Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.
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."
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.
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.
Defense's suggestion that leaked video boosted her career demonstrates legal profession's sexism.
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.
The litigation of "Pablo," dissimilar situating, and fighting over "Deadpool" and alcohol in this week's column.
"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."
Companies need specific, well-executed plans to meet growing demands of federal and state agencies.
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.
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.
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.
"Follow your instincts — this is not a dress rehearsal."
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.
From 2011 to 2015, the justice wrote the opinions for some of the most pivotal decisions of our time.
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.
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.
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 was hired in 2006 as DHC USA's first in-house attorney, and she remains its sole legal counsel.
Don't let your clients get crossways with the government when supporting their candidates.
Starbucks, McCartney, and the Donald in this week's column.
Delaware decision regarding Zillow-Trulia tie-up increases the likelihood of dismissals at early stages.
Travis Torrence, Jiffy Lube's only in-house lawyer, coordinates legal services for the company and is a member of its leadership team.
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.
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.
Agreements involving generic companies are especially vulnerable to government scrutiny.
Mark Van De Voorde is the general counsel at Victaulic Co., a leading producer of mechanical pipe joining products based in Easton, Pennsylvania.
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, Graceland artifacts, and way more quarters than fifty cents in this week's column.
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.
Despite a recent Ninth Circuit decision, the law still applies to government-sponsored entity cases.
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.
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.
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 oversees nearly 70 people: the 30-attorney legal group, which has about 20 support staffers, and the public affairs team.
Frank Underwood gets an official portrait, and don't mess with Hamilton ticket buyers in this week's column.
Exchanges between businesses can give rise to antitrust violations in some countries, but not in others.
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.
Litigious pet-sitters, dueling bio flicks, and bad bagpipe decisions in this week's column.
Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.
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.
The justice's historical interpretation of the Constitution linked the future to the past.
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.
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.
"I like doing things that improve the business, or set us up for success."
Trial counsel should follow these basic steps before they hire a lawyer to take a case to the next level.
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.
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.
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.
Suit involving Cornell student once again before the justices. This time, lawyers' pay is at issue.
"One of the very exciting things about my role is no two days are the same."
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 best general counsels serve multiple purposes."
New arrivals, lateral moves, and promotions in this week's column.
Demands from those Snidely Whiplash-types can stir panic. They don't have to.
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.
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.
The president knew that understanding the other side's perspective in a conflict is a winning strategy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Few days ever go as planned."
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.
State laws generally apply, yet many haven't caught up to the evolving cyro-preserved technology.
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.
Dines is a one-woman legal department at Mitsui, where she is in charge of handling both legal and compliance matters.
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.
Clients can't rely on an "ostrich defense" to fight claims stemming from business associates' conduct.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
California's labor code provides stronger guidance for companies and more ammunition for plaintiffs.
"I want litigation counsel that is lean and mean and looking to get to the end game as quickly as possible."
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.
Lateral moves, new arrivals, and promotions in this week's columns.
Second Circuit ruling on data theft creates more inconsistency regarding federal law's reach.
Dana Wagner, Square Inc.'s first general counsel, oversees legal, government relations, compliance and trust and safety, which numbers around 100 people, including lawyers.
An intellectual property dispute has turned Internet sensation Grumpy Cat into Litigious Cat. Plus more in this week's column.
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.
"To me, the most important attribute is the ability to get along with others, a customer service-oriented attitude and a good work ethic."
New employment programs and matching corporate cultures could transform companies.
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.
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.
Laterals, new arrivals, and promotions in this week's column.
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.
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.
"It's fun being a part of the enterprise and helping the business grow, as opposed to just dispensing legal advice."
Recent oral arguments suggest that any far-reaching restrictions imposed by the justices are unlikely.
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.
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.
Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.
A concern over gamesmanship undermines the obligation to confront unethical behavior when it occurs.
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.
"You need to figure out what a law means in a new context."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two recent decisions in Delaware and California reveal important lessons for M&A practitioners.
General counsel are using data-driven analytics to determine which firms are the best fit.
A Florida mayor attempts to nickel and dime the Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. Plus more in this week's column.
Debbie Hoffman is the general counsel at Digital Risk LLC, an Maitland, Florida-based provider of outsourced residential mortgage and financial services for large banks and government-sponsored entities such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
Law professor G. Robert Blakey — famous for writing federal anti-racketeering laws and investigating the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy Jr. and Martin Luther King Jr. — was recently sanctioned in Washington for advising a former student to disclose confidential client documents. Plus more in this week's column.
Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle class claims over fees the company charged for rides to and from California airports. Plus more in this week's column.
New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.
Rules of ethics — and decorum — call for a measured response from the firm left behind.
Michael Parini oversees Pfizer's litigation around the world along with the company's corporate insurance group.
The former chief judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is coming clean. James Smith has joined Ecolab Inc., a Fortune 500 chemical company that promotes sanitation in everything from hospitals to drinking water to farm animals. Plus more in this week's column.
Partners at Dentons, Australia's Gadens and Singapore's Rodyk & Davidson have approved a combination, the second three-way deal by Dentons in three years, the growing global legal giant announced last week. Plus more in this week's column.
Just over a year after an Australian man was arrested for driving a motorized beverage cooler, ABC News in Australia thinks it may have found "the most Australian crime of all time." Plus more in this week's column.
"I reward effort and success equally."
Second Circuit is persuaded by new forms of research created through the company's book database.
The Cheerios Protein box reads "11 grams of protein with milk," and there, says a consumer advocacy group, is the rub. Plus more in this week's column.
U.S. Supreme Court justices sometimes toss lifelines to advocates during oral argument, helping them handle a hostile question or advance a winning argument. Plus more in this week's column.
Ohio will pay $1.3 million in legal fees to the lawyers who represented James Obergefell — the lead plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage case this summer — and other individuals who successfully challenged the state's gay-marriage ban. Plus more in this week's column.
Presumption of employee status, not independent-contractor status, can provide clarity.
Haters gonna hate — and sometimes they litigate. Plus more in this week's column.
"I like being associated with a company that has assets that are so recognizable by the consuming public. There's not anybody I meet who doesn't know who we are."