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What Do You Do When You Think You Messed Up?

Lawyers are humans.  They make mistakes like everyone else does.  While all of us have a goal of practicing law perfectly, mistakes happen.  But how lawyers react to their mistakes is critically important. On April 17, 2018, the ABA released Formal Opinion 481, construing Model Rule 1.4.  It provides guidance as to what a lawyer […]

Representing Lawyers – The Grievance Process

Most people have no idea how many times this law firm has represented lawyers successfully in malpractice lawsuits or grievance complaints before the State Bar. Yes, we have sued lawyers successfully many times, but we also defend lawyers and testify for lawyers.  As an aid to the lawyers, I decided to write a little about […]

Tips for technology in the courtroom

Tips for Use of Technology in the Courtroom

The world is changing. As lawyers, we must keep up or get left behind. A big part of being a trial lawyer is taking complicated facts and turning them into a simple yet compelling narrative—the art of storytelling. And, as every good storyteller knows, you need to understand and communicate with your audience. Every lawyer […]

Supreme Court of Texas Decides New TCPA (anti-SLAPP) Cases

If you litigate cases in Texas, you need to be educated on the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA), often referred to as the Texas anti-SLAPP statute. The TCPA originally was billed as a relatively narrow statute designed to prevent lawsuits aimed at stifling the exercise of constitutional rights related to freedom of speech and petition. […]

New Survey Cautions Lawyers to Avoid Conflicts and Be Aware of Cyber Events

Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button

It seems there is no end to the questions involving the client’s file and who has a right to it. Texas has a new ethics opinion on the subject, addressed at the end of this article, but let’s first address some of the many questions about the client’s file that have already been answered. First, […]

Associates Can Get in Trouble Too!

In our legal malpractice cases, we generally do not assert claims against associate attorneys on the theory that they are not in charge of the direction taken or work done in the case or transaction. But that doesn’t mean that associates have no responsibility for violations of rules of procedure, ethical rules, or court orders […]

Pay Inequality

How do you Solve a Problem Like Pay Inequality?

They say that democracy dies in darkness.  That may be true, because inequality thrives in darkness.  With all the publicity about sexual harassment, we need to note the approach of the April 4th Equal Pay Day. That is the day when a woman’s salary finally catches up to the man’s salary for the prior year […]

Modification Versus Clarification: Understanding the Difference in Texas Divorces

Modification Versus Clarification: Understanding the Difference in Texas Divorces

Parties in Texas divorce cases often become confused over when decrees can be clarified—and what constitutes a clarification as opposed to a modification. Being able to distinguish the two often means the difference between success and failure in divorce matters. Under Texas law, a trial court cannot change its final judgment after expiration of what […]

What to Think About Before Signing a Non-Compete Agreement

Determining Whether Your Texas Judgment Is Final and Appealable (and the special danger presented by family cases!)

As a general rule, only the final judgment in a lawsuit can be appealed. With a very few specifically enumerated exceptions, Texas law does not permit appeals from what are known as interlocutory orders (interlocutory orders are orders made during litigation of the case but before entry of final judgment). See generally City of Beaumont […]