Expert Columns

VOIR DIRE: Full of It

By Richard Binder |

A man poses as a Secret Service agent to get girls, and a river becomes a person in this week's column.


Discovery Rules Reinforced in Complex Litigation

By William D. Savitt |

Even inadvertent destruction of evidence can lead to sanctions. And boilerplate objections may draw ire.

Don Liu, Target general counsel

In-House Counsel Profile: Target Corp.'s Don Liu

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

"Every aspect of the trade I learned through practice."

Alston & Bird opens new San Francisco office. L-R Bo Phillips, Jeff Tsai, Teresa Bonder and Michael Agoglia.

IN BRIEF: Alston Raids Reed Smith, MoFo for San Fran, LA Offices

Atlanta-based Alston & Bird has scooped up financial services litigator Michael Agoglia from Morrison & Foerster and a seven-lawyer class action defense team led by Robert "Bo" Phillips Jr. from Reed Smith to open a San Francisco office and expand its Los Angeles office. Plus more in this week's column.

Brad Feuer, Barnes & Noble general counsel

In-House Counsel Profile: Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Brad Feuer

By Stephanie Forshee |

"It's really important to understand the industry you work in."

Wilfredo Ferrer.

IN BRIEF: US Attorney Ferrer Jumps to Holland & Knight

Outgoing U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida Wifredo Ferrer is joining Holland & Knight as a partner in its Miami office, leading the firm's global compliance and investigations team. Plus more in this week's column.

Leprechaun Movie Still

VOIR DIRE: Drawing Blood

By Richard Binder |

Vampire-leprechaun hybrids and punctuation in this week's column.

William Appleton, SVP and GC of the The E.W. Scripps Company.

William Appleton: From Baker & Hostetler to GC of E.W. Scripps

By Kristen Rasmussen |

The senior vice president and general counsel of E.W. Scripps Co., William Appleton advises one of the nation's largest independent television station owners.

Not the pants in question.

VOIR DIRE: Heat of the Moment

By Richard Binder |

Literal pants on fire; a claim of bad sportsmanship; and a tribute to Big Poppa in this week's column.

Travis LeBlanc

IN BRIEF: Boies Schiller Bags Another Ex-Obama Lawyer

Boies Schiller Flexner, a firm with longstanding ties to Democratic causes, has added two lawyers leaving the federal government for its office in Palo Alto, California. Plus more in this week's column.

Representing the Nonbiological 'Parent'

By Barbara Handschu and Mary Kay Kisthardt |

When clients seek custodial rights, attorneys should obtain details on involvement with the child.

FTC Study Takes a Look at Merger Remedies

By Janet McDavid, Logan Breed and Robert Baldwin |

In 2015, 25 deals that the agency or DOJ believed would violate antitrust laws got the OK to proceed.

Target Corp. is among the retailers that received letters from the New York attorney general's office requesting information on their on-call practices for employees.

IN BRIEF: Target Puts FTC’s ‘Made in USA’ Claims to Bed

Federal trade regulators have dropped their investigation into Target Corp. over pillows that were advertised as "Made in USA" but were, in fact, manufactured in China. Plus more in this week's column.

Rankin Gasaway, SVP, GC and Secretary, 7-Eleven.

Big Gulp of Legal Work for 7-11 GC

By Kristen Rasmussen |

As a member of 7-Eleven's seven-member executive committee, Rankin Gasaway leads a team of 15 lawyers, including multiple real estate and franchise specialists working on its "aggressive expansion" of 300 additional stores in 2017.

David Green, Global Payments.

In-House Counsel Profile: David Green

By Kristen Rasmussen |

David Green, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Global Payments Inc. of Atlanta, which processes credit card transactions for merchants and banks, talks about his role.

IN BRIEF: Stage Set for $112.5M Fee Fight in NFL Concussion Case

Although the NFL concussion litigation has ended in a $1 billion settlement, a new dispute has kicked off as the players' attorneys rush to score a piece of the $112.5 million pot of legal fees. Plus more in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Humble Pie

By Richard Binder |

The president of Iceland draws the line at pineapples on pizza. Plus: a 911 on (8+29) x 15 in this week's column.

Snuggie store website.

VOIR DIRE: Blanket Claims

By Richard Binder |

Is a Snuggie a blanket or a garment? The question is finally settled. Also in this week's column: The two-second rule is laughed out of a Providence court.

Rachel Lindsay

IN BRIEF: Texas Trial Lawyer Will Be Newest 'Bachelorette'

Dallas trial lawyer Rachel Lindsay, a daughter of U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay of Dallas, will soon look for love and a husband as the "bachelorette" on the ABC reality program "The Bachelorette." Plus more in this week's column.

Alex Dimitrief, senior vice president & general counsel of General Electric Co.

In-House Counsel Profile: Alex Dimitrief

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

"There are still times where I can be a valuable sounding board for my team, so my primary goal is to be there for them when they need me."