Expert Columns

Hillary Clinton waves to supporters on Roosevelt Island after announcing she will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, while her husband, forrmer president Bill Clinton, watches from behind. June 13 2015.

INADMISSIBLE: Big Firms Pay Big Bucks for Clinton Talks

Hogan Lovells, Latham & Watkins and White & Case were among the group of firms that paid $1.75 million into Hillary and Bill Clinton coffers. Plus more in this week's column.

The submerged escape vehicle.

VOIR DIRE: Carted Away

An object lesson in escaping the scene of a crime; battling over a Picasso bust; and party out of bounds in this week's column.


Lateral moves, new arrivals, and a new practice group in this week's column.

The Defend Trade Secrets Act is More of the Same

By Lewis R. Clayton |

Among the few changes created by the new law are seizure procedures and employee job mobility.

Bill Cosby

IN BRIEF: Cosby to Stand Trial

Sexual assault charges against Bill Cosby have been held over for trial, a Pennsylvania magisterial district judge ruled May 24. Plus more in this week's column.

Matt Jacobs, general counsel of Black Duck Software.

In-House Counsel Profile: Black Duck Software Inc.'s Matt Jacobs

By Richard Acello |

"We're a global enterprise. There's always people who are at work someplace, so I'm available if there's anything I can address to keep the wheels of commerce moving forward."

With Jurors, Make Sure Goodbye Means 'Forever'

By Aaron S. Bayer |

A pending decision from the Supreme Court shows how problems arise when a jury is recalled.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaking at The American Law Institute's Annual Meeting, held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, in Washington, D.C. May 16, 2016.

INADMISSIBLE: Sotomayor Pushes Mandatory Pro Bono

"I believe in forced labor" when it comes to improving access to justice for the poor, she said during an appearance at the American Law Institute's annual meeting in Washington. Plus more in this week's column.

Eric Roeder.

In-House Counsel Profile: Blizzard Entertainment Inc.'s Eric Roeder

By Richard Acello |

"I don't hire firms, I hire lawyers and I'll follow lawyers I like from firm to firm."

VOIR DIRE: The Shining

A not-so-neighborly war over a glaring big-screen TV; a suit over backyard chickens; and everybody wants some credit in this week's column.


Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Sally Yates.

INADMISSIBLE: Yates Rips Critics of White-Collar Policy

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates last week defended the changes the U.S. Department of Justice made to white-collar investigations last year in a speech that attempts to call the bluff of corporate law practitioners. Plus more in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: The Working Dead

A major case of job dissatisfaction in France; dueling flowers; and intervention against the divine in this week's column.

DLA Piper's Washington, D.C. offices.

IN BRIEF: DLA Piper to Shed 200 Jobs

DLA Piper plans to cut up to 200 support jobs in the U.K., with the bulk of those roles being moved to a new back-office operations center in Warsaw. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Lily Hughes.

In-House Counsel Profile: Public Storage's Lily Hughes

By Richard Acello |

"You need to be a business executive first, who uses their legal expertise to help the company succeed and drive change. You also have to be adept at risk analysis, seeing risks around the corner."

Antonin Scalia.

Scalia Provided Example of How Not to Practice

By Douglas S. Lavine |

Intelligent and influential, the late justice nevertheless diminished the profession with caustic rhetoric.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

I'll Take Law Firms For $800, Alex

By Jenna Greene |

It was like winning the PR lottery: Fifteen seconds of unexpected fame for law firms featured May 10 on the TV game show "Jeopardy!"

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Child Support Remains Major Point of Contention

By Mary Kay Kisthardt and Barbara Handschu |

Determining how much children should receive involves factors far beyond taxable income.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. at the downtown Washington office of Covington & Burling on June 30, 2015.

INADMISSIBLE: No Regrets on Return to Big Law, Says Holder

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said on April 29 "I am not ashamed" to have returned to private practice after resigning last year, asserting he will continue to advance the justice reform issues he espoused in office as a private attorney. Plus more in this week's column.

