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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Jones Day's Michael Carvin

IN BRIEF: Days After Gorsuch Nod, Jones Day Files Union Fees Suit

The lawyers who unsuccessfully attempted to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to dismantle 40-year-old case law permitting "fair share" union fees are mounting a new legal challenge in anticipation of President Donald Trump's nominee joining the high court. Plus more in this week's column.

The Dissent Pin.

VOIR DIRE: Pin Your Dissent

By Richard Binder |

A pin in the style of Justice Ginsburg's "dissenting collar," dueling Kylies, and hair today gone tomorrow in this week's column.

Daniel E. Troy, senior vice president and general counsel of GlaxoSmithKline.

In-House Counsel Profile: Dan Troy

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

"By and large, what we really focus on is being good business partners and guardians for the company."

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, addressing media during a meeting with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), on February 1, 2017.

Where Does Judge Gorsuch Fall on IP?

By Howard S. Hogan and Lucas C. Townsend |

The SCOTUS nominee's opinions don't appear to favor alleged intellectual property infringers or owners.

New Yorker Hotel, New York City

IN BRIEF: Union’s Handbill About ‘Bed Bugs,’ NY Hotel Not Defamation

Handbills that said a Manhattan hotel was "infested with bed bugs" but then offered another definition of the pests expressed protected speech and were not defamatory in a labor dispute between the hotel's management and a painters' union, a state judge ruled. Plus more in this week's column.

Bjarne Tellman.

In-House Counsel Profile: Bjarne Tellman

By Sue Reisinger |

"I'm trying to identify the underlying premises that the culture rests on, and to find how to disrupt them."

Pokemon Go.

VOIR DIRE: Pokémon Drive?

By Richard Binder |

Hopes of restored functionality and redesigned flags in this week's column.

Before You Move to Dismiss,
Read This

By J. Nicholas Ranjan |

Across the country, courts are requiring attorneys to talk before they will rule on these motions.

Hatchimals toy.

VOIR DIRE: Unhatched Act

By Richard Binder |

Hatchimals, Kerouac and Capote for kids, and free drinks continue for Belgian MPs in this week's column.

Reggie Davis, DocuSign Inc. general counsel and chief legal officer of DocuSign Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Reggie Davis

By Stephanie Forshee |

"Our mantra is to be the most sought after team in the company, to have people coming in asking us questions. That's been really important."

In-House Counsel Profile: Laureen Seeger

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

"A joy of being in-house is that lawyers often have a seat at the table on strategic issues."

(l-r) Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, and Kim Kardashian.

VOIR DIRE: Mullin' Over Rouge

A decision contoured with makeup puns and a very specific snack thief in this week's column.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

IN BRIEF: Mark Zuckerberg Testifies, Defends Facebook-Oculus Deal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in a Dallas federal courtroom Jan. 17 that he did not buy stolen technology when his company purchased the virtual reality developer Oculus for $2 billion in 2014. Plus more in this week's column.

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his

Lessons for Lawyers From Martin Luther King Jr.

By Douglas S. Lavine |

Dr. King produced two of the greatest persuasive endeavors. Attorneys can learn a lot from his work.


In-House Counsel Profile: Raymond Fortin

By Kristen Rasmussen |

"I serve as a resource to our younger lawyers, and I'll tend to provide advice that cuts across subject matter areas."

Michele Threefoot in her Justice Ginsburg costume.

VOIR DIRE: Supreme Shoutout

By Richard Binder |

A SCOTUS justice for "Superhero Day," somebody's still behind the wheel in the "Drive" lawsuit, and a drug bust is a total bust in this week's column.

Barack Obama at Harvard in 1990.


President Obama's "mixtape," the kombucha comeback in Virginia, and an incompetent bank robber in this week's column.

Jordan Zamir, vice president and general counsel of Minted.

In-House Counsel Profile: Jordan Zamir

"One of the best parts of my role here is that I never know quite what to expect."

Eve Burton, senior vice president and general counsel of the Hearst Corporation.

In-House Counsel Profile: Eve Burton

By Kristen Rasmussen |

"We are a de minimus spender of outside legal fees."


IN BRIEF: A Nutty Brief

The Florida Bar this year filed a complaint against Bernardo Roman III for allegedly making a false 911 call in an attempt to get his opposing counsel in a legal malpractice case locked up. Plus more in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Buzz Kill…

Caffeine influence; the legal legacy of Carrie and Debbie; and maybe the squirrel was a squatter in this week's column.