer for missing a hearing.

Montgomery County, Texas, District Attorney…

John Hill, Former TX Chief Justice, Dies

John Luke Hill Jr., a Houston trial lawyer who went on to become Texas attorney general, secretary of state and chief justice of the state supreme court, died today of…

Musical Chairs in El Paso as Firm Folds

One of the largest law firms in El Paso is dissolving, as roughly a third of its lawyers merge with an Austin, Texas, law firm and other attorneys go elsewhere.

Pastor Had Right to Reveal Affair

A pastor had a First Amendment right to disclose a parishioner’s affair to church members, the Texas Supreme Court has ruled.

The court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Peggy Lee…

Illegal Immigrant Rental Ban Blocked

A federal judge has blocked a law that would require landlords in one Texas town to verify that tenants are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants.

U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay…

Disbanded Firm Sued for Malpractice

A disbanded Dallas law firm is facing a $20 million suit for malpractice and breach of contract filed by a former business client that claims lawyers counseled it to accept…

Legal Fees an Issue in Dynegy Case

The case of a former executive at Dynegy Inc. illustrates the importance of company-paid legal fees.

Former Dynegy accountant Jamie Olis maintains he didn’t have the resources to mount an adequate defense against criminal charges after his company ceased paying fees, according to a Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) account of his case. He claims then-U.S. Attorney Michael Shelby pressured the company to stop paying fees.

A civil jury in Texas agreed, ordering the energy company last month to pay $2.5 million in damages for wrongly holding back the fees.

But the verdict came too late for Olis, who is serving a six-year prison term for helping create sham financial transactions.

Lawyer Seeks New Trial in Sex-Cash Case

A Texas lawyer will seek a new trial following his theft conviction for pressuring men for money after they had sex with his wife, who is also a lawyer.

San Antonio lawyer Ted Roberts will argue in his new trial motion that the charges proved by prosecutors did not match those in the indictment, Texas Lawyer reports.

Last week Roberts was sentenced to five years in prison for the crime.

Sex Offender Seeks to Halt Adoption

A juvenile court commissioner in Riverside, Calif., has halted the adoption of a 2-year-old girl named Heaven to consider uniting the child with her sex-offender father.

A Texas couple wants…

Lawyer Jailed for Extorting Wife’s Lovers

Sentenced this week to five years in prison for extorting money from men who had affairs with his wife, a Texas attorney was unrepentent. “It is incredible to me after…

Death Penalty a Killer Joke to Texas Man

The death penalty may be no laughing matter to many. But a condemned man in Texas is asking folks on the outside to send him jokes, so he can select…

Giuliani ‘Stepping Back’ as Practitioner

Rudolph Giuliani’s decision two years ago to become a partner in the Manhattan office of a Houston, Texas, law firm at a point in life when many practitioners are retiring…

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