Jennifer Hill.

In-House Counsel Profile: Jennifer Hill

By Richard Acello |

"I'm looking for a partnership that feels like an extension of our company, like they could be in the office next to mine."

The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

VOIR DIRE: Penne for Your Thoughts

A ruling on Pastafarianism and freedom of religion, and fighting for shampoo techs in Tennessee in this week's column.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Amy Hancock.

In-House Counsel Profile: Amy Hancock

By June D. Bell |

Amy Hancock is general counsel of the American Beverage Associ­ation, the trade group of the non­alcoholic beverage industry. The group represents the interests of soft-drink companies, bottled-water producers and makers of energy and sports drinks and teas.

Former U.S. Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens.

INADMISSIBLE: Stevens Recalls Clashes With Scalia, Dentons Doubles Down

By Staff |

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens recalls his clashes with the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Dentons doubles down on demanding payment from ex-McKenna partners. And Rosemary Collyer is named the new presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

VOIR DIRE: No Soup For You

A Texas lawyer fumes when his "Saturday Special" arrives without soup. And Jones Day's Noel Francisco slips when he calls Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Justice O'Connor."

Erin Andrews.

Erin Andrews' Trial Shows Ethics Rule Is Needed

By Michael Downey |

Defense's suggestion that leaked video boosted her career demonstrates legal profession's sexism.

Eve Runyon.

INADMISSIBLE: New Pro Bono CEO Led Corporate Push

The Pro Bono Institute has named Eve Runyon as its new president and CEO, following the death of the group's founder and longtime leader Esther Lardent on April 4. Plus more in this week's column.

(L-R) Jay-Z and Kanye West.

VOIR DIRE: Tidal Wave

The litigation of "Pablo," dissimilar situating, and fighting over "Deadpool" and alcohol in this week's column.

Frank Jimenez.

In-House Counsel Profile: Frank Jimenez

By Rich Acello |

"Don't be afraid to take calculated risks. In my career, I've taken voluntary pay cuts and moved in and out of the law in order to pursue my goals."

Cybersecurity Compliance Just Got Tougher

By Nick Akerman and Dan Goldberger |

Companies need specific, well-executed plans to meet growing demands of federal and state agencies.


Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: The Devil You Know

A client's rejection of his lawyer takes on a diabolical air, and Daddy Yankee gets caught up in the Panama Papers in this week's column.

Robert Ingato of CIT Group.

In-House Counsel Profile: Robert Ingato

By Richard Acello |
Richard Cordray.

INADMISSIBLE: CFPB'S Power Structure Faces Criticism

A federal appeals panel in Washington last week appeared ready to disrupt the organizational structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which vests power in the hands of a single director. Plus more in this week's column.

Founder of the Pro Bono Institute Esther Lardent in her Washington, DC home. August 6, 2015.

INADMISSIBLE: Esther Lardent, Pro Bono Advocate, Dies

Lardent founded the Pro Bono Institute in 1996 and quickly became one of the nation's most high-profile and effective advocates for free legal assistance for the poor and disadvantaged. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Neil Rube.

In-House Counsel Profile: Neil Rube

"Follow your instincts — this is not a dress rehearsal."

VOIR DIRE: Getting Fiscal

Words matter in the Missouri House of Representatives. Plus: Madonna fights her co-op board and Beyoncé wants a Texas company to take the ring off it in this week's column.

Antonin Scalia

Post-Scalia, Class Actions Hang in the Balance

By Arthur H. Bryant |

From 2011 to 2015, the justice wrote the opinions for some of the most pivotal decisions of our time.

IN BRIEF: Suit By 'Lost Boys' Proceeds

On March 22, U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May in Atlanta rejected screenwriters' and producers' motions to dismiss a suit over the 2014 film "The Good Lie" by "the Lost Boys," 54 refugees who fled persecution in Sudan. Plus more in this week's column.

<b>X-FILES REOPENED?</b>: A New Hampshire journalist says Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz are both open to discussing alien life on Earth.

VOIR DIRE: The Truth Is Out There

Who among the ­current crop of presidential ­candidates is most likely to look into extraterrestrial life on Earth? Plus more in this week's column.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

The body of Justice Antonin Scalia arrives at the Supreme Court, on Friday, February 19, 2016.

INADMISSIBLE: George Mason Law to Take Scalia's Name

George Mason University School of Law will be renamed for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the request of an anonymous donor who gave $20 million to the school. Plus more in this week's column.

Darcy Manning.

In-House Counsel Profile: Darcy Manning

By June D. Bell |

Darcy Manning was hired in 2006 as DHC USA's first in-house attorney, and she remains its sole legal counsel.

Time to Brush Up on Campaign Finance Laws

By George J. Terwilliger III |

Don't let your clients get crossways with the government when supporting their candidates.

VOIR DIRE: A Latte Less?

Starbucks, McCartney, and the Donald in this week's column.

Merger-Litigation Fever Begins to Cool

By William Savitt |

Delaware decision regarding Zillow-Trulia tie-up increases the likelihood of dismissals at early stages.

Travis Torrence.

In-House Counsel Profile: Travis Torrence

By June D. Bell |

Travis Torrence, Jiffy Lube's only in-house lawyer, coordinates legal services for the company and is a member of its leadership team.

Richard Roberts.

INADMISSIBLE: Judge's Retirement Ends Ethics Inquiry

A misconduct complaint against former Chief Judge Richard Roberts of the federal district court in Washington has been dismissed. Plus more in this week's column.


Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Christopher Plummer (left) as General Chang in the film

VOIR DIRE: Set Phasers to Sue

Paramount and CBS claim ownership of the Klingon language. Plus: Judge Judy's salary suit and forcing the darn kids off their cellphones in this week's column.

<b>COMPETITIVE:</b> Judge Ronnie Abrams found that a settlement between Takeda and three other drugmakers did not run afoul of antitrust laws.

When IP Settlements Create Antitrust Headaches

By Lizbeth Hasse |

Agreements involving generic companies are especially vulnerable to government scrutiny.

Mark Van De Voorde.

In-House Counsel Profile: Mark Van De Voorde

By Richard Acello |

Mark Van De Voorde is the general counsel at Victaulic Co., a leading producer of mechanical pipe joining products based in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Camille Nelson.

INADMISSIBLE: American University Names New Law Dean

Former Suffolk University Law School Dean Camille Nelson will be the next dean of the American University Washington College of Law, university leaders announced last week. Plus more in this week's column.

50 Cent.

VOIR DIRE: Bogus Benjamins

50 Cent, Graceland artifacts, and way more quarters than fifty cents in this week's column.

IN BRIEF: Voter ID Case to be Reheard

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has agreed that the court's full bench will consider whether a Texas voter ID law violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act. Plus more in this week's column.

Fannie, Freddie and the False Claims Act

By Anne Hayes Hartman |

Despite a recent Ninth Circuit decision, the law still applies to government-sponsored entity cases.

Professor Charles Ogletree of Harvard Law School.

INADMISSIBLE: Scholars Urge Senate Action on SCOTUS

More than 350 legal scholars last week called on the Senate to fulfill its constitutional obligation to consider President Barack Obama's upcoming U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Plus more in this week's column.

Mia Chiu.

In-House Counsel Profile: Mia Chiu

By June Bell |

Founded in 1998, Ebates is able to channel cash to its users by sharing commissions it receives from retailers for directing traffic to them. "People often think it's too good to be true," Mia Chiu said.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

'No' From SCOTUS Is a Client's 'Yes'

By Jenna Greene |

Sometimes, getting the U.S. Supreme Court to deny cert is a big deal. Take the case against the city of San Jose.

Damien Atkins.

In-House Counsel Profile: Damien Atkins

By June Bell |

Damien Atkins oversees nearly 70 people: the 30-attorney legal group, which has about 20 support staffers, and the public affairs team.

Portrait of Kevin Spacey as President Francis J. Underwood, by Jonathan Yeo.

VOIR DIRE: Rogue's Gallery

Frank Underwood gets an official portrait, and don't mess with Hamilton ticket buyers in this week's column.

Global Laws Inconsistent When Competitors Talk

By Janet McDavid and Gianni De Stefano |

Exchanges between businesses can give rise to antitrust violations in some countries, but not in others.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at the memorial service for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, USA, Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

INADMISSIBLE: Justices Honor 'Nino' Scalia at Memorial

Two U.S. Supreme Court justices told stories last week of life at the court with the late Antonin Scalia, describing him as a loyal friend and a cherished — and challenging — ­colleague. Plus more in this week's column.


Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.


Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Scott Bojczuk.

In-House Counsel Profile: Electronic Funds Source LLC's Scott Bojczuk

By Richard Acello |

Scott Bojczuk is the general counsel at Electronic Funds Source LLC, a Nashville-based provider of fuel-purchasing cards and payment processing services for the fleet trucking industry.


Scalia on Criminal Law: Unpredictable

By Laurie L. Levenson |

The justice's historical interpretation of the Constitution linked the future to the past.

Havana, Cuba.

INADMISSIBLE: Akin Hires Cargill Exec to Lobby on Cuba

As President Barack Obama prepares to travel to Cuba next month to further mend ties with the communist country, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is continuing to bolster its Cuba practice. Plus more in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Dogged by Criticism

Litigious pet-sitters, dueling bio flicks, and bad bagpipe decisions in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Let's Casserole

Saving the potluck in Arizona; an oboist loses his chair in Buffalo; attorneys, prepare to be replaced; and the limits to Marco Rubio's enthusiasm for EDM in this week's column.


New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

How to Set the Stage for an Appellate Win

By Myron Moskovitz |

Trial counsel should follow these basic steps before they hire a lawyer to take a case to the next level.

Judge Daniel Brenner appearing on C-SPAN in 2012.

INADMISSIBLE: Former Hogan Partner is Killed in Calif.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge who was killed on Feb. 15 while crossing a street had a long career in Washington, most recently as a partner at Hogan Lovells. Plus more in this week's column.

Audrey Tillman.

In-House Counsel Profile: Aflac, Inc.'s Audrey Boone Tillman

By Richard Acello |

"I like doing things that improve the business, or set us up for success."

David Smolen of GI Partners.

In-House Counsel Profile: David Smolen of GI Partners

By Ginny LaRoe |

"One of the very exciting things about my role is no two days are the same."

High Court Takes Up a 'Textbook' Case Over Fees

By Lewis R. Clayton |

Suit involving Cornell student once again before the justices. This time, lawyers' pay is at issue.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

IN BRIEF: Happy Birthday Suit Settles

Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music Inc. has agreed to pay $14 million to settle a class action challenging ownership rights to the song "Happy Birthday to You." Plus more in this week's column.

Hilarie Bass.

INADMISSIBLE: ABA Picks Next President-elect Nominee

Hilarie Bass, co-president of Greenberg Traurig, has been selected president-elect nominee of the American Bar Association, the world's largest voluntary professional organization with more than 400,000 members. Plus more in this week's column.

The real Krusty Krab.

VOIR DIRE: Steamed Over Krab

Viacom says there can be only one Krusty Krab. Plus drama in Seattle and the gator prankster's mother speaks in this week's column.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, Northern District of California

INADMISSIBLE: Obama Eyes Lucy Koh For Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California is expected to be nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit later this month. Plus more in this week's column.

Calm Yourself Amid the Interrogatory Chaos

By Robert L. Byman |

Demands from those Snidely Whiplash-types can stir panic. They don't have to.

Movers: Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

New arrivals, lateral moves, and promotions in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Cheesed Off

A man claims McDonald's is starching up its cheese sticks. Plus: tattoos in video games, Marcia Clark apologizes for permanent damage, and the real reason to vote for John Kasich in this week's column.

Ralph Martin of Northeastern University.

In-House Counsel Profile: Northeastern University's Ralph Martin

By Richard Acello |

"The best general counsels serve multiple purposes."

IN BRIEF: Arista, Cisco Clash in IP War

The intellectual property war between networking rivals Arista Networks Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. intensified Jan. 25 as Arista lobbed antitrust counterclaims at Cisco in the copyright lawsuit Cisco filed in 2014 as part of an IP offensive against its smaller rival. Plus more in this week's column.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

Star Power Shines Light on Injustice

By Jenna Greene |

After a highly visible lobbying campaign in Washington and around the world, Amal Clooney helped secure the release — at least for now — of the ex-president of the Maldives, who arrived in London last month.

One of the last photographs of Abraham Lincoln.  February 5, 1865 or April 10, 1865.

Lessons from Lincoln in the Art of Persuasion

By Douglas S. Lavine |

The president knew that understanding the other side's perspective in a conflict is a winning strategy.

Martin Shkreli, center, leaves the courthouse after his arraignment in New York, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.

INADMISSIBLE: Ex-Pharma CEO Shkreli to Testify in D.C.

Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical head who was indicted for securities fraud last month, will be allowed to travel to Washington to testify before Congress about drug pricing. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Scent Away

Parlux Fragrances claims Jay-Z gave them the hard-knock life when it came to promoting his fragrance line. Plus more in this week's column.

Mike Brizel.

In-House Counsel Profile: FreshDirect LLC's Mike Brizel

By June D. Bell |

"Few days ever go as planned."

Tesla Model X.

IN BRIEF: Tesla Sues Over Prototype

Tesla Motors Inc. filed suit against the auto parts supplier who made the hydraulic mechanism for a prototype of the "Falcon Wing" doors on its new Model X crossover SUV. Plus more in this week's column.

Odalys Perez Dines.

In-House Counsel Profile: Mitsui Foods Inc.'s Odalys Perez Dines

Dines is a one-woman legal department at Mitsui, where she is in charge of handling both legal and compliance matters.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Beth Wilkinson.

INADMISSIBLE: Beth Wilkinson to Open Trial Boutique

Beth Wilkinson, a star litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, has left the firm to launch a new firm along with high-profile litigators from Kirkland & Ellis and Covington & Burling. Plus more in this week's column.

Legal Battles over Frozen Embryos Heating Up

By Mary Kay Kisthardt and Barbara Handschu |

State laws generally apply, yet many haven't caught up to the evolving cyro-preserved technology.

Mark Hamill attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Premiere held in Leicester Square, London.

VOIR DIRE: The Fandom Menace

A California assemblywoman is fighting the dark side of fake autographs — and she's got the actor who plays Luke Skywalker battling at her side.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

Prime Examples of Wasteful Spending

By Jenna Greene |

The federal government makes thousands of payments every year to settle lawsuits. But to a taxpayer, few are more frustrating or costly than those involving the storage — or lack thereof — of spent nuclear fuel.

Leslie Kirk, general counsel of Siebert Brandford Shank.

In-House Counsel Profile: Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. LLC's Leslie Carey Kirk

By Richard Acello |

Leslie Carey Kirk is general counsel at New York-based Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. LLC, the largest Latino, black and woman-owned municipal-bond firm on Wall Street.

Anti-Corruption Law's Third-Party Perils

By Dan Webb and Robb Adkins |

Clients can't rely on an "ostrich defense" to fight claims stemming from business associates' conduct.

Donald Pugh, original (left) and suggested improvement (right).

VOIR DIRE: Selfie Importance

Mugshots aren't meant to be flattering, but Donald Pugh's insistence on representing himself "better" may have proved to be his undoing. Plus more in this week's column.


Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Amit Mehta.

INADMISSIBLE: Court Warns Against 'Judge-Shopping'

A federal district judge in Washington won't recuse from a regulatory fight between tobacco companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Plus more in this week's column.

Mariellen Dugan.

In-House Counsel Profile: New Jersey Resources Corp.'s Mariellen Dugan

By Richard Acello |

"I want litigation counsel that is lean and mean and looking to get to the end game as quickly as possible."

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

<b>SPOTLIGHTING THE ISSUE:</b> Jennifer Lawrence spoke out about pay disparity after learning that she made less than her male co-stars in “American Hustle.”

Fundamental Changes in New Equal Pay Law

By Catherine L. Fisk |

California's labor code provides stronger guidance for companies and more ammunition for plaintiffs.

IN BRIEF: Libertarian Party Sues Conn.

The Libertarian Party has filed a lawsuit against the state of Connecticut challenging laws on petition signature gathering to place candidates on election ballots. Plus more in this week's column.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

Fans Swoon Over Lawyers on Netflix

By Jenna Greene |

The hot new Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer" has inspired more than 200,000 people to sign a petition calling for the pardon of Steven Avery, who is serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.

Ryan Zimmerman.

INADMISSIBLE: Pro Ball Players Take Swing at Al-Jazeera

Lawyers for Major League Baseball players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard went for a double play last week in federal district court in Washington, filing libel lawsuits against Al-Jazeera America LLC. Zimmerman and Howard — starting first basemen for the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively — claim a recent Al-Jazeera program falsely accused them of using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Plus more in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: A Fermentive Defense

A seemingly routine DWI stop resulted in what attorney Joseph Marusak called "one of the strangest cases I've ever been involved with." Plus more in this week's column.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves, new arrivals, and promotions in this week's columns.

Gilberto Valle, right, the former New York City police officer whose online exchanges about kidnapping and eating women landed him behind bars and earned him tabloid infamy as the

'Cannibal Cop' Decision Restrains Employers

By Nick Akerman |

Second Circuit ruling on data theft creates more inconsistency regarding federal law's reach.

Dana Wagner, general counsel of Square Inc.  .

In-House Counsel Profile: Square Inc.'s Dana Wagner

By Ginny LaRoe |

Dana Wagner, Square Inc.'s first general counsel, oversees legal, government relations, compliance and trust and safety, which numbers around 100 people, including lawyers.

Grumpy Cat.

VOIR DIRE: Grumpier Cat

An intellectual property dispute has turned Internet sensation Grumpy Cat into Litigious Cat. Plus more in this week's column.

National Public Radio in D.C.

INADMISSIBLE: Law Firms Drop Into Morning Mix on NPR

There must be something extra alluring about a public radio voice coasting over the five syllables of Zuck-Er-Man-Spae-Der. The litigation boutique and a handful of general service law firms with offices in Washington bought National Public Radio sponsorships in 2015, positioning their names on the hottest auditory advertising avenue of the year. Plus more in this week's column.

AdvoCare International Inc. general counsel Allison Levy.

In-House Counsel Profile: AdvoCare International L.P.'s Allison Levy

By Richard Acello |

"To me, the most important attribute is the ability to get along with others, a customer service-oriented attitude and a good work ethic."

Could Flexible Practices Change Workplaces?

By Ellen James |

New employment programs and matching corporate cultures could transform companies.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

The Best Judicial Opinion of 2015

By Jenna Greene |

If you read one opinion just for pleasure this year, make it this one: U.S. District Judge William Young's 104-page decision in a $60 billion reverse -payment antitrust case.

Franklin County Courthouse in Indiana.

VOIR DIRE: Room at the Inn

In Brookville, Indiana, the Nativity display at a courthouse will have to share space with a separate one showing the Bill of Rights on a manger. Plus more in this week's column.


Laterals, new arrivals, and promotions in this week's column.

Killer Mike performs with Run The Jewels at the Spotify House on Monday, March 16, 2015, in Austin, TX.

INADMISSIBLE: Justices Schooled on Rap (Not by R.B.G.)

Hip-Hop star Killer Mike is making himself known at the U.S. Supreme Court just weeks after throwing his support behind Bernie Sanders for president. Plus more in this week's column.

Beer, Dolls, and Gollum: The Year in Voir Dire

By Richard Binder |

Was Beck's beer really brewed in Germany? How talented are the members of Led Zeppelin? Which TV lawyer do most real-life attorneys identify with? Find your answers here in our look back at 2015.

MetTel general counsel Joseph Farano.

In-House Counsel Profile: Manhattan Telecommun­ications Corp.'s Joseph Farano

By Richard Acello |

"It's fun being a part of the enterprise and helping the business grow, as opposed to just dispensing legal advice."

Will the High Court Further Limit Class Actions?

By Arthur H. Bryant |

Recent oral arguments suggest that any far-reaching restrictions imposed by the justices are unlikely.

Movers: A Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

By Tasha Norman |

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr.

INADMISSIBLE: Suit Over Thomas Boggs Jr. Estate Settles

The family of Thomas Boggs Jr. has settled a court fight over his estate with a Washington-area realtor who said she had a romantic and business relationship with the late superlobbyist. Plus more in this week's column.

Tom Girardi and his wife Erika Jayne during the episode “Horsing Around

VOIR DIRE: Bravo, Girardi

Plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi made his first appearance on Bravo TV's "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," when his pop-singer wife, Erika Jayne, was introduced as the newest cast member. Plus more in this week's column.

Alex Kozinski.

Debate Intensifies Over Prosecutor Misconduct

By George Terwilliger III |

A concern over gamesmanship undermines the obligation to confront unethical behavior when it occurs.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy

INADMISSIBLE: EPA Official Protected From Deposition

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy won't be forced to testify in a Clean Air Act lawsuit, a federal appeals court ruled last week. Plus more in this week's column.

Douglas Solomon.

In-House Counsel Profile: NetSuite Inc.'s Doug Solomon

By June D. Bell |

"You need to figure out what a law means in a new context."

<B>NOT THE PLAINTIFF:</b> Marty Feldman in <i>Young Frankenstein.</i>

VOIR DIRE: Brain Matters

An Indianapolis man has received a four-year ­sentence for stealing jars of human brain tissue from the Indiana Medical History Museum and selling them on eBay. Plus more in this week's column.

Alon Rotem, general counsel of Rocket Lawyer.

In-House Counsel Profile: Rocket Lawyer Inc.'s Alon Rotem

By Richard Acello |

Alon Rotem is the general counsel to San Francisco-based Rocket Lawyer Inc., a cloud-based legal services platform that provides products in a variety of legal areas.

Jenna Greene, Litigation Daily

Feds Flop in Case Against Doctor

By Jenna Greene |

When the U.S. Department of Justice with much fanfare announced health care fraud charges against Virginia dermatologist Amir Bajoghli in 2014, the feds made him sound like just about the worst guy to hold a scalpel since Josef Mengele.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

IN BRIEF: Warranties Enforced

A New York appeals court on Dec. 1 rejected a JPMorgan Chase & Co. affiliate's claim that it had not breached warranties it made when selling mortgage-backed securities in 2006. Plus more in this week's column.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

When Small Rulings Have Outsized Consequences

By William Savitt |

Two recent decisions in Delaware and California reveal important lessons for M&A practitioners.

Roberta Kaplan, partner at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

INADMISSIBLE: A Conversation with Roberta Kaplan

Roberta Kaplan made her debut at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 when she argued — successfully — that the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. In a new book, Kaplan, a litigation partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, presents the story behind the case. Plus more in this week's column.

VOIR DIRE: Talkin' Tolkien in Turkey

The Turkish government doesn't think a meme involving its president and a "Lord of the Rings" character is so precious. Plus more in this week's column